May 11, 2012
me+ME: Some nice things: Methylation-protocol + Ubuntu Linux
Here is some nice news for a change, as per the title:
I do not like to be angry or sad, though I have had plenty of cause for this in my life, indeed more so than the Dutchies I have to survive in the midst of, which I would not do if I were healthy - I mean live in the heaven for morons, mafiosi and degenerate politicians and bureaucrats.
Being ill I have no choice if I want to live, so I have been surviving with ME in Amsterdam and in Holland now for over 30 years nolens volens.
Lately, things have been improving for me:
Checking it out I found I mentioned the protocol first in Nederlog almost a year ago:
and after that
and then here
The brief summary is that I embarked in June of 2011 on a variant of Freddd´s methylation protocol, after having found from December 2010 onwards that hydroxy cobalamin helped me sore, and then reading up on that to arrive at two protocols listed on Phoenix Rising.
The protocol I adopted in June 2011 helped considerably, but I had to stop twice with it, and here I should add that my policy with protocols for supplements, with which I have rather a lot of experience since 1984, is generally to stop all or most, and try to return to something like a known base-line, and then try to build up from that to see whether I can find what´s wrong.
I did so in this case as well, after first finding that more than 5 mg of mB12 seems to lead to too little sleep, and then finding that I had ran into the potassium problem: One needs supplementing potassium when following the protocol, as also explained in the two main threads on the B12 protocol on Phoenix Rising
This took me some months to sort out and in the middle of February I added metafolate again (having stopped that in September) and almost immediately felt better.
Since then I have been gradually
improving: I still have the symptoms of ME (Canada criterions),
and still am far from healthy, but I have some more energy and feel
considerably better, which allowed me to realize something I had wanted
to do since early 2010 and had saved the money for by then: Buy a
new 64 bits computer and install that, in good working order, and with
my data from the old 32 bits computer
This I managed to do in the end of March (and simply could not have done the last 7 or more years) and went quite well, although there still are a few loose ends.
There is more on this in the next section, and I finish the present one by saying that I have been now for over 2 months been consistently better - less miserable, less exhausted - than the last 10 years, at least, which is very pleasant, and also have been able to do and been doing quite a lot more than I could do most of the time the last 10 years, these last two months.
I am far from cured, and still obviously ill, and the ME/CFS is much like it has been the last 25 years (that were considerably worse than the first 10 years with it, since I fell ill with Epstein-Barr on January 1, 1979, since when I have been ill), including ups and downs that are difficult to account for, but on average I have been improving slowly the last two months, in spite of doing a lot more each day, most days at least, than I could do on most days the last 10 years.
So this is one bit of quite nice
news, at least for me. The brief summary is that
And I certainly would have had no new computer without it - to the joys of which I turn now.
I bought a completely new 64 bits computer 6 weeks ago, which
came with Windows 7 Home Premium preinstalled, and no alternatives that
the shop could or would offer.
The advantage of buying such a new computer is that it should
easily work these days, what with Plug&Play and most things
standardized, which is rather different from how it used to be in the
1980ies, when I started personal computing, as explained here,
that also articulates an idea I still hold, mentioned in the title, and indeed with a lot more justification since I got Linux working on my new computer.
This I got done yesterday: I installed Ubuntu Linux 12.04, which you can find out more about here:
I first installed this on an USB
stick as explained here, a week ago
This was quite easy to do with this fine utility
I liked what I saw on the stick, and yesterday decided to use that to install it on my hard disk, which was done in 20 or 30 minutes - since when I have mostly been on Ubuntu Linux (<- Wikipedia) where this Nederlog also is written, because Ubuntu Linux is very much better, more pleasant to use, faster, and much more safe than Windows 7 or Windows XP, or Windows anything:
Here is - by the way - an
interesting comparison of Windows 8 and Ubuntu 12.04 (with more links
with similar conclusions):
So... I strongly recommend that, if your computer and health are up to it, to try Ubuntu Linux: This is how computing should be, and wholly apart from that, it also is a lot more pleasant and powerful to use than is Windows in any shape or form.
One last remark: I run Ubuntu as a
32 bits system on my 64 bits computer. There is a 64 bits Ubuntu
edition, but since Ubuntu recommended to use the 32 bits edition
(that´s likely to have been much better tested), I used that. It does
not look quite as crisp as does Windows 7 on 64 bits but it looks
bettter than Windows XP on my old 32 bits computer, on which I intend
to do the same: Install Ubuntu Linux on it.
And since this 64 bitter is not much faster than the 32 bitter, although it does have a lot more memory, it is a safe assumption Ubuntu can be installed on any 32 bit system that runs Windows: All you need is sufficient disk space.
So this is another bit of really
good news for me: While the Linuxes I tried 10-12n years ago didn´t
work on the vanilla PCs I then had, it does work very well indeed on
the vanilla PC I bought 6 weeks ago, which must be thanks to a lot of
hard and fine work by a lot of really intelligent people.
As to ME/CFS (that I prefer to call ME):
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.
See also: ME -Documentation and ME - Resources
The last has many files, all on my site to keep them accessible.
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