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Lorenzo’s Oil
Lorenzo’s Oil

Lorenzo’s Oil

The Myelin Project says:
Lorenzo’s Oil is a combination of a 4:1 mix of erucic acid and oleic acid, extracted from rapeseed oil and olive oil, respectively.
I didn’t know Lorenzo’s Oil had olive oil and rapseed oil in it. Interesting. This fact is stated in the movie, but I did not pay any attention at the time. (Olive oil is good for us, but did you get that last one? Rapeseed oil? Canola is related to rapeseed, and they are both oils some like to claim are bad for us. Rapeseed is, from what I have read; canola is not.) The Project has an Internet slide presentation of how Lorenzo’s Oil works to help people struck with ALD. They say about their organization:
The Myelin Project was established in 1989 with the aim of funding research to find a cure for demyelinating diseases, such as the leukodystrophies which are genetic and multiple sclerosis which is acquired.     The organization was founded by Augusto Odone and his late wife, Michaela. Their son, Lorenzo, suffers from X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy (X-ALD), the most common of the leukodystrophies. The story of the Odones’ struggle was dramatized in the film “Lorenzo’s Oil”, starring Nick Nolte and Susan Sarandon, released by Universal Studios in 1992.
I have not seen that movie for years, so maybe I’d react differently now, but until I have a chance to see it again, I’d say: damn, that movie pulls at your heart strings; it is inspiring watching the parents’ — Mr. and Mrs. Odone — heroic battle to find a cure for the disease striking their child and it is moving to see the love they have for their child, but it is heart-rending seeing what they and the child have to bear. Umm…you might want a box of tissues nearby if you watch it… The link I provided for the movie takes you to IMDB, where they have two trailers for the movie: trailer one and trailer two. I like the first one better; it is better aesthetically. The second might make more sense to someone who has not seen the movie; it has lots of talking and lots of raving about what critics said about the movie. Update (11:10 PM): Corrected a faulty parallelism and a misplacement of the word “heroic” in my description of “Lorenzo’s Oil.”

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