Sunday, April 19, 2009

2006 Patagonia (Chile/Argentina)

Dear friends,
I’d like to give you some information on my latest travels, which turned out to be more of an expedition or Camel Trophy Tour.



We started in the middle South around the volcano Osorna, which looks a little like Mt. Fuji; in fact my brother Lutz suspected me of putting a Japanese photograph in the midst of this trip. As bamboo is abundant in the region it looks even more like Japan. Actually the region is nicknamed the Chilenean Switzerland, which was sort of a problem as my friends, who were travelling with me, are Swiss. But they liked the region as much as I did. We rented a cottage with view of Mt. Osorno.


After some wonderful days we went to Puerto Montt, where we had booked a passage on a ferry through the Chilenean fjords to Puerto Natales.


Most of the times the sea was calm though the wind was very cold. On the second day the ferry had to cross open sea and the captain waited for better weather. Anyway the sea was rough with waves about 4-5 m. We had very nice sights and reached Puerto Natales, where a Nissan Pathfinder 3.6 l was waiting for us. Later we knew that this was the right choice, but gas stations aren’t around the corner in this region of the World and so we had plan carefully in order to have enough fuel.
We reached the area around Torres del Paine National Park and spent a few days outsinde and a cople of days inside the National Park.


The forests are full of beech trees, which are adapted to the Southern tip of America. The leaves are very small and folded to resist the strong winds. I called the trees giant bonsais as the leaves reminded me of the small brothers of these trees. One problem is that the government of Chile sold pristine forests to Hewlett Packard, who want to turn these forests into fax-paper. Environment activists from the U.S. were expelled as foreigners “interfering with national affairs”. Biut still we were able to visit these forests and hiked there for a couple of days. We also vivited the Torres del Paine, which was a long trail. This trail took us 900m higher to the glacial lake.


The massive with the Torres in the midst from outside of the National Park.


The Torres from inside of the National Park.


After being caught in the snow a couple of times, we also had lots of sunshine as spring was just beginning with flowers like dandelions covering large areas.


After the Torres del Paine, which had to house tour tourists, we went out to a lonely region in between the National Park and Argentina (only two villages in between 120 km.


After a week in the region we drove on, but wanted to go to a mining town for a break as we had already seen too much new, interesting, and beautiful sport. As it turned out, even Rio Turbio was interesting and we spent two days there. Well, let’s not forget: we had just crossed the border to Argentina.


We also spent some time in the El Calafate region, though we went further on and stayed on an estancia (Nibepo Aike), which offered a warm atmosphere and a nice landscape.




From there we could go to see the Perito Moreno glacier.


After two days we went North to El Chaltén, the youngest town of Argentina, from where we hiked to Laguna Torre. We were caught in snowfall again. I was lucky to find a campground with a shack, where people cook and I could wait for the sun to come out again. Leaving El Chaltén we were able to see Mt. Fitzroy.


In a rush we drove a whole day and wanted to stay in Rio Gallegos, but it wasn’t too nice, so we went on the Tirrea del Fuego, crossing the border to Chile again and the Magellan Street with a night ferry to reach Cerro Sombrero around midnight.




The next day was exiting in different landscapes and also because of an accident, when a tyre blew out while driving. The car didn’d react anymore and I feared that it urned over, which it luckily didn’t do. We were lucky! And two minutes later one of the few vehicles on this lonely road stopped – a bus of the army and they helped us changing thy tyre. Now we still had some problems: we had to go back to a settlement about 25 km away, the spare tyre had hardly nay air, one break wouldn’t loose it’s grip, and we had to call the rental agency. So we went back to Cameron, where we asked for help at an administrative building: a called (with the help of a nice young lady) the rental office, they had a compressor to refill the tyre. With the help of the janitor (the husband of the local nurse, who serves 10,000 sqkm) I was able to fix the break. And on we went into the night. Rosa, the nurse, didn’t want us to leave as we had to go 120-130 km and she feared we might not find the remote estancia. When we got there, we knew this fear wasn’t without reason. We asked at the border station of the police, who answered vauely and drove for abour 25 km through woods, through little pools, to reach a remote hotel, where the hostess had to travel from her home in Punta Arenas for 8 hour. But she uses to drive to Rio Grande in Argentina, which is only 1 ½ hours away, if you’re able to cross the Rio Bellavista at the border (more of this later). We spent three beautiful days at Lago Blanco. We had the hotel (Las Lengas – look it up on the internet) for ourselves.
Evening viewed from Las Lengas.
But we also had to see the police to get a certificate about the accident, which we did and could settle this affair. The husband of our hostess, who owns the estancia and also is the mayor of the region (Cameron, Guanacos), came for the weekend and brought us a new spare tyre from Punta Arenas. And he also drove with his car through Rio Bellavista, where we left for the Argentinian part of Tierra del Fuego.



