Saturday, June 14, 2014

Lyme Journal... Shooting From the Hip

What an unbelievable journey into feeling lousy and forsaken, in some strange ways. Suddenly. "Shh. I complained to myself, wasn't my endocervical cancer ten years ago enough medical drama?" What is the purpose of this event in my life?  Not only does my Government want me to  die undiagnosed, (the tests are unreliable) untreated, (hard to find a Lyme Literate Doc, or to afford one) attack the doctors that are having success and believe in and treat 'chronic Lyme',  and even remove Lyme as the cause of death on the  certificate, I have an 'infectious disease", and am unwanted in many circles. With the cough that comes up mainly when I'm tired, stressed, try to talk or try to lay down to sleep, suddenly, I am leery of passing it to someone else.  Like my new little grandson.

(The cough could be caused by Borrelia, Candida, Mycoplasma, Roundworms, or ? Just a little much to deal with. I have to find the humor. I've had to learn a lot with this disease. ) Along with humor, I have to accept with chronic pain and fatigue, my tether is shorter, and I have less patience.

** (Cough: parasite cleanse and vitamin d, c and Coq10. CoQ 10 gives energy to the cell and helps get rid of that coongestion on and in your lungs. Hot herbal tea. Hydrate. Exercise to move blood flow and oxygenate.)

I had to hand this new grandbaby back to his parents when the asthmatic-like cough felt like it was coming up, and wear a scarf around my mouth. I think my cough began with a toxic exposure, but got really awful with clear really thick congestion.

Tears, sexual activity, kissing, (body fluids) sharing drinking glasses or utensils, mother's milk and crossing the placenta. These are all areas thought to pass this Borreliosis infection.
**I want to know how long Borrelia can survive when exposed to oxygen, outside the blood and body fluids?
**Most people are in the dark when it comes to how Borrelia can be transmitted. Infectious or contagious? Transferable by fluids can mean kissing, sexual contact, coughing, saliva and blood, breast milk or unpasteurized milk from an infected animal, placental blood. Whole families have Lyme without each member being bitten by a tick.

If your doctor tells you that since you didn't have a bullseye rash you don't have Lyme, know that only roughly 50% of people with Lyme get that Erythema Migrans rash. Find a more knowledgeable doctor.

Another large TRUTH: The US doesn't screen its blood supply for Lyme (Borrelia Burgdorferi).

In 1983? when I gave birth to my 6th child, my youngest son, (the father of the new little lad they call their 'little BLT', short for his long name), the placenta had come half way off when my water broke. I got to the hospital Feb. 14th at 12:00 AM, and my son was taken C-section at 12:31 AM. The blood loss almost killed me. Were the truth to be told, the disturbing revelations in my marriage directly before this birth, made me lose some of my will to live. My blood pressure looked non-existent, the Doc doing the surgery cut mistakenly into my bladder, but somehow after blood and 2 units of Pack Cells, Mom survived. My little son was laying in a pool of blood, limp, when they rescued him. Though their APGAR scores foretold of possible trouble, that same son is happily married, and is now a new practicing Attorney.

Who knows what conglomeration was in those 2 units of 'pack cells'?

About 6-7 years after this birth and blood transfusion, being single, I had a Western Blot done for HIV. There were bands in my blood, but they were 'atypical' of HIV. No one ever told me what they were indicative of. Lyme can be carried for years.
(No matter what testing circus your doctor may want to put you in, ONE band is indicative of Lyme.) See Dr.'s Study pasted at the end of this post, below.
The corkscrew Spirochetes nestle down in cyst form, deep in connective tissue. Upon a stressful event-surgery, a trauma, an emotional loss or grief, or some affront to the person, Borrelia can use this opportune time when the immune system is compromised, to unleash with a vengeance, and tear through any tissue faster than blood.
(Or, Borrelia and friends can be shared by that infective nymph- stage tick, 10-14 days later on average,  40-50% of people will get a bullseye rash, and then a menu of symptoms will ensue. 70% of people get a severe arthritis that migrates to all or most joints if left 'untreated'. Muscles can waste
But throwing (treating) Doxycycline at Borrelia is just threatening it, and it covers itself with a hard cyst-like covering or throws down particles with the DNA to produce new spirochetes, or it hides in red or white blood cells, tissues and bone marrow. A reduction of symptoms doesn't mean it's eradicated. (A recent Hansa Center article stated a study showed a 100% infection with the spiral Lyme organism, seen in the blood no matter what treatment-HBOT, antibiotics, herbal, Rife, etc. July/2015.)

Testing: The Physician writing on the Western Blot (end of post) gives important information about this test, when to send the blood in, why the choice of labs is important, that anti-biotics killing some of the Borrelia will help the immune system create antibodies and show a positive, that repeat tests should clear the antibiotics out of the blood first..

Antibiotics may actually help with the laboratory diagnosis. But patients need to be off antibiotics about 10 to 14 days before the Western blot is repeated.

This sounds like a contradiction. Antibiotics may help convert the test to
positive, but patients need to be off antibiotics when the specimen is
drawn. It is well documented in medical literature that the presence of
antibiotics may cause false negative borreliosis testing. Therefore, your
system should be free of all antibiotics for an accurate blot result.

**A better test may simply be a culture of your blood as reported by a nurse I talked to, today. After various tests and  doctors and years of suffering, she sent blood to a Pennsylvania Lab from which they grew Borrelia.)

I had two stress-filled events the last part of March. Overnight, it seemed like my muscles were suddenly deteriorating after use, not healing (especially my biceps, calf and main upper leg muscles), the connective tissue behind my knees became stiff and rigid and my knees swelled so that it was painful and impossible to fully bend them, the connective tissue in my neck would pop and my neck was really stiff. Even the inside connective bands that hold the legs in line were stiff and hurting.

Overnight, I went from having no pain as a woman who was almost 60, and could move like a 20-30 year old, to someone who was partially disabled, like an arthritic 80-year old. Both hips and arm sockets felt like I had grown a full set of arthritic spurs. Quite a thorough feast for the Bb's.

I could have also gotten this Lyme infection when I lay out in the sun in my backyard on a blanket in the grass in March sometime. Or, it could be a reinfection because of the symptoms before...the Bullseye rash. My life has always seems more complicated than it needs to be.  March is when Portland, Oregon was getting the usual peek of sun, and then overcast weather and rain. Sun-starved, I lay out one day, and became tired, and allowed myself to drift off, as the weather turned a bit windy. I brought both ends of the blanket over me at that point for warmth, and took a Sunday nap. Ticks can be the size of a poppy seed. I feel like I have paid for finally relaxing.
With my severe overnight arthritis coming two weeks before...the bullseye rash, I either had a toxic exposure, or a reinfection, or both I believe. Later I learned the ratio of Borrelia to my own body was extremely high which indicates a long-term infection. With a toxic exposure and symptoms and then a bullseye, it makes me wonder how I could be so blessed? My karma has been historically clumsy and ill-timed. 

**Note: A next door neighbor who grew up in New Jersey said when he was a kid they would put down a blanket in the woods, and the ticks would attach themselves to the blanket. They like the warmth of the body. Had I known.... However, because of the high ratio of Lyme to my body parts, I probably was infected years before through a blood transfusion and had both a toxic exposure and emotional upheavels right before I was re-infected after laying out in the Spring on that blanket. A man I met that is a Tracker w/ his two dogs has been reinfected at least a dozen times. The Tetracycline given to him finally by the VA has helped, but not cured his infection, because of his symptoms of arthritis and memory problems. Sometimes coming out of the woods or wet areas he and his dogs would have 50-100 ticks on them.

I don't have any pets, but since I've moved in, some of my inconsiderate neighbors have allowed their animals to use my backyard as a toilet. Maybe they let the animal out at night, and it finds its way over, I don't know. But between the fleas and cats at large and amount of dogs here, it's a breeding ground for trouble. It's not just deer that carry ticks. Birds, dogs, etc. are carriers, and then there is the new evidence that fleas, gnats, mosquitos, horseflies, etc. are also carriers.

It's also a bad idea to walk or sit under trees, or sit in close proximity to dry oak leaves, etc. Walking through brush or grass can bring contact with ticks, etc. Pants need to be tucked into socks. Wide-brimmed hats.

Taking a good multi-vitamin and a B complex is a good idea, and using lavender oil, etc. before going outside.

Now, Borrelia is not the only one that comes 'to the party'. There are what are called "co-factors" or co-infections, like other bacteria and parasites that add to the misery of the infected person, and making it hard to diagnose. And, yes, people can be infected multiple times.
THIS is one of the reasons a Dark Field Microscope is needed in EVERY case of Lyme: To hopefully verify Borrelia, and to identify the co-factors. A drop of blood on a glass slide, so the truth is seen. But, it is not always found. How else would a Medical Doctor know how or treat? While it is true the symptoms may indicate Babesiosi or Erlichia, etc., I am one to want to know the beast I am fighting. Now I hear that the Borrelia may not be seen in a drop of blood, and that there are multiple strains of the types of Borrelia. (100 different Genomes) So, that is why my Doc suggested not to spend $750-850 on tests, but on the treatment, and to rebuild my immune system. I still think infected people should have affordable, reliable tests to specifically treat all that's there. Blind treatment is not good practice. It's not just about 'building the immune system and detoxing', it's about killing the specific pathogens that are making you sick. Changing the environment to alkaline with diet and juicing, killing the parasites, etc. is important, but knowing what you are infected with is pretty basic, as bacteria, virus and parasites respond differently to various treatments. The Lyme spirochete is a stealth warrior, for instance, and has to be treated with a pulse-type schedule. On. Off for 24-36 hrs, then on, even doing parasite cleanses before, during and after a full moon. 

