by William Olkowski, PhD 10.1.12

The outside of the box,

The unexpected,

The black swan,

The unknown to be known.

When will it strike?

Will I find it?

And what will I do with it?


Maybe it’s already here.

Lurking, waiting to jump in.

It could be a car accident.

A new friend,

An old friend,

Something new,

Something blue,


Something special?

Let’s hope.



Infectious Disease Update – from CDC newsletters, 5.18.12

MRSA News – for Background see my book review on blog: search for MRSA.


New article from CDC newsletter: Some trends show decreases but its still present and serious and now the learning edge is the community acquired infections.

Trends in Invasive Infection with Methicillin-ResistantStaphylococcus aureus, Connecticut,USA, 2001–2010

A summary of data from 2005, the first full year of EIP invasive disease surveillance, was published in 2007 and revealed the full magnitude of invasive MRSA in the United States: ≈94,360 persons had invasive infections in 2005, and 18,650 patients died while hospitalized (12). This study also demonstrated that most MRSA infections (85%) were health care–associated, with 69% occurring in the community rather than in the hospital.

Excerpts from:

In contrast, controlling community strains that occur outside the hospital is not as easy. Although proactive control efforts in institutions, including correctional facilities and sports facilities, should minimize the potential for institutional outbreaks, much community transmission occurs outside such settings. Thus, one could expect the sustained prevalence and continued transmission of community strains in the community with regular introduction in proportion to their incidence into health care settings and that their proportion of all MRSA infections would increase.


Report on Rhickettsia in dogs inLouisiana



The association between companion animals and tick-borne rickettsial disease has long been recognized and can be essential to the emergence of rickettsioses. We tested whole blood from dogs in temporary shelters by using PCR for rickettsial infections. Of 93 dogs, 12 (13%) were positive for Rickettsia parkeri, an emerging tick-borne rickettsiosis.

Tick-borne spotted fever group (SFG) rickettsioses are maintained in tick populations through vertical transmission of the rickettsial agent and horizontal transmission among vectors by a vertebrate host. Companion animals, specifically dogs, can serve as vertebrate hosts for arthropod vectors and SFG rickettsia (1), as shown by a report of a Rickettsia parkeri–infected dog in South America (2). Likewise, cases of rickettsioses in humans have been associated with cases in companion animals (3). Because of a substantial increase in tick-borne rickettsial diseases in the past decade, much effort has been directed to identifying the rickettsial agents present in ticks (4). On the basis of findings from field surveys of rickettsial infections in ticks and characterization of rickettsioses in humans, most cases of what is considered Rocky Mountain spotted fever, a disease caused by R. rickettsii, are likely caused by infections with rickettsial species other than R. rickettsii (5).


Info on Whooping cough


Bordetella pertussis, the causative agent of whooping cough, continues to circulate among children and adolescents even in regions with high vaccine coverage. Antimicrobial drug treatment contributes substantially to controlling transmission of the disease. In France, the treatment of choice is clarithromycin or azithromycin, which eliminate the bacterium from the respiratory tract of the infected patient and their close contacts (1). To date, erythromycin resistance in B. pertussis has been described only in the United States (24). The erythromycin-resistant B. pertussis isolates in theUnited States carry an A-to-G transition at nucleotide position 2047 of the 23S rRNA gene, in a region critical for erythromycin binding.


Iatrogenic Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, Final Assessment


The era of iatrogenic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) has nearly closed; only occasional cases with exceptionally long incubation periods are still appearing. The principal sources of these outbreaks are contaminated growth hormone (226 cases) and dura mater grafts (228 cases) derived from human cadavers with undiagnosed CJD infections; a small number of additional cases are caused by neurosurgical instrument contamination, corneal grafts, gonadotrophic hormone, and secondary infection with variant CJD transmitted by transfusion of blood products. No new sources of disease have been identified, and current practices, which combine improved recognition of potentially infected persons with new disinfection methods for fragile surgical instruments and biological products, should continue to minimize the risk for iatrogenic disease until a blood screening test for the detection of preclinical infection is validated for human use.


Detection of European Strain of Echinococcus multilocularis in North America

To the Editor: In 2009, an alveolar hydatid cyst, the intermediate stage of the cestode Echinococcus multilocularis, was detected in the liver of a dog from Quesnel, British Columbia (BC), Canada (1), 600 km west of the nearest known record of this parasite in central North America (Figure). Alveolar hydatid cysts normally occur in rodent intermediate hosts. However, humans can serve as aberrant intermediate hosts; cysts generally originate in the liver and, in about one third of cases, metastasize throughout the body (2). Detection of the larval stage of this pathogen in an unusual host in a new geographic region required application of multiple molecular epidemiologic techniques to determine if this was range expansion of a native strain or introduction of a new strain of veterinary and public health concern. end


JUST THINK by Robert Service


Just think! some night the stars will gleam
Upon a cold, grey stone,
And trace a name with silver beam,
And lo! ’twill be your own.

That night is speeding on to greet
Your epitaphic rhyme.
Your life is but a little beat
Within the heart of Time.

A little gain, a little pain,
A laugh, lest you may moan;
A little blame, a little fame,
A star-gleam on a stone.



Comment on Just Think, by W.O. 5.4.12

Apparently I am doing one of the things other people have done for bereavement – write about it.  Except now I also share it with you.  That is if you are interested in the subject.  I put the poem up front to entertain you, sort of like they do now in between a streaming bit for Jon Stewart’s program replays.  I love Jon Stewart because I get more political information that is easy to receive his way than from the newspapers, and even the web, which I think is the greatest thing since mother’s milk.  But I get the same irritation I felt in the last years of viewing TV with interruptions for bad products that I don’t want, nor will ever need.  We gave that up maybe 40 years ago.  That was a requirement if I was to live with Helga.  It was easy to give up as we always had our gardens, chickens, and lots to do.  She never watched TV, but I saw my first TV in 1948 and was captured.  That’s a tangent, maybe I should invent a symbol to warn and provide so as to not interrupt the main story.  That’s something to think about, but nobody would know unless I told them and that would be mostly too much.  I get gobs of ideas when stoned, but must weed them before presenting them publically.  Later we used DVD’s while traveling, mainly because they had no advertizing breaks to disrupt the story being presented.

