Thursday, January 27, 2011

The truth knocks on your door and you say, "Go away, I'm looking for the truth," and so it goes away." ~Robert Pirsig http://ping.fm/gh0YQ

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Lyme Disease - Politics, Old Boys, and Misery

  - by Dave Cottrell - 
I am a Lyme Disease sufferer.  I was a very healthy man at almost 48, an outdoorsman, very active, and literally able to out walk and out work most men half my age.  I worked long days and could still run by the end of the day.  When I was first being checked out for this, my doctor said that I was healthier than most twenty year olds.

Then, suddenly, in November of 2007, I got sick.  I felt like I had a bad flu, and just pushed through it, dragging myself out of bed and heading off to work, but when it lasted longer than three weeks, I went to see the doctor.  I say "the doctor," because that is how healthy I was.  It had been so long since I saw a doctor that I didn't actually have a doctor, and had to take whomever I could get.

The doctor checked me out, took my blood pressure, heart rate, etc., looked at my throat, in my ears, eyes, nose, etc., asked the standard questions, then proclaimed that I had a "virus, a long lasting virus, one that could last more than two months."  When I asked what kind of virus it was, he could not give a name, but simply said it was "a bad one."

Just to be on the safe side, the doctor prescribed Amoxycillin for 5 days, "in case there was any secondary bacterial infection."  From what I know now, that was one of the worst possible things he could have done.  Had he prescribed the antibiotics for three to four weeks back then, I may well have been cured, and would not be writing this article, right now.

As I have since discovered, giving a short run of antibiotics to someone who has been infected with the Lyme bacteria, officially known as Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb), one of only a very few known spirochete or spiral shaped bacteria, is counterproductive and can make the disease worse.  Attacking it for only a few days with antibiotics, to put it in layman's terms, "just makes them mad."  The Lyme spirochete is a very unique bacteria that needs to be attacked vigorously for a period of three to six weeks, EARLY in the infection.  This means that early detection is critically important.

Unfortunately, very few doctors recognize the symptoms of Lyme disease, which are many, and those doctors who do know a bit about the disease have been educated to believe that only those who display the unique "bulls-eye" rash are infected.  This is simply untrue and old science.  The reality is that the true numbers might be less than 15%, and that does not include those who do have the rash hidden under hair.

Because of the lack of education among doctors, the fact that Lyme displays many symptoms similar to other diseases, and the very UNSCIENTIFIC IDSA standards, most people who have Lyme disease are not diagnosed early, misdiagnosed completely, and finally, denied proper treatment if and when they finally are diagnosed.

In 2006, the Connecticut AG set out to prove that the IDSA standards for diagnosis, treatment and insurance coverage were written in conflict of interest by those who had a vested interest in keeping things the way they are.  He proved his case back in 2008 and the standards were ordered to be rewritten.  Yet they still do not rewrite, and virtually ALL the western Colleges of Physicians and Surgeons are holding to these FATALLY flawed guidelines and ATTACKING and often removing the licenses of any doctors so foolish to treat someone with long term Lyme Disease (like I have), a disease that has been PROVEN to be curable in thousands of cases, already.  SO WHAT if there are no solid clinical studies?  When thousands are cured, not only does it show that it CAN be cured, but also that the clinical studies that HAVE been done are flawed.  (and easily proven so - the one that is presently cited DID NOT FOLLOW the protocols shown to work in thousands of cases, but instead followed IDSA guidelines.)

The result of these guidelines being followed is a lot of very sick people who could be cured, or at least, given a very much better quality of life, using carefully administered and monitored antibiotics.  The Colleges instruct their doctors to tell their patients how dangerous long term treatment with antibiotics is, yet these same antibiotics are readily prescribed for life to people who suffer from certain cosmetic skin problems.  The Colleges further instruct their doctors to tell people that even though tests are positive for Lyme and various co-infections long after they have had a short run of antibiotics, they really don't still have the disease, but that there are "several, very mysterious long term after effects caused by certain diseases that they don't understand..."  Several names for these "after effects" include "diseases" such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fybromyalgia, Polymyalgia Rheumatica, and others.

(It is rather enlightening to note that while doctors do not know what causes these aforementioned "diseases," they quickly dismiss what is known as Long Term Lyme as a catch all name for diseases like Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fybromyalgia, Polymyalgia Rheumatica, etc.  However, they take great offense to anyone who suggests that perhaps THESE "diseases" are the actual catch all names.)

