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During the interphase stage of the cell cycle (between mitoses), the amount of DNA in the nucleus of cells doubles. The DNA molecule a€?unzipsa€? between the base pairs (A-T and C-G); each single strand then rebuilds the missing strand. In reality, the two sides of the backbone are not the same - there is a 3a€™ end and a 5a€™ end. Imagine a small manufacturing business with an office where designers work and a factory floor where the products are made. Some proteins are enzymes (functional protein) and some proteins are the building blocks of cells (structural protein such as muscle). DNA is double stranded with a backbone of deoxyribose sugar and the bases adenine and thymine (A-T) and cytosine and guanine (C-G). Messenger RNA is single stranded with a backbone of ribose sugar and the bases uracil instead of thymine. Transfer RNA is single stranded and is only 3 bases bases long; each type of transfer RNA carries a different amino acid. Beadle and Tatum proposed that a gene is responsible for the production of a single protein.
This led Beadle and Tatum to propose that each gene codes for a single protein (enzyme) in a series of biochemical reactions. The idea was not without critics however and by the 1950s, Vernon Ingram and others showed, using protein fingerprinting, that genetic variations in proteins (such as in sickle cell haemoglobin) could be limited to single differences in a single polypeptide - leading to a a€?one gene - one polypeptidea€? hypothesis. A change in a single base pair in the DNA molecule will lead to a change in one amino acid making up a protein molecule. Mutations can either have no effect, alter a protein, or prevent the protein from functioning properly or completely. The Wikipedia article about mutation refers to a wide range of causes, many different kinds of mutations and many effects.
If one base pair is lost, then all (or at least most) of the subsequent triplets (and amino acids) will be different from the original.
Careful epidemiological studies were carried out after the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of the Second World War.
People exposed to ionizing radiation suffer higher rates of leukemia, thyroid, breast, bladder, colon, liver, lung, esophagus, ovarian, multiple myeloma, and stomach cancers.
Scientists involved in research into atomic weapons research often suffered extreme damage to their cells and died shortly afterwards due to massive organ failure due to mutations in their body cells.
Darwin did not know of Mendela€™s work - that characteristics are passed from one generation to the next unchanged.
Sickle-cell anaemia is a mutation - a change in a single DNA nucleotide described above (4.6).
As a result, the sickle-cell trait is more common in parts of the world where malaria is common. In the case of a€?punctuated equilibriuma€? there is little change over time (vertical lines) but from time to time there is rapid change followed by isolation and new species. The principal evidence given by the proponents of this theory is that there is little or no change in the fossil record of organisms over long period of time, but rapid changes in the fossil record over short periods. It should be noted that Gould and Eldridge did not mean a€?overnighta€? when they suggested rapid change - only a€?rapida€? in the sense of geological time. In any case, Waston and Crick's inquisitive working style ultimately allowed them to determine the DNA structure first, in 1953 -- an achievement that led to their Nobel Prize in 1962.
Whata€™s the significance of this - the cell now has two identical copies of its DNA.A  When the cell nucleus divides in mitosis, each cell receives an identical copy.
Messenger RNA is single stranded with a backbone of ribose sugar and the bases uracil instead of thymine.A  (Adenine in DNA pairs with uracil in messenger RNA). This dot point will be (has been) covered in practical lessons.A A  Refer to your Practical Record Book. Proteins are large biologically active molecules.A  Some are enzyme with special shapes and active sites - some form the structure of the organism. Polypeptides are constructed of smaller units called amino acids.A  Three bases on a tRNA molecules code for one amino acid.
This led Beadle and Tatum to propose that each gene codes for a single protein (enzyme) in a series of biochemical reactions.A  In 1945 Beadle suggested that a€?the gene can be visualized as directing the final configuration of a protein molecule and thus determining its specificitya€?. A change in a single base pair in the DNA molecule will lead to a change in one amino acid making up a protein molecule.A A  Mutations are caused by radiation, viruses and mutagenic chemicals, as well as errors that occur during meiosis or DNA replication. Wilhelm RA¶ntgen discovered x-rays in 1895.A  Shortly after it was realised that x-rays caused skin ulcers and cancers. Careful epidemiological studies were carried out after the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of the Second World War.A  These showed a dose-response relationship and suggested that there is no threshold below which ionizing radiation is harmless. Scientists involved in research into atomic weapons research often suffered extreme damage to their cells and died shortly afterwards due to massive organ failure due to mutations in their body cells.A  The two American scientists who died this way were Harry K.
