Skin Care Products, Cosmetics Must Eliminate Microbeads

Microbeads Causing Environmental Damage

A total ban on the use of tiny plastic beads in products that enter wastewater is the best way to protect water quality, wildlife, and resources. Avoiding plastic also can help protect your skin and overall health.

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These microbeads are one part of the microplastic problem in oceans, freshwater lakes and rivers, but are a special concern because in many products they are literally designed to be flushed down the drain. And even at conservative estimates, the collective total of microbeads being produced today is enormous.

In an article just published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, scientists from seven institutions say that nontoxic and biodegradable alternatives exist for microbeads, which are used in hundreds of products as abrasive scrubbers, ranging from face washes, exfoliants to toothpaste. Around the size of a grain of sand, they can provide a gritty texture to products where that is needed.

“We’re facing a plastic crisis and don’t even know it,” said Stephanie Green, the David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellow in the College of Science at Oregon State University, and co-author of this report.

“Part of this problem can now start with brushing your teeth in the morning,” she said. “Contaminants like these microbeads are not something our wastewater treatment plants were built to handle, and the overall amount of contamination is huge. The microbeads are very durable.”

In this analysis, and using extremely conservative methodology, the researchers estimated that 8 trillion microbeads per day are being emitted into aquatic habitats in the United States – enough to cover more than 300 tennis courts a day. But the other 99 percent of the microbeads – another 800 trillion – end up in sludge from sewage plants, which is often spread over areas of land. Many of those microbeads can then make their way into streams and oceans through runoff.

“Microbeads are just one of many types of microplastic found in aquatic habitats and in the gut content of wildlife,” said Chelsea Rochman, the David H. Smith Conservation Research Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California/Davis, and lead author on the analysis.

“We’ve demonstrated in previous studies that microplastic of the same type, size and shape as many microbeads can transfer contaminants to animals and cause toxic effects,” Rochman said. “We argue that the scientific evidence regarding microplastic supports legislation calling for a removal of plastic microbeads from personal care products.”

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Even though microbeads are just one part of the larger concern about plastic debris that end up in oceans and other aquatic habitat, they are also one of the most controllable. With growing awareness of this problem, a number of companies have committed to stop using microbeads in their cosmetics, shampoos, toothpastes and skin care products, and several states have already regulated or banned the products.

The researchers point out in their analysis, however, that some bans have included loopholes using strategic wording. Many microbeads are used in personal care products that are not “rinse off,” such as deodorants and cleaners. And some regulations use the term “biodegradable” to specify what products are allowed – but some microbeads can biodegrade just slightly, which may allow their continued use.

If legislation is sought, “new wording should ensure that a material that is persistent, bioaccumulative, or toxic is not added to products designed to go down the drain,” the researchers wrote in their report.

“The probability of risk from microbead pollution is high, while the solution to this problem is simple,” they concluded.

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Chicago Skin Care Expert Offers The Best Facials

Facials Help Maintain Skin Health

A professional facial is an opportunity to work with a skin care specialist who will analyze your skin, hear your concerns and show you how to properly care for your skin based on your personal needs and skin condition. Getting a professional facial is very important to the health of your skin.

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The benefits include:

  • Stimulates blood flow
  • Softens skin
  • Removes dead skin
  • Gives the skin a rejuvenated glow
  • Encourages new skin growth
  • Restores skin complexion
  • Can help treat acne
  • Can relieve stress
  • Hydrates the skin
  • Cleanses the skin of toxins
  • Cures dry skin
  • Maintains healthy skin look

Some facial treatments offer a deep-cleanse of the skin, while others provide moisture to skin cells. Some facials can specifically treat acne.

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The Benefits Of Facials

Cleansing: Facials will deep cleanse your skin. Removing toxins from pollution and our diet is essential for healthy skin. Facials can reduce an overabundance of sebum, which is a natural substance that moisturizes and lubricates our skin. Overproduction of sebum causes skin problems, including blackheads and acne.

Cleansing facials open the pores of the skin, remove dead skin and toxins from the face, and clean the surface of the skin through exfoliation that tightens and firms the skin. Steam treatments raise the temperature of the skin and soften the hardened oil in the pore, making it easier for extraction and deep cleansing.

Exfoliation: Exfoliation stimulates regeneration of skin cells, while removing dead, dry skin. Exfoliation also can break down stubborn marks on the skin. Exfoliation also allows the active ingredients in skin care products to absorb deeper within the skin for maximum benefit.

Increased Circulation: A facial massage helps increase microcirculation to bring new nutrients to skin cells. This gives your skin a healthy glow and pumps skin cells full of with vital nutrients and water, which reduces the appearance of wrinkled and dry skin. Nutrition, circulation and hydration are essential for youthful, healthy skin. A facial can help smooth fine lines, while promoting collagen production, which is essential to anti-aging and healthy skin.

Facials are incredibly relaxing and stress reducing and should be performed every 4-6 weeks. Facial treatments can help slow the aging process of our skin, while contributing to our overall health.

Facials are not the only solution to better skin. While highly beneficial, facials can’t overcome a poor diet and a lack of exercise. Healthy skin is just part of our overall health.

To find out more about the importance of facials and natural skin care products, please contact Skin Care Plus. We use and recommend the best natural and organic skin care products available. We also offer other skin care treatments that can help with anti-aging and overall skin health, including the best facial in the greater Chicago area, including Batavia, Geneva, and St. Charles.

