from the mail bag

ok, here’s what’s in the mail bag this morning.

“Biogen Idec officials say that four more patients have contracted a rare brain infection associated with the company’s blockbuster multiple sclerosis drug, Tysabri. This brings the total number of cases of the infection, known as PML, to 35 since July 2008.” i was on tysabri for a little while, but i finally thought, i’d rather be drooling in a wheelchair than dead. so i stopped.

and studies show that vitamin d is good for ms patients: “Multiple sclerosis could be prevented through daily vitamin D supplements, scientists told The Times last night.” i’v never heard vit d could prevent ms. apparently, vitamin d deficieny in childhood and pregnancy may increase the risk of winding up with ms. i love how they always hedge their statement, “MAY increase the risk.” but, then maybe not. just take the damn stuff, and quit asking questions.

then there’s migraine: “In this latest analysis found that women who have migraine at baseline leads to increases the risk of multiple sclerosis. It could be that the women who had migraines and then went on to be diagnosed with disease actually had multiple sclerosis first.”  so, not to be alarmst, but  if you know anyone with migranes, perhaps have them start looking for ms. maybe we should all just be tested, just to make sure.

and a stunner from “science news“, “Highly fit multiple sclerosis patients perform significantly better on tests of cognitive function than similar less-fit patients, a new study shows.” ok, vitamin d and fitness good, migraines bad. and apparently, marijuana good, too. from empower her, “Marijuana helps ease muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis and pain caused by certain neurological illnesses or spinal cord injuries, says a report released Wednesday by the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research at the University of California, San Diego.”

then there’s this, from “alkalize for health,” which offers among other things, cures and preventions fo cancer. “H. Michael Dosch, M.D., and his team of researchers have determined that multiple sclerosis and type I (juvenile) diabetes mellitus are far more closely linked than previously thought. Dosch attributes exposure to cow milk protein as a risk factor in the development of both diseases for people who are genetically susceptible.  According to Dosch: “We found that immunologically, type I diabetes and multiple sclerosis are almost the same – in a test tube you can barely tell the two diseases apart. We found that the autoimmunity was not specific to the organ system affected by the disease. Previously it was thought that in MS autoimmunity would develop in the central nervous system, and in diabetes it would only be found in the pancreas. We found that both tissues are targeted in each disease.” (Journal of Immunology, April, 2001) i can’t vouch for he science, but i thought it was interesting.

well, there are plenty of web sites promoting this or that preventive or curative for ms, cancer, and almost everything else. so take it all with a grain of salt. or maybe a whole shaker of salt.

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Author: Stephen

Stephen Harris is a writer, painter and a photographer who lives with his family in Maine.

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