Thursday, September 27, 2012


  Rose has been baking some very fine apple pies for the last few weeks. She is a wiz in the kitchen. And loves baking with her own recipes. Most are surprisingly delightful. Occasionally  the chickens are there for the, shall we say boo-boos. Now it's time to make applesauce and do some canning of apples for pie filling till next fall.

   We have  about fifteen apple trees I planted years ago. Granny Smith along with  Red Delicious. We are totally organic therefore are fruits might not win any blue ribbons on looks. Yet once they are peeled and processed they will stand up to any in the taste category. The plan is for apple sauce or a pie for tonight's desert.

Gathering up some Granny Smiths

  It looks like we are going with a pie first off and I'm not disappointed. Rose has to make everything from scratch and all recipes are top secret. Only the dogs are allowed to watch and she swore them to secrecy. Believe me a good dog never tells.

   I  only got away with two shots of the actual undercover op. And of course the top crust had to be in place for I dare try. Yet I did discover a stencil she uses to trace the pie crust adornments. Pretty clever I must admit. First pic she never knew I was there.

One Secret on Film

Second pic doesn't go so well. Should have stayed put but just had to get to the front.

What are you doing? Busted

  Well into the oven it goes. And since MEMAL is coming for dinner this is going to be desert. It doesn't take long and the smell emitting from the old oven makes your mind dance in culinary delight. Between a pie and bread baking it is just a total time altering experience. I think of grandma's with the bread rising on the back of the cook stove. That dough and yeast smell you never forget not to mention the actual bread baking. And that first slice,the crust, my favorite smothered in apple butter. Oh my what a treat.

 I am allowed to take a pic of the finished product. Not her fanciest work. But like the apples it will stand with the best of them on taste. And sure enough it does.

The Smell is Captivating
By the way that is olive oil in the Ginger Brandy Bottle

   Well getting up late doesn't pay in the pie line. As the story goes the dogs got into it in the middle of the night. It's almost believable except with a bit of detective work, it seems the dogs actually took the time to fold up the saran wrap and put in the trash. . Now granted a dog can get blamed for many things, even sounds if your lucky enough he's close by. But this is just pushing my power of reasoning a bit too far.

What amazing animals!

  Now I was the last to bed and the pie was on the stove.  But the topper to the tale is the empty pie plate wound up on top of the the work table by who else but the dogs is just simply way too much for even me to swallow!!

Sunday, September 23, 2012


       Sorry I'm off topic with this Lyme series but I feel compelled to tell a real guys story of what living with Lyme is really like. Rose has played a huge part in my thought process. She has given me the pathway to see life as its meant to be. From a child's eyes so much can be learned. We just need to be able to go back in time and remember those days. Life was so wonderful then. All I wanted in the world was love and a  G.I. JOE. The more I look through her eyes I see what I wish I saw my entire life. Simplicity and love are what really leads to happiness. I am thankful for all that I've been through for it has brought me back  to the life I was so desperately trying to find. Inner peace is so difficult to achieve in todays perception of the meaning of the word successful.

       As I promised in my first part of this series it would be a good to give a little back ground on Lyme Disease . I assumed we all have Lyme and kinda got the cart before the horse so to speak. So to help clarify some common abbreviations and  misconceptions about Lyme and its co-infections I feel compelled to add an additional Q&A. I encourage any questions you might have so feel free to fire back and I'll give it my best shot. Yet I feel it only fair to warn you I got back up !!!!!!!

How little can a tick be?
       Not more than two months ago my father showed me the top of his forearm and asked my opinion of the silver dollar sized bug bite. We where standing in the farm lane on a gorgeous sunny day. I studied it for a moment, it doesn't quite look right because of the shiny black center spot most spider and bug bites leave a white center, I replied.  Later on that evening my father removed the scab and out of curiosity  took it to are local vet and had him take a look under a microscope. Much to are alarm it had legs. It was a tick in its nymph stage. It was no larger than this o but being embedded it look like a tiny scab.

