Ray W. Moyer Sept 30, 1916 - July 14, 2004
"Oh that a man's reach should exceed his grasp, else what's a heaven for?" Browning
More than 200 years ago, Benjamin Rush, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and personal physician to President George Washington, wrote the following:
Unless we put medical freedom into the Constitution, the time will come when
medicine will organize into an undercover dictatorship. To restrict the art of
healing to one class of men and deny equal privileges to others will constitute
the Bastille of medical science. All such laws are un-American and despotic and
have no place in a republic. The Constitution of this republic should make
special privilege for medical
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July 10, 2004 Press Releases
To: Recipients of CTA-OEA-13 mailings
Subject: Mailing #96, the last one
Something They Never Told Him:
My 87-year-old father lies in bed, his short breaths labored. Every two hours aides move him to prevent his thin fragile skin from breaking down. According to his doctor he is "end stage."
He has outlived most of his contemporaries and, for that I should be
grateful, given that his chaotic life of severe ups and downs could have sent
him to an early grave more than once. When my father dies the doctor says it
will be from complications of cirrhosis. Ironically, my father didn't drink,
though some of his doctors, having no other explanation, believe that he did. He
also didn't have hepatitis. So how to explain his swollen abdomen, shrunken
liver, esophageal bleeds, high ammonia levels, and decreasing blood pressure?
I asked his doctor if milk thistle would help. He said he didn't know, but probably not. Death is inevitable for all of us but there are better ways to die than from a lifetime of taking drugs. His mother and uncles all lived into their 90's before "old age" took them.
We see the drug ads in magazines and TV. We read or hear the warnings and assume they don't apply to us. We don't have liver disease. We are safe. Aren't we? Our doctors reassure us. Now more is better, at least with statins. My father is the proverbial canary in the coal mine. I wonder how many others there are.
David Moyer was born and raised in Fresno, graduating from Fresno High School in 1964. He is an Alaska Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a retired Air Force Lt Col, and the author of Too Good to be True? Nutrients Quiet the Unquiet Brain - a Four Generation Bipolar Odyssey.
July 20, 2004
Family Secrets to be Studied:
On a quiet, oak forested hillside north and west of Napa, California, just off Mt Veeder Road, are buried the secrets of the Moyer/Jones clan. The place is called Redwood Cemetery. Wilbur and Emma Moyer deeded the land to Napa County in the late 1800's.
On July 14th Ray Moyer died. He was 87 years old. Ray suffered severe periods of depression and mania throughout his adult life. In 1932, his aunt, Harriet Mangram (Jones) was laid to rest there, along with her seven-year-old son, Lloyd. She shot Lloyd before shooting herself. Rose Moyer (Jones), Harriet's sister, and Ray's mother, was buried there in 1974. Rose displayed an odd assortment of behaviors including extreme religious preoccupation and mania. Coming from the same family tree, these three relatives may have shared a common affliction. They all exhibited symptoms consistent with bipolar disorder, a disorder known to run in families.
After years of watching his father and his own son futilely try to cope with similar symptoms, retired Air Force Lt Col David Moyer intensified his life long search for answers. One resource he explored was the Stanley Foundation, an organization known for pioneering work in identifying infections and other biological triggers that play a role not just in bipolar disorder but in other central nervous system disorders. Several years before his death, Ray Moyer authorized the donation of his brain to the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center at McLean Hospital so that it can be studied not only by Stanley Foundation scientists but by scientists from around the world.
Even though the elements will reclaim Mr. Moyer's body at the Redwood Cemetery, as they have his mother and aunt, the hope is that the unique biological markers in his brain will contribute to better understandings and solutions to bipolar disorder.
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