Goodenough Gismo

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    This is the classic children's book, Goodenough Gismo, by Richmond I. Kelsey, published in 1948. Nearly unavailable in libraries and the collector's market, it is posted here with love as an "orphan work" so that it may be seen and appreciated -- and perhaps even republished, as it deserves to be. After you read this book, it won't surprise you to learn that Richmond Irwin Kelsey (1905-1987) was an accomplished artist, or that as Dick Kelsey, he was one of the great Disney art directors, breaking your heart with "Pinocchio," "Dumbo," and "Bambi."

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I really don't know what I'd do about the MSA. It's so rare. The thing about rare diseases is that even if a cause or a cure is tantalizingly close and could be revealed by investigation, the sheer rarity of the illness might snatch that chance away, because not enough doctors have a chance to study it, or study enough patients. For what its worth the borrelia hypothesis seems unlikely. 1. The tick is endemic to several specific regions, and the Lyme cases are clustered around them (Lyme is actually the name of the Connecticut town where the first described cases occured). If Borrelia is causing MSA, why isn't MSA similarly clustered? 2. Sexually transmitted? Hmmm. So Borrelia can cause disease in someone it was transmitted to, but not be potent enough to cause it in the "donor"? Bit strange, no? Anyway, my best wishes to you and yours over Jacques' diagnosis.

Re: the vulva pain thing, that's the sort of finding that generates a useful hypothesis that can be tested. I understand why no professional will take it seriously before this is done; there are many alternative hypotheses that can explain the known facts.

Is the problem that no one is willing to formally study it? I can of course understand why Pharma companies won't touch it. Perhaps contact by the society with an academic gyne who is interested in similar problems might be fruitful? All that will initially be needed is a small proof-of-principle trial. Funding necessarily can only come from NIH or private monies.


AR -- thanks for weighing in. Actually, the vulvar pain problem is (finally) recognized as real in the GYN community, and the NIH is funding studies. However, the scientific-but-natural treatment I mentioned is not getting the funding. Why? 1) Only one peer-reviewed article, a case study, has been published. This is a vicious cycle. It's the gatekeepers of the establishment who decide what gets published. A second paper, a group of case studies backing up the first one, was rejected. They want a double-blind study, but how do you do a double-blind study involving a low oxalate diet? How do you create an identical-seeming placebo of a diet? Do you lock people up in a metabolic ward to keep them from cheating? For how long? etc. The point is that the testimony of thousands of women who got dramatically better on this treatment, and get worse again when they get careless with it, is not taken seriously. To me this is a scandal. 2) The second justification for considering this treatment unfounded is that a single study -- ONE -- was published attempting to reproduce it, and "debunking" it. Actually, it didn't reproduce the treatment properly at all, the study only lasted 3 months (it often takes women longer to respond), and even so, a significant 1/3 of the women in the study improved (compared to the more than 2/3 the originating scientist achieved). This one study has been used to dismiss the theory and treatment.

I think the biggest problem is that it takes TIME for many women to recover. And doctors want (and many desperate patients want them) to "fix" things. They want to be the ones who ride in and save the day. Hence their preference for drugs and surgery, "big fixes" that don't actually address the metabolic problem.

Dave Schuler

Since I believe that my own fibromyalgia was caused by a long ago undiagnosed spirochete infection, this discussion is of particular interest to me. My own theory is that each of the many different varieties of ticks plays host to its own unique spirochete and that the symptoms of some of these may take decades to be fully expressed.

Chris Hallquist

For a double-blind study: maybe take people who've never heard of the treatment, and put them on some diet different from both what they normally eat and the diet that's supposed to work. Just a thought.

The problem with not having a double-blind study is it's possible to find annecdotal evidence for anything - even drinking your own urine (that's not hyperbole, I read it in a book called Psuedoscience and the Paranormal by Terence Hines - good book if you can find it). The reasons are numerous - placebo effect, confirmation bias, combination of ups and downs with a tendency to take alternative treatments on a "down." No matter how much testimonial there is for a treatment, testimonial cannot match double-blind studies.

BTW, what do you mean by "scientific"? I'm guessing you means "predictable based on other knowledge," though some such claims are nonsense - worth checking out with a neutral source.


By "scientific" I mean that the guy who developed these treatments, Clive Solomons, Ph.D., knows as much about the intricacies of metabolism as anybody on the planet. He won a major national award for developing a nutritional regime that partly compensated for the metabolic defect in osteogenesis imperfecta, or brittle bone disease, that enabled kids to grow to more normal-sized adulthood without constantly breaking bones. He was a professor and Director of Research at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver before his retirement.

Pat Sullivan

Just thought I would comment that I have seen Dr. Shoemaker and think that his work is a total breakthrough for chronic illness! Best diagnostician I have ever met and I have seen a lot of Docs!

The whole concept of Biotoxin Related Illness makes so much sense. His two books, "Desperation Medicine" and "The Mold Warriors" are really great. Relatively easy reads too.

I also have heard of Dr. Harvey and have a friend in Dallas with ALS who is being treated by him. She is impressed so far and we are hopeful that he has the answer for her!

Sissy Willis

Amba -- I just found this post googling to learn more about your husband's condition, referenced in your latest post. I wish him well.

My mother died of ALS . . . she always worried about Lyme, as her property in York, Maine, was full of the kind of ticks that carry it, and they were forever riding inside on her felines. One of the cats took part in a Portland Medical Center Lyme study, where I would harvest the ticks from "Monty" and send them off to be checked for the spirochete, which, sure enough, was alive and well in the nearby fields and woods.

Then there's Morgellons disease -- red-headlined today on Drudge -- many of whose sufferers also have Lyme . . .


Until your child is the one who has a severe reaction to vaccines( head banging) and is later diagnosed as having the Autism Spectrum Disorder), you will never know my pain.

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