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Sticking Your Way to Good Health
"For there are radiations from every form of life…"
— Edgar Cayce
My wife has been a long time allergy sufferer, including pollen, grasses, cats, and some foods. Up until recently she has been a religious advocate of those weekly visits to the allergist to get her shots. The truth of the matter is that they worked, to a point. A recent run-in with a rather severe food allergy spurred her to look for potential alternatives to the "traditional" allergy treatment she had been undergoing for a number of years now. We became aware of a treatment methodology originally developed by an acupuncturist Dr. Devi S. Nambudripad. The technique is, surprisingly, named NAET (Nambudripad's Allergy Elimination Technique) and offers allergy sufferers potential permanent relief from their symptoms.
As fantastic as it sounds, there actually may be something behind it. During my wife's weekly allergist visits, the spot on her arm where she got the shots always swelled up and turned very red, indicating a reaction to the shot. She began NAET treatment a few months back to battle some of her more threatening allergies. The first indication that something was actually happening was a reduction in her reactions to the allergy shots she was receiving. Week by week the swelling red spots on her arm decreased in size. Additionally, we saw her need for weekly shots begin disappearing. The most dramatic event we witnessed during her early NAET treatments was her ability to eat celery. Prior to the treatment, just smelling celery would cause her to swell up and turn red. Within three weeks of beginning treatment, she was actually eating celery and continues to do so.
NAET is an adaptation of acupuncture, where the patient is given a specialized acupuncture treatment while holding a diluted sample of the allergen in their hand or is otherwise in contact with the allergen. The concept of the treatment is that everything has a vibration. Allergies are caused by a blockage to the offending substance's energy somewhere in a person's "circuitry". The acupuncture treatment clears the blockages to the substance. After the treatment the patient is checked to verify that the treatment was successful. The trick is to then avoid the allergen for one complete circadian cycle (25 hours) while the body is "relearning" to accept the substance. That's it.
The elegant simplicity of the procedure makes it available to just about everyone. By the way, the last time we visited my wife's allergist (which we now do only about every 6 months), he asked for some NAET information. Who would have thought?
With all the recent talk of our energy shortages, all forms of electrical production are being revisited. As a result, Nuclear power is gaining popularity among politicians and energy companies alike. A new generation of Nuclear power plants "promise" safer and more economical power generation. Should these plants live up to their "safe" billing, one fact remains. There is no viable, safe technology for disposing of the nuclear waste generated by these plants.
The nuclear waste disposal problem is not limited to power plants. Nuclear waste produced in the medical industry poses an equally dangerous disposal threat. Low level wastes account for about 84% of the total nuclear waste volume generated in the US each year. What can be done to dispose of these waste products? Shoot them into space, or bury them in salt mines in Nevada?
A US based company, Clean Technologies International, Inc. may have a solution. Since 1986 the company has been researching the disposal of polychlorinated biphenol (PCBs). The company developed a novel and patented approach to disposing of this and other dangerous waste products. To render PCBs harmless, Clean Technologies strips off the Chlorine without releasing it into the atmosphere. The Chlorine molecules are bound up in a molten aluminum metal matrix.
The core element of the process is a liquid alloy bath whose makeup is proprietary and varies somewhat with the type of waste to be decomposed or treated. The bath is contained within a specially constructed reactor unit into which the contaminated materials are introduced. The liquid metal bath is maintained at an operating temperature of around 900o C. Its principal function is to supply energy for endothermic reactions to break the chemical bonds of the hydrogen, carbon, and, where applicable, chlorine or other atoms in the contaminated (hazardous) materials. The atmosphere above the bath is purged to ensure the endothermic and non-combustive nature of the reactions
As the bath becomes contaminated, it is poured off into molds and cooled to form special storage ingots. Though they are still radioactive, these ingots will never deteriorate, rust, decay, or leach in any way that will cause environmental damage. These aluminum alloy ingots will not leach into a local water supply. This can happen with leaking steel drums or deteriorated vitrified glass.
If you are interested in NAET as a treatment option, visit their official web site. http://www.naet.com/
Nuclear Alchemy - For more information, check out this site. http://www.cleantechinternational.com/
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Marc Timm has been involved in science and engineering for practically my entire career. He graduated from Louisiana Tech University with a Degree in Biomedical Engineering and a Minor in Electrical Engineering. He began working with GE, a NASA contractor at the Johnson Space Center upon graduation where he developed many science hardware items used to understand the effects of microgravity on humans in space. He then relocated to the Kennedy Space Center, where he expanded these skills into developing systems and managing programs investigating the effects of microgravity on plants and animals. You can reach Marc by email here.