But I think Just Think is a great poem because it’s short, easy to memorize and carries a good thought to remind you of your mortality without a religious connection.  I think the Catholics, or maybe it was a cultural thing about Polish people, or maybe my mother was the problem – it seems – she was always thinking about death.  Maybe growing up during WWII did it.  Religion has been one of my bug-a-boos for many years.  But just now I realized one of the great services religions offer comes at the death of someone close.  It provides a sort of band aid to cover the cut from the loss, talking away your responsibility for your own emotions, unfortunately.  After all, when the well ups come they are involuntary, tiny little surprises which take away your speech.  I warn my friends that this may happen as I am mostly concerned about embarrassing them.

Just Think is by Robert Service who I was introduced to me by my first major professor back inDelaware, Paul Catts.  He knew the poem The Shooting of Dan McGrue, that may be spelled wrong.  I enjoyed his recitation so much that I learned that poem and could repeat without review over many years.  It’s a long one.  But now I need a copy, can’t find one, but I did find that all his poetry is on the web.  Incredible!  I will look it up later.  When I first arrived at UC,Berkeley, I went to the library to acquaint myself with what was there.  That was my first blow-out experience at graduate school.  The library was fantastic, big but closed to undergrads for wandering.  That’s unfortunate, but fortunately for me I was a graduate and was allowed to wander in the stacks. and they had maybe 15 of his books.  He had a great life and everywhere he went he wrote poems and even a few novels which I may look into now that I can access them on the web.  In my book searches to clean out the house I ran into a single volume of his poetry but nothing I was familiar with.  It was a volume I put next to the bed to read someday.  It seems that day has arrived and I don’t like the few I examined.  But that one above was another favorite.  I could see that star beam and knew there might be a stone for me, but the idea was get busy and live and keep on living because it’s over too quickly.  Helga proves that.

But Robert Service had a flair for rhyming that the “real” academic and big time poets, whoever they may were, dismissed him as trite, a rhymer, or worse.  So Service never got big kudos, but just became wealthy from his best selling books.  That’s too bad for him, no Nobel prizes.  It’s those rhyming words at the end of his lines that are the fun, but who does not like The Shooting of Dan McGrue?  There s another by him that comes to mind that is similar.  Both have a lightness, and tell a tale about theYukondays with its craze for gold.  This other poem is called the Cremation of Sam MeGee which goes like this at the start: (good to have a spooky sound background as atmosphere at the start):

Strange things are done neath the midnight sun by the men who moil for gold.

The Arctic trails have their secret tales that will make your blood run cold,

But the strangest I ever did see was the night on the marge ofLakeLeBarge

I cremated Sam MeGee.

The story goes on to tell what happened to Sam and how he was cremated.  Its fun and a tall tale, surely like the entertainment available in bars and saloons before TV.  People used to recite stories and poems, sing and tell tall tales.  It was fun and Robert Service sure captured that life back in theYukondays.  We used to sing similar songs in a saloon in Wilmington that had a barman who would frequently burst into songs like When Irish Eyes Are smiling Its like a Mornin Spring, the Whole World Smiles with You.  That was before Helga, my lonely days on the East Coast.

Poetry went thru a phase freed from the need to rhyme word at each line end and if you study his stuff you can see that he contrived some of the lines to rhyme at the end, sort of like a punch line, but some of the words are “reachers”.  I am making that word up for want of a better one.  A “reacher” is a word either made up, used by the common folk he wrote about, or something old that is no longer used, but he found it because he was looking for a word to match the last word in the last line.  It’s part of designing a certain type of poem.  Now one seeks to rhyme by a cadence while telling a story.  The ending rhyme words are no longer in style.  It must be why some writers are so popular, they have a special cadence.  Hemingway is like that.

Reacher words to reach but don’t really fit except for the rhyme.  But it could be a word for me to look up sometimes, too as my vocabulary was greatly diminished, or maybe enhanced by science words and styles of writing.  I never before took the time to ramble like this before, so that’s a good thing.  Reading his rhymes is like playing with a real scrabble player.  These people have special dictionaries full of wild small words so they could do better at the game.  That’s a part of the society we live in that I like.  I am working on some sort of old age program to avoid becoming an old grouch. Fukushimais destroying this plan, but I will slug on anyway with one eye to the worlds problems.

I was always this way – carrying a bit of the world around.  Like the famous god  Sisyphus rolling his stone up the hill only to have it roll back when he gets to the top, and then he starts over.   There was more to my madness however, as I had an idea that for career development one positions him/herself between a human problem area and the rest of the world.  In this sort of space jobs are available and if there are none yet known one can always invent a position.  That was not a spurious thought but one I dwelled on during my search for a career – that’s a big story for some other time.  That’s what Helga and I did with our careers: made up an Institute, we called it The BioIntegral Resource Center, its still going under other management.  Its still a non-profit helping to reduce pesticide us.  See our website:



From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

For other uses, see Sisyphus (disambiguation).

Persephone supervising Sisyphus in the UnderworldAttica black-figureamphora (vase), ca. 530 BC, Staatliche Antikensammlungen museum (Inv. 1494)

In Greek mythology Sisyphus ( /sɪsɪˈfʌs/;[1] Greek: Σίσυφος, Sísyphos) was a king punished by being compelled to roll an immense boulder up a hill, only to watch it roll back down, and to repeat this action forever.

The word “sisyphean” means “endless and unavailing, as labor or a task”.[2]


Enough about the poetry, but it creates some new personal foci for the healing process.  That’s a good word as I have been damaged by a loss.  Vic Baranco, according to Helga, called such experiences Loss of Stable Data.  You have a routine developed and then it is smashed.  The speed of the smash and loss is directly proportional to its impact.  Fortunately, Helga waited to die until I  really knew she was going.  And I could help her pass as all the nice people who came to help me say.

I mentioned Vic in my last note in regard to the sexual/sensuality class Helga and I met in and later taught.  Vic was called in frequently as a crisis interventionist when certain psychiatrists’ in the SF Bay Area had a special problem case.  He was called in by parents of Helga’s former husband, Bill Cassidy, when he went nuts, started breaking things, setting fires, etc.  Helga and Bill were partners in a puppet theater called The Berkeley Puppeteers.  There’s a story there too but it can wait.

Helga came out toCaliforniawith another guy she married after graduating fromBarnardCollegeinNew York Cityto continue studying Chinese at UC, Berkeley.  Many stories there too.  But she had a baby with this guy who turned out to have serious mental problems as did her boy as he grew older.  He left her a few weeks after the birth and was never seen until 10 years after we met.  She was over him by then and didn’t feel anything.  He actually gave us a wedding party and we and his new wife went on our honeymoon toMexicotogether.  If we were going to drive toMexicoothers could drive as I did our driving.  She could not drive very well, got too nervous and made silly mistakes.  I couldn’t take her driving.  He was nice as long as he took his meds.  His wife we are still friends with.  Her daughter with him is in many ways just like Helga’s boy.  Genetics is powerful in setting up some maladies.