The reason that Lyme is so difficult to deal with, compared to most bacterial infections, goes back to two things - its shape and its adaptable protein coating.  It is a spirochete, a corkscrew-shaped organism that can burrow through the walls of blood vessels and into surrounding muscle and organs.  Once there, it forms a dormant cyst, that is virtually impervious to any antibiotic thrown at it.  Given the right conditions, these cysts will eventually become active, again, and reenter the blood stream to reproduce.

As with any bacteria that is left untreated in the blood, if the body's own immune system is not able to remove them, they will reproduce until the blood is overloaded.  This makes a sick person very sick, and without treatment, can kill its victim.  However, it is also unhealthy for the bacteria, as the overload creates conditions that are too competitive and even toxic to them.  In the case of Bb, when the blood begins to overload, many of the bacteria burrow out of the blood vessels and into surround tissue and organs, including the brain, heart, kidneys, etc., and also into joints, the cause of what is known as "Lyme arthritis."

This process can happen again and again, depending on how long the patient goes without proper treatment.  The results are devastating, as I can attest to, and can cause severe health issues including some seventy plus symptoms, including severe neurological disorders, like pain, brain fog, depression, terrible fatigue, balance problems and more.   Critical heart problems can develop.  In studies done by Dr. Pat McGeer of the University of British Columbia, one of the top 100 neuroscientists in the world, who has studied Alzheimers for decades, he has found the brains of several deceased individuals who supposedly died of Alzheimers to be filled with Bb spirochetes and cysts.  There is NO question that carefully administered antibiotics would have been beneficial to those individuals.

Once treatment does begin for an individual who is able to find treatment (an increasingly rare occurrence), the loading process must be reversed.  It is simply not possible to cure the disease with the standard protocol of antibiotics, since each time the bacteria in the blood stream are killed off by the antibiotics, a previous "layer" of cysts activates and reenters the bloodstream.  Unless there are antibiotics in the blood, the bacteria will flourish, and the process continues to degrade for the sufferer.  The antibiotics must be administered until there are no further symptoms.  After the antibiotic treatment is terminated, the patient must be monitored until enough time has passed to be sure there is no reoccurrence of the disease.

While there are claimed to be several tests (NOT the IDSA standard tests, which are totally useless) that claim to be able to accurately test for the presence of Bb in the bloodstream, there is NO test for Bb in the cyst form.  According to leading experts in the disease, and according to the acceptable standards for diagnosis given by the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control, the only way to diagnose and monitor Lyme disease is by the symptoms.

To date, the Colleges of Physicians and Surgeons continue to deny the vast amount of modern and excellent science available on Lyme disease and co-infections commonly carried by the presently known vectors such as the black-legged deer tick and the western deer tick.  Much the same is happening in most countries in western Europe.  Many people are very sick and getting sicker.  There are children who will never enjoy a decent quality of life, and who may not even reach adulthood.  Even in this very small area where I happen to live, I know of two such children, both of whom had positive, visible evidence of Lyme disease (one had the rash, which was misdiagnosed, and one still had the tick in her scalp, which tested positive for Bb, after being discovered buried under her skin possibly months after infecting).  Neither of these children is able to get treatment for Lyme disease, even though they have it, even though it is crippling and even though there are thousands of people who HAVE been successfully treated with a long course of antibiotics.

The Colleges simply call all the evidence "anecdotal" and therefore unscientific.  The only clinical test which they have carried out, which they claim proves that long term Lyme cannot be effectively treated with antibiotics, did not follow the protocols that have been shown to work in the field, but instead followed IDSA protocols, treating for no longer than 6 weeks.  In fact, they missed or ignored evidence of positive results from their own study when they observed that some of the people on the antibiotics got sicker  while those who were on the placebo did not change.  Had they taken a closer look at the anecdotal evidence, and had they read their own university science manuals a little more carefully, they would have discovered something called the "Herxheimer reaction," something that is VERY common when treating a bacterial infection with antibiotics.  It is caused by the massive die-off of bacteria, and manifests itself with flu-like symptoms, including some or all of the following:  headache, chills, diarrhea, terrible fatigue, upset stomach.

Why is this such a problem?  Why do the Colleges continue to deny this problem exists, refuse to question their protocols, ignore good science by reputable and even acclaimed scientists, prosecute good doctors who try to abide by their oath and help people, and ignore an order from a high court?  It is always interesting to follow the money.  Where is the money?  Conspiracy theories make interesting movies, but the bottom line is, that for something as massive as this total denial of service to occur, there has to be a massive amount of money involved and and massive corruption involved, even at the highest level, including provincial, state and national political levels.

