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"Recovering from Chronic Disease"
"on the 25th Anniversary of AIDS"
"Sarcoidosis, AIDS and Cancers"


This year's conference will be in Los Angeles, at LAX, the International Airport. Los Angeles is the home of our keynote speaker this year, Dr Alan Cantwell, MD. Alan has agreed to come out of retirement, and speak, for the first time in 20 years, about his landmark research (during the 1970s) into the importance of CWD L-form bacteria in Sarcoidosis, Scleroderma, Cancers, and, more recently, in AIDS. Alan will also participate in panel discussions,

Alan personally knew Dr Virginia Livingstone, and many of the others who pioneered our understanding of the importance of these tiny bacteria. Alan's recent book "Four Women Against Cancer" is published by AriesRising Press. I am looking forward to detailed discussions with Alan. This opportunity presents the chance of a lifetime for us to delve into the minds of those great thinkers who did so much of the pioneering in this field.

June is the 25th Anniversary of AIDS, and thus would seem to be an auspicious month for the conference.

I have visited the LAX hotels andwe have gotten good deal on the weekend of Fathers Day, 17/18 June, at the (luxurious) Airport Hilton, with a room rate of only $99 (two people per room) during that weekend (DON'T BOOK YOUR ROOMS UNTIL WE HAVE THE RATE SETUP IN HILTON's COMPUTERS, as we have had to guarantee a minimum number of room nights to get the best rate). The special parking rate will be $10 per night, and there will be a $10 charge for a high-speed internet connection.

rooms available at the $99 rate. The Group booking code is AUT.

What worries me is that some of our Health Professionals will not be able to attend because of the clash with Father's Day. Obviously, I would urge them to bring their family, and spend a day at Disneyland to compensate for Father's Day 'lost' at the conference:) Actually, being pampered at a hotel the class of the Hilton is probably celebration enough:)

http://www.losangelesairport.hilton.com

The Hilton has a shuttle every 10 mins 24/7 to the Airport, less than 1/2 mile away, and a free shuttle to the big shopping mall at Manhattan Beach. This is a huge hotel (1100 rooms) and every one of the Los Angeles tour companies stops there:)

Dr Greg Blaney has agreed to speak on Th1 disease, and John McDonald, an expert in optics, will describe the Microscope technology needed to detect the L-form bacteria in pin-prick blood. This year there will be panel sessions of the expert speakers, in addition to the panel format we had last year.

We will announce more great speakers as the days roll by:)

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Will there be discussion about the Marshall Protocol at the conference? Will there be enouph accommodations for 150 people?

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LeAnne,
The Hilton has 1100 rooms and two floors of banquet space, about 10 times what we need. Lots of hallways with comfortable chairs that we can use for breakout discussions, too. Four restaurants and a Cafe (with Pizza and Salads) are available, as well as the usual Bar in the huge foyer. You can also hop in the shuttle and eat at the airport if you want more fast food. So there is no problem with too many folks rolling up. The problem is too few.

Yes, lots of discussion on the mechanics of the MP will be scheduled. But my interests have moved a little from yours. Mine are now turning to "saving the world," trying to figure out just how the MP pathogenesis is specifically applied to other disease conditions. AIDS and Cancers are crying out for illumination, and the MP can provide some answers. So there will be some sessions scheduled for those of us at the bleeding edge, and some for those trying just to get from day to day:)

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Here is a photo of the room which we will probably use. It holds up to 300, in theatre type seating. In this photo it is decked out in dining regalia http://tinyurl.com/zbkjo

General hotel details are here http://tinyurl.com/zth3p

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Thank you. I want to invite some physicians, who have inquiring minds, who are interested in the protocol and the topic of bacteria. I would love to come and meet you, along with others. I just have to convince my hubby.;)

LeAnne

The East coast has conference rooms too.;)

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How soon will you have a schedule of events? It will be helpful when making travel and airline arrangements.

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LeAnne,
Alan Cantwell is an invaluable link to the minds and knowledge of past CWD visionaries, all of whom have long since gone from us. The conference needs to be in Los Angeles so that he can attend it.

I need to decide to go ahead with the Jun 17/18 date, or not go ahead, within the next few days. If we miss this date it will be Winter before other openings are available.

Assume that the schedule will not look much different from last year, except that there will be a lot more opportunity to sit around and talk with each other, and that there will be no sunshine in the hallways this year - the venue is entirely indoors without windows:):) Additionally, we will have some informal patient-oriented networking-type events late Friday afternoon/evening.

So that would mean the plenary session on Saturday will start at about 10am and end at 5pm. There will be a sit-down dinner at 7pm. Sunday will start at 9am and go through to 1pm (so folks working to a tight schedule can fly in Saturday morning and fly out late Sunday afternoon)(and so other folks can take their families to Disneyland on Sunday afternoon, evening, then leave on the red-eye).

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Rats, I can't make it, my daughter graduates from college on 6/17.

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I could make it this winter....Jeannine

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Trevor--

I look forward to attending another conference, whenever and wherever would be the most convenient for all.  I hope you have enough attendees so that it may happen soon!  I needed a date to start making plans for myself and possibly with a few others.

Thank you for initiating the process!   :D . . . Carole

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Dear Trevor:

I don’t think most folks consider Father’s Day a major holiday, but I wonder if two months notice is enough for busy medical professionals as well as many “regular folks”.  Speaking for myself, if I would have known the date for the conference 6 months ago, I would have planned my schedule differently to make it more economical and practical to attend.  As someone who lives full time in an RV in a variety of locales, I realize my situation is unique. 

I still really want to be there.  Attending the Chicago conference was a wonderful experience for both my husband and me.  But it will be a challenge for me to make this work.  

Regards,

Carol

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Ditto Carole.

I found out about the MP days before the Chicago conference last year. At that time, it was just barely a blip on my radar, something to learn about in my spare time. Little did I know! (really have used those DVDs!) Value of this conference just as significant.

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Like Carole and Janet, this sounds good. Think I can. Need any help with anything, Trevor?

Will ask my doc if she will be able to come!

HANG IN THERE, WE WILL MAKE IT!!! BARNEY:D

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I would like to attend; however, winter is better for me and spouse. June work schedule will have him bogged down. Fathers' Day needs to be spent with my 90 year old dad as you all can probably understand.

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Barring winning the lottery, I don't think I'll be able to attend.

What I would like to be discussed at the conference is a sequel to the discussion about the politics, where to go from here.

What I have been wondering about are a couple of things.

dr marshall's research is wielding a lot of results. I am curious if some of these findings will be taken up by the health professionals that are member of mp.com.

One thing that sticks out in my mind is dr Marshall saying: "Log infection !"  when doing tests with ARB's etc.

That looks like a no-brainer, since we all know that in th1-diseases there is a whole lot of systemic infection.

It would however be a breakthrough in itself, since before taking these medicin, there is no trace of infection, other than our beloved D-ratio  :cool:  This might open the road to proving that there are bacteria who don't show up on the normal 'radar'.

But the question is, who is going to do this kind of research? Are there health profs on mp.com who could take this on?

Just some thoughts,

Sincerely, Frans

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carol wrote:
Dear Trevor:

I don’t think most folks consider Father’s Day a major holiday, experience for both my husband and me.


Scream! You do if you are a Father!:) Still, I had planned to make it until my daughter's college grad trumped the conference.

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I think that I could swing it Doc.  Troy

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How much for the event? 

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How much?
Well, lets see, we have have had 3 say they can come so far. Most are saying they can't make it.

So if we divide the costs by 3, we get - gazillions - yes, my best estimate at this point is that it will cost gazillions:)

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I counted at least 5, with two of those that thought of bringing others. (I was thinking how to get my family members with cancer and advanced age & Th1 there, maybe also husband who has shown off and on interest.)

That makes costs very reasonable now, right?... about a half a gazillion? Is my math off?

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I will try my hardest to be there. So make that 4.

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'Tis the week before Easter and This Flower Lady is up to her Eyeballs in Easter Lillies....My sleep schedule is all wonky. I am wonky:cool:

As soon as I have a few extra minutes , I need to check out air fare to LAX. I spoke with my husband about attending, and he also believes it is important. Cost very well might be an obstacle.

I'm a definite Maybe;)

 

A Zillion Dollars!!:dude: How many Easter Lillies can one woman sell!!??

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Dr Marshall

I'm going to the next conference no matter when it is. I need something to keep me busy on father's day anyway so that's fine with me. I've got three coming with me right now. My goal is ten which probably will not happen. That just means I'm gonna have a lot of friends avoiding me for a while. So now the cost is only a zillion dollars apiece. I know my MasterCard will not handle it so I'll check my discover. LOL

Ival

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I'd really like to be there and if there is anyway I can swing it I will (that's a maybe....60% probability). It'd be great to meet Dr. Marshall, some of the moderators and others of my MP family.

Robert

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CJ,
Southwest flies from Detroit to LAX, and there are still a few $180 each-way discount seats selling, and one flight with a $150 discount. Detroit is not as cheap as some hubs, but that will serve as a guide for your budget.

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dr marshall,

i would give anything to attend the conference this summer, but financially it's probably not possible  for me right now.  my husband has been out of work for about 3 months  and we are going to be playing catch-up for awhile after he starts to work again.  probably a winter one would be more feasible for me.  would a later one be in L.A. also?        sorry....sun

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Sun,
It really only makes sense to hold conferences when there is something to discuss. At this point it is important for Dr Alan Cantwell to meet with us, and vice-versa (his colleagues, too).

There is no guarantee we will ever have another conference, especially as I get busier and busier. But then, maybe a commercial organization will take over the hard work at some point in the future.

Maybe you can car-pool with somebody from Northern CA. I am sure that there must be a way to get to LAX...

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I will attend.

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If there's a conference, I'm sure I'm attending and I'll be driving in the evening.  

If there's anyone wanting to attend from Phoenix, AZ or wanting to drive to/from AZ that would like to carpool, pm me.  I'll most likely be leaving for LA a day earlier though, so that would mean one extra night's hotel stay.

I'm planning to split a room with someone, (don't know whom yet) so the extra night's not all that big of an expense.     

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I've been checking on airline tickets and the average cost for me has been around $500.00 round trip. I am going to check another website for rates. (Kayak.com) Someone told me they fly to LA. from Atlanta all the time, and they get a pretty decent rate from them.

LeAnne

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I WILL ATTEND.

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All things being equal add one from Tokyo for June. How does the price look now?

