Posted: Wed Nov 07, 2007 1:31 pm Post subject: Foreigner receives heart stem cell transplant in Bkk
Malcolm in the Middle - of Thailand for New Stem Cell Treatment source: TransWorld news
New York Man No Longer Has Congestive Heart Failure, Thanks to Adult Stem Cell Therapy.
Malcolm Anderson, of Hudson, New York, reports that his ejection fraction (a measure of the heart's pumping function) has increased from 41% to 55%, thanks to a novel adult stem cell treatment that he received in Bangkok, Thailand.
Malcolm Anderson, 81, was very concerned when he was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. He knew he was going downhill. Malcolm asked his doctor, "What can I do about congestive heart failure?" His doctor replied, "you can take lasix."
To Malcolm, that wasn't a great option. "Is that all I can do? I thought there must be something better than taking lasix the rest of my life" said Malcolm.
"I had an ejection fraction of 41%, not debilitating, but, long term, not good. I knew it would gradually get worse and worse."
Malcolm decided to search the internet and look for an alternative method of treating his congestive heart failure. He found that option in Theravitae, a biotechnology company in Thailand, that developed a procedure to treat congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease using a patient's own stem cells.
Theravitae's Vescell adult stem cell technology employs adult stem cells harvested from a small amount of the patient's own blood and does not require bone marrow extraction.
"I thought if it doesn't do any good, at least it doesn't do any harm," said Malcolm.
Malcolm was a little apprehensive before his arrival in Bangkok in March, 2007. "Once I got there, it was a piece of cake. They took great care of me from the moment I arrived at the airport."
Malcolm's own stem cells were implanted into his coronary arteries via catheter in a simple procedure very similar to an angioplasty.
Eight months later, the stem cell therapy has improved Malcolm's quality of life. "I recently visited my doctor - my diagnosis now is that I don't have heart failure anymore! My ejection fraction is 55%. That is a 30% increase! I'm feeling top shelf. I'm working again. I'm happy."
We're down to the last third of 30 Days to a Greener You, and from here on out, we'll take a look at various steps you can consider to move beyond the "low-hanging fruit." Keep in mind that greening your life doesn't have to involve big investments; at the same time, we all do make larger purchases, so keeping our environmental footprint in mind when shopping for bigger-ticket items is a natural next step in greening our lives.
If you're a homeowner or house renter, keeping the yard and garden healthy takes a lot of work, and various kinds of tools, particularly power tools, help ease that work load. If you're cranking up a gas-powered lawn mower, leaf blower or rotor tiller, though, all of your efforts to green your gardening may be offset by the pollution that tool is belching into the atmosphere: according to a 2001 Swedish study, small engines such as lawnmowers may contribute up to 5% of the US' total air pollution.
Fortunately, greener alternatives are available. Reel mowers (you know: the "old-fashioned" lawn mowers) use only human power, and are a perfect tool for a small yard. If you still need some power for a bigger yard, consider an electric mower (many of which are now cordless), or even a solar-powered mower (they're still a bit pricey, but what a way to impress the neighbors - and avoid any emissions).
Your Action for Today: Take a Look at Some New Tools
While you may not currently be in the market for a lawn mower, it's good know what's available. Take a look, and record what you think might work for you (and why) in your Green Journal.
Reel mowers are likely the greenest alternative - no fuel or batteries.
Solar-powered mowers have batteries that are charged by sunlight - Appropedia tells you how to build your own!
Electric mowers require plugging in at some point, so while they don't emit pollutants themselves, they're drawing electricity that may come from a dirty power source. Overall, they're slightly better than a gas-powered model.
And a tip for organic lawn care: leave the clippings on the lawn - they don't contribute to thatch growth, and do provide organic material for your lawn.
1. Tea — One of the fastest-growing segements of hte Fair Trade market, US imports of Fair Trade tea increased an impressive 187 percent in 2005. Since then, herbal tea products like chamomile, hibiscus, peppermint, and spearmint have gained Fair Trade status. Tea lovers can find teas bagged, loose, and bottled.
