Chemtrails Coming Out Of The Closet?

 Chemtrails Coming
Out Of The Closet?
By William Thomas
8-31-5

Nearly seven years after extensive "lay downs" of lingering and spreading white plumes were first reported smearing skies over across North America, Europe is in an uproar and Washington could be close to coming clean about chemtrails.

 

At least the Bush White house will soon have a legitimate weather control agency to finally "launder" one of the biggest cons ever perpetrated.

 

Introduced in the US Senate on March 1, 2005, Bill S517 calls for a US "Weather Modification Advisory and Research Board" to officially commence operations in October 2005. When passed as expected, this law will make large-scale chemical alteration of the atmosphere legal across a formerly free and beautiful land called America.

 

It’s already happening. Less than two weeks before the bill was introduced, Linda wrote from "up here in the mountains of northeast Georgia" of the worst spray day she had ever seen. "Not one day in the past two months have we had a blue sky with normal clouds," Linda wrote. Even normal clouds "are ‘laced’ with whatever the hell is coming out of those white planes that have no engine sounds, even when they fly low enough to see there is no printing anywhere on the planes."

 

Several years ago the US Air Force stated that it was repainting its silver aircraft white, and retrofitting its jet tanker fleet with "hush kits" to silence their engines.

 

 

DOING SOMETHING ABOUT THE WEATHER

 

Whatever fresh environmental disaster Bill S517 accomplishes, this bill will ease the way for admission of a project suspected by many and confirmed by air traffic controllers at America’s biggest airports. When and if the US public demands that their government "do something" about the extreme weather pummeling their neighborhoods, Washington will be able to officially reply, "We are."

 

Intended to "develop and implement a comprehensive and coordinated national weather modification policy," the board is tasked with coordinating state and federal weather modification efforts. It’s direct mandate is stepped-up research and development aimed at developing experimental "models, devices, equipment, materials, and processes" to change or control, "by artificial methods" the development of clouds and/or precipitation in the troposphere. This weather-forming region of the atmosphere lies between Earth’s surface and the stratosphere, starting around 35,000 feet.

 

The federal weather modifiers will now directly oversee the cloud-seeding operations currently being carried out over dozens of states to increase rain and snowfall for irrigation, electrical power and winter recreation purposes. As droughts intensify under an onslaught of moisture-absorbing chemicals dispensed behind ozone-destroying jet tankers, and future towns wash away in sudden flash floods triggered by rain-inducing atmospheric tinkering, these unnatural disasters and other "inadvertent" effects of weather modification will be closely "studied" by the newly created board.

 

But no studies have been released on the implications of wide-scale alteration of regional atmospheric heat balances.

 

Large-scale weather modification is banned under the United Nations Environmental Modification Convention signed by Washington in 1970.

 

 

CHEMTRAILS 2005

 

Meanwhile, recent heavy "Chemtrail" spraying over Portland, Oregon and Canada’s west coast has eased off once again. Another long-time Chemtrail "hot zone", Santa Cruz, California continues reporting clear blue skies unmarked by the chemplanes’ ugly scrawl.

 

As recently as May 2005, a Swiss resident sent photographs to Meria Heller’s website, reporting: "Today was one of the heaviest Spraying in Switzerland ever."

 

 

CHEMTRAILS CLOSE-UP

 

Some Canadians also have their eyes wide open. in June 2005, large graffiti spray-painted on a major overpass in West Vancouver advised motorists: WAKE UP, LOOK UP, CHEMTRAILS ARE EVERYWHERE.

 

 

AIR FORCE INSIDER DESCRIBES WEATHER MOD MISSIONS

 

An active duty air force crew chief has described environmental combat missions already being flown by specially-outfitted C-130 Hercules transports, which can be reloaded, refueled and relaunched in just 10 minutes to continue their assault on violent storms afflicting US communities. Flown by regular air force pilots, these "science flights" include onboard meteorologists, who painstakingly log the results of each mission.

 

Big storm fronts and hurricanes require a vast amount of absorbent chemicals to reduce their destructive power. To achieve the fast turn-around times needed to complete their missions, flights of returning C-130s taxi to a stop and immediately commence refueling as the empty onboard spray canister is removed. as soon as the empty canister is clear of the aircraft, a waiting truck wheels a semi-trailer-size container of sky-seeding chemicals to the plane’s lowered rear ramp, where it is slid inside on rails like a gigantic "soda dispenser".

 

The crew chief added that other spray missions spread (barium) chemtrails to facilitate 3D radar mapping of the entire continental United States. He also said that the air force has been spraying storm fronts "for a long time". The military’s main interest, he added, is experimentation aimed at gaining control of the weather for military use.

 

Did the air force spray this year’s first Caribbean hurricane, in which the western quadrant disintegrated just before making its Texas landfall? "There’s no reason they wouldn’t," the crew chief replied.

 

But C-130 turboprops would not necessarily be used to try to influence hurricanes that typically release more energy than all atomic arsenals combined. Referring to the 757s recently modified for aerial spraying, the crew chief told willthomas.net, "We’ve got them, but I can’t talk about them."

 

He added that many people in the air force "are aware of William Thomas" and his reporting on chemtrails. The crew chief confirmed that this reporter "has it mostly right" concerning the application and purposes behind chemtrails. But would not elaborate on my reporting.

 

 

EUROPEAN CHEMTRAIL UPROAR

 

Meanwhile, the chemtrails controversy has taken Europe by storm following a series of articles by Swiss freelance journalist Gabriel Stetter in the German popular science magazine Raum+Zeit (Space and Time), circulation circa 50,000.

 

Stetter’s first article, "White Skies" created a public relations nightmare for Greenpeace when it informed readers in January 2004 how "Thousands of people were thoroughly shocked when they realised, and were informed by Greenpeace in Germany, Switzerland and Austria that-for some reason or other-Greenpeace has no interest in the Chemtrail question whatsoever."

 

The Swiss government also came under public pressure to explain the checkerboards being painted in its skies. On March 5, 2004 the Environment Department in Berne, Switzerland responded to an inquiry by Rudolf Rechsteiner, Social Democratic member of parliament, admitting that "A number of ideas exist that show how it would be possible to reduce global warming by technical means, at least in the short term."

 

But these ideas, the government office hastened to add, "are no more than theoretical. We are not aware of any practical application of these methods, either at home or abroad."

 

Ten days later, Greenpeace Switzerland climate and transport expert Cyrill Studer wrote an internal memo assuring colleagues that while he had "heard of the chemtrails phenomenon," for the present, Greenpeace "will not be following up the theme of chemtrails."

 

Two reasons for inaction by Greenpeace climate change activists were given. First, Studer explained, "There is not a sufficiently solid scientific basis" for Greenpeace to risk its budget and reputation verifying this "supposed phenomenon". To do so, he added in his memo to Greenpeace staff, "would overstretch our capacities.Important elements of our climate campaign would suffer, particularly the promotion of energy efficiency and of renewable energies, or our active influence in present-day politics."