We lived with her son from that marriage for 22 years and finally I threw him out.  I did it because he was a most angry and critical person who never said anything good about anybody and all the problems in his life were caused by others, and he loved to sue people.  He certainly was mentally capable, being a sort of genius, but most difficult to live with.  He got a chemical engineering degree fromCAL(=UC, Berkeley), which is an accomplishment.  They had a special program for dyslexic people, giving them more time for tests.  Lots of dyslexics are unusual, creates some great things, but we did not want him in our life.  It saddened Helga every time we had contact with him.  Somehow I thought she blamed herself for something.  She sure loved him when he was little.  Little boys and girls are made for loving, even baby animals are all lovely, even baby alligators.

I class him as a sociopath but He would not seek help and despised anyone suggesting he needed help.  He was without real violence, although he threatened to kill me one time which was a fright.  But the real killers don’t talk about it, they just do it.  And mental disease is hard to diagnose, after all there is no external damage visible.


Ok now I can look over the silly sories of religions with their fantastic claims, after all they provide solace.  So that could be why we still maintain them – for they served us in the past.   Such social institutions, although they may carry good information across generations as the theory goes, still can serve a useful function.  And that is my best rationalization for religion.  Perhaps the death of Helga is mellowing me because I can see unconsciousness can work on consciousness without a rational direction.  In fact, it could be a good thing to mellow myself, that’s me talking to me.  But I don’t encumber myself with religion now that I have shucked off the beliefs that held me when young.  Did they ever hold me?

Well that’s the ramble for today.  I intend to continue, hope it remains interesting.

World Population Update

The Population Institute





Fact Sheets

The subject of population touches upon a wide variety of human interests from reproductive rights to economic development to a sustainable world.  For a quick overview, see Why Population Matters.

Family Planning and Reproductive Health

Population and Failing States

Failing nations, almost without exception, have high population growth rates. Foreign Policy and the Fund for Peace publish an annual ranking of failed states. All of the top ten countries in the 2009 Failed States Index have total fertility rates (the average number of children born by a woman over her lifetime) substantially higher than the global average (2.6). Six of them had TFRs of 5.0 or higher. High fertility rates are often associated with high maternal and infant mortality rates. Early teenage pregnancy and unhealthy birth spacing, in particular, are associated with poor health outcomes for mothers and infants. High population growth rates may make it more difficult for failing states to provide adequate schooling, nutrition, immunization, and other essential services. Population pressures can also lead to environmental degradation, food insecurity, and even conflict.

Sustainable World Initiative 

Reason, Religion and Ecology

Reason, Religion and Ecology

by William Olkowski, 10.25.12

Reason is based on linking evidence to form an explanation.  There is no evidence that a god exists.  There are no answers to prayers, there is no being ever seen or heard.  The Universe may be infinite but no one knows for sure, but its much greater than any religion ever said.  The big bang is only one explanation for how the universe was created.  Astronomers and now physicists are finding evidence that may point to still other explanations.  That’s the nature of science, theories explain facts until new facts are not explainable with the earlier theory.  Science is a continuous discovery process.  Religion, in contrast, offers no evidence, and assumes mythical beings exists who no one has ever seen or perceived.  Its a static view which cannot be challenged.

There may be new explanations for the construction of the Universe, but they will not ever be supernatural as claimed by religion.  Religion and science cannot coexist in explaining natural phenomena, with one exception, the study of hallucinations induced by propaganda and repetition, particularly on young forming individuals before they have the capacity for critical thinking.  And no church teaches critical thinking.

So Where Does Religion Improve Civilization?

So far religions of the world, the traditional religions, for example, Christianity, Jewdacism, Islam, Hinduism, seem just ways to divide up humanity for competition and yet they carry useful historical information and all have their different, but overlapping, rules for living.  Even the schisms within the particular religions have led to competition which easily escalates into violence.  Scientific cosmology differs significantly with all these religions so could unite humanity by providing a common cosmology.   But this idea is resisted almost universally by those who carry past traditions as a prerequisite for their particular constellation of  beliefs and myths.

Science does not care directly for the poor as do many religions, yet is this not just a recruitment strategy.  Feed them and convert them to my belief system.  Still, there is some relief to misery and suffering, which should be the goal of all belief systems, right?  I wish it were so stated but alas, this idea does not resonate in any religion unless one sees Buddhism as a religion.  It, however, seems a bridge between philosophy and a religion, rather than just a religion.  Maybe my definition of a religion is limited by the nature of my knowledge of the major religions.

This could be so as I grew out of Catholicism into science as a belief system.

The pageantry, songs, myths, art, and architecture derived from the religions seem a statement of belief adorned by the imagination, which is truly amazing with one exception.  The exception is major, however.  Does art serve recruitment and maintenance of control over people, or does it truly elevate people to perform noble deeds?  Does science do this, in contrast?  At times I wonder, considering how scientists serve the military, giant corporations who ruin the biosphere and exploit natural resources without consideration of the future.

Maybe science and religion both carry reflections of the good and the bad of human nature and what we as humans must do is evolve first in our knowledge and place our history in perspective to this knowledge.

What Kind of Knowledge Could Unite Humanity?

Humans are animals and share many characteristics with animals, plants and microbes.  To deny this is to deny our senses, our historical record and all the recent knowledge derived from the last 100 or so years of biological knowledge.  Science is broad and encompasses biological information, but biological knowledge goes beyond just science in the traditional meanings of science.  The growth of scientific knowledge has arisen from the physical to the biological which truly dominates all knowledge now as we have come to understand how the Biosphere functions and how we fit into the Biosphere.

Ecological Awareness Could Unite Humanity

Ecology is the study of how life interrelates with non-life.  The Biosphere encompasses all life, for this discussion, life on Earth.  This life is derived from the non-living components of the planet with some regular inputs from the cosmos.  We are really made of star dust as Neal Tyson so poetically portrays humans.  We are made of the same elements we find in stars as judged by our knowledge of how different elements affect light which reaches us across immense distances and time. This awareness is the output of human discoveries in astronomy, which incidentally, has been obtained by the devoted and expenditure of lives of scientific saints like Galileo who risked their lives and actually gave their lives up for their discovered truths.  This parallels the saints of the traditional religions.