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Alzheimer’s Disease Spread By Sewage Sludge

Biosolids Contributing To Alzheimer’s Disease Epidemic

The cause of Alzheimer’s disease may not be so mysterious after all. What’s needed is a healthy dose of the truth. People are dying of neurological disease at an accelerating rate, while death rates from most major diseases are dropping. Why the divergence?

Unfortunately, a pathogen associated with neurological disease is spreading uncontrollably. Research suggests that food and water supplies around the world have been contaminated with an unstoppable form of protein known as a prion (PREE-on). Ignorance, negligence, fraud and corruption are fanning the flames today. We’re facing an environmental nightmare.

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According to health officials, the epidemic will spread exponentially. The protein epidemic includes Alzheimer’s diseasemad cow diseasechronic wasting disease (deer) and many others. There is no species barrier. Some people die within weeks of symptoms, while others take years. There is no cure.

The Prion Epidemic

At least 45 million people around the world already have Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Millions of other cases are undiagnosed and misdiagnosed. Doctors have suppressed millions of other diagnoses. It’s an outrage. The epidemic is worse than the public knows.

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Pandora-like prions are out of the box and contaminating homes, communities and entire watersheds—including our food and water supplies. It’s time for government and industry to lead, follow or get out of the way of the truth and solutions.

Alzheimer’s disease is a member of an aggressive family of neurodegenerative diseases known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE). The operative word is “transmissible.”

The spectrum of TSEs includes Alzheimer’s, Creutzfeldt-Jakob, mad cow and chronic wasting disease in deer. It appears that autism is part of the same spectrum. Few, if any, mammals are immune.

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TSEs are unstoppable and incurable. The pathogen spreads through the bodily fluids and cell tissue of its victims. Prions have been detected in the blood, urine, mucas, feces, milk, saliva and aerosols from victims of the disease. Blood alone assures that every ounce of the victim is contaminated. As organs and tissue become infected, the body sheds more and more prions into the environment every day.

Prions also are linked to post-traumatic stress disorder in combat veterans and in the brain damage of athletes like football players who have suffered repeated concussions. It appears that head trauma also can trigger a cascade that converts healthy prions into deadly ones.

It doesn’t matter how the person acquires the disease, victims of prion disease are infectious long before they appear sick. These carriers are leading normal lives, while the disease incubates within. These walking victims are donating blood, eating at your favorite restaurant, going to your dentist and loading public sewer systems with every flush. Unfortunately, much of the sewage is dumped where it contaminates your food and your water.

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Dr. Stanley Prusiner, an American neuroscientist from the University of California at San Francisco, earned a Nobel Prize in 1997 for discovering, naming and characterizing deadly prions and prion disease. President Obama awarded Prusiner the National Medal of Science in 2010 to recognize the rising importance of his research. Unfortunately, U.S. policy on many fronts ignores the perils of prions. Most countries are guilty of the same offense.

When the U.S. government enacted the Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002, it included a provision to halt research on prions in all but two laboratories. It classified prions as select agents that pose an extreme risk to food, water and more. It was a step in the right direction.

Unfortunately, industry pressure convinced the Center For Disease Control to quietly take prions off the list of special agents two years ago. Keeping prions listed threatened to outlaw several multi-billion dollar industries. This reversal kept the floodgates open to the prion threat. Especially regarding sewage, agriculture and water reclamation industries.

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The problem with prions is that they linger in the environment infinitely because they defy all attempts at sterilization and inactivation. Unlike viruses or bacteria, prions are not alive. Therefore, they can’t be killed. Victims contaminate cups, dishes, utensils, air and much more with just their saliva, mucas, cough or sneeze. Items exposed are hopelessly contaminated. Victims visit doctors and dentists every day. Some have surgery.

Unfortunately, surgical and dental instruments used on these victims are hopelessly contaminated. People have contracted prion disease from contaminated surgical instruments and hospitals have been successfully sued because of the negligence. Now, medical instruments are thrown away after being used on patients with known prion disease.

If it’s impossible to stop prions in an operating room, it’s impossible to stop them in the challenging environment of a high-volume wastewater treatment facility.

Read the full story at: http://crossbowcommunications.com/alzheimers-disease-surging-due-to-misinformation-mismanagement/

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Crossbow Communications specializes in issue management and public affairs. Alzheimer’s disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, chronic wasting disease and the prion disease epidemic is an area of special expertise. Please contact Gary Chandler to join our coalition for reform gary@crossbow1.com.

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Finland Leads The World In Alzheimer’s Disease

Sewage Contaminating Food, Water, Sea

Alzheimer’s disease is the fastest-growing cause of death in the world. People living near the Baltic Sea have some of the highest rates of the disease. Iceland also deserves a closer look for clues.

About 45 million people already have Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. It’s vastly undiagnosed and misdiagnosed. Doctors are withholding millions of additional diagnoses, so we don’t know the extent of the epidemic.

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According to recent studies, Finland has the highest incidence of Alzheimer’s disease in the world. Iceland and Sweden aren’t far behind. It could be that Finland is doing a better job of screening, diagnosing and offering honest assessments.

What can we learn from these regional variations? What are the common threads that can help us unravel the causes of neurological disease?

