Thursday, December 28, 2006

Feeling Sick All The Time? Here's Why

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Zoonotic is defined as a disease which can be passed from animal to human. All humans at any given time have a variety of these pathogens and defenses against them(antigens) with-in our stomachs, as a part of our immune system; both can cause deteriorating health and death.

Over time the whole of human civilization individually build defences to these pathogens; but at a price, sometimes taking the form of a mass death epidemic.

The rate of increase in the incidence and variety of zoonotic pathogens in our food supply at the present time is alarming the experts.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concludes with respect to the new abundance of these zoonotic pathogens, "...public health concerns must now include the safety of what food animals themselves eat and drink." This suggests a return to an old standard of how we husband livestock.

The standard inspection regime right now is, if the animal appeares healthy at the slaughter house door - if it can stand steady, has a normal temperature, is not showing outward signs of ill health - it is considered fit to eat by humans. But with the help of antivirals, antibiotics, and Antimicrobials, Livestock are adapting to pathogens in unsanitary conditions; so they look healthy while the diseases they harbour are deadly.

So the old way of ensuring public health, including these casual 'check-up' style inspections and line inspections to ensure no fecal matter comes in contact with slaughtered meat - is now insufficient. Even Kosur or Halal type slaughter regimes will not protect us from these new emerging pathogens that are developing in the barnyard.

Livestock are adapting to new pathogens at a rate faster than humans are adapting to new pathogens in their diet. This is due the inhuman conditions in which we raise livestock, in cattle barns and feed lots; to global food distribution, which introduces new pathogens to new populations of animals and humans; and to underfunded health networks, which undermine our ability to cope with crisis.

As we've seen this summer and fall, the effluent running off these production sites into our waterways are funneling new pathogens into produce growers water supplies and then into the produce food chain as well.

Animal husbandry is a term you don't hear alot today - it's a term from the era of the family farm. Farmers who run large scale family farms unexpectedly prefer the phrase 'livestock production' to descibe what they do. For corporate farms managed by boards of directors and run by waged workers the term 'livestock production line' is entirely appropriate and where the term originates. For both kinds of production entities the new phrase is integral to a mindset that produces profit. The scale of new farming demands a new mindset. Yet the choice of the term 'animal husbandry' says volumes about the way we treat our livestock.

The continuing industrialization of our food production and the global distribution model is a critical new health threat. The mass production model must include animal Care. The result of ignoring so called 'animal rights' could be an epidemic spread through the global food supply chain.

If we permit the animals we eat to live their lives in feed lots, regularly up to their bellies in their own excrement, we get what we get; we reap what we sow. Poultry for example get no exercise, living the vast majority of their lives in cages - only big enough for the full grown bird. In the case of pigs they also live their lives immobile, inhaling high levels of ammonia that eminate from their stool.

As a result of this unhealthy environment the animals we eat are adapting to pathogens faster than we, in our healthy evirons are. Add to this the fact that the global trade in livestock is also a global trade in pathogens, and one can say without qualification: this state of affairs will eventually lead to a mass death epidemic.

What we're seeing in industrial food production amounts to abuse. So the moral imperative groups like PETA are acting upon in the spiritual dimention can now be seen in a larger sence; choosing not to eat meat is not essencially a moral choice, but a health safety issue.

This clairity demands an expansion of the moral imperative; not eating meat is now a Hedonistic Reaction - choosing not to eat meat that is produced in this industrial manner is a Moral Imperative.

These new findings by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and others are the canary in the coal mine - a warning; our food production/distribution model must change.


THE RAMS HORN - a monthly journal of food systems analysis.

CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION - Emerging Infectious Diseases journal

CANADIAN FOOD INSPECTION AGENCY - Food Recalls and Allergy Alerts

THE LANCET.COM - "Europe set to tackle zoonotic infections"

MED-VET-NET - a vitual journal working for the prevention and control of zoonoses...

Wednesday, December 6, 2006

Food Recalls, Mario Saroli Sales Inc. and the CFIA.

On Decmber 1, 2006 The Canadian Food Inspection Agency announced a food recall that may involve botulism, distibuted by a little known food Wholesaler in Ontario. Which food Retailers are involved is not being disseminated and thus consumers don't have enough information to protect themselves against this deadly toxin.