Why not just pull out or use a lighter to remove a tick?
        It is recommended to scrape the tick off carefully. By pulling or using a lighter the tick may empty its stomach contents in to our blood steam.

Why when I get bitten by a tick, should I wait  for a BULLS EYE RASH ( EM ) to decide if it's Lyme or not ?
        There are myths in everything we know. It's thought that less than thirty percent of Lyme victims develop a bulls eye rash and many have no rash or memory of ever being bit.

What is a LLMD?
       An " LLMD " is the abbreviation for Lyme Literate Medical Doctor.

What are the CDC and IDSA?
       CDC is the Center for Disease Control and the IDSA is the Infectious Diseases Society of America.

What does ILADS stand for?
        International Lyme and Associated Disease Society.

What should I do if bitten by a tick?
        Go immediately to the ER and get treated for a tick bite. Most likely you will be given doxycycline. Then find an LLMD . It is of the up most importance to continue treatment.
 Why do I know more about Lyme than my GP and how can this be?
         Are doctors are only trained and educated using the IDSA guidelines. This is just ridiculous. Do we not believe they are up to date on our health issues, not choosing sides, while we suffer. Politics has no business  in MEDICINE period.


     Why is it if I live in the south my Lyme tests are done differently than the north? How do birds, rats,squirrels,coyotes and deer etc, know the difference between the NORTH AND THE SOUTH? Please don't tell me its the government again.


Undisclosed Flaws in CDC National Lyme Disease Case Map Limit Chances of Early Diagnosis and Treatment for Southern Patients

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by Georgia Lyme Disease Association

Today during Senator Blumenthal's hearing on Lyme Disease, Southern Lyme disease patients and their family members heard something that sounded to them like nails on a chalkboard.  One of the speakers mentioned that there aren't many Lyme disease cases in the Southern USA.  Well, we will excuse him since he doesn't live here and isn't actually witnessing what we're seeing.  But since we've heard this myth time after time, we thought we'd set the record straight.

For many years, patient advocates have heard from thousands of people who report that they have contracted Lyme disease in the Southern USA. Many of these patients have no travel history, produce positive laboratory results, and have a history of tick bite, rash and compatible Lyme disease symptoms.

This is not a new occurrence, as if Lyme disease is slowly creeping down here, but it's something that has been happening for decades.  Many of the cases date back to the late 1980's and early 1990's.

It seems almost everyone in the South knows somebody who has contracted Lyme disease and many people know of several cases.  Patients include doctors, nurses, attorneys, political representatives, and other credible community members.

So...why doesn't the rest of the nation know this?

Because looking at the CDC's National Lyme Disease Case Map, one would never suspect that there are so many Lyme disease cases occurring in the South. 

What's wrong with this picture?

We couldn't understand why we hear from so many Southerners with Lyme disease when so few Southern cases appear on the CDC's National Lyme Disease Case Map.  It didn't make sense!  So we did a little checking and, guess what?  In the states we checked, COMPLETELY different reporting practices were used, much different than those employed in the Northeastern United States!  And, apparently federal officials are fully aware of this, but somehow, they fail to note these incredibly significant discrepancies on the National Case Map.

Comparing Apples to Oranges

The CDC's National Case Definition for Lyme Disease (Reporting Guidelines) from 1995 - 2008 instructed states to count Lyme disease cases by county.  The CDC guidelines said that once a county documented two or more lab-confirmed Lyme disease cases or found an infected known tick vector, that county could be declared endemic for Lyme disease.  Once endemic, erythema migrans (EM)  rashes ALONE were reportable as cases, no tick bite or positive test required.  This is because erythema migrans (EM) is diagnostic for Lyme disease and if Lyme was documented in that county in two people confirmed by tests, there were no qualms about counting subsequent rashes as Lyme disease cases.  Everyone knows at the time of the rash, most patients won't test positive yet, so reporting only those with positive test results wouldn't really work to calculate the magnitude of the Lyme disease epidemic.  So rashes alone were the Northeastern USA.  Numbers in Northeastern states skyrocketed.