Alzheimer’s/Dementia Deaths/100K
1.   Finland                     34.9
2.  Iceland                      25.1
3.  United States           24.8
4.  Sweden                     21.5
5.  Netherlands             21.4
6.  Switzerland              20.0
7.  Cuba                           19.6
8.  Chile                          19.6
9.  Andorra                     19.4
10.  Spain                        18.7
11.  Norway                     18.6
12.  Uruguay                   17.5
13.  Denmark                  17.4
14.  United Kingdom    17.1
15.  France                      16.6

Although there are many causes of Alzheimer’s and related neurological diseases, the Baltic Sea region is a microcosm that could shed light on similar dynamics elsewhere around the globe, including the epidemic in Iceland. The Baltic Sea is one of the most polluted bodies of water on the planet. One pathogen of concern is deadly and unstoppable. It threatens food and water supplies throughout the region. It threatens food and water supplies around the globe.

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The Problem With Prions

In order to understand the threat, one must understand the dynamics of this neurological disease. Alzheimer’s disease, for example, is a member of an aggressive family (spectrum) of neurodegenerative diseases known as Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy (TSE)The operative word is “transmissible.”

TSEs include Alzheimer’s disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, mad cow disease and chronic wasting disease in deer. Few, if any, mammals are immune. There is no cure. There is no species barrier. 

TSEs are caused by a deadly protein called a prion (PREE-on). Prion disease is unstoppable and the pathogen spreads through the bodily fluids and cell tissue of its victims. Prions are in the blood, saliva, urine, feces, mucas, and bodily tissue of its victims.

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Prions linger in the environment infinitely because they defy all attempts at sterilization and inactivation. They spread uncontrollably. The only parallel that I can offer is that prions are like a combination of cancer and radiation. They spread uncontrollably within victims and within the environment. They know no borders. Unlike radiation, however, prions do not deplete themselves. Unlike cancer, there is no cure. Prions migrate, mutate, multiply and kill with unparalleled efficiency. Each victim becomes an incubator and a distributor of the unstoppable pathogen.

“The (human) brain diseases caused by prions include Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease), and other disorders known as frontotemporal dementias,” said Nobel Laureate Stanley Prusiner, who earned a Nobel Prize in Physiology in 1997 for discovering deadly prions.

Prion disease is a spectrum disease because of its many mutations and because some victims appear to have a genetic predisposition to resist the disease. Some prions can kill people within weeks of exhibiting clinical symptoms, while others can take years. Others may not fall victim to the disease, but can still carry the pathogen internally and externally. Victims become infectious long before they appear sick. Their bodily fluids proceed to contaminate the world around them.

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Since prion disease is a spectrum disease, doctors can’t tell the difference between Alzheimer’s disease and CJD. It’s a process of elimination and a shot in the dark. The only definitive diagnosis comes with an autopsy, which rarely happens with neurological disease (concerns over deadly contamination). All doctors are guessing with each diagnosis based on the severity of the symptoms. This problem also complicates the search for accurate statistics about the size and scope of the epidemic.

Alzheimer’s diagnoses are wrong at least 20 percent of the time. Unfortunately for caregivers and family members, the protocol for patient care and caregiver safety are vastly different for Alzheimer’s patients and CJD patients. The double standards put many stakeholders at risk. It’s reckless to try to distinguish between prion diseases on the spectrum. In other words, treat people with Alzheimer’s disease as though they have CJD. Assume the worst and hope for the best. A deadly prion is a deadly prion.

“There is now real evidence of the potential transmissibility of Alzheimer’s,” says Thomas Wiesniewski M.D. a prion and Alzheimer’s researcher at New York University School of Medicine.

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Sewage Sludge Dumped

Although there are many causes and pathways contributing to the prion disease epidemic, many pathways are being mismanaged. Thanks to sewage, biosolids, and reclaimed sewage water, we’re recycling the prion pathogen that causes Alzheimer’s and CJD right back into our food and water. Every sewage treatment system in the world has been used by someone, if not millions, of people with Alzheimer’s disease and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Sewage systems are now prion incubators and distributors. Sewage sludge, wastewater, biosolids and other byproducts are highly lethal.

Thanks to more and more people dying from TSEs, and thanks to more and more sewage mismanagement, we’re dumping deadly pathogens on farms, parks, golf courses and school grounds. Rain and irrigation spread the prions throughout our communities, watersheds and into our oceans. Winds carries prion-laced dust into our communities, schools, offices and homes.

Dumping tons of sewage from millions of people on land and at sea spreads the prion pathogen far and wide. It’s a case of Pandora’s lunchbox. We’re contaminating our food and water supplies with our own sewage.

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Now, back to our Baltic story. The Baltic Sea is positioned in Northern Europe and bordered by Sweden, Finland, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, northeastern Germany, and eastern Denmark and its numerous islands. It’s the source of food for millions of people. Its watersheds provide drinking water for hundreds of communities, not to mention livestock, throughout the region. Unfortunately, pollution is killing the Baltic Sea and residents of the region.

“This is one of the world’s most polluted oceans,” said Fredrik Wulff, a professor of marine systems ecology at Stockholm University. “Because it’s an almost closed body of water, everything that’s dumped here stays for decades.”

Read The Full Story About The Alzheimer’s Disease Epidemic in Finland, Sweden and Beyond http://alzheimerdisease.tv/alzheimers-disease-finland-sweden/

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Crossbow Communications specializes in issue management and public affairs. Alzheimer’s disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, chronic wasting disease and the prion disease epidemic is an area of special expertise. Please contact Gary Chandler to join our coalition for reform gary@crossbow1.com.

