Hepatitis C may raise risk for Parkinson’s

New research published in the journal Neurology suggests that individuals infected with hepatitis C virus may be at greater risk for Parkinson’s disease.
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New research suggests individuals infected with hepatitis C virus may be more likely to develop Parkinson’s.

Hepatitis C is a contagious liver disease caused by the hepatitis Cvirus (HCV), which is most commonly transmitted through contact with blood from an infected person, primarily through the sharing of needles.

While some people with hepatitis C may experience short-term illness that occurs within 6 months of exposure to HCV, around 70-85% of infected individuals experience chronic illness, which can lead to severe liver problems such as liver cancer or cirrhosis.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 2.7 million people in the US have chronic hepatitis C infection, though the majority of these individuals are unaware they are infected because they have few symptoms.

Study coauthor Dr. Chia-Hung Kao, of China Medical University Hospital in Taiwan, and colleagues note that previous research has suggested HCV is neurotropic – meaning it can infect nerve cells, or neurons – and can replicate in the central nervous system.

Furthermore, the researchers point to a recent study that claimed HCV can trigger death of neurons that secrete the neurotransmitter dopamine, which is believed to be a key contributor to Parkinson’s disease.

30% greater Parkinson’s risk for hepatitis C patients

For their study, Dr. Kao and colleagues set out to investigate whether hepatitis C may be a risk factor for Parkinson’s by analyzing 2000-10 data drawn from the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD).

Fast facts about Parkinson’s

  • While the risk of Parkinson’s increases with age, around 4% of people with the disease are diagnosed before the age of 50
  • Men are 1.5 times more likely to develop Parkinson’s than women
  • In the US, the cost of medication for a person with Parkinson’s totals an average of $2,500 per year.

The data involved 49,967 people with either hepatitis B, hepatitis C or both, alongside 199,868 people without hepatitis. All participants were followed-up for an average of 12 years in order to monitor any development of Parkinson’s.

Of the participants who had hepatitis, 270 developed Parkinson’s during the 12-year follow-up – of whom 120 had hepatitis C – compared with 1,060 participants who were free of hepatitis.

After controlling for potentially confounding factors, including participants’ age, sex and diagnosis of diabetes or cirrhosis, the researchers found participants with hepatitis C were at 30% greater risk of developing Parkinson’s than those who did not have hepatitis.

The team found that participants with hepatitis B and those with both hepatitis B and C had a similar Parkinson’s risk as those without the viruses after possible influential factors were accounted for.

It is estimated that as many as 1 million people in the US are living with Parkinson’s, and around 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disorder each year.

The exact causes of Parkinson’s are unclear, though past studies have suggested it may be triggered by a combination of environmental and genetic factors. Pinpointing the possible causes of Parkinson’s is key to finding a much-needed cure, and this latest research may have uncovered another risk factor for the disease.

Commenting on the findings, Dr. Kao says:

“Many factors clearly play a role in the development of Parkinson’s disease, including environmental factors. This nationwide study, using the National Health Insurance Research Database of Taiwan, suggests that hepatitis caused specifically by the hepatitis C virus may increase the risk of developing the disease. More research is needed to investigate this link.”

There are some study limitations. The researchers note that hepatitis and Parkinson’s were identified through International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) codes rather than through clinical assessment, neuroimaging or lab data, which may have led to less accurate results.

In addition, the researchers point out that the Longitudinal Health Insurance Database – part of the NHIRD – does not hold information on duration of viral hepatitis and risk factors for HCV infection, such as the sharing of needles and tattooing.

“These factors for HCV infection might have confounding effects on Parkinson’s disease development, but could not be controlled for analysis in the current study,” they explain.

How Introverts and Extroverts Are Different

Introverts and extroverts don’t always understand each other. But science has revealed physiological differences between the two that help explain their differences in behavior and shed light on our misconceptions about them both.

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An extroverted brain’s dopamine reward system responds more actively than an introverted brain’s to rewards such as money, sex, social status, and social affiliation, according to Scott Barry Kaufman, a psychologist and the scientific director of theImagination Institute, in a recent video interview for introvert site Quiet Revolution. (Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that helps regulate rewards and pleasures in the brain.) This may explain why an extrovert shows more excitement in a social setting than an introvert.

