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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Report: Massive misconduct and corruption at CDC

The report points out Dr. Poul Thorsen, a Danish scientist who has been indicted in 2011 by U.S. authorities for allegedly stealing millions from the CDC and tainting research to hide the dangers posed by vaccines. Thorsen remains on the loose.
In addition to uncovering other information, Kennedy and officials at the World Mercury Project say they have found evidence that Thorsen and his collaborators did not get permission from an Institutional Review Board (IRB) to carry out their research, published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2002 and the journal Pediatrics the following year.
“In 2011, the Department of Justice indicted Thorsen on 22 counts of wire fraud and money laundering for stealing over $1 million in CDC grant money earmarked for autism research,” the statement notes. “The product of Thorsen’s work for CDC was a series of fraud-tainted articles on Danish autism rates that, today, form the backbone of the popular orthodoxy that vaccines don’t cause autism.”
The CDC must be covering up big time. I still wonder why people would assume a mercury compound, injected into people, is just assumed safe. Perhaps it was just for money. Like these other US products that were assumed safe.

Report PDF is here.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Certification for glyphosate free foods

The Detox Project now has certification for glyphosate-free food products sold to consumers, and also ingredients used in products.

Why is this important? 

  1. One German study found glyphosate and metabolites in urine of all people tested. 
  2. High levels of glyphosate found in major American food brands. 
  3. Glyphosate is thought to disrupt gut bacteria, which are important for overall good health.
  4. Most corn, soybeans, and wheat crops in the US are sprayed with glyphosate to kill it all at once for harvest a few days later. More food found with glyphosate in it.  
  5. Glyphosate is absorbed into every cell of the plant, it cannot be washed off.
Food Democracy Now also has a study testing food for glyphosate.  Just go to the Glyphosate tag in this blog for more articles on the dangers of Roundup.

Detox Project food testing FAQ here.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Europe renewable energy consumption is up to 76% in some places

Renewable energy consumption as percent of total energy consumption is 76% in some places. Iceland uses 76% of energy from renewables but that is probably mostly geothermal. But other numbers range from 11 to 50%.


Saturday, September 2, 2017


Teflon is a brand of a type of fluoropolymer created by DuPont, is also called PTFE (polytetrafluroethylene). It's used on lots of cookware to make them non-stick, on vascular graphs used in coronary bypass surgery, ironing board covers, heat lamps and prosthetic limbs. But it can be dangerous.

EWG has some studies showing it kills birds. Here's a quick summary from EWG:
Studies show that thermal degradation of Teflon leads to the slow breakdown of the fluorinated polymer and the generation of a litany of toxic fumes including TFE (tetrafluoroethylene), HFP (hexafluoropropene), OFCB (octafluorocyclobutane), PFIB (perfluoroisobutane), carbonyl fluoride, CF4 (carbon tetrafluoride), TFA (trifluoroacetic acid), trifluoroacetic acid fluoride, perfluorobutane, SiF4 (silicon tetrafluoride), HF (hydrofluoric acid), and particulate matter. At least four of these gases are extremely toxic - PFIB, which is a chemical warfare agent 10 times more toxic than phosgene (COCl2, a chemical warfare agent used during World Wars I and II), carbonyl fluoride (COF2 which is the fluorine analog of phosgene), MFA (monofluoroacetic acid) which can kill people at low doses, and HF, a highly corrosive gas.
Teflon can also appear on heat lamps. One University of Missouri study showed a 52% mortality rate for chicks. These chicks showed severe pulmonary damage and lung lesions. Even temperatures as low as 325F can cause deadly off gassing.

The study published by Hamaya in 2015 says "The essential etiology of polytetrafluoroethylene fume–induced pulmonary edema seems to be increased pulmonary vascular permeability caused by an inflammatory response to the toxic fumes."

This 2012 study by Shuster shows Teflon's toxicity in chickens and found up to a 92% death rate, probably from using Teflon-coated heat lamps. Quote:
Two groups of chickens (Gallus domesticus; White Leghorn; age, 4 day and 2 wk) housed in a university research vivarium were found dead or moribund without prior signs of illness. The overall mortality rates were 92.3% (60 of 65 birds) for the [4 day old] birds and 80% (8 of 10) for the 2-wk-old birds. All chicks were housed in brooders with heat lamps in a temperature- and humidity-controlled room.
At temperatures over 290F the Teflon begins to emit various toxic gasses, which are especially deadly to birds.

