Fear and Pandemics-swine flu

Let’s crank up the fear – the fear will make you sick and drop your immunity for sure.

Calm down.

Drink purified water every 1/2 hour to stay hydrated at least.

Eat well- lots of fruits and veggies.

Sleep deeply and 6 to 8 hours.

Take your vitamins -a d, e, ester c

Hugging / kissing -especially sick people – not too long

Wear mask around sick people.

Stay home if sick

Wash hands frequently.

See your health practitioner is you get flu like symptoms.

Check out our blog daily for calm activities to keep your energy high.

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Swine Flu virus lodges in the upper respiratory infections/pneumonia

In Mexico deaths of young people ages 20-40 yrs of age has 100 people sick with various flus.

Swine flu patients have had no contact with swine.

Contact http://compmed.com for more information and integrated medicine support.

Listen to the podcast from the CDC.

From the CDC Swine fluhttp://www2a.cdc.gov/podcasts/createrss.asp?t=r&c=252&showall=1

ID sleep disorders through facial analysis 76% accurate

A team of researchers from the University of Sydney has developed an innovative method to analyse digital photographs of faces in order to determine an individual’s risk of developing Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA). In conjunction with the Royal North Shore Hospital and the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research, Professor Peter Cistulli and Dr Richard Lee have found that analysis of detailed measurements of the face from digital photographs can help doctors identify those most in danger of developing OSA.ucsi018651mansleep

The potential clinical application to improved recognition and diagnosis of OSA in the community in a user friendly real time manner is great.

Four per cent of Australian middle-aged men and two per cent of middle-aged women suffer from OSA syndrome, while almost 50 per cent of middle-aged men snore during sleep: a symptom of OSA. The disease is characterised by the repetitive closure of the upper airway during periods of interrupted sleep and is associated with high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and strokes. Previous methods of diagnosis have involved expensive specialist assessment and overnight monitoring in a sleep laboratory, meaning the majority of OSA sufferers are as yet undiagnosed.

“This new approach is really a response to the critical clinical need to develop more readily accessible, non-invasive methods that can enable doctors to more efficiently diagnose larger numbers of patients,” Professor Cistulli.

“The new test accurately diagnosed 76 per cent of OSA cases, yielding a higher success rate than the traditional clinical methods of questionnaires, medical histories and examinations.”

Resources

Researchers give a face to sleep disorders Science Alert Australia & New Zealand University of Sydney January 13, 2009.

http://www.sciencealert.com.au/news/20091301-18671-2.html

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA): a cephalometric analysis of severe and non-severe OSA patients. Part 1: Multiple comparison of cephalometric variables. – V. Tangugsorn et al,  International Journal of Adult Orthodontics and Orthognathic Surgery 2000:15(2):139-52.

http://www.usyd.edu.au/news/84.html?newsstoryid=2962

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Boost brain power without drugs

In the journal Nature, six scientists from highly prestigious universities along with the Nature editor himself advocate for the use of cognitive-enhancing drugs by healthy college students.
Why has their consciousness gone?
They say that since 7% of “healthy” college students are now illegally taking drugs such as Ritalin and Adderall, prescribed for attention deficit disorders, to boost their concentration , society must prepare for the growing demand of such drugs and pave the way for their acceptance. Why-“because we need legal and ethical policies to ensure fair and equitable use”.

Like it was no more of an issue or unnatural than diet, sleep, or the use of computers or bikes on campus.

However. Ritalin is riddled with side effects, such as heart problems, and Adderall has the risk of chemical dependency. With only a reported minimal boost in cognitive ability which is given anecdotally not through research

Let us reeducate people on how to use food, sleep, de-stress methods like breathing, exercise, nutrition, supplements, acupuncture, neuro-kinesiology, herbs and acupressure, yoga, martial arts, walking, running …to boost health and brain stamina.

Complementary Medicine Association: http://compmed .com will begin a series of ways to boost brain power next Wednesday December 17. 2008.
Smart Pills: The Truth About Cognitive-Enhancing Drugs

– Christopher Wanjek, LiveScience December 9, 2008
http://www.livescience.com/health/081209-bad-smart-pills.html

"Nanoparticles the next major health hazard"

The potential health threats of Nanoparticles :

“When materials are brought down to the nanoscale dimension, their properties for some performance characteristics dramatically change,” said Cagin. ” We have demonstrated that when you go to a particular length scale between 20 and 23 nanometers you actually improve the energy-harvesting capacity by 100 percent.

