Friday, August 31, 2007
Thursday, August 30, 2007
WELL-BEING IS JUST A THOUGHT, THAT
FEELS GOOD, AWAY. You could have every deadly disease known to man, within
you, today, and if you chose different feeling thoughts tomorrow, they would all
leave your body. They are not physical things that have jumped into you. They
are the reflection of your not allowing your natural Connection. It's nothing
more complicated than choosing better feeling thoughts. For example, you just
had a weak moment, and now you feel guilty. Guilt causes cancer, and all kinds
of other things. You felt fear. Fear causes cancer. Fear or anger or jealousy,
or guilt, are your indicator that the thought you are choosing is contradictory
to, and is, hindering, the Source Energy. The key is to not give anything that
you do not want much of your attention. As soon as you realize it doesn't feel
good — do your very best to turn your attention someplace else.
Sickness is not because cells have turned bad. Sickness is
because cells are not being allowed the fullness of the Energy response. It's
sort of like an electrical short. Mending a physical body is the simplest thing
in the Universe, because the cells are eager to transmit and receive. Universal
Energy, or God Force, is eager to transmit and receive. And if the consciousness
involved, which is the personality that you know as you, is in an open and
receiving way, then those responses can be restored in the moment -- in this
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
This could not wait for tomorrow’s post. I haven’t been too political YET. This was too good to pass up.
The Attorney General has announced his resignation today.
He Didn't Recall! * He Didn't Remember!* He Did Not Recollect!
Gonzales ended his two-year tenure with a controversial record and many critics. He now joins a long list of high-profile White House resignations. The embattled Attorney General was linked to a warrant less wiretapping program, the firing of eight U.S. Attorneys, and was responsible for the so-called torture memos.
I have Dain Bramage and I remember more than he does.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
This post is dedicated to my son, a grown man, who will soon have a good excuse to watch cartoons.
My son and daughter in law called last night with the news: I'm going to be a Double -Bubbie!!! (these are the newlyweds who shot the video of the boinking bears in July's post) We are thrilled.
"Ahhhhh", Bubbie's Hubby said, "You Killed the Wabitt!" (we're all on speaker phone)
"Huh???, Killed the rabbit? What the heck are you talking about?"
(Bubbie breaks out in fit of emotional incontinence)
They think we're nuts. The reference of the ancient pregnancy test flew over their heads. Accompanied by my laughter, we failed to diswade them of that notion.
My son said that now he will have a good excuse for watching cartoons. So, I dedicate this classic to him.
They are great kids.We love them dearly and wish them every happiness, and "Double-Bubbie" is more than fine with me!
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Nearly everyday I see a posting or a journal article about the medicinal benefits of cannabis (POT!) It's not like I needed convincing. Other countries that don't have such plebeian laws have recognized this long ago.
They (the powers that be) know that it's the cannabinoids containing the Delta 9 THC that attaches to special receptors in the brain.
It has been shown clinically (we won't discuss subjectively here ) to :
*relieve muscle spasms
The FDA has approved a synthetic version of this naturally occurring compound. The very first drug made available is MARINOL who's proprietary ingredient is called dronabinol. They make it clear that it does not actually contain any marijuana. It is a synthesised version of the natural cannabinoid.
Marinol is approved to prescribe to cancer patients to combat side effects of chemotherapy and to aide HIV patients. It's only disclaimer:The most common adverse effects probably related to MARINOL are dizziness, euphoria, paranoid reaction, somnolence, thinking abnormal, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting. Did they say adverse?
Nothing in this class of pseudo-ganja has been approved for Multiple Sclerosis, but studies have been done and more are underway. I was excited when I saw this headline today:
A team of scientists led by David Baker, Professor of Neuroimmunology at Queen Mary, University of London had some notable findings. They found that cannabis not only helped with the symptoms of neuropathic pain and spasms in Multiple Sclerosis but that it could significantly enhance therapy, not only by reducing nerve damage and erratic nerve impulses, but perhaps even by hindering development of the condition. They found it could block the autoimmune response and slow the disease progression!
So the article goes on with allot of medical jargon talking about the different receptors in the brain, especially the ones that cause those pesky aforementioned adverse side effects. After all this good news Doc Baker breaks the bummer:
"Professor David Baker said: “Whilst targeting CB1 receptors for therapy runs the risk of causing the unwanted “high” to achieve these effects, we can get the same result by targeting CB2 receptors, which avoids these risks. Therefore, we can start to think about using new drugs that harness the potential medical benefits that cannabis has to offer but move away from the issues over the legality and recreational use of the plant product”."
I predict...(what, you didn't know Bubbie was psychic???) They, the Big Pharma companies will continue playing in their respective labs concocting synthetic "oids" for medicinal use. The whole plant, as nature intended will not come into legal use until such time as the evil geniuses at Monsanto, DuPont, or ConAgra find a way to own the patent on the seeds, genetically engineer them, grow them and control the sale and use of the crop. Then we will be able to purchase it OTC where it will sit next to the sinus medications, and we can sign a registry (so they know WHO you are) pay the nice lady and go home and smoke a fat one.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Odd things often strike me as funny. I’m not much on just a little demure “tee hee” or polite chuckle, it never happens that way. Well, maybe it begins that way, but the chuckle is forgotten as quickly as it gives way to something that more resembles convulsive fits.
The more inappropriate the situation, the more likely my beverage is to come out through my nose. When reason calls for a low profile, anonymity, or political correctness, and I am smitten (yes, I said smitten) by a word or situation that sends me reeling, I am the one covering my red, tear stained face, hoping no one asks and that they will just walk away wondering why I was crying.
