interesting talk by the Head of Daimler Benz
mind blowing to say the least! He
predicted an interesting concept
what could lay ahead.
In a recent interview, the
Head of Daimler Benz (Mercedes Benz) said their competitors are no longer other
car companies, but Tesla (obviously), and now, Google, Apple, Amazon 'et al'
Software will disrupt most
traditional industries in the next 5-10 years.
Uber is just a software tool,
they don't own any cars, and are now the biggest taxi company in the world.
Airbnb is now the biggest
hotel company in the world, although they don't own any properties.
Artificial Intelligence: Computers
become exponentially better in understanding the world. This
year, a computer beat the best Go player in the world, 10 years earlier than
In the U.S., young lawyers
already can't get jobs. Because
of IBM Watson, you can get legal advice (so far for more or less basic stuff)
within seconds, with 90% accuracy compared with 70% accuracy when done by
So, if you study law, stop
will be 90% less lawyers in the future, only specialists will remain.
Watson already helps nurses
diagnosing cancer, 4 times more accurate than human nurses. Face
book now has a pattern recognition software that can recognize faces better
than humans. In
2030, computers will become more intelligent than humans.
Autonomous cars: In
2018 the first self-driving cars will appear for the public. Around
2020, the complete industry will start to be disrupted. You
don't want to own a car anymore. You
will call a car with your phone; it will show up at your location and drive you
to your destination. You
will not need to park it, you only pay for the driven distance and you can be
productive while driving. Our
kids will never get a driver's license and will never own a car.
It will change the cities,
because we will need 90-95% less cars for that. We can
transform former parking spaces into parks.
1.2 million people die each
year in car accidents worldwide. We
now have one accident every 60,000
miles (100,000 km), with autonomous driving that will drop to one accident in 6
million miles (10 million km). That
will save a million lives each year.
Most car companies will
probably go bankrupt. Traditional
car companies will try the traditional approach and try to build a better car,
while tech companies (Tesla, Apple, Google) will take the revolutionary
approach and build a computer on wheels.
Many engineers from Volkswagen
and Audi are completely terrified of Tesla.
Auto Insurance companies will
have massive trouble because without accidents, car insurance will become much
car insurance business model will slowly disappear.
Real estate will change. Because
if you can work while you commute, people will move further away to live in a
more beautiful neighborhood.
Electric cars will become
mainstream about 2020. Cities
will be less noisy because all new cars will run on electricity. Electricity
will become incredibly cheap and clean: Solar
production has been on an exponential curve for 30 years, and now you can now
see the burgeoning impact.
Last year, more solar energy
was installed worldwide than fossil. Energy
companies are desperately trying to limit access to the grid to prevent
competition from home solar installations, but that can't last.
Technology will take care of that strategy.
With cheap electricity comes
cheap and abundant water. Desalination
of salt water now only needs 2kwh per cubic meter (@ 0.25 cents). We
don't have scarce water in most places; we only have scarce drinking
what will be possible if anyone can have as much clean water as he wants, for
nearly no cost.
Health innovations: The
Tricorder X price will be announced this year. There
are companies who will build a medical device (called the "Tricorder"
from Star Trek) that works with your phone, which takes your retina scan, your
blood sample, and you can breathe into it.
It then analyses 54 biomarkers
that will identify nearly any disease. It
will be cheap, so in a few years everyone on this planet will have access to
world class medical analysis, nearly for free. Goodbye,
3D printing: The
price of the cheapest 3D printer came down from $18,000 to $400 within 10
the same time, it became 100 times faster. All
major shoe companies have already started 3D printing shoes.
Some common spare airplane
parts are already 3D printed in remote airports. The
space station now has a printer that eliminates the need for the large amount
of spare parts they used to keep in the past.
At the end of this year, new
smart phones will have 3D scanning possibilities. You
can then 3D scan your feet and print your perfect shoes at home.
In China, they already 3D
printed and built a complete 6-storey office building. By
2027, 10% of everything that's being produced will be 3D printed.
