Archive for January, 2009

New perspectives on multiple sclerosis and therapeutics.

Posted in 1. Science of Health on January 17th, 2009 by Thor – 46 Comments

neuron_myelinThe overall perspective has shifted to MS being a constitutive diffuse syndrome rather than the classical notion of a multifocal disease with periodic heightened immune activation.
The evolving perspectives on MS disease progression has led scientists toward novel therapeutics for this multifaceted adversary.

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Sartup Highlight: AltaRock Energy Inc.

Posted in 2. Science & Technology on January 13th, 2009 by Thor – 5 Comments

Engineered Geothermal SystemsAltarock Energy Inc. develops engineered geothermal systems to provide renewable energy 24 hours a day. This clean energy source emits merely 5% of carbon as coal plants. Much of this carbon can then be injected back into the earth to reduce carbon emissions to approximately 0.1%. Altarock Energy Inc. has secured over $26 million dollars to develop their technology and is exploring over 600,000 acres in California, Oregon, and Washington for engineered geothermal energy plant placement. The United States possess vast Geothermal energy resources which, according to a recent study, may provide up to 10% of our energy by 2050.

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Cellular stress and disease

Posted in 1. Science of Health on January 7th, 2009 by Thor – 8 Comments

Our bodies feel stress in a way many of us cannon conceive — at the cellular level. Increasing number of publications in peer-reviewed journals are making the connection between a specific type of cellular stress–endoplasmic reticulum stress–and a long list of diseases.

The Cell

While we cannot control all cellular procceses, there are some lifestyle considerations. 1) Get plenty of exercise to aid blood flow and oxygen delivery. Excercise will inturn cause a significant increase in free radicals (increased oxygen consumption) so, 2) consume a balanced diet (forget the low-carb routine) that is rich in antioxidants. 3) Stay away from fatty foods.

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Obama – Little will change

Posted in 3. Political Opinion on January 4th, 2009 by Thor – 29 Comments

Is it fair to judge someone’s effectiveness when all they’ve done is hire staff? I think so, particularly because the decisions politicians have made in the past provide insight into what the will do in the future. Based on the people Obama has selected for his cabinet, I’m less hopeful about change.

Three reasons why little will change:

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