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Monday, August 29, 2016

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy an effective treatment for massive blood loss




“In a famous experiment in 1960 published in the first edition of the Journal of
Cardiovascular Surgery Dr. Boerema of the Netherlands anesthetized pigs, removed nearly all of their blood, and replaced it with salt water while he compressed them to three atmospheres in a hyperbaric chamber. 

"At 3 ATA the pigs, with essentially no blood, were completely alive and well. Dr. Boerema then removed the saline, replaced the blood, and brought the pigs to surface pressure where they remained alive and well. This phenomenon has been proven effective in other experiments and is the basis for clinical use in extreme blood loss anemia. 

"The best examples are Jehovah’s Witness patients who have lost massive amounts of blood and because of religious proscription are unable to receive blood transfusions. These patients are kept alive over weeks with repetitive Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy until their blood system is able to naturally produce enough blood to sustain life.” [Read more…]


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David-and-Goliath City Identified


Archaeologists believe they have found the biblical city of Shaaraim [meaning 'Two Gates'] that is mentioned in the story of the battle of David and the Philistine giant, Goliath.

Excavations at Khirbet Qeiyafa overlooking the Elah Valley southwest of Jerusalem uncovered an ancient fortified city around a decade ago.

But it was not until the second year of excavations in 2008 that archaeologists realized they had stumbled upon what was possibly the earliest physical evidence of a Davidic city dating back to the 11th Century BCE.

Over the course of seven years, excavations revealed a walled city with two equally large and dominant gates - a highly unusual feature for a relatively small city. The Elah Valley, where the Bible describes the encounter between David and Goliath, divided the lands of the Israelites and the Philistines. When archaeologists excavated the gates they were reminded of the ancient city of Shaaraim that featured in the famous story.

“When the Phi·lisʹtines saw that their mighty one had died, they fled. At that the men of Israel and of Judah rose and broke into shouting and pursued the Phi·lisʹtines all the way from the valley to the gates of Ekʹron, and the slain of the Phi·lisʹtines lay fallen along the road from Shaʹa·raʹim, as far as Gath and Ekʹron.  (1 Samuel 17:51, 52) [read more…]



Sunday, August 28, 2016

Amphetamine-Tainted Streams Affecting the environment





In some Baltimore streams, the concentration of amphetamine in the water is so high that it can affect the “aquatic food web.”

A study released this week in the journal Environmental Science & Technology is one of the first to explore the consequences of drug pollution in city waterways.

“Around the world, treated and untreated wastewater entering surface waters contains pharmaceuticals and illicit drugs that originate from human consumption and excretion, manufacturing processes, or improper disposal,” said lead author Sylvia S. Lee, who’s now with the Environmental Protection Agency. “We were interested in revealing how amphetamine exposure influences the small plants and animals that play a large role in regulating the health of streams.”
 
Lee and her team tested six sites in the city in 2013 and 2014 and found numerous drugs, including amphetamine, with the highest concentrations in the most urban areas.

Suburban and urban fieldwork focused on the Gwynns Falls watershed. The Oregon Ridge watershed was also tested.

The field work was followed up with an artificial stream experiment in a lab. After recreating the conditions of the natural stream, researchers monitored ecosystem effects over three weeks.

The found that, in streams with amphetamine added, “the growth of biofilms was significantly suppressed, the composition of bacterial and diatom communities changed, and aquatic insects emerged earlier.”

“We have every reason to suspect that the release of stimulants to aquatic environments is on the rise across the globe… [Read more.]


Friday, August 26, 2016

Counterfeit drugs killed Prince, are killing thousands


The drug that killed Prince is showing up in counterfeit form across the US with devastating effects.

Pills found at his home were marked hydrocodone but actually contained fentanyl. Fentanyl powder is cheap and easy to obtain, experts warn, making it attractive to those manufacturing it into pill form mixed with other drugs.

To someone who travels a lot - like Prince - and needs a prescription filled, an online pharmacy could seem like a real lifesaver. It could, however, be the opposite.

“We’ve seen it happen regularly—if a shortage occurs, hospitals and clinics will step outside the normal supply chain, and the [criminals] exploit the situation,” says Michael Deats with the WHO. Estimates from different organizations over the past few years have ranged from 100,000 to a million people dying every year due to counterfeit drugs. [Read more about that here.]
"If the cartels could, they would shake the hand of the medical industry and thank them for creating this new business."