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The registration will be under $100, including coffee breaks, probably well under, but I need to haggle with the Hotels tomorrow. Haggling is a US tradition, unfortunately:X Maybe we will hold the next conference in Japan:) The sit-down dinner will be additional, I think. I will have to warm up the computer which does my number crunching, I guess:)

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Ah the benefits of having a flight attendant mom :D 

I will definitely put the conference into consideration ... exams should be all done by then!!

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To all,

Thanks to those who are making the effort to find a way to LA. It is heartwarming to see your responses. I'm saddened that some of you will have to miss this very special event. Dr. Cantwell is a medical pioneer and he can no longer travel far. Those of you who saw Lida Mattman in Chicago were lucky as she is now in an assisted-living home.

I am looking forward to meeting many of our MP family for the first time and renewing friendships with others. Jane, I can't believe you are coming from Tokyo. It will be great to see you again. Ival, I enjoyed getting to know you in Bethesda and look forward to hearing your Florida drawl again. Sherry, I remember our quiet, heartfelt conversations at the Chicago conference and I'm happy to know you'll be there.

We will make sure there is lots of time for meeting and greeting. Many of you have supported each other via the website and it will be great to see everyone getting together. The Hilton should provide ample communal space for relaxed conversations.

Some of you may want to network to travel or room together as Reenie suggested.

The physicians sessions will be a chance to see firsthand the development of cutting edge science. We will also have panels designed for members needs.

Meeting people in person who share a special bond is an amazing experience. I hope all of you will look hard for the resources to attend this conference because it may be a very long time before we have another one.

Best,

Meg

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One delegate from Tokyo and the price goes from a zillion to less than $100. I think I am on to something here.

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Attention all US travelers:

Southwest Airlines (online) is running a sale on air fares from various US cities that must be purchased by midnight tomorrow, April 13th for travel through the summer. The rates are as little as $39.00 from Phoenix and $59.00 from Dallas one way.

If husband can take a few days off, then that will be at least two, possibly four to LAX. Due to brain fog, I can not travel by myself, yet.:X

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Meg,

Maybe it would be a good idea to broadcast an email to all that have registered on MP.com announcing the conference. I'm sure there are many who don't check the website very often (especially medical professionals) but would be interested in the conference. Just an idea...

Don

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Lisa N and I will attend.

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I will definitely attend! Maybe by then I'll even be driving that far by myself...wonders never cease. :)

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OK folks, we will run the conference on June 17/18. Its OK to book your flights, as long as you have not received an email saying you will not be welcome:):) If you need to fly in a day early or leave a day late, either because of sickness (time to recover) or because you can get cheaper flights away from the weekend itself, I think I can negotiate to extend the incentive ($99, two occupancy) room rate with the Hotel.

There will be plenty of chairs and foyer space for folks to meet up Friday afternoon and evening for informal gatherings.

At this point I can't promise you whether the conference will be in the Hilton or the Radisson, so hold your hotel room reservations until we sign the contracts.

..Trevor..

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Suddenly it hits you that the lovely family feeling we have on the board, that shrinks the world, is not realistic when it comes to conferences... can't afford to travel...

:(  jealous 

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I have updated the first post in this thread, see URL
http://www.marshallprotocol.com/view_topic.php?id=6035&forum_id=39

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Sigh, can't sqeeze it from the budget. My heart will be with you all.

For those of us unable to make it to the Conference, let's consider making a donation to the Foundation as best we can to help the Cause.

'til later,
Jillian 

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I went ahead and booked my flights and I was able to find non-stops coming and going on American Airlines for a $300 round trip. I also checked with the Hilton to see if they honored the discount I get through work, which they did. So, I'm all booked up. I'm really looking foward to meeting everyone.

Robert

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Dr Trevor Marshall wrote: CJ,
Southwest flies from Detroit to LAX, and there are still a few $180 each-way discount seats selling, and one flight with a $150 discount. Detroit is not as cheap as some hubs, but that will serve as a guide for your budget.

Thank you much trevor,

I'm going to look into flying out of Flint's Bishop International airport too. ( much closer...easy to get in/out)This is all unfamiliar to me, I don't fly often.I'm workin on it;)

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PLEASE DON"T BOOK YOUR HOTEL ROOMS UNTIL WE GET THE CONFERENCE BOOKING SET UP.

THE AUTOIMMUNITY RESEARCH FOUNDATION HAS GUARANTEED THAT WE WILL OCCUPY A MINIMUM NUMBER OF ROOMS, AND WE WILL HAVE TO PAY OUT OF POCKET IF THOSE ARE NOT FILLED.

THERE ARE PLENTY OF ROOMS AVAILABLE, 1100 AT THE HOTEL, SO THE FLIGHTS ARE YOUR MAIN CONCERN RIGHT NOW. CONCENTRATE ON SECURING A GOOD RATE FOR FLIGHTS, THE HOTEL ROOMS WILL STILL BE AVAILABLE IN A WEEK OR TWO

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Hi Folks,

For those of you whether or not you're able to attend the conference, but wanted to make some sort of contribution, since Dr Phil has a message board containing folks with sarcoidoisis and other chronic illnesses AND they will be local to the conference, I think it would be great to try to get some media coverage to this event.   

Here's a link to Dr Phil's site, to email the show.  It might help to mention the topic, How I Fought My Illness from their message boards in the body of the email. 

http://drphil.com/plugger/respond/?plugID=9164

There's further discussion on this in the General Discussion forum, My Reply to Sarcoidosis Posting on Dr Phil :cool:

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Another good idea would be to get those of you members in the LA area to group together one day and try to speak with the producers or Dr. Phil. I noticed several members in the Los Angeles, California area. Maybe someone could contact all of them and get something going. I wish there were a way to get members to contact other members as there is almost 3000 on this site. Imagine what kind of statement that would make.;)

How many active MP patients do we have?

LeAnne

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LeAnne,
You may wish to make contact with 
others in your area by private message.
Barb ...

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LeAnne,

I wonder which celebrities or news shows would be interested in the conference since there are quite a few involved in AIDS and they would be local to the area. 

One member asked me if Elizabeth Taylor would be making an appearance. :cool:

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Reenie,
Well, at least the LA Airport Hilton would provide a more auspicious venue for such an appearance than the Chicago Holiday Inn:):)

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Barb,

I will work on contacting Ga. Members. Does anyone know how many members are currently being treated on the protocol?

Reenie,

I think there are several talk show host in LA, infact, I read somewhere that there is a radio talk show host in LA. Maybe some of the LA. protocol members could contact them.

Dr. Marshall,

Please push for the Hilton. It looks sooo beautiful.;)

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I talked to one of our MP members to the LA area. She is a writer, and said she would try to get some media coverage, by announcing the presence of Dr. Alan Cantwell to the LA area and will be speaking at this conference. I wonder how hard it is to get an announcement like that in the paper, tv. or over the radio. It may spark some interests. Great idea from our member "GettingBetter"

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If I recall from a leader hosting a local Phoenix conference for FMS, I believe she was able to get her pic in the AZ Paper and get a blurb and an announcement, free of charge, about the conference, simply by contacting the media. 

I would think someone from ARF might be able to contact one of the large papers in LA for that.  I think it would need to be "someone in charge" rather than a member of the site. 

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I just purchase our airline tickets. So, make that two more attending the conference.;) We will be arriving a day early and leaving the day after the conference. What kinda of things are there to do in LA that would be suitable for an MP patient?

LeAnne

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Since I've just begun to look into the Marshall Protocol and just learned of the conference, I intend to be there.  I picked up the DVD's from the Chicago Conference and what an eye opener.

Lucky for me I live in Northern California so is easy for me.:)

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I just booked a flight (on a frequent flyer) for me. I really want my husband to go....I am having a bit of trouble thinking of going to the airport all and flying all the way by myself dressed up from head to toe without my support system! Funny, I traveled everywhere prior to this all by myself!! I even traveled to Guatemala to live for 3 months to adopt our third child by myself. Why am I being like that? (no need to answer ;)).

There is a non stop (from Houston to LAX) arriving at 10 am or 2:30pm at LAX....I am booked at 10am, what time is check in??? maybe I should change it to the 2:30pm? any advice there? Wanted to get there for networking ....I can leave Sun at 2:45pm or 6:40pm, I chose 2:45, since I read that we will be done at 1pm.

Is there anyone (female) that needs a roommate? We will decide this week if my husband and maybe my kids will go. Just seeing if anyone wants to share a room? Is it $99 pp or per room? Will the rooms be totally MP friendly?

I am looking forward to this!

 

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Leesa,

I'm thrilled to know you will be coming. I will bring greetings from your Menomonie friends. :)

I suspect that most folks won't arrive until Friday afternoon and that hotel checkin is the usual 3pm. We have decided to have focus group discussions for members on Sunday afternoon so you might want to stay longer.

Reenie is looking for a roommate so you might PM her. This is a great way to have fun getting to know other MPers.

Anxiety in general can be exacerbated by the MP so that may be the source of your newfound fear of traveling alone. You will find many helpful hints to allay your fears in What precautions do I need to take when I am going out or when traveling away?

Yes, the hotel rooms are $99 a night. They should have heavy drapes...most hotel rooms do. You could bring some duct tape to secure the edges and some low watt light bulbs to replace higher ones that are accessible. The conference rooms are centally located so they are windowless. The lighting there will be turned down to 30 lux as it was in Chicago.

Best,

Meg

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HI ALL

This is Fred in WV.  Sue and I plan to be at that conference also. So how many do we have now???

Your friend in sarcoidosis

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Freddie,

That's good news. It will be great to see you and Sue again. We do not anticipate any trouble reaching our attendee goal. Many folks have sent us PMs and emails that they are coming.

Best,

Meg

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Okay, I couldn't come. I am a workin stiff. So please share the pics, the info and the materials with the rest of us :D

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Hi,  the fisherman and I are very interested in coming.  But we will have to arrange oxygen supplies.  Any ideas?  He will need a concentrator or may be able to get by with 5 or 6 medium size tanks.  We have tickets "in the bank" with Air Canada. We had to cancel a previous reservation because of his illness and they have the money, so, we can't think of a better way to use the tickets than coming to the conference.  It will be great to meet some of the folks that we have been following on the protocol.

Here's hoping we make it.

jill:) and the fisherman:cool:

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My dad (also on the MP) and I will be there.

Look forward to seeing some from the Chicago Conference and meeting new MP friends.

Joyce Waterhouse, Ph.D.

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Would dearly love to come, but flights aren't possible for those on SSD, I'm afraid.  I'll be there in spirit, though, and hope you create DVD's!!!

Kathy:cool:

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Katy
Sorry you can't be there. There is nothing quite the same as being a part of a huge group of folks who are also recovering, sitting around the hallways, chatting, exchanging experiences and info. The DVDs are an important resource, but I am still sad you can't make it in person.