From the Hippocrates Institute we see a problem with a similar chemical called C-8:
The law firm of Hill, Peterson, Carper, Bee & Deitzler, P.L.L.C., one of three law firms representing the thousands of people who recently sued DuPont for polluting their tap water. In 2001, residents living and working around a Teflon-producing plant and landfill at the Ohio-West Virginia border filed a class-action lawsuit against DuPont for withholding information about the contamination of their water, air, and bodies by a controversial chemical produced by the chemical maker. C-8 or PFOA, according to DuPont, is “an essential processing aid used to make fluoropolymers,” including Teflon – the non_stick coating found in much of the world’s cookware, but also found in fabrics, rugs, stain repellants, cosmetics and food packaging.  
From The Intercept we have more reports of drinking water contaminated from nearby chemical plants.
PFOA has been found in drinking water in Hoosick Falls, New York; Bennington, Vermont; Flint, Michigan; and Warrington, Pennsylvania, among many other places across the United States. PFOA has [also] leached into the water near factories in Dordrecht, Holland, and Shimizu, Japan.
DuPont has tracked the PFOA blood levels in workers for years. Some workers had high levels, some had extremely high levels in their blood. Here are the documents. In Shimuzu, PFOA was found in 10 different water wells.

Any Teflon use in the home should be carefully monitored, or Teflon pans should be replaced with ceramic coated cookware, which lasts longer. Be sure never to leave a Teflon pan on a hot burner for more than 1 hour, and make sure, using a laser thermometer, the temperature of the pan does not go over 290F.

  1. The Intercept
  2. Hamaya R, Ono Y, Chida Y, et al. Polytetrafluoroethylene fume–induced pulmonary edema: a case report and review of the literature. Journal of Medical Case Reports. 2015;9:111. doi:10.1186/s13256-015-0593-9. Retrieved from NIH library on Aug 22, 2017.
  3. Shuster KA, Brock KL, Dysko RC, DiRita VJ, Bergin IL. Polytetrafluoroethylene Toxicosis in Recently Hatched Chickens (Gallus domesticus). Comparative Medicine. 2012;62(1):49-52.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Solid electrolyte rechargeable alkaline batteries on the horizon

Newer, rechargeable alkaline batteries might be able to compete with lithium batteries by using a solid electrolyte polymer developed by Dr. Mike Zimmerman, who was no Nova Science Now (see this article). This solid polymer can be used in lithium batteries to prevent sudden explosive discharges, or in alkaline batteries that currently use a paste electrolyte.
Zimmerman's company, Ionic Materials, says its polymer tech can make a rechargeable alkaline battery that can be charged and discharged at least 400 times.
But the number of recharges depends on how much C you charge the battery at. "Fast chargers" charge at a higher C which reduces the number of times a battery can be recharged to as low as 20-30 times.

But what is C? C is the capacity of the battery. If the battery has a capacity of 1000 milliamps, then charging at 0.5C means charging it at 500mA, which is a bit too high. For longer life, charge it at 0.25C, or in this case, 250mA.
Because ingredients in alkaline batteries are abundant and cheap, a rechargeable version of an alkaline battery could be cheaper than a lithium-ion battery. 
The Japenese are also working on a solid electrolyte.

Green Tech Media.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Many uses for foam ties

We are all familiar with the wire ties. They used to come on bread or baked goods. They are also used in the garden. But there is a better tie with many uses, it's a foam covered wire tie. Sold here. Here are just a few uses.
  1. Keep headphone or USB cords neat.
  2. Tie up plants to stakes.
  3. Hold Christmas lights to a gutter. 
  4. Clip alcohol gel to a cooler, picnic basket, or backpack.
  5. Keep all pens together in a drawer so you can find them.
  6. Hang paperclips or binder clips on them and take this with you in your backpack. 

