WAV Comment – as some of you may know, I, Me, Mark, have had Multiple Sclerosis (MS) for 21 years. Despite some problems I have daily with my illness, I will NEVER support the use of live animals in ‘scientific’ research to achieve the goal of ‘finding MS cures’. To me, the activities of Elon Musk and Neuralink is purely aimed at a goal of making yet more money at the expense of other living beings.
Unfortunately, I know that there are still places where animals are still used for MS research – to find the ‘golden fleece’ of a cure. Well, in my humble opinion, using animals for the ‘cure’ will never bring results. I would like to inform you that being in the ‘MS camp’ all these years, I have looked into the issue a bit – the main finding in the early days of my personal diagnosis was that: animal species do NOT suffer from MS; so, what is MS ?
The cause of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is still unknown. It’s considered an autoimmune disease in which the (individual concerned) owns body’s immune system attacks its own bodily tissues. It ‘sees’ a natural bodily daily function (of repairing tissue myelin) instead as the naturally produced myelin being an invader into the bodily system; so basically it (wrongly) attacks it. In the case of MS, this immune system malfunction (the immune system gets the wrong message) thus attacks and destroys the fatty substance that coats and protects all nerve fibres in the brain and spinal cord (called myelin). The de myelination in various locations around bodily nerve fibres causes scarring (the ‘sclerosis’) which them interrupts or stops messages being sent from the brain to the specific area of the body where the de myelination has occurred; for example the spinal cord may be affected and so messages don’t get through to the legs= a person cannot then walk as a result. All your leg muscles may be fully functional and in the right place; but as the message from the brain to the leg muscles (via the myelin) does not go through ‘good’ functioning myelin, there is no message to the leg muscles; so the legs do not work.
MS causeur is un known, but basically it can affect anyone during their life. Some people in their teens; others in mid life; others later in life.
My argument – if animals do not get MS; then there is a reason in their body process / structure which is different to humans. Positive MS research to me would be to find out why animals don’t get MS and yet humans do; why the difference; and this can be achieved through non death research rather than the current system of ‘creating’ MS in a non affected animal, and then trying to find the cure for humans ! – it makes no sense; to me; having a lifetime in aerospace, it is a bit like putting an F1 car tyre on a Boeing 777 to achieve better results;
I find personally that a good plant based vegan diet helps me with my situation a lot. So do neurologists I have had in the past. Cut out all the bad meat stuff; and go for the healthy fruit and plants based food and drink options. As a result, my energy levels are really good. I think my brain still works ok; as I can do the computer work needed to run this site every day with Venus.
I have always hated animal abuse in whatever form; I still do and always will. I will fight in defence for them until I go to my grave. Things like the Elon Musk case really bum me off; I support medical research, but only when it does not involve using live animals of any kind.
Here are good non animal research programmes; to me; this is the way forward for positive medical results.
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