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Time for a Change of Heart?

Saturday, January 6th, 2007

“I’m saying that we should trust our intuition. I believe that the principles of universal evolution are revealed to us through intuition. And I think that if we combine our intuition and our reason, we can respond in an evolutionary sound way to our problems.”
Jonas Salk

Having spent a fair bit of my spare time in the last 2 years gathering and analysing statistics on the correlation between CVD mortality and nitrate fertiliser use, I’ve now been able to add more supporting data to my June 2005 article on the subject.

This year I’m taking a step back from practice to spend more time on this as preliminary findings indicate that the hypothesis is well worth pursuing.

NO d’oh

Sunday, July 3rd, 2005

The Earth

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
Albert Einstein

Last month’s essay (Time for a Change of Heart?) suggested that there may be a single underlying factor at work in the global epidemic of cardiovascular disease (and in many types of cancer and a whole range of modern “syndrome”-type conditions into the bargain). Not only do compounds of nitrogen have a very specific affinity for the cardiovascular system (they’ve been used to treat these conditions for over 100 years), but the patterns, spread and incidence of the disease worldwide correlate very closely to the extent and manner in which humankind has gone about disrupting the global nitrogen cycle. We are presently estimated to be fixingtwice as much nitrogen into material form as can cycle back into the atmosphere again through the normal functioning of the biosphere. That’s a 100% increase on the input side of the equation.

To even imagine we could blithely mess about with the balance of the global ecosystem to this extent without getting into this kind of trouble seems not only childishly naïve but quite hopelessly stupid. Few, if any, complex biofeedback systems that we’ve studied can tolerate that kind of latitude without serious consequences, so it doesn’t take any great genius to extrapolate that to the global level. (D’oh …!)

What we now appear to be getting as a result of our actions – at least 17 million deaths per annum – is exactly what First Nation peoples have been warning us about for a long time now: “If we fail to [address environmental deterioration] then Mother Earth will cleanse herself of the offending organism that is killing her. This is our teachings.” (Mi’kmaq Warrior Chief and Sacred Peace Pipe Carrier Sulian Stone Eagle Herney in his statement to the 1994 public enquiry into the then proposed superquarry at Mount Roineabhal in Harris.)

It seems quite incongruous really. Even ironic. In the wake of any disaster – including natural disasters like the December 2004 tsunami in the Indian Ocean – there are invariably knee-jerk calls for massive investment in all manner of early warning systems. Yet here we have an early warning system which is functioning perfectly and who’s klaxons have been blaring up and down the corridors of every doctor’s surgery and hospital across the West for the last 60-odd years. And what are we doing about it? We’ve so inured ourselves to the cacophony that we’ve come to accept it as a “normal” part of everyday death.

Is it that it’s simply too big for our heads to grasp or our hearts to hold? We can experience tidal waves of emotion in the wake of tsunamis which carry off little more than 1% of the annual mortality from cardiovascular disease, while the steady blinking out of all those individual lights, so often prematurely, year in, year out, nearly 2,000 every hour, leaves us largely unaffected. Yet in terms of numbers, it’s the equivalent of a tsunami every 5 days!

Is it a case of burying our heads in the sand and hoping it’ll just go away or that nobody will notice? We don’t much like the idea that we might be responsible for the things that go wrong with us, do we? We shy away from that one. Get quite angry about it even. No! It’s got to be some nasty vicious germ-type thing that’s got it in for us. Nothing to do with us, oh no … What us? Stupid? Impossible!

Or is it that we’ve made this way of death a way of life for too many? Global agricultural practices, agribusiness, food supply, processing, distribution, retailing; the tobacco industry, doctors, nurses, hospitals, care-homes, the pharmaceutical industry, the research community, the health-and-fitness industry, other industries that ride on the back of it all – finance, insurance, legal; the bureaucracy that ties it all up in knots, and many more besides … the global disruption of the nitrogen cycle is big business and there’s a lot invested in keeping it that way. Not the sort of thing you can unwind overnight.

“In times of change, learners inherit the Earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.”
Eric Hoffer

Of course you could argue that we’ve all got to die from something some day. And against the background of an unprecedented explosion in human numbers – the global population is estimated to have quadrupled in the last century, having taken the previous nineteen to multiply ten-fold – perhaps it’s just as well something’s keeping us in check. Trying to grasp the enormity of the global nitrogen cycle or the scale of the CVD epidemic might be beyond us, but big though they might be, they’re still only a symptom of something far bigger, far more insidious, far more deeply destructive. What is heart failure on a global scale if not failure of heart on a global scale? A failure of compassion, of empathy, of the understanding necessary to live in harmony with our environment.

