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Frackman the movie


The main reason I have no time to organise Astrotas meetings is I am renovating an old house. It’s lovely but if he knew then what we know now do you think Gramps would have used lead paint and asbestos?

Dayne Pratsky will be available for q&a at the Tasmanian screenings of his movie on fracking in australia. For session times and venues ( burnie, devonport,hobart ) please see the what’s on page or http://frackmanthemovie.com/screenings?r=#more

Fracking suffers from being a newish process where everyone seems to be “making it up as they go along” – to quote Jolynn Minnar, director of “Unearthedhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPIEzSwPwT0

Considering the mess and colateral damage oil wells, coal and gold mines, not to mention nuclear power companies manage to make with the existing technologies, I conclude a coal seam gas well disaster is merely a matter of time and Murphy’s Law.  To quote the detractors of the movie –

..actual well integrity failures are very rare. Well integrity failure is where all barriers fail and a leak is possible. True well integrity failures are two to three orders of magnitude lower than single barrier failure rates – http://www.energyresourceinformationcentre.org.au/conversation/frackman-facts/#myth

ie: leaks are very rare but NOT ZERO. So certain are we that Murphy’s law applies to petroleum companies, Tasmania has The Penguin Jumpers Project Over 15,000 Penguin sized little woolies stored in Oil Spill Response Kits. In the case of a major oil spill, these jumpers will be used to help rehabilitate Little penguins (Eudyptula minor) that have been oil affected.

The only real question is do we want another method of fecking up the environment to add to those we already have?

Cancer – $eriou$ Bu$ine$$


Did you catch Stateline last Friday? Troy Langman of Tascann will be along to talk to Astrotas about Medical Marijuana soon. Local lady Natalie Daly speaks out

And finally ““The Burzynski Research Institute, Inc. (BRI) announced today that U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has notified the company that its partial clinical hold on its IND for Antineoplastons A10/AS2-1 Injections has been lifted.  The FDA has determined that under its IND the Company may initiate its planned Phase 3 study in newly diagnosed diffuse, intrinsic, brainstem glioma.  The Company is continuing discussions with the Agency in an effort to finalize additional details of the phase 3 study protocol for the potential clinical trial.”

to honor the FDA lifting its ban on Burzynski, “Burzynski: Cancer Is Serous Business, Part II” is available to watch for FREE online, anywhere in the world, until July 15th: https://vimeo.com/69209285

You can also see part one online which was screened at Astrotas in 2011. Shontelle Hiron, the aussie Burzynski patient I contacted for more information before screening at Astrotas is not in either movie but she has her old Current Affairs TV clips online. Read more about her remarkable story here – http://wp.me/p18qSp-3C

The fight to allow any patient access to his treatment is far from over. It shocked me to learn that at the time my schoolfriend’s mother died of a similar tumour Shontelle was in Texas receiving this potentially curative treatment.

Unearthed March Meeting pt 1


Coinciding with Tasmanian elections but independant of any political party we screened a few short videos on coal seam gas extraction by fracking in the Karoo, the vast heart of South Africa. video 2 video 1

Quite timely considering the eruption in the press a few days before – “A leaking pond that contaminated an aquifer with uranium at levels 20 times safe drinking guidelines is still being used, despite coal seam gas operator Santos knowing it was faulty more than two years ago.
Santos eastern Australia vice-president James Baulderstone confirmed on Monday that Bibblewindi pond at the site in the Pilliga forest, in north-west NSW, was being used to store water from previous operations, which was produced from exploratory drilling into coal seams. Poor quality pond lining has been blamed.” SMH 10 march 2014

the fine was $1500 in australian pesos
worse the MAX fine possible was $1 million; worser according to NSW govt. “The CSG industry in NSW is subject to the toughest controls in Australia.” begging the question which state’s got the flimsiest? Does anyone else find it alarming that there isn’t a national consensus on best practice? There is now a ban on evaporation ponds in NSW and the site is being cleaned up – http://www.csg.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0018/41535/FactSheet.pdfdogs with pizza

proving the sentiment expressed by investigative filmaker Jolynn Minaar that the CSG regulatory bodies are unable to protect the environment since they are making it up as they go along. You can watch her full length documentary ‘Un-earthed’  here : http://youtu.be/IPIEzSwPwT0 and keep abreast of coal seam gas in Tasmania here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stop-Unconventional-Mining-Tasmania/489647581112052

I’ll let the global health experts from Melbourne University sum it up

It is clear that Australia must quickly move beyond its reliance on coal for health and environmental reasons. However, when taking into consideration the uncertainties over health risks, the unfavourable comparisons with other energy options, the climate risks associated with fugitive emissions, the moral obligations Australia faces as a gas exporter, the potential displacement of renewables and doubts raised over the claim that gas will prove to be a cheap energy option,33 the scale is firmly tipped against the further development of unconventional gas. ~ https://www.mja.com.au/journal/2014/200/4/harms-unknown-health-uncertainties-cast-doubt-role-unconventional-gas-australias

January 2012 – Miracle of Fasting


Looking tanned and terrifically energetic after a week long fast, Astrotas founder Rodger Taggart gave us a run down on how to properly conduct a water fast to detox and rejuvenate after the silly season. Summer in Tasmania is a perfect time to undertake this as the weather is just pleasantly warm and the fruits which are so suitable as pre and post fast meals are in abundance.

