Having autism. Having a disability. So? Be indifferent. And you will cure cancer!

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“I don’t look like I have a disability, do I?” Jonas Moore asks me. I shake my head. No, I say — he does not. Bundled up in a puffy green coat in a drafty Starbucks, Moore, 35 and sandy-haired, doesn’t stand out in the crowd seeking refuge from the Wisconsin cold. His handshake is firm and his blue eyes meet mine as we talk. He comes across as intelligent and thoughtful, if perhaps a bit reserved. His disability — autism — is invisible.

That’s part of the problem, says Moore. Like most people with autism spectrum disorders, he finds relationships challenging. In the past, he has been quick to anger and has had what he calls “meltdowns”. Those who don’t know he has autism can easily misinterpret his actions. “People think that when I do misbehave I’m somehow intentionally trying to be a jerk”, Moore says. “That’s just not the case”.

His difficulty managing emotions has gotten him into some trouble, and he’s had a hard time holding onto jobs — an outcome he might have avoided, he says, if his coworkers and bosses had better understood his intentions. (1)

Should we treat people with disabilities differently?

Sure we should help them. But what is the best way to do that?

And if they need help because they have a problem, what constitutes a “problem”? Do we know? Is it that they cannot do certain things the way we do them? Is the majority defining the “norm” which we all want people to adhere to?

People with autism have different brains than “normal” people do. So? Should we treat them specially? Or should people with autism treat US specially? Most people have problems in their relationships with other people. Should we treat them all as people with disabilities? Or only the “people with disabilities” deserve being treated as such? Is the result of a disease the cause for special treatment or simply the result, no matter what the cause is?

We are all born as we are born.

We all have special abilities and inherent limitations.

Which ones are critical so as to be tagged as “disabled”?

In a society, the answer can only be one: The ones which are defined by the majority. But should we trust majority? Should we listen to it? Is majority the best way to determine “healthy” and “sick”? If the majority is sick, could it be that we are feeling sorry about people who are actually healthy?

But no one can live together with a child with autism without having too much patience in order to deal with him. Sure. But the same applies the other way around too: The child cannot live with you as well.

No, this is not a philosophical “trick” void of any meaning.

This is life. As it is.

Without any “majority filters” applied…

Epilepsy, brain, research.

Epilepsy that does not respond to drugs can be halted in adult mice by transplanting a specific type of cell into the brain, UC San Francisco researchers have discovered, raising hope that a similar treatment might work in severe forms of human epilepsy.

UCSF scientists controlled seizures in epileptic mice with a one-time transplantation of medial ganglionic eminence (MGE) cells, which inhibit signaling in overactive nerve circuits, into the hippocampus, a brain region associated with seizures, as well as with learning and memory. [1]

Epilepsy is one of the most interesting human diseases.

The problem of the patient is not that his brain is not working, but rather that it is working too much! And it is really bad (and characteristic of today’s mentality) that official research has gone into the path of trying to find how to inhibit this activity, rather than understand it and harness it’s power…

Accept “crazy”. Progress forward.

(disease > symptoms) or (disease < symptoms) ?

Amyloids — clumps of misfolded proteins found in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative disorders — are the quintessential bad boys of neurobiology. They’re thought to muck up the seamless workings of the neurons responsible for memory and movement, and researchers around the world have devoted themselves to devising ways of blocking their production or accumulation in humans. [1]

On the other hand another article reads: Tiny components of amyloid plaques, the notorious protein clumps found littering the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease, might fight inflammation. Researchers report that several of these sticky protein fragments, or peptides, glom onto inflammatory compounds and reverse paralysis in mice that have a condition similar to multiple sclerosis. A fragment of tau protein, which shows up in other brain deposits in Alzheimer’s patients, has a similar effect. [2]

Simple phrases hidding too many assumptions and complications…

What IS a disease? Are these proteins the CAUSE for the disease or just a RESULT of it? Where do we draw the line between “disease cause”, “symptoms” and “disease”? And what if one “disease” is the… “cure” for something else? Difficult stuff…

Medicine vs. Alternative medicine 1-0

Read the following news brief:

“A component of bee venom packaged in super-tiny blobs can knock out HIV, a new study finds. Researchers testing the delivery system in lab dishes report that these nanoparticles attach to and destroy the virus without damaging cells, offering an early glimpse of a technology that might — with a lot more testing — prevent HIV infection in some people”. [1]

What do you find weird about that?

Nothing? Think again.

Pay attention to that “some people” line…

The “this does not work always/ for everyone” is the MAIN argument against alternative medicine practices, like acupuncture.

But when it comes to our beloved western medicine this is not even a problem. It is actually an integral part of the “scientificness” of cure methods…

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