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August 2000 Volume 1 Issue 4
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Editors: PSpatches, Lymechat, Borrelias
Graphics: Kneely813
Assistants: LutzDM, ROWDEEGPSY, CCCooks,

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Submitted by: (Jayme)

Hello, you have reached Dr. Snide's office. We are out of the office right now. Your prognosis is worsening by the minute. If you haven't gotten a doctor by now, good luck. If you are calling from a Hospice, "God Bless". If you are privately insured or self-pay, press 1. If you are covered by an HMO or PPO, just leave a message. If you are covered by Medicare and have a paid-up co-insurance policy, press $. If your deductible has not been met, call back in September.

Submitted by Nancy

In mid summer of 1988 I noticed a rash that looked exactly like hives all over my upper torso. I had a 15 month old and 3 yr. old at the time so didn't think too much about it as I was so busy. (Dumb) Started with my hands aching and headaches -- terrible headaches and stiff neck. This went on for a few months. Finally got smart enough to go to a Dr. and he did tests for everything. Lyme titer came back positive. Was treated with IV Anti's for few weeks and then oral Amoxicillan for 6-8 months.

I have now lived with Lyme Disease for over a decade. Wow, that's amazing. The first few years were the absolute worst. Having small children to care for made it even more difficult. I know now that I got through it by my unusual capacity for perseverance. I just kept going. Living in a very rural area I had no resources -- just a small country Dr. who luckily kept giving me antibiotics.

My symptoms back then were different from now. Then I had terrible headaches, awful stiff neck, the bottoms of my feet were sore for years, hand and feet aching. If I did anything too strenuous it felt as though my brain was rattling around in my head.

I am writing though to let some of you know there is hope. I do feel better. I'm not the way I used to be, but I am better. I still suffer from vision weirdness (no eye doctor can find anything), some headaches and some aches. My hands bother me the most but not bad enough to really go in to detail. GET HEALTHY - the only way I keep this at bay is to watch what I eat, how I sleep and AVOID STRESS!!!!!!

Seriously, sugar and caffeine are the worst things - I can't think if I've had too much of either. Avoid stress -- it really gets the spiro's jumping. I know a lot of you can get through it, you need to push yourself like you've never pushed. Exercise and rest. I know, I know. Exercise when you have the energy, and rest when you're tired.


Don't give in to the attitude that this is the end of a normal life. If you're mind thinks that it will tell your body that, don't. Tell yourself you will get through it and your body will respond. I have not talked to anyone about my Lyme Disease for years, most people I know don't even know I have it - I choose to fight this by myself and not listen to anyone tell me how awful it is. Perhaps it is, but I choose to tell my body that Lyme Disease will not change my life. It affects it, but doesn't change it. I won't let it.

Email address withheld by request.
Editor's note: Good for you! If you can do it! Positive attitude helps.


Submitted by:

My struggle with Lyme disease,
reflections of the heart......
by Kenyatta


A strong frame
A pleasant smile
A friend/protector
A listener
A capable person

The chronic fatique that disables me The determination to stretch stiff joints in the mornings
The silent tears, so no one will hear
The fight for concentration
The pain from migraines
The struggle to remember
The strong will that forces me to go on
The silent prayer for the next day to be better than the last
With each passing day, I sit down and say why can't they see what's happen to me?
I had a loved one say to me, you have a disease that I can't see, but the pain in your eyes has touched me.
Is there anything I can do, to take this pain away from you?
Understanding and compassion is all I need, as long as I live there's a chance for me; to live the life I use to have without this disease in my path.
The battle I fight is one of survival, and behind the smile is a life of turmoil.
So the struggle continues for life is percious, and so I stay strong, to save my dreams and carry on.
So, the next time you take a look at me, look beyond what you can see, to see the person that's inside of me.


Hello, and a very good August to all of you! Before we get started on this month's Natural Alternatives, I would like to address a few issues which have been raised regarding supplemental amino acids, and nutritional supplements in general.

