Monday, May 21, 2018
This is a nice start and recognizes that there is something important here that lacks successful monetization.
At its foundation, we have a natural community that has lost its fresh faces to the virtual natural communities in larger centers. Replenishment becomes impossible.
We need a natural influx of newcomers, internal finance using the rule of twelve and fiat capital. This would stimulate a recovery to the 150 population and support for sustainable local growing. It can be done but it will take example and education.
Exclusive: Lessons From Airbnb’s First Foray Into Urban Renewal
Last year, Airbnb unveiled a community center designed to help revitalize a shrinking town in Japan. A year later, CPO Joe Gebbia shares what the company has learned–and what it has planned next.
It was almost exactly a year ago that Airbnb started taking reservations on perhaps it’s strangest listing of all: the Yoshino Cedar House, which the company had built itself in a tiny little logging town in Japan way off the tourist beat.
Joe Gebbia [Photo: courtesy Airbnb]
The project was meant to help revitalize the town, and provide a means of support to its aging population–who could in turn immerse travelers in their culture. “Yoshino is there and has amazing things to offer. The problem was finding out about it,” says Joe Gebbia, Airbnb’s cofounder and guiding force behind the company’s humanitarian efforts. “The hypothesis was that we could stimulate regions by plugging them into the Airbnb network.”
The results seem promising. Airbnb just released an annual report on the Yoshino Cedar House (YCH): 346 guests have stayed so far, hailing from 30 countries. Total bookings came to nearly $25,000; those from other hosts who’ve popped up in the area amounted to another $50,000.
The dollar yields aren’t large, but they may be large enough to be interesting to Yoshino–and to Airbnb. As economists have noted for decades, a single new dollar spent can be then re-spent several times. If I earn $100 then spend it at a local shop, the shopkeeper can then spend that $100 again (minus costs), and so on. The take-home money that hosts see after Airbnb takes its share may indeed be a nice shot to Yoshino’s economy. But for Airbnb, the YCH project represents a novel approach to corporate social responsibility. Instead of merely giving away money, they’re using the tools available to them to create an economic stimulus. In the bargain, they get marketing that helps the brand, good will among communities, a potential new avenue for growth, and–not least–a test bed for new business models.
Of course, the scale and sustainability of these ventures is still to be determined. If the YCH were a strictly for-profit venture, it would probably be hard to justify the cost of hiring a world-class architect and building a custom building. Are there enough travelers willing to stray from the path of tried-and-true tourist destinations? “We’re going to keep checking in, because we’re attempting to shift some really slow numbers,” Gebbia points out.
But dollars alone, says Gebbia, weren’t the sole purpose. Rather, the hope is to offer at least one solution to the problem of small towns shrinking away as their townsfolk age. The takeaways might be meaningful not just to Yoshino and Airbnb, but also to any of the myriad community planners dealing with the global problem of declining small towns.
[Photo: courtesy Airbnb]
Even better if that solution can help spread cultural memory. Guests can book various activities around Yoshino, ranging from fishing to sushi making, and even a carpentry workshop, using the famed local cedar.
Going in, Gebbia says the biggest fear was that the hosts in Yoshino wouldn’t be able to communicate well enough with travelers around the world to make the experience memorable. That hasn’t seemed to be the case so far, for a surprising reason. The YCH was set up as a co-op, with 31 hosts from around the town sharing the hosting responsibilities. So far, it appears that having so many people cycle through the house means that language gaps tend not to be a problem–since between the travelers themselves and the townspeople, someone seems to always be able to serve as the translator and fixer. The lesson: Make sure there’s a structure in place so that the community can run the venture.
Looking forward, Airbnb’s plan is to keep studying how YCH affects the town, and to codify what’s worked into a playbook that’s disseminated to city officials around the world. “I hope that people know that this is an invitation to reach out if they know any place that might benefit from the model,” says Gebbia.
This is really promising. To start with it works. That means we can set up a regulatory system in which all plastics made new are charged out a deposit per pound of plastic that it set to underwrite the whole underlying collection process. We do this with glass bottles and plastic bottles and metal cans already.
Thus the processor uses the revenue from his product sales to support the manufacturing operation and pay for the equipment.
The bricks easily fits into the local building culture anywhere. There is no particular need for great strength either as the market for paving stone is unending.