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Jill,

Here is an article on traveling with oxygen that should provide the answers you are looking for.

I'm looking forward to meeting you and the fisherman!

Best,

Meg

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Bookdad,

I will try to take candid photos with my digital camera and share them online as the conference unfolds. I'm so happy that many of the attendees have added photo avatars to their posts. This will make even those we've never met seem familiar. Thanks for being such a supportive member of the website.

Best,

Meg

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OK, the Registration and Information page is now live at URL
http://www.autoimmunityresearch.org/lax2006.htm

Please register immediately, so that we can get a good head count. You can come back in a day or two to pay the fee (just click the "Visa/Mastercard Donate" button at the bottom of that page when you have your payment ready, or you can mail us a check).

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My husband and I are coming!  I booked flight ($520 for both RT) and the registration fee.  Is there a code number yet for the hotel?

We are both excited about coming and meeting you and many of the other MPers. 

Keeping on, Sue

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I am hoping to find someone to share a hotel room with to get the $99 rate; I will arrive late Friday evening (about 11 p.m.) and depart Sunday afternoon.

I am quiet and respectful.

Please send me a PM.

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Note to all:
We have a strong Community here who encourage and support each other.. 

You may wish to make contact with others in your area by private message. Thank you to all, Barb ...

Dr Marshall wrote:
OK, the Registration and Information page is now live at URL
http://www.autoimmunityresearch.org/lax2006.htm

Please register immediately, so that we can get a good head count. You can come back in a day or two to pay the fee (just click the "Visa/Mastercard Donate" button at the bottom of that page when you have your payment ready, or you can mail us a check).

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Barb,

I have made contacts in the following states: SC,GA,WV,KY,MS,ME,VT,NH,MA,RI,DL,IN,AR,ND,WY,and FL.

I basically mentioned the upcoming conference, and asked about making donations to ARF, and asking about their status of whether or not they were on the MP. I have gotten several replies..... some stating they would make donations, some thanking me for telling them about the conference. There are some who have told me why they either dropped doing the protocol or didn't do it at all.

I think it is good to contact the members of the board in order to follow up on people and find out "where they are". They may just need encouraging, or they may not have a full understanding of the science. I know one person said they didn't do it because they tried high doses of minocycline and didn't have ANY reaction. He also said his blood work was in "normal" range. People like this obviously do not have a clear understanding of the protocol and will slip through the cracks.

I think it would be a good idea for people to contact their own areas and be mentors to the newbies that join.

LeAnne

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Reenie wrote:
If I recall from a leader hosting a local Phoenix conference for FMS, I believe she was able to get her pic in the AZ Paper and get a blurb and an announcement, free of charge, about the conference, simply by contacting the media. 

I would think someone from ARF might be able to contact one of the large papers in LA for that.  I think it would need to be "someone in charge" rather than a member of the site. 


Hi All,

As Reenie suggests,
may I add: contacting the health/lifestyle reporter at the media outlet directly and asking for the appropriate fax numbers and e-mail
for forwarding press releases to their attention. Initial contact at least a month prior to the event, follow-up phone calls to the reporter or their direct section/segment editor to pitch the story idea/angle so they can get the story slotted for their production schedule. Often, that will at least get you a "brief" run in the "coming attractions" announcing the event and possibly a longer feature article. KCAL, KABC, LA Times, Orange County Register, Daily Breeze, the inland empire papers like the San Bernandino Sun, Riverside Press-Enterprise, alternatives like the LA Weekly, etc. Maybe something on the foundation letterhead "for immediate release" with the appropriate call back contact info.

fwiw.
best regards,

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After much ado, my sister can get off work and will be traveling with me...should say getting me to the LAX conference.

I called Hilton's 800 number and they couldn't find a rate for ARF. Did I call too early or the wrong hotel chain?

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Too early. Apparently it takes a 3-5 business days for these events to be entered into the Hilton's master computer bank. We only signed the confirmation agreement on Wednesday.

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Brian,

Thanks for the helpful hints. I hope you will be joining us.

Donna,

Great news. I'm looking forward to meeting you.

Best,

Meg

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FLIGHT:
OK I just booked airline flight for 2 -- Wahoo! See you all in LA!

HOTEL:
Attendant still couldn't find Autoimmunity Research Foundation conference details and since we do want our reservation prices and credits awarded to the conference block, I will wait until MONDAY when the sales department will return and can be contacted. The phone attendant did say it usually doesn't take more than 3 days to get conferences set up, but said they had been busy so Monday is better.

ARF:
I submitted my registration information with a note in the address field there would be 2 of us, but will likely send a check via mail because the current system really doesn't deal with quantities and my goal is to have both attend. A QTY box would be help maybe?

But most of all, very excited to attend this conference.--JRF

 

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JRF said "the current system really doesn't deal with quantities and my goal is to have both attend. A QTY box would be help maybe?"

The problem is that we print badges from this info. I really don't want a lot of folks walking around with the same name on them. Two registration submissions is cleaner, I think:)

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For those who are coming to LA early and/or staying awhile or who will be accompanied by family/friends who will be looking for interesting things to do in LA here are some websites for tourists:

l.a.4beginners.com

All Los Angeles Tours

Looking forward to seeing everyone,

Meg

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There is a free shuttle that runs from the Hilton to the Manhattan Beach downtown business area, where there are lots of opportunities for exotic shopping
http://www.downtownmanhattanbeach.com/

You can also call the Bell Desk at the Hilton (in a few days, once you have registered) and ask specifically about the tour buses running that weekend (for example, "Los Angeles by Night" http://tinyurl.com/m7ers )

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I've been in contact with my roommate for the conference as she tried to book the room and the hotel still can't find ARF.  I told her to ask under Dr Trevor Marshall and she said nothing was listed under that either.  

This may be a problem if people are booking their hotel rooms anyway.  I think this may need checking into.

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I got the confirmation for the contract today, and the rooms will be set up in the computer tonight or tomorrow morning. Please email me if they are not available tomorrow:)

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The nice young lady assured me the sales staff would have it by Monday but... I'll try again tomorrow.

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Hilton's 800 number now has the ARF listed for conference bookings. I made my reservation at 5:50 a.m. this morning. :)

Donna

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HI ALL

This is Fred in WV.  Sue and I are all set to be in LA on friday 16th at 3:36pm CA time. We hope to see some of you that might be there on friday evening.  There are so many that I want to meet face to face.

Remember, we are all in this together and I am pulling for us.

Your friend in sarcoidosis

Freddie

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I have my airline tickets and just got my LAX Hilton room using the 800 number posted on the Conference link.

I did get some confusing information, though, that Friday the 16th only had 1 King bed rooms available at this time under the block ARF set up. I assured her that most of us were just getting our tickets and room reservations at this time and Friday was a must for those coming from the East (unless you are planning to fly out in the middle of the night to make it on time for the first Saturday session) but the attendant said if I wanted to get the rate posted on the ARF information page, that 1K bed rooms were all that was left.

Now I've bunked with my sister before in my life, and those coming in with spouses might appreciate the 1K rooms that are left for Friday. But it might be good to have ARF check out the situation and maybe get it straightened around so there is a better availability option.

Thanks!--JRFoutin

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JR, I just spoke with the hotel folks. They will get the allocation problem fixed on Monday. Problem was they didn't allocate us enough rooms for Friday night. They will allocate more as soon as the reservations folk get back to work next Monday. Sorry about that. This hotel has a lot more buearocracy than the little one we stayed in at Chicago.

I was assured the hotel has lots of rooms that weekend. This is just a blip. Sorry about that.

..Trevor..

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Dear Trevor,

It's a bummer I won't be able to attend LAX conference in June.  I definitely want to know as much as possible about the progress of the MP, and how it can be contributing to other areas of research.

Will (some of the) sessions be recorded for posterity :) ? If so, please sign me up for a copy. Thank you very much.

Toodles,

 

Michel

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I was wondering if during the sessions with John McDonald, if we could get a volunteer patient, let's just say for sarcoidosis, to get a sample of their blood and have John McDonald show us "live" how to detect it. I know it can take up to several hours, but it would be interesting to have the total process on dvd. If he was to do the initial step early during the conference, maybe we could have the process on dvd. This is just a thought. Would it be possible to do at this conference? I know that this dvd will go out to many inquiring minds. What better way to prove our case than to actually video the process.;)

LeAnne

 

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I have another idea for the conference though I don't know how feasible it might be.  Might it be possible to have the blood draws for the Vitamin D tests performed and the draws properly processed for lab analysis (by Quest perhaps) while at the conference?  The results could then be mailed to the patient-attendees home addresses. This might give those attendees not yet on the protocol a jump start when they approach physicians in their own areas when they return home.  I assume the conference organizers could recruit a licensed physician volunteer already a proponent of the protocol to oversee the process and write the necessary Rx. Thoughts?

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I like this idea about blood testing at the conference. I am struggling with getting docs and blood labs to understand my desire in the testing/handling methods... and one just gave me a funny look of disregard. Perhaps I am not strong enough in communicating what I need... I need to revisit this... maybe I can find a doctor without a lab who will write me an order for a local Quest lab. At any rate, I would be up for this if it could be done at the conference.

By the way, I can make June 17/18 if you are still looking for head counts. I'll start booking the trip shortly. I'm waiting to find out from my husband as to whether he can join me or not.

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Karen,

We're happy to know that you will be joining us at the conference.

There won't be any testing of blood at the conference. The liability issue of performing an invasive procedure would stop us, not to mention the logistics of setting up a drawing laboratory in a hotel.

Best,

Meg

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I'm not saying a blood draw at the conference is a good idea or not. I just personally think it would take too much space and too much time away from sessions like the one that helps patients understand how to work with their healthcare providers for this kind of thing, along with many other issues. (Even if ARF could figure out a similar kind of thing that the Red Cross does to take blood in multiple locations and arenas.)

Also, blood tests are not always the final word or a therapeutic probe wouldn't be so popular with MPers, or so useful in identifying where the disease has really landed in any one body.

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I think that what John McDonald is aiming to do, is to give attendees all the info and tips they need to set up their own microscopes, or a microscope that a group (eg a support group) could use. The legal issues of how one might actually test the blood are complex, and certainly not anything which the Foundation can afford to get involved with at the moment. But as Jsandman has shown us, this technology is really pretty straightforward, and the results can be very valuable, as long as individuals can figure a way to walk through the sanitary and legal minefield.

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Got our reservations for the conference, hotel & flights. We'll see you all there.