 Sometimes these are sold at Dollar Tree or other dollar stores so keep an eye out for them.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Turn any web page into an EPUB

I don't like PDFs because they can't increase the font size or wrap to any device size. This leaves me zooming into a PDF and scrolling left and right, up and down, just to read the text. So I prefer EPUB. I found this website to change any web page into an EPUB. My first test was a journal article that had some type of Javascript left side table of contents, and it worked great. The resulting epub removed the Javascript TOC and the EPUB came out great.

They even have a bookmarklet that makes it easier to use. Go to for more information.

I didn't do extensive testing with a variety of web pages but this would be handy for journal articles that are only available online, or newspaper articles, or saving project or how-to pages.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Micro hydro power can charge your power bank while you shower

There are a couple micro-hydro power generators on Ebay. These are not full kits, you will need to hook up a USB charger board to it to limit the output to 5vdc, and you will have to add a female USB port. This one hooks to any standard US pipe water supply, like your shower, and is said to generate 5-12v of power. But tests show it only generates 5v with no load, and 4.2vdc with a load. 4.2vdc is not enough to charge your power bank, but if you add a power booster to boost it to 5vdc it should work. This means it will generate power while you shower, wash your hands, or while the toilet tank is filling with water. You get more use out of the flowing water.

This is the same style as above and is stated to generate 100ma, at no load, which sounds more accurate.

This one has no case and is an open turbine. Again, it is unlikely to meet it's stated specs with a load on it. The threads might be for standard US water supplies, but I can't be sure. Also note that a US garden hose thread is not the same as a US water supply pipe thread. But there are adapters to go from one to the other. Some specs for this item:

This one with a case, claims to output 8.8vdc to 15vdc. At $8.10usd out the door, higher than the first item mentioned above, let's hope it outputs 5vdc even with a load. 
  1. Water inlet/outlet: 1/2"
  2. Output Voltage: DC9.8~18.5V/no-load
  3. DC8.8 ~ 15V/0.1K load Max power : 3.5W 
  4. Output Current: 128 to 260 MA/0.1 K load
  5. Water Pressure: 0.08 ~ 0.45MP
  6. Maximum Water Pressure: 0.55MP
But these might be fun to try and play with them.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Printable solar panels

There has been news about printable solar cells going back to 2008-2012, and it's worth looking into. There should have been consumer products on the market by now (2017) since these cells are cheaper to print (though the article I saw didn't say if they are cheaper per square inch or cheaper per watt of power generated).But I haven't been able to confirm that the flexible solar cells are indeed printed.

So here is a smattering of articles to get you going.

2008: This article mentions Konarka company making printed solar cells.

2011: News from MIT.

2017: An article from Science Daily, Feb 2017.
A new innovation could make printing solar cells as easy and inexpensive as printing a newspaper. Researchers have cleared a critical manufacturing hurdle in the development of a relatively new class of solar devices called perovskite solar cells. This alternative solar technology could lead to low-cost, printable solar panels capable of turning nearly any surface into a power generator.
Wikipedia: Inkjet solar cells. Retrieved Aug 21, 2017.

June 2017. University of Newcastle in Australia print solar cells. These cells are translucent and let some sunlight in while at the same time generate power. These are great for putting in south-facing windows in the northern hemisphere.

If you have a link to print your own solar cells at home, please leave a comment with the link to share with others. Thanks!

EDIT: While not exactly printed, Power Film Solar has flexible solar panels.  Below is their rollable solar panel, model R7, 7 watt panel.

Printable Solar Cells. Book on printing solar cells.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Low-powered LED light in the works

A new flat-panel LED light could reduce power use tremendously. Scientists at Tohoku University in Japan have made a cheaper LED lighting device in the form of a flat panel that gets efficiency of 60 lumens per watt, which is pretty darn good for their simple device that has not been tweaked. It uses nanotubes to get this kind of efficiency.

Each carbon nanotube acts similar to a cathode ray tube when a strong electric field is applied. The electric field requires 5kv to work but the device itself uses very little power.

People have been working on other ways for LEDs to use less power. Some pulse power so fast the human eye cannot detect the LED going off and on. One project is the TritiLED which aims to light a dim LED to be used as a marker, for about 10 years. There is also the Decade Flashlight.

Review of Scientific Instruments.