Friday, April 18, 2008

Causes of Ancient Deforestation

"Wood was one of the most sought-after commodities in the Ancient World, for everything from firewood to silver-mining."

As we approach 2011 - 2012 - 2013, there is a growing chaos in the world that appears to be unstoppable. Populations, in an over populated world, are increasing dramatically. This is really because women are not respected on this planet. Free women to educate themselves and the population figures would drop dramatically.

On the earth today there are increasing sea levels, increasing demand for the earth's resources, increasing inflation, a rapid increase in global populations and an increase in poverty. To counterbalance this (as all things in cosmos are balanced in duality), there is a decrease in ice-flows, a decrease in mountain glaciers, a decrease in availible resources. All things are balanced, even when this seems not to be the case.

Human beings (the manifesting souls) have been through these kinds of crisis again and again. We have experienced the fall of Rome, the fall of Greece, the fall of Egypt, the fall of Atlantis and the fall of Mars. Only, most people have forgotten this fact. The current global drama appears to be new, just one of those things, an event of spontaneous uprising. Really this is not so new.

Perhaps a few people realise that they have observed (lived through) these kinds of situations before. So, what is the point of this? An intelligent species (such as crows, eagles, antelope, tigers, dolphins and whales) would draw on the genetic memory to create solutions (adapting to change). Add to this the soul awareness connection and maybe people can create the future without reliving the past.

The Role of Deforestation in the Fall of Rome
From the time that Octavian became Caesar Augustus in 27 BC, the Roman Empire dominated the Mediterranean world for about 500 years. The Emperors had absolute control over the lives of as many as 70 million people - from Hadrian's Wall in Britain to the Euphrates River in what is now Iraq.

The Roman legions were the largest and most powerful military the world had ever known, and peace and prosperity reigned without interruption for centuries at a time. The famous historian Edward Gibbon describes this as the best time to be alive in the entire history of the world. Yet in 476 AD the last emperor, Romulus Augustulus, was removed from power at the whim of the barbarian general Odovacer. What events led the most powerful empire in the world to its dramatic collapse?

The question of the fall of the Roman Empire has been debated for 1500 years, but new evidence suggests that the wealth and prosperity of Rome may have been the cause of its own downfall. According to a new theory, environmental damage, and particularly deforestation, to meet the needs of the luxurious elite caused a whole host of problems eventually weakening the Empire to the point that it could no longer stand.

Here are a few of the most prominent and important causes of deforestation: Building With Wood

The Fall of the Roman Empire
So, what was the end result of this all? In essence, at the same time as neighbouring barbarian tribes became more powerful and organised, Rome became a starving parasite which had sucked its land dry. Population began to decrease, and with a worthless coinage and empty treasury there was no way to pay the army. Eventually, in 376 AD, there was no longer any way to keep the barbarians out, and the borders were overrun by a series of invasions. 476 is the year usually given as the official fall of Rome - but it was nothing but an empty shell for many decades before that, a victim of its own rapacious hunger and unwillingness to develop sustainable systems. As the great Roman orator Cicero said in a speech which no one apparently heeded:

serit arbores quae alteri seculo prosint
'He plants trees so that another age may profit'.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Rising Sea Levels

People may find this strange, but I have learned that observing nature directly and carefully is the way to understand global events. All living things are part of the web of life. So, when you observe the animals, trees and the local weather the whole world is mirrored in those observations.

As a child I would observe the Curlews and the cormorants in the North West Highlands of Scotland. Wherever I go I watch the birds, the animals, the local plants and all aspects of nature unfolding and adapting to a changing world.

Over the past few months I began to notice the arrival of cormorants and curlews in the middle of South Germany. These birds were not living in this area until recently. In fact, I have noticed an increased arrival of many species of non-native birds from all over the world. The strongest presence are water loving birds.

I began to wonder what would happen to this area if a rise in sea levels pushed the rivers to greatly overflow. In fact, what if there would be a much greater expansion of marshes and water catch areas due to pushing the water on land deeper into the continents due to a drastic rise in world sea levels.

