Monday, February 27, 2012

The Eyes have it

An interesting article on the pupils - the old saying that the eyes are the window to the soul certainly applies.   The pupils will dilate when the person is experiencing strong emotion.  

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Greed will make you crazy

The latest study from University of Southern California assistant professor Alexandra Michel shows greed changes mental health.  Her results are from a ten-year study that followed about 12 entry level bankers at investment firms.   Of course investment banking is not your ordinary banking, this is related to trading on Wall Street where high stakes games are played.  Fortunes are won or lost.

Michel states that by the fourth year that many were exhibiting stress related diseases like immune deficit, insomnia, depression, 'burn out', alcoholism, mood disorders etc.

Dr. Hans Selye was the father of the adrenal model and stress and all of the above fit nicely into his modeling.   Cortisol is a dangerous and destructive hormone that is secreted under stress and long-term release of this leads to many health conditions.   Fortunately there are nutrient interventions that can stop the progression of these conditions and in many cases reverse them.

I recovered from Stage III (deep stage III) of adrenal disease which nearly cost me my life.  As a CNC (Certified Nutritional Consultant), I offer consultations to help clients formulate a nutritional and life plan to remedy these conditions.  My fee is $100 for a one hour consult, please leave a comment if interested.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Icelandic Volcano

James Appleton (Barcroft Media) shot these incredible pictures of Fimmvörðuháls volcano with a backdrop of the Northern Lights.   James risked his safety by getting close to the volcano with the help of  scientists.  

Click here to view the entire set

James braved intense heat - and freezing cold - to capture his colourful shots 

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Scherger/Kolberg house by Bart Prince


This is the residence (2001-2005) for Dan Scherger and Suzanne Kolberg, Albuquerque, New Mexico   It was designed by architect Bart Prince and the design was molded around the  scenic view (base of the mountain)   A National Park is next to the site as well as city views below.   The house is centered around a main courtyard, large windows and a sloping roof extend the view.  .

You can read more at the website:

Saturday, February 18, 2012


Antioxidants are perhaps one of the most important health discoveries and the most overlooked as playing key roles in the prevention of disease.  Oxidation occurs as a result of human metabolism and the environment we are subjected to.   It is the oxidation or ROS (reactive oxygen species) that causes damage to our cells and the role of the antioxidant is to prevent this damage.

One of the great health pioneers was Linus Pauling PhD who was nominated the Nobel Peace Prize concerning his work in nutrition and disease.   He was one of the first to identify the damage that ROS causes the DNA.    ROS causes damage to a wide variety of processes in the body such as cell membranes, proteins, essential fatty acids and DNA.  If the DNA becomes repeatedly damaged by oxidation, it has been shown that damage may cause mutations.

Antioxidants come in a wide variety of forms.  For instance we are all aware of the power of Vitamins C & E that can help the body, but not on do fruits and  vegetables contain an awesome array of phytonutrients that protect us but spices and herbs can have this same effect.

I have provided a link to an article that explains this in further detail.

read the complete article here

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


Colostrum is a super food of sorts, it comes from the first milking of the cow and contains many immune enhancing substances to help the newborn to sustain immune attack.   I have been using it  in my fight with the protozoa parasites that ravage the gastrointestinal tract, it has helped me and others report the same help.

It turns out that colostrum can have anti-aging effects as well - here is an excerpt from a commercial blog

By Donald R. Henderson, M.D., M.P.H. Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine and Gastroenterology at UCLA School of MedicineThe search for youth started long before Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon roamed the New World seeking the fountain of youth. Much of that search, then and now, has focused on the superficial effects of aging – graying hair, wrinkles, and reduced endurance.
However, aging is far more than the physical changes in our body’s appearance. 

While “feeling old” may be a state of mind as well as a set of physical sensations, the aging process itself is a biological one. No matter how young we feel, our body goes through physiological changes as we get older.
These changes bring about a decline in our ability to fight disease and infection. They also affect our central nervous system and alter our cellular structures, which, in turn, affect our muscles, skin, and skeletal form.However, it is possible that the fountain of youth – or a part of it anyway – has been found in Colostrum. For the 63% of American adults who report they are concerned about the effects of aging, and the 19 million people expected to be over age 85 by 2050, this is great news.But just how is colostrum able to do all this?