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Chronic Wasting Disease Spreading via Human Sewage

Biosolids, Sewage Sludge Contributing To Wildlife Disease

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is ravaging wildlife in many regions across North America. It’s part of a larger epidemic of neurological disease that is killing millions of people, wildlife and livestock around the world.

The diseases are part of an incurable spectrum disease called transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE). The operative word is “transmissible.” Mismanagement of pathogens associated with the disease are contributing to a broader epidemic of neurological disease among wildlife, livestock and people.

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TSEs include Alzheimer’s disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, mad cow disease and chronic wasting disease in deer. Few, if any, mammals are immune. There is no cure and there is no species barrier.

TSEs, including chronic wasting disease, are caused by a deadly protein called a prion(PREE-on). Prion disease is unstoppable. Prions defy all attempts at sterilization and inactivation. Victims can spread the disease even further via their bodily fluids and cell tissue. Victims often are contagious long before they appear sick. Their saliva, urine, blood and feces, for example, spread the pathogen further every day. Prions linger in the environment and on objects infinitely. They migrate, mutate, multiply and kill with unparalleled efficiency. Because of the dynamics, Canada has declared CWD unstoppable.

“There is now real evidence of the potential transmissibility of Alzheimer’s,” says Thomas Wiesniewski M.D. a prion and Alzheimer’s researcher at New York University School of Medicine.

 

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Although there are many causes and pathways contributing to CWD and the prion disease epidemic, many pathways are being mismanaged around the globe. Thanks to sewage, biosolids, reclaimed sewage water and feedlot waste, we’re recycling the prion pathogen that causes neurological disease right back into our watersheds, which we share with deer, elk, moose, livestock and other creatures that are vulnerable to prion disease. Rain, wind and irrigation spread deadly prions further everyday. Healthy wildlife are being exposed to deadly prions through food, water, air and contact with infected animals.

Since prions are in the bodily fluids of its victims, sewage mismanagement is a top concern. Wastewater treatment plants can’t detect or stop prions. Just ask the U.S. EPA. Therefore, putting biosolids on crops and dumping sewage sludge throughout our watersheds is a very bad idea. Dumping sewage from billions of people on land and at sea creates deadly prion freeways.

Every sewage system in the world has been used by a person, if not millions of people, with Alzheimer’s disease and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Sewage systems have become prion incubators. Biosolids, water reuse and sludge disposal have made them potent prion distributors. The waste from feedlots is likely contributing to the problem as well.

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Although there are multiple causes of prion disease, including CWD, reckless policies are contributing to an environmental nightmare. Sick deer, elk, moose and other wildlife and marine life are just a symptom of a much bigger problem. Putting these pandora-like pathogens back in the box is impossible.

 

Unfortunately, misinformation distributed by government agencies about the risks associated with chronic wasting disease are reckless, incompetent and criminally negligent at best. Claiming that there is no known risk associated with handling or consuming wildlife with CWD is laughable. Just look at the guidance issued regarding the handling of mad cow disease. Look at the guidance issued to caring for people with the most severe form of prion disease–Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Doctors and coroners won’t touch them, but caregivers are not warned about the risks.

Read the full story about CWD and sewage sludge mismanagement at http://crossbowcommunications.com/alzheimers-disease-surging-due-to-misinformation-mismanagement/

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Crossbow Communications specializes in issue management and public affairs. Alzheimer’s disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, chronic wasting disease and the prion disease epidemic is an area of special expertise. Please contact Gary Chandler to join our coalition for reform gary@crossbow1.com.

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Filmmakers Target Elephant Poachers To Defend Species

Ivory Rising Puts Spotlight On Elephant Poachers, Wildlife Traffickers

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s Vulcan Prods. is teaming with with Red Bull’s Terra Mater Film Studios to produce a feature documentary about elephant poaching called, Ivory Rising.

Not much can be revealed about the doc, mainly because the pic’s filmmakers cannot be named for their own safety. They are currently filming undercover with the support of government agencies and NGOs across Africa to capture new evidence about the horrific ivory trade. The film’s message is to raise awareness of the trade, its connections to terrorism, and its very real threat of extinction to the African elephant.

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“We have seen early footage from the undercover operations, and we know that we have a ground-breaking film in the making.” said Walter Köhler, CEO of Terra Mater, who will start international sales for the film at the Cannes Film Market.

The documentary is the first collaboration between the two production companies, which are both committed to “making social and environmentally conscious films that drive real, measurable change.”

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“The filmmakers have achieved unprecedented access to stories that track the ivory trade,” said Carole Tomko, Vulcan’s general manager and creative director of productions. “Driving awareness and disrupting ivory poaching operations in Africa is critical to both Vulcan and Terra Mater. We are truly honored to work with Terra Mater, and with the brave filmmakers in the field who are risking their own safety to change the poaching game on the ground in order to protect these beautiful creatures.”

Ivory Rising will be the latest addition to the recent list of documentaries, including the recent Gardeners of Eden, which highlight Africa’s horrific poaching and illegal ivory trade.

Köhler added, “It is our absolute intention to see the trade in ivory banned, and the elephant saved from extinction.”

