(OMNS May 14, 2012) People have been misinformed about the tragedy at Fukushima and its consequences. There is a continuing cover up, the reactors have not been stabilized, and radiation continues to be released. The Japanese College of Intravenous Therapy (JCIT) has recently released a video for people wishing to learn more about how to protect themselves from contamination by taking large doses of vitamin C.
All four parts of the video are also available here http://firstlaw.wordpress.com/. Readers may link to, embed in their webpages, and make copies of the video for free distribution.
Japanese Government Minimizes Danger; Ignores Vitamin C
In the fall of 2011, JCIT presented a study that Fukushima workers had abnormality gene expression, which may be avoided using dietary antioxidants, especially vitamin C. The data was presented in Japan, Taiwan, and Korea. The JCIT sent letters to the government urging the government to tell the people how they may protect themselves from radiation. To date, the recommendation has been ignored by Japanese government and TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company).
Linus Pauling gained the Nobel Peace Prize in part based on his calculations of the number of deaths from nuclear weapons fallout. He was supported by physicist and father of the Soviet bomb Andrei Sakharov, who also later received the Nobel Prize for peace. These and other scientists estimated that there would be an extra 10,000 deaths worldwide for each megaton nuclear test in the atmosphere. A nuclear reactor can contain much more radioactive material than a nuclear weapon. Fukushima had six reactors, plus stored additional radioactive material and nuclear waste.
How Radiation Damages Cells
Ionizing radiation acts to damage living tissue by forming free radicals. Essentially, electrons are ripped from molecules. Removing an electron from an atom or molecule turns it into an ion, hence the term ionizing radiation. X-rays, gamma rays, alpha- and beta-radiation are all ionizing.
Most of the damage occurs from ionizing radiation generating free radicals in water, as water molecules are by far the most abundant in the body. While avoiding unnecessary exposure to ionizing radiation is clearly preferable, people affected by Fukushima do not have the luxury of avoiding contamination.
Antioxidants: Free-Radical Scavengers
Free-radical scavengers, as the name suggests, mop up the damaging radicals produced by radiation. The more common term for free radical scavenger is antioxidant. Antioxidants replace the electrons stripped from molecules by ionizing radiation. Antioxidants have long been used in the treatment of radiation poisoning.[3-7] Most of the harm from ionizing radiation occurs from free radical damage which may be quenched by the free electrons antioxidants provide. Fortunately, safe antioxidants are widely available as nutritional supplements. Vitamin C is the prime example.
Why Vitamin C?
Vitamin C is of particular importance and should be included at high intakes for anyone trying to minimize radiation poisoning. High dose vitamin C provides continual antioxidant flow through the body. It is absorbed from the gut and helps to replenish the other antioxidants. When it is used up, it is excreted in the urine. Importantly, it can chelate, or grab onto, radioactive heavy metal atoms and help eliminate them from the body. Large dynamic flow doses of vitamin C (about 3,000 mg, taken 4 times a day for a total of 12,000 mg) would exemplify antioxidant treatment. Higher doses have been used by Dr. Atsuo Yanagisawa and colleagues. [8,9]
Shortly after the disaster, Dr. Damien Downing described how supplements can help protect against radioactive fallout. OMNS issued an update on the response to Fukushima in Japan. Recently, Dr. Gert Schuitemaker has provided a review of vitamin C as a radio-protectant for Fukushima contamination.
Persons living in the areas affected by radioactive contamination can take antioxidant supplements, especially high doses of vitamin C, to counteract the negative consequences of long-term low dose radiation exposure, as well as to protect the health of coming generations.[12,13] People who have a possible internal or external radiation exposure should take antioxidant supplements to maintain an optimal antioxidant reserve. Because of the enormous size and oceanic spread of Fukushima contamination, this literally applies to everyone.
|“The International Society for Orthomolecular Medicine is pleased to have participated in the making of this important DVD on the protective effects of intravenous vitamin C on radiation exposure from the Fukushima nuclear plant in March 2011. We are in full support of the valuable work of Dr. Yanagisawa and his colleagues, and we very much appreciate the commitment of Mr. Daisuke Shibata, who has made it possible for the free distribution of the video around the world. May this orthomolecular message raise awareness and foster improvement in the treatment of radiation exposure.” Steven Carter Director, International Society for Orthomolecular Medicine|
1. The Nobel Foundation (1962) The Nobel Peace Prize 1962, Linus Pauling Biography, http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1962/pauling-bio.html.
