Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Drugs; It's Your Choice


Found two interesting articles in the news today.

 Injectable MS drugs do not halt disease progression. My own opinion on this is that I don't believe that MS is an autoimmune disease. The immune system attacks the lining of the brain and spine due to inflammation. What is causing that?  One theory is that blood is backing up in the brain; causing inflammation. Another is that a lack of vitamin D or poor absorption of vitamin D could be responsible.

The study cited in this article does say that interferons cut MS relapses. I still don't understand how they reached that conclusion given that MS is so unpredictable.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/18/health/research/multiple-sclerosis-drug-doesnt-stop-disability-study-finds.html?emc=eta1

Then we have another study showing that marijuana does reduce pain and vaporizers are an effective way to give the benefits of weed without harmful tars and other chemicals.

For myself I can  state that marijuana is the best pain reliever I have ever used. I no longer need to take Ibuprofen or ASA.  It also calms my muscle spasms and my"nighttime worries". For some reason the night is when I think of all the terrible things that might happen to me, which makes it so hard to get to sleep.  A few puffs on my vaporizer and I calm down and fall asleep.  Nice!

I know using a vaporizer is much better than smoking a joint. If I had to smoke marijuana I would give it up. Smoking marijuana is almost as bad as  smoking cigarettes
The coughing and throat irritation tells me that something bad is going into my lungs  

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2012/07/17/156468/research-backs-up-claims-of-medical.html


So the choice is yours to make. Everyone is different. Keeping yourself informed in order to make wise decisions about your health is one of the best things you can do.  

6 comments:

Allison said...

Hey I would appreciate if you checked out my blog. It's http://manicuredwheelchairgloves.blogspot.com/. I am trying to figure out what is wrong with me and think it may be MS. I would also like to like from my blog to yours if that is okay just let me know on my blog if I can or not. Many thanks and have a good day!

Cris Basham said...

Carole,
Thanks for your blog. I'm recently diagnosed with MS and friends have encouraged me to make a blog myself. I was hesitant but i made one. I hope you don't mind but I linked your site to mine for further info for my friends on MS and insights on the world Im just entering.
Please link to mine if you think its appropriate. Thank You and Much Luck in your day to day.
http://criscare.org/blog/
Cris Basham

patticake66 said...

I wish you would do thorough research before you state comments such as MS drugs don't stop disease progression. Unless you are an M.D.,who studies MS drugs, you don't belong saying such things. MS drugs actually help people and there is scientific proof that they work. If you are blogging, take responsibility with what you say!

patticake66 said...

Before you state comments like MS drugs do not stop progression, do your research. They most certainly do and unless you are an M.D. who specializes in these specific drugs, you have no right saying such things. I, and many others, have been greatly helped by these drugs and common folk such as you, have no right saying such things. If you think you know enough to blog, exercise some responsibility that goes along with blogging or get off the internet.

Taxingwoman said...

I stand by my views about MS drugs because I do my research. MS drugs do not halt progression, they have serious side effects and they cost lots of money
If you believe what the drug companies are claiming, you are a fool!!

Captain America said...

Carole,
I am sorry that you have developed MS; it's a terrible thing. I luckily do not have MS. I am a pursuer of health; which I think came from my father dying of a heart condition when I was only 14; he was 42. So I have learned many, many things and someone that you may or may not heard of is Dr. Terry Wahls. She was diagnosed with MS and with the best of care, with the best MS doctors her health continued to decline. She could not even walk short distances and bought a reclining powered wheel chair. She decided to take matter into to her own hands and started learning everything she could about brain chemistry and nerves from a function medicine website. She learned about all the building blocks that were needed to have neurotransmitters and nerves function properly. She thought to go down the supplement route, but then thought it would be even better if she used food, since she would get those vital nutrients plus many other unnamed compounds that we will discover one day. So she went on her quest and formulated a diet that was similar to a pre-farming diet (i.e. paleo) tailored to her needs. And she began to improve! You could not tell that she has MS anymore; she can walk again, ride her bike again and function like a normal person. Sorry if you already heard this story, but it is just such a great story of redeemed health. If you want to watch her TEDx talk check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLjgBLwH3Wc It is called "Minding Your Mitochondria"
If you have heard of her, have you tried her diet? And if so has it helped you?
I firmly believe in the power of nutrition. What a person eats seems relatively insignificant to many them when it comes to disease, but once I got it the connection; it totally made sense.
I wish you well.
Steve