Volume 10, Number 8 – 4/13/2007

 

Volume 10, Number 8
4/13/2007
Edited by John L. Petersen
[email protected]

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In This Issue:

RAHS – TAI’s involvement in Risk Assessment and Horizon Scanning
Future Facts – From Think Links
Think Links – The Future in the News…Today
A Final Quote


ARLINGTON INSTITUTE HELPS SINGAPORE DEVELOP THREAT WARNING SYSTEM

The government of Singapore has developed a national security system called RAHS (Risk Assessment and Horizon Scanning) to spot potential threats to national security while they’re still manageable. John L. Petersen, founder and president of the Virginia-based Arlington Institute, served as the concept architect for the system.

“One of the most remarkable aspects in human history is the continuity of strategic surprises and resulting shocks to nations,” says Petersen. “The cause of these shocks is almost always the inability of government to identify early indicators of change and share the information internally. Through collaboration, RAHS will be able to detect signals and analyze potential threat patterns which otherwise would have gone unnoticed.”

A working version of the RAHS system was unveiled to invited practitioners, academics, technologists, and futurists at the inaugural two-day International RAHS symposium in March in Singapore.


 

FUTURE FACTS – FROM THINK LINKS
DID YOU KNOW THAT…

  • Within three years, complete human hearts could be grown from stem cells.
  • On average, summer temperatures are arriving in Lake Superior more than two weeks earlier than was the case just 3 decades ago.
  • A manned airplane powered only by a fuel cell and lightweight batteries is in development.
  • An ethical code to prevent humans abusing robots, and vice versa, is being drawn up by South Korea.
  • Researchers have developed a fuel cell battery that runs on virtually any sugar source – from soft drinks to tree sap.

 

INSTITUTIONAL CHANGE

Biometric Cash Machines Bring Joy — (BBC — April 3, 2007)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6478627.stm
India is using biometric cash machines, custom-made for people who cannot read or write. The machines use features like fingerprint verification and voice guided animated screens and easy navigation, in a unique attempt to improve the quality of life for millions of poor Indians.


 

NEW REALITIES

Dazzling New Images Reveal the ‘Impossible’ on the Sun
Biologist Sees Human Morality Evolving from the Sociality of Primates

Dazzling New Images Reveal the ‘Impossible’ on the Sun — (New Scientist — March 21, 2007)
http://space.newscientist.com/article/dn11432?DCMP=NLC-nletter&nsref=dn11432
The restless bubbling and frothing of the Sun’s chaotic surface is astonishing astronomers who have been treated to detailed new images from a Japanese space telescope called Hinode, which has sent back startling images of the Sun’s outer limb. Where astronomers expected to see a calm region called the chromosphere, they saw a seething mass of swaying spikes

Biologist Sees Human Morality Evolving from the Sociality of Primates — (International Herald Tribune — March 21, 2007)
http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/03/21/healthscience/snmorals.php
Some animals are surprisingly sensitive to the plight of others. Chimpanzees, who cannot swim, have drowned in zoo moats trying to save others. Given the chance to get food by pulling a chain that would also deliver an electric shock to a companion, rhesus monkeys will starve themselves for several days. Biologists argue that these and other social behaviors are the precursors of human morality. They further suggest that if morality grew out of behavioral rules shaped by evolution, it is for biologists, not philosophers or theologians, to say what these rules are.


 

GENTICS/HEALTH TECHNOLOGY

Doctors Fix Hearts with Stem Cell Injections
Human Heart Grown from Stem Cells
Alzheimer’s Vaccine Works on Mice
Enzymes Convert All Donor Blood to Group O
Light Therapy Spares the Scalpel and the Chemo
Genetic Studies Endow Mice with New Color Vision

Doctors Fix Hearts with Stem Cell Injections — (AFP — March 26, 2007)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070326/ts_alt_afp/ushealthheartstemcell
Doctors have rejuvenated post-heart attack patients by injecting them with stem cells. The clinical trials delivered stem cells to hearts whose stiff, post-attack scar tissue kept them from pumping blood as they should. Over six months, the patients receiving the stem-cell treatment had better heart and lung function with fewer arrhythmias.

