[ExI] Bad medical news for your Nanogirl
nanogirl at halcyon.com
Thu Apr 10 00:58:15 UTC 2008
Thank you Stuart, this D link is very interesting, I am looking into it and am already taking a supplement. And yes as I am learning - there does seem to be a very clear latitudinal correlation (look at this map I found: http://www.dawnryan.com/Americana/MSMAP-1.jpg). In fact I moved here to Seattle in 99, beforehand I lived mostly in California, and I do spend a majority of my time doing animation work in front of the computer. I try to get walks in but I have to admit that I am very passionate and committed about what I do and when I get involved it is hard for me to tear myself away. But I will need to do so more often.
The irony is I had thought it best for me to avoid the sun because I am very fair (as well as sensitive skin) and had severe burns (even second degree) when I was younger. I barely have any biological family history but I did find out there was a fatal melanoma which only validated the concerns. I should have however taken D to compensate, but that's hindsight and you know how that goes. So for me, it is a fine window of the proper dose of sunshine, not too much as to damage and not too little (which I now know). I'll just have to work on it. And about the proof, my husband seems more than willing to indulge the idea and I'm supposed to be getting my rest now boys! Today I am feeling better. The last two days I had some tenderness around my shoulders and neck, but I woke up today and that artifact is gone. I feel rather sluggish and my vision isn't squared up yet, so I'm still hanging in there for better results. They gave me my first infusion on Friday and the last on Sunday and they said it can take a week, so my body could still be just working it's way through the process. In the meantime we do have the other tests scheduled, the optic nerve test, the neck/spine mri, and the spinal tap will all be performed within the next few weeks. I'm glad for this, the sooner the better. Then I'll know where I stand and what I need to do. I'm hanging in there.
Gina "Nanogirl" Miller
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----- Original Message -----
From: The Avantguardian
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Sent: Sunday, April 06, 2008 1:40 PM
Subject: Re: [ExI] Bad medical news for your Nanogirl
--- Gina Miller <nanogirl at halcyon.com> wrote:
> Anyway, my fellow extropes, nanotech supporters and
> cryonicists, I would love to hear from you.
> A direct link to my post is here:
I am sorry to hear about your condition, Gina. It may cheer you up to
hear that science is making pretty good progress in understanding it.
It seems to be far more environmental than genetic although some
genetic backgrounds such as the eskimos are very resistant to it. The
biggest buzz in the medical journals lately is the link between MS
progression and vitamin D deficiency caused by living in high latitudes
and/or dietary insufficiency. Living in the Seattle area as you do, it
would probably benefit you to get some sunlight or UV B action going
on. If you can't relocate southward than maybe tanning booths are a
doable alternative. In any case summer is coming so try and soak up
whatever sun you can. I expect you to post bikini photos as proof that
you are following my advice. ;-) Also rituxamab (generic for Rituxan)
has been showing some preliminary promise as a treatment, but I'll
leave recommendations for drugs per se to your doctor.
alt email: stuart"AT"ucla.edu
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