Notice that the vertical axis is a€?timea€?.A  The horizontal axis, a€?morphologya€? is the physical characteristics of organisms. With a€?phyletic gradualisma€? species gradually change over time.A  Sometimes, because of populations of a species become isolated from each other, gradual genetic change leads to the development of two species. He asked another Pfizer chemist, Willard Welch, to synthesize some previously unexplored tametraline derivatives. Welch then prepared stereoisomers of this compound, which were tested in vivo by animal behavioral scientist Albert Weissman. Morgellons Disease Awareness -  Artist and Morgellons sufferer, Ayla, journals her experience with the disease   I'd like to introduce myself, I'm Ayla, a 59year old artist and graphic designer who contracted Morgellons in Jan. In Belgium the product is sold under the name "Rilatine" and in Brazil and Portugal as "Ritalina".
I was really upset today to see a post where someone posed a question about which chronic illness they would pick if they could choose. If you’re going to blog, please make informed statements rather spreading misconceptions about serious chronic illnesses. I’m very busy as I do a part time college course, volunteer at a primary school and have a job, I haven’t had time to post on here much! It can be hard getting diagnosed, professionals seem unsure of narcolepsy and cataplexy and so don’t feel confident in diagnosing it. There lots of amazing groups on Facebook like Narcolepsy in the UK, go on there and and do what you’ve done with me, put your symptoms on there and how you are waiting to see a consultant and get diagnosed. You could collect evidence of what you find out that’s similar to you, get someone to video you collapsing and keep a diary or video diary when you sleep and when you wake up to show how disturbed your sleep is.
I’m sleepy in the day, and I fall asleep a few times a day, nothing major though in my opinion, I get by anyway. And my cataplexy: I get weak at the knees and turn into jelly when I find something amusing or cute and laugh.
My own lil blog about my experience with Narcolepsy as well as other peoples, facts, photos and videos. Like others of the time, he thought that the characteristics of organisms are a a€?blenda€? of those of it parents.
Already a Nobel laureate, Pauling may have been the favorite, but the discovery would ultimately be made by his British counterparts. Like others of the time, he thought that the characteristics of organisms are a a€?blenda€? of those of it parents.A  He also thought that acquired characteristics could be inherited - that is, that birds that did not often use their wings could, over many generations lose the ability to fly.
Already a Nobel laureate, Pauling may have been the favorite, but the discovery would ultimately be made by his British counterparts.A A  Rosalind Franklin and Maurice Wilkins were trying to identify the structure by studying X-ray diffractions of the DNA molecule.
Lane January 21 - 23, 1991 No sound files are available for the interview with Justice Coleman. People with narcolepsy (PWN) do sleep more, but the type of sleep is not restful so during waking hours you always still feel sleepy, which leads to symptoms of anxiety, mood disorders and depression to name a few. I’ll give it all the attention it needs like diet, exercise, regular sleep hours and medication and it can stay the hell away from my work and social life. But Jim Watson and Francis Crick studied a little bit of everything -- including, to the consternation of some, the work of their competitors. Arch Gen Psychiatry -- Early Coadministration of Clonazepam With Sertraline for Panic Disorder, July 2001, Goddard et al. I've been moved to create awareness tools that help educate healthcare practitioners and the public about Morgellons Disease (see Awareness Poster) as well as share what I've learned from this experience.Many of the skin photos in the photo galleries are mine. Because narcolepsy stems from a dysfunctional hypothalamus, it can also affect hunger leading many PWN to become overweight or even obese.
And then I end up having like a mini panic attack because I can’t breath properly and that kind of cataplectic episode gets me a bit scared and I feel more panicked.
Not optimal for signing contracts or making firm committments because you could change your mind once Mercury moves direct. The laughter cataplexy gets me often, but it isn’t too bad so I roll with it and have a laugh with my friends about it. Like most, I panicked bought a lot of unnecessary products—some toxic, then managed to pull myself back from the brink of actually hurting myself. Always wary of doctors, I tried to stay out of that loop but finally caved when my beloved ones pressured me to seek help. A dermatologist gave me Ivermectin which caused a Herxheimer (die-off) reaction and many of the black particles I'd been seeing with a scope surfaced. This gave me great relief from the discomfort of what felt like fiberglass embedded in my skin. There were NO fibers visible in my skin in the previous months before taking the medication.