Bismark, the famous German leader, said to unity humans one must influence them to acknowledge a common enemy.  We have this enemy and He is us.  This was the theme of the famous book, Lord of the Flies which was also made into a movie of the same title.

The Enemy is US

Us here is not an abbreviation for the United States as many in the world believe to the point of sacrifice of lives, although they may be justified in this belief by our political/industrial/religious behavior.  We project a violence in all these realms which the world recognizes but which we fail to recognize ourselves.

In the broadest sense the enemy is humanity in its relentless, mindless exploitation of the planets resources to the point of threatening human existence.

Merely  the nuclear arsenals of the world, particularly the arsenal of the United States, threatens the Biosphere.  A mere 100 nuclear bombs could vaporize the living world by shutting out the sun with dirty particles in the atmosphere.  This scenario was developed over 50 years ago and has not yet been internalized into national policies to limit and eliminate nuclear weapons and their supporting electric power generation systems, which number in the hundreds.  Nuclear power is the most dirty of all the power sources available for electric generation, by far.  Just the major waste product, plutonium, with a half life of 24,000 years tells that story.


Population Control is Taboo

Have you recognized that no politician has endorsed any measures to limit  population, with only one exception: China.  China has had a one-child policy for decades now.  Maybe this is because it is not a democracy.  China is a modern day oligarchy, which is defined by rule by an elite.


Oligarchy (from Greek ὀλιγαρχία (oligarkhía); from ὀλίγος (olígos), meaning “a few”, and ἄρχω (archo), meaning “to rule or to command”)[1][2][3]is a form of power structure in which power effectively rests with a small number of people. These people could be distinguished by royalty, wealth, family ties, education, corporate, or military control. Such states are often controlled by a few prominent families who pass their influence from one generation to the next.[citation needed]

Throughout history, oligarchies have been tyrannical (relying on public servitude to exist) or relatively benign. Aristotle pioneered the use of the term as a synonym for rule by the rich,[4] for which the exact term is plutocracy, but oligarchy is not always a rule by wealth, as oligarchs can simply be a privileged group, and do not have to be connected by bloodlines as in a monarchy.

From Wikipedia


The United States, in contrast to China, is evolving toward an Plutocracy.  Economic power is concentrated in fewer and fewer, almost unknown hands.  The plutocrats are basically unknown.  They exert their power by domination of the political system through public media, with one exception so far: the internet.

If the democracy of the United States’ can be saved from its slide into plutocracy it will be through the internet as the main media sources, TV, newspapers and publishing are all now dominated by personal and corporate bodies.  These, in turn, manipulate the government through political appointments over the civil service, judicial and executive branches, even the military, now transformed into a mercenary institution.  This is, and was, done by domination of the electoral processes, including districting, methods of voting, methods of debating issues and policies, electoral college, and advertizing expenditures.  This has created a military/industrial complex previously warned about by D.W. Eisenhower in his parting speech.


Democracy is a form of government in which all eligible citizens have an equal say in the decisions that affect their lives. Democracy allows people to participate equally—either directly or through elected representatives—in the proposal, development, and creation of laws. It encompasses social, economic and cultural conditions that enable the free and equal practice of political self-determination.

The term originates from the Greek: δημοκρατία (dēmokratía) “rule of the people”,[1] which was coined from δῆμος (dêmos) “people” and κράτος (kratos) “power”, around 400 BCE, to denote the political systems then existing in Greek city-states, notably Athens.

A democratic government contrasts to forms of government where power is either held by one, as in a monarchy, or where power is held by a small number of individuals, as in an oligarchy or aristocracy.  Nevertheless, these oppositions, inherited from Greek philosophy, are now ambiguous because contemporary governments have mixed democratic, oligarchic, and monarchic elements. Karl Popper defined democracy in contrast to dictatorship or tyranny, thus focusing on opportunities for the people to control their leaders and to oust them without the need for a revolution.[2]

Several variants of democracy exist, but there are two basic forms, both of which concern how the whole body of citizens executes its will. One form of democracy is direct democracy, in which citizens have direct and active participation in the decision making of the government. In most modern democracies, the whole body of citizens remain the sovereign power but political power is exercised indirectly through elected representatives; this is called representative democracy. The concept of representative democracy arose largely from ideas and institutions that developed during the European Middle Ages, the Age of Enlightenment, and the American and French Revolutions.[3]

From Wikipedia


The Hope of the Internet

It could all be different, however, if there were a deep and comprehensive attempt at moving toward a true democracy, which could be facilitated by communications across the internet.  But democracy demands a good public educational system as alone, public elections can be dominated by demigods.  G.W. Bush is a good example, with his cadre of psychopaths.

An imagination experiment carries this idea by a universal voting scenario example.  Today it is possible to have all candidates for all elections listed by name and governmental organization.  All funding measures and legal proceedings could be similarly listed with votes tabulated via independent computer systems.  We can, for the most part, now assure most people that voting systems can be made secure, as financial systems make this claim every day.  Sure there will be cheaters but the possibilities are good for universal participation.  All ballots could be available on public and private computer screens, for example, along with a voting system to track votes.


No country has yet instituted such a system but nescient voting and listing systems are in effect, but they are not yet integrated.  The debacle of compromised voting demonstrated so aptly by the plutocratic manipulations which brought us G.W. Bush and the now incessant wars should never be forgotten in pursuit of such a universal voting and electing system.


I still have hopes, although they are tarnished by the presidential election debacle.  How much does your politician cost?


William Olkowski, PhD.


Dr. William Olkowski is a specialist in Integrated Pest Management and Biological Control of Insects and an active Environmentalist, gardener, teacher and perpetual student.

His books include “Common Sense Pest Control” and “The Gardeners Guide to Least Toxic Pest Control” and the Integral Urban House, among others.  His publications include other books, scientific papers, government reports, book reviews, technical pest control manuals, and more extensively, articles in the “IPM Practitioner” and “Common Sense Pest Control Quarterly for over 25 years.” His blog covers book reviews on health, ecology, parasitology, medical entomology, among others, essays, movie reviews, personal poems and rants.  A website includes many of his published scientific papers, paintings, poems, and project reports.   He has consulted with the EPA, NPS, AID, NIH, private businesses and city, county and state agencies about least toxic pest control.  He is familiar with various ecological social organizations from starting non-profit organizations, and is proud of helping to start the first recycling centers in the US, the first ecology center (in Berkeley), and the Farallones Institute, Antioch College West, and a small farm based school for educating disadvantaged young women.  Now based in Santa Barbara, CA, at





by William Olkowski, PhD 10.25.12

Globally, assisted reproductive techniques result in 350,000 babies a year, research shows.

