Friday, August 25, 2017

Nuclear Neighbor


Speak Up


This is a post scrip to my poem On Being Quiet that I posted recently. In that poem I mentioned that I hear humming noises. One of these noises sounds like electric currents.  Well, sometimes it’s good to be quiet and other times it’s good to speak up and I felt obliged to speak up about this.

I just found out that there are two uranium-powered nuclear reactors not far from where I live – the US Reserve, Kenneth A Kesselring site in West Milton, near Saratoga Springs, New York where they train the Navy to use nuclear-powered submarines and aircraft carriers. The site is operated by Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory which is located not far away in Niskayuna, near Schenectady, New York. The current way these reactors are run is with lots of electricity and, of course, they are generating lots of electricity. Therefore, it is possible that this is contributing to the noises that I hear. They have been in operation since 1955. There used to be four active reactors at this site but one has been dismantled and one is presently being dismantled.




By the way, nuclear waste remains radioactive for about 200,000 years and is very toxic. There is a risk of leakage into the environment and problems about storage.

I spoke to a local resident and he described how he used to go hunting in the area but since 9/11, roads to the site have been blockaded and it’s all very top secret. Also, he has noticed lots of concrete trucks coming and going. I would guess this is at least in part due to the dismantling operation. I wonder where all this toxic waste is going. And where has all the other radioactive waste gone over the past 62 years that this site has been producing it?

At any rate, my view from all this is that the noises I hear are not a figment of my imagination or that it has always been this way  Although there have been nuclear reactors in operation all my life, I'm more aware of them now. When I say I wish my environment was quiet, I do not mean an absence of crickets chirping or other natural noises, I mean I wish there were no humming noises from machines and electricity.


References

How Much Nuclear Waste Does Your State Hold? Three out of every four states in the United States contain nuclear waste. Uh-oh, The Motley Food, by Maxx Chatsko, Jul 27, 2013 at 10:30AM, https://www.fool.com/investing/general/2013/07/27/how-much-nuclear-waste-does-your-state-hold.aspx. Thanks for use of photo: More than 50 sites across the country are licensed for dry cask storage of spent nuclear fuel. Sourcenrc.gov  

On Being Quiet – A Poem by Jennifer Wilson, https://jenniferwilsonlifecoach.blogspot.com/2017/08/on-being-quiet-poem.html

How much electricity is needed to start a reactor and keep it running? Eurofusion, https://www.euro-fusion.org/faq/new-how-much-power-is-needed-to-start-the-reactor-and-to-keep-it-working/#

How safe are the two reactors in Milton? Units sited by fault lines designed for war – Navy says, by Brian Nearing Staff writer, Updated 1:41 pm, Thursday, March 24, 2011, http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/How-safe-are-two-reactors-in-Milton-1213962.php

Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knolls_Atomic_Power_Laboratory

Naval Nuclear Laboratory, Kenneth A. Kesselring site, https://navalnuclearlab.energy.gov/about-us/kenneth-a-kesselring-site-/

Nuclear Waste: Do We Know What to Do With It? by Amanda Onion, May 17, 2017, http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/story?id=98555

Radio Active Waste and Pollution, Riverkeeper, NY's clean river advocate, https://www.riverkeeper.org/campaigns/stop-polluters/indian-point/radioactive-waste/ 

Stuck in the Middle with B'org by Jennifer Wilson, B'org Food Chain blog,  https://borgfoodchain.blogspot.com/2013/10/stuck-in-middle-with-borg.html

World Nuclear Association, Nuclear-Powered Ships, updated July 2017, http://www.world-nuclear.org/information-library/non-power-nuclear-applications/transport/nuclear-powered-ships.aspx

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Monetiztion of Life


Detach from the Monetization Process


What is monetization? One definition says that it is the process of converting or establishing something into legal tender. This is usually referred to as money, but is also called coining and currency or the printing of banknotes by central banks. It can also be something in the future called a promissory currency. Note here the reference to banks and the law. Banking and the legal profession are the foundation and anchors of monetization.

