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May, 2010

Micro Musings…

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New Chromogenic Screening Media

ESBL Klebsiella

Klebsiella pneumoniae ESBL

ESBL e. coli

E. coli ESBL

Hardy Diagnostics has recently released HardyCHROM ESBL, a screening medium for the isolation of Extended Spectrum Beta Lactamase gram negative bacilli.

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Hardy’s dehydrated culture media…


Criterion 500gm

  • Wide mouth bottle for use of scoop – Reduces dust formation – Protects your health!
  • Available in four sizes
  • 300 formulas available
  • Pre-weighed mylar pouches for 2L batches

Just released!

Rapid Test Kits
New Mini-Catalog

Rapid Test Catalog

Interested in rapid spot tests?

Our new updated mini-catalog has hundreds of ‘hard to find’ kits that will save you time and money!

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Think about it…

The Thinker

  • Why is a pear called a pear when there is only one?

  • What do they pack Styrofoam in?

  • Why did God give men nipples?

  • Why do you never hear father-in-law jokes?

Foot in Mouth Disease

Quotes they
wish you’d forget…

Dizzy Dean

“The doctors X-rayed my head and found nothing.”

~ Pitcher Dizzy Dean (Jay Hanna) after being hit in the head with a baseball at the 1934 World Series


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  • Hardy is celebrating it’s 30th year of serving microbiologists!
  • Manufactures over 3,000 products for microbiology for you to choose from.
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  • Offers you its technical manual, HUGO , which contains over 4,500 pages of information regarding microbiology.
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Advice from the Founders…


“A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, shall not take from the mouth of labor that which it has earned… This is good government.”


– Thomas Jefferson

the third president of the United States and the “Author of the Declaration of Independence”.

Are probiotics effective
against C. difficile ?
bacterial rods
Can you fight bacteria with bacteria?

Is there strength in numbers?

Find out what a recent study has discovered .

Seeing is Believing?


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1. Follow the blinking pink dots with your eyes. You will see only the pink colored dots (some email systems may not show the blinking dots).

2. Now look at the + without moving your eyes and you will see a rotating green dot.

3. Stare at the + a while longer and the pink dots will slowly begin to disappear.

4. What’s strange is that, in reality, the pink dots do not go away and there are no green dots…except in your mind!


“Believe half of what you see and none of what you hear.”

Avoid false positives!

filtered Thio

Have you ever seen bacteria on a gram stain from the broth, only to find out that nothing grew out on the plate?

Did you know that dead bacteria can be present in your otherwise sterile broth as result of bacteria being present before the media was sterilized?

The presence of dead bacteria in your Thio can lead to false positive reports. Don’t take that risk…

Insist that your Thio be filtered to remove dead bacteria. Insist that you use only Hardy Diagnostics Filtered Thio.

Hardy’s Filtered Thio
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It takes more than money…

Health Care Costs
Life Expectancy in the US

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The Y axis shows the life expectancy in years. The X axis shows health care costs per person in 2007 for each nation.

The USA spends more than $7,300 per person per year for health care on the average. In contrast, Japan spends only about $2,600, and yet the life expectancy is 5 years longer than that of Americans.

Healthcare GDP

The above graph shows that America ranks number one in health care spending, which accounts for 16% of its overall GDP; and yet it ranks 42 in life expectancy !

It is true that the American practitioners of modern medicine have become very proficient at treating symptoms. As we see from the charts above, there is no doubt that this is a very lucrative way to practice medicine. But could it be that we are seriously lacking in the discovery of root causes of disease and the promotion of a holistic health approach?

For instance; has your doctor ordered a vitamin D blood test for you? Has he warned you of the dangers of trans fat consumption? Helped you with an exercise program? Do pediatricians ask how many sodas their patients drink every day? Has a healthy diet plan ever been recommended?

The average American now consumes 40 pounds of high fructose corn syrup every year (that number was zero in 1970); and an alarming 60 pounds of french fries annually.

In the long run, merely treating symptoms and prescribing pills will not take us down the road to better health. As long as massive fortunes are being made by perpetuating the existing treatment modes, we probably cannot rely on our health care industry in its current state to show us the way to optimal health. That will be left up to you and me as individuals.

~ Jay Hardy

Wisdom to ponder…

CS Lewis

C. S. Lewis

Irish Born British Novelist and Theologian
Author of “The Chronicles of Narnia”
1898 ~ 1963

“Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth
and you get neither.”

“Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather
to make man a more clever devil.”

“Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my
God do you learn.”

“Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave
with regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.”

“Humans are amphibians – half spirit and half animal. As
spirits they belong to the eternal world, but as animals they inhabit time.”

“Let’s pray that the human race never escapes from Earth to spread
its iniquity elsewhere.”

“Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really

“There are two kinds of people: those who say to God,
“Thy will be done,” and those to whom God says, “All right,
then, have it your way.””

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new

“You don’t have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body.”

“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough
to suit me.”


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You can find more of Leigh Rubin’s cartoon humor by clicking here for a daily Rubes cartoon.

Warning: Pun Zone Ahead

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  • A chicken crossing the road is ‘poultry
    in motion.’

  • A sign on the lawn at a drug rehab center said:
    ‘Keep off the Grass.’

  • A small boy swallowed some coins and was taken
    to a hospital. When his grandmother telephoned to ask how he was, a
    nurse said, ‘No change yet.’

  • The short fortune-teller who escaped from
    prison was a small medium at large.

Signs of the times…

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