 

Outside Greenpeace’s corporate offices, the controversy continued. On June 11 German Greenpeace spokeswoman Kristine Läger told concerned constituents:

 

The idea of reducing global warming by putting chemicals in the atmosphere has been around a long time. There are various proposals in this direction, suggesting the chemicals should be independently sprayed and that they should be mixed with the fuel of ordinary passenger aircraft. Whether in Germany such proposals have reached the point of actual realization is highly questionable. So far as we are aware there are no indications from research and observation of weather and climate that these so-called chemtrails exist. Nor are we aware of any project that has been realized in practice.. in all probability this is not happening.

 

But Gabriel Stetter believes that the Greenpeace "Rainbow Warriors" know all about the rainbows in the sky. They probably also know of geoengineering studies to reduce incoming sunlight and slow global warming issued by the National Academy of Sciences. "And they may even have taken a look at the Welsbach Patent," he writes. "But they have no idea what conclusions to draw from the chessboard pattern suspended in the Hamburg sky or the aluminium-enriched ‘rainbows’.

 

"Supposing the word ‘chemtrails’ appeared in print in the Greenpeace Magazine," Stetter speculates. "How many tens of thousands of people more would look up into the sky and recognize that the supposedly Utopian "proposal" has long moved on via "spraying trials" to a systematic, long-term spreading of cloud cover over the whole of Europe?"

 

Back in Basel, Gabriel Stetter quoted unsourced opinion polls showing that in this "stronghold" of chemtrails believers, one in ten people "have already heard of them despite the media blackout. Several thousand people in the prosperous town at the bend in the Rhine know that the chemtrails phenomenon suggests that something is seriously wrong."

 

Among these Swiss chemtrails activists, he explained, "are well-to-do people, who because of their environmental awareness have been for a long time, in some cases for decades, members of Greenpeace."

 

Not any more.

 

"Veteran anti-nuclear activists, campaigners for animal welfare or against electrosmog-in their alarm they had all turned to Greenpeace because of the chemtrails, which are visible everywhere in the skies above Basel. But a painful experience awaited all of them. They were palmed off with the same unsatisfactory answers that we have by now grown tired of hearing. The consequence drawn by these elderly, well-to-do activists from Greenpeace’s lack of interest was the immediate cancellation of membership of many years, the withdrawal of legacies, and the withholding of payments to Greenpeace until further notice."

 

As Brian Holmes notes on his website, http://www.holmestead.ca, the October 2004 issue #131 of the Raum + Zeit contained many pages of letters from readers responding positively to Stetter’s first article in issue #127. "Many of these letters are illustrated with color photographs supplied by the readers themselves."

 

 

Former six-year a board member of Greenpeace Germany, Monika Griefahn chaired the Committee for Culture and Media of the Federal German Parliament when she replied to a letter from two chemtrails dissenters in July 2004, stating, "I am in basic agreement with your concerns. Instead of making a concerted and determined effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions throughout the world, experiments of various kinds are being carried out in the earth’s atmosphere in order to cure the symptoms."

 

 

GERMAN PARLIMENTARTIAN "ADMITS" CHEMTRAIL

 

Former six-year a board member of Greenpeace Germany, Monika Griefahn chaired the Committee for Culture and Media of the Federal German Parliament when she replied to a letter from two chemtrails dissenters in July 2004, stating, "I am in basic agreement with your concerns. Instead of making a concerted and determined effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions throughout the world, experiments of various kinds are being carried out in the earth’s atmosphere in order to cure the symptoms."

 

After assuring her correspondents, "I share your concern over the use of aluminium or barium compounds which have a considerable toxic potential," the parliamentarian went on to say, "however, so far as I am aware the extent of their use is so far minimal."

 

"At last!" Stetter announced in the German science magazine. "There we have it. In the skies of Germany, so Social Democratic member of Parliament Monika Griefahn tells us, aluminium and barium compounds are being spread just as tens of thousands of concerned citizens have observed, documented and bitterly deplored."

 

Thanking the Honorable Griefahn her for her courage, Stetter suggested, "Maybe one day statues of politicians like Monika Griefahn or the equally plucky US Congressman Dennis Kucinich will adorn in marble splendor the squares of newly verdant German or American cities."

 

That would be nice.

 

But the public outcry in Europe will have to spread to North America if we are to stop this massive, illegal and continuing air and atmospheric pollution.

 

Excerpted from Convergence Weekly.

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Police chief- Lockerbie evidence was faked

Sun 28 Aug 2005

Police chief- Lockerbie evidence was faked

MARCELLO MEGA

A FORMER Scottish police chief has given lawyers a signed statement claiming that key evidence in the Lockerbie bombing trial was fabricated.

The retired officer – of assistant chief constable rank or higher – has testified that the CIA planted the tiny fragment of circuit board crucial in convicting a Libyan for the 1989 mass murder of 270 people.

 

The police chief, whose identity has not yet been revealed, gave the statement to lawyers representing Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi, currently serving a life sentence in Greenock Prison.

The evidence will form a crucial part of Megrahi’s attempt to have a retrial ordered by the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC). The claims pose a potentially devastating threat to the reputation of the entire Scottish legal system.

The officer, who was a member of the Association of Chief Police Officers Scotland, is supporting earlier claims by a former CIA agent that his bosses "wrote the script" to incriminate Libya.

Last night, George Esson, who was Chief Constable of Dumfries and Galloway when Megrahi was indicted for mass murder, confirmed he was aware of the development.

But Esson, who retired in 1994, questioned the officer’s motives. He said: "Any police officer who believed they had knowledge of any element of fabrication in any criminal case would have a duty to act on that. Failure to do so would call into question their integrity, and I can’t help but question their motive for raising the matter now."

Other important questions remain unanswered, such as how the officer learned of the alleged conspiracy and whether he was directly involved in the inquiry. But sources close to Megrahi’s legal team believe they may have finally discovered the evidence that could demolish the case against him.

An insider told Scotland on Sunday that the retired officer approached them after Megrahi’s appeal – before a bench of five Scottish judges – was dismissed in 2002.

The insider said: "He said he believed he had crucial information. A meeting was set up and he gave a statement that supported the long-standing rumours that the key piece of evidence, a fragment of circuit board from a timing device that implicated Libya, had been planted by US agents.

"Asked why he had not come forward before, he admitted he’d been wary of breaking ranks, afraid of being vilified.

"He also said that at the time he became aware of the matter, no one really believed there would ever be a trial. When it did come about, he believed both accused would be acquitted. When Megrahi was convicted, he told himself he’d be cleared at appeal."

The source added: "When that also failed, he explained he felt he had to come forward.

"He has confirmed that parts of the case were fabricated and that evidence was planted. At first he requested anonymity, but has backed down and will be identified if and when the case returns to the appeal court."

The vital evidence that linked the bombing of Pan Am 103 to Megrahi was a tiny fragment of circuit board which investigators found in a wooded area many miles from Lockerbie months after the atrocity.