“[Extroverts] get more energized by those things in their environment,” Kaufman said. “Introverts, on the other hand, just don’t get as energized. Their dopamine system is not as active when they see these kinds of things in the environment.”


By contrast, introverts might need more alone time to regain energy than extroverts. This doesn’t mean that introverts are antisocial: People incorrectly view introverts as antisocial because introverts simply tend to be less gregarious than extroverts, Kaufman said. Introverts are still social beings; they just don’t get as energized as their extroverted counterparts.

“[Introverts] may appear as though they have lower enthusiasm, for instance, but it doesn’t mean that introverts are not social at all or aren’t social beings,” Kaufman said. “We’re all social beings; it’s the very fundamental aspect of human nature. It’s just they’re not as energized by environmental stimulation, sensory input, things of that nature.”

Psychologically, the distinction between introversion and extroversion comes from the theories of psychiatrist C.G. Jung, who asserted that introverts gravitate towards their inner lives while extroverts are more interested in the outside world, Sophia Dembling, author of “The Introvert’s Way: Living a Quiet Life in a Noisy World,” told The Huffington Post in a 2013 interview.

“The description that introverts seem to relate most strongly to is the idea that Jung presented, that introverts are drained of energy by interaction and gain energy in solitude and quiet, whereas extroverts gain energy in social situations with interaction,” Dembling said. “It seems to be most strongly an energy thing: where you get your energy and what takes it out of you.”

Dembling added that people also wrongly associate shyness with introversion. “The number one misconception about introversion is that it’s about shyness,” Dembling said. “The best distinction I’ve heard comes from a neuroscientist who studies shyness. He said, ‘Shyness is a behavior: It’s being fearful in a social situation. Whereas introversion is a motivation. It’s how much you want and need to be in those interactions.'”


A common myth about extroverts is that they’re inherently better leaders than introverts. It is true that nearly 100 percent of managers and executives report having extroverted qualities. But it’s important to remember that extroverts are more likely to seek out these types of roles in the first place, according to Adam Grant, an author and a professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. That doesn’t mean they’re best suited for those roles.

It’s also wrong to think that extroverts want to be social all the time and have no shy tendencies. It’s easy to assume that extroverts have an easier time networking and meeting new people than introverts. But the opposite could also be true because extroverts can be just as shy as introverts, Grant wrote.

“There are many shy extroverts: They’re uncomfortable interacting with strangers, but love going to rock concerts,” Grant wrote. “And plenty of introverts are sociable: They’ll strike up a conversation with random people at parties, but get easily overwhelmed by bright lights and loud noises.”

How to decrease your risk for a heart attack

Heart disease

Heart disease kills more than 600,000 Americans each year – making it the most deadly killer in the United States. But the good news is that there are many things you can do to decrease your risk of succumbing to this all too common killer. Written by Matthew Budoff, the book Enhancing Heart Health: Preventing a Heart Attack breaks down important need-to-know statistics regarding heart disease, while providing relatively easy ways to improve their heart health. Budoff writes:

CVD (Cardiovascular Disease) has claimed the lives of more females than males. And the gap between male and female deaths has increased dramatically … In addition, black females are more at risk than white females. According to the statistics, a woman dies of heart disease every minute, more than half a million each year. Annually, heart disease kills 10 times more women than breast cancer.

Men and women experience and react to heart disease differently. According to the Center for the Advancement of Health, women take significantly longer to seek care for their heart symptoms than men do.

Studies indicate that women usually wait more than six hours before seeking medical attention, while men wait five hours on average.

A marked difference is also apparent in the symptoms of women and men. Women typically describe their chest pain as sharp, rather than the “classic” male complaints of pressure, heaviness or tightness in the center or left side of the chest.

In addition, women are more likely to describe other symptoms that are not necessarily related to the chest pain. These symptoms include back pain, nausea, and indigestion. Thus, doctors are less likely to recognize a heart attack in women.

