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New York Times: How Howard Bloom, Writer and Former Publicist, Spends His Sundays

Discussion in 'General ME/CFS News' started by Andy, Jan 6, 2018.

  1. Andy

    Andy Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/05/...-and-former-publicist-spends-his-sundays.html
     
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    I take 30 pills. It’s a lot of pills, but remember, I thought I’d be in a bedroom for the rest of my life. Over the course of a long time, I accumulated a list of these 30 drugs that worked and this one injection that works, and they are the reasons I’m stronger today than when I was 19 years old. It takes 20 to 25 minutes.

    That's really something.. wow.
     
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    I've mentioned elsewhere that that there have been occasions when I have woken up after 4 hours of sleep, only to feel much better than if I had slept for 8 hours. It was interesting, but how could you continually get by on 4 hours of sleep? It never occurred to me to sleep in two 4 hour shifts.

    I not sure that this would work for me, though, as it has only happened when I've woken up "naturally" after 4 hours. It doesn't seem to work if I wake up to an alarm.
     
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    Wow, that's a massive lot of drugs to take. I assume, from the picture of a desk full of pill bottles that some of them are nutritional supplements and possibly herbs, but who knows.

    Good to hear it works for him. I wonder whether he ever tries stopping taking any of them to see whether they are really all necessary for his health. I admit to curiosity about what they could possibly be, and whether they were prescribed by an ME specialist.

    I'm trying to imagine what the effect of such an article would be on readers who know nothing about ME. Would the take home message be, wow, that sounds like a pretty devastating illness, or would it be that everyone could be cured by just taking lots of pills, so the rest of us aren't trying hard enough.

    I have mixed feelings about such articles that are, in the end, about individual cases, and completely uninformative for the rest of us.
     
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    Often, if I go to bed feeling tired-but-wired, I will only get around 4 hours sleep, whereas typically I get 8 or 9. But on waking after 4 hours, I don't feel better or worse compared to after my normal 8.5 hours.
     

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