The fragment was later identified by the FBI’s Thomas Thurman as being part of a sophisticated timer device used to detonate explosives, and manufactured by the Swiss firm Mebo, which supplied it only to Libya and the East German Stasi.

At one time, Megrahi, a Libyan intelligence agent, was such a regular visitor to Mebo that he had his own office in the firm’s headquarters.

The fragment of circuit board therefore enabled Libya – and Megrahi – to be placed at the heart of the investigation. However, Thurman was later unmasked as a fraud who had given false evidence in American murder trials, and it emerged that he had little in the way of scientific qualifications.

Then, in 2003, a retired CIA officer gave a statement to Megrahi’s lawyers in which he alleged evidence had been planted.

The decision of a former Scottish police chief to back this claim could add enormous weight to what has previously been dismissed as a wild conspiracy theory. It has long been rumoured the fragment was planted to implicate Libya for political reasons.

The first suspects in the case were the Syrian-led Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command (PFLP-GC), a terror group backed by Iranian cash. But the first Gulf War altered diplomatic relations with Middle East nations, and Libya became the pariah state.

Following the trial, legal observers from around the world, including senior United Nations officials, expressed disquiet about the verdict and the conduct of the proceedings at Camp Zeist, Holland. Those doubts were first fuelled when internal documents emerged from the offices of the US Defence Intelligence Agency. Dated 1994, more than two years after the Libyans were identified to the world as the bombers, they still described the PFLP-GC as the Lockerbie bombers.

A source close to Megrahi’s defence said: "Britain and the US were telling the world it was Libya, but in their private communications they acknowledged that they knew it was the PFLP-GC.

"The case is starting to unravel largely because when they wrote the script, they never expected to have to act it out. Nobody expected agreement for a trial to be reached, but it was, and in preparing a manufactured case, mistakes were made."

Dr Jim Swire, who has publicly expressed his belief in Megrahi’s innocence, said it was quite right that all relevant information now be put to the SCCRC.

Swire, whose daughter Flora was killed in the atrocity, said last night: "I am aware that there have been doubts about how some of the evidence in the case came to be presented in court.

"It is in all our interests that areas of doubt are thoroughly examined."

A spokeswoman for the Crown Office said: "As this case is currently being examined by the SCCRC, it would be inappropriate to comment."

No one from the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland was available to comment.

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Cayenne

 Dr. John Christopher, famous natural healer, praised the use of Cayenne
throughout the time of his practice. He had this to say in his Newsletter
titled "Cayenne", Vol 1, Number 12.

"In 35 years of practice, and working with the people and teaching, I have
never on house calls lost one heart attack patient and the reason is,
whenever I go in–if they are still breathing–I pour down them a cup of cayenne
tea (a teaspoon of cayenne in a cup of hot water, and within minutes they
are up and around). This is one of the fastest acting aids we could ever give
for the heart, because it feeds that heart immediately. Most hearts are
suffering from malnutrition because of processed food we are eating, but
here it gets a good powerful dose of real food and it’s something that has
brought people in time after time. This is something that everyone should
know how great it is, because a heart attack can come to your friends or
loved ones any time. And even yourself. The warm tea is faster working
than tablets, capsules, cold tea, because the warm tea opens up the cell
structure–makes it expand and accept the cayenne that much faster, and
it goes directly to the heart, through the artery system, and feeds it
in powerful food."

Cayenne is a unique herb in that makes everything else it is put
with, work so much better. A good analogy might be, "Does one have
to step on the accelerator peddle to make the car move? No, one could
just put it in gear and go down the road at idle speed. As long as the
upward incline was not too steep, the car would continue to go forward.
But, if you step on the gas, it goes much faster and has much more power
to go up difficult grades. Cayenne is like having an accelerator peddle that
works. The more cayenne you use, the further down the accelerator peddle
is being pressed and the more powerfully one achieves the health goals
desired". This is most quickly seen in cases where the heart is the main
target of one’s healing program.

When there is blockage, there is starvation, then stagnation and finally
disease. Using Cayenne gets circulation where it is needed. Without Cayenne,
a cure may come slowly or not at all. Cayenne moves blood to the sick and
dying organs and with it nutrients and healing bio-chemicals. At the same time
it gets the waste materials carried away.

For best results, Cayenne should be taken with something else rather than all
by itself. When eating a meal, take a load of Cayenne along with it to boost the bodies
digestive system. Take Cayenne with all of the herbal preparations one uses,
both internally and externally in the form of poultices and ointments.

       "Recently I was plagued with pressure on the
        left side of my head, near the temple. This went
        on for two days and then I began to develop mild
        flu-like conditions. Being that I normally never
        get sick at all this problem distressed me greatly.
        I then began taking large amounts of Echinacea
        and Tonic Supreme Concentrate.

       "The next day I improved dramatically. The pressure
        was nearly gone and I felt more energized than I
        had in a long time. I felt good about the fact that
        I had enhanced my bodies natural healing processes
        and did not have to resort to pain medication or
        weeks of antibiotics that a doctor surely would have
        prescribed. I am amazed with the potency of these
        products and would suggest them to anyone who
        has an ailment."
        —-M.H., Portland, ME 5/18/00

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Antibacterial silver products finally begin to emerge after years of FDA oppression

Antibacterial silver products finally begin to emerge after years of FDA oppression

Posted Aug 7, 2005 PT by the Health Ranger (Mike Adams)

Right now I’m holding an off-the-shelf medical product that would not have existed five years ago. What is it? It’s the Curad Silver natural antibacterial bandages. Yes, I have a box of 30 bandages that have the word "silver" prominently mentioned on the front cover. Now, it is actually good science and good medicine to use silver as an antibacterial agent. Silver — colloidal or ionic silver, silver in solution — is a potent antibacterial product. It has been demonstrated as such for well over 100 years. But the amazing thing about Curad Silver bandages and the fact they exist is that the FDA has allowed it. For decades, the FDA has been on a crusade to criminalize anyone who tried to sell silver for medicinal use. In fact, they conducted operation "Clean Sweep" a few years ago, in an attempt to put all the silver companies out of business.

And why, you ask? Why would they try to close down all of the silver companies that were selling a product well demonstrated to be a potent antibiotic? Because they compete with the antibiotics business, and that of course is bad for pharmaceutical companies’ revenue and profits. So here we have yet one more case of collusion between the FDA and Big Pharma. It’s not even a conspiracy theory any more; it’s out in the open with the FDA’s recent behavior. Anybody with any common sense whatsoever realizes that the FDA has but one mission: to protect the profits of pharmaceutical companies. Otherwise, why would they demand that Vioxx and Cox-2 inhibitors be put back on the market, even after these drugs have killed tens of thousands of people even according to the FDA’s own drug safety scientists?