If you take all 4 cardinal points, spring, summer, fall, winter, and divide them equally, then you have the 12 signs of the tropical horoscope.A  A The Sidereal zodiac is based upon the position of the stars and the alignment with the constellations.
Since there are 30 degrees in a sign, unless you are born during the last days of your sign, your sun is in the previous sign!A  Both zodiacs work.A  Each tell a slightly different story and can reveal different tendencies that may be prominent.
Within two days of taking the Ivermectin, I watched in horror as fibers started to rise to the surface of my skin. I use both zodiacs when I study a chart in order to have a more thorough understanding of my client. That plus coming off the tail-end of the pharmaceutical seemed to stop all the symptoms of itching, biting and crawling for approximately the next 4 months.
Astrology-haters (and there are lots) trumpeted ignorantly that this proved there was nothing to astrology, and Sun-sign fans wondered if perhaps they were right.
The only thing that hadn't cleared up was the hyper-sensitivity to my skin which I thought I was stuck with for the rest of my life, an unfortunate consequence of having Morgellons. Had I not been actively using a microscope to look at my skin during this period, I might have presumed I was well.
Tropical astrologers hunkered down defensively, while siderealists and Vedic astrologers took it as a backhanded confirmation of their own system, albeit by those who would inclusively debunk them, too.
The skin however, doesn't lie and told a whole other story for under it's surface, fibers and particles were clearly still present—multitudes of them. Early on, I'd heard about the testing that Pam Crane of Morgellons Focus On Health (site no longer active) was championing and felt that it was probably the way to go.
As a cultural phenomenon, it demonstrated a) that astrology is more popular than ever, as practically everybody knows their tropical Sun-sign and identifies with it enough to care if it might be wrong, and b) that very few (including many woefully uniformed journalists) really know much more than that. My only problem with moving forward was a lack of practitioner, as I felt having the best testing in the world wouldn't mean anything unless someone was up to the task of decoding it's contents into a meaningful protocol, sort of like buying a Cadillac that arrives without the key. I wanted to have a conversation with whatever doctor I was going to see and to hear them speak about their philosophy of healthcare.
End of story.But it does highlight the differences, mainly between India and the West, between astrologers who use the tropical Zodiac (based on 30-degree divisions of the Earth's orbit starting with the vernal equinox) vs. Just try to get a physician on the phone before actually making an appointment and you will find it is an impossible task (especially the high-end specialists). Outside of the universal justification of a€?it worksa€? (which anything seems to if you properly manipulate it), what are the real reasons for choosing one system over another, and what are the physical implications of each?All agree that the forces involved in astrology come from the sky, in the form of the planets themselves (whether the nature of that force be gravitational, electromagnetic, or spiritual) and that those forces can be additive (as with the conjunction), supportive (as with trines and sextiles), or conflicting (as with squares and the opposition). All also agree that where the planets fall by house is strictly a local matter here on earth, arising from your point of view on the ground from this planet. She talked about The Great Plains Labs and why the testing used in Functional Medicine is so important for our community.
She sounded like she knew how to do her job well and was more than capable, indeed she had impressed me as understanding how to approach the disease in a holistic manner that aligned with my own healthcare philosophies. The disagreement arises when you have to decide where the qualitative filter of the signs comes from. I believe my first words to her were, "Where do I sign the dotted line?" (While focusonhealth has been taken down, here is another radio show with Nancy speaking with Pam.
Is it the variable background behind the planets, the multi-directional, shifting backdrop of the universe, or is it an in-between artifact of the Eartha€™s own precise motion around the Sun, measured from the direction of our own tilt, and which also determines our seasons? Basically, does it come down from up there, and behind the planets, or up from down here, in front of them?


Let me remind you that I felt fine when I first contacted Nancy, but the emerging fibers showed me I was not. Nancy forewarned me that treatment would kick up all the initial symptoms I had when first ill with Morgellons, such as itching and stinging and that I might experience more fatigue with die-off, possibly even get lesions although I hadn't had many lesions previously. Within a week and a half of beginning this new protocol all the discomforts she mentioned came back. Representing the universe at large, of a much longer-lasting nature than anything in the life of this much-briefer solar system, they should totally trump the planets in their importance. Black particles began coming out from the skin, sand-like crystals were suddenly pushing from the scalp, I was itchy and uncomfortable but this time around it was at a much lower volume then at onset. But, in actual application, we know they dona€™t, but rather the planets are where the primary strength, meaning, and action is.