How a Ghanaian entrepreneur uses recycled plastic to make cheaper roads and building blocks
Laying the recycled plastic-infused blocks in Ghana (Courtesy/Nelplast)
April 27, 2018 Quartz Africa
Ghana’s cities have a sanitation problem, poor sanitation costs the country $290 million annually and a good proportion of the waste material is made up of plastic. Despite clogging drains and polluting beaches, only 10% of the plastic waste ever gets recycled.
The government has contemplated banning certain kinds of plastic usage similar to Rwanda and Kenya to but there was a worry about job losses and those proposals were eventually set aside during the last administration.
But for Nelson Boateng, 33, the plastics business is all he has known since he started working at a factory when he was 13. In 2015, fearing that a plastics ban was imminent, Boateng’s company, Nelplast, which makes plastic shopping bags, was pushed to think of a way to keep the business alive. Using knowledge learned informally from engineers he had worked with, he came up with a production process that mixes sand with shredded plastic and red oxide to make one-square foot pavement blocks.
One bock at a time. (Courtesy: Nelplast)
“We use all kinds of plastics except PVC pipes,” says Boateng. “We have a ratio with which we use to mix the plastics, sand and red oxide. But that is our secret.” He has filed a patent application which is yet to be approved.
Plastic waste washed out during flooding often finds its way back to Accra’s beaches.(EPA/Christian Thompson)
Using discarded plastics in road construction has been done in other places. “In India, they put the plastics in the asphalt to prevent cracks and potholes but my technology is far different,” Boateng explains.”We don’t use bitumen, we don’t use stone. The asphalt is expensive but mine is cheaper and the durability is guaranteed.” At $1 each his company’s blocks are cheaper than the average price of $1.50 for a concrete block. His plastic-infused blocks have been used to pave some homes and to rebuild a pitted stretch of road in Ashaiman, the densely-populated township where he grew up.
Just $1. (Nelplast)
The World Bank’s push for labor-intensive public works gives another win to Nelplast Ghana which employs 60 people directly and 500 others indirectly. But at 200 blocks a day using 800 kilos of plastic waste, capacity is low for estate developers who have expressed interest in using his blocks. Scaling up has been a challenge because he does not have the needed equipment.
Nelplast was accepted into “One-District, One-Factory”,the Ghana government’s flagship industrialization plan whose benefits includes low-interest loans ranging from $50,000 to $5 million. A promise by the minister of environment to help Boateng get more machines so that he can increase capacity, to a competitive 15,000 blocks a day, has not yet materialized just like the loans.
So, the profits from making shopping bags are pumped into the block-making business. While he remains fiercely opposed to a ban on plastics, he acknowledges the irony of his company making plastic bags which eventually contribute to pollution. But for Boateng, Nelplast’s workers are his priority.
“It is something I have thought of. I cannot save the environment and still cause problems to it. So when I get [funds to scale up the block-making business] I will move the workers to that side. I love my workers so much, so I cannot tell somebody to just go home. I have to always find a way to keep them working.”
Ah yes! Just where did that global warming go when we needed it. Yet it all fits within the expected channel for good statistical data.
What this makes clear though is that all the gains in global heat are now been lost quickly while the obvious markers will still be lagging. It takes time to rebuild sea ice.
Right now I do expect shocks during the coming winter months and think the chance of being disappointed to be low. The obvious shock will be suddenly frozen rivers comparable to the eighteenth century.
The scientific retreat from flawed climate dogma will be embarrassing and richly deserved. Yet this climate cycle taught us a lot that was important to discover. ..
Global warming? The latest news tells a different story
By Jack Hellner
May 1, 2018
Here are some articles and stories that are minimally reported, if at all, because they do not fit the agenda that humans, fossil fuels, and CO2 are causing disastrous global warming and climate change.
From the Detroit News:
No, you're not crazy. It has been the coldest April in more than 140 years.
A year ago today, on April 19, 2017, it was 78 degrees and sunny, while Thursday's expected high is 48 degrees, said National Weather Service meteorologist Trent Frey.
As of Thursday, the average temperature for April is 38.3 degrees, slightly warmer than April 1874, the coldest on record at 37.6 degrees.