Wildlife Conservation News via http://www.ecorazzi.com/2015/05/13/new-ivory-rising-documentary-targets-elephant-poaching/

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Sacred Seedlings is a global initiative to support forest conservation, reforestation, urban forestry, sustainable agriculture, carbon capture and wildlife conservation. Sustainable land management and land use are critical to the survival of entire ecosystems. Sacred Seedlings is a U.S.-based program that supports the vision of local stakeholders. We have projects ready across Africa. We seek additional projects elsewhere around the world. We also seek volunteers, sponsors and donors of cash and in-kind support. Write to Gary Chandler for more information gary@crossbow1.com

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Natural Secrets To Healthier Skin

Chicago Spa Offers Skin Care Tips

Some of the best skin care secrets are found in your kitchen not in bottles of lotions and potions. Here are some of our favorite treatments for healthy skin.

Sesame Seed Oil: Massage organic sesame oil all over your body. Working it into the skin gets your blood circulating. Plus, the oil hydrates your skin, giving it a healthy glow. Then take a shower and rinse away dead skin cells.

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Fish Oil: Anti-inflammatories are the best anti-agers out there. From improving heart and immune functions to helping hair grow and skin look supple, they truly do wonders. I take three 500 milligram capsules of omega-3 fish oil in the morning and at night. Look for labels that say, ‘molecularly distilled for purity,’ which means pesticide-free.

Avoid White Sugar: The number-one ingredient that I avoid in my diet is processed sugar. The reason: It speeds up the aging process by binding to and eventually weakening the collagen in your skin, which can lead to premature wrinkles and sagging. Eat lots of vegetables and fruits every day.

Use White Sugar As An Exfoliant: Before you toss out that bag of white sugar, add it to your skin care arsenal. In the shower, lather your hands with a mild cleanser, add a handful of white sugar, and rub it all over your face and body. It makes your skin very smooth.

Treat Your Eyes With Extra Care: I treat the skin around my eyes separately. Face creams can be too irritating, but products made for this delicate area work wonders for smoothing fine lines.

Pamper Your Hands: Take care of your hands with the same routine used on your face. Exfoliate your hands and use a mask on them, too. Try an enzyme concentrate on your face and hands.

Give Your Skin Plenty Of Vitamins: Try an over-the-counter topical vitamin C cream with a 30 percent concentration. It’s a wonderful antioxidant that helps skin repair itself from sun damage. Another way to inject your skin with moisture and vitamin C is with bananas. Mash up a banana and apply it to your skin as a mask. Let it set just like a regular mask and wash it off after it drys.

Minimize your consumption of alcohol and tobacco. Minimize your use of makeup. It can clog pores and inject toxins directly into your skin.

Follow our blog for more natural skin care tips and trends. 

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To find out more about the importance of facials and natural skin care products, please contact Skin Care Plus. We use and recommend the best natural and organic skin care products available. We also offer other skin care treatments that can help with anti-aging and overall skin health, including the best facial in the greater Chicago area, including Batavia, Geneva, and St. Charles.

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Biosolids Contributing To Alzheimer’s Disease

Sewage Sludge Spreading Deadly Disease

Approximately 44 million people around the world already have Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. It’s the fastest-growing cause of death in the world. Unfortunately, these people produce tons of sewage every day — and their sewage is infectious. This toxic waste is being dumped on crops, in our rivers and in our oceans. It’s contributing to the worst health epidemic in human history.

Alzheimer’s disease is a neurodegenerative diseases known as Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy (TSE). The operative word is “transmissible.” Related diseases are killing wildlife and livestock around the world. The TSE epidemic represents an environmental nightmare that threatens every mammal on Earth.

TSEs include Alzheimer’s disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, Huntington’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease. TSEs also include mad cow disease and chronic wasting disease in deer. Few, if any, mammals are immune. There is no species barrier.

prion disease and transmissible spongiform encephalopathy

TSEs are caused by a deadly protein called a prion (PREE-on). Prion disease is unstoppable and the pathogen spreads through bodily fluids and cell tissue. Prions linger in the environment, homes, hospitals, nursing homes, dental offices, restaurants and many other places infinitely. They migrate, mutate, multiply and kill with unparalleled efficiency. Thanks to modern sewage disposal practices, prions are building up in our water supplies. They also are contaminating our crops, parks and yards.

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Victims of the disease can spread the disease even further via bodily fluids and cell tissue. Victims often are contagious before they appear sick.

Dr. Stanley Prusiner earned a Nobel Prize in 1997 for identifying, naming and studying deadly prions. President Obama awarded Prusiner the National Medal of Science in 2010 to recognize the importance of his research.

In June 2012, Prusiner confirmed that Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and even ALS are prion diseases similar, if not identical, to CJD in people, mad cow disease in livestock and chronic wasting disease in wildlife. The variations in disease progression could be due to genetics in the patients or mutations in the prion, not different diseases entirely.

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Although there are many causes and pathways contributing to the prion disease epidemic, many pathways are being mismanaged around the globe. As such, we are recycling the pathogen that causes Alzheimer’s right back into our food and water. We’re dumping these killer proteins on crops, parks, golf courses, ski areas and school grounds. Rain and irrigation spread them throughout our communities and watersheds. We’re dumping prions into our food and water supplies with foolish sewage management practices.

Research Finds Prions In All Bodily Fluids

A new study confirms that people and animals dying of prion disease are contaminating the environment around them with a deadly and unstoppable protein found in their bodily fluids. Claudio Soto, PhD, professor of neurology and director of the George and Cynthia W. Mitchell Center for Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Brain Related Illnesses at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston, and his colleagues recently found prions in urine. The study has been published in the August 7 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

The good news is that the research offers hope for earlier diagnosis among the millions of people impacted around the world. The discovery can promote earlier intervention and better disease management. It also can help develop screens to protect our blood supplies from donors with prion disease.

