GOVERNMENT STUDY FINDS ‘CLEAR EVIDENCE’ FOR HEART TUMORS FROM CELLPHONE RADIATION

Dr. MercolaGuest
Waking Times

Cellphones were classified as a Group 2B “possible carcinogen”1 in 2011 by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an arm of the World Health Organization and the global gold standard for the classification of toxins.

This classification was based on evidence showing that nonionizing electromagnetic field (EMF) radiation from cellphones can trigger abnormal cell growth and tumors.2,3 In my view, this is a mistake and, just like smoking, I am confident it will be recategorized in the future to a 1A carcinogen.

Earlier this year, preliminary findings of two government-funded animal studies4 were published that further support the notion that cellphone radiation has carcinogenic potential.

The finalized report5 of these two studies — conducted by the National Toxicology Program (NTP), an interagency research program under the auspices of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences — was released November 1, 2018. While the preliminary report released in February 2018 significantly downplayed the findings, subsequent peer review upgraded the findings of risk.

Cellphone Radiation Linked to Brain and Heart Tumors

The NTP rates cancer risk based on four categories of evidence: “clear evidence” (highest); “some evidence;” “equivocal evidence;” and “no evidence” (lowest). According to the NTP’s final report, the two studies, done on mice and rats of both sexes, found:6

Clear evidence for heart tumors (malignant schwannomas) in male rats. These types of tumors started developing around week 70, and are very similar to acoustic neuromas found in humans, a benign type of tumor that previous studies have linked to cellphone use

Some evidence of brain tumors (malignant gliomas) in male rats. Glial cell hyperplasias — indicative of precancerous lesions — began developing around week 58.

(Incidentally, incidence of glioblastoma multiforme (the deadliest type of brain tumor) more than doubled in the U.K. between 1995 and 2015.7,8 According to the authors of the analysis, the dramatic increase is likely due to “widespread environmental or lifestyle factors,” which would include cellphone usage)

Some evidence of adrenal gland tumors in male rats, both benign and malignant tumors and/or complex combined pheochromocytoma

Equivocal or unclear evidence of tumors in female rats and mice of both genders

The studies also found evidence of:

Low body weight in female rats and newborns exposed to high levels of radiation during pregnancy and lactation

DNA damage and damage to heart tissue in exposed male and female rats, but not mice

Prostate, liver and pancreatic tumors in both rats and mice

Are Humans at Risk?

According to The New York Times:9

“‘We believe that the link between radio-frequency radiation and tumors in male rats is real,’ John Bucher, a senior scientist at the National Toxicology Program, said in a statement.

But he cautioned that the exposure levels and durations were far greater than what people typically encounter, and thus cannot ‘be compared directly to the exposure that humans experience’ …

The lowest level of radiation in the federal study was equal to the maximum exposure that federal regulations allow for cellphone users … The highest level was four times higher than the permitted maximum.”

While the NTP insists the exposure — nine hours a day for two years, which is the lifetime of a rodent — is far more extensive than that of heavy cellphone users, I would strongly disagree, seeing how many, especially the younger generation, have their cellphones turned on and near their body 24/7.

Many are literally sleeping with their phone beneath their pillow. What’s more, cellphones are not the sole source of radiofrequency (RF) EMFs. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth-enabled tablets, computers, smart TVs, wireless baby monitors, cordless phones, smart appliances, smart meters and nearby cellular phone basestations are sources of similarly harmful radiation, and most of us are exposed 24/7. So, my guess is that the duration of RF-EMF exposure is actually far greater than the one tested in the study.

Did NTP Minimize Press Coverage of Their Report?

According to Microwave News, the NTP may have purposely minimized press coverage of its final report, which upgraded the risks. “Reporters were given very little notice to join the NTP teleconference on the release of the report. Nor was there much time to prepare a story for publication,” Microwave News reports,10 adding they were not informed of the teleconference via email until 10:45 a.m. October 31.

The conference was held at 2 p.m. that same day. While NTP refused to state how many reporters were on the call, the transcript reveals only eight reporters asked questions, giving the impression that many likely missed the advisory. Editors also had precious little time to assign a reporter to cover the story. Microwave News adds:

“The news that the NTP now believes the cancer link is “real” was under embargo until the next day, November 1. That gave the news media less than 24 hours to prepare their stories, an unusually short time for a technically complex subject. The main reason for embargoes is to give reporters time to do their homework and prepare a clear and accurate write-up …

Even the fact that the report was coming out in less than a day was embargoed by the NTP. It apparently wanted no advance notice of any kind … There was one exception among major media outlets: The New York Times … As it happened, [William] Broad, a long-time member of the science desk, was already working on the story. He was making background calls a week earlier …

There’s a long history of New York Times science reporters — Broad included — downplaying, if not outright dismissing, news of electromagnetic health effects. Anyone wanting to conceal the fact that NTP had found ‘clear evidence’ that cellphone radiation could lead to cancer would likely leak the story to the Times. And the Times delivered.

Here’s the headline from its web site: ‘Study of Cellphone Risks Finds ‘Some Evidence’ of Link to Cancer, at Least in Male Rats’ … [T]here is the obvious error in the headline: NTP found more than ‘some evidence’ — it saw ‘clear evidence’ … The subhead … ‘Many Caveats Apply, and the Results Involve Radio Frequencies Long Out of Routine Use,’ offers additional — unjustifiable — reasons to discount the NTP finding.”

The New York Times also claims the results are out of date due to the fact they used 2G, which is no longer in widespread use, and that 3G, 4G and 5G are “far less successful at penetrating the bodies of humans” due to the higher frequencies. However, there’s no evidence to suggest the newer technologies are safer. Quite the contrary. As noted by Microwave News:

“Two different German labs have exposed mice to 3G. Cancer promotion was found in each case. The lead author of the second study, Alex Lerchl, concluded that 3G signals ‘obviously enhance the growth of tumors’ … The fact is that we don’t know whether the higher G’s are any safer than 2G. Believing so is simply wishful thinking.”

