largely forgotten data linking bacterial nasopharyngeal infections
My father fought in WW2 so was in the army for years and years before I was conceived!
Like Minai I happen to think that MS is not an autoimmune disease, but is caused by an infection, chlamydia pneumoniae, which most people will come across but will only affect people genetically predisposed to it. That is my genetic link, not the fact that my father was in the military.
Incidentally, my mother was as well and her father, who was a colonel. It runs in the blood but I decided on the artistic life!
Also, though it was aggressively progressive my MS is in full retreat with the antibiotics. I have had no MS event for these last four years. This maybe is the cure.
Ancel Keys deserves the lion's share of credit for convincing us that cholesterol levels predict heart disease and that dietary fat is a killer. Keys ran the Laboratory of Physiological Hygiene at the University of Minnesota and considered it his franchise, as he would tell Time magazine, "to find out why people get sick before they got sick." He became famous during World War II by developing the K ration for combat troops--the "K", it is said, stood for "Keys". He spent the later war years doing the seminal study of human starvation, using conscientious objectors as his subjects. He then documented the experience, along with the world's accumulated knowledge on starvation, the The Biology of Human Starvation, a fourteen-hundred-page tome that cemented Keys's reputation. (I'll talk more about Keys's remarkable starvation study in chapter 15.)
Keys's abilities as a scientist are arguable--he was more often wrong than right--but his force of will was indomitable. Henry Blackburn, his longtime collaborator at Minnesota, described him as "frank to the point of bluntness, and critical to the point of sharpness." David Kritchevsky, who studied cholesterol metabolism at the Wistar Institute in Philadelphia and was a competitor, described Keys as "pretty ruthless" and not a likely winner of any "Mr. Congeniality" awards. Certainly, Keys was a relentless defender of his own hypotheses; he minced few words when he disagreed with a competitor's interpretation of the evidence, which was inevitably when the evidence disagreed with his hypothesis.
When Keys launched his crusade against heart disease in the late 1940s, most physicians who believed that heart disease was caused by diet implicated dietary cholesterol as the culprit. We ate too much cholesterol-laden food--meat and eggs, mostly--and that, it was said, elevated our blood cholesterol. Keys was the first to discredit this belief publicly, which had required, in any case, ignoring a certain amount of the evidence. In 1937, two Columbia University biochemists, David Rittenberg and Rudolph Schoenheimer, demonstrated that the cholesterol we eat has very little effect on the amount of cholesterol in our blood. When Keys fed men for months at a time on diets either high or low in cholesterol, it made no difference to their cholesterol levels. As a result, Keys insisted that dietary cholesterol had little relevance to heart disease. In this case, most researchers agree.
ssgwildbill wrote:Hi Family Member,
I am currently an active duty national guardsman and was diagnosed with MS in May of 2008. My first symptom was while I was deployed to Iraq in 2003. I am now currently going through a MEB/PEB board where I am sure they will find me not fit for duty. I have an LOD signed by personnel at the pentagon and hope that the VA and DOD help me. My state has been messing with me for the past 3+ years and now with only 15 years active duty I do not know what my future will be. I lost an E7 promotion back in Feb 09 due to my diagnosis and I am still very bitter about it. The personnel down at Ft. Riley, KS told me that I will be discharged within 294 & 365 days. While at Ft. Riley, KS my PEBLO told me that MS is now considered the agent orange of OIF. I have heard alot about the VA looking into the possibility that the Anthrax vaccine may have something to do with MS but that has yet to be proven.
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