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Old 03-17-2018, 07:19 AM   #11
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Wide-O, I think that we very are similar in many ways.
That has crossed my mind...

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Since then most of my published work has been on immunology (relevant to the Autoimmune Diseases, Arthritis, MS and MG forums here) and on protein misfolding (relevant to the Alzheimer's and Parkinson's forums here).
From a distance, as a non-expert, it seems that many ailments are linked to our immune & self protection systems being over-eager (inflammation is another one).

I still expect to see major progress in my lifetime in this area.

In the mean time, one of my friends from the UK is prepared to shoot a short movie/documentary about our org - which from now on we will call "Unified Addiction Support" for non-Dutch speakers. She is a film director and knows her stuff. But as so many she has seen the devastation addiction brings with it, so she wants to do it for free (well, combined with a social visit/stay and us showing her around in Belgium). We will also make a 30 sec infomercial that will be broadcast for free on our national television as a public service.

This is huge, so the ball is still rolling in the proper direction! We will have setbacks along the way too, that is inevitable, as you deal with a calcified political landscape where everyone is used to work in their little corner, and politicians often prefer some chaos as that is easier to manage (!...), yet we feel when we talk to those people that there is a glimpse of "hey, maybe this will actually work!".

One of the mistakes that have been made in the past is that they did use "stabilized addicts", but they were just added to existing projects, and had to tow the line. It was more about window dressing than about actually using them properly. Our group has grown from the grassroots from day 1, and we are very aware that this is not where we want to end up. This will be a challenge, and we may well stub our toe from time to time, but overall I think it will be hard to stop.
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BTW, Icehouse, have you seen this? I thought it would interest you.


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In our NewsHour Shares moment of the day, a man who has made a living crafting high-end suits has found a way to use his talents to give back to the community: by giving donated suits to men recently out of prison or rehab and looking for work.
To help men relaunch their lives, this custom-tailor gives them suits | PBS NewsHour
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BTW, Icehouse, have you seen this?
I have now! Great story!
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