ISIS Report 01/09/09
Science in Society #43 Letters to the Editor
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Roundup roundly condemned
Herbicide Could Cause Birth Defects (SiS
43) shows that the sooner Roundup is banned from
stores and garden centres the better. Growers of sustainable food cultures
should feel threatened by such products, as well as possible insidious GM
and other contamination resulting from blinkered advice to use any old animal
waste on soils. Perhaps the final paragraph in bold should also apply to GM
oils and foods from GM fed animals.
Peter Brenton, London, UK
The research by Argentine scientists may be considered an extension of Rick
A. Relyea's work on Monsanto's Roundup herbicide in the United States [Ecological
Applications 2005, 15, 618–27; 1118–24], (reported in brief in Roundup Kills
26). There was a hostile attempt from some science politicians to suppress
Relyea's findings, and many ploys to show that his statistics were poor, but
Relyea roughed up all these buffoons in his sharp response [Ecological Applications
2006, 16, 2027–34] and wondered why some scientists who had earlier proved the
detrimental effects of glyphosate suddenly changed their view.
Dr. Debal Deb, ecologist, Kolkata,
Thank you again for informing
citizens worldwide. I forwarded Ban Glyphosate
Herbicides Now (SiS 43)
to Dr. Alison Bleaney in Tasmania, who is doing very good work on pesticides
and cancer. I also sent it to the Dutch minister of Agriculture and their
team. I am not a Dr. or Professor
and it is crazy when I as (a very noisy) beekeeper must teach our Dutch scientist
what they must do for the insects especially bees. I am studying everyday
because I want to know all the details on the subject
Hans van den Broek, beekeeper, Stalen Enk, BR Velp, The Netherlands
New medicine needed whether climate changes or not
You end Medicine in a New Key (SiS 43) referring to “the
increase in disease burden forecast for times of climate change.” I have written
to you before regarding the fact that you’re invalidating your highly interesting
work in biophysics by placing it in the context of a climate change forecast. Medicine in a New Key has always
been a necessity. The influence of climate change forecasts on the current
disease burden is zero. So, why refer to it at all, when millions are victimized
by Domo medicine and pharma without
climate playing any role whatsoever in it.
Bert Schwitters, The International Nutrition Company, Loosdrecht, The Netherlands
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho replies
agree with your sentiment, but global warming is going to increase the burden
of infectious diseases even further, and more than ever before, the importance
of primary healthcare, sanitation and nutrition must not be understated or
overlooked in damning domo medicine.
Darwin’s pangenesis & Francis Galton’s Record of Family Faculties
I`m interested to see you writing about Francis Galton in Darwin’s
Pangenesis, the Hidden History of Genetics & the Dangers of GMOs (SiS
42). We have an edition of his Record of Family Faculties dated 1884,
filled out in detail by my great grandfather. It itemises characteristics of
his children, both physical and mental, and also of our ancestors and relations.
My great grandfather had bought Galton’s book, available at the time, which
was a sort of list of all possible relations and a questionnaire of their characteristics;
the idea being to build up a record of trends over the generations.
So far as I know, this `eugenics`
project was abandoned after the Nazis took it up in World War 2 and has hardly
been touched since. This seems a pity in a way, as I think Francis Galton`s
spirit of enquiry was probably quite innocent, if perhaps naive.
Henry Nicholls, organic farmer, East
Fire and water expanding horizons
Thanks again for your wonderful essays in the series Fire
and Water (SiS 43), which gloriously informs and expands our horizons.
Like you, I am always on the prowl searching for first principles. I continue
to seek for the unifying precepts that explain why inactivity is so universally
catabolic. I am writing on frailty which is a summation of down-regulation of
ensembles of genes with decreased energy flow. I discovered papers of Schiffmann
who writes of a “morphogenetic couple” involving ATP. Eugene Yates sanctions
the proposition of an energy field as a relevant heuristic, but my buddy Richard
Veech rails at the term stating that such use is only poetry and not real science.
So I turn to you, my mentor about energy flow for instruction about how to think
about the translation of activity to the phenotype. Is matter “frozen energy”,
or is that poetry too? I run the San Francisco marathon in 6 weeks.
Dr. Walter Bortz, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, USA
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho replies
are too generous with your praise. Your questions are always deep and thought-provoking,
not least because you and the colleagues mentioned are leading physiologists
who have dedicated a lot of time and effort to these issues, and well ahead
of the mainstream community. Inactivity starves our tissues and cells of oxygen
and hence energy for synthetic activities. It also leads to a build-up of
reactive oxygen species that cause oxidative damages to the cells including
DNA, that would further inhibit anabolic activities, if not encourage downright
catabolic tendencies. In the wider context, inactivity leads to a loss of
(quantum) coherence and balance in the ‘energy field’, which I certainly would
not dismiss. There’s more to this ‘energy field’ that warrants further research...