Improving Your Odds

High blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, and elevated homocysteine can increase your chances of developing heart disease or dying of a heart attack. But other controllable factors can also increase your risk of these three conditions.

• Overweight or obesity
• Lack of physical activity
• Cigarette smoking
• Diabetes
• Increased and uncontrolled stress and anxiety
• Poor diet

Fortunately, because these factors are controllable, you can increase your odds of avoiding heart disease by making better lifestyle choices. Even more promising, if you’ve been diagnosed with heart disease or have had heart problems in the past, you can reverse that negative process by making positive changes. A comprehensive plan of attack is the most effective strategy.

Cigarette and tobacco smoke

  • Smokers’ risk of heart attack is more than twice that of nonsmokers.
  • Cigarette smoking is the biggest risk factor for sudden cardiac death: smokers have two to four times the risk of nonsmokers.
  • Smokers who have a heart attack are more likely to die and die suddenly (within an hour) than are nonsmokers.

High blood cholesterol levels

  • The risk of coronary heart disease rises as blood cholesterol levels increase.
  • High blood pressure
  • High blood pressure increases the heart’s workload, causing the heart to enlarge and weaken over time.

Physical inactivity

  • Regular, moderate-to-vigorous exercise plays a significant role in preventing heart and blood vessel disease.
  • Exercise can help control blood cholesterol, diabetes and obesity as well as help to lower blood pressure in some people.
  • Exercise is one of the best ways of raising HDL, or “good” cholesterol.

Obesity and overweight

  • People who have excess body fat are more likely to develop heart disease and stroke even if they have no other risk factors.
  • Being overweight is directly linked to coronary heart disease because it influences blood pressure, blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and increases the risk of diabetes.

Diabetes mellitus

  • Diabetes seriously increases the risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
  • More than 80 percent of diabetics die of some form of heart or blood vessel disease.


The Anthrax Files: US Forces Conducted Multiple Secret Anthrax Experiments in South Korea

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The initial admission by the Department of Defense that one sample of live anthrax was inadvertently sent to Osan Air Base in South Korea has now been revealed to be grossly inaccurate.

According to a recent report by a US/South Korea joint working group, a US military defense laboratory at Dugway Proving Grounds mailed anthrax to South Korea at least fifteen times prior to the previously acknowledged March, 2015 delivery. These other anthrax samples were delivered to Yongsan Garrison, in central South Korea, between 2009 and 2014. In addition, a 1-milliliter sample of the Yersinia pestisbacterium (which can cause the bubonic plague) was sent along with the anthrax to Osan.

The United States has denied accusations that it lied in a May press release, which stated that:

The laboratory biological defense training, part of the Joint United States Forces Korea Portal and Integrated Threat Recognition Program at Osan Air Base, has been halted pending further review… This was the first time the training has been conducted.

In an email reply to the Washington correspondent with Korean publication JoongAng Daily, Pentagon spokesman Bill Urban wrote:

Following the inadvertent delivery of potentially live Bacillus anthracis, the 51st Fighter Wing at Osan Air Base correctly informed the public in the Osan area that the shipment supported the first Joint U.S. Forces Korea Portal and Integrated Threat Recognition program’s training at that location.

JoongAng went on to report that Urban suggested that the press release had been misunderstood and the intended meaning was that “the first time” training only referred to the first in Osan, not in all of South Korea.

It has recently come to light that the Pentagon FedExed live anthrax to all fifty states and to nine foreign countries. The Department of Defense has declared that errors in the process of inactivating the anthrax resulted in the inadvertence wherein live anthrax was FedExed to foreign and domestic laboratories.

The joint working group has refused to discuss the amount of the anthrax samples used in Yongsan, citing “military secrets.” The working group’s conclusions are already under fire, with allegations being mounted that it relied too heavily on input from Washington.

Under current regulations, the US does not need to inform the South Korean government if it sends “inactive” germs. Since the recent crisis involving live anthrax being sent to South Korea and elsewhere, recommendations are being considered to change this practice to include advisories to foreign countries that biological materials are being shipped in, and for what purpose.

