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Anthropogenic Influences on Biology and the Biota, and Connections to Autism Spectrum Disorders

A timely article by Dr. Russell M. Jaffe and Dr. Norman Schwartz that rethinks conventional understandings of autism from a multidisciplinary, integrative, and functional perspective. It draws on the disciplines of integrative physiology, molecular biology, environmental toxicology, and systems dynamics.

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is one of several neurodevelopmental disorders that have increased over 100-fold in less than a century, particularly in the developed world. Over this time period, an unprecedented two-way experiment between humans and the natural world has been under way. As human activity reaches the point where it is affecting planetary ecosystems, the sum of local human choices has delivered unforeseen consequences often extending far beyond their source. The outcome of this neither controlled nor blind experiment raises questions about the quality, diversity, and sustainability of life on earth.

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Reinventing Fire: Bold Business Solutions for the New Energy Era

Bold Business Solutions for the New Energy Era

HSC Senior Fellow Amory Lovins, Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Institute, (RMI) has written a thought-provoking book and, yet again, has us thinking about sustainability.

According to Lovins' book, America's seemingly two-billion-dollar-a-day oil habit actually costs upwards of three times that much--six billion dollars a day, or one-sixth of GDP. This is primarily due to three kinds of hidden costs, each about a half-trillion dollars per year: the macro economic costs of oil dependence, the micro economic costs of oil-price volatility, and the military costs of forces whose primary mission is intervention in the Persian Gulf. Any costs to health, safety, environment, security of energy supply, world stability and peace, or national independence or reputation are extra.

Click here to read the RMI Executive Summary of what HSC believes to be one of the most important books of our time.

Read the following excerpt from a paper by Amory Lovins, Co-founder, Chairman, and Chief Scientist at RMI.

Reinventing Fire: A New Vision

Modern society is built from fossil fuels. They are the root source of our society’s wealth and power. But as their rising costs to our security, wallets, and habitat become ever more intolerable, we see one system dying and another struggling to be born.

The inflection point at this moment in history is both evolutionary and revolutionary. The evolving tools to reinvent fire have at last caught up with the vision that has been hatching for decades. And it's a revolutionary moment because we can at last move beyond just conceiving answers to actually getting off oil, coal, and gas by integrating, articulating, and applying what we know. Today we need not convince the world that Reinventing Fire is necessary.

Instead, we must work together to make it happen. Hence, Reinventing Fire is a "grand synthesis" that will systematically combine decades of intellectual capital, both ours and others', into a practical map of the road beyond fossil fuels--then help the world head down that road with deliberate speed. Integrating the latest developments that make getting off oil and coal even more attractive than we thought five years ago, Reinventing Fire weaves together a resilient, multi-layered web of connected, efficient, renewable replacements for fossil fuel, chiefly in the U.S. but in a global context.

The pieces of the most complex jigsaw puzzle in human history are falling into place. The world that we at RMI imagine, and that we strive daily to create, is starting to take shape. We need to form it even faster, because humanity, as Dana Meadows said, has "exactly enough time--starting now."

The energy solution is the master key to what Bucky Fuller had in mind when he asked this simple question: "If the success or failure of this planet, and of human beings, depended on who I am and what I do, then how would I be? What would I do?"

Reinventing Fire is who we are at RMI, and it is what we must and will now do. Please join us on this exciting journey.

For the full text of this paper, click here.

For another brief presentation on the important issues addressed by Reinventing Fire, click here to view an introductory video. To watch a presentation made by Amory Lovins as part of the Berkeley Lab Distinguished Lecture Series, please click here. To watch Amory Lovins conversation with John McDonald, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Chevron Corporation, at the Techonomy Conference 2010, please click here. To watch Amory Lovins 2012 TED talk entitled "A 50-year Plan for Energy," please click here.

Penicillamine Protocol: D-Pen Mineral Provocation Test for Essential & Heavy (Toxic) Metals

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This paper, based on the work of Dr. Russell M. Jaffe, discusses a method to determine the body's burden of mobilizable potentially toxic minerals while simultaneously illustrating an assessment mechanism for nutritional divalent mineral status. Select the above listed title for the full paper, or click here for the two-page summary.

In order to determine the body's burden of mobilizable, potentially toxic minerals, this Penicillamine Protocol has been developed involving a short (3-day) course of d-penicillamine or Acetyl-d-penicillamine with specimin collection and testing. Included in this paper is a suggested treatment guide to reduce total toxic mineral tissue burden which is comprised of nutritional supplementation and dietary recommendations.

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Fibromyalgia Study

A novel treatment for Fibromyalgia improves clinical outcomes in a community-based study.

Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is an increasingly common diagnosis of unknown etiology whose pathophysiology is still poorly understood. Since 1990, when the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) published classification criteria for FMS, it has been shown that FMS is quite prevalent (5-10%); women account for more than 70% of the diagnosis. Several suggestions have been made concerning FMS's etiology, including abnormalities in central nervous system neurotransmitter concentrations.

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Real savings and productivity gains, measured and documented.

A presentation on how Primary Prevention can change U.S. Healthcare for the better. Whereas, the U.S. spends more than any country on healthcare); Employers pay over one-third of the costs which therefore reduces the competitiveness of American goods and services in the global marketplace; National health expenditure growth trends are likely to continue and these expenditures as percentage of GDP are growing in an unsustainable manner. Fundamentally with Primary Prevention, by improving the health and well-being of employees, quality of life is improved. Simultaneously, health care utilization and costs are reduced while disability is controlled and productivity enhanced.

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