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Trevor,

I hope you still have seats available, because I just booked my flight. I will arrive at LAX at friday 15.45 and will fly back monday 17.55.

I there anyone who wants to share a room from friday till monday? :cool:  James, you coming?  ;)

All best, Frans

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Chris,
I was told that Hilton still has 60 rooms available at the $99 rate. The Group booking code is AUT. Maybe that will make it easier for the central reservations folks to find it:)

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I just made my hotel reservations and could get the $99 rate on Saturday night only.  I am arriving on Thursday (6/15) and will not depart until Tuesday (6/20).

Is there a way to get the conference rate for more than one of these 5 nights?

Carol

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Carol I just made my reservation also and since I'm only going to stay one night I got the $99 rate.  Just luck I guess but my understanding was they were extending this rate beyond the actual conference time if you were staying through the conference.  May take Trevor to straighten it all out!

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Our contract calls for the hotel to extend the $99 rate for three nights EACH SIDE of the Saturday night.

Anybody who has had trouble with that please send the Foundation an email and then I can take the issue up with the hotel

..Trevor..

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I've sign up already to attend the conference and have paid my registration fee and booked the hotel.  My wife has decided to attend with me.  Do I need to sign her up separately and pay a registration fee for her too? 

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The registration fee is levied to cover a whole stack of costs - including the cost of Luncheon on Saturday, and coffee/tea during the breaks in our sessions. It also helps with the AudioVisual costs, and a host of other expenses, including helping folks who need a little help to make it all come together.

If you need help defraying the registration costs, please drop a note to the Foundation, and we will do what we can:)

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Thanks, Dr. Marshall!  I already registered and paid her fee as well.  Looking forward to meeting you! :)

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Great, I look forward to seeing you there:):)

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Regarding the availability of the $99 room rate...

...even though the reservationist told me this rate was only available for Saturday, when my email confirmation came, it indicated that I had the $99 rate for all five nights :).

Carol

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Carol,
You'll love the hotel - it's one of the best I have stayed at. Everything you need is either right there, or on the end of a 5 minute shuttle ride to the Airport, on the free shuttles that take folks out the the local attractions and shops. These are the perks from staying at a huge hotel...

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Hi all,

Is there anyone going to the conference who hasn't got a roommate yet? Otherwise I'll have to book a one person room and don't know what that will cost.

I understand from others that I don't snore anymore  :D

What are the costs of a one person room Trevor? And how is it called? Is it kingsize bed? I don't know what that means, king and queen size etc. My understanding of English doesn't cover this :?  I need this to book the right sort of room, otherwise I will probably end up with a room for 4 on my own....:?

All best, Frans

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Oops, the more I look into this, the more questions arise :?

Are the rooms with breakfast, lunch and diner, etc.?

All best, Frans

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Frans,

If you book the room using the code AUT that Dr. Marshall told us about, it is my understanding that all the rooms available at that rate are ones with 2 "Double" beds in them. I had a conversation with the booking person that you speak to from the toll-free registration number.

A Double bed is a bed for two people that is rather small. A Queen bed is also for two people and larger. A King bed is the largest of all bed for two people. It is the size of two one-person beds ("Twin" beds) pushed next to each other, except the mattress is all one piece. (When I stayed in Europe most beds for two people I found were either two one person beds pushed together, or they were the smaller size two-person bed that we call a Double. But that may have changed in recent years...)

So, there is a little lesson on American bed sizes. ;)

Basically, you do not have to worry about being charged extra if you use the AUT rate. All the rooms at that rate are supposed to be $99, whether one or two people stay. If you can get a roommate, just make sure that they really do have *two* double beds. Then you will be able to share the $99 cost between you. There is also some tax, 14% per room per night. So my reservation for two nights is $225.72.

Hope that helps!

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The rooms do not include meals. However, the conference fee includes coffee, and a luncheon on Saturday. Some American hotels have a light breakfast items available in the morning (coffee, some pastries), but I don't know if this one does... Maybe somebody else knows?

Catlady

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Frans, the special conference rate is $99 per night, plus taxes (maybe as high as 20%, does anybody know for sure?). In the US rooms are either 2 queen beds or 1 king bed. A queen is bigger than the double bed you find throughout Europe.

If you are alone in the room then a king bed, bigger again than a queen bed, is regarded as the height of opulence. If you share, then a room with 2 queen beds would be better:)

All rooms have their own bathrooms and a small-table/work-area with a chair. They usually also have a comfy chair to relax in. The Hotel can supply roll-away beds for a third person ($20 extra) but sometimes these only fit in the king bed rooms.

There, I hope that is not too confusing:)

Tomorrow I leave for Stockholm, and my single-bed, internal room, with an illuminated mirror instead of a window (LOL). The Hilton has these mirrors too, in our meeting ballroom. I chose to pull an opaque curtain across in front of them:X

..Trevor..

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Dr. Marshall,

I have been told twice that the rooms are two "double". So if our contract actually calls for two Queen you might talk to them.

The reservations person said if we wanted a King bed to ask as we checked in if any were available...

Catlady

edited to state it was actually "twice" I was told two Doubles, not "several times".

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Can somebody reconcile the difference between what Catlady was told and my understanding? I was not aware than any limitations were placed upon the rooms available for us - they are standard King or 2-queen rooms, as far as I knew. Are you all being told otherwise?

ps: The brochure says "1234 beautiful guestrooms including 1204 non-smoking rooms. The hotel offers 499 Double/Doubles and 482 King bedded rooms. All guestrooms are equipped with voice mail, dataport connection ($10 extra charge to use it) work desk, iron and iron board and hairdryers. 24/7 complimentary airport shuttle every 10 minutes. Fitness center, outdoor pool. Complimentary HBO, CNN and Disney. Business center open 24/7"

But I would assume that 'double' at Hilton means 'queen'.

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OK, I just read the contract, and King bedded rooms should be 50% of our allocation. Let me know if that is not happening...

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Dr. Marshall,

I thought it was rather odd, myself. The first time I asked (when I made the reservation), I was told only Double rooms, and I assumed they had two Queen beds.

Then I called about a week later to see if a King room had become available. I was told no, all Doubles, and this time I asked if it was two Queen or two Double beds specifically, and was told two Double.

Perhaps the person misunderstand regarding the Doubles issue, what I was asking. However, it is twice now I was told no King beds are in the rate, at least right now.

Both times I called the central toll free number. I didn't call the hotel directly, and just read an article in Money magazine saying to call the hotel directly to have a better chance to resolve issues. And I am sure they are the ones who would actually know if the beds themselves are Double or Queen...

Catlady

BTW, I just checked and the reservation was made May 4th. So supposedly all the King bed allocation was used up by then? The second call was early last week - again no King beds. Both times I asked specifically for King and was told none available.

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My understanding is that the hotel will be largely empty that weekend, and that is why they gave us the good rate. So the Kings should be available. Please call the hotel, and send me an email if you get no satisfaction. I can forward the email to our meeting coordinator, who will get things fixed:)

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Okay, I will try them directly and ask for the King room. Thanks for checking into this.

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Still getting the runaround. Calling the hotel number got me transferred to the central Reservations staff. She told me the hotel itself does not have Reservations staff onsite during the weekend.

The rep also told me that whatever I was told is what they have left, so she thinks there are no King beds but "you can give it a try". I am told to call the hotel directly weekdays 9 to 5 pm, and ask for Sales instead of Reservations.

Emailing Dr. Marshall, but also posting this here so that anybody else who wants to try to get a King bed over the weekend doesn't waste their time....

Catlady

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Because my wife is coming with me I specifically asked for a King bed from the beginning and was given one without a problem!

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HI,  I just booked with Hilton central reservations and was told all the rooms blocked for our conference are taken.  However, the regular rate is $109 for a king and with an AAA discount it comes to $ 99 except for Sun night which is $105. So no real problem:)

I this right, does anyone know if the rooms are all filled or am I getting another message mixup from central reservations?

jill:)

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There are plenty of rooms left at the $99 rate. If you drop me an email with the reservation number I will forward it to our sales reperesentative for 'fixing.'

Hilton has an unwieldy system for handling these cnference rates, and because it is our first conference with them there have been more than a few teething problems :)

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About how many people do we have registered so far to come to the conference?

Meg, Did you get any response on the LA nightly tours and chartering our own bus?

LeAnne

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LeAnne,

We did not get enough responses to fill a chartered bus. But I think a few folks are taking this tour on their own.

Best,

Meg

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I registerd to come to the conference June 17- 18 .  The hotel says that there are no more rooms available at the $99 per night discount.  They said someone from the conference could call and "order" or renegotiate more rooms. Please Help!

Thanks

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Tom,
I will call the hotel and get things sorted out. Don't worry - there are plenty of rooms available that weekend. It is a huge hotel. I don't know why the Hilton chain keeps messing things up like this.

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Are all the rooms with the king beds already taken or is Hilton again mistaken?  I just made reservations for 2 rooms but the booking agent insisted the only type of beds left are doubles:(  Please advise...

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There are both Double and King beds available for all days. Liz booked both this morning. Call back tomorrow and get another agent to change it to what you asked for. But give me 24 hours to read the riot act to the Hotel staff, first:):)

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Thank you very much! I am looking forward to the conference.

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I will be coming to the conference afterall......yipee! Is anyone looking for a roommate?      ..............Sharon

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dr. marshall,

i just found out that i will be able to come to the conference, also:D:D, cause my mom generously offered to send me--i'm thrilled!  i got my flights booked, and the conference paid for, but when i called the hotel, i was informed that more rooms needed to be blocked off for the conference--none were left at $99.  should someone call them again and see if more rooms can be made available at the special rate before i book them?  i'll wait to hear back.... aren't mom's wonderful?!!....sun

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Sun,
Sorry you had trouble. I have sent an email off to Hilton. It is strange the way they are doing this. But I now know we are getting a good deal, as they are opening up the plus and minus three days for us at a relatively busy time:)

Try again tomorrow afternoon, and I look forward to meeting you at the conference:):) It is going to be an amazing event:):)

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Hi all............I called the Hilton 800 number this morning and was told 1) that the deadline for booking the rooms has passed, and 2) that all rooms in the block are gone.

Being a member of the Auto Club got me a 10% discount, but it's still higher than $99.

Sun, do you need a roommate?

Sharon

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Dr. M...............has the final booking date for the conference passed?

Hilton res also told me that the charge for the Sunday night room would be $20 higher. If the final booking date has passed, I guess nothing can be done.

From reading these posts, I have decided that the Hilton res people are incompetent.                              ...............Sharon



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Sharon,
I am not aware that any final booking date has passed. I am less concerned that the staff are incompetent than that they seem to be employing 'bait and switch.' Still, everybody has been fixed up nicely so far. We manage better because we are a cohesive group, I can see how these tactics might work better at extracting money from the larger groups they usually work with...