AFTER treatment, do NOT think because symptoms have retreated, that your Lymes and co-factors are erradicated. That is a cheap lie or denial, and a danger to you and your loved ones. Why would anyone want to pass this miserable disease onto loved ones, like a sexual partner, or a friend, grandchild, etc., or have it return with a vengeance? Perhaps like HIV, if one gets the 'numbers' down, and the bugs aren't 'active', the chance for transmission is less, but I am more demanding when it comes to being responsible, because I don't want to pass this on. With a previous cough that comes up, like asthma, and then a sudden cough w/ my Lyme, I just work at covering my mouth, and hope to build my immune to the point that coughing is no longer part of my life. Moving away from the cigarette smoke in this small community will help. Flying in an airplane w/ everyone's aftershave, perfume, cigs, etc. is a challenge for me, as I've recently flown out-of-state for treatment. I had my mouth covered the whole flight. I wonder how many have gotten infected by things other than a tick bite.

Dr. Lee Cowden, a Cardiologist, has developed a 190-day Protocol, for instance, with Microbials vs Antibiotics that can ruin the Immune System and can cause C-Diff, etc. After 3 courses of treatment, he smashed the red blood cells under the microscope, and found Borrelia hiding inside them. He then lengthened his treatment, and retested. Still he could only ensure about a 90% kill, which means they can regroup and resurface, like their cousin, Syphilis. This is science- NOT getting relief and having some ignorant Medical Doctor assure you that you're well. Some doctors are now saying perhaps 93% of our population has Lyme, and it has just not emerged yet. A family can have it, and it can look different, as Lyme attacks the weakest areas of the body.

From my few facts above, I think you can imagine why this disease is isolating and lousy.
Within 12 hours, Borrelia is said to be in the frontal lobe of the brain. It's waste and life cycle create neurotoxins, causing brain fog, anxiety and depression. Mine gives me a sleeping-like sickness. An hour after breakfast, I want to lay down. I feel like a zombie. I can sleep till 1 or 2 pm in the afternoon instead of getting up in the morning, and have now set an alarm. I never want to move when I wake, as it hurts almost everywhere. If I don't move, or get my exercise in like a walk, I will feel more stiff and painful. However, if I do too much, I pay for it for 1-3 days. One of the early symptoms I had was using muscles, and feeling sore for days, like the torn muscle fibers were not healing.

For a long time I didn't have any appetite. I lost at least ten pounds. (See update. 25 lbs.) I will list my symptoms, so you can see how 30+ symptoms might feel like to deal with, with this Lyme. Besides looking disabled for some, and exhausted in the face and eyes, or having neural Lyme and having them rip through nerves and give the person a Bell's-like Palsy or seizures, it's hard to empathize when someone looks somewhat normal.

Ignorant doctors who don't know what to do, how to diagnose or treat, often throw abuse onto the Lyme-infected person by saying it is mainly psychological, they must want attention, or they should see a Mental Health Professional. These Medical Personnel need to be written up with their Licensing Boards. I ran into one who is not practicing any more after twenty years, which is a gift for those he would harm. I was discussing my research on Lyme since I'd become infected with it, and suddenly he got up saying he had lots to do, and that I'd find my problems were mainly "psychological".  Poor guy. I was giving him a summary of Dr. Cowden's findings, and he didn't want to hear the last sentence. He said he wrote books now for preventative health. With his AMA/Western Medicine outlook, he should just stop writing, and explore some alternative research instead of disseminating more bogus information.

Warning: (A slight diversion:) During our conversation in a Happy Valley New Seasons eating area, I brought up my problem with Michelle Obama's 'plan' for kids' health, as the GMO foods, especially High Fructose Corn Syrup with its Glyphosate/Roundup cause cancer and obesity. What good food choices are there any more? The former Doc pointed to New Seasons. I told him not everyone can afford these prices, and you still have to be diligent to find the  #9 in front of fruit, like grapes from Mexico, as it's not all 'Organic'. Our school lunches are not offering organics. What do the Obama kids eat?

........... Back to Lyme Disease, or Borreliosis....
A normal experience is going to 6-30 doctors, spending out-of-pocket or more/less till Mr. Piggy Bank is empty, (or facing bankruptcy from traveling to doctors and expensive medications and supplements and tests) until perhaps a Naturopathic Doc is consulted, co-infections found, supplements, detoxers, enzymes to destroy the microfilms housing lots of Lyme and friends and anti-parasitics are given. (See the Documentary a young husband filmed, below. They were from Canada, spent over $300,00 and suffered for years). Many don't have this energy or money or family support, and just give up. Some suicide. The young woman in the documentary shown below, suffered terribly, passing out 6-7 times a night w/ the pain level, seizuring, etc. Not until the newly- consulted U.S. Naturopath put her blood under a microscope and discovered the Malaria-like Protozoa co-infection, did she get anti-parasitics and began to get better.

Whether it's Teasel Root Tincture, Olive Leaf, Pao D'Arco, Neem, Serrapeptase to dissolve Biofilms, Zeolite for heavy metal removal, Timed multiple Antibiotics for 6 weeks that take into account the reproductive cycles of Borrelia and coaxing it into the vulnerable soft body form (because w/ threat, Borrelia hides in Red or White Blood Cells, or forms a rough fibrin coating our Immune System won't recognize or an L-form cyst that keeps safe), 190-day Cowden Protocol,  or Macrophages/Homeopathics acting as 'Assassins' from Hansa Center's Dr. David Jernigan, Dr. Dietrich Klinghart's wisdom, Diet and exercise to strengthen, or a $20 bottle of MMS (Sodium Chlorite (I always want to say Sodium Chloride. Must be the residual brain fog. lol)) etc. there are many success stories out there. I've been researching a bit. Below is the success story of Karen Allen of 'Indiana Jones'  fame. She had a headache for two  years and multiple symptoms before zapping for 4 hours, and losing all her symptoms within 48 hrs. The headache was gone in the morning. Her story in video interview is below. She hasn't been sick in ten years.

Despite the disinformation from the CDC like the number of people infected per year (about 300,000 estimated) , or total infected, (Germany had 1 million new cases in 2012) or people that die of Lyme, and their strange little IDSA....lying conflict-of-interest-laden panel and many clueless "Lyme Literate" docs, there is hope with applied knowledge.

Some don't get the bullseye rash. Those w/ the target-like phenomena say it feels hot, but doesn't hurt. I had one appear on my left leg AFTER the arthritis hit. It was April 15th, and the Mt. Hood ER Doc gave me 1 week of Keflex for "Cellulitis". He based this diagnosis on the fact that the center silver dollar size rash was hot, and my arthritis appeared first. Well, people can be reinfected or bitten more than once, and who knows how my individual response played out, and why.
"What do you want me to do?", he asked. "Rule out Lyme Disease", I said. That's for your Primary Care Doctor. We have no way to test it here. I felt like he was a waste of my time. Maybe he was angry because I told the intake gal that I would be asked....before any procedure was done or 'scrip' written, because it's my body. Doctors kill a lot of people. They are not Gods in my eyes.
I had no Primary Care Doctor.

Lyme transmission is not just from ticks any more. Asians w/Lyme come to the US having being bitten by fleas and gnats. Spiders, horse flies, mosquitos, etc. are possible transmitters and Lyme is in every country and state. Many Doctors and lay people think Lyme is just on the 'East Coast'.

Everyone has different symptoms of Lyme, with some more usual ones like fatigue, muscle and joint aches, a stiff neck or stiff ligaments on each side of the knees w/ fluid that gathers behind them. Symptoms often rotate or migrate, and can change overnight. The spirochete feeds and moves on. It's said they like the oxygen-scarce connective tissue. Starting each morning deep breathing, and exercise is important.

Bullseye rash on left leg in Mirror Photo.
My Symptoms So Far...
*Bullseye Rash on left leg. Grew to be about 6-7". 3 weeks after...
*Hard arthritis in hip, knee and arm joints.
*Lack of healing in Muscles.
*Atrophy and stiffening of muscles. Causes other muscles to be pulled out of place.
 *Myalgia. It travels.
*Stiffening of connective tissue behind knees.
*Fluid behind knees. Sometimes in right foot. (Do bicycle exercises on your back, before getting up in the morning. Slowly...respecting your damaged muscles and connective tissue...)
*Stiffening of neck/Meningitis.
*Body Aches
*Night Sweats.
*They're in my heart. Causes racing heart and odd rhythms.
*Strange loss of sight temporarily in my left eye.
They're in my eyes. Especially the left. (Led to floaters and then a serious Retinal Tear. See Update)
*Loss of Appetite. No interest in liquids. Easy to shut down.
*Between loss of appetite, sleeping for hours and missing mealtimes, fatigue and chronic pain I lost 10 lbs. Update: 25 lbs.
*Lethargy. Don't feel like doing much. Making meals is a hardship.
*Fatigue. Want to sleep all the time. Feels like some sleeping sickness.
*Swelling and dislocation of Jaw.
*All dental work feels like it's leaking.
*Can't eat solid food for 2+ weeks. Can hardly talk.
*Throat on fire for 2-3 weeks.
*Lymph nodes in neck on fire for 2-3 weeks.
*Sore shoulder, back and neck muscles. They atrophy and lack range of motion. Have to support my right arm to turn on shower.
*Instant cough. Cough till vomiting sometimes. Thick clear mucous-like a biofilm.
*Strange nerve sensations in face.
*Strange nerve sensations like crawling and numbness on head.
*Hair hurts. Can't brush it, and can't reach with right hand to brush.
*Extended, angry veins on sides of forehead.
*Brain Fog, like I'm observing my life vs. living it. I'm slow and feel like I'm fading.
*A bit depressed. Especially when I feel isolated or contemplate the damage. I figure I'll be around as long as I'm supposed to. The unknown causes anxiety. Chronic pain causes depression and sleep problems.

