Webb’s Bacon ‘n Bleu Burger at Snoqualmie Summit



Have some amazing food at Webb’s. (quick link for this blog http://theyshallwalk.org/?p=112 ) I have been there a couple of times and the [pulsa aquí para español /click for Spanish] Bacon ‘n Bleu Burger is the best,  it is all I have ever ordered.   I like to mountain bike and Snoqualmie Pass is close to the lab (54 miles) so I can drive up there and get on my bike and ride.  I used to love to hike and run but since I still have partial paralysis in both my arms and legs that comes and goes, biking makes more sense.  Instead of falling down when a leg or arm goes out I just have to work harder with the limbs that are still functioning.

I love SnoqualmieRetreat.com because it is so close and a great getaway all year round.  After mountain biking and getting a work out in the spring, summer and fall I can hit the hot tub and then head over to Webb’s and get the best burger with bacon and blue cheese I have ever had.  The cross cut french fries are a bonus and the view is amazing.

Webb's Bacon Bleu Burger and a View.

In the winter the skiing is great.  From the West summit I can ski to central and this season the East summit will be open too.  After a few hours of ski runs I will be heading back to Webb’s for a few dozen Bacon ‘n Bleu Burgers this winter.

The summer hours have been extended so when I am on a mini retreat at the snoqualmieretreat.com I will be droping by Webb’s,  I might even try some other items on the menu.

Summer Operating Hours – Now Extended!

Thursday: 11am-9pm (dining); 2pm-11pm (bar)
Friday: 11am-10pm (dining); 2pm-11pm (bar)
Saturday: 7:30am-10:30am (breakfast buffet)*; 11am-9pm (regular menu), bar opens at 1pm
Sunday: 7:30am-10:30am (breakfast buffet)*; 11am-8pm (regular menu), bar opens at 1pm

*Come on in and enjoy our new breakfast buffet on weekends, complete with an omelet bar! $12.50 per person.

(425) 434-7669 ext. 6809

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Test Pilot Journey: Seattle VA Pain Clinic Dry Needling

By: Monty Reed  –  Originally posted 9/14/2009 Re-posted October 4, 2010

Test Pilot Journey Monty Reed: Seattle VA Pain Clinic Dry Needling July 26, 2009

If this is an emergency call 911

Contact Your Doctor at the VA (Veterans Administration Medical Center) and ask for a referral to the Pain Clinic, in Seattle (206) 762-1010.  You need to get a referral from your doctor to get into the pain clinic and the “Dry Needling” Treatment Program.

I had been in for “Dry Needling” seven times already.  Usually the treatment would make a difference.  Sometimes there was a reduction in pain in some areas and an increase in others.  So far the overall change was good.  Including the increase and decreases in pain, there was an overall decrease in Pain.

This time I came early.  My pain level in my left leg was 8 out of ten.  In my neck the pain was 7 out of ten.  My T spine (Thoracic Spine) was a 6 out of ten, the Lumbar was at a 3.
Cervical (C or Neck)     = 7
Thoracic (T)                    = 6
Lumbar (L)                      = 3
Legs (Sciatica)                = 8

I try to think about the pain levels and write them down before and after the treatment to see what the difference is and of course if a particular treatment or combination of treatments is working.

The pain scale is from 0-10.  0 is no pain and 10 is pain so bad you scream and want to die.  When you get into pain levels of 4-6 it is kind of hard to discern a clear point on the scale without a center point.  I like to think of the center of the pain scale the way a friend of mine, Leo (a massage therapist),  puts it.

“4 hurts bad but you will still do something like going out of the house for fun, 5 hurts a lot but you might still try you might not, 6 and you are thinking more ‘maybe I will not do it, I won’t go out, I’ll just stay home, it hurts too much’  at 7 it hurts too much and you are not going out unless you really have to.”