From the Chicago Tribune:
The first half of April marks the second-coldest start to the month since 1881, about when the weather service started keeping records, said Mott of the weather service.
From Watts Up With That:
Some major U.S. are on track to be part of a record cold April. "Some cities in the east are experiencing temperatures a full 10 to 15 degrees F colder than normal, says meteorologist Jaclyn Whittal. Those cities include Buffalo, Chicago and Detroit. Those in the northern tier of the U.S. either graciously accept winter[.]
From Kilkenny Weather:
A little ice age ended around 1850 so a little warming would be normal after that and that is all we have had, a little warming.
The Little Ice Age (LIA) was a cold period that stretched from the 16th to the mid 19th century.
From Breitbart News:
Our planet has just experienced the most extreme two-year cooling event in a century. But where have you seen this reported anywhere in the mainstream media?
You haven't, even though the figures are pretty spectacular. As Aaron Brown reports here at Real Clear Markets:
From February 2016 to February 2018 (the latest month available) global average temperatures dropped 0.56°C. You have to go back to 1982-84 for the next biggest two-year drop, 0.47°C – also during the global warming era. All the data in this essay come from GISTEMP Team, 2018: GISS Surface Temperature Analysis (GISTEMP). NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (dataset accessed 2018-04-11 at https://data.giss.nasa.gov/gistemp/). This is the standard source used in most journalistic reporting of global average temperatures.
The 2016-18 Big Chill was composed of two Little Chills, the biggest five month drop ever (February to June 2016) and the fourth biggest (February to June 2017). A similar event from February to June 2018 would bring global average temperatures below the 1980s average. February 2018 was colder than February 1998.
To put this temperature drop in context, consider that this is enough to offset by more than half the entirety of the global warming the planet has experienced since the end of the 19th century.
Since the end of the Little Ice Age in the 1880s, the planet has warmed by about 0.8 degrees C. You might think that was not a particularly drastic rate of warming to worry about. You might also note that such a rate of warming is well precedented in periods throughout history, such as during the Minoan, Roman and Medieval warming periods. Nonetheless this 0.8 degrees C rise – 0.9 degrees C, at a push – is the terrible climatic event the alarmist establishment has been assuring these last few decades is the worst thing ever and something that should worry us awfully.
From Climate Depot:
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has yet again been caught exaggerating 'global warming' by fiddling with the raw temperature data.
This time, that data concerns the recent record-breaking cold across the northeastern U.S. which NOAA is trying to erase from history.
If you believe NOAA's charts, there was nothing particularly unusual about this winter's cold weather which caused sharks to freeze in the ocean and iguanas to drop out of trees.
That's because, as Paul Homewood has discovered, NOAA has been cooking the books. Yet again – presumably for reasons more to do with ideology than meteorology – NOAA has adjusted past temperatures to look colder than they were and recent temperatures to look warmer than they were.
We're not talking fractions of a degree, here. The adjustments amount to a whopping 3.1 degrees F. This takes us well beyond the regions of error margins or innocent mistakes and deep into the realm of fiction and political propaganda.
The first article shows that Detroit is having its coldest April in 143 years (the second coldest on record).
The second article shows that Chicago is also having the second coldest April on record.
The third article shows that several major cities are reporting a record cold April, ten to fifteen degrees below normal.
The fourth shows that a Little Ice Age ended around 1850, so some warming would certainly be normal and natural. What a coincidence that humans, CO2, and fossil fuels being blamed for warming coincides with the end of a little ice age.
The fifth shows that the planet has just experienced the biggest two-year cooling event in a century.
The sixth article is the most damning: it shows that NOAA has been caught cooking the books. The people there just pick a point in time after the Earth cooled to start from. Then they hide certain data points, adjust other data points, and take more readings from temperature stations in urban areas (around cement, asphalt, and buildings) versus rural areas, and they get the results they want.
The climate change-pushers have it easy getting away with the fraud because the media, educators, politicians, and bureaucrats just repeat what they are told because they all have the same agenda: government control.
Fossil fuels have greatly improved the quality and length of life for the last 150 years for all who use them. It is truly a shame that so many would rather relegate the world to life before fossil fuels based on unproven, manipulated computer models.