Who wouldn't feel depressed when we're sick, tired and in pain, and can't find trained doctors who know what tests to use, how or when to test, nor how to treat this Borrelia infection w/ it's 60+ co-infections. The ignorant 'Doctors' want to divert their lack of knowledge by saying it's psychological. 
*Disabled-vulnerable to walk down stairs, down a street or to cross the street. Couldn't walk faster if a car veered towards me. Very scary to get into the bathtub. Can't imagine what a fall would do with these stiff joints.
*Can hardly bend over to pick up anything, put on shoes and socks, etc. Takes a long time. Can't kneel down, get up from the floor easily, couldn't make my bed for months or look on any bottom rack of the refrigerator. No bent over and forward motions. *Disabled range of motion. Very stiff.
I have to lift my legs into my car and to get into the shower.
*Emotionally vulnerable. Cry more easily, b/c of chronic pain.

Relief: Soak in a hot bath of Epsom Salts. Throw Alfalfa tabs in the tub. Take Alfalfa or make Alfalfa tea. It is very alkalinizing. It helps arthritis. Buy a meal out if you have to. Stay away from GMO's and more poisons. ie: Panera has good soups. Fruit at Farmer's Markets. Juice! Cucumbers are very alkalinizing. Drink Protein Smoothies and take supplements. Salads. Take a Probiotic or eat fermented foods. Research and listen. Rest. Listen to good music. Walk like your life depended on it, slow or slower. Get sun. Massage is wonderful. Watch movies to get your mind off this Lyme visitor. Read some new books. Have coffee w/ friends. Sometimes a bit of organic coffee will keep you going past the Sleeping Sickness stage. Limit coffee and caffeine. Try and hydrate. Herbal tea-Sun tea or iced-Non-caffeinated is good. Juice. Water. Remember. Despite the disease inviting you to sleep your life away, slowly get up, get a hot shower and greet the day.

Plates of fruit and snacks. Cheese, nuts, veggies, etc. Hummus, boiled eggs/deviled eggs, Roasted chicken, salads, etc. Look in cookbooks or online to see what appeals to you. I was grateful for meal shakes and Non-GMO soy protein shakes from Shaklee. Juice gives almost instant nutrition with little energy needed, so the immune can work elsewhere. 
Probiotics are critical! Balancing gut flora creates an immune system that operates at optimal levels. I like Shaklee's Optiflora. Fermented foods.
CoQ10 helps heart health and creates energy at the cellular level.
Vitamin C. I like Shaklee's 500 mg. Sustained Release. 

Anti-inflammation/anti-cancer Tea:
Boil 1-1.5 c. of water and simmer 5-7 min. after adding 1/4 tsp. Turmeric, and 1/4 tsp. Ginger or freshly grated Ginger root. (Sometimes I use both forms). Strain into your coffee cup and add a dollop or so of coconut milk.
Ahhhh. Good for you.

Another good idea: Make sun tea w/ non-caffeinated herbals.
One of my favorite juices:

Juice either by hand or in a juicer:
2 grapefruits and 2 limes. (Peeled if thrown into the elec. juicer)
Meanwhile, bring to a boil and then simmer 1 c. water, 3T. raw sugar (can add honey or Stevia as last step to mixing juice and this mixture. I like the clear taste of the raw sugar.) Grate 2-3 Tbsp. fresh ginger and simmer with water and sugar. Cool this in freezer or fridge, strain and add to grapefruit/lime juice. Heidi from shared this recipe.
I like to freeze little Brandy snifters in the freezer and enjoy this juice.

Don't feel bad if the fog and depression make you not want to do anything. The infection makes you more emotionally vulnerable. Be your own best nurse.

My best....Peace. Pamela

Short informational video w/ Dr. Burrascano.

Dr. Lee Cowden, Cardiologist. Educational Presentation. Amazing information....

Dr. Sponaugle's Success:
(He is phenomenal. He developed a protocol for detoxing people from alcohol and pain meds in a painless way, and teaches the connection between relapse and the health of the gut, and how to heal it.)

Karen Allen had several symptoms, including a 'headache' for two years. One 4-hour session with an Ultra Zapper, and she woke up the next day with no headache. 48 hrs. later her joint pain was gone. She still zaps if she's around sick people, etc. She has had no problems for 10 years, nor been sick.

 Here is one man's experience (link below)with curing himself twice, of Lyme, using Antibiotics taken at certain times, for certain symptoms, and treating three different forms or stages of Borrelia. He has a lot of helpful information.

**Read this Doctor's Research and Experience below to understand the Western Blot, when it has to be given, how important the lab chosen is, when to draw blood, and why ONE BAND is indicative of Lyme.

Explaining Borreliosis (Lyme) Western Blot Tests

The Western blot is a type of test that is conducted for detection of
borreliosis (Lyme), but is also used to test for infections other than
borreliosis. Borreliosis is a more accurate name than Lyme disease for this
infection. Several different Borrelia may cause a similar clinical pattern
in this disease. Old Lyme is a town in Connecticut, not a disease.
Borreliosis is the name that should be used.

There is no universal agreement on what defines a positive Western blot.

Good laboratories use different criteria to interpret borreliosis blots.

At the 1999 international borreliosis and tick-borne infection conference,

Sam Donta, M.D. lectured. Dr. Donta is a full professor of Infectious
Disease at Boston University School of Medicine. He said that if a patient
has just one borreliosis-associated antibody on their Western blot, you may
assume they have borreliosis. Richard Horowitz, M.D. said the same thing in
his lecture, at that same conference.

Research I presented in 1998 involving over 400 borreliosis patients, showed an 87% response rate to antibiotics. This was if they had one
borreliosis-associated antibody on their blot. So if there is enough
suspicion that Lyme borreliosis is the cause of a patient's symptoms, so
much so that a Western blot is ordered, then if only one
borreliosis-associated antibody is found, it is significant!

Medical literature is replete with statements about false positive test
results for Lyme borreliosis. Since 1988, I have diagnosed and treated well
over 600 borreliosis patients. Only 2 of those patients with a positive
borreliosis test did not respond to antibiotics. This is a 99% success rate!
So in the trenches of day-to-day medical practice, false positive
borreliosis tests are not an issue. In retrospect, those 2 patients that did
not respond to antibiotics may have also had babesiosis.

In my practice, many borreliosis patients also have babesiosis, another
tick-borne infection that causes the same symptoms as Lyme borreliosis.
Babesiosis is caused by a protozoa, which is a different germ type than a
bacteria, virus, fungus or yeast.

The placebo effect would not explain a 99% response rate. Those borreliosis

associated antibodies should not be there, in patients with symptoms. A
placebo is like a sugar pill, that has no effect. A placebo effect occurs
because patients believe in the pill they are taking, even though it is a
sugar pill. The human mind causes the response. Placebo effects should more
likely be about Z0-30%, not a 99% response rate.

False negative test results are the real problem in diagnosing borreliosis.

Research has shown that you have to do the right test (the Western blot),
done at the right laboratory (one that specializes in testing borreliosis),
and done the correct way (shipped express delivery early in the week).

The right test to screen for borreliosis is the Western blot. Research I

presented in Bologna, Italy in 1994 at the international borreliosis
conference showed this. Other screening tests, such as the IFA, EIA, ELISA,
and PCR DNA probe were often negative when the Western Blot was positive!
Other doctors like myself who diagnose and treat a lot of borreliosis
patients, go straight to the Western blot as their screening test.

Medical articles abound stating that it is best to do a screening test, such

as an ELISA, and if it is positive, then confirm it with a Western blot. But
the ELISA is often negative when the Western blot is positive so, the right
test is the Western blot. It lets you see exactly which antibodies are

The "right laboratory" means one that specializes in borreliosis testing. In

the past, I have done head to head comparisons with 3 different regular
labs. Western blots were drawn and sent on the same day to 2 different labs.
The labs that specialize in borreliosis testing typically found
borrelia-associated antibodies, that the regular laboratories missed. If
these specialty labs find a borrelia antibody, I trust it to be significant,
because patients respond to antibiotics. You get what you pay for, so use a
lab that specializes in borreliosis.

The right way to process the Western blot specimen means for the blood to be drawn and express-mailed early in the week. Research shows the borrelia

antibodies have the potential to clump together, resulting in false negative
test results. So far, unclumping has not been practical for laboratories to
do. The fresher the specimen, the more accurate the test results. Patients
at our office are scheduled Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday if testing is to
be done. This way, express shipping will assure that the specimen does not
spend the weekend sitting at the post office. This is the right way to test
and ship borreliosis specimens.

