Archive for January, 2008

Initial Posting

January 17, 2008

Welcome to my wordpress space!

I’m currently blogging at http://www.jbpeebles.blogspot.com

Regular posts should be available there.

I am developing the http://www.jbpeebles.com website. I hope to have my content all cataloged there. I expect to have the site running this year.

I’ve outlined my plans for the site over at http://www.jbpeebles.blogspot.com

Under consideration is powering the site servers with renewable energy. I’m eager to move away from conventional sources of power, as I’m very much aware of the impact of coal mining in Appalachia–mountaintop removal. Until we make the switch off of coal, I think we are taking a step back.

Another area of interest is wind power.

On a personal level, I recycle all I can and minimize energy consumption where I can. I’m in an old house, so at some point I’d love to get off the carbon habit altogether, but the pace of change is far too slow for my tastes. There’s no technical limitation on using biofuel right now.

Brewing biofuels is a both cheap and proven technology. I do not advocate ethanol or any other biofuel which requires additional acreage and energy to produce, but would rather see cooking oil and fats be recycled and converted out of post-consumer waste, a process which is both quick and easy.

There’s no reason not to begin neighborhood collection centers and to start brewing now. The start-up costs can be recaptured from sales of biodiesel. Many fuel stations in the Midwest offer some form of biodiesel, mixed in some ratio of diesel-to-biofuel, typically at least 50% diesel. Diesel engines are required, and older models may require conversion to biofuel, but truckers and others who’ve included some portion of biofuel into their engines say that performance has improved, and that the biodiesel actually removed many of the residues associated with diesel fuels.

I’d like to be more involved with this process, but government clearly needs to follow up on private sector initiatives and facilitate local cooking fat collection and brewing operations.

Carbon-based fuels are destroying our atmosphere. As much as climate change may seem to be about changes in temperature, it’s simply more complicated than that. Global climactic change is far more than a warming process, rather it explains the introduction of greater instability into our climate, with devastating effects on people, crops, property, seasonal rains and monsoons, and exacerbated droughts and flooding.

Engineers simply forgot to imagine the combined impact of millions of combustion engines exhausting carbon monoxide, dioxide, particulants, and heat. The introduction of additional heat in a closed-loop system–albeit a vast one–will result in varied and unpredictable outcomes.

Man-made mega-engineering projects bent on stopping or reducing the effects of warming may not be feasible. Preventing the escape of greenhouse gases appears far more productive an endeavor–much in the way minimizing the chemical footprint can help to prevent diseases like cancer, which has skyrocketed in recent years. Pollution is clearly more expensive for society–health-wise and cleanup-wise–than the marginal financial benefit it bestows on polluters.

Obviously a vast chemical industry has no reason to accept the reasoning that toxins in their products could be contributing to higher level of point- and non-point-pollution. Mercury has been growing at 5% or so, a product of more coal burning. Mercury is a potent neuro-toxin with particularly damaging effects on young women and the newborn.

Our houses are strewn with countless sources of carcinogenic substances that could be killing us slowly, by emitting trace amounts that “bio-accumulate” in our lymph nodes and fatty tissues. I’m no medical expert, but the more exposure one has to toxin chemicals, the more likely they are to experience the negative health consequences of exposure.

Many chemicals are also in our food, alongside pathogens like those that cause Mad Cow. I’ve been hearing bad things about sodium nitrate, which is a common preservative. Aspartame has been associated with worsening depression among other symptoms. Monosodium glutomate is also bad and should be avoided. High-fructose corn syrup tricks the stomach into not thinking it’s full. Fat people eat more and drink more soda, so guess who likes the HFCS? The food, snack, and beverage industries.

I’ve researched chemicals andd consumer products at ewg.org, the environmental working group, a not-for-profit group of scientists working in the public interest.

I don’t intent to be paranoid about the introduction of toxins in my environment, but I believe in the value of detoxification as a tool to purge the “foul humors” that must accumulate in our chemical-using society. A balanced approach of screening out the most dangerous chemicals from our lives, with periods of fasting and/or detoxification, makes the most sense.

More Evil

Conspiracy theories abound as to the plans for a New World Order. Weather modification is underway, according to a lawsuit brought in Germany where weather modification is a crime. The appearance of large numbers of persistent contrails–called chemtrails–is also on the rise. Theories about mycoplasma, a cross between a fungus and a virus, contained in the barium-based chemical cocktail released in our upper atmosphere have been explored.

Another area of concern is the use of flouride in our water, typically mixed in 1 mG/L concentration. The first time flouride was applied to water was in German concentration camps, I just read, where it theoretically made prisoners more listless and stupid, less active and thus easier to guard.

Notice how the pharmacological industry panders to the symptom-stomping, as opposed to remedying the underlying cause of the illness. There’s no money in ending the disease, so the diseases persist, even if they are preventable, simply because managing conditions is part of the Big Pharma business model.

Doctors these days are confounded, in part because no one is looking at the body as a unitary, single organism, but rather have broken it up into specialties, where no doctor examines any underlying causes for the disease beyond his concentration. The concept of mycoplasma is interesting since the mycoplasma are essentially undetectable, save through a complicated reverse polymerase chain reaction (?) or mycoplasma complement fixation (MCF) test. Perhaps doctors all over the nation will one day wake up and find this little man-made agent–found in the blood of virtually every North American–is the source of un-diagnosable rashes, conditions, and other peculiarities.

I’m not not clear on the science involved and would like to refer you to others who’ve been writing on this chemtrail topic. I guess in the absence of direct proof–scientific studies of airplane emissions are extremely scarce–, we can let our worst fear run wild. With the German lawsuit leading the way, governments may have to admit their use of climate-altering substances and technologies through the spraying of man-made chemicals into the atmosphere. The high quantities of aluminum and barium in chemtrails may have emerged out of the Global Warming Crisis as a means to reduce the effect of sunlight.

Others might have you believe that the barium and the mycoplasma in the spidery synthetic substances applied to our atmosphere are biological precursors for the application of other genetically altered diseases and conditions that Big Pharma can’t wait to treat. One recently “invented” disease, Restless Leg Syndrome could in fact be a result of elevated levels of mycoplasma settling in our legs. Who knows?

I can’t validate any of these findings myself. What is clear is that people need to learn a great deal more about how to protect themselves, if not from the toxic chemicals in their environment, and perhaps even from their own governments who purport to be protecting them.

Whatever the theories, the presence of non-naturally occurring chemicals in our food, air, and water clearly bears increasing scrutiny. Even if no one is out to get us, we need to be careful about the impact of carelessness and apathy concerning environmental risk factors for disease.

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