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From Head Lice to Co-Infections of Lyme Disease

Posted on Mar 26, 2015 in Blog |

From Debbie Kushner, a friend of mine At my son’s school this week, my gentle suggestion that lice were not merely a nuisance but also a possible vector for infections like Bartonella was met with disbelief since the school nurse couldn’t find anything during a quick Google search from NIH. Clearly, she felt I was mistaken. I know you all have encountered this before. No one believes us until it is too late. I’ve been corresponding with Amanda Brickman Elam, president of Galaxy Diagnostics, offline this morning to gain some recent research to help support my position as well as educate the school nurse. Amanda asked that I share what we discussed. As Amanda says one of her favorite quotes is from Mother Theresa: “we can do no great things, only small things with great love.” Educating one school nurse is a small thing, but could be important for each community. Amanda told me the NIH and the CDC have not updated their Bartonella postings in nearly 10 years! She shared some links to recent research that do make a strong connection between head lice and the transmission of Bartonella. and there have been quite a few publications documenting Bartonella head lice around the world. Here are some of the research publications that support the transmission from head lice to people.… This study is from CDC Bartonella research team, led by Mike Kosoy: She also said that both body lice and head lice can infect the head, and they look quite different. Body lice can carry a number of different pathogens. I truly believe that as a community, each one of us, with exposure to different populations, can help turn the tide and educate our friends and neighbors. Share...

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Tell Me Everything

Posted on Mar 12, 2015 in Blog |

When Jeff’s dad died on New Year’s Eve, I wrote a poem about all the things I told him in the final three days we had with him. That started me thinking about what I would want to hear in my final days. And that’s how I wrote this: Tell Me Everything When I am lying in bed, Dying, And you know I won’t survive I want you to prepare my room – Bring fragrant spring flowers at my bedside. Cover me with softest blanket you can find, preferably in pink. Dim the lights and keep it calm. Light a gardenia candle. Spray eucalyptus oil on my sheets and keep them neat. You know I need a neat bed. Drop some lavender oil on my pillow Dab my favorite perfume behind my ears. Mix your organic honey with the morphine; release the sweet nectar on my tongue. I want you to have Hospice come in and take care of the things they do so well. Because you and I have a lot of talking to do. This is our last chance to say what we need to say. And I want it to be our best conversation ever. My primary job here is dying. So you need to do most of the talking. I made you a list, because you know I like making lists and I like keeping you organized. I want you to tell me: You love me. You don’t want me to leave, but it’s ok to leave. Tell me every bad pun you can think of. Tell me I was a good mother, a good stepmother A good wife, a good person. Remind me of how I helped people, A time when I showed courage. Reminisce about your favorite memory of us. Tell me what you loved about me; when you made me laugh or when I made you laugh and most importantly, when I drove you crazy. Tell me about your favorite tender moment with me. Tell me about a time when you were watching me and I didn’t know it. What was I doing and why did you watch? Assure me it was...

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