Western blots look for antibodies. These antibodies are made by your immune system. In this case, the antibodies are made to fight against different parts of the Lyme bacteria, which is called Borrelia burgdorferi, and other Borrelia species. In other words, your immune system does not make one big antibody against the whole bacteria.

So, when you see a number on a borreliosis Western blot, it corresponds to a

specific part of the bacteria. Compare it to the old story of different
blind people touching an elephant. Based on the part of the elephant each
one touched, each person had their own perception. Likewise, the antibodies
attach to different and specific parts of Borrelia burgdorferi.

Numbers on Western blots correspond to weights. Kilodaltons (kDa) are the

units used for these microscopic weights. Think of it like pounds or ounces.
An 18 kDa antibody weighs 18 kilodaltons.

To do a Western blot, thin gel strips are impregnated with the various parts

of Borrelia burgdorferi. Each of the numbers, 18 through 93, on the test
result form, is a part of the bacteria.

Blood is made up of red blood cells and serum; Spinning blood in a

centrifuge separates serum from red blood cells and other things, like white
blood cells and platelets.

Serum contains antibodies made by the immune system. Electricity is used to

push the serum through the thin gel strips for the Western blot. If there
are any antibodies against parts of Borrelia burgdorferi present in your
serum, and these parts are impregnated on the strip, the antibody will
complex (bind) to that part.

When antibodies form a complex, it is called an antigen-antibody complex.

Anything foreign in the body is an antigen, such as a ragweed pollen
particle, germ, cancer, and even a splinter. In the case of borreliosis, the
various parts of Borrelia burgdorferi are all antigens. Though each antigen
is different, they all come from the same bacteria.

So all the numbers that are positive on the test report are due to

antigen-antibody complexes. If enough of the complexes are formed,
eventually it may be seen with the naked eye as a dark band. -

Band intensity reflects how dark or wide it is. Controversy exists about

band intensity. Many would say the " +/-" equivocal bands are not
significant. The problem I have with that, is that there are "-" negative
bands. The lab has no trouble calling some bands negative. So they must be
seeing something when they put "+/-" at some bands. The only thing that
makes sense, is that there is a little bit of that antibody present in your

If the "+/-" equivocal is reported on the borrelia associated bands, it is

usually significant, in my clinical experience. This is a strong clue that I
am on the right track. Instead of ignoring these, they should be a red flag
to keep pursuing a laboratory diagnosis.

Giving patients 4 weeks of antibiotics (usually tetracycline, 500 mg, 3

times a day), will convert a negative or equivocal Western blot to positive
in about 36% of cases. As mentioned, if these positive blots are found by
specialty labs, over 99% of those patients will respond to antibiotics.
Sometimes multiple antibiotics have to be tried before the patient feels

Antibiotics may actually help with the laboratory diagnosis. But patients
need to be off antibiotics about 10 to 14 days before the Western blot is

This sounds like a contradiction. Antibiotics may help convert the test to
positive, but patients need to be off antibiotics when the specimen is
drawn. It is well documented in medical literature that the presence of
antibiotics may cause false negative borreliosis testing. Therefore, your
system should be free of all antibiotics for an accurate blot result.

When the Lyme borrelia are alive, they are geniuses at avoiding the immune

system. They may do things like go inside your white blood cells, and come
out enclosed by the cell membrane of your own white blood cells! This may
partly explain why antibodies against Borrelia burgdorferi are often not
found when patients are tested.

What may happen when patients are given 4 weeks of tetracycline (or other
antibiotics) is that some of the bacteria die. When Borrelia burgdorferi
dies, it is less efficient at avoiding the immune system. That's when
antibodies may be formed against Borrelia burgdorferi, converting the
negative or equivocal Western blot to positive, in about 36% of cases.

If a borreliosis Western blot is going to be positive, it is usually the

first one that is positive. The second blot is the next most likely to be
positive, and so on, until the fifth blot. After that, the curve levels off
for conversion to positive. This is based on research I presented in
Bologna, Italy in 1994. Some patients had b6rreha-associated antibodies
finally show on their tenth Western blot!

Two Western blots from a reliable lab usually gives the answer. If a third

test is needed, a Lyme Urine Antigen Test (LUAT) is done instead of a third
Western blot. Positive LUATs correspond very highly to patients getting
better with antibiotics. False positive LUATs have not been a problem in my

The LUAT finds the actual antigen (Borrelia burgdorferi itself), so arguably

it should be the test of choice, but the Western blot is rn6re widely
accepted, even though it looks for the antibodies against Borrelia
burgdorferi. The presence of antibodies are indirect evidence of an
infection, not direct evidence like shown in the LUAT.

On the Western blot test result form, please note what is "considered

positive" and "considered equivocal." Equivocal is another way of saying
suspicious or almost positive.

Below this are the ASTPHLD/CDC recommendations. The CDC stands for the Center for Disease Control. I have been in attendance at the international Borreliosis conferences when the CDC said their recommendations are for disease surveillance, not day-to-day clinical medical practice. I am not in the business of disease surveillance. My job is to try to help sick people.

The CDC recommendations do not include the 31 and 34 Kda bands of the blot test. These two bands correspond to outer surface proteins A and B
respectively (ospA and ospB). In the world of borreliosis, these are two of
the classic hallmark Lyme antibodies. But the CDC does not even have them in their recommendations. You may see why I and other borreliosis clinicians do not agree with using the CDC criteria in everyday medical practice.

Other bacteria besides Borrelia burgdorferi may produce the 45, 58, 66, and

73 kDa bands. These bands may be produced by Borrelia burgdorferi, but are not nearly as specifically associated with Lyme borreliosis as the starred
bands. These starred bands are classic hallmark borrelia-associated
antigen-antibody complexes.

An example of the CDC's criteria of a blot test, is if a patient has the
band pattern of 41, 45, 58, 66, and 93, the CDC would call it positive. But
if a patient has a 23-25, 31, 34, and 39 band pattern, they would call it
negative. This is despite the fact that this second pattern of
antigen-antibody complex bands is much more specifically associated with
Borrelia burgdorferi than the first pattern.

As you can see, borreliosis is very controversial. It would be alarming if I
was the only clinician who thought that the CDC recommendations should not be used for day-to day medical practice. Many borrelia clinicians do not use the CDC criteria. This is obvious by the fact that the IgX laboratory uses
different criteria for positive.

Again, in my opinion and others', even one borrelia-associated antibody is
significant, if symptoms exist. The classic triad of symptoms for
borreliosis is fatigue (tiredness, exhaustion), musculoskeletal pain
(joints, muscles, back, neck, headache), and cognitive problems (memory
loss, trouble concentrating, difficulty remembering what you read,
depression, disorientation, getting lost). But there are about 100 symptoms
on the borreliosis questionnaire I use. Borreliosis may mimic or imitate
virtually any disease.

Patients often tell me that other physicians they have seen use the CDC
recommendations. This is unfortunate, in my opinion, since these physicians
are not in the business of disease surveillance, like the CDC is. But I am
biased. After seeing patients with borreliosis since 1988, attending many
conferences, talking with experts, and doing research on borreliosis
testing, there is absolutely no question in my mind that physicians need to
not blindly accept any recommendations. One of my hopes is that doctors will someday realize that this controversy is a signal for them to search for the truth. Why is there such conflict in this very "political" disease if there
is not substance for disagreement?

Both IgG and IgM Western blots should be done for borreliosis. With most

infections, your immune system first forms IgM antibodies, then in about 2
to 4 weeks, you see IgG antibodies. In some infections, IgG antibodies may
be detectable for years.

Because Borrelia burgdorferi is a chronic persistent infection that may last

for decades, you would think patients with chronic symptoms would have
positive IgG Western blots. But actually, more IgM blots are positive in
chronic borreliosis than IgG.

Every time Borrelia burgdorferi reproduces itself, it may stimulate the

immune system to form new IgM antibodies. Some patients have both IgG and IgM blots positive. But if either the IgG or IgM blot is positive, overall
it is a positive result. Response to antibiotics is the same if either is
positive, or both.

Some antibodies against the borrelia are given more significance if they are

IgG versus IgM, or vice versa. Since this is a chronic persistent infection,
this does not make a lot of sense to me. A newly formed Borrelia burgdorferi
should have the same antigen parts as the previous bacteria that produced
it. But anyway, from my clinical experience, these borrelia associated bands
usually predict a clinical change in symptoms with antibiotics, regardless
of whether they are IgG or IgM.

In regard to the outer surface proteins, think of it like the skin of a

human. On the outer surface of the Lyme bacteria are various proteins. As
they have been discovered, they have been assigned letters, such as outer
surface proteins A, B, and C.

The following is a brief explanation of the test results. Again, each band

is an antigen complexed (bound together) with an antibody made by the immune system, specifically for that antigen (part) of Borrelia burgdorferi.

18: An outer surface protein.

22: Possibly a variant of outer surface protein C.

23-25: Outer surface protein C (osp C).

28: An outer surface protein.

30: Possibly a variant of outer surface protein A.

31: Outer surface protein A (osp A).

34: Outer surface protein B (osp B).

37: Unknown, but it is in the medical literature that it is a

borrelia-associated antibody. Other labs consider it significant.

39: Unknown what this antigen is, but based on research at the National

Institute of Health (NIH), other Borrelia (such as Borrelia recurrentis that
causes relapsing fever), do not even have the genetics to code for the 39
kDa antigen, much less produce it. It is the most specific antibody for
borreliosis of all.