After the border we had some nice views of Guanacos. Guanacos are a little smaller than llamas and aren’t domesticated.
Our next stop was at Lago Fagnano, where we accidentally ended up after the estancia, we wanted to stay at, was booked out and another one was without appeal to us. The Kaikan Hotel also had rooms in cottages, so we took these and had a splendid view of the lake.



The next days took us through a mountain area (peaks up to about 1500 m) and further on to Ushuaia – the World’s End. But I guess the status of southernmost town of the world will go across the Beagle canal to Puerto Williams on the Chilean island Navarino. If Chile will improve the infrastructure, they can also offer a better access to Cape Horn.



We stayed above Ushuaia with a splendid view of the city and the Beagle canal; again we could rent a cottage.


The next day we went to a penguin island near Estancia Harberton, the first settlement there. There are only three boats per day with not more than 15 passengers, so we could watch the penguins without the normal touristic nuisance.





On our way back to Ushuaia, about 80 km, we had some views of windbend trees. And in the evening we watched an oceanliner navigating though the canal.












The next day we went back to Las Lengas (we still had one tyre there). This time crossing the Bellavista wasn’t as easy as before, as the waterlevel had risen. Diving into the river, one huge wave swept all over the car. When the car levelled inside the riverbed, the water reached the windows. But I drove on and we got out the water without having problems with the engine.



After two more days at Lago Blanco, we drove to Porvenir and took the ferry to Punta Arenas.
The next day was to say Hasta luego to Tierra del Fuego and after returning the car we flew via Puerto Montt, Santiago de Chile, and Madrid back to Germany.




We had some extraordinary trips during the past years like Tibet, Nepal, Burma, Vietnam, Peru/Bolivia, Iran, or Pakistan, but none of these trips had the intensity of this last trip. (Text 19.04.2009)

PS. I enriched the text with pictures - 18.02.2016 // And it's always the last trip that has been most intense.

Friday, April 17, 2009

FM: Naltrexone

GinaSelir Heroin Addiction Drug May Relieve Symptoms of Fibromyalgia - Scientific American http://tinyurl.com/dzcfmt
GinaSelir Inexpensive Drug Relieves Fibromyalgia Pain http://tinyurl.com/cugol6

Thanks for the interesting link. I have a high esteem about Dr Clauw and hope to see him in June in Copenhagen. I have lots of problems with drugs in the treatment of fibromyalgia, also with naltrexone. Effects are often linked to side-effects (higher rate in verum group), moreover lots of these adverse events aren't effects you find with lab tests but major discomforts like nausea, with the patient has to endure. As long as side-effects differ in verum and placebo groups on a high level, usual statics should be taken with caution.

FM: marijuana

GinaSelir Lawmakers file medical marijuana bill - News14.com http://tinyurl.com/cdemxg

Here in the lower Rhine region people cross the border to the Netherlands, where the use of marijuana is legal. The medical presciption of THC is possible, but the drug is very expensive, so GPs hardly prescribe it.
The use of marijuana against fibromyalgia hasn't proved efficacy in a study. My personal attitude towards drugs (legal or not) against pain caused by fibromyalgia is caunselling against it.

Monday, April 13, 2009

RRZ - Termine 2009


Lösung für die drei Kisten:

Aus der Kiste Mao- und Gideons-Bibeln wird eine Bibel gezogen. Wenn es eine Mao-Bibel ist, wird die Kiste in Mao-Bibeln umbenannt. Die Kiste mit der Aufschrift Mao-Bibeln bekommt die Aufschrift Gideons-Bibeln und die mit der Aufschrift Gideons-Bibeln wird zu Mao- und Gideons-Bibeln.
 


Eine einsame Insel im Pazifik. Ein Mann geht im Kreis um die einzige Palme. Natürlich hat er Unrecht!