Business opportunities: If you
think of a niche you want to go in, ask yourself: "In
the future, do you think we will have that?", and if the answer is yes,
how can you make that happen sooner?
If it doesn't work with your
phone, forget the idea. And
any idea designed for success in the 20th century is doomed to failure in the
of jobs will disappear in the next 20 years. There
will be a lot of new jobs, but it is not clear if there will be enough new jobs
in such a small time.
will be a $100 agricultural robot in the future. Farmers in 3rd world countries
can then become managers of their field instead of working all day on their
Aeroponics will need much less
first Petri dish that produced veal is now available and will be cheaper than
cow produced veal in 2018. Right
now, 30% of all agricultural surfaces is used for cows. Imagine if we
don't need that space anymore.
There are several start-ups
who will bring insect protein to the market shortly. It
contains more protein than meat. It
will be labeled as "alternative protein source" (because most people
still reject the idea of eating insects).
There is an app called
"moodies" which can already tell in which mood you're in. By
2020 there will be apps that can tell by your facial expressions, if you are
a political debate where it's being displayed when they're telling the truth
and when they're not.
Bitcoin may even become the
default reserve currency ... Of the world!
now, the average life span increases by 3 months per year. Four
years ago, the life span used to be 79 years, now its 80 years. The
increase itself is increasing and by 2036, there will be more than one year
increase per year. So,
we all might live for a long time, probably way more than 100.
cheapest smart phones are already at $10 in Africa and Asia. By
2020, 70% of all humans will own a smart phone. That
means, everyone has the same access to world class education.
Every child can use Khan Academy
for everything a child needs to learn at school in First World countries. There
have already been releases of software in Indonesia and soon there will be
releases in Arabic, Swahili, and Chinese this summer. I can
see enormous potential if we give the English app for free, so that children in
Africa and everywhere else can become fluent in English. And that could
happen within half a year.
Are you ready for all
Pharma CEO Arrested
Bribing Doctors to Prescribe
This article was
originally published by RealFarmacy
Big Pharma billionaire
and CEO John Kapoor was arrested by federal agents for allegedly bribing
doctors into prescribing a highly addictive opioid pain medication and
destroying untold thousands of lives, the Department of Justice said.
John Kapoor, the founder and
CEO of Insys Therapeutics, Inc., is accused of “leading a nationwide conspiracy to profit by using bribes and fraud to cause the
illegal distribution ofSubsys, a powerful Fentanyl spray intended for cancer patients experiencing
breakthrough pain,” the
The arrest came on the same
day President Trump declared a national emergency to fight opioid
addiction in the United States. “We owe it to our children and to our country to do everything in our
power to address this national shame and human tragedy,” Trump said.
Facing several felony charges
Big Pharma boss
John Kapoor faces several felony charges, including RICO conspiracy, conspiracy
to commit mail and wire fraud and conspiracy to violate the Anti-Kickback Law,
and is facing decades in prison and millions of dollars in fines, according to
“In the midst of a nationwide
opioid epidemic that has reached crisis proportions, Mr. Kapoor and his company
stand accused of bribing doctors to overprescribe a potent opioid and committing fraud on insurance
companies solely for profit,” said
Acting United States Attorney William D. Weinreb.
He added: “We must hold the industry and its leadership
accountable — just as we would the cartels or a street-level drug dealer. “
The arrest of the Big Pharma
billionaire has added weight to claims that doctors are operating
irresponsibly, endangering the health and lives of their patients, as they seek
to make as much money as possible from the Big Pharma companies.
Calls for doctors to publicly
declare their financial deals with pharmaceutical companies have
gained popularity in recent years, as public awareness grows regarding the Big
What can you do?
According to ProPublica’s
“Dollars for Docs” website, which you can use to find out if your doctor
accepts money from Big Pharma companies. 1,630 companies have made payments to
more than 681,000 doctors in the United States, totaling more than $3.5
You can also find out if your doctor
receives payments from Big Pharma by visiting OpenPaymentsData.cms.gov. This
site has tallied nearly $6.5 billion in payments since 2013.