The gold and silver nanoparticles are beginning to come under close scrutity.

Nanoparticles could threaten human organs such as the liver, heart, kidneys and lungs and brain. Nanoparticles are found in the air, products, soil and through medicine and medical procedures. the problem is that they are so tiny a single particle is one billionth of a meter (3.9 feet) and they accumulate where they lodge. Lodging in the ear after cell phone use; on the body after wearing clothes made withem or wearing them as a medical device or applying them on the skin in the form of retinol A or sunscreen. There have been no long term studies to understand the effects on biological systems including the human body. Now biologicval systems mean no studies on what happen as they enter cells whether it is plant or animal -what does it do to the DNA and other cell organelles and is the effects carried into the chromosomes for the next generation to deal with.

Gold nanoparticles are everywhere. They are used in cancer treatments, automobile sensors, cell phones, blood sugar monitors and hydrogen gas production. However, until recently, scientists couldn’t create the nanoparticles without producing synthetic chemicals that had negative impacts on the environment.gallery-nanoparticle-toxicity-large

“The smaller a particle, the further it can travel through tissue, along airways or in blood vessels,” Dr. Adnan Nasir, a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, told The New York Times. “Especially if the nanoparticles are indestructible and accumulate and are not metabolized, if you accumulate them in the organs, the organs could fail,” he said.

Minuscule nanoparticles added to consumer products increasingly may be swarming through the body and threatening organs like the liver, U.S. scientists fear. “The smaller a particle, the further it can travel through tissue, along airways or in blood vessels,” Dr. Adnan Nasir, a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, told The New York Times. “Especially if the nanoparticles are indestructible and accumulate and are not metabolized, if you accumulate them in the organs, the organs could fail,” he said.

Even when made of inert elements, nanomaterials take on unique properties, research suggests. Animal studies indicate nanoparticles can penetrate cells and tissues, move through the body and brain and cause biochemical damage. They have also been linked to testicular cancer and cardiovascular system damage and may pose an environmental hazard, studies suggest. Even a separate study by the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology found stoves and toaster ovens emit ultrafine particles of 2 to 30 nanometers.

Their use in lotions and creams particularly in mineral sunscreens has drawn the most critical attention. Consumer products with nanoparticles or based on nanotechnology like clothing, surface treatment, cosmetics and transports. Through these products the most direct contact to consumers occur. The potential health problems related to the use of the products need to be studied immediately and assessed.

The U.S. Environmental Agency is seeking public review and comment on a petition asking the agency to classify nanoscale silver as a pesticide.
The petition, filed by the International Center for Technology Assessment and others, also calls on the EPA to require formal pesticide registration of all products containing nanoscale silver, analyze the potential human health and environmental risks of the tiny germ-killing particles, and take regulatory action against existing products that contain the material.

“Nanosilver is an unknown threat not only to the environment but also to human health,” center staff attorney George Kimbrell said. “The public has no idea that consumer products contain potentially dangerous nanoparticles because no labeling is currently required.”

The petition, filed by the International Center for Technology Assessment and others, also calls on the EPA to require formal pesticide registration of all products containing nanoscale silver, analyze the potential human health and environmental risks of the tiny germ-killing particles, and take regulatory action against existing products that contain the material.

The center said manufacturers are infusing products with nanoscale silver for its enhanced anti-microbial abilities. There are more than 260 nanosilver products currently on the market, including household appliances and cleaners, clothing, cutlery, children’s toys and personal care products.

“Nanosilver is an unknown threat not only to the environment but also to human health,” center staff attorney George Kimbrell said. “The public has no idea that consumer products contain potentially dangerous nanoparticles because no labeling is currently required.”

“Nanosilver is an unknown threat not only to the environment but also to human health,” center staff attorney George Kimbrell said. “The public has no idea that consumer products contain potentially dangerous nanoparticles because no labeling is currently required.”