Well, I was a half hour early.  Early is good but it turns out 30 minutes is just too early.  My appointment was at 1pm.  At fifteen til I went to the window to let them know I was here but the window was locked and closed.  So I went to the other window on the same floor that was actually for the OR.  A very nice lady noticed me standing at the window and asked if she could help me.  I explained that I was there for a pain clinic procedure of ‘Dry Needling’ she said “I will let them know you are here, you can go back and wait for them”  I thanked her and went on my way back to the waiting room.

At ten after 1 I made my way back to the OR check in window because the pain clinic check in window was still closed and locked.

The lady was very nice and told me she would call them again.

The third time I bothered her she told me they were just way behind and that the knew I was there.  She suggested I go back to the waiting room and I did.

Always bring a book or a magazine.  In fact if you have extra books or magazines bring them and leave them at the VA for the other vets who have to wait.  It would be a great way to recycle.

At 2pm I told my ride I would not be done at 2 as planned and if he could not continue to wait I would call someone else.  My ride told me he had an appointment in Shoreline at the Blu Cafe under the Hope Church just off of 192nd and hwy 99.  (I have been there a lot and it is great, donation only espresso shop with great meeting areas.)  At 2:15pm they finally came for me.

The nurse told me the patient just before me needed a lot more work than they had expected and she told me they were very sorry to have kept me waiting.  I believe her.  Two decades ago I do not believe I would have believed her but today I have seen so many improvements in the VA system I believed her.

After doing my vitals I had to wait for the doctor.  I remembered the “mindfulness” classes I just finished and decided to sit and meditate and “Start Again” I just did a simple “Body Scan” meditation and relaxed.

The doctor came in and I signed the consent form on the computer screen.

Finally I got on the table and then a nurse came in and disinfected my neck back and my left leg.

The doctor came in and we talked about my pain levels.  He had someone with him.  It may have been a fellow or a med school student or an intern.  I am not sure but the guy was probably in training to actually do the procedure.  My regular doc did the left side and the new guy did the right.  The regular doc had an obvious confidence about the needles.  He would feel with his finger to be sure he had found the area of the muscle that had the problems and then he would position the needle, stick it in a little and hold it with one hand like a carpenter holds a nail he is about to hammer in.

Dry needles installed in the patient.

The doc then would give the needle three distinct, firm, solid taps and the needle would be in place.  Out of ten needles on the left side of my spine he maybe adjusted two with extra taps.

The new guy was not so confident.  It felt like he was twisting the needle. He would tap it a little, 2, 3, 5 times then a couple more.  The regular docs method is a lot better, bam it is done.  The new guy seems like he does not want me to suffer, and the very thing he was doing to reduce or prevent suffering actually caused more suffering.

I just took a deep breath and let it out then I would use the ‘mindfullness’ techniques to ‘start again’.

As I relaxed I noticed the new guy seemed to get better.

Monty K Reed waiting for the needles to start working.

After all of the needles were in I just lay there.  A couple of them really hurt but the rest were just there.  I remember from the previous times that this was “All Good” because the overall effect has been a reduction in pain.  I have been doing a lot of therapies all together and that may mix or skew the results but that is okay because I feel better.

Placebo? Well if it is all in my head that is okay too.  If I am better than the treatment worked.
If you can get in, try the dry needling.

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Biosynthetic Muscle Motors part 1

Biosynthetic Muscle Motors part 1 by Monty K Reed

Biosynthetics is The Study of Living Systems and building working copies for engineering, rehabilitation medicine and robotics applications.

In 1986 when I came up with the term “biosynthetics” no one was using it.  Today there are some web posts that claim biosynthetics is the same as biosynthesis, it is not.  They may have the website registered but that does not make it science.  I used the term first and it will always be what it is. It is very much like the exoskeleton work in that no one was doing it when I started.  The reason I needed a new term was to differentiate from what bio-engineers are doing in growing replacement parts for people.  The replacement parts business is related to what I am doing in biosynthetics but it is very different.  The work is more “bio inspired” (quote from Robert (Bob) Full [researcher at UC Berkley]
at a Mechatronics EE595 lecture at the University of Washington 2007)

Bio-engineers need (really NEED) to make exact copies of muscles in order to install them successfully in living creatures.  The need to be sure it is exactly like the original or rejection may come into being.  Many have looked at the mechanism of operation of the rejection system in the body and it is possible to take ‘anti rejection’ medication to
slow down or inhibit the process but the dangers usually out-way the benefits when is comes to the surgical replacement of skeletal muscle.  Of course is you are replacing a heart the medication is needed and the risk is worth it.