The US states that the anthrax sent to Osan was to be used to test protective gear. The US has consistently stated that North Korea maintains an offensive biological weapons program and is manufacturing weaponized anthrax and smallpox, among other agents, at a facility at Pyongyang.

In response, the North Korean government has offered to throw open the doors of the Pyongyang plant and has invited the Americans in to check the facility, which North Korea states is a pesticide manufacturing plant. As reported in The Guardian, a spokesman for the North Korean National Defence Commission said,

Come here right now, with all the 535 members of the House of Representatives and the Senate as well as the imbecile secretaries and deputy secretaries of the government who have made their voices hoarse screaming for new sanctions.

A report from US Undersecretary of Defense Frank Kendall concerning the DoD review of the laboratory procedures which resulted in the purported failure to inactivate the anthrax has raised further questions. Kendall states that Dugway Proving Grounds has had

a relatively high incidence (20%) of post-inactivation viability tests that showed unsuccessful inactivation, but failed to address all the root causes of this high incidence. (emphasis added)

endall also makes a curious reference to an apparent intent behind the failure to inactivate anthrax at Dugway. He writes:

I agree with the Review Committee that the combination of unique characteristics at DPG, to include high volume production, low sampling size, intentionally impure products, and more immediate post-inactivation viability testing are possible contributing factors.(emphasis added)

The report by Kendall does not elaborate on why “intentionally impure products” might be utilized or manufactured at DPG.

A former member of the military disagrees with the purported “inadvertence” of the live anthrax mailing. Speaking under terms of confidentiality, a source with former military connections had this to say about the US’s biological weapons program:

…weaponizing bio & chem materials is in full swing at government research labs (Dugway & Tooele being one of the biggest – as I witnessed back in the late 1980s). The obvious thing is that they could not have shipped out such quantities with the level of relevant ease if they were not in full swing.

According to Department of Defense spokesperson, Adrian J.T. Rankine-Galloway, Major, U.S. Marine Corps, “To date, there have been no joint working groups in addition to the Republic of Korea-United States Biological Defense Cooperation Joint Working Group.”

It would therefore appear that the other eight countries known to have received live anthrax from the US– Japan, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Italy, Germany, Norway and Switzerland –did not exhibit extensive concerns about the receipt of the active germ warfare agent.

And really, what’s the problem with a bio-bomb among friends, anyway?

The Truth About Sunlight, Cancer and Vitamin D

*Does sunlight cause skin cancer or does sunlight prevent skin cancer?
*How does sunbathing give you the so-called red neck?
* Is tanning booth bad for you or does it help your body to generate Vitamin D under certain circumstances? (And what are the circumstances?)
*What is the relationship between nutrition, Vitamin D and cancer?


5 Warning Signs of Magnesium Deficiency

Many Americans do not understand the importance of magnesium in the same way they understand calcium or iron, for instance. Nonetheless, adequate magnesium levels are crucial for brain, cardiac and muscle function and it is needed, along with silica and Vitamins D and K to promote bone health. Magnesium deficiency is more common than many people suspect, and below are 5 warning signs that could indicate a deficiency in this important mineral.


1. Ringing in the Ears or Hearing Loss
Tinnitus, or a constant, high-pitched ringing in the ears is common symtom of magnesium deficiency, as is hearing loss. There are have been a number of studies done on the relationship between ear health and sufficient magnesium levels. In one Chinese study, it was found that magnesium in sufficient quantities will prevent the formation of the free radicals that can lead to hearing loss. In a study at the Mayo Clinic, it was found that treating patients who had experienced hearing loss with magnesium supplementation often helped restore that loss within three months.

2. Muscle Cramps or Tremors
Magnesium is crucial to optimim muscle function. Without it, the body would be in a state of convulsion, because it is this mineral that allows the muscles to relax. That is why, for instance, a magnesium oxide drip is used to ease women in labor and why magnesium is found in so many sleep-inducing supplements. A lack of sufficient magnesium, therefore, can lead to facial tics, muscle cramping and twitching or cramping of the feet while trying to sleep.