One reader E-mailed to say that she was allergic to the supplement L-glutamine, and asked if I would mention exercising caution prior to using this supplement. Please allow me to go one step further by stating that caution should always be exercised when beginning any nutritional supplements, to ensure that no allergic reactions occur from their use. (We are all different, and supplements that may be fine for one person may not be safe for another.) Nutritional regimens should also be adjusted periodically to derive the greatest benefits from them.

There is an incorrect and dangerous assumption being made by many consumers in this country, that because nutritional supplements do not need FDA approval, they are safe to take in any combination or quantity. This, however, is far from the truth, as nutritional supplements cannot only interact with one another, but also with prescription medications. In addition, taking more then the recommended amount of a particular supplement can overload one's liver, leading to toxicity.

So please treat natural supplements as you would any prescription medications, and consume them based on the directions listed on the bottle. After all, these directions exist for your safety.

Another reader was interested in knowing if certain amino acids were more compatible with the human body then others. The answer to this question is yes, and a brief explanation of amino's is necessary to understand why. With the exception of the amino acid, glycine, amino acids are available in two different forms.

The first form "D" refers to dextro (meaning Latin for right). The second form "L" refers to levo (meaning Latin for left). Both of these terms are in reference to the rotation of the spiral that comprises the chemical structure of the molecule; i.e. "D" means that the spiral is rotating to the right, while "L" refers to a spiral which rotates to the left. Supplemental amino acids can be manufactured from either the "L" / "D"/ or "DL" ( a combination of both "D" and "L" amino's) forms of amino acids.

The "L" forms of amino acids (Except for phenylalanine which is a combination of "D" and "L" ) are responsible for the production of both plant and animal tissue, and are consequently the most compatible forms for human consumption. The most desirable of these amino's are referred to as free-form, which means that they are in their purest state and able to bypass the digestive process altogether; they are instead absorbed directly into the bloodstream.

If you would like to learn more about the different types of amino acids and their functions, you can access the November and December of 1998, and January of 1999 issues of Natural Alternatives at the following Web site: Back Issues
*** To locate these issues click on one of the aforementioned months and then scroll down until you've reached the Natural Alternative's column for that month.

This month we'll be discussing three natural food supplements ( desiccated liver, sea cucumber and citrin ). In "The Herb Corner" we'll be covering the following herbs: American ginseng, angelica, clove, chaste tree, FO-TI and suma. As always, if you have questions regarding any of the information contained within this column, please feel free to E-mail me.

Natural Food Supplements

Desiccated Liver
This supplement is rich in vitamins A, B complex, C and D, as well as the following minerals: copper, phosphorus, iron and calcium. Desiccated liver is useful in the treatment of anemia, as it contributes to the production of new red blood cells. It has also been used to help treat disorders of the liver and as an energy enhancer.

*Caution -- While there are no warnings regarding this supplement, people using it should be aware that they may have, or may develop an allergy to desiccated liver. Should you develop a rash or experience any other odd symptoms while using this supplement, discontinue use of it immediately.

Sea Cucumber
This species of edible shellfish is not only rich in amino acids and enzymes, but also trace minerals (minerals which are needed by the body in minute amounts but without which, the body could not survive). This supplement helps benefit the endocrine, lymphatic and cardiovascular systems. It is also useful in the treatment of both skin and burn wounds.

*Caution -- While there are no warnings regarding this supplement, people using it should be aware that they may have, or may develop an allergy to sea cucumber. Should you develop a rash or experience any other odd symptoms while using this supplement, discontinue use of it immediately.

Citrin (Indian berry)
This herbal extract which is derived from the Garcinia cambogia plant is quite useful for those dieting, as it inhibits the synthesis of fat in the liver. It also functions as an appetite suppressant. There's also some evidence that it may help to prevent atherosclerosis. Citrin is used as an ingredient in many different food products.

