Month: May 2019

Massage Therapy

As the co-owner of Deepfeet Massage Therapy, our massage clinics in Emerald and Kingaroy, Queensland, Australia we are always open to investors, excellent massage therapists looking for employment and customers in need. Clinics are located in major retail centers and staffed with qualified massage therapists. HICAPS health fund rebates are available from therapists with massage qualifications, and all therapists are experienced in massage therapy.

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Do Some Vitamins Do More Harm than Good?

Novel prize winner James Watson, discoverer of the DNA double helix, in Oxidants, antioxidants and the current incurability of metastatic cancers proposed commonly consumed free-radical-destroying antioxidative nutritional supplements may have caused more cancers than they have prevented. This view is supported by metastudies e.g. analyzing 68 randomized trials with 232,606 participants (385 publications) and reviews showing the unfulfilled promises of antioxidant agents.

His hypothesis was that much of late-stage cancer’s untreatability may arise from its possession of too many antioxidants, and the time has come to seriously ask whether antioxidant use much more likely causes than prevents cancer. In 2014 James Watson came up with a radical theory for diabetes, dementia, heart disease and cancer where he wrote:

The fundamental cause, I suggest, is a lack of biological oxidants, not an excess.

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This also explains why metformin—the most commonly used drug to treat type 2 diabetes and physical exercise seems to be beneficial for several of the same diseases, including cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and cardiovascular disease.

Watson believes that rather than being wholly bad, oxidizing molecules, such as hydrogen peroxide, are crucial for the body’s health. In particular, he points out that hydrogen peroxide goes to work in a cellular organ called the endoplasmic reticulum, where it ensures proteins are stable. If the REDOX level is disturbed, and levels of oxidants are too low, he suggests, the proteins become misshapen and cause the inflammation that damages the pancreas. And a raft of other diseases.

All in all, this opens the door to manipulating levels of reactive oxidizing molecules (ROS) for treating a host of chronic diseases that have thus far eluded medical science. Different ROS levels produce different outcomes with deleterious or beneficial effects. While there is still considerable controversy as to whether ROS modulation by either antioxidant supplementation or inhibition is clinically beneficial or detrimental for cancer treatment, supplementation with REDOX signaling molecules using products such as ASEA with an aim to restore optimal levels of ROS may potentially be a promising adjunctive strategy in anticancer therapies.

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Natural Health

What we look for in sustainable health and the environment are innovations that lie within the normal tolerances of the organism and its environment. This often requires restoring a set of conditions that are natural. And while our strategies cannot be considered absolute, they can be safely and effectively applied.

Helping a partner launch an early stage cellular health technology into the Australasian markets, working with a biotech company from the U.S. This is being hailed as one of the most significant health, anti-aging and athletic breakthroughs in our lifetime. Contact me if you have or know of someone with health issues or are open to looking at income options.

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Environment

We all benefit from innovations in sustainable health and the environment. Maintaining the health and the ecological conditions in which species and humans can survive is the foundation for ensuring that every creature lives on despite an ecosystem where thousands cease to exist annually.

Developing the design and locations of a New Bradfield Scheme, an Australian large-scale water diversion scheme designed to irrigate and drought-proof much of the western Queensland and Northern NSW.

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Technology

My contributions to research have been recognized by the US Immigration Service as an Outstanding Researcher due to my peer-reviewed publications in biodiversity, human health and artificial intelligence (ResearchGate, Scholar, LinkedIn). I myself have a Ph.D. in Ecosystem Dynamics. I have worked with the World Health Organisation, School of Tropical Medicine UNSW, Australian Parks and Wildlife, Land and Natural Resources services, as well as the San Diego Supercomputer Center at the University of California San Diego.

David is an Adjunct Researcher with the Centre for Intelligent Systems (CQU) which conducts outcome driven and theoretical research into the application of complex intelligent systems to such areas as environmental management of fire, road safety, and pavement maintenance.

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REDOX Signaling Molecules

Reduction oxidation (REDOX) reactions are central to life and when altered, they can promote disease progression.  It is now clear that some ROS, such as hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), can act as messengers both in the extracellular environment and within cells. Mitochondria, the main cell power source, seems to be an important redox signaling node, central to metabolism, oxidative phosphorylation, the citric acid cycle, fatty acid oxidation, the urea cycle and the biosynthesis of iron-sulfur centers. Furthermore, mitochondria have key roles in cell death, calcium homeostasis, and oxygen sensing, proliferation, and angiogenesis – the growth of new blood vessels. Consequently, mitochondria are at the core of many biological processes, and redox signals to and from this organelle help to integrate mitochondrial function with the health of the cell and the organism.

Redox imbalance is expressed in one of two ways: a predominance of oxidative stress-related symptoms and signs (similar to rusting but in a biological sense), or a predominance of inflammatory (reactive) signs and symptoms. Health can be achieved by addressing imbalances in these areas and then moving the REDOX needle back to the balance point.

Our genetic blueprints have created a tendency to lean one direction or the other. We can choose to provide health support by addressing our REDOX potential. This is done primarily through lifestyle adjustments and also by supplementing with REDOX signaling molecules. An effective response to health challenges moves the balance back to the middle. For example, the management of cancer would involve reducing inflammation, the reactive response, rather than oxidative stress.