Why are so many patients taking opiate-based painkillers regularly? "There was a push by the pharmaceutical industry and their paid physician advocates that pushed opiates saying they aren't as addictive as we thought," says Minneapolis Dr. Chris Johnson. "So they can be used for back pain and other daily pain. They influenced government bodies to emphasize pain management.” 

Can't these patients be given some other type of painkiller? Dr. Mark Willinbring describes how his patients feel when they are suddenly taken off opiates.


"You can't experience ordinary pleasure. Every day is a gray day. You have no energy. You have no motivation," Willinbring says. "You have a low grade case of the flu all the time. Your bones and joints ache. And your brain is constantly screaming 'I want more opioids.' It doesn't get better over time."

"Right now the biggest crisis I am seeing is people with severe disabling chronic pain who are summarily and arbitrarily taken off of them," Willinbring says. "It ruins their lives. I think we are going to see a lot of suicides." [Read more…] 


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

15,000 former Lutherans click "unsubscribe" on their faith.



Until 2012, Lutheranism was Norway's official religion. However, with church attendance at about 2%, the state has been bugging the church to clean up their messy records for years. To enable this, the church set up a website last Monday to help people check their enrollment status or to sign up.

But they also provided the option to un-enroll—which proved far and away the most popular feature. According to the church's website, the first day the page was up, 10,854 people clicked the let-me-out button. By Friday, that number had climbed to 15,035.

 Dropping “official state religion” status in 2012 gave the Church the authority to name its own bishops and deans, without having to bow to the government’s final say on such issues.
The previous requirement for at least half of all government ministers to be members of the Church was also be scrapped, and even the minister of church affairs no longer needs to belong to the church.
Unlike other European countries with a church tax, Norway subsidizes churches on a per capita basis, instead of taking a church deduction from each church-member's paycheck. So the Lutheran Church's foot-dragging is not surprising... [Read more.]

Monday, August 22, 2016

Korean conscientious objectors cautiously hopeful about the future


In a historic change from past practice, Korean courts this year are opting to acquit rather than punish young men who refuse to do compulsory military service on the grounds of their religious beliefs.

This year alone, district courts acquitted nine Jehovah's Witnesses of violations of the Military Law. The most recent ruling came one week ago from the Cheongju District Court which stated, "There are many ways to contribute to the nation without violating a person's basic rights such as social service or alternate work. It is unjust to punish military objectors by criminal law without even making efforts to provide alternatives."

"It is unjust to punish military objectors by criminal law without even making efforts to provide alternatives."


Another hopeful sign comes from Kim Jae-hyung, a Supreme Court justice nominee who recently expressed his support for such objectors and alternative ways to serve the country. His confirmation hearing will begin in September, and if confirmed, he is expected to add a different opinion on the 13-justice court.

While the government has claimed that conscientious objectors do not enjoy public support, Amnesty International Korea and Gallup recently conducted a survey in which more than 70 percent of respondents expressed support for conscientious objectors.

Kim Dong-in, another Jehovah's Witness, claimed it's time for the Korean government to take a stance.

"If you look at the world, fewer countries refuse to recognize conscious objectors. It will eventually happen in Korea. It's time for Korea to voluntarily recognize them instead of being coerced to do so under pressure," he said… [Read more] 

Quarry for stone jars discovered in Galilee



“There were six stone water jars set there for the Jewish custom of purification.” (John 2:6)

Archaeological excavations conducted in Galilee in early August, under the direction of Dr. Yonatan Adler of Ariel University, have unearthed a 2,000 year-old cave which functioned as a quarry and industrial workshop for the production of stone vessels.

The large subterranean cavern, hewn into a chalkstone hillside, was discovered at a site named ‘Einot Amitai near Nazareth in northern Israel. The cave yielded numerous remains of stone vessels in various stages of production, attesting to a thriving industry.

In ancient times, most tableware, cooking pots and storage jars were made of pottery. In the first century of the Common Era, however, Jews throughout Judea and Galilee used tableware and storage vessels made of soft, local chalkstone. The reason for this curious choice of material seems to have been religious; according to ancient Jewish law, vessels made of stone can never become ritually impure, and as a result ancient Jews began to produce their everyday tableware from stone.

While fragments of stone vessels have been found in the past at numerous Early Roman period sites throughout Israel, and two workshops are known from the Jerusalem area, this is the first time that full-scale excavations are conducted at a stone vessel production site in Galilee… [Read more.]


