personalized medicine is a growing field.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 2.1.13~
The last time I went to an Iwi meeting, we were asked to present our ideas for tribal business advancement.
I said, let’s create celebrity rehab centres in New Zealand as a part of the medical tourism industry. Upmarket, with an entire range of health products our Iwi (Maori tribe) makes and creates, in conjunction with the spiritual side of healing and psychology too.
It went down like a … like a… like a… ?! (more…)
When I got back to New Zealand, an African-American broadcaster friend of my family’s who is married to a Kiwi airline pilot said to me: “You know what hacks me off? It is the fact that people are just the gristle in BigPharma’s wheels.”
As she spends half her time in the US and half her time in New Zealand each year, I took her comment seriously. That was over a year ago.
Today I read of Dr. Carlos Estiandan‘s case in the USA:
“He prescribed powerful painkillers to addicts who had no medical need for them. He wrote more prescriptions than the entire staffs of some hospitals and took in more than $1 million a year. Unknown to the medical investigator, two other Estiandan patients had suffered fatal overdoses. More deaths would follow.
By the time the medical board stopped Estiandan from prescribing, more than four years after it began investigating, eight of his patients had died of overdoses or related causes, according to coroners’ records. (more…)
Russian humor: Russian scientists create worlds best heart valve.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 27.11.12~
“Hollywood plastic surgery” was the 32nd most voted star topic of 2012. Why? It’s a fascination with Hollywood most probably. See.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 23.11.12~
FACE OFF: SAMUEL TAYLOR-ALEXANDER’s ACADEMIC WORK EXPLORES HOW COSMETIC SURGERY & MEDICAL TOURISM IS A BOOMING INDUSTRY IN MEXICO
Samuel Taylor-Alexander is one of them.
In an almost Hollywoood light, Taylor-Alexander’s academic geek work focuses on how plastic surgery as a revolution of vanity and science, has shaped societal trends.
In particular he looks at ethics in medical practice. Ethic in policy and governance of medical science also interest him. Face transplants technology intrigues young Taylor-Alexander the most.
If you ever seen how many girls look like Angelina Jolie in the USA, he might have a point. To see it is to think of the movie Inception by Christopher Nolan.
Mexico was where Samuel chose to party and study. How funny.
Question of the day: Are New Zealanders facial features becoming more Australian day by day? Are British features becoming more Kiwi day by day? What does the ‘typical’ New Zealand face look like today? Are we becoming more Asian, like the rest of the world? Or still the same as we were twenty years ago?
Now there’s a study too.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 21.11.12~
E. Donnall Thomas, the scientist who developed groundbreaking work into bone marrow transfer and stem cell research to improve the bloods of cancer sufferers, has died.
A genius, Thomas came up with the idea and set about seeing it through. The medical technology has saved many lives due to his thinking. Thomas was the author of Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation, a bible for his peers in medicine.
Colleagues described Thomas as “an incredibly brilliant individual.” He was known to deflect praise to his team. A humble man. (more…)
Billionaire and millionaire’s favorite new make up products have arrived. New science that is fun.
A personalized blue print of your dna (in particularly your body’s cells) can now be made into stem cells and restored, to patch up the body and stave off the ageing process. The stem cell research breakthroughs are the elixor cure to repair general wear and tear.
CNN News: Sir John B. Gurdon 70 of the UK and Shinya Yamanaka 50 of Osaka Japan, have scooped The 2012 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. The award was given on Monday for work that revolutionized the understanding of how cells and organisms develop.
The groundbreaking research is set to increase longevity in the human body. The scientists discovery that “mature, specialised cells can be reprogrammed to become immature cells capable of developing into all tissues of the body,” is winner said the the Nobel Assembly, which consists of 50 professors at the Karolinska Institute.
