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The plant that stops antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Antibiotic resistant bacteria have become an out-of-control problem in our world, as doctors and leading health officials know too well. For over 100 years, Western Rockefeller Medicine and Big Pharma have been conjoined twins attached at the hip; you cannot have one without the other. Western medicine has fully embraced the drugs, radiation and surgery model, and ever since the invention of drugs like penicillin and methicillin, it has been throwing synthetic chemicals at its patients to “cure” them. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction, and meanwhile, Life itself has found a way to counterbalance the effect of antibiotics overuse in the form of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Some such as MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus), MDR TB (Multidrug-Resistant Mycobacterium Tuberculosis) and CRE (Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae) are especially virulent superbugs against which Western Medicine has no defense. The reason for this situation, of course, is that antibiotics are like the proverbial sledgehammer or cannonball to the mosquito, and by wiping out the human body’s entire bacterial presence in a certain area, you are wiping out the beneficial bacteria which keep the harmful ones in check. Our body literally depends upon this bacterial balance as the foundation of immunity and health.

Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria a Grave Problem Across the World

Recent reports have highlighted the massive problem. This quote is from a report entitled State of the World’s Antibiotics, 2015 by CCDEP (Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy), a US-India health research organization:

“Now, however, once-treatable infections are becoming difficult to cure, raising costs to healthcare facilities, and patient mortality is rising, with costs to both individuals and society. Decreasing antibiotic effectiveness has risen from being a minor problem to a broad threat, regardless of a country’s income or the sophistication of its healthcare system.”

“The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that antibiotic resistance is responsible for more than 2 million infections and 23,000 deaths each year in the United States, at a direct cost of $20 billion and additional productivity losses of $35 billion (CDC 2013). In Europe, an estimated 25,000 deaths are attributable to antibiotic-resistant infections, costing €1.5 billion annually in direct and indirect costs (EMA and ECDC 2009). Although reliable estimates of economic losses in the developing world are not available, it is estimated that 58,000 neonatal sepsis deaths are attributable to drug- resistant infections in India alone (Laxminarayan et al. 2013). Studies from Tanzania and Mozambique indicate that resistant infections result in increased mortality in neonates and children under five (Kayange et al. 2010; Roca et al. 2008).”

The WHO (World Health Organization), despite being part of the Rockefeller UN (United Nations), acknowledges the massive problem in its October 2015 fact sheet:

“Antibiotic resistance is rising to dangerously high levels in all parts of the world. New resistance mechanisms emerge and spread globally every day, threatening our ability to treat common infectious diseases. A growing list of infections—such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, blood poisoning and gonorrhoea—are becoming harder, and sometimes impossible, to treat as antibiotics become less effective.”

Dr. Keiji Fukuda, the Assistant Director General for the World Health Organization’s Health Security department, is reported to have said:

“Without urgent, coordinated action by many stakeholders, the world is headed for a post-antibiotic era … common infections and minor injuries, which have been treatable for decades, can once again kill.”

Bacteria are intelligent enough to outwit antibiotics through various means, as this study mentions:

“In bacteria, genes can be inherited from relatives or can be acquired from nonrelatives on mobile genetic elements such as plasmids. This horizontal gene transfer (HGT) can allow antibiotic resistance to be transferred among different species of bacteria. Resistance can also occur spontaneously through mutation. Antibiotics remove drug-sensitive competitors, leaving resistant bacteria behind to reproduce as a result of natural selection.”

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Meet the Plant that Can Defeat Some Strains of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Although Nature (and Man) has created a problem, Nature has also created a solution. It turns out that there may be an answer to the problem of antibiotic overuse and antibiotic-resistant bacteria: cannabis. Although it was demonized in the 1930s-1950s because of its threat to the oil, timber, clothing, fuel and pharmaceutical industries, the scientifically proven truth has emerged that cannabis (aka marijuana, hemp, weed or pot) has amazing medical properties that we are just beginning to understand.