Colostrum: The Anti-Aging Connection
While changes due to aging in our cells, muscles and immune system sound like a
series of irreversible processes, they can be slowed with colostrum because of the growth factors it contains. Among its myriad ingredients, colostrum contains:

Natural antibiotic factors:

immunoglobulins (IgG, IgA, IgD, IgE, and IgM) – substances that
neutralize toxins, viruses, and bacteria, particularly in the digestive and respiratory systems

cytokines – small proteins that affect the behavior of other cells

lactoferrin – a substance that neutralizes bacteria and helps release cytokines

growth factors (IGF-I, IGF-II, EGF, TGF ? & ?) – substances that aid in cellular, muscular and skeletal growth

continue reading >>> 


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Microscope pictures

Some pictures I captured using a camera mounted in the eyepiece of my microscope.  Photos copyright Patrick Bayer 2012

Monday, February 13, 2012

Another Calatrava

Santiago Calavrava a Spanish architect designed this building called the Queen Sofia Palace of the Arts which was the final structure built in the complex.   Construction begun in 1995 and was opened October 2005.  The building is 14 stories high and includes several stories below ground.     It seats 1,700 people which serves a multi-purpose including opera, dance and the performing arts.

Take a virtual tour here 

Binaural Beats

I discovered binaural beats which YouTube has many tracks to chose from and always felt they helped me to calm down.  There are many forms of binaural that can have different effects, I have listed these below.  You must wear headphones to get the full effect.

The following is from Wikipedia

Binaural beats or binaural tones are auditory processing artifacts, or apparent sounds, the perception of which arises in the brain for specific physical stimuli. This effect was discovered in 1839 by Heinrich Wilhelm Dove, and earned greater public awareness in the late 20th century based on claims that binaural beats could help induce relaxation, meditation, creativity and other desirable mental states. The effect on the brainwaves depends on the difference in frequencies of each tone, for example, if 300 Hz was played in one ear and 310 in the other, then the binaural beat would have a frequency of 10 Hz.

Binaural beats reportedly influence the brain in more subtle ways through the entrainment of brainwaves and have been claimed to reduce anxiety and provide other health benefits such as control over pain.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Andrew Carson - Whimsical Sculpture

From Andrew's site:

In 1974, as a young boy, I became fascinated with the 100 m.p.h Chinooks of my Boulder, Colorado origins, and I hand-built electronics to measure these devastating blasts of weather.

Through my teens, I studied the experimental turbines of the Rockwell wind energy test site near my home, and I built whirligigs inspired by these unusual, functional windmills. All of my engineering and fabrication skills came from repairing broken bicycle frames at the bicycle store I worked at from junior high through college.

In 1994, eight years after I graduated from the University of Washington with a BFA in photography, I revisited the whirligigs of my youth, combining the idea of an elegant weathervane with the whirly gigs I had always made. A big influence on me was the elegance of the static 1994 weathervanes of James Eaton who proved that industrial processes and interchangeable components could be wonderfully artistic.

Today, my work is installed in nearly all fifty states and beyond. My pieces include public and private commissions and work for a cornucopia of high-profile patrons, who find my distinctive sculptures a perfect complement for their homes.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Another Vas selection

Vas- Ningal          Vas at Amazon  

Vas- Izgrejala

Azam Ali -Vocals & Greg Ellis -Percussion

Born in Tehran, Iran 1970, Ali spent most of her childhood in Panchgani, India. Ali and her mother moved to Los Angeles, California in 1985, after which Ali discovered the santour. Ali then studied the santour under Persian master Manoocher Sadeghi, which led to the rediscovery of her voice. She is now living in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

In 1996, Ali formed "alternative world" group VAS with percussionist Greg Ellis after meeting the year prior at a concert at UCLA.     Vas at Amazon

Friday, February 10, 2012

New research shows vitamin D slashes risk of cancers by 77 percent

Source:: Natural News

Exciting new research conducted at the Creighton University School of Medicine in Nebraska has revealed that supplementing with vitamin D and calcium can reduce your risk of cancer by an astonishing 77 percent. This includes breast cancer, colon cancer, skin cancer and other forms of cancer. This research provides strong new evidence that vitamin D is the single most effective medicine against cancer, far outpacing the benefits of any cancer drug known to modern science.

