Wellness Update: Quacks Were Right – Scientific Consensus Was Wrong

According to recent research funded by the NIH itself, Lyme disease is never necessarily cured by any duration of antibiotic treatment: http://news.tulane.edu/pr/study-finds-lyme-bacteria-can-survive-after-antibiotic-treatment-months-after-infection

This is an incredible admission, because the scholarly consensus has been (and is still) that chronic Lyme or persistent infection is pseudoscience or quackery. Search any voice of authority in American medicine or disease research, and you’ll only find the term “no evidence” with regard to persistent infection. The overwhelmingly popular response from medical doctors (including infectious disease specialists) and disease researchers is that chronic Lyme is not a real thing. According to them, it’s a fiction made up by delusional people and reinforced by questionable outlier practitioners and quacks. In a little head-fake, these same authorities created a moniker to weasel their way out of reality: Post-Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome. Basically, it’s their way of saying, “yes, everyone still suffers the same or worse symptoms of Lyme after antibiotics; but that is no indication that infection persists, because infection cannot persist, because we said so.”

This contemporary news story is of particular interest, because it is up against an entrenched belief system and paradigm. We’ll have to see how this unfolds, because the various authoritative research bodies have been the ones who’ve long gotten this wrong and are still championing what amounts to pseudoscience themselves. It may be an odd turn of events for some readers; but the skeptics of chronic Lyme are actually the toe-the-line Luddites.

Previous research has already confirmed for us many times that the bacteria of Lyme disease is a very different creature than all other known bacteria and it persists:

– In mice after antibiotics:

– In humans after antibiotics:

– In mice following antibiotic treatment:

– Borrelia persists in cystic and atypical forms in response to hostile environments:

– Borrelia converts to spheroplast in spinal fluid:

– Borrelia spirochetes convert to cystic form within 1 minute in uninhabitable environment:

– Borrelia persists in macaques after antibiotic treatment:

– Biofilm formation of borrelia is understood:

– Antibiotics ineffective at eliminating round body and biofilm formations of borrelia:

In the recent Tulane research funded by the NIH, every single claim of chronic Lyme sufferers (which has categorically been dismissed in the past) was substantiated:

– 90% of infected individuals DID NOT showcase the bullseye rash – many clinicians still use the presence of the rash as a positive-for-infection diagnostic tool.

– Some subjects who were confirmed as infected with Lyme tested negative on typical antibody titer tests your doctor would administer. Most clinicians regard a negative titer test as definitive that the patient has no infection.

– Months after a 28 day (far less than most clinicians are willing to prescribe for) administration of the caustic doxycycline, the drill-shaped bacteria were still viable and burrowed into the bladder, heart, brain and skeletal muscle.

The general problem with the chronic Lyme debate has been that the medical world long ago embraced Lyme disease tests which by their very nature cannot work for Lyme. These faulty tests (which are genuinely considered the gold standard despite no evidence we can reliable trust them) measure the presence of the patient’s antibodies against the borrelia bacterium. However, the Lyme is immunosuppressive. Therefore, this test could only work in the rare case that the patient were taking antibiotics before the test long enough to counter the suppressive effects of the disease. But even then, it has severe limits with accuracy.

Consequently, other researchers, suspecting that the vast majority of the scientists and medical experts are dead wrong, utilized microscopy to just scan for the presence of the bacterium specifically: http://www.apollon.uio.no/english/articles/2013/2_borrelia.html. Though their results were a deafening, definitive, and resounding “YES!,” the antiquated official position continues to be parroted.

The old paradigm has proven difficult to kill despite overwhelming evidence against the scholarly consensus. Some scientific consensus has little to do with science and more to do with holding the popular view of peers. The debate over chronic Lyme is yet another example of this. But just maybe, now that the NIH itself was involved in this research AND that it is recent, the scholars can finally join the “quacks” who were right all along.

This post brought to you by Contributing Chamber Member Jonathan Watters of Elev8 Wellness.

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Catching Up In A Nutshell!

Chamber updates for those of us who are busy getting stuff done!