I have experienced some lesions, in the form of 'papercuts' and blood spots appearing on the skin. They were tiny and healed quickly. It took close to 3 months for the symptoms of this detox to disappear, lessening with each week.
Further, although the sky background is eternal, the constellations themselves are temporary a€“ including those that lie along the ecliptic.
We added in another few products to my protocol fine-tuning the process. Once all my symptoms had abated I was ready to move on to the next step and do a colon cleanse. Over the millennia, constellations change their shape, width, and height, and depth, so that the ones we recognize today dona€™t much resemble what was in that patch of the sky only 50-100,000 years ago, nor will they be what they are now only 50-100,000 years hence. I used supplements for one month that gently cleansed the colon (Colon Cleanse by DaVinci Labs??).
The widely-divergent a€?proper motiona€? of individual stars that make up the constellations cause their apparent shapes to become virtually unrecognizable over a relatively short period, even when compared to how long life has been here on Earth.
After that, I began with chelation therapy (Chelex by Xymogen) to remove heavy metals. Nancy has taken me through this journey with constant support through email. Constellations actually change vastly more in a few hundred thousand years than do the still-settling orbits of our local planetary system.Constellations are relatively short-lived, morphing out of shape through their stars' diverging proper motion in a few hundred thousand years, whereas tropical signs are forever. To see an illustrative animated example click here!Another problem with constellations is that they vary in size, from fairly large to quite small, meaning the Sun takes much longer to pass through some than others, and in some cases it may actually leave and then reenter the boundaries of the same constellation within a few days, because the ecliptic doesna€™t pass through the middle of all the Zodiac constellations but only grazes some. Not a very precise set of affairs, and one that morphs considerably over a couple of hundred thousand years, positively fickle compared to the planets themselves. The fact that she is able to tell me what I can expect and interpret what I am going through is invaluable. If they represent a truly overarching cosmic background, then where that background begins and ends, or is demarcated throughout, is very uncertain and not as footsure as the motions of our local planets themselves.A third problem with a constellation-driven Zodiac is that the shapes and meanings of the constellations are determined by a fertile imagination projecting images onto sets of points determined by stars which generally arena€™t in the least related to each other in real space.
Having gone through the early treatment phases and emerging symptom-free, makes me feel that I did indeed work through something—hopefully clearing biofilm. So where am I right now and what are the changes that happened over these few months of treatment?My skin cleared of many of black particles, although I still have them (my great lament was that I didn't have a camera back when I first got sick, because my skin was so saturated it was alarming!). And, those projected images vary from culture to culture, along with their implied meanings. For instance, nobody thought the constellation Gemini looked like twins before the Gemini myth arose, and that goes for all constellations named after relatively-recent Greco-Roman myths. Others, named after animals, are often interpreted as being different animals by different cultures.
The largest, which are off the ecliptic (as most are) vary from zoological to anthropomorphic, to physical objects a€“ that big, Northern hooked constellation with two stars that point toward the current pole star is alternately called the Great Bear, the Big Dipper, the Seven Sages, the Plough, Helike (the Turning), Otava (salmon weir), Pucwan (crustacean), and more, depending on culture and time period. For example, the Hyades star cluster, named for a weeping sisterhood of nymphs, was associated by the ancient Greeks with rain, as their heliacal setting presaged the rainy season. Changing weather patterns and the precession of the equinoxes make that no longer the case, but they were a reliable source of rain prediction for astrologers for hundreds of years, and those starcasters cannot be faulted for noticing and using the fact.
Indeed, the way Indian (Vedic, sidereal) astrology is used owes much to local traditions such as this, used with much success over generations of practitioners. It speaks not to any enduring qualities these constellations might have, but to briefly-consistent, though passing, event series that move on and change, albeit gradually within the context of a single humana€™s lifetime. If there is any one reason Indian astrology works so well, it may be because it is so closely rooted in tightly-held and monitored local and cultural tradition, rather than in more general astronomical principles. This makes it a mix of planetary, seasonal, cultural, and historical lore that is stronger in transient specifics than it is in enduring generalities, quite the opposite of the Western astrological tradition. Actually, I feel spry and 10 years younger than my 55 years of age (at the time this was written), an unexpected and very welcome gift. You bet it does, not for broad structural reasons, but by reasons of intense local and situational observations and traditions. Still, they are here and I am monitoring them carefully. I am convinced of the value of the Great Plains and Metametrix testing. Beginning at the vernal point, where the Sun is at the beginning of spring, they are twelve exactly equal thirty degree demarcations of the ecliptic circle (the Earth's orbit). It just makes sense that one would want to know the particular weaknesses of their body before embarking on a journey of healing. They are, by definition, invariable, since well before the year had 365 days in it and well after -- they last, unchanged, as long as the Earth remains in the solar system.