3. Depression
The link between low magnesium levels and depression was understood over a century ago, when doctors would use it to treat this mental health disorder. Modern science has backed this up, with a study at a psychiatric hospital in Croatia finding that many attempted suicide patients had severely low levels of this important mineral. One advantage of magnesium over traditional antidepressants is the lack of side effects sometimes associated with these medications.

4. Abnormal Heart Function
As previously discussed, low magnesium levels can have an effect on muscles throughout the body and this includes the heart muscles. Insufficient magnesium can induce a condition known as a cardiac arrhythmia, in which the heart fails to beat regularly and this, in turn, can cause a greater risk for complications like heart attacks and strokes. That is why, for instance, doctors at the Henry Low Heart Center in Connecticut treat their arrhythmia patients with a medication which contains magnesium.

5. Kidney Stones
Many people believe that kidney stones are caused by an excess of calcium, but in fact it is a lack of magnesium that is the culprit. Magnesium prevents the formation of these stones by inhibiting the binding of calcium with oxalate, the two compounds which make up these stones. Kidney stones can be excruciatingly painful, so it is good to know that something as simple as magnesium supplementation can prevent them!

If experiecing any of these symptoms, consulting with a healthcare practitioner is a good idea. It is also wise to follow a diet which includes foods like okra, sunflower or pumpkin seeds, almonds, soy or black beans, cashews and spinach as these are all natural magnesium sources.

The Science to Look Out for in 2016

Mars missions, carbon capture and gravitational waves are set to shape the year

The orbits of Earth and Mars will bring the planets close to each other this year, creating the perfect opportunity for a trip to the red planet.

Sucking up CO2
A Swiss company is set to become the first firm to capture carbon dioxide from the air and sell it on a commercial scale, a stepping stone to larger facilities that could one day help to combat global warming. Around July, Climeworks will start capturing some 75 tons of CO2 per month at its plant near Zurich, then selling the gas to nearby greenhouses to boost crop growth. Another company — Carbon Engineering in Calgary, Canada, which has been capturing CO2 since October but is yet to bring it to market — hopes to show that it can convert the gas into liquid fuel. Facilities worldwide already capture the gas from power-plant exhausts, but until 2015 only small demonstration projects sucked it up from air.

Cut-and-paste genes
Human trials will get under way for treatments that use DNA-editing technologies. Sangamo Biosciences in Richmond, California, will test the use of enzymes called zinc-finger nucleases to correct a gene defect that causes haemo-philia. Working with Biogen of Cambridge, Massachusetts, it will also start a trial to look at whether the technique can boost a functional form of haemo-globin in people with the blood disorder β-thalassaemia. Scientists and ethicists hope to agree on broad safety and ethical guidelines for gene editing in humans in late 2016. And this year could see the birth of the first gene-edited monkeys that show symptoms of the human disorders they are designed to model.

High cosmic hopes
Physicists think there is a good chance that they will see the first evidence of gravitational waves — ripples in space-time caused by dense, moving objects such as spiralling neutron stars — thanks to the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (Advanced LIGO). And Japan will launch Astro-H, a next-generation X-ray satellite observatory that, among other things, could confirm or refute the claim that heavy neutrinos give off dark-matter signals known as bulbulons. Hints of apotential new particle from the supercharged Large Hadron Collider (LHC), which has been running at record energies since last June, could become clearer as the machine rapidly accumulates data. Even if the particle is not confirmed, the LHC could still unearth other exotic phenomena, such as glueballs: particles made entirely of the carriers of the strong nuclear force.

Risky research
Scientists will soon hear whether funding for research that makes viruses more dangerous can resume. In October 2014, the US governmentabruptly suspended financial support for ‘gain-of-function’ studies. These experiments could increase understanding of how certain pathogens evolve and how they can be destroyed, but critics say that the work also boosts the risk of, for example, accidental release of deadly viruses. Arisk–benefit analysis was completed in December 2015, and the US National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity will issue recommendations in the next few months on whether to resume funding — potentially with tightened restrictions on the research.

