The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom

In CategoryUncategorized
ByRuss Bianchi

Here is a true story that should be required reading for all on human perseverance and endurance.

~ Uncle Russ

Slavomir Rawicz (Author)

“I hope The Long Walk will remain as a memorial to all those who live and die for freedom, and for all those who for many reasons could not speak for themselves.”–Slavomir Rawicz

In 1941, the author and six other fellow prisoners escaped a Soviet labor camp in Yakutsk–a camp where enduring hunger, cold, untended wounds, untreated illnesses, and avoiding daily executions were everyday feats. Their march–over thousands of miles by foot–out of Siberia, through China, the Gobi Desert, Tibet, and over the Himalayas to British India is a remarkable statement about man’s desire to be free.

While the original book sold hundreds of thousands of copies, this updated paperback version includes a new Afterword by the author, as well as the author’s Foreword to the Polish book. Written in a hauntingly detailed, no holds barred way, the new edition of The Long Walk is destined to outrank its classic status and guaranteed to forever stay in the reader’s mind.
Publisher: The Lyons Press (April 1, 2006)

ISBN-10: 1592289444
ISBN-13: 978-1592289448

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A Mapmaker’s Dream: The Meditations of Fra Mauro, Cartographer to the Court of Venice: A Novel

In CategoryUncategorized
ByRuss Bianchi

This is an interesting little book that is multi layered in its story and meanings. It helps focus one’s view of how to accomplish things with few resources.

~ Uncle Russ

 James Cowan (Author)

In sixteenth-century Venice, in an island monastery, a cloistered monk experiences the adventure of a lifetime—all within the confines of his cell. Part historical fiction, part philosophical mystery, A Mapmaker’s Dream tells the story of Fra Mauro and his struggle to realize his life’s work: to make a perfect map—one that represents the full breadth of Creation. News of Mauro’s projects attracts explorers, pilgrims, travelers, and merchants, all eager to contribute their accounts of faraway people and places. As he listens to the tales of the strange and fantastic things they’ve seen, Mauro comes to regard the world as much more than continents and kingdoms: that it is also made up of a vast and equally real interior landscape of beliefs, aspirations, and dreams. Mauro’s map grows and takes shape, becoming both more complete and incomprehensible. In the process, the boundaries of Mauro’s world are pushed to the extreme, raising questions about the relationship between representation, imagination, and the nature of reality itself.

Publisher: Shambhala (December 18, 2007)

ISBN-10: 1590305205
ISBN-13: 978-1590305201

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Colour: Travels Through the Paintbox

In CategoryUncategorized
ByRuss Bianchi

A very good look at the history of pigments, lakes and color.

~ Uncle Russ

Victoria Finlay (Author)

Part travelogue, part narrative history, COLOUR unlocks the history of the colours of the rainbow, and reveals how paints came to be invented, discovered, traded and used. This remarkable and beautifully written book remembers a time when red paint was really the colour of blood, when orange was the poison pigment, blue as expensive as gold, and yellow made from the urine of cows force-fed with mangoes. It looks at how green was carried by yaks along the silk road, and how an entire nation was founded on the colour purple. Exciting, richly informative, and always surprising, COLOUR lifts the lid on the historical palette and unearths an astonishing wealth of stories about the quest for colours, and our efforts to understand them.

Publisher: Sceptre (May 26, 2003)
ISBN-10: 0340733292
ISBN-13: 978-0340733295

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“Perfumes: The A-Z Guide”

In CategoryProducts, Health Dangers, Etc
ByRuss Bianchi

A fascinating peak into a secretive industry…

~ Uncle Russ

By Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez

Target audience: The olfactorily obsessed, curious or confused.

Author’s credentials: Luca Turin, a prominent biophysicist and leading scholar in the science of smell, was the subject of New York Times perfume critic Chandler Burr’s 2004 book “The Emperor of Scent.” Tania Sanchez, a former San Franciscan, is his wife, a perfume critic and an “avid perfume collector.”

The gist: This paperback version of the popular volume of the same name (Viking, 2008) adds 451 more scent reviews to the compendium of nearly 1,500 in the first edition.

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Deep Brain Stimulation Successful for Treatment of Severely Depressive Patient

In CategoryBrain/Mental Health
ByRuss Bianchi

There are safer and less evasive herbal and botanical therapies available than this type of dangerous and expensive surgery.

~ Uncle Russ

ScienceDaily (Jan. 11, 2010) — A team of neurosurgeons at Heidelberg University Hospital and psychiatrists at the Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim have for the first time successfully treated a patient suffering from severe depression by stimulating the habenula, a tiny nerve structure in the brain. The 64-year-old woman, who had suffered from depression since age 18, could not be helped by medication or electroconvulsive therapy. Since the procedure, she is for the first time in years free of symptoms.