In an earlier article Cannabidiol (CBD): The Cat’s Out of the Bag with This Cure-All, I highlighted how just 1 cannabinoid out of more than 100 (namely cannabidiol or CBD) was responsible for so many wonderful and astounding health benefits, such as being anti-carcinogenic, neuro-protective, anti-psychotic and anti-inflammatory. Well, now you can add another great medical property to the list: anti-bacterial or anti-microbial, and not just against any ordinary bacterium. A 2008 study entitled Antibacterial Cannabinoids from Cannabis sativa: A Structure−Activity Study found that cannabinoids have powerful anti-bacterial ability, including against MRSA:

“All five major cannabinoids (cannabidiol, cannabichromene, cannabigerol, Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol, and cannabinol) showed potent activity against a variety of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) strains of current clinical relevance.”

“All compounds showed potent antibacterial activity … Activity was exceptional against some of these strains, in particular the multidrug-resistant (MDR) SA-1199B, which has a high level of resistance to certain fluoroquinolones. Also noteworthy is the potent activity demonstrated against EMRSA-15 and EMRSA-16, the major epidemic methicillin-resistant S. aureus strains occurring in U.K. hospitals. These activities compare highly favorably with the standard antibiotics for these strains.”

Conclusion: The Cannabis Plant is a Highly Evolved Organism

The authors of the study state that “everything points towards these compounds having been evolved by the plants as antimicrobial defenses that specifically target bacterial cells … “ which suggests that we need to find the answer to our problems in Nature, not in a laboratory, and further reinforces the idea that plants are incredible organisms upon which the literal survival of mankind depends. Clearly, the cannabis plant is a highly evolved organism if it has developed phytochecmials that can outwit and defeat antibiotic-resistant bacteria and the most virulent of superbugs. The authors conclude:

“Given the availability of C. sativa strains producing high concentrations of nonpsychotropic cannabinoids, this plant represents an interesting source of antibacterial agents to address the problem of multidrug resistance in MRSA and other pathogenic bacteria. This issue has enormous clinical implications, since MRSA is spreading throughout the world and, in the United States, currently accounts for more deaths each year than AIDS.”

What better proof could there be of the utter backwardness of our world that marijuana is still classified by the US Government as a Schedule 1 drug (meaning it has “no currently accepted medical use” and “high potential for abuse”), yet it may hold the key for unwinding the devastating harm done to the world by Big Pharma and its antibiotic overuse.

Via Tools For Freedom

Makia Freeman is the editor of alternative news / independent media site The Freedom Articles and senior researcher at ToolsForFreedom.com (FaceBook here), writing on many aspects of truth and freedom, from exposing aspects of the worldwide conspiracy to suggesting solutions for how humanity can create a new system of peace and abundance.

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Google partners with largest specialist eye hospital to treat diseases

Google DeepMind Health has recently announced a partnership with Moorfields Eye Hospital in London to utilize its technology to treat preventable eye diseases and help doctors spot disorders at an early stage when intervention is still possible. Google DeepMind has chosen Moorfields as it is the largest specialist eye hospital in the world, treating over 600,000 patients per year. This is more than any other specialist eye hospital in either the United States or Europe.

Because of its heavy volume of patients, Moorfields also performs more eye scans than any other hospital. Each eye scan can be time consuming to analyze, which means patients are often left waiting on their results. In the meantime, it is possible for their condition to worsen while waiting. In order to solve this problem, Google DeepMind is utilizing technology to eliminate the need for people to analyze the scans, instead programming a computer to do so in just a fraction of the time.

Moorfields will send 1 million sample patient scans to Google DeepMind so the computer can be trained to detect different ocular issues. Ophthalmologist Peng Tee Khaw said of the exciting technology:

“It takes me my whole life experience to follow one patient’s history. And yet patients rely on my experience to predict their future. If we could use machine-assisted deep learning, we could be so much better at doing this, because then I could have the experience of 10,000 lifetimes.” [1]

The machine will assist in detecting common problems like diabetic retinopathy, which can severely up your risk for becoming blind. Doctors say that if the technology can be “trained” well enough, they could reduce the risk of blindness by as much as 98 percent through early detection.