The study involved 1,179 healthy women from rural Nebraska. One group of women was given calcium (around 1500 mg daily) and vitamin D (1100 IU daily) while another group was given placebo. Over four year, the group receiving the calcium and vitamin D supplements showed a 60 percent decrease in cancers. Considering just the last three years of the study reveals an impressive 77 percent reduction in cancer due to supplementation. (The full press release of this study is included below. It provides more details about the findings.)

Read the rest of the story here

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Adrenal Fatigue

Article written by Patrick Bayer CNC  Copyright 2012 - all rights reserved.
 photos courtesy of

*please note that the information provided is not meant to diagnose, cure, prevent or treat you but offered as educational material that should be shared with your healthcare provider.The statements contained on my sites  have not been evaluated by the FDA.

Adrenal Fatigue is a relatively unknown condition that affects the adrenal glands.   The adrenals are glands that sit above the kidneys and are responsible for an estimated 50 different hormones from the widely known cortisol to the lesser known androgens.   The adrenals are the pharmacy of the body which means when the body needs a shot of a hormone to activate something then it calls on the adrenals (and/or other glandular systems).

Dr. Hans Selye is considered the father of the adrenal studies. Selye did much important factual work on the response of the organism to stressors. Stress can be defined as the general strain on the body caused by disease, injury or mental pressure. Typically stress is usually understood as mental stress with little emphasis on biological stress. Biological stress may be a more important role in health or disease. I would define biological stress as stressors that are affecting your body and not your mind. Examples of this would be infections, toxins, inadequate nutrition, burns, trauma and a lack of water and a lack of sleep.

Homeostasis is the ability for the body to respond to changes such as heat or cold, the body makes changes to the system to adapt. For instance you begin to sweat which cools the skin, you begin to feel thirsty so you drink water to cool the body. In essence your body is self-regulating, in other words you are not consciously aware of these changes.

The adrenals play key roles in the adaptive process (stress). Wikipedia defines the adrenals as
The adrenal glands (also known as suprarenal glands) are the triangular-shaped endocrine glands that sit on top of the kidneys. They are chiefly responsible for releasing hormones in conjunction with stress through the synthesis of corticosteroids and catecholamines, including cortisol and adrenaline (epinephrine), respectively. Though connected to the kidneys, these glands play no role in the functioning of, or health of the kidneys. Glands are part of the endocrine system, and kidneys are part of the urinary system.

Note: Any form of stress leads to a weakening of the body and the adrenals.   Stress is generally regarded as emotional but stress takes other forms such as chronic infections, immune system activation, loads of toxins that we are faced with everyday, financial health, relationships, even past traumas.   It is important to root out these stressors.

Traditional medicine recognizes two primary problems with adrenals
1) Addison's Disease (underproduction of hormones)
2) Cushing's Disease (overproduction of hormones)

These are extreme conditions of adrenal disease, however Alternative medicine has identified that there can more subtle issues, Adrenal Fatigue (AF) is one of those.

Adrenal Fatigue (AF)
AF would best be defined as a weakening of the adrenals. In other words you beat them and now they are tired :). And I would add that there is another condition in which the adrenals are ok but are lying dormant, this is really not an issue with people with infectious issues so I will not be covering this.

Some of the signs of AF are: fatigue, exhaustion, diminished coping of stress, brain fog, concentration problems, hormonal disturbances, low immunity, depression, anxiety and irritability, diminished vitality etc.

