Your Body is Acidic. Here is what you NEED to Do (The Truth Behind Cancer that You Will Never Hear From Your Doctor)


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“All normal cells have an absolute requirement for oxygen, but cancer cells can live without oxygen – a rule without exception. “Deprive a cell 35% of its oxygen for 48 hours and it may become cancerous.”

Our diet plays a vital role in maintaining proper pH levels in the body. PH balance is the balance of acid and alkaline in all fluids and cells throughout your body. Your body must balance the blood’s pH levels at a slightly alkaline level of 7.365 in order to survive. Unfortunately,  the typical American diet consists primarily of toxic and acid-forming foods like processed sugars, refined grains,  genetically modified organisms, and etc. This  leads to unhealthy acidic pH. An imbalanced pH can interrupt cellular activities and functions. Excessively acidic pH can lead to many  serious health problems such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and heartburn. If you keep your body  in an acidic state for a long period of time, it can drastically accelerate aging. Robert O. Young   in The pH Miracle, says, that most health problems arise from being acidic. This is because parasites, bad bacteria, viruses, and candida overgrowth thrive in acidic environments.  But an alkaline environment neutralizes bacteria and  other pathogens.

Therefore, maintaining pH balance  is one of the important tools to optimizing your health.

Neanderthal genes may be to blame for modern allergies


The Neanderthals and Denisovans had been living in Eurasia for 200,000 years before early humans arrived on the continent 40,000 years ago.

New studies suggest three genes from Neanderthals may be responsible for human allergies. evious genetic studies have proven early humans interbred with both Neanderthals and their close relatives the Denisovans. New research suggest these encounters may be to blame for allergies.

A team of international scientists identified three genes in the DNA of Neanderthals and Denisovans most commonly found in humans. These genes helped boost human immune defenses, protecting us against bacterial and viral pathogens.

But for some unlucky inheritors, the presence of all three immune-boosting genes has proven to be too much, enabling an overly sensitive immune system.

All in all, researchers say interbreeding was a smart strategy for the early humans who moved out of Africa and into Eurasia.

“A small group of modern humans leaving Africa would not carry much genetic variation,” lead researcher Janet Kelso, an evolutionary anthropologist at the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig, told The Guardian. “You can adapt through mutations, but if you interbreed with the local population who are already there, you can get some of these adaptations for free.”

The Neanderthals and Denisovans had been living in Eurasia for 200,000 years before early humans arrived on the continent 40,000 years ago.

But the same genes that protected those early humans made them sensitive to animal hair and pollen.

To what extent do those three genes still dictate our immune response today? Researchers are trying to figure that out. Most scientists think there’s a lot more to learn about human-Neanderthal interbreeding and how it countinues to influence genomes today.

“I think this is really just the tip of the iceberg about how mating with Neanderthals influences all sorts of traits today,” Josh Akey, a professor of genome sciences at the University of Washington who did not participate in the new research, told NPR.

What you should know about Elon Musk’s insane plan to colonise Mars


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We may well be on our way to become Martians, thanks to founder and CEO of SpaceX, Elon Musk. He recently revealed at the International Astronautical Congress meeting in Guadalajara, Mexico that he will be building an express train to colonise the Red Planet in the next 40 to 100 years. The inter-planetary project will supposedly cost $10 billion.

The video by SpaceX plays out a brief idea of how humans are going to be transported in the space vessel leading up to the event of landing on Mars. However, the details about what happens after we get there aren’t clearly ironed out. Musk has even warned that the first batches of humans to reach the planet should be prepared to die.

Watch the video. URL:https://youtu.be/0qo78R_yYFA

“I think the first journeys to Mars are going to be really very dangerous. The risk of fatality will be high; there’s just no way around it,” Musk said. “It would be, basically, ‘Are you prepared to die?’ If that’s OK, then, you know, you’re a candidate for going,” he said.

“It’ll be, like, really fun to go—you’ll have a great time,” he said. Sure, Elon.

A GLIMPSE INTO OUR MARTIAN FUTURE

Like everything on Earth, there’s a catch to Musk’s grand plan of becoming a multi-planetary species. It’s not legal even to shoot a rocket without authorisation from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the United States that controls what can float around our orbit.