2. Sakharov A. (1975) The Nobel Peace Prize 1975, Andrei Sakharov, Autobiography, http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1975/sakharov-autobio.html.
3. Brown SL, Kolozsvary A, Liu J, et al: Antioxidant diet supplementation starting 24 hours after exposure reduces radiation lethality. Radiat Res, 2010; 173: 462-468.
4. Zueva NA, Metelitsa LA, Kovalenko AN, et al: Immunomodulating effect of berlithione in clean-up workers of the Chernobyl nuclear plant accident [Article in Russian]. Lik Sprava, 2002; (1): 24-26.
5. Yamamoto T, Kinoshita M et al. Pretreatment with ascorbic acid prevents lethal gastrointestinal syndrome in mice receiving a massive amount of radiation. J Radiat Res (Tokyo) 2010; 51(2):145-56
6. Gaby A. Intravenous Nutrient Therapy: the “Myers’ Cocktail”. Alt Med Rev 2002; 7(5):389:403
7. Narra VR, Howell RW, Sastry KS, Rao DV. Vitamin C as a radioprotector against iodine-131 in vivo. J Nucl Med 1993; 34(4):637-40
8. Yanagisawa A. Orthomolecular approaches against radiation exposure. Presentation Orthomolecular Medicine Today Conference. Toronto 2011 http://www.doctoryourself.com/Radiation_VitC.pptx.pdf )
9. Green MH, Lowe JE et al. Effect of diet and vitamin C on DNA strand breakage in freshly-isolated human white blood cells. Mutat Res 1994; 316(2):91-102
10. Downing D. (2011) Radioactive Fallout: Can Nutritional Supplements Help?, A Personal Viewpoint, OMNS, May 10, http://www.orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v07n04.shtml.
11. OMNS (2012) Vitamin C Prevents Radiation Damage, Nutritional Medicine in Japan, Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, February 1. http://orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v08n06.shtml
12. Schuitemaker GE. Vitamin C as protection against radiation exposure. J Orthomolecular Med 2011, 26: 3; 141-145. [Also in Dutch: Schuitemaker G.E. Radioactiviteit in Japan: Orthomoleculair antwoord. Ortho 2011:3, June. http://www.ortho.nl ]
13. Yanagisawa A, Uwabu M, Burkson BE, Weeks BS, Hunninghake R, Hickey S, Levy T, (2011) Environmental radioactivity and health. Official JCIT Statement, March 29. http://media.iv-therapy.jp/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Statement.pdf
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Thursday 02 September 2010
As a botanical illustrator, Wendy Hollender is accustomed to working everywhere, from sultry tropical jungles to dusty hillsides knee-deep in grass.
In 2008, in search of rare plant subjects, she ventured to Hawaii where, by chance, a critically endangered scentless Hawaiian mint was on the cusp of blooming. When Ken Wood, a conservation biologist at the National Tropical Botanical Garden asked if she would render the yet to be described plant known from just 15 wild individuals, she couldn’t resist.
That drawing, along with several she made of exceptionally rare forms of hibiscus, are on display at the exhibition “Losing Paradise? Endangered Plants Here and Around the World.” Housed at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., through Dec. 12, the show is a collection of botanical drawings of 44 of the world’s rarest plants, half of them native to the United States.
The 41 artists from five continents in the exhibition are peddling an old craft with the simplest of tools, but one that still has a profound importance for science and conservation.