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The bad news is that prions in urine, mucus, feces and blood underscore the environmental nightmare associated with Alzheimer’s, Creutzfeldt-Jakob (CJD), Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and prion diseases among livestock and wildlife. Although there are many causes for prion disease, many people and animals are contracting it from environmental exposure (food, water and soil) and then contaminating the environment even more with their own bodily fluids. Once victims die, carcasses also contaminate soil and water.

“This is the first time that prions have been detected in human urine,” Dr. Soto told Neurology Today.

Soto failed to reference urine and blood studies performed earlier by Ruth Gabizon in 2001 and Reichl in 2002. These studies also detected prions in bodily fluids. Despite that detail, Soto’s findings can help focus global attention on the exploding prion problem.

Additional research has determined that the prion pathogen spreads through feces, saliva, blood, milk, soil, water and the tissue of infected animals and humans. If a single person with prion disease discharges bodily fluids or feces into a public sewer system, that sewage system is permanently infected and the amount of contamination will multiply and intensify daily. Everything discharged from that sewage system—reclaimed water and biosolids—can spread the contamination even further.

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Once a prion reaches the soil, that soil is permanently contaminated and the entire watershed (water) below that point is at risk forever. If your food and water is generated in that watershed, you have a higher risk of contracting prion disease with every sip of water or every bite of food produced locally.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has confirmed that prions are in sewage and that there has been no way to detect them or stop them. As such, the EPA has never issued guidance on prion management within sewage processing plants. This lack of directive allows budget-strapped states and counties to regulate the practices in a variety of ways that best suit local municipalities and industries.

Dr. Soto’s test changes that equation. Now, the EPA can’t plead ignorance to the dangers of prions in biosolids and reclaimed sewage water. Sewage dumped at sea must be reconsidered. Prions should be classified as a select agent again by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Center for Disease Control. Similar measures should be enacted around the world immediately. Failure to act responsibly is suicide.

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Unfortunately, testing will confirm that every sewage treatment system in the world has served people with Alzheimer’s disease and CJD. As such, prions have been incubating, multiplying and migrating out of these systems for many years. The problem is intensifying within and beyond these sewage systems every day.

According to the U.S. EPA, “Prions are extremely resistant to inactivation by ultraviolet light, irradiation, boiling, dry heat, formaline, freezing, drying and changes in pH. Methods for inactivating prions in infected tissues or wastes include incineration at very high temperatures and alkaline hydrolysis.” They didn’t mention hydrogen peroxide, which is how some toilet-to-tap programs hope to kill deadly prions.

The EPA National Water Research Compendium 2009-2014 lists prions eight times as an emerging contaminant of concern in sewage sludge (biosolids), water and manure. The EPA issued what it calls the “Sludge Rule,” which basically disclaims any responsibility for its questionable risk assessments regarding biosolids. The EPA reserves the right to adjust these risk assessments, however, as the test of time disproves its pseudo-science.

Prion researcher Dr. Joel Pedersen, from the University of Wisconsin, found that prions become 680 times more infective in certain soils. Pedersen’s research also found that sewage treatment does not inactivate prions.

“Our results suggest that if prions enter municipal wastewater treatment systems, most of the agent would bond to sludge, survive anaerobic digestion, and be present in treated biosolids,” Pedersen said. “Land application of biosolids containing prions represents a route for their unintentional introduction into the environment. Our results emphasize the importance of keeping prions out of municipal wastewater treatment systems. Prions could end up in sewage treatment plants via slaughterhouses, hospitals, dental offices and mortuaries just to name a few of the pathways. The disposal of sludge represents the greatest risk of spreading prion contamination in the environment. Plus, we know that sewage sludge pathogens, pharmaceutical residue and chemical pollutants are taken up by plants and vegetables.”

“Since it’s unlikely that the sewage treatment or pellet production processes can effectively deactivate prions, adopting measures to prevent the entry of prions into the sewer system is advisable,” said the Toronto Department of Health, November 2004.

Meanwhile, we’re spreading tons of biosolids (sewage sludge) on farmland every day to produce our food. Organic food operations, including fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy are not immune to prion exposure. Research confirms that plants uptake prions and prions certainly contaminate leafy matter and the skin of fruits and vegetables upon contact.

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Satellite Images Show Global Deforestation Accelerating

Technology Expedites Slashing, Burning Of Rainforests

The rate at which tropical forests were cut, burned or otherwise lost from the 1990s through the 2000s accelerated by 62 percent, according to a new study which dramatically reverses a previous estimate of a 25 percent slowdown over the same period. That previous estimate, from the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Forest Resource Assessment, was based on a collection of reports from dozens of countries. The new estimate, in contrast, is based on vast amounts of Landsat image data which directly record the changes to forests over 20 years.

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“Several satellite-based local and regional studies have been made for changing rates of deforestation [during] the 1990s and 2000s, but our study is the first pan-tropical scale analysis,” explains University of Maryland, College Park, geographer Do-Hyung Kim, lead author of the new study accepted for publication in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union.

Kim and his University of Maryland colleagues Joseph Sexton and John Townshend looked at 34 forested countries which comprise 80 percent of forested tropical lands. They analyzed 5,444 Landsat scenes from 1990, 2000, 2005 and 2010 with a hectare-scale (100 by 100 meter) resolution to determine how much forest was lost and gained. Their procedure was fully automated and computerized both to make the huge datasets manageable and to minimize human error.