It seems that the AG of Connecticut was on the right path.  He proved in a court of law that the IDSA standards, which virtually all western countries follow, were written by people with vested interests in the protocols used for testing for Lyme disease, treating long term arthritis symptoms caused by the disease, and insurance companies whose policies only pay during an active disease, and not for chronic symptoms.  The courts ordered the standards rewritten in 2008.  That still has not happened.  Why not?  The only way for any organization to so blatantly ignore such a court order is for politics and the "Old Boys Club" to be at work.  Some state legislatures in the USA have been passing "stop gap" legislation making it illegal for doctors who treat Lyme disease to be prosecuted by their College.  But until this whole issued is settled, and the politicians and Old Boys develop a conscience, the misery continues...

Also see http://www.underourskin.com/

CAN YOU GUESS WHAT THIS IS???


 I have received the following message in my email several times now, from friends who want to make sure to keep me informed.  However, as you get to the end of this article, you will discover that they have themselves broken the cardinal rule of what to do before you sign up for anything, accuse anybody of anything, or pass anything on... Do Your Due Diligence!!
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CAN YOU  GUESS WHAT THIS  IS???
Can you get  it on the first picture or second or third  or?  
Do you have  to wait till the fourth??    


New   Cook   County  Correctional  Center,  Chicago,  Illinois.
Oh yeah,  they can also choose from the  menu!?  

Let me  see now ..  

Who  was the US Senator who helped  arrange the funds to build this beautiful  "punishment center"???  
Oh  yes, it was Senator Obama!!! 

No wonder  he sees nothing wrong with the wasted spending  in his "Stimulus Plan".  

This is  where the Administration plans on putting the terrorists from  Gitmo,
and we  have Americans living in cardboard boxes on the  streets that have
never killed anyone. Nothing  makes sense anymore. 

How's that  compare with "Sheriff Joe's" prison in Arizona   ????
PLEASE  PASS ON! 
MOST  PEOPLE DO NOT KNOW THIS!    
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And now, let's get down to facts.

This is an urban legend that, like so many urban legends, has a certain amount of fact at its core.

This really IS a "justice and detention center."  But it is not in Cook County, nor is it in Chicago, nor is it even in the USA.  This beautiful, architecturally designed symbol of enlightened morally underdeveloped reeducation and affirmation is in fact, in Leoben, Austria.

It is designed to "optimize the quality of residence for employees and inmates."

(I wish I could live so well!!)

Have a great day, and pay attention!

Ramblings and Rantings - Part II

Well, folks, it's 2011 and things haven't improved in the six plus years since I first wrote about useless email. Therefore, here is a second look at one of the reasons I have so little hair left (ok... it's a guy thing... but still, it seems to have disappeared in direct proportion to the amount of junk I have to wade through, every day!)

My email inbox is still overflowing - how come the good guys get sp@m warnings for one email and these guys dump on me over and over again and nobody's even slowing them down? I now have software on my main account that gets rid of a lot of junk, very effectively (Thank you, Netaddress... plug, plug, plug), but the junk in my inbox STILL wastes a lot of time, every day, and if I miss a day... ugh.

I think the programmers who are trying to control this pile of cyber litter should change their tactics. Why not let all email through with real return addresses and real people checking their email.

Hey - how hard can it be? At LEAST 80% of the junk would disappear instantly if all the ISPs just used a filter that autodumped email with phoney reply-to and from addresses! They're pinging all the time - how hard to ping back on every email and trash the ones that bounce?
Am I missing something here?? Is there one good programmer out there?

And to make it even better, create a little algorithm that checks for contact information in every email coming through - if there's no contact info in the email - TRASH IT!! It's doable, people!

How hard it that? Now we've dumped 75-90% of sp@m without breaking into a sweat.
But no - the dumb boneheads take the lazy approach and string up the people who DO use real addresses and real contact info, because they're easy to find.

And what do we get instead? A WHOLE LOT MORE anonymous garbage in our inbox!
Go figure!!

Now, take a deep breath, and let it out slowly. Feel better? Have a marvelous day!

Don't forget to bookmark http://www.westcoastopinion.com

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Friday, January 14, 2011

If you sell digital products online, as an affiliate or
a vendor, you're going to love this new service... http://ping.fm/zLy8B
What would you have to pay for a phone like this in a store? http://ping.fm/LUv3a
If you like to get a good deal, you'll love this idea. Check it out - it's coming soon and has some great people putting it all together. http://ping.fm/aUNDI

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Con Artist or Great Salesman?