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Hello Dr. Marshall,

I am new to this board and am Pre MP. I am working to get my Internist to prescribe Benicar in the proper dose and am more than anxious to get started on the protocol. I have signed up for the conference and have my plane tickets!!  I hope "Newbies" are welcome and am looking forward to sharing some information with others. I have been self-treating for 13 years and on certain days I am barely getting by.   Thanks so much for making this available.

Warm regards, VEZ

 

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**** NOTICE ****

We have in fact passed the cut-off date for the cheaper room rate through the main Hilton reservation system. But if you PM me I will put you in contact with our sales rep, whom you can email directly with your request, and who will make sure you get the special $99 rate.

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VEZ,

Welcome to MP.com. Yes, newbies are most definitely welcome at the conference. I will be giving a "Basic MP Tutorial" on Saturday morning at 10am.

Sun and Sharon,

So glad you can make it!

Todd and Tom,

Looking forward to meeting you both.

Best,

Meg

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Thanks for the welcome Meg. I am looking forward to it and have been reading everything I can on the board.  thanks again, VEZ

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I am quite envious of all of you.  Unfortunately, I have had a prior commitment for these dates for over 7 months now, but otherwise, I would be meeting all of you on the 17 & 18th.

Maybe this has already been mentioned, but will this be taped and will it be available for sale, soonest? 

The good news is that after my commitment up in New England is finally over in June, I can seriously start pursuing the protocol.  The house has been sold, we have moved, we are fairly settled :?, and now I will have no more excuses.  :cool:  This conference would had been the ideal starting point for a new MPer, but I simply can't go...however, a tape would certainly be second best?  If there is one to be made, when might it be available?  Is that a process that happens fairly quickly? 

Best wishes to all of you!   

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Sorry for not posting this sooner. I am disappointed to say I cannot be at the conference.

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I regret that I will not be able to go to the conference.  Money and oxygen requirements are just too great an obstacle.  I am very happy for you that will be going.  I was there in Chicago, and though I barely knew people even from onlins at the time, it was great to meet them.  I met most of the staff, and Carole, Freddie Ash, Reenie, George from Rolla, aka Dark Vader, Michael and his family and of course Barney.  I hadn't thought about it before the conference, but it was the most wonderful feeling to know there was a great bunch of people out there seeking the same thing I was, return to health and survival, and seeing real evidence from early adopters and staff that we had found it.  Fortunately I didn't feel the great sadness of being seperated from these people until everybody was leaving or I would probably embarassed myself running around hugging people.:cool: I can't imagine how it would feel to be there with all of you that now feel like family on the board.

If I left anyone out I'm sorry.

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Wishing you all to have a great time at the conference.

Remember that ALL of you are making medical history!!!!!!!!

I will be there in spirit.

Thank you everyone

Grace

 

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Sorry to say that I won't be at the conference. Add my name to Mellie's as one who would also purchase a tape/DVD of the conference if one is made available.

Good wishes and prayers for all of you!

Betsy G

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Betsy, and all the others who can't make it this year, there will be WiFi Internet available at the hotel, and I suspect that somebody will manage to get online and let you all know the 'latest news.' Meanwhile, please just relax and focus on getting your lives back again:):):)

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Hi all,

I am wondering what the weather(forecast) is for LA? I am packing and don't want to forget something, my flight leaves in 16 hours  :cool:

All best, Frans

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Please be carefull all of you who are going. My prayers and wishes are with you that you will be effective in achieving our goals and healthy on your return.

Oh, and please add me to the list for the video tape!

Thanks! :dude:

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Hi all,

I just wanted to drop a note to wish all the best to everyone attending the conference..

I hope that everyone feels as well as possible and can enjoy meeting others on the protocol as well as listening to such a diverse group of interesting speakers.

It makes me very happy to know that there will be a great sharing of MP ideas, concepts, scientific data..as well as personal experience and advice about the MP in the upcoming days that will benefit many people who are involved with the therapy.

I wish I could have attended myself. Unfortunately, my severe headaches and the fact that as of late I have had very bad problems tolerating sound and pressure made the thought of taking a plane across the country impossible.

I look forward to watching the DVDs, and I hope that next year I will be speaking to many of you in person and not over the computer!

Amy

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Lax Lament 

We who are left, how shall we post again
Happily on the board our herx, our pain,
Without remembering how they who went
To Los Angeles spent
The conference discussing chronic pain? 

We who are left, in many a distant land,
How shall we get the care, the helping hand
And find the links to how to do MP
They gave to us for free?
No fears! there’s Awesome Barb in Aussie land! 


  missed the boat 

(for the original I have disgracefully mangled, see this link)

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Hope everyone lands/arrives at the conference safe and sound! I can't say how excited and encouraged I feel about this conference...can only imagine how you all are feeling.

Abx is kicking in for me...I'll take care of the herxing while you're gone!

My Best to all !

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Hi Everyone,

Thanks for all your well wishes. Delegates are arriving from all over this evening. Lots of hugs and smiles of recognition. Many are helping set up the ballroom and all are getting to know each other.

There is much to do but the area looks very professional thanks to artwork by Janet Foutin and signs by Zach Thompson.

Dr. Cantwell and Dr. Eishi dropped by to say hello. And Frans made it from Holland appropriately attired. :)

We hold you all in our hearts as we share the latest scientific knowledge and support one another.

Best,

Meg

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I am so jealous, but have a good time and learn and teach a lot.

Morris

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Today is the day ? Today is the day! ;)

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Wishing all of you a very enjoyable time at the conference and a safe trip back home!:D  I will be looking forward to the DVD's!:cool:

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Dittos. I wish I could be there too. I hope it is as wonderful as it can be and can't wait to see the results on DVD.

I'd love meeting all the people I feel I've gotten to know...( I think it's a remarkable group of people....all thoughtful and intelligent and all sharing a common cause). As I was just telling a friend, these people are the only people that "understand" what I am talking about when I discuss my illness...maybe next time.

Now, go for it!!!!

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You are all in my thoughts. Have a great time...Hope to join you all at the next one!:) Cant wait to see you all on the DVDs!

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Hi,

I'll be checking online tomorrow to see if anyone has had time to post news. I'm sure that it will be a very exciting day!

Have a great time together, the rest of us are out here thinking of you with love and gratitude.

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Hi Everyone,

I'm way up past my bedtime after an amazingly wonderful day. I dearly wish you all had been here as I shared the MP Basic Tutorial with about 35 newbies, including a dozen healthcare professionals (one all the way from Alaska) and a noted celebrity. Belinda was beseiged with questions about Phases Two and Three which Dr. Blaney helped answer. Dr. Cantwell was brilliant and charming. Dr. Marshall, as usual, wowed us with the science. Dr. Blaney had us in stitches describing his Herxing and John McDonald shared his micoscopy expertise. My talk answered the question "Where is the published study of the Marshall Protocol.

You will be able to view all this wonderful information on the DVDs eventually. But the best part of the conference is the networking and sharing of stories. This is one of the nicest groups of people I've ever had the pleasure to know. It was great fun introducing patients to doctors and observing the many clusters of members sharing experiences during the luncheon, coffee breaks and at breakfast in the Cafe restaurant.

I'm sure others will be posting their impressions to give you a small taste of this unique, empowering opportunitity.
We should also have some photos to share online with you soon. My greatest wish is that all of you were here because it is awesome.

Best,

Meg

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Hi Meg:D,

AWESOME!  That is wonderful news!:D  I can feel the powerful energy in your post!  It is so exciting to know that we all will be able to view all of you at this incredible conference on DVD!

We are all so grateful to Dr. Marshall and everyone for the hard work and dedication that went into making this conference a success!!!  

Here is to another incredible day and a safe trip home for all!:cool:

DianeC

 

 

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Meg,

Thank you so much for taking the time to keep all of us lonely left-behinds posted.  It sounds like a great conference, and the beginning of tomorrow for chronic disease :):)

Julia

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from Belinda:
Hey everyone! I am in the cafe at the conference hotel, about to have breakfast. I am sure more will be joining our table soon.

We are excited about today's line-up, anticipating as much fun and information as yesterday. I guess someone's already told you how entertaining Dr. Blaney was yesterday, describing Th1 symptomatology. Just as good has been the socializing with everyone. There's nothing like seeing everyone in person.

Last night we had dinner with Prof. Eishi and one of our members from Japan. It was kinda funny when he shared how excited he was to have had his photo taken with the celebrity who had been at the conference

Well, the food is here, so I've gotta go. Wish you were here! Breakast looks great.

Belinda

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Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!  ... It is so great to hear how things are going at the conference!

Especially exciting for me to hear 35 newbies listening and learning the great benefits of the MP and all. It is so gratifying to know more hurting people have a shot at getting well. :D

Awesome to know other doctors are there listening too! The MP is no doubt spreading! So many things to be thankful for and looking forward to hearing more.

So generous of you to take time to let us not there know what a marvelous time you are having there. I can only imagine how wonderful it is to hang out with so many precious people from this board. You are all very lucky indeed. :D

I cannot wait to order the DVD and learn more!

CelticLadee :dude:

 

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 How many people registered for the conference?  How many people attended?

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Hi All! Jacks and I just got home from the conference. It was an AMAZING experience, to say the least! Just meeting other MPers in the flesh and blood, sharing stories, knowledge, and cries of, “Is that you! You look so different than your avatar!” would have made the weekend well worth it. But add to that the many newbies from around the US, doctors (a million kudos to Dr. Blaney – he’s fantastic and hysterically funny), eminent and wonderful docs/scientists (Dr. Alan Cantwell, Prof. Eishi from Japan, and of course, Dr. Marshall), and it was over the top great. Plus, what an absolute pleasure to meet the sweetest women in the world, Meg and Belinda, and experience firsthand what a lovely wife and daughter Dr. Marshall has (Liz and Karen). :)

Obviously so much more happened, but we’re absolutely pooped. I can only imagine how knackered the others are, and many flew home tonight. But the fact that so many of us could moderate our meds and smile and walk our way through this weekend, not to mention understand much of what was going on....well, how great is that? Sure, there was some scientific discussion that flew over my head faster than our local hummingbird, but that was just fine. If I don’t exactly understand all the the ins and outs of ribosomes, I will survive. J

Will post more tomorrow when brain’s refreshed.