The conversion process refers to things that otherwise do not have a monetary value and assigning one to them. "The powers that be" also known as "They" have been attaching a monetary value to everything.  Nothing is priceless in their eyes. Everything has a price tag and they are creating laws daily to enforce it.

For example, an acquaintance of mine worked for Kew Gardens in a project where she went around the world collecting seeds to store in big underground temperature controlled rooms. She was under the impression that she had an ecologically sound job. She believed that she was helping to save these unique species of plants. But save them from what? And nature is always changing. Why save one type of plant and not the one it would naturally evolve into in time? If all the plant life is kept under control in vaults, then a value can be attached to it. While it is in the wild, it has no monetary value because it is too uncontrollable and diverse.

Another example of monetization is with the human body. When I think of my teeth and how they have been destroyed by dentists and crap food, I get very annoyed. What is a tooth worth? Is it worth the cost of a root canal and a crown? That's what your teeth can be worth to a dentist. Why are people getting more and more of their natural, life supporting body parts replaced by artificial substitutes that have no life in them? Because the system of health care is geared towards the monetization of life.

My final point here is that monetization requires standardization and this results in the deterioration of biodiversity and freedom. Once something has been monetized, means of efficiency need to be developed to maximize its monetary value. Machines and computers are used more and more to do this. The end product is moving in the direction of being artificial and lifeless. Ultimately, the monetization process is a means of enslavement and death of biological life (as opposed to artificial life).

I don’t buy the story that life needs to have a monetary value in order for it to be protected.  This is why, as a life coach, I do not have set fees and often do not take money at all for my services.


References

Ecosystem Marketplace, A Forest Trends Initiative, TEEB (The Economics and Ecosystems of Biodiversity), Thanks for use of photo, http://www.ecosystemmarketplace.com/articles/teeb-3-reiterates-interdependence-of-business-and-biodiversity/.

The Convention on Biological Diversity by Jennifer Wilson, B'org Food Chain, January 15, 2015, http://borgfoodchain.blogspot.com/2015/01/the-convention-on-biological-diversity.html

Terminator Seeds are a Patent, Not a Concept by Jennifer Wilson, B'org Food Chain, https://borgfoodchain.blogspot.com/2013/06/terminator-seeds-are-patent-not-concept.html

Positive Vision: Everything's Free by Jennifer Wilson, B'org Food Chain, http://borgfoodchain.blogspot.com/2013/06/positive-vision-everythings-free.html


Tuesday, August 01, 2017

On Being Quiet - A Poem


Be Quiet



Being quiet feels good to me.
I like the calm and peace it brings.
I only wish that my environment
Was quiet too.

Even in an otherwise quiet place,
Such as a country field at night,
I hear all sorts of humming noises.
What are they?

Are these noises electric currents?
Or are they radio frequencies?
Or just a figment of my imagination?
Has it always been this way?

Despite these auditory intruders,
I still like being quiet.
It makes me feel safe and in control,
Even if I’m not.

Although, I have a feeling
That being quiet is a source of power
That enables me to avoid troubles
And get by fine.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

To Avoid More Plastic - -



Avoid the Medical Profession



For some, this month has been “Plastic Free July”. A local government effort in Australia has the aim “to raise awareness of the problems with single-use disposable plastic and challenges people to do something about it” (emphasis is mine). A bit of a narrow scope, but better to start somewhere than not start at all.

What is plastic? The Australian Council refers to plastic bottles, bags and take-away containers. We all know what they are. But plastic is a material of wide ranging applications today. It consists of synthetic and semi-synthetic compounds that can be molded into solid objects and mixed with other substances..

Just as its versatility is big, so is the problem. Sure, even I, a holistic nature-minded person, like to use plastic bags sometimes to keep food fresh, but the situation with plastic on this planet is so pervasive that it truly is scary.

In a very real sense, we are becoming plastic and I don’t mean as in changeable, e.g., rhinoplasty. I mean our biological organic cells in the form of organs and other body parts are being replaced with plastic, possibly even in ways we are not aware of. But we are aware of dentists putting plastic fillings in our teeth; of plastic eyeglasses, contact lenses and IOLs (Interlocutory Lenses); of plastic hearing aids;  prosthetic limbs, stents, heart replacements, and joint replacements; and medications (“coatings and pharmaceutical nano-carriers for drugs”).