*Caution -- While there are no warnings regarding this supplement, people using it should be aware that they may have, or may develop an allergy to Citrin. Should you develop a rash or experience any other odd symptoms while using this supplement, discontinue use of it immediately.

The Herb Corner

American Ginseng
In last month's column we discussed the Chinese version of American ginseng which is known as panax ginseng. American ginseng is manufactured in the United States, in the state of Wisconsin. In fact, Wisconsin is internationally known as one of the largest producers and exporters of American ginseng in the world. While American ginseng is very similar to its cousin (panax ginseng) it is in some ways more preferred by the Chinese, as it's considered to be a bit milder then its cousin.

This supplement does include many of the same benefits of panax ginseng, including helping to prevent the formation and growth of cancerous tumors. Moreover, it's useful in boosting one's energy levels as well as helping to calm the body in times of stress. Furthermore, American ginseng helps to reduce LDL cholesterol in the body and in doing so lowers the risk of heart disease. The root of this plant can also be used to relieve nausea.

American ginseng can be taken in either capsule or powder forms. Capsule: Take from 1 - 3 capsules daily; Powder: Mix from 1 - 2 teaspoons in warm water. A tea can also be made from the leaves of this plant.

*Caution -- While there are no warnings regarding this herb, those using it should be aware that they may have, or may develop an allergy to American ginseng. Should you develop a rash or experience any other odd symptoms while using this herb, discontinue use of it immediately.

Angelica is a very useful herb which can be taken internally or used externally. Taken internally, this herb is an excellent remedy for indigestion. It's also a fine expectorant and hence useful in relieving the phlegm associated with upper respiratory problems. Angelica also helps to improve the body's circulation and as such, is useful to those who suffer from poor circulation of the hands and feet. Because it also functions as an antispasmodic, angelica is helpful in relieving the pain caused by menstrual cramps and when taken externally, the pain associated with inflammatory conditions such as rheumatism. It can also be used to remove skin lice.

Angelica is available as an extract. To take internally, mix from 10 - 30 drops in water from one to three times a day. To use externally, apply the extract directly to problem areas of the skin.

*Caution -- This herb should not be used during pregnancy. Also, make sure to stay within the recommended dose, as exceeding it may result in problems with blood pressure and heart function. Moreover, those using it should be aware that they may have, or may develop an allergy to angelica. Should you develop a rash or experience any other odd symptoms while using this herb, discontinue use of it immediately.

Aside from its use in seasoning certain foods, this herb which has been used in China for more then two thousand years, has two primary functions. The first is as a source of relief for toothaches and the second is its ability to be able to stop one from vomiting. While its uses are not as wide ranging as many other herbs, it is unsurpassed in the two aforementioned areas.

To use clove as a toothache remedy, rub oil directly on the tooth or teeth that are in pain. To stop vomiting, mix two to three drops of clove oil in a warm cup of water.

*Caution -- While there are no warnings regarding this herb, those using it should be aware that they may have, or may develop an allergy to clove. Should you develop a rash or experience any other odd symptoms while using this herb, discontinue use of it immediately.

(Chaste Tree) Vitex
This herb is especially useful in the treatment of PMS (premenstrual syndrome). Not only does it relieve PMS symptoms, but it also is purported to help maintain hormonal balance in the body. Chaste tree continues to be used by many European homeopaths as a natural alternative to estrogen replacement therapy. Moreover, they have also used this herb in the treatment of fibroid tumors.

Chaste tree can be taken in either extract or capsule forms. Extract: mix from 10 - 30 drops in water from 1 - 3 times daily; Capsule: take up to three capsules a day.

*Caution -- While there are no warnings regarding this herb, those using it should be aware that they may have, or may develop an allergy to chaste tree. Should you develop a rash or experience any other odd symptoms while using this herb, discontinue use of it immediately.

