Atherosclerosis

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I am just going outside and may be some time

My "stash" of antibioticsi is nearly depleted.  I have enough left to do two occasions of intermittent treatment and then that will have to have been sufficient.

I will continue the supplementsi (including NACi).

Those of you who recognize the quote will understand the desperation to find an effective treatment that led me here as well as my fear that I may be stopping just short of the depot with disasterous consequences. I do not in any way seek to connect my present circumstances to the quote's spirit of self-sacrifice.

 

With Apologies to Barbara Streisand

People

People who need Doctors

Are the sickest people in the world...

Now, I'm not trying to start a controversy here about the fact that there sick people who don't have access to medical care, just trying to come up with a subject line based in popular culture that is at least somewhat obliquely related to the subject of the post and might keep me in contention for the Bulwer-Lytton prize.

Anyway, some time ago I went to one of the Lyme disease sites and downloaded the names of some doctors who are willing to treat patients with antibioticsi

Unless All Dream Alike, You Must Not Ask Them to Remember It

I had an MRI in January 2009.  The M.S. specialist ordered it because I have been having mild headaches at the top of my head that precede things "happening". 

  • For example, I had a headache that came on before I temporarily lost my ability to write a cursive "D" (and hence lost the ability to sign my name).
  • I also had a headache come on and when it had passed, my need to get up at 3:00 a.m. to go to the bathroom had all but vanished. 

The MRI was done:

Wanted to get this in before vacation

Well, pulse #19 was so mild that I wanted to get the next one in before starting vacation.  Pulse #20 was completed on 3/12/2009.  I'll be really surprised if the post-pulse reaction sends me to the emergency room in Hot Springs.

I think they may have been right

I recall reading an observation that when people on the CAPi start to feel better, they seem to blog less often.  I guess there must be something to that because I forgot to log on and blog when I completed pulse #19.

The aftermath was not entirely reaction-free as I did have some shortness of breath on the 4th, but more charcoal banished it in short order.  

Blank

Completed pulse #18 tonight. 

My wife is listening to a recording of "Jerusalem" on Youtube.  The music makes typing this whole thing sound more auspicious than it is.

Drying out

I must be drying out from the "intoxication" of the bacterial detritus because I can't come up with a snappy subject line any longer.  I guess this forum may have just lost a promising contender for the Bulwer-Lytton contest. 

Anyway, I just downed the metronidazole to mark the completion of pulse #17.

 

 

 

 

Kissing Your Sister

During 2008 I did so many pulses while I was traveling that doing the last one at home seemed to be missing something.

Anyway, pulse #16 completed.

Have a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Joyous New Year.

 

Autoimmunity Heat Shock Protein 60 CPn Infection LINKED

The whole article, Autoimmunityi to Human Heat Shock Proteini 60, Chlamydia pneumoniae Infection, and Inflammationi in Predicting Coronary

http://atvb.ahajournals.org/cgi/reprint/22/3/431.pdf<

This is not a new article and my thanks to Marie who previously posted the abstract to this ... to which no one replied.  I'm not looking to point fingers.  I'm reposting this because I think it's important.  It rang alot of bells with me.

1) Cariology is way ahead of Neurology in figuring out what CPni does.

2) CPn has been linked to autoimmunity

Podcast on Cpn by Two of the Major Chlamydial Researchers

A very good podcast on Chlamydias by two of the top researchers in the area, Elizabeth Stuart and Wilmore Webley at UMass. They discuss the relationship to cardiac disease, some relationship of Chlam T to cervical cancer, and both Chlam T and Cpni to asthmai in children. 70% of pediatric asthma patients they tested have Chlamydia, with sexually transmitted version and respiratory version (Cpn) at about 50-50. Very important work.

http://www.umasstechcast.org/2008/09/techcast-at-umass-6-microbiologists...<

 

Does PrimaCare count as an Emergency Room?

Ended up at Primacare the other night.  I was lifting my wife's uncle's Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC - bet most here don't recall what that was) footlocker when the handle broke and it landed on my left foot.  The bruising and swelling looked a lot like a similar break a few years ago so I hobbled into Primacare; a local "doc in a box" that I knew from past experience had an x-ray machine.  Turns out that I had not broken the foot.

The worst part of it is that I can't blame any of this on the reaction to the last pulse since the aftermath has been completely unremarkable.

Fifteen down - and how many to go?

Fifteenth pulse completed today. 

Overall, had the same experience as the last few pulses of getting "supercharged" after starting the flagyl.  Also, had very severe shortness of breath a couple of times reminiscent of my experience in Chicago.  If I had not already had the experience of making a trip to the Emergency Room in Chicago last year, I would have probably ended up going to check out what the E.R. looked like a Houston's Memorial Herrman hospital.  I've heard its a good one.  Anyway, the dyspnea passed and I'm now just waiting for the endotoxinsi to hit.

I also have to remember to keep it a secret from my son that flagyl turns the color of urine orange since that's his favorite color.  

 

 

Short of breath in Toledo

A week after pulse #14 completed and I was in Toledo when I started having shortness of breath problems just like those that sent me to the hospital back in September 2007 (see prior blog posts for all the gory details). 

Since I knew that this was probably just a visit from Dame Endotoxini the Mistress of Misery, I just upped my charcoal intake and made sure I didn't miss any WelChol tablets and it has pretty much cleared up on its own.

Guess this means I'm killing something.  Can't wait for November to start pulse #15.

Pulsus Interruptus

Was well into pulse #14 when I got side-lined by a stomach bug that went through town.  I couldn't keep anything down for 36 hours.  While it's not fun being sick on the road it does have at least one benefit - since most hotels use either a boiler or tankless system, I didn't have to worry about running out of hot water when I took 45 minute showers to try and calm down the body aches.  As soon as my stomach calmed down, I did resume the antibioticsi so hopefully there was no harm done (except to the bugs).
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