Air pollution

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Global air pollution coutesy of http://www.nasa.gov

In addition to what we consume through eating and drinking, there are poisons in the air. Although air quality reports are now common, like weather reports, there is relatively little being done to stop the pollution because it operates within the interests of economy and GDP (GNP in US). The Environmental Protection Agency identifies just four main hazards of polluted air: bad ozone levels, particle pollution, sulphur dioxide and carbon monoxide.

Bad ozone is formed in the Earth’s lower atmosphere when pollutants emitted by industrial processes or cars react chemically to sunlight. They form a gas with three oxygen molecules and have several negative effects on people, especially those who are active outdoors during the summer months or with existing respiratory problems. These are: irritation of respiratory system, causing coughing, throat irritation, uncomfortable chest, reduced lung function especially through vigorous exercise, aggravated asthma, increased sensitivity to allergens and respiratory infections, inflamed and damaged lung lining and scarred lung tissue.

A similar picture emerges with particle pollution in the air. This includes a mixture of solids and liquid droplets. Some particles are emitted directly; others are formed in the atmosphere when other pollutants react. Particles come in a wide range of sizes. Those less than 10 micrometers in diameter are so small that they can get into the lungs, potentially causing serious health problems. Ten micrometers is smaller than the width of a single human hair.

Sulphur dioxide (SO2) is a colourless, reactive gas, is produced when sulphur-containing fuels such as coal and oil are burned. Sources include power plants and industrial boilers. Generally, the highest levels of sulphur dioxide are near large industrial complexes.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odourless, colourless gas formed when the carbon in fuels does not completely burn. Vehicle exhaust contributes roughly 60 percent of all carbon monoxide emissions nationwide, and up to 95 percent in cities. Other sources include fuel combustion in industrial processes and natural sources such as wildfires. Carbon monoxide levels typically are highest during cold weather, because cold temperatures make combustion less complete and cause inversions that trap pollutants close to the ground.

Tobacco use in all forms is responsible for about 30% of all cancer deaths in developed countries. Passive smoking also carries risks. Unchecked, smoking will cause more than 10 million deaths from cancer (predominantly lung cancer) in the next decade. Tobacco smoking, due to the advertising of unscrupulous multinationals, is still increasing in the Third World. In China smoking increased from 500 billion cigarettes in 1978 to 1,700 billion in 1992. Africa shows a similar picture.

Why is it that only some people get lung cancer from smoking? Genetic predisposition and other lifestyle factors contribute to this. It has been estimated that the average city dweller inhales the equivalent of several cigarettes a day in the form of air pollution. A person who gets regular exercise, eats wisely and exercises in fresh air, but still smokes a few roll-ups, may be less at risk to tobacco induced cancer than a city dweller who drives everywhere and eats ready meals, but doesn’t smoke. It is an indication that there are many factors at work in insulting our cells. Degenerative disease is complex disease and there are unique variables with every case.

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Water pollution

water and healthModern domestic mains water contains chlorine and other additives put there to kill bacteria. These chemicals cause the formation of large molecular clusters and change the nature of water. Chlorine is a human toxin that has direct links to some serious health problems.

Chlorinated water contains organochlorides, cancer-causing compounds called mutagens. Research shows that drinking chlorinated water can double your risk of developing bladder cancer and more than 50,000 people develop this cancer every year. Other studies have linked mutagens to increased rates of colon and rectal cancer.

The world’s oceans that have coped for so long with the poisons of our culture are changing. Finally they are ‘full’ and our toxins are creating toxic
algal blooms, destroying marine the life that isn’t already fished out, killing coral and devastating marine environments. With the ongoing disaster of Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant meltdown, toxic radioactivity is being added to everything we take from the oceans and the rain they make on the land.

Water is the life-blood of our planet and we too are mostly made of water. Due to the poisoning of the land, all of our ground water is tainted and finding pure water is now a problem everywhere – for those who can find it!

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Toxic Culture

toxic cultureWestern culture has much to be proud of. Its attainments are without comparison. But we are living on borrowed time because there is a serious flaw at the heart of our philosophy that has opened us all to dangers.

The contradictions implicit in a conspicuous consumer culture are evident to increasing numbers of people. The shortcomings of an economic system that uses its assets (the Earth’s resources) as income, and then messes its own doorstep with pollution, are becoming plainly visible.

Globally at the moment there are problems facing the survival of mankind. Diminishing natural resources and increasing populations who consume mean that we are already fighting over what’s left (ie oil, water, forest) and exporting many of our problems to the environment for our children to sort out. In effect our present global economy is stealing a future from our descendants.