University Hospital Heidelberg. “Deep Brain Stimulation Successful for Treatment of Severely Depressive Patient.” ScienceDaily 11 January 2010. 10 January 2010 .

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Predicting Survival for Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Patients

In CategoryTreatments, Therapy, Recovery, Health Care
ByRuss Bianchi

“(The) medical community has to recognize the fact that they have not cured PAH.” No kidding, consider a primary source for its cause, High Fructose Corn Syrup, is a major contributor to the condition.

~ Uncle Russ

ScienceDaily (Jan. 11, 2010) — Setting out to determine the survival of patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), researchers at the University of Chicago Medical Center and their colleagues also discovered that an equation used for more than 20 years to predict survival is outdated. Accordingly, they developed and recently published a new survival prediction equation that will impact clinical practice and the drug development process

University of Chicago Medical Center. “Predicting Survival for Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Patients.” ScienceDaily 11 January 2010. 10 January 2010 .

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Isoflavone Use May Improve Endothelial Function in Postmenopausal Women

In CategoryGenetic Modification
ByRuss Bianchi

The problem here is the soy crop used in the USA is either very contaminated with pesticides or herbicides, genetically modified, or otherwise hydrogenated and chemically manipulated in finished food products.

Will North American soy products (even so-called orangic) help post menopausal women? NO, not unless you are growing your own.

~ Uncle Russ
 
Anthony J. Brown, MD
 
December 11, 2009 — Oral isoflavone supplementation enhances endothelial function in postmenopausal women with low levels of flow-mediated dilation (FMD) at baseline, according to a report in the November 18th online issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. In women with high levels of FMD, no benefit is seen.

“The risks of cardiovascular diseases increase with the decline in estrogen production after menopause in women,” senior author Dr. Ru-Tai Hui, from the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College in Beijing, China, and colleagues explain. “Isoflavone, mainly produced by soybeans, has been suggested to have estrogenic and potentially cardioprotective effects and improved endothelial dysfunction in many experimental studies.”

Whether isoflavone use actually improves endothelial function in postmenopausal women, however, is controversial, the report indicates. Studies investigating this topic have been relatively small and have yielded conflicting findings. “As a result, the precise effect of isoflavone supplementation has not been established.”

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Schwarzenegger says health care bill a ‘rip-off’

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ByRuss Bianchi

By Associated Press – Sat Jan 9, 4:57 PM PST

WASHINGTON – California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger says concessions made to Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson to win his vote on the health care overhaul bill were a “rip-off” for his state and is urging California lawmakers to vote against it.

In an interview airing Sunday on NBC’s Meet the Press, Schwarzenegger says giving extra Medicaid benefits to Nebraska to secure Nelson’s vote, critical to Senate passage of the measure, was “like buying a vote.” In Sacramento, he says, “it is illegal to do that, to buy votes.”

Schwarzenegger was one of the few Republicans to express support for health care reform, but last week protested the deal that gave Nebraska more Medicaid money but not other states.

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Drink warm water to ease effects of colon probes?

In CategoryBPA, Plastics, Bottled Water
ByRuss Bianchi

Reuters Health

Tuesday, January 5, 2010
By Joene Hendry

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Drinking warm water seems to relax the bowel and improve the comfort of colonoscopy, as well as the “completeness” of the procedure, hint findings of a study from Korea.

Colonoscopy involves inserting a thin, flexible scope into the colon to look for cancer or polyps, which are growths that can become cancerous. With colonoscopy, the entire length of the colon can be inspected. It is considered the most sensitive way to screen for colon cancer.

However, “incomplete” colonoscopy examinations — when the full length of the colon can not be examined, for whatever reason — do occur and may lead to some small growths in the colon being missed, Dr. Jae J. Kim, at Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine in Seoul noted in an email to Reuters Health.

In their study, Kim’s team found that they were able to completely examine more of the large intestine surface (98.4 percent on average) of patients who drank 2 liters (approximately 2 quarts) of warm water just prior to undergoing colonoscopy.

By contrast, colonoscopy reached lesser surface amounts (90.6 and 92.2 percent, respectively) in patients who drank 2 liters of cold water or no water, the researchers report in the American Journal of Gastroenterology.

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Cell-to-Cell Signaling and Pseudomonas aeruginosa Infections

In CategoryTreatments, Therapy, Recovery, Health Care
ByRuss Bianchi

Translated from the scientific paper attached, like the overuse of antibiotics creating more resistant strains of disease (FACT), so too regular household disinfectants are a likely cause of stronger and stronger resistant germs, that are linked with many infectious diseases like cystic fibrous. Bottom line: Do Not Use Commercial Branded Disinfectant Products, Use Safe & Effective Natural Ones.