41: Flagella or tail. This is how Borrelia burgdorferi moves around, by

moving the flagella. Many bacteria have flagella. This is the most common
borreliosis antibody.

45: Heat shock protein. This helps the bacteria survive fever. The only

bacteria in the world that does not have heat shock proteins is Treponema
pallidum, the cause of syphilis.

58: Heat shock protein.

66: Heat shock protein. This is the second most common borrelia antibody.

73: Heat shock protein.

83: This is the DNA or genetic material of Borrelia burgdorferi. It is the

same thing as the 93, based upon the medical literature. But laboratories
vary in assigning significance to the 83 versus the 93.

93: The DNA or genetic material of Borrelia burgdorferi.

In my clinical experience, if a patient has symptoms suspicious for

borreliosis, and has one or more of the following bands, there is a very
high probability the patient has borreliosis. These bands are 18, 22, 23-25,
28, 30, 31, 34, 37, 39, 41, 83, and 93. This is true regardless of whether
it is IgG or I~. But again, there is no universal agreement on the
significance of these bands.

Betina Wilska, M.D. from Germany is one of the world's experts on outer

surface protein A (31 kDa). At the international borreliosis conference in
Vancouver, British Columbia, I asked her personally about the 30 kDa band.
She told me it was the same as the 31 kDa band (osp A). When you have the
opportunity to talk to borreliosis experts, this helps in assigning
significance to findings, on an imperfect test.

As a medical doctor, I am stating all of this with no axe to grind, no

professorship to protect, and no preset opinions. Patients, personal
research, and conferences have helped me interpret the borreliosis medical
literature in regard to testing. Nobody would like to have available a
bullet-proof, 100% reliable Lyme borreliosis test more than I would. But we
must use what is currently available. I always welcome second opinions.


And, 'change it up' w/ this stealthy Bb. Let off your regimen just before the full moon, coaxing this Spirochete to come out and reproduce. Then hit them w/ your choice of weapon, or protocol. THIS IS A GOOD WAY TO KILL OFF PARASITES, ALSO, as they reproduce in the full moon. People who have parasites in the brain and seizure, will have increased activity during a full moon cycle. Think 2 days before, the day of the full moon and 2 days after.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Are Vaccines Safe? Does it Matter?

Here are two medical professionals who educate in short order, why vaccines are NOT safe, and why...
Your children (and grandchildren) are worth the time to listen.

Below: A medical doctor (Internist, specialist) presented with patients on dialysis w/ kidney failure after the Influenza vaccine and the H1N1 vaccine.

Is the mortality of vaccinated Smallpox patients and the 100% vaccinated Pneumonia populations who get Pneumonia, really indicators of immune suppressing issues with vaccines? Why are children vaccinated with Chicken Pox getting Shingles?

After 6000 (Six Thousand) hours of Research, this Medical Dr. changes what all Physicians are taught to believe.

Stomach Problems and Autoimmune Issues. Dr. Tent...
(Yes, it's connected.)

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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Is it True that the Red Cross Participates in Genocide?

Please pass this video on to everyone in your network:

1 child dies every minute of Malaria. A test on 154 Malaria patients was done, resulting in -0- or a negative test for the Malaria parasite in 24 hrs, yet now the Red Cross denies being involved, and denies the video-taped field test.

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

By Their Fruits...

39 indicators of this Blog Author's Belief System:

  • Discussion on The Salt Lake Tribune

    The quest for Mormon intellectuals: how to balance facts and faith

    • Pamela Cohen  15 hours ago
      Shaking the dust off the feet as a testimony against those foreigners, etc. that don't accept 'the Gospel' so they'll fry like bacon when the 'destroying angel' flies in the last days doesn't sound too unconditional. Add not paying tithing, a drop of black blood, etc.
      As one Bishop put it as I left...after marrying the missionary in the temple and having 7 kidlets: "But Pam, you're a good person". Meaning I'm not if I'm not a member of your church? Part of this is 'group think', as I've experienced the 'outsider' feeling elsewhere.
      Tammo, your statement on priority of love is accurate in my life. I had 9 siblings, who decided w/ my Mother and her husband when my youngest bro and sister's sexual abuse was disclosed with some of my children, to pretend I didn't exist. Me leaving the Mormon religion made it easy for them. Anything my children suffered could be blamed on my 'bad example.' Sad. So much for sibling bonds. Naively, I thought we all loved each other, and were loving, loyal and honest. People like Thomas Paine appealed to me: "The world is my country, and to do good is my religion."
    • Pamela Cohen  18 hours ago
      What is difficult, and personal, is whether the life after life/death experiences reported by many count, as quantitative and/or qualitative data for a loving God.
    • Pamela Cohen  18 hours ago
      I think that 'intent to defraud' includes claims of 'fact'. Kind of like our current presidency, and previous. US presidency. In the Mormon religion, claims include the First Vision, the Golden Plates, the interpreting stones, etc., including written 'witnesses'. This is fraud. Not belief. Humans are just gullible. And, no matter how many times we hear in a Testimony Meeting..."I know" is based on beliefs, lured in by fraud, until the investment is too painful to defrock. Reminds me of 9-11. Pass on the truth. Now, pass the salt. Business as usual.
    • Pamela Cohen  18 hours ago
      Investing time, tithing, etc. for years in a cult culture after swallowing fraud, I see how 'emotional intelligence' can be blunted or jeopardized. Asserting oneself after doing ones own thinking or forbidden research in historic newspapers and books will give one the boot-w/ Disfellowshipment or Excommunication. It was with pride in self-scrutiny that I researched and wrote a college paper on 'The Unique Expression of Racism in Utah'. In Graduate School, I merely wrote about Racism Within Religion. John Lennon said basically those that speak the truth may not have many friends, but those that are left, are the right ones.
      Out of curiosity, I recently went to watch a man who runs 'the Gemstone Ministries' speak, and realized I was listening to a man like Joseph Smith. He just wasn't as talented. Why would Christ or God need magic, or claims of it, like the Golden Plates, the 'First Vision', the Urim & Thummim (sp), that disappear? As for 'witnesses', the Pastor was in on this fraud w/ the Gemstones guy, and people who had an appetite for magical 'wonders', spoke about the Gemstones they found (where the roving man in socks had just been) and the 'diamond countenance' on people. Too bad Joseph Smith couldn't have used this visual aid, as fine glitter hidden in hats like Epimenandes can suddenly douse a willing participant. The Pastor even had a box w/ his dead wife's ring, waiting for God to come and take it to his wife, since after all, He could send gemstones here. I think we just have to have humor.

      April 7, 2014:

      For me, it was 9 siblings, their partners, my mother and her husband. The stain of disappointment in humanity, when your own tribe betrays you for their convenience is one that won't bleach out. In ancient societies, the 'shunned' were not expected to live. Grief and stress does cut the longevity. Scapegoating was a ritual. 
      Actually, I saw where the sibling bond was stronger than parent/child. Instead of dealing w/ who sexually abused them, my kids just focused the anger on me. That has caused its own dilemmas, as in setting limits, patterns of unequal expectations, knowing Mom is there unconditionally when you really need her, but not being there for her, etc. Still wanting to act out the patterns of childhood, where their Mormon father ate into the one person's credibility they had left to trust, for his own selfish reasons--casting the only one loyal to them and the truth as the 'bad guy', has left them alone. Not one has done any personal work. I get cut out of every grandchild and family outing. Stonewalling. Several who used alcohol and drugs to cope, blamed Mom along the way. After a while, damage from a culture of blaming and lying is irreparable. Too bad my youngest son went into regular law instead of specializing in mediation and problem solving. After reaching out ad nauseum, my role is now to take care of myself and find meaning. A secret in life is service, but the heart can carry wounds that may never heal, and it makes the journey difficult. Time with loved ones can never be made up. Ages of grandchildren, etc. Raised without the wisdom and guidance of Gramma, extends the damage. Those 'kids' who refuse to do their own work will see anyone willing to honestly deal with it, as a threat. If your mate punishes you, expect your kids may do the same. You can divorce the mate, but the modeling residue can be a lifelong challenge. What was he hiding, projecting his own self-hatred? Exhibitionism while serving twice in the Mormon Bishopric. It's best to feel compassion as we are all wounded, but full discovery of further deviance has not yet surfaced, though it's well documented. Who knows if entire lives will be wasted and impacted forever, and death will come before the truth. Perhaps the lesson lies between the human impulse of a mother whose children were violated, man's search for meaning, forgiveness and moving on.
  • Discussion on Natural News

    Flight 370 reality check: A Boeing 777 doesn't disappear unless governments want it to disappear

    • Pamela Cohen  5 days ago
      I watched a woman named Leuren Moret on Youtube line out Topol's demo by Russia, which makes every Navy weapon obsolete. The next day there's a media piece about LAWS-Laser ...Weapon System whose limitation is being 10 miles away. Following day a witness says the tail of the aircraft was blown off, and dived into the ocean. Vietnam was honest in the media till the US/British spin took over. Sounds like a couple of gym rats flexing their ego and muscles, w/ human lives. I heard the terms DEMO, payback, killing about 9 trained techs for some company, and that a 22? yr. old gal working for Bitcoin was found murdered on the street in one of the Asian countries where (3) had made Bitcoin illegal. What a time we live in.
  • Discussion on Mother Jones