The NTP also downplayed the risks by stressing that “high exposure” was associated with cancer in male rats, when in fact the results in some instances revealed a greater effect at a lower dose.

Such nonlinear dose response was also found in Lerchl’s study, in which a dose 50 times lower than the highest dose resulted in a greater response. “At this point, one can only guess where the threshold for RF effects may be. It could be lower than now commonly believed, possibly much lower,” Microwave News notes.

Why Evidence of Rodent Schwannomas Could Spell Trouble for Human Health

As explained by Louis Slesin, Ph.D., editor and publisher of Microwave News, the increased incidence of schwannomas in rodents exposed to radiofrequencies is of great concern for public health:11

“Schwann cells play a key role in the functioning of the peripheral nervous system. They make the myelin sheath, which insulates nerve fibers and helps speed the conduction of electrical impulses. There are Schwann cells just about everywhere there are peripheral nerve fibers. They are present in most organs of the body — whether mice, rats or humans.

Schwann cell tumors are called schwannomas. The NTP found schwannomas in many other organs, in addition to the heart, of rats chronically exposed to cellphone radiation. These included a variety of glands (pituitary, salivary and thymus), the trigeminal nerve and the eye … The NTP also saw schwannomas in the uterus, ovary and vagina of female rats.

The brain has no Schwann cells — the brain is part of the central nervous system. There, glial cells play a similar function. In fact, Schwann cells are a type of glial cell … Tumors of the glial cells are called gliomas. The NTP also saw an increase in glioma among the male rats exposed to GSM and CDMA radiation …

While schwannomas and gliomas are commonly noncancerous tumors, they can develop into malignant schwannomas or glioblastomas … The implication is that instead of searching for consistency in radio frequencies’ ability to cause cancer in specific organs, the emphasis should now be on specific cell types — beginning with Schwann cells in the periphery and glial cells in the brain.”

Mitochondrial Dysfunction Is the Primary Hazard of Cellphone Radiation

In my view, the primary hazard of cellphone radiation is not brain cancer per se but rather systemic cellular and mitochondrial damage,12,13,14,15 which can contribute to any number of health problems and chronic diseases. The process begins when low-frequency microwave radiation activates voltage-gated calcium channels (VGCCs)16 — channels in the outer membrane of your cells.

Once activated, the VGCCs open up, allowing an abnormal influx of calcium ions into the cell. This increased intracellular calcium and the accompanying increase in calcium signaling appears to be responsible for a majority of the damage that occurs. This is reviewed in more detail in my interview with professor Martin Pall below.

For example, excess calcium activates nitric oxide, and while nitric oxide has many health benefits, massively excessive nitric oxide reacts with superoxide to produce peroxynitrites — extremely potent oxidant stressors.17 Peroxynitrites in turn:

  • Can cause single-strand DNA breaks18
  • Modify tyrosine molecules in proteins to create nitrotyrosine and nitration of structural protein.19Changes from nitration are visible in human biopsy of atherosclerosis, myocardial ischemia, inflammatory bowel disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and septic lung disease20

This pathway of oxidative destruction — triggered by low-frequency radiation emitted from mobile devices — may partially explain the unprecedented growth rate of chronic disease since 1990,21 and is a far greater concern than brain tumors.

Heart Problems, Neurological Disorders and Infertility Are Risks of EMF Exposure

While an estimated 80,000 U.S. men, women and children are diagnosed with a brain tumor each year,22 another 787,000 people die from heart disease.23 So, while the relative rarity of brain cancer may lead you to believe that cellphone use is safe, that’s only because you’re looking at a less prevalent outcome.

Cellphone radiation has also been shown to have a significant impact on neurological and mental health,24 contributing to and/or worsening anxiety, depression and dementia, for example, and all of these conditions are rampant and growing more prevalent. (This also makes sense as brain dysfunction will occur much faster than a tumor, which can take decades.)

Research also suggests excessive EMF exposure is contributing to reproductive problems. For example, researchers have found prenatal exposure to power-frequency fields can nearly triple a pregnant woman’s risk of miscarriage.25

According to lead author and senior research scientist at Kaiser Permanente’s research division, Dr. De-Kun Li,26 “This study provides fresh evidence, directly from a human population, that magnetic field exposure in daily life could have adverse health impacts,” adding his findings “should bring attention to this potentially important environmental hazard to pregnant women.”

According to Li, there are at least six other studies, in addition to two of his own, showing this link.27,28,29,30,31 EMF exposure may also play a significant role in testicular cancer and male infertility.

Studies have linked low-level electromagnetic radiation exposure from cellphones to an 8 percent reduction in sperm motility and a 9 percent reduction in sperm viability.32,33 Wi-Fi equipped laptop computers have also been linked to decreased sperm motility and an increase in sperm DNA fragmentation after just four hours of use.34

US Food and Drug Administration Stands Firm on Cellphone Safety

NTP’s final report has now been given to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the two agencies involved in the regulation of cellphones and assessment of health risks. Unfortunately, the FDA appears unwilling to change its stance on cellphone safety.

This is no surprise as the telecommunication industry has far more political lobbying influence than Big Pharma and Big Food combined. To expect anything other than full support for the telecommunication industry would be irrational.

In a November 1 press statement, Dr. Jeffrey Shuren, director of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, reaffirmed the agency’s position, saying:35

“The Food and Drug Administration is charged with ensuring cellphones — and any radiation-emitting electronic product — are safe for the public to use. Our scientific expertise and input, along with other health agencies, are used by the [FCC] to set the standards for exposure limits of radiation from cellphones, called radiofrequency energy …

We reviewed the recently finalized research conducted by our colleagues at the [NTP] … [W]e disagree, however, with the conclusions of their final report regarding ‘clear evidence’ of carcinogenic activity in rodents exposed to radiofrequency energy.