The medical profession possibly uses more plastic than most, and if you are a patient, you are contributing to this usage. Much of it is disposable, and disposed of on a massive scale.

The photo to the left shows the clinical waste for less than a week at a care home with about 20 residents.

Some daily disposed of articles are: pill cups, syringes, and bottle caps, gloves, aprons, and garbage bags; catheters, and pad covers (for incontinence); pouches for liquids such as blood, saline; and glucose drips, and liquid food; glues; name badges, wrist bands and toe tags; braces and bandages. 
                  
Some items that are not disposed of daily but are accumulating quickly are: bed mattresses and covers; plastic sheets, and pillow covers; toilet seat covers of varying sizes, and shower chairs; furniture; x-ray machines, MRI machines and other medical machines; computers, keyboards and mice; TVs, remote controls and phones; notebooks, page covers, lamination and pens; pipes in the buildings, wire coverings, light covers and paint; brooms, mop handles, buckets, sponges, bottles of cleaning and disinfectant liquids; food trays, cutlery, plates and cups; and water containers, big and small.                  

Perhaps this way of cutting down on the use of plastic has not been considered by many. But it is a direct contribution if you consciously take steps to keep healthy and avoid the medical profession.

If at all possible, avoid more plastic by avoiding: dentists, optometrists, and clinic appointments, and in particular avoid having a medical emergency! Sláinte (good health to you)!

     
References

Applications of synthetic polymers in clinical medicine by M.F. Maitz, Biosurface and Biotriology, http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2405451815000434


Diapers Delivery Day, by Jennifer Wilson, Castle Health Care blog, http://castlehealthcare.blogspot.com/2013/07/diapers-delivery-day.html


Plastic Free July, Western Metropolitan Regional Council in Mossman Park, Western Australia, http://www.plasticfreejuly.org/contact.html

Plastics in Medicine, Precision Engineered Products, Connecticut Plastics, http://www.pepctplastics.com/resources/connecticut-plastics-learning-center/plastics-in-medicine/

The Convention on Biological Diversity, by Jennifer Wilson B’org Food Chain blog, https://borgfoodchain.blogspot.com/2015/01/the-convention-on-biological-diversity.html

The Many Uses of Plastic Materials in Medicine, http://www.craftechind.com/the-many-uses-of-plastic-materials-in-medicine/



Monday, July 24, 2017

I Believe I Can See It Now



Be Your Own Judge



This is the second time I am posting this article. I couldn't get the photo from the Optometry Salary, Job Description and Work Environment article to show up on my blog (although it did show up in the email transmission). Maybe there is an automatic block in place for uploading such photos to blogs such as mine that do not support the optometry business. It was a good laugh though to have this happen in this article entitled I Believe I Can See It Now, when I couldn't see the photo!

Anyway, since I made quite a few changes to this article now, I am re-publishing it. Many thanks to my subscribers for their understanding for the double email transmission.

This is a short follow-up article to a previous post I wrote called Seeing is Believing that I wrote six months ago on this blog. In that article, I set out a plan for improving my eyesight before going to an optometrist to have my eyes tested for evidence of the results of my efforts. Well, things don't always go according to plan. This is a good example that shows how it is important to make plans but also that it is important to be flexible and open-minded. In fact, we really never know where we will end up in the long run. One thing leads to another. It’s the process that counts though, not the result. And part of the process is to be your own judge.

I believe I can see it now. I have to be my own judge. I cannot go to an optometrist because over the last six months I have developed a complete aversion to being a part of the medical system in any way shape or form if I have any choice in the matter. Optometrists, of course, are part of the medical system (as the symbol in the picture below indicates). Eye exams are geared towards prescribing eyeglasses (or even finding a problem such as cataracts which I wrote about recently, see reference below). I cannot subject myself to this because I can see how many ways these tests can be manipulated against me.


When I think of an optometrist, often wearing glasses themselves and the typical medical white coat, with the gadgets that they use and their purpose for the exam, it reminds me to stand strong for my beliefs without getting them involved. I remind myself that optometrists are in business to make money and they mostly do this by getting us to wear glasses and to keep wearing them. This involves a conflict of interest if one does not wish to wear glasses, a conflict which is easily avoided.