Standard FDA tactics: fear and disinformation

But to understand the FDA’s history on silver, you’ve got to look back a few years and realize how the FDA used scare tactics and disinformation to try to make people afraid of silver products. Silver is indeed a broad-spectrum antibiotic, and perhaps, just as significantly, microbes do not build up a resistance to silver. It’s not a chemical antibiotic like penicillin. I’ve seen many cases where it wipes out drug-resistant superbugs in hospitals, and I’ve seen people use silver to cure colds, flus, dysentery, and all kinds of things. In fact, I’ve had several personal experiences using silver in Peru, where it was a godsend, even though it wasn’t even high quality silver.

But the FDA tried to scare everybody by saying that if you used silver products, it would turn you silver! The agency claimed you would suddenly have this silver discoloration in your skin. This was the tactic they used, and of course it was complete nonsense, because we’re talking about a hundred parts per million in solution — a miniscule amount of silver, and hardly enough to change the color of your body’s largest organ (your skin).

People aren’t turning silver from taking colloidal silver, by the way. The FDA did find one person who worked in the photography industry, where they use silver in some of the development chemicals. And there, they use silver at not 100 parts per million, but 300,000 parts per million: it’s 30 percent silver. That’s a huge difference in concentration. Moreover, these people were dipping their arms in the silver solution, taking in these huge quantities of silver, and sure enough they were experiencing skin discoloration from it. But that in no way means individuals who take silver at a teaspoon of 100 parts per million are going to turn silver like some careless photographers who dipped their hands in 30 percent silver solution. And in fact, I challenge the FDA to produce any person in the entire world who has turned silver from taking 100 ppm colloidal silver. There are no such people. The whole fear and disinformation campaign was nothing but hogwash, as usual.

Standard practice in burn wards

Now then, moving on to bandages. People in burn wards have known for a very long time that soaking bandages in a low concentration silver solution inhibits infection in burn victims; it literally saves their skin. In severe cases, it can even save their lives. Burn wards know this, and silver has long been used as an anti-infection agent with bandages or other medical supplies all around the world, especially in Russia, China, Japan, and Germany.

But when American companies tried to introduce silver-impregnated products onto the market, the FDA said, "No! You can’t do that, because you’re making a medical claim." And the FDA claims there is no evidence to back up the use of silver as an antibiotic or antibacterial solution, which is complete nonsense. It was just the FDA’s way of protecting the antibiotics industry.

Still, Curad has managed to introduce a silver-impregnated bandage. This is an interesting milestone, as it shows that the FDA is becoming a little more lenient … or they’re finally giving in and realizing they can’t forever hide the fact that silver is a potent antibiotic and antibacterial solution. But remember, this Curad bandage is a topical application, so it is not a product people ingest. The FDA is probably saying, "Well, as long as people don’t take it internally, it’s not going to threaten the antibiotics prescription drug industry very much … We’ll allow it in bandages and other topical applications." And that’s what you see here.

I’m sure the Curad company has done some tests on this. And in fact, they say it right on the label, "Laboratory testing showed that silver in the dressing reduced bacterial growth for 24 hours.” I’m sure they petitioned the FDA and said, "Look, we’ve got the evidence on this. It’s a topical product. You need to let us put this on the market.” And eventually the FDA probably caved in and agreed to allow silver on the market. So that’s one way you can get silver into a product today. It took decades for this to be allowed in our oppressive FDA-drive medical system, even though it should have been on the market years ago.

Colloidal silver for internal use

Now then, let’s move on to silver used internally, because here is where the FDA gets very uncomfortable. Why? Again, it threatens the antibiotics market. Silver is a broad-spectrum antibiotic, so when you ingest it, you might eliminate the need to take various antibiotics. People who experienced little success on prescription antibiotics have taken colloidal silver with great success. Even drug-resistant bacteria are killed by ingested colloidal or ionic silver.

With that out of the way, the question is what can you use it for? What does silver really treat? Now for this section, I’m going to say this is my own personal opinion, and it is not intended as medical advice of any kind. This is based on the research I’ve done independently. Yet it’s widely available information, by the way, if you have a large enough library. You can use colloidal or ionic silver to eliminate UTIs (urinary tract infections), and UTIs can be quite persistent in some people, which also has to do with the acid/alkaline balance of their diet, by the way.

You can also use silver to fight colds and flus; this would be really handy to have around if a bird flu epidemic emerged. I wouldn’t want to be caught anywhere in the world without some of this silver solution in my pocket. It can be used to treat food poisoning as well, although if the food poisoning has gone on for a very long time, there are already some toxic byproducts from the bacteria that you’re going to have to get rid of. You’re going to feel lousy for a while, but the silver can at least kill the bacteria and stop them from doing additional damage.

Using silver topically

Silver can also be used topically, so if you have an infection on your skin, or if you have a cut or a scrape, you can spray silver on it, rub it in, and it will function as an antibacterial agent. You can even use it in socks, if you don’t want them to stink. Soaking them in a little bit of silver solution functions as an antibacterial additive and will kill the bacteria that cause foot odor. You can use silver in your swimming pool or hot tub, and then use less chlorine or even none at all. Ionic silver and hydrogen peroxide (35 percent food grade hydrogen peroxide) are two of the best things you can put in a hot tub or a swimming pool to kill the bacteria without chemicals. By the way, be careful handling the hydrogen peroxide, because at that concentration it will burn your skin. Hydrogen peroxide is potent stuff: at 90 percent concentration, it’s rocket fuel.

Ingested silver can also treat resistant strains of bacteria, including MRSA. If you have a tooth or ear infection, for example, silver can do the job for you. Now, there is a huge disclaimer with all of that: First of all, I’m not giving anybody medical information. This is just my experience with this product. If you’re going to use this product or eliminate antibiotics, you should be working with a medical professional.

The second thing is that if you use silver in this way, then you are using it allopathically, meaning that you are not really solving the core problem. If you have a urinary tract infection, and you’ve had them repeatedly, the infection exists in your urinary tract for a reason. There’s something wrong with your body or your immune system, or your acid/alkaline balance, or your diet. If you use silver to treat the symptom, and you just keep using silver, then you really haven’t addressed the core cause. That’s a real problem in the way people use nutritional supplements, silver products, medicinal herbs, and so on; they tend to use them in the same way that an allopathic doctor would prescribe antibiotics, which is to simply mask the symptoms rather than solving the problem.

But as a holistic nutritionist and someone who is a huge proponent of natural health, I encourage you to go beyond that and treat the source of these problems. Change your lifestyle and your diet to the point where you aren’t experiencing these infections over and over again. That’s the way you’re going to have a healthier life long term, not by having infections and then finding new, clever supplements to make them go away.

I would even use it topically. In my first aid kit, by the way, I would also have living aloe vera plants. Aloe vera is perhaps the number one first aid herb out there. You can use it for many, many things, not just for burns, although that’s a great use of the product. You can even use aloe vera in wounds, and I’m talking about huge, gaping wounds. If someone has their leg sliced open, you can actually stuff that wound with aloe vera gel, put some more aloe vera on top of the wound, spray it all with silver, wrap it all in a huge bandage and then go off to the emergency room for some stitches, surgery, or whatever needs to be done. Doing so will protect the wound. The aloe vera itself is not only antibacterial; it also accelerates the healing process.