The machine will also be particularly useful in detecting early signs of macular degeneration. Currently, there are more than 350 million people suffering with diabetic retinopathy, and related blindness. Doctors hope that this new technology can give people a new lease on life and a chance at not losing their eyesight to something preventable. [2]

Via Natural Society

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Harvard Medical School scientists need a female volunteer willing to give birth to a genetically modified Neanderthal

One of the world’s leading geneticists wants to bring back an extinct human species by cloning it from reconstructed DNA, then implanting the resulting embryo into the womb of a human woman.

“Now I need an adventurous female human,” said George Church of Harvard Medical School. “It depends on a hell of a lot of things, but I think it can be done.”

Church wants to resurrect Neanderthals, which went extinct 33,000 years ago. Although popular culture has portrayed Neanderthals as stupid, brutish and wild, evidence suggests that they were probably as intelligent as our own species.

Major ethical concerns

Church is one of the originators of the Human Genome Project that mapped the human genetic code. He is also one of the foremost developers of the field of synthetic biology.

He says that he has collected and analyzed enough Neanderthal DNA from bone fragments to create an artificial reconstruction – yes, just like the artificial reconstruction of dinosaur DNA at the center of the plot of Jurassic Park. Church would then inject this DNA into human stem cells, and later inject those stem cells into a fertilized human embryo. Church believes that the stem cells – with Neanderthal DNA – would hijack the DNA of the embryo and lead to the development of a Neanderthal instead of a human.

The embryo would be implanted into a human surrogate to develop in utero.

“It is hard to know where to begin with the ethical and safety concerns,” responded Philippa Taylor of the Christian Medical Fellowship.

In an interview with German magazine Der Spiegel, Church sets out his tenuous rationale for the project.

“Neanderthals might think differently than we do. They could even be more intelligent than us,” he said.

“When the time comes to deal with an epidemic or getting off the planet, it’s conceivable that their way of thinking could be beneficial.”

Of course, Church completely ignores or glosses over the massive safety and ethical implications of his genetic tampering. Experts have raised concerns about the possibility of genetic errors producing deformity in the cloned Neanderthals, while others have noted that a 33,000-year extinct species would have no immunity to modern diseases.

Bioethcist Bernard Rollin notes that cloning an extinct human being poses particular ethical challenges. How can Neanderthals consent to being brought back from extinction into a human-dominated world?

“I don’t think it’s fair to put people… into a circumstance where they are going to be mocked and possibly feared,” Rollins said.

Church’s plan may actually be illegal, as nearly all countries on earth, including his native United Kingdom, ban human reproductive cloning. Yet, because Church plans to clone Neanderthals and not modern humans, some governments might decide that those laws do not apply.

Mad science rolls on

Church’s plan may sound like mad science, but it’s part of a growing trend of genetic engineers increasingly setting their sights on the human genome.

In 2015, Chinese scientists became the first to admit that they had performed human “germline modification” – that is, they had modified the DNA of a human embryo.

Modern genetic therapies target only adult cells, giving them limited impact. But modifications to sperm, egg or embryonic cells affect the entire organism and are inherited by future generations.

Experts worldwide have called for a moratorium on human germline modification, citing diverse and significant ethical concerns. But the call has gone unheeded. In February of this year, the United Kingdom’s Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) gave the Francis Crick Institute permission to perform genetic modification experiments on human embryos.

“The HFEA now has the reputation of being the first regulator in the world to approve this uncertain and dangerous technology,” said Anne Scanlan of the nonprofit group LIFE. “It has ignored the warnings of over a hundred scientists worldwide and given permission for a procedure which could have damaging far-reaching implications for human beings.”

Via Natural News

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Glyphosate disrupts DNA function, causing ‘medical chaos’ in the form of multiple diseases including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, say researchers

Nearly half a century has passed since Monsanto scientist John Franz first discovered glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, which today is sprayed heavily all over the globe, including on our food and water, and in recreational areas where people go for leisure.

