Skill building may just be the most important prep of all, but it is not something that everyone immediately considers ahead of stockpiling and other preps.
For Preppers, unless you think the government will never be interested in you, reducing what they know about you and yours is a necessity.
But what happens if an earthquake or a natural disaster occurs and it destroys the water pipe lines in your town? Imagine a long-term situation where you have food and water, but survival is a constant struggle.
In small-space gardens, especially those with limited full sun in the first place, we sometimes feel like we have no choices. Plants with really good, healthy soil can fight off a lot of diseases and overcome leaf damage from pests without problems. It’s something that’s going to come as a shock for those who don’t practice ahead of time, no matter how many tricks get applied.
Introduction: To determine the prevalence of hunger and food insecurity among patients presenting to the emergency department (ED) over 3 consecutive years. Methods: This was a cross-sectional study of patients presenting to the ED at Hennepin County Medical Center, and urban, Level I trauma center.
Conclusion: A significant proportion of our ED patients experience food insecurity and hunger.
Several studies from our institution have looked at the impact of hunger in the clinical environment. These studies suggest that the prevalence and impact of hunger and food insecurity in the acute care setting are clinically significant, and continue to be underestimated, particularly when these experiences are largely intermittent. This was a cross-sectional study conducted in the Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) emergency department (ED) in Minneapolis, Minesota. Survey questions included age, gender, primary language, access to a primary care provider, self-reported health status, employment, housing status, insurance, access to food, and having to make choices between buying food and buying medicine. Patient enrollment was monitored centrally by a single RA who maintained an electronic log of all patients in the ED over that screening time period.
This study sought to assess the prevalence of hunger and food insecurity in the ED of a busy urban, public hospital. Hunger was associated with employment status, family income, having to choose between food and medicine, and housing status in the current study.
Over the last decade, multiple studies have shown the adverse impact of hunger and food insecurity on physical and mental health outcomes.
In our study, a high percentage of patients reported having to choose between buying food or medicine over the 3 years of the study. The studies above demonstrate the clinical importance of socioeconomic stressors such as hunger and food insecurity, particularly among ED patient populations. In summary, a large number of our urban ED patients experience food insecurity and hunger among other factors of socioeconomic hardship.
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If you don't see a planner page design or category that you want, please take a moment to let us know what you are looking for. Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), released a new web-based tool called the Food Related Emergency Exercise Boxed set. Stealthy Situation – This exercise is a comprehensive scenario and highlights nuances encountered when a cluster of illness is associated with a foodservice establishment. Wilted Woes – This scenario begins at the outset ofearly signal detection with clinical illness reports, and focuses on the epidemiological investigation process to identify the food vehicle when there is a human health emergency caused by an unintentional contamination of produce with E.
High Plains Harbinger – This scenario focuses on the investigation of animal disease caused by intentional infection of cattle with Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) virus, highlighting the various animal agriculture agencies (Federal, state, local, territorial, and tribal) and their roles and responsibilities, as well as introducing the roles and responsibilities of law enforcement agencies during an animal health emergency.
Insider Addition – This scenario focuses attention on the intentional aspect of contamination of a raw meat product at the processor with a chemical agent.
Deputy commissioner of the FDA Michael Taylor pointed out that “[b]eing prepared for any kind of emergency is critical to a rapid and effective response. FDA’s target audience for the FREE-B tool includes state, local, tribal, and territorial regulatory and public health partners. Cultivate professional skills by learning how to work with dynamic, ad-hoc teams facing critical food emergency incidents that threaten the safety of the public.
Understand the purpose and objectives of federal, state, local and industry organizations and how each provides resources to address different aspects of food contamination scenarios.
Take appropriate, timely and effective steps to remediate emergency situations that are caused by intentional or unintentional acts.
FSIS submitted to the Office of Management & Budget (OMB) what most think was a proposal for rule making to establish six non-O157 STECs to be considered adulterants in ground beef. If that is the case, and if the 2012 elections entered into the decision to not move the rule making forward, then the Administration cannot have FDA saying it “considers any disease-causing strain of E. There may be other choices being made that are equally as non-transparent as the decision to strike the sentence. But I do think we now know for certain the choice the Administration has made, for the time being at least, about letting FSIS move forward with rule making.
