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#3683 - 06/22/08 03:21 PM Dr. Whittaker's Lyme testing
Kat
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Does anyone know about Dr. Whittaker and her Lyme testing???? Sounds interesting.

This is an exerpt from:
Dr. Robert Jay Rowenís SECOND OPINION
Vol. XIII, No. 12, December 2003


"Fortunately, Joanne Whitaker, whom I mentioned last month, has solved the problem of false negatives. Not only has Dr. Whitaker faced her own long-standing chronic Lyme disease from childhood, but sheís also a specialist in infectious diseases, hematology/oncology, and has many medical certifications.

Dr. Whitaker has developed what appears to be the most reliable test ever for Lyme disease. Her lab actually tests for the presence of the bug itself, not just the antibodies. And, resting my concerns, she told me that her methods also detect the cell wall deficient (CWD) form. Her test is called Q-RIBb for quantitative rapid identification of Bb (the abbreviation of Lyme diseaseís scientific name). The test simply uses an antibody to Lyme derived from animals thatís modified to carry a fluorescent molecule. The antibodies will attach to both the spirochete form and the CWD form and, under the right color, will light up under a microscope. With this test, Dr. Whitaker not only can detect Lyme directly, but she can do it in only 20 minutes and she can tell you how bad the infection is by the number of bugs present.

Dr. Linda Mattman (also discussed last month) confirmed that Dr. Whitakerís test is virtually 100 percent sensitive. That means it will rarely, if ever, miss a diagnosis. Dr. Mattman checked Dr. Whitakerís work by simultaneously culturing the samples and found a 100 percent correlation between her labís detection and Dr. Whitakerís test.

Furthermore, Dr. Whitakerís lab also checks for two co-infections associated with tick bites. Babesia is a protozoa, like malaria organism, and infects the red blood cells. Erlichia is a bacteria, fortunately treatable through conventional antibiotics, including the type that treats Bb. It appears that babesia can be eliminated with our old friend artemisinin (100 mg three times daily). After all artemisinin was developed as an antimalarial. (You first read about artemisinin in the April 2002 issue of Second Opinion.)"

Dr. Whitakerís lab can be reached on the internet at http://www.bowen.org or at 727-937-9077.

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#3692 - 06/23/08 04:59 AM Re: Dr. Whittaker's Lyme testing [Re: Kat]
Rich_skiweasel7
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Registered: 12/29/06
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I don't know what has happened to Dr. Whitaker (she was old and her health was poor the last time I saw her on video). Her QRIBb test was performed by Bowden. Bowdenís lab and therapy parts split off. Therapy is still offered under Bowden. The lab is now Central Florida Research. They have a new test that replaced the QRIBb. I donít know of the accuracy of the new test, but it is said to be some sort of improvement on the QRIBb. I think they are still pushing for FDA approval.

Take care,
Rich (skiweasel7)

P.S. Here is some data I had from a while ago:

Bowen test Data:

82 "healthy" patients tested on Whitaker's Bowen QRIBb (tests done by Stuart & Tutun, M.D.s- 2002-2003 in Florida)

30 had 4 or more Fluorescing structures (+)
19 had 2-3 Fluorescing structures (eqv)
33 had 1 or none Fluorescing structures (-)

Dr. Whitaker believes if just 1 Fluorescing shows up, it should NOT be considered negative.

Out of 57 patents suspected of have Lyme:

57 tested positive on the QRibb
38 tested positive on Western Blot (67%)

-Source: Dr. Whitaker's presentation at the 30th Anniversary of Lyme Conference (May 5th, 2005)

Either the Bowen test is very positive sensitive (case being that you are seeing something that is not Bb but looks like it) or about 60% of the American population has Bb in their bodies. Iím leaning to believe the later. And how many of the 33 had one Fluorescing?

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#3693 - 06/23/08 05:00 AM Re: Dr. Whittaker's Lyme testing [Re: Kat]
Rich_skiweasel7
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Registered: 12/29/06
Posts: 178
I don't know what has happened to Dr. Whitaker (she was old and her health was poor the last time I saw her on video). Her QRIBb test was performed by Bowden. Bowdenís lab and therapy parts split off. Therapy is still offered under Bowden. The lab is now Central Florida Research. They have a new test that replaced the QRIBb. I donít know of the accuracy of the new test, but it is said to be some sort of improvement on the QRIBb. I think they are still pushing for FDA approval.

Take care,
Rich (skiweasel7)

P.S. Here is some data I had from a while ago:

Bowen test Data:

82 "healthy" patients tested on Whitaker's Bowen QRIBb (tests done by Stuart & Tutun, M.D.s- 2002-2003 in Florida)

30 had 4 or more Fluorescing structures (+)
19 had 2-3 Fluorescing structures (eqv)
33 had 1 or none Fluorescing structures (-)

Dr. Whitaker believes if just 1 Fluorescing shows up, it should NOT be considered negative.

Out of 57 patents suspected of have Lyme:

57 tested positive on the QRibb
38 tested positive on Western Blot (67%)

-Source: Dr. Whitaker's presentation at the 30th Anniversary of Lyme Conference (May 5th, 2005)

Either the Bowen test is very positive sensitive (case being that you are seeing something that is not Bb but looks like it) or about 60% of the American population has Bb in their bodies. Iím leaning to believe the later. And how many of the 33 had one Fluorescing?

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#4090 - 12/09/08 09:54 AM Re: Dr. Whittaker's Lyme testing [Re: Kat]
newnoggin
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Registered: 11/10/08
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the test she developed (with some modifacations) is given at central florida research http://centralfloridaresearch.com/lab2/.

i had the test done and tested positive. you may or may not depending on how many Bb are in that particular sample. also, as you know the Bb could mostly be in your tissues.

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