However, it is only now that scientists are beginning to truly understand the way this insidious chemical affects not only wildlife and the environment, but also the human body and its intricate biological functions.

A recent review of the scientific literature conducted by independent researchers Anthony Samsel, Ph.D. and Stephanie Seneff, Ph.D. – a scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) – uncovered some disturbing information about the way glyphosate interferes with the structure and functionality of important proteins in the human body.

What they learned is that glyphosate behaves as a glycine analogue that incorporates peptides during protein synthesis, according to AlterNet. In other words, the herbicide alters various proteins dependent “on conserved glycine for proper function.”

Glyphosate found to adversely impact structure and function of important proteins

When the human body substitutes glyphosate for glycine, it leads to a host of serious illnesses including diabetes, obesity, asthma, Alzheimer’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and Parkinson’s disease, among other conditions, according to the study’s authors.

“Glycine, the smallest amino acid commonly found in proteins, has unique properties that support flexibility and the ability to anchor to the plasma membrane or the cytoskeleton.

“This new direct biological evidence, taken together with correlational data, make a compelling case that glyphosate action as a glycine analogue accounts for much of glyphosate’s toxicity,” explains AlterNet, interpreting the researchers’ data.

Researchers say that when glyphosate behaves as an amino acid analogue of glycine, it can be incorporated into polypeptide chains during protein synthesis, which in turn affects the structure and function of important proteins in the human body.

Metabolic and regulatory processes may be disrupted by widely used herbicide

“Proteins fold up, and glycine is a small molecule that is often found at the folding places. Since glyphosate is much larger, it prevents the protein molecule from folding properly, leading to the disruption of function of many proteins with essential roles in metabolism and regulatory processes.”

Samsel and Seneff highlight a number of ways that this may affect humans, as well as other organisms, including the potential that “impaired fatty acid release” could lead to obesity and diabetes, because the chemical can disrupt the behavior of insulin receptors.

The researchers observed that glyphosate may prevent proteins from folding properly, causing “impaired one-carbon metabolism,” leading to neural tube defects and autism.

Researchers explain how glyphosate may cause autism, cancer and autoimmune diseases

It’s highly plausible that the herbicide may also disrupt “cell cycle control during DNA synthesis, and disregulated phosphorylation cascades,” which can end up causing cancer, complications with the lungs and autoimmune diseases.

Needless to say, the adverse effects glyphosate has on humans and other living things is absolutely frightening, and we still don’t understand the full extent of its impact. Nearly every chronic illness affecting Americans today can be traced back to glyphosate.

Yet, we can’t even get our regulatory agencies (namely the EPA) to recognize its carcinogenic effects, let alone the host of other debilitating, painful diseases it’s causing among humans.

“When a cell is trying to form proteins, it may grab glyphosate instead of glycine to form a damaged, mis-folded protein. After that it’s medical chaos. Where glyphosate replaces glycine, the cell can no longer conduct business as usual causing unpredicted consequences with many diseases and disorders as a result,” explains Stephen Frantz, Ph.D., a research pathobiologist.

While it’s essentially impossible to avoid exposure to glyphosate, you can take control of your health by boosting your immune system with clean, healthy foods such as The Health Ranger’s Organic Bee Pollen, sourced solely from carefully selected beekeepers in Spain.

Nearly half a century has passed since Monsanto scientist John Franz first discovered glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, which today is sprayed heavily all over the globe, including on our food and water, and in recreational areas where people go for leisure.

However, it is only now that scientists are beginning to truly understand the way this insidious chemical affects not only wildlife and the environment, but also the human body and its intricate biological functions.

A recent review of the scientific literature conducted by independent researchers Anthony Samsel, Ph.D. and Stephanie Seneff, Ph.D. – a scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) – uncovered some disturbing information about the way glyphosate interferes with the structure and functionality of important proteins in the human body.

What they learned is that glyphosate behaves as a glycine analogue that incorporates peptides during protein synthesis, according to AlterNet. In other words, the herbicide alters various proteins dependent “on conserved glycine for proper function.”

