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“So, there you have it, drink Lorenzo’s Oil and grow myelin!”

Although the study was halted, I still needed to come in for my final study appointment. Compared to my previous visits, my mood was not great. Still, I tried to be optimistic. I arrived armed with questions: “why was the study stopped early”, and with a bit of desperation, “were they able to salvage anyContinue reading ““So, there you have it, drink Lorenzo’s Oil and grow myelin!””

Derailed

The plan was a 4-year study, but 3.5 years in, I got a letter ordering me to stop taking the oil immediately, no explanation. I later learned that the IRB shut it down because enrolment was slow, inadequate patient retention and a safety issue. Turns out the safety thing was in a placebo patient, butContinue reading “Derailed”

The Trial Begins!

In April, 2005, I was the fourth to be selected for the Lorenzo’s Oil AMN study at the Kennedy-Krieger Institute. I eagerly traveled to Baltimore and underwent all of the pre-study poking and prodding. My blood was drawn, I got an MRI to assess the extent of demyelination in my neck, the whole motion analysisContinue reading “The Trial Begins!”

Lorenzo’s Oil

Lorenzo’s Oil, a 4:1 mix of oleic erucic acid is extracted from rapeseed and olive oil. This stuff normalized the accumulation of VLCFA in the brain. It seemed like a straight forward enough solution; it should counter the disease and slow its progression. The Oil had been studied for decades. In the beginning, they gaveContinue reading “Lorenzo’s Oil”

Coming to Know Todd

While dying is what we are trained to fear, it turned out that bearing witness to the passage from living to dead was not as difficult for me as I had expected. Somewhere in the process, I became detached from the anticipated dread, and engaged in a pleasantly unexpected subject. To understand this development requiresContinue reading “Coming to Know Todd”

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