All best to all! Alayne

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Hi Everyone,

I tried to post a message earlier from the ballroom of the Hilton but lost my Internet connection. I wanted to tell you how great the sessions were. As expected, the healing session testimonials brought tears to many eyes. Prof. Eishi described his work with p.acne and sarcoidosis. Trevor impressed everyone with his slides explaining how the MP antibiotics are chosen. Joyce Waterhouse gave a detailed, yet easy-to-understand presentation on Vitamin D in chronic disease and how the latest studies link it to cancer.

The Working with your Healthcare and Reaching Out Panelists provided many helpful hints and more testimonials for the MP. Thanks to all who participated.

There was so much valuable information to share that the schedule ran over 2 1/2 hours but no one seemed to mind. And we got it all on tape for those of you who are eager to see the DVDs.

It was tough to say goodbye to so many wonderful 'old' and new friends. The energy in the ballroom and hallway was palpable as folks shared their stories and support.

I'm sure you'll be hearing from many of them.

A special thanks to Jacks for taking professional photos. We will share some online and you should be seeing some new avatars. Also, many thanks to Janet Foutin for her amazing graphic artwork which made the signs, banners and posters that Zach Thompson donated look so professional. Many delegates asked what they could do to help and were put to work in various way to ensure that everything ran smoothly.

This is a high that will last me quite awhile but it's good to be back at the website with all my MP.com family.

Best,

Meg

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Dear Friends:

It’s amazing how much collective energy a bunch of Th1 sufferers can muster under right circumstances.  Wow!

Another highlight of the conference was Joyce Waterhouse’s excellent presentation on “The Vitamins D in Chronic Illness”.  Her explanations were clear and concise and she covered new important information.

The panelists who participated in “what degree of healing is possible”, “working with your healthcare provider” and “letting friends and family know about the MP” were terrific.  Much had happened among our MP membership since the Chicago conference and this was reflected in the insightful comments made by these folks.

Trevor’s talks were the centerpiece of the conference.  No amount of reading about the Marshall Protocol substitutes for hearing it from Dr Marshall himself.


Carol 

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I can't wait! I can't wait,....did I say I'm a little anxious to see the dvd's???

For those of us who had to stay and hold down the fort, I personally had one of the most fantastic Father's day's ever!!! Thanks to my daughter April who took me into town Saturday to all my favorite bookstores, My daugther Kristina (found after 27 years) calling me Sunday morning and getting to talk with her and my two little sweet grand daughters Soliel and Francesca, and My sweetheart who went all out on the best rib dinner, and my grand daughter Laurelai who kept me busy playing Sunday afternoon. I am full of happiness and content.

Family is what its all about folks and they are my motivation to do the MP. I consider my MP friends as family too! Welcome back, now stop being stingy and share all the details! :D

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First of all I'd really like to thank Trevor, Meg, Belinda, all the panelist and the guest speakers. This was really a neat conference for me to attend. For those of you who weren't there, let me just tell you that it is very very hard to believe that an all volunteer staff can put on such a professional conference. Kudos to the group!

It is really exciting to look at the last 6-9 months and see everyting that Trevor, et al, have accomplished. In the day to day dealing with Herxing, the magnitude of accomplishment kinda gets lost. I also really appreciated meeting the folks who attended, some of which I've known via the internet for several years such as Fred from West Virginia! I'm not sure how many were there, but all the chairs in a fairly large room were occupied several times during the conference. There were quite a number of folks who are on the MP who attended and to those of you who volunteered to be panelist, Thank you! Each of you did a great job.

The avatars helped me identify "most" of the MP'ers. I got to meet several folks who were looking into the MP and believe me, after this weekend, most of those will have a renewed sense of "I have to find a doctor who can help me".

Dr. Marshall and the other guest speakers were great and I learned a lot. I understand much of that material will be available online fairly soon and I'd urge everyone to go through that material.

Robert

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All - This was the best experience of my life. I'm pre - MP and attended with my wife. I get to meet Dr. Marshall, Dr. Cantwell, Dr. Blaney, Meg, and many others that I see on the MP website all the time. It was great to meet people you only converse with and it made it so much more personal. The energy generated at this conference and the confidence that I picked up was out of this world. I have been looking for a doctor for a while and had two recommended to me. Marie, Vivi I can't say thank you enough! My hope is that all of you that could not attend but wanted to, can do so next year.

PS - I got to take pictures with the celebrity. Great person and he took the time to discuss his hopes of the MP as well!

-Allen


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I agree that the conference was great fun (loved seeing so many people in person at last, and seeing people I met at the Chicago conference) and I learned a lot. And ditto on the appreciation of Trevor, Liz and Karen and all the volunteers who got everything together.

I also want to thank people who helped me personally with my talk. First, thanks so much to Eurico (Rico) for all the hours he spent preparing my slides (I wasn’t able to use PowerPoint on my computer). He did a great job, plus his doing the slides allowed me to spend more time finding more references and writing and editing my talk. And thanks very much to Janet (jrfoutin), who created the 3 graphical slides (with macrophage, 25D, and kidney and silhouettes to depict patients -- And thanks to all of you who laughed at my joke re the latter slide, "not being actual portraits of patients" -- well, I guess you had to be there :) ).

Thanks also to Meg, who helped in several ways, and Patty and her husband Mike for help making the handouts of the slides and hooking up the laptop. And thanks to all the coauthors on the book chapter (including thanks to Belinda, for all that effort at the library and with the faxing of articles prior to the book chapter).

And of course, thanks to Trevor for making it all possible, not only in providing all the very important insights into vitamin D and answering my questions, but in helping me to get well enough to be able to participate in this wonderful conference.

Sorry everyone couldn’t make it, but hopefully, there will be other opportunities in the future.

Joyce Waterhouse, Ph.D.

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Some things are so hard to put into words. I'm not sure even pictures could explain what I feel or thought, what I felt and think now. The intensity of the event was tangible. The importance of the event in the scientific history of mankind is ... again no words significant enough to describe it.

Meshed and layered in the critical scientific content was this powerful, joyful feeling of human reunion. I met many who have been my safety net, teachers, and support. That was worth attendance for so many reasons.

To be able to tell my children and grandchildren that I was there to see this is important to me, too. It was important to meet all I met and spoke with. Some I was fortunate to have more time with, others I longed for more time. It was an opportunity of a lifetime. Thank you so much. 

I also got to tell Dr Marshall, face to face, "thank you." That meant a lot to me.

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I wasn't able to attend the Conference, due to a lot of important family things that needed to be taken care of, but I am looking forward to purchasing the DVDs as soon as they are available online, and can't wait to see them.
It sounds like a great Conference and a huge success.

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HI,  We have been home for 2 hours now and the "glow" from the conference is still with us.  The gathering and sharing of information combined with the chance to meet the wonderful people that make up the MP family was the greatest experience. It felt like you were seeing old friends rather than meeting folks for the first time. It 's hard to believe how close we felt with our fellow MPers, so many folks just coming up and hugging each other. I really wish everyone one on the board could have been there.  It was so nice meeting the new folks too and we're hoping we hear from them real soon.

The presentations were great. A big thanks to the guests who shared their research, the MP staff who worked so hard to make the conference happen and gave us new insights, and all the panelists who shared their experiences.

Cheers, jill :)and the fisherman:cool:

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I didn't think it was possible for this conference to be even better than the first one, since I felt the first one was so very special.  Well, I was mistaken.  This conference was even better and I think one of the highlights for me was to see how much brighter, younger and "weller" (one of my new fav MP-slang words) everyone looked since last year!

If for nothing else than for all of us (MPers) to gather together to see one another, these conferences are WONDERFUL, but they provide so much more than even just that. 

It's hard to quantify what attending an MP conference is like if you've never been able to attend, yet.  I'm so glad I was able to contribute in some small way by helping to "pay forward" what has been and continues to be given to me by Trevor, his family, the medical pros and my fellow MPers. 

Thank you all for allowing me the opportunity to be able to be a part of such a fantastic group of people. :cool::cool::cool: 

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I got home last night at 11PM exhausted from a long flight from LA but renewed with confidence that this protocol is the answer to years of suffering. What a wonderful group of people I had the privilege of meeting this weekend. Dr. Marshall's presentations were fantastic as were Dr's Eishi and Cantwell. I really needed to hear the hard core scientific facts around this protocol and I got EXACTLY what I needed to move ahead. I had the privilege of meeting and talking with Dr's. Cantwell and Eishi and was able to discuss several questions with each of them. I do love the science of this and am convinced this is the only solution for me. The people there.......well there just aren't words to express how caring and willing to share each of them were. "Getting Better" gave a wonderful presentation on how she is getting through the protocol and shared much of her journey...that was a real booster for me. LeAnne and so many others were so friendly and caring and willing to share where they have come from. I wish I had had more time to meet everyone.

Thanks so much for making me feel so welcome and Meg...is just as warm and dear as she is in her postings! I am hopeful I will find a doctor this week to start this...after this conference I realize that I need it YESTERDAY!!!

GOD BLESS ALL..........Warm Regards, VEZ

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hi everyone,

well, after sleeping for almost 20 hrs straight (i'm not kidding--i didn't even get up to go potty), i'm ready to post.  the travel,  all of the excitement of meeting everyone, listening very intently to the presentations, and not sleeping well or long at the conference just drained every ounce of energy that i had--but it was so worth it:D!

i want to heartily thank dr marshall, liz, all the staff and everyone who worked so hard to put together such a wonderful experience for all of us.  all of the presentations by the various drs were interesting and informative.  as i mentioned to a couple people at the time, i wish we could clone dr blaney, so we could all have a great doc who is sold on the MP (he is so down to earth and hilarious, too!).

the panel presentations were excellent;  my gratitude goes out to all of you who shared your experiences for our benefit.  the success stories were especially moving--it's absolutely amazing how far some of these folks have come on the MP!  everyone needs to get the dvds to hear their stories.

the hotel was beautiful, comfortable and especially amenable to the needs of us MP'rs.  sharon (my roomie) and i didn't have to leave the hotel the whole weekend, as everything we needed was right there.

my favorite part of the whole trip was meeting so many people from the website. some people i recognized and others i didn't, but everyone was really nice.  i was fortunate to be able to spend some quality time visiting with a few people, but there were quite a few others i would love to have gotten to spend more time getting to know.  meeting dr marshall, liz, meg, belinda, carole was surreal!  they are all so wonderful!  we really are one big MP family.

a special thanks goes to aussie barb and lottie for holding down the fort while the rest of staff was gone.  we missed you both and everyone else who wasn't able to make it....hopefully next year.....love to all....sun

 

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Hi all,

Well, I'm back at home too. I am staying at Ellen's btw, she lives close to the airport in amsterdam.