They are a simple extension of the Earth-Sun axis, oriented by where the tilt of the Earth points. Getting the labwork done and seeing Nancy are the two smartest things I did throughout my ordeal. Morgellons for me is like that impossible teacher I had in my youth. They are single-dimensional, segments along a line, not pictures taking up space in the sky.
Although they are named after the constellations they roughly coincided with when written historical astrology began in early Classical times, their meanings dona€™t always quite fit the names they have, still retained by tradition but increasingly inconvenient.
But it has also left me savoring hard-won battles and set me straight on how to live more in balance.
What has a virgin (Virgo) to do with the full ripeness of late summer and an obsession with detailed experience?
Therefore, I try not to rail against the unfairness of the experience, but to look at how much I learned and the ways in which it has stretched me as a human being.
Yes it has been a miserable teacher, but by it's hand I have been become an attentive student.I wish you all full recovery. And are horrid, scuttling scorpions noted for their deep sexuality, simmering passion, and ability to construct and lay plots, with an elephanta€™s memory for past wrongs?
AylaWhile I am not comfortable sharing my protocol as it is specific to my lab results, I will outline what I feel are the bare-bones minimum I'd look to take if I were building a protocol. This would be a good probiotic (I use 3 different kinds throughout the day as was indicated by the results of my testing).
The tropical signs, ultimately, might be more easily understood without their doubtful mythological and zoological imagery and better labelled as what they actually are, with only classifications for names: early, middle, and late (cardinal, fixed, and mutable) divisions of spring, summer, fall, or winter, based on the northern hemisphere view.
FOS, according to Nancy can promote yeast growth so I'd stay away from a probiotic that includes it.
If signs are considered a filter of planetary energy, the tropical Zodiac fits the bill, as it is the outward projection from the Earth to the planets, so their energies pass through it on their way down to inhabiting the houses. And there is nothing ambiguous about it, tropical signs being precisely measured and equal. They are totally a structural projection, however, so their local effects can and do vary across time and cultures, to which often-contradictory passages in Classical, medieval, and modern astrology texts attest.
The contemporary experience of the practitioner and the culture still profoundly affect the specifics of both interpretation and prediction. I'd include a biofilm buster which breaks down the cellular matrix in the gut that inhibits absorption of necessary nutrients. Also of note, tropical signs are so Earth-centered that they have no meaning once you leave this planet. I used Interfase Plus and Wobenzym at different times (there are different kinds of Wobenzyme. In fact, every planet has its own tropical Zodiac, none convergent with ours, depending on the direction of its tilt. But, in theory, thata€™s as it should be, if signs are qualitative filters for the energy of other planets from the view of just one. Also, in theory, a planet with no tilt, whose axis was perpendicular to its orbit, would have no tropical Zodiac at all. I've used Carlson's liquid D3 which is lipid based, but recently have switched because of assimilation issues with fats to a dry encapsulated D3 (Prothera brand 5,000 I.Us a day).
They both have something to offer, but they're not either interchangeable or mutually exclusive. Planetary positions in relation to the cosmic background tell you one thing, and in relation to the Earth's seasonal structure quite another.
They are apples and oranges -- like the cultures that favor each, one yearns toward eternal, fated destiny, and the other is about the colors of now. The fact that we are fighting for control over names based on outdated cultural images of mythological figures and animals is simply clouding the issue. The fusion of the best of both systems, background and foreground, has already been underway in international astrology, as the cosmic background message has increasingly been given over to the individual fixed stars (whose attributes tend to be more similar cross-culturally and pan-historically) while the definitions of signs themselves have been increasingly coopted by the foreground tropical Zodiac system. Certain of the B's can become depleted when the body is fighting infection, so a good B-complex seems necessary. Also, Mr. Common Sense and now Clifford Carnicom have written about NAC and it's benefits along with vitamin C in helping quell the symptoms of our condition. I'd look into this as a close friend from the community began taking both high amounts of Vitamin C and NAC and her symptoms disappeared.
She was taking 3,000-5,000 mg of C spread throughout the day and 600 mg 2x's a day of NAC both in the morning and at night.
