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Healthcare Reform

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This Presentation is for Research Purposes Only and Not to be Considered Medical Advice.

Years after the United States’ Healthcare Act of 2010 went into effect, appreciable government time and resources are actively spent in attempt to repeal or replace.  The following article is evaluating options to add-on for improvement, assuming the law is upheld, not an attempt to take sides on whether it should remain in effect.

Under the Affordable Care Act, American civilians are required to purchase an insurance plan which includes certain “Essential Health Benefits,” including ambulatory, maternity care, prescription drugs, lab work, and preventative / wellness services, among others.  “Preventative and Wellness Services” in this case refers to counseling, screenings, and vaccinations, unfortunately leaving out benefits for those who prefer nutritional and holistic healing.  Insurance plans in question could at least be made to include an allotment towards vitamins, fitness equipment, first-aid supplies, essential oil extracts, water purification devices, and similar products.  Customers would receive funds each month added to an account balance, which may be spent on such provisions, with any remaining balance carrying over to save up for larger investments.  Individuals will be less likely to require as much disease treatment later on, reducing overall cost, and customers then have something to show for their insurance expense during months not requiring other medical services.  This adjustment would improve quality of life for citizens otherwise unable to afford wellness products, which in some cases can also be helpful to have on hand for emergency situations.  Calculations are requested to develop a formula for the exact monthly monetary amounts best suited at given levels of coverage.

Another necessary adjustment for healthcare policy involves pharmaceutical and drug selection, in that patients are often not allowed to have their preferred choice.  If pharmaceuticals are derived from a particular plant, customers should have the option to obtain the plant itself instead.  Many patients have phobias about synthetic medications, given the list of warnings and side effects.  Cannabis herbs, coca leaves, and opium are less likely to cause severe adverse reactions compared with many prescription drugs currently available, assuming they are grown in soil meeting the prerequisites discussed in our Agriculture presentation and dosages controlled.  Upon request patients could either be supplied with the unadulterated product or allowed to cultivate themselves, acknowledging access needs to be carefully controlled as with standard medication.  Keep in mind this conversation refers to the substances used in their basic form; refined products including cocaine and heroin are for recreational purposes and not recommended.  As available on the illegal market these substances do not undergo proper quality control and as a result can contain objectionable added chemicals, likely to cause harm.  All drugs can be addictive with a risk of severe adverse reactions, including death, so usage should only take place with a doctor’s recommendation.

Healthcare legislation would be less necessary if there was more focus to prevent systematic poisoning and infection of human beings through exposure to harmful chemicals and biological agents.  For average citizens affordable access to non-hazardous housing and transportation is limited, and chemicals including heavy metal remain an ongoing threat.  In terms of pandemic outbreaks, current events indicate efforts to prevent foreign disease from entering the United States could be reinforced.  Citizens should not be responsible for any medical bills caused by a viral pandemic impacting the nation because of government negligence – i.e., allowing airline passengers from established danger zones into the United States with no quarantine.  Any one who contracts said pandemic should be provided health insurance for life, along with ongoing / long-term financial compensation.

Notice – If you actively use any medication with psychoactive affects, be aware they are often named as a contributing factor in violent crimes; if you intend to perform an act of aggression, please wait until the drugs wear off then reconsider (contact your doctor beforehand if you have been instructed to never let the drugs wear off).

References (Last Updated March 26, 2018):

