Microbes may cause "autoimmune" disease
Misdiagnosis amd death in Florida
North Ridgeville Schools Central Office Community Room, 5490 Mills Creek Lane, Wednesday October 30th, 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Grafton Community Center, 1050 Novak Rd., Friday, November 1, 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Columbia Station Town Hall, 25496 Royalton Rd, Tues. November 5, 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Wellington Kelly Street Fire Station, 202 Kelly Street, Thursday, Nov. 7, 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
New Russia Township Hall, 46268 Butternut Ridge Rd, Friday, Nov. 8, 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Lorain County General Health District, 9880 S. Murray Ridge Road, Saturday Nov. 9, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Sheffield Lake Community Center, 4575 East Lake Rd., Monday, Nov. 11, 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Amherst VFW Post 1662, 165 Cleveland, Tuesday, November 12, 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Avon United Methodist Church 37711 Detroit Rd., Wednesday, Nov. 13, 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Children under age 19 MUST have a doctor's prescription and MUST go to a children's immunization clinic.
NEWS ARTICLE from The Chronicle-Telegram, 10-31-02, By Christina Jolliffe
``County guards against possible smallpox attack
AVON -- If bioterrorists release smallpox in the area, county health officials hope they are prepared.
If the health district receives a call from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirming a smallpox case in the county, the procedure would be set in motion. [How long does it take to send samples to the CDC to get a confirmation?]
The emergency call list, which consists of about 55 health care professionals, would be activated. Those professionals immediately would meet at the health district, which is designated as the staging area.
They would then grab their go packs, which contain needed health equipment, and head out to designated sites to administer vaccines. [Have they themselves been vaccinated against smallpox?]
The sites Wednesday were the North Ridgeville Schools community room, the EMH Center for Health and Fitness in Avon and the Lorain County Fairgrounds in Wellington ...
At the flu clinics Wednesday, volunteers in the nursing program at Ashland University assisted by registering patients and timing how long it takes for a person to go through the process of getting the shots from beginning to end ...
The practice session was the brainchild of Health Commissioner Ken Pearce.
Even though the government does not mandate these practice sessions, it was something Pearce thought was important ...''
Contact Christina Jolliffe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
`` The 2nd Annual Conference on Applied Neurobiology
Lyme Disease and Co-Infections: New Approaches to Diagnosis and Treatment Conference Dates: December 6-8, 2002
Please follow the link at the bottom of the page to register.
In our work with chronically ill patients we have found an astounding number of cases with underlying infections from the "Lyme disease family": Borrelia burgdorferi, Babesia Microti, ehrlichiosis, mycoplasma pneumoniae, chlaymydia etc. One of our recent patients with the diagnosis of ALS (made at a major university) really had Bartonella henselae, or cat scratch fever, and improved with a course of i.v. antibiotics.
The initial diagnosis was made with Autonomic Response Testing (ART) and then confirmed with appropriate lab work. Several of our MS patients were infected with Borrelia and Babesia -- responding phenomenally to our Lyme protocol, which includes the use of Applied-Psycho-Neurobiology (APN), Cholestyramine, Neural Therapy, Bee Venom and antibacterial herbs.
Sometimes the measles virus shows up in MS, the echo-7 virus in ALS. Once the infections are successfully subdued, the patient improves -- often lastingly. We could show that many of our chronic TMD and pain patients really suffered from viral infections, Lyme disease and heavy metal toxicity. In chronic fatigue patients we look for Mycoplasma infections and herpes viruses.
The possibilities of co-mingling infections go on and on...
What is going on? Have the universities and medical schools failed to stay abreast with what is going on in the real world? Why don't we hear more of a discussion in the media? Are we rapidly taking hostage by hostile microorganisms? Has environmental pollution ruined the fine balance in nature? Are we doomed?
Are we prepared to intervene with appropriate and non-invasive diagnostic tools and therapeutic measures, which are affordable, effective and life-affirmative? Is anyone out there still healthy? Do we really have to take antibiotics for months or years?
In this think-tank meeting, we try to explore many of these issues in a positive, creative and solution oriented way:
ART and how to detect the individual co-infections: Borrelia, Babesia ehrlichiosis, mycoplasma, chlamydia, measles, Coxsackie's, the herpes "family" and others
Diagnostic tools: symptoms and physical findings, health questionnaires, FACT (functional acuity contrast test), lab work, the dental x-ray, indicators in hair mineral analysis, and more
ART and the chocie of the most effective, non-toxic and tolerated medication: herbs and mushrooms, essential oils, homeopathy, nutriceuticals, uni-polar and pulsating magnets, micro-current, cold laser blood irradiation, UV-B, ozone, antibiotics, cholestyramine and actos, bee venom and more
ART and drug uptake enhancement
APN and the underlying psycho-social-systematic factors
Lyme in dentistry: TMD, cavitations, the ailing of teeth and jaw bone, the impact of an over-closed mouth (lack of vertical dimension)
Lyme and lifestyle
Lyme and nutrition
Invited speakers include:
Joseph Mercola, DO: Joseph Mercola, D.O., is the founder of Mercola.com, number eight on the world's most visited health websites. He founded and directs the Optimal Wellness Center, an Illinois clinic focused on integrating healthy diet, lifestyle, emotional and traditional techniques to establish optimal health and heal chronic disease. Widely respected for both his bold and informative website and his revolutionary Eating Plan, Dr. Mercola has lectured throughout the U.S. and been interviewed extensively by local and national media.