She eventually reduced it to 2,000 mg of vitamin C and 600 mg of NAC because the NAC was giving her headaches. The lesser dosage has been fine for keeping her symptoms of crawling, biting and stinging away.
When she went off the protocol symptoms came back and when she again resumed, they went away.
I might mention, that my protocol has always called for 1000 mg of vitamin C, three times a day. While I was not on NAC as a separate supplement, it is in another product I take daily ?(Liver Protect by Xymogen). Nancy has stated that the clients she sees that do this first make themselves much worse and take longer to get better.
If I am going to do this right, I want to know what my baseline toxic load is so I can measure my progress over time.
The results arrived right after I finished my third week of chelation. My total toxic representation was OFF the chart with high levels of antimony, silver, cadmium, tin and magnesium.
I have a host of other metals as well, they just were at lower levels than those mentioned above. Once Nancy reviewed my test results and knew how I was responding to the treatment she modified my protocol to include a liver support, and the addition of 3-4 new products that would also help balance me out. I keep an ongoing visual journal using photos which I share with her so she can see any new developments. During chelation I was more tired, needing to take naps and sleep longer on most days.
I also had some tiny red spots appear on the skin without breaking through.Red spots appear on the skin. Based on what was going, on Nancy pulled back on the chelation so that the process is even slower and gentler until my body can adapt.
Using shea butter and coconut oil mixture as a moisturizer seems to draw fibers and black particles from my skin if left on for 3-4 hours. Most are not readily apparent unless you really look for them. Hair The Morgellons has moved into my hair.
An acupuncturist, pointed out after looking at my hair photos, that there were multiple "hairs" emerging from one follicle. This is probably why my hair feels thicker even though it has been brittle, weak and falling out.
Helicobacter pylori, the bacteria I had with high levels the first time I was tested, is completely gone. There was a new bacteria that showed up on this round of testing that wasn't on the previous. Nancy feels that this is something that could have morphed, or, could have been present all along, but like peeling an onion back, was hidden under layers.
She is adding seven new supplements to my protocol to address adrenal support as sleep has become fitful and I feel somehow too 'plugged in.' Fight or flight mode. I'll be taking a prebiotic to address the new bacteria as well as some new products from Xymogen to open detox pathways.


I'm excited to be moving in a new direction. Every time we do a new test, I see the value of this approach. Randomly throwing supplements at the body without being tested, with the hope that something might work, seems a dangerous practice. Beginning at the vernal point, where the Sun is at the beginning of spring, they are twelve exactly equal thirty degree demarcations of the ecliptic circle (the Earth's orbit). Not terrible full-blown itchy, just enough to let me know that I was reinfected or maybe this is an allergic flare-up.
This episode might have lasted longer than necessary had I immediately washed all my clothes but I got lazy and didn't wash them for a few days.
Was not constantly itchy, but found I'd get itchy at odd intervals, sometimes once a day, sometimes not for days at a time and sometimes for a mere few seconds or so. I am putting a garden in upstate and often have my hands in the soil (without gloves) and have found that I am fine.
The only itching I've got is from the occasional mosquito bite (and yes, these are real mosquitoes).
They both have something to offer, but they're not either interchangeable or mutually exclusive.
Now, instead of direct application of GSE I brush my teeth twice, once with toothpaste and once with a clean brush that has two drops of GSE on it. Planetary positions in relation to the cosmic background tell you one thing, and in relation to the Earth's seasonal structure quite another.
This disruptive energy of Uranus and Pluto stays in place through the end of March where breakthroughs are possible.
Simultaneously, Chiron is on the South Node encouraging us to heal ancestral trauma and old painful emotions.
Note that I have been letting my supplements run out in the last few months because I needed a break from taking approx. The 2 additional squares between Saturn and Neptune in 2016, June 17th & September 10th, test our faith and also provide an opportunity to ground our dreams and visions so that we can permanently incorporate them into our lives.
I wonder if the return to itchiness had something to do with my letting down my guard and not watching my pH. After the first day of swimming, I noticed small circular red blotches appear under the skin of my calves and thought, uh-oh, here comes trouble. At least we can get a glimpse of how we align with our own inner truth before Saturn retrogrades back into Scorpio on June 14th for a brief 3 month sojurn until September 17th when it reenters Sagitarius.A  We can use this 3 month period to finally clear out any negative residues that are holding us back from manifesting those dreams and visions that align with our soul journey or blueprint. I FINALLY have a microscope again (it was replaced after more than 7 months at the manufacturer!).