I went into full blown Cushing's following my infection with the protozoa parasites, which is quite rare.  There was only one physician that would acknowledge the fact that this type of adrenal response could occur with infections, it is not widely known just showing up in one endocrinology textbook I found. But Cushing's is extreme and will lead to AF pretty fast. I experienced horrid anxiety and depression, swelling of my neck, feet and hands, muscle pain and horrible fatigue. I continued to take my nutritional supplements that I was on previous to the onset of Cushing's, then I stopped for about 2 weeks thinking that it was bunk. Well that was a big mistake, within a short period of time (2 weeks) I began to have extreme panic attacks and for those who have suffered panic attacks, I don't need to say anything else. The panic attacks became stronger and on a January Friday morning I found myself collapsed on the living room floor unable to get up gasping for breath and a heart pumping a million beats a minute. Terror enveloped me, I felt crazy. I called my family to come from work. They drove me to the ER, I rode in the back thinking they were going to put me in the psychiatric ward. Well you know how it goes, the ER doctor gave me anti-anxiety drugs which never solved the problem.

I woke up the next 2 days feeling like someone was putting an electrical current through my body, the sound of a vacuum cleaner made me crazy. I started back on my nutritionals and began combing through my nutritional literature hoping that someone would address this problem with no such luck. I began dosing with green drinks and bananas hoping to get electrolytes into my body, I then began to stabilize but the panic attacks continued, although not as strong.
By a sheer act of God, my mother called me (as I was still bedridden) and read a chapter out of a book from Adelle Davis This chapter was about Stress and the adrenals and research from Selye and also nutritional models. I began to follow her advice and got the adrenals to stabilize and with the stabilization of the adrenals, the other systems began to stabilize as well.
Remember that the adrenals are the manufacturers of vital hormones. Some of the hormones are:
1/ Glucocorticoids
2/ Catecholamines:
a. Epinephrine (Adrenalin)
b. Norepinephrine
3/ Mineralcorticoids
4/ Androgens

POTS is an acronym for Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, it is another name for Adrenal Fatigue. The idea is that when you are resting, the body goes into a state of rest which means the adrenals are not working so hard. When you stand up, you are asking the adrenals to start working and if they are not working properly (POTS) then you feel weak or dizzy. The doctors can do this test using 2 blood pressure readings, one laying down and the other when you stand up.

Repair of the adrenals:
Nutrition always plays key roles in restoration of health after all every cell in your body is dependent on building blocks.  Incorporating whole foods which would mean organic and non-processed (or minimally processed) foods.  I will take a few pages out of my experimentation.

B Vitamins
-Pantothenic Acid is also known as Vitamin B5 and like other b vitamins plays important roles throughout the body. A study was done by volunteers (actually prisoners) in which all panthothenic acid was removed from their diet. Within a short time (2 weeks?) they went bonkers and they had to call the study off. They were placed on large doses of supplemental pantothenic acid and recovered very slowly. Panthothenic acid is stored in the adrenals and plays a key role in keeping them healthy.

-B2/B6 are also associated with adrenal function.

Vitamin C
Vitamin C cannot be manufactured in the human body although it can be in animals. Scurvy is a well known deficiency of vitamin C and more recent discoveries about it show conditions like arteriosclerosis as conditions of deficiency as well. Vitamin C is well known as a free radical scavenger (antioxidant) and in my opinion the best antioxidant I have ever taken. Studies show that the adrenals and vitamin C are closely associated, Adelle Davis published research showing without adequate vitamin C that the adrenals begin to shrivel and hemorrhage.

Magnesium - Sodium - Potassium
Magnesium is the overlooked mineral and why that is, is unknown to me. It plays very key roles in over 350 enzymatic functions within the body and would be considered the mineral to maintain homeostasis. Magnesium is a tricky mineral in that it can be difficult to absorb it unlike other minerals such as potassium. It also is subject to wasting - usually due to endocrine disturbances such as diabetes and adrenal dysregulation.

Dr. Mildred Seelig wrote some of the most important journal articles on magnesium and its role in cardiovascular, immune and stress reactions. It has been shown that under most stressors that magnesium is lost. These stressors include loud noises, heat and cold extremes, infections, burns and traumas. This why stress and cardiovascular problems are associated and you can also make a simple jump of logic to associate stress with cancer. These problems (and others) can be traced back to the magnesium depletion.

Seelig made associations with adrenal stress and magnesium as well. These associations work in both directions that is that adrenal stress will reduce magnesium stores and reduced magnesium stores will encourage adrenal stress.