Die Lösung ist denkbar einfach:
Stopp!
      oder
mit Wilfried Schmickler gesprochen: „Aufhören! Schluß! Aufhören!“

Der Kreis, den der Mann auf ewig geht, ist ein buddhistisches Symbol für die Wiedergeburten und die werden durch ein Stoppen derselben im Nirwana enden. Natürlich hat er Unrecht weißt in diesem Zusammenhang auf die Bodhisattwas hin. Erst wenn alle Menschen erlöst sind, werden auch sie ins Nirwana eingehen.
In dem Unrecht ist auch die Dichotomie versteckt. 一分为二Eins teilt sich in zwei bzw. die Schöpfungsgeschichte in der Bibel – natürlich hat Adam Unrecht, gegenüber Gott und gegenüber Eva.
Die existenzialistischen Gedanken weisen auf die Absurdität hin.

Die Hinweise und Diskussionspunkte mögen oberflächlich betrachtet Sackgassen sein, sie dienten aber zu einem tieferen Nachdenken und Verwerfen von Hypothesen. Im Zen kommt der Schüler immer wieder zum Meister und trägt seine Lösung vor – die fast immer verworfen wird – bis sie eben stimmt. Stopp!



You are looking for the drug?
Actually it isn't a drug, but it's chocolate. If chocolate would be a drug, we had to talk about these side effects.



Aktuell sind folgende Termine geplant/bereits durchgeführt:
02.02.-06.02.2009 FIT Booster
27.02.-24.03.2009 FIT
26.03.2009 FIT Nachsorge Gruppe August 2008
27.03.-09.04.2009 FMS-Schulung
15.04.2009 FIT Nachsorge Gruppe März 2009
16.04.2009 FIT Booster Tag
06.05.-20.05.2009 FMS-Schulung
08.06.2009 FIT Nachsorge Gruppe November 2008
19.06.-14.07.2009 FIT
14.08.-08.09.2009 FIT
13.10.2009 FIT Nachsorge Gruppe März 2009
22.10.2009 FIT Booster Tag
26.10.- 30.10.2009 FIT Booster
Bitte schon einmal vormerken, Einzelheiten folgen bei den Team-Sitzungen.
Mit freundlichen Grüßen!
Dipl.-Psych. Th. Valentin / Dr. med. L.M. Kirsch

Lyrik auf #twly


Der kleine, blaue Vogel 

Es ist ein kleiner blauer Vogel 
Der uns ein Leben lang verFolgt 
Und blicken wir zurück 
So überseh'n wir ihn 

Voran! Voran! 
Und können nicht zurück

Dann fliegt er uns voraus 
Der kleine, blaue Vogel 
Und seh'n ihn nicht 
Seh'n ihn nicht 
Nicht mehr
 
Triste Stadt 
In dieser tristen Stadt 
Wo WahlPlakate aller Schmuck sind 
Wie wichtig ist dann doch die Wahl 
RotGrün schwarzGelb 
Nicht braun

Köln 
Hübsch in Pink 
Die frischen Blüten am KirschBaum 
Und kein BlütenBlatt am Boden 
Ewige Schönheit für einen Tag
 
Düsseldorf 
SonnenGlanz über RheinWellen 
StöckelSchuh auf RheinPromenade 
Schmuck als schäbiger AbGlanz
 
Frühling
Wenn HalbMond wieder höher zieht
Auf Wolken blickt
Vom Winde eilig fortGetrieben
Dann tönt auch erstes Grün

Wieder:
TauchSieder im Blut
Der Geschichte
Kocht sich braun
Läuft über
Fällt um
Brennet alles lichterLoh
-: wieder
 
StadtIdyll
Auf dem Anger
Zwischen Bach und Weg
HundGedüngt sprießen 
BrennNessel und LöwenZahn

Tau rollt
Zeit geht
Mensch steht

BuchenWald 1
Das junge Grün des BuchenWaldes
UndurchBrochen von Blüthen
Die Sonne fühlt sich wohl in ihm
Und seinem grünen Lichte
 
BuchenWald 2
VegeTieren auf verKohltem, lebLosen Holz
Abgewetzt von
AngstSchweiß und ZornesThrän'n
Verlassen zwischen Toten

AbStieg
Nach dem bezwungenen BergGipfel
Folgt nun der AbStieg
Schritt um Schritt wird schwerer
Bis zur Ruhe auf Anemonen

(Leichte Änderungen zur bessere Lesbarkeit 12.12.2016)
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Supraleitfähigkeit / Plastische Keramik