While we await legalisation of our impending death in space, let’s watch Matt Damon grow and eat potatoes on our future home.

NESTLÉ CONTINUES STEALING WORLD’S WATER, WHILE CALIFORNIA SUFFERS SERIOUS DROUGHT


California is currently in its fifth year of severe drought, which means all of California remains in a state of emergency. And it’s not just Californians who are impacted, because the state uses its minimal water supply to provide the entire nation with more food than any other state.

Locals, former forest employees, environmental groups, and more have been continuously trying to expose Swiss-based company Nestlé’s reckless behaviour of piping tens of millions of gallons of water out of San Bernardino National Forest annually. From Sacramento alone they take 80 million gallons each year. What’s worse, they are then selling people’s water back to them under the allure of brand names while the state, and consequentially, the nation, suffers the consequences.

The company’s permit to extract water from the park technically expired in 1988, but despite both this legal reality and the ongoing severe drought, they claim to take water management very seriously. So while they write well-articulated responses on their website regarding the issue at hand, many people continue to stand by the fact that it’s absolutely wrong to extract and profit from local waters during a drought.

“Nestlé pays only 65 cents for each 470 gallons it pumps out of the ground – the same rate as an average residential water user. But the company can turn the area’s water around, and sell it back to Sacramento at mammoth profits,” notes a coalition of environmentalists, Native Americans, and other concerned people.

In San Bernardino, the company dishes out a humbling $500 a year to pipe out natural spring water. “This is exactly what happens when water is treated as a commodity and is sold for profit,” explains John Stewart, the Deputy Campaigns Director at the nonprofit Corporate Accountability International. “It is forcing us all as a society to say, ‘Who is providing our water? Is it Nestlé or our own democratically governed towns and cities?’”

To put the unjust operation to a halt, environmental groups are hoping to prove the claim that Nestlé is breaking federal law by operating on an expired permit to extract water from San Bernardino National Forest. “They are taking water from a national forest that desperately needs that water,” says Michael O’Heaney, who is the Executive Director at the Story of Stuff, a group that pushes for the cleanup of consumer culture. “The Forest Service is obligated by law to ensure the natural resources of the forest are protected.”

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Will a lawsuit against the company do any good? There is an overwhelming concern that, despite the facts, the law system won’t pull through. As corruption will have it, those with the most money seem to come out ahead.

People are sick of these abuses, however, and will fight to raise awareness anyway. That is why a coalition, made up of the Crunch Nestlé Alliance, the Story of Stuff Project, and co-plaintiffs from the Center for Biological Diversity and the Courage Campaign Institute have filed the lawsuit.

According to the coalition, they are “protesting Nestlé’s virtually unlimited use of water – up to 80 million gallons a year drawn from local aquifers – while Sacramentans (like other Californians) who use a mere 7 to 10 percent of total water used in the State of California, have had severe restrictions and limitations forced upon them.”

Nestlé is the biggest supplier of the world’s bottled water, which includes brand names such as Perrier, San Pellegrino, Pure Life, Ice Mountain, Zephyrhills, Poland Spring, and Deer Park, among others.

We must not sit passively as we watch criminal corporations, criminal governments and banks, and the military industrial complex work together to take away our money, desecrate our environment, and threaten our future.

We need to make it tough for these giant corporations to slip through the cracks. It’s not useless. In fact, other companies fear the negative public relations regarding bottling water during a drought. Starbucks, for instance, agreed to stop sourcing its bottled water brand Ethos in California because of the “serious drought conditions and water conservation efforts in California.” So the more we speak out, the better chance we have of effecting real change.

You have a second brain


Your brain is made up of billions of neurons that are constantly firing electrical signals back and forth to tell you what to do, what to think, and how to feel.

But your body actually has a second brain that controls you much more than you might realise – and most people have no idea it exists.

As this episode of AsapSCIENCE explains, one of the main ways our brain communicates with the rest of our body is via the vagus nerve, which passes messages to the vocal chords, heart, lungs, and the digestive tract.