So it is very important that those who are suffering with adrenal issues from these parasites look to magnesium to help them. It is important to use the correct forms and to avoid those forms that are not bio-available such as magnesium oxide. My best results have come from Doctor's Best High Absorption Magnesium (mag lysinate, mag glycinate), 2AEP Magnesium, UltraMag from Source Naturals, magnesium chloride (SlowMag etc) and I like LEF magnesium. It is also important to have your Vitamin D3 levels checked as this vitamin works with magnesium. And of course the latest research on Vitamin D shows its role in the immune system and neurological. See for more information.

Sodium & Potassium are two other electrolytes that play key roles in the body, one of those being neurological health. These are controlled by the mineralcorticoids found in the adrenal glands and these play interactive roles with magnesium. Tissue analysis can be quite helpful in determining the activity of the adrenal glands by assessing the sodium/potassium levels. Adelle Davis links the roles of potassium and sodium levels based on Selye's 3 models of adrenal health. Alarm, resistance and exhaustion are these three models according to Selye and Davis maintains that sodium becomes critical in the exhaustion stage. Of course sodium is generally regarded as being a bad mineral to intake which would be true if potassium and magnesium levels are diminished.

Glandulars are not used in America as they are in Europe. They played a key role in my adrenal healing, the other nutritionals stabilized the adrenals but the glandulars healed them. This product is made by many manufacturers and I would recommend staying away from those that contain licorice which have a stimulating effect which is not good for people with adrenal exhaustion.  Some people have reported that adrenal glandulars do not help but may aggravate their situation.

Essential Fatty acids
Essential Fatty Acids are fats or oils that the body needs to perform multiple functions. They play a part in many metabolic processes, and there is evidence to suggest that low levels of essential fatty acids, or the wrong balance of types among the essential fatty acids, may be a factor in a number of illnesses.  Some of the food sources of Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids are fish and shellfish, flaxseed (linseed), hemp oil, sunflower, sesame, safflower, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, leafy vegetables, and walnuts.  (source Wikipedia),

Remember that most adrenal hormones are created from cholesterol and when the adrenals are putting out high hormones, the demand for fats is increased. One should not neglect animal fats as they are rich in the fatty acids the body needs to create the adrenal response. I remember several periods when I was under massive adrenal stress in which I craved a high fat and high sodium diet, these cravings are the body's way of getting what it needs.

Protein plays key roles in the repair of the body and the adrenals are no exception. Every cell of the body is dependent on protein. Protein is made up of amino acids, the body uses these amino acids for most of its operation.
Proteins are the basic building blocks of the entire body. Their assimilation and utilization are controlled by the DNA. Basically when you ingest proteins, the body begins to pull apart the bonds of the proteins using enzymes to accomplish this. (hydrochloric acid and pepsin are secreted by the stomach then some of the pancreatic enzymes will further break down the proteins).

Regardless of the protein source, all the proteins are basically amino acids that are attached in very complex manners. So the body takes for example chicken which is for demonstration purposes is a amino acid complex of lysine, methionine and taurine . So when you begin to chew the chicken then you are starting to break down the proteins, then the stomach secretes its enzymes and further breaks down the protein and finally the pancreatic enzymes break it down even further. They get broken down to their individual amino acids. Now that the amino acids are freed up the body begins to reassemble the amino acids into what the body needs it for, these are called proteins.

This is where the DNA comes in. It is like the software of your body and begins to build proteins for specific purposes by assembling different amino acids . Proteins for the eyes and proteins for the immune system are different, they require different components like baking a chocolate cake requires different ingredients than a pineapple upside down cake, they are both cakes but use some similar ingredients like flour and sugar but have differing ingredients thus their outcomes are different.

So for instance immune cells require more cysteine than say the eyes. Taurine and methionine are probably more predominant in the liver than say lysine. Lysine is involved in calcium/magnesium retention and threonine is involved in immunity.

But the DNA and I guess RNA will decide where to put those molecules. But if there are other components that are missing say Zinc then the DNA may not be functioning properly as zinc is involved in protein assimilation. But zinc is not the only thing involved. Vitamin co-factors such as B6 are involved in protein assimilation as well along with the proper minerals.