Glyphosate found to adversely impact structure and function of important proteins

When the human body substitutes glyphosate for glycine, it leads to a host of serious illnesses including diabetes, obesity, asthma, Alzheimer’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and Parkinson’s disease, among other conditions, according to the study’s authors.

“Glycine, the smallest amino acid commonly found in proteins, has unique properties that support flexibility and the ability to anchor to the plasma membrane or the cytoskeleton.

“This new direct biological evidence, taken together with correlational data, make a compelling case that glyphosate action as a glycine analogue accounts for much of glyphosate’s toxicity,” explains AlterNet, interpreting the researchers’ data.

Researchers say that when glyphosate behaves as an amino acid analogue of glycine, it can be incorporated into polypeptide chains during protein synthesis, which in turn affects the structure and function of important proteins in the human body.

Metabolic and regulatory processes may be disrupted by widely used herbicide

“Proteins fold up, and glycine is a small molecule that is often found at the folding places. Since glyphosate is much larger, it prevents the protein molecule from folding properly, leading to the disruption of function of many proteins with essential roles in metabolism and regulatory processes.”

Samsel and Seneff highlight a number of ways that this may affect humans, as well as other organisms, including the potential that “impaired fatty acid release” could lead to obesity and diabetes, because the chemical can disrupt the behavior of insulin receptors.

The researchers observed that glyphosate may prevent proteins from folding properly, causing “impaired one-carbon metabolism,” leading to neural tube defects and autism.

Researchers explain how glyphosate may cause autism, cancer and autoimmune diseases

It’s highly plausible that the herbicide may also disrupt “cell cycle control during DNA synthesis, and disregulated phosphorylation cascades,” which can end up causing cancer, complications with the lungs and autoimmune diseases.

Needless to say, the adverse effects glyphosate has on humans and other living things is absolutely frightening, and we still don’t understand the full extent of its impact. Nearly every chronic illness affecting Americans today can be traced back to glyphosate.

Yet, we can’t even get our regulatory agencies (namely the EPA) to recognize its carcinogenic effects, let alone the host of other debilitating, painful diseases it’s causing among humans.

“When a cell is trying to form proteins, it may grab glyphosate instead of glycine to form a damaged, mis-folded protein. After that it’s medical chaos. Where glyphosate replaces glycine, the cell can no longer conduct business as usual causing unpredicted consequences with many diseases and disorders as a result,” explains Stephen Frantz, Ph.D., a research pathobiologist.

While it’s essentially impossible to avoid exposure to glyphosate, you can take control of your health by boosting your immune system with clean, healthy foods such as The Health Ranger’s Organic Bee Pollen, sourced solely from carefully selected beekeepers in Spain.

Via Natural News

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Free energy is an absolute imperative for the future of the earth and humanity

The global ecological crisis demands radical changes in the way in which we use energy. Traditional renewable approaches such as solar, wind and biomass are attractive but can be capital and materials intensive, diffuse and intermittent. My own research and travel reveals an increasingly large number of experiments suggesting that we might be able to obtain clean and abundant energy from the vacuum or from low energy nuclear reactions (cold fusion).

But these results fly in the face of conventional physics. “The resistance to a new idea”, Bertrand Russell said, “increases as the square of its importance.” Through the ages, perhaps no idea is more important or more maligned than that of perpetual motion or free energy. Inventors rarely lead easy lives, but those dedicated to the quest for free energy have met with especially great resistance. We look at the sagas of Nikola Tesia, T. Henry Moray, Bruce de Palma and Stefan Marinov as examples spanning this past century.

This quest began far earlier, as revealed in this fascinating biography by John Collins. The time is the second decade of the eighteenth century and the place is Germany. Here Johannes Bessler, alias Orffyreus, built and demonstrated large wheels which he claimed could turn indefinitely. In one dramatic demonstration, a Bessler wheel was documented to have run continuously for four weeks.