Commercial gains
One lucky research group will win a $50-million grant for heart-disease research from Internet giant Google and the American Heart Association. Google’s disease-research portfolio is growing, and neuroscientists are eager to see what Thomas Insel, former director of the US National Institute of Mental Health, will do at the firm, where he has been leading a mental-health effort since November. Private funding could also make its mark in space: the non-profit Planetary Society in Pasadena, California, plans to launch a $4.5-million mission in April to test its light-driven spacecraft, LightSail.

To Mars and beyond
The orbits of Earth and Mars will bring the planets close to each other this year, creating the perfect opportunity for a trip to the red planet. A joint mission between the European Space Agency (ESA) and Roscosmos will capitalize on that chance. Launching in March, ExoMars 2016 will analyse gases in Mars’s atmosphere and test landing technology. Farther afield, NASA’s Juno mission will arrive at Jupiter in July. In September, ESA’s craft Rosetta will make a death dive into the comet it orbits; mourners can console themselves with the launch of NASA’s OSIRIS-REx, a mission to bring back samples from the asteroid Bennu.

Space drive
Hot on the heels of the launch of the $100-million Dark Matter Particle Explorer (DAMPE) last December, China’s National Space Science Center will launch the second and third space-science probes in its planned series of five. The world’s first quantum communications test satellite will blast off in June, and the Hard X-ray Modulation Telescope — which will scour the sky for energetic sources of radiation, such as black holes and neutron stars — will fly by the end of the year. September will see China complete construction of the 500-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST), which will supersede Puerto Rico’s Arecibo Observatory as the world’s largest radio tele-scope. In Hawaii, the team behind the controversial Thirty Meter Telescope, which had its construction permit revoked in December, will try to work out whether and how it can move the project forward.

Microlife revealed
The first results from an ambitious project to analyse the world’s microbial communities are expected this year. The Earth Microbiome Project, which launched in 2010, aims to sequence and characterize at least 200,000 samples of microbial DNA taken from everything from Komodo dragon tongues to soil in the Siberian tundra. The project promises to uncover unprecedented levels of biological diversity.

Political upheaval
In November, the United States will elect a new president. If a Republican takes the White House, long-debated plans to bury nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain in Nevada may well resurface, and federal funding for climate and social science could face the chop. And if Canada’s Liberal government lives up to its pre-election promises, the country will get a chief science officer, who researchers trust will arrive with a drive to rebuild the depleted ranks of government scientists.

Dream genes
Neuroscientists hope to finally identify genes that are crucial to regulating the timing and duration of sleep but have been difficult to tease out, possibly because they also have other functions in the brain. Pinpointing these genes could shed light on sleep disorders and some psychiatric illnesses, which scientists now realize are linked to highly disrupted sleep patterns.

Let there be light
The SESAME (Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East) facility will switch on in Jordan towards the end of 2016. The ring-shaped particle accelerator will generate intense light to probe materials and biological structures down to the atomic level. It is the region’s first major international research facility, and a rare collaboration between governments including Iran, Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Support to build a similar facility in Africa is likely to gather pace. And in June, scientists will get to use bright X-ray beams at the world’s first fourth-generation synchrotron, MAX IV in Lund, Sweden.

Man Solves Tesla’s Secret To Amplifying Power By Nearly 5000%


Jim Murray has been electrifying the world for over 50 years. His lifetime of experience has produced dozens of patents, inventions and now a truly remarkable discovery that can fundamentally change the way that human beings use energy forever.

When he was just five years old, Jim tells the Free Thought Project that he had already developed an affinity for motors and electricity. This curiosity was piqued by his father’s model train sets which Jim spent hours tinkering with. His natural gift and childhood passion fostered the creation of his first electromagnet when he was only six years old.

Over the next several years, Jim allowed his intellectual curiosity to carry him into multiple fields. He studied and built rockets and radios when he was in grade school, and by the time he entered high school had developed an interest in nuclear physics. This led Jim to the construction of a linear electron accelerator, which was entered in the New England Science Talent Search of 1964.  This entry won young Murray first place in school, city and state science competitions. Additionally, his project was displayed in the Boston Museum of Science.

