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upvoter1542 t1_irplghj wrote

Unsurprisingly, Rush Limbaugh tried to claim that Michael J Fox was faking the severity of his symptoms. Fortunately Rush Limbaugh is rotting in his grave and Michael J. Fox is still with us.


ignost t1_irpxlwe wrote

>Rush Limbaugh tried to claim that Michael J Fox was faking the severity of his symptoms

As I recall Rush claimed Michael didn't take his medicine for a couple days. All for the "evil" cause of getting more funding for a degenerative disease that affects over a million people. God, Limbaugh was such a piece of garbage. Even if true, Michael was just showing the real impact of the disease. Rush was caught pushing so many lies in his career for attention I can't even start the list. Fox, meanwhile, remains respected by everyone who has come in contact with him.


mwoodj t1_irq0ikd wrote

In actuality it was more likely that his medication caused the movement seen during the interview. Parkinson’s actually causes rigidity as opposed to the dramatic involuntary movements that people sometimes associated with the condition. The medication improves movement but also causes excess movement as well as tardive dyskinesia which are involuntary movements and tics. It’s all degrees of risk vs. reward when deciding if a medication is worth taking. The whole controversy was based on a misunderstanding of the disease and the effects of the medications.


quadriplegic_cheetah t1_irq5mw4 wrote

Wait so the actual movements made by people with Parkinson’s are the result of the medication itself?

That’s interesting. Happy to learn this.


mwoodj t1_irq6h79 wrote

Here is a short video on the subject of l-dopa induced dyskinesia:


quadriplegic_cheetah t1_irq7c4k wrote

Thanks! I actually have a degree in Cognitive and Brain Sciences, and I’m embarrassed to admit I know very very little about Parkinson’s disease. A lot of my studies were focused on cognition and memory as opposed to neurodegenerative disease.


relator_fabula t1_irqcrw8 wrote

The embarrassing thing would be if you couldn't admit to knowing very little about something.


Peeche94 t1_irr0kyk wrote

Yeah, so many issues in the world are because people don't accept they don't fully know something or admit that they're wrong


keepyeepy t1_is0ulvl wrote

Thank you for this, it was really interesting!


zuron54 t1_irqyy0c wrote

Yes and no. Parkinson's still causes a tremor, rigidity, slowing/shuffling gait, and some other symptoms. Levodopa can cause the irregular movements like above in his trunk, head, arms, and mouth.

It's about balancing too much vs too little of the medication.


zeCrazyEye t1_irq7he1 wrote

There's a video of Rush relatively early in his career giving some interview on stage where he straight up admits he lies and making shit up to get you on his side is part of his job.


anohioanredditer t1_irqiys8 wrote

It’s just the nature of entertainment news. Anytime you see a talking head on a major network getting fired up about something, you should damn well know that’s their MO for the sake of money and ratings. Tucker Carlson comes to mind.


Notwerk t1_irpt3te wrote

Name a republican that isn't a pile of shit. I'll wait.


OathOfFeanor t1_irpyahx wrote

Abraham Lincoln?


Notwerk t1_irpzl14 wrote

Got me, but if you have to go back to the first Republican president, I'm not sure what that says about the current state of the Republican party.

To keep things on topic, George W. Bush twice vetoed the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act that MJF supported and that might have helped create new treatments for Parkinson's and other diseases.


OathOfFeanor t1_irpzsy4 wrote

Not sure that is on topic for a Comic Con clip of two famous actors, but yes fuck George Bush for that. He set back research at least a decade.


relator_fabula t1_irqcxs4 wrote

Technically correct, but Lincoln was a liberal. The parties slowly flip-flopped over the course of several years after the civil war.


high_revs t1_irsdtxd wrote

Lincoln was still kind of a pile of shit. He didn't set the slaves free because of the goodness in his heart after all.


roguespectre67 t1_irq4l2j wrote

Isn't Arnold Schwarzeneggar a Republican? I was too young to understand much when he was the Governator here in California but even if we disagree on some policy items, the guy really seems like a solid dude.


imurphs t1_irq7iyr wrote

Arnold is a bit odd. He’s a Republican, but he also seems to hold a lot of traditionally democrat beliefs. He was (at least originally, idk about now) against gay marriage, but was against a border wall, was shockingly pro-environment (at least compared to republicans in general), proposed universal health insurance in CA, and was pretty outspoken against trump.

Kind of hard to nail him down honestly, but Democrats would probably say he’s a moderate/centrist Republican, and Republicans would probably say he’s a democrat given he didn’t fall in line with trump and was pro-climate.


Zosimoto t1_irqdr15 wrote

This really highlights a lot of the problems of our system, that it's considered strange when a politician has stances outside of the dogmatic party line.


Caelum_ t1_irr1xri wrote

Harry Reid had an A NRA rating for a long time when he was still in office. Nancy Pelosi was one of the only people if not the only person in San Francisco to have a concealed carry permit (she gave it up in like 2007 or something)


IvarTheBloody t1_irqxjl3 wrote

Yeah how strange that a politician can actually have a original thought and make his own mind up about something.

It's fucking sad when the best democratic system we can seem to come up with is two options.

You get more choices in condoms than you do politicians.


upvoter1542 t1_irpwsry wrote

That's a tough challenge, I'm not sure many exist. I will say that I don't mind Mitt Romney. I don't really agree with him on most points, and I wish he would stand up for his beliefs more strongly, but I also don't think he's a pile of shit.


1Mn t1_irq482y wrote

No, he most definitely is.


LordCharidarn t1_irq7gpb wrote

He willingly associates with the Republican Party.

He’s a pile of shit.


Alexstarfire t1_irptjr4 wrote

If we name ones that are mountains of shit does that still count?


crackheadwilly t1_irq448h wrote

I was absolutely delighted hearing that Rash had died. He was such a colostomy bag.