5 million artificial matings worldwide since the first in 1978.  This is a travesty.  When we should be trying to stop unnecessary births we are encouraging people who can’t have a normal fertilization occur to have children.  We should be encouraging people, instead, to adopt children.  And take the resources from the fertility clinics, and put it into contraception aids of all sorts, and aid for people who adopt so they can be better parents.

But I don’t run the world.  I guess it’s not a rational world after all.  But that will not stop me from pushing along what rationality I can muster.


MRSA and GMOs: is There a Connection?

MRSA and GMOs: is There a Connection?

by William Olkowski, PhD


This is a note presenting a hypothesis for further testing and confirmation: that MRSA and GMO’s are linked.

Staphylococcus. aureus is a commensal bacteria found in most people, but with some it gains entry to the blood stream and causes first flu-like symptoms and later full blown fresh eating disease of horrible consequences.  When antibiotics fail to eliminate it the infection it  is called MRSA.  MRSA is short for Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus  Aureus (see Wikipedia for history and background).  Although MRSA was first widely connected to hospitals later it was also found in the community.  Which came first is unknown.  See my book review on MRSA on my blog (

For background information in addition to Wikepedia, check the online textbook of bacteriology at:   Each year, some 500,000 patients in American hospitals contract a staphylococcal infection (1).

I think SA  gains entry to the blood stream regularly through the skin, mucus membranes of the nose and throat, and the alimentary tract but in most people, who are healthier,  it is eliminated by their  immune system.  The standard treatment is a short coarse of antibiotics (ABs) but this does not help many people who have long term infections. Others are treated with ABs and eliminate the infection.  When MRSA was found in the US a few years back, in Europe where all people admitted to hospitals are tested the problem was not as severe..  This occurred because the insurance companies in the US did not want to pay for these simple nose swab and culturing tests.  Consequently the problem became prominent and deadly for many people, surely unnecessary.  Hurrah for the almighty buck and our for-profit health care system.

So there might be some basis for the snake oil treatments of all sorts when faced with an incurable MRSA case.  I don’t know and am not pushing any treatments one way or the other.  I am interested in how the bacteria gains entry to the blood stream.  I learned some valuable lessons when caring for my wife Helga who experienced a stroke which eventually killed her.  Stroke victims are universally susceptible to infections.  With her as my patient I learned  that there is something called Leaky Gut. I learned this by reading and by sending saliva samples for antibody analysis.  Lab results come back showing  she was carrying a wide range of anti bodies to most foods.  I did not believe the results at first, but by rotating diet components and repeated saliva samples and other diet changes we got it under better control – meaning fewer and fewer reactive antibodies where previously there was a reaction.  The number of foods she was allergic to went down slowly, but became greatly reduced.

Enter Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt).

Now comes my latest AHA experience.  Since her death I have become very active in passing Proposition 37 here in CA.  My interest was peaked by Jeffrey Smith’s book: Genetic Roulette.  It’s a great book (see book review on blog) summarizing a huge range of studies implicating GMO altered crops in many maladies.  Now I used Bt for many years and know how it kills certain groups of insects: by disruption of the gut walls which allow a bacterial spore to sporulate, and the combination of the proteinaceous toxin and the sporulating microbe kills the bug.  The protein toxin opens the gut so the spore can gain entry to the blood system.  Used an a traditional spray on insecticide it is a superior product because it is highly selective, not killing natural enemies as most other insecticides and  showed no reactions in human feeding tests.  I treated it as virtually harmless solution.  And it was most helpful in reducing unecessary pesticides.

Now that Bt corn has been secretly introduced into the world’s diet by Monsanto et al, blessed by a dysfunctional and compromised regulatory system (gift from Reagan-Bush), we have been eating Bt toxins for many years.  That is if we were eating the altered foods.  And since we don’t know if we are eating them because they are not labeled it is likely to affect most people.

Monsanto is  the same corporation who gave us agent orange, DDT, the herbicide 2,4-D and now the universal contaminant herbicide glyphosate.  All were declared safe and if not banned contaminate all our bodies, air, water, soils and wildlife.  DDT, for example, banned in 1972 still shows up in large samples of human tissues in the US, particularly in umbilicord samples.  Such umbilicord samples mean the embryo, so sacred to our Republican friends, are subject to its carcinogenetic, teratorgenic, mutagenic and hormone disruptors at very low dosages when the new human is just a single cell or just a bunch of cells.  Its better to be borne crippled than to die in utero, right?  Any takers?

Even a few meals of Bt corn, soybeans, sugar (fr. beets), canola oil, and a few other less common foods, can transfer the Bt genes to human gut flora.  Then the gut flora produces Bt toxins on a continuous basis.  This is not the same thing as spraying a Bt insecticide, no way.


Now comes the flash: Leaky gut in humans may be caused by GMO foods.  If not the principle causes they  can certainly make a bad situation worse.  And that can account for the invasion of a normal commensal,  S. aureus, into the blood stream by gut disruption, the very same method the microbe uses against pest insects.  Most people are healthy enough to regularly round up these critters, but the oldies and compromised don’t have this sort of protection any more.

And the kicker is that we don’t need Bt corn, nor any other GMO foods.  These crops are not higher producers but lead to resistance as pollens carried by the wind distribute them across huge sections of the Biosphere.

Now what do you think of that?  Scares me no end.  We already have many epidemics of flu, other viruses like West Nile Virus,  food borne illness caused by mirobial contamination, neurological problems, the key one of which is electing Reagan, Bush and now Romney is on the way.  I am sad for our country.  And note that 50 other countries have labeling laws and once labeled the foods are not selected and consequently are not grown.  Our agricultural policy goes along with our military policy, and our belief’s in a mythical god who will protect us and save us from ourselves.  I wish it were true.  No wonder much of the world hates us.  Can you connect the dots?

Reference cited:

1)  Bowersox, J.  1999.  “Experimental Staph Vaccine Broadly Protective in Animal Studies”. NIH. Archived from the original on 5 May 2007. Retrieved 28 July 2007. (from wikipedia).





Labeling is a choice for life.

