Daily Archives: February 6, 2013

Center for Biological Diversity attempts to stop hydraulic fracturing in California

Water is typically used as a weapon in a much larger ideological conflict. As in this case, the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) has sued California regulators to force them to apply strict state underground injection control (UIC) requirements to current hydraulic fracturing operations in the state. CBD does not like hydraulic fracturing….drinking water protection is the weapon of choice here, but has nothing to do with the CBD ultimate goal.

California fracking projects are mostly used to extract additional oil from fields that have been drilled for decades. An increase in new fracking operations to extract oil is expected from the vast Monterey shale formation in the state. This formation stretches for hundreds of miles and is believed to contain 15 billion barrels of recoverable oil and large amounts of natural gas.

CBD priority 1 is to stop energy production….stay tuned.

Fluoride misinformation continues to be spread by dental hygienists

Here is an example of how incorrect information is spread through the dental community on fluoride…click here. Putting the blinders on, it looks like fluoride added to drinking water is beneficial, when in fact systemic fluoride is not. This article is not a fully informed view on fluoridation of tap water…..

 

Role of aluminum in Alzheimer’s Disease

Walton, JR. Aluminum Involvement in the Progression of Alzheimer’s Disease.  J Alzheimers Dis. 2013 Feb 4.

The neuroanatomic specificity with which Alzheimer’s disease (AD) progresses could provide clues to AD etiopathology. Magnetic resonance imaging studies of AD clinical progression have confirmed general conclusions from earlier studies of AD neuropathological progression wherein neurofibrillary tangle pathology was observed to spread along a well-defined sequence of corticocortical and corticosubcortical connections, preferentially affecting certain cell types, while sparing others. Identical and non-identical twin studies have consistently shown AD has mixed (environmental and genetic) etiopathogenesis. The decades-long prodromal phase over which AD develops suggests slow but progressive accumulation of a toxic or infective agent over time. Major environmental candidates are reviewed to assess which best fits the profile of an agent that slowly accrues in susceptible cell types of AD-vulnerable brain regions to toxic levels by old age, giving rise to AD neuropathology without rapid neuronal lysis. Chronic aluminum neurotoxicity best matches this profile. Many humans routinely ingest aluminum salts as additives contained in processed foods and alum-treated drinking water. The physical properties of aluminum and ferric iron ions are similar, allowing aluminum to use mechanisms evolved for iron to enter vulnerable neurons involved in AD progression, accumulate in those neurons, and cause neurofibrillary damage. The genetic component of AD etiopathogenesis apparently involves a susceptibility gene, yet to be identified, that increases aluminum absorption because AD and Down syndrome patients have higher than normal plasma, and brain, aluminum levels. This review describes evidence for aluminum involvement in AD neuropathology and the clinical progression of sporadic AD.

Click here for full paper (fee).

Update on Solar Cycle 24

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Source: Watts Up With That