Transparancy in food quality situations should be the guiding philosophy of companies and the CFIA. Instead big retailers and government seem to be afraid of the consumer. By approaching this situation with a Need-To-Know Mind Set, the Government of Canada and corperations are complicating a deadly situation for consumers.

To be clear, SAROLI BRAND GREEN BELLA DI CERIGNOLA OLIVES, sold in 1 litre containers bearing UPC 7 79390 00404 1 and the lot code 075/6, imported to Canada by Mario Saroli Sales Inc. are being removed from the market, "because the product may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum (that)... may cause botulism, a life-threatening illness." says The Canadian Food Inspection Agency(CFIA) which is over seeing the voluntary recall. No updates have to this time, been released as to the effectiveness of the recall.

Botulism is amoung the most deadly of food toxins, most dangerous because it is colourless and odourless and thus impossible for consumers to detect.

What retail companies recieved these foods from Mario Saroli Sales Inc.? Why don't consumers know?

Granted it's probably not Mario Sarolis' fault that the olives may contain the precursors of botulism; and understood by consumers that Mario Saroli Sales Inc. dosn't want to injure the reputations of their retail clients, but fault and reputation pale in relation to the deadly nature of the contaminent in question.

The situation demands more transparancy from corperations and government.

The consumer is left with the burden of checking each package of olives at every retailer they may shop at. We're left relying on the store manager at our neighbourhood stores who may be stressed-out this week because of all the recalls, or the increased volume of shoppers at this time of year; what if a low wage stock person misses aome packages?

If Loblaws was listed as one of the companies involved in the recall, and I shop at my local 'Loblaws Market Store', I'd pobably print out the info noted above on my way to my 'Loblaws Market Store' next Friday. As it is I don't know where I should be looking, Sobeys, Dominion, Value Mart, at the small delicatessen I like to go to for that extra special Christmas thing? Or at the corner grocer I occasionaly visit on my way home? Because it's so difficult I'll probably decide not to buy olives this month; thus further injuring the industry at a time when it can least absorb the shock.

Transparancy is the best policy. Are big retailers afraid of the consumer? By being opaque, approaching this Deadly situation with a need-to-know mind set, the Government of Canada and corperations are just complicating the situation for consumers.

Companies like Mario Saroli Sales Inc. who have very little presence in the market place or on the web, (just a brief public listing in, should ask the CFIA to publish a supply chain 'tree' diagram showing exactly what went where when - in the CFIAs' press release.

Creating Transparancy through Real Time tracking should be our long term goal; rather than worrying that retailers brand names may suffer if pertinent information is made available to consumers.

The up side for retailers and governments alike, is a sence of trust that will develop among shoppers as we all work together to protect our food security through information sharing.

You can recieve e-mail press releases from the CFIA at this LINK [updated 12 June 2012].

Telephone CFIA at 1-800-442-2342, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. local time Ottawa, Canada, Monday to Friday.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

WARNING: Using Your Mirco-Wave Oven Can Slow The Spin of the Earth


Ask a physicist.

The micro waves that heat your coffee, do it by polarizing H2O molecules, inverting their polarization. As the wave passes the molecule flips back to normal position and energy in the form of heat is released, we don't know why.

The energy must come from anti-matter, goes one conjecture. Or there is the hypothesis that the energy is dark matter coming from other dimensions. A bubble theory might explain the forces we experience are the interaction of the field waves of all proximate matter and energy.

I like this last one: It keys with how we now calculate the spins in our solar system, All the matter is in This Universe, It explains why information were getting from distant places keeps upsetting the standard model, And, its the simplest.

So every time you heat your cup of coffee in a micro-wave oven, the entire colossal functioning of the universe - hiccups - and draws a nano-something to its inevitable collapse.



Tuesday, May 16, 2006

If 'Spin' is Dark Matter...can we tell what time it is?

Theorists can't find half the matter they need to account for the activities we see with-in the Gravity Model.

I personally don't believe in gravity in the usual sense, I think we are held in place as we are by a matrices of wave patterns, a functioning of all the planets and all else - like an invisible transmission, each planet rotating with-in complex relationship with all the others.