Joe Burrascano, MD: he has treated thousands of chronically ill patients and created today's gold standard in the diagnosis and antibiotic oriented treatment of Lyme (www.lymnet.org)
Dietrich Klinghardt, MD: developed noninvasive treatment strategies including APN, neural therapy, essential oils and micro current technology
Robert Rowen, MD: will discuss the use of UV-B blood irradiation in detail for the treatment of chronic infections
Dr. Martin: has done much recent research on stealth virus infections and developed effective research protocols
Gitte Jensen PhD: is a well-known researcher and microbiologist who spent 12 years at Mc GIll University doing research on the involvement of microorganisms in cancer. She is now heading her own research lab in Oregon. She discovered that in chronically ill patients the red blood cells might carry multiple infectious agents -- invisible to the patient's immune system and often safe from common antibiotics. Gitte is one of the most inspiring speakers in t he world of infectious disease today.
David Vaughan: one of today's leading nutritionists, will introduce us to nutritional markers of chronic infection -- changes in copper, iron and zinc metabolism and others. He will also discuss essential nutritional strategies in the treatment of chronic infections.
Andreanna Vaughan, RN: has been Dr. Kilinghardt's nurse and co-teacher for years. She is the leading teacher of the SkaSys system (computer assisted ART), which is used to detect the common multiple CO-infections, and co-factors.
Gudrun Gilberg: Lyme disease patient advocate. Gudrun is a well known voice in the Lyme disease cyber world and has a wealth of information on what Lyme patients really experience: their symptoms, their despair, their neglect by most medical doctors, stories of misidagnosis, successes and hopes. Gudrun can bring related issues to life like only few people can.
Monastery of Herbs: developer of herbal combination remedies specific for Lyme
Doug Philips, DDS: ART, Lyme and dentistry
Dr. Bonli: specializes in the exploration of the healing effects of uni-polar magnets
Dr. Nick S. Harris: lectures on Lyme disease diagnosis: what is the LUAT, how to do it, research, etc
Dr. Garth Nicholson: Mycoplasma as a common co-infection.
We expect that after this course the participants will be confident in making the diagnosis of Lyme disease and related Co-infections both based on a symptom questionnaire, by physical examination, by ART scan and by conventional laboratory diagnosis. You will also be familiar with the latest conventional and complimentary treatment protocols and with overall management strategies.
Date, Time, Location:
Date: December 6-8, 2002
Time: Friday 1pm-10pm, Saturday 9am-6pm, Sunday: 8:30am-1pm
Location: Bellevue Hyatt Regency, WA
Phone: 800 233-1234
Cost*: $600 physicians, $400 assistant
* $50 discount if registered 30 days prior to event
For more information, or to register, please visit American Academy of Neural Therapy, Inc.
425-462-1777; fax 425-453-7015
NEWS ARTICLE from The Suncoast News, 8-7-02, By Valerie Berrios
``New lab test for Lyme disease may end ALS misdiagnosis
Vincent Sota, a former Pasco County fire-fighter and emergency medical technician, died early last month after being misdiagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a fatal ailment that attacks nerve cells and affects all voluntary muscle action.
Mary Sota researched her husband's condition and came to the conclusion that he probably had Lyme disease, which mimics the symptoms of ALS, multiple sclerosis and several other diseases.
Lyme disease affects everything in the body, especially neurological functions, said Dr. JoAnne Whitaker, M. D. president and director of research for the Bowen Research & Training Institute in Palm Harbor. The diagnosis of Lyme, usually contracted from an infected tick, was more plausible for our lifestyle, explained Sota, whose family often participated in outdoor activities.
What was most frustrating about her family's ordeal was that more than a dozen doctors refused to accept her theory and, thus, did not give her husband antibiotics in time to fight the normally treatable disease, she said.
Sota's suspicions were finally validated after the Sotas went to their 14th or 15th doctor. Results of a blood sample sent to the Bowen Institute showed that Vincent tested positive for Borrelia burgdorferi, or Bb, the causative agent of Lyme.
Whitaker, a medical doctor, began testing for Lyme disease in 1999. She used a variation on an immunofluorescent test she had used early in her career to detect diphtheria, whooping cough and syphilis, among other conditions.