Toxicity will interfere with protein assimilation particularly heavy metals such as lead.
So to make a long story short, mineral and vitamin or nutrient deficiency can cause protein assimilation problems along with heavy metals.

I had terrible ridging in my nails and looking at them today they are much better. My personal opinion in this has to do with the detoxifying I did which I would say ozone was the big gun in that. Ozone will provoke toxin release and I used other toxin vacuums like chlorella, edta and other stuff (I like zeolites, I use ACV zeolite from I had horrible reactions which was toxin release, I think metal releases.) If you want more info on this protocol let me know.

A really good test to use is the Amino Acid profiles from Metametrix. I had a urine test done from Genova, but then I did another test from Metametrix and was blessed to speak to their main researcher Dr. Lord. He has a fantastic book on orthomolecular studies. . He was very generous and told me that serum testing is the only way to test not urine. They offer a few levels of testing.

Testing goes a long way for instance my test showed issues with the 3 majors >>> cysteine, methionine and taurine. And the commonality with these is they are all involved in 2 major processes ::: detox and immune system. Other tests from other patients show that this is common among those with pathogenic loads.

Here is an additional link with some very good information on it concerning the adrenal responses:

This video covers some key points about adrenal function and it is my opinion that products listed may not be enough to restore the adrenals.

Adaptogens are herbals that help moderate the harmful effects of stress on the body, they not only lessen stress but protect organ systems and help tonify the body to aid in the fight or flight syndrome. Examples of adaptogens would be Siberian Ginseng, Ashwaghanda and Jiagoluan ,turmeric could be classified as an adaptogen as well. Some herbs that are listed as adaptogenic can also have stimulatory effects such as Ginsengs with the exception of the Siberian variety. I would also stay away from Licorice which in itself has many great qualities, but does have a tendency to stimulate the adrenal glands, so if you are suffering with overactive adrenals, which many do with these infections, then using licorice will further provoke the adrenals which is not a good idea. I purchase these items in bulk which saves a great deal of money.

**this is for education purposes only and is not meant to diagnose or treat any medical condition, seek out professional medical advice.  

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

TMA (Tissue Mineral Analysis)

As a C.N.C. (Certified Nutritional Consultant), I offer Tissue mineral analysis through Trace Elements Inc.      TMA is also known as hair analysis which uses the hair to determine mineral stores.   This offers a longer term look at mineral stores versus serum testing which shows mineral status with the last 24 hours.

Minerals such as Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc are tested and they will type you for your endocrine status (thyroid, adrenal and metabolic type (fast or slow)).  Testing is non-invasive and reasonably priced (a full report is $100), turnaround time is about 10 days.

I cannot facilitate tests in New York or Ohio.  Please leave a comment if interested and I can email you the information.

Here is an article written by Dr. David Watts in response to Stephen Barrett's (quackwatch) criticism of hair analysis.   Click here

Monday, February 6, 2012

Heavy Metal meets the Renaissance

Luc Arbogast, born in 1976 in La Rochelle , is a French musician, singer countertenor strongly inspired by medieval music.  Luc Arbogast plays music inspired by medieval France and especially the peasant tradition of overlapping melancholy and spirituality.  He is a self-taught musician who arranges most of the music himself.  He plays at medieval festivals and in the streets, he has combined with his wife to form the group Domus, they live in Souvigny in Auvergne.

Albums self-released
2003 : Fjall of Vinur yr
2004 : Domus
2007 : Hortus Dei
2009 : At the Gates of Sananda

Santiago Calatrava

Santiago Calatrava Valls  born 28 July 1951) is a Spanish architect, sculptor and structural engineer whose principal office is in Zürich, Switzerland. Classed now among the elite designers of the world, he has offices in Zürich, Paris, Valencia, and New York City.

Calatrava's early career was largely dedicated to bridges and train stations, whose designs elevated the status of civil engineering projects to new heights. His Montjuic Communications Tower in Barcelona, Spain (1991) in the heart of the 1992 Olympic site, as well as the Allen Lambert Galleria in Toronto, Canada (1992), were important works and turning points in his career, leading to a wide range of commissions. The Quadracci Pavilion (2001) of the Milwaukee Art Museum was his first building in the United States. Calatrava's entry into high-rise design began with an innovative 54-story-high twisting tower called Turning Torso (2005), located in Malmö, Sweden.

