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mycoplasma and ESR

I have had a raised ESR (sedimentation rate) for the last six years
but so far tests have not revealed the source of infection.  Someone
suggested testing for mycoplasma but I have read that ESR should be
normal with mycoplasma infection.  Can anyone please tell me if that
is always correct.


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  1. admin says:

    In article <01bcfed8$38d97e20$c03a62ce@poetdean>,
       "Dean Petersen" <poetd…> wrote:

    >I grew up in Iowa, where gasohol was utilized extensively.  
    Adding 10%
    >alcohol to gasoline reduces emissions, burns cooler and
    cleaner, and even
    >helps prevent gas line freeze in the winter.

    >MTBE’s, generally, cost more, and produce less. . .but they
    add to the oil
    >companies profits more than alcohol does.

    (HUGE cut)


    your post is pure speculation.  I will illustrate with a few

    When MTBE was mandated by EPA(incidentally, there is only one
    variety of MTBE, not many), the required composition for
    gasoline blending purposes exceeded the current world supply.
    Gasoline is a *VERY* big worldwide market, so additional MTBE
    production facilities had to be built in order to comply with
    the new regulations.  It is very likely that the same can be
    said for ethanol.  If everyone tried to blend ethanol only as
    the oxygenate of choice, a *LOT* of additional
    corn, sugar, beets, etc., would have to be used to provide
    the additional ethanol.  In addition, many new facilities
    would have to be built to concentrate the ethanol into its
    pure form (many more distillation trains).

    In addition, gasoline is a big commodity product.  Profit
    margins are very thin because there are so many competitors
    involved in its sale.  This means that if the competition can
    outbid you in the market-place, they will tend to do it.  In
    turn, this competition tends to minimize prices.

    If you don’t believe me, check in your local newspaper.  You
    will find (in the business section) price quotes for
    wholesale gasoline.  Refineries sell their product for 55-60
    cents per gallon.  Where is the markup?  I don’t have exact
    figures, but 20-40 cents per gallon is tax of various sorts,
    and the rest pays for overhead and profit for the retailer.

    The conclusion?  When refineries get less than 50% of the
    retail value for their product, you need to look elsewhere
    before you start complaining about excessive profits.