I say the missing matter simply put, is 'spin'.

So... We can see gases, slowly rotating around a center point. From a distance they seem to be collapsing, but backwards - like a spring, coiling. Take a closer look, the gasses are eddying into smaller little-galaxies, separate relatively to the influence of the whole.

Counter-spinning matrices in relative functioning with their opposites. This dual functioning of opposites causes the 'collapse' of the galaxy.

I say, when the Galaxy is young and all spread out, it contains almost entirely, 'light' matter. As it ages, or 'edifies' it turns more and more, into 'dark' matter.

Our Solar System is Old. As one 'eddy' in the milky way, the milky way, as we can see, is all spread out, or Young. Our sun will eventually swallow all the planets and the next stage in the collapse of this piece of the universe will have begun.

Question: Can we measure the age of the galaxy by the rate of decay of light matter into dark matter?

We need to know;

Volume of all the matter in question. Done
or Spread of the young Galaxy. Done
Time elapsed. Done
The 'Chunkiness' of the matter. Need new formula.
and the total Mass. Done

So the mass of the galaxy equals: light matter (visible stars gases and matter we can deduce is there by the functioning of the things we can see) + dark matter(the energy contained with-in the chunks of stable stuff, usually spinning or in orbit or both).

The time elapsed around here is 4 billion years.

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Monday, May 15, 2006

Growing Symmetry Between Science and Creationism

What we're seeing happening right in front of us, is Wonderful. And scary.

The WWW is creating advance in science and technology in a multi-exponential fashion, and at an ever quickening pace. Like a lab full of petri dish growing bacteria, now faster.

So all disciplines of knowledge are exploding, but not only that. The inter-connectivity of it all, is creating a super-consciousness, an awareness of the whole, AND the Process.

A grand unified post-modernism approaches.

The same risks apply as in the industrial revolution, the thing must be grown with as much foresight as we can provide. The task seems monumental, god like.

We Know we don't know more now than we know, right now, but know we will soon know more and perhaps at one point more than we don't know. We have a map and the scale is astonishing. Science now must believe we will never know everything, we have "proof" of that now - at least as a thought experiment.

Enter spiritual affairs.

..Just a thought.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Global Warming May Create A Pole Shift.

I call this idea a "Gaia Top". It embraces an idea first presented by Prof. James Lovelock, in 1979- that the earth is a single life form, we, perhaps billions of bacteria on her skin.

If we choose this hypothesis we see our actions have consequences; the macro becomes linked to the individual, or the collective. A dialectic emerges. Understanding the earth as a "Gaia Top" may shine a light into the functioning of Global Warming.

Imagine the earth as a spinning top; this top is complex though: it has rock, liquid some frozen distributed here and there. When Global warming begins to melt the frozen poles of this special top, the resultant liquid will be redistributed by the centrifugal forces to the equator. The oceans will rise higher at the equator than away from it!

Question: What effect will migrating densities have on the axis? Will the poles shift or wobble?

Could this account for the reversing of polarities we find in all volcanic rock? Work has been done on these physics at Departments of Physics; One I looked up was titled: Optimization of Turbine Disk Profiles by Metamorphic Development. So the math is out there and the computing capacity.

After I've done more research, I will update this idea.

Monday, May 8, 2006

Earth is a Spinning Top...

The earth can be seen as a rotating hunk of rock, water and ice populated with an abundance of life forms. This view catagorizes things; Rocks are dead things, ever unchanging; All living things were put here by someone or something, and we the pinical of that life, with our consciousness, are special, part of a mysterious uber-plan, a plan to be revealed to us by a higher consciousness, a teacher, or parent type figure. Some wait fearfully for judgement day, or 'for when your father gets home'.

What if that uber-plan was just the on-going functioning of things that we are experiencing? Perhaps the lesson the universe is trying to teach us is that we are one, that we are connected to the life breath of the entire universe, our consciousness of this, mearly the next step in the evolution of the stars.

As much as we'd wish it wasn't true, we're all alone in this universe, with only the laws of nature to support us. Like a kid leaving home, only their faith in community - taught them by thier community - to guide them.