    My Interview with a Pediatrician Who Thinks Vaccines Are "Messing With Nature"

    • Pamela Cohen  6 days ago
      Start by reading, where several hundred or thousand people write in and list side effects and rate a medication. The AMA has long tried to divert valid arguments and evidence by using terms as 'anecdotal'. Qualitative data is just as valid as quantitative. The denial, outright dishonesty and corruption in the medical field and our 'protective' govt. agencies is a stench. The suicide rate among physicians is staggering. They start out with good intentions, and find themselves in a system that harms people, and overlooks common sense like nutrition and parasitology, etc.
    • Pamela Cohen  6 days ago
      I am personally glad there are independent thinkers like this Pediatrician. The US now has 1 in 6 children w/ Autism or some other kind of neurological/immune-based disease. Autism rose 30% in 2 years in the US. Our obsession as germ phobes has harmed our kids. There is no long-term study showing effects of all the many vaccines kids are now getting. Parents also need to be more aware of choices, as in vaccines made without preservatives, delayed schedules, etc. With live virus's, foreign proteins being injected into bodies and mercury, formaldehyde and aluminum, we are setting up our kids for disease, as we herd them in to 'protect' them from something they might get. 'Messing with Nature' is a valid concern, especially shown with 'superbugs' from antibiotic-resistant germs, bacteria-imbalanced digestive systems and the vaccinated getting and infecting others w/ a shedding virus. One day maybe we'll get the honest scoop on increased Shingles cases, Whooping Cough, etc. and realize the most dangerous place to be is in a clinic or hospital, if we have to breathe or open our eyes.
      Where is the child's voice for instance, if they're already sick, but being herded in for shots on Mom's schedule, or the new infant getting a Hepatitis vaccine, where the toxic adjuvants crossing the blood brain barrier have just altered an entire life-and the whole family's? These problems have to be addressed. Every parent should be informed, and demand safe vaccines, delivered in a protective, timely manner.
  • Discussion on

    Nearly half of American adults believe in a medical conspiracy theory

    • Pamela Cohen  17 days ago
      Some of us are well-read researchers. It is not important to be 'right', Gaius. But it is a good idea to be respectful and look at all sides, including many 'qualitative' data, not 'suggesting' we have work to do in our country to achieve good health, but 'illustrating' it. Learning is exciting, especially if you can leave this world better than you found it.
      Today's children w/ diabetes, neurological disorders, etc. will be the first generation that have less lifespan than their parents. This is not a gift. Ask an Amish person why they don't have to worry about their children being damaged by vaccines and Autism, and the other neurological disorders. Sometimes the truth is living and breathing right in front of us.
    • Pamela Cohen  17 days ago
      The 'lifespan' is going the opposite direction. The quality of life, also. Tho the idea of vaccination is not 'perfect', it is currently imbalanced, ridden w/ 'preservatives' that cross the blood brain barrier, and the FDA who we pay to protect us, is in bed w/ your beloved Pharma. Wait till one of your own kids or grandchildren is harmed by the number of vaccines, or by being an involuntary guinea pig. Wait, we do a lot of that testing in other countries... or prisons, or the military. Documented.
      Your comment would earn you a bar of soap in my upbringing. Try and focus.
      And nutrition. That is a sad subject. Are you on your knees thanking Monsanto, also? When the food we work to pay for, spend time buying and preparing and eating is only a motion and charade because of the lack of nutrition, it is also time for reassessment. Who cares if the strawberry looks perfect, and is tasteless and deficit of any meaningful nutrients? Some of us have been mothers, and care not only for our own, but others.
      My opinion, is that we all have a right to our opinions. No cheap grade school 'guilting' manipulations in corporate-owned media will change that.
    • Pamela Cohen  17 days ago
      Americans seem to be the most vulnerable, dense people, believing their 'doctors', who have been trained and paid handsomely to 'market' a plethora of drugs and vaccines. Look around the world, and see who else is sucked into believing babies need a Hep vaccine on their first day of life and children need 17 vaccines in a non-studied time period till 1 in 6 have some form of neurological harm. Notice this 'news' article, and how the title 'defines' this discussion for the sheep. 'Conspiracy', theories, as if every adult who doesn't succumb to blood pressure checks and meds, statins to ruin their health and Coumadin to not only thin their blood, but give them blood clots, gangrene and cognitive decline, as documented in 'side effects' is a problem. Of course you that think for yourselves are a problem. You stand in the way of profit up until the time the undertaker makes his.
  • Discussion on Tunedbody

    Heart surgeon declares on what really causes heart illness

    • Pamela Cohen  2 months ago
      I'd fire the 'Psychiatry specialist'. Anyone prescribing Cymbalta has a few ethical problems or is short of a full deck. Check
      B12 deficits often come from meds, like Prilosec, etc. Prilosec was prescribed like mad after a plethora of problems and side effects from other drugs. One side effect of anti-depressants is no appetite=a set up for malnutrition and disease. There are 8 reasons for depression, at least.
      Check out 'Medication-Induced Nutrient Deficiencies'. Very illuminating.
      I appreciate being reminded about inflammation again, but I'm w/ the first poster, in that references are best used.
      Check out FullyRawKristina on YouTube for what to eat. Pretty enlightening. And after seeing how chickens are bred and raised to 'harvest' within 30-40 days, complete w/ ammonia burns on their legs b/c they can't support their weight after the food and crowding and lay in waste, absorbing it..., I'm inching towards dropping the 'white meat'.
      And why did I have to watch the documentary on child trafficking that's used to harvest our cocoa pods on the Gold coast? Shame on Hersheys.
      Check out MMS, Dr. Simoncini, etc. when you have signs of cancer. Cancer is fungal based, but is also about unresolved inflammation.
  • Discussion on Mother Jones

    How Your College Is Selling Out to Big Ag

    • Pamela Cohen  2 months ago
      Earthworm: I'm sorry, but after reading your comments, finding all the supposed exceptions, and minimizing, rationalizing, etc., me thinks you belong in a field, as you are a 'plant'. Monsanto is not going to support or publish anyone not in line w/ the 'party line', unless they have some angle in mind. Even if it's timely eradication. For instance, the GMO-Roundup Bt? corn study, showing huge tumors on rats was criticized for their 10-rat study, and rats that supposedly are prone to cancer, was already done by the 'big rats', with the same small number and kind of rats, with -0- negative results. I've always hated cheaters. Personal flaw.
      I have a mattress that is softer than some of your deflection.
  • Discussion on CNN

    We know it can kill us: Why people still smoke

    • Pamela Cohen  3 months ago
      Balance is not a bad thing, nor is indulging to enjoy life, but cig smokers don't realize the amount of deaths occurring for those who absorb second hand smoke (50K a yr. in the US plus kid's asthma, ear infections, etc.), or the chemical transfer to their kids and loved ones from their nicotine, et al fingers, just like a patch. Maybe a nasty secret is that the poisons from cigs are found in a female's cervical tissues, and cervical cancer has gone epidemic. No toxic untested vaccine will fix this one.
      As for coffee, I hear the new thing is to get organic roasted beans and grind and use them within 7 days of their roasting, so they are not dead, stale and gross beans, with minimal antioxidant value left. Bicycle Coffee (Calif?) is one of those companies who roast and deliver it fresh. But coffee, like other roasted foods contains acrylamide which is a carcinogen. Apparently complete roasting helps remove it in coffee, but burned beans are not popular. Brewing brings the amount down. The FDA has a list of foods high in acrylamide, like Cheerios, Hershey's Cocoa, Postum, chicory roasted drinks, veggie chips in some brands, etc. Lays Potato chips was sued by Calif. for their acrylamide levels b/c of the cancer it causes.
      Acrylamide is found in cig smoke.
      Your real influence is measured by your treatment of yourself.
      – A. Bronson Alcott
  • Discussion on Mercury News

    Evander Holyfield says homosexuality is curable

    • Pamela Cohen  3 months ago
      It seems many people are less than educated in the area of homosexuality. One cannot 'black and white' this subject. Some are born this way, and some suffer sexual abuse or some kind of sexual violation and have their sexual arousal patterns and gender identification patterns affected by this. To lump everyone in one pot would be a mistake, as it would be to refer to all homosexuality as a 'handicap'. What is concerning to me, are the heterosexual and homosexual relationships that begin and seem to be based on sex instead of trust, compatibility and commitment, as if addictions or animalistic behavior create healthy relationships.
  • Discussion on CNN