In its statement, FDA noted that although the Robert Koch Institute, the public health agency of Germany, has not yet identified the source of the outbreak, it is warning consumers to avoid raw tomatoes, cucumbers, and lettuce. At this time, the Robert Koch Institute, the disease control and prevention public health agency of Germany, has not yet identified the definitive source of the infectious agent causing the outbreak, but has recommended that consumers in Germany avoid raw tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce. In response to the outbreak in Europe, as a safety precaution, FDA established certain additional import controls within 24 hours of the health advisory issuing in Germany.
The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, signed into law in January, gives the FDA new authority, including authorities related to the prevention of foodborne illness.
Consumers can also help to protect themselves by taking some basic steps to prevent the spread of foodborne disease.
Specifically at issue, as Dan Flynn of Food Safety News reports, is the company’s continued sale and distribution of uneviscerated bony fish.
FDA officials said it issued the company a warning letter on July 20, 2010 after the agency and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture inspected the facility. In addition, FDA alleges in its complaint that BCS African Wholesale products have been held under unsanitary conditions in violation of the federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and that the company has failed to comply with Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulations. If granted, the injunction would force the company to stop importing, processing, and selling its seafood products. The information includes a summary of the most common Inspectional Observations of objectionable conditions or practices made during inspections and a searchable Inspections Database that includes the names and addresses of inspected facilities, inspection dates, type of FDA-regulated products involved, and final inspectional classification. Information about food products that are not subject to a particular recall, which can help reduce consumer confusion. The ready-to-eat sprouts are distributed to wholesale suppliers, who in turn distribute them to customers located in Gulf Coast states, including Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, and Texas.
Five FDA inspections over the past nine years, including an inspection conducted between August 2009 and September 2009, revealed that the defendants failed to implement basic food sanitation principles and practices for their sprout growing operation, according to the complaint.
The complaint alleges violations that include equipment and facilities that were unclean or unable to be sufficiently cleaned, insanitary employee practices, and a poorly maintained facility.
West Missouri Beef, LLC has voluntarily recalled 14,000 pounds of boneless beef products due to potential contamination by E. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that every year at least 2000 Americans are hospitalized, and about 60 die as a direct result of E. Well, in this example, the confirming test does, in fact, occur, and it does, in fact, confirm that the bacteria that looked liked salmonella, walked like salmonella, and talked like salmonella was actually .
And lest we forget, we’re only a few short months removed from the massive salmonella outbreak associated with peanuts from Peanut Corporation of America. In the end, just like the ultimate responsibility for producing safe food, the onus will rest squarely on the shoulders of the food producer to take necessary action to prevent people from getting sick from a product that the producer knows, or really should know, contains a microbial risk. Those tests, according to sources familiar with the investigation and confirmed by the FDA, determined the genetic fingerprint of the E. Investigators have not yet been able to determine how the cookie dough became contaminated with E. Drew FalkensteinAttorneyDrew Falkenstein received his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Washington in 1999 and his Juris Doctor degree in 2002 from Seattle University School of Law, where he graduated with honors.
In Belgium the product is sold under the name "Rilatine" and in Brazil and Portugal as "Ritalina". Yahoo , Facebook , Facebook , Twitter , Twitter , Google+ , Google+ , Myspace , Myspace , Linkedin , Linkedin , Odnoklassniki , Odnoklassniki , Vkontakte , Vkontakte , Google , Google , Yahoo , Yahoo , Rambler , Rambler , Yandex , Yandex , Gmail , Gmail , Yahoo! Designers Manufacturers , ??????? ????????? - ?????????? ???????????? , Gorgian Wikipedia - Free Encyclopedia , ????????? ?????? ????????? , Cambridje Dictionary Online , ????????? ???????? ????????? ?????? ????????? , Oxford Advenced Learner's Online Dictionar? , ??????????? ?????? - moazrovne,net, ??? 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. The ideas expressed on this site are solely the opinions of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the opinions of anyone else. We prospectively screened adult (age >18) patients presenting to the ED during randomized daily 8-hour periods between June 1 and August 31, 2007 and 2008, and randomized every-other-day periods between June 1 and August 31, 2009. Hunger and food insecurity have become more prevalent among patients seen in this urban county ED over the past 3 years. Nelson et al14 examined the long-term consequences of hunger for patients with access to primary care.
