Yesterday I viewed Russ Breault’s video1 of my presentation, Hypothesis that Explains the Shroud’s Unique Blood Marks and Several Critical Events in the Gospels, at the St. Louis Shroud Conference 20142. At 6 minutes into my presentation I noticed that I made a statement concerning Dr. Lavoie’s studies of blood transfer from skin to linen that I wish I had better clarified, so I am doing it now. The statement I made in my presentation made it seem that I did not believe Dr. Lavoie’s results as presented in his book, Unlocking the Secrets of The Shroud. That was not my intent, as I do believe his results are as he reported.
In my presentation I said that the results of my experiments indicated that blood coagulated and dried in less than 15 minutes, which prevented me from transferring blood on skin to linen more than 15 minutes after the blood was put on the skin. I also said that Dr. Lavoie reported that he was able to make transfers as long as 2 hours after the blood was put on the skin. It was not 2 hours. Actually, he reported on page 94 of his book, “At room temperature, transfers could take place up to one and a half hours after the blood was taken from a volunteer.” More importantly, I failed to mention in my oral presentation that I used a blood collection method different from that used by Dr. Lavoie. As a medical doctor, he used a blood collection method that he believed better duplicated the conditions surrounding Christ’s crucifixion. Thus, our different blood collection methods could explain why we obtained different results. I must acknowledge that during my research Dr. Lavoie and I talked many times and he was of great help to me because of his knowledge of blood and its clotting factors.
In my written paper3 I more completely described Lavoie’s methods and results, as summarized above. Unfortunately, many who attended my talk and/or only viewed Russ Breault’s video1 of my oral presentation may not have read my written paper. Thus, I am sending this email to all attendees of the conference to correct misunderstandings that may have resulted from my verbal presentation.
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