The reprogrammed cells are new stem cells. They can then be placed into other areas of the body and the cells “are able to develop into all types of cells in the body,” the professors collective said in a statement. (more…)
Matthew Reeve, the son of late Superman actor Christopher Reeve, is in Australia discussing stem cell research and the future of spinal cord injury treatments.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 11.8.12~
PETER DUNNE TALKS QUALITY CONTROL OF SYNTHETIC HERBAL HIGHS, KIM DOTCOM & PETER JACKSON’S HOBBIT PLANS NEWS
New Zealand Government Reviews Party Pills culture: “Manufacturers of herbal highs and recreational drugs will now be responsible for proving their products are safe before they can be sold.
Associate Minister of Health Peter Dunne said new regulations reverse “the onus of proof” by making all party pills and other herbal highs illegal until they are proved safe for sale.”
More timely Quality Control News at TVNZ. How will our Brit friends cope now?! :)
In other news, US ‘the enemy’ says Dotcom judge. Too funny. Peter Jackson wants a medal for resourceful filmmaking, going with a vision of parlaying more Oscars from his gift of cinematic auteurship. Can he get more films from a master novelist’s book. Also read: Jackson is not done with the Hobbits industry just yet.
Yeah – it’s like, there needs to be way more action scenes of adventurous scenes, so that the Hobbiton theme park can happen. So, I guess, you keep at it. Hobbits it just what the man does.
[Photos: Kings Plant Barn NZ & Tumeke]
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 16.7.12~
In a news story that appeared on the TV today, Doc Med reports:
“GlaxoSmithKline to pay $3 billion in largest U.S. health care fraud settlement in history. The pharmaceuticals giant pleaded guilty to alleged drug marketing malfeasance and to pay $3 billion in fines. It is the largest case of its kind in US history.
Department of Justice said the pharmaceutical firm will plead guilty to three counts of criminal information for alleged off-label marketing of the antidepressants Paxil and Wellbutrin, and for allegedly withholding safety information from the Food and Drug Administration for its diabetes drug Avandia.
“Health care fraud is an epidemic that touches every aspect of our lives,” (more…)
[Fonterra votes to be partially globally owned].
In the biggest news story so far this year in New Zealand, concerning farming real estate, the building block of the New Zealand economy, and the biggest cash cow in our history, (dairy farming) Nadine Chalmers Ross was assigned the night shift in over-time to cover the story.
Fonterra farm co-op, made up of 10,500 farmers were proposed a scheme where they could trade shares amongst each other, and also sell to foreign (or external investors) up to 20% of the co-op. Or, to give consent to a trading scheme – where the biggest land mass of useable productive farming land in NZ, went partially on the block as collatoral.
Under strictly private filming conditions, Chalmers Ross explains how a 75% result of voters being ‘in favor of’ would have been the result needed to ensure the co-op’s shareholders would create the stable and unified environment of shareholders, showing trust in Fonterra’s managements future development plans with the $500million plus money, raised from the vote and partial sale of the trading shares plan.
The reporting was worded this way: “Farmers continue to worry that letting outsiders invest in their co-operative will ultimately lead to a loss of control. Among comments from farmers voting against the scheme today were that it takes Fonterra too far away from tried and proven co-operative principles, it is not needed and that it has not been well enough tested.
They also say 50% is not enough and that 75% shareholder support should be required to see it pass. “Anything less than that will actually create a rift in the shareholder base,” said Allister McCahon, a Dargaville farmer.”
Well 2/3rds or just over 60% of farmers agreed. Well below the 75%, the spin doctors of Fonterra, claim it’s enough and they’re romping off with 20% of farmers capitol to invest in arable farming land in new territories abroad.
The benefits: Agricultural knowledge, the scinence of the technology and expertise can now be exported to feed far reaching markets with farming ventures on foreign land. This reduces freight expenses and allows for business networking to develop for the NZ co-op in foreign territories, if the scheme goes well. I hope it does.
The risks: Those dumb balance sheets at AGM’s (in a drastic scenario, such as witnessed in an AIG styled Wall Street banking tale) that declare, ‘oh we made a loss of $200 million over there and $100 million over there.’ Followed by ‘oops, we hope to make it up to you next year,’ so your farming co-op can remain 80% yours. They do happen.