I had a few breakthrough 'papercut lesions' on the hands which I don't know what to make of.
I stopped the Ormus because I wanted to document F-6, which has gotten quite a buzz in the Morgellons community.
I still have 1.5 bottles left and intend to take it in a few months feeling I didn't give it a proper shot.
For now, I want to concentrate on doing one therapy at a time, so I can really be sure what each does. October 17, 2011: Began using F-6 and have started a new link documenting that experience including photos showing what is emerging from the skin.
I'm going to take it slow with this product as I don't want to have any major herxheimer episodes. Caroline Carter, A healthcare worker that has Morgellons and works with ozone therapy (and who made her Morgellons worse with ozone saunas) said she cannot even be around it anymore.
I have since talked with another person that had strong outbreaks from doing an ozone sauna. Ozone therapy is typically great for cancer, AIDS and herpes, but for this disease might make us worse.
There seems to be improvement to the hair which feels stronger and seems to be falling out less. A lot of "debris" is coming up through the skin, fibers, black particles, granules and many more fibers then ever seen before. A week and a half later I ate some quinoa with my lunch and two hours later had 3 oatmeal cookies (oatmeal, walnuts, carob chips, baking soda, vanilla). This forage into complex carbs was unusual for me.While eating the cookies I started to itch. By the third cookie, I was having full-blown symptoms of itching, stinging and biting sensations (no crawling, thank God!). The fact that it came on with such force and was related to food, makes me think that Morgellons counts among it's causes a hyper-allergic reaction to food. In this case, I don't really know what specific ingredient triggered the reaction.By eliminating carbs again, symptoms quieted down.
I am noticing flare-ups of the arthritis in my foot which had so improved at the beginning of my treatment (but I kill my feet dancing one night a week, so that could play into this).
The ones I can visually see without a scope are bigger then I've had before but there is no increase in the amount I generally see with my scope in the skin. Will keep you posted of new developments.I've noticed that when it's very hot (93-97 degrees) and my skin is exposed to the air, I have more sensations on my arms. It's not unusual to feel a single pin prick sensation on my left upper arm, often I'll feel the same type of prick mirrored in the same spot on right arm sometime later, as if they were somehow linked.The other day on my bike I felt as if I hot poker were being pressed momentarily to my arm. When I looked down, there were three distinct tract marks in that spot, about a half, to an inch long that hadn't been there before. Since having Morgellons, it feels like the skin is no longer a reliable friend but is capable of erratic changes suddenly. They took about 5 days to disappear.?September 27, 2012 • Live blood microscopyJust posted a new link with photos of my recent session with Rick Panson, a microbiologist and healthy body coach who did a live blood and dried blood microscopy and gave me additional guidance for my health. It's a bird's eye view into the system, giving a fuller, deeper understanding of what's going on  then just looking at lab results—although lab tests have their place!
In the next two weeks I get more testing done so will post those results when in. There were many problems with the blood. We are in a seasonal shift and my fingers have had a few tiny papercut lesions since the change began.Started the protocol Oct. Beginning with one pill a day of capyrilic acid with one pill olive leaf extract and 1 tsp. The L-glutamine is supposed to strengthen the gut lining and prevent leaky gut syndrome caused by the yeast die-off. Will stay on this for a few days and slowly double the dosage, then determine where to go from there.
16, 2012 Went back to Rick Panson for another live blood analysis and posted the photos under my last blood microscopy.
This is encouraging for all of you who wonder how long it will take to knock back candida and even if our protocols are working. Rick recommended Candex and Nancy told me she loved the product except now they are adding corn to Candex (and it's unknown if it's GMO corn), so she is no longer recommending it.
Adrenal system had a number of markers indicating a lot of stress to the system, very low levels of vitamins C and B's, four different pathogenic bacteria showed up—Helicobacter Pylori was high, Clostridia, E. Kreb cycle needs support. Heavy metals hair test—all toxic metals were down except arsenic which went up with cadmium.
Lead which was extremely high on my first test showed a considerable decrease as well as silver but lots more chelation ahead.