Animal studies have shown fasting even stimulates stemcells in the brain to produce new neurons.

Some points to note:

    you should not go on a fast without medical supervision if you are taking any medications regularly

  • Fasting is a change of habit for most people. Rodger suggested not telling anyone until you complete your fast to avoid the usual barrage of negative commentary and awkward social encounters.
  • Try a one day fast first. Each day of fasting removes one year from your biological age according to the ancient experts.
  • Juice ‘fasting’ is technically a kind of ‘monodiet’ (sometimes referred to more properly as juice feasting)

Prepare by eating only fresh fruit for your last meal (2 is better ) to avoid pathological gut fermentation. Pawpaw is excellent for cleaning out colonic diverticuli. For each fasting day set aside one day of recovery. You should be prepared to rest and relax, do yoga, enjoy a little careful sunbathing* and let your body direct its energy to healing. Remove yourself from the EMF of cell phones, television and computers. Ladies should avoid makeup – only put fresh oils on the body. This is a real holiday for your guts and your mind. (So if you do a three day fast take another three days to ease back into your normal diet and activities.) Pay attention to the quality of the water you will be drinking, and drink plenty of it.

An enema which helps to clear the colon is an effective adjunct to a longer fast if you are worried about lack of bowel motions.
Fresh fruits and diluted fruit juice ( lemon or orange) are the best first meal after completing your fast. Start with a small quantity and an hour later try full strength juice.
Eat raw fruit again or a raw salad for lunch. Dinner should be vegetarian and may be cooked.

Side effects you may experience include abdominal cramps, joint aches and strange body odours as you detox. Please use the contact page if you are an Astro member requiring Rodger’s support during a fast.

additional resources:
In breaking news animal studies at the University of Southern California have shown without exception that short cycles of water fasting (48-60 hrs) “Retard Growth of Tumors and Sensitize a Range of Cancer Cell Types to Chemotherapy.”

Benefits of Fasting http://www.tcolincampbell.org/courses-resources/article/fasting-back-to-the-future/?tx_ttnews[backPid]=76&cHash=82e637d2d1

Audio Interview with Alan Goldhamer DC who has treated over 8000 patients with diabetes, hypertension, and autoimmune diseases with a combination of water-only fasting and a vegan diet, and is involved in clinical research with Colin T Cambpell author of the China Study. Water-only Fasting: Treating Patients by Doing Nothing – 36 mins

The_Miracle_of_Fasting Paul Bragg’s book in pdf format
* The Hygienic System: Fasting And Sun Bathing 1934 book by Herbert M. Shelton, request a free electronic copy here.

A modern encyclopedic guide:

http://www.hopewood.com.au Rodger mentioned his visits to AUstralia’s oldest health retreat “Hopewood” in Wallacia NSW and Sharon shared her experience of this place and Quest for life, Queensland.

Updates to Previous Meetings


A few updates:
Ute Mueller who is an astro member who gave us a talk on BioDynamics is doing a BioDynamic Introduction for Gardeners on 17 March 2012, starting at 9 a.m. on her farm at Lapoinya featuring
The importance of BD
The role of the BD preparations and how to use them
Hands on compost making
The role of the cosmic influences, the BD gardening calendar and a quick introduction to different moon phases
Cost $50, $40 concession and members of Astrotas and the Greens.
Please bring your own lunch & drinks; morning and afternoon tea will be provided 🙂
enquiries to Ute Mueller utemueller@skymesh.com.au

Dr. Burzynski is still under attack (incredible isn’t it?) A former Burzynski patient from WA Shontelle Hiron has uploaded her video archive of the television reports that were done by A current affair to facebook: http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=309685522391642&id=318281183441
There is a new release of the video Cancer is serious business with extended footage available at the website www.burzynskimovie.com and if you want to show your friends it is now on the documentary channel for online viewing http://documentarychannel.com/movie.php?currID=9686&t=Burzynski:-Cancer-is-Serious-Business

I have tracked down some free copies of books pertinent to previous meetings on the internet:
The_Miracle_of_Fasting by Paul Bragg
” the third element of blood ” by Antoine Bechamp

(I still have several meeting reports to catch up on – notably uploading the video and photographs from the farm visit.) Happy New year! Carolyn Rutter VP