Is it possible that birds and animals would know or sense, due to some kind of electromagnetic change in the earth's atmospheric field, that current land areas would be water? Does the consciousness of the earth communicate with the creatures living on this planet? Those life forms who adapt to change survive. Even more interesting, what if the birds an animals sense change ahead of time?

Sea Level Rise and the Future of the Netherlands
As an economically and socially advanced nation, the Netherlands is a low-lying nation, with a sophisticated agricultural sector and high population density. Half of the country lies below 1 meter above sea level, with an eighth of the country lying below sea level. Without an extensive network of dams, dykes and dunes, the Netherlands would be especially prone to flooding. As a predicted outcome of Global Climate Change, sea level rise could impact the Netherlands drastically, leading to social and economic devastation.

Is The Netherlands Europe's Bangladesh?

"What they found are distinctive features indicating that the valley formed in a catastrophic flooding event, rather than through normal fluvial erosion." - Megafloods

Sea Level Rise & River Flooding

Animated Flooding Maps: Free Geography Tools
Storm Surge, Sea Level Rise And River Flooding

Southern Manhattan Island - current sea level

8 meter sea rise

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Future Universal Banking Practices

"Once I was in Victoria, and I saw a very large house. They told me it was a bank and that the white men place their money there to be taken care of, and that by and by they got it back with interest.

"We are Indians and we have no such bank; but when we have plenty of money or blankets, we give them away to other chiefs and people, and by and by they return them with interest, and our hearts feel good.

"...Our way of giving is our bank."

- Maquinna, Nootka Chief

Monday, March 30th 1778. Upon seeing Cook's ship, Chief Maquinna told his people "to go out ... and try to understand what these people wanted and what they are after."

Pluto In Capricorn: The Good, The Bad, Even Worse And Redemption

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Is Cancer Caused by Candida Fungus?


A Path of Personal Research

By Dr Tullio Simoncini

One of the questions that I am asked most frequently when the issue of this new anti-cancer therapy comes up is how it all began, how the idea first struck me that cancer could be a fungus, and the motives and events that induced me to drift away from official oncology. It all began when I was attending an introductory course in histology. When the professor described tumours as some terrible and mysterious monster, I felt indignant – as one does if told “Everyone is powerless before me” – that was the implicit threat when it came to cancer – “your minds are too small to understand me.”

That was when the war began, my personal war against cancer. I was aware that I could win it only by focusing all my resources and mental energy - conscious and unconscious - in the right direction. And I believed this could only be found by using a critical approach to the official line of thought, a line of thought which is built on many unknowns and very few certainties.

The biggest task, therefore, consisted initially of acquiring the necessary knowledge for this research, and at the same time putting anything that I was studying under critical analysis. In other words I had to keep in mind that everything I was learning might well be false.

So, as the years went by my convictions deepened – particularly later, when working in hospital wards, where I realised that medicine was not only unable to resolve the cancer problem, but also that of the majority of diseases. Which is still, unfortunately, true today. This is because, apart from success in various sectors in the treatment of specific symptoms of these diseases, medicine is unable to offer any conclusive benefit. Hypertension, diabetes, epilepsy, psoriasis, asthma, arthritis, Crohn’s Disease, and many more are typical examples of this.

Apart from my distrust with regard to the effectiveness of medicine, over time my experience in the clinical field had begun to weigh upon me so heavily that I was finding it difficult to deal with. These feelings were aggravated each time I was faced with desperate cases. This led to a crisis where I at first wanted to leave. However, it then turned into a desire to stay on and ‘fight in the trenches’ in order to think about and develop new solutions.

Little by little, working endless hours in the university’s paediatric oncology emergency ward, where I was finishing my thesis, my mind began to explore. Towards the end I was finding it painfully difficult to see the patients, their relatives, my professors, colleagues, the nurses - even people in general, such were my feelings of alienation in a system that I believed to be totally bankrupt.

I was wondering, … ‘and my profession, the university career, my social position, what will happen to them?’

After all, it would have been very difficult to survive on ideas alone, especially in a medical world where job opportunities were diminishing on a daily basis to the extent that there were very few possibilities of employment worth considering.

