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  Apr 15, 2012                  

  Varia: ME-info + visual art + musical art

I am around: The reason there were no Nederlogs for two days is that I was busy on other things, which is also the reason the present Nederlog is short. Then again, it has some interesting materials as regards medicine and art.

1. Some ME/CFS-information
2. Visual Art
3. Music From The Sixties

1. Some ME/CFS-information

Here are two links to published essays by Rich van Konynenburg Ph.D. that relate to his protocol

     - Theory of Glutathione Depletion and Methylation Blockade in
        Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Simple Methylation Treatment Protocol for Chronic Fatigue

This is simply to back up my claims in the previous Nederlog and to provide more information on Van Konynenburg's B12-protocol. For more about this, see the last link.

And here is another finding by the same author, that is not his work, but is interesting. It is reported on Phoenix Rising here

     - New biomarker test for ME/CFS

with a link to a paper that one either cannot get or is behind a paywall. Then again, in the thread the last link accesses, there is at least an abstract of a patent as follows, with the link in the title:

Title: NADH and NADPH pharmaceuticals for  treating chronic fatigue syndrome  United States Patent 5712259

Abstract: A method for treating Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or alleviating symptoms thereof wherein the reduced form of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH) or the reduced form of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADPH) or physiologically compatible salts or derivatives of NADH and/or NADPH are administered to a person suffering from the syndrome or its symptoms. Patients so treated exhibit greatly improved physical strength and performance over time, and their symptoms including fatigue, muscle pain and weakness, and headaches are greatly alleviated.

Without the text this is not easy to judge, but it is somewhat interesting there is talk of a biomarker and of NADH. Then again, I have briefly experimented with that as a supplement some 10 or more years ago and did not find much of a difference, though there was a small positive one. I did not continue the experiment because it was fairly expensive (for my minimal income); because the effect was not large; and because I did not know enough about it (having then a very slow and flaky telephone-modem).

2. Visual Art

I once considered - I was around 16/17 - going to art school, because I liked drawing and could do so fairly well. Then again, it was not very much in character, and I very soon decided that, while I could get admittance, this wasn't for me, because really good draughtsmen are simply better at drawing than I am, and because I did not have much of a passion for it, and because art school at the time (The Sixties just had broken loose in full power) and the place (Amsterdam) was far too much hippy-trippy for my tastes.

It was a very sensible decision I do not regret, but I do have some remaining fondness for and interest in realistic painting and drawing ("abstract art" for me is mathematics or music: I don't like it at all in painting, ever since I was a small child) and hence the following link, which is quite astounding:

    - Panorama of Departure Herald, painted in Ming Dynasty

Quotation as to what it is:

- "Departure Herald", 26 m (85 ft) in length, from the Jiajing reign period (1522-1566 AD); the painting shows the emperor's large procession heading towards the imperial tombs of the Ming emperors located roughly 50 km north of the capital Beijing.

It is on Wikipedia and the full picture takes 8.7 MB and can be scrolled through and enlarged as a normal jpeg if downloaded.

3. Music From The Sixties

I never wanted to be a musician but I like music, of various kinds also, from Renaissance to pop, minus popular classics, brass bands and jazz in most forms. My father was quite musical and played the violin well, and some three or four other instruments as well, and indeed had made money playing the violin, but my mother wasn't musical at all, and I have inherited her auditory memory: Good enough for everyday life and carrying a tune, but not at all on the level of professional musicians (which I know because I lived with a woman who could have been one, and played the violin: comparatively she had no visual memory, and I no auditory one, which made it quite clear that we did live in different sorts of subjective worlds).

I was born in 1950 and recall The Sixties well, in part because it really was like a social awakening from the poor, greyish, restricted 1950ies; in part because the main motor that drove that awakening was pop music; and in part because there were some very original "sounds", so to speak: The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, to start with, and somewhat later Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin, to name some famous names, that were really and immediately striking right from the beginning, and also for being recognizably different from the others, and in a class of their own.

Here is another one, from a record I bought in 1967 or 1968, that I lost within a decade, and that I hadn't thought about until recently, what with the new computer and a little more health, and my asking myself what I could find back on the internet - Youtube mostly - of the great original sounds of The Sixties. Plenty of the ones I mentioned, that almost everyone born since 1950 meanwhile must have heard, at some point, if not deaf, but my guess is that few of my readers, even if they are as old as or older than I am, have heard of Tim Buckley or heard his songs.

Here are four Tim Buckley songs from the album I bought and lost, called "Goodbye and hello", from 1967, when Buckley was 20:

Pleasant Street  (5 min 6 sec)

Goodbye and hello (8 min 36 sec)

Phantasmagoria in Two (3 min 30 sec)

I never asked to be your mountain (6 min 1 sec)

There's rather a lot more by him on Youtube, including materials about his brief life (he ODed age 28) and the almost as brief life of his son, also a pop-singer (who drowned at 30, without alcohol or drugs).

Probably you either like his music or loathe it, neither of which can be helped. I like it, and recalled it well enough to have wanted to refind it after not having heard any of it for more than 35 years - but even if you don't like it, you probably agree that his sound and style are all of his own, and quite striking.

And I probably have pleasantly surprised quite a few of my readers, and that was the point of writing this.

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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