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A short time ago road pavements were ment to be of high density and with a smooth surface. However today porous asphalt has proven to be safer against aquaplaning and friendlier to the environment, because rain water is able to filtrate into the ground as on natural surfaces.
Japanese engineer Hisashi Hosokawa has developed a train of equipment which recycles the asphalt on roads and highways in situ and uses it again at the same site as porous asphalt. This method needs only a small fraction of new material compared to the traditional way of road reconstruction.
This new technology is environment-friendly in a double way: it uses less new asphalt from petrol refineries as well as less transport. It is obvious that this form of cost reduction fulfils the criteria of Blue Economy innovations.
For more information, please visit www.blueeconomy.de
Mistletoe is a semi-parasitic plant that grows on several types of trees, including apple, oak, maple, elm, pine, and birch. It was used by the Druids and the ancient Greeks, and appears in legend and folklore as a panacea or "cure -all", being used for centuries to treat medical conditions such as epilepsy, hypertension, headaches, menopausal symptoms, infertility, arthritis, and rheumatism.
Modern interest in mistletoe as a possible treatment for cancer began in the 1920s and is one of the most widely studied complementary and alternative medicine therapies for it. In certain European countries, products made from European mistletoe are among the most prescribed therapies for cancer patients.
Extracts of mistletoe have been shown to kill cancer cells in the laboratory and to boost the immune system and for this reason, it has been classified as a type of biological response modifier. It has also been shown in the laboratory to prevent the growth of new blood vessels needed for tumors to grow, kill mouse, rat, and human cancer cells, and protect the DNA in white blood cells, including cells that have been exposed to DNA-damaging chemotherapy drugs.
The chemical makeup of mistletoe products varies, depending on many factors, including:
- The type of host tree on which the mistletoe plant grows.
- The time of year the plant is harvested.
- The species of mistletoe.
- Whether the extract is fermented or unfermented.
- Whether the extract is prepared with homeopathic methods.
- The company that makes the product.
Mistletoe extracts are usually given by injection under the skin (subcutaneous). Less common ways to give mistletoe include by mouth, into a vein (intravenous or IV), into the pleural cavity, or into the tumor.
The story below has been extracted from Emma Bragdon's e-newsletter "CREATING SPIRITUAL ALLIANCES
CONNECTING SPIRITUAL HEALING AND CONVENTIONAL MEDICINE".
This is a profile of thepharmaceutical side of the illness profit system. It paints an ugly-but unfortunately real-- picture of how our health care is being manipulated and disempowered by the largest pharmaceuticalcompanies.
1. Over 100,000 people die each year from prescription drug side effects in the U.S. alone. This does NOT include deaths from doctors accidentally prescribing the wrong drugs, nor from pharmacists filling the prescription incorrectly, nor from patients overdosing. It is from “side effects”! (Read Our Daily Meds: How the Pharmaceutical Companies Transformed Themselves into Slick Marketing Machines and Hooked the Nation on Prescription Drugs.)
2. U.S. hospitalizations for poisonings by prescription drugs including opiods, sedatives, and tranquilizers increased a total of 65% between 1999 and 2006 alone. Those hospitalized were most likely to be women over age 34.
3. The rates of death from these poisonings by prescription drugs has surpassed motor vehicle crashes as the leading cause of unintentional injury death.
4. There are typically NO deaths from vitamins or dietary supplements in the U.S. in any given year. In 2007, the latest year for available statistics on this from the U.S. National Poison Data System, the sum total was zero deaths.
5. Prescription painkiller drug abuse, meanwhile, accounts for an additional 15,000 deaths in the U.S. alone. That’s 40 Americans dying each day, more than the number of deaths from heroin and cocaine use combined.
6. Pharmaceuticals are a $650 billion dollar a year business - $307 billion in the U.S. alone - and for years the most profitable U.S. business has been the pharmaceutical companies.
7. Pharmaceutical companies spend almost TWICE as much on marketing – around $60 billion annually - as they do on research. And what they do spend on research is largely for drugs that merely treat diseases, and compete with other drug companies’ treatment drugs, not drugs that cure diseases (curing disease would be highly unprofitable for them!)
8. 56% of this marketing is free samples, and 25% is 'detailing” of physicians.
9. A study by researchers at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found that, on average, a 10% increase in direct-to-consumer advertising of drugs within a therapeutic drug class resulted in a 1% increase in sales of the drugs in that class.
10. Prescription drug prices keep rising - in 2010, the average price increase for brand-name prescription drugs was 6.9%. Some of the prescription drugs with the largest price increases include the blood-pressure pill Benicar, which saw a 29.4% increase; the attention-deficit-disorder drug Concerta, which saw a 19.7% increase; and the cholesterol drug Lipitor, which saw a 12.4% increase.
11. About HALF of Americans take at least one prescription drug, and one out of six take three or more prescription drugs.
12. Of people over the age of 60, 88% are taking at least one prescription drug. Almost 45% of those over 60 take cholesterol-lowering prescriptions – the #1 prescription drug for that age group and more than double the rate from 1999!
