Solve ME/CFS Initiative Takes Part in #MillionsMissing Protest

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I have become home/bedbound with M.E. (Myalgic Encelphalomyelitis), which is why my blogging has all but disappeared. When my energy allows, I have been writing a new entry bit-by-bit with the hope of getting it online soon. In the meantime, I must reblog this important entry by Sunshinebright about the MillionsMissing Project. I did manage to tweet in support on May 25th, so I feel good about participating in my own small way. Many thanks to all who made the Project a successful protest. Now the test is to see where we go from here: did the people we needed to reach listen? Time, and possibly continueing the MillionsMissing Mission, will tell…

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Solve ME/CFS Initiative President Carol Head said that following last year’s Institute of Medicine report, there is no reason for the federal government to drag its feet on aggressively funding research on the disease.

“It is the role of NIH and CDC to care for the health of their citizens, and the health of those citizens is currently being funded by ourselves for ourselves,” Head said.

The protest included a series of demonstrations by ME/CFS patients and their loved ones at locations around the country and across the world, including: Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Philadelphia, London, Melbourne, Seattle, Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Raleigh, Canada, the Netherlands and Belfast. Protesters in D.C. assembled outside the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) headquarters. Other U.S. protesters assembled outside the regional HHS offices.

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Millions Missing demonstration in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Mary F. Calvert) #MillionsMissing demonstration in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mary F. Calvert)

The shoes represent the active lives lost by the owners…

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Body Image Experiment

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For many decades, the media has idealized their image of the “perfect woman”, going so far as to photo-shop pictures of models to inhuman proportions. Culture dictates that looks are important. The message comes across to females of all ages and shapes that they do not measure up. For many women, this expectation can damage their self-esteem.
In recent years, a backlash has been building against the media’s message, and rightly so. Many women, along with some men, are speaking out, their message being that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. It is time for us to be comfortable in our own skin.
In the following video, presented by HLN, Amy Pence-Brown puts her message forth by stripping down to her underwear in the middle of an outdoor market. The response is heartwarming.

Brain Inflammation – Its Similarity In Autism and ME

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I have given this link to my daughter, as she was just stating today that she thinks she may have ME also. It may just be the Autism. We have noted several times that both she and I share certain “traits” in our illnesses. This may explain why.

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I follow “Onward Through the Fog,” a blog on blogspot, authored by Erica Verrillo, a talented person who suffers from ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis).  Her reports and research are top notch.

In this particular posting, Erica reports on the similarity of some findings affecting Autism and ME/CFS.  These findings have to do with brain inflammation.

A John Hopkins study acts as confirmation that excitotoxicity caused by chronic inflammation is central to autism.
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Excitotoxicity has been put forth as a mechanism of ME/CFS by a number of clinicians and researchers, including Drs. Paul Cheney, Jay Goldstein, Morris and Maes, Martin Pall, and, most recently, Jarred Younger.

 

 

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Shower Time for Woody

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I know it has been a bit since last posting anything – a lot has gone on, some good, some not so much.

However, instead of going into all that now, I would rather have a laugh, as laugh therapy is a requirement in my life. It should be in yours also!

Today’s “medicine” is brought to you by Woody, a cat (of course!) who obviously appreciates a good shower.

 

Deez Nuts Speaks: Meet Brady Olson, The 15-Year-Old Candidate for President

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Just to get your minds off “The Donald” and all the usual political stuff… I present an update on McCubbins (see my previous blog “Meow is the Time…” )

PHOTO: Brady Olson, 15, of Wallingford, Iowa, filed a statement of candidacy form under the name "Deez Nuts" with the Federal Election Commission in July.

Meet Deez Nuts -a high school boy in Iowa named Brady Olson. He is sharing his ticket with Limberbutt.

Candidate Limberbutt McCubbins is not the first non-human to become a presidential candidate. Others include a pig named Pigasus the Immortal in 1968 and Molly the Dog in 2008.

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He is a third-party candidate for President running to shake up America’s gridlocked political system, hoping to create a movement on the ground to mobilize voters who are upset with the state of the election. He calls himself Deez Nuts. And he is 15 years old.

Deez Nuts is actually a high school boy in Iowa named Brady Olson, and he’s putting up some of the best third-party candidate numbers in two decades, never mind the fact that he’s 20 years too young to legally be President.

Olson told TIME in an email that it’s no secret in his hometown that he’s the man behind Deez Nuts. “[My] school has been contacted by media so they know,” he said. “My family and friends are taking this well and they support me fully.”

Olson said he decided to run because he is “frustrated with the two-party system,” and the viral…

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