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Lice Combing – Not Just for Lice

June 04, 2012 By: kajay Category: Best Practices, Hair, Scalp

Want to relieve some of your scalp and back of neck issues, and probably a lot more?

Consider combing. Lice combing, that is. But with a difference: you won’t ALWAYS need to look under a microscope at everything you remove from your scalp. . Just get the darn things out, wash your hair and sink, soak your comb in anything that will hold the business end under water, and squirt some Dawn in with it.

While you are combing you will need to clean the teeth of the comb after EVERY time you pull it through your hair. Use an old dish scrubber brush (with long handle) so the bristles have been broken in. New is okay, but in this case, old I find is better. Always draw the comb the wrong way. Close your eyes when you remove the comb from your hair and when you are scribbing the The difference is, if you are going to do this over the long haul, a lice comb might not be economical because they are generally designed for use only over a limited time. Then they break or rust pretty reliably. The only exceptions have been the ones I didn’t like, so I was back to flea combs, which are made to last, and they do. What to look for: the closest teeth (highest teeth count per inch) and a handle with a rubber grip or completely rubber. Your hands will be wet – you will need the grip. You can usually buy one that will work just fine at a pet or discount department store. Hold out for the rubber grip, don’t waste your time on one without that. When cleaning the flea comb with the dish brush, run the water low so that the comb does not bounce the contaminated water into your eyes.

Castor Oil Heat Pack

May 31, 2012 By: kajay Category: Best Practices, Tips

Here is a great recipe I received from a fellow group member today:

I just use an old cotton t shirt (no need to buy flannel)
Cut a large square
Fold in two
Put liberal amount caster oil n lavender oil on to it
Then put onto area
Cover with clear plastic bag
Then towel
Lie down at least an hour
Try to rest
Sleep
Hope helps x

Someone asked X to confirm cotton tee vs flannel. X replied:

I would use the same tshirt many times
Re applying the caster oil n lavender every time you use it.
Make sure hof water bottle just right temperature over the towel
N enjoy!
I like with soft music
Close eyes!:-)

Thanks, X!!!

Mom Hopeful Rife will Help Son Beat Lyme

May 30, 2012 By: kajay Category: Best Practices, Rife, Supplements

One mother of a very sick son writes–

“I just purchased the DP100 Rife Machine, and it will arrive in about 2 weeks. My name is Mimi and my son, Mark (13) has

  • Lyme
  • Major gut dysfunctionality with every malabsorption, overgrowth, intolerance, and sensitivity problem that exists
  • Dead bone lesions in his ankles
  • Joint pain
  • Headaches
  • Horrible acne that started when we started killing Lyme

He’s been sick for years, but he is getting better. For some time he couldn’t tolerate even vitamins and minerals without a reaction. It took a year to slowly build up nutrients, but now he can tolerate many. What we’ve been doing is…

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What is a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)

May 30, 2012 By: kajay Category: Tips

There is no need to reinvent the wheel here. Go to this link to read all about Material Safety Data Sheets:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Material_safety_data_sheet

Venus Flytrap Does WHAT?

May 28, 2012 By: kajay Category: Cures?, Lyme

Can Venus Flytrap Cure Cancer and Other Chronic Diseases?

Note: The following is excerpted from an article posted in a Lyme group:

“What if I told you that a plant that captivated your interest as a child is a world-class healer?
And what if I told you this plant could heal cancer, chronic fatigue, Lyme disease,
and a multitude of other illnesses?

“I know, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. But not in this case!
I’ve used this product for many years and I’ve seen firsthand how it works.
Dr. Dan Kenner of California also has personal and observational experience
of its power and he says it “staggers the imagination.”

We wanted to know more about this, and so searched for the name given to the Venus Flytrap in the full article, “carnivora,” plus two names that appeared in the article, including “kenner.” One that is pretty good is here: http://thinkbeyond.biz/?p=1349. The author of the article recommends “You can get Carnivora directly from the company, Carnivora Research, Inc., 866-836-8735, or visit www.carnivora.com on the Internet.” Is he selling it? Possibly. Still, this product sounds worthy of investigation.

Colloidal Silver and Sinusitis

May 27, 2012 By: kajay Category: Best Practices, Colloidal Silver

One poster today reported replacing saline solution in nasal spray bottle with colloidal silver.

Hey. Could be worth a shot.

Note: One respondent reported this irritates her sinuses, so this isn’t for everyone.