2. Chocolate — The average American eats 12 pounds of chocolate a year, supporting an industry that saw retail sales of more than $16 billion in 2007. If you're among the 46 percent of Amreicans who say they can't live without chocolate, you can avoid the well-documented problem of child slave labor in the cocoa industry, and direct your share of that $16 billion toward chocolate that helps communities and the environment.
3. Fresh Fruit — In Europe, where Fair Trade fruit has been available since the mid-1990s, Fair Trade bananas have reached a market share as high as 24 percent. In the US, Fair Trade tropical fruits like bananas, mangoes, and pineapples became available in 2004, and their availaibility is growing, especially in natural foods stores and food co-operatives. Find a store near you selling Fair Trade fruit by using TransFair USA's store locator.
4. Sugar — Phosphorus run-offs from the conventional sugar industry in Florida have devastaed the ecosystem of the Everglades, and the sugar lobby has worked aggressively to avoid responsibility. Sustainabile alternatives to sugar like locally grown, organic maple syrup or honey can help you avoid the problems in the sugar industry, as can Fair Trade Certified™ sugar, introduced to the US in 2005.
5. Rice — While most of the white and brown rice consumed in the US was grown on US farms, most aromatic long-grain rice comes to our tables from small-scale farms in Asia where it was harvested by hand. Workers on these farms often find themselves squeezed by middle merchants and sickened by pesticides; Fair Trade rice—most of which is also organic—protects both workers and the environment.
6. Vanilla — Working with a labor-intensive crop that yields a relatively low harvest, vanilla farmers are hard-hit when their market fluctuates, as it has since environmental disasters at key procuction centers in 2000. TransFair USA began certifying vanilla in 2006, and new Fair Trade Certified™ vanilla ice cream from Ben & Jerry's arrived in supermarkets in January 2007, joining their previous Fair Trade coffee and chocolate flavors.
7. Spices — The European Fair Trade certifying body (FLO) approved standards for Fair Trade spices in 2005. In Europe, products like ginger cookies and lemongrass soap have begun to appear with Fair Trade spices among their ingedients, as hopeful sign for the future of Fair Trade spices in the US.
8. Wine — Introduced to the US market in 2007, Fair Trade wine has been produced in South Africa since 2003, and in Chile and Argentina since 2004. The South African certification process requires vineyard workers to maintain a legally protected minimum 25 percent interest in the winery, in support of the South African government's policies promoting equal land ownerships following Apartheid.
9. Olive oil — The Canaan Fair Trade Association uses the fair trade concept to empower marginalized Palestinian rural communities caught in conflict so they can sustain their livelihoods and culture. Farmers are guaranteed a minimum price, and receivea 10 percent Fair Trade premium above market price, plus a 10 percent organic premium above market price.
10. Sports balls — When the European Fair Trade certification body (FLO) created standards for soccer ball production in 2002, it was the first time a non-agricultural commodity had received certification. Since then, five Pakistani and Thai producers have achieived certification, ensuring that no child lavor is involved, and that workers receive a living wage in a healthy work environment. Look for soccer balls, volley balls, and more, in the National Green Pages™ »
11. Arts and crafts — Producers of unique, handmade, artisanal Fair Trade products like jewelry, baskets, textiles, and other handicrafts belong to trade associations that screen for internationally recognized Fair Trade standards. For example, our ally the Fair Trade Federation links low-income producers with consumer marketers that pledge to: pay fair wages in the local context, support participatory workplaces, ensure environmental sustainability and public accountability, and suppply financial and technical support. Look for Fair Trade craft products in the National Green Pages™ »
12. Coffee — Available since the late 1990s, Fair Trae coffee is the most widespread and recognizable Fair Trade commodity. Currently, it is the fastest-growing segment of the $11 billion US specialty coffee maket, and about 85 percent of Fair Trade coffee is also organic. Look for Fair Trade coffee in the National Green Pages™ »
? Bottled water costs hundreds or thousands of times more than tap water. Compare $0.002 per gallon for most tap water to a range of $0.89 to $8.26 per gallon for bottled waters.
? The Food and Drug Administration regulates only the 30 to 40 percent of bottled water sold across state lines.