I'm aware of how my eyes have developed. There is still lots of room for improvement with my right eye, but my left eye is nearly perfect. Maybe my right eye will never improve much, but at least I can see well enough with both eyes without artificial assistance to do everything I want. I can even read small numbers on library cards now! I believe I can see well enough now.

I am enjoying the work that I do with my eyes to improve my eyesight. Sometimes I do more and sometimes I do less.

I offer my apologies to any reader who would have preferred that I get some numbers as proof that my efforts to improve my eyesight are worthwhile. Let me suffice it to say that I love not wearing glasses or any other corrective measure for my eyesight. And, I enjoy being my own judge on how to go about improving my eyesight. Happy two-year anniversary of not wearing eyeglasses to me!  No headaches, improved eyesight in my view, what else can I say. Simply that I am grateful for the ability to extend this goal of improving my eyesight. It's an important ongoing, ever-renewing goal for me.


References



Optometry Salary, Job Description and Work Environment, https://www.google.com/search?q=optometrist+images&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&sqi=2&ved=0ahUKEwjN7v3StJjVAhWEaz4KHaTSD3sQsAQIIw&biw=1024&bih=480#imgrc=JJrXBWEJZY_2GM


Optometry, Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Optometry, Thanks for use of picture.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Harness the Power - a Poem


Harness the Power




Harness the Power
Of the wind in your breath,
Of the earth in your stance,
Of the water in the flow of your life,
And of the sun in your disposition.

Then you will have all
The power you will ever need
To gain and maintain
The Golden 3-H's
Health, Happiness and Harmony.

To harness the power:
Listen to your breath,
Feel your stance,
Go with the flow and
Have a sunny disposition.

This power is a holistic energy
For you to take care of yourself
The environment that you live in
And your friends and family.
More power to you!


By Jennifer Wilson, Life Coach

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Cataracts


Clear Your Vision Naturally



As most of you will know, it is usual to be born with lenses in our eyes. Just like lenses in eyeglasses, the lenses in our eyes help to refract the light entering the eyes to assist with vision. The lens changes shape to adjust the refraction, like the lens on a photographic camera. It has an elastic, flexible form that adjusts in size to accommodate for near and far vision. Some of this elasticity is lost as one ages, but it is controversial whether this affects eyesight or not. Several older people with myopia (shortsightedness) have told me lately that their eyesight has been improving with age (without any effort on their part). Unfortunately, this may be a symptom of cataracts, the topic of this article.

In an effort to understand the medical condition of cataracts better, I have put together some findings here.  Through understanding comes power to improve and correct malfunctions.


Medical Term

I think it is important to point out that cataracts is a medical name for lenses that have a particular malfunction. Cataracts are not growths that can be removed from the lens. Not everyone develops cataracts, even as they age.

Cataract is a medical condition in which the lens of the eye becomes progressively opaque, resulting in blurred vision. Some refer to this as a clouding of the lens and it can lead to blindness. It is a widespread problem in the world and growing (despite all our medical knowledge and treatments), especially for people over the age of 40. There are three different types of cataracts as follows:

When someone develops better near vision in later life, it may be a possible symptom of nuclear cataracts. The deterioration starts and stems from deep within the center of the lens.  This is referred to as “second-sight” until the cataracts enlarge and interfere with sight.

Another type of cataract occurs at the back of the lens and has been associated with people who have diabetes or take high doses of steroid medications. It is fittingly called subcapsular cataracts.

When there are white, wedge-like opacities in the periphery of the lens, also known as the cortex, this is referred to as cortical cataracts. These cataracts develop in a spoke-like fashion to the center.


Lens in the Eye

A healthy lens is transparent. It lets in light. The lens lies behind the iris and the pupil and directs light onto the retina. The shape of the lens is described as ellipsoid and biconvex. However, it is constantly changing. It also continues to change and grow throughout one’s lifetime.