It was not long after graduation that Jim began seriously examining the work of Nikola Tesla. He was fascinated by Tesla’s incredible claims concerning power generation and transmission, and he vowed to rediscover the great scientist’s undisclosed secrets. Jim’s efforts eventually led him to individuals like Otis T. Carr, who claimed to have known Tesla personally. They also gave him a greater understanding of several lost Tesla secrets.

During his professional life, Jim has conducted research and experimentation on a variety of different technological applications all of which eventually contributed to the development of his SERPS (Switched Energy Resonance Power Supply) device.  This highly specialized electronic circuit has the ability to “Magnify” the effective power applied to it by nearly 50 times. When Jim coupled his device with his friend Paul Babcock’s patented ultra fast 5 nanosecond switching technology, they achieved a 4790% increase in electrical power compared to the input. This type of performance, if commercialized, would cause the largest electric utility companies to shake in their boots.

Jim explains:

Electric power is supplied by a special transformer to energize a resistive load. The undissipated  magnetic potential is then captured and stored temporarily, before being sent back to the source through the very same electrical load. This oscillating power has completely different properties than conventional electrical power, and actually reduces the total power required from the source.  The consequence of this energy dynamic is that the resistive load can be powered more than twice as efficiently, while the net power supplied by the line is reduced to a very small value. The implications of this technology for power conservation in the future are absolutely astonishing!

In the video below Jim gave The Free Thought Project an exclusive look at his groundbreaking new technology.

After watching this amazing innovation in action, it is hard to believe that Mr. Tesla reached this same technological plateau nearly one-hundred years ago and, still, there has been minuscule advancement, until very recently, in the industry of energy generation.

One need only examine the contents of Tesla’s patents to understand why the famous scientist was being watched by the FBI. It is no secret that after Tesla’s death in 1943, government agents seized much of his private research.

Jim’s research has also been scrutinized by the FBI. He tells The Free Thought Project that he, too, has had a run-in with the FBI because of one of the projects he was working on.

Back in 1966, not long after my father died, I returned from work one day to find a strange message waiting for me.

When Jim attempted to ascertain the source of the message he was given a note that said:

Take the Hudson-Manhattan subway to Newark, New Jersey, and arrive at 11 Centre Place, FBI Newark Headquarters, no later than 10:00 AM tomorrow morning. Ask to see Agent Harold Miller, he will be expecting you.

Upon his arrival, agents began questioning Jim about his research. After informing them of his interest in Nikola Tesla’s work, Jim says:

The agents looked at each other silently, then scribbled some additional notes, which were inserted into a file folder with my name on it. I later learned that once you become a person of interest, the FBI retains your file indefinitely!

Thankfully, Jim did not let this obvious scare tactic deter his research. Now, thanks to modern technological advancements and the tireless work of courageous men like Jim Murray, we can begin to understand the truly groundbreaking nature of Tesla’s original work.

The ramifications of the mass application of SERPS technology are nothing short of paradigm shifting. It is widely known that the “energy variable” is a primary factor in US policies. The pursuit of energy is no doubt a catalyst for many of the decisions politicians regularly make. However, most Americans are only aware of the research efforts which involve the utilization of coal, petroleum, nuclear power, wind and solar. These accepted avenues of exploration receive over 5 billion dollars in subsidies per year, while independent researchers like Jim are totally ignored.

The positive environmental impact of radical technologies like SERPS also cannot be understated. While lawmakers continue to pay lip service to the issue of global warming, this technology could drastically reduce the carbon footprint of the entire planet. Mountaintop coal removal is destroying entire swaths of land, oil sands developments are already slated to be the cause of up to the second fastest rate of deforestation, and hydraulic fracturing for oil & natural gas can require up to 15.8 million gallons of water per well.

In 2012, the total energy output from wind power alone in the US surpassed 60 gigawatts, enough capacity to power nearly 15 million homes. While renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, and hydro have been widely criticized as being inefficient to meet the nation’s energy demands. The obvious truth is that through the use of technologies like the SEPRS device, we can more than meet our energy needs.

So long as organizations exist that can legally ensure the suppression of emerging technologies, the best interests of the people will always run secondary to the interests of those who have controlling ownership in traditional power systems. The same systems which ensure cash flow to the elite and continue to destroy our planet in the process.

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