Armed with colored pencils, a ruler, eraser, magnifying glass, and pad of paper, Hollender captured the scarcely known purple blossoming mint on paper just as its curved floral tubes swelled with life. The timing, as Mr. Wood recalls, “was perfect, just magic.”
Part of the beauty of using simple tools like pencils and paper, Hollender says, is that it allows for maximum mobility and the freedom to concentrate on her subjects. Undistracted by the medium, she says, “I feel as if I am ‘hooked up to my plant’ when I work.”
Back in New York, where Hollender is coordinator for art and illustration at The New York Botanical Garden, she submitted her five rare plant illustrations (the four Hibiscus drawings and the mint, known as Stenogyne kauaulaen sis) to the juried show, a project of the Am erican Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA).
Among the endangered species featured in the exhibit are some of the most intriguing plants you’ll probably never see: the pima pineapple cactus, the ghost orchid, the longolongo, the tupa rosada, and Begonia samhaensis. Their respective native habitats are equally captivating: Mexico’s Sonoran desert grasslands, the Florida Everglades, Fiji, Chile’s temperate rain forests, and Yemen’s wind-scorched Socotra islands.
The artists who captured these plants in ink, paint, and colored pencil were required to search for their own subjects. Any plant was acceptable as long as it was listed as threatened or endangered by a state, federal, or international government body or the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Just finding a plant to depict was, for some artists, a multiyear effort. Take the elusive pitcher’s thistle (Cirsium pitcheri). Artist Derek Norman spent five years searching for the threatened plant with cream-colored, fragrant blossoms, which flowers and produces seed only once before dying.
Mr. Norman’s subject, found infrequently on beaches and dunes of the western Great Lakes, mostly in Michigan, is vulnerable to human impacts like shoreline development and recreational vehicles.
In Norman’s own story of drawing the pitcher thistle he recalls spending two “sweltering, hot, humid days in the company of biting flies, a colony of ants, and the occasional attacking red-wing blackbird” as he drew a highly detailed pencil illustration of the plant in situ.
Such perseverance and dedication to capturing an image of fleeting botanical beauty is admirable but, some might ask, in the digital age why not snap a few dozen high-resolution photos instead?
Botanical artists and scientists say there is no comparison. Hollender explains that a hand rendering of a plant allows the artist to emphasize important features and select an optimum composition that is descriptive and aesthetically pleasing in a way the camera cannot. Artists can depict light or even a certain state or condition of a plant to create an ideal image.
Botanical art, no matter the medium, is not merely about the reproduction of physical facts, says Carol Woodin, coordinator of ASBA exhibitions and a painter herself. “Details are important, but there is a human interpretive element and the hope of depicting the dynamism of a given plant that is inherent in botanical art.”
A botanical artist seeks to “draw the viewers in, stopping them momentarily, disengaging them from the jangle of modern life to pause and take a breath,” Ms. Woodin says. “Perhaps through the depiction of these endangered plants we can captivate viewers with the strangeness and beauty of each form.”
Peter Raven, a renowned botanist and advocate for protecting biodiversity who wrote an introduction about the importance of plant conservation for the exhibition, says plants have a complex beauty that can be interpreted differently depending on the imagination and vision of the artist.
“Art concerning plants is thus like all art, subjective and interpretive. In a scientific sense, drawings of plants can convey much more about the essential characteristics of a plant than any other form of representation, but paintings and digital images can contribute other aspects,” he says.
Dr. Raven, who Time magazine named a “hero for the planet,” and who is president of the Missouri Botanical Garden, sees botanical art’s value to science and conservation in its ability to “intrigue people and nourish their intrinsic interest in plants.”
From a practical viewpoint, botanical art also offers insight into the plant world necessary for science. Alice Tangerini, a veteran staff illustrator for the Smithsonian’s department of botany, says, “My drawings serve as eyes for botanists and can communicate a physical structure visually to anyone in the world, regardless of language. If I’ve done a good drawing, a botanist doesn’t even have to read the description.”