Tips from Around the Web

May 27, 2012 By: kajay Category: Tips

I’m going to start posting tips that I receive as posts from online groups and that I think might be helpful. My normal practice has been to seek and obtain permission from posters prior to publishing. However, my family has suffered a recent personal challenge that is occupying a large amount of my time in addition to the demands of everyday life. I have always by default, unless the author preferred to be credited by name, anonymized all information that I post. That will not change. The difference is that now, if I am to share even a fraction of the helpful information I receive in my inbox daily, I must stop asking permission. However, if I post your tip and you want credit for it, email me the URL of your original post and I will add your name to the post containing your tip.

Minocycline Q&A

May 21, 2012 By: kajay Category: Minocycline

After posting several times in various groups about my taking Minocycline, I received several emails asking for information about Minocycline. This gives me an opportunity to clarify a couple of points. I have included the contents of one such excellent email and will use it to answer the questions I have received:

Q: I was wondering about the minocycline. Have you already started to take this?

A: Yes. One month in.

Q: You are female, correct?

A: Yes.

Q: I have been unsuccessful in finding an MD to treat my Morgellons. However…

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Wanda’s One-Two Punch: ASYRA + RIFE

May 10, 2012 By: kajay Category: Best Practices, Rife, Tools, Wanda

Wanda is a member of a Yahoo group that focuses on sharing information about electronic methods of treating Lyme Disease. Wanda gave me permission to share her letter and her first name. Thank you, Wanda, for this great post.

Before I go farther, I want to make the usual disclaimer that nothing here is intended as, nor should be construed as, medical advice. This is just a personal testimonial, with technical details and resources. I have thrown in a few definitions and links.

The ASYRA and Rife technologies and their use are considered by some to be quackery. Each person who reads this must decide for themselves if that is true or not, and what course to pursue. Wanda wrote this post for a group whose focus is the use of Rife technology, so she did not have to say that. Where I thought you might be confused by its omission, I have added that information.

ASYRA is defined at barbfeick.com as ‘computerized metaphysical health dowsing’ or a form of computerized electro dermal screening, or CEDS

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Scott’s Lyme Resources – a Labor of Love

May 01, 2012 By: kajay Category: Best Practices, Lyme, Rife, Scott

Scott has collected articles, posts, news etc and organized them into searchable folders and sub folders. He offers the results of his labor of love free for you to download, or he will ship you a copy of the CD. For more information or to download Scott’s material, go to www.lyme-resource.com.

Scott also refers you to the Lyme-Rife Yahoo group, which can be found at http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/Lyme_Rife/. It is a discussion group for those fighting Lyme Disease with Rife and other electronic technologies.

Protection and Camouflage

April 29, 2012 By: kajay Category: Best Practices, Clothes

Fibers
No Fibers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When I first began looking through a microscope, I was finding only the two creatures I now believe to be springtails and feather-winged beetles. I cannot swear to this identification. I am not a scientist. I can only say that the photographs I took matched those of photos taken by others and identified in these ways.

Later I began to find the fibrous critters, and at first I thought the fibers were legs. They are not. The gray fibers seem to serve two purposes.

Protection

Morgellons organisms covered with fibers are hard, and feel like irregular grains of salt. Without fibers, the same organisms feel soft. The fibers, when present, serve a protective role.

Camouflage

“When we see leaf-eating insects green, and bark-feeders mottled-grey; the alpine ptarmigan white in winter, the red-grouse the colour of heather, and the black-grouse that of peaty earth, we must believe that these tints are of service to these birds and insects in preserving them from danger.” — Darwin, Origin of Species, 1859.

Morgellons uses two primary forms of camouflage, mimesis and mimicry, to avoid detection.

Mimesis, also called masquerading, makes an organism resemble something of no interest.

Mimicry makes it resemble something poisonous or distasteful.  Morgellons are often, and understandably, misidentified as lint. Lint is both uninteresting and distasteful.

Diagnostic Procedure for Lyme

April 25, 2012 By: kajay Category: Diagnoses

The Lyme literate MD (LLMD) I visited for the first time this week used clinical methods to diagnose me with Lyme and to rule out Babesiosis. He ordered lab tests to identify or rule out other causes of some of my symptoms.

I could see him checking off things in his mind:

 

√  Check, Night Sweats – could be Lyme (but not necessarily).

√  Check, Restless Legs Syndrome – could be Lyme.

√  Check, Pruritis (“cutaneous involvement” aka rash, crawling, biting).

√  Checkmate: Twelfth Nerve Palsy.

