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Say Goodbye To Elephants and Rhinoceros

Posted in America, Britain, Conservation, Environment, European Union, Nature, News, Torture, UK, USA with tags , , , , on 25/09/2016 by floroy1942

The fact that we are destroying our world is becoming more and more evident, and I don’t mean the atmospheric, land and ocean pollution. From reports out today it would seem that we are destroying the world’s animals too at an ever increasing rate.

The Decline In The Elephant Population

The Decline In The Elephant Population

In particular I am writing about elephants and rhinoceros in Africa where 30% have been destroyed in the last seven years. If this keeps up, in 15 years time there will be none left, and like so many other species, they will disappear into history.

Whatever you like to think about this, mankind is the most destructive force on the planet, and taking that into consideration the planet will not survive must longer, or at least we won’t.

Poachers At Work

Poachers At Work

These animals are killed for their horns which some Far Eastern countries like China, Indonesia and Vietnam, believe can be made into a miracle cure for all sorts of diseases. How they arrived at this conclusion is beyond me, for none of it is true and science has proved it. When you take it down to the bare bones, its all about profit and making money.

Walking through the tourist areas of Far Eastern cities you find sculptures carved from the horns of elephants and rhino’s, all to attract sales from the gullible tourists. Buying such things just assists the destruction of these wild animals.

We have lost 42 species of animals and birds in just the 20th century, including the Barbary Lion, various species of tiger, the Kamchatka bear, Dawson’s caribou, the Greenland reindeer plus a host of birds and insects. They are all gone never to return.

Some people call this progress, but the tragic reality is that we are destroying our world at an ever-increasing pace. The sad thing is, nobody cares. I am in my latter years, but nobody thinks about what our children and their children will face with the legacy we are leaving them.

A Rhino De-Horned But Left Alive

A Rhino De-Horned But Left Alive

One by one the animals and birds of the world are disappearing and the rate has increased ten-fold in the last 100 years. Not only that, but we are poisoning our atmosphere, the ground, and the oceans at an ever increasing rate. What does that say for the future of this planet and our children?

Billed as the largest gathering in the 43-year history of the convention, the 17th Conference of the Parties will see more than 2,500 delegates from more than 180 countries come together in Johannesburg. What will they achieve? In my estimation, very little. We have had these talking shops so many times in the past, but all have achieved nothing on the grand scale of things.

In my opinion, the only way to put an end to this mindless shooting of elephants and rhino’s for profit is for all countries to make it a capital offence. When caught you will be hung.

An Ivory Carving

An Ivory Carving

The governments of the Far East must close down all these ‘doctors’ who prescribe ointments and such made from tusks and ensure they never practice again. All tourist shops selling items made from ivory should have their stock confiscated and destroyed.

I know many will think this is impossible, and it probably is, but we must do something to save these species of animals. Once all the elephants and rhino’s have disappeared what will these people turn to next? Your guess is as good as mine.

Roy.

Antibiotics Are A Dying Cure-All

Posted in America, Britain, Europe, Health, Modern World, UK, USA with tags , , , , , , on 27/01/2013 by floroy1942
E-Coli Bacteria

E-Coli Bacteria

Ever been to the doctor and have him prescribe antibiotics for your ailment? Well, that may soon be a thing of the past. Doctors and scientists are beginning to discover that many serious diseases are becoming antibiotic resistant, and that is dangerous. For the last forty-odd years doctors in Britain, as in many other countries, have regularly prescribed this magic cure-all for everything from pneumonia to ear-ache and that has now become a major problem.

Scientists are calling this a threat of the same magnitude as global warming  when it comes to the survival of mankind in the future. We have relied on antibiotics for many decades as a bulwark against the serious and not-so-serious diseases that can infect us, but now time is running out because the bacteria are getting smarter, and we have no replacement that can defeat them.

A Surgeon 'Scrubs Up"

A Surgeon ‘Scrubs Up”

With the decline in effectiveness of antibiotics come severe problems, for in the future it will be a lottery if you go into hospital for an operation and pick up an infection. This is happening now with increasing frequency in hospitals across the world, even in western countries, as standards of hygiene continue to fall. At some time in the future contracting MRSA, pneumonia, E. coli or tuberculosis for example could be the death of you because the strains are becoming antibiotic resistant i.e. the wonder drug has no impact on them!

Medical Science - Our Last Hope

Medical Science – Our Last Hope

It is the natural way of bugs subjected to a single drug over many years to mutate into a strain that is resistant; ‘familiarity breeds contempt ‘ if you will. We do the same, and should therefore not be surprised when other lifeforms do it too. Sadly, research into new forms of antibiotics have been almost non-existent in recent years.