The argument that labeling 80% of processed food already genetically contaminated is too costly is also full of holes.  If California labels; the country will follow.  That pattern is already a fact with other issues.  Waiting for this Congress and others like it — to do the right thing — can take decades, if ever.  How long has it taken the government to ascertain that the climate is in chaos, tobacco is deadly, and toxins in air, water, soil and food are precursors to dangerous diseases?  Just last month, a 59-year old Denver man diagnosed with lung cancer won a quick jury-verdict of  $7M, not from smoking but from inhaling the diacetyl fumes of microwave popcorn for years (

So a little poison every day will kill you sooner than later.  We don’t have the time to wait for tumors.   Who would eat rotten food?  Today labels on dairy products have expiration dates to prevent this and such requirements did not put any dairy producer or grocery store out of business.

Labeling gives us a choice.  So why have we have been eating genetically contaminated food for years— caused by dysfunctional regulations poisoned by the very companies seeking Federal registrations.  Monsanto scored a billion-dollar profit last year by monopolizing the market on world seeds.  A few companies own most of the world’s seeds, threatening all food security.

This is not a political but a human-health issue.  Products should be tested for safety before being registered, right?.  The first GMO crops were supposedly considered safe and no tests were required.  This was false and we are paying the price in neurological, immunological, and other diseases.

We have a choice between Monsanto profits versus poisoning the biosphere.  Genetic pollution exceeds even nuclear pollution — easily a few hundred thousand years.  Genetic pollution is forever from its transmission to future generations. Scientific evidence supports suspending all genetically modified products until further testing.  This is what the European Union has chosen decades ahead of us.  And so have 50 other countries, except US.

There is no way to stop the wind from blowing, and that is how genetically modified foods contaminate the biosphere.  Monsanto even uses this aspect to sue farmers whose border crops are near their own GMO crops for patent infringement.  Pollens from GMO crops fertilize non-GMO crops and other plants.  With former Monsanto lawyer Clarence Thomas on the Supreme Court, we are not safe for choice of life even there.


If you are pro-life and pro-choice on non-GMO,

vote YES on 37.

Dr. Olkowski is a specialist in integrated pest management and biological control of insects.  His books include “Common Sense Pest Control” and “The Gardeners Guide to Least Toxic Pest Control.” His publications include scientific papers, reports, book reviews, articles in the “IPM Practitioner” and “Common Sense Pest Control Quarterly.” He consults with the EPA, NPS, and private businesses. 




THE GMO HEALTH DEBATE: War of the Blogs by William Olkowski, PhD. 10.1.12

This so called GMO health debate is shaping up to be another David and Goliath Story, with the prize – all life. We have on the Right, Big Ole Goliath paid for by the well heeled Monsanto Group (Monsanto and Nine Others, Including DuPont). They have already started the cascade of lies, twisted reasoning, ad hominum attacks, reinterpretation and critiques of poorly funded studies, Jeffrey Smith warns us about in the book Genetic Roulette. But now I see an actual gas-type attack starting and the fog is coming our way. I call this a reasoning fog, the most deadly weapon in their arsenal. The poorly funded Academics are now certainly hard to see. And then there are people like me, volunteers, who can think critically and are able to connect the dots. They don’t know I am here.

David and Goliath Are Made Up of People There’s similarity in structure between the protagonists but the Giant has bad feet, the ground is quaking. But the beast will fight back fiercely. It’s now and it’s for all life, including us humans, a most vulnerable species, VS the thousands or so employees (of the Monsantoes and their untold numbers of stock holders).

Here is a Weak Blast from the PRO CROWD?

The blast comes from discovery magazine, no author is specified in the reference my Google Search Engine creates which delivers my GMO mail each day. Normally this survey tool documents a ground swell of great proportions for Yes on 37 the California proposition to label genetically modified foods. Plus, my recent sampling of an old rocker crowd of 5,000 here at the Santa Barbara bowl (Led Zeplin was playing) of 5,000 at least 1,000 gave me the thumb up sign, mostly women. The seats were selling for over $80 bucks on average. Some were going for $125, so a guard tells me.

Here is the citation, check it out yourself.

News 13 new results for Genetically Modified Organisms Under Controlled: Why the New GMO Panic Is More Sensational Than Sense Discover Magazine (blog). Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have always been a controversial topic. On the one hand are the many benefits: the higher crop yields from pesticide- and insect-resistant crops, and the nutritional modifications that can make such a difference in … See all stories on this topic.

Read the above announcement and then read the review with a critical eye, at least with the same level of scrutiny the author displays in her critique. She is saying yes there is a problem but your proof needs further work and better descriptions. No argument there. The conclusion stands, however, until another study confirms or challenges the conclusion with evidence. That’s real science at work. Evidence needs confirmation. At least the study shows a potential exposure route and really bad physiological effects. And there are many other studies showing potential harm in animal tests. These are not mentioned by this author neither is Jeffrey Smith’s book, Genetic Roulette. And the announcement implies great yield improvements are happening, something debatable, for sure.

She does not take the conclusions of the study that GMO foods are causing tumors, but weakens the conclusion by saying its a small study of 200 rats, even though it ran for two years. Aparently its the longest known feeding study (from France). Note that our science establishment did not do the longest study so far.


It’s us good guys, outnumbered and outgunned against the giant with all the money, over $30 million so far poured into the No on 37 campaign. The fear that labelling, already done in 50 other countries will reduce purchase and use of such foods is the source of this money. We have a pittance in comparison. But remember the Giant has only one EYE, did you notice it? He sees movement like we do, but he has a haze around his head. The haze is created by money, and he must see through this haze to move around.

These Monsantoes are very smart, experienced, well paid mix of business types, and even scientists who have swallowed the business hook. The hook is this twisted sharp tool called money, one of the main roots of all evil. These Monsantoes, if they think, think that money is how you keep score in life. They think the profit motive is untouchable, and its the only reason one has for living.

We have Right and Truth on our side, however, and ultimately these helpers will win the battle. We have brains that are connected to our ethics, certainly our politics. As for behavior, I think GMOs are criminal and the whole lot of 10 Genetic Modifying Companies should be bought by the all the governments where the Monsantoes have property; bought at cost, and run as an interim non-profit, and phased out. We don’t need GMOs and never have. We all ate before GMOs and will do so again. The existence of organic farmers, who demand a higher price for their products should be proof enough that good food is great and possible. But this requires people who could think clearly.

If corporations are people lets use the death penalty, after all when the dust settles and I am right many people have and will suffer needless painful deaths from the poison these poison peddlers are peddling. Close the businesses is the equivalent of the personal death penalty, no need to actually hang, or inject the CEOs, etc.