Collins correctly points out that the concept of perpetual motion has its semantic difficulties that can cause a premature dismissal from some critics. The relevant question to ask is, can we obtain energy from a mechanical free running device by the ingenious placement of weights with respect to the centre of gravity of the wheel to make it turn continuously? Collins believes this was Bessler’s secret, analogous to a windmill turning continuously in a constant wind. Regrettably he offers no definitive or quantitative analysis of how that mechanism might have worked successfully.

Most modern free energy research goes well beyond the mechanical paradigm of Bessler’s time. Some are electromagnetic devices following Michael Faraday’s discovery in the 1830s that magnets placed on a wheel, when spun up to a threshold speed, can produce anomalous electricity that might lead to a continuous energy source, like a paddle wheel in running water.

During the 1990s, I visited the laboratories of over a dozen inventors worldwide of electromagnetic devices that appeared to produce more energy than went into them, as measured by traditional means. What we are seeing is energy coming from the vacuum of space, sometimes called zero-point energy, because it still exists at temperatures of absolute zero. I’ve seen many of these proof-of-concept demonstrations for myself. I wrote up the results of this journey in my 1996 book

Miracle in the Void. Since then, many more books, scientific papers, articles, organizations and websites describe the prospects of new energy technologies that could reverse a permanent state of war and the gloomy spectre of irreversible climate change, the drastic pollution of our air, water and land, and the seizure of dwindling nonrenewable resources such as oil, coal, natural gas, uranium, forests, water, food, soil, minerals, wetlands, coral reefs, pristine diverse natural habitats and indigenous cultures.

Many of us with a scientific background have also investigated revolutionary concepts such as cold fusion with palladium cathodes (nonradioactive, room temperature nuclear reactions), sonoluminescence (acoustic cavitation, a cold fusion method), and special hydrogen and water chemistries, all of which are almost certainly producing significant clean excess thermal energy in the presence of catalysts. We have come to the conclusion, based on sound experimental science, that we could soon have a breakthrough energy economy, if we only allow these courageous researchers to move the technologies beyond their own laboratories. Unfortunately, that has not happened yet. The global controllers’ suppression of making available any practical device has been 100% airtight, in spite of numerous attempts to break through. Covert assassinations, threats, thefts, draconian laws prohibiting the patenting of such devices and lack of funding have all thwarted development.

This war perpetrated by elite corporations and the U.S. and other rich oligarchies against humanity and nature has only escalated over the past few years. The unfolding of these crimes provides a stark contrast to how things could be in a better world. We need nothing less than profound systemic change in our political, economic and social systems in order to have clean energy, and that must happen sooner than is comfortable for most of us. But our discomfort and disease coming from an imperiled biosphere would be far worse. We need a revolution, a peaceful transformation. Its centerpiece should be a clean energy solution revolution that could restore sustainability and sensibility to the world.

The Energy Solution Revolution is an urgent call for an energy revolution that would give us a quantum leap in environmental friendliness. Some parts are an updated compilation of essays written over the past several years that explore the prospects and implications of a future world of radically clean, cheap and decentralized energy. Does this possibility really exist or is it a scientific mirage? If it does exist, why has it been so suppressed for over a century since Nikola Tesla and others were inventing these things? Why do mainstream scientists, progressives and environmentalists totally ignore this possibility, even though it might save us all? What can we do to avoid the abuse or overuse of these technologies? Most importantly, how can we implement free energy when so very few of us are listening? We explore these questions in this book. It is a wake-up-call to transform planetary culture from one dominated by capitalistic self-interest, pointless wars, ecocide and dirty energy, into one where the bulk of humanity can at last come together with compassion for all creation–before it’s too late.

Problems and solutions to our energy problems are not technical. They are human. The evidence for new, breakthrough, “over-unity” energy is overwhelming, but we must realize that we are in the research phase of a research and development cycle, that we are on the toe of the profit curve that almost no venture capitalist yet wants to touch, and that so far, the inventors have been divided and conquered by the unmitigated greed of the existing energy lobby.

