Inflammation? Oohh Matron!
Jun19

Inflammation? Oohh Matron!

  ms* was described as an autoimmune disorder on wikipedia and then a few years ago it was changed to an inflammatory disease. I’m not holding wikipedia up as the fount of all knowledge but yes ms, parkinsons and alzheimers all have a degree of neurodegeneration perhaps brought on by swelling in the brain (not necessarily of the entire brain). Our lesions, if they were visible would look like swollen, red areas you’d...

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Decisions for the The Long Game
Jun10

Decisions for the The Long Game

As an owner of a chronic condition things could go better if we think of life a little differently. I don’t want to be at an increased risk of getting Alzheimers and this strategy could be a way to reduce that risk. One thing that we definitely do have control of is what we choose to eat and not eat. There are a host of folk online who have thoughts about what, when, where, how and why we should make certain food decisions. I...

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All Clear Above and Behind… I have control.
Jun02

All Clear Above and Behind… I have control.

I used to go gliding when I was younger; the end of the title of this post is the response of a trainee glider pilot given in answer to their instructor’s statement at the beginning of the title so the instructor knows you are aware and conscious and ready to take hold of the controls. It felt unnatural at first: being catapaulted up into the air from the ground or getting towed into the sky behind an engined plane. When the...

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The Meaning of Success is… empathy?
Jun02

The Meaning of Success is… empathy?

Reflections on an event held in the West Road Concert Hall at Cambridge University (UK) on the 5th march, 2014. Released next to International Women’s Day events: a book launch looking at successful women employees of the organisation. The Meaning of Success It seemed the thing that brought all these women through their careers to the point where they could be highly regarded by their peers was great support from parents,...

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protected by Tami who?
Apr11

protected by Tami who?

Roche is in the spotlight for its questionable business practices regarding Tamiflu I believe the most recent scandal from the pharmaceutical corner of the rampant capitalism boxing ring is being amply represented by Roche and its unwillingness to share data on the effectiveness of its antiviral Tamiflu. Governments around the world have been encouraged over the last four years to buy stockpiles of this drug to protect its citizens...

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keepin’ it real?
Mar13

keepin’ it real?

This you tube clip is the reason I’ve had issues with my caregivers. the clip shows a man who traditionally would be wearing a white coat talking about other men in white coats’ ‘waste of time and resources’ research. I guess one of the problems I have is that I’ve been led to believe that the way science works is someone puts forward a theory – people disagree with that theory but need to prove it...

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