Human Heart Grown from Stem Cells — (Guardian – April 2, 2007)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/frontpage/story/0,,2048065,00.html
A research team led by the world’s leading heart surgeon has grown part of a human heart from stem cells for the first time. If animal trials scheduled for later this year prove successful, replacement tissue could be used in transplants for the hundreds of thousands of people suffering from heart disease within three years.

Alzheimer’s Vaccine Works on Mice — (Guardian – March 29, 2007)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/story/0,,2045450,00.html
Scientists have developed an oral vaccine for Alzheimer’s disease that has proved effective in mice, raising hopes that an effective treatment for humans can be found. The vaccine reduced the amount of amyloid plaques – believed to be the cause of Alzheimer’s – and improved brain function when administered to mice that had been genetically modified to develop the disease

Enzymes Convert All Donor Blood to Group O — (New Scientist – April 1, 2007)
http://www.newscientist.com/channel/health/dn11508?DCMP=ILC-Top5&nsref=dn11508
You’re rushed into hospital and need a blood transfusion – but what is your blood group? In future, it may not matter, thanks to enzymes that scrub antigens from red blood cells, turning all donated blood into group O – which can be given safely to anyone.

Light Therapy Spares the Scalpel and the Chemo — (Wired – April 2, 2007)
http://www.wired.com/medtech/drugs/news/2007/04/lasertherapy_0402
Imagine you could treat cancer by taking a pill, then directing a laser light toward the location of the tumor. The growth would dissolve with no chemotherapy, and no harm to healthy tissue. It might sound futuristic, but a select number of cancer patients already benefit from the method, called photodynamic therapy. An upgrade for the procedure could save thousands more cancer patients from the horrors of chemotherapy.

Genetic Studies Endow Mice with New Color Vision — (Physorg – March 22, 2007)
http://www.physorg.com/news93792566.html
Although mice, like most mammals, typically view the world with a limited color palette – similar to what some people with red-green color blindness see – scientists have now transformed their vision by introducing a single human gene into a mouse chromosome. The human gene codes for a light sensor that mice do not normally possess, and its insertion allowed the mice to distinguish colors as never before.


 

NANOTECHNOLOGY

Nano-propulsion Technology for Space Exploration
Scientists Create First Non-Carbon Material with Near-Diamond Hardness
Engineers Create ‘Optical Cloaking’ Design

Nano-propulsion Technology for Space Exploration — (Nanowerk — March 26, 2007)
http://www.nanowerk.com/spotlight/spotid=1668.php
A new electrostatic thruster technology is under development using nanoparticles as propellant with micro- and nano-electromechanical systems. Termed the nanoparticle field extraction thruster – nanoFET – this highly integrated propulsion concept is a high efficiency, variable specific impulse engine type that can be readily scalable for a large range of future space science and exploration missions.

Scientists Create First Non-Carbon Material with Near-Diamond Hardness — (Physorg — March 28, 2007)
http://www.physorg.com/news94293433.html
Research scientists have created the first non-carbon-based material with a hardness approaching that of diamond. Their work could have a significant impact on technologies and industries that rely on diamond as a cutting and drilling tool and abrasive. The material is a boron nitride “nanocomposite.” This means that, rather than consisting of one large continuous crystal, it is made of crystalline boron-nitride grains that are each a few to several nanometers in size.

Engineers Create ‘Optical Cloaking’ Design — (Physorg — April 2, 2007)
http://www.physorg.com/news94744716.html
Researchers using nanotechnology have taken a step toward creating an “optical cloaking” device that could render objects invisible by guiding light around anything placed inside this “cloak.” The current design does, however, have a major limitation: It works only for any single wavelength, and not for the entire frequency range of the visible spectrum.


 

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Chip-sized Lab
Superlenses and Smaller Computer Chips
The Ultrafast Future of Wireless
Google Seeks World of Instant Translations

Chip-sized Lab — (NASA — April 6, 2007)
http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2007/06apr_locad2.htm?list750202
NASA recently unveiled a miniature biological laboratory just tested for the first time onboard the International Space Station. Called LOCAD-PTS (short for Lab-On-a-Chip Application Development–Portable Test System), the palm-sized mini-lab detects the presence of bacteria or fungi on the surfaces of a spacecraft far more rapidly than standard methods of culturing.

