Roger Dobson of the British Medical Journal tried in his 2002 article to reveal how it is that British physicist Stephen Hawking is still alive after suffering Motor Neurone Disease the majority of his adult life...
An interesting article in the British Medical Journal in 2002 reminds us about the likely importance of vitamins and otehr nutrients.
Roger Dobson reports:
"Professor Hawking supplements his diet with daily mineral and vitamin tablets, and zinc, cod liver oil capsules, folic acid,vitamin B complex, vitamin B-12, vitamin C and vitamin E are saidto have been particularly helpful. He also follows a diet freeof gluten and vegetable oil and avoids convenience foods; quiterecently he started to include a small amount of dairyproduce.
As far as medical care is concerned, he receives passive chest physiotherapy and passive and active physiotherapy to all limbsand muscle groups. He is not currently undergoing any new treatment,and does not have a particular specialist to look after him. Hedoes have his ownGP.
In a note on his experiences with MND, which appears on his own website (www.hawking.org.uk), he says: "It was a great shockto me to discover that I had motor neurone disease. In my thirdyear at Oxford, I noticed that I seemed to be getting more clumsy,and I fell over once or twice for no apparent reason. But it wasnot until I was at Cambridge that my father noticed, and tookme to the family doctor. He referred me to a specialist, and shortlyafter my 21st birthday, I went into hospital fortests.
"I was in for two weeks, during which I had a wide variety of tests. After all that, they didn't tell me what I had, exceptthat it was not multiple sclerosis, and that I was an atypicalcase. I gathered, however, that they expected it to continue toget worse, and that there was nothing they could do, except giveme vitamins. I could see that they didn't expect them to havemuch effect. I didn't feel like asking for more details, becausethey were obviouslybad."
Asked by the BMJ if he knew why his condition had evolved differently from a typical case of MND, Professor Hawking replied,"I believe motor neurone disease is a syndrome that can have differentcauses. Maybe my variety is due to bad absorption ofvitamins."
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