Shell ‘Warned Nigeria Pipeline could Leak before Spills’

Shell ‘warned Nigeria pipeline could leak before spills’

A man walks on slippery spilled crude oil on the shores and in the waters of the Niger Delta swamps of Bodo, a village in the famous Nigerian oil-producing Ogoniland, which hosts the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) in Nigeria's Rivers State on June 24, 2010.Shell and the Bodo community disagree on the amount of damage from the spills

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Oil firm Royal Dutch Shell was told a pipeline had reached the end of its life years before it spilled up to 500,000 barrels of oil, according to court documents seen by the BBC.

Two spills in 2008 affected about 35 sq miles (90 sq km) in southern Nigeria, according to a group suing Shell.

The area included sensitive mangroves.

Shell “dismisses the suggestion that it has knowingly continued to use a pipeline that is not safe to operate,” it told the BBC.

The emails, letters and internal reports submitted to a court in London show that senior Shell employees were concerned before the spill that Shell’s pipelines in the area had reached the end of their lives and needed replacing to avoid danger to lives, the environment and the economy. …


Breakthrough Study: Probiotics Save Cancer Patients from Deadly Chemo and Damaging Antibiotics

Breakthrough Study: Probiotics Save Cancer Patients from Deadly Chemo and Damaging Antibiotics

By Christina Sarich

You may already know that a healthy gut and plenty of probiotics to support your gastrointestinal health are absolutely critical to boosting your immune system (gut flora may account for 80% of immunity), but a new study coming from the University of Michigan has proven that probiotics may just be the answer to poisonous chemotherapy treatments and the overuse of antibiotics which tend to kill all the good bacteria in our bodies.

When people undergo chemotherapy as a treatment for cancer, the antibiotics which are often prescribed post-treatment also kill whatever good bacteria are left, thus causing an absolute crisis for the immune system, and upping the chance that chemo will kill you.

Chemotherapy is already one of the top causes of death among cancer patients, though this fact is hotly contested. Much of the pro-chemo science comes from the $200 billion dollar industry which supports it. Many natural treatments for cancer are suppressed for his reason. The simple fact that making sure you have healthy gut flora can help keep you from dying of cancer is one of those ‘cures’ the Big Pharmaceutical companies don’t want you to be aware of, among utilizing other cancer-fighting foods.

The University of Michigan study, which was published in the journal Nature, was centered around ‘Rspol’ or ‘R-spondon1’ which activates cell production in the intestinal walls which then help to regenerate tissue that is damaged by chemotherapy and other forms of poisonous drugs. Mice given R-spondon1 survived fatal doses of chemotherapy since the substance was able to help their bodies regenerate new tissue faster than the chemo could destroy it.

The problem is that pharmaceutical companies can charge upwards of $50,000 for one dose of Rspol. The secret they don’t want you to know is that probiotics help your body to make its own – without the hefty price tag. In a healthy person with good gut-bacteria supported by probiotics and the reduction of high carbohydrates, meat, dairy, and refined sugars (which tend to cause an imbalance in healthy gut flora), this special R-spondon1 is made every 4 to 5 days all on its own as part of our bodies’ blueprint for naturally good health.

The epithelial cells in the intestinal walls are responsible for making sure this substance is made consistently, and without good probiotics and gut health, he cells start to slack on the job. Rapid cellular regeneration happens in those who have good gut health and balanced intestinal flora.

As the pharmaceutical companies continuously try to patent or co-opt natural cures, it is our responsibility to ourselves and our collective society to make sure people are aware of the natural ways which our bodies already heal themselves. You can pass this along to friends and family to make sure the pharmaceutical companies don’t keep us dumbed down. Probiotics, in short order, are a simple and natural way to support cellular regeneration and live through chemotherapy.

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‘What passing bells for these who die as cattle’

Mortality Increase From Alzheimer´s Disease in U.S. within last 10 Years

Talesfromthelou’s Blog – copied:

Mortality Increase From Alzheimer’s Disease in the United States within the last 10 Years. Data for 2000 and 2010

Fascinating data from the Center for Disease Control.  A generation ago we could not even spell Alzheimer’s. It now looks like we are facing an avalanche of seniors losing their minds, and their lives, in later years.  You better believe that I will be looking for all preventative methods and cures for this dreaded degeneration of the brain.  I have seen what it does and it has no dignity. Lou

Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States

NCHS Data Briefs Update.