Protein is an important substance in the lens. Approximately 90% of this protein is water soluble yet structural and it is called crystallins. The transparency of this substance increases the refractive index. Crystallins are thought to have metabolic and regulatory functions as well and appear in other parts of the body. These proteins have been characterized as calcium binding proteins (see Caffeine Allergy article referenced below and in particular the link for Lawrence Wilson in that article for information on calcium function).


Protein Structure of the Lens

Cataracts develop to a great extent due to a malfunctioning of the proteins in the lens which when healthy, provide a protective function. It is said that this protein “builds up” and causes the lens to become opaque. Normally this protein obtains a three dimensional structure from a long chain of amino acids with the aid of so-called chaperones. When this folding process fails time and time again, the result is a tangle of dysfunctional proteins. This results in cataracts.


Nutrition

The lens receives its nourishment from the aqueous humor, a watery fluid. This fluid is clear and like plasma, but contains low protein concentrations. “The lens itself lacks nerves, blood vessels, or connective tissue.”

Nutrients diffuse in and waste diffuses out through a constant flow of aqueous humor from the anterior/posterior poles of the lens and out of the equatorial regions. This dynamic is maintained by Na+/K+-ATPase pumps located in the lens epithelium which the circulation model predicts is greatest at the lens equator.

The Na+/K+-ATPase pump is an enzyme. I wrote about this in my Simple Food Remedies blog (reference below for Sugar is Dehydrating). Basically, these pumps maintain homeostasis of the cell, enable energy to be utilized and cells to perform at peak level.

The epithelium is a thin outer layer of tissue which is found on the anterior side of the lens only. Not only does is serve to nourish the lens, it also produces new lens fibers which are long, thin, transparent cells that stretch across the lens.

Glucose is the primary energy source for the lens. Mature lens fibers do not have mitochondria to produce ATP by oxidization. Therefore, the majority of the glucose is done via anaerobic metabolism with the remaining being shunted down the pentose phosphate pathway (which I won’t go into to keep matters simpler).

“The lack of aerobic respiration means that the lens consumes very little oxygen.” (Biochemistry of the Eye). This makes claims that oxidative stress is a factor in cataract development suspect. It also means that nutritional claims of eating antioxidants such as vitamin C are most likely ineffective, at least directly.

The Na+/K+ ATPase pump is reliant on energy from the hydrolysis ofAdenosine-5'-triphosphate (ATP).  “ATP exists in cells normally as a chelate of ATP and a magnesium ion.”  This is evidence that “many of the same factors that can result in a magnesium deficiency can cause dehydration as well.”  One substance that can cause this imbalance is refined white sugar which I previously wrote about in an article called Sugar is Dehydrating (link is below). Another such substance is caffeine (see Caffeine Allergy, below).

I have been asked whether garlic will aid to prevent or reverse cataracts. Garlic is well known for its antiseptic properties. As bacteria can cause stress to the eyes, in this sense garlic is good for eye health. Eating garlic raw is the best way to obtain this benefit.


Sun Scare

A popular story is that the sun contributes to cataracts. This is similar to the story that the sun causes skin cancer. Believe these if you will, but for the most part, common sense and some research contradict both these findings.

Of course if one gets too much sun and burns their skin on a regular basis, the risk of skin disease increases. Too much sun on the eyes will damage them too. Children are more vulnerable. However, we are designed to live on this planet without using sunglasses. The lens is designed to block ultraviolet light in the wavelength range of 300–400nm; shorter wavelengths are blocked by the cornea.

Not only does wearing sunglasses alter one’s vision, it will make the eyes less resilient. In other words, one will need to wear sunglasses if they are worn enough. Similarly, if one never goes out in the sun, one will need to build up slowly with short exposures to stay out longer without getting sunburned.

Meanwhile, if you have cataract surgery and artificial lenses (called intraocular lenses (IOL)) inserted, these plastic lenses will be coated with a substance to block the longer UV rays. Otherwise, after cataract surgery, sunglasses would be advisable to replace the sun filtering job that used to be done by the eye’s natural lenses.