While administering the Bowen technique, a method used to stimulate the body to heal itself, researchers at the Bowen Institute discovered its patients with fibro-myalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and other rheumatological diagnoses were developing flu-like symptoms. Further testing showed the patients had Bb in their systems.
The Bowen technique, in effect, had drawn the antigens out of hiding. The finding led Whitaker to adapt the fluorescent test to detect Lyme.
The first test used Whitaker's own blood sample, which turned out positive for Lyme disease, a revelation Whitaker described as serendipitous.
She regards the new test method, called the rapid identification of Borrelia burgdorferi, or RIBb, as the most accurate test available because she said it is the only test that looks specifically for Bb.
Whitaker said the reason why cases like Sota's occur is because there are no good tests for Lyme disease, resulting in numerous misdiagnoses.
Most of the current Lyme disease diagnostic tests are dependent on antibodies in the blood. In some Lyme disease cases, however, antibodies may be in the tissue rather than free-floating and thus undetectable using the antibody tests, she explained.
Dr. David Reifsnyder, an infectious disease specialist in Clearwater who treats at least one Lyme disease patient a week, admitted that some strains of Lyme disease bacteria aren't detected using the standard diagnostic tests. And, he said, it is more likely to get a false negative than a false positive with the antibody tests.
Whitaker said RIBb can tell definitively if a patient has Lyme disease. "People need to know there's a good test. "
Lida H. Mattman, professor emeritus of biology at Wayne State University in Detroit, was able to culture Bb from 316 out of 316 positive samples using the same blood drawn from RIBb tests before her lab was closed due to "political reasons, " stated Whitaker.
The validation from Mattman's cultures, however, is "the reason I feel comfortable with our test, " declared Whitaker.
According to Whitaker, 32 different doctors in Florida, and hundreds worldwide, have sent blood specimens to the Bowen Institute.
Reifsnyder, one of those doctors, said he uses the Bowen Institute's test, as well as others, because it helps give him support for the course of treatment he provides his patients.
However, Reifsnyder and Sota's doctor admitted they must re-test positive Lyme samples from the Bowen Institute because the lab is not FDA approved. But, according to Sota, her doctor said all re-tests have confirmed the positive findings. Sota wouldn't identify the doctor.
Sota said the controversy surrounding the test stems from the large quantity of positives. Of the 2, 258 patients who have been tested using RIBb, almost all have tested positive, admitted Whitaker.
The percentage of positive tests is high, Whitaker said, because the test is often used just to confirm a Lyme disease diagnosis.
In addition, the large number of positives is most likely related to the lab's findings that Lyme disease is not just a tick-borne infection. The lab has found Bb in Florida and California mosquitoes and African dust.
Reifsnyder agreed it is possible Lyme could be transmitted through mosquitoes. How often that happens, however, "we don't know," he stressed.
The presence of the Lyme disease bacterium in the African dust sample remains a matter of controversy.
At the Bowen Institute's request, Eugene Shinn, a marine geologist with the U. S. Geological Survey in St. Petersburg, brought a sample of African dust he was testing for his own research to the lab. Tests on the sample showed the presence of Bb.
Excited by the finding, Shinn had the sample tested again by someone at a federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention laboratory in Colorado, who claimed the substance was bacteria similar to Bb, he said.
Whitaker declared it was not unusual for a CDC test to come back negative because the center used the "unreliable" antibody tests [ELISA and Western Blot].
Additionally, Whitaker concluded that the disease is more prevalent than is documented. The CDC reports that Lyme disease is mostly localized to the northeastern and upper mid-western states ...
In addition to the RIBb test, the Bowen Institute examines blood smears for the presence of co-infections often associated with Lyme disease.
In red blood cells, the parasite Babesia canis may be present; and in white blood cells, bacteria from the genus Ehrlichia may be present.
Reifsnyder stated that in some cases co-infections, including Ehrlichia, ... can be fatal. For this reason, the Bowen Institute will further study them.
The Bowen Institute has not yet published its research on RIBb because it has not collected all the necessary data. Being published will give RIBb credibility, Whitaker said.
The test will be valuable in treating Lyme disease, stated Whitaker, because RIBb can be used during the early stages of the disease, which means treatment can occur earlier.
"It's very important to get to a Lyme-literate doctor," Sota declared.
Reifsnyder admitted there are few physicians in Florida "well-versed in Lyme. Most doctors in the state don't see the disease often or haven't developed an interest in it," he said.
Meanwhile, hope for a Lyme disease cure may be on the rise. Whitaker said a research center in northern Italy is attempting to cure Lyme by killing Bb with intracellular heat. She will be one of a handful of patients to begin the treatment this month.
According to Whitaker, seven patients who have received the treatment in the Netherlands are referred to as "ex-Lyme patients." ''
For more information:
JoAnn Whitaker, M.D.
Bowen Research and Training Institute, Inc.
P.O. Box 627
Palm Harbor, Florida 34682
Bowen Research & Training Institute
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