In the NTP study, researchers looked at the effects of exposing rodents to extremely high levels of radiofrequency throughout the entire body. This is commonly done in these types of hazard identification studies and means that the study tested levels of radiofrequency energy exposures considerably above the current whole body safety limits for cell phones … [T]hese findings should not be applied to human cell phone usage.

NTP hosted a three-day peer review of this study in March, as part of their normal process for issuing scientific reports … which included an assessment of the study methods and data by a panel of 15 peer reviewers to determine the basis of evidence for the final report.

Based on their assessment, the panel voted to upgrade the conclusions from some evidence to clear evidence for malignant heart schwannomas in male rats, and from equivocal (ambiguous) to some evidence for malignant gliomas of the brain and benign tumors of the adrenal gland in male rats. It’s important to note that the vote does not mean new data or findings were reported in the final assessment …

Based on our ongoing evaluation of this issue, the totality of the available scientific evidence continues to not support adverse health effects in humans caused by exposures at or under the current radiofrequency energy exposure limits. We believe the existing safety limits for cellphones remain acceptable for protecting the public health.”

NTP Findings Have Already Been Reproduced, and at Power Levels Below FCC Limits

While the FDA insists it “must thoroughly evaluate and take into consideration the totality of the data, and do so within the context of the complete body of evidence rather than drawing conclusions from the results of a single study,” it fails to address the elephant in the room, which is the corroborating evidence published by the Ramazzini Institute just one month after the NTP released its preliminary report in February 2018.

The Ramazzini study36 reproduces and clearly supports the NTP’s findings, showing a clear link between cellphone radiation and Schwann cell tumors (schwannomas)37,38,39 — but at a much lower power level than that used by NTP.

While NTP used radiofrequency (RF) levels comparable to what’s emitted by 2G and 3G cellphones(near-field exposure), Ramazzini simulated exposure to cellphone towers (far-field exposure). Ramazzini’s rats were exposed to 1.8 GHz GSM radiation at electric field strengths of 5, 25 and 50 volts per meter40 for 19 hours a day, starting at birth until the rats died either from age or illness.

To facilitate comparison, the researchers converted their measurements to watts per kilogram of body weight (W/kg), which is what the NTP used. Overall, the radiation dose administered in the Ramazzini study was up to 1,000 times lower than the NTP’s — and below the U.S. limits set by the FCC — yet the results are strikingly similar.

As in the NTP studies, exposed male rats developed statistically higher rates of heart schwannomas than unexposed rats. They also found some evidence, although weaker, that RF exposure increased rates of glial tumors in the brains of female rats.

The fact that the Ramazzini study used a radiation dose well below FCC limits yet still reproduced the NTP’s findings of cancer really weakens the FDA’s claims of safety.

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CBD Oil for Dogs: The Ultimate Guide for Dog Owners

By Helena

Guest writer for Wake Up World

If you’re looking to use CBD oil as a way to help your fluffy friend, then you’ll LOVE this guide.

As the use of cannabis to treat a number of medical conditions became increasingly popular among us humans, holistic veterinarians started wondering if cannabis-based extracts could also help our pets.

As it turns out, dogs seem to respond very well to one specific chemical found in cannabis — cannabidiol (CBD).

CBD is a non-intoxicating compound that produces effects through several different biochemical pathways in all mammals, however, in humans it mostly found its use in treating seizure disorders and anxiety

However, when it comes to using cannabis for dogs, you have to be extra careful.

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a cannabinoid responsible for producing intoxication in humans (but is generally considered safe) can actually be really harmful to dogs, and is fatal in highly concentrated dosages.

Here’s a brief overview of how CBD oil works.

What is CBD and what does it do for dogs?

CBD is one of over 100 cannabinoids found in cannabis, and is primarily produced inside trichomes(mushroom-like resin glands found on the flowers and sugar leaves).

The rise of CBD’s popularity started when Dr. Raphael Mechoulam first synthesized it in the 1960’s, paving the way for future cannabis research.

The discovery of CBD, and subsequently THC, propelled further discovery of the endocannabinoid system—a lipid signaling network responsible for mediating many processes inside the body through the interaction between cellular activators and receptors.

It soon turned out that humans produce our very own THC (called anandamide) but only in small dosages and in times of need. Anandamide is quickly degraded by an enzyme called FAAH.

The science soon uncovered that CBD inhibits the FAAH enzyme, leaving us with more anandamide, which in turn boosts dopamine and serotonine (which is why CBD is so good for anxiety disorders).

In dogs, CBD produces effects by interacting with several receptors: TRPV1, 5-HT1A and GPR55.

Shortly after consumption, CBD activates TRPV-1 receptors and helps regulate body temperature, and reduces chronic or acute pain and inflammation.

When 5-HT1A receptors are stimulated, there is a significant increase in dopamine secretion, which produces antidepressant and anxiolytic effects.

CBD also blocks GPR55 signaling, which has shown a great potential to decrease reproduction of cancer cells.

We still don’t understand many aspects of CBD, but anecdotal evidence of pet owners along with clinical research we do have, shows great promise in using this amazing compound for overall dog health.

The science behind CBD oil for dogs

Although CBD has great promise as a medical treatment, most researchers and veterinarians warn that we still lack in-vitro clinical trials.

Most of the studies regarding cannabis are conducted on rats, fewer on humans and even fewer on dogs.

So far, we only have one study that’s dealing with using CBD for dogs.

The full study has not yet been published, but the preliminary data is extremely promising. Colorado State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital started the research on using cannabidiol for canine epilepsy. In July 2018,Dr. Stephanie McGrath has revealed the initial findings:

“89 percent of dogs who received CBD in a clinical trial had a reduction in the frequency of seizures.”

The positive effects of CBD for dogs are also backed by studies done on other mammals and real-life stories from dog owners.

Later in this guide, I’ll share with you some interesting feedback from dog owners like yourself.

What are the health benefits of CBD for dogs?