An Institute of Medicine Report estimates that


of all reported Lyme disease cases are  

erythema migrans rashes alone.

But there's one big problem...

In the Southern states highlighted in green in the map above, rashes alone weren't reportable.  (And we strongly suspect the same in other states, as well.)  So, how can we possibly compare statistics?

We found hundreds of counties across the Southeastern United States that have had two or more cases documented in them over the years, and no proof that they are all due to travel.  (In fact, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)  reported native Lyme disease cases in 27 Georgia counties and others in Florida and Alabama in the late 1980's Click here.)  Infected tick vectors have been found in southern counties, too.  Yet these southern counties were not declared endemic, so rashes alone could not be reported.

We often hear about southern Lyme disease cases with tick bite, rash, symptoms and positive test results that are dismissed as "false positives" instead of reported!  Federal public health officials encourage this and discourage testing outside current "endemic" areas despite Lyme bacteria being documented in the South for over 25 years.

Without investigation, cases in the South are routinely dismissed as the mysterious, unreportable "STARI", Southern Tick Associated Rash Illness, which  nobody can seem to put their finger on despite the hundreds of  Lyme bacteria strains discovered in the South. (Once a suspect, a Relapsing Fever spirochete called Borrelia lonestari has now been discarded by officials as the cause of so-called "STARI.")

In 2008 and again in 2011, the CDC's National Lyme Disease Case Definition changed.  Now, areas that are not already declared "endemic" officially have a completely different set of reporting rules, not the same at all as what are used in the Northeastern USA. (It doesn't really matter since the old national guidelines were only adhered to in certain states, anyway.)   Now, the reporting guidelines are far more restrictive, requiring positive lab results outside "endemic" areas - yet, remember, it's estimated that seventy percent of reported cases in the Northeast never had to have positive lab results, only rashes! Rashes alone are still not reportable in the South, but are in "endemic" areas of the North.

To add insult to injury, officials refer to the Southern USA as "nonendemic" and put forth new, more restrictive reporting rules for most states outside the NE USA to follow, even though hundreds of Southern counties already qualified long ago to be endemic by their own previous definition they would have been endemic, had we been playing by the same rules!

So how could anyone hold up a National Lyme Disease Case Map as if it is an accurate portrayal of Lyme disease infection rates in this country?  We can't compare what's occurring from state to state or region to region.  Federal officials are fully aware of these different reporting practices.  These disparities must be stressed and noted so that those in the Southern USA and any other area of the country where this may be happening are not lulled into complacency.

The Truth

Because Southern Lyme disease cases have been dismissed as "false positives" or "STARI"  instead of reported,  the truth is, we have no idea how prevalent Lyme disease really is in the Southern United States.  But we hear from Southerners who report that they have contracted Lyme disease two and even three times and families who tell us they have multiple members infected This doesn't occur in a region when a disease is "rare."

The CDC's National Lyme Disease Case Map misleads the public and medical providers.  These important differences are not disclosed, causing citizens and medical professionals to assume that Lyme disease is rare in their areas by comparing their state or regional case numbers to those in the Northeastern USA where rashes alone are reportable.  When doctors think a disease is "rare,"  it's not on their diagnostic radar screen.  This adds to the lack of recognition, diagnosis and early treatment of Lyme disease, potentially causing thousands if not millions of patients to needlessly suffer permanent damage and/or persistent infection.

Remember these differences when you look at the CDC's National Lyme Disease Case Map.  Remember that Lyme Borreliosis is being found worldwide. Understand that more Lyme Borrelia species (7) and strains (hundreds) have been documented in the Southeastern USA than in any other region of the country.  And if you develop a rash or symptoms following a tick bite, seek immediate,adequate medical treatment no matter where you live.  (By the way, we do not support the use of the 1 or 2 doses of doxycycline; it left the majority of mice infected in a study).

