In more amazing news: no wonder I got up feeling like I’d been hit by a truck compared to yesterday.

(And the damp doesn’t seem to help, either. That 87% RH is without it being actively rainy right now, too.)

Started keeping track recently, out of curiosity. Absolutely nothing I can do about the barometric pressure, but so far it is confirming some impressions there.

Screening for Celiac Disease in the Joint Hypermobility Syndrome/Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Hypermobility Type (PDF Download Available)


I was reminded by seeing that post from yet another person with both EDS and probable celiac, and yeah.

In particular, unexplained gastrointestinal symptoms, including recurrent
abdominal pain, bloating, nausea, reflux, vomiting, constipation,
and diarrhea, are found in 35–86% of JHS/EDS-HT patients
[Hakim and Grahame, 2004; Castori et al., 2010; Zarate et al.,

These findings indicate that, in Italy, CD is 10–20 times more
common in JHS/EDS-HT compared to the general population. The
reason as to why an autoimmune disorder like CD is more common
in patients affected by a genetic condition apparently etiologically
unlinked to the immune system remains unknown…

thought to be caused by mutations in gene(s) coding for components of the connective tissue. Recently, increased Ab titers against
collagens I, III, V, and VI was demonstrated in CD [Dieterich et al.,
2006]. This evidence prompted the authors to speculate for an
increased risk for autoimmune connective tissue disorders among
patients previously diagnosed with CD. In fact, the cross-linking between gliadin peptides and interstitial collagen(s) may facilitate
anti-collagen Ab formation and consequent chronic inflammation
of the connective tissue. On the contrary, a constitutionally abnormal collagen (as expected in JHS/EDS-HT) might uncover an
autoimmune reaction mediated by anti-collagen Ab, which, by
virtue of the gliadin–collagen cross-linking, could facilitate the
onset of CD in genetically predisposed subjects…

This relative high rate of CD in JHS/EDS-HT
might contribute in explaining and, possibly, treating some disabling features, such as chronic constipation, chronic fatigue
(including the chronic fatigue syndrome), and osteopenia/porosis,
which are frequently encountered in JHS/EDS-HT. Further studies
in larger samples with different geographic origins are expected in
order to substantiate this evidence and translate it into the clinical

Reminded of this again, since almost every health problem I’ve run into seems to be associated with EDS.

(Ones that weren’t directly iatrogenic, at least. Been a couple of those.)

Screening for Celiac Disease in the Joint Hypermobility Syndrome/Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Hypermobility Type (PDF Download Available)

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dashed any hope President Donald Trump might have had that she would resign before the end of his term, announcing on Thursday that she had hired a full slate of clerks through 2020. The announcement bucks ongoing speculation that Ginsburg, 84, is nearing retirement: Typically, justices planning on stepping down don’t hire all of their clerks for the upcoming term. Ginsburg’s include Alyssa Barnard, a Columbia Law graduate; Harvard Law grads Marco Basile and Susan Pelletier; and Stanford Law grad Michael Qian. Ginsburg’s resignation would of course be a political gift to Trump, who’s so eager to fill an empty Supreme Court seat that he’s released the names of potential nominees for a vacancy that doesn’t yet exist. Trump is particularly eager to see the end of Ginsburg’s tenure ever since the self-proclaimed “flaming feminist litigator” spoke out against him during his 2016 presidential campaign. “I can’t imagine what this place would be—I can’t imagine what the country would be—with Donald Trump as our president,” she told The New York Times that July. Later, she called Trump a “faker” and said he “really has an ego.” Trump called for Ginsburg to resign following these comments, decrying her “dumb political statements” and saying they indicated that her “mind is shot.” Ginsburg eventually apologized for bashing the then-candidate, and since he’s taken office, she’s been coy about her criticism of Trump and his presidency.

Is there anything we can say or request regarding the White House decision to deport nearly 200,000 people from El Salvador?


Yes! Congress could pass a bill creating a pathway to permanent legal status for TPS recipients. You can learn more about those efforts here:

You can call both your Senators and Representative about this. 

Here’s your script: “Hi, my name is [your name] and I’m a constituent from [your town]. I’m calling because I’m deeply concerned about President Trump’s decision to end temporary protected status for Salvadorans recipients. It’s wrong to send 200,000 people back to one of the world’s most violent countries, especially when many have US-born children and deep ties to our communities. I want [Senator/Representative So-and-so] to support legislation creating a pathway to permanent legal status for TPS recipients. Thank you.”