Research in these areas has been limited primarily by relatively small to moderate sample sizes and nonrandomized, convenience sampling methodology. We excluded patients with high acuity complaints per the treating clinician (including sexual assault), prisoners and those in police custody, speakers of languages other than English and Spanish, and patients presenting with altered mental status. All responses were self reported; the anonymous nature of the survey did not allow independent verification of the information provided by participants. One of the investigators entered data from completed paper surveys into a Microsoft Excel (Microsoft Corp., 2006) spreadsheet and maintained and electronically backed up on site.
For the purpose of analysis, we analyzed ethnicity as white (referent) and black and other as comparison groups. The rate of patients reporting an unstable living situation significantly increased over the 3-year study period. Using a more systematic and randomized sampling methodology, our results confirmed the high prevalence of hunger and food insecurity suggested by previous studies in our institution.
Hunger was not associated with having a primary care provider, number of people in a family, a patient’s perception of his or her health, or ethnicity.
The number of patients describing themselves as being in “poor health” also increased, as did the number of patients who reported a chronic illness. They suggest that clinicians should consider the contribution of hunger and food insecurity to the development of health conditions for which ED treatment is sought.
First, it was carried out in the ED of a single institution and describes the self-reported data of participating patients. Unfortunately, hunger, food insecurity, and unstable housing have become more prevalent among patients seen in this urban county ED over the past 3 years.
Easily record what you each for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks, along with time-of-day and calorie counts. Easily record what you each for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks, along with time-of-day and calorie counts. The right-hand version of this page is also available. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in collaboration with other federal partners including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S.
The scenario includes the epidemiological investigation, identification of affected product through traceback procedures, implementation of a recall, and the role of regulatory agencies.
Various nontraditional organizations and expertise needed to investigate intentional contaminations and the establishment of collaborative processes and roles and responsibilities with the traditional public health and regulatory partners are highlighted. FREE-B helps people think about their own responsibilities in a time of crisis and how to best work with others involved,” he added. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) issued a statement regarding the E. On July 5, 2011, the sentence providing that “FDA considers any disease-causing strain of E. OMB has sat on the proposal for nearly six months now, and many believe that is due to pressure from USTR and industry to not allow the rule to be promulgated.
Moves like finding a new Director of Communications for FDA, or maybe a new Deputy Director of CFSAN. In addition, FDA states that it has increased import controls and surveillance of those produce items in order to prevent contaminated vegetables from entering the country. FDA is currently conducting increased surveillance of fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce and raw salads from Germany and Spain. Certain perishable fresh fruits and vegetables (like strawberries, lettuce, herbs, and mushrooms) can be best maintained by storing in a clean refrigerator at a temperature of 40° F or below. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced recently that it is disclosing more information about inspections and court actions, and now has a web portal on its enforcement activities as part of Phase II of the agency’s Transparency Initiative. By the end of 2011, FDA will also begin to disclose additional information about FDA evaluations of filers, expand disclosure of Untitled Letters, and in appropriate situations, support industry efforts during a food recall to inform consumers of products that are not subject to the recall. These most recent actions by FDA represent some of the first of the original proposals to be implemented.
District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, charges the defendants with violating the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act by preparing, packing, and holding sprouts under insanitary conditions, where they may have become contaminated with filth. It seems likely that DNA from Shiga toxin-producing Shigella bacteria was transferred by a bacteriophage (a virus that infects bacteria) to otherwise harmless E.