Case numbers cannot be compared when what is reportable as a case in the Northeastern USA is routinely dismissed in the Southern USA.  Don't let the maps fool you.


Borrelia burgdorferi sensu stricto?              

Check.  50+ Bbss strains documented by Georgia Southern University's Dr. Jim Oliver.

In fact, Lyme disease bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb) have been documented in THOUSANDS of tick and animal specimens and in many humans from across the South in published studies spanning more than two decades.  More importantly, more Lyme disease bacteria species and strains have been documented in the Southeastern United States than in any other region of the country(see our website NEWS page for details).  The fact that there are more numerous and varied Bb strains in the South, suggests to scientists that Lyme disease bacteria were actually in the Southern United States first, giving the bacteria time to diversify into so many different species and strains, before moving North.

Competent Animal Reservoir in the South?    

Check.  The cotton mouse, cotton rat and wood rat are all competent reservoirs for Borrelia burgdorferi.  The white-footed mouse is also found in some areas.  Gray squirrels, chipmunks and shrews are now being investigated as reservoirs, as well.  Even birds and some lizards may be reservoirs.

Infected Ixodes scapularis, black-legged "deer" ticks?  

Check.  And evidence suggests these ticks moved from South to North, not that they are now "expanding their range" down to the South.

Do black-legged "deer" ticks bite humans in the South?

Check.  In fall and winter months, adult Ixodes scapularis "deer" ticks feed on humans on warmer days so humans are exposed year 'round due to our warm climate.  

And lest you believe that old myth, "Only nymphal ticks are attached long enough to transmit Lyme disease because bigger ticks are more easily spotted and removed quickly"'s an important study published in 1996:  

Duration of tick bites in a Lyme disease-endemic area, Am. J. Epidemiol. 143: 187-192.

The authors (Falco, Fish, and Piesman) reported that 26.8% of I. scapularis nymphs removed from people were attached >48 hours, while 23.3% of adults were attached >48 hours. 

There's not a very significant difference between the number of nymphs and adults attached for over 48 hours, is there?  Adult ticks can easily be missed on a person's back or scalp. 

Do People in the Southern USA Test Positive for Lyme Disease?

Check.  Some Southerners do indeed test fully "CDC-reportable" positive for Lyme disease using the very strict 2-tier test methodology.  This indicates that these patients are infected with a Borrelia burgdoreri sensu stricto B31 type strain or one closely-related, known to cause Lyme disease in the Northeastern US.  These and many other strains of the species Bb sensu stricto have been documented in the Southern USA.  Additionally, other diverse Lyme Borrelia species and strains are found in the South and some are newly discovered. 

As in the Northern USA, western blot lab results for some Southern patients don't meet CDC guidelines, however, they show various positive bands, some highly specific for Borrelia burgdorferi.  That all Southern patients' labs do not meet strict CDC guidelines meant for reporting purposes isn't surprising in the least.  A recent Johns Hopkins study of Lyme patients proved that current tests were unreliable in detecting a huge percentage of patients tested from Maryland and Pennsylvania.  Why would Southern patients be expected to always have "CDC-reportable" lab results when Northern patients do not?  

A study of southern erythema migrans (EM) rash patients published years ago concluded that Southern Bb strains are so genetically different, the South needs its own Lyme disease testing system!  We still await these tests.  Many Southern Lyme disease cases are likely missed using the current unreliable tests which are designed to detect a few strains of a single Bb species.

Until next time, please remember to do a tick check daily...even in the winter months especially in warmer climates.


Don't miss our upcoming series: 

   "STARI":  Is It Really Just Lyme Disease? An Evidence-Based Evaluation.

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    Below are some of the ANSWERS TO THE QUESTIONS I brought up in part 1 of LYME AND DEER HUNTERS

    Why is the CDC considered the enemy by Lyme victims?
        BECAUSE they follow IDSA lyme treatment guidelines and will NOT allow ILADS,  lyme and associated disease society guidelines to be listed on their site too.