As is the case with clove, this herb has also long been used by the Chinese to cure various maladies. The Chinese believe that fo-ti or hou shou wu as it's called in China, can slow the aging process. Not only do they believe in this herb's ability to prevent hair from going gray, but some of their Research studies have shown that it prevents certain types of cancerous tumors in animals.

Because this herb also appears to be able to lower blood pressure, the Chinese have also claimed that it is useful in keeping the heart healthy. FO-TI is available in capsule form. Take from 1 - 3 capsules daily.

*Caution -- While there are no warnings regarding this herb, those using it should be aware that they may have, or may develop an allergy to fo-ti. Should you develop a rash or experience any other odd symptoms while using this herb, discontinue use of it immediately.

Suma is known as the South American version of ginseng. As such, South Americans see this herb as a panacea in the treatment of many illnesses. Here in the United States, herbalists have used it in the treatments of both CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome) and the Epstein Barr virus, because of its ability to boost the immune system and enhance energy levels. It has also been used to treat cancer, AIDS, high blood pressure, and liver disease.

Suma is available in either capsule of tablet forms. Take from 2 - 6 capsules or tablets daily.

*Caution -- While there are no warnings regarding this herb, those using it should be aware that they may have, or may develop an allergy to suma. Should you develop a rash or experience any other odd symptoms while using this herb, discontinue use of it immediately.

***Caution should be taken when using herbal supplements. Many of these while harmless at their recommended dosages, can become dangerous when taken in larger amounts. In addition, some people may have or may develop allergies to an herb that has had no prior reputation for causing allergic reactions. If you feel that you need to increase your daily intake of a particular supplement, please speak with either your physician or someone who is knowledgeable with regard to pharmacognosy (the study of drugs derived from plants).

Until next month!
Jim : )
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This month's word.....Moron

Almost everyone has been called a moron at least once.
People who toss that label around usually do so without knowing that it
is one of a handful of words formally voted into our language.
In 1910, a convention held by the American Asso. for the Study of the Feeble Minded assembled.
Delegates complained that they didn't even have a name for the persons with whom they worked.
Someone reminded the crowd that a famous play by Moliere had a
dull-witted character named Moron who spends a lot of time center stage.
Maybe because the name is properly literary - and French, at that -
workers with people we now label handicapped agreed to call every
slow-minded individual a moron.

No comments please! LOL

By Borrelia,
Stephen J. Nostrom
R.N.,Founder/Director,Lyme Borrelia Out-Reach Foundation, circa 1987


More than fifty of you have requested additional information regarding the usage of cholestyramine in the treatment of Lyme Disease. As a result I will share some information from The Lyme Out-Reach T.V. series in which Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker has been a guest on two occasions within the past three months.

This is "Not a Cure" for Lyme disease, but rather a means of removing "toxins" from one's body! It is impossible to list everything in a short newsletter, so I refer you to "The Lyme Times" Spring 2000 issue (pages #44 and #45), regarding an article by this author; or write to Dr. Shoemaker direct at 1604 Market St. P.O. Box 25, Pokomoke City, MD 21851 and include a self addressed prepaid Priority Mail envelope and request the "packet!"

Cholestyramine is a drug used by millions of people to lower cholesterol. It binds toxins (like glue) in the intestine. It will bind to your food, or other medications if you take them together. Your stomach must stay solid free (liquids ok) for thirty minutes after a CSM dose. If toxins appear in your intestine and there is no (glue) to grab them, they will simply be reabsorbed and you will stay sick longer.

The concept behind the use of this medication is that many Lyme patients "have toxins" in their bodies. Antibiotics kill the Lyme germ (spirochete) and toxins are released into the body.

Cholestyramine aka Questran can remove these toxins. This is an FDA approved medication. It has been safely used for over twenty years in millions of patients who have used the drug over extended periods of time.

In the Lyme patient, this medication is used for a short period of time so as to treat their neurotoxin-mediated illness. The toxins are then excreted harmlessly in the stool. Provided there is no re-exposure to toxin or reacquisition of toxin, the CSM treatment will remove all toxin over time, curing the chronic toxin-mediated illness. Most patients are cured in two to three weeks, but depending on the amount of toxin in your body, the cure time may be longer.