It's been 2 years since I started using supplements to pull the metals out and I think it will take a couple more years of work. The process is slow but steady which is a good thing because I think if the body released too much metal into the system at once there would be negative impact on the health. Nancy pointed out that lead and cadmium are antagonistic to calcium absorption and bone health, so seeing this rise in cadmium and knowing I still have too high levels of lead makes me think that I might have to give up the painting at some point or switch mediums rather than compromise bone health. The heavy metals test also measures "essential and other elements," (minerals) It seems as a consequence of pulling heavy metals out, the minerals have been compromised.
Nancy suggested this organism is a pleomorph moving from bacteria to fungus according to favorable conditions in the body. This is the third time it's changed. Feb 3, 2013 Just an acknowledgment that I just passed my 3rd anniversary since getting sick with Morgellons.
The only time I really have symptoms is when I really mess up on diet (itchiness will start) or when ?very overheated and sweating from physical exertion like dancing, where it sometimes feels like needle pinpricks are sticking my skin from the INSIDE out, accompanied by itchiness. Thieves is a great oil for preventing flu or when one is coming down with illness, but I am unclear if it can damage beneficial bacterias.
Stopped taking thieves after a few weeks but do still take lemon and added in lemongrass and grapefruit to my daily capsule. Itchiness did not return. September 22, 2013 Decided to go on Stephen Buhners herbal protocol for Lyme disease (crafted from his excellent book, Healing Lyme).
Although I tested negative for Lyme and feel fine, I don't trust the traditional testing one gets with their regular MD, and even though I don't think I'm dealing with Lyme, I can't discount the fact that so many Morgellons sufferers also have Borrelia and other co-infections that might be related to our disease which seem to improve with Lyme treatment. Also, his protocol addresses other issues I feel are pertinent to my health (even before Morgellons). Certainly, I see over time that my immune system is weak, and my gut reaction now to coasting is that it could be an eventual time bomb. I'm taking Cats Claw, Sarsaparilla root (Jamaican—which I grind in my coffee grinder), Eleuthero (Siberian Ginseng), Astragalus, Japanese Knotweed and Andrographis. To his formula I've added in Ashwagandha and Sweet Cinnamon (from Sri Lanka) for the brain, as well as nettles (excellent herb for trace minerals and general support of system) and Pau D'arco (fungal). I take a quarter level teaspoon of each herb (which is roughly the equivalent of one 00 capsule) added to some water and drink it down. Surprisingly, I did not feel exhausted, although the protocol was pretty intense and caused a lot of flushing through the digestive system.
This is not a new symptom and usually happens in the first few weeks of starting any new protocol.
As these breakouts have always been so minor and short-lived? (an occasional papercut lesion or what looks like a pin prick), I paid them little mind. In this case, the skin continued to break open for the duration of treatment and I had some long "scratch" marks come up as well. It seemed like the last papercut I got was deeper and for the first time I started to worry that perhaps I was giving myself a lesion problem that I might not be able to turn off.
This little spot has bothered me on occasion on and off throughout the years of my Morgellons experience, but during the Buhner protocol, it itched almost constantly. On the plus side, I could tell there was a lot of detoxification going on and all of those bitter herbs were really helpful for quelling sugar cravings. I believe I will revisit this protocol modified in the future, but for now, am taking a rest from it. Note that when I ceased treatment, the papercut and pinprick lesions stopped, although I recently had a three-inch long "scratch" appear on my leg weeks after stopping his treatment some weeks back. This was a surprise, since problems usually only show up on my hands and 3 inches is rather a statement!For the first time, the scratch resembled images I've seen for Bartonella. There is much about it that I think is helpful, and I encourage people to study these herbs and supplements carefully, and decide for themselves if they want to incorporate them. This is a very difficult protocol and for any who have detoxification pathway issues, this could impact their health negatively.
The release of toxins in a system that cannot remove them properly can be deadly, so it is important to not rush carelessly forward with something this strong.
I did feel like the protocol helped me on many levels, but I could not tolerate the heart issues with pressure on the chest, burning, and breathing difficulties. The creator of the protocol feels that Bartonella is at the core of the Morgellons infection, and Bartonella likes to set up shop in the endothelial tissue of the heart. Thinking this was just a severe Herxheimer reaction, I went back on the protocol but was unable to advance more than one drop of each tincture before heart and breathing issues returned with a vengeance. This time, the heart issues did not abate immediately, and it's been some weeks now in which they often come back on a low level. His original protocol (which he posted on Jenna's blog and which is now removed) did not use MSM, or Silver Sol or various other supplements.
It also did not include baking soda, which is not inherently a problem, but at 2 teaspoons a day, might become one.



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