And we will not demand an apology for contaminating us and the biosphere with corrupted genetic material. No, just get out of the business, retire everybody, let an international UN committee run the 10 corporation as a public corporation and wind down the stock of contaminated seeds. Go out of business, go away.

I wish it were that easy. And I hope I am wrong, but right now there is a stink so bad it dwarfs even Fukushima, certainly one of the biggest stinkers of all times. How many stinkers do we need to change things? Apparently we need too many.


There is also concern for contaminating the biosphere, including our gut fauna. A contaminated gut fauna will convert other normal gut bacteria to producing Bt poisons, proteinacious poisons, on a continuous basis. Round Up Ready corn has the herbicide in the corn. This happens when the herbicide is sprayed over the plants since the plants are resistance to herbicide damage. Don’t worry we will breed a human tolerant strain like the microbes do, by selection. Selection here means no reproduction process is safe from exposure to these microbial poisons and “cides”. And we also have the herbicide glyphosate offering synergistic effects in combination with Bt genes in the same corn plant. This adds fuel on a hot fire already. Let’s throw the fire back at that eye.


Cheaper than a bought-politician. Cardiologists start at least at $100 grand per year with benefits, a little above an entry policeman. My bet is that’s the salary level of a bench scientist in these companies. But I could be wrong. This group buys scientists by the bucket full, why they can even buy movies, certainly a science writer or two.


On this front however, surely the first effective blow was delivered by Jeffrey Smith in his book and movie, Genetic Roulette. Before that it was the Seeds of Deception. This Roulette movie could by itself take down the giant. He tells of test animals dying with disrupted guts, infections, tumors, a panoply of altered molecules producing organ changes and certainly not dying the best way, quick and fast, but slow and painfully.

The microbial poisons in Bt corn, for example, kill slowly acting like chronic poisons, like the blood thinner poison and medicine called Warfarin. This analogy is strong. To use warfarin against a rat, for example, the animals must be baited first to establish a habituary gustatory exposure route. Then after a day or two, the poison is introduced. Warfarin works very slowly, a few days after an effective dose is built up. With repeated ingestion the animal bleeds to death and dies from dehydration. During this time they wander and search frantically for water. After a “baiting” session or two dried carcasses, not picked up by the poisoner, can be found as the dying animals crawl deeper into their runways, die and dry up.


The biological issues Genetic Roulette alone raises, point to the need for a make over in FDA, EPA and USDA regulatory systems. Certainly a human health disaster OF MASSIVE PROPORTIONS is a potential outcome. It may dwarf Chernobyl reactor mortality cases, set at ONE MILLION. But genetic pollution is worse than even nuclear pollution. Genetic pollution is forever, while nuclear pollution is just a few hundred thousand years, for example. That makes genetic pollution potentially greater than nuclear pollution.


I take it that Gaia is doing some furniture moving. She could be working on chopping off a chunk of humanity. However, beneficial in any case this will certainly lead to another financial fiasco with its old shell game: The rich getting richer, the poor, poorer. That’s two positive feedback mechanisms going in opposite directions. But the medical industry loves disease, after all, they cannot make money when someone just ups and dies. They must suffer so at least can get pain medications.

If I had any stock in these companies I would sell it now, for they are going to loose. Even with surely some multiple of the pennies in our war chest they will loose. “You can’t fool all the people all the time.” But we have the TRUTH. With the Truth as David we will damage the giant. Even the $30 million that the Monsantoes are using to fight the Yes on 37 campaign is chicken feed with these companies PROFITTING billions, every year. More is needed to cure ourselves.


Are women smarter? I wonder how many women work for the Monsantoes? Employees for Monsantoes probably number in the high 3 orders of magnitude, but I bet a maximum of only 5 % are women. And they have the lower incomes of course. That figure will tell a lot. The upper income levels in these companies are probably all males. Competition and battle is what males do, females are responsible for the next generation. So ladies, wake up your guys. Your kids are being damaged by GMO foods and have been so for almost 15 yrs, now. We are now discovering we are all contaminated with a microbial toxin, it’s the new generation’s DDT coming around again.


What is at stake in this battle is not just WHO WINS THE battle, but all life for all future time. The GMO stuff is another set of world wide contaminants yes, but this poison in a new kid on the block. This one makes poison, like a small scale factory, you just have to get it out there into human guts. These inserted gene collections are molecule makers. These excrete proteins that are altering the genetics of the biosphere, BIGTIME.

Toxicants, like those produced by Bt destroy other molecules and tissues, certainly as they penetrate cell walls in insects, test animals and most probably any human who eats GMO contaminated foods. But it’s a slow acting poisoning process hard to detect. The food chains of the world are already contaminated by numerous pesticides, antibiotics, hormones, metals, and medicines. So are all the waterways, great areas of fertile soils, and air masses, ALL have their doses, like ours. Nobody is adding it all up. Nobody keeps tract of all the poisons. If they do, it should be public information, forget the patent laws.

We are not same people who fought Goliaths before, like Nazi Germany. We are distracted and poisoned to some degree, sometimes I think actually neurologically impaired. That’s how I account for the closeness of the political poll results. A lot of people even look neurologically impaired and can’t reason logically. I think neurological damage and political belief are connected but I am willing to learn differently. Please tell me that there is some brain power left in enough people to swing a moratorium. That’s what is needed now, stop all creation and production of GMO foods. We don’t know what we are doing with this technology.

This would not be the first time a halt was made in technological development. We have the stupid stop or brakes put on researching stem cells which was a big mistake. Before that the Supersonic Transport was stopped which was good. Now we must stop genetic food tampering.


Eat Organic Pay more now so you don’t pay later to the Medical Industry.

By processed foods I mean anything with corn, soybeans, sugar, canola oil, cotonseed, sugar beets, Hawaiian Papaya (most) and a small amount of Zucchini and Yellow Squash, for starters. GM alfalfa is fed to livestock and that includes hamburgers, milk and milk products.. Eat organic foods because they are subject to third party verification.

HYPOTHESIZING that people are being exposed to nerve poisons is not just a speculation, many pesticides are derived from poison gases used in WWII. Organochlorines and organophosphates are all nerve poisons, and now many have been found to be hormone mimics. Nerve poisons are among the worst poisons as they kill nerve cells. So one should examine nerve diseases for rate changes, or frequency changes correlated in time to about 15 years ago when the first genetically engineered (GE) crops were approved (First Bush to G.W. Bush, etc). I will begin a search but can someone help me here?