As with any medication, there may be some possible side effects such as heartburn or indigestion, also known as Reflux of stomach acid, early on in treatment. These symptoms abate spontaneously in most patients within a few days. A medication to stop over production of stomach acid, taken before the CSM dose can prevent this. Mixing the CSM in apple juice, cranberry juice or dissolving CSM, first in hot water and then adding ice, helps reduce heartburn.

Bloating and belching can also be caused initially by CSM. Fortunately, such side effects are rarely a major problem.

Constipation is commonly seen. Many patients simply increase their consumption of fruit or fiber products, such as psyllium aka (Metamucil), to avoid this problem. A non-absorbable sweet tasting liquid, called sorbitol, in a 70% solution, taken one tablespoon four times a day with food, will hold water in the stool,making bowel movements soft and preventing constipation. While this tastes sweet, it "will not" worsen the patient with diabetes or cause weight gain.

Because many patients with "chronic neurotoxin-mediated illnesses" have diarrhea or more frequent, softer stools, this side effect of CSM can become a welcome, early benefit.

Your Physician will be following your CSM treatment closely, "YOU MUST NOT ATTEMPT THIS TREATMENT ON YOUR OWN!!" While on the treatment you will be given special tests of visual contrast sensitivity on a regular basis. Your treatment will continue until your symptoms have resolved and your visual contrast is normal. Your Physician will review your case in detail as your treatment progresses.

What if I am CO-infected with Babesia or Ehrlichiosis or multi-infected? The use of CSM causes an "intensification reaction" similar to a herx! With CO-infections, this reaction can be particularly severe. My point here is this: A Physician must administer this medication!

In closing a personal note: We had on our initial show a young, very ill lady by the name of Rachel. After receiving the treatment and coming back on the show three months later, she showed much improvement, and quite honestly, I was personally amazed at the amount of improvement. We also had another lady named Joan, whom I have known for over a decade and a chronic Lyme Pt. her improvement was amazing to say the least. A third guest ,a man, also testified of the positive results in his well being, and I have heard from many around the country all saying this has assisted them.

While not a cure for Lyme, the toxins produced by Lyme and other CO-infections associated by tick bite, this procedure in my opinion holds "great promise to all too many suffering." It is a fact that not all Lyme patients experience positive results, but better than 90% thus far have been assisted.

Dr. Shoemaker shared that some of the patients treated may not have had Lyme to begin with!? Suffice it to say, I will keep you updated as time marches onward, but I am impressed with the results thus far. I am excited to see many Lyme pts. feeling normal once again.

Contact Dr. Shoemaker at the address shared above, and thank you all for the opportunity to share, for your continued words of encouragement, support.....

Till next month,

Questions, Comments for Steve

When I'm Back on My Feet Again

When I'm back on my feet again...I'm going to be there
with the same kindness,
When I'm back on my feet again...I'm going to stand there
with the same capacity,
To love and receive love.
When I'm back on my feet again...I'm going to walk
with the same compassion and open arms.

Reprinted with permission from Reuters Health

Rare Species of Ticks May Be More Common Than Thought

By Margaret A. Varnell

ATLANTA, Jul 20 (Reuters Health) - A passive survey of ticks associated with bites to humans in Mississippi shows that, while most species were indigenous, some were quite unusual.

Dr. Jerome Goddard from the Mississippi Department of Health, in Jackson, collected data from 1990 through 1999 on which species of ticks were biting individuals in his state, with the aim of devising better protection and control measures. He identified four species of disease-carrying ticks not commonly seen in Mississippi.

"There are a lot of unusual tick species in places we don't expect them," Dr. Goddard told Reuters Health at the International Conference on Emerging Infectious Disease sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention and the American Society for Microbiology. " It raises the questions of not only how did they get here, but what sort of disease did they bring with them?"