Read the Affordable Care Act – CMS
The Affordable Care Act, Section by Section – HHS
Remarks by the President on the Affordable Care Act – White House
Health Care Reform and Preventive Care – Web MD
What Marketplace Health Plans Cover – CMS
– Drug Information from the National Library of Medicine – NIH
Nutrition Information for You – Dietary Supplements – USDA
Herbal Medicine: MedlinePlus – NIH
Protective Essential Oil Attenuates Influenza Virus Infection: An In Vitro Study – NIH
Make a First Aid Kit – American Red Cross
First-Aid Kits: Stock Supplies that Can Save Lives – Mayo Clinic
First Aid Kit – Federal Emergency Management Agency – FEMA
Side Effects: Questions and Answers – FDA
– MedWatch Online Voluntary Reporting Form – FDA
Prescription Drug Overdose in the United States – CDC
100,000 Americans Die Each Year from Prescription Drugs – Alternet
SSRI Stories – Antidepressant Nightmares
Big List of Drug-Induced Killers – WND
– Prescription Drugs Now Kill More People In The US Than Heroin And Cocaine Combined – BI
Opioid Overdose Prevention Education
8 Drugs that Exist in Nature – The Week
U.S. Rules That Marijuana Has No Medical Use. What Does Science Say? – Time
About Marijuana – Medical Use – NORML
State-By-State Medical Marijuana Laws – MPP
Guide to Using Medical Cannabis – Americans for Safe Access
– Kaneh Bosm: Cannabis in the Old Testament – Cannabis Culture
Cannabis and Cancer – Studies Showing an Anti-Cancer Effect – Canadians for Safe Access
Cannabis Oil: Unexpected Lifesaver? – NBC News
Cannabinoid Action Induces Autophagy-Mediated Cell Death – JCI
How to Make a Medical Marijuana Oil – Wiki How
Make the Medicine – The Rick Simpson Process of Producing Hemp Oil
Cannabis Could be Used to Treat Epilepsy – Telegraph 
– Adolescent Cannabis Use, Baseline Prodromal Symptoms and the Risk of Psychosis – Cambridge
Study Claims to Find First Two Deaths Caused by Marijuana – Time
– Coca Leaf – Benefits and Controversy – Fox News
Cocaine Is Good For You(r Skin) – Coca Leaf Spa Treatment – Esquire
– It’s Not Cocaine: What You Need to Know About the Pope’s Coca Drink – The Guardian
What Are the Benefits of Coca Tea? – Livestrong
Commission of Inquiry on the Coca Leaf – UNODC
Coca Leaves First Chewed 8,000 Years Ago, Says Research – BBC
– Opium Throughout History – PBS
Opium: A Powerful Medicine for Pain Relief – Fox News
– Breadseed or Opium Poppy, Papaver Somniferum – University of Wisconsin-Extension
– Papaver Somniferum – NCSU
Poppy Fields Forever – Mother Earth Living
Quasi-Medical Use of Opium – UNODC
Poppy Seed Tea Can Kill You
– Alcohol and Opioids: Possible Interactions of Clinical Importance – NIH
– Opioid Interactions with Alcohol – NIH
– The Effects of Combining Alcohol with Other Drugs – University of Michigan
Prescribing Mushrooms for Anxiety – The Atlantic
‘Magic Mushrooms’ Can Improve Psychological Health Long Term – Time
How ‘Magic Mushroom’ Chemical Could Free the Mind of Depression, Addictions – CNN
– Hallucinogenic Drug Found in ‘Magic Mushrooms’ Eases Depression, Anxiety in People with Life-Threatening Cancer – JHU
Hallucinogen in ‘Magic Mushrooms’ Helps Longtime Smokers Quit – JHU
– Lophophora Williamsii: Peyote Medical Uses – University of Wisconsin–La Crosse
Amber Fossil Links Earliest Grasses, Dinosaurs and Fungus Used to Produce LSD – AAAS
Silver Makes Antibiotics Thousands of Times More Effective – Scientific American
Argyria Following the Use of Dietary Supplements Containing Colloidal Silver Protein – NIH
Patent CA2741523A1 – Human Ebola Virus Species and Compositions Thereof
Ebola Can Survive on Surfaces for Almost Two Months – Daily Mail
Sneezes Travel Even Farther Than We Thought, Up to 200 Times Farther – Scientific American
WHO – Disease Outbreaks
FLU – Pandemic Awareness
FDA – Emergency Preparedness and Response
HHS – Prevention
Public Health Emergency – Preparedness
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control
National Institutes of Health – Resources for Researchers
U.S. National Library of Medicine
National Foundation for Infectious Diseases
National Public Health Information Coalition
Virtual Biosecurity Center

Housing

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Many customers remain unable to afford adequate housing.  There is a need to standardize and automate the process, so homes can be produced and delivered more quickly.  Entry level customers are not presented with enough options focusing strongly on minimum essentials with otherwise lower upkeep.