Ms. Tangerini, whose audience is primarily botanists, specifically taxonomists, uses waterproof ink on archival quality drafting film that is resistant to heat, light, and water. This, along with a smoothness and the translucence of film make for a preferred drawing surface.
Often she is the first person to ever draw a particular plant, and so her illustrations are crafted to depict the perfect example of a plant. She can omit natural external damage and emphasize a particular characteristic such as microthin hairs or minuscule bumps that would be all but invisible to even the best camera. Her illustrations are based on various sources and supplemented by photography but, Tangerini says, cannot be replaced by it.
Working almost exclusively from dried herbarium specimens, Tangerini says she takes dead plants and makes them look alive again. These black-and-white line drawings are intended to be used for decades, if not centuries, as primary reference material for identifying plants.
Describing her own work, Tangerini – who drew an extremely rare Mexican tree called Mortoniodendron uxpanapense for “Losing Paradise?” – is anything but sentimental. “We’re just interested in morphology here, not color or how pretty something looks.”
Yet her pen-and-ink illustrated plates, which can include up to 15 drawings of a plant’s parts at varying degrees of magnification and in different stages, capture the natural beauty of plants increasingly threatened by invasive species, climate change, and other human factors.
With a growing awareness and concern for conservation (2010 is the United Nations’ International Year of Biodiversity), there’s a renewed interest in botanical art by artists and the public, Woodin says. She adds that viewers unfamiliar with botanical art are frequently struck by the level of detail, complexity, and simple beauty on display in each work.
“There are 41 different artists in the show,” Woodin says. “So there are 41 different ways of depicting and viewing the plant world, from quillworts and cycads to orchids. This makes for a fascinating experience and a realization that the art form continues to be relevant and ever-sprouting.”Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
Long ago, things were in Order.
Long ago, this was a world of Women.
Long ago, Women were the leaders.
Long ago, Women were the Drummers.
Long ago, Mother Earth had Her Keepers.
Long ago, Women owned the Lodges.
Long ago, no decision was ever made without consulting the Women.
Long ago, Women were revered as the Life-Givers.
Long ago, Men knew their place.
Long ago, Women, on their Moon-time, would sit behind and around the men
to protect them, because they were so strong and intuitive Spiritually…
Long ago, everything was in perfect Order.
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Canada is dismissive of the international opposition to the cruel seal
hunt the largest and most barbaric marine mammal slaughter on the
The Canadian government not only defends but also promotes this cruelty. Canada is also blatantly circumventing a European law aimed at stopping this terrible slaughter.
The seals are used as scapegoats for past mismanagement of fish stocks, a
commercial ‘resource’ and a political football.
t meant that harp seal pups could be legally killed as soon as they begin
to shed their whitecoat, around 10 or 12 days after birth. Hooded
seals could be killed when they shed their blueback pelt at about 15-16
months of age. However, on 5 May 2009 the European Parliament voted
overwhelmingly to ban the placing on the market of seal products
throughout the EU following an extensive lobby from animal welfare
organisations. This means that a major market for seal fur has been
closed and the influential European fashion houses will no longer be
able to use seal fur.
The annual seal hunt in Canada has been subject to ‘management’ 2019 since the 1970’s but the annual quota has been based more on market demand than scientific evidence. It has steadily increased since the mid 90’s during which time new federal subsidies have encouraged sealers to kill more seals. The quota
for 2009 was 280,000 seals (with 500,000 carried over from 2008 making
a total of 320,000). However the threat of the ban in the EU caused
the price of seal pelts to drop from around 100 $Can to around 15 $Can
and the total number of seals killed to date is less than 60,000.
The killing of what most would consider to still be ‘baby’ 2019
seals is offensive in itself but the methods of slaughter are horrific.
