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  Apr 3, 2012                  

me+ME: A bit more on the new computer and the mB12-protocol

This continues my previous Nederlog.

My new computer now has been installed, and it works as it should - so far as I can see, and by various tests by various programs (but then I will leave out being precise, mostly, for safety reasons and not to bore you).


1. The new computer
2. My mB12 protocol

1. The new computer

I meanwhile got nearly all the data-files of the old computer to the new one, including the files for my website, and I am now writing Nederlog from the new computer, because I can and because it is more pleasant that way.

This transporting of files also turned out to be easy, with a USB-stick, and I am quite pleased that I have succeeded in copying a lot of material from the old to the new computer, also without having had to jump through hoops, and without being forced to find out various things. (Moving to a new computer used to be a major pain in the old days, before things were standardized and without internet.)

I am glad it all worked and turned out to be easy to do, while it may be mildly interesting to some that by far the largest amounts of data I transported concern philosophy, logic and computing rather than ME/CFS. The reason for this fact is that I am really more interested in philosophy and logic than in most other things, including ME/CFS. (You see the same in my sites, by the way, especially as regards philosophy.)

Then again, I have downloaded quite a lot about and around ME/CFS since October 2009, when I got a lot more actively interested in ME/CFS that I have since January 1, 1979 (1) because of the Science paper about XMRV and (2) because I could: Until May 2009 I had spent almost 13 years of surfing by a phone-modem that nominally should have worked at 56 Kb per second or so, but often didn't do any better than between 4 and 20 Kb  - and under such conditions even downloading one of my own Nederlogs could be problematic, not to speak of whole directories of my site (uploading was as slow as downloading), or huge pdf -files.

All of that material - over half a GB, apart from what is on my site in the section ME/RESOURCES  - I now can much easier and faster sort on the new computer, and it is likely that I will soon review and update the last link, probably with rather a lot of files.

As I said before, the most striking thing about the new computer is the screen, which is huge: Effectively twice the screen of the old computer, and much sharper and also considerably faster. This is a lot easier to work with and also is considerably more pleasant to look at than the old one - that in fact is a quite decent flat screen for a 32 bits computer, but that looks greyish and vague where the new one looks bright and crisply sharp, and besides, the old one is a lot slower because of less computing power.

I suppose that most of the improvements I see are due to hardware improvements: 64 bits processor, with nearly 500 GB harddisk and 4 GB memory, but what I saw from Windows 7 does look well, and often seems a bit smoother and more user-friendly than Windows XP. (In case you were to ask: I never used Windows Vista, and never wanted to, after reading knowledgeable people about its shortcomings.)

Also, one of my aims with the new computer is to run a decent Linux on it and once I have that going I may write a comparison of the user- interfaces and of the available software for both operating systems.

2. My mB12 protocol

I corrected some minor typos in the protocol in my previous Nederlog, but none of any major importance. Here are three more points, in addition to the ones I made in the last linked file:

        • I am and was speaking for myself and about myself, and I may
          use amounts of various supplements that may not be fit for you:
          I am a male of nearly 2 meters tall. So....
        • Don't believe things because I say so, and try to find things out
          for yourself from the internet. And notably, remember that
        • Folks writing on patients forums quite often turn out to be pig-
          ignorant about matters that they write about with pretended

There is some good information on Phoenix Rising about the mB12 protocol, notably here:

but there also is a lot of nonsense there and in other threads on Phoenix Rising, not only about B12 either, namely by people who just don't know even basic science, basic statistics and basic methodology, but don't mind writing reams of texts about things they know hardly anything about, simply because they are vain, lonely or wacky, and also are safely anonymous, while it's just your time and attention they steal in their attempts to look interesting.

If you are at all up to it, in terms of education and health and a fairly decent computer, you should do internet-searches for more information and make up your own mind, rather than rely on the say-so of some anonymous person, who usually is clearly without any relevant education or knowledge, who claims to be a patient, and who rarely bothers to provide any references whatsoever for his or her - regularly wacky - writings. (*)

As it happens, at least for those who qualify in terms of minimal education, health and computing, most of what sensible folks want to know about supplements can be found out from the internet-in-general, that is far more useful than the opinions of people with little or no scientific education, who freely dogmatize anonymously on patients' forums, not because they have any relevant knowledge, but because they want - the illusion of - some sort of social life that way.

Please note: I am not saying you should not share your findings with others; I am saying that you can't rely on the opinions, sayings, writings or reputed findings of merely a few anonymous patients - and that you do not need to rely on them either, unless you are very dumb, very ill, or very poor.

And finally, I am also not saying you should believe me:

I am just one individual, there is very much I don't know, and in any case what I wrote about the possible benefits of the mB12-protocol is 'anecdotical evidence': One man's particular experiences, in his own words. But then again the mB12-protocol has helped me while many other things I tried didn't help at all, while quite a few other persons who say they have the same disease as I have been diagnosed with have similar experiences as I have with the protocol, both as regards the ups and as regards the downs (**), and that's why I wrote repeatedly about it: It may help some people with ME/CFS - and then especially those who think for themselves and try to find things out in a rational way.


(*) Remember: A person like me, who does have the degrees, on Phoenix Rising is NOT allowed to publicly say that someone else clearly has no academic degrees and doesn't know what he is talking about. That is "offensive" to such pretending nutters, and not to be offensive to plain lying nutters is a sine qua non to become A Somebody on Phoenix Rising and to be truly beloved in the US and among ordinary men and women of all kinds. See my Crisis: The Age of Ignorance for the operative sentiment and sense of values:

"What we have (..) is the rebellion of dull minds against the intellect."

This will probably be one of my next themes, since it so happens that Allan Bloom's The Closing of the American Mind has been reprinted after 25 years. Here is my review of it, not long after it was first published: Truth and Value. And here the proof that I have been saying so, publicly, for over 25 years now: Spiegeloog-columns, both in Dutch and in English translation.

(**) Actually this is useful probabilistic empirical evidence that similar processes are involved in different people.

Corrections, if any are necessary, have to be made later.


As to ME/CFS (that I prefer to call ME):
1.  Anthony Komaroff Ten discoveries about the biology of CFS (pdf)
3.  Hillary Johnson The Why
4.  Consensus of M.D.s Canadian Consensus Government Report on ME (pdf)
5.  Eleanor Stein Clinical Guidelines for Psychiatrists (pdf)
6.  William Clifford The Ethics of Belief
7.  Paul Lutus

Is Psychology a Science?

8.  Malcolm Hooper Magical Medicine (pdf)
 Maarten Maartensz
ME in Amsterdam - surviving in Amsterdam with ME (Dutch)
 Maarten Maartensz Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

Short descriptions of the above:                

1. Ten reasons why ME/CFS is a real disease by a professor of medicine of Harvard.
2. Long essay by a professor emeritus of medical chemistry about maltreatment of ME.
3. Explanation of what's happening around ME by an investigative journalist.
4. Report to Canadian Government on ME, by many medical experts.
5. Advice to psychiatrist by a psychiatrist who understa, but nds ME is an organic disease
6. English mathematical genius on one's responsibilities in the matter of one's beliefs:

7. A space- and computer-scientist takes a look at psychology.
8. Malcolm Hooper puts things together status 2010.
9. I tell my story of surviving (so far) in Amsterdam/ with ME.
10. The directory on my site about ME.

See also: ME -Documentation and ME - Resources
The last has many files, all on my site to keep them accessible.

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