Remember Ed Wynn’s character of Uncle Albert in Mary Poppins? That was my favorite segment of the movie. Maybe Uncle Albert and I suffer from the same affliction.
There have been many studies on laughter and the brain in healthy people and people with neurological diseases. Apparently I can be excused for my inappropriate responses.
Long before my diagnosis with MS, my family and I used to refer to the phenomenon as Inappropriate Emotional Response, a very serious, scientific sounding title. We have heard that there is even a drug prescribed for those with this grim sounding affliction.
But…be grim no more.
Today in my inbox I received a reputable MS newsletter that promised to discuss in full detail the cover topic:
NOW, THAT’S FUNNY!
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
When I began this Blog, I told myself that I was just playing with the idea. I wanted to see what I could learn to do with a web page. I wanted to explore the media and learn as I went, to possibly sharpen my techi skills in hopes of someday having an e-biz to generate some much needed moola.
To my new internet friends and readers I have to say it was a
good try, but not completely honest.
I have MS, but said this was not an MS Blog.
What’s wrong with an MS blog? I read others. There is a need to connect and share and educate.
Am I hiding?
Is it denial?
I read some words today in a wonderfully written blog that hit a nerve: ( geeesh, nerve, not meant to be an MS pun)
“I do not mean to attract attention or invite sympathy.”
Is it cognitive dissonance? I see it as a double edged sword. One side of the sword is the need to express your concerns, fears, frustrations and grief over the life you’ve lost while the other side is self loathing of perceived weakness, whining and vulnerability.
Still, I don’t want Multiple Sclerosis to define me. I don’t want to give it any more of my attention, energy and focus than it deserves. I guess it’s not what happens to us in this life that matters, but how we handle what happens to us that count. I fear that sometimes I handle it badly, then cut myself some slack only to do it again.
Monday, August 13, 2007
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Today being the first day I an type with both hands, the IV do-hicky that was taped to the back of my right hand was removed this afternoon following the last of my 3 day Solumedrol treatment. This was my first experience with IV steroids. I know it's probably too soon to say but I had terrible times twice before with oral doses, so I feel this is a great improvement.
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
“Patience is the key to joy.”
~ Melvana Rumi ~ 13th century sufi poet and mystic
I took this picture earlier this year at one of our local botanical gardens. I need to be reminded to sit, relax and be patient.
Being patient with myself has never been one of my strong suits, but I'm trying. Pushing mind over matter does not always work to my advantage. Sometimes you just have to rest, relax and go with the flow.
( Oh, yeah...Bubbie just ain't buying it today)
Monday, August 6, 2007
Did you know that a form of Interferon Beta 1-A, that matches the one that occurs naturally in the human body is made by extracting it from the ovaries of Chinese Hamsters? (as in Avonex, one of the popular MS treatments)
(Hamster ovaries? And why Chinese? Bigger ovaries? Bubbie’s trying to picture the future of Hamster farming…miles of little hanging water bottles, the deafening sound of all those exercise wheels…)
The poor Chinese Hamster is certainly not the first of animal species to have their females working for modern medicine. Pregnant mares have long been the natural resource for female hormone replacement made from their urine. There are studies being done on hormones and MS, so why not stir in some horse piddle too?
In traditional Chinese medicine they have myriad of horns, herbs, roots and powders and not all of them are botanical in nature. So, why is it that the the modern pharmaceuticals seem so surprising to me when I see that they were not just conjured up from thin air from the marvels of modern science and chemical alchemy?
And, knowing this, why is it that my doctors would rather write me a prescription for anything from constipation to insomnia than for me to take an over the counter, “natural” supplement that has been known for generations and by many cultures to alleviate the problem?
Thursday, August 2, 2007
Big Breakthrough for the Cure of Multiple Sclerosis
*Bubbie yawns…so tired…. (Maybe cynicism is a MS symptom)
According to Wickopedia: The physical development and phenotype of organisms can be thought of as a product of genes interacting with each other and with the environment, and genes can be considered as units of inheritance.
So, on every one of those amazing spiral staircases in the organism that is Bubbie, there are the genetic codes that say I have brown hair, am right handed , my second toe is longer than the big one, and I would not be surprised if there was one that says I like Thai food.
Now back to the big news. It’s called IL7.
I honestly believe that the study of the human genome is a facinating field, not unlike unlocking the secrets of the galaxies. And just like unlocking the secrets of the galaxies, I believe that the picture is bigger than we can comprehend. It’s like they are finding pieces of a never ending puzzle. They know it’s a puzzle piece, but where does it fit?
And, it’s not that I don’t admire and have the greatest respect for those researchers putting long hours in their labs, fearlessly charting and mapping where now man has charted and mapped before. I do, but what am I to think when they then say that having this gene does not mean you will develop Multiple Sclerosis.
Ok, so back to the definition of it interacting with the environment.
· You have the gene and you never went out in the sun and got enough vitamin D?(last week’s inbox)
· You have the gene and the house you grew up in was built on what is new a SuperFund clean-up site and it was geographically between two particular latitudes?
· You have the gene and you had a horrible virus while you were living in a darkened room in a house that was built on a toxic waste dump, that was between two particular geographical lattitudes?
And, this is for my friend TT:
*You have the gene and you forgot to wear your tinfoil hat while you contracted a virus, while living in a darkened room in a house built on a toxic waste dump, that was between two particular geographical lattitudes?
Maybe we should wait for the movie.