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Why do so many devastating influenzas such as Bejing flu and avian flu, originate from China?
and What we can DO (flock keepers, farmers, Industry, Regional Govermnents)
Could the answers lie with the mineral levels in the soil?
by David Marsh Dip Agric. – scientific writer

KEYWORDS Soil demineralisation, viral mutation, rockdust, carbon-sink

ABSTRACT Viral mutation rates appear to increase in selenium deficient conditions. Soils worldwide, and in China particularly became impoverished in the 20th century since the introduction of artificial fertiliser use and intensive agriculture post WW11. Plants are able only to obtain minerals from the soil. Artificial fertilisers contain only 3 or 4 minerals: fertile soils contain upwards of 60, as does the blood of mammalian species. Mineral starved soil produces mineral deficient crops, animal and human populations with poor immune function. Specific types of volcanic rock contain 80+ minerals and trace elements and is widely available. When broadcast on soils it functions as a ‘carbon-sink’.

The complete article is a cover feature in the June 2006 edition of Positive Health magazine, available from Friday 26/05/2006 or see

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Innovation and the New Public Service in Wales 

A series of workshops this summer in Cardiff. Each workshop will consider what effective process will be available to older vulnerable people to communicate their views and concerns about the new public service. Application

Workshop 1: Wednesday 14 June 2006, 10am
Round Table discussion:

Nutrition, fluids and nutritional care: the needs of Older People?

Workshop 2: 14th June 2006, 11.30am. Inquiry Topic:
Within a dispersed model of care, how do we achieve a better understanding of medicine, medication and preventive care to improve the health and wellbeing of older people?

Workshop 3: Friday 21st July 2006, 10am
The New Public Service - thinking differently

Workshop 4: Friday 21st July 2006, 11. 30 am
The New Public Service - working differently


Read more: New Public Service in Wales

David Smith writes Sun, 26 Feb 2006

Empower pupils with knowledge from pre-school to A level and they will then be able to decide for themselves and we hope make the right choices. This is the way for a ?better approach? (Marketing Public Health, 27 February 2006).

This requires underpinning knowledge and understanding relating nutrition to health within the national curriculum at Key Stages 1-4, and combine it with practical application of purchasing, preparation, cooking and storage skills.

Policy objectives such as ?informed consumer choice? are empty phrases when the food and drink industry spend an estimated £700m in targeting children in foods high in salt sugar and fat. Innovation is important, but this needs to be within the national curriculum or the equivalent across the UK.

Yours sincerely

David Smith, Policy Adviser,Welsh Food Alliance
216 Stow Hill, Newport, NP20 4HA{}

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