In 2010, Alzheimer’s disease was the underlying cause for a total of 83,494 deaths and was classified as a contributing cause for an additional 26,488 deaths. Mortality from Alzheimer’s disease has steadily increased during the last 30 years. Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and the fifth leading cause for people aged 65 years and over. An estimated 5.4 million persons in the United States have Alzheimer’s disease. The cost of health care for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia was estimated to be 200 billion dollars in 2012, including 140 billion dollars in costs to Medicare and Medicaid and is expected to reach 1.1 trillion dollars in 2050.

Alzheimer’s disease mortality varies by age, sex, race, Hispanic origin, and geographic area. This report presents mortality data on Alzheimer’s disease based on data from the National Vital Statistics System from 2000 through 2010, the most recent year for which detailed data are available.

Key findings

Data from the National Vital Statistics System

  • The age-adjusted death rate from Alzheimer’s disease increased by 39 percent from 2000 through 2010 in the United States.
  • Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and is the fifth leading cause among people aged 65 years and over. People aged 85 years and over have a 5.4 times greater risk of dying from Alzheimer’s disease than people aged 75–84 years.
  • The risk of dying from Alzheimer’s disease is 26 percent higher among the non-Hispanic white population than among the non-Hispanic black population, whereas the Hispanic population has a 30 percent lower risk than the non-Hispanic white population.
  • In 2010, among all states and the District of Columbia, 31 states showed death rates from Alzheimer’s disease that were above the national rate (25.1).

Keywords: dementia, National Vital Statistics System, death rate, aging

Alzheimer’s disease mortality increased compared with selected major causes of death.

Figure 1 is a bar chart showing percent change in age-adjusted death rates for the selected causes of death between 2000 and 2010.

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Antibiotic resistance poses alarming threat

Antibiotic resistance poses alarming threat

16 November, 2012

Antibiotic resistance is one of the greatest threats to modern health and we face a future without cures for infection if antibiotics are not used responsibly, the Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies is warning today in the lead up to European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD) on Sunday.

Urgent action is now needed at a national, EU and international level to make sure we use them in the right way, at the right dose, and at the right time, to help slow down the development of antibiotic resistance.

Professor Dame Sally Davies said:

<ie7:! id=ie7_pseudo0>Antibiotics are losing their effectiveness at a rate that is both alarming and irreversible – similar to global warming.

“I urge patients and prescribers to think about the drugs they are requesting and dispensing.

“Bacteria are adapting and finding ways to survive the effects of antibiotics, ultimately becoming resistant so they no longer work. And the more you use an antibiotic, the more bacteria become resistant to it.”

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Many antibiotics are prescribed and used for mild infections when they don’t need to be. There are very few new antibiotics in development, so it is important to use our existing antibiotics wisely and make sure these lifesaving medicines continue to stay effective.

Unless action is taken to prevent the emergence of resistance, some of the problems we could face include:

  • increased deaths from hard-to-treat infections. A recent study suggests that deaths could double in patients with multi-resistant E. coli
  • increased infection and deaths associated with routine medical procedures such as heart surgery
  • the spread of an untreatable form of gonorrhoea

Dos and don’ts for patients

The Chief Medical Officer has provided a list of dos and don’ts for patients to help prevent the emergence and spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

The advice is:

  • Do remember that antibiotics are important medicines and should only be taken when prescribed by a health professional.
  • Do complete the prescribed course even if you feel better, because not taking the full course encourages the emergence of resistance.
  • Do remember that antibiotics cannot help you recover from infections caused by viruses, such as common colds or flu, because antibiotics are effective only against bacterial infections.
  • Don’t share your antibiotics with anyone else because they are prescribed for you only.
  • Don’t forget that resistant bacteria don’t just infect you, they spread to other people in close contact with you.
  • Don’t forget that antibiotics can upset the natural balance of bacteria in your body. This allows other organisms to increase and can result in diarrhoea and thrush.