The population has risen rapidly throughout the last 150 years. CO2 has risen rapidly. Fossil fuel use has risen exponentially. And yet the temperature is less than one degree higher (within the margin of error) than at the end of the Little Ice Age, which proves there is zero correlation between the variables.
Policies should be based on facts, not inaccurate manipulated computer models pushing an agenda. It is truly a shame that journalists are so immune to asking logical questions.
Rather nice and a likely artificial ligament. Not an obvious solution either. This looks to be a great manufacturing solution as well as we are completely familiar with glass fiber.
Yet many materials can also be manipulated so this may well be not that unique but may still be cheap en0ugh to get market share.
Fiber-reinforced hydrogel is 5 times stronger than steel
February 26th, 2017
The newly developed fiber-reinforced hydrogel consists of polyampholyte gels and glass fiber fabric(Credit: Hokkaido University) VIEW GALLERY - 2 IMAGES
Hydrogels have shown significant potential in everything from wound dressings to soft robots, but their applications have been limited from their lack of toughness – until now. A team of scientists at Hokkaido University have developed a new set of hydrogel composites or "fiber-reinforced soft composites" that combine hydrogels with woven fiber fabric to create a material that is five times stronger than carbon steel.
Composite materials have been around for millennia and the principle is very simple. A very soft substance like mud can be made strong enough to make bricks by adding straw as a tempering material. The same applies to adding crushed pottery to brick, seashells fragments to ceramic, or glass fiber to plastic.
The latter is very similar to the fiber-reinforced hydrogel. Hydrogels are made of hydrophilic polymer chains that absorb up to 90 percent water. They aren't very strong or durable, but by adding glass tiny fibers the researchers created a tough, bendable, stretchable material.
Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) images of the fiber-reinforced hydrogels(Credit: Hokkaido University)
According to the team, the composite hydrogel is remarkably strong, probably due to dynamic ionic bonds between the fiber and hydrogels, and within the hydrogels. In tests using polyampholyte gels and a single glass fiber measuring 10μm in diameter, the material turned out to be 25 times tougher than glass fiber fabric, 100 times tougher than hydrogels, and five times as strong as carbon steel, based on the amount of energy needed to destroy them.
"The fiber-reinforced hydrogels, with a 40 percent water level, are environmentally friendly," says Dr Jian Ping Gong, "The material has multiple potential applications because of its reliability, durability and flexibility. For example, in addition to fashion and manufacturing uses, it could be used as artificial ligaments and tendons, which are subject to strong load-bearing tensions."
Saturday, May 19, 2018
I do not know how far we can go with this. It certainly points to a major genetic problem yet not sharp enough to inform therapy.
Obviously, it is also triggered and that could lead to therapy.
We do need to detect vulnerability. Just that could eliminate the majority percentage with food therapies. Knowing you were vulnerable allows life changing habits to arise as in diabetes.
Schizophrenia Emerged After Humans Diverged from Neanderthals
19 AUGUST, 2016 - 03:49 ANCIENT-ORIGINS
Schizophrenia poses an evolutionary enigma. The disorder has existed throughout recorded human history and persists despite its severe effects on thought and behavior, and its reduced rates of producing offspring. A new study in Biological Psychiatry may help explain why-comparing genetic information of Neanderthals to modern humans, the researchers found evidence for an association between genetic risk for schizophrenia and markers of human evolution.
"This study suggests that schizophrenia is a modern development, one that emerged after humans diverged from Neanderthals," said John Krystal, Editor of Biological Psychiatry . "It suggests that early hominids did not have this disorder."
Male and female Homo neanderthalensis in the Neandertal-Museum, Neandertal, Düsseldorf, Germany. ( CC BY SA 3.0 )
The cause of schizophrenia remains unknown, but researchers know that genetics play a significant role in the development. According to senior author Ole Andreassen from the University of Oslo in Norway and University of California, San Diego, some think that schizophrenia could be a "side effect" of advantageous gene variants related to the acquisition of human traits, like language and complex cognitive skills, that might have increased our propensity to developing psychoses.
Along with Andreassen, first authors Saurabh Srinivasan and Francesco Bettella, both from the University of Oslo, and colleagues looked to the genome of Neanderthals, the closest relative of early humans, to pinpoint specific regions of the genome that could provide insight on the origin of schizophrenia in evolutionary history.