History teaches us that new energy research is both elusive and heretical, yet intriguing enough to be taken seriously.

Our challenges are therefore social, economic and political. We will see that, like thrashing dragons wanting to get one more drop of blood, we crave hydrocarbon and nuclear fuel in deference to those who wish to profit from our continuing use of dirty energy and who are doing everything they can to stop solution energy from seeing the light of day. We shall see that the pervasive use of carbon trading, biofuels, alternative hydrocarbons such as the tar sands of Alberta and oil shale of Utah, carbon sequestration at coal mines, the hydrogen economy, nuclear power, hybrid cars, air cars—even solar and wind–can only distract us from what we really need to do in the long run. We shall see that these “solutions” are just smoke and mirrors in the well-publicized energy sideshow. As journalist George Monbiot put it, the first way to keep from environmental and climate disaster would be to keep carbon (and uranium) in the ground. But then what?

Policymakers and an ignorant public are thwarting authentically clean energy at every turn, either by commission or by omission. As a sociological problem, the need for truly clean energy is perhaps the most urgent one our culture has ever faced. The Energy Solution Revolutionlooks into these dynamics of overcoming our denials and vested interests as we progress through this book. Given that both policymakers and the public commons have difficulty supporting solar and wind power, multiply that suppresive force by millions when it comes to the viability of new energy technologies to save the planet from almost sure disaster.

Almost every “expert” who presents the “renewable” alternatives limits his/her discussion to the known sources such as solar and wind, which are not really all that renewable. The public is deceived into thinking those are all there are or ever will be. The free energy possibilities are simply discarded at our risk and peril.

My journalist-colleague Keith Lampe has well expressed a scenario for our future energy choices. He suggests that existing “renewable” technologies such as solar and wind be implemented as first-generation energy, while we develop forthwith second-generation energy such as zero-point, cold fusion and advanced hydrogen technologies. Both options, he feels, need equal time, whether it’s in Congressional hearings or in public discourse. Looked at in this light, we can evolve an energy policy that makes sense, and could give us a much better chance to reverse climate change before it’s too late.

I agree with Lampe’s assessment, which was also the principal conclusion of my own studies, as expressed in my previous book Re-Inheriting the Earth (2003). It seems that, even for those skeptical about whether or not these advanced energy technologies are real, is it not wise to adopt the precautionary principle that we leave no stone unturned to uncover those energy sources which could really solve our paralysis of paradigm and save humanity and nature from almost certain destruction? We cannot afford to do less.

But we must also ensure that the technologies are regulated by responsible government and are never put to weapons use or overuse. That’s why social change must go along with introducing any radical new technology such as this one.

Each revolutionary new energy technology discussed in the book represents a potential quantum leap in our ability to have clean and cheap energy. In every case, using these sources can give all of humanity an authentically lasting new paradigm in our energy policies and practices, at first involving disruptive and seemingly magical concepts. They give us an opportunity to transcend humanity’s rampage on nature and give us a reasonable chance to have a truly peaceful, just and sustainable future on Earth—if we can take action soon and wisely.

We can research and vet all the energy options we want and we can even try to do this job honestly, but none of this will matter unless we can effect political action at many levels. We’re going to need to know the truth and find ways of acting on it constructively. We must search for a public context to introduce solution energy for all.

In my opinion, the prospects of free energy depend entirely on the success of an altruistic democracy that is longing to be born.

Interview with Brian O’Leary
Energy Solution Revolution – Part 1

Interview with Brian O’Leary
Energy Solution Revolution – Part 2

Via Prevent Disease

Dr. Brian O’Leary is an author, pioneering physicist and former NASA astronaut. He has published ten international books on the frontiers of science, space, energy and culture. With his artist-wife Meredith, they founded Montesueños, a retreat center and botanical garden in the Ecuadorian Andes dedicated to finding deep peaceful and sustainable solutions to humankind’s war on nature and to implement these at local, regional and global levels of action. Please visit Dr. O’Leary’s websites at www.montesuenos.org and www.brianoleary.info for more details.

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