Seventy-three people contributed a total of 119 ticks during the 10-year period. The most common species recovered were the lone star tick, Amblyomma americanum; the gulf coast tick, A. maculatum; the American dog tick, Dermacentor variabilis; and the black-legged deer tick, Ixodes scapularis.

Among the unusual varieties that were collected were "twelve larvae of Amblyomma tuberculatum, a species generally associated with the gopher tortoise," from a man in north Mississippi. The man reported that he had not traveled to the coastal regions where this tick is commonly found.

An elderly lady from Jackson, Mississippi, who rarely ventured beyond her back yard, was found to have two Dermacentor albipictus larvae.

A man in central Mississippi was bitten by a Dermacentor sp. nymph not native to North America, but common in South America. "It probably came to America as a larva on a migratory bird," said Dr. Goddard. "We can't be sure, but this is the sort of thing we are trying to better understand."

Abstract by: ROWDEEGPSY

The Lyme Disease Vaccine: Implications for Bell Palsy CME
Ivan Oransky, MD, Ankur Saraiya, MD, Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, Conn; Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York. [Infect Med 17(6):456-457, 2000. c 2000 Cliggott Publishing Co., Division of SCP/Cliggott Communications, Inc.]

With the approval by the FDA of a vaccine against the causative agent in Lyme disease, some experts believe that the incidence of Bell palsy will decrease. This conclusion is based on data suggesting that many cases of Bell palsy are in fact undiagnosed cases of Lyme borreliosis.

Lyme disease, is a multisystem inflammatory disorder that often produces a distinctive target-shaped primary skin lesion. Newly diagnosed cases number between 15,000 and 20,000 annually. The syndrome is characterized by nonspecific flu-like symptoms (acute fe- brile illness with headache, malaise, fatigue, mild stiff neck, or muscle aches) with associated development of new-onset arthralgias, myalgias, and neurologic symptoms. Symptoms follow infection by the spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb) which, in humans, is transmitted through bites of ticks of the genus Ixodes. The flu-like syndrome is later followed by neurologic and cardiac symptoms.

Aside from headache, the most common neurologic symptom associated with Lyme disease is peripheral facial palsy (PFP), occurring, according to one report, in 11% of patients with Lyme disease. There is evidence that the incidence of Borrelia-associated PFP is much higher and that many cases of idiopathic facial paralysis, known as Bell palsy, are actually manifestations of undiagnosed Lyme borreliosis.

In some cases, acute PFP is the only symptom of Lyme disease but, because the syndrome is more commonly characterized by a distinctive rash with a history of tick-bite, a Lyme disease diagnosis can be overlooked in favor of the diagnosis of Bell palsy.

Because the pathogenesis of Lyme-associated PFP is not known, the relationship between the two is often questioned.

One explanation for the discordant results is differences in the populations and regions studied. For example, in regions where Lyme disease is endemic, physicians have a better familiarity with the disease and a higher index of suspicion for the infection when faced with the symptom of PFP.

In areas where physicians do not regularly see Lyme disease, an isolated acute PFP might more likely be diagnosed as Bell palsy. Another explanation for these differences is that Lyme disease presents differently on the two sides of the Atlantic and is often caused by different organisms. For example, in Slovenia, the disease is caused by Borrelia afzelii.

It is quite possible that the 32% figure is an underestimate of the true seroprevalence. Because the antibody response to Borrelia infection is slow, serum measurements are sometimes taken before detectable levels of antibody have had sufficient time to develop.

The implications of the relationship between Lyme disease and idiopathic PFP are not merely academic. The effectiveness and tolerability of Lymerix, the vaccine, which consists of recombinant outer surface lipoprotein A (OspA) of the Zs7 strain of the B burgdorferi spirochete, was established in 2 double-blind studies, each with more than 10,000 patients, published in The New England Journal of Medicine in 1998. Early work, which led up to the vaccine's approval, was fraught with sometimes counterintuitive findings.

