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“What is needed is a real grass-roots, bottom-up, locally-managed restoration mass movement of informed people, a groundswell of popular opinion driven by a green ethos, to regreen our planet and recarbonize our soil,” quoted from the book Geotherapy.

In answer to the above quote, Michael “Skeeter” Pilarski of the Friends of the Trees Society is launching the first ever Global Earth Repair Conference May 3-5 in Port Townsend, Washington. This will be the nonprofit’s biggest endeavor yet, expecting to bring together over five hundred people dedicated to earth repair in its many forms. Over 100 national and international experts will present topics such as ecosystem restoration, biomediation, regenerative farming, permaculture, and indigenous perspectives on land stewardships.

According to Pilarski, everyone at the conference will be an ambassador representing their own community and corner of the world. “Together we will brainstorm how local earth repair strategies can inspire broader movements and impact the global whole. Our goal is to produce a compendium of biomediation models and earth repair projects that can be implemented around the world,” he said. The conference will highlight viewpoints not heard at international climate negotiations, honoring the voices of indigenous people, subsistence farmers, grassroots organizers and earth repair practioners. It will feature keynotes, workshops, panels, round-table discussions, hands-on activities, and field trips.

Pilarski was influenced by the “well-thought out and comprehensive list of actions to achieve global earth repair" known as the Earth Repair Charter created by Franklin Scarf, founder of the Earth Repair Foundation in Australia. Pilarski attended one of these conferences in 1991 and has dreamed of organizing one himself ever since. The Global Earth Repair Conference will be held at the Fort Worden Conference Center in Port Townsend.

Scientists have long been seeking an alternative to non-renewable fossil resources in making consumer products out of plastic. Many challenges had to be addressed on the way to this discovery, but a research team from the Tokyo Institute of Technology believes they have found the most promising strategy. They have discovered an efficient energy catalyst in the chemical process for transforming biomass to an attractive bio-polyester as a raw material for many applications. Unlike conventional plastics production from fossil resources that release CO2 in the process, contributing to global warming, the plastics production from biomass fixates CO2 in mid process, sequestering it inside the material.

The aim of the research is to ensure that renewable raw materials will be available to mankind to avoid all types of shortage crises.

A new scientific paper reveals the factor behind most types of breast cancer. It not only identifies the factor but also explains how a variety of latent viruses commonly found in humans can interact with it to trigger changes in the genes responsible for repairing DNA and promoting normal cell growth in the breast. It is well known that most people have at least one of these latent viruses, so why do only a few of these develop breast cancer? The answer involves a number known as a copy number or viral load. An increase in this number determines an increased risk of breast cancer; not merely the presence of a mutation in those genes themselves.

This information highlights the importance of maintaining a strong immune system. Of additional importance is the fact there are currently no approved drugs that target latent viruses. Current antiviral drugs can only target replicating viruses in an active state. Certain events such as stress, drugs, aging, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation can damage the immune system, and when those latent viruses are present in high copy number, a person may be completely unaware that they are at risk.

A special issue of The Journal of Applied Laboratory Medicine features research advances in laboratory tests crucial to correct and fast diagnosis of sepsis that can save many lives. One test finds an immune-system signaling receptor that can enable physicians to treat the highest risk patients, and another test finds a protein for indicating presence of sepsis even before symptoms manifest.

Sepsis, which develops when the immune system has an extreme reaction to an infections, is a life-threatening condition that kills more people in the U.S. than heart attacks every year. The current standard treatment of broad-spectrum antibiotics is begun early in order to save the patient, even before test results identifying the specific microorganism responsible for the infection have returned. This saves lives but also leads to a vicious cycle because overuse of broad spectrum antibiotics is driving greater antimicrobial resistance in the general population. More resistant microorganisms mean more people getting sepsis.

This special issue takes an in-depth look at emerging tests that rapidly detect pathogens and could enable prompt treatment of sepsis patients with specifically targeted antibiotics.


Other articles of interest in this Winter 2019 TMIS eNewsletter:

* The Parental Warmth and Flourishing in Mid-Life study finds increased parental warmth in youth contributes significantly to postive behavioral outcomes in later life.

* Historic signing of U.S. Farm Bill shepherds hemp industry back into the American mainstream.

* More time spent staring at screens causes digital eye strain - tips to protecting sight and health.

* Incorrect self-diagnosis of back and neck pain could lead to permanent problems.

* Real change in recovery from an eating disorder or addiction takes time and patience, not mere resolution - Recommit, Restore, Rejoice are better “R” words.

* California’s transit bus fleet will be carbon-free by 2029.

* A majority of job applicants consider health and wellness programs important, yet not all employers are providing them.


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