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I am pleased to offer to all visitors of this site a discussion forum designed for anyone to share ideas, experiences, or ask questions of a veterinary herbal or race horse training nature.

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The Racehorse Herbal Blog . . . . . . .my blog where I occasionally rumble and gurgitate.

I am also a moderator of two below yahoo email groups that you might find of interest. For those that are unfamiliar with these types of groups, it is basically a discussion club using emails as a device to further such group discussions. All members that belong to these type of groups, post emails discussing subjects or asking related questions for discussion. An individual email post goes to all members.  This is a very valuable mechanism to further the study, dialogue, and understanding of various subjects. If interested in any of the below, join!

At:  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/equineherbal/?yguid=132278081

Equineherbal --equine herbalogy

Description:  A discussion group delving into the practical and scientific aspects of herbal therapies in the horse. The performance horse with his unique problems and how they may be treated with medicinal herbs will be the center piece to this site's discussions


At:      http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/DarkFieldMicroscopy/?yguid=132278081

DarkFieldMicroscopy Darkfield Microscope Medical Analysis

Description:    This is a group for dark-field and phase contrast medical/veterinary microscopists that are interested in sharing their ideas and experiences about "fresh" fluid analysis, though all forms of traditional clinical microscope analysis are welcomed. In fact, I would like to extend a special invitation to medical technologists/hematologists that are interested in dark field examination. I feel that in order for dark-field work to become a valued diagnostic procedure, there has to be a close relationship and validation to what is observed via dark-field to what has been observed via the current popular clinical techniques---similar to how Gitte S. Jensen, Ph.D., Immunologist, Cancer Researcher has evaluated darkfield with fluorescence microscopy, flow cytometry, or molecular methods. We must raise darkfield microscopy above the inept commercialism that seems to have gripped this science of late with its accompanying antiquated myths and unscientific notions about unproven qualities of commonly observed darkfield particles. Darkfield is but another tool in our arsenal to medically evaluate a being's state of health: no more, no less.

     Since many of the microscopy groups found at yahoo, belittle the concepts of Royal Rife, Gaston Naessens, Dr. Virginia Livingston-Wheeler, Dr. Eleanor Alexander-Jackson, Dr. Florence Siebert, and a host of others that have dealt into the study of pathogens not easily observed under traditional bright field microscopical techniques. I hope this group will offer an open, yet a critical investigative mind-set to this art and science; may this group act as a very much needed outlet for further study, dialog, and advancement of this form of ultra-microscopy.

(NOTE: Photomicrograph below, a darkfield 1000x magnification using an AO Spencer series 10 clinical microscope viewing typical normal red blood cells and a segmented neultrophil (a white blood cell). Image taken with a Nikon Coolpix 5000)


A darkfield photomicrograph of freshly drawn blood showing Red Blood Cells as the dark, light outlined cells. The large lobed cell is probably a segmented neultrophil.

                                             At:          http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/DIY-LET/


                                                  Do-it-yourself Liposomal Encapsulation Technology

This group will be a meeting place for those who wish to evolve Brooks Bradley's Do-It-Yourself process of Liposomal Encapsulation Technology (LET), throw out new ideas and to report results. It was Dr. Bradley that give us the profound illumination that one did not have to go through the laborious and complicated process of formulating drug carrying liposomes as it is commonly performed in a lab. He showed us that simply combining lecithin, water, and vitamin c together and then sonicating in a simple ultrasonic bath was enough to produce a valuable medicinal liposomal product. Eye-opening!

Liposomes, micelles and other nanoparticles seem to be the process of the future in prepping low bio-available drugs & herbs into more efficient delivery applications. A common laboratory recipe (thin film hydration) to make liposomes involves a lipid (i.e. lecithin) being dissolved in an organic solvent such as acetone or chloroform, the solvent is then evaporated leaving a thin lipid layer on the sides of a flask, and then an aqueous solution of the drug is added to this flask and sonicated in an ultrasonic bath. The sound waves displace the lipids from the flask's wall causing a self-assembly of liposomes entrapping the aqueous drug inside. Brooks has shown this can be done outside of the sophisticated laboratory setting by application of a common ultrasonic cleaner to sonicate simply mixed ingredients. Come join and let's make this more of a science and easy reality for everyone to employ, save money, and improve health! .


A Microscopic mystery, perhaps you may be able to help me?

I am wondering if any of you parasitologists may have ever seen a structure similar to this?  This was taken with 1000x magnifcation, darkfield using a series 10 AO spencer microscope and a coolpix 5000.  My avocation is looking at fresh blood mounts. When my 71 year old cousin was here visiting, she left a blood sample. After about a week, I observed what appears to be some type of parasitic egg in her wet mount plasma. I have never seen anything remotely similar to this in other samples. Certainly the medical literature never talks about actual eggs ever being observed in the blood plasma. This type of structure is more likely found in fecal samples. I am mystified!  I suppose there is a slight chance that my microscope slide was contaminated before her blood was applied, but I highly doubt it. I clean my slides very carefully and store them in 70% isopropyl alcohol until right before use. Secondly, this "egg" appears much smaller in size than anything, I have read about in the literature. It seems most eggs tend to be in the range of 45 microns to over 100.  This egg was measured at approximately 10 microns long by my ocular micrometer. It is very similar in size to a human red blood cell. I have been unable to locate an egg in the literature that is that small or with similar morphology. You will note that it seems to have the inner embryonic mass surrounded by a thick striated or cellular embryophore. Around the embryophore is the egg's thin shell with a operculum at the lower end or am I seeing things? Sorry, the actual specimen is much clearer than is depicted in this photomicrograph. I have been unable to find anything similar to it in the atlases. Any of you have any ideas what this is? If so, email me:  Racehorse Herbal.


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