Based on the limited data currently available, it is unclear how much impact the vaccine against Lyme disease will have on the incidence of Bell palsy. According to the initial studies, the new vaccine can be expected to prevent about three quarters of potential cases of Lyme disease. If the findings suggesting that 32% of cases of Bell palsy are caused by B burgdorferi are correct, then it can be expected that roughly a quarter (24%) of the 23 cases of Bell palsy per 100,000 population might be prevented.

This optimistic interpretation of the data assumes that there is a direct, causative link between Lyme disease and PFP. Because the pathogenesis of Lyme disease-mediated PFP is not well understood, it is not certain that a vaccine will prevent the symptom. There is some indirect evidence that Lyme disease-associated PFP is alleviated by antibiotics, suggesting that such a direct link exists.

However, PFP has been observed to emerge after antibiotic treatment has been initiated. One hypothesis maintains that acute PFP, especially in children, is caused by direct neural invasion by the spirochete, which would occur before antibodies induced by a vaccine are able to isolate and kill the organism.

An important factor to consider when forecasting how many cases of Bell palsy will be prevented by the Lyme disease vaccine is that the vaccine is not yet approved for use in children younger than 15. Borrelia infection is responsible for a higher proportion of PFP in children than in adults. Once the vaccine is approved for use in patients younger than 15, the rate of Bell palsy will likely decline.

New Tool Against Lyme Disease:
Device Puts Pesticide on Deer

Scientists waging war on Lyme disease are reporting sharp declines in deer tick population in Maryland locations where they have installed machines that apply a pesticide directly to deer.
Samplings this past spring showed drops of 50 to 78 percent in numbers of immature ticks since 1998, when the project began, said John Carroll, a researcher at the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.
Deer ticks, also called black-legged ticks, carry bacteria that cause Lyme disease. J. Mathews Pound, a USDA entomologist in Texas, helped invent the contraption for the study. It is a feeder box with paint rollers that apply the pesticide amitraz to the heads and necks of hungry deer.


Tuscan Penne

This dish is so delicious you will make it every summer it is really best with fresh tomatoes. OK it takes some time to make this I don't want to say it is a lot of work, I would rather say you make this with a a lot of Love!

You do this in two steps so you have to plan a day ahead it is well worth it! I know when I make it everyone wants the recipe so I am sharing it with you.

1 lb. Penne Pasta (I love Barilla)
2 eggplants sliced into 1/2 inch circles * see step one

1 cup of olive oil ( you don't use all the oil don't worry it is good to have)
4 cloves garlic
4 large ripe tomatoes
I red onion
A healthily handful of Basil
One whole bunch of arugala
1 cup of freshly grated parmesan or romano cheese ( I mix them)
1 cup toasted chopped pecans

* Step one slice eggplant the afternoon before you want to make this dish. You want to salt both sides and lay them on paper towels on a large cookie sheet. I even put some newspaper under the paper towels. You do the same thing on top more paper towels and newspaper and then weigh it down with cast iron pans what ever you have. I put them in my oven (oven is off)....and I also change the paper one more time before I go to bed. Eggplant is loaded with water. You want to dehydrate it :)

OK Still the day before, pour 1 cup of good olive oil into a sealed container add 3 smashed garlic cloves.

Now get ready set go, day can do this in advance so when it is time to serve you just toss it all together.

Brush both sides of the eggplant with the garlic oil, and grill - you have to watch it, it will cook very fast. Also cut two one inch slices of the red onion brush with oil and grill as well, save the rest of the onion to add to the tomatoes.

After it is all grilled I take my kitchen scissors and cut it into stripes, cut up the onion too and mix together.

Clean your basil and arugula and break up in to smaller pieces or cut up. ( I break it up with my hands sometimes)

Cut the tomatoes in to good size chunks....add salt and fresh cracked pepper and 1/4 cup garlic oil with one pressed clove of garlic and the rest of the red onion chopped fine. Set this aside ....

