Gut to Brain Connection Confirmed on MS – and Oh yeah, Happy Halloween! :-)

Hey there, everybody.

I’m still alive. Still here. Been on G+ a lot. Been on Facebook. Been in the real world. Haven’t been here, which isn’t very fair to either of us, readers. Sorry about that.

Lots going on! I started the Paleo Diet about a month ago, as well as starting a new medicine, both changes have had some profound effects on my health. New doctors are almost always good! Fresh eyes!

In other awesome news, scientists think they figured out another component to what causes MS!

Natural Intestinal Flora Involved In The Emergence of Multiple Sclerosis, Study Finds

The most pertinent part of the article reads,

“The scientists are certain that the intestinal flora can also trigger an overreaction of the immune system against the myelin layer in persons with a genetic predisposition for multiple sclerosis. Therefore, nutrition may play a central role in the disease, as diet largely determines the bacteria that colonise the intestines. “Changing eating habits could explain, for example, why the incidence of multiple sclerosis has increased in Asian countries in recent years,” explains Hartmut Wekerle.”

(emphasis added by me)

It’s because of the change in my eating habits that I’ve been having fewer simple partial and absence seizures, I believe. I did, for a while, have more mood swings which I hear is common when overcoming addiction to wheat. (Yes, I said addiction. I’m not ashamed to admit to a past as a whole-grain w/ low-fat cream cheese bagel-biter.) I do wonder if I ought to be taking a probiotic and if so, which one.

Anyway, I’ve signed up for NaNoWriMo, so the month of November is all about a story I will write. I’m pretty sure it’s time to get back to translating the Tao de Ching as well. I at least owe y’all (and me) another chapter.

I hope everyone remembers to have some silly fun today/tonight and to be safe. I had a lot of fun carving my jack-o-lantern yesterday and will try to remember to put up a picture soon of our pumpkins lit up when I take it this evening.

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