Environmental danger

Kimbrell said silver is toxic to fish, aquatic organisms and microorganisms. A 2008 study showed that washing nanosilver socks released substantial amounts of the nanosilver into laundry discharge water, which will ultimately reach natural waterways, the center said.
“Nanosilver is an unknown threat not only to the environment but also to human health,” center staff attorney George Kimbrell said. “The public has no idea that consumer products contain potentially dangerous nanoparticles because no labeling is currently required.”

Kimbrell said silver is toxic to fish, aquatic organisms and microorganisms. A 2008 study showed that washing nanosilver socks released substantial amounts of the nanosilver into laundry discharge water, which will ultimately reach natural waterways, the center said.

The U.S. Environmental Agency is seeking public review and comment on a petition asking the agency to classify nanoscale silver as a pesticide.
The petition, filed by the International Center for Technology Assessment and others, also calls on the EPA to require formal pesticide registration of all products containing nanoscale silver, analyze the potential human health and environmental risks of the tiny germ-killing particles, and take regulatory action against existing products that contain the material.

The center said manufacturers are infusing products with nanoscale silver for its enhanced anti-microbial abilities. There are more than 260 nanosilver products currently on the market, including household appliances and cleaners, clothing, cutlery, children’s toys and personal care products.

“Nanosilver is an unknown threat not only to the environment but also to human health,” center staff attorney George Kimbrell said. “The public has no idea that consumer products contain potentially dangerous nanoparticles because no labeling is currently required.” Nanoparticles are used in sun screens to block ultraviolet radiation, in emulsions to contain vitamins in face creams, and in other moisturisers to kill off bacteria. But of 67 firms approached only eight submitted information on the use of nanotechnology in their products. until all the necessary safety tests are carried out, the simple fact is we just don’t know enough.

Individuals must take care of their own health and family safety. The government has not yet required manufacturers of nanomaterials products to have an independent assessment and long term research to determine the safety of all products.

Industry response

In May researchers at the Institute of Occupational Medicine, Edinburgh, asked the government to restrict use of carbon nanotubes – in car panels, tennis rackets and bike frames – claiming they posed a cancer risk similar to that of asbestos.

Kimbrell said silver is toxic to fish, aquatic organisms and microorganisms. A 2008 study showed that washing nanosilver socks released substantial amounts of the nanosilver into laundry discharge water, which will ultimately reach natural waterways, the center said.

Resources

Excerpts courtesy  of http://www.safenano.org/NanoecotoxicologyLymnea.aspx

Excerpts courtesy  of http://www.energy-daily.com/reports/Self-powered_devices_may_soon_be_possible_999.html
Excerpts courtesy  ofhttp://www.dhigroup.com/News/NewsArchive/2006/MappingOfNanoproducts.aspx

Excerpts courtesy  of http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/newscience/silver-is-potent-neurotoxicant

Image courtesy of courtesy  http://sci.csc.mrc.ac.uk/images/gallery-nanoparticle-toxicity-large.jpg

Hospitals going solar

Earthtoys.com reports on the first solar hospital in Colorado. boulder Community Foothills Hospital teamed up with Namaste Solar Electric to incorporate solar into the facility. the hospital was one of the top green hospitals to being with, and now has a 37 kilowatt solar system on a roof awning in addition to a 28 kilowatt system on the roof of the Tebo Family Medical Pavilion.
To integrate this installation into the architecture of the Foothills hospital, Namaste Solar is utilizing SunPower panels for their aesthetic appeal and high efficiency rating. Combined, the two solar electric systems will provide more than 75,000 kWh of electricity each year and prevent 155,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions annually – the equivalent of not driving 168,000 vehicle miles each year or planting 5,900 trees.

In an effort to reduce energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) is installing a new solar panel system on the hospital’s Atrium roof. The solar energy system will supplement SickKids’ hot water system, an environmentally friendly method to reduce energy costs and increase savings for the hospital. The proiject was scheduled for completion by the end of ’07.

Nambour General Hospital in Queensland has installed five rows of solar panels nearly 60 metres long on the roof of the doctors’ parking garage; part of its plan to reduce the hospital’s carbon emissions by an estimated 3,296 tons – the equivalent of output of 810 cars.
The $3.1 million Environmental Protection Agency and Queensland Health initiative aims to reduce energy use at the hospital, including electricity, gas and water.
http://www.earthtoys.com/news.php?section=view&id=3304