EAAD is a Europe-wide awareness raising event that aims to promote responsible prescribing and educate healthcare professionals and the public about appropriate use of antibiotics.

Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy

Antibiotic resistance is not new, but more action is needed now to tackle this global problem if we are to keep pace with its development.

The UK is leading the way in responding to EU calls for action, with the development of a new cross-Government Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy and Action plan, which will be published by the Department of Health next year.

The strategy will champion responsible use of antibiotics, and build on ongoing work to:

  • slow down the development of antibiotic resistance
  • maintain the efficacy of existing antibiotics
  • develop new antibiotics and alternative treatments
  • investigate the link between antibiotic use in animals and the food chain, and the spread of resistance in people
  • minimise antibiotics entering the environment in other ways

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“Hands that Help are Holyer than Lips that Pray”

Educating emotions

People need lessons in empathy, the imagination to put themselves in place
of others or animals

Eunice de Souza

Posted On Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 02:29:08 AM


      *People need to realise the
benefit from contact with animals
and the natural world*  I happened to be standing at a local bus stop one
day when children were returning from school. I suddenly noticed a small
group of young boys had collected and were staring at something on the wall
behind me.

They were picking up stones. I look around, and there was a chameleon on
the wall which the children were determined to kill. I shooed them away,
but they kept coming back. Would “blood-lust” be too strong a term to
describe the way they behaved?

Children as young as two pick up stones to throw at inoffensive dogs having
a nap, while their bovine mothers stand there saying nothing. Of course, if
the dog were to give the child a nip in return, all hell would be let

Then there was the dog whose eyes were bleeding. We were to take him to
hospital, but he was in a panic and rushed here and there. The young men
who were trying to catch him finally succeeded. But in the meantime, a
crowd had gathered, laughing and cheering.

You wouldn’t think all this could happen in a country where we are so ready
to say our feelings have been hurt! Is this because, in our educational
system and elsewhere, we don’t think seriously in terms of educating

In his autobiography, John Stuart Mill talks about the rigorous system his
father put him through. If I’m not mistaken, he says that from the age of
three or so, he was made to study Greek, Latin, History, and a great deal

At some point in his life, he felt so dead that he was near a nervous
breakdown. It was then that he found relief and salvation in reading
Wordsworth, whose work put him in touch with feelings that were both
experienced and explored.

He is a poet who was as relevant then as he is now: “The world is too much
with us; late and soon,/Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers:
Little we see in Nature that is ours;/We have given our hearts away, a
sordid boon!”

Valuing Science, Engineering, Medicine, Technology is fine. But we are more
than scientists, engineers, doctors or computer specialists. Empathy, the
imagination to put ourselves in the place of others, doesn’t always come
naturally. (It does to my dog.

When I came home with a bandaged eye, he looked at it for a while and then
licked my hand.) Nor can we expect to feel empathy all the time for
everyone and everything. I, for one, would have happily machine-gunned that
lot laughing and cheering while looking at the blind dog.

Sometimes, when I reach a point when I feel I can’t stand any more of this,
something reassuring happens. One of half-a-dozen or so of small
businessmen who look after animals, and are around the corner from me,
asked me to look at a dog the other day.

The dog had a head wound infested with maggots. He was not a local dog.
Wounded dogs often run from place to place because they are so distressed.
Often people shoo them away. I knew there was really no hope for the dog.
When I said this, the shop owner said, “Let’s give him a chance.” So we
called the ambulance.

Obviously, people like him don’t need lessons in empathy. They know that we
benefit from contact with animals and the natural world as much as animals/
birds benefit from our caring. But perhaps, till the great revolution in
empathy arrives, we can make a small start: persuade ourselves to put out a
bowl of water for thirsty animals and birds in this awful weather.


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Critical Words about Milk from Robert Cohen, The Notmilk-Man

Breast cancer cells

Breast cancer cells (Photo credit: TheJCB)

Does Drinking Cow’s Urine Cure Cancer?