Some of the work I am doing in the lab may benefit bio-engineers who need to grow parts for a human leg that has been damaged in an accident but as I mentioned it is not the purpose.

In biosynthetics the idea is to use what I like about the living system and copy that.  The biosynthetic muscle does not even have to be alive. It can be a nanotech machine.  I envision a hybrid that will include synthetic materials and living components.  I have been looking into ‘mesh’ or ‘lattice’ materials to combine with the living tissue.
Some polyesters may work well and the fibers are very affordable.

I attended another  BIOE (bioengineering) lecture about a the UW (University of Washington) in 2007 where an undergrad was speaking about Heart stent design and the prefered material was NiTiNOL.  Not for the memory alloy aspect but for the acceptance threshold.  Most bodies do not reject NiTiNOL.  “Wow” I thought to myself, almost out loud.  NiTiNOL is Nickel Titanium from the Navel Ordinance Lab.  It was a new alloy for warhead manufacture and it ends up saving lives every day in heart stent operations.

example of a lattice for biosynthetic muscles
Heart Stent

There may be a way to combine the NiTiNOL with muscle tissue and actually use the memory alloy aspects.  For now I will continue combining muscle tissue with lattice materials and attempting different control routines.  In my current lab in Georgetown (the industrial area south of downtown Seattle) I can only actuate the action potential simulation with electric impulse.

Biosynthetic beef muscles

In the future They Shall Walk Institute building we will have better labs and will be able to experiment with calcium ion pump actuation.  This will involve nanotechnology scale pumps and hoses interconnected with living muscle tissue and synthetic materials.

Quote from a February 2010 blog re-posted on the new site October 3, 2010 I said
“As a kid I dreamed about beef that you could grow in your fridge.  I imagined astronauts would simply go to the fridge and cut off a slice of steak, chicken, lamb or pork then close the lid and the meat would continue to grow. It is possible and we can do it. Some day soon I believe the same technology I am using to grow muscle cells in a dish is a technology that I will be able to use to do just that and feed the world.”

The work of growing muscles could really save the world.  I met with a professor in Vellore India who may collaborate with me in developing that very new meat that could be served in “non-veg” restaurants in India (non-veg means they serve meat) and other developing nations as well as the space stations, and “moon base” cities of the future.  He has the talent, the resources and the legal permission to go after the PETA prize.  My hands would be tied if I wanted to go after it in the USA.

Voorhesh College Zoology Department
Voorhesh College Zoology Department

I do not want to fight with the FDA so we will be doing our research in Vellore India.

When the government gives us permission we will conduct the final phases in this country.

See the next post for some details about the biosynthetic beef muscle and chicken muscle experiments.

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with disabilities.  The work includes but is not limited to the development of the
LIFESUIT Robotic Exoskeleton that allows paralyzed persons to walk.  It is similar to the
$45 million DARPA / Department of the Army project with exoskeletons that includes the
Berkley BLEEKS, Sarcos Raytheon XO, as well as other classified military government projects.

The main difference is that the LIFESUIT Robotic Exoskeleton was the first of the current
projects and began in 1986.  It is the only one focused on semi-autonomous robotics that
is for paralyzed persons first.