But researchers have also discovered that within the enteric nervous system – the extensive mesh-like network of neurons that controls your digestive tract – the messages are going the other way, too.
In fact, 80 to 90 percent of the nerve fibres in the enteric nervous system are going from the gut to the brain. And when the vagus nerve is cut, the enteric system doesn’t need the brain at all.

In other words, your digestive system is your second brain, and it controls you far more than you realise.

I know what you’re thinking here – just because the gut can pass messages back to the brain, doesn’t mean it’s in control. But it turns out our digestive system also influences our choices on a daily basis.

This is most likely because back when our ancestors were living as hunter gatherers, some of the most important life-or-death choices they’d have to make were based on food: would eating a berry provide enough energy to get through the day? Would it be poisonous?

Because of this, from an evolutionary perspective, it makes sense to have a direct line of communication between the gut and the brain.

But even today, it’s incredibly influential.

Not only has research shown that our gut bacteria can manipulate our food cravings and behaviour in order to ensure their own survival (you can blame them on your junk food obsession), but the colonies in our digestive system also affect our mood.

Studies suggest that people with healthy and diverse gut microbiomes are less likely to be depressed or anxious.

And, in mice, researchers have shown that those that grow up in sterile environments – where no bacteria colonise their guts – display social traits similar to those in humans on the autism spectrum. When these mice were fed probiotics, their symptoms were alleviated.

This kind of effect has been seen in early studies in humans too, leading many scientists to believe that one of the primary functions of gut bacteria is actually to promote social behaviours and ensure the survival of the species through reproduction – but we’ll let the AsapSCIENCE video above explain that.

In some ways, it seems like our second brain is even more influential than our logical thought. And, great, now we can’t stop second-guessing which brain is making us do everything. Sometimes science is so creepy.

Watch the video. URL:https://youtu.be/T3Ftj5E90tY

Simple New Tracking Method Can Find Your Luggage Even When The Airlines Can’t


If you’ve ever flown on an airplane you know the anxiety of waiting for your bags at the luggage carousel. It’s happened to all of us and if you’re the last one standing there while everyone else has retrieved their luggage and yours is still missing, you know how frustrating it can be.

Anyone who’s ever had their luggage “mishandled” or lost by an airline knows exactly what we’re talking about. Lost luggage is often met with little concern by airline employees that don’t do anything to make you feel comfortable that your luggage will ever be found. If it hasn’t happened yet, rest assured that it will.

But today there is an innovative & inexpensive technology that is changing the way we travel and keep our luggage safe. And it doesn’t require an expensive GPS tracking unit or monthly monitoring service to work.

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Now, you can track your luggage without breaking the bank and it’s easier than you ever thought it could be!

As you know, most GPS tracking units are expensive and require a monthly subscription monitoring service to be effective. But why would you pay for a monthly monitoring service to track your luggage if you don’t travel every month?

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Wouldn’t it be easier if you could attach something small to your luggage that always works, you only pay for once, it only needs a tiny battery to work and you could track it on your phone?

Now you can because technology is solving many of life’s most annoying problems: Like airlines losing your luggage after a long flight!

One company has created a tiny device with a free advanced tracking app that works with iPhones and Android phones and it could be exactly what you’re looking for.

What is it?

It’s called TrackR. It’s about the size of a quarter and it’s revolutionizing the way we keep track our important things.

 

How Does It Work?

Simple! You only need to install the tiny battery in the TrackR, download the free app on your iPhone or Android, link the device to the app and attach TrackR to whatever you want to keep tabs on. In less than 5 minutes you are ready to go!

Once it’s all set up, you can attach it to your luggage when you travel, your keys, a wallet, your purse, your laptop or iPad and anything else you can think of.

The Possibilities Are Endless!

And yes, tracking your stuff really is that easy. There are no monthly subscriptions or annoying bills to pay. Traveling is already stressful enough – now you can let TrackR keep tabs on your valuable luggage while you relax on your flight.

You can even slip the TrackR inside a pocket of your suitcase so nobody even knows it’s there. It’s discreet and still tracking!

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You can also hide a TrackR in your car when you travel and navigate the confusing airport parking lot with ease!