So silver has a good, strong future in medicine. In fact, it’s being used in many medical devices right now. But doctors are still reluctant to prescribe silver as an antibiotic. Why? The drug companies keep feeding them all this propaganda about drugs, and doctors are not educated about using silver internally. They simply don’t know about it. Again, this is not something that’s going to be sold as a drug, so the FDA is never likely to back it. They would rather have it outlawed and force people to take antibiotics.

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Downing Street Memos Verify Death of Journalism Ethics

 Downing Street Memos Verify Death of Journalism Ethics
Carmen Yarrusso

The preamble to the Code of Ethics for the Society of Professional Journalists eloquently declares: “…journalists believe that public enlightenment is the forerunner of justice and the foundation of democracy. The duty of the journalist is to further those ends by seeking truth and providing a fair and comprehensive account of events and issues…”

Yeah, right!

Mainstream media’s dismal failure to enlighten the public to the dire implications of the Downing Street memos is the final nail in the coffin of journalism ethics. Our mainstream media have officially given up all pretense of “public enlightenment” or “seeking truth” (much less “providing a fair and comprehensive account of events and issues”) and instead have effectively acknowledged being a propaganda tool of our government.

Two pillars of mainstream media (The New York Times and The Washington Post) reluctantly confessed their complicity in selling the bogus WMD “threat” to the public. They conceded any trace of “public enlightenment” or “seeking truth” was buried in the back of their newspapers while war mongering propaganda from the likes of Judith Miller was featured on their front pages. But their act of contrition was a day late and a dollar short. An “enlightened” America was already killing and being killed in the deserts of Iraq.

When the WMD threat proved false, when Iraq’s connection to 9/11 proved false, when Iraq’s support for terrorists proved false, when Iraq’s collaboration with al Qaeda proved false, when the mobile labs proved false, when the aluminum tubes proved false, did mainstream media give us public enlightenment or start seeking the truth about the proclaimed rationale for war? No way. They simply started selling the latest excuse de jour, Operation Iraqi Freedom, hoping the public wouldn’t notice the bait and switch and also wouldn’t notice who “enlightened” them into this bloody mess in the first place.

Then came the Downing Street memos.

These top-secret memos corroborated pre-invasion evidence and arguments that were downplayed, ridiculed or totally ignored by mainstream media at the time. The memos clearly contradicted what Bush and Blair were telling the public before the war. But any “public enlightenment” about the significance of these revelations would shine a spotlight on mainstream media’s role in selling a war based on a pack of lies. A deafening silence came over America’s mainstream media.

There would be no public enlightenment informing us that, prior to the invasion, British war planners (with intimate inside knowledge of US war plans) believed the Iraq threat was minimal, the case for war was thin, the intelligence was being fixed around policy, the action was likely illegal, and, amazingly, Bush and Blair had begun extensive bombing months before they got approval from their governments. The quaint concept of “obeying the law” (national or international) didn’t mean much to Bush and Blair.

Taking chutzpah and irony to dizzying new heights, mainstream media conveniently echoed our government and dismissed these inside illuminations of pre-war planning as merely “old news”. Indeed, it was the very same “old news” that mainstream media had ignored or downplayed when it was “new news”, when it could have enlightened the public to the truth BEFORE we got into this quagmire. To hell with “public enlightenment”! To hell with “seeking truth”! To hell with “the forerunner of justice and the foundation of democracy”! To hell with journalism ethics!

Could anything be more serious, more relevant to “the foundation of democracy”, more vital to public interest, or more deserving of “a fair and comprehensive account of events and issues”, than powerful primary-source evidence strongly suggesting the Bush and Blair administrations deliberately deceived the public about their rationale for war?

Mainstream media claim to enlighten the public, but instead they put the public to sleep. They claim to seek the truth, but instead they hide the truth. They serve to distract us while our government “services” us. Instead of respecting their Code of Ethics and “providing a fair and comprehensive account of events and issues”, we are given a fair and comprehensive account of Michael Jackson’s sex life. This is what journalism ethics has become.

Thomas Jefferson wrote: “Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppression of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.”

Conversely, tyranny and oppression of body and mind will surely flourish when those we entrust to enlighten us abdicate their moral responsibility and tell us with a straight face that high crimes and misdemeanors is “old news”.

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ORDER 81: Re-engineering Iraqi agriculture: the ultimate war crime

ORDER 81: Re-engineering Iraqi agriculture
The ultimate war crime: breaking the agricultural cycle

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Under the guise of helping get Iraq back on its feet, the US is setting out to totally re-engineer the country’s traditional farming systems into a US-style corporate agribusiness. They’ve even created a new law – Order 81 – to make sure it happens.

Coals to Newcastle. Ice to Eskimos. Tea to China. These are the acts of the ultimate salesmen, wily marketers able to sell even to people with no need to buy. To that list can now be added a new phrase – Wheat to Iraq.

 

Iraq is part of the ‘fertile crescent’ of Mesopotamia. It is here, in around 8,500 to 8,000BC, that mankind first domesticated wheat, here that agriculture was born. In recent years however, the birthplace of farming has been in trouble. Wheat production tumbled from 1,236,000 tons in 1995 to just 384,000 tons in 2000. Why this should have happened very much depends on whom you ask.

 

However, in 1997 the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) found: ‘Crop yields… remain low due to poor land preparation as a result of lack of machinery, low use of inputs, deteriorating soil quality and irrigation facilities’ and ‘The animal population has declined steeply due to severe shortages of feed and vaccines during the embargo years’. Less interested in selling a war perhaps, the FAO sees Iraqi agriculture suffering due to a lack of necessary machinery and inputs, themselves absent as the result of deprivation ‘during the embargo years’. Or it could have been simpler still. According to a 2003 USDA report, ‘Current total production of major grains is estimated to be down 50 percent from the 1990/91 level. Three years of drought from 1999-2001 significantly reduced production.’

 

Whoever you believe, Iraqi wheat production has collapsed in recent years. The next question then, is how to get it back on its feet.

 Despite its recent troubles, Iraqi agriculture’s long history means that for the last 10,000 years Iraqi farmers have been naturally selecting wheat varieties that work best with their climate. Each year they have saved seeds from crops that prosper under certain conditions and replanted and cross-pollinated them with others with different strengths the following year, so that the crop continually improves. In 2002, the FAO estimated that 97 per cent of Iraqi farmers used their own saved seed or bought seed from local markets. That there are now over 200,000 known varieties of wheat in the world is down in no small part to the unrecognised work of farmers like these and their informal systems of knowledge sharing and trade. It would be more than reasonable to assume that somewhere amongst the many fields and grainstores of iraq there are samples of strong, indigenous wheat varieties that could be developed and distributed around the country in order to bolst! er production once more.