CBD has been shown to have positive effects on your dog’s overall health in addition to being effective in treating specific medical conditions. CBD can be used alone or combined with other medications.

CBD helps with allergies and skin issues in dogs

Itching, scratching, licking, chewing…Skin issues can be very irritating to both our dogs and ourselves.

Just like humans, dogs can be irritated by substances like pollen, food, insect venom (or flea saliva), dust, or even some types of pet shampoo.

Itching usually affects a dog’s belly, armpits, ears, paws, and cheeks. It can go on for months and even years in some extreme cases.

CBD is a possible solution: It has anti-inflammatory properties and relieves the inflammation that causes itching, hives, and blisters.

Skin issues can be treated by adding CBD to the daily diet of your pet and you can try putting some CBD oil on your dog’s skin.

CBD reduces anxiety in dogs

CBD is known to reduce anxiety levels in people, so it’s not a surprise it’s working for dogs too.

Some dogs have very high levels of anxiety which can make your daily walk in the park a walk of hell. Dogs suffering from anxiety tend to show symptoms and reactions such as urination, excessive barking, and even destructive behavior.

Companion dogs often develop separation anxiety and find being separated from their owner difficult. Some dogs feel anxious when left alone in the house and can show excessive distress behavior.

By consulting your vet first, and by adding CBD to your dog’s life, you can help your fluffy friend feel much more relaxed. Yes, you can enjoy a walk in the park without having to avoid other dogs.

CBD reduces learned fears and phobias in dogs

Fear of fireworks and thunderstorms are very common in dogs. Unfortunately, on a summer-long weekend or during a major storm, there is little you can do to calm a nervous dog.

A fear of loud noises can cause great distress for your pet. CBD may help calm your dog and stop the problem from getting worse.

CBD reduces aggressive behavior in dogs

Aggressive behavior in dogs is a much more complex issue. There are a number of factors that can cause canine aggression, such as medical problems, behavior issues, and trauma. It is usually triggered by a specific situation.

Aggression is often managed by taking behavioral classes with your dog, and using CBD can also help your pet feel more calm and relaxed. It reduces the likelihood of your dog being triggered by specific situations and generally diminishes aggressive behavior.

CBD boosts appetite and relieves digestive problems in dogs

Some dogs are just easy to feed and will eat almost everything, but problems can arise with dogs that are picky eaters. There can be a number of reasons why your dog might be picky. If your dog usually has a good appetite and you notice some changes, it could be one of many digestive problems. Also, too many treats can spoil your dog, which could lead to it wanting to eat only that, not proper food.

It’s important to keep in mind and just accept that some dogs (sometimes depending on a breed or age) don’t have that much of an appetite.

But, if you think there is something wrong with your dog or if it’s constantly picky about food, consult your vet who can recommend the best CBD food supplement

In fact, CBD treats can reduce nausea and boost appetite, as well as calm an upset stomach.

CBD helps with arthritis, joint and mobility issues in dogs

Arthritis is an umbrella term for abnormal changes and degenerative conditions caused by inflammation in joints, and it is one of the most common orthopedic issues in dogs. Arthritis is very common in large breeds, but it also affects smaller dogs.

The main cause of arthritis is tissue damage caused by joint physical trauma, stress, infection, even an immune system disorder. The most common joint disorder is hip dysplasia.

With arthritis, cartilage can’t be regenerated as fast as it’s wearing off. Because of that, the bony layer becomes more exposed to inflammation. This leads to thickening of the protective layer around the joint making it less elastic and mobile.

The blood vessels surrounding the inflamed joints become swollen and inflamed and calcium deposits accumulate, all of which makes the condition very painful, making it uncomfortable for our pets to walk or move.

Because CBD is known for its anti-inflammatory and pain-killing effects, it has caught the attention of vets treating orthopedic illnesses.

Studies and pet owner experiences indicate there are no serious side effects, so getting to a right dose for your dog will be a safe journey. By taking CBD orally, your dog will be relieved from the two most annoying symptoms related to inflammation: swelling and pain.

CBD helps our dogs with cancer

Cancer is one of the most common causes of death in dogs over the age of 10. The statistics say that half of the dogs over the age of 10 will suffer from some form of cancer. Fortunately, half of those cancers can be treated and cured successfully if noticed on time.

If you ever find a lump or swelling anywhere on your dog’s body, or a wound that won’t heal, contact your vet immediately. Decreased mobility, lethargy, inability to urinate or any changes in appetite can also indicate cancer.

Cancer and the accompanying therapy can make the life of our dogs very painful and uncomfortable. Dogs with cancers and tumors undergoing therapy can suffer from pain, appetite loss, seizures, and convulsions.

The most common conventional therapies for cancer in dogs are chemotherapy, surgery or (more recently) antibody therapy. Sometimes therapies are used in combination.

Like in humans, these therapies are very intense and hard on the body. That’s why more and more vets are recommending CBD to ease your dog’s way to recovery.

Cannabidiol has what it takes to relieve fatigue, improve appetite, reduce inflammation as well as relieve pain.

CBD helps heal glaucoma in dogs

Glaucoma is a very common eye condition in some dog breeds. It’s manifested as the high ocular pressure which causes inadequate draining of fluids in the eye. If the condition is chronic, it can lead to partial sight loss, even to complete blindness.

About 40 percent of dogs diagnosed with glaucoma lose their sight completely, despite the early diagnosis or treatment. High ocular pressure can also be reduced to normal with CBD treatment.

CBD relieves seizures and epilepsy in dogs

Epilepsy is a medical condition that causes repeated seizures. This can be a very frustrating experience for both you and your dog.

One minute your dog is just fine, the next he’s on the floor, drooling, uncontrollably shaking and twitching. This usually means one thing— epileptic seizure, which can last from one to several minutes.

During a seizure, there is an abnormal electrical activity burst in the dog’s brain. That makes it behave in an unconventional way, without any control of its body. Seizures affect between 1 and 5 percent of dogs.