    Why won't my insurance cover my Lyme treatments?
        INSURANCE COMPANIES use cdc/idsa lyme guidelines and REFUSE to pay our bills calling them EXPERIMENTAL THERAPY.

    Why are physicians being prosecuted and threatened for treating Lyme with the complete backing and support of their Lyme patients?
       We can thank our congress for not passing a NATIONAL LYME/VECTOR-BORNE legislative bill protecting our llmds so they don't have to worry about the CURRENT WITCH HUNTS going on for the past 20-30 yrs. now! Which would allow them to treat according to the patients symptoms, etc. without the fear of IDSA, infectious drs, turning them in like they have been doing for DECADES.

       Dr. Jones, our nations top childrens Lyme and co-infections LLMD, is now in his sixth year of fighting for his medical license at a staggering $100,000.00 a month out of pocket expense to retain his lawyers at the age of 82! Here's an example of one mans strife against our government agencies, who's only crime is making sick children better. I hope you take the time to read these links and hopefully pass this information on. This man has thousands of patients! My greatest fear is that  my daughter could be one  too.

LymeBlog - The Trial of DrCharles Ray Jones

   Here are some more interesting links for you, please read.

Assessment of the Ilads by the Health Protection Agency of Great Britain. 1294739293177

LymeMD: Just a Doctor who is interested in treating Lyme the best he knows how,who attended an ILADS meeting,and his thoughts about the meeting.



Tuesday, September 18, 2012


   After many years of hunting deer, living for the outdoors I've been unlucky enough to contract Lyme Disease. I have been quite careful over the years regarding this. I've also had three blood test over the last 15 years or so and all turned out negative. Yet this time I had a tick in the middle of a football sized em rash on my back. When the ER doctor gave me a prescription for ten days of doxycycline for my cellulitis I immediately felt that this an attempt at ER humor, but he was serious.
   With that diagnosis I immediately decided I would need to educate myself on Lyme disease.  After a few hours on the internet  it seemed as though I had entered a secret world. A world I never heard of. A world of multiple stories of victims that can't possibly live in the United States. Surly this has to be some totally underdeveloped nation. Maybe these are tales of long ago? Yet to my horror It's home and it's now and it's me!  Could my doctors have led me astray? Was it intentional or due to total ignorance of this horrific disease? Who is in charge of diseases in the U. S.? Surely their is someone to contact, isn't there?

    As my education continued some things became quite clear and disturbing. Lyme is begin belittled and subdued. But why? Why is the CDC, AMA and ISDA  allowed to be filled with people with such overwhelming conflicts of interest to be in control over testing and medications to prosecuting  the poor doctors trying to treat Lyme. Can it be possible that "cures" and "the doctor knows best" are destined to be a thing of days gone by?  It seems polio is the last cure  that comes to my mind?
   Has are medical system become so money driven by big pharmaceutical companies instead of the well being of us? The more I educated myself it doesn't look good for the "GOOD GUYS".  There is also a  huge problem with mis-diagnosis in this country. It seems MS, AUTISM, FIBROMYALGIA, PARKINSON, and ALZHEIMER'S are just some of the big name diseases being misdiagnosed by Lyme. Lyme and is co-infections can mimic well over 300 different diseases.