 

I looked up Twelfth Nerve Palsy. Based on what I found, the average person looking it up would consider it alone, without considering the other three symptoms. The easy diagnosis would be to assume that I had had a stroke or that I have cancer. My doctor considered them along with the other symptoms, and they told him something quite different, and quite definite. The doctor seemed a little surprised and very pleased to find the palsy, and immediately stopped examining me and diagnosed Lyme.

Then he conducted two in-office wet swab tests (nostril and scalp) and ruled out yeast, which had been one of the possible causes of my night sweats. He ordered staph, tuberculosis, mycoplasma, and Western Blot Serum tests, which I immediately went and had done at the local LabCorp. He also instructed me to obtain a chest x-ray. The test results will fill in some more blanks in his diagnosis. After 30 days, I am to check in. I return for a second appointment 60 days from now.

The doctor prescribed Minocycline 1 mg to treat the Lyme, and said it will also help with some co-infections.

I asked him if he has ever taught other doctors how to diagnose and treat Lyme. He said he has tried. He did not elaborate.

What kind of diagnostic tool do doctors currently use (plug in symptoms, out pops a diagnosis)? If so, and I am assuming there is, then would it be possible and/or better to design a Lyme plugin for an existing tool? Or would a standalone tool be the only or best option?

If this idea interests you or if you can answer these questions, please contact me at kajay@morjella.com.

Thank you, and have a nice day.

LLMD First Visit April 2012

April 25, 2012 By: kajay Category: Lyme, Minocycline

I wish I had taped my office visit with my new Lyme literate MD (LLMD). I learned so much from him but cannot remember it all. Here is what I remember so far. I will follow up later and post results. My next office visit is scheduled for two months from now.

I. SYMPTOMS

A. LLMD asked what symptoms brought me to him:
  • Pruritis (skin issues including crawling, lesions, biting; possible causes – staph, yeast, mycoplasma, leprosy, others)
  • Night sweats (always a sign of infection; possible causes staph, tuberculosis)
  • Restless legs syndrome (related, I think)
  • Severe spasms in feet, sometimes traveling up legs to body — terrifying

B. LLMD asked me if these symptoms are or have been present:

  • Brain fog (no)
  • Headaches (no)
  • Chronic fatigue (no)
  • Muscular aches (no) or spasms (yes)
  • Overall aches (no)
  • Sinus issues (yes until F-5 Mar 2011)
  • Lesions (yes until F-5 Mar 2011)
  • Depression (yes, but not since 1997)
  • Bulls eye rash (Once in 90’s, again in 2009)

II. NEURO-MUSCULAR TESTS

A. Standing

  • He had me walk three different ways.
  • He had me stand and allow him to just observe my face (tells a doc a lot about us)
  • He held my shoulders and leaned my body in every direction, alternating directions to see my body’s neurological response.

B.  Sitting:

  • He had me push/pull with feet, quads, arms, shoulders etc.
  • He had me stick out my tongue and relax it, but I felt it jumping!
  • You have Twelfth Nerve Palsy, he said, and at that point he diagnosed Lyme.

III. CAUSES

A. Pruritis. Possible causes: Staph, yeast, mycoplasma, leprosy, others.
B. Night Sweats. 100% due to infection of some kind. Possible causes: Staph, yeast, mycoplasma, tuberculosis. I asked why Evening Primrose Oil (EPO) controls. He asked what form I take and told me EPO contains antibiotics and many other beneficial compounds with various properties, but said studies have not been done to break down what does what. He pointed out that though the EPO controls the symptoms, it does not cure the infection casing the night sweats.
C. Restless Legs Syndrome. I asked if RLS could be related to Lyme  or Morgellons. Can’t remember what he said, but I think it is. He said some/all co-infections would clear up with use of the Minocycline. Once I’m done with that, we will look and see what is left, and deal with that.
D. Severe Spasms in Feet. Same discussion and conclusion as for RLS. Seemed fine with my continuing to take bone supplement to control spasms, which seems to be tied to dosage levels of my RLS medicine, Requip, as well as to my level of hydration, as in, when I am well hydrated, the spasms occur less often.
E. Bulls Eye Rash. Occurs in only a small percentage of cases. I have had at least two, years apart.

IV. CO-INFECTIONS

Only remember discussing the ones I have seen discussed here. I know he covered others, though. Feels most will be addressed by the antibiotic he prescribed for the Lyme.
A.    Babesiosis. Does not believe I have this.
B.    Bartonella. Can’t remember if he thinks I might or might not have this.