~ Uncle Russ

Christian Van Delden and Barbara H. Iglewski
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, New York, USA
 
Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a bacterium responsible for severe nosocomial infections, life-threatening infections in immunocompromised persons, and chronic infections in cystic fibrosis patients. The bacterium’s virulence depends on a large number of cell-associated and extracellular factors. Cell-to-cell signaling systems control the expression and allow a coordinated, cell-density–dependent production of many extracellular virulence factors. We discuss the possible role of cell-to-cell signaling in the pathogenesis of P. aeruginosa infections and present a rationale for targeting cell-to-cell signaling systems in the development of new therapeutic approaches.
 
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‘Big Pharma’ feed biotech startups record funds

In CategoryDrugs and Drug Companies
ByRuss Bianchi

Big Pharma rolls on, despite a reactive model and will so as long as consumers use their products versus lower cost and safer preventive protocols.

~ Uncle Russ

San Francisco Chronicle
Tom Abate, Chronicle Staff Writer

Sunday, January 10, 2010

The biotech industry raised a record $55.8 billion in 2009 despite hesitant stock and venture capital markets, as drug-company partnerships fed the cash-burning startups that develop new therapies.

That represents a jump of 85 percent over the $30.1 billion recorded in 2008, according to Steve Burrill, whose San Francisco firm Burrill & Co. is both an industry investor and analyst.

He said the 2009 results were driven by $37 billion in financial partnerships through which large drug companies license technologies or experimental remedies from biotech startups, a dynamic that enabled many small firms to survive a tough year. But it may ultimately limit their growth if they were forced to cede control over their most promising developments.

“You’re not going to grow a lot more Genentechs or Amgens,” Burrill said, painting a picture of a biotech industry that is increasingly the farm team that develops remedies that will ultimately be licensed and sold by the major league drug companies, also known as “Big Pharma.”

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A Virtual Liver, a Better Chance of Life

In CategoryTreatments, Therapy, Recovery, Health Care
ByRuss Bianchi

Preventative medical or nutritional protocols are always lower in cost, with less adverse side effect and higher survivability rates, as opposed to reactive surgical or drug ones.

~ Uncle Russ

ScienceDaily (Jan. 11, 2010) — Surgeons can now use 3D, accurate images of the liver to rehearse keyhole tumour removal before real surgery — reducing the risk to the patient and enabling them to take expert advice.

EUREKA. “A Virtual Liver, a Better Chance of Life.” ScienceDaily 11 January 2010. 10 January 2010 .

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New Treatment for Hyperactivity in Children: Thought-Operated Computer System

In CategoryBaby/Children/Teen Health
ByRuss Bianchi

How about feeding the children real absorbable nutrients, instead of drugging them up, or hooking them up to electronic biofeedback gimmicks?



Oh, that would be too simple and unprofitable…


~ Uncle Russ
 
ScienceDaily (Jan. 11, 2010) — A new thought-operated computer system which can reduce the symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children will be rolled out across the UK this month.
 
University of Hertfordshire. “New Treatment for Hyperactivity in Children: Thought-Operated Computer System.” ScienceDaily 11 January 2010. 10 January 2010 .
 
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Early Lessons from the H1N1 Pandemic: Critical Illness in Children Unpredictable but Survivable

In CategoryBaby/Children/Teen Health
ByRuss Bianchi

“Pandemic”? Read ‘THE GREAT BIRD FLU HOAX’ by Dr. Joseph Mercola

~ Uncle Russ

ScienceDaily (Jan. 11, 2010) — Lessons learned from the first 13 children at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center to become critically ill from the H1N1 virus show that although all patients survived, serious complications developed quickly, unpredictably, with great variations from patient to patient and with serious need for vigilant monitoring and quick treatment adjustments.

Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. “Early Lessons from the H1N1 Pandemic: Critical Illness in Children Unpredictable but Survivable.” ScienceDaily 11 January 2010. 10 January 2010 .

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Brain Imaging May Help Diagnose Autism

In CategoryBrain/Mental Health
ByRuss Bianchi

Why is it that AUTISM rates are up only where unnecessary vaccination and booster shots for prepubescent are also far over administered?



You already know the an$wer.

~ Uncle Russ

ScienceDaily (Jan. 10, 2010) — Children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) process sound and language a fraction of a second slower than children without ASDs, and measuring magnetic signals that mark this delay may become a standardized way to diagnose autism.

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “Brain Imaging May Help Diagnose Autism.” ScienceDaily 10 January 2010. 10 January 2010 .

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Vitamin Bombs for Baby Fish

In CategoryVitamins
ByRuss Bianchi

Life THRIVES on plants.