Reconstructions of Neanderthal ( Gianfranco Goria/CC BY NC ND 2.0 ) and Homo sapien ( Gianfranco Goria/CC BY NC ND 2.0 ) men.
They analyzed genetic data from recent genome-wide association studies of people with schizophrenia for overlap with Neanderthal genomic information. The analysis tells researchers the likelihood that specific regions of the genome underwent positive selection sometime after the divergence of humans and Neanderthals.
Regions of the human genome associated with schizophrenia, known as risk loci, were more likely to be found in regions that diverge from the Neanderthal genome. An additional analysis to pinpoint loci associated with evolutionary markers suggests that several gene variants that have undergone positive selection are related to cognitive processes. Other such gene loci are known to be associated with schizophrenia and have previously been considered for a causal role in the disorder.
‘The Brain in Schizophrenia.’ ( Jurgitta/CC BY SA 4.0 ) Many regions and systems of the brain operate abnormally in schizophrenia, including those presented in this image.
"Our findings suggest that schizophrenia vulnerability rose after the divergence of modern humans from Neanderthals," said Andreassen, "and thus support the hypothesis that schizophrenia is a by-product of the complex evolution of the human brain."
Top Image: Comparison of Modern Human and Neanderthal skulls from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. (Deriv) ( CC BY SA 2.0 ) ‘Brain-neurons’ ( Fotis Bobolas/CC BY SA 2.0 )
The article ‘ Schizophrenia Emerged After Humans Diverged from Neanderthals’ was originally published on Science Daily.
A reminder that the understanding of climate science was once based on sound science. All that starts by understanding that the genesis of climate is the sun and that problem needs to be deeply refined before you attempt to make adjustments for surface changes let alone human contribution.
It is not an easy problem except we know that the sun puts out energy and this varies on a nearly decadal basis as expressed by sunspots. This has become better refined recently in terms of our understanding of internal flows and their combining cycles.
Then add in the secondary effect on the cosmic ray flux and we enter an additional component of variation that is driven by solar variation and leads to changes in cloud cover.
Then we can deal with all the sources of cyclic variation on earth and the effect of radiation losses as well. Throw in the Sahara here as a real issue that has lowered our global temperature by at least one degree.
It should be blindingly clear that it is all about the sun and without getting that right you have nothing. Thus this 1951 prediction was easily correct. Now the same thing has happened all over again and we are entering a decade at least of cooling rather than warming.
1951 : MIT Scientist Predicted Global Cooling Based On Sunspots
May 2, 2018 2:43 PM
1951 : MIT Scientist Predicted Global Cooling Based On Sunspots
In 1951, MIT professor Hurd C. Willett predicted 20 years of global cooling, based on sunspot cycles. 07 May 1951, Page 9 – The Pantagraph at Newspapers.com The cooling occurred exactly as he predicted. Scientists blamed all bad weather on global cooling, and other scientists discovered a relationship between sunspots and winter storms. Dr. Walter Orr Roberts at NCAR said their discovery was “of overwhelming importance.” 21 Jul 1974, 13 – The Des Moines Register at Newspapers.com The cooling has since been erased by NASA, as has Walter Orr Roberts legacy as a solar physicist. NCAR now describes him as an early climate change advocate. NASA has erased the post-1940’s global cooling. graph.png (1130×600) Tweet
FDA hid glyphosate findings from the public after finding weed killer contamination in nearly ALL food
It is worse than we ever imagined and this establishes a clear biological pathway for a steady diet of the pesticide into our bodies. This is not random exposure folks, this is chronic poisoning at below obviously toxic levels of a substance that is not eliminated.
Secondly we also now know that it does accumulate in the body. Hopefully, it is in the skin allowing sweating to pull it out.
This all obviously need to be seriously investigated and not by the industry who lied from theget go.