Drug companies have long tried
to influence doctors’ prescribing habits by paying them for research
activities, speaking and other “consulting,” or offering gifts of free meals
and travel. However, it hasn’t always been possible to find out what gifts your
own doctor might be accepting.
The Physician Payments Sunshine Act
The Physician Payments
Sunshine Act, which is part of the Affordable Care Act, went into effect in
2013. For the first time, the Act requires drug and medical device makers to
collect and disclose any payments of more than $10 made to physicians and
The Centers for Medicare &
Medicaid Services (CMS) is in charge of implementing the Sunshine Act, which it
has done via its Open Payments Program. You can easily search the site to find
out about payments your doctor has received, along with the nature of the
That “worst health” label
includes a ranking of 34th in the world with infant mortality. In other words,
the USA has the 34th worst infant survival with its highest rate of vaccinations.
Some are directly from multiple vaccinations administered.
But the USA leads the
world in infant vaccinations, those administered during the first year
after their births – 26 vaccinations during that time.
The only vaccination I recall
receiving during early childhood, circa 1948, was the smallpox vaccine, the one
that left a circle of shallow pockmarks on the upper arm, a non-ink tattoo that
proved you had received that vaccine. Months later there was the booster shot
which gave me a vacation of several days away from my first grade teacher while
sitting out the chicken pox.
During Naval training the mass
vaccination high pressure hand held gun that replaced syringes and needles was
tried on us with the polio shot. I wound up with a vacation in the base
infirmary with an extended period of the flu. Between those two, there may have
been a tetanus shot or two.
From the Healthy Home
-In1950, there were 3 childhood vaccines typically given when a child
-In 1983, there were 10 recommended vaccines by the age of 6 years old
(24 doses, 7 injections, 4 oral doses for polio).
-In 2010, the CDC vax schedule totaled 68 doses with more than half
given by the time a child was only a year and a half old.
-In 2016, the schedule has increased to 74 doses by age 17 with 53
injections and 3 oral doses of rotavirus.
The number of vaccines
included in the current childhood vaccine schedule has quadrupled over the past
60 years, with several demanding multiple injections and boosters. During this
exponential rise of CDC “recommended” schedules, the health of American
children has plummeted.
Autoimmune diseases, learning
disabilities, food allergies, chronic ailments, and childhood obesity have all
risen. The overall health of this nation ranks very low compared to all other
industrialized nations, dead last in most areas.
Vaccine false dogma is so
heavy hardly anyone with authority, even in mainstream media, makes the
connection between poor health with high vaccination rates. Instead, more,
three added for 2016, are getting enforced by mandate or coerced by
pediatricians who have the right to refuse medical care on kids who aren’t vaccinated.
Health with Vaccines is Good Business
In 1986, after the swine flu
shot debacle of 1976, pharmaceutical companies lobbied and helped write the
legislation that guaranteed they couldn’t get sued for vaccine adverse effects,
damages, and deaths.
That legislation created the
vaccine court where vaccine damages would be compensated to parents of vaccine
injured children if they could prove the injuries were vaccine caused. It’s a
cumbersome system set-up outside of the tort court system, without juries of
peers, to determine who gets settlements supplied by surcharge taxes on
So we have large sociopathic
pharmaceutical companies making big bucks from worthless protections against
minor diseases, which often create collateral damage that’s considered worth
the greater good of herd immunity. All nonsense. But it’s a great business
profit oriented model.
The trail of worsened health among children lines up even more
business for pharmaceutical companies and the academic sociopaths that that
benefit from “check book research”, that is getting the results Big Pharma
wants for getting their toxic “solutions” to market.
Watch this You Tube
By Dr. Mercola
Each and every day, you come
into contact with a large number of items—many of which have health risks that
can accumulate over time. Many chemicals appear safe yet aren't, and are not
likely to be suspected when your health starts failing.