There are more than three thousand state, local, and tribal agencies responsible for regulating the retail foodservice industry, which includes over a million foodservice establishments in the United States.
The requirements apply to any person who has to submit registration information to the FDA for a food facility that manufactures, processes, packs, or holds food for human or animal consumption in the United States ….
Must investigate the cause of the adulteration if the adulteration of food may have originated with the responsible party (So, if your supplier causes the contamination, you need to do nothing?) …. Consider this, sample product testing does not assure that the product is NOT contaminate, only that the sample is.
Scientists from public health laboratories around the nation are able to compare fingerprints isolated from patients and from food. READ MOREBruce ClarkAttorneyIn 1993, Bruce Clark became involved in foodborne illness litigation as an attorney for Jack in the Box restaurants in its E. The author may or may not have a financial interest in any company or advertiser referenced.
We excluded patients with high acuity complaints, altered mental status, prisoners, those who did not speak Spanish or English, or those considered to be vulnerable.
Emergency physicians should be aware of the increasing number of patients who must choose between obtaining food and their prescribed medications, and should consider the contribution of hunger and food insecurity to the development of health conditions for which ED treatment is sought. Interviewing both outpatients and hospitalized patients, the authors found that 13% had experienced a day without food in the prior month. The objective of our current study, therefore, was to reassess with greater accuracy the prevalence of hunger and food insecurity among ED patients.


Determination of what constituted altered mental status was determined by the treating emergency physician. Patients were approached by trained and clearly identifiable research associates (RAs), who assessed patient eligibility and delivered the survey instrument in a standardized fashion. Respondents were asked to characterize their ethnic background as White, Asian, African American, Hispanic, Native American, or other.
Health insurance status was treated as a categorical variable, including “private” (employment or individual, referent group) insurance, “Medicare, Medicaid, or Safety Net” coverage (including county and state programs), “no insurance,” and “other” insurance. We found an even higher prevalence of hunger than prior studies, one that exceeds the national average. These results have some construct validity and are not unexpected since tenuous employment status, for example, could be reasonably expected to impact hunger. While the growing prevalence of hunger among our ED patients is alarming, of most concern is the patient population that needs medications to maintain their health but cannot afford both medication and the food they need to survive. Because of these results and the increasing role of the ED in the care of socially disadvantaged populations, public health officials and policy makers should consider coordinating with or directing resources to EDs to maximize surveillance and intervention efforts regarding food insecurity.
Because our institution is a safety-net hospital, this study may overestimate the ED prevalence of socioeconomic stressors such as hunger and housing insecurity. The data presented here represent a large study that supports previous, smaller studies suggesting that hunger and food insecurity are common in the ED. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), the other major agency in addition to FDA responsible for food safety regulation and policy making, seems to take a different stance. The FDA is constantly vigilant and consistently takes steps to increase monitoring, as appropriate, in situations such as this, to protect the U.S. Due to the short shelf life of most fresh produce and the availability of growing areas in the U.S. If you’re not sure whether an item should be refrigerated to maintain quality, ask your grocer.
Department of Justice, announced that it is seeking a permanent injunction against BCS African Wholesale Food Supply LLC (BCS African Wholesale) of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota and its principal officers because the company’s products present food safety hazards to its customers. Now, FDA’s enforcement and compliance-related activities will be more accessible, downloadable, and searchable online. They are hardy organisms that can survive several weeks on surfaces such as counter tops, and up to a year in some materials like compost. It is time for a federal mandate making the FDA’s Model Food Code (the Code) compulsory as a baseline regulatory scheme on all states, territories, and tribal jurisdictions. Facilities that manufacture, process or hold food for consumption in the United States now must tell the FDA within 24 hours if they find a reasonable probability that an article of food will cause severe health problems or death to a person or an animal …. Sample product testing is a method of testing whether your manufacturing process is working.
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.
