Nov 202012
 

Back in February I was contacted by someone wanting to discuss my MS condition and when I was born, etc. In my post I noted that Ron the astrologer predicted a flare up, with no personal information from me. Maybe he is psychic too. 😉

Apparently per this article Ron was onto something. Neurologists now links birth month to your risk for getting MS. Paraphrasing the article if you are a Aries or Taurus you are in trouble, but if you are a Scorpio or Sagittarius you should be fine. No doubt some time soon your neurologist will use Tarot cards for treatment and diagnosis. I eagerly await my reading.

Less scandalously this is just another Vitamin D study and linking it back to pregnancy. I am all for blaming my parents but this is a bit of old news.

Jan 222012
 

aka personalized health care. Some of you may have thought you were already getting this, but the trend is to take it further. Two things about this strike me. First is “If we build it they will come” with no clearly demonstrated benefits. Two, this is genetic testing on steroids. While these slides highlights some of the major flaws of this healthcare paradigm. I think all of this technology may provide some minimal benefit, but the main interest is in those who are going to profit off of the technology. While I am the poster child for not doing this I think at the end of the day you have to take some personal responsibility for your health. Personal responsibility does not mean taking your pills it means exercising and eating well. I do not see how personalized medicine would help with Multiple Sclerosis since there are no indicators that you will get Multiple Sclerosis. How would this help me?

As I write this it reminds me that I consistently have low vitamin D levels, and I should go pickup some more vitamin D supplements. Impressively bad living this far south. Maybe I should try to see the sun occasionally.

Dec 132009
 

With a couple recent comments about the MP it had me thinking about that treatment option again. Certainly the recent comments were very optimistic as were some of my own old comments on the protocol. My thinking has changed over time and the Marshall Protocol now seems like a bad idea. As I recall the protocol is against D2 and D3. It does not seem rational to me that your body would make something harmful to itself, D3, that would inhibit immune response. Even if 1,25-D could remain at an acceptable level with D3 at zero, which seems unlikely, it still seems like a bad idea. Is it not hubris to call something non-essential if you do not know its full purpose?

On a somewhat related note I got the results from my annual physical and my vitamin D levels are low. The doctor prescribed 50,000 IU once a week to get the levels back up. I probably should be taking a daily vitamin D. I guess too bad I was not doing the Marshall Protocol since I was in the process of dropping my D levels all by myself. 🙁

Jul 262006
 

The joys of life in Texas in July with some 107 (41.6 Celsius) degree days. Since I am being asked frequently, I am doing surprisingly well; even when mowing! 🙁 Typically I get stiff hands and/or dizziness when mowing, but those have been surprisingly absent. Maybe a sign that things are getting better. A positive side to the heat/sun is that I am probably getting a daily dose of vitamin D just walking to the car after work! 😉