Sunday Reads: Time Flies

Today is two years since my Ma died from cancer. I miss her so much.

So this thread will be just a few things…

Can you all believe that it is coming up on five years since Prince died of an overdose? During tRump years, time dragged on for what seemed like ages. Yet, these five years and two years in terms of Prince and my mom deaths, feel to have passed by so quickly…

Just a few links:

I just purchased this book here:

I am so looking forward to reading it…

This is an open thread.

9 Comments on “Sunday Reads: Time Flies”

  1. Minkoff Minx says:

    Have a safe Sunday…💜💜💜

  2. Minkoff Minx says:

    • quixote says:

      That’s fascinating. Some of the zomg-Big-Pharma-is-killing-us-for-money theories are way overblown. But it’s also definitely a pattern that when there’s a cheap, *available* solution they can’t get new patents on — like this case with common antidepressants — somehow they just pay no attention until they’re embarrassed into it.

      I wonder if this might also give a clue as to why covid was so much less lethal in Africa. Having parasites, like worms, in childhood *that you recover from* (not if they become a chronic condition, obviously) depresses inflammatory responses. One pattern is way fewer allergies in populations where parasites are more common. Maybe that’s been helping the covid inflammatory response from getting out of hand too. ?? (Hurry up and study this, scientists!)

      • NW Luna says:

        “…a decades-long decline in microbial diversity and ancestral microbes due to hygiene, antibiotics, and urban living (the hygiene hypothesis).”

        The hygiene hypothesis, the COVID pandemic, and consequences for the human microbiom. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2021 Feb 9;118(6):e2010217118. doi: 10.1073/pnas.2010217118.

        The “hygiene hypothesis” has been around for quite a while, and is getting studied. It’s theorized that contact, especially in childhood, with the various micro-critters and allergens in the natural environment helps the immune system recognize and react more appropriately when exposed to these later on. It’s been studied in connection with different diseases, but it’s rather difficult to define and quantify hygiene for comparison with a control group.

        Helminth ‘therapy’ has and is being studied in MS; results have been equivocal or slight non-statistical response in favor of helminths. Interestingly, several of these studies found that T-reg cells are increased w/infection.

        Fleming et al., Safety and efficacy of helminth treatment in relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis: Results of the HINT 2 clinical trial. Mult Scler. 2019 Jan;25(1):81-91. doi: 10.1177/1352458517736377. Epub 2017 Oct 24.

        Tanasescu et al., Hookworm Treatment for Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis: A Randomized Double-Blinded Placebo-Controlled Trial. JAMA Neurol. 2020 Sep 1;77(9):1089-1098. doi: 10.1001/jamaneurol.2020.1118.

      • NW Luna says:

        Wonder what the female/male #s are in that facility. Women are far less likely to develop serious cases of covid-19. Women are also far more likely to be hospitalized for psych illness than are men.

        As far as antidepressants preventing serious disease — hmmm. Rates of residents in nursing homes who are on antidepressants is ~30%. Yet nursing homes have high rates of death from covid-19. They also are majority female. Certainly much of the mortality may be due to improper safety precautions and substandard care in the US. Don’t know about quality assurance for long-term care in Europe compared to here.

  3. MsMass says:

    Sorry MM for your loss. My mom died 2years ago this time of year also. I’m glad it wasn’t this year because we wouldn’t have been able to be with her in the hospital if it was this year. I miss her a lot too. Take care.