Any action taken as a result of information, analysis, or advertisement on this site is ultimately the responsibility of the reader. Kersey et al15 found the 1-year prevalence of food insecurity among adult ED patients at our county hospital to be 18%. Following government definitions and prior studies, we understand the definition of “hunger” to be not having enough to eat, not eating for an entire day, or not eating because of lack of money to buy food.
We prospectively screened patients presenting to the ED during randomized daily 8-hour data collection shifts between June 1 and August 31, 2007 and 2008, and randomized every-other-day 8-hour shifts between June 1 and August 31, 2009. Among those participants who were subsequently noted to have completed the study more than once, we excluded those whose presentations to the ED were separated by less than 2 weeks to coincide with frequency questions in the survey. Administration of the survey occurred while patients were waiting to be seen by a clinician, or were waiting for test results; the survey never interrupted direct patient care. To compare unstable versus stable housing status and food scarcity versus food security, we performed multinomial logistic regression We included variables hypothesized to be associated with food and housing insecurity.14–16These included age, gender, primary language, ethnicity, access to a primary care provider, self-reported health, employment, housing, insurance, and chronic disease status. Housing was treated as a categorical variable, with “property owner” as the referent group and all other responses treated as comparison groups. The patient report of food scarcity and choosing between buying food and buying medicine are summarized in Table 2.
The characteristics of patients who described any hunger are compared to patients who did not describe hunger in Table 4. In addition, collected over 3 years, the results suggest that the prevalence of hunger and food insecurity, as well as other indicators of socioeconomic disadvantage, may be increasing among our ED population. It is concerning, however, that this study suggests a trend toward increasing hunger and food insecurity contextualized in a national economic downturn.
Identification of this most vulnerable group among all who are hungry might allow social resources to be focused on preventing medical decline in those who are forced to choose between food and medicine.
These results add further support for attendance to social as well as medical needs of ED patients. Self-reporting may also limit our data, but would seem to be an inherent element of population research into food insecurity. This includes produce grown conventionally or organically at home, or produce that is purchased from a grocery store or farmer’s market.
All produce that is purchased pre-cut or peeled should be refrigerated to maintain both quality and safety. Some examples of reasons a food may be reportable include bacterial contamination, allergen mislabeling or elevated levels of certain chemical components (So, if companies limit or stop end product testing? So, if you are getting positive sample tests, you have a problem – a problem that does not need to be reported? The Jack in the Box litigation spanned more than four years and involved more than 100 lawsuits in four states.
The main outcome measures included age, gender, ethnicity, employment, housing status, insurance, access to food, and having to make choices between buying food and buying medicine.
Among those who felt forced to choose between food and medicine in that study, 14% had chosen food. Similarly, we take “food insecurity” to be a frequent antecedent condition defined as the lack of nutritionally adequate food or the limited ability “to secure acceptable food in socially acceptable ways.”9,17 The goal of our investigation was to determine the rate of hunger among patients seeking care in our ED over 3 consecutive years.
RAs were medical, public health and undergraduate students who were part of the volunteer Emergency Research Associate Program at HCMC. Hunger from food scarcity was treated as a categorical variable, with “never” as the referent group. The increase in hunger and food insecurity was paralleled by an increasing prevalence of housing instability over the same time period. The results suggest that this trend might be expected to continue to worsen, and thus that its burden on emergency providers and the patients they treat may increase. It may also correlate with actual nutritional intake.20–22 While this study benefitted from randomization, it was carried out during summer months, which in our state and climate may represent a low period of visits to the ED by socially disadvantaged patients, particularly those experiencing food or housing insecurity. READ MOREBill MarlerAttorneyBill Marler is an accomplished personal injury lawyer and national expert on foodborne illness litigation. A subsequent study by Biros et al16looked at similar questions among adult patients in our county institution, as well as among the parents of patients at a nearby children’s hospital. We have done so using a randomized sampling methodology that has been previously validated in the ED environment.18,19 Within our ED population, we also examined housing, employment, and income, and reexamined choices between food and medicine. One hundred twenty-five RAs were trained in ascertaining study eligibility, consent processes, survey administration, as well as in answering and clarifying patient questions concerning survey questions. Similarly, there was no observed change in the proportion of patients who reported having medical insurance, having a primary care provider, and being employed. The study was also conducted primarily in English, although participants could choose to participate regardless of primary language. Essentially, FDA has made a quiet retraction of what could have been a firm position on non-O157 STECs. HUS is a syndrome that is defined by the trilogy of hemolytic anemia (destruction of red blood cells), thrombocytopenia (low platelet count), and acute kidney failure. He began representing victims of food-borne illness in 1993, when he represented the most severely injured survivor of the Jack in the Box E. 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. Training of RAs included several group orientation sessions, directed instruction in the completion of the survey, and instructional shifts for applied learning. We also treated ”having to choose between buying food and buying medicine” as a categorical variable, with “never” as the referent group.