Saturday, August 20, 2016

Pastor being sued by members of his former church


After the mass shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church that left nine people, including the pastor, dead, that church brought in Norvel Goff from Reid Chapel in Columbia to serve as interim pastor for seven months. Scandal still surrounds how the millions of dollars that flooded in during that time were handled.

Now, members of Goff’s previous parish are suing him for leaving behind $558,000 in debt and liens when he moved to Emanuel.

Goff countersued 18 of the Reid Chapel parishioners for defamation. The parishioners asked him to provide proof they’d said anything untrue. They received no response.


Now, those former members of his flock want a judge to force Goff to provide records of his income, gifts, employment, and benefits… [Read more.]

Friday, August 19, 2016

Should you be worried about Zika?



“Zika Virus has been around for decades. In fact, it was first observed in monkeys in 1947, when researchers from the Rockefeller Foundation were conducting a research for Yellow Fever in the Zika Forest of Uganda. Instances of Zika virus in humans arose every now and then, but cases were mostly in equatorial regions. The symptoms were also mild enough that it could be left alone until it clears within a week, just like any normal fever,” says an article in Tech Times.  

Florida now has confirmed cases of Zika. Miami is spraying a strong insecticide to kill mosquitoes. The main ingredient in that insecticide is called Naled.

Naled is one of a class of insecticides referred to as organophosphates. These chemicals act by interfering with the activities of cholinesterase, an enzyme that is essential for the proper working of the nervous systems of both humans and insects…Severe poisoning will affect the central nervous system, producing incoordination, slurred speech, loss of reflexes, weakness, fatigue… Naled is highly to moderately toxic to birds… Naled is toxic to most types of aquatic life… Naled is highly toxic to bees… Protective clothing must be worn when handling naled. (What’s wrong with the picture above?) …Basic manufacturer: Valent U.S.A. Corp…” 

The main pesticide used in Brazil was pyriproxyfen. Here’s what it does:

Pyriproxyfen mimics a natural hormone in insects and disrupts their growth. It is a type of insect growth regulator that affects mostly young insects and eggs…In studies with rats, more than three quarters left the body within seven days. However, very small amounts of pyriproxyfen can be stored in fat and breast milk in the body… Two groups of laying hens were fed pyriproxyfen for eight days. A very small amount of the dose was found in the eggs, with most in the yolks…In one study, rats fed high doses of pyriproxyfen during pregnancy did not have any effects on their young. Similarly exposed rabbits had reduced birth rates only at the highest dose tested. In another study with rats, some young had unusual skeletal and digestive changes… Pyriproxyfen is practically nontoxic to birds, mammals, and adult honeybees. However, eggs and larval stages of honeybees and other insects are much more likely to be sensitive than adults…” 

“Starting in 2014, pyriproxifen was put into Brazilian water supplies to fight the proliferation of mosquito larvae… On February 3, 2016, the [possibility] that pyriproxyfen, not the Zika virus, is the cause of the 2015-2016 microcephaly outbreak in Brazil was raised in a report of the Argentinean organization Physicians in Crop-Sprayed Villages…On February 13, the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul suspended pyriproxyfen's use… ‘the city of Recife has the current highest reported amount of cases of microcephaly, yet pyriproxyfen is not used in the region…’ Manufactured by Sumitomo Chemical of Japan,” according to Wikipedia.

I'm no scientist, but it seems like if you replace a chemical that harms the nervous system with one that affects eggs, fetal skeletons, and birth rates, and you begin to see birth defects...

Now, here’s part of the story that wasn’t generally reported:

“After experts scrutinized 732 of the cases [in Brazil] they found that more than half either weren’t microcephaly, or weren’t related to Zika. Just 270 were confirmed as microcephaly that appears to be linked to Zika or other infectious diseases…The condition can also be caused by genetic factors or drug or alcohol abuse during pregnancy,” according to the Washington Post. 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Do not walk...


Zika virus transmitted through blood transfusion, new report suggests

Experts have wondered if the Zika virus might sometimes be transmitted through blood transfusions, and a cluster of infections in Brazil seems to support that notion.
Doctors believe that a blood donor passed along the typically mosquito-borne virus in late January to two hospitalized patients who needed transfusions. (read more...)

Facing Rising Seas, Remote Alaskan Village Votes To Move (Again)

The residents of Shishmaref, an island village of around 560 people in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea, have voted to relocate in the face of rising seas brought on by global climate change, according to reports.
An unofficial ballot count Wednesday showed the vote was 89-79...(read more)