V. ANTIBIOTICS

Lyme is an intracellular (within cell) disease, but most antibiotics do not work within cells, only outside them, and so will not touch Lyme.

VI. ABOUT LYME

  • 112 known varieties of Lyme, each with a unique set of outcomes. Many never know they have it. Others experience debilitating symptoms almost from the moment of the bite.
  • Turkey hunters sit against trees. More tick bites than they know about.
  • 20% of ticks carry Lyme – not just deer ticks. That means, for every five ticks that bite a turkey hunter, one carries Lyme.
  • 100% of turkey hunters will contract one of the varieties of Lyme, but many will never know (the lucky ones).
  • Patients previously diagnosed with delusory parasitosis but then treated for Lyme have gotten well from the Lyme regardless of their mental state.
  • Ticks, like snakes, are active most of the year, if not all.

VII.  DIAGNOSIS

  • Diagnosis of Twelfth Nerve Palsy confirmed I have Lyme.
  • Immune system healthy.

VIII. PRESCRIPTION

Minocycline 100mg oral capsule, one a day with food, without calcium. Take yogurt and or probiotics. He instructed me to get another chest x-ray (I do that annually anyway since we lost one of our beloved dobermans to histoplasmosis). He wants to rule out tuberculosis as the possible cause of the night sweats.

IX.  CONCLUSION

The most important thing my new LLMD told me today is that Lyme is curable. He said that once we clear up the infections associated with Lyme, that may take care of my other issues (Morg). The second most important one is that (and he smiled when he said it) I am definitely not crazy.That’s a relief :-)Will post again when I have more news.
Kajay

Enzpire Capsules

March 08, 2012 By: kajay Category: F-Zymes

Dear Friends,
Good News! I’ve been wrong all along. I thought I could control M. symptoms through a topical spray that made its way through the skin barrier. I was wrong. It wasn’t enough to attack the pathogen sufficiently to put it out of commission. That is why I have developed Enzpire capsules do a more complete job of eliminating the disease on the inside of our bodies. Early reports have been extremely positive.
Users are reporting a “clearing” of their symptoms beginning after just two weeks of taking the capsules. These reports include reduction of itching and crawling sensations, reduction in size of lesions with a drying out and healing over. Also a definite reduction in visible sightings of fibers and other unwanted pathogenic material. The reasons for these dramatic changes becomes evident when placed under the objective scrutiny of the microscope.
Volunteer samples show a dramatic reduction in biofilm. The pathogen cannot survive outside of its environment of biofilm. The other important observation is the death of 90% of the fibers. This is due to an extraction method by which the metallic substances of the disease are pulled out of the pathogen, causing instant death. The fibers simply appear as dried, flattened and shriveled!
This is a big step in my research and hopefully will lead to the entire eradication of Morgellons from the human body. If you decide to give this a try, remember to continue with the spray. While Morgellons is definitely a systemic disease, the fibers have an affinity for skin and hair. A one month’s supply of capsules is $50.00. I am working to have my website upgraded to include this new product, but if you can’t find it you can always call me and I will be happy to help you with your needs over the phone.

Note:   Gordon has reduced his recommended dosage to two capsules daily based on user reports.


A Dose of Gratitude

March 08, 2012 By: kajay Category: Tips

Early on I gave up on expecting anything from a broke, corrupt, inept, slow-moving, heartless, and extremely _stupid_ bureaucracy. (The cream does not rise to the top, I don’t think.)

No, my dears, we have each other — and frankly, except for a few little things like paying for all the research out of our pockets without a dime of insurance for anything overtly about parasites — that’s not too bad. The each other part, I mean.

Holy moses, look how much we have learned together. We have been unfettered by regulation, limited only by our imaginations and budgets. Oh yeah, it has been crippling insofar as the financial costs, I’d love to have had that part be different, but no government could have tackled a disease with such a large, confusingly complex list of symptoms and all of the information that we have. We have done already what would have taken a government decades longer.

I thank G*d we have this group. Can you imagine if we did not? I can. Been there. Sad you’ve got this too, but since you do, so glad we are fighting it together.

kajay

A2’s Protocol

March 08, 2012 By: kajay Category: A2, Best Practices, Members' Best Practices, Procedures, Products, Tips

What worked (bottom line up front):

Enviro: Diatomaceous Earth, 70% Isopropyl Alcohol, Lysol Complete Clean, bagless vacuum cleaner

Laundry: Lysol Complete Clean, jumbo sealable plastic bags,

Body: 70% Isopropyl Alcohol, Sulfur soap and foam bath, tick repellent, Vicks Vapo Rub

Internal: Sulfur caps, Itraconazole, Doxycycline, Valerian Root

Scalp: White vinegar

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I am a 50 year old female German resident.