Get all your ingredients together.....grilled eggplant and onion, tomatoes can now be tossed with the basil and arugala. Cheese is finely grated and toasted pecans. Now all you have to do is cook your Penne Pasta.

Cook al dente.....then toss in all ingredient and well you have a gorgeous dish in front of you and it tastes even better! Serve this alone, it is a meal....or goes great with meat. This is great to take to a party dish it is good at room temperature, or cold. Tell them you will make a pasta salad and really Wow them.....a whole new twist to the idea. :)

This is a true Italian treat ........Ciao Carla CCCooks

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We had a great time at the Italian Pasta party. Next month Mexican!

Don't forget!
Oprah Winfrey Show, "Pure Oxygen"
Andrea Gaito, rheumatologist, will discuss chronic Lyme disease,
August 14th. Check your listings.

Birthday Club! The month of August

If you'd like your upcoming birthday announced, let us know.
You don't have to tell us your age! LOL
My Birthday is

Happy Birthday!
From the staff of Lyme Matters to you!

Happy Belated Birthday to Carla........CCCooks ...Aug 7th
August 16th, Shawn, KayleighJ.......Debi's son
August 18th...........Shasus....Elizabeth
August 19th...........JKBC3
August 24th...........LYMECHAT........Jim! Our pal! Party time!
August 24th...............LAK824
August 31st............KayleighJ..........Debi

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Dear Lyme Disease Community:

Please forward this E-mail to all parties that want to: attend the Platform, spread the needed information to others and assist with the actual preparation for the Platform presentation. Feedback on your thoughts, ideas and concerns are appreciated. All information is listed below.

We all need each other more than ever. If we can collectively show our strength in numbers, we have a better chance of getting our individual needs met. The uninformed public continues to think that Lyme Disease is a problem only back east. Let's not be apathetic in pursuing awareness in the way our local community has been treated. If we could get this belief corrected, the domino effect could bring unity to the entire nation. The ripple will eventually benefit each and every one of us! Without trying this venue we will never know the outcome.

Since the 8-2-00 official notification this Platform has become a Work-in-Progress. Many tasks are still outstanding, such as, a site check, estimation of participants to determine needed accommodations, actual presentation format (number of speakers, national/local, time allotment), event contingency planning (i.e., external communications the morning of, etc.), possibility of carpooling, disabled assistance and follow up management of misdiagnosed people.

One definite area of need is to get (A) Announcement publicity in advance and (B) Event publicity on August 16th. If everyone took the ownership of contacting their local newspapers and requested a comparable narrative to be printed, we would have a very successful and productive event.

"L.A. Lyme Disease Chapter is presenting its Platform to notify the community of the dangers of Lyme on a local/national level. Issues are: danger of the infected ticks, danger of misdiagnosis, danger of no local treating doctors, danger of insurance abandonment and danger to the blood supply. Anyone diagnosed with CFIDS, Fibromyalgia, Lupus, M.S. -- Please attend. Contact number: (310) 228-6202."

The following date/time has been officially confirmed by the city authorities:

Re:Democratic National Convention Platform on Lyme Disease
by the Los Angeles Lyme Disease Chapter

Date: August 16, 2000 (Wednesday)

Time: 10:30 -11:40 a.m.

Location: 11th and Figueroa Street, Downtown, Los Angeles


Web site:

Mail: (310) 228-6202

Summarized information and rules from the Police Commission:

Each organization will be assigned a time slot of one hour and 10 minutes, unless prior arrangements have been made. Use of the platform and microphone will account for 55 minutes and the remaining 15 minutes will be used for transition to the next group, no exceptions.

BTW, no person shall carry or possess anything that could be misconstrued as a weapon. Sticks cannot be thicker than 1/4" thick and must be less than 2" wide. If rectangular in shape, the thickest dimension cannot exceed 3/4".


Antoinette Grewal



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