On the other hand, I was not particularly attracted to the university environment. In fact, I saw it as an enmeshed and unpleasant entity that prevented the achievement of any scientific goal; distracting, as it does, the best intellectual and personnel resources from science by channelling them towards irrelevant and superficial arguments.

From that point on it was clear which direction I was to take. I left the faculty of medicine and enrolled for a physics degree. I studied for several years in order to develop a more scientific mind-set and in order to explore the infinite aspects of research in detail.

At the same time, I started to investigate other medical approaches including alternative medicine which, although officially ridiculed, had many followers, especially amongst those patients who could not endure excessively aggressive therapeutic methods. Experience after experience led me to understand that the raison d’ètre of these alternative methods was to fill the gap left by conventional medicine and its inability to solve the patients’ problems. The patients seemed to get greater benefit from those therapies that evaluated them and treated them as a whole being and not simply with unsatisfactory treatments for their symptoms.

It was when I was setting up a naturopathic practice that I had the idea of cancer’s being caused by fungus. When I was treating a patient who had psoriasis, using corrosive salts, I realised that the salts worked because they were destroying something – and that something was fungus.

From that realisation I deduced the solution I had been so long searching for: if psoriasis, an incurable disease, is caused by a fungus, then it is possible that cancer, another incurable disease, could be caused by a fungus. That link was what started all the experiences, the experiments, the verifications and the results, through relentless and “underground” work that brought great professional satisfaction to me and that allowed me to perfect a therapy that is very effective against tumorous masses, that is, against fungal colonies.

Once the causal role of fungus in tumour proliferation was hypothesised, the problem of how to attack it in deep internal tissue arose, since in those areas it was not possible to use salts that were too strong. It then occurred to me that with oral-pharyngeal candidiasis of breastfed babies, sodium bicarbonate was a quick and powerful weapon capable of eliminating the disease in three or four days. I thought that if I could administer high concentrations orally or intravenously, I might be able to obtain the same result. So I started my tests and my experiments, which immediately provided me with tangible results.

Amongst these, one of the first patients I treated was an 11-year-old child, a case which immediately indicated that I was on the right track. The child arrived in a coma at the paediatric haematology ward around 11:30 in the morning, with a clinical history of leukaemia. Because of the child’s disease he had been taken from a small town in Sicily to Rome, through the universities of Palermo and Naples, where he underwent several chemotherapy sessions. His desperate mother told me that she had been unable to speak with the child for 15 days; that is, since the child had been on his journey through the various hospitals. She said she would have given the world to hear her son’s voice once again before he died. As I was of the opinion that the child was comatose both because of the proliferation of fungal colonies in the brain and because of the toxicity of the therapies that had been performed on him, I concluded that if I could destroy the colonies with sodium bicarbonate salts and at the same time nourish and detoxify the brain with glucose administered intravenously, I could hope for a regression of the symptoms.

And so it was. After a continuous intravenous infusion of bicarbonate and glucose solutions, at around 7pm, when I returned to the university, I found the child speaking with his mother, who was in tears.

Since then, I have continued in this field and I have been able to treat and to cure several people, mostly during a period of three years when I was a voluntary assistant at the Regina Elena Tumour Institute in Rome. In 1990, although my time was almost totally occupied with work in a centre for diabetes, owing to changes in my personal life I decided to increase my research in the field of cancer, a disease that was always foremost in my mind, although I had in recent years been forced to neglect it.

Before resuming my combat against cancer, however, I felt the need to better explore the rationale of medicine and therefore of oncology so that I could acquire the intellectual, critical and self-critical attributes necessary in order to understand where hidden errors may lie.

I enrolled for a philosophy degree, which I completed in 1996. That was the year when, feeling more composed, I began making contacts within the world of oncology again, attempting first of all to make my theories and treatment methods known, especially within the more accredited institutions.

So, the Ministry of Health, the Italian and foreign oncology institutes, and oncology associations were made aware of my research and my results - but there was no acknowledgement at all. All I encountered were colleagues, variously qualified, who tended to be condescending and who seemed only capable of uttering the magic word: genetics.

