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  July 26, 2012                  
me+ME: Eye problems + mB12 protocol + Heller + Satie + Magritte + Carlin

   And it was generally those of meaner intelligence who showed the greater powers of survival and won the day.
   Such people boldly launched upon deeds. Their opponents, on the other hand, assuming there was no need to receive by action what they might obtain by reason and knowledge, were taken off their guard to be destroyed more easily, and perished in greater numbers.
   Human nature, now triumphant over the laws and accustomed, even in spite of their laws, to do wrong, took delight in showing that its passions were ungovernable, and that it was the enemy of everything superior to itself.
-- Joseph Heller, Picture this, p. 178


       1. Eye problems
       2. mB12 protocol
Heller + Satie + Magritte + Carlin

1. Eye problems

I still have eye problems, that are probably due to my staring far too long at a faulty monitor (an Acer). I have two other monitors installed now, a 15" and a 17" one, both of which I have used without any problems for years, which should help some, or at least should not make the problem worse than it is.

However, having been misdiagnosed several times now - if I consider the success:failure ratio of medical people in my case, throughout my life, it is in the neighbourhood of 10:90 ratio (*) - I finally got some drops against dry eyes yesterday (it is not easy to go out to serve your own interests if you are not healthy), and these help, though so far my eyes have not healed.

Then again, after two months of sore eyes - quite invalidating, in fact, and indeed also if I had been otherwise physically healthy - it is nice to have an idea about a cause and a treatment both of which seem to make sense.

2. mB12 protocol

Having written repeatedly about the mB12 protocol I use now in more or less the same form since March of this year, here follows the latest version, with less potassium and less metafolate than before. The previous one is here:
me+ME: About my mB12-protocol & Ubuntu and contains some qualifications, to the effect that I am reporting rather than recommending, and am not a medically qualified person, but a psychologically and philosophically qualified patient with ME/CFS since 1.1.1979.

The links are to Wikipedia items (and you ought to read these if you intend to follow or to follow this sort of protocol, in your own interests) and the prices in Euros, in Amsterdam, and rounded off:

Contents p/p Totals
Pills p/d
Price p/p
Unit price
aka mB12
mB12 5 mg (5000 mcg)
5,000 mcg    1
aka aB12
aB12 3000 mcg
3000 mcg    1


folic acid 500 mcg 200 mcg




aka folate
Solgar 800 mcg 1600 mcg
0,28  0,64  28,00 100
aka Kalium
200 mg
400 mg
Omega 3 Fish oils Toppharm
Fish oils 1000 mg
2000 mg
VM 75
Multivitamin with many ingredients
including zinc,
magnesium, vit D, folic acid

   1 0,40
TOTAL PER DAY            2,56    

It is mostly as was, except for less potassium and less metafolate (as recorded in the Totals column). The reason to lessen these is that this results in a protocol without any side-effects that I can see from it, which was the case with 600 mg potassium and 3 metafolate, which led to more pissing than is normal for me, which is most probably due - in my case - to the potassium.

The above helps - is very probable - without leading to problems or oddities - and again I have to add: for me. I prefer it that way, because I want to be safe rather than sorry, and I also see no need to piss considerably more than I do normally, probably to help the excess potassium disappear.

3. Heller + Satie + Magritte + Carlin

These are all artists I like (most of what I know of them, at least), and you may be interested as well:

The Heller quotation is from Picture This, which is probably his best work after Catch 22, and it sketches the ordinary human way, also fondly practised on patients forums, and since 2500 years now in the West, with the very probable outcome of a steady fall in average intelligence, because of (Heller rendering Aristotle)

Human nature, now triumphant over the laws and accustomed, even in spite of their laws, to do wrong, took delight in showing that its passions were ungovernable, and that it was the enemy of everything superior to itself.

If I am right in my pessimistic assessment of the crisis (<- link to a long series on the subject), there will be a lot more of this in the present century, quite possibly Real Soon Now. Then again, I strongly hope I am too pessimistic (but have been often right in my assessments of society and men, unlike almost everyone else in the country I live in - and no: it did not make me popular, and neither were Socrates or Cassandra).

In any case: Read Heller's Catch 22 and Picture this if you didn't: He was a very smart man, also with a talent for seeing things in a clearer fashion than almost all of his contemporaries.

Then for some music + video my readers may like: I like Satie, and the following is a link to tje first of his Gymnopedies, as rendered by Aldo Ciccolini (also on a record I have), with illustrations by Magritte.

If you didn't know one or both of these, chances are you will be pleasantly surprised; if you did know both, you'll probably have heard and seen it before.

Finally, for those who like poetry, wit, satire and George Carlin, here is a record of some of his poetry:

This is - unlike neary all modern poetry, that tends to be pretentious, not witty, boring, bad, and non-rhyming because that would overtax its author - fine as poetry, and quite witty, clever and amusing, but you do need to have a brain and a good command of American English to follow it all.




(*) Yes, you read that right, and yes, I mean it. I think the old saying "Nature heals while the doctor keeps the patient amused (and sees his bills are paid)" still applies, which also means that it often is not very dangerous to be ill diagnosed. To this one must add that allowing doctors to invade your body, invariably on the basis of their diagnosis, may also be quite risky. Then again, I think medicine - always apart from psychiatry - is a real science, and many mistakes are being made in diagnosing because it has been institutionalized in very unfortunate ways, namely in the interests of the doctors and the insurances, rather than the patients, notably in terms of the time and attention lavished as a matter of course on patients who are not high status high income folks.

P.S.     Corrections, if any are necessary, have to be made later.
-- Yes, the font is larger than yesterday: The point was to have it all one size. (If you dislike the size, Ctrl + Scrollwheel will gratify your desire.)
-- July 27, 2012: Corrected some typos and inserted a link.


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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