This future debacle could have been avoided if the medical profession had not severely over-prescribed antibiotics in the past for just about every infection from pimples to a cut finger. Now however we are entering a dangerous period in man’s history. Should a serious outbreak of any of the sicknesses that have become immune to antibiotics occur it could spread unchecked, and there would be nothing we can do about it. Quarantining the sick would be the only measure open to us to combat such an outbreak, but curing those inflicted would be nigh on impossible.

Middle Age Kitchen

Middle Age Kitchen

Another problem that has in my opinion exacerbated this situation is that we have become too clean in our ways. In the Middle Ages and before, they had no inspectors going around checking hygiene in food factories and restaurants, or chemicals to sterilize work surfaces in the home, and while I admit they are necessary, we should not take it too far. Back then, people ate things that would make many of us throw-up today, and yet they rarely got sick from it. The main reason for this is that their own immune systems were far stronger than ours today.

Food Off The Floor

Food Off The Floor

I remember as a child eating things that had dropped in the dirt or on the floor  and we never bothered about it, and more to the point I never got sick. The bottom line is that we have become so clean that our own immune system has weakened because it has had nothing to fight. I may be wrong because I am not an expert, but it is my belief.

Great PlagueWe are fast reaching a stage where things such as global warming are reducing in importance when it comes to a threat to our lives, for if we cannot find new effective antibiotics very quickly we will be in big trouble. Many of the poorer countries are regularly threatened by dangerous diseases, like Ebola in some African states in the past, but if such a thing spreads and we cannot turn to antibiotics for a cure, the consequences could be dire.

Anywhere - Anytime

Anywhere – Anytime

Any sickness can spread at an alarming rate thanks to over-population and the ease with which we travel across the world, so the scenario for a huge pandemic will be far higher than it was during the great plague of London in 1665-6 when 69,596 died in London alone. The figure for the whole country was in the region of 100,000.

Many will reply that medical science has improved by leaps and bounds since that time, but the backbone of all treatment for bacterial diseases today is still the antibiotic. When we no longer have that we will be in big trouble.

I think the ball now lies fair and square in the court of medical science, for they must vigorously seek a replacement for our everyday antibiotics and find something that will kill these immune bacteria before it is too late. I wish them good luck!

Roy.

Human Flesh Pills – Have We Gone Completely Mad?

Posted in Environment, Health, Insanity with tags , , , , , , , , on 07/05/2012 by floroy1942

Would you eat human flesh? Most sane people will find the idea revolting even though there are cases on record. So the next question is: Would you consider taking pills that contain powdered human flesh? Again, most people would be disgusted, but strange though it may seem, many in South Korea do not agree.

Human Flesh Pills Anyone?

I spotted a news item today that really defies all logic, and indicates how far down the road to insanity some people are willing to travel. According to reports, the Chinese are smuggling pills containing powdered human flesh into South Korea because people there think they will cure certain diseases and boost stamina.

To any normal person, the idea of taking capsules that are filled with human remains in powder form is revolting to say the least, but apparently, even the knowledge that the remains are from dead fetuses and babies is not enough to stop those who believe.

Tiger Penis Sex Pills

The Customs Service in South Korea have discovered a growing trade in the pills since they first stumbled across them in August 2011. To combat the menace, customs officials are stepping up inspections at all border crossing in an effort to stem the flow of these ‘medicines’ into the country. Tests have confirmed that the human remains capsules contain lethal super bacteria and other agents harmful to the human body, so it makes you wonder why people are taking them. A customs official was quoted as saying; “It was confirmed those capsules contain materials harmful to the human body, such as super bacteria. We need to take tougher measures to protect public health,”

Bear Bile Medicine

Apart from shipments disguised as other normal drugs, they have been found in the personal baggage of travellers and have been intercepted coming through the post. All have been shipped from a north-east province of China, and it is reported that the Chinese Authorities are investigating the claims first made in a South Korean TV documentary.

The Result Of Chinese Rhino Horn Medicine

China has for centuries been the purveyor of ‘odd’ medicines, for they believe more in traditional, or so-called ‘natural’ remedies than scientific ones. Tiger penis and ground rhino horn are two of the most widely known. The use of these two items has led to tigers now being on the endangered species list, and reduced the world rhino population by 90% in the last 40 years.