Superlenses and Smaller Computer Chips — (MIT Technology Review — March 23, 2007)
http://www.technologyreview.com/Nanotech/18428/
How small one can fabricate transistors, the detail that can be seen in an optical microscope, and the amount of data that can be squeezed onto a DVD? All these things are limited by the way light moves through materials. But several, recent, separate advances in technology describe new materials for manipulating light in exotic ways, potentially leading to vastly improved electronic circuitry, microscopy, and data storage.

The Ultrafast Future of Wireless — (MIT Technology Review — April 3 , 2007)
http://www.technologyreview.com/Infotech/18475/
Researchers have found a way to control terahertz radiation with more precision than ever before, potentially laying the foundation for a new breed of wireless devices that can take advantage of the previously untapped frequencies. Although still years from commercialization, routers and receivers that use terahertz radiation – which technically ranges from about 100 gigahertz to 10 terahertz – could eventually pack more data onto airwaves, speeding up wireless Internet links a thousand times.

Google Seeks World of Instant Translations — (Reuters — March 28, 2007)
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17830511/
In Google Inc.’s vision of the future, people will be able to translate documents instantly into the world’s main languages, with machine logic, not expert linguists, leading the way. Google’s approach, called statistical machine translation, differs from past efforts in that it forgoes language experts who program grammatical rules and dictionaries into computers. Instead, they feed documents humans have already translated into two languages and then rely on computers to discern patterns for future translations.


 

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

Lake Superior Warming Quickly
Are GM Crops Killing Bees
Toxic Monsanto Genetically Modified Corn
Climate Change Set to Worsen Health Burden
The Increasing Hazards of Urban Air Pollution

Lake Superior Warming Quickly — (AP — April 6, 2007)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070406/ap_on_sc/superior_warming
Lake Superior has been warming even faster than the climate around it since the late 1970s due to reduced ice cover, according to a study by professors at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Summer surface temperatures on the famously cold lake have increased about 4.5 degrees since 1979, compared with about a 2.7-degree increase in the region’s annual average air temperature, the researchers found. The lake’s “summer season” is now beginning about two weeks earlier than it did 27 years ago.

Are GM Crops Killing Bees — (Der Spiegel — March 22, 2007)
http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,druck-473166,00.html
For unknown reasons, bee populations throughout Germany are disappearing – something that is so far only harming beekeepers. But the situation is different in the United States, where bees are dying in such dramatic numbers that the economic consequences could soon be dire. No one knows what is causing the bees to perish, but some experts believe that the large-scale use of genetically modified plants in the US could be a factor.

Toxic Monsanto Genetically Modified Corn — (Le Monde — March 13, 2007)
http://tribes.tribe.net/environmentprotect/thread/32495028-35e1-42ee-b5cc-8387842c92e8#b6ae0beb-6057-45d1-8822-9ef5886c5bc3
Allowed to go on the market in France and Europe, MON 863, a transgenic corn invented by Monsanto, has been at the center of a controversy over its innocuousness for over two years. These debates could resume after the publication f a study suggesting this genetically modified organism is toxic to the liver and kidneys.

Climate Change Set to Worsen Health Burden — (AFP — April 2, 2007)
http://www.spacedaily.com/2006/070402161838.gk0hue3c.html
Malaria, cholera, malnutrition, heatstroke and pollen allergies are just a few of the health problems set to worsen because of global warming, according to a report prepared by UN climate experts. Climate change has already extended the range of mosquitoes and ticks, helped spread diarrhoeal disease, boosted the length and location of pollen seasons and pumped up the intensity of dangerous heatwaves. In the coming decades, such problems are likely to become amplified.

The Increasing Hazards of Urban Air Pollution — (Guardian — April 3, 2007)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/story/0,,2048661,00.html
A new study suggests high levels of urban air pollution may cut short life expectancy more than the radiation exposure suffered by emergency workers who were sent into the 19-mile exclusion zone around Chernobyl straight after the famous nuclear accident.