 

Likewise, long before Abu Ghraib became the world’s most infamous prison, it was known for housing not inmates, but seeds. In the early 1970s samples of the many varieties used by Iraqi farmers were starting to be saved in the country’s national gene bank, situated in the town of Abu Ghraib. Indeed one of Iraq’s most well known indigenous wheat varieties is called ‘Abu Ghraib’.

 Unfortunately, this vital heritage and knowledge base is now believed lost, the victim of the current campaign and the many years of conflict that preceded it. But there is another viable source. At the International Centre for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA) in Syria there are still samples of several Iraqi varieties. As a revealing report by Focus on the Global South and GRAIN comments: ‘These comprise the agricultural heritage of Iraq belonging to the Iraqi farmers that ought now to be repatriated.’

 

If Iraq’s new adminstration truly wanted to re-establish Iraqi agriculture for the benefit of the Iraqi people it would seek out the fruits of their knowledge. It could scour the country for successful farms, and if it miraculously found none could bring over the seeds from ICARDA and use those as the basis of a programme designed to give Iraq back the agriculture it once gave the world.

 The US, however, has decided that, despite 10,000 years practice, Iraqis don’t know what wheat works best in their own conditions, and would be better off with some new, imported American varieties. Under the guise, therefore, of helping get Iraq back on its feet, the US is setting out to totally reengineer the country’s traditional farming systems into a US-style corporate agribusiness. Or, as the aforementioned press release from Headquarters United States Command puts it: ‘Multi-National Forces are currently planting seeds for the future of agriculture in the Ninevah Province’

 The leaders of the $107 million project have a stated goal of doubling the production of 30,000 Iraqi farms within the first year. After one year, farmers will see soaring production levels. Many will be only too willing to abandon their old ways in favour of the new technologies. Out will go traditional methods. In will come imported American seeds (more than likely GM, as Texas A&M’s Agriculture Program considers itself ‘a recognised world leader in using biotechnology’). And with the new seeds will come new chemicals – pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, all sold to the Iraqis by corporations such as Monsanto, Cargill and Dow.

 

According to Seedquest (described as the ‘central information website for the global seed industry’) WWWC is one of the leaders in developing proprietary varieties of cereal seeds – ie varieties that are owned by a particular company. According to the firm’s website, any ‘client’ (or farmer as they were once known) wishing to grow one of their seeds, ‘pays a licensing fee for each variety’. All of a sudden the donation doesn’t sound so altruistic. WWWC gives the Iraqis some seeds. They get taught how to grow them, shown how much ‘better’ they are than their seeds, and then told that if they want any more, they have to pay.

 Another point in one of the articles casts further doubt on American intentions. According to the Business Journal, ‘six kinds of wheat seeds were developed for the Iraqi endeavour. Three will be used for farmers to grow wheat that is made into pasta; three seed strains will be for breadmaking.’ Pasta? According to the 2001 World Food Programme report on Iraq, ‘Dietary habits and preferences included consumption of large quantities and varieties of meat, as well as chicken, pulses, grains, vegetables, fruits and dairy products.’ No mention of lasagne. Likewise, a quick check of the Middle Eastern cookbook on my kitchen shelves, while not exclusively Iraqi, reveals a grand total of no pasta dishes listed within it.

 There can be only two reasons why 50 per cent of the grains being developed are for pasta. One, the US intends to have so many American soldiers and businessmen in Iraq that it is orienting the country’s agriculture around feeding not ‘Starving Iraqis’ but ‘Overfed Americans’. Or, and more likely, because the food was never meant to be eaten inside Iraq at all.

 Iraqi farmers are to be taught to grow crops for export. Then they can spend the money they earn (after they have paid for next year’s seeds and chemicals) buying food to feed their family. Under the guise of aid, the US has incorporated them into the global economy.

Worldwide, thousands of traditional varieties developed over millennia were forsaken in favour of a few new hybrids, all owned by even fewer giant multinationals. As a result, Mexico has lost 80 per cent of its corn varieties since 1930. At least 9,000 varieties of wheat grown in China have been lost since 1949. Then in 1970 in the US, genetic uniformity resulted in the loss of almost a billion dollars worth of maize because 80 per cent of the varieties grown were susceptible to a disease known as ‘southern leaf blight’.

 

What separates the US’s current scheme from those of the Green Revolution is that the earlier ones were, at least in part, the decisions of the elected governments of the countries affected. The Iraqi plan is being imposed on the people of Iraq without them having any say in the matter. Having ousted Saddam, America is now behaving like a despot itself. It has decided what will happen in Iraq and it is doing it, regardless of whether it is what the Iraqi people want.

 When former Coalition Provisional Authority administrator Paul Bremer departed Iraq in June 2004 he left behind a legacy of 100 ‘Orders’ for the restructuring of the Iraqi legal system. Of these orders, one is particularly pertinent to the issue of seeds. Order 81 covers the issues of ‘Patent, Industrial Design, Undisclosed Information, Integrated Circuits and Plant Variety’. It amends Iraq’s original law on patents, created in 1970, and is legally binding unless repealed by a future Iraqi government.
 

The most significant part of Order 81 is a new chapter that it inserts on ‘Plant Variety Protection’ (PVP). This concerns itself not with the protection of biodiversity, but rather with the protection of the commercial interests of large seed corporations.

 On the other hand, it is impossible for the seeds developed by the people of Iraq to meet these criteria. Their seeds are not ‘new’ as they are the product of millennia of development. Nor are they ‘distinct’. The free exchange of seeds practiced for centuries ensures that characteristics are spread and shared across local varieties. And they are the opposite of ‘uniform’ and ‘stable’ by the very nature of their biodiversity. They cross-pollinate with other nearby varieties, ensuring they are always changing and always adapting.

 

Cross-pollination is an important issue for another reason. In recent years several farmers have been taken to court for illegally growing a corporation’s GM seeds. The farmers have argued they were doing so unknowingly, that the seeds must have carried on the wind from a neighbouring farm, for example. They have still been taken to court. This will now apply in Iraq. Under the new rules, if a farmer’s seed can be shown to have been contaminated with one of the PVP registered seeds, he could be fined. He may have been saving his seed for years, maybe even generations, but if it mixes with a seed owned by a corporation and maybe creates a new hybrid, he may face a day in court.

Remember that 97 per cent of Iraqi farmers save their seeds. Order 81 also puts paid to that. A new line has been added to the law which reads: ‘Farmers shall be prohibited from re-using seeds of protected varieties or any variety mentioned in items 1 and 2 of paragraph (C) of Article 14 of this Chapter.’

 The other varieties referred to are those that show similar characteristics to the PVP varieties. If a corporation develops a variety resistant to a particular Iraqi pest, and somewhere in Iraq a farmer is growing another variety that does the same, it’s now illegal for him/her to save that seed. It sounds mad, but it’s happened before. A few years back a corporation called SunGene patented a sunflower variety with a very high oleic acid content. It didn’t just patent the genetic structure though, it patented the characteristic. Subsequently SunGene notified other sunflower breeders that should they develop a variety high in oleic acid with would be considered an infringement of the patent.