Veterinarians usually prescribe phenobarbital to stop seizures in dogs, however, this drug can have numerous side effects in both dogs and humans. So, more and more vets are willing to give pet owners another option — CBD.

CBD for dogs is being used to treat anxiety, fear and phobias, aggressive behavior, digestive issues, skin problems, arthritis, joint and mobility issues, glaucoma, cancer and epilepsy.

Which CBD product is the best for my dog?

Since CBD has become popular for both human and animal use, there are a variety of products on the market.

You can get your dog CBD dog products at your local pet store, online or through your vet if he has a holistic approach to his practice.

However, the FDA issued a warning to veterinary professionals and pet parents about products claiming to contain CBD.

FDA tested several products and found that some of them nearly didn’t contain any CBD at all. So before buying any product read the labels carefully, check all the information about the product on the internet and consult your vet.

When buying a CBD product, ideally you’d want it to have a lab result with it, just so you can be sure what you’re buying.

CBD comes in different forms. Every dog is different, so it could take some time to find out which one is your dog’s favorite.

CBD pet treats could be the easiest way to give your dog a daily dose of this medicine. You can buy the treats or make them on your own. Here is a quick and easy DIY recipe for CBD dog treats:

You’ll need a cup of peanut butter (xylitol-free), 32 ounces of greek yogurt and CBD oil (check the dosage guidelines in the chapter below).

Melt the peanut butter and mix it with the yogurt and CBD oil. Divide the mixture into cupcake molds or papers and put them in the freezer. Once cooled off, the treats are ready for your dog to enjoy.

Simple as that!

Again—make sure not to use peanut butter that contains xylitol, as it is extremely toxic to dogs.

If your dog is not interested in CBD treats, you can try simply dropping CBD oil onto his gums. Also, there are CBD dog tinctures that are not as potent as the oil – you can put them directly into your dog’s mouth or add it to his meal

For external use, the best results are accomplished with topicals, which can be applied directly to painful joints or irritated skin.

Also, some companies make their products as capsules, which can be easier to use if your dog doesn’t mind pills.

Some good and reputable brands that you should check out are Canna Pet, CBDistillery, Green Mountain CBD.

Before buying any CBD product for your dog, double check the label, find as much information on the internet and ask your vet for an opinion.

How much CBD oil should I give to my dog?

Every dog is different but CBD dosage largely depends on its size and weight.

Upper, but it’s recommended to start with the smallest amount and gradually increase the dosage until you see positive results.

Calculating the canine CBD oil dosage is simple and is usually done in 3 tiers:

  • Tier 1 (low dosage): 0.05mg x lb — twice daily
  • Tier 2 (medium dosage): 0.125 mg x lb — twice daily
  • Tier 3 (high dosage): 0.25 mg x lb — twice daily

For example: If your dog weighs 15 lb, then the dose to use is 0.05 x 15, which is 0.75 mg of oil twice a day.

Stick to that dose for some time. If your dog responds well but you still don’t see enough improvement, you can go to the next tier.

To wrap this up

If your dog is in need of a natural way out of a medical condition, try finding some organic CBD hemp, but stick to trustworthy and established products. If you have tried using CBD products for your dog, please share your experience with us in the comment section.

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About the author:

A journalist with a decade-long experience of using cannabis for stress relief, Helena’s spare time is mostly divided between dancing, traveling and reading.

You can follow Helena at Twitter.com/HelenaGreenCamp and GreenCamp.com.

Why Is Nikola Tesla Literally Erased From History Books?

Source: Science Vibe

Did Nikola Tesla’s Strange Obsession With UFOs, Antigravity and Aliens get him banned from History books? Did these crazy ideas get him banned from history? It seems that whenever someone talks about Nikola Tesla they wonder how did he go unnoticed in history books? Why was his legacy pushed out of society? And why is literally erased from history?

WHY IS HIS LEGACY PUSHED OUT OF SOCIETY?

Tesla was a man far ahead of his time, and his countless inventions are evidence that this man was, in fact, the most incredible inventor to ever live on Earth. If it weren’t for this man, things like smart phones, radio, remote controlled devices, etc… would be something completely unknown to us.

But a part of these ‘conventional’ intentions, Tesla had quite a few that seem to have come straight out of a science fiction movie script. UFO’s, Antigravity and Alien beings were anything but unfamiliar for Tesla who even claimed to have contacted beings not from Earth while working on one of his projects.

My brain is only a receiver, in the Universe, there is a core from which “We” obtain knowledge, strength, and inspiration. I have not penetrated into the secrets of this core, but I know it exists. – Nikola Tesla

Tesla was onto great things, technologies that most scientists today cannot even imagine. In 1928, Tesla registered yet another patent: number 1,655,144: A flying machine that resembled both a helicopter and an airplane. Before his death, Tesla had developed the blueprints for the propulsion system of his aircraft. He called it “SPACE DRIVE” or the anti-electromagnetic field propulsion system. Interestingly, according to William R. Lyne in “Occult Ether Physics”, in a conference that Tesla had prepared for the Migrant Welfare Institute on May 12, 1938, he spoke about the Dynamic Theory of Gravity. Tesla had discovered the secrets for creating the perfect vehicle that could get people into space, was relatively cheap to build, and had a propulsion system that did not use fuel. Tesla had discovered a way to harness unlimited energy which he claims was located everywhere around us. It was our job to harness this energy, and Tesla knew how to do it.

“I have worked out in all details and hope to give to the world very soon. It explains the causes of this force and the motions of heavenly bodies under its influence so satisfactorily that it will put an end to idle speculation and false conceptions, as that of curved space. Only the existence of a Weld of force can account for the motions of the bodies as observed, and its assumption dispenses with space curvature. All literature on this subject is futile and destined to oblivion. So are all attempts to explain the workings of the universe without recognizing the existence of the ether and the indispensable function it plays in the phenomena.”