Airport parking lots can be very confusing and everybody has forgotten where they parked their car after a long trip. The last thing you want to do is look at a parking lot map to find your car.

Now you can quickly find your car using TrackR and the free tracking app on your smartphone. All you need to do is open the app on your phone, and click on the ‘lost item’ icon.

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Check out the video below if you want to see it in action:

The Internet Just Slipped From the Hands Of the United States


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Short Bytes: Following the decline of the US Senators’ plea for declaratory and injunctive relief against NTIF, the control of the Internet’s Domain Name System has been transferred to the private nonprofit ICANN which was founded in 1998. The change has taken effect on October 1.

The internet was a pet project of the US military which was funded by DARPA (formerly ARPA). A vital thing to the internet is the Domain Name System (DNS) and the United States, the creator of the internet, has been controlling it since more than two decades. You can read more about DNS and its working in our article: What is DNS (Domain Name System) and How it Works ?

Initially, when the internet was not so popular, the US used to look after the domain name system. The task was later shifted to the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) in 1998 which is a division of the nonprofit ICANN. But the US government, faced as NTIA, still had the control over the operations of the IANA.

Other countries have been pressurizing the US to isolate itself from the operations of ICANN and IANA. The control has begun shifting from the hands of the US but efforts have been made to halt the process. Senators from the states of Texas, Arizona, Oklahoma and Nevada filed a lawsuit in the Southern District of Texas.

Sen. Ted Cruz, who has been on the front foot in the story, believes the control of internet slipping from the hands of the US would lead to its censoring by authoritarian countries.

“Imagine an internet run like many Middle Eastern countries that punish what they deem to be blasphemy,” Cruz said in a Sept. 14 hearing. “Or imagine an internet run like China or Russia that punish and incarcerate those who engage in political dissent.”

In the final decision on Friday, the declined the request for “declaratory and injunctive relief” against NTIA. As of October 1, 2016, ICANN will have the sole authority over the IANA functions.

“This transition was envisioned 18 years ago, yet it was the tireless work of the global Internet community, which drafted the final proposal, that made this a reality,” said Stephen D. Crocker, chair of the board of ICANN.

“This community validated the multistakeholder model of Internet governance. It has shown that a governance model defined by the inclusion of all voices, including business, academics, technical experts, civil society, governments and many others is the best way to assure that the Internet of tomorrow remains as free, open and accessible as the Internet of today.”

The Domain Name System is important to the existence of the internet. Without this address book, it would have been impossible to access a website on the internet. You won’t be reading this news if there was no DNS. The recent stewardship transition, began 18 years ago, doesn’t affect the normal internet users like us.

Scientists aim to make superconductors that work at room temperature


The new research reveals, for the first time, a strong correlation between strontium and electron coupling.

Many superconductors are made up of bonds between copper and oxygen atoms. Elements like strontium are sometimes added to the mix.
Superconductors, which allow resistance-free electric flows, are greatly superior to semiconductors. Unfortunately, they only work at extremely low temperatures — within a few degrees of absolute zero.

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory are trying to design superconductors that work at room temperature. Recently, they had a breakthrough.

Cuprate superconductors are superconductors that work at relatively high temperatures — relatively being the key word. To date, the highest temperature at which a cuprate superconductor has carried electricity while avoiding “roadblocks” — without losing any energy to heat — is minus 70 degrees Celsius.

Scientists first created high-temperature superconductors by incorporating the element strontium into cuprate materials — combinations of iron and oxygen. Together with cold temperatures, strontium causes the superconductor’s electrons to pair up and move friction-free. Normally, electrons repel each other.

Until now, researchers haven’t exactly understood why cuprate superconductors work. What determines the temperature at which the material assumes its superconducting abilities? Why minus 70 degrees and not minus 10?

Previously, scientists have hypothesized that the transition temperature in cuprate superconductors is dictated by the strength of the electron-pairing interaction. But new research suggests it is actually determined by the density of electron pairs.

Scientists measured the density of electron pairs in a variety of cuprate samples, with varying amounts of added strontium, by sending a magnetic field force through the superconductor. The distance the magnetic field is able to travel is directly related the density of electron pairs.