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They found that during the 1990-2000 period the annual net forest loss across all the countries was 4 million hectares (15,000 square miles) per year. During the 2000-2010 period, the net forest loss rose to 6.5 million hectares (25,000 square miles) per year – a 62 percent increase is the rate of deforestation. That last rate is the equivalent to clear cutting an area the size of West Virginia or Sri Lanka each year, or deforesting an area the size of Norway every five years.

In terms of where the deforestation was happening, they found that tropical Latin America showed the largest increase of annual net loss of 1.4 million hectares (5,400 square miles) per year from the 1990s to the 2000s, with Brazil topping the list at 0.6 million hectares (2,300 square miles) per year. Tropical Asia showed the second largest increase at 0.8 million hectares (3,100 square miles) per year, with similar trends across the countries of Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia, Thailand and the Philippines. Tropical Africa showed the least amount of annual net forest area loss. Still, there was a steady increase of net forest loss in tropical Africa due to cutting primarily in Democratic Republic of Congo and Madagascar.

The new, satellite-based study “really provides a benchmark of tropical forest clearing not provided by other means,” said geographer Douglas Morton, who studies forest cover by satellite sensing at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and was not a coauthor on the GRL paper.

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However, the U.N. agency’s report is not as flawed as it may seem, argues Rodney Keenan, a University of Melbourne, Australia, forest science researcher who participated in the agency’s last forest assessment. Unlike the satellite evaluation, he explained, other deforestation estimates, such as the FAO’s 2010 assessment, are based on ground based surveys of trees, often supplemented by imagery. “Both approaches are useful and people need to understand the distinctions and implications of different approaches,” he said.

While the new study is “an important contribution to the overall picture,” Keenan added, it “should not be seen as contradicting the FAO figures.” Not so, say Kim and his colleagues. “We made it very clear in our paper where the FAO missed deforestation that is obvious in satellite images,” Kim said, noting that, for example, the FAO reported no change of deforestation rate for 16 of 34 countries from 1990 through 2010, whereas Landsat images show otherwise.

Morton notes that the new, satellite-based estimates are particularly important for those trying to understand the global amounts of carbon being released into the air (primarily in the forms of the climate-warming gases carbon dioxide and methane) or being taken up by plants, soils and waters.

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Tropical deforestation plays a big role in global climate cycles,” he explained, pointing out that the cutting and burning of forests accounted for 20 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in 1990s.

It’s not really a surprise that the new research shows dramatically higher deforestation rates although “without the transparency of Landsat satellite data is difficult to put your finger on changing trends,” Morton added.

Tropical deforestation has become increasingly more mechanized,” he observed. “In the 60s, it was axes; in the 70s, chainsaws; and in the 2000s, it was tractors.” For him, he explained, an increase in deforestation rates makes technological sense.

Rainforest News via http://news.agu.org/press-release/felling-of-tropical-trees-has-soared-satellite-shows-not-slowed-as-un-study-found/

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Environmental Contamination Fueling Neuorlogical Disease

Prion Pathogen Threatens Mammals

Norway confirmed its first cases of mad cow disease in history last week (it subsequently found prion disease in reindeer), while Canada confirmed yet another case in Alberta today. It’s the first case to be reported in Canada since 2011.

In my opinion, these reported cases (and most others) are just the tip of a broader iceberg that is spreading like wildfire through the environment. The pathogen is spreading unchecked, while killing mammals of all shapes and sizes around the globe, including humans (Alzheimer’s disease and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease). Denial only makes the problems worse.

chronic wasting disease caused by sewage sludge

This epidemic is spreading exponentially because of deadly proteins called prions. Prion disease is killing livestock, wildlife and humans of all ages. There is no cure for prion disease. It’s always fatal. Each victim magnifies the problem.

The technical term for prion disease is transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE). TSEs are known as Alzheimer’s disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) and kuru in humans. There is little, if any, difference. Doctors are merely guessing upon each diagnosis. Huntington’s disease and Parkinson’s disease also appear to be related.

TSEs also are known as mad cow disease in cattle and scrapie in sheep. We know TSEs as chronic wasting disease in deer, including elk and moose. The disease has been found in a host of mammals, including dolphins, cats, mink and elephants. All mammals appear to be vulnerable to deadly prions and prion disease.

Unfortunately, prions are unstoppable. They are not alive, which means that they can’t be killed. Mammals with prion disease are walking disasters that contaminate everything around them through their bodily fluids and cell tissue. Victims are infectious long before they are visibly sick. The blood, saliva, urine, feces and milk of victims will infect everything that they contact forever, including soil and water. Sewage sludge and wastewater reclamation are spreading the disease far and wide.

prion disease and transmissible spongiform encephalopathy

Prions are not science fiction. Dr. Stanley Prusiner, an American neuroscientist from the University of California at San Francisco, earned a Nobel Prize in 1997 for discovering and characterizing deadly prions. President Obama presented Prusiner with the National Medal Of Science in 2010 as further recognition of his work. Although Prusiner’s research is ongoing, we know enough about prions now to sound the alarm on many levels. Our best hope against the spread of prions and TSEs is the truth. We can’t make vital reforms in the face of denial and misinformation.