    Investigators search for clues behind U.S. Capitol car chase and shooting

    • Pamela Cohen  6 months ago
      Like radiation poisoning or organ failure from chemo, you have to hold the 'treatment' accountable, also. As you do the control and corruption of medical journal articles, research, medical personnel who won't speak up or get educated further from the AMA/pharmaceutical box, etc.
      Americans have to be the most medicated people on the planet. It's residues are in the water, so we're all getting it. Capitalism at its worst. Though medication can help humans, to overlook our current state of affairs would be absolute denial.
    • Pamela Cohen  6 months ago
      The police in general, as you might recognize from a plethora of stories and YouTube live filming have become increasingly militaristic, use unreasonable force and take advantage of citizens who don't know their Constitutional rights. It is irresponsible and 'not very bright?' to lump citizens the police come in contact with as 'scumbags' as much as it would to express a prejudice that all police are always to be blamed. Is it true that this woman was running away and got shot in the back 6 times? When drone assassinations are sanctioned from our Executive branch, which direction will law enforcement be going? Respecting human life?
    • Pamela Cohen  6 months ago
      What a tragic ending to a too-familiar story of unnecessary police violence and murder and the end-product of 'treating' someone's depression and turmoil with anti-psychotics and anti-depressants. This young woman was obviously expressing the anger many have about Obama's betrayal of our nation, but in a fog of drugs that her 'doctors' betrayed her with. Since she is black, and left a one year old, this will affect Obama's conscience. (The 16 yr. old he ordered killed by a drone, obviously didn't.)
      I just hope it begins the discussion of police actions and training to kill when it is certainly not protecting or 'appropriate' or necessary, and the larger discussion of how many people have been killed by suicidal/homicidal ideations of these psychiatric drugs. Tip of the American Iceberg.
      My heart goes out to this mother, her child and her loved ones.
  • Discussion on PBS NewsHour

    For some wounded veterans, strong prescription drugs may be causing more pain

    • Pamela Cohen  6 months ago
      Vets are used in unnecessary wars, and are then throw-aways. We all know drugs are not 'treatment' and docs that prescribe don't monitor. It's a broken system.
      My favorite is Seroquel being given to Vets for a sleeping pill. Ghastly and criminal.
      As for your cancer, that is another area in which not to trust the current medical field. As a cancer survivor, I may be able to help you. If I trusted the poor gal that called herself a 'doctor', I would have been gone. After thousands of hours of research, I just like to help others that may choose to stay a while longer.
  • Discussion on The Hollywood Reporter

    Emmys: Michael Douglas Explains 'Two-Hander,' Reveals Why He Can't See His Son

    • Pamela Cohen  7 months ago
      If we can't 'stimulate the economy' further Agenda 21 and invest in petro security by bringing death to other countries, we have to make a business of making money on our own sons and daughters. When there is drug and alcohol treatment offered along with sexual abuse counseling-individual and group, for every economic group, and corrupt judicial and law enforcement removed, the jails will empty. What is the point of years of isolation, rape and abuse of people who need help? The stocks in days of old were more successful to bring change, as were the Quakers giving food, clothing and support.
      A drug user/pusher getting years, but a Drone-assassin still in DC. Hmm.
  • Discussion on The Wire

    Discouraging Coffee Drinkers from Lingering Will Only Drive Them to Starbucks

    • Pamela Cohen  8 months ago
      What a great idea for your Library to implement! Gathering around a WIFI spot where the public can also check out books, free movies and audio tapes for entertainment and learning everything from a new language to gardening tips, etc. is a fabulous evolution. Coffee shops are great for socializing, but there's something about a well-read (balanced) man (or woman). Here in Oregon where it rains a lot in fall and winter, we have indoor computer stations and library WIFI. There's no limit if you bring your own laptop, etc. With economics, I can see patrons walking, biking or taking the bus to check their emails and do research. Comcast recently went from the $50 for a 6 month promotional (w/ taxes) for my phone and internet, to $72 to $111. Now they offered 3 MGB speed for the $50 w/ tax price again. Change is in the wind. The local Centurylink is $15 a mth for basic home phone service, totaling $23-28? a mth w/ taxes. Why not spend that on gas or bus fare or exercise to a library or coffee shop, see humans and answer your phone calls and emails? Besides, this eats too much of my time some days. btw...I'd visit Starbucks if it went organic or offered it, time limit or not. Looking for the Value Package for my time, $ and effort.
  • Discussion on The Wire

    Discouraging Coffee Drinkers from Lingering Will Only Drive Them to Starbucks

    • Pamela Cohen  8 months ago
      First of all, as much as I love the rich smells of various coffees in Starbucks, I don't need that splash of insecticide or fungicide (or growth hormones in the dairy) or know that I'm supporting cancer and birth defects for the indigenous people who are aerially sprayed with the stuff, and have to ingest it through their air and water supply, food, etc. For my comfort? As for WIFI, it's fun to relax and check the emails and read the news amid the people-watching and coffee smells for me, even if I am drinking juice or tea. A reasonable limit is courteous. Anyone can get carried away visiting, etc., and forget how long they've kept a space. I got reminded once in my favorite tea shop, but I guess it's just not like the library in getting lost in a book, etc.. Rotating patrons are their bread and butter.
  • Discussion on

    So Long, Stainless: Whirlpool Introduces a New Finish For Premium Kitchens -

    • Pamela Cohen  9 months ago
      Oh, now. Discussion is refreshing, but soon it will be defined as economic terrorism, 'comrade'.
      As far as manufacturing migrating to other countries, American unions went from protecting the worker, to corruption and wage entitlement till we priced ourselves out of the market. I wonder what will bring the pendulum back. Is it true that China bought one of America's 3 Deep Sea Ports? The one in California? Appliances are a diversion from some other important information.
    • Pamela Cohen  a year ago
      American quality is sold out. We shipped our factories to cheap labor, and buy from China where prisoners are forced into slave labor, to produce them. The greed and graft has polluted most everything. Just think, our Defense parts are 'Made in China'. Since we don't need to be watching the hen house, let's keep using drugs like alcohol, pot and cocaine and the mind-numbing television, so our children can 'rock it' in the future with a polluted world, in every sense, or wake up.
  • Discussion on Mother Jones

    WikiLeaks: We Know Where Snowden Is, But We're Not Telling You

    • Pamela Cohen  10 months ago
      None of the men named are 'my boys'. My radar usually recognizes liars and criminals. They are a national shame. My alarm went off with even the possibility of Bush's regime. The voices of such-propaganda and lies- grate on my aura. Torture and murder are not acceptable- by the alphabet agencies, shock and awe, drones, etc.
      I am one of the many Americans wondering who will return this country to the 'rule of law', and make me proud to be part of it. Since I am a mother, Snowden and Manning could easily be one of my own sons. The treatment of Manning is horrific. Snowden is wise to avoid his own similar fate. Obama is intent on hunting him down and punishing him, with terms like espionage, etc. Let's turn that energy instead, to Obama and associates, then Bush, et al.Why don't we investigate how many nuclear secrets Clinton shared or sold to China, instead, (see the address below) or why the system even allows Obama and his group freedom regardless of the flavor of scandals? Why don't we privately investigate how many witnesses were killed to hide the true 9/11 story, or how large the simultaneous insider-aided insurance fraud was, when these buildings went down with their planned nano-thermate, including Bldg 7? The corruption is so ingrained in every government agency, it is  a grief.Interesting article:http://www.criminalgovernment....
    • Pamela Cohen  10 months ago
      I think O has called Snowden and Manning worse, when they are the real 'men' and patriots.
      Actually, O got off easy. I have respect for the office of Presidency. The person who speaks with a hollow voice, I have pity for. He doesn't even believe in himself. He is lost.
      Seriously, for the accumulated lies and acts of his Presidency, he is no better than Bush, whom I sincerely hope will find himself in prison with his cohorts, also. Both are responsible for taking innocent people's lives. Or do you condone the drone killings, and the increasing amount of 'suicided' witnesses and hounded whistleblowers? Personally, I cannot stand to even listen to the voices of Bush or Obama.  I read one of O's first assertions, that 'we should accept the official version of 9/11' and I was disgusted. I wrote O that based on just that lie, I could not trust him as the leader of this country. Human to human, I asked him to make his life count. Any person, President, Congressperson, etc. is 'responsible' (blame is not an accurate word) when they participate in anything else but representing the truth, and protecting human beings. The latest absolutely retarded attempt at avoiding accountability to the American people is for the Executive branch to 'blame' the Judicial branch for their NSA invasion of privacy. See power will be seen the day we have a leader with a pure heart, not run by corporations, cartels, agendas, the UN, CDC, FDA, Pharma, the Banksters, etc. For the people. By the people.I voted my conscience. Ron Paul. The first term of Bush, when the radio announced his possible win, it was November 8th, the day of my youngest child's birthday. I was so upset, I temporarily forgot it was her birthday, poor gal. I knew if he got in, we'd go to war. It's past time the mothers of this country spoke up.These are my true feelings and thoughts. It is not a rant, or some arbitrary  'speech' that can be defined into non-existence. Let's stop neutralizing the truth, sugar-coating it, minimizing it, imposing our ideas of being politically correct, or trying to shame grown adults we don't agree with, as if we have the corner on propriety in petty control tactics, like I've experienced below. My generosity ends where my boundaries begin. We should have all had enough by now.
    • Pamela Cohen  10 months ago
      Many people can't fathom what this breach of privacy-- for years...can really accomplish.
      They aren't familiar with it yet. Stored phone calls and emails, even false claims of such "evidence". And we thought the media... was controlled.
      Besides the Congress being blackmailed, news reporters disappearing before they can print articles and fear shutting down normal investigative reporting and human interactions with a government surveillance state, our business community is also part of this violation. I remember working at Intel for instance, and knowing anyone found with a cell phone on premises would be fired immediately. Taking photos of technological property: Forbidden. Think of pricing, planning, any commerce open to be sold out to the highest bidder, the discussion of such in any government's hands, especially a tyrannical one such is being demonstrated. It is no more a threat than any other organized crime syndicate.
      When I read that Britain has been spying on Americans and giving it to the US, and vice versa, to fit within certain laws of each country, the likely evolution has to be enlarged access, laws passed under the DHS and other bogus threats, till the largest threat is the government and other para-agencies. America is in the midst of an off-balance pendulum swing. Only when we see the horrific results, will it hit home, and even then, there will be apathy for many, hoping someone will 'fix it'.
      No matter what shocks and insults are in store for the future, we can bet that the Pres. will have 'just learned about it on the telly', just like us, refuse to discuss it and hope the ripples go away as other media opportunities arise, or simply pull a Holder, saying "Don't know. Can't say. Won't say." There is an agenda.
      The boundaries are the 'rule of law'. They are being sidestepped, with puppets put in the banking system, etc. and any whistleblowers punished. And we are chatting and being identified. It used to be the only list we had to worry about was Santa's. There have to be other men besides Snowden and Manning and Assange that are willing to make their lives count. Men that know a paycheck and security aren't worth the selling out of fellow humans.
    • Pamela Cohen  10 months ago
      While I agree that I should not connect Obama with 'what a bummer', being an enraged citizen, watching his murders and lies and intent, following in the path of the Bush admin, everyone deserves a voice, lady. I'm not sure what is worse, punishing those that are speaking up to the level of corruption at the threat of death,  speaking ones truth or not seeing the forest. My people did come from Russia, and when my father said, the planes are flying and the ships are sailing, leave if you don't like it here, I reminded him that our country was founded on freedom....including freedom of speech. That is the only way to change things, not silence or guilting someone for cursing, or saying something you don't like. We all have an equal voice.
    • Pamela Cohen  10 months ago
      So sad to be droll, but I'm no troll. Are you?
      It's time to lay down the Demo or Repub and just talk sense.
      O's the worst president in our history, to punish whistleb's.
      By their fruits.... as the saying goes.
      The ism doesn't matter. We haven't gotten it right yet.
      He just does the bidding, and we seem to allow it.
      I wrote a blog post about O being a liar, traitor and terrorist.
      Americans deserve to know what they're eating, and choose?
      Destroy the Constitution and then use it to complain about his appointee timeline?
      27K political prisoners worldwide so far, as I read. Guantanamo is just another diversion.
      NDAA? Drones assassinating worldwide, including a 16 yr. old American citizen, and
      'collateral damage'?
      I stand by my words.
  • Discussion on LAist