Resonance and HIV
On re-reading your very
important essay The Real Bioinformatics
Revolution (SiS 33),
I was enormously excited to learn of the application of molecular resonance
to HIV. The reason is related to a recent Scientific American feature article updating
on the efforts and frustrations in searching for a vaccine against HIV.
What I found most striking in that article was the implicit dismissal of the
molecular recognition dynamics and conservation of active-site affinity by
HIV in spite of its vaunted mutability. I was so struck that I wrote
the author to enquire into whether, to his knowledge, this was something that
anyone had been exploring; but after a couple of months, the answer to date
has been conspicuous silence.
My reason for writing you
is to raise the question of how - by what systemic processes of measurement,
feedback and control - HIV manages to achieve such affinity conservation while
inducing profligate mutability elsewhere in the relevant molecule(s).
This seems to me a remarkable accomplishment, and one that begs the question
about the dynamic nature of local/global interactivity, and whether quantum
coherent processes may be entailed to achieve this outcome. I'm curious
if you're familiar with anyone exploring such questions?
Mark Reiners, Los Angeles, California, USA
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho replies
is convincing evidence suggesting that HIV is either a (normally harmless)
endogenous viral sequence lurking in the genome or assembled from such when
the body is out of balance (see Unraveling AIDS, ISIS publication), i.e., no longer coherent, or quantum
coherent, which I take to be the ideal of health. In the quantum coherent
state, each molecule intercommunicates with every other, which would enable
molecules both to preserve and co-vary specific structures. In this respect,
the organism is the most sophisticated quantum computer, a poor semblance
of which people have been trying to fabricate for decades now, without much
success (see Quantum
Computer or Red Flag SiS 40).
GM chicken feed = GM chicken eggs?
much of your literature concerning GMOs, I feel an urge to have my chickens’
eggs tested. Because before I brought them to my organic farm, they were fed
with GM feed. I don’t know if an organic diet can reverse anything. I understand
that naked DNA can infect any cell, including germ cells of the animal that
eats it, as described in your articles (the latest, Horizontal Gene Transfer
from GMOs Does Happen, SiS
38). Didn’t that happen with some
rats, the moms were fed GM feed, and the offspring had the GMOs in their brains?
Lisa Todd, Qualicum Beach BC, Canada
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho replies
were experiments in which GM DNA (not GM feed) fed to pregnant rats found
its way into the tissues of the foetuses and newborn pups. The point is that
a rather large amount of GM DNA had to be fed for that to happen. GMDNA in
feed will be much less concentrated, and hence not nearly as likely to end
up in the eggs. But you are certainly right that DNA can get into any cell
in principle, especially GM DNA, which is designed to invade cells and
inset into genomes. Testing for GMDNA in eggs can be done but is quite demanding
(and expensive) and not very many people are doing it routinely. If your chickens
are in reasonable health, chances are that the detrimental effects can be
reversed, and your best bet is to switch your chickens to organic feed
as soon as possible, as you have already done. Of course, the best option
is to have chickens that are never fed on GM produce, and you must now propagate
your own chickens to make sure that is the case. There is a very strong demand
from European consumers for non-GM animal feed (see Europe
Holds the Key to a GM-Free World, 5th Conference of GM-Free Regions, Food
& Democracy , SiS
There are 2 comments on this article so far. Add your comment
|Jocelyn Braddell Comment left 2nd September 2009 21:09:27|
Re. Chicken feed and the EU
I think it necessary to add that the seemingly benign EU have issued a dictat that chiockens can now be kept in worse conditions than heretofore by reducing the amount of space allocated to each bird.
19 broilers to one square metre can now be amplified to 21 per sq.metre
|Rory Short Comment left 3rd September 2009 18:06:39|
I really appreciate the work that you are doing in bringing back into society and not leaving it to the nefarious machinations of commercial corporations. Not that I am able to understand everything that appears in your publications but that which I do understand I thoroughly enjoy.
Your comment [on Dr Walter Bortz's comment on 'Fire and Water'(SiS 43)] that 'Inactivity starves our tissues and cells of oxygen and hence energy for synthetic activities' spoke absolute volumes to me. As a regular Iyengar Yoga practitioner I see my asanas properly practiced, that is with as full a consciousness as possible, I am working with my body's natural energies.