The horror started in July 2009 with a bird’s nest on top of the flat roof of my office building. After the birds fled the nest, the mites started getting in through the windows, crawling up my legs and biting my thighs. In 2010, an entomologist at the University in Dusseldorf diagnosed me with a blood-sucking mite.

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D’s Protocol

March 07, 2012 By: kajay Category: Best Practices, D, Members' Best Practices, Tips

Products

Body:  Gordon’s Enzpire (F-8), Dawn, Vicks Vapo Rub, Benzoyl Peroxide, Neosporin, Kleen Green

Enviro:  Suspend SC/Onslaught, Nylar, Kleen Green, Hotshot Foggers, Clorox, Evercare Floor and Lint Rollers

Internal:  Gordon’s Enzyme Capsules, Lufenuron, Ivermectin, Doxycycline, Albendazole, Mebendazole

Laundry: Arm and Hammer Laundry Detergent, Borax, Ammonia

Details as of March 2012

I have tried most of the things suggested on F1C and Birdmites.org over the last 4 years.  On this I have only included what I have continued to use and was effective for me.  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask – I am not as detailed as you are.  Hopefully I have thought of everything that was helpful.

F-8 (Skin, Internal) – I am still getting bites on my back and scalp despite being on F-8 spray and capsules for at least a month and before that, on F-6 spray for about 6 weeks The number of critters has diminished greatly in number and in size – micro!

Lufenuron (Internal) – Prior to F-6, I did use a full round of Lufenuron (CandidaAway) but…

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Ivermectin

February 12, 2012 By: kajay Category: Best Practices, Herx, Ivermectin

The following information is culled from advice and reports from a friend who has benefitted from taking Ivermectin and claims to be free of parasites. I have just started with Durvet (mentioned below) and will provide my own results as I observe them. As always, this information is NOT medical advice. It is a first- and second-hand report of actions and apparent effects. Unlike the person who sent me this, I am also using F-6. Please see my separate reports on that. Here is what my friend said about Ivermectin:

APPARENT EFFECTS – My friend says the Ivermectin evidently killed her parasites in place rather than causing a herx/purge.

METHOD – She tried Ivermectin pills first, found horse paste gel more effective. She said Durvet apple-flavored gel tastes better and is easy to push up in the syringe and swallow the gel like a pill. This is how I have also been using it. We both take the Ivermectin by pushing the paste/gel out onto a finger, then swallowing it with some water, like a pill. That way, we don’t have to taste it.

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Chin Up/Down Tools

February 11, 2012 By: kajay Category: Baths, Best Practices, F-Zymes, Skin, Tools

Parasites – is it just me, or do they naturally gravitate to the warmest, friendliest place in their world: MY HEAD.

Early on I was still shampooing in the shower, and dodging nasty bites as I washed them out of my hair. My first trick was lathering up top-down, then rinsing top-down, turning around under the water till the lather was off, and then hopping out of the shower. I’ve learned a thing or two since then. What do I recommend that you might not find on the internet (or you might)?

I have saved myself from much worse contamination by using the kitchen sink for everything from the neck up, covering my hair, and THEN showering the rest of me. Once I am done with my hair, it remains covered until it is time to get ready for work the next morning. Failure to follow this simple rule has cost me many miserable hours. So, in extreme detail, here is my nightly routine.

Note: My procedure has varied little over the years, only the chemicals have changed.

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Pathogenic Agrobacterium

February 10, 2012 By: kajay Category: F-Zymes, Research

Although generally seen as an infection in plants, Agrobacterium can infect humans. One study suggested that Agrobacterium attaches to and genetically transforms several types of human cells by integrating its T-DNA into the human cell genome. The study (1) was conducted using cultured human tissue and did not draw any conclusions regarding related biological activity in nature. The idea that a fungal parasite could cause disease in humans is not new.

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My F-5 Benefits

February 09, 2012 By: kajay Category: F-Zymes

The first day I used F-5 was also the first day in months that I did not get a fresh lesion.