    Lyme disease I strongly believe will come to be know as one of  the most  misdiagnosed  diseases to plague all of mankind.
  Why are we not given the proper amounts of medication at the ER or GP'S office for a tick bite?
   Why is the myth of a bulls-eye rash still exist?
   Much research has been done. Why is it being suppressed?
  Why is your GP or ER Doctor more than likely not aware of any thing but what the CDC and IDSA  have established an promoted as the so called book on Lyme?
  Why are blood tests,so notoriously inaccurate, even being used? Why aren't we told the tests they do are for antibody's not Lyme?
  Why are dark field microscopes under such unjustly suppressive  regulations by our government  to render                           them unattainable for diagnoses in the U.S? You can actually see Lyme and its many forms with these.
    Why is are government along with many others suppressing plain science regarding Lyme?
    Why is the CDC and AMA and IDSA considered the enemy by Lyme victims?
    Why are physicians being prosecuted and threatened for treating Lyme with the complete backing and
 support of their  Lyme patients?                            
    Why don't I look like I feel with Lyme?
    I would like to shed light on some of my questions and others as they are asked as somewhat of an ongoing information link to Lyme and its co-infections. For you as the hunter,the fathers and the mothers of our future. This is a serious illness and I hope you and yours get the proper knowledge to avoid and care for Lyme in the advent of being unlucky as I.
  Yet not only from my view point but from others who are in this as I. From real life people, people with families, some with multiple members stricken, mothers who have passed this on from conception and sadly the children, my greatest fear for I am a father of a seven year old, and some with multiple generations, my father too has been stricken in the last two months. It's much to behold and try to understand. Can these questions be ask about other so called diseases or is it just this one disease? Or could this truly the beginning  of the end of the big pharmaceutical companies, the CDC along with the AMA?  Is it possible for the truth about Lyme to come to light?
   Now to try and answer some questions. With the help from some of my friends at M D JUNCTION in the Lyme Disease Support Group we will do are best.
   Part two will contain  more of the questions about Lyme that we are able to shed light on. Also it would be good to go back to some basic Lyme information that may correct some widely held beliefs. As a Lyme victim I'm taking for granted you have experience with Lyme and up to date on the so called facts. As you will see just one question can have a lot of information in the answer such as the one to dark field microscopy  can be quite in depth,  as given below thanks to BETTYG
     Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) Report
The United States Department of Public Health Services (USPHS) appears to have mandated that the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) -- a part of the Department Human Health Services (HHS) answerable to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) -- require that all human fluid analysis of any kind be done only by a CLIA certified technician under the supervision of a laboratory certified by the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) organization.
CLIA is answerable directly to the CDC although their main function was legislated to be for the benefit of CMS. That function has grown to the point where CLIA certifies over a quarter of a million laboratory entities and technicians.
During the summer of 2010 the CDC and FDA collaborated to write new regulations to "protect the public" from what they consider to be "dangerous supplements."
The CDC agreed to improve the laboratory science to separate the "safe supplements" from the "dangerous supplements." CLIA was given the task to make that happen.
This has already resulted in a 10% increase in the number of laboratory entities and technicians since the summer of 2010 according to CLIA.
Implementing these regulations also required CLIA to increase the number of investigators hey have in each regulatory office around the USA.
The investigators have been charged with discovering and prosecuting "clandestine and illegal" laboratories and technicians.
By law, Dark Field Microscopy must be performed by a CLIA certified technician in a dark room situated within a CLIA certified facility or "entity."
A CLIA certified "entity" may be located anyplace as long as it is under the supervision of a CLIA certified facility.
There are five parts of this requirement:
1.You must be certified as a technician by CLIA
2.Your certification must include a dark field endorsement
3.You must use a Dark Field Microscope in dark mode