Our investment systems have used the capital assets of our planet as if they were income since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. Our whole system of investing for the future is based on extracting and exploiting the capital assets of the earth to create income, without any regard to the future. It is a house built on sand. Any accountant, in fact most four year olds can tell you that if you use finite assets as income, and then spend it, you’re going to end up with nothing. We are putting little back into our planet except for our waste materials. This is utterly exploitative at a deep level and has resulted in an environment and economy full of danger.

The way our culture relates to this planet is not sustainable. Many people have compared our culture to a cancer spreading on the face of the planet, eating away at its resources without replacing, acting only for itself without reference to other species of life. In this context the disease of cancer mirrors a crisis in our culture.

Cancer is a side effect of a culture that values unrestricted growth at any cost. The whole idea of ‘magic bullets’ and ‘a pill for every ill’ are symptomatic of a shallow, high tech, quick fix mentality of a dominator culture expecting the world to be as controllable as a laboratory.

Two hundred years ago 98% of people worked on the land in some way, living in farms and villages. Pretty soon half of the worlds population will be urbanites. The intrusion of humans into remote places, combined with the high speed of global travel combined with high density living in cities creates conditions that are ripe for microbes, viruses, bacteria and parasites to flourish amongst us. Modern conditions make us more susceptible to communicable diseases than we were just 50 years ago.

Biological enhancement of crops, growth hormones in milk and meat, mercury in our mouths, colorants and carcinogens in food are commonplace. The foot and mouth epidemic, B.S.E. in sheep and cattle, bird flu, S.A.R.S., nuclear radiation and the de-naturalisation of our food are examples of how common sense is abandoned to profit. The ‘Precautionary Principle’ is too often being overlooked in the rush of science.

The genetic modification of food for example is still largely untested and many of its results are open to interpretation. Scientific knowledge of the processes involved is still at an early stage.

Little is known about side effects, how gene function is controlled, and gene transfer into other organisms such as bacteria in the human gut. The British Medical Association (BMA) has said that the potential adverse effects have not been sufficiently investigated and strongly recommend caution.

The United Nations’ safety body, the Food and Agriculture Organisation, has warned that the failure to carry out full health checks on GM foods could lead to toxic reactions, allergies and increased resistance to antibiotics. Experience has shown that genetically modified and organic foods cannot exist together because genetically modified crops will cross-pollinate with any others.

Contamination of the whole food chain has already occurred within a few years. Biotechnology companies that are facing opposition in Europe and the US are targeting less well resourced countries in the hope that genetically modified organisms will spread irreversibly before public opinion has time to intervene.

The common Western diet has become one based on convenience foods full of poor quality cholesterol, life-clogging trans-fats and processed sugar. Convenience often outweighs any considerations of nutrition or authenticity.

In addition to dangers lurking in our food supply, there are others waiting in the environment. Daily cocktails of synthetic chemicals, poisons, radiation and other stressors surround us. We find radiation from mobile phones and microwaves or toxic car fumes and aluminium and parabens in antiperspirant, rat poison in toothpaste, the convenience of chemical sprays or heavy metals and chemical effluents in the water and food. Slowly the sheer levels of non-natural substances have built up and now our environment is crammed with toxins we often consume unwittingly.

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Suppression of Alternatives

suppression of alternativesOne factor holding up the development of new approaches to degenerative disease is vested interest. There is little motivation for industry or government to develop new testing methodologies for natural treatments such as bio-electrical, nutritional, herbal or plant based. With the emphasis of multi-national companies on developing drugs, there is little profit to be had from cures that are natural in origin or reasonably simple or accessible, because they cannot be patented and little profit can be made from something you can grow on your windowsill or in your garden.

Commercial companies involved in finding treatments for cancer and other diseases have a vested interest in never finding a cure that doesn’t involve expensive drugs or complex procedures they can monopolise. They have a vested interest in your disease.

For example, one early experimenter in the field of cancer and energy was called Royal Rife. He designed a high-resolution microscope capable of magnifying viruses, bacteria and cells up to 30,000 times. He was interested in how specific frequencies of electromagnetic energy influenced specific bacteria. He worked out the ‘Mortal Oscillation Rate’ (M.O.R.) of several types of bacteria. When he zapped them with the right vibratory resonance, they apparently died on the spot.

Rife used his microscope to observe the living activities of micro-organisms, (unlike medical research which often uses dead cells or micro-organisms). His theories of cancer causation were, and still are, controversial to orthodox medicine. He gave cancer a viral etiology by attributing its cause to a micro-organism known as ‘B.X.’, which he isolated from cancer tissues. Through further research he discovered the ‘fatal resonance frequency’ of B.X. and experimented on animals with induced tumours.

As long ago as 1934 he used the Rife Beam Ray in an experiment on 16 terminal cancer patients. They were exposed to the resonance for three minutes a day. 3 months later 14 of the 16 patients were pronounced cured by a staff of 5 medical doctors. This research was suppressed by medical authorities. A special laboratory built to study these discoveries burned to the ground. Rife was dragged through the American courts on trumped-up charges.