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Isolate Isolate

February 07, 2012 By: kajay Category: Isolate isolate

Parasites – is it just me, or do they naturally gravitate to the warmest, friendliest place in their world: MY HEAD.

Early on I was still shampooing in the shower, and dodging nasty bites as I washed them out of my hair. My first trick was lathering up top-down, then rinsing top-down, turning around under the water till the lather was off, and then hopping out of the shower. I’ve learned a thing or two since then. What do I recommend that you might not find on the internet (or you might)?

I have saved myself from much worse contamination by using the kitchen sink for everything from the neck up, covering my hair, and THEN showering the rest of me. Once I am done with my hair, it remains covered until it is time to get ready for work the next morning.

Failure to follow this simple rule has cost me many miserable hours. So, in extreme detail, here is my nightly routine.

Note: My procedure has varied little over the years, only the chemicals have changed.

CHIN UP (SINK)

Vinyl Gloves — Use gloves always. I prefer vinyl. They hold up longer than latex. Wash them like your hands anytime you touch a contaminated location on or off the body with them. If you must touch your face or eyes, wash them thoroughly or replace with a clean pair. These are a critical tool in keeping the lesions off your face and infectious organisms out of your eyes. They still might get in there, but there is no need to help them.

Runoff is Baaaad — Never let water run from hair onto face. EVER. What to use is another discussion. How to comb, google it. Lice comb. Every day, twice on bad days. I use a very very fine-toothed metal comb. There are a couple sold on the internet that work fine. I pull the comb through once then scrub gently with a dish scrubbing brush, and repeat till no matter where I comb, or in what direction, the comb is clean. I soak comb and dish brush overnight in water with something unfriendly to critters. I think it is the overnight part that really does the trick. I soak them in the top of a 100-count computer disk spindle. Works just fine. I keep a couple in the shower to soak those implements, too.

Eye-Saving Technique — Here is a tip that may save your eyes, literally. When you are combing, make sure you do not run the water in the sink very fast. You want to avoid splashing it in your eyes. From the moment you pick up your scrub brush to clean your “harvest” out of your comb, your eyes should be closed, and you should be operating by touch.

Scrub slowly to avoid the spring action that occurs if you are brushing hard and the brush suddenly goes off the comb. Where and how you are standing, that would almost certainly fill your eyes with contaminated water.

Eye Emergency!!! — Should you get “hair water” in your eyes, immediately put on clean gloves. Drop everything else and do it at once. Gently splash body temp water (or cooler) on your eyes. Keep your face down so the water will run off and out of your eyes. Blot with a clean paper towel (I assume that is what you would use, too). Repeat a couple of times. Then put any kind of eye drops in your eye from the end that did NOT get splashed. Then bend your head over again, leave the drops in a moment, then blot. Lift your head only to add more drops. Do this about three times also. That SHOULD be enough. If you are not sure, or if you feel anything, continue to attack with the eye drops. Sometimes I will use a clean cotton swab and soak it with the eye drops or some kind of eye wash and clean my lashes and scrub my tear duct, which is where my critters seem to congregate. This whole emergency procedure will take you about 3 minutes but it is critical. When you are comfortable doing so, resume combing.

Nighttime Hair Treatment — When I finish combing, I dry my hair and coat it with something oily to retard activity. Coconut oil, a glossing oil, whatever you like. I look for oils that contain some kind of antiparasitic. There are lots of products in the beauty supply houses that have useful mixes. Many contain sulphur, for example, and some contain linalool or limonene. The addition of a wax such as beeswax or a microcrystalline wax is a plus. A bit of vaseline is useful if you don’t mind. There are lots of reasons to mind about using petroleum and other inherently unsafe products, but use of anything is always a personal choice based on considerations such as finances and level of desperation.

Hair Wrap — I like to cover my hair before I shower and go to bed. When my hair is dry but for the oils, I wrap it in paper towels, put a wig cap (2 for 99 cents at my local wig stores), and then put a shower cap on.

Sleep Aid — Before I head for the shower, I take a part of a sleeping pill (I like Seroquel, and I generally take half of the weakest, so about 50 mg). I make sure I am within 30 minutes of bed before I take it, because in 30 minutes, I will be horizontal – somewhere.

Cell Phone — This is also when I use an antibacterial wipe and clean my cell phone (I prefer a sleek style for fewer critters, so touchscreen, touchscreen, touchscreen). Every night. Then it is sitting there clean and waiting for me when I get out of the shower.