Do you drink:

A) Cow’s Urine? Producers claim it cures cancer:

B) Cow’s Blood for good health:

Photo credit Breast Cancer Cells:                                           

C) Milk? Some claim it cures AIDS & cancer:

D) Some people learn the truth about milk:

These three bovine body fluids have much in common.
They come from diseased animals, and the consumption
of each body fluid results in revulsion among those
living in more enlightened cultures; particulary
those aliens living on the planet Vega.

But…back to the question posed as the subject to
today’s column. Everybody knows that drinking cow’s
urine does not cure cancer. Camel urine does, but
the pee must come from a virgin camel.

Stop laughing.

Where’s the research? I checked Medline and
found this publication from the January, 2011
issue of the Journal of Ethnopharmacology:

TITLE: Camel urine inhibits the cytochrome P450
1a1 gene expression through an AhR-dependent
mechanism in Hepa 1c1c7 cell line.

SOURCE: Department of Pharmacology, College of
Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

AIM OF THE STUDY: “We examined the ability of three
different camel urines (virgin, lactating, and pregnant
source) to modulate a well-known cancer-activating
enzyme, the cytochrome P450 1a1 (Cyp1a1) in murine
hepatoma Hepa 1c1c7 cell line.”

RESULTS: “All types of camel, but not bovine urines
differentially inhibited the induction of Cyp1a1 gene
expression by TCDD, the most potent Cyp1a1 inducer
and known carcinogenic chemical. Importantly, virgin
camel urine showed the highest degree of inhibition…”

CONCLUSION: “The present work provides the first
evidence that camel urine but not that of bovine
inhibits the TCDD-mediated toxic effect by inhibiting
the expression of Cyp1a1, at both transcriptional and
post-transcriptional levels through an AhR-dependent

* * * * *

My final thoughts on this matter.

How do researchers at King Saud University in Saudi
Arabia identify a virgin cow from all other camels?

Easy! She’s the one without any humps.

Robert Cohen

Un-Earthed: Is Monsanto’s Glyphosate Destroying The Soil?

Sayer Ji
Activist Post
2012-03-03 22:57:00
The nation that destroys its soil, destroys itself. — Franklin Delano Roosevelt

In light of this quote, had Monsanto been around during Roosevelt’s time, he would not have taken too kindly to their business strategy. After all, in 2007, 176 million lbs of an extremely toxic herbicide known as glyphosate,1 first created by Monsanto, was sprayed onto the soil (and everything standing between it) in this country, with untold environmental and human health fallout.

Untold, that is, until now…

Roundup (Glyphosate): The Science Vs. Marketing

2011 was a watershed year, as far as scientific revelations into the nature and extent of the damage associated with glyphosate-based herbicide usage and exposure is concerned.

An accumulating body of peer-reviewed and published research now indicates glyphosate may be contributing to several dozen adverse health effects in exposed populations.

Chemotherapy Negatively Impacts Genetic Coding for Future Generations

Chemotherapy Negatively Impacts Genetic Coding for Future Generations

Andre Evans
Natural Society
2012-02-06 21:02:00 I read this article here:


Chemotherapy is an accepted method by the mainstream medical establishment as a means to fight against cancer, but its effectiveness and reliability is highly in question. Now, research even brings into question the effect chemotherapy has on your entire hereditary line, with researchers linking chemotherapy drug usage with DNA mutations that extend to your offspring.

You probably know somebody who has undergone some cancer treatment at one point or another. The effects of chemotherapy on the body are highly destructive, and often leave the cancer patient in a worse state than they were in before.

Unfortunately, using an unnatural chemical substance to effectively blast the cancer cells has the same effect on the healthy functioning cells as well. As a result, most chemotherapy patients are highly damaged by the process and sometimes sustain injuries that are irrevocable.

Three common drugs used for chemotherapy have been found to cause DNA mutations within the users. This is already highly dangerous, but according to new research, this damage may have the ability to pass into future generations. These findings shed light on the long term negative effects pharmaceuticals are having on our bodies. If the bodily effects were not enough to cope with, the use of these treatments may actually have a long term effect on the health of those to come afterward.