    • We’ve got a new look! Have you noticed the updated logo and visited the Chamber website lately? If not, it’s time to click-it: www.richfieldmnchamber.org.
    • Red White and Blue Days! The Richfield 4th of July celebration is just around the corner and the commemorative buttons are now available for sale. If you would like to sell these items, or get your business to participate in the celebration, please contact Heather at heather@richfieldredwhiteandbluedays.com.
    • Bernie’s Montessori School is celebrating their 30th Anniversary! Join the party on Saturday, June 2! Details here.
    • The Pines Senior and Assisted Living is having an Open House! Stop by for the celebration Thursday, June 7! Details here.
    • It may be summer, but now is the time to get in on great hockey tickets! Our very own Minnesota Magicians are offering this season ticket exclusive to our Chamber Members! Reserve your Seats today!
    • Sunny days are here and it’s a great time to promote commuter options to your employees! Get familiar with how to navigate your commuter options here.
    • Missing your chamber friends? Stop by the Chamber office for Coffee with the President on June 6.

Transportation at the Capitol

MnDOTLast week, both the House and Senate Transportation Committees passed omnibus transportation bills. The Senate Finance Committee will be hearing supplemental finance bills Monday afternoon (today), including the transportation bill. Met Council Chair Alene Tchourumoff is scheduled to testify.

Today’s Transit at the Capitol update provides details on the hearings scheduled for this week at the Capitol, related to the transportation bills, as well as the Council’s bonding request for regional bus rapid transit projects. Per your request, the goal of this update is to keep transit stakeholders and the public informed about the latest activity at the Capitol, in addition to basic regional transit news. Please share with others you think would find this information useful – if someone would like to be added to the list, just send me an email.


Senate Transportation Omnibus Bill

Monday afternoon, beginning at 1 p.m., the Senate Finance Committee will be hearing several supplemental finance bills, including the transportation omnibus bill, SF3806. This bill was passed 9 to 6 in the Senate Transportation Finance Committee last week.

Today, Chair Alene Tchourumoff will testify before the Senate Finance Committee, to share concerns related to a number of the elements in the bill, including:

  • Prohibition of co-location of light rail and freight rail. (This would prohibit both the Southwest and Bottineau LRT projects.)
  • Requirement for Council’s “transit components” to be separated from the Council’s other divisions’ finances, use the state budgeting system, and switch from calendar year to the state fiscal year.  (The Council works on a calendar year to align with local governments. This provision would require the Council to create a new accounting system and operate two separate systems going forward.) The fiscal note on this provision is $11 million for the next fiscal year, and $7.6 million in ongoing costs for each biennium into the future.
  • Requires the Council to include three revenue scenarios in the Transportation Policy Plan.
  • Limits light rail operating costs to existing system, which would essentially cap service levels at the time of enactment, limiting the ability to increase frequency or service hours in the future. It would also remove the state 50 percent share of LRT operating costs for Bottineau or other future LRT lines (there is already a provision restricting state funding for Southwest LRT).


Bonding request for regional bus rapid transit projects

The House Transportation Finance Committee will be hearing a presentation Wednesday morning on the Council’s regional bus rapid transit bonding request. Chair Tchourumoff will be testifying before the committee, which meets at 8:15 a.m.

As previously shared, the Council has a $50 million bonding request focused on meeting the growing transit needs of our region. The $50 million for busway corridor projects would help further develop the BRT regional system, potentially including the following projects:

  • D Line (Chicago-Emerson Ave. from Brooklyn Center to Mpls. to Bloomington)
  • B Line (Lake St.-Marshall Ave.)
  • E Line (Hennepin Ave.)
  • Design and construction of up to seven additional rapid bus corridors and express bus improvements related to the Orange Line (Burnsville-Mpls) and the Gold Line (East Metro)

You can learn more about bus rapid transit by watching this video.

Advocates of the proposed D Line, which is in development phase now, have expressed their support of the bonding request, including:

  • Letter of support from Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Letter of support from Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Letter of support from Bloomington Chamber of Commerce
  • Resolution in support from the Minneapolis Downtown Council
  • Resolution in support from the City of Bloomington
  • Resolution in support from the City of Minneapolis
  • Resolution in support from the City of Brooklyn Center
  • Resolution in support from the I-494 Corridor Commission
  • Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce, Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce and East Metro Strong together launched BetterBusesMSP.com

Weekly Update 3.20.2018

Greetings Members! I am excited to see everyone at the State of the City member meetings this Friday. If you haven’t registered yet, please be sure to do that today. I would like to remind you that we are also hosting a food drive for VEAP and to please bring your non-perishable food items, or a monetary donation, to the meeting.