The characteristics of patients who had to choose between food and medicine are described in Table 5. A significant proportion of those patients also felt that the latter choice had aggravated illness and led to ED visits and hospitalizations. Responses to “ever having to choose between food and medicine” were analyzed as all groups who reported choosing between buying food and buying medicine versus “never.” We also treated employment as a categorical variable, with “currently employed” as the referent category. In addition to socioeconomic characteristics that predicted the need to choose between food and medicine, those who had to choose were more often hungry. A significant number of patients who presented during the study were either missed or not available to be interviewed for the study.
Always wary of doctors, I tried to stay out of that loop but finally caved when my beloved ones pressured me to seek help. This research has shown that, in addition to the issues of shelter, safety, and access to primary care that bring many patients to the ED, hunger and food insecurity are experienced by a relatively high percentage of patients, forcing many to choose between food and medicine, and likely leading to additional adverse health effects.
After informed consent was obtained, each study participant was read a standard set of instructions, and any quesions about the survey content or process were answered. Self-reported health status was treated as an ordinal variable consisting with “excellent” as the referent group. Odds ratios from the logistic regression model that predicts patient characteristics associated with hunger are described in Table 6. In addition, a large number of patients were critically ill and unable to provide consent or complete the survey. 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. We treated gender, non-English first language, living with chronic disease, and access to regular primary care were treated as binary variables.
The study enrolled 30.7% of all patients who presented to the ED during the study periods, and we do not know the status of the patients who were not enrolled. This gave me great relief from the discomfort of what felt like fiberglass embedded in my skin.
We used private insurance, home ownership and report of current employment as referent groups in our regression model. Our goal was to study prevalence of hunger in the ED, but we have found the prevalence of hunger among patients presenting to the ED in stable condition and consenting to do a survey, which limits the generalizability of our findings.
The covariance matrix derived from our regression model was used to determine intervariable correlation. Furthermore, of interviewed subjects, there was a larger proportion of missing data from subjects in 2008 than in the other 2 years of the study. There were NO fibers visible in my skin in the previous months before taking the medication. We do not know why there was more missing data in 2008, but the missing information may have changed the findings of our study. Within two days of taking the Ivermectin, I watched in horror as fibers started to rise to the surface of my skin. 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. 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.
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. 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.
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). 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.
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.
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. 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. 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. 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.
I used supplements for one month that gently cleansed the colon (Colon Cleanse by DaVinci Labs??). 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. The fact that she is able to tell me what I can expect and interpret what I am going through is invaluable.
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!).
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. Still, they are here and I am monitoring them carefully. I am convinced of the value of the Great Plains and Metametrix testing. It just makes sense that one would want to know the particular weaknesses of their body before embarking on a journey of healing. 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.
But it has also left me savoring hard-won battles and set me straight on how to live more in balance. 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.
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). FOS, according to Nancy can promote yeast growth so I'd stay away from a probiotic that includes it. I'd include a biofilm buster which breaks down the cellular matrix in the gut that inhibits absorption of necessary nutrients.


I used Interfase Plus and Wobenzym at different times (there are different kinds of Wobenzyme.
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). 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.
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).
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. Note that I have been letting my supplements run out in the last few months because I needed a break from taking approx. 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. 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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