Tesla discovered that the electrostatic emission surface of a conductor will always concentrate where the surface is curved, or where it has an edge. While steeper the curve, or corner, the higher the concentration of electron emission is. Tesla also noted that an electrostatic charge will flow over the surface of a conductor rather than penetrate it. This is referred to as the Faraday Effect or skin effect discovered by Michael Faraday.

This also explains the principles of the Faraday cage, which is used in high voltage research laboratories to protect humans and the electro-sensitive equipment from damage.

According to UFO reports, the inside of these “vehicles” is composed of circular channels or columns which go through the center of the craft. These serve, as a superstructure for the rest of the disk-shaped object and carry a high voltage and a high-frequency coil. It is believed to be a resonant transformer which gives electrostatic and electromagnetic load to the craft and its polarity. The coil inside the craft is what we know today as a Tesla Coil invented by Nikola Tesla in 1891.

Nikola Tesla said: “There is a difference between progress and technology, progress benefits mankind. Technology does not necessarily do that.”

ALIENS, TESLA, AND THE FIRST MAN-MADE FLYING SAUCER

One night, when he was alone in the laboratory, Tesla observed what he cautiously referred to as electrical actions which definitely appeared to be intelligent signals. The changes were taking place periodically and with such a clear suggestion of number and order that they could not be traced to any cause then known to him.

This incident was the first of many in which Tesla intercepted what he felt were intelligent signals from space. At the time, it was surmised by prominent scientists that Mars would be a likely haven for intelligent life in our solar system, and Tesla at first thought these signals may be originating from the red planet.

While in Colorado Springs, Tesla intercepted strange radio signals that spread through the media incredibly fast. Tesla observed unusual signals from his receiver; Tesla concluded that these signals might actually be signals that have originated somewhere in space. He mentioned these signals in a letter to reporter Julian Hawthorne at the Philadelphia North American on 8 December 1899 and in a December 1900 letter about possible discoveries in the new century to the Red Cross Society where he referred to messages “from another world” that read “1… 2… 3…”.

But Tesla was not the only one who was able to intercept these mysterious signals. Guglielmo Marconi, 1st Marquis of Marconi, was an Italian inventor and electrical engineer, known for his pioneering work on long-distance radio transmission and for his development of Marconi’s law and a radio telegraph system. Guglielmo Marconi also intercepted signals originating from space a few years after Tesla; researchers have since claimed that Tesla and Marconi intercepted the same signals.

THE PERFECT UFO: MADE BY TESLA

The methods used in the design of the flying saucer matched the descriptions of those who claimed to have seen a from the UFO inside: with a discoidal capacitor with sufficient size to provide enough thrust to fly, while other small capacitors allowed to control the direction of the flying saucer, to which he added a gyroscopic stabilization system and an electric “drive” control. And if all of that isn’t enough, Tesla had more; the interior of the ship was equipped with flat screens and external video cameras for the pilot’s blind spots.

Tesla’s UFO has eyes, and these were made of electro-optical lenses, arranged in quadrants, allowing the pilot to see everything. Screens and monitors are placed on a console where the browser can observe all areas around the vehicle, and Tesla’s incredible invention included magnifying lenses, which could have been used without changing positions. Basically, it is an incredibly well-designed aircraft, one that we could actually manage to build today. Or have we already built it? What happened to this invention? Why are we not flying into space with Tesla’s incredible invention?

Olive Trees and the Cry of the Land

Genetically modified trees….. They even have a patent for it; I’m not sure how I should feel about that.

Timothy Frappier

The following essay was originally published on CharlesEisenstein.com

 

The olive trees are dying in the Salento region of Italy, the picturesque heel of the Italian peninsula.

A new disease called Olive Quick Decline Syndrome (OQDS) is ravaging olive groves that date back to Roman times and before, some with 2000-year-old trees. Leaves wither as is scorched by fire, twigs and branches die back, and the trees quickly die.

Two theories have emerged to explain this calamity, two stories. Each exemplifies a more general relationship between humans and the material world, with consequences far beyond Italian olive trees.

The first and dominant theory says that OQDS is caused by a bacterium, Xylella fastidiosa, which was introduced via an infected oleander from Costa Rica. Fortunately (according to this narrative), the authorities acted quickly by declaring a state of emergency, assigning European Commission funds to support research and eradication, and designating infected zones, buffer zones, and contagion-free zones. An extraordinary commissioner was appointed to enforce measures to prevent the contagion from spreading. Farmers were required to uproot all infected trees or face a 3000 penalty; all trees within 100 meters of an infected tree are to be cut down, entailing the destruction of entire groves. According to local activists, at present, some one-million trees are slated for destruction.

Not to worry – science has come to save the day. Researchers have developed a biopatented tree,    the F-17, the so-called “Favolosa” – that is permitted to be replanted in infected areas. In contrast to traditional biodiverse olive groves with centuries-old or millennia-old trees, these are grown in superintensive industrially farmed hedges of small trees, with extensive use of pesticides.

The Xylella theory names insects such as the meadow spittlebug as the transmission vectors for the bacteria; accordingly, authorities are pushing for the elimination of all ground vegetation around the olive trees to deprive the insects of habitat, as well as the heavy use of insecticides. The model is a monoculture of olive trees on bare soil. Maybe a few of the majestic 2000-year-old trees can be preserved for tourism.