4.You must use that microscope in a dark "room" or space
5.You must do this within a CLIA approved and certified facility or entity.
These regulations have no authority over:
1. Light Field Microscopy
2.Using a Dark Field Microscope in light mode
3.Using a Dark Field Microscope in a "light room"
Claiming that you do Dark Field Microscopy is illegal whether what you do is legally and actually Dark Field Microscopy or not.
CLIA has the right to prosecute you using their attorneys and find you guilty -- using federal judges friendly to their cause -- if you violate their rules and regulations.
Simply claiming you do Dark Field Microscopy is an illegal act unless you are certified by CLIA and working in a CLIA certified laboratory.
It's better to become any other kind of microscopist except a Dark Field Microscopist.
By law, any person who analyzes human body fluids must be a CLIA certified technician or state licensed technician working in a CLIA certified laboratory. There are two major concerns:
1.To analyze means to appraise, assay, assess, consider, determine, diagnose, estimate, evaluate, examine, guess, investigate, judge, opine, research and study according to the CDC.
2.The human fluids to be analyzed by CLIA certified technicians includes but is not limited to blood, interstitial fluids, lymph, plasma, saliva, semen, sweat, urine and vaginal fluids.
There is nothing in these laws and regulations to prohibit any person from teaching other people how to analyze their own human body fluids. However, CLIA attorneys and investigators believe otherwise.
The problem is you may be innocent but you probably don't have enough money to prove you are innocent.
By law only licensed professionals have the right to advise, counsel, prescribe, recommend or suggest any remediation or intervention for any condition, concern, disease, disorder or symptom another person may be suffering.
If you have the appropriate license you can do these things. If you do not, you cannot do so legally.
The USPHS, CDC, HHS, CMS and CLIA do not have any rules or regulations concerning teaching and coaching others about their own bodily fluids. These agencies do not have any rules or regulations regarding teaching and coaching others concerning the use of a Light Field Microscope.
These agencies do not have any rules or regulations regarding teaching and coaching others concerning the use of a Dark Field Microscope in either light or dark field mode in a lighted room or space.
These agencies do not have any rules or regulations regarding teaching and coaching others concerning the use of a Dark Field Microscope if you refer to it as Light Field Microscopy -- or simply as "Microscopy."
Teaching is a process of demonstrating, explaining and helping others understand the subject matter.
The USPHS, CDC, HHS, CMS and CLIA do not have any rules or regulations that prohibit any person from teaching others unless that person is a CLIA certified technician or employed by a CLIA certified facility.
In other words, if you are CLIA certified or working in a CLIA certified facility then you must teach according to the rules and regulations set down by USPHS, CDC, HHS, CMS and CLIA regarding teaching.
If you are not CLIA certified and do not work in a CLIA facility you are not under the jurisdiction of CLIA -- and you can teach anybody about bodily fluids and microscopes.
Coaching is a process of empowering other people to make the important decisions in their lives. None of the above-mentioned federal agencies have any rules or regulations governing coaching.
1.By law, only CLIA certified technicians may do Dark Field Microscopy
2.By law, only CLIA certified technicians may claim to do Dark Field Microscopy
3.There are no CDC, HHC, CMS or CLIA regulations governing public use of Light Field Microscopy
4.There are no USPHS, CDC, HHS, CMS or CLIA regulations governing Light Field Microscopists
5.By law, only CLIA certified technicians or state or provincial licensed professionals may analyze human bodily fluids
6.There are no USPHS, CDC, HHS, CMS or CLIA regulations governing teaching fluid analysis
7.There are no USPHS, CDC, HHS, CMS or CLIA regulations governing coaching
Therefore, if you have been a dark field microscopist analyzing live blood or other human bodily fluids, I suggest you:
1.Stop doing Dark Field Microscopy or become CLIA certified
2.Become a Light Field Microscopist
3.Stop talking about Dark Field Microscopy
4.Start talking about Light Field Microscopy
5.Stop analyzing other people's blood or become CLIA certified
6.Teach other people how to analyze their own blood
7.Empower other people by coaching them to make their own decisions
One way to do this is to join a private nutrition association. For more information about this approach see Private Health Associations.
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Saturday, September 8, 2012