But other items that are part
of the "standard" of contemporary living—such as electronics and even
your office chair—can also do more harm than good in the long run.
The list of offending items
can certainly be made exceedingly long, but here I will list 10 everyday items
that you'd be better off without.
A recent article in Time
Magazine1lists even more items you should throw away for better health.
#1: Artificial Sweeteners
Artificial sweeteners such
as aspartame and sucralose (Splenda) trick your body into storing
fat and raise your risk of diabetes, so if you're looking for health benefits,
you'd be better off throwing those colorful little packets in the trash.
Additionally, you can take the Artificial Sweetener Challenge from Naturally
Savvy to help identify and remove artificial sweeteners from your
The same goes for any food or
beverage containing artificial sweeteners, such as diet soda. Besides worsening
insulin sensitivity and promoting weight gain, artificial sweeteners also
promote other more serious health problems, including heart attacks, stroke2,3,4and Alzheimer's disease.
One of the mechanisms by which
artificial sweeteners promote obesity and disease is by disrupting your intestinal
microflora.5,6,7,8 Specifically, artificial sweeteners alter metabolic pathways associated
with metabolic function.
Decreased function has been
observed in pathways associated with the transport of sugar in your body, for
example. Artificial sweeteners have also been found to induce gut dysbiosis and
glucose intolerance in otherwise healthy people.
#2: Plastic Food Containers and Bottles
Tossing your plastic food
containers and plastic bottles is a basic step to reducing your exposure to
endocrine-disrupting chemicals such as bisphenol-A (BPA), bisphenol-S (BPS),
Your endocrine system as a
whole is instrumental in regulating mood, growth and development, tissue
function, metabolism, as well as sexual function and reproductive processes,
and endocrine-disrupting chemicals have been linked to a wide number of adverse
According to one randomized, controlled trial,9 BPA from cans or plastic bottles can raise your blood pressure within just
a few hours of ingestion
IQ in children10,11
increased aggressiveness, and impaired learning
of the breast, prostate, and thyroid12
Heat, along with wear and tear
through multiple washings can increase the amount of chemicals being leached
from containers and bottles, so holding on to old containers is not a good
While I used to support
switching to BPA-free containers, it's now been revealed that even "BPA-free"
plastics can leach endocrine-disrupting chemicals that are just as bad
Your best bet is to avoid
plastic containers altogether, and replace them with glass bottles and
containers. Also opt for glass baby bottles if you have young children. Make
the switch to glass, and you won't have to struggle figuring out which plastic
might be safer than another, only to later find out it wasn't such a great
trade after all...
#3: Non-Stick Cookware
To further clean up your
kitchen act, toss non-stick pots and pans and replace them with ceramic or
glass cookware. The non-stick coating is made with a chemical called
perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), which has been labeled a "likely" carcinogen by an
independent scientific review panel that advises the US Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA).
Although PFOA is a long
complex name, it is essentially a complex chemical and relies on fluoride for
its non-stick properties. The problem is that once you heat the pot or pan, the
fluoride vaporizes into the air where it can kill small birds and harm you and
your family. You can easily bypass this unnecessary health risk by switching to
ceramic or glass cookware that do not emit toxic fluoride.
#4: Air Fresheners
Room deodorizers frequently
contain 2, 5-dichlorophenol (2, 5-DCP), a metabolite of 1,4-dichlorobenzene,
which has been linked to precocious puberty and other health problems,13including cancer. Endocrine-disrupting phthalates are also commonly found in
air fresheners and room deodorizers.
If you're having issues with
unpleasant smells, you'd be wise to address the root causes rather than masking
them with chemical sprays.
Opening your windows and doors
from time to time can help, and will also improve the general air quality in
your home or office. If you want a scent, opt for high-quality pure essential
oils, which can actually supportyour health and wellbeing.