I want to thank all for your warmth and insights and personal stories and your genuine concern for Ellen and me.

For the ones who are wondering: Ellen is doing fine. Herxing a lot, but all very tolerable and dr Marshall has given me some ideas about how Ellen can proceed to the benicar, which I hope and believe will work out good for her.

For the ones who weren't at the conference I can only say you should buy the DVDs as soon as they are out, which will be in about 2 months. But for the ones that can't wait, I will try to put the notes I have made into something intelligible.

I have a lot of notes however and the information was quite abundant, so it may take me a couple of days to put something together.

I think the most important thing I learned at the conference and from talks with dr Marshall and others is that the MP is here to stay and is gaining momentum, even with regard to NIH and FDA. They will succumb, believe me.

Another important thing was that prof. Eishi is arriving at a lot of the same conclusions as dr Marshall, which gives me even more faith and conviction that the people on the MP have chosen wisely.

And last but not least, it was startling to see the overlap between the MP, prof. Eishi's work AND that of dr Alan Cantwell, who must have been blown away when prof. Eishi showed some photographs of bacteria he found with the so-called acid-fast stain, which is key to dr Cantwell's work. I hope dr Cantwell will come out of his retirement and share his knowledge with dr Marshall and prof. Eishi.

That's all for now, I have slept in the plane for about 8 hours during my 11 hour flight and need a shower pretty badly  :D:D

Hugs and love from Ellen and me for everyone !


PS For the ones that love numbers: dr Blaney has 75 !!!!!!! people on the MP at the moment...

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Hey Yall. ;)

This conference is something that I will always cherish. It was so refreshing and emotionally uplifting to be able to be around others who dress like you do, think like you do, and understand you. I really enjoyed going to dinner with many of you and taking the trolly to Manhattan. I am going to miss everyone. I especially enjoyed the presentations on vitamin d, cancers and aids. I will never forget this experience.

LeAnne

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Hi everyone,

We finally made it home last night - 3hours late - due to a storm and a diversion to Chicago. 

The conference was great.  Getting to meet the other MPers that are on line was so much like meeting old friends.  I also got to meet some that are considering or getting ready to start the MP.  They were apprehensive, but after hearing the conference, most were ready to begin now.  It is so important and helpful to others that we who are on the protocol and those who are farther along relate our experiences.  This came out in the panel discussions.  I saw everyone nodding their heads as the panelists gave their stories with their symptoms. 

The science that was presented was unbelievable.  I can't wait for the DVDs so I can hear it again and have it sink in. 

The best part of the conference was getting to meet Dr. Marshall and Liz (very sweet lady).  Although he was very busy with set up, it was great to be able to thank him in person.

Looking forward to next year's conference,

Keeping On, Sue

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It's great to hear all the replys from those that attended.  I'm really jazzed to get started.

At the conference their was a very nice lady selling the Noirs.  Can someone send me a personal message on who that was?  I need to contact her.  Thanks.


-Allen

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Frans wrote
you should buy the DVDs as soon as they are out, which will be in about 2 months
TWO MONTHS!!! :(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(

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Thanks to all who are posting with their view of the conference, it's really appreciated by us left-behinds.

Could someone very kindly fill us in on a few questions? 
1. How many attended?
2. How many were MPers, and how many were doctors?
3. Did anyone from the media turn up?
4. And who was this mystery celebrity, and why is it such a mystery?

ARF ARF!! 

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Allen,
Reenie was looking after the NoIRs and the sales table. Didn't she do a wonderful job?

Julia,
The celebrity who attended is entitled to the same amount of confidentiality, if not more, as every other attendee. In any case, it was the celebrity's family that was seeking help and information.

There were 120 seats in the main ballroom, and folks were standing at the back, from time to time.

There were fewer physicians present this year, but this is not a reflection of reduced confidence in the MP but of an increased comfort level.

To All:
Thank you for making the conference such a huge success. And yes, the DVDs will be available in about 2 months. There is a lot of work involved in editing and digitizing the presentations. Karen will be very busy keeping to that schedule:)

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Dr. Marshall

Reenie did a great job!  Thanks to her and you for all the knowledge that I gained at the conference!

-Allen

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I so agree that the conference was a huge success. For someone who was investigating or didn't understand the science behind the MP, the evidence presented at this conference was incredible.

I'm glad there were many who were ill, newly diagnosed, or researching. They really should have enjoyed the session on what degree of healing is possible. I know I've read many posts for those presenting, but the impact of seeing and hearing people describe their "before" and their response to the MP was really quite compelling.

I hadn't intended to be so hard to recognize, nor did I even think about it really until I talked to Belinda and she didn't recognize me. As the conference progressed, the overwhelming response to my avatar and "now self" was even a shock to me. I guess this certainly must attest to science. I knew getting well could change how people looked but I failed to look at myself to see the gradual changes happening to me, too, even though I was telling people I felt so much better. Silly me! 

Still, I spoke with one person who had lost a daughter to Sarcoidosis. She said her daughter had no outward visible evidence that indicated she was sick in any way. The disease just went to critical internal organs and took her quickly at a very young age. I think that is important to understand as well because sometimes Th1 is hard to see "on the outside" even if one is critically ill.

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Hi Everyone,

Altough I was Herxing very heavily during the Conference, it was THE most wonderful and humbling privilege to be amongst such a great group of people. Thank you ALL!

One of the least familiar subjects for me was John's presentation on microscopes (I want one!). I learned so much. The optics and the physics behind them was fascinating... At least now I'll have a clue, and even more awe, for what it takes to 'get' those tiny little buggies in slides and pics for us to see.

In addition to what everyone else stated about the Conference, I must tell you it was wonderful to honestly answer the question 'How are you?' each time it was asked!!!!

'til later,
Jillian

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I want to personally thank all of the volunteers that helped out at the "sales table."  This was a BIG job and I couldn't do it alone. 

I wasn't at all surprised that all of the volunteers did so cheerfully and even while herxing (thanks Jillian) and in between their own presenting on panel discussions. (thanks Freddie and Sue)

I want to say thank you to Sunflower, Sharon and Donna for answering questions and helping out at the table. (I hope I didn't miss anyone!)  Janet had created and donated the laminated Phase 1 and 2/3 instruction sheets that were offered at the table. 

All of the MP items were offered as suggested donations to ARF and people were very generous about giving their donations.  If you feel you'd still like to donate to ARF, it's not too late to do so by going to the ARF website and making a donation thru Paypal.     

And thanks to Patty, for her idea of sharing thick dark cotton gloves to give those struggling to cover up in warmer climates some new ideas too.  As LeAnne mentioned, the conference really helps those of us that are scattered so far apart to feel less isolated and "odd" about our MP compliant attire and lifestyle. 

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Trevor and those who PMed,

Many thanks.  Ah, so the celebrity wasn't there qua celebrity, but as an interested conference member - thank you for explaining.  I thought you'd got someone along to speak - but couldn't imagine who could be more of an attraction than the speakers you had!

Two months... we Left-behinds (L-forms?:P) will have to be patient :? 

  come home, pup, the party's over

PS  Europe is a very nice place to hold a conference... ;)

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My wife Debbie and I were able to attend the conference and it was all that I had hoped it would be.  Thanks to everyone who organized, spoke, and volunteered.  Thanks especially to those who shared their before/after stories and listened while we bent your ears with our story.  As a pre-MPer, the conference and the peer-to-peer networking with experienced MP folks was just what was needed to boost our confidence and give us a jumpstart on my wife's road to recovery.  In the coming weeks several of you will definitely be receiving the PM's you graciously invited us to send as we get underway.

The_Seeker

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Reenie, please pardon the confusion. I just wanted to add I really didn't print all those beautiful color copies out or laminate them into such a professional presentation. That, again, was Patty. You know, she and her husband did a lot of behind-the-scenes work and scrambled to make sure we had copies in our packets. That was fantastic.

Also, Zach made and shipped the banners, signs, podium sign, and table drape that really made a difference in the identity during the event. Those signs kept us from getting lost in the maze of halls. I noticed how professional his work was and how really great everything looked because of his work.

I was so impressed with Reenie and those she mentioned who ran tag teams during the conference to make things happen. What a lot of work. Dr Marshall's wife and daughter did a lot of work. I know Meg and other members of the ARF really did a tremendous amount of work and planning before, during, and I'll bet there is a fair share after as well. Thank you all.

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Just finished reading all the posts here. Thank you, Dr. Marshall, for your persistence in your work! You made all of this happen. Special thanks to your family for their sacrifices in support of your efforts. And so many thanks for all the presenters, volunteers, and MPers that brought this conference to fruition and ensured it's success!! I will wait patiently for the DVDs. Thank you for producing these for those of us who could not attend. With the way my mind has been the last few years, I will have to view the material over, and over, and over:D  Actually, coincidentally, I had a few hours this morning when I had a glimpse of what the future may hold--I was able to think through an issue, keep my train of thought, communicate with a couple of different people over the phone, and actually understand/process/keep up with the flow of conversation. How long has it been????:shock: I could actually feel the clarity of my mind, if that makes any sense. Anyway, the DVDs will be a godsend to me none the less.

Again, thanks and good wishes to all of you MPers,

Betsy

 

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Hi Everyone!

I, too, want to add my voice and thanks for all the hard work that went into the conference. I was one of the "newbies" who sat in on Meg's Phase I tutorial and am planning on embarking on the Protocol this weekend. I am grateful for all the encouragement, information and anticipatory support I received from everyone I spoke with. It was fun to recognize everyone from their names and/or avatars (except for you JR, by the way,I LIKE your new you!)  And, the most fascinating thing...whoever would have known that I would be i nterested in Microbiology...and at my age! Go figure!  But, the information was compelling, fascinating and, for a non-scientist (they don't teach that stuff to social workers) pretty easy to grasp. So again, thank you, thank you, thank you!

Linda Lou

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Hi fellow recover-ee's,

I'm still processing the infusion of wisdom and energy from the conference. I'm new to the protocol, so while trying to grasp the hard science, it was great to hear firsthand many of your inspiring stories.

It was especially nice to meet in the flesh certain individuals who lit the way for me last year when my pathway appeared very dark. Deepest thanks to each of you.

Living in LA made it easier for me to volunteer for last-minute conference tasks, and it was a pleasure to get to know some of you by working alongside.

In our family we have a favorite saying, "There's no limit to the good that can be done when no one cares who gets the credit." There are a lot of unsung hereos, and I hope you all know who you are.

My mind goes to this: there would be no conference, were it not for a protocol, and no protocol, were it not for Trevor Marshall and his dynamic team. So glad the DVD's will be available so all can share in this important moment for our worldwide community.