- by Dave Cottrell
I recently watched a bit of a movie again called Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, a Paramount production of a John Hughes comedy starring John Candy and Steve Martin.

John Candy played the role of a chatterbox shower curtain ring salesman, while Steve Martin played the part of a humorless businessman. Both men were trying to get home for Thanksgiving, but everything seemed to be against them.

Short of funds, and desparate to get home against all odds, the salesman hawked shower curtain rings as anything but what they were in an airport terminal for $5 to $10 a pair.

Who would pay that much for a pair of shower curtain rings? Nobody! But Candy's character didn't sell them as curtain rings. He sold them as what appealed to the emotion and ego of the marks - I mean prospects...

People bought them as earring, nose rings and what have you, because the quick talking, softspoken, polite, friendly con man - oops, there I go again - I mean salesman, spoke to their emotions rather than their intellect.

So...

What is the difference between a con artist and a great salesman?

Con artists appeal to the emotions of their marks. They concentrate on the benefits to you of buying into what they're selling. Very little is actually said about buying - the emphasis is steadily and repeatedly on the benefits, building up the excitement until the mark is practically pleading for the way to turn over the cash.

Great salesmen do exactly the same thing.

This kind of emotional buildup is what is commonly known as hype. It hypes up your emotions - that is, it leads you to a point of emotional hyperactivity that overrides your reason if you let yourself get carried away, and ends up with you having less money than before.

Here is where the line gets drawn between the con artist and the great salesman. The con artist takes your money - you end up poorer - and that's it. The salesman, on the other hand, exchanges something with you for your money, meaning that you have something in your hand to replace the money.

Here is where due diligence comes in. You need to keep your emotions in check or you won't be able to tell the difference between the con artist and the salesman. Their methods are identical.

You need to stay calm and focus on the value being delivered. Once you part with your money, it's too late. You can try to go after the crook, but it takes time, you may never catch him, and likely you will never get your money back anyway.

Always take the time to find out if the offer is legitimate BEFORE turning over your money.

When you're sitting at your computer and the hype is set in type on your screen in front of you, you have a great advantage. You can decide right now that whenever you see something that really appeals to you on that screen, that you're going to save it, leave that website or email, and look at it again tomorrow.

I can almost hear some of you saying, "Well, I can't do that because there's a time limit, and it will be over tomorrow!"

Guess what... trust me on this... it WON'T be over tomorrow. Just go looking for ANY product or service that's being offered right now with a deadline (and maybe even a counter that's counting down the hours). Do what I said, and bookmark it, close it, and come back after the deadline. What will you see? Exactly the same counter with a brand new deadline!

The fact is that I can get the software to create a deadline for everyone who comes to any of my pages. A good one, which I can get for absolutely free, will set a cookie on your computer and start it's own special countdown for you. There are so many variations of what you can do with this software, but just remember this... It's a TRICK, designed to raise your emotional level of imminent loss if you don't act quickly.

Always remember: if an offering really is good, it will still be there another day. If it's not, it wasn't any good anyway. The "Deal of a Lifetime" that just can't wait is HIGH RISK. Don't go there.

Dave Cottrell is opinionated, compassionate, and passionate about people, marketing and online business. He does a lot of digging, experimenting and research, and writes like crazy about a wide variety of topics and subjects. He is the owner of many websites and blogs; you can read his rants and find out more about him at http://ping.fm/nECi8 This article can be shared freely as long as this box remains intact. Copyright © 2011 David H. Cottrell. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Even with a cheap piece of plastic, with the right kind of light and a nice piece of glass, you CAN get some great photos. http://ping.fm/vrzNS
Rather intriguing twist on an old idea. But do they really pay every 30 seconds?
http://ping.fm/cMFZQ

Saturday, January 08, 2011

So, what's wrong with a fried egg and jam sandwich? Have you actually TRIED it?

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Did you know that those gorgeous old Miranda 35mm cameras had a removable prism finder? Here's a nice eye level finder http://ping.fm/mPsdW

Monday, January 03, 2011

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Nothing but sunny weather, then rain in the long range forecast for Gibsons, BC. Time to tune up the lawn mower... Sorry if you're still frozen...
Amazing & Very Stylish Spy Hat with hidden camera, dvr & remote looks great, too! http://ping.fm/ZLYne
Very stylish watch with hidden surveillance micro mine spy camera - SO cool! http://ping.fm/GQ7CS