And if, in our failure of heart, we are behaving like a cancer in the body of the Earth, no small wonder that so many of us are dying of that as well. As above, so below.

Yet it’s only taken a generation or so for this particular twisted bloom to flower, even if its roots wriggle way back into the seeds of time. Can we nip the rest of the Bush in the bud? As Stone Eagle said, “It is my firm belief that we, of this generation, have no hope in solving the environmental deterioration that is ongoing as we speak. However, I also have firm convictions that we of this generation, may be able to slow down the destruction of our Mother Earth enough so that the next generation that will be replacing our leaders will find the solutions and the cure for Mother Earth.”

Sulian 'Stone Eagle' Herney

“Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness.”
James Thurber

NO go

Thursday, June 23rd, 2005

“It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.”
Albert Einstein

Well, there’ve been a few replies to all the emails I’ve sent. Brief, polite, non-committal. I’ve also been reading about Mark Purdey‘s experiences in pursuit of the cause of BSE. Enough said.

Meanwhile, a bit more nitrogenous sleuthing has revealed that nitric oxide research is about the sexiest thing going in the biological sciences right now. It’s been linked with Chronic Fatigue SyndromeFibromyalgia,Inflammation-mediated Neurodegeneration, a collective term for such conditions as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, MS, ALS and AIDS dementia,Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, even Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. The latter is especially interesting in view of the fact that this condition started life as “shell shock”; a result of over-exposure to battlefield environments. The air of battlefields is, of course, notoriously full of cordite which is 40% nitrocellulose, 60% nitroglycerine. (Thanks to Carol Willis for supplying many of the links.)

Surely no coincidence that these are all modern syndromes, and as such potentially also correlate to the increases of fixed nitrogen in the environment? Except for shell shock, that is, but then that has a correlation to a potential role for nitrogen too. And surely no accident that we should be waking up to nitric oxide’s role in a wide variety of metabolic processes at a time when its role is becoming more obvious and significant?

“It is because Humanity has never known where it was going that it has been able to find its way.”
Oscar Wilde

NO show

Sunday, June 19th, 2005

“History is merely a list of surprises. It can only prepare us to be surprised yet again.”
Kurt Vonnegut

I got to thinking about June 8th’s entry, wondering if it was something with real substance worth a bit more investigation. It seems so. I’ve spent the last 10 days researching this and even in just that short space of time the evidence looks overwhelming. There is so much of it that all it seemed to be waiting for was for someone to stand far back enough from it to be able to join the dots. What I’ve found has ended up as a full article which you can find here.

In short, it does actually look as if our global disruption of the Earth’s Nitrogen Cycle is responsible for cardiovascular disease (and a few other things besides).

Starting Thursday, I’ve been trying to interest the press, medical journals and researchers in the field to see if it looks as plausible to the experts as it does to me from the periphery. So far no response. Well if someone from completely left of field wrote in saying they thought they’d managed to pinpoint the underlying cause of cardiovascular disease, CRACKPOT!! would be the understandably instant conclusion. It’s too preposterous to be believed. I can only hope that someone somewhere takes the risk of actually reading it.

Please let me know if you think it makes as much sense as I do. And if you do, pass the word around. If it stands up to closer scrutiny, then the sooner global policy-makers pay this issue some serious attention, the sooner something can be done about it.

“If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.”
Albert Einstein

One could, of course, take a step even further back and admire the ability of the Earth’s ecosystem (of which we are very much part) to keep itself in overall balance. In an attempt to increase the food supply to support a growing population of humans, we have unnaturally boosted the average yield of the soil. Yet the means by which we have done so is killing us off in ever increasing numbers. It seems that there is an overall optimum number of humans the Earth will support which it’s unlikely to let us exceed. So any measures taken to address the nitrogen cycle imbalance will also need to take into account population dynamics on a global scale.

We have a tendency to pull together in times of crisis and threats to survival. Is it too much to hope that this one issue could unite the world to address this situation together? This touches each and every one of us. How many of us have grandparents, parents, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, children dying of these diseases, if not ourselves as well? (I know, I know … dream on! But I do!)

“Anyone who thinks they are too small to make a difference has never been in bed with a mosquito.”
Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

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