#5: Antibacterial Soaps and Detergents
Routinely disinfecting your
body and surroundings may actually cause far more harm than good in the long
run. Not only does it promote the development of drug-resistant bacteria, but
antibacterial compounds such as triclosan have
also been linked to a number or harmful health effects, especially in young
For example, research has
shown that triclosan can alter hormone regulation and may interfere with fetal
development in pregnant women. This antibacterial ingredient has also been
Warm water and a mild soap is
really all you need to safely eliminate disease-causing microbes Even the US
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has stated that "there is currently no
evidence that [antibacterial soaps] are any more effective at preventing
illness than washing with plain soap and water."
Besides hand soaps and
products specifically marketed as antibacterial, triclosan can also be found in
a number of other household and personal care products, including cutting
boards, toys, acne cream, and Colgate Total toothpaste—all of which are also
One all-purpose disinfectant
that works great for kitchen counters, cutting boards and bathrooms—all places
where germs like to grow—are 3% hydrogen peroxide and vinegar. Simply put each
liquid into a separate spray bottle, and then spray the surface with one,
followed by the other. In tests run at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State
University, pairing the two mists killed virtually all Salmonella, Shigella, and E. coli bacteria
on heavily contaminated food and surfaces when used in this fashion, making
this spray combination more effective at killing these potentially lethal
bacteria than chlorine bleach or any commercially available kitchen cleaner.
#6: Commercial Cleaning Products
You can avoid quite a few
hazardous chemicals simply by tossing those commercial cleaning products in the
dustbin. Every single one of them can be replaced with a short list of basic
ingredients. Here's a simple starter list of what you need to make your own
natural cleaning products:
Liquid castile soap
Organic essential oils
(optional). Certain ones, including lavender and tea tree oil, have
For a great video on how to
use these ingredients and other tips for cleaning your home without hazardous
chemicals, please review the article "How to Keep Your Home Clean
Naturally." For example, lemon juice is a natural whitener, vinegar
and water makes an excellent window cleaner, and vinegar combined with hydrogen
peroxide works exceptionally well as both a disinfectant and sanitizer. Baking
soda is also great for scrubbing your bath and kitchen.
#7: Personal Care Products
Chemicals are very effectively
absorbed via your skin, so cleaning out your bathroom cabinet can go a long way
toward reducing your toxic load. This is particularly true for women, who tend
to use several different products on a daily basis. Makeup is also a hidden
source of heavy metals. In the report Heavy
Metal Hazard: The Health Risks of Hidden Heavy Metals in Face Makeup,14Environmental Defense tested 49 different makeup items, including foundations,
concealers, powders, blushes, mascaras, eye liners, eye shadows, lipsticks and
lip glosses. Their testing revealed serious heavy metal contamination in
virtually all of the products:
percent contained lead
percent contained beryllium
percent contained thallium
percent contained cadmium
percent contained arsenic
If you use conventional makeup
on a daily basis, you can absorb almost five
pounds of chemicals into your body each year15-- and that's without adding in body lotion, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner,
and other personal care products! To address this health-defeating cycle,
switch to organic brands of toiletries and cosmetics. The Environmental Working
Group has a great database16to help you find personal care products that are free of potentially dangerous
chemicals. Better yet, simplify your routine and make your own products. A slew
of lotions, potions, and hair treatments can be eliminated with a jar of coconut oil, for example, to which you can add a high
quality essential oil for scent.
Herbs and cooking
spices contain a wide variety of antioxidants, minerals and
vitamins, and help maximize the nutrient density of your meals. On a per gram
fresh weight basis, herbs rank even higher in antioxidant activity than fruits
and vegetables. Many studies have also shown that most spices tend to have
unique medicinal qualities. Four spices that are particularly effective at
quelling inflammation are:17
Freshness matters, however, so
if your pantry is filled to the hilt with old spice bottles, it may be time to
refresh your stock. Expired, stale spices also will not provide you with much
flavor, so if your attempts at spicing up your meals have left you unimpressed,
they may simply have gone stale.