The size of standard shipping containers has been established as enough room for an individual’s living requirements, often exceeding the amount actually needed, demonstrated by the “minimal” or “micro” housing trend.  For individuals who prefer the ability to personally move and relocate dwellings without professional assistance, the size of shipping containers can be unwieldy.

As for the objective to use automatic production, each unit itself can be manufactured in advance as a module, shipped in, and installed, so one can connect multiple units via doorways, attaching halls and so forth.  In other words one may begin with an individual standalone room at first, with the possibility of adding on later.  Each module itself would be equipped with basic amenities, such as insulation and ventilation, along with a function to connect into municipal water and power supplies.

The idea is to streamline the connection process, which calls for a standardized method to plug into water, electricity, cable lines, or combination thereof, similar to the USB port used in PC computing.  USB devices often have the functionality to connect via either cable, for portability, or a docking station, where the device is more securely locked in.  From a housing standpoint the docking station adds more security; for example, several of the “minimal” houses currently available are susceptible to wind damage and could be easily hijacked by vehicle.  The docking station is built into the land to serve as a foundation, preferably along with some amount of insulation and weatherproofing, yet the home could still connect on its own to water and electricity through the same port, without being docked.

We are requesting calculations for optimal target weight and size specifications to provide these features, also to develop the standardization process, as with USB where different brands utilize the same outlet design.  For electronic devices, designers develop “apps,” or modifications expanding the range of uses.  Initial housing apps include: roofing additions, such as “green roofs” and rain barrel collection; towing capacity, the option to attach wheels separately vs. already built-in; showering and laundry mechanisms for use with the built-in wash basin, manual if need be; water heating and purification; mosquito nets for outside vicinities; boating or buoyancy mod, weight permitting; self-contained gardening, like aquaponics; power and heat generation from local fuel sources;  storage space, as in foldout furniture;  pet keeping functionalities.

For those already able to afford modern homes, conditions remain substandard in certain aspects.  Many locations are unacceptable, in terms of not being situated away from high-risk areas, such as those discussed during the Transportation Webinar (nonprofitwebinar.org/transportation).

With second hand dwellings, including those rented out to multiple tenants, there is the risk of the unknown.  Testing for several hazards should be conducted before any leasing or purchase.  There may already be chemical contamination, such as mercury released when some one breaks a fluorescent bulb or plasma screen.  “Meth labs” are becoming pervasive in rented and foreclosed residences.  Mold is another severe health risk affecting common building materials.  Given the cost of testing for all of these, not to mention if anything is detected, it appears more sensible to reduce the cost low enough to purchase a new home in the first place.

In terms of construction materials, wood is susceptible to fire and mold, along with termites, requiring the use of chemical inhibitors which add to the contamination.  Wood and straw buildings can be axed in by an intruder, and trees take a long time to develop lumber, affecting scalability.  Metals, such as steel in the example of “shipping containers,” can be printed in a standardized fashion, which improves production time and cost.  Unfortunately, scarcity is in effect concerning potentially finite resources.  Metals also provide less insulation and act as a lightning or shock hazard, so components must be grounded carefully.

One consideration is the introduction of proprietary hemp-based construction materials, such as those adapted from concrete.  Early indications show that stone-based hemp formulas provide natural fire and mold resistance, along with some degree of insulation.  On the other hand, limestone and other quarry stones are known to contain naturally occurring levels of mercury and radioactive elements, along with potential contamination caused by human activity, so any amount harvested for construction needs to be carefully screened and purified, if possible.  If you or your organization has developed a method to ensure a limestone binding formula is free of radon and other harmful elements, please post your protocol – it would be much appreciated.  We are also requesting assistance from any one able to create open-source modifications to the process, i.e., “3D printing” techniques.  If your organization is developing an open-source, automated hemp construction printing process, including stone products or otherwise, we thank you greatly for your efforts.