? The Environmental Protection Agency requires up to several hundred water tests per month by utility companies while the FDA requires only one water test per week by bottling companies.
? Nearly 40 percent of bottled water is simply filtered or treated tap water.
? U.S. plastic bottle production requires more than 1.5 million barrels of oil annually, enough to fuel 100,000 cars.
? About 86 percent of the empty plastic water bottles in the United States land in the garbage instead of being recycled.
New Food & Water Watch Report Highlights Problems with Bottled Water
Washington, DC - Choosing tap water over bottled water is better for consumers' health, their pocketbooks, and the environment, according to a new report released today by Food & Water Watch. The report is being released on the heals of a San Francisco executive order banning the use of city funds for bottled water and a U.S. Conference of Mayors resolution to study problems with bottled water consumption.
In 2005, Americans spent $8.8 billion for almost 7.2 billion gallons of non-sparkling bottled water. Consumers drank even more in 2006, about 26 gallons per person. The bottled water industry spends billions on advertising that promises purity in a bottle while implying that tap water is somehow less safe, something that is simply not true, according to the report.
"Bottled water generally is no cleaner, or safer, or healthier than tap water. In fact, the federal government requires far more rigorous and frequent safety testing and monitoring of municipal drinking water," said Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter. "Rather than buying into this myth of purity in a bottle, consumers should drink from the tap."
"Utilities all over the country spend millions of dollars to deliver clean, safe, affordable water right to the kitchen sink," said Susan Leal, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission General Manager. "Relying on bottles that use lots of energy to produce and are sometimes trucked or even flown thousands of miles and ultimately become a municipal solid waste problem just makes no sense," concluded Leal.
But just kicking the bottle in favor of the tap is not enough, says Food & Water Watch. Our nation's public water and sewer infrastructure is old and in the coming years will need billions of dollars of investment to maintain and further improve treatment, storage, and distribution. Each year we fall more than $20 billion short of what is needed to maintain our public water and sewage systems.
"It's time for Congress to establish a clean water trust fund that would give communities the financial help they need to invest in healthy and safe drinking water for every American and for future generations," Hauter said.
The United States maintains trust funds for highways, airports, and social security. Providing a dedicated funding stream for national priorities is sound public policy, explained Bill Holman, former executive director of the Clean Water Management Trust Fund and former secretary of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources. "The North Carolina Clean Water Management Trust Fund has sparked innovative, community-based solutions to protect and restore water resources in North Carolina. A national clean water trust fund would provide similar benefits," said Holman.
Food & Water Watch is encouraging consumers to Take Back the Tap by choosing tap water over bottled water whenever possible and supporting increased funding for safe and affordable public tap water.
I love You Food, I Thank You Food, I Respect You Food - I love You Water, I Thank You Water, I Respect You Water - I love You Air, I Thank You Air, I Respect You Air.
Your senator is on an important committee that will vote as early as the first week of June on whether to fund a new type of nuclear bomb intended to replace the entire U.S. nuclear arsenal. This new bomb is costly, unnecessary, and provocative, as it could lead to the resumption of nuclear testing. Write today and urge your senator to oppose funding this needless new bomb, speak out against it, and instead support a full re-assessment of U.S. nuclear weapons policy.
Sean Meyer National Field Organizer UCS Global Security Program
Subject: Oppose Funding for New Nuclear Weapons
I urge you, as a member of the Senate Energy & Water Appropriations subcommittee, to oppose funding for the so-called Reliable Replacement Warhead (RRW) program. The administration's own research shows that the current U.S. nuclear arsenal is safe and highly reliable. The United States does not need new nuclear bombs, but the RRW program tells the world that we do, undermining U.S. efforts to stop the spread of nuclear weapons. The proposed RRW program makes little technical sense, particularly as a recent independent study found that the critical plutonium components of U.S.warheads are reliable for at least 85 years. Instead, we need a fundamental re-assessment of the future of our nuclear arsenal.
This spring, former Senator Sam Nunn testified that the RRW will be "misunderstood by our allies, exploited by our adversaries, complicate our work to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons, and make resolution of the Iran and North Korea challenges all the more difficult." Like Senator Nunn, I believe that the U.S. Congress should instead embrace the vision of a "world free of nuclear weapons."