These days the use of electromagnetic therapies is heavily legislated, even for use on animals. It is almost impossible for individuals to legally experiment with electro-magnetics or the field of radionics in relation to modern disease. There are many such stories of suppression of alternative and natural treatments for cancer. Personal and professional character assassination, sabotage and legal proceedings are common plots.

Ridicule and accusations of ‘quackery’ or ‘charlatan’ are often leveled at anyone who challenges the authority of scientific medical research by promoting unscientific alternatives, even if they do seem to work. Due to this tunnel vision multiple treatments including alternative, complementary, natural or experimental research are too often marginalised by orthodox medicine.

Natural therapies are overlooked by scientific research because they contain too many variables to verify using their research methodology. Some alternative natural therapies, such as Gerson Therapy claim 80% or more success rates against cancer but these are unsubstantiated by mainstream research organisations or medical science.

A lot of research into alternative treatments that address every aspect of the disease takes place in secret. This is because practices that fall outside of standard medical practice and physicians who offer unconventional treatments may be open to the civil charge of malpractice.

Because of the nature of western medicine, research into modern diseases such as cancer is too often left to global interests who primarily seek new drugs. The primary drive to find new drugs is profit. Multinational, even global pharmaceutical industries do not exist to give us health, but to incorporate chemicals into everything possible at the highest price they can get.

The drug companies claim that their unique drugs are better, stronger, more targeted and safer than natural or simple sources. To some extent they are, but with one in four hospital beds in UK taken up by patients suffering from wrongly or over-prescribed drugs, they often have toxic side effects way in excess of the natural form for that drug.

The cancer field is controlled by the drug industry. Relatively few drug companies employ most of the cancer researchers. Drug company executives sit on the boards of major cancer centres and dominate major oncology organisations. Politics are at work in the pharmaceutical industry. Due to the multinational dimension of drug companies, monopolies have formed that control our freedom of choice through legislation.

Scientific testing of new drugs is controlled by the pharmaceutical industry. It can cost $500 million to get Federal Drugs Authority (FDA) approval for a new drug. Natural substances are stripped of all but their primary active ingredient, which often works better as part of a whole natural substance in the original plant. All drugs so far approved for cancer treatment have toxic side effects.

Regional health authorities in UK are going into debt – one of the main reasons is the expense of cancer drugs. There is increasing evidence that pharmaceutical industries may form ‘cartels’ to keep the price of drugs high.

This is a frightening scenario for anyone who becomes ill. But what worries me most is that it is the same chemical companies putting toxins in our food and in our environment, that are creating the treatments that supposedly cure us from the poisoning.

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The Power of Immunity

immunity to diseaseThe diseases of old that so ravished our Western cultures are mostly cured. Western medicine has produced literally world saving vaccines and antibiotics. It has created drugs and surgical techniques that do amazing things. It has virtually eliminated all the serious communicable diseases  such as leprosy, plague, tuberculosis, tetanus, syphilis, rheumatic fever, pneumonia, meningitis, polio, septicaemia. There are very few women dying in childbirth compared to the past.

Western medicine has been, and is, a triumph in the face of these problems that worried us back then the way cancer and heart disease worry us today. Even the big medical problems of the 1930’s and 40’s and before have literally vanished in the First World.

But the age of infectious disease has given way to the age of chronic disorders. The major killers today are heart and vascular disease, chronic degenerative diseases and cancer, largely incurable and increasing in incidence. The fourth biggest killer is now rumoured to be medical treatment itself.

The strategies that worked so well for all but eliminating acute infectious diseases just don’t seem to work for chronic and degenerative conditions. Patients can be at best increasingly ‘patched up’ by orthodox treatments but at spiraling health care costs.

“The prevalence of asthma, multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue, immune deficiency syndrome, HIV and a host of other debilitating conditions is increasing. Conventional biomedicine – so strikingly successful in the treatment of overwhelming infections, surgical and medical emergencies and congenital defects, has been unable to stem the tide of these conditions”.
James Gordon M.D., Washington, D.C.

In brief, modern medical research is still using the techniques established to cure serious communicable diseases. They aren’t working well on modern degenerative diseases like cancer and heart disease, the two biggest killers in the western world.

All medical drugs are toxic and adding toxicity to an already failing immune system can do little more than hide or block a symptom that is likely to appear elsewhere if not cured. The causes of modern degenerative disease are complex and varied and need treating with similar scope at an holistic level, that is, tuned to the individual. There are vested interests at work in the medical treatment of disease – the big companies want expensive pills or treatments that will create profits for them – so many simple remedies, often cheap or freely available, go unresearched.

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