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Will this copper bracelet turn my wrist green?

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Extreme Green - Our son’s Nikolas wrist while testing for his finals.

Extreme Green – Our son’s Nikolas wrist while testing for his finals.

The answer is: “Perhaps, since it depends on the PH of your skin.”

The green marks are more likely to happen when we are stressed and therefore our sweat is more acidic. The extra acid dissolves more copper than we can absorb and the excess accumulates under the bracelet.

Copper is an essential mineral that is absorbed through the skin and this natural invisible process becomes visible when we experience physical, emotional or mental stress.

This ability to be an early stress indicator is one of the reasons that copper has been worn for ages around the world. Copper marks can easily be washed away, or you may try taking a nap and awake to discover that the green was absorbed while you rested.

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The Dangers of Curing Arthritis

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We regularly monitor scientific reports from around the world on treatments for arthritis, specially those involving copper bracelets since that is our trade. In our research we found: The Borax Conspiracy – How the Arthritis Cure has been Stopped, by Walter Last – www.health-science-spirit.com/borax.htm

Dr. Rex Newnham

This article tells the story of Dr. Rex Newnham from Perth, Australia who found a natural way to cure arthritis but was suppressed by the establishment as soon it became popular.  Dr. Newnham found a resistance to his cure similar to what copper researchers are finding today.

In the 1960′s Rex Newnham, Ph.D., D.O., N.D, developed arthritis. At that time he was a soil and plant scientist in Perth, Western Australia. Conventional drugs did not help, so he looked for the cause into the chemistry of plants. He realized that plants in that area were rather mineral deficient. Knowing that boron (a.k.a. borax) aids calcium metabolism in plants he decided to try it. He started taking 30 mg of borax a day, and in three weeks all pain, swelling and stiffness had disappeared.

Some people with arthritis followed his example and were delighted as they improved.  Dr. Newnham told public health and medical school authorities about his discovery but they were not interested. Others were scared to take something with a poison label on the container and meant to kill insects. Eventually he had tablets made with a safe and effective quantity of borax.

Within five years and only by word of mouth Dr. Newnham was selling 10,000 bottles a month so he asked a drug company to market it. That was a major mistake since the drug company indicated that this new product would replace more expensive drugs and reduce their profits. They had representatives on government health committees and arranged that in 1981 Australia instituted a regulation that declared boron and its compounds to be poisons in any concentration. Dr. Newnham was fined $1000 for selling a poison, and this action successfully stopped his arthritis cure from spreading in Australia.

Undeterred by his prohibition to market his discovery, Dr. Newnham continued with his research and published several scientific papers on borax and arthritis. One was a double-blind trial in the mid 1980′s at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, which showed that 70% of those who completed the trial were greatly improved. Only 12% improved when on placebo. There were no negative side-effects, but some reported that their heart ailment had also improved, and there was better general health and less tiredness.

Most of his later research was devoted to the relationship between soil boron levels and arthritis. He found, for instance that the traditional sugarcane islands, due to long-term heavy use of fertilizers, have very low soil-boron levels. Jamaica has the lowest level and arthritis rates are there about 70%. He noted that even most dogs were limping. An interesting comparison is between Indian and native Fijians. The Indians are estimated to have an arthritis rate of about 40% and eat much rice grown with fertilizer while the native Fijians with an estimated arthritis rate of 10% eat mainly starchy root vegetables grown privately without fertilizer.


Arthritis and Rheumatism Natural Therapy Research Association (England)Founder and President
Rex Newnham, Ph.D., D.O., N.D. was born in 1920 in New Zealand and then moved on to Australia. He served six years war service in the Middle East and New Guinea, rising to rank of Captain. His work was to ensure safety of ammunition and bomb disposal. After WWII, he married and studied of medicine in Melbourne, Australia. He had to quit after 2-1/2 years, working as a carpenter building houses. In 1950 Dr. Newnham taught science, chemistry, agricultural botany and soil science, while studying for a science degree majoring in botany. In 1964 he found that boron would heal his arthritis, and also that of others. Retired from teaching in 1978, he studied naturopathy, homeopathy and nutrition, and set up practice in Melbourne, where he organized double blind hospital trials to test the boron tablets on others. Because of hostility toward his non-patented discoveries, Dr. Newnham moved to New Zealand from whence he also started his epidemiological research, traveling nine times around the world to test and correlate minerals, including boron, in soils and relate them to degree of arthritis in the related population.
Having established a significant positive correlation between lack of boron in soil and food plants grown in the same soil, and increasing incidence of arthritis, Dr. Newnham moved to England, earned a Ph.D. in Nutrition in London in 1990, and now serves to guide people with arthritis and other diseases. (See Dr. Newnham’s book,
Away With Arthritis), available through this foundation, and the article “Boron and Arthritis”. His findings have been accepted worldwide by the vast majority of physicians dedicated to the practice of complementary and alternative medicine.