CHIN DOWN (SHOWER)

Shower Floor — Two 1-gallon jugs with pumps (recycled Flea Shampoo and pumps from Jefferspet.com), one with pure blue Dawn in it (aka my shower gel), and the other with a 1 part Dawn to 20 parts water mixture (in case I feel a bite from the shower floor). I keep a large funnel behind the back jug to refill these. One plastic canister (floor of shower enclosure) with a dilute of Dawn or Arm and Hammer liquid laundry detergent. In here, I soak my foot brush (another dish scrubber – the long handles save my back), a callus scrubber, and my razor.

Shower Seat — Two plastic canisters (shower seat). One is for clean, unused implements. Used/dirty ones go in the other canister. When I step in the shower, I move them all to the canister with the clean implements.

Scrubbers — I have two big scrubbies, a rough cloth back scrubber, 3 small utility brushes I use for spot scrubbing, and a large sponge with a non-stick scrubbing surface on one side.

Towels — I buy shop towels. They are between the size of a wash cloth and a very small hand towel, but one is enough to get the bulk of the moisture off. I hang one over the top of the enclosure door.

Shower Shoes — I wear Reebok molded plastic slides (in lime green, a girl’s gotta have some fun) in the shower. They are similar to Croc’s but without the straps. I would wear them even if I didn’t have this – love ’em.

Scrub a Dub — When I first get into the shower,  I pump some Dawn into the floor of the shower as well as more on my feet, and scrub my feet with Dawn using the long-handled dish scrubber. I got the ergonomic kind since it doesn’t  get in the shower and immediately scrub my feet with Dawn. This prevents fallout bites. I scrub away and put all used scrubbies in the contaminated canister.

I use a smaller funnel to fill the dispenser bottle, and drizzle the coconut oil on my skin, then blot some of the water off before I step out.

On the way to the bedroom, I grab my clean phone, and ditch the wet shower cap. Once in the bedroom I hook up my phone to the charger (or I’ll forget and it is my alarm clock), pull off any of the paper towel that got wet around the edges, and put a sterilized cotton kerchief on over the wig cap. I fold a corner one-third over and put the center of the fold at the nape of my neck. I tie it in front once, pull the point through and wrap it around one of the tie ends, then make the second tie. Voila. Nice and neat.

I keep clean underwear, socks, and pajamas in sealed bins (sound familiar) off the floor. I also keep a container of clean socks by the bed.

I oil up some more, put specific chemicals (okay, some of it anti-wrinkle, sue me!) on my body as needed, antifungal on my feet, and dress. I change the disposable sheets on my bed and make sure all my open bins are closed. I get on the bed and immediately change my socks. This USUALLY eliminates any crawling in the foot area. My PJs, by the way, cover me completely. I add vinyl gloves in case I decide to rub my contaminated hand on my face or in my eyes during the night. I use an antifungal as a hand cream for this reason.

That helps. And about then, the Seroquel kicks in, and turns off my skin and my brain, zzzzzzzzz

Neon Starfish

February 06, 2012 By: kajay Category: F-Zymes, Morgellons, Research

I use 60x magnification all the time. 100x is too big, 30x too small. 4x only helps for some of the monsters I’m getting out of me since I started MMS a couple or three months ago.

I have one of these VERY cheap portable lighted microscopes in every room, and an inexpensive Digivision digital next to my computer. The Digivision fits my hand, but I hate using the Digivision’s little red button to snap the shots–too much motion. So I use the scanning software built into Photoshop Elements 2.0, which came free with my Canon Lide50 scanner. It lets me hold the scope in one hand and click ENTER on my keyboard with the other.

Update 6/2011: I cannot make any of the drivers that have worked with my Digivision in the past work now. I guess until I can afford another camera (right now the F-5 is my priority), I am out of the digital microcam business.

Sadly not only do I not SEE as clearly through the digital, but the supposedly sharp 480×640 images are even worse. Thus a lot of things I have watched unfold through one or the other microscope I cannot prove, so I report what I saw, but as in the story below, I never try to claim anything as a valid conclusion, and I allow for the fact that if I saw it but I cannot show it to you, I have to be prepared for the fact that you may not believe me. It doesn’t change my own mind about what I saw, LOL!

Such as the still incredible to ME even story of “blue boy,” the globular baby blue fiber critter whom I was originally observing on my lint roller (I leave them on the roller, that way I have a handle and can turn them), which is when I saw that rascal spin around, all of his little black legs still stuck to the sticky sheet, flatten his body out to become a smaller target, or just because twisting only his body compressed his body, hadn’t thought of that before, like twisting a hot water bottle flattens it, forcing the water out…and thrust the end with two black dots on it toward me (the other end I had already observed had a black C or anus). Little rascal thought he could take me!!! Still funny to me.