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The Idea of a Trans-Australian Channel Generating Renewable Energy

The potential of filling Lake Eyre is another of those nation-building schemes that fires the imagination. Various schemes have been brought forward for filling the Lake and improving this desert region, the oldest is that of letting sea water into Lake Eyre by means of a channel cut from the Spencer Gulf, considered by the Government in 1883.

Providing a suitable route could be found over a length of 400 km, the magnitude of earthworks would not be unprecedented, and the cost would be in the order of $4B, no more than a major road project. Contrary to common objection, it could be made to flow using the tides at Port Augusta and generate renewable energy at the same time.

The most efficient solution would be to have two parallel channels, one for northward and one southward flow. Tide gates would control the entry and exit of water, according to the tide level. Water would move hydraulically along the channel, i.e. driven by the difference in water level along its length. This process requires virtually no gradient to the channel.

While the image shows a simple tidal power generating plant driven in two directions by the ebb and flow of the tide, a two-channel system with suitable siting of generators, conveyance delay and evaporation at Lake Eyre may allow almost continuous power generation from the scheme.

The other criticism is that conversion of Lake Eyre to an inland sea would not affect the climate in inland NSW. While it is well known that inland lakes do affect the climate by moderating temperature and that the ‘lake effect’ increases snowfall, I would refer to the detailed modeling to determine that increasing rainfall is not the case, as simple intuition suggests otherwise.

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Staged development of an inexpensive Bradfield Scheme

Each development of a Bradfield Scheme is different from others, and others are different from each other. Each one has been approached with different goals in mind, the plans are different, and so also they cannot be criticized as too expensive, impractical, etc. without being clear about what plan is being referred to.

For instance, my plan is to define a staged development with a revenue center at each one. In that way, the scheme would be financed in stages, and the cost of each stage for aqueducts etc would only be local, from the low point of the previous scheme to the high point of the next. Each scheme would cost of the order of $1B dollars, far less than alternative estimates.

The blue line on the image shows five schemes connected by the gravitational flow of water, originating in the Upper Burdekin region, and defined as far as Blackall, but harvesting water and storing it at locations on the way. The half-open channel design allows both temporary storage and harvesting of flood flows with little disruption of natural flows of rivers and environmental harm while providing water for irrigation and mining purposes.

The scheme can be seen as a newly-created inland river that harvests flood flows from the upper catchments of rivers and creeks in transit, potentially terminating in the Murray-Darling Basin near St George. It accepts intermittent flows and provides reliable flood-proofing of a vast inland area.

So-far I have identified 5 potential revenue schemes fed by a single gravitational aqueduct with adjacent storages:

  1. Upper Burdekin Irrigation Area
  2. Galilee Basin mining pipeline
  3. Muttaburra/Aramac Irrigation Area
  4. Barcaldine/Longreach Irrigation Area
  5. Blackall Irrigation Area

Beyond that, the route shown in yellow has not yet been defined, but it is clear that a pumped section would be needed to get from Blackall to above Tambo for a downhill run to Charleville to St George.

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Creating carbon credits under the Kyoto Protocol with large scale water diversion projects

In addition to the agricultural and industrial benefits of large water diversion projects, there are many environmental benefits that could help to popularise these large water diversions by contributing to renewable energy, CO2 sequestering, countering land degradation, and enhancing habitat.

Sequestration of CO2 by vegetation if a feature of the great green wall in Africa, China’s reforestation projects, Israel, and Australia’s approach to meeting Kyoto Protocol commitments. A source of revenue for a Bradfield Scheme could be companies looking for carbon credits under “Removal Units” (RMUs) issued by the Kyoto Protocol country on the basis of land use, land use change and forestry activities under Article 3.3 or Article 3.4 of the Kyoto Protocol.

The Australian Kyoto target involves limiting emissions to 5 percent below 2000 levels by 2020, emissions of 524 million tonnes in 2020. It adopts a methodology where it calculates the cumulative level of emissions over eight years needed to hit the target.

Under the articles, forest management, cropland management, grazing land management, and re-vegetation, could help Australia meet its commitment to continue to reduce emissions. Under Kyoto Protocol rules, a tradable allowance called an assigned amount unit is issued for every tonne of emissions from Forest conversion in the 1990 base year. This treatment of Forest Conversion emissions is exactly the same as the treatment of emissions from sources in the industrial sectors.

Growing forestry in the flood flow section of the half-open channel would be similar to the Great Green Wall – an African-led movement to grow an 8,000km forest across the entire width of Africa that is already bringing life back to Africa’s degraded landscapes at an unprecedented scale, providing food security, jobs and a reason to stay for the millions who live along its path.

Flood irrigation is possible for deep watering of trees for example, in “flood basins”. For intermittent storages on average 100km long and 1 km wide, this would provide a flood irrigated area of 1000ha per unit or 10,000ha over the extent of the project. Forest trees can be completely inundated for short periods without damage, and control of the periods of inundation ensures that the vegetation is watered but not killed. While the forest absorbs water increasing the losses, it may be that these losses help to maintain the optimal operating conditions of the system. We will have established an Australian Green Wall.

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