Early in the season harp seals are still killed with clubs or hakapiks
as they sit helpless on the ice, unable to escape as they still cannot
survive in the water. Later in the season they are shot both on the
ice and in the water. They are shot by fishermen, not marksmen. The
seals are on shifting ice floes and the sealers on moving boats, so
many animals are only injured rather than killed. Some injured seals
try to escape by jumping into the water only to die horribly later. As
the quota is based on ‘landed catch’ 2019 these seals are not
included in the figures so the amount that actually die is far greater
than just the quota allowed.
It is time for the people of the world to show they will not tolerate this barbarism.
Lets stand up and say NO!
Lets get 1 Million Signatures!
Sign the Petition and share it with your Friends! Crosspost to all networks you
are belong to.
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Four point seven million people are at risk of starvation in Northern Africa due to a harvest failure caused by scares rainfall in 2009, yet the story, as well as the funds, are nowhere to be seen in an international media worried about Tiger Woods’ personal life.
The United Nations Organization’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has launched an urgent appeal for more funds (133 million USD) from aid agencies and partners to finance the distribution of food aid in Niger, where 5.7 million people are affected by malnutrition and food shortages after last year’s harvest failed in vast areas of the country due to insufficient rainfall.
The situation is sufficiently bad to merit the use of the term “emergency humanitarian action plan” to describe the calamitous position faced by these people, who are in urgent need of food security, food aid, safe water, sanitation and hygiene networks and infrastructures, according to OCHA.
The UNO office has issued the following statement on the crisis in Niger: “ Inadequate or poor distribution of rainfall has caused large deficits in Niger’s agricultural and fodder production. Poor harvests have created a cereals deficit of more than 410,000 metric tons, while fodder shortfalls have been estimated at more than 16 million metric tons or 67 per cent of the national livestock needs. Many water sources have also dried up, adding to the hardship pastoralists are facing”.
For Josette Sheeran, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), the situation in Mali has become “a major humanitarian challenge” despite the fact that her Programme has doubled food aid to Niger in recent months.
The ruling authorities in Niger, the Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy (CSRD), which came to power after a coup d’etat on February 18, have appealed for international assistance.
This is not the first time that the people of Mali have been let down by the international community following a disastrous crop, due to lack of rainfall or to the scourge of swarms of locusts. Yet the same international community turns a blind eye, because Mali is in Africa and because Africa has been stamped as a disaster area. Period.
“Where is Mali and anyway, who the Hell cares?” is the unspoken soundbite from the first decade of the new millennium, in which trillions of dollars are spent on wars to kill people and a paltry 133 million USD cannot be raised to feed hungry kids.
As you read these lines, spare a thought for NATO and question yourself exactly what has this Organization done to develop the world? Why does this Organization control its member states’ foreign policy? And why does it siphon off cash which the majority of informed and thinking citizens of its member states would rather donate to a cause such as Mali than to bombing Serbia or wedding parties in the Hindu Kush?
Is this really the world we are happy to live in? And what role does the international press play, mis and disinforming people, shaping public opinion away from the truth and focussing on banalities and trivia such as the private life of Tiger Woods?
|06.04.2010||Source: Pravda.Ru||URL: http://english.pravda.ru/opinion/columnists/112895-mali_story-0|
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Still I pass through this Life,
It isn’t over yet for me.
In all of Our Mother’s Beauty,
I am but a tiny thread in her Web.
I don’t understand what is happening.
I am getting so sick,
and my Natural Colors are fading away.
The water is different,
and it is harder for me to swallow now.
I get caught in strange strings,
or I have to swim around
big broken up metal jails.
The air smells strange,
and when it rains,
it does not feel right anymore,
and I have to retreat for protection.
I feel as my Life is coming to an end,
but that is not important…
What is, however, is what I am seeing.
If people cared,
why would they do such things?
All this is killing me,
but I simply want to understand.
How something like this
is happening to me,
someone who loves our Mother,
and who is simply struggling
like all, … to survive.
I am just
All this I ask of you
please to take care of our Mother
while we still can…
if not for me,
I ask you this,
for the one I love.
Text by Luc Majno
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