 So the Iraqi farmer may have been wowed with the promise of a bumper yield at the end of this year. But unlike before he can’t save his seed for the next. A 10,000-year old tradition has been replaced at a stroke with a contract for hire.

 

Iraqi farmers have been made vassals to American corporations. That they were baking bread for 9,500 years before America existed has no weight when it comes to deciding who owns Iraq’s wheat. Yet for every farmer that stops growing his unique strain of saved seed the world loses another variety, one that might have been useful in times of disease or drought.

 

In short, what America has done is not restructure Iraq’s agriculture, but dismantle it. The people whose forefathers first mastered the domestication of wheat will now have to pay for the privilege of growing it for someone else. And with that the world’s oldest farming heritage will become just another subsidiary link in the vast American supply chain.

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10 questions that put Met chief’s job on the line

The 10 questions that put Met chief’s job on the line
By Philip Johnston, Home Affairs Editor, and Andrew Downie, in Rio de Janeiro
(Filed: 18/08/2005)

Family and friends of the Brazilian man shot by police on the London Underground yesterday demanded the resignation of Sir Ian Blair, the Metropolitan Police commissioner, if it turned out that he misled the public about the circumstances of the tragedy.

They said that he was "ultimately responsible" for the officers who gunned down Jean Charles de Menezes, a 27-year-old electrician, thinking he was a suicide bomber, and for the "catalogue of disasters" that led to his death.

Leaked confidential witness statements suggest that Mr de Menezes was already being restrained before he was shot seven times in the head and had not run from police by vaulting over the ticket barrier at Stockwell Underground station as originally stated. He had used his travel card, picked up a free newspaper and made his way slowly to the platform by escalator.

He was dressed in a light denim jacket, not a heavy coat, raising additional questions about why the police believed that his behaviour and clothing were suspicious.

Further information disclosed by ITV News last night showed that a three-man police team was already on the Tube train watching Mr de Menezes.

When a firearms unit arrived, one of the surveillance team, codenamed Hotel 3, shouted: "He’s here." The armed police then rushed on and shot Mr de Menezes.

Although statements made that day may have been confused by the speed of events, the police subsequently made no obvious effort to correct the misleading reports.

 

Lawyers acting for the relatives said they no longer had any faith in the formal investigation being conducted by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) and issued a list of questions they wanted answered. The IPCC promised a "thorough and impartial" investigation and said it was planning to inform the family’s lawyers of its latest findings today.

In the town of Gonzaga where Mr de Menezes grew up, his cousin said the leaks confirmed what members of the family suspected or knew.

"We never believed the English police," Leide de Menezes said. "They say they are so efficient, so right, but what kind of efficiency is this?"

Asad Rehman, of the Justice4Jean campaign, said that if Sir Ian were found to have misled Mr de Menezes’s family, his position would be "no longer tenable".

He said: "It is clear that the buck stops with him. He has to bear responsibility for the failure of this policy and for the incidents of that day."

 

John O’Connor, a former Scotland Yard police commander, said the latest disclosures were "catastrophic" and would put Sir Ian under pressure.

"Whoever has leaked this report has caused him a great deal of embarrassment," he told BBC Television.

In a statement, the family’s lawyers said the leaked documents, believed to be part of the IPCC’s interim findings, show that "virtually the entire body of information" released by the police had been false or misleading.

"From the beginning, the most senior of police officers and ministers, including the Prime Minister, claimed the death of Jean Charles to be an unfortunate accident occurring in the context of an entirely legitimate, justifiable, lawful and necessary policy,” they said. "In the context of the lies now revealed, that claim has become even less sustainable and even more alarming."

Extracts of the IPCC inquiry also suggest that the surveillance team watching the block of flats from which Mr de Menezes emerged on the morning of July 22 – the day after the failed bomb attacks in London – did not clearly identify him as one of the suspected bombers before he was trailed by firearms officers.

The Home Office and the police said they could not comment while the IPCC investigation was continuing. Scotland Yard confirmed that Sir Ian had written to the Home Office on the morning of Mr de Menezes’s death "to clarify the role of IPCC if, as it then appeared", the shooting involved a suicide bomber who had been involved in the attempted bombings.

”This was because it was crucial that the terrorist investigation took precedence over any IPCC investigation at that time," the force said.

 


 


 


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Questions Linger as Bush Pushes India Nuclear Deal

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Published on Tuesday, August 2, 2005 by Reuters
Questions Linger as Bush Pushes India Nuclear Deal
by Carol Giacomo
 

A recent U.S.-India nuclear agreement was so hastily concluded the Bush administration is only now beginning to figure out how to implement it in the face of tough questions from the U.S. Congress and nonproliferation experts.

The agreement, announced July 18 after Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met President Bush at the White House, upends decades-old nonproliferation rules and will require changes in U.S. law and international policy.


 

U.S. officials are optimistic the Republican-controlled Congress will approve steps to fulfill Bush’s promise to sell civilian nuclear technology to India.

Such sales are now prohibited under U.S. law because India refused to sign the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, or NPT, and is producing nuclear weapons banned by the pact and other agreements.

With the new deal, the United States in effect accepts India as a nuclear-weapon state.

U.S. and Indian officials had aimed to conclude an agreement before Bush makes an expected trip to India in early 2006. But the atmosphere seemed ripe while Singh was in Washington, so U.S. and Indian negotiators worked around-the-clock to seal a deal.

Early grumblings among lawmakers and experts who believe the accord weakens nuclear-weapons controls suggest Bush could face a battle to amend or waive U.S. law. Congressional sources say a growing Indian-American community will be a factor in supporting the accord.

So far, "the administration has no clear plan" to implement the agreement, said a Republican participant in a recent briefing for congressional staff. The participant said officials had "no good answers" on how the deal would affect international security.

UNANSWERED QUESTIONS

U.S. officials involved in the deal acknowledged there were many unanswered questions about implementing it. These include how long it would take for India to separate its civilian and military nuclear programs, so the civilian side could be put under international monitoring.

Undersecretary of State R. Nicholas Burns plans to visit India in September and it is hoped those talks will yield answers, a senior official told Reuters.

Administration and congressional aides spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the deal.

Some experts worry Bush will press Congress to act before India fulfills promises to adhere to international standards to stem the spread of nuclear weapons and missiles.

The senior official said the administration would not propose legislation for at least a month or two and would await Indian action to meet new nonproliferation commitments.

"It will take months for the Indians to begin (to meet) some of their commitments and to complete others," the official said. "The Indians know we’re going to wait and see all this occur."

He said once the process was underway, the administration would ask Congress and member nations of the Nuclear Suppliers Group, which seeks to control nuclear-technology exports, to modify laws and policy.

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After India tested nuclear weapons in 1998, Washington led international condemnation. But Bush has accelerated an embrace of the world’s largest democracy.

His aides say India shares U.S. values, does not transfer nuclear technology to troublesome entities and desperately needs to expand its energy sources.

Many officials also see India as a counterweight to China, and view the deal as an opportunity to revive a shaky U.S. nuclear industry.