Regardless of the country involved, mad cow disease investigations have mostly been handled the same way. This is likely how we can expect the cases in Alberta, Norway and elsewhere to unfold, yet again. The public statement will probably sound something like this:

  1. This is further proof that our surveillance and testing system worked. You’re in good hands. Don’t worry. Be happy.
  2. The cows were old dairy cows (actually the case in Alberta is a beef cow) and they never entered the food chain. So don’t worry, your hamburger is safe. Do you want fries with that?
  3. We isolated the farms where the cows came from and we identified all of the offspring from the infected animals. They’re happy and healthy.
  4. We suspect that these cows got hold of some old feed that was contaminated. We won’t let it happen again.
  5. Again, the system and your tax dollars are hard at work serving and protecting–something.

Now let’s dissect this patented response above and start demanding the truth. First of all, there is no such thing as an isolated case of prion disease. That’s the equivalent of saying that you can contain radioactive fallout from a nuclear bomb. Prions from just one victim are impossible to contain. And the sources that exposed each victim so far obviously are not contained. As the saying goes, “do the math.” Pandora’s box is wide open and it is impossible to contain the prions that are escaping and multiplying daily.

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Yes, it matters where sick animals crossed paths with prions, but it’s equally, if not more, important to keep our eye on the sick animals that we know about. It’s impossible to know what each one contaminated before it was stopped. It would be impossible to sterilize or contain it even if we did.

In theory, everything downstream and downwind from infected farms also is exposed because prions are microscopic. Officials who claim that these (and past instances) are isolated and contained should be fired for incompetency and charged with reckless endangerment of the public health and bioterrorism.

Secondly, these sick animals were likely identified because they exhibited clinical signs of mad cow disease. Shaking. Excessive fear. Attempting to urinate constantly. These animals were sick and infectious for months before they were pulled and culled. Everywhere they walked, urinated, defecated, licked and drank for the past year or more was exposed and infected permanently. Every animal that has walked in their tracks was exposed. Every animal that touched noses with a sick cow is exposed. The ripple effect is perpetual.

mad cow disease

These farms should be quarantined and condemned forever. Sterilization is impossible. The sites will continue to infect animals and humans. Contaminated soil will contaminate water runoff and groundwater.

Again, in the past, the dairy cows with mad cow disease supposedly never entered the food chain, (except for one in Washington State). However, officials never discuss the milk from the sick cows. These cows produced milk long before being pulled from the production line.

Prions have been found in the milk of mammals. There is no reason to assume that the milk from dairy cattle would be immune. Therefore, unknown quantities of milk could have entered the production system daily for months. Those production lines are exposed and impossible to sterilize. They essentially become prion incubators and distributors. Every gallon of milk that enters the system is exposed to deadly prion pathogens. The same exposure continues right through the food processing chain and right to your table. Anything that ever touches tainted food products is at risk—forever.

Finding the offspring of animals involved is challenging, if not impossible. Animals found should be quarantined for long-term study. The bulls that mated with these infected cows also should be pulled, since all bodily fluids are infected. A bull could expose the entire herd after mating with just one sick cow.

As you can see, the prion pathways to livestock alone take many forms. Contaminated feed made from the meat and bones of dead cattle is only one way for this disease to spread. Even though that practice has finally been outlawed in most countries as it relates to cattle, regulations have been weak and contaminated feed processing facilities were never condemned. Suffice it to say, loopholes and risks abound, but other pathways demand scrutiny and reform.

One such pathway involves human sewage and the risks that it poses to livestock and the broader environment. Livestock graze on pastures treated with biosolids (sewage sludge) and reused wastewater. Since millions of people around the world have already been diagnosed with prion disease in the form of Alzheimer’s disease and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (there is very little difference, if any, between these two diseases), these victims and millions more who have not been diagnosed are spreading prions via their bodily fluids. Infected sewage goes to a wastewater processing facility, where the prion pathogens incubate and spread even further. If prions are impossible to stop in a sterile environment such as a hospital, sewage plants aren’t stopping them, either. Just ask the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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“We have a very fulsome testing procedure. We don’t change from our controlled risk status, so we don’t see this interfering with any of our trade corridors at this time,” Gerry Ritz of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said.

Canada works under international protocols that allow for up to a dozen cases a year of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE, Ritz said. Unfortunately, tolerating the disease means admitting the spread of prions into food, water and beyond.

Ritz said the infected animal was not born on the farm where it was discovered. The CFIA said it is still trying to determine the cow’s history and how it became infected.

“The investigation will focus in on the feed supplied to this animal during the first year of its life,” the agency said in a release (surprise). “The agency will also trace out all animals of equivalent risk. Equivalent risk animals will be ordered destroyed and tested for BSE.”

Canada’s first known case was discovered in 1993 in a cow from a farm near Red Deer, Alta. The animal had been imported from Britain.

The first instance of BSE in a Canadian-born beef cow was in May 2003. It’s suspected that animal became infected through contaminated animal feed that contained a protein supplement made with ground meat and bone meal.

The first home-grown case of BSE devastated Canada’s beef industry. About 40 markets immediately closed their borders to Canadian cattle and beef products, although many of those markets have since reopened.

Testing of cattle was strengthened following the mad cow crisis and specified risk materials, such as brains and spinal columns, were banned for use in feed and other products. Unfortunately, those measures are not enough to control or contain aggressive prions.

Doug Gillespie, president of the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association, said the new case isn’t surprising.

“They expect to find one of these from time to time. It really shows our system is working, that beef is safe. It really never reached the food chain or anything,” he said from his farm near Swift Current, Saskatchewan. (Thanks, Doug. We knew you would say something like that.)

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