How to reduce this: A more risk-managed culture of shadow managers (of NZ citizenship and preferably children of NZ farmers, Maori farmers children even, for a change!), working with the top execs in each global territory is now needed.
What it says: Both existing capital and projected profit earnings, were drawn down on in this business gamble of measured risk in light of food needs increasing in the world. It allows for 1 in 5, virtual ’Wall Street farmers’ to now own the co-op. They’re soon to be in the mix. Then it becomes a shark chomping game of shares now. Today, farming culture changed. This is perhaps, something that the farming industry is not au fait with, as collective community objectives have made the dairy industry pony up and work together to be the world’s no.1 dairy supplier. It introduces a new element, of comptetiveness now. Naive farmers need to choose who they trust more wisely from here on in. Now the external components of investors, can put pressure on the farmers in the future.
Management: The good - Ralph Norris (who is used to getting paid $20 million a year) is on the board. He’s doing white milk and black milk (dairy and oil portfoilio mix, this year). He sits in the middle of ‘liquid economies NZ’ where soil quality while furthering both dairy’s growth and export product, as well as energy development (that includes oil, mining energy products) must co-exist side-by-side in his two portfolios. Ralph is a good manager. The Co-Op should be able to expect a lot from him. Hopefully Norris and his buds will recoop the investment in strategic ways. (more…)
Ready for their close up: Debbie and Roger Clemens leave court today after Roger’s acquittal in court.
The USA loves a court case. Especially involving sports figures. Actually, any courtcase is an American artform. Since Oprah eased back, Judge Judy has the no.1 daytime TV ratings in the US, at the time of writing. Roger Clemens acquittal today from sports doping, has the social media blogs, awhirl.
Why is sports doping as a topic so fascinating to Americans? I guess because it’s about enhancing athletes’ bodies, with external additives of medical science. So, in a way: how the USA’s economy gets China, Japan, Brazil, Britan, France to buy trillions of dollars worth of America’s debt – sports doping kind of sums up how the US economy is enhanced to function in the world. That’s my theory on it, anyway.
Clemens was tried on six counts of perjury and obstruction. The investigation was a four and a half year, harrowing ordeal. Steroid-laced, bloodstained needles, were even produced in court to say the pitcher had been a sports doper. The court case raises issues of “medical waste,” of waste of court resources and time. Yet the message from the court house to all sports athletes at Clemens expense, was a good one. I hope China’s reading! NY Daily Times takes us in to what is being debated online right now. Take a look.
And now for what sports fans care about: “Is Roger Clemen snow ready for his close up in sports Hall of Fame? On Roger’s acquittal his sports colleagues note, “I think it’s great for the game, because we can stop talking about it now,” Yankees captain Derek Jeter said. “I’m pretty sure baseball fans are happy it’s over.”
Sports doping as a recent trend, cheats endorsement royalties off other athletes perhaps playing more fairly in sports, so it’s good that Roger Clemens survived in court, raising awareness to this issue. Sports doping creates super sports stars, unfairly. Why it’s a good topic to air heading into Olympics Games season.
In Roger’s case as a sports star now cleared for a ‘sports Oscar’ nominee into The Hall of Fame, it’s always good to not see stick thin sports stars, all the time. Diversity is good. It gives the rest of us couch potatoes hope in playing sport more while not going to the gym as much as we possibly could, or should in a busy world.
Just exercise when you can, play sport, be just, be healthy, believe in teamwork and don’t abuse medical science’s knowledge, to cheat in sports at top level, is the good message.
~Posted by Horiwodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 21.6.12~
CHIA SEEDS SUPERFOODS & GROW YOUR OWN DRUGS TV SHOWS – ENTREPRENEURS OF HEALTH & BEAUTY INDUSTRY BIZ IDEAS
[Totara berries fruiting - Courtesy of Wairere Boulders website]
On Kiwi TV today, I’m looking at a nutritionist talking the buzz topic in New Zealand as a Superfoods Growing Nation that’s on the rise heading towards a 9 million populated planet by the year 2050. Obviously growing the best food and creating life-sustaining products is in NZ’s bright future.