    Bruce Jenner Was A Bad Father, Says Son Brody

    • Pamela Cohen  10 months ago
      The time, skill set and resources available in earlier parenting sometimes is not equal to the more relaxed, older parent, later on, perhaps with a second family. The son is probably just reflecting on what he sees as the difference, and what he would have liked to experience, himself. Now that it's expressed, I hope they both build a stronger relationship, so time is not wasted. This is not a dress rehearsal. 
      Many times the 'child' forgets in his analysis all the sacrifice and love the parent has given to them, in all of the 'imperfection'. Parents are learning themselves, how to parent. When  a balanced view is expressed, gratitude and living in the present, points to their maturing 'adult' self. Until the 'splinter' is out, the wound will fester, so these two are on their way to solution.
  • Discussion on OPB Think Out Loud

    Protecting Oregon's Elders From Abuse

    • Pamela Cohen  10 months ago
      Check out the story below. A common story on Marti's show:
      One of the largest problems in our country has been the emerging abuse of elders by court-appointed 'guardian' or conservatorship. The judges get a cut of the estate, and there is often collusion with these 'guardians', which have kept elders away from their familes, drugged in institutions, controlled- while they suck the estate dry. In my experience of the elder abuse agencies, they have long standing relationships w/ the elder care places and courts, not the families. It's a horror story. I've lived it.
  • Discussion on

    So Long, Stainless: Whirlpool Introduces a New Finish For Premium Kitchens -

    • Pamela Cohen  a year ago
      My favorite shopping place for appliances is Craig's LIst. For $50 I found a 1947 Gibson stove that was gorgeous. The fridge that never gave up was the GE w/ the old single hinge handle. The new frost-free kind freezer-burn the food, and the plastic inside breaks, as do the cheap plastic handles. I like to buy older Whirlpool washer/dryers, also, and if they need fixing, I watch YouTube, and do it myself. Not everything new is 'progress'.
  • Discussion on Gossip On This

    Rihanna Confesses to Oprah: I Will Always Love Chris Brown

    • Pamela Cohen  a year ago
      What a heartwarming interview. It's often hardest for others to forgive, but Rihanna has found a huge secret in what she was able to do, realize how her father's example played into her choices and feelings, and find peace in accepting where her life goes from here. When we love each other, we want the best, as in healing-- not revenge. It is a process. Her songs and clothing reflected that process. Those tender desires and memories can be marred by anger and violence, leaving a fragile and fractured trust, never to be the same, perhaps. It takes maturity and courage to get help, and move on. I loved how she realized despite her own father's worst, she could also acknowledge and appreciate his best instead of labeling him for the trash. When we do that to each other, we are the ones with a lesson to learn. Beautiful young woman.
  • Discussion on Gaia Health

    Gardasil Destroys Girl’s Ovaries: Research on Ovaries Never Considered

    • Pamela Cohen  a year ago
      When I say coerced, bribed etc. it is the leaders that are. It naturally follows that they pass laws without any true representation of their populace. Instead, the corporations have gained control and the corruption brings on Fascism. In the US, parents are bullied about losing their children for not allowing them to be diagnosed and drugged for supposed ADD/ADHD, or other spins, or vaccinated. It has gotten ugly. When enough parents pull their kids out for private schools, lost funding will force the issue.
      Here in Portland, Oregon, for example, the Council and media all pushed for fluoridating the water supply lately, with the attitude of avoiding public consent. Enough fuzzy avoidance/change of focus manipulations of the media, (corporate owned), and the public thinks they will be safe and be able to vote on this issue. While the media focus is elsewhere, Americans have lost many rights, not even knowing what's gone down. Can you imagine drones, making hits on some 'Kill LIst', (instead of business as usual by the CIA) or citizens being able to be arrested and detained indefinitely, stripped of any rights? Laws floating out there... while Americans gather for turkey dinner. A 'President' who is the biggest supporter of GMO's, with business as usual, showboating lies and promises to gain support.
      No wonder many states are passing petitions to secede from the Union/Federal Government.
      My comment about the Tinkertoy Brigade, is about starting over.
      My best...
    • Pamela Cohen  a year ago
      Heidi, sadly, EU following US footsteps doesn't surprise me. They've been coerced, bribed, blackmailed, threatened, etc. Mold grows in dark places. Time for enlightenment.
      Looks like 'Mother's Day' -or -- monthly days-- a designated time period for all good moms and dads (or humans insisting on alignment for the good of mankind) all over the world needs to be about demanding immediate change, educating and boycotting the grocery stores, All GMO corporations, schools, medical facilities, churches, etc. like the Tinkertoy Battalion. Dismantle. Rebuild. New 'leaders'. New media. Home gardens. Sprouting. Pet chickens in a rolling coop if possible, or trading w/ those who can. Direct bulk food buying from independent farmer coops. Free energy info released. Arresting Corporate Shills and Eu and US Government co-conspirators for mass murder. Mom's signature required for sending your sons to war. Restore US Constitutional individual rights and freedoms and remove the despots. Remove electoral and allow popular vote. Ensure no fraud at polls. Independent auditing groups balanced by a second group in all agencies. Politicians on volunteer time or stipends for living expenses. Public stocks for shameful behavior. Schooling to retrain or teach what wasn't learned. No more Corrections as a business. Stop the endemic sexual abuse of children and violence/objectification against women. Critically review all law 'enforcement' and judicial personnel and hire better fit individuals. Allow our men to be true protectors. Free schooling/education. No more drinking of inorganic coffee so indigenous people get sprayed with pesticides and fungicides and get cancer and birth defects for their children for our convenience or ignorance. No more cancer/growth-promoting hormones allowed in milk or meat. A healing, aware focus. Isn't it time?
      A penny for your thoughts.
    • Pamela Cohen  a year ago
      Kind of hard to be a 'woman' if you never make it to womanhood, as in losing your ovaries, getting ovarian cancer, etc. Why don't we ask the victim if she feels like a woman, now that she has no ovaries, or how she feels at all? If you haven't bought the Gardasil line, then certainly you've had your 'flu shot', since it's pimped on loudspeakers all over the cities, even at Target and RiteAid, or your Shingles vaccine, or the Pneumonia shot, or the Tetanus that you're not sure you even needed. Are you still lining up for the steroid injections, hoping yours won't have fungus in it, or destroy your cartilage, causing some DVT event? Did you even think to research for yourself whether you should counsel your kids about allowing their babies to get Hepatitis injections, or does the Coumadin you were suckered into taking already cause blood clots, gangrene and cognitive decline, while you picked up your statins and blood pressure meds, anti-depressants, muscle relaxants, Ativan and other Psych drugs, while chewing your Aspartame gum, which obviously crosses the blood brain barrier, making formaldehyde factories in the old gray matter, and blood cancers or breast cancer? And is it even disturbing that animal testing won't show the buildup of wood alcohol poisoning because they're not affected like humans, from that Aspartame, because the 'tests' were done by cheating corporations, with intent to harm, while making profits. Ay vey. Arguments.
      Do our children have the right to grow up healthy, with a non-engineered birthright derailing, without tumor-causing GMO foods and Autism-producing, disease-ridden vaccines, or are we content to be morons, second-rate to European Nations who better protect their young?

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