13. One in five prescriptions filled for those over the age of 65 are classified as a 'drug of concern,” meaning potentially severe adverse effects.
14. Medical errors may result in between 44,000 and 98,000 preventable deaths and over 1,000,000 excess injuries in the U.S. Of these, medication errors are the most common medical mistakes.
15, 400,000 preventable drug-related injuries occur each year in hospitals, 800,000 in long-term care settings, and roughly 530,000 among Medicare recipients in outpatient clinics.
16. Antidepressants are one of the most commonly prescribed drugs in the U.S., with about 120 million prescribed annually and used by about 27 million Americans. The most common market for antidepressants are those age 20 to 59.
17. Use of antidepressants tripled between 1988-94 and 1999-2000, nearly doubled between 1995-2002, and are still experiencing an astronomical rise. According to Dr. David M. Reiss, a San Diego psychiatrist, in an American Medical News report, 'Contributing to the rise in antidepressant prescriptions are direct-to-patient advertisements that suggest many common conditions, such as mild anxiety, stress and trouble sleeping, need to be treated medically.'
18. The proportion of non-psychiatrists doctor visits where antidepressants were prescribed without a documented psychiatric diagnosis increased from 59.5 percent to 72.7 between 1996 and 2007.
19. In 1999, 3% of adolescents were prescribed drugs for ADHD. Today, that number has risen to over 6%, making it the most common prescription drug for that age group.
20. Meanwhile in England, prescriptions for strong painkiller drugs have seen a 400% increase in the past ten years
Yes, some prescription drugs may be necessary … but certainly not at the ever-increasing volumes being ferociously marketed and therefore prescribed. It CAN and DOES brainwash people (many of whom are desperately confronting illness and therefore vulnerable) into believing that taking prescription drugs IS healthcare when in fact it is largely a band-aid approach.
…Why aren’t these statistics being treated like the national (and international) emergency that they are?
The Money Trail
…Drug companies have ranked as one of the top three most profitable industries in the world for years, so they certainly don’t want the statistics above widely known to dent those profits.
If you sought the prescription drug statistics you REALLY need to know from the mass media, you of course won’t hear them there …- prescription drug companies spend $5 BILLION dollars on TV advertising alone, so why would the mainstream news want to upset and lose one of its best customers?
In fact, because the drug companies have the mainstream media in their back pocket, and preventative health is the enemy of drug company profits (less sick people = less of a market for prescription drugs), the big TV news networks are more than happy to support the drug companies’ war on vitamins, supplements, and natural health.
(BIG CLUE: See the statistics above on the prescription drug deaths annually versus deaths from supplements annually, and ask yourself WHY the mainstream media is portraying supplements and other natural health approaches as dangerous but prescription drugs as the savior of the world?)__
Finally, if you sought the prescription drug statistics you REALLY need to know directly from the government, here are the three words that will prevent you from getting them: pharmaceutical company lobbyists.
At $270 million dollars in the U.S. alone, the drug companies’ federal lobbying expenditures outpace ALL other business industries and special interests. Like their counterparts in the mainstream media, the FDA (Fast Drug Approvals!) is eager to help their best customer by far - the pharmaceutical companies - by driving up your costs for vitamins and supplements astronomically.
They intend to do this by creating guidelines that make it extremely difficult for the preventative health industry to manufacture vitamins and supplements, amongst other attacks on natural health and wellness.
(Because again, if people en masse actually practiced preventative health, sickness would be dramatically reduced. The pharmaceutical companies’ entire business model depends on sickness, so their profits would be dramatically reduced, and thus less money flow into Washington, DC….)
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Have you ever wondered how much waste is produced in large printing machines? Each page of paper generates cut-offs and, above all, printed control strips which at best are recycled.
A new idea for a better use of the paper is not to reduce, but to broaden these control strips. They can then be used to print more information material on them, at almost no extra cost.
Colombian designer Pamela Salazar Ocampo has exploited these control strips and the color already spent on them to print children's stories and distribute them at the World Expo in Hanover (Germany) in 2000. This is a vast field of opportunities for a simple business idea: educational material printed with practically no cost can be distributed for free anywhere in the world without burdening the budgets of public education, which are under high pressure in almost every country of the world.
For more information please visit www.blueeconomy.de.
A huge number of devices we use every day has sensors which detect movements and are able to trigger other functions. They may be of minute size of a few micrometers and can measure speed, acceleration and shock in order to activate the airbags of cars in case of an accident. In science, they serve, among others, for early detection of earthquakes or volcano eruptions.
MEMS in fact may be interpreted as an invention within the spirit of the Blue Economy, because they replace "something" with "nothing. For instance, in a close future they can replace battery driven remote controls: simple gestures by hand will be enough to control the volume and change channels of a TV set.
Indian engineer Santosh Kumar has combined MEMS with transmitters and gyroscopes in order to develop battery-free devices which can be attached to valuable objects and, in case of theft, transmit the geographic position of the object to the police. Similar devices are also useful in medicine, for example during treatment of people addicted to substances, permitting the medical doctors to recognize and anticipate possible relapses.
For more information, please visit www.blueeconomy.de.
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