In particular, on TV I liked learning about how Chia seeds have more vitamins and minerals than blueberries. Being boron rich is the seeds forte, helping the bloodstream absorb calcim. Chia seeds are also rich in calcium and protein. Wow!
Yesterday, I also saw a BBC Show that teaches people how to Grow Your Own Drugs. The emphasis of the show is on making your own beauty remedies and save a bunch of bucks, while making better beauty products yourself. The link to that show is tres creamy.
It’s awesome to see entrepreneurs of the healthy and food industries stepping up offering good ideas to grow economies with a realistic people focus too.
To learn how to make your own lavendar bath bomb keep reading: (more…)
TRIATHLETE DOCTOR LANCE O’SULLIVAN QUITS IN THE FAR NORTH’S KAITAIA OVER HEALTH INEQUALITY PROVISION
Here’s a medical ethics champion narrative for our times:
Maori Doctor, Lance O’Sullivan has quit over a funding row, regarding treating patients fairly in his hometown.
Good on him. More here.
Previously, GP Lance (who doubles as a triathlon, Ironman and Iron Maori athlete) gave New Zealand this message: “Heart disease kills more Maori men, than anyone else in New Zealand.”
What the heck are we gonna do now? is what his fans and patients are saying. Kaitaia GPs have all rallied around Lance, saying they want him to stay. O’Sullivan resigned at Health provider Te Hauora o Te Hiku o Te Ika due to philosophical differences. “It’s about how a Maori doctor can be well supported to do a difficult job,” is what Lance says.
[Read more. Photos: One Heart Many Lives website.]
~Posted by Horiwoodblog,Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 14.6.12~
We have some cheeky Dutch people TV personalities in New Zealand. One of them was on TVNZ’s Good Morning Show (NZ’s equivalent of Good Morning America) this morning. His name was Rudolph Doolittle or something flash like that – Ru for short, like the Maori name for an owl. What I liked about his hobbies is that the more he lives in New Zealand, the more he’s becoming connected to nature more.
Ru’s fascination with the Weta (the world’s largest insect) and its medicinal properties contained in this bitey insect’s DNA has the potential to prolong life – in a story that was featured on the show today. The weta can survive in minus 9 degrees temperature through a complex system of hibernation shut down to conserve energy. John Leader and Jennifer Bedford‘s scientific research has looked at the blood composition of some Weta specimens noting that the weta could be frozen solid and yet return to life when thawed. Remarkably, there is no evidence in the blood of antifreeze, so weta have the ability to tolerate internal ice formation. Or in English, some weta have a protein in their blood that preserves them, preventing water from freezing. Wetas can survive being frozen for months, putting themselves into a state of suspended animation.
This aspect of the weta’s dna is what scientists are working on in New Zealand to prolong life in the medical science fields. Cryogenic science, it’s called. A very good idea (Medical breakthroughs that preserve life, could help fund New Zealand’s growing superannuation needs) as cryogenics could be a huge growth area of NZ’s medicinal propensities ahead in earning more for the country. Imma fan.
Also intro-ed on the show by TV host and Woman’s Mag staple, Jeanette Thomas was the amazing work that WingSpan organization does. A quick google search reveals that Ru’s real name is Rudd Kleinpaste (science trained) and he was joined on the show with falconers Debbie Stewart and Noel Hyde. Noel brought an Australian harrier Fran onto the show and Debbie was armed with a Te Karearea, named Shaheena. The trio were promoting Wingspan, the only raptor breeding and conservation programme in the country celebrating twenty years in operation. The karearea (or falco novaeseelandiae) are magnificent birds, of whom there are 4,000 left – thanks in part to the work of this group of friends.
In flight they are quick reaching 230km/ph. They have been clocked at more than 17 g-forces and have eye-sight perceptions 8 times faster than their human friends.