ENERGY DEVELOPMENTS

Boeing working on Fuel Cell Airplane
Engineering Bacteria to Harvest Light
BP’s Bet on Butanol
One Biofuel Fails
Sugar-Fueled Battery Could Power Portable Electronics

Boeing working on Fuel Cell Airplane — (Areo Gizmo — March 28, 2007)
http://www.gizmag.com/go/7046/
Experimental flight tests are to begin this year, involving a manned airplane powered only by a fuel cell and lightweight batteries. The plane uses a fuel cell/lithium-ion battery hybrid system to power an electric motor, which is coupled to a conventional propeller. The fuel cell provides all power for the cruise phase of flight. During takeoff and climb, the system draws on lightweight lithium-ion batteries.

Engineering Bacteria to Harvest Light — (MIT Technology Review — March 26, 2007)
http://www.technologyreview.com/Biotech/18436/
Commonly used lab bacteria called E. coli can be converted into light-harvesting organisms in a single genetic step, according to new research. The genetic enhancement allows microorganisms that normally derive their cellular energy from sugars to switch to a diet of sunlight. These findings could ultimately be used to genetically engineer bacteria that can more efficiently produce biofuels, drugs, and other chemicals.

BP’s Bet on Butanol — (MIT Technology Review — March 27, 2007)
http://www.technologyreview.com/Energy/18443/
Currently ethanol, a biofuel, makes up only a small fraction of fuel use it can’t be transported in the same pipelines used to distribute gasoline. What’s more, ethanol delivers far less energy than gasoline does on a gallon-for-gallon basis. However, butanol, another alternative fuel, can be made from corn starch or sugar beets, and it can be shipped in existing gasoline pipelines. It also contains more energy than ethanol, which will improve mileage per gallon.

One Biofuel Fails — (AP — April 2, 2007)
http://www.livescience.com/environment/070402_ap_palm_oil.html
Palm oil derivatives caught on about five years ago as a source of renewable energy. It is relatively abundant, cheap at about $550 per ton, and requires few or no modifications to existing power stations. Unlike carbon-rich fossil fuels, palm oil is considered carbon-neutral, meaning the carbon emitted from burning it is the same as what is absorbed during growth. But the result of intensified farming has been to unleash far more greenhouse gases than will be saved at power stations.

Sugar-Fueled Battery Could Power Portable Electronics — (Physorg — March 25, 2007)
http://www.physorg.com/news94043039.html
Juicing up your cell phone or iPod may take on a whole new meaning in the future. Researchers have developed a fuel cell battery that runs on virtually any sugar source – from soft drinks to tree sap – and has the potential to operate three to four times longer on a single charge than conventional lithium ion batteries.


 

TERRORISM, SECURITY AND THE FUTURE OF WARFARE

Duke Patents Mind-Controlled Weapons
Fighter-Controlled Jet is Tested
US Air Force to Develop Revolutionary Engine

Duke Patents Mind-Controlled Weapons — (Wired — March 20, 2007)
http://blog.wired.com/defense/2007/03/mind_controlled.html
Work on Brain-Machine Interface (think monkey controlling a joystick with its thoughts) is old news, but a patent granted earlier this month underscores researchers’ confidence that a broader set of military applications is possible: like controlling weapons with your mind.

Fighter-Controlled Jet is Tested — (BBC — April 2, 2007)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/6514413.stm
The US Air Force routinely uses remotely controlled aircraft for search and destroy missions. The advantage is that these planes can be sent into dangerous areas without risking a pilot’s life. The downside is that the controllers are remote from the battle area and so may not be able to respond to rapidly changing situations. In view of this shortcoming, the British Royal Air Force is testing a converted Tornado whose pilot is able to control four unmanned craft from the cockpit.

US Air Force to Develop Revolutionary Engine — (AFNS — April 2, 2007)
http://www.spacewar.com/reports/US_Air_Force_To_Develop_Revolutionary_Engine_999.html
Air Force Research Laboratory engineers have outlined a five-year timeline for a new, adaptive engine that will enable pilots to switch from high speed combat maneuvers to long-range persistence mode as effortlessly as a bird in flight. The transformational engine will combine speed, maneuverability, range and persistence to transcend today’s fixed engines, which are constrained to provide either fuel efficiency or high performance.