9: Electronic Devices
While few would consider
getting rid of their smart phones or computers, you would be wise to reconsider
how you use all of your devices, and just how many you surround yourself with
at any given point of the day. Some kids, especially teenagers, tend to be
surrounded by multiple electronic gadgets for hours at a stretch. I feel the
evidence of long-term harm of EMF and wireless radiation is very clear,
necessitating a prudent approach.
On May 31, 2011, the World
Health Organization (WHO)/International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)
issued a report admitting cell phones might indeed cause cancer, classifying
radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as "possibly carcinogenic to
humans" (Class 2B).18 The classification came in part in
response to research showing wireless telephones increase the risk for brain
cancer. To reduce exposure, avoid continuously carrying your smart phone on
Tucking it into your bra or
pocket may be convenient now, but it's an open invitation for health problems
down the road, and that may
be more than just a little inconvenient! It's important to realize that
as long as your cell phone is on, it emits radiation intermittently, even when
you are not actually making a call. So wearing a cell phone on your hip for 15
hours a day is giving that area of your body nearly continuous radiation
exposure. For more tips on how to reduce exposure, please see my previous
article "Heavy Cell Phone Use
Can Quadruple Your Risk of Deadly Brain Cancer." Also consider
unplugging from your digital life from time to time to "smell the
roses" as it were. As noted by Time
research indicates that information overload—what happens when you use smart
devices constantly—is linked to depression and anxiety. Recent studies suggest
that this is particularly true for people who are overly attached to their smart
phones and tablets, and for those who use multiple devices at once (which
experts call media multitasking). Power down and stow your devices in a drawer
at least a few times per week to give your brain a break‚ ideally on a set
schedule (for example, weekdays after 9 p.m. or weekend mornings before
While I placed this last,
mounting research clearly reveals that your chair may actually be one of the
most dangerous items to have around for your health. Prolonged sitting has repeatedly
been shown to be an independent risk factor for chronic disease and early
demise, even if you exercise regularly and are very fit. That's right; exercise
cannot undo the damage caused
by hours of daily sitting, just like it cannot undo the harm done by smoking.
Along with obesity, sitting is
the new smoking, increasing your risk for lung cancer by more 50 percent.20 Who would have guessed that sitting is
far more dangerous than second hand smoke? Sitting has been found to increase
your risk of death from virtually allhealth problems,21,22 from type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular
disease to cancer and all-cause mortality. And, the less you exercise, the more
pronounced the detrimental effects of sitting.
What's the solution?
Stand up as much as possible.
A standing desk is one option. Barring that, make sure you stand up at regular
intervals during work hours. For a number of other tips and tricks, see my
previous article, "Tips for Staying Active
in the Office." As a general rule, if you've been sitting for one hour, you've
sat too long. At bare minimum, avoid sitting for more than 50 minutes out of
every hour. If you don't already have a fitness tracker, it may be money well
spent to get one. I recommend aiming for 7,000 to 10,000 steps per day, over
and above any exercise regimen you may have. I was probably doing 2,000 steps a
day prior to using a fitness tracker, and now I am up to about 15,000 steps a
day or about eight miles.
For many, simply getting and
staying out of your chair is a first step that can bring you closer to a
healthier lifestyle. As you become more used to low level, non-exercise
activity, you're more likely to get motivated enough to start exercising more
Known Risk Factors That Prevent Optimal Health
We live in an extremely toxic
world; that's an unfortunate reality. Your diet plays a significant role, but
you're also exposed to a great amount of chemicals from all the products you
use, and your skin serves as a very efficient delivery system, straight into
your blood stream, bypassing many of your body's innate filtering systems.
Taking some time to go through and reassess the products you use is a positive
step that can help to significantly reduce your toxic burden, and that will
have nothing but positive ramifications for your health.
Environmental pollution is a
massive problem, but for most there aren't many immediate solutions to address
it. Your time is far better spent focusing on your immediate environment; your
home, and all the products you come in contact with on a daily basis.
Addressing habits like sitting and your use of electronics will also help you
optimize your health, and reduce your chances of chronic disease.