Robert Einhorn, formerly the State Department’s top nonproliferation official, said the strategic case for strengthening U.S.-India relations has broad support.

But the nuclear agreement is a setback for nonproliferation and will make it harder to advocate stricter rules for Iran and North Korea, Einhorn told an American Enterprise Institute program.

"The administration lowered the bar too far," he said.

He said India, unlike the five nuclear-weapons states recognized under the NPT — the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia — is still producing weapons-grade plutonium and should be encouraged to stop, he said.


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Everyone should have access to alternative medicine on the NHS

 

 

 

Everyone should have access to alternative medicine on the NHS, a leading patients’ group says.

The Patients Association has called for all GPs to provide patients with the choice of using complementary medicine where it had been proven to work.

Provision is patchy currently with well under a half of family doctors providing some sort of access to alternative providers.

But doctor representatives warned there needed to be better regulation.

A fifth of adults in the UK are estimated to have used some form of complementary medicine from acupuncture and herbal medicine to homeopathy.

But many paid for it at private clinics. Britons spend £130m a year on alternative therapies, but that is expected to rise to £200m over the next four years.

We have to move away from the pill for every ill culture
Simon Williams, of the Patients Association

Access through the NHS varies from area to area. Some GPs employ their own complementary medicine practitioners, or have expertise themselves, while some primary care trusts have contracts with providers which local family doctors can refer patients to.

But Simon Williams, director of policy at the Patients Association, said it must become more widespread.

"We would like to see all GPs in a position to refer patients on to an complementary medicine expert.

"We have to move away from the pill for every ill culture. It is not always the answer.

Choice

"The drive at the moment is to give patients choice, so why shouldn’t they have choice over alternative medicines.

"However, I would add that we need to be sure the therapy works, not all alternative medicine is proven."

The call comes as Prince Charles Foundation for Integrated Health has launched a scheme to sign up 150 "associate" GP members to promote complementary medicine.

Dr Michael Dixon, chairman of GPs’ body NHS Alliance and trustee for the foundation, said: "GPs are beginning to become more open to alternative medicines, but it is still a postcode lottery at the moment.

"I think it is right that all patients should have access. If something works why shouldn’t it be provided?

"Not every alternative medicine out there has a proven track record, but I think we can be pretty comfortable about the mainstream."

He said these included things such as homeopathy, herbalism and acupuncture."

But the British Medical Association said while access should be more "equitable", there needed to be better regulation.

"There are some unscrupulous practitioners out there, and very few therapies are regulated, so it is clear more needs to be done.

"It also depends on what evidence there is that it works. You cannot compel GPs to refer patients. There are scarce resources."

 

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Ford & Deisel Never Intended Cars to Use Gasoline

"There’s enough alcohol in one year’s yeild of an acre of potatoes to drive the machinery necessary to cultivate the fields for one hundred years." – Henry Ford

Pioneering automotive engineer Henry Ford held many patents on automotive mechanisms, but is best remembered for helping devise the factory assembly approach to production that revolutionized the auto industry by greatly reducing the time required to assemble a car.

Born in Wayne County, Michigan, Ford showed an early interest in mechanics, constructing his first steam engine at the age of 15. In 1893 he built his first internal combustion engine, a small one-cylinder gasoline model, and in 1896 he built his first automobile.

In June 1903 Ford helped establish Ford Motor Company. He served as president of the company from 1906 to 1919 and from 1943 to 1945.

In addition to earning numerous patents on auto mechanisms, Ford served as a vice president of the Society of Automotive Engineers when it was founded in 1905 to standardize U.S. automotive parts.

Ignominy

Shamefully, Ford was an anti-Semitic and Nazi sympathizer. Comparable to Thomas Jefferson having slaves; it is paradoxical that Henry Ford (considered to be one of America’s greatest minds) should also be preoccupied with racism.

Fuel of the Future

When Henry Ford told a New York Times reporter that ethyl alcohol was "the fuel of the future" in 1925, he was expressing an opinion that was widely shared in the automotive industry. "The fuel of the future is going to come from fruit like that sumach out by the road, or from apples, weeds, sawdust — almost anything," he said. "There is fuel in every bit of vegetable matter that can be fermented. There’s enough alcohol in one year’s yield of an acre of potatoes to drive the machinery necessary to cultivate the fields for a hundred years."

Ford recognized the utility of the hemp plant. He constructed a car of resin stiffened hemp fiber, and even ran the car on ethanol made from hemp. Ford knew that hemp could produce vast economic resources if widely cultivated.

Ford’s optimistic appraisal of cellulose and crop based ethyl alcohol fuel can be read in several ways. First, it can be seen as an oblique jab at a competitor. General Motors had come to considerable grief that summer of 1925 over another octane boosting fuel called tetra-ethyl lead, and government officials had been quietly in touch with Ford engineers about alternatives to leaded gasoline additives. Secondly, by 1925 the American farms that Ford loved were facing an economic crisis that would later intensify with the depression. Although the causes of the crisis were complex, one possible solution was seen in creating new markets for farm products. With Ford’s financial and political backing, the idea of opening up industrial markets for farmers would be translated into a broad movement for scientific research in agriculture that would be labelled "Farm Chemurgy."

Why Henry’s plans were delayed for more than a half century:

Ethanol has been known as a fuel for many decades. Indeed, when Henry Ford designed the Model T, it was his expectation that ethanol, made from renewable biological materials, would be a major automobile fuel. However, gasoline emerged as the dominant transportation fuel in the early twentieth century because of the ease of operation of gasoline engines with the materials then available for engine construction, a growing supply of cheaper petroleum from oil field discoveries, and intense lobbying by petroleum companies for the federal government to maintain steep alcohol taxes. Many bills proposing a National energy program that made use of Americas vast agricultural resources (for fuel production) were killed by smear campaigns launched by vested petroleum interests. One noteworthy claim put forth by petrol companies was that the U.S. government’s plans "robbed taxpayers to make farmers rich".

Gasoline had many disadvantages as an automotive resource. The "new" fuel had a lower octane rating than ethanol, was much more toxic (particularly when blended with tetra-ethyl lead and other compounds to enhance octane), generally more dangerous, and contained threatening air pollutants. Petroleum was more likely to explode and burn accidentally, gum would form on storage surfaces and carbon deposits would form in combustion chambers of engines. Pipelines were needed for distribution from "area found" to "area needed". Petroleum was much more physically and chemically diverse than ethanol, necessitating complex refining procedures to ensure the manufacture of a consistent "gasoline" product.

However, despite these environmental flaws, fuels made from petroleum have dominated automobile transportation for the past three-quarters of a century. There are two key reasons: First, cost per kilometer of travel has been virtually the sole selection criteria. Second, the large investments made by the oil and auto industries in physical capital, human skills and technology make the entry of a new cost-competitive industry difficult.

Until very recently, environmental concerns have been largely ignored. All of that is finally changing as consumers demand fuels such as ethanol, which are much better for the environment and human health.

 

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