Researchers found the presence of strontium makes cuprates more conductive, but the larger the concentration of strontium, the fewer electron pairs — the fewer electron pairs, the lower the transition temperature drops toward absolute zero.

While the new research reveals, for the first time, a strong correlation between strontium and electron coupling, researchers still don’t understand why electrons do or don’t pair up. If they can solve that mystery, researchers say they will be closer to building superconductors with real world applications.

“These materials wouldn’t require any cooling, so they’d be relatively easy and inexpensive to incorporate into our everyday lives,” BNL science writer Ariana Tantillo wrote in an update. “Picture power grids that never lose energy, more affordable mag-lev train systems, cheaper medical imaging machines like MRI scanners, and smaller yet powerful supercomputers.”

Scientists just documented the first case of Zika spreading through physical contact


A mysterious and extreme case of Zika in the US has shown that we still have a lot to learn when it comes to the virus – and suggests the virus may be capable of being spread by physical contact.

Earlier this year health authorities in Utah were baffled when a patient contracted Zika – but not via any of the usual channels through which the virus is known to spread.

Previously, scientists thought Zika could only be contracted from the bites of infected Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, through semen, or by being passed on from pregnant women to their foetuses.

But a new study, led by researchers from the University of Utah, has examined the Utah episode, and concludes that Zika virus – at least in this very peculiar case – appears to have been spread through physical contact alone.

Not only that, but the virus could be deadlier than we first thought, because while the patient in this scenario was elderly, he was otherwise healthy when he contracted the virus, but died soon after in hospital.


While Zika has been known to kill adults before – in very rare instances – usually such fatalities occur when people have compromised immune systems, which wasn’t the case here.

“This rare case is helping us to understand the full spectrum of the disease, and the precautions we may need to take to avoid passing the virus from one person to another in specific situations,” says infectious disease specialist Sankar Swaminathan.

“This type of information could help us improve treatments for Zika as the virus continues to spread across the world and within our country.”

The circumstances of the case began when the elderly patient, a 73-year-old Salt Lake City resident, visited Mexico in May last year. During his trip, he was bitten by mosquitoes, which is the most likely explanation for how he contracted Zika.

Upon returning from his trip, he went to hospital experiencing inflammation, watery eyes, and a rapid heart rate.

With his condition deteriorating, the man’s 38-year-old son visited him in the hospital, and comforted his father, helping to reposition him in bed and wiping away his tears.

The father later died in hospital, and tests after his death confirmed he had Zika. But only a week after the father passed away, Swaminathan happened to notice that the son also had watery eyes – a common Zika symptom – and tests confirmed he too had contracted the virus.

What baffled the researchers was that the son – unlike the father – had not travelled to a Zika-infected area, nor had sex with anybody who was infected (or who had travelled to a Zika area). And Utah doesn’t have Aedes aegypti mosquitoes.

So how did he catch Zika?

In these circumstances, the researchers conclude “infectious levels of virus may have been present in [the father’s] sweat or tears, both of which [the son] contacted without gloves.”

While there’s no precedent for this hypothesised channel of Zika transmission, it could be that the virus was able to spread due to the other perplexing anomaly of this case: an extraordinarily high concentration of virus in the father’s blood, at 200 million particles per millilitre.

“I couldn’t believe it,” says Swaminathan. “The viral load was 100,000 times higher than what had been reported in other Zika cases, and was an unusually high amount for any infection.”

In light of this extreme viral load, the researchers think it may have been what enabled both the deadliness of Zika in this instance (killing the father), and its previously undocumented ability to spread purely by physical contact (infecting the son).

The son later recovered from his comparatively mild case of Zika, but while it’s an otherwise sad and somewhat disturbing story, the good news is that this strange episode tells us more about how Zika might be able to function – and it’s better to be prepared than not.

“This case expands our appreciation for how Zika virus can potentially spread from an infected patient to a non-infected patient without sexual contact or a mosquito vector,” says one of the team, Marc Couturier from the University of Utah’s ARUP Laboratories.