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Rethinking Money – How complementary currencies provide us new choices to pay our bills.

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Last March 12, at the Institute of Noetic Sciences in Petaluma, California, we hosted two remarkable speakers, Irish journalist Jacqui Dunne, and Belgian central banker Bernard Lietaer. They are the co-authors of Rethinking Money, How New Currencies Turn Scarcity into Prosperity.  Together they have over 50 years of experience thinking about this most human invention we call money, and Bernard is the person most credited for designing the Euro in the 1990’s. Their entire Rethinking Money presentation can be seen here.

Jacqui and Bernard reported that the two centuries-old monopoly central bankers have in issuing money is ending, and this transition will become obvious as governments start accepting the new currencies for payment of taxes.  If you think this is an outrageous claim, please think again. The descendants of the creative Greeks that inspired our democratic system are busy launching new local currencies, and their cash strapped authorities are considering accepting them in payment of local taxes. Here is a short BBC News clip on this.

While Europe is thinking about it, a complementary currency is already being accepted for the payment of taxes in South America, where the economic crisis started at least a decade earlier. The pioneer currency is called C3 and is being used in Uruguay and Brazil.  Last year, at the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto, California, the Uruguayan currency designer Camilo Ramada gave a presentation on how C3 works.

Jacqui Dunne and Bernard Lietaer presenting at IONS

In his talk, Bernard also recognized initiatives to improve the present system, like the efforts of the Public Banking Institute. Last April, the institute’s founder, attorney Ellen Brown, made a presentation at TEDx Silicon Valley: From Scarcity to Abundance–Re-imagining Money. Last year’s PBI convention was in Philadelphia and one of its presentations went viral, a moving short lecture by Canadian student Victoria Grant.  PBI’s next national convention will be this June 2-4 in San Rafael, California: Public Banking 2013, Funding the New Economy.

Surprising many participants, Jacqui and Bernard predicted during their presentation that in the near future most of us will have many options to settle our purchases, and that we will often use specialized currencies to do it because they will be more convenient than paying in US Dollars.  Far fetched?  Well, not really. At SergioLub.com we have been accepting commercial barter at our online shopping cart for years.   Customers that belong to one of our barter clubs can pay for our jewelry in trade credits as easily as they pay with credit cards.  My family and I did a quick inventory and we found out that we are using already at least 15 complementary currencies to pay our bills with:  Thankyous (used online since 1999, Thankyous are the mutual credit units used in the Friendly Favors network) + Credit Card Points through Capital One + 5 Commercial Barter Networks (Itex.com, Bizx.com, Irta.org, Ces.org.za and our newest local system: Bay-Bucks.com) + 8 Frequent Flier Programs (American, United, Southwest, Northwest, Delta, Air Canada, Virgin Atlantic and Continental).

Sergio Lub, Jacqui Dunne, Gaye Lub & Bernard Lietaer

With the many ways we have now to procure airline tickets, top hotels and great meals at local restaurant without using US Dollars it is clear that Jacqui and Bernard’s prediction is realistic and it proves once again what William Gibson said: “The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed.”

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Copper-Gold Nanoparticles Convert CO2 into Fuel

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ScienceDaily (Apr. 11, 2012) — Copper — the stuff of pennies and tea kettles — is also one of the few metals that can turn carbon dioxide into hydrocarbon fuels with relatively little energy. When fashioned into an electrode and stimulated with voltage, copper acts as a strong catalyst, setting off an electrochemical reaction with carbon dioxide that reduces the greenhouse gas to methane or methanol.

Various researchers around the world have studied copper’s potential as an energy-efficient means of recycling carbon dioxide emissions in powerplants: Instead of being released into the atmosphere, carbon dioxide would be circulated through a copper catalyst and turned into methane — which could then power the rest of the plant. Such a self-energizing system could vastly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired and natural-gas-powered plants.

But copper is temperamental: easily oxidized, as when an old penny turns green. As a result, the metal is unstable, which can significantly slow its reaction with carbon dioxide and produce unwanted byproducts such as carbon monoxide and formic acid.

Now researchers at MIT have come up with a solution that may further reduce the energy needed for copper to convert carbon dioxide, while also making the metal much more stable. The group has engineered tiny nanoparticles of copper mixed with gold, which is resistant to corrosion and oxidation. The researchers observed that just a touch of gold makes copper much more stable. In experiments, they coated electrodes with the hybrid nanoparticles and found that much less energy was needed for these engineered nanoparticles to react with carbon dioxide, compared to nanoparticles of pure copper.

A paper detailing the results will appear in the journal Chemical Communications; the research was funded by the National Science Foundation. Co-author Kimberly Hamad-Schifferli of MIT says the findings point to a potentially energy-efficient means of reducing carbon dioxide emissions from powerplants.
Reprinted from materials provided by Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The original article was written by Jennifer Chu.

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