Described as a fast and fearless predator the te karearea can take prey six times their own body weight, up into the air. Small birds, insects and live rodents are what they hunt. However, in the winter months where food is more scarce, they also hunt smaller carrion (unfortunately even the rare saddleback too, if they’re too slow).
Te karearea are listed as an ‘acutely threatened species.’ The beautiful birds exist on maunga (mountain ranges) of the North Island, the South Island and on remote Island terrians of New Zealand too. Te karearea also exist in Northland, although very rare. The rarity of the birds place in New Zealand’s ancient history of Iwi cultural lore, adds to their mystique of strength and agility. They have always been symbols of the wairua, or spirit – able to soar high above the ground and provide different and unique views symbolizing the potential of our wairua’s ability to do that too, when trained to.
To learn more of these magnificent birds and their human friends’ important work, click on pic above to journey into their world. Thanks Jeanette, Ru, Debbie and Noel on TV today too for interesting TV programming involving our manu taonga o Atearoa. Wow! Some of the best ‘in studio TV’ this year from Good Morning!
Julian Lennon, producer of a whale preservation documentary (that includes Iwi Maori in it) would love this organization’s work. Band on the run… Maybe there’s a magnificent film in the Te Karearea’s yearly story. Peace!
[Photo 1: Craig McKenzie as featured on Horiwoodblog in Hollywood on the 5th February, 2012. Photo 2: Titled: The Key to Eternal Life at The Tomb of Ramses II, Abu Simbel Nubia, Egypt - as photographed in Hollywood by photographer and jazz artist, Jacqueline Anne Finch - on display at Whole Foods, Art Wace in Hollywood, California. 1.1.11. Wingspan is based in Rotorua, North Island, New Zealand].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 25.5.12~
I once flatted in Christchurch City with a girl called Alison. Descended from original Scottish settlers in Dunedin, Alison had a flaming ginge mane. Ali was no supermodel in appearances. She had a body like Booker prize winner Keri Hulme, and was beautiful on the inside. She is also super smart, a scientist at Lincoln University who was developing science to grow truffles in new ways for medicinal and culinary purposes.
Ms Dundein loved throwing the meanest dinner parties created from dishes she all cooked from scratch herself. Once Alison gave me one thimble-full of her family’s homemade brew, Scotch whisky recipe at one of her Christchurch dinner parties. I swear, no one moved in their chairs for half an hour and Alison (who remained unchanged) continued on with her truffle growing tales of what goes on beneath the surface.
That was almost seven years ago, when the house by the Avon river we lived in was once standing. The memory of Alison’s creativity and her understated way she served it up homemade from Dunedin family culture got me thinking about India today and its lucrative whisky market.
The British Business Finder notes:
“Few of the customers who scramble to be served at Vijay Sharma‘s humble off-licence would describe themselves as whisky connoisseurs. Not for them the likes of Johnny Walker or other Scotches long associated with the Indian elite.”
Andrew Buncombe continues the story in The Independant noting that, “off-licences such as the one managed by Sharma are the centre of a “whisky war” that is gripping India.
Figures collated by the London-based International Wine & Spirit Research (IWSR) suggest that, for the first time in seven years, Bagpiper whisky has lost its title as the world’s best-selling whisky to a recent upstart, Officer’s Choice. While Bagpiper sold 16 million cases in 2011, sales of Officer’s Choice reached 16.5 million. (more…)
KAIMOANA AS SUPERFOOD EASING ARTHRITIS – NEW ZEALAND GREEN LIPPED MUSSELS HEALTHY MEDICINAL BREAKTHROUGH
“We believe green lipped mussel extract (freeze-dried powder) is the next super food,” said Ben Winters of Aroma NZ.
“It not only helps with arthritis pain but also supports gut health and may act as a pre-biotic lowering bacteria levels in the gut.”
Aroma NZ opened a bigger new factory in Bromley which allows them to extract omega-3 fatty acids and high quality lipids from marine and botanical ingredients using super-critical fluid extraction without using toxic chemicals or solvents.