FDA hid glyphosate findings from the public after finding weed killer contamination in nearly ALL food
How the FDA buried its findings while food consumers continued to eat cancer-linked weed killer chemicals
Wednesday, May 02, 2018 by: Vicki Batts
Tags: badcancer, badfood, badmedicine, badpollution, badscience, chemicals, corruption, Cover-Up, FDA, food contamination, food science, glyphosate, glyphosate in food, pesticides, toxic chemicals, weed killer
(Natural News) Shocking internal emails, uncovered via the Freedom of Information Act, have revealed yet another scandal: The FDA knew that the toxic weed killer, glyphosate, was contaminating the U.S. food supply — and ignored the dangerous threat posed to American consumers. Apparently, the finding of glyphosate in heavily consumed products like granola bars and corn is of no concern to FDA officials; supervisors have reportedly declared that the glyphosate present in these items doesn’t count because they aren’t part of the agency’s “official” report.
Science be damned; the federal government has a report to write — and now, some are wondering if perhaps somebody, somewhere has already told them what to put in it.
For decades, the FDA has been responsible for testing food samples to ensure that specific quality standards are met. This includes monitoring foods for illegally high amounts of pesticide residues. Until recently, however, the FDA had not been testing for glyphosate residues — a fact that drew much scrutiny from the Government Accountability Office, as well as consumer watchdog organizations.
Glyphosate in and of itself has drawn a lot of criticism, due to its litany of adverse effects on human health and the environment. The star ingredient of Monsanto’s Roundup came under fire in 2015, after the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer declared that glyphosate was a “probable carcinogen.” Some research has shown that increasing use of this pesticide may be contributing to the rapid decline of bee populations, as well.
Now a string of emails from the FDA show that multiple FDA scientists have found concerning levels of glyphosate residue in everyday foods. In separate investigations, chemists Richard Thompson and Narong Chamkasem found traces of glyphosate that exceeded legal amounts in different foods.
In one email, Thompson wrote to his colleagues, “I have brought wheat crackers, granola cereal and corn meal from home and there’s a fair amount in all of them,” and noted that only his broccoli sample seemed to be free of glyphosate.
Chamkasem’s findings were similar, with the chemist noting that there were exceptionally high amounts of glyphosate residue in corn. In an internal FDA email, Chamkasem reported that they had detected glyphosate in corn at 6.5 parts per million, while the legal limit is 5.0 ppm.
“These emails shatter any remaining faith in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration operating as some sort of defender of public health,” explained Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, founder of CWC Labs and author of Food Forensics. “The fact that the FDA deliberately withheld these alarming findings from the public speaks volumes about the real motivations of this failed agency,” Adams added. “It’s clear to every scientifically-minded person that the FDA goes out of its way to hide the truth about agricultural chemicals in the food supply, most likely to protect the financial interests of chemical pesticide and herbicide corporations which wield tremendous influence over government regulators.”
Perhaps what’s most concerning about this is that a supervisor at the FDA essentially waved off this finding. Normally, The Guardian explains, a finding like this is reported to the EPA. However, an FDA supervisor wrote to an EPA official, declaring that the corn tested by Chamkasem was not an “official” sample.
Chamkasem also reportedly uncovered glyphosate residues in oatmeal products and honey in 2016. FDA documents show that after announcing these findings, Chamkasem’s lab was “reassigned to other programs” and the entire investigation was actually suspended temporarily. Again, the FDA declared that these items were not part of their glyphosate residue review.
The fact that foods like wheat and oats are not part of the FDA review is actually highly concerning, as it’s become well-known that farmers use glyphosate as a desiccant. Wheat, oats and other foods are commonly sprayed with glyphosate late in the season to hasten the harvesting process. So, there’s plenty of reason to suspect these foods are also contaminated, even if they aren’t supposed to be treated with glyphosate.
But sadly, as The Guardian notes further, it seems unlikely that either Thompson’s or Chamkasem’s findings will be included in the official FDA report. When asked about glyphosate testing, an FDA spokesperson reportedly stated that “the FDA had not found any illegal levels in corn, soy, milk or eggs, the four commodities it considers part of its glyphosate ‘special assignment.’ The “unofficial findings” from the emails were not addressed.
As usual, big government operates on its own agenda — who is going to hold these people accountable? Read more news on glyphosate at Glyphosate.news.
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GLYPHOSATE DETOX: HOW TO REMOVE ROUNDUP FROM YOUR BODY
More and more in the past few weeks stories are coming out about glyphosate contamination in one product after another.
In October 2015, I wrote a post on my Toxic Free Body blog called “Glyphosate Detox: How to Remove Roundup From Your Body.” Since that blog is no longer available, I want to repost portions of it here, in light of recent events.