We had a great meeting last week with our B.E.E.R. partners. We will be focusing on technology this year and Former governor Tim Pawlenty spoke on the 4th Industrial Revolution and the impact technology will have on business in our state. It is a great time to look at your organization and determine how you will use technology to continue to grow.

One economic indicator that Pawlenty spoke of was the lack of skilled labor and the impact it is having on our automotive, healthcare and technology industries. The Chamber has chosen to tackle the automotive career pathway first. Last year, we started the conversation to develop partnerships with our automotive members and our schools to be at the forefront of this issue. We identified these strategic partnerships within our community to help not only our automotive members thrive, but our community as well. Please take a minute to read the below article on why we need to rethink a career in these fields.

Why You Deserve A Career In The New Auto Industry

By Jane Applegate, readyjob.org

Decades ago, working in the automotive industry was one of the best jobs in the nation. Things changed for a while, but thanks to improvements in manufacturing and technology, these jobs are looking great again. In fact, it’s important that new people enter this field, as people will need these services.

If you are thinking about launching a new career, read on to learn more about why the auto industry is a great choice. Not only can you learn some valuable skills, it can be more affordable than you thought.

Not Your Father’s Industry

Life has changed a lot since Model-T’s were rolling off the line, and the automotive industry has caught up. Investopedia shows that the industry has changed a lot since the hard times in 2012. Automakers are seeing brisk sales, so they need industry workers to meet the increasing demand. Analysts are predicting a slow but steady increase in car sales because people in America, Europe, and China need American-made vehicles.

Then what can you expect from an automotive industry career? While this can vary from job to job, Liberty Staffing Services explains one big benefit is stability. Many technology-based industries are chaotic and fast-moving. It seems like those companies appear and disappear every day. While the auto industry is always updating its technology, the market for cars has steadily grown. In other words, you can expect your job to be secure for a long time to come. In addition, auto workers continue to enjoy higher pay and benefits than other career options. That’s true for working in a repair center or a factory.

Learning A New Career

Can anyone get one of these stable, good-paying jobs? It’s not like you can just walk from high school graduation into an auto plant. Autotraining.edu shows you need training from an automotive tech school. That’s because modern cars are more than just some sheets of metal and glass. Engines are detailed and complex, and these days, combined with computers and digital technology.

To work on designing cars, you will need a college degree in mechanical engineering or automotive technology engineering. Chron.com suggests you can start in high school by taking auto shop classes. These can give you a practical understanding of how cars work, which helps you do better in your college classes.

Whether you are fresh from high school or looking to change careers, there are grants and scholarships available to help pay for your education. Auto.edu lists many of these, including Pell grants, GI Bill programs, and the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers. Women are eligible for special financial aid from the Automotive Women’s Alliance and the Car Care Council Women’s Board.

Enjoy An Automotive Career

The demand for cars has not fallen. Everyone needs to get to work, home, and take trips. That’s why the automotive industry has revitalized in recent years. To get a new career in this industry, look for tech schools and degrees in engineering. Grants and scholarships can help pay for it, but don’t forget about the value of an organized garage at home. This way, you can be successful in your new, stable, and well-paying career.

Welcome to 2018 with the Richfield Chamber of Commerce!

Welcome to 2018 with the Richfield Chamber of Commerce! We have some great plans in store for our members this year.  Here’s a brief overview of what to expect: Marketing! Marketing is one of the most important components of a successful business. It is also one of the trickiest areas to tackle. Our Chamber members made great strides in marketing last year when we introduced our Community Connections email.

Community Connections introduced you to other Chamber members with the hope that you would reach out to each other and continue the conversation that was started in the email; and it worked! I heard from more members that they were actively engaged with other Chamber members more than they ever had been. The Community Connections email was the ice breaker everyone was looking for, and a great segway into starting your own conversations. In 2018 we would like to take that conversation one step further. The internet has become our go-to resource for finding businesses.

When you are looking for something, how do you go about finding it? You either ask a friend for their personal recommendation (which you can now give because of the community connections you’ve made); Or you read the reviews on-line. The Chamber will be sending you a weekly email, featuring 3 Chamber businesses and an easy link for you to create your google review of them. We encourage you to take 10 minutes, once a week to write a thoughtful review of the businesses that you are familiar with. This is a great way to help your local Chamber members increase their on-line profile by increasing their organic google search results. I am so excited to see all of our members moving forward together! Let’s keep the momentum going!

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