–New Zealand’s scientific love affair with biotechnology in the health arena is on the up. Read more here.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 5.3.12~
We live in a world of ‘smartfone wallet banking telephone technology.’ One of the things that stands in the way of currency being done away with enitrely in favor of smartfone spend only (as is already proven and tested in places like say, Soweto) is drugs. In particular how people buy them without authorities knowing.
Is this the answer? Or do we just need to be more aware of when rehab needs to occur for the celebrities we admire so much and people in general who develop a drug dependancy that could kill them? like Bennett is accutely aware of.
Surely there’s a balance with this suggestion by the 86 year-old grammy winning singer? I know BigPharma and SmartPhone Wallet producers will love Tony Bennett right now, but it doesn’t take away the harmful effects of drugs on individuals, their families, communities of acquaintences and also their fans. Don’t get me wrong – as a Kiwi, I think that Bennet’s suggestion would practically empty out all the jails in New Zealand.
That wouldn’t be a bad idea. It would save the country a heck of a lot of money! Yet, does this just encourage more pharmaceutical drug dependancy if drugs are legalized, or, will it take away the ‘naughty’ of doing them, thus balancing out an increasing drug addiction problem in the US?
Ironically, only yesterday I was at a tribal planning meeting in Helensville at the town’s War Memorial Hall. One of the entrepreurial ideas of one tribal member was for “quality rehabilitation tools being developed by the tribe.” It was a surprise to hear the idea yesterday but when I thought about it, the idea was quite brilliant! Clearly, our tribe is going to be rich! Full steam ahead then!!!
BigPharma is a huge industry. So is drug dependancy. By inference, in the road ahead, “so is the rehab industry.” In fact, a really cool child’s name for a celebrity baby today would be Rehab.
I’m not joking! That would rock! The good thing about octogenarians too, like Tony Bennett is that they’ve lived so long, they really don’t care what anyone thinks of them, so they give an honest opinion. I look forward to the debate that occurs about the question Bennett Raises.
In the meantime, the media provide Whitney Houston’s ‘prescription medications’ discovered in her hotel suite - for her fans. They’re listed as being sedatives ranging from LORAZEPAM, VALIUM, XANAX.
Is Mr Bennett right, when he says to legalize drugs? I see a humane intention in his raising of awareness on the issue for those struggling in private pain with addiction, yet would this increase or decrease the situation of drug dependancy if drugs are so readily available? And if people are always numbing their pain (consciously or subconsciously) with constant medication usage, how do we ever get a chance to register our emotions and emotionally grow up as mature adults, conscious of others in the world? If we are socialized to be children who just ‘graduate’ in life to want ‘more candy.’ That may not be the way to go, ahead. Doesn’t that just make us spoilt brats?! Just a thought.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 13.2.12~
In “Have You Bought More Shares in Pharmaceutical Companies Yet?” News:
I am reminded of a friend from Florida who shared “what’s wrong with Corporate America is that they now expect people to be the very gristle to oil the wheels of their machine.”
When I learend that Rave Drug Ketamine (Special K) is Being Eyed as Quick Cure For Suicidal Depression, via the LA Times and read Gawker’s headline: “Ketamine Is the World’s Dumbest Drug“. And noticed that it was in the top twenty things that the American people searched for online today…
I couldn’t help but think, perhaps she was right.
And – if there were no drugs pumped through at such a huge rate by BigPharma, how would people suffering from depression – work on being a bit happier? Naturally.
Don’t get me wrong, I think medical science is fantastic – when used for the right reasons. But doesn’t this just encourage further addiction to totally escape reality from the hand of BigPharma’s growing Veins Invasion Footprint?!
I mean… why do people have to be so sedated constantly?! And why is Happiness a big growth ”industry” rather than a cultural goal to achieve for people living in a community that’s working for them as unique people with unique potential and dreams? Let’s just say the USA is really hitting the “Medical Tourism” arena quite hard!
A growing demand?
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 31.1.12~
Would you pay for a medical tourism trip to New Zealand? Could the best plastic surgeons in the world be moving here as well?
These questions are being raised and explored today in Aotearoa.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 25.9.11~