Further, I would check the rosters of all the advisory committees at EPA, FDA, and USDA appointments for former employees of these companies. Those are the generals for the Other side, the Monsantoes. Lets get them out. Establish citizen advisors and pay them for their time and representation. Select from the Sierra Club, for example. Why not, we select from Monsantoes now, why not plain old citizens?


I am rooting for David who is supported by volunteers like me. But Goliath is much bigger being supported by the Monsanto Group. The David and Goliath analogy is applicable here because a classic RESOURCE mismatch of epic proportions has started. This is certainly true if you count up the millions being poured into the impending misinformation campaign courtesy of the Monsantoe Group. Remember now, there are many scientists, certainly agronomists, horticulturalists, entomologists, physiologists, medical researchers, statisticians, and microbiologists working for the Monsantoes of the world. Some will lose their jobs if Yes on 37 passes and it cascades across the US. The strategy of the intricate defense can create a mental fog, in which the evidence gets obscured, all by design. Then our lawyers in Washington will all have a field day, talking to each other until millions more are threatened. Lawyers are not scientists, nor are all scientists biologists. Lawyers don’t examine biological data so just follow the authority they like. This is a risky way to make decisions affecting the whole Biosphere. 15-20 years of virtually constant human exposures to microbial proteinacious toxins and herbicides via the alimentary tract are turning up health problems in the simplest association, which is correlation. Even I can see the patterns after a few minutes of movie exposure watching Genetic Roulette. Percentages can be compared also. Even percentage comparison as indicators might show patterns for further examination.

And there are excellent theoretical indicators that physiological damage is very likely upon toxic exposure of living cells to Bt toxins, certainly those in the human gut. After all, Bt was discovered by insect pathologists and later showed great selectivity. There were different strains more effective in a pest control sense with different species, i.e., larval flies, Lepidoptera and Coleoptera. The toxin kills by disrupting the cell wall in the insect stomach, or at least somewhere along the alimentary tract. A tissue study can be done rapidly and monitored on a daily basis with chromatograph sampling and X-Ray diffraction (or whatever is now state of the art) studies to determine molecular structure. Toxicity evaluations based on low dose exposures with ability to detect genetic damage are vitally needed.

Consider a molecule able to tear through the alimentary tract in a wide range of insects. Consider the number of cells which would be needed to be killed to allow sporulation in the hemolymph of other insect species, mice and rats. An Ames Test would be low cost and can be used to evaluate if this toxic can destroy the same type of cells, i.e., to at least damage or kill the same number of cells damaged in an insect, in their guts. Now, proteinacious toxins able to kill insects, including hundreds of species are not innocuous. Just because feeding studies done with commercial Bt products show good safety margins, does not mean they are innocuous. The Bt spore and crystal protein toxin level required for ingestion by immature insects should be acknowledged as a poor indicator of safety when millions of people are eating the toxins.

Pregnant women and those just pregnant must be alerted to the potential teratogentic hazard. Proteinacious toxins can be expected to elicit immune responses. Opening gut tissues allows incompletely digested materials into the blood stream where they elicit an immune response, leading to inflammation, already associated with numerous aging diseases, like arthritis, heart disease, and even cancers. A real epidemiological study would have to compile all diseases associated with an immune response, so all microbial infections, especially West Nile Virus is a target, being so much in the news recently. Since 36,000 die each year from influenza, even an examination of changes in influenza cases might be useful. To this formidable list must be added allergies, attention deficit disorder, depression, mental diseases, liver and kidney diseases. These should also be evaluated individually and in combinations using multiple correlation analysis. Let’s use our big computers for such studies rather than collecting all the emails of the US into some huge building. Imagine now they will have robots reading our mail, including this message. I wonder what a machine would make of our stupidity.

Positive indicators in epidemiology indicate the need for emergency study of causes. So we must demand further study, but also demand a moratorium on new genetic food products while the issue gets examined. All sales of GMO products should cease.


Our government regulators are contaminated by former employees of the very companies they are tasked to regulate, and so is our government, right up to the not so Surpreme Court. From this sort of government impartiality we are told such genetically modified products are safe. Is it true that, THESE GMO PRODUCTS were approved with no evaluations, just assumptions? Nobody has told me other wise. It would be interesting to have a justice probe to understand the financial relationships of these companies to our elected officials and our civil servants, also.


Independent research costs money and whatever publically supported scientists are able to assemble by way evidence has already alerted us to a pending acknowledged health epidemic OF TRAGIC PROPORTIONS. Early results are important as they point in dark directions for millions of people who have been eating these poisoned foods.

Some FACTs for Review.

Millions of People Have been Eating a Tiny Bit of Pertinacious Poison for about 15 years since the first GMO product was approved. This poison is produced by some kind of mix of genetic material forced in the genomes of crop plants which are eaten directly, or as a processed food. Corn and soybeans are fed to cows, so beef, milk and milk products are worth examinations. Other genetic alterations are occurring on various animals (mosquitoes, pigs, some other domestic animals) as well. This should be stopped on logical grounds alone. These poisons will effect all future generations once released, because they do not stay in the plant, they move with the wind in pollens. I bet no one cleared the pollens of GMO crops for air contamination. I would hate to breathe on any GMO farm.

The potential is there for tragedy, so I would like to be shown evidence to prove me wrong. Prove to me that Bt toxin is safe for realistic exposure levels for the life of test mice, and rats, for starters. More study would be helpful. Who will fund this? Not the biggest research institutions in the world, certainly not the pharmaceutical industry. Public sources like CDC, NIH, USDA, EPA, FDA will fund such studies? Can we believe them now? I would also like tests done on fungi, bacteria, viruses, worms, in vitro. This could be a tiered test system, moving up to more complex forms of life once and if damage levels are detected in the lower forms. We are already ready for upper level testing. But why go on?

A moratorium now may be most critical. Since adequate testing was not done before registration, let’ s stop sales, and test. Such studies should not be held up to the best studies money can buy at this moment. Risks based on lower than the 95% level can be correct and aid preventative strategies as they can lead to prevention of further genetic contamination. Such strategies are not subject to the 95% rule when the stakes are so high. Even a 70% level in such a regulatory context should be enough to stop further registrations, certainly further sales. Stopping the production of more genetic modified seeds until evidence shows they are safe is rational.

Our Toxic Substances Control Act needs a drastic overhaul.


Of course we all know where all the money is, it’s in the military and in the chemical industry, Monsanto and their ilk. We must get over money as the way to keep score. How about a Nobel Prize for Compassion and Pain relief? How exactly was those first GMO products released? Who was paid off? Lets retire them to Lompoc Prison. =========== end