Happy birthday to TechWolf!
Brain drugs... okay. The only real side effect I'm noticing from the Lyrica is dizziness, and I can deal with that. The difference re: my mental clarity and balance is astounding.
Fibro-wise - ouch. Seriously, y0. I'm getting a massage today, which should help.
I got Elayna's membership and our hotel room squared away last night. :) (Adam and I are likely to be panelists and therefore get free membership - I actually have an idea for a fast-track panel this year.) *does the dance of the prepared*
I would like to have a room party this year, seeing as people have been bugging me for years to hold one. I'm willing, but I need a co-host (just someone to be responsible for the room if I need to leave the party for a bit) and donations. We're stretching the budget to afford our room - I can't afford to get another room just for a party! So if you're going to Arisia and/or are interested in funding the Nexus Party, just let me know. I'd like to grab a room in the Active block soon, if there's adequate interest.
Huge Fibromyalgia News
Pieces of the Fibromyalgia puzzle are slowly falling into place, and researchers are moving toward a unified theory that explains the etiology and pathogenesis of the disease.
While the conviction among the majority of Fibromyalgia researchers is that Fibromyalgia represents a significant sensitization of the brain and spinal cord, some leading researchers have recently formed a theory that takes the "Sensitization Theory" a step further, to what can be called the "Hippocampus Hypothesis" or "Dopamine Hypothesis." This fascinating theory states that FM is primarily a brain dysfunction resulting from stress-induced physiological changes to a part of the brain called the hippocampus and to the important neurotransmitter that it regulates - dopamine.
*looks at her wee scarred hippocampus* *looks at her achy body* Well. That makes sense. And I must say, I appreciate that they might be linked. It feels better than all of this being random.
Everything is connected
Parsis have placed their dead in a "dhokma," or Tower of Silence, to await the vultures at Malabar Hill — now the city's wealthiest neighborhood — since 1673.
Followers of the Bronze Age Persian prophet Zarathustra, Parsis worship fire, so cremating the dead is a mortal sin, while burial is seen as a contamination of the earth. But the vulture is precious to Parsis who believe it releases the spirits of the dead.
Over the past 15 years, millions of South Asian vultures have died from eating cattle carcasses tainted by a painkiller given to sick cows. Conservationists estimate that more than 90 percent of India's vultures have died, creating havoc for Parsis' funeral rites.
The IUCN-World Conservation Union lists India's three species of vulture — the oriental white-backed, long-billed and slender-billed vultures — as critically endangered, the category for animals closest to extinction. It could not provide exact population figures.
And with three to four Parsis dying daily in Mumbai, a city of 16 million, it is clear that there are nowhere near enough vultures to consume the corpses.
It would take Benjamin Franklin and other eighteenth century scientists to begin working out the nature of electricity, and to recognize its role in the nervous system. But I still like to picture Willis puzzling over a cadaver, not realizing that the man had been killed by the same thing that made thought possible.
The Royal Society has made their archives available for free for the next few months. Scientific papers dating back to 1665!
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