We can’t avoid glyphosate by only avoiding GMO’s—it’s now found in organic grains and who knows where else. We only know it’s in organic grains because grains have been tested. Glyphosate is applied by aerial spraying. It can drift to organic produce just as easily as organic grains. It may be more widespread than we know.
The way to survive all this exposure to toxic chemicals is to assist your body’s detox system, which is very overloaded. The two approaches are to 1) support your detox organs (liver/intesties and kidneys in particular, or to do things that remove toxics directly, such as taking liquid zeolite or spend time in a sauna.
The difficulty in choosing a detox for a particular substance is that you need to pick a detox that matches the characteristics the the toxic substance you are wanting to remove.
I searched on “glyphosate detox” and found a number of posts that were just way off track.
So I thought I would give my viewpoint on this.
First, glyphosate is accumulating in our bodies.
A Friends of the Earth Europe study done in 2013 tested urine samples from people in 18 countries for glyphosate. The results showed that traces of the chemical were found in samples from all countries, with 44 per cent of samples found to contain glyphosate on average.
Then a 2014 study showed glyphosate levels in mother’s breast milk 700 times higher than the maximum contaminant level (MCL) set for glyphosate by EPA.
However, the safe limit set by EPA was based on biotech theory that glyphosate would not bio-accumulate in human’s tissue. Yet clearly it does when actually measured.
Friends of the Earth Europe says, “Glyphosate (N-(phosphonomethyl)glycine) is a systemic, broad-spectrum herbicide, that works by blocking an enzyme used to make protein in plants. This means it is toxic to any plant that has not been genetically modified to resist it.”
Hmmm. What about humans who have not been genetically modified to resist it?
The only method of detox I know of that will remove herbicides is sauna. Your body will sweat it out.
I’ve also seen some evidence that probiotics will help restore your gut microbiome that gets destroyed by glyphosate. That makes sense to me.
You can get a glyphosate urine test at The Detox Project.
Friday, May 18, 2018
This is an extraordinary development allowing massive improvement of brain imaging. We can now potentially watch the blood flow at an almost cellular level and deep within the brain. which is rather important.
It has taken a long time to get here but it is happening.
.New sensors monitor brain activity and blood flow deeper in the brain and more accurately
April 30, 2018
Magnetic calcium-responsive nanoparticles (dark centers are magnetic cores) respond within seconds to calcium ion changes by clustering (Ca+ ions, right) or expanding (Ca- ions, left), creating a magnetic contrast change that can be detected with MRI, indicating brain activation. (High levels of calcium outside the neurons correlate with low neuron activity; when calcium concentrations drop, it means neurons in that area are firing electrical impulses.) Blue: C2AB “molecular glue” (credit: The researchers)
Calcium-based MRI sensor enables high-sensitivity deep brain imaging
MIT neuroscientists have developed a new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) sensor that allows them to monitor neural activity deep within the brain by tracking calcium ions.
Calcium ions are directly linked to neuronal firing at high resolution — unlike the changes in blood flow detected by functional MRI (fMRI), which provide only an indirect indication of neural activity.
The new sensor can also monitor large areas, compared to fluorescent molecules, used to label calcium in the brain and image it with traditional microscopy, which is limited to small areas of the brain.
A calcium-based MRI sensor could allow researchers to link specific brain functions directly to specific neuron activity, and to determine how distant brain regions communicate with each other during particular tasks. The research is described in a paper in the April 30 issue of Nature Nanotechnology. Source: MIT
New technique for measuring blood flow in the brain uses laser light shined into the head (“sample arm” path) through the skull. The return signal is boosted by a reference light beam and returned to a detector camera chip. (credit: Srinivasan lab, UC Davis)
Measuring deep-tissue blood flow at high speed
Biomedical engineers at the University of California, Davis, have developed a more-effective, lower-cost technique for measuring deep tissue blood flow in the brain at high speed. It could be especially useful for patients with stroke or traumatic brain injury.
The technique, called “interferometric diffusing wave spectroscopy” (iDWS), replaces about 20 photon-counting detectors in diffusing wave spectroscopy (DWS) devices (which cost a few thousand dollars each) with a single low-cost CMOS-based digital-camera chip.