 

AUGMENTED INTELLIGENCE AND ROBOTICS

Robotic Age Poses Ethical Dilemma
Building the Bionic Man

Robotic Age Poses Ethical Dilemma — (BBC — March 7, 2007)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/6425927.stm
An ethical code to prevent humans abusing robots, and vice versa, is being drawn up by South Korea. The Robot Ethics Charter will cover standards for users and manufacturers and will be released later in 2007. It is being put together by a five member team of experts that includes futurists and a science fiction writer. The South Korean government has identified robotics as a key economic driver and is pumping millions of dollars into research.

Building the Bionic Man — (Doctor’s Gadgets — March 27, 2007)
http://www.doctorsgadgets.com/building-the-bionic-man-from-eye-to-anus.html
Advances in medical prostheses and computer technology are making the dream of building a bionic human a reality. An artificial hippocampus (part of the brain responsible for storing new memories) is being developed by scientists at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. The Argus II bionic eye is currently undergoing trials in 50-75 patients in the US. In July 2001, Robert Tools received the first completely self-contained artificial heart transplant. The implications are huge and far-reaching.


 

CONTACT AND THE EXPLORATION OF SPACE

China and Russia Plan Mars Mission
French Get a Look at Nation’s UFO Files

China and Russia Plan Mars Mission — (Physorg — March 28, 2007)
http://www.physorg.com/news94297843.html
In a new show of space cooperation, a small satellite developed by China would be launched along with “Phobos Explorer,” a Russian spacecraft, probably in October 2009. After entering Mars’ orbit – 10 to 11 months later – the Chinese satellite would be detached from the spacecraft and probe the Martian space environment.

French Get a Look at Nation’s UFO Files — (AP — March 23, 2007)
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17753893/
The saucer-shaped object is said to have touched down in the south of France and then zoomed off. It left behind scorch marks and that haunting age-old question: Are we alone? This is just one of the cases from France’s secret “X-Files” – documents on supposed UFOs and sightings of other unexplained phenomena that the French space agency is publishing on the Internet. France is the first country to put its entire ‘weird’ sightings archive online


 

JUST FOR FUN

US Elections Could Cost More than $1bn
Humans Can See Race and Sex Even in Simple Outlines

US Elections Could Cost More than $1bn — (Times — April 3, 2007)
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article1605073.ece
America is on course to stage the world’s first billion-dollar election with candidates already raising in excess of $100 million, fully 19 months before voters choose which one will be the next US president. In 2004 the US presidential election cost $769.5 million. Britain’s general election in 2005 cost £35 million.

Humans Can See Race and Sex Even in Simple Outlines — (Live Science — March 30, 2007)
http://www.livescience.com/humanbiology/070330_face_this.html
Adult minds are so keen at spotting race, gender and age that we can correctly guess those features from nothing more than a black-and-white silhouette, new experiments show. The way that our brains process faces seems so flexible that our minds can even assign people to social and biological categories drawing only on views that occur less commonly in our daily lives.


 

A FINAL QUOTE…

If you want to know your past, look into your present conditions.
If you want to know your future, look into your present actions. -Buddhist saying


A special thanks to Bernard Calil, Ken Dabkowski, Neil Freer, Ursula Freer, Humera Khan, KurzweilAI, Sher Patterson-Black, Diane C. Petersen, John C. Petersen, the Schwartzreport, Joel Snell and Matthew W. Sollenberger, our contributors to this issue. If you see something we should know about, do send it along – thanks.
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He has led national non-profit organizations, worked in sales, manufacturing, real estate development, and marketing and advertising, mostly for companies he founded. A graduate electrical engineer, he has also promoted rock concerts; produced conventions; and worked as a disc jockey, among other things.