I thought to myself ‘This will lead us nowhere’. In fact, I found myself in a situation with no way out. I had so many great ideas and some positive results, but no opportunity to check them with patients affected by tumours, in an authoritative scientific context.

I decided to be patient and to continue getting results, treating patient after patient and at the same time trying to become known by as many people as possible, especially in the field of alternative medicine where at least there was an openness and an opportunity to contact professionals who already had a critical attitude towards official medical thought. It was during that time that, for lack of any alternative, I started my research on the Internet. And I soon found contacts, friends and consensus, all of which allowed me to spread my theories, but – even more importantly – they gave me the psychological thrust necessary to continue my personal fight against the sea of sterility and self-evidence that exists in mainstream medicine.

I took comfort from the knowledge that my idea, my little torch, would not go out but could take root somewhere. I started to hope again that, given the validity of the message, sooner or later it would find a way to being shared and accepted by an ever-growing number of people. Slowly, in that way, I was able to get my theory about cancer known and to share it with the public at conferences, in interviews and at conventions. All that widened my field of action and gave me the opportunity to accumulate a remarkable amount of experience and of clinical results.

Friends pointed out to me, however, that my therapies with sodium bicarbonate solution, although they were effective, needed to evolve in terms of their methodology, as some types of cancer could either not be reached in any way or at least reached insufficiently.

Sodium bicarbonate administered orally, via aerosol or intravenously can achieve positive results only in some tumours, while others – such as the serious ones of the brain or the bones - remain unaffected by the treatment. These were the reasons I got in touch with several colleagues, especially interventionist radiologists, and I was finally able to reach those areas of the body that had previously been inaccessible. This was achieved through positioning appropriate catheters either in cavities for peritoneum and pleura, or in arteries to reach other organs.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Astronomers Find Baby Planet

Scottish astronomers have found a baby planet still in the stages of forming and encased within a 'womb' of gas. The embryonic planet, thought to be the youngest ever seen, was discovered by Dr Jane Greaves of the University of St Andrews and colleagues from across the UK and the US.

The finding provides a unique view of how planets take shape, because the supporting images also shows the womb-like parent disk material from which the new planet formed. The 'protoplanet', called HL Tau b after its parent star HL Tau, could be as young as a few hundred years old.

Dr Greaves, of the School of Physics & Astronomy at St Andrews, explained, "The planet will probably take millions of years to settle down into its final form of something like Jupiter. So we really are seeing it very early - even a bit like the first cells that make up a human embryo in the womb."

The team made the discovery when studying HL Tau, a star thought to be less than 100,000 years old - 'young' when compared to the Sun which is 4600 million years old. Around 520 light years away and in the constellation of Taurus, HL Tau's unusually massive and bright surrounding disk of gas and rocky particles make it an excellent place to search for signs of forming planets.

The outcome was a result of a rare opportunity to use a large array of telescopes across the US. The 'very sharp' images taken of HL Tau and its surroundings revealed the presence of super-large rocky particles about the size of pebbles, a clue that rocky material is beginning to clump together to form planets.

The big surprise was that, as well as detecting super-large dust in the disk around HL Tau, an extra bright 'clump' was seen in the image. It confirms tentative 'nebulosity' reported a few years earlier but shows the same system in much greater detail. The finding was confirmed by readings from telescopes based at the Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire and supported by computer simulations from the University of Edinburgh.

Dr Greaves comments, "We see a distinct orbiting ball of gas and dust, which is exactly how a very young protoplanet should look. In the future, we would expect this to condense out into a gas giant planet like a massive version of Jupiter. The protoplanet is about 14 times as massive as Jupiter and is about twice as far from HL Tau as Neptune is from our Sun."

The researchers think the planet may have been 'tweaked' into forming after an encounter with another young star about 1600 years go in a 'flyby' incident. They say that the planet formed because of gravitational instability in the surrounding disk, which allows small regions to separate out and cool down into self-contained structures.

"Whether the protoplanet formed in only the last few hundred years, or sometime in the 100000 years since the birth of HL Tau, the images provide a unique view of planet formation in action, and the first picture of a protoplanet still embedded in its birth material," said Dr Greaves.
St Andrews