Maysoon Zayid is a disabled Arab-American comedian, and here she talks about palsy and basically her life as a disabled (and Muslim) woman. She’s amazing and this video is super touching and WAY FUCKING FUNNY.
by Greg on March 8th, 2014
For people with Lyme disease or co-infections that feel overwhelmed by light, sound, emotions, or social interactions
by Greg Lee
During summers in my childhood, I was often bothered by all sorts of flying insects that would try to buzz, bite or sting me. Fortunately, we had wire screens on our windows which kept the bugs out. When I was about four years old, I discovered that my scissors were sharp enough to easily cut several holes in the screen. Soon afterwards, insects started flying into my room and bothering me. When I complained to my mom, she found the holes and scolded me about cutting the window screen.
How are holes in a wire screen like a person with Lyme disease that is easily overwhelmed by light, sound, or social gatherings?
Similar to a cut window screen that lets bugs in, your brain stem can get inflamed which can let in too much sensory information
An important filter for the brain which is located at the base of the skull is called the pons. It acts like a screen which receives important stimuli from your eyes, ears, nose, skin, and mouth into your brain and filters out unimportant input. Unfortunately, toxins from Lyme disease, co-infections, or mold can create inflammation in the brain stem. Also, the web of capillaries in the lower part of the head can circulate toxins from infections in the mouth and the sinuses right into the brain and brain stem which can also inflame the pons. Inflammation in the pons and other parts of the brain stem can lead to too much sensory input overwhelming your brain.
For those who are learning to deal with panic attacks. <3
March stands for National Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month. There are more than 100 different types of autoimmune disorders including Addison’s Disease, Amyloidosis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Autoimmune Hepatitis, Behcet’s Disease, Crohn’s Disease, Endometriosis, Fibromyalgia, Graves Disease, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Interstitial Cystitis, Juvenile Diabetes, Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, Myasthenia Gravis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sarcoidosis, Scleroderma, Sjogren’s Syndrome, Ulcerative Colitis, Vasculitis and more.
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