“This and any future cases will force the medical community to critically re-evaluate established triage processes for determining which patients receive Zika testing and which do not.”

As for Swaminathan, he says the questions raised by this unusual Utah infection will require further research to clear up – although there’s no guarantee on when such an extreme viral load may show up again.

“We may never see another case like this one,” says Swaminathan. “But one thing this case shows us is that we still have a lot to learn about Zika.”

New Species of Psychedelic Lichen Contains Tryptamine and Psilocybin


A newly discovered species of lichen from the rain forests of Ecuador proves that you don’t have to be a magic mushroom to contain psilocybin. It is the first and only lichen known to incorporate these substances.

Ask any biologist and he’ll tell you lichens are an intriguing bunch. They exist only because of a symbiotic relationship between algae (or cyanobacteria) and fungi. The fungus creates a network that sustains, hydrates and protects the alga, which in turn provides sugars through photosynthesis. So, while they exhibit plant-like characteristics, they are not plants. They are composite organisms. This makes the case of the psychedelic lichen even more interesting.

According to a scientific paper published in The Bryologist, the recently classified lichen exhibitspresumed hallucinogenic properties. The scientific method requires that researchers be thorough and only state things that were rigorously tested. That is why they included the word presumed. The elusive lichen is decidedly psychedelic, as evidenced by reports from the tribe who knew about its existence, but since researchers weren’t permitted to use pure reference compounds, they were unable to positively determine the presence of hallucinogenic substances.

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The story behind the discovery of this trippy organism is about as compelling as they get. In 1981, ethnobotanists Jim Yost and Wade Davis were out doing field work in the dense Ecuadorian rainforests when a tribe called the Waorani pointed them in the right direction. Yost had heard of the existence of a hallucinogenic lichen but it was so rare he had never had a chance to encounter one, despite having searched for it for seven years. In a 1983 paper that detailed their discovery, the ethnobotanists wrote:

“In the spring of 1981, whilst we were engaged in ethnobotanical studies in eastern Ecuador, our attention was drawn to a most peculiar use of hallucinogens by the Waorani, a small isolated group of some 600 Indians. … Amongst most Amazonian tribes, hallucinogenic intoxication is considered to be a collective journey into the subconscious and, as such, is a quintessentially social event.

The Waorani, however, consider the use of hallucinogens to be an aggressive anti-social act; so the shaman, or ido, who desires to project a curse takes the drug alone or accompanied only by his wife at night in the secrecy of the forest or in an isolated house. …”

The lichen was so rare that not even the Waorani people had any. And if the small tribe that maintains a strong connection with the surrounding environment isn’t holding, you know the thing is rare. In fact, it doesn’t get any rarer than that. The Waorani called it nɇnɇndapɇ and told the botanists their shamans once used it, but the last time that happened was  “some four generations ago — approximately eighty years — when ‘bad shaman ate it to send a curse to cause other Waorani to die.’”

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Spurred on by the lichen’s scarcity, the duo intensified their efforts and soon got their payoff. As if guided by an invisible hand, Yost and Davis became the first westerners to lay their eyes on the nigh intangible nɇnɇndapɇ. Being responsible investigators, they preserved the unique specimen for future analysis.

It would be another three decades before the lichen’s DNA was analyzed, showing that it was indeed a new species. In 2014, a team of researchers led by Michaela Schmull christened the lichen Dictyonema huaorani and used a technique called liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) to determine the chemical compounds existent in its tissue. Tests showed the presence of psilocybin, tryptamine, 5-MeO-DMT, 5-MeOT (5-methoxytryptamine), 5-MeO-NMT and 5-MT.

This composition makes D. huaorani a very interesting specimen, in the sense that this specific cocktail of substances has never been found before in any plant, fungus or animal. However, the researchers concluded that:

“Due to our inability to use pure reference compounds and scarce amount of sample for compound identification, however, our analyses were not able to determine conclusively the presence of hallucinogenic substances.”

So it seems further research into potentially beneficial species is once again halted by willfully misguided legislation. This trend has been going on for far too long but voices are starting to get louder and louder. The benefits cannot be ignored for much longer, we hope.