One renowned ophthalmologist, William Bates, recommended that one get as much sun on the eyes as possible for improving vision. Another author, John N. Ott,  did research and showed how sunlight affects and improves health in general. Both of these views support the view that blocking sunlight from the eyes and avoiding the sun in general are not good advice for good health.


Stress

A word about stress is in order to this discussion. Stress is a wear and tear factor. It can slowly degrade the body’s ability to function. Specific stress on the eyes can contribute to the formation of cataracts. Sources of stress can be from inside, such as diet, emotions and tiredness, and from outside, such as pollen, perfumes, driving, and using computers, etc.

Evaluate your lifestyle to minimise stressors to the eyes. However, eye yoga is a good way to combat most forms of stress to the eyes. For some tips, please see my article about natural eye treatment (The Eyes Have It) and the book called Eye Yoga referenced below.

  
Conclusion

The lenses in our eyes are designed to last a lifetime. Nutrition plays a pivotal role in whether one will get cataracts or not just as it is important with most health issues. Sugars and caffeine in the diet can be contributing factors to developing cataracts. Medications can also contribute to damaging the lenses of the eyes. Weakening of the eyes by wearing eyeglasses and sunglasses can make the eyes more vulnerable to disease generally and cataracts in particular. Once an artificial replacement is made, natural cures will be less effective.

Natural eye care with an appropriate diet and some rest, relaxation and exercises will keep the eyes bright and clear.



References

A Magnesium Deficit & Dehydration by Lynne Sheldon, Livestrong.com, Jan 16, 2016,http://www.livestrong.com/article/465606-a-magnesium-deficit-dehydration/#ixzz2c2483uFP


Caffeine Allergy, by Jennifer Wilson, Simple Food Remedies, December 21, 2011, http://simplefoodremedies.blogspot.com/search?q=lawrence+wilson

The Cure of Imperfect Sight By Treatment Without Glasses, by William Bates, in pdf, original 1920 version available to download free: http://cleareyesight-batesmethod.info/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderfiles/thecureofimperfectsight.pdf

Biochemistry of the Eye, 2nd ed, p. 107–8, ISBN 0-7506-7152-1 (from Wiki)

Caffeine is Dehydrating Except for Coca Cola, Martians & the Similarly Minded by Jennifer Wilson, Aug. 12, 2013, Simple Food Remedies blog, http://simplefoodremedies.blogspot.com/2013/08/caffeine-is-dehydrating-except-for-coca.html

Cataracts, by Gretchyn Bailey; reviewed by Vance Thompson, MD, http://www.allaboutvision.com/conditions/cataracts.htm


The Cure of Imperfect Sight By Treatment Without Glasses, by William H. Bates, in pdf, original 1920 version available to download free: http://cleareyesight-batesmethod.info/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderfiles/thecureofimperfectsight.pdf

The Eyes Have It - How to Care for Eyes Naturally by Jennifer Wilson, Simple Food Remedies blog, December 22, 2015, http://simplefoodremedies.blogspot.com/2015/12/the-eyes-have-it-how-to-care-for-eyes.html

 Eye Yoga, How You See Is How You Think, by Jane Rigney Battenburg and Martha Rigney, https://www.amazon.com/Eye-Yoga-How-You-Think/dp/1934938750 

Health and Light: The extraordinary Study that Shows How light Affects Your Health and emotional well being, by John N. Ott, https://www.amazon.com/Health-Light-extraordinary-Affects-emotional/dp/0898040981


IOL Implants: Lens Replacement and Cataract Surgery by: Kierstan Boyd, reviewed by: Elizabeth Yeu MD, Nov. 16, 2016, https://www.aao.org/eye-health/diseases/cataracts-iol-implants




Natural Treatment for non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma & Cancer in General, by Jennifer Wilson, Simple Food Remedies Blog, September 20, 2011, http://simplefoodremedies.blogspot.com/2011/09/natural-treatment-for-non-hodgkins.html

Sugar is Dehydrating by Jennifer Wilson, Simple Food Remedies blog, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 http://simplefoodremedies.blogspot.com/2013/08/sugar-is-dehydrating.html

Structure of protective protein in the eye lens revealed, July 31, 2009 https://phys.org/news/2009-07-protein-eye-lens-revealed.html