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References:

http://polypedal.berkeley.edu/twiki/bin/view/PolyPEDAL/ProfessorsOffice

Biosynthetics: The Study of Living Systems and building working copies.

http://www.dominican.edu/query/ncur/display_ncur.php?id=3086

http://www.metacafe.com/watch/1021891/muscle_motor_biosynthetics_beef_rib_eye/

http://www.myvido1.com/AVYJESOdFbxEWV0F2VudWP_biosynthetic-cornea

http://www.dominican.edu/query/ncur/display_ncur.php?id=3048

http://www.dominican.edu/query/ncur/display_ncur.php?id=3021

http://search.dominican.edu/search?q=cache:sOrEFaTViBIJ:www.dominican.edu/query/ncur/list_ncur.php%3Fname%3D%26keyword%3D%26id%3D%26type_select%3D%26school_select%3D%26subject_select%3DBiosynthetics+monty+reed&access=p&output=xml_no_dtd&ie=UTF-8&client=default_frontend&site=default_collection&proxystylesheet=default_frontend&oe=ISO-8859-1

http://www.washington.edu/research/urp/students/achievement-conference.html

http://weekendamerica.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/06/11/montys_robot/

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2003007262_robot20m.html

Biosynthetics: The Study of Living Systems and building working copies.

Biosynthetics: The Study of Living Systems and building working copies.
by Monty K Reed

Under your skin, below the layer of fat, next to the bones there is a stuff that moves.
It is more efficient and more powerful than many other power trains you can get your
hands on.  It is able to operate at a normal rate for long durations and it can be
powered for short bursts at incredible power output levels.  This stuff has components
that are specifically used for endurance and others that are set up for performance.
We are talking about muscles.

On the micro scale you will see myosin and actin fibers that appear to ‘grab’ each other
and pull on one another bringing them together. This causes the muscle to ‘contract’
making it shorter.  In grade school and high school biology class we are taught about the
‘action potential’ that comes down the nerves to the muscles.  Most classes teach or
imply that the electric impulse is what causes the muscle to contract.  You could say
that is true, and for the most part it is.  If you want to really know how the muscles
work it is important to look at the mechanism of operation of muscle contraction.

I began my search for knowledge on this subject at one of my favorite sets of libraries;
the University of Washington.  When I was in grade school I would ride my bike to the
college campus and lock it up and walk into Kane hall or any of the other hundreds of
classrooms on campus.  As a fourth or fifth grader I found I could vanish into the
anonymity of the mob between classes, especially if my destination was one of the large
lecture halls with hundreds of students.

At the time many of the professors were using 35mm slides on carousels or an over head
projector to assist the lecture process.  Many wrote on the chalk board.  By the time I
was in sixth grade I found that many of my grade school teachers did not know what they
were talking about and I had a lot of trouble respecting their position and authority
when I knew they were wrong.  Now we are talking about three decades ago so things were
very different then they are today.

Back to my point about muscles… I went to the UW library and looked up muscle, muscles etc
and wrote down the numbers.  I remember laughing out loud when I was in the aisle of the
library and as I was pulling the book down from the shelf I looked to the right and saw a
title “Muscles as Food” then another and another.  There we books published about the
raw material of muscle as a fuel source.  At that point I thought about the fun way to
clean up from my biosynthetic muscle experiments, cooking it all on the BBQ.

I would not actually do that until I was given an okay by the power’s that be, of course.
There are other countries that will allow the consumption of cultured muscle but that is
another subject all together.

As a kid I dreamed about beef that you could grow in your fridge.  I imagined astronauts
would simply go to the fridge and cut off a slice of steak, chicken, lamb or pork then close
the lid and the meat would continue to grow. It is possible and we can do it. Some day soon I believe
the same technology I am using to grow muscle cells in a dish is a technology that I will
be able to use to do just that and feed the world.

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blogs were moved to a server that can handle the 12,000 daily views.  The work being done
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with disabilities.  The work includes but is not limited to the development of the
LIFESUIT Robotic Exoskeleton that allows paralyzed persons to walk.  It is similar to the
$45 million DARPA / Department of the Army project with exoskeletons that includes the
Berkley BLEEKS, Sarcos Raytheon XO, as well as other classified military government projects.

The main difference is that the LIFESUIT Robotic Exoskeleton was the first of the current
projects and began in 1986.  It is the only one focused on semi-autonomous robotics that
is for paralyzed persons first.

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