A second theory has been advanced by Margherita Ciervo of the University of Foggia, among other researchers. It says that Xylella infection is a symptom, and not a cause, of OQDS, and that it may not even be an exogenous species. It opportunistically breaks out in the presence of what these researchers name as the deeper causes: primarily, the degradation of soil due to poor agricultural practices. For example, even in older groves, growers in recent years have made heavy use of glyphosate and other herbicides to remove ground-cover to allow easier harvesting. The dead, compacted soil no longer harbors the microbiota that contribute to the trees’ resistance to fungi and bacteria (some believe that fungi are actually the main immediate culprit, not Xylella). Water absorption is also diminished, making the trees more susceptible to drought. Ciervo blames the broad-spectrum herbicide glyphosate in particular. Quoting a 2009 paper by Johal & Huber in the European Journal of Agronomy, she writes:

“various diseases caused by X. fastidiosa are referred to as ‘emerging’ or ‘reemerging’ diseases as glyphosate weed management programs for their respective crops have intensified. These diseases (Pierce’s disease of grapevine, plum scorch, almond scorch, citrus variegated chlorosis, coffee blight, citrus blight, alfalfa dwarf, pecan decline, etc.) are characterized by a loss of vigor, slow decline, micronutrient deficiency, and reduced productivity. The pathogen is an endophytic bacterium that colonizes xylem tissues and restricts nutrient translocation when plants are stressed […] Glyphosate stimulation of fungal growth and enhanced virulence of pathogens such as FusariumGaeumannomycesPhytophthoraPythium, and Xylella can have serious consequences for sustainable production of a wide range of susceptible crops and lead to the functional loss of genetic resistance.

To establish her hypothesis that OQDS affects trees weakened by pesticide poisoning, Ciervo surveyed the distribution of the syndrome and correlated it with the prevalence of organically cultivated land, confirming that the more organic agriculture there is in an area, the less affected it is by OQDS. Her finding confirms the experiences of organic farmers in the region who have revived their trees or avoided contagion altogether, as vividly displayed in this video from an Italian farmer comparing his organic groves to the chemically-farmed groves of his neighbor.

Which of these two theories is true? Obviously I am partial to the latter theory, but in fact, careful consideration shows they are not entirely contradictory. It depends on the context and on what is taken for granted. In the context of chemical-intensive conventional olive production, Xylella is indeed a serious threat. If we take for granted the continuation of that system of agriculture, then the measures the authorities have implemented are necessary. They need be neither corrupt nor stupid to pursue the program of pesticides and eradication. The OQDS, therefore, opens up the larger question of what kind of agricultural system do we want to promote.

The solutions implemented by local organic growers, such as mineral supplementation, microbiome restoration, proper pruning, and the maintenance of biodiverse plant and animal ecosystems in olive groves, have in common a glaring problem. They are economically inefficient in the context of the global market. Farmers using these methods will never be able to compete in conventional commodity markets against industrial plantations.

A new government has come into power in Italy with the wherewithal to halt the eradication campaign and adopt policies based on the deeper understanding outlined above. However, let us not underestimate the difficulty of doing so. Italian olive oil production was in crisis well before the OQDS outbreak. Low-cost North African plantations, in many cases run by large multinational corporations, have already made traditional Italian production uneconomic. According to journalist Petra Reski, it was, in part, to compete against the North African plantations, which use precisely the aforementioned water-intensive, chemical-intensive monocrop hedges of small trees replanted every 15 years, that Italian growers began using glyphosate in the first place.

The deeper context here is the commodification and globalization of agriculture – a trend which the Italian Five Star Movement, however radical, has limited power to reverse on its own. The new government can, however, listen to the experiences of organic farmers and researchers like Margherita Ciervo and implement policies that may serve a more general transition to sustainable and regenerative agriculture, and preserve the cultural/ecological treasure that is Italy’s ancient olive groves. Let me suggest a policy program to accomplish this:

(1) First, immediately halt the eradication and pesticide campaign, which exacerbates the conditions that make Xylella a problem.

(2) Transition Italian olive production to a fully organic system and create a ‘brand identity” that associates Italian olive oil with the flavor, health, and ecological advantages of mature trees on healthy land. (Oil from these trees has superior flavor and twice the polyphenols of industrially cultivated olive oil.)

(3) Shift agricultural subsidies to support ecological olive cultivation, perhaps by implementing ecosystem services payments to farmers in recognition of the public benefits of water-conserving, environmentally benign traditional organic cultivation.

(4) Work toward international agreements to restrict unsustainable, ecologically disruptive, water-hogging agricultural practices in olive cultivation and beyond, so as to level the playing field for sustainable producers.

Currently, there is considerable momentum in the other direction. Powerful interests have a lot to gain from the eradication campaign, which opens land to development of resorts, golf courses, etc. that had been protected due to the presence of historic trees. The pesticide companies, university agronomy departments, and biopatent holders also benefit. There is little institutional support for research into alternative theories, a prospect made even more difficult because infected tree parts are considered biohazards and are only permitted to be tested at a single designated laboratory representing the mainstream position.

Facing powerful institutions and cut off from the possibility of scientific confirmation of their viewpoint, activists and farmers seeking to preserve the trees are ridiculed in the media with terms like “magicians,” “superstitious,” and “gurus.” But it is not that they are fundamentally unscientific; it is that the science that could support them lacks the funding and institutional support to develop.

The Xylella hypothesis sits comfortably with the interests of multinational agribusiness and validates current trends toward the hyper-industrialization of agriculture. It also conforms to more general intellectual and political habits of our civilization. It is linear and reductionistic, seeking a single cause rather than understanding reality as a complex system. It exemplifies the find-an-enemy approach to problem-solving that is always looking for something to control, something to imprison, or something to kill. I find in the whole affair an echo of European anxiety about immigration: a rush to blame a foreign intruder while ignoring underlying causes. In the case of immigration, these include neoliberal economic policies and military imperialism, making other countries unlivable. In the case of the olive trees, similarly, they include the chemical assault on the soil that makes it, too, unlivable.

Where the conventional perspective on the olive tree deaths is that a killer bacteria is attacking them, we might view it differently: as the cry of the land, calling our attention to its suffering. Shall we listen to that cry? Or shall we continue to add to its suffering?