I urge you to oppose funding for the RRW and to support a fundamental review of U.S. nuclear weapons policy.
Join us for upcoming freegan events, trash tours and meetings
Call Janet at (347)724-6954 or email Madeline at<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>email@example.com with questions on any event. Events that don't list a fee and don't mention the organizing group are free and are organized by Freegan.info.
Every Wednesday and Saturday * Freegan bike repair workshop Learn how to turn found bike parts into working bicycles. And build your own bike. For more info, call Christian at (917) 582-9010. Media reps are welcome on Wednesdays, but Saturdays are media free. When & Where? Starting at 6:00 pm on Wednesdays, going until at least 9:00 pm, and from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm Saturdays. 327 West 36th St. bet. 8th & 9th Aves (look for open door and bike stuff at entrance).
Saturday, March 31 to Monday, April 2 * Brooklyn ewaste recycling If you're in Brooklyn, bike your ewaste over to this recycling event sponsored by the <http://freegan.info/www.lesecologycenter.org>Lower East Side Ecology Center. When and Where? J. J. Byrne Park on Saturday, March 31 and Sunday, April 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. , and Monday, April 2 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The park is on the northwest corner of 5th Avenue and 4th Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Thursday, April 5 * Freegan Meeting and Trash Tour Join us for a meeting to plan upcoming freegan events and outreach. After, we will explore the area's wasted food and other goods. The meeting is not open to media, but the tour that follows is open to media that have scheduled in advance. (We recommend scheduling at least one month in advance). When & Where? Meet at 7:30pm at Green Pea deli at 435 5th Avenue between 38th and 39th Streets. To come just for the tour, meet us at 9:30pm in front of the grocery on 38th Street and 3rd Avenue.
Thursday, April 12 * Freegan Forum Join a panel of freegans to learn strategies to limit our involvement in the mass production oriented, industrial capitalist economy, and live in ways that sustain our planet's ecosystems, foster community, allow us to reclaim our time. and and provide access to vital resources regardless of means. When & Where? 7-9pm, 66 West 12th St (The New School, Lang Cafeteria, Room 100). Trash tour to follow, exploring the needless waste of useable resources by retail stores and reclaiming goods for practical use.
Thursday, April 19 * Freegan Meeting and Trash Tour Join us to plan upcoming freegan events and outreach. After, we will explore the area's wasted food and other goods. The meeting and trash tour are NOT open to media. When and Where? Meet at 7:30pm at Regale deli in the rear seating area. Regale is on 5th Avenue between 15th and 16th Streets. To come just for the tour, meet us at the deli at 9:30pm.
Saturday, April 21 * Eco-Fair in Park Slope, Brooklyn Want to celebrate Earth Day but New York's official events have gotten too corporate? Join Recycle This! and a number of grassroots ecology groups for an Eco-Fair and Recycle In in Brooklyn, in conjunction with Park Slope Civic Council's Spring Fling/Clean Sweep and family oriented events by Park Slope Parents. Activities include electronics recycling with Per Scholas, composting, a seed swap, textile recycling, a solar display and music. Food by Freegan.info. When & Where? 11am-4pm, Old Stone House/J.J. Byrne Park space (5th Avenue between 3rd & 4th Streets), Brooklyn
Thursday, April 26 * Trash Tour Join us as we collect the discarded quality products that stores throw out. We give advice on how to salvage these goods and comment on the reasons for such waste. We will also collect food for our monthly feast to be held the next night. The tour is open to media that have scheduled in advance. (We recommend scheduling at least one month in advance) When & Where? Meet us at 9:30pm in front of the grocery on 38th Street and 3rd Avenue.
Friday, April 27th: Freegan Feast Be prepared to share in the food preparation and then in the good company of a group of diverse and interesting people who care about each other and about change. When & Where? RSVP to find out location. Help cook at 5:30pm & eat at 8. Due to limited space, please call Janet to RSVP between one week and one day before the event. 347-724-6954.