Also there was the day I was idly looking at the lesion on my arm that won’t go away. It changes shape but is hard, intact, like a permanent fixture. It is not raw and red or cratered like the other kind of lesions we get. Anyway, I was watching it change its overall shape and decided I’d get my digital microscope and get some stills, save them as JPGs, then pop them into Windows movie maker and save them as a video (much smaller file than actual video).

However, when I turned off the microscope and started processing the photos, I saw something weird that I didn’t notice through the microscope. So I used CTRL+F6 which allows you to toggle through all open files in most any program in the order they were opened or scanned, and did it fast so I could see any motion. What I saw was two parallel bars, not sharp edged, but rounded like neon bulbs appear when lit, both glowing a reddish pink, like a red neon light, at the same time, then fading, then both glowing, and fading, over and over. They were pulsating! I chose not to brighten or enhance the photos in any way, and it is VERY difficult to see what I even want to show, but here is the video.

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Neem Oil, Lesions, and Nosy Coworkers

February 05, 2012 By: kajay Category: F-Zymes, Morgellons, Supplements

Update: Like seabuckthorn berry oil, the neem oil ceased, after a while, to control my lesions.

The seabuckthorn mostly controlled them my lesions, but stained everything it touched an intense orange. That was a bit hard to explain to my coworkers and friends, in addition to the odd oily odor.

I have found that I am NOT allergic to neem oil as I thought. The neem oil not only does not break me out as I remembered, but it turns out it has a complex nutty FRAGRANCE that I find very appealing. It also is less staining, though, obviously, still oily.

My routine is this, and it is gradually resolving my lesions. That is, it seems to prevent the formation of new ones, and it makes the old ones get crusty and flake off. Morning, lunch, after work, and bedtime:

  1. Apply neem oil to skin WELL beyond the affected area, starting with the unaffected area and ending with the contaminated area, to reduce likelihood of spreading.
  2. Rub it in, which causes a lot of the sand in the sandpaper skin around the lesions to “rub up.”
  3. Once a lot of them are loosened up, wash the same area again a couple more times.
  4. Pat dry with clean paper towels, again working from uncontaminated to contaminated areas.
  5. Coat liberally with more neem oil.
  6. If no gloves were worn during previous application, wash palms and apply fresh neem oil to them.

For me, once the moisture has dried through the oil, I put on vinyl gloves. Especially when I am tired, this helps prevent me from carelessly contaminating my eyes or face.

The neem oil is of course not a silver bullet. I do not know of any immediate cures. But it is extremely helpful. Right now when I look at my arms, I see fading lesions, smaller than the ones that preceded them. Until I began using the neem, I was once again desperate as the seabuckthorn oil had ceased to prevent new lesions.

All this said, I am taking five seabuckthorn oil capsules morning and night. I am not sure yet what their role is in the healing process, but I am afraid to stop to find out if they are helping!

So that I can continue this routine away from home, I bought a dropper bottle of neem oil, which I refill and keep in my purse. At lunchtime and after work I go into our large ladies room and remove my suit jacket, then proceed with my routine. People walk in on me regularly and of course are curious. I act as though it is natural and make them ask me what I am doing or what I am using :-)

The answer I have devised is the most effective one I have stumbled upon:

I tell them that I am taking a supplement. This is a word that often produces a glazed expression, which is my cue to create a diversion or, for them, an out. I’ve found that an upbeat comment like “I am LOVING this crisp cold weather!” or “Do you know who did those adorable holiday decorations in the lounge?” works best.

Most nod with relief and go away. For those that do not, I lead the conversation to babies, weddings, or holiday decorations. For women, any of these topics usually clinches my victory, and my coworker goes away happy, having forgotten that I am up to my elbows in the sink in the ladies room.

Framed

February 04, 2012 By: kajay Category: Ammonia, F-Zymes, Indoors, Menthol crystals, Mixed Surfaces, Morgellons

If you have some type of infectious microorganism in your home, you probably already know you have to clean everything in your home that you want to keep.

Framed mirrors and pictures are no exception. I like to use lemon oil on wood, and of course ammonia is wonderful for cleaning the glass on framed pictures. Menthol crystals are another tool for protecting items that have a cavity or other place where you could sprinkle them.