     Well Rose and I decided hunting doves is not going to put much protein on the table, let alone the freezer. It' our third night and have not fired a shot nor raised the shotgun. The sky is beautiful at dusk but not a bird has been seen. Poor poncho, are oldest chocolate lab, is so excited yet there is nothing we can do but praise her for sniffing and quartering into the wind like a big time hunting dog. Yet some how I think she is figuring out there is just nothing to hunt.

       The time has come for some action Poncho,Rose and I have been standing in the same spot for at least two hours and no doves. I decide, let's load up and go scouting through the fields to reinforce that there is in fact other living creatures on the planet. 

       IT'S A BIT PAST SUNSET AS WE RIDE THE FIELDS. Every rise in the terrain brings a new breath of hope. I bet theirs something over that hill, we call out to  each other. As we crest each knoll we both rise up in or seats leaning forward as to gain an advantage on each other so as to be the first to spot the game.

      Finally we are out of knolls and gullies. I look at Rose and remember apart of the properties she has never seen. It pretty dark now but we got nothing to lose. As soon as we got to the first knoll there they where at least five white tailed deer. I am now thee master hunter. Stick with me girl I'll show you the deer. I don't care your only seven I'm fifty six and falling apart so any victory or feel good moment is celebrated. Age doesn't matter now. Competition is competition. Bring it on. Your day is coming so don't judge me till you get there.

    Since we are here I might as well show Rose where we played hockey and ice skated every winter when I was young. I'm feeling good, we saw an other living creature and it wasn't a human. So I take Rose a trip down memory lane. It's dark but you can see enough to make out the terrain and pond. Around the pond we go, just putting along, rehashing old times and low and behold we run into a gate,a locked gate, so I back up to turn around and the engine dies. No worries it shuts down all the time. Well Mr. Murphy strikes again. I try and turn the engine over and there's that overwhelming smell of gas. It's flooded with gas,-------, sorry , so I tell Rose we got one shot at this and it means staying  patient as long as we can then wait ten minutes more.

    Remaining seated, we look at the trees and bushes in the twilight. She sees a monster I find a bear. Rose sees a hand and I see a claw. Back and forth we go, till I notice we are looking in a ninety degree difference. It was hilarious, we are looking at two totally different spots,yet with each others coaching we are seeing the same thing. The power of suggestion might be at work here.

  It's hard to believe how a father and a seven year old daughter can spend an hour in the dead of night,broken down a mile from home and having a blast.  I 've  been through some bad times, well a lot of bad hard times, yet for some unexplained reason I am getting happier and more thankful by the day.

   Well back to the story. Rose asked me if I have reached my breaking point and the extra ten minute rule. I replied yeah i think I have. Get ready Rose if it starts we are not stopping till we get home. I think you can guess what happens next,RUR RUR RUR RUR RUR.

   I knew it, I knew it,I knew it, Between boats and atv's they are just going to let you down when you need them the most. Well it seems like it any way. Of course Rose chimes in ,told you we should have brought Chance. It's a good point I never had a horse let me set but have had them run off. There is nothing fool proof I guess. 

   Okaydokay it's pitch dark no light and no cell phone. As  I listen to why I should carry my cell and light with me at times like these from my seven year old daughter I realize we are going to have to hoof it out of here.

   Now I a'm bone on bone in left knee and a Lymie some people don't like the word but it fits. It just means you have Lyme disease. Now I'm  in the US and know that by old stories from Aunt Bett that the English calling an Irishman a Lymie is not good ,I forget why, but that could be another story.

   So away we go taking the shotgun,two drinks and poncho. First thing we are in a gully which means there is a hill, no matter which way you chose, its a fifty,fifty chance of climbing a hill. Bingo we get the hill.

  Up the hill we go, thank the heavens I did put on my leg brace, yet after only a few steps I feel as though there is no way I'm going to do it. I tell Rose to keep me going for if I stop it might be impossible to start again. I tell her she needs to be my trainer and keep me going. She is a sweet heart. Okay daddy you can take a brake here if you want, I'm tired too. Yet in my mind I now I just got to continue on. Finally we see the lights of home we are both celebrating now. We are almost there. Upon nearing our house I think of Poncho we have a busy highway to cross and no lead rope. I tell Rose and within a second or two she says daddy I have two shirts on. It didn't cross my mind but she took one shirt off and tied the one sleeve to fasten to the collar and the other sleeve made the lead. Rose gust spun the shirt around and made a rope.

   Now poncho is on a lead its safe to cross the road. Home at last. Now my mind goes from Great Hunter To one Proud Papa.  I diffinitly like the Papa role much better.

  Stickerbow and the Rose        
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