I wish I had had a video camera in the hallways and at dinner tables to capture some priceless impromptu conversations, especially with some of our illustrious doctors.

I'm looking forward to seeing the photos that Jacks so generously shot with his professional equipment and skill.

My husband and I also got some good candids, which we will upload when he gets back into town. I'd do it now, but I don't know how. Hey, I know! I could ask Janet (JR Foutin) to do it. She can do anything!

Hopeful healing to all.

Patty

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I returned home this evening with renewed hope for the successful future of the Marshall Protocol.  The impact that this website continues to make, the professional quality of the L.A. and Chicago conferences, and the undeniable SCIENCE presented make us grateful and proud to be involved with such a dynamic crusade. 

It was a privilege to attend the conference and to be a witness of medical history in the making.  Trevor and the other prestigious presenters captured our attention with impressive information.  Meeting and greeting fellow MPers and soon-to-be members will remain close to my heart.  We are quite "a family," and the special bond we create online or at a conference will be lifelong and memorable.  

THANK YOU again to the Marshall family--Trevor, Liz, and Karen-- for your dedication and efforts in helping others around the world to get well!  Meg, Belinda, Dr. Blaney, and Joyce, thank you for sharing your expertise!  Panel members and attendees, thank you for your presence and sharing your time and stories!     

The whole conference experience was remarkable, and I look forward to viewing and sharing the upcoming DVD!

Blessings to all . . . Carole   :) 

 

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The whole conference just "blew me away" and I am still reeling from all of the wonderful comraderie and sense of family we all felt. It was truly an amazing weekend. The energies of the ARF staff, speakers, volunteers and MP "clubers" permeated the air. What a marvelous group of people...just wish I could have met everyone who attended and that all of you MPers could have joined us. But alas, there is next year. (Did I hear the ARF staff groan with anticipation? :))

It was also such a treat to meet the "woman" behind the man...Liz Marshall and their adorable daughter, Karen...both charming ladies. Thanks to them for  sharing Trevor with us.

Although I was "dawg tired" by conference end, it was wonderful being able to flit around meeting most of the attendees all the while feeling good...thank you, Dr. Marshall for that opportunity. Meg, Belinda, Dr's Marshall and Blaney, Janet, John, Karen, Liz, Patty, Reenie, Zach, volunteers and panel members "you done good".

Donna

P. S. Apparently my enthusiasm is catching because I now have family members asking me for more "detailed" information on the Marshall Protocol...they all have a friend who needs it.:D 

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Not being able to add anything new, I’ll just join with others in expressing gratitude to Dr. Marshall, the board staff, volunteers, and those who attended. 

Everyone had their personal high points, and one of mine was finally meeting Dr. Marshall. I did blow my first line, though, in meeting him. After wending my way from the heart of the Midwest to the heart of Los Angeles, the introductory conversation could have looked like this:

Sharon: Dr. Marshall, I presume?
Dr. Marshall:
Yes
Sharon:
I thank God, Doctor, I have been permitted to see you.
Dr. Marshall: I feel thankful that I am here to welcome you.

- Henry Morton Stanley and David Livingstone
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Stanley found Livingstone near Lake Tanganyika, Africa, on Nov. 10, 1871


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Barney, you are a dear lady and a great motivator. It was wonderful being with you during the conference.

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Hi everyone,

The conference was great!  Getting to meet everyone was awesome. The other MPers gave me inspiration by sharing the courage and stories.

I really enjoyed meeting and thanking the nurses and doctors ( Dr. Marshall, Liz Meg, Belinda I am sure I met more and I do have brain fog ) that help all of us. AGAIN THANK YOU ALL 

Looking forward to next year's conference,

More Later

Tom

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Okay...I think I have rested enough to type for a few minutes...it is unbelieveable how much traveling takes out of you...

First, I apologize to Michael's family for not letting them know I arrived home safely (thank you for checking on me)...but I do not function very well for about 2 weeks after the conference and this is why....

I usually do not sleep well before I leave (only 2 hrs) before I drove for 2 hrs to the airport realizing that I had forgotten my jacket (to far from home to turn around). Got to the airport before the sun came up...put on a long sleeve shirt for the plane...flew to LA....put on hat/gloves and got on a shuttle to the Hilton (10 minutes). Beautiful hotel which helped to set the feeling of what this conference was going to be like. The elegance of it all. Great buffet...especially for the diabetic in me......which I enjoyed with Carol and her husband, Phil (the RVers)....great company.....then

here came Trevor, Liz and Karen....what a trio...I absolutely adore them...Liz and Karen are such a support for Trevor (of course, he is a great leader). Once again I would love to thank them from the bottom of my heart for all of the very hard work they do to put a Conference together and pull it off...not to mention the elegance they pull it off with.

Now...to mention the MPers that came to the Conference....wow...there was so much love in that room....it was great to get to hug all the necks I could get around too....you are such a family and a treat to me...you help keep me going. I wish there were some way everyone on MP could come.

Dr. Greg Blaney....as soon as they perfect cloning....you are being cloned. What a wealth of information you are. You are so very very funny. It is so great to be able to laugh about things that hurt so bad and the brain fog...you kept us in stiches. You made me cry (tears of joy) when you got down on your knees and checked Michael over for his weakness and the way that Michael just bonded with you was fantastic. I know you have a wife.....but I love you.

Dr. Alan Cantwell, you are one of the sweetest men I have ever met...you are so down to earth and so very willing to listen as well as talk about what you believe so strongly in. Thank you for taking the time to discuss these things with me.

Dr. Eishi...and Jane....it was a great pleasure to also sit and talk with you at great length about sarc...thank you for traveling so far.

Dr. Marshall...first thank you for Marshall Protocol....it is saving many lives. You are so professional but also so much fun to be around. It was great to be with you at another conference and we are all hoping that you willl make this a yearly event....we will help...we promise.

Everyday was an adventure at the Conference....you could hardly wait to get up and get going with other MPers even tho you were dead tired. Breakfast with others...then off to the different panels...and to hear the experiences of brain fog and pain and recovery from the other MPers just put you on a cloud higher than a plane could take you!! The word I found for most of it....no matter what the disease was....was DITTO!!!  It was totally amazing how we herx alike and feel the same ways and the same pains.

LeAnne talked me into joining her and her husband....and several over MPers of getting on a shuttle to Manhattan Beach for dinner...it was still light a little so Donna loaned me a jacket. Thanks Donna...and thanks LeAnne for talking me into it even tho that bed looked real good when we got back and I don't remember my head hitting the pillow.

Jillian....you were a great roommate....so sorry you had so much herx....maybe next time you will get to spend more time out of the room like you wanted to do.

Belinda...not a problem with seeing your friend to the airport...it worked out perfect....sorry they checked her out like a terrorist.

Meg...Belinda....Susan...I am still just revalling in the fact that you look so much younger than the last time I saw you 3 and you look so much thinner. I can't wait till I am there.

Sunday night those of us who were left to Monday flights...joined Trevor/family and helped roll up cords and pack things away....and the very best part.....we just sat around talking and loving one another.......it was very hard to leave all that. The MP is not just a cure....we are a family and I believe we will always be a family.

With this...different look at the Conference...I hope you all felt like you were there.

HANG IN THERE, WE WILL MAKE IT!!!!BARNEY:D

 

Chris
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I want or rather need to thank all at the ARF conference. I've tried for two days now to find the words, but I think I have to give up on anything fancy and just say Thank You.

This group has helped me continue in the MP, sometimes by urging, sometimes just by a shared complaint to let me know I wasn't alone; and often by a good laugh. I'm a bit of a procrastinator about hard jobs, the thought being that in time, I'll think my way through it to a simpler, more elegant solution (confession: I was a math major, and this worked back in school.). Enduring the MP can't be addressed that way. Having almost instant support made the MP possible. I owe you folks a lot.

The biggest payoff of all came when my wife met you, and found out for sure that I was involved in a group of really great people; people who have amazing stories to tell about the MP and are pretty amazing people in their own right. For this introvert, the Sunday night discussion was downright comfortable. I tried to make an effort to be more outgoing that I usually am in groups. Thank you all for making it easy.

I do wish to apologize to JRFoutin, for not recognizing her. JR, your previous avatar really did you no justice. You look much better with the sunny smile I saw in LA.

Thanks again to all involved, and especially Dr Marshall and the ARF staff!

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It seems that I am the only one that has not had a chance to send a reply as to how much I loved going to the conference! It is not that I was sleeping and recovering like some of you :):)! But I have been busy trying to keep up with my three kids and their summer fun!!!!:P:P:P

I am so glad that I attended the conference! Thanks Dr. Marshall for all that you have done for all of us! Although I always thought that I was probably doing the right thing by going on the protocol :shock:, now I know for certain :cool:, 100% that I am doing the right thing!!!! Wow, to feel that way about something that you are doing, it makes it work even better:dude::dude:

What a gift the MP is to me…. it is giving me the gift of getting better, not only for me, but for three little kids that need their mommy. It has been almost 6 months and I am already at the point where I just dropped my eye drops completely (I had terrible uvitus)!! YEAH I cannot imagine where I will be next year when you all see me again!  

I so much enjoyed hearing the success stories that we all shared with each other. Hearing the science behind the protocol was powerful and I LOVED hearing Dr. Blaney speak too.  

Thanks Meg for asking me to go and Reenie for being my roommate and Belinda for asking me to speak and share my story, I hope it helped someone else! 

See you all on your posts and keep getting better!:D:D 

Leesa

Last edited on Sun Jun 25th, 2006 19:45 by Leesa

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I have just been reading all the enthusiastic letters about the conference and realize what a great experience I have missed.  I am curious to know how many MPers were there?  I am looking forward to getting the DVDs.

Thanks to all who have posted so those of us who couldn't be there could at least experience it vicariously.

Thanks again to Dr. Marshall and the wonderful team who are helping all of us!

Mae

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Any progress on the LAX Conference Dvd's?

LeAnne

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Karen has been crunching away with the editing for the past several weeks. It will still be a few weeks before they are finished. There is a lot of editing which has to be done to make the presentations reasonably interesting when they are viewed on a TV set.

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Tell Karen we are all very, very greatful!

Even before seeing the results ;).

All het former 'Kaz' productions have been great !

Sincerely, Frans

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Yes Please tell her many thanks! We (those of us who couldn't make it) just can't help being a little anxious :D

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Just wondering when the DVD's from the conference are going to be out?

Thanks Jeannine:D

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Not finished yet. I hope to have them out by mid-October. There is a lot of work still to be done, although Karen has finished most of the editing. I have just been so busy this year:X



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