Archive | July, 2013

Lyme disease – Not Straightforward Answers

3 Jul

Lyme disease is caused from a spirochete transmitted by a deer tick, usually in the NorthEast US. The treatment and detection is under a great deal of debate between the mainstream healthcare providers and patients who appear to be chronic.

Legislation in Maine is being proposed to require the state to offer up “alternatives” for the treatment of Lyme disease. These “alternatives” are solutions that patients have found successful, yet are not recognized by mainstream professionals, who officially claim that Lyme disease is not a chronic disease. The Mayo Clinic says that treatment can be achieved in no later than 28 days. Patients claim to be dealing with the disease for years.

The cause of Lyme disease, being a spirochete, shares similarities with Syphilis. The spirochete can bore through tissue and has some very insidious behaviors. As with syphilis, this spirochete can make its way into the brain, and is sometimes linked to Alzheimer’s disease.

“Another unique feature to Borrelia burgdorferi are Blebs. This bacteria replicates specific genes, and inserts them into its own cell wall, and then pinches off that part of its cell membrane, and sends the bleb into the host. Why it does this we don’t know.”

Not far away from the patients is the cost of the treatment. As it is officially “easy” to treat, insurance coverage beyond an initial treatment is rare. Patients on long term treatment can spend hundreds of thousands, and now find that the antibiotic, Doxycyclin is in short supply.

Here you have a case of the patients, like Sally Jordan (above) pitted against the American Lyme Disease Foundation, ALDF. Good luck Sally!

Not So OTA – AEREO, A New Model

2 Jul

So if you’d like to cut the cord of your cable company and go Over The Air (OTA), there may soon be another option, beyond putting up rabbit ears.

Aereo is a new company who recently moved into Chicago after facing some legal battles against the national broadcast networks.

They have a very unique technology where they are able to transmit local broadcast signals over the internet. In Chicago (any local markets), they use individual antennas to pick up the OTA channels, and allow customers on the internet to select which antenna (local channel) they want to receive. The local programming is provided live, over the internet with the help of a specially designed antenna at the customer’s end. The only fee paid to watch the local channels is paid to Aereo.

“Aereo and Barry Diller, the billionaire investor who sits on Aereo’s board, say they’re taking the risks and going to all this trouble because they’re betting consumers are tired of paying $150 a month on cable bundles, especially when most people only watch a fraction of the channels.”

There may be some staying power for this technology, even in the event that the national networks stop broadcasting OTA signals. New networks could pick up the local transmitters and start their own broadcast networks, with the help of the Aereo technology.

It is not highly unlikely that you will be able to eliminate commercials from this new internet technology. For this reason, I do not see this technology ever losing in court. The broadcast networks actually have a case for their advertisers that they are reaching an even bigger audience, and an audience (unlike OTA viewers with computers) that cannot avoid the commercials.