Wahrscheinlich wird es in der Zukunft eine Art plastische Keramik geben, die ähnlich wie GlasFibern zu Kabeln verarbeitet werden können. Schafft man dazu noch das Problem der SupraLeitfähigkeit bei NormalTemperatur, dann ist elektrische Energie verlustfrei transportierbar; z.B. könnte SonnenStrom aus den WüstenRegionen des mittleren Ostens oder Australiens in die IndustrieZentren geliefert werden. Wahrscheinlich wird dann der run auf seltene Erden wie Yttrium losgehen, die dafür notwendig sein werden.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Die Liebesschlösser von Köln

In der Rheinischen Post vom 11.04.2009 berichtete Tina Stockhausen über die Die Liebesschlösser von Köln.
Ich habe wahrscheinlich das erste Schloss bereits vor einigen Jahren entdeckt, wobei das sicherlich 3-4 Jahre her ist. Ich gehe mehrfach im Jahr über die Hohenzollernbrücke, da ich vor dem Rheinpark mein Autoparke und durch Park und über die Hohenzollernbrücke in die Innenstadt gehe. Einmal sah ich direkt neben einem Einlass zum Gleiskörper ein Schloss und dachte mir, dass es jemand bewußt dorthin gehängt hatte, um etwa bei Arbeiten innerhalb der Umzäunung sein Fahrrad außerhalb festmachen zu können. Auf eine Gravur hatte ich nicht geachtet. Ich sah das Schloss auch später, ohne dass mir weitere Schlösser aufgefallen wären. Nun weiß ich, dass dies das erste Schloss gewesen sein muss, denn warum sollte jemand das Schloss dalassen und die Kette mitbringen? Erst im letzten Jahr fielen mir die Schlösser auf und da waren auch die Touristen schon mit den Fotografieren der Schlösser beschäftigt.

Ergänzungen vom 10.05.2012:
Immer, wenn ich über die Hohenzollernbrücke gehe, sehe ich mehr Schklösser oder es kommen mir weitere Gedanken.
Jemand sprühte einmal seine Meinung auf den Boden:



Und hier noch ein Foto, das ich kürzlich gemacht habe:



Über die "Forschungen" habe ich allerdings nie wieder was gehört.

Fibromyalgie und Verantwortung für andere Menschen

Die folgenden Zeilen stammen aus der Patienten-Schulung Fibromyalgiesyndrom:
Ich
... helfe gern
... arbeite schneller als andere
... arbeite sehr gewissenhaft
... lasse mich nicht hängen
... kann schlecht sehen, wenn andere leiden
... fühle mich für andere verantwortlich
... strenge mich an
... kümmere mich um andere

Wir finden auch häufig, dass Patienten immer für alle Verwandte und Freunde per Telefon bereit sind, um sich sich Sorgen und Nöte berichten zu lassen.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Opiods in FM

"Research Explains Why Painkillers Don't Work on Fibromyalgia
ANN ARBOR, MI -- September 27, 2007 -- People who have fibromyalgia often report that they don't respond to the types of medication that relieve other people's pain. New research from the University of Michigan Health System helps to explain why that might be: Patients with fibromyalgia were found to have reduced binding ability of a type of receptor in the brain that is the target of opioid painkiller drugs such as morphine. "

Source: Internet - I forgot to write it down! Sorry!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Bloodtests in Fibromyalgia

On twitter Pamela found:
pamelaheywood#fibromyalgia Four blood tests for fatigue: Postpone tests and see if the patient goes away? Geez, .. http://tinyurl.com/cuhrwj
The four test option is good for GPs. More tests mean more confusion. The rheumatologist however should do more tests. I do a broader check-up, as I know my GP-colleagues might test these, if they are desperate - and come with positive test to wrong conclusions.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Profil

Ich habe gerade das Profil bearbeitet, mehr wird folgen.
Just worked on the profile, more to follow as soon as possible.
还需要几天为了我有兴趣的事。

Initial 06.04.2009

Ich fange gerade an.
我刚才开始。
I'm just starting.

Impressum von
Dr. med. Lothar M. Kirsch
Hauptstr. 74
D-40668 Meerbusch
Telefon 02150-9170
E-Mail info@rrz-meerbusch.de
Inhaltlich Verantwortlicher gem. § 55 RStV LMK / Autoren