Calatrava is currently designing the future train station – World Trade Center Transportation Hub – at the rebuilt World Trade Center in New York City.

Calatrava's style has been heralded as bridging the division between structural engineering and architecture. In the projects, he continues a tradition of Spanish modernist engineering.

-source Wikipedia

Complete selected works...........................................................................

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Metametrix Testing

I am licensed provider for Metametrix Labs which offers unique and insightful test panels of which the GI Effects Test is the best in the industry as far as I am concerned.  Their testing uses PCR analysis versus traditional microscopy testing in which PCR is highly accurate.

Read more about the testing here        

If you are interested then the process is easy in which I will order the test kits to be sent directly to you, you send the specimens back to Metametrix and enclose a check.  I receive test results in about 2 weeks and forward them to you via email.

They offer several different panels from a full profile to specific pathogenic testing.  I recommend panel #2105 which tests all phases of pathogens (parasite, yeast and bacteria).  Cost for this test is $250.00.

Email me with any questions you have.



Obligate anaerobes
Bacteroides sp.
Clostridia sp.
Prevotella sp.
Fusobacteria sp.
Streptomyces sp.
Mycoplasma sp.

Facultative anaerobes
Lactobacillus sp.
Bifidobacter sp.

Obligate aerobes
Escherichia coli


Achromobacter/Alcaligenes sp.
Aeromonas sp.
Bacillus sp.
Citrobacter sp.
Enterobacter sp.
Klebsiella oxytoca
Klebsiella pneumoniae
Morganella morganii
Psuedomonas sp.
Salmonella sp.
Staphylococcus aureus
Vibrio sp.
Yersinia sp.

Helicobacter pylori
Clostridium difficile
Campylobacter sp.
Entero-hemorrhagic Eschericia coli (EHEC)

Candida sp.
Geotrichum sp.
Saccharomyces sp.
Taxonomy Unavailable


Parasitic Protozoans
Blastocystis hominis
Cryptosporidium species
Dientamoeba fragilis
Endomilax nana
Entamoeba sp.
Giardia sp.
Giardia lamblia
Trichomonas hominis

Parasitic Worms
Ascaris lumbricoides
Clonorchis sinensis
Enterobius vermicularis
Necator americanus
Schistosoma mansoni
Strogyloides sp.
Taenia solium
Trichuris species


Botanical Sensitivities
Pharmaceutical Sensitivities

Saturday, February 4, 2012

I.M Pei Architect

Ieoh Ming Pei (born April 26, 1917) is known as I.M. Pei is a Chinese American Architect and considered a primary force in modern architecture.    He has won many awards for his architectural work.

Luce Chapel 

Japanese Modern Style

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

JFK Library

Friday, February 3, 2012

Architecture House of the Year

Pictures and introduction courtesy of

Mountainside home integrated into its powerful natural surroundings

Spa House is set on the mountainside on the urban edge of Hout Bay, overlooking the bay and harbour, and surrounded by weathered sandstone formations. The primary design intention was to integrate the building with the powerful landscape and to derive its poetics from the qualities of its surroundings.

The house is separated from the principal residence by a berm, and is connected to it by footpaths. The brief called for a guest house and entertainment facility. It incorporates swimming pools, guest accommodation, spa facilities and general living and poolside areas.

The house is conceived of as a hovering set of elements, suspended over a large waterscape, which forms an extended terrace on the mountainside.

Water constitutes the primary experience of the building. The floor planes are arranged to provide contrasting experiences of water, and the underwater spa with large viewing windows into the pool has a sense of stillness and mystery.  read more here >> 

Thursday, February 2, 2012

RC Bird

The original Sean Kinkade (SK) Park Hawk! Version 1! What an amazing machine. Its hard to believe when you first see it, but it is the easiest thing to fly and has proven to be quite robust. Robert found this gem hanging from the roof of one of our local hobby shops and had to pick it up. I had been eyeing it for quite a while and maybe I should have picked it up. Either way its a joy to witness and to fly. 

Wanna buy one? Go straight to the source!