The OQDS issue offers a special opportunity to inaugurate a shift in our perceptions, methods, and policies. While it may seem a narrow issue in the context of our many global crises, the response to it sets the tone for responses to other situations in which we must choose between, on the one hand, waging war against the most readily identifiable bad guy, and on the other hand, seeking to understand and heal the ground conditions from which the “bad guy” arises. In addition, the response to OQDS will either further normalize the industrial, chemical-intensive, globalized system of commodity agriculture, or it will showcase an alternative to that system. Italy and the European Commission face a potent moment of choice here. We can hope that the beauty and cultural resonance of the ancient trees will inspire the courage necessary to chart a new course.

 

Resources

Before/after video of destroyed grove: https://www.facebook.com/enzo.suma.1/videos/10216048064024110/

Interview with scientific opponents of the extermination(Italian language): 

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Organic olive grower Roberto Polo (Italian language): 

Mysterious Blue Space Rock is Neither Comet nor Asteroid

Source: Mysterious Universe

It started with ‘Oumuamua, the first known space rock from another galaxy to visit our solar system and get close enough to observe … albeit after it had already swung around the Sun and was on its way back to whence it came. At first it was classified as a comet, C/2017 U1; then, as its oblong shape became apparent, it was speculated by some to be a space ship; when it was found to have no tail, it was reclassified as an asteroid, A/2017U1. The latest theory is that ‘Oumuamua may be a fragment of a planet blown apart by a dying star. While the arguments still rage over ‘Oumuamua, a new space rock has entered the discussion because it’s acting like a comet, an asteroid and a blue ‘something else’.

This strange space rock is 1983 TB, which should immediately tell you that it was discovered in 1983, so it’s not really new. It’s better known as 3200 Phaethon and was discovered by Simon F. Green and John K. Davies using data from the Infrared Astronomical Satellite (IRAS), making it the first asteroid discovered using images from a spacecraft. That was just the beginning of the special nature of 3200 Phaethon. It was named after the driver of Helios’ chariot because it gets closer to the sun than any known object – half the distance of Mercury. Its annual visit coincides with the Geminid meteor shower and it was eventually proven to be the cause of it. Those last two points are cometary traits and they caused astronomers to consider a reclassification.

They got an opportunity on December 16, 2017, when Phaethon made its closest approach to Earth since 1974. According to a statement by the University of Arizona, one such astronomer is Teddy Kareta, a graduate student at the university, who presented his findings this week at the 50th annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society’s Division for Planetary Sciences. Using NASA’s Infrared Telescope Facility on Mauna Kea in Hawaii and the Tillinghast telescope on Mount Hopkins in Arizona, he first looked at the most noticeably strange charactistic of Phaethon – its blue color. While it was previously thought that this meant Phaethon broke off from the larger blue asteroid Palla, Kareta found that their albedo (reflectivity) is far from matching, with Phaethon actually being only slightly brighter than coal. Kareta also discovered that Phaethon’s dark blue is consistent over its entire surface, meaning that the entire rock is burnt by its close solar pass, possibly because it gets “so hot that metals on the surface turn to goo.”

Then there’s the tail that causes the Geminids shower. Phaethon is definitely not a conventional comet since it’s not a dirty ice ball. It’s also not a conventional asteroid because they don’t have trailing debris, even after turning to goo. Kareta offers his theory.

“If it was cometary at some point in the past, maybe it made the meteor shower the normal way and left behind those comet crumbs … but since then, it’s been cooked through and turned off and it just looks like a rock.”

Asteroid, comet or something else? Kareta says “It’s probably somewhere in the middle,” but we may find out for certain when the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launches DESTINY+ (Demonstration and Experiment of Space Technology for Interplanetary Voyage, Phaethon Fyby and Dust Science) on a mission to Phaethon in 2022.

In the meantime, the Dirty Ice Ball would be a great name for a winter dance party.

Neuroscientists Have Just Discovered The First Woman To See Millions Of Colours More Than The Rest Of Us

Source: Truth Theory

UK scientists have just discovered that a woman is able to detect more colours than most due to possessing an extra type of cone cell. Cone cells are receptor cells in eyes that are responsible for detecting colour, which means that it is estimated that the woman can see 99 million more colours than the average person, who can generally detect 1 million colours. The neuroscientists have been searching for this type of discovery for over 25 years, making this a real success.

Reports have since stated that scientists now believe that she is one of many others who have this super-vision which they have named “tetrachromats”, compared to the majority of people with just three types of cone cells known as “trichromats”.

The woman with four cone cell types is a doctor living in northern England, and has now been identified as cDa29. Researchers have discussed that the obtainment of these four cone cells could have come from having a colour blind father who possesses two normal cone cells and one mutant one; an idea which was first suggested back in 1948 by Dutch scientist HL de Vries. His original idea meant that the daughter of a colour blind father could have four types of cone cells, even though only three would be working normally. This then led to John Mollon, from Cambridge University, to start searching for women who might have four functioning cone cells, back in the late 1980s.

Following Mollon’s unsuccessful results, neuroscientist Gabriele Jordan from Newcastle University in the UK, who had formerly worked alongside Mollon, decided to change the testing in 2007. Her method examined 25 women who had a fourth type of cone cell by putting them in a darkened room and seeing three coloured circles of light that flashed in front of the women’s eyes when looking into a light device.

Jordan stated that if any of these women were true tetrachromats, meaning that they had four functioning cone cells, then they would be able to tell the coloured lights apart. This is in contrast to those with with just three functioning cone cells, who would see the lights as all the same.

It was through this test that cDa29 was able to detect the different colours in a number of tests conducted. Jordan told Veronique Greenwood from Discover magazine, “I was jumping up and down. We now know tetrachromacy exists, but we don’t know what allows someone to become functionally tetrachromatic, when most four-coned women aren’t.”

The research on cDa29 hasn’t yet been peer-reviewed or published, as Jordan is continuing her research whilst extending her search for more tetrachromats. But for now, reports have confirmed that tetrachromats do exist, which would help scientists to further explore how vision works.

Jordan told Discover about vision through cDa29’s eyes: “This private perception is what everybody is curious about. I would love to see that.”

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