References (Last Updated May 10, 2021):

Housing – USA
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Permanent Housing Resources – FEMA
Construction Safety and Health – CDC
Construction eTool – OSHA
ICC – International Code Council
U.S. Small Business Administration – Construction Business Guide
– Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards – OFR
– Home Inspection Standards of Practice – InterNACHI
WikiHouse – Open Source Construction Set
Contour Crafting – Robotic Construction System
Climate CoLab – 3D Printing Hempcrete
Patent US20090234696 – Engineered Architecture
Limestone: Characteristics, Uses And Problems – GSA
International Hemp Building Association
Hemp for Houses – Natural Life Magazine
– Statutory Guidance: Drainage and Waste Disposal – Gov UK
– Zoning – American Tiny House Association
– Minimum Requirements for Lot and Building Size – American Planning Association
Call Before You Dig – It’s the Law
– Safety and Health Regulations for Construction – OSHA
This Old House – Basements and Foundations
Patent US7325363 – Foundation System for Prefabricated Houses
All About Joist and Concrete Floor Structures – DIY Network
– How to Hang Sheetrock – WikiHow
Insulation for New Home Construction – U.S. Department of Energy
Heat Island Mitigation Green Roofs – EPA
NAIMA – Insulation Knowledge Base
About Mold and Moisture – HUD
Mold Cleanup in Your Home – EPA
Moisture Control – U.S. Department of Energy
Moisture Problems in the Home – MSU Extension
External Moisture – Compliance Document for New Zealand Building Code
Air Flow and Water Vapor Transport – U.S. Department of Energy
Technical Guidance to the Indoor airPLUS Construction Specifications – EPA
Home Builder’s Guide to Coastal Construction – FEMA
Indoor Air Pollution – EPA
Sick Building Syndrome – NHS Choices
– Inside FEMA’s Toxic Trailers – Newsweek
Voluntary Guidelines for Methamphetamine Laboratory Cleanup – EPA
National Clandestine Laboratory Register – DEA
Thirdhand Smoke Is Real – National Geographic
Which Household Items Contain Mercury? Mother Nature Network
Hazardous Waste & Universal Waste – Cal Recycle
Cleaning Up a Broken CFL – EPA
Shipping Container Housing: Are the Floors Toxic? – Tree Hugger
Flame Retardants Make Dust Bunnies Dangerous – Duke
Dangerous Materials – Manage Construction and Demolition Waste
Hazardous Construction and Demolition Waste
– Response to Problem Drywall – CDC/ATSDR
Safe Rooms – FEMA
Sinkholes – USGS
Earthquake Hazards Program – USGS
Radiation and Radon from Natural Stone – Rice
Preventing Pollution at Rock Quarries – Missouri Department of Natural Resources
Oceanside: More Contaminated Soil Found at Quarry Creek Site – San Diego Union Tribune
Limestone Increases Radon Risk – BBC
Patent CA2783349A1 – Decontamination of Radionuclides on Construction Materials
Masonry Standards – ASTM
Regulations for Clean Construction or Demolition Debris – Illinois EPA
The Inflatable Concrete Dome – Vienna University of Technology
Earth Sheltered Homes – Mother Earth News
4 Worst Frozen Pipe Episodes in Detroit This Winter – Detroit Free Press
Preventing and Thawing Frozen Pipes – Red Cross
– Fire Protection Specifications – NIH
When ‘Smart Homes’ Get Hacked – Forbes
– Mobile Homes Are So Expensive Now, Hurricane Victims Can’t Afford Them – Bloomberg
Facing Foreclosure Some Owners Trash The House Before Leaving – Consumerist
Foreclosure Rate on Luxury Homes Explodes – CBS News
Chinese Town Filled with Luxury Properties that Nobody Lives In – Daily Mail
More Than 1 in 5 Homes in Chinese Cities Are Empty, Survey Says – WSJ
China’s Ghost Towns and Phantom Malls – BBC
Find Haunted Houses in Your State or City

Transportation

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With transportation the fuel source needs to be more up for consideration.  Fossil fuels are presenting concerns with potential climate change; in the near term, more of an immediate impact would be exposure to harmful vapors released throughout the process of development and use. The first immediate action is to prevent exposure by keeping inhabitants away from affected areas, including fuel production and distribution, along with highways.  Studies are raising red flags for homes and businesses within a range of 100 meters’ proximity to highways / fuel stations and one mile from fuel production, such as hydraulic fracturing.  Within this distance preferably should be a remediation program, similar to those discussed in the Agriculture Webinar (nonprofitwebinar.org/agriculture).  In the event buildings are already constructed too close, workers and tenants should be provided with retrofit protections.  This process may involve a ventilation and vacuum apparatus to generate a barrier which blocks and removes all air approaching from that source.  Workers are to be provided with personal respiration and hazard gear, along with ongoing healthcare coverage.

