Paleo-Cllimate, 23 Things, Sweden
Morning dandelion in our concrete backyard
struggles to attain turgour pressure to open its
pointless parthenogenic petals.
Honeybee checks for pollen, leaves in a beeline of disgust.
We are disseminated on this sphere,
battling it out for piles of gold.
Western horizon clouds rush South.
Overhead barely moving.
The illusion that the world is spinning
"The end-Permian event was so profound, killing perhaps 90 percent of species, ... ecosystems took 10 million years to recover ..
Some marine animals such as the ammonoids did recover fast, within 1 million to 2 million years, but "physical environmental conditions continued to suffer setbacks for the 4 million to 5 million years of the Early Triassic, with four or five pulses of sudden heating and ocean stagnation,".. "The Luoping site and evidence from older locations in south China shows that ecosystems in total had not recovered until some 10 million years after the crisis."
Ahmed Agiza and Muhammad Alzery, two Egyptian asylum seekers who were, according to Redress, 'removed from Sweden to Egypt by the United States' Central Intelligence Agency in cooperation with the Swedish authorities and outside of any legal process, ' on charges of terrorism in 2001. The deportation was carried out by American and Egyptian personnel on Swedish ground, with Swedish servicemen as passive onlookers.
In 2005, in Agiza v. Sweden (Communication No. 233/2003), the UN Committee against Torture found that Sweden had violated the Convention against Torture. The following year, in Mohammed Alzery v. Sweden (Communication No. 1416/2005), the UN Human Rights Committee found Sweden to have violated the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Alzery was released without charge after two years in prison however, 'he continues to suffer physically and psychologically as a result of his torture and ill-treatment.' Agiza was sentenced to 15 years in prison in a military tribunal. The process was not fair, and there is doubt as to the men's guilt.
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Iron Status May be Link in Degenerative Diseases December 2010
Eating purple fruits like blueberries and drinking green tea may help to prevent diseases including Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s.
..the majority of debilitating illnesses are, in part, caused by poorly-bound iron, which may lead to .. hydroxyl radicals..
..the wrong form of iron..
Green tea and brightly colored fruits and vegetables ... good sources of iron chelators,.. purple fruits are considered best..
..vitamin C .. can only work effectively when iron is suitably and safely bound.
Archives of Toxicology 84(11):825-889, 2010
Green Tea Extract May Reduce Type 1 Diabetes Risk December 2010
epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG)
.... linked to a potential anti-inflammatory action
..dietary intake of EGCG can delay the development of type 1 diabetes in non-obese diabetic (NOD) mice..Virginia Polytechnic ..
..polyphenolic compounds called catechins..
32 weeks of age,.. 67% of the animals in the control group had become diabetic (8 out of 12 animals), while diabetes affected only 25% of the mice in the EGCG group
..preservation of functional b-cell mass. In line with this finding, EGCG also exerts a cytoprotective effect on human pancreatic islets exposed to the inflammatory milieu relevant to type 1 diabetes
Study Suggests Optimal Levels of Vitamin D to Avoid Frailty December 2010
..A study with 4,551 women of at least 69 years of age indicated that blood levels of vitamin D between 20.0 and 29.9 ng/ml are at the lowest risk of frailty, while levels above or below this range are associated with an increased likelihood of frailty.. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM).
..consistent with other observational studies that "imply that optimal serum 25-OH D concentrations for preventing frailty range between 20 and 30 ng/ml."
.. deficiency ..osteopenia, osteoporosis, muscle weakness, fractures, autoimmune diseases, infectious diseases and cardiovascular diseases.
..increased risk of frailty or death after 4.5 years of study.
Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism 95(12):5266-5273, 2010