This came out of cold chronic CRPS type 1, a debilitating condition of intractable chronic pain, nervous system disruption, and multi-system dysregulation — destroying the body’s ability to manage heat/cold, blood sugar, immune defense, circulation, sensation, bone density, movement, vision, digestion, heart function, and ultimately survival.
“Standard” treatments don’t work well for me; moreover, they involve invasive procedures too … Continue reading..
A fine candidate for the ever-popular Department of the Blitheringly Obvious: Being treated horribly because you were born at the melanin-rich end of the racial spectrum makes your health significantly worse.
Moreover, this study supports what sociologists have said for decades about the deep difference between discrimination against Blacks and discrimination against Whites — it really is fundamentally different. … Continue reading..
Fortunately, I’m bright enough to evaluate this extraordinary new method:
There are vague mentions in the literature of myelination in CRPS, but researchers are so busy trying to figure out how to pill CRPS — a highly pillable disease — that such mechanistic issues get surprisingly little play.
Myelin is the protective sheath of fat that keeps … Continue reading..
I aim to post here at least once a week. Obviously, I’ve been slipping lately.
While CRPS has seriously (if episodically) affected my cognition, the great advantage of dealing with CRPS alone, over dealing with being overmedicated for CRPS, is this:
I know when I’m not that bright.
The ability to self-assess is key, and I’m grateful … Continue reading..
Here’s a fascinating insight into why creative ideas get creamed so quickly, without regard for their merit:
It relates to our typically low tolerance for uncertainty. People would really rather suffer horribly with the devil they know, because the very idea of change fills them with such profound reflexive dread.
This is a useful datum for me … Continue reading..
This is the kind of discovery that leads scientists to say, “What’s happening is not a simple, monolithic process.” http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/08/110823154038.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Fmind_brain+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Mind+%26+Brain+News%29#.TlVjSrO9LIE.mailto And when they say that, you know they’re starting to pay attention. This fascinating discovery is a matter of function, not form. I gripe about the simplistic, even boneheaded science that seeks to uncover neurology by approaching it with a … Continue reading..
Funny how the whole delicate neurological/neurochemical structure is so interwoven:
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/08/110810133127.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Fmind_brain+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Mind+%26+Brain+News%29#.TkPZJ2TGXNQ.mailto “…The researchers suggest that the strange defensive behavior exhibited by the enzyme-deficient mice may actually reflect a limited range of adaptive responses and lack of emotional flexibility — the mice may only have one gear for fear.”
We’ve all known people who make exaggerated … Continue reading..
Long silence. It’s not that I’ve been uninspired by recent medical science.
I’ve been traveling, spending a lot of time with people I haven’t seen in many years. They’ve turned out to be the kind of people who, as the body get more chewed up, the personality gets richer and smoother. Proud to love them. Delighted to be with … Continue reading..
This is absolutely thrilling:
“Bioengineers identify the cellular mechanisms of traumatic brain injury; New hope for treatment of TBI in veterans wounded by explosions”
These scientists discovered the answers to two frustrating questions that have been blocking effective treatment of blast-related head injuries (TBI, or Traumatic Brain Injuries.)
1. What happens to the brain’s axons? Why do the … Continue reading..
Today’s very promising applicant for the Dept. of the Blitheringly Obvious: “Chronic pain in homeless people not managed well”:
My cynical side is just delighted that people got paid to write that down in black and white. Smacken zie forehead.
For a change, I’m going to ignore the disingenuous and smug language putting inappropriate blame on … Continue reading..