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Dennis McKenna’s research has focused on the interdisciplinary study of Amazonian ethnopharmacology and plant hallucinogens. His doctoral research (University of British Columbia, 1984) focused on the ethnopharmacology of ayahuasca and oo-koo-he, two tryptamine-based hallucinogens used by indigenous peoples in the Northwest Amazon. Dr. McKenna is author or co-author of 4 books and over 50 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Larry Dossey

Dr. Larry Dossey is a physician of internal medicine and former Chief of Staff of Medical City Dallas Hospital. He received his M. D. degree from Southwestern Medical School (Dallas), and trained in internal medicine at Parkland and the VA hospitals in Dallas. Dossey has lectured at medical schools and hospitals throughout the United States and abroad. In 1988 he delivered the annual Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Lecture in New Delhi, India, the only physician ever invited to do so. He is the author of twelve books dealing with consciousness, spirituality, and healing, including the New York Times bestseller HEALING WORDS: THE POWER OF PRAYER AND THE PRACTICE OF MEDICINE, and most recently One Mind: How Our Individual Mind Is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why It Matters. His books have been translated into languages around the world. Dr. Dossey is the former co-chairman of the Panel on Mind/Body Interventions, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Institutes of Health. He is the executive editor of the peer-reviewed journal EXPLORE: The Journal of Science and Healing. Dr. Dossey lectures around the world. He lives in Santa Fe with his wife Barbara, a nurse-consultant and the author of several award-winning books.

Lee Carrol a.k.a. Kryon

Lee Carroll, Ph.D. has channeled Kryon for 25 years worldwide and is the author of the Kryon Series of 16 books in 24 languages. Well known in metaphysics, Kryon books have made the top seller’s list within months of their release. Having presented seven times at the United Nations in New York, as well as in 33 different countries overseas, Lee attracts audiences in the thousands.

Good health is dependent on the appropriate transfer of information within and between cells. The informational and molecular disharmonies associated with disease can be reversed using appropriate therapeutic signals that stimulate the return to the normal state without adverse effects. One such signal molecule, SLO, has demonstrated clinical utility in a broad spectrum of indications that would at first glance appear to be unrelated. The underlying common thread that links these disorders is representative of the targets to which resonant molecular signals are directed.

Robert David Steele

Robert David Steele, former spy, former Marine Corps officer, a proponent of Open Source Everything, Presidential candidate in 2012 and perhaps again in 2024, recommended for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017 will integrate his life’s experience with his lessons from the works of others to explore love versus fear as a foundation for politics; liberty under natural law versus predatory fascism as we now have in the USA; and the possibilities for cosmic awakening very soon, in a full-on defeat of the Deep State and its Archon masters.

Thomas Drake

Thomas Drake is a former senior executive at the National Security Agency where he blew the whistle on massive multi-billion dollar fraud, waste and abuse; the widespread violations of the rights of citizens through secret mass surveillance programs after 9/11; and critical 9/11 intelligence failures. He is the recipient of the 2011 Ridenhour Truth Telling Prize, a joint recipient with Jesselyn Radack of the 2011 Sam Adams Associates Integrity in Intelligence Award and the 2012 Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award. He is now dedicated to the defense of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. 

Chris Robinson

Chris Robinson’s amazing ability to dream about the future in terms that can be reliably translated into people, times, places, and activities has been the subject of books, major university scientific studies, films, articles, TV shows, and just about all forms of media. He has taught many people how to dream about the future and, through his advanced intuitive capabilities, helped thousands to understand how to deal with seemingly impossible personal situations. He is also a healer, having on numerous occasions led people with supposedly terminal conditions to eliminate those issues and return to a healthy life. There is no one else in the world that has Chris’s fascinating background (undercover police work, etc.), coupled with these amazing personal gifts.

Dr. John McMichael

John McMichael, PhD, is the founder and CEO of Beach Tree Labs, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and early development of new therapeutic agents targeting unmet medical needs. These disorders range from herpes infections to chronic fatigue syndrome to urinary incontinence. His PhD is in virology and immunology from Oregon State University. He headed up the labs at one of the largest private veterinary research practices in the country, was a college professor for more than a decade, and now works out of a small lab on his form in New York state and a larger, more sophisticated lab in Providence, Rhode Island. He holds over 200 patents, has published in books and peer-reviewed journals, and is currently working with his team to begin formal FDA trials for product candidates for chronic traumatic brain injury and Ehlers-Danlos syndromes.