Moringa just so happens to be the most nutrient rich plant, studied and now palatable for regular human ingestion, on the planet.


GOT ZIJA?

~ Uncle Russ

ScienceDaily (Jan. 10, 2010) — Scientists at SINTEF have set themselves the goal of exploiting the advantages of a special type of zooplankton on a large scale called Copepods.

SINTEF. “Vitamin Bombs for Baby Fish.” ScienceDaily 10 January 2010. 10 January 2010 .

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Researchers Study Microbes in Cattle to Unlock Metabolic Disease Mysteries

In CategoryTreatments, Therapy, Recovery, Health Care
ByRuss Bianchi

Watch “WHAT’S WRONG WITH WHAT WE EAT?” by Mark Bittman, linked in video lecture, on this blog, in the December Archive.



Save a life or two, and tell your family and friends to watch also.


~ Uncle Russ

ScienceDaily (Jan. 10, 2010) — Switching from warm-season grasses to cool-season forages can give livestock a belly ache, in some cases a deadly one, according to Texas AgriLife Research scientists.

Texas A&M AgriLife. “Researchers Study Microbes in Cattle to Unlock Metabolic Disease Mysteries.” ScienceDaily 10 January 2010. 10 January 2010 .

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Second-Hand Pollution

In CategoryToxins, Pollution, Contaminants, Chemicals, Etc
ByRuss Bianchi

ScienceDaily (Jan. 10, 2010) — Everything from simple tools to complete factories is available for export from the US and Europe to the developing world. At first site, such “recycling” of equipment sounds laudable, but a European research team argues in a forthcoming issue of the International Journal of Global Environmental Issues that such exports are slowing the adoption of more environmentally friendly and non-polluting technology across the globe.

Inderscience. “Second-Hand Pollution.” ScienceDaily 10 January 2010. 10 January 2010 .

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Ipratropium Bromide May Increase Risk for Cardiovascular Events

In CategoryCardiovascular Health
ByRuss Bianchi

“There is a reason they call them ‘Medical PRACTICES’…representations they (MD’s) actually know what they are doing are greatly exaggerated, at the patients’ expense, both financially or otherwise.” Retired Dean Of Medicine At A Major US Medical School

~ Uncle Russ

ScienceDaily (Jan. 10, 2010) — Patients taking ipratropium bromide, an anticholinergic used in the treatment of COPD, may be at an increased risk for cardiovascular events (CVE), including heart failure

American College of Chest Physicians. “Ipratropium Bromide May Increase Risk for Cardiovascular Events.” ScienceDaily 10 January 2010. 10 January 2010 .

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Pediatric Cancer Survivors at Risk for Diseases That Predispose Them to Heart Disease

In CategoryCardiovascular Health
ByRuss Bianchi

Hmm, compromised immunity from cancer protocol drugs, which are like hunting a fly with an elephant gun, and there might be complications? Like wow, next we will hear the need to develop several new drugs for the new “syndrome”.

~ Uncle Russ

ScienceDaily (Jan. 10, 2010) — Survivors of pediatric cancer are at greater risk for high cholesterol, diabetes and high blood pressure, all of which predispose them to heart disease. These risk factors for heart disease are being found at an earlier age than in the general population, according to research published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.

American Association for Cancer Research. “Pediatric Cancer Survivors at Risk for Diseases That Predispose Them to Heart Disease.” ScienceDaily 10 January 2010. 10 January 2010 .

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The Constant Gardener Trailer

In CategoryUncategorized
ByRuss Bianchi

A widower is determined to get to the bottom of a potentially explosive secret involving his wife’s murder, big business, and corporate corruption.

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House of Numbers Trailer

In CategoryTreatments, Therapy, Recovery, Health Care
ByRuss Bianchi

SYNOPSIS:

In ‘House of Numbers,’ an AIDS film like no other, the HIV/AIDS story is being rewritten. This is the first film to present the uncensored POVs of virtually all the major players; in their own settings, in their own words. It rocks the foundation upon which all conventional wisdom regarding HIV/AIDS is based. ‘House of Numbers’ could well be the opening volley in a battle to bring sanity and clarity to an epidemic gone awry.

INTERVIEWEES IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE:

Mark Conlan, Dr. John P. Moore, Dr. Donald P. Francis, Dr. Hans R. Gelderblom, Eleni Papadopulos, MSc; Dr. Robert Gallo, Street Interview England, Street Interview Australia, Dr. Kary Mullis, Dr. James Chin, Dr. Peter H. Duesberg, Dr. Reinhard Kurth, Dr. Niel T. Constantine (voice over in testing), Dr. Harold Jaffe, Celia Farber, Neville Hodgkinson, and Dr. Luc Montagnier.
 

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