In terms of climate change, carbon has not been disproved as a contributor.  With that in mind industries are requested to take all steps possible to minimize their acceleration of the process.  With fossil fuel combustion, carbon previously contained within ground gets released into the atmosphere, which scientists have cautioned over time may lead to extreme, traumatic weather.  Biological, plant-based fuel production reduces concern about these factors.  During the growth process, plants absorb carbon from the environment, therefore when leaves or byproducts are combusted the net yield is more balanced out.

Hemp is widely regarded as a worthy plant for this purpose, offering rapid production with minimal treatment.  The seeds can be converted into oil extracts, whereas leaf matter is inherently ignitable for use in biomass briquettes, which serve the same purpose as coal, such as for trains and steam engines.  Calculations in more detail are requested to approximate how much cumulative carbon is absorbed by the hemp plant over the course of various phases in its lifecycle, along with the respective amount released when refined in different ways and burned. For instance there may be an equilibrium point, where portions of the plant could be set aside for other purposes to contain some amount of carbon, if necessary.  Given the hemp plant is a relatively short in height, growing operations can utilize structured platforms to stack multiple levels, maximizing production for a given plot of land   Notice, it is assumed the factors outlined in our Agriculture Webinar (nonprofitwebinar.org) are already accounted for, though areas around hemp refinery and combustion should still be sectioned off, if possible.

References (Last Updated May 10, 2021):

United States Department of Transportation
National Transportation Safety Board
National Transportation Library – Bureau of Transportation Statistics
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
Climate Change – EPA
Global Climate Change – NASA
Near Busy Roads – San Diego Reader
American Lung Association State of the Air – Health Risks Near Highways
Living Near a Highway Can Be Bad for Your Health – Tufts Now
Environmental Health – Near-Highway Pollutants in Motor Vehicle Exhaust – BMC
Is It Safe to Live Near a Gas Station? – Scientific American
Living Within 100m of a Garage is Bad for Your Health – Daily Mail
Gas Stations Pollute their Immediate Surroundings – Science Daily
Air Pollution Spikes in Homes Near Fracking Wells – Forbes
Study of Health Impacts in Air Near Fracking Sites – University of Colorado Denver
Birth Defects and Mothers’ Proximity to Natural Gas Development – NIH
Exxon Mobil CEO: No Fracking Near my Backyard – USA Today
Outdoor Air – Oil and Natural Gas Production – EPA
Report Lists Toxic Chemicals Used in Local Oil and Gas Operations – SCPR
Gulf Oil Spill Researcher: Bacteria Ate Some Toxins, But Worst Remain – AAAS
Oklahoma Earthquakes Fracking – LA Times
Man-Made Earthquakes Are Changing the Seismic Landscape – The Atlantic
Here’s Another Complication for Fracking – Radioactive Waste – PRI
– Coal Ash Is More Radioactive Than Nuclear Waste – Scientific American
– Keystone Pipeline Leak Worse Than Thought – US News
A Century of Controversy – National Geographic
America, Oil, and War in the Middle East – Oxford Journals
The Coming Oil Wars – Spectator
– Lead in Aviation Fuel – Scientific American
Hemp Biodiesel: When the Smoke Clears – Biodiesel Magazine
Firewood in the Fuel Tank – Low Tech Magazine
The Cannabis Biomass Energy Equation – CC Guide
USA Energy Department – Wood and Pellet Heating
Biomass Pyrolysis Research – USDA
Cars Made of Plants – Edmunds Report
Hemp is the Future of Plastics – NASA/ADS
America on the Move – Smithsonian
Mushrooms May Slow Global Warming – CS Monitor