Good health is dependent on the appropriate transfer of information within and between cells. The informational and molecular disharmonies associated with disease can be reversed using appropriate therapeutic signals that stimulate the return to the normal state without adverse effects. One such signal molecule, SLO, has demonstrated clinical utility in a broad spectrum of indications that would at first glance appear to be unrelated. The underlying common thread that links these disorders is representative of the targets to which resonant molecular signals are directed.

Kingsley L. Dennis Phd.

Kingsley L. Dennis, PhD, is a sociologist, researcher, and writer. He previously worked in the Sociology Department at Lancaster University, UK. Kingsley is the author of numerous articles on social futures; technology and new media communications; global affairs; and conscious evolution. He is the author of several critically acclaimed books including Healing the Wounded Mind, The Sacred Revival, The Phoenix Generation, New Consciousness for a New World, Struggle for Your Mind, After the Car, and the celebrated Dawn of the Akashic Age (with Ervin Laszlo). He has traveled extensively and lived in various countries. He currently lives in Andalusia, Spain.

 

His homepage is www.kingsleydennis.com

Gary Sycalik

Gary Sycalik has been described as an entrepreneur, businessman, project developer/manager, consultant/advisor, organizational troubleshooter, strategic planner, facilitator, futurist, business and social architect, complex problematic game designer (policy, strategic, tactic levels) and writer. Gary brings a robust horizontal and vertical functional capability to any project from the conceptual to operational stage.

Joe Dispenza

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Steve McDonald

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Dr. Carrie Hempel & Brian Sanderoff

Integrative Physician Dr. Carrie Hempel and Holistic Pharmacist Brian Sanderoffare both experts in the medicinal use of cannabis in Maryland.

Dr. Hempel is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2002. As an Osteopathic Physician, she has embraced a holistic approach to patient care, providing loving attention to the relationship between mind, body, and spirit. For the past 11 years she has received specialist training, Board Certification and expertise in several fields including Internal Medicine, Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, and Hospice & Palliative Medicine, along with many Integrative modalities. She is a member of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians, the Association of Cannabis Specialists, and is registered with the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission.

Over the course of her career she has seen the consistent struggle of patients dealing with chronic, progressive, debilitating illness, and witnessed the challenges and limitations of the current pharmaceutical options for pain and symptom managment. Her passion for this population has grown, along with her desire to advocate for patients to have access to non-opioid, holistic options to enhance quality of life and optimize function.

Trained as a pharmacist, Brian Sanderoff has integrated 25 years of experience with his traditional medical training and herbalism, nutrition and numerous other holistic modalities to help clients devise practical, common-sense, safe solutions to most any health issue.

His clients appreciate how he embraces a complementary approach to health and how his holistic “compass” brings them new solutions to their unique health concerns – especially chronic diseases.

Sharry Edwards

Sharry Edwards has been accused of being too scientific by some, too esoteric by others. In actuality, she is a bridge between both fields of inquiry. Sharry is the acknowledged pioneer in the emerging field of Vocal Profiling using BioAcoustic Biology. For many years she has provided the leading-edge research to show the voice as a holographic representation of the body that can be used to change the face of medicine.

Sharry asks that we imagine a future in which we can be individually identified and maintained through the use of frequency based biomarkers that keep us healthy and emotionally balanced. Her work at the Institute of BioAcoustic Biology has shown that we can each have dominion over those frequencies by individual mind management or a simple remote control that is completely programmable. Using the unique techniques of Vocal Profiling and evaluation, emotional as well as physiological issues can be revealed and addressed.

Her work with the human voice reveals that people who share similar traumas, stresses, diseases, toxicities…share similar, if not identical, vocal anomalies. She brings together ancient knowledge with modern ideas of harmonics and frequency relationship theories to show that math can be used as a form of predictive, diagnostic and curative foundation for wellness. Through entrainment of the frequency grids of the brain, the body can be programmed to support its own optimal form and function.

Penny Kelly

Penny Kelly is an author, teacher, speaker, publisher, personal and spiritual consultant, and Naturopathic physician. She travels, lectures, and teaches a variety of classes and workshops, and maintains a large consulting practice. She has been involved in scientific research and investigations into consciousness at Pinelandia Laboratory near Ann Arbor, MI.