COMPUTER AND ELECTRONICS RECYCLING <http://www.perscholas.org/>Per Scholas is a recycling facility in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx that allows individuals to drop off up to five pieces of residential computer and electronic equipment. Keyboards, mice and speakers are not included in the count. A monetary donation is required for the six through Nth piece. They cannot accept TVs that contain wood since they cannot recycle organic matter. They accept residential equipment Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
WEEKLY BIKE REPAIR WORKSHOPS Organized and hosted by TIMES UP!,49 East Houston (between Mott and Mulberry), in the basement workshop. LADIES' BICYCLE REPAIR NIGHT: Every Monday, 6:30 p.m. No previous experience with bicycle repair required or expected. BIKE REPAIR WORKSHOPS: Every Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. Come learn how to fix bikes, do simple maintenance and tune-ups at the bike mechanic skill share. FIX YOUR BIKE WORKSHOP: Every Thursday, 6:30 p.m. Share skills with other cyclists while you fix up your own bike. For more information about events at Time's Up!, visit <http://www.times-up.org/calendar/calendar.php>http://www.times-up.org/calendar/calendar.php
WILD FOOD TOURS "Wildman" Steve Brill holds frequent tours where you can learn to find and harvest wild growing plants for food and medicine Fee is $12 ($6 for children under 12), sliding scale. No one is ever turned away for lack of funds. Tours this month in the NYC area are: 4/1 in Central Park; 4/7 in Prospect Park, Brooklyn; 4/14 in Central Park; 4/21 in Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan; 4/22 in Forest Park, Kew Gardens, Queens. Check the details and sign up at <http://wildmanstevebrill.com/>http://wildmanstevebrill.com/ or call (914) 835-2153.
GRUB COMMUNITY BUILDING MEAL 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month. A mostly freegan dinner for strangers and co-conspirators in a relaxed environment. There is no charge but donations are requested. Organized by In Our Hearts and Toy Shop collectives; at Rubulad, 338 Flushing Avenue(between Classon & Taaffe - near the Navy Yard) in Brooklyn. 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month. Doors open 6:30; dinner around 7:00. More info at <http://www.toyshopcollective.com/grub.html>http://www.toyshopcollective.com/grub.html
Freegan Forum A Discussion on Sustainable Living Beyond Capitalism
When: April 12th 7-9pm (at 9PM we'll begin a walking tour of the useable retail waste of the West Village). Where: The New School, Enter at 66 West 12th Street (East of 6th av), Manhattan Sign in, go through courtyard to Lang Cafeteria (Room 100) Additional Info: Call (347) 724-6954 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Admission is free & Freegan refreshments will be provided! Of ten misunderstood to mean simply dumpster diving for food, freeganism is a holistic philosophy and way of living based on deliberate non-participation in the capitalist economy through labor or spending.
Join Freegan.info for an introduction to freeganism, addressing questions including: * What is freeganism? * Do "fair trade", "organic", "vegan" and other "responsible shopping" standards go far enough? * What is the connection between waste, hunger, globalization, and environmental destruction? * What is "planned obsolesence" how do freegans challenge this cynical marketing strategy? * Is it possible to live without participating in capitalism? * What are mutual aid and gift economics, and how do they relate to freeganism? * What are the common practices of the freegan lifestyle? * Is freeganism just a lifestyle esthetic or a strategy for revolutionary change? * Can freeganism easy the transition to a post-petroleum society? * Does freeganism provide a provide a strategy for meeting people's needs and challenging the capitalist myth of scarcity in a class-based society where so many are deprived of daily necessities? * What are current projects and activities in NYC that reflect a freegan ethic? Sponsored by Freegan.info and the New School's Direct Action Networking Collective. To learn more about freeganism, visit <http://www.freegan.info/>www.freegan.info.
Local Harvest lists almost 10,000 farmers' markets, cooperative grocery stores, restaurants and retailers that provide locally-grown, organic produce to consumers. It's one of the best tools online for helping you find these important resources near you. Buying your food locally or regionally cuts down on the amount of energy consumed to transport your food, supports your local economy, and can provide you and your family with safer, fresher foods. Make a New Year's resolution for 2007 to put a special effort towards buying local. Learn more here:http://www.localharvest.org/
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