Bear Bile Extraction

Another less well-known Chinese ‘cure’ is bear bile. Bears are kept in tiny cages which allow no movement, and the bile  is extracted through a permanent hole in the bear’s abdomen leading to the gall bladder. The animals suffer terrible pain and often try to kill themselves. It is known there are some 12,000 Asiatic black bears in ‘bear farms’ in China where this ‘medicine’ is gathered.

Watch What You Take!

Traditional Chinese Medicine also includes some human parts, including excreta, plus bones, fingernail, hairs, dandruff, earwax, impurities on the teeth, feces, urine, sweat and organs. It must however be said that most of these are no longer in use.

Considering all this though, I suppose we should not be too surprised they are now offering ground fetuses and baby flesh in pills as a cure-all. For myself, I think I’ll stick with the more conventional scientific medicines.

Roy.

Inadequate Testing Of Medicines?

Posted in Britain, England, Europe, Germany, Old Age Pensioner, Senior Citizen, UK, USA with tags , , , , , on 24/06/2011 by floroy1942

I have long been of the opinion that many of the medicines we regularly throw down our throats are not always as safe as the makers will have us believe. A new report out today indicates this may well be true.

A study which has appeared in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society reports that many drugs taken by the over 65’s, which let’s face it, are when we most need them, can in fact be harmful and lead to reduced brain function and even death. Many of the 80 drugs tested are ‘over-the-counter’ medicines like codeine, while others are prescription only.

Many older people take drugs for heart disease, depression and allergies among other things but the most significant danger was for those taking certain ‘high risk’ medication or a ‘cocktail’ of medicines on a daily basis.

Brain Cell Activity

The research team was concentrating on drugs that affected the working of a particular chemical in the brain, namely acetylcholine. This is a neurotransmitter that passes messages between the the nerve cells in the brain, but the working of this chemical is often interrupted by side-affects from many modern medicines.

Among 13,000 old timers surveyed from 1991 to 1993, of those taking drugs that affected brain cell activity the most, 20% died. From another group taking no anticholinergic drugs that did not affect brain function, only 4 % died. The report does stress that anyone taking medicines should not under any circumstances stop taking them without first consulting with their doctor.

The researchers say that the results are not conclusive and in no way indicate that taking them will kill you, but they do indicate there is ‘an association’. In the meanwhile the research will continue.

Urticaria - It Can Itch Like Hell!

I myself had a few months of fairly mild urticaria (similar to nettle rash) which was caused by the unfortunate combination of two medicines prescribed by my doctor. I had been taking one drug for about six years (and no its not on the list) with no ill effects at all. It did the job it was supposed to do and everything was fine. Last year I had another small problem, nothing significant, but my doctor prescribed me a drug to solve it. The combination of the two in my system was sufficient to cause the skin sickness. Since that time I no longer take the second medicine and have changed the older one. Now after many months I am free of it again (touch wood!).

New advances are being made on drug therapy on a daily basis and most are ‘fit for purpose’. The drug companies test them first on rats and mice and then proceed to ‘clinical trials’, which if successful will lead to it being submitted to the relevant government department for approval before being released for general use.

The Result Of Thalidomide Not Being Properly Tested!

For sure, these companies do not want a repeat of the thalidomide disaster of the sixties, for that caused horrific birth defects in children in which an entire generation suffered. This episode has haunted the pharmaceutical industry for forty years,  so they have to be careful.

They always point out that you should read the accompanying leaflet that comes with all medicines these days, and some people do while others don’t bother. I must admit that after my little escapade I pay much more attention than I used to.

A New Wonder Drug In The Making?

My concern however is that pharmaceutical companies and doctors should pay more attention to testing. It is not sufficient to grab ten people off the street, ram them full of your new ‘wonder drug’ and hope for the best. Yes! I know its not that simple but you know what I mean.

I know it is a big headache for the drug companies because everyone’s physiology is different, and what may be good for one is no good for the other, but that doesn’t release them from their basic responsibility.

If, as in the case of the drugs mentioned in this report, certain medicines can interfere with brain function, then more thorough testing should have been done in this area, even if it involved a long term study. You cannot sell medicines that will eventually cause dementia or even death in patients.

A Pensioner's Lottery Ticket?

The trouble is of course, these days everything is driven by profit, and among pharmaceutical companies like all others, competition is fierce. They are constantly striving to be the first to bring out a new wonder drug, and I will be the first to admit they have changed the lives of a great many people. We live longer, even with deadly diseases like cancer because of this industry and naturally enough we are all thankful. In general they do a good job, but I have to say this new research leaves room for thought.

Roy.

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