PaleoTerran content will remain online while focus shifts

Dear Readers,

PaleoTerran has been dormant for 7 months while the next course of action was being considered. Recently my environmental posts, primarily focused on Colorado, have moved to Twitter at Sustain Colorado.

The current content will remain online and I will occasionally add new posts. Those entries will also be fed to the Twitter feed @Sustain_CO  in order to quickly update my followers on any new PaleoTerran content.

I will continue posting on Twitter @JohnOroMD and at the CyberMed News and Chiari Medicine websites. Please follow any of these links of interest to you.

Best regards,

John Oró, MD

What does Quay Valley have to do with Hyperloop transportation?

Recently the WSJ published an excellent article on the competition to develop hyperloop transport systems that was stimulated by Elon Musk in his  “Hyperloop Alpha” proposal posted by SpaceX on Aug. 12, 2013. Among the nuggets in the article is a description of a futuristic city planned for a site located in-between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Alexander Chee of the WSJ writes:

"In his Santa Monica conference room, Quay Hays of GROW Holdings is laying out the plan for Quay Valley, the city he hopes will be a model for California’s future. It sounds, at first, like any other affluent California community: retail space, resort hotels, a winery, a spa. Where Quay Valley stands out is its plan to be solar-powered with extremely low water use. With a town of 26,000 networked smart homes and apartments built green from the ground up, Hays hopes to give 75,000 residents the eco-friendly lifestyle that critics of clean energy say is impossible. “There have been advances in green design and smart growth over the years, and the idea was, put all these things together in one place,” says Hays, a former publisher and film executive whose first job was booking punk and new wave acts for the Greek Theatre in the 1980s. His first attempt to launch Quay Valley was thwarted by litigation over water rights and the financial crisis of 2008; the new plan is to break ground on the site, a 7,200-acre expanse halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, sometime in 2016. When that happens, the world will be watching, and not just for the promised sustainability—Quay Valley also plans to feature the world’s first working Hyperloop, built by Hyperloop Transportation Technologies at an estimated cost of $100 million to $150 million."

Learn more at The Race to Create Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Heats Up

Sunday Image: The glorious Orion Nebula

Orion Nebula, M42, NGC 1976. Image credit: The Advanced Camera for Surveys, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope

Orion Nebula, M42, NGC 1976. Image credit: The Advanced Camera for Surveys, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope

In my early teens, the Orion Nebula was the first nebula I saw using my small backyard refractor telescope. I recall faint swirls of color that were different than anything else I had seen in the heavens. 

Over the years, and especially since 1994 when Corrective Optics were applied to NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, images of our cosmos have markedly improved.

In 2004 and 2005, using the Advanced Camera for Surveys, Hubble was able peer further into Orion Nebula and see the “cavern of roiling dust and gas where thousands of stars are forming.”  According to Hubble Site, "Astronomers used 520 Hubble images, taken in five colors, to make this picture. They also added ground-based photos to fill out the nebula."

And what we now see is a gorgeous mix of over 3,000 stars, protoplanetary disks (birthing solar systems just at the edge of resolution in this mosaic image), and even, at upper left, a nebula within a nebula, what astronomers describe a “miniature Orion Nebula because only one star is sculpting the landscape.”

Through this remarkable image, we again meet the Orion Nebula, the closest birthplace of stars and planets. At the speed of light, we would travel 1,500 light-years before arriving.

John Oró, MD


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Gary before his new perspective on nutrition & exercise

Image credit: Mark's Daily Apple

Image credit: Mark's Daily Apple

"Just like so many others, my diet consisted of carbs (and more carbs), as early as I can remember. Growing up in a Caribbean household, we had lots of rice, flour, and bread in the house at all times. I was a big kid from the beginning, with a passion for playing sports. The neighborhood kids had a weekly tradition of football and basketball games that we enjoyed for hours at a time. Despite the high activity level, I had grown to 240 pounds by the time I was 14 and began to feel the real pressure of being an overweight kid. I lacked a lot of self-confidence and tried to stay away from the spotlight as much as I could."
Learn about Gary "after" here on Mark's Daily Apple.

Photos: The 2015 Denver Challenge Cup at The Commons on Champa

The Commons on Champa served as a vibrant venue for the 2015 Denver's Challenge Cup.

The Commons on Champa served as a vibrant venue for the 2015 Denver's Challenge Cup.

The global incubator and venture fund 1776, hosted the 2015 Denver Challenge Cup at The Commons on Champa in Denver on November 24, 2015. The goal of the 1776 Challenge Cup is to “discover the most promising, highly scalable startups that are poised to solve the major challenges of our time.”

Winners of the Denver Local round then move up to the Regional competition and each of the winners in the 9 Regional Challenge Cups - along with a few wild cards – are invited to participate in the Global Finals to be held June 2016 in Washington, D.C.

“There, they’ll compete for over $1 million in prizes, as well as spend time with the investors, customers, media and other key connections that can help them succeed on a global scale.”


a few images from the 2015 Denver Challenge Cup

Each of 20 entrepreneurs had two minutes to pitch to the judges and one minute for questions. 

Michelle Archuleta, CEO of Doctor Speak, describes their platform for "translating medical terminology and speech into something you as a patient can understand and use to make informed medical decisions."

With the energy radiated by Daryl Oster, Founder and CEO of ET3 Global Alliance, Inc., we may soon be ridding in high-speed evacuated tubes pods.

Dynamic Desiree Shank, Founder and CEO of Future College Fund, describes how to crowdfund your child's college education. 

Anthony Franco, CEO of mcSquares, describes their "dry-erase system that enables you to collaborate and create like never before."

mcSquares gets everyone involved in the process on an equal footing. Shy or not. 

John Schnipkoweit, CEO/Co-Founder, on supercharging your Fitbit for better health.

Mike Kobneck, President and co-founder of Novum Concepts, describes Biophone, a smart-phone/iPad app that deploys “to first responders to capture images and video from the field that are sent to the ER prior to arrival.” 

Kevin Krauth, co-founder of Orderly Health, explains how their service helps you "understand your complete cost of care, including what you spend outside of your insurance company" by combining "healthcare spending from both claims and personal spending accounts to show you every dollar spent to keep you and your family healthy."

Wendi Burkhardt is co-founder and CEO of Silvernest, an online market that "boldly breaks the rules of aging so you can open your home on your own terms. We’re creating the next generation of roommates. A more modern kind. A well matched kind."

CONGRATULATIONS TO the winners & ALL THE Participants!


Learn more about the 1776 Challenge cup here.

Find links to the 20 competing startups pitching at the 2014 Challenge Cup here.

Australia’s Richard Di Natale: Transitioning from coal “an economic imperative”



Richard Di Natale, Australian Senator and leader of the Australian Greens caucus, recently announced plans to create RenewAustralia. The new agency is intended “to double Australia's energy efficiency and move the country towards 90 per cent renewable energy by 2030.” 

In addition, a $1 billion Clean Energy Transition Fund would be created “to assist coal workers and communities with the transition to clean energy.”

Speaking with Australia’s ABC, Di Natale emphasized the transition from coal is “an economic imperative”:

There is an economic imperative here in that if we don’t make the transition away from dirty, coal-fired power to clean, renewable power, we’re going to miss out on the jobs that come with that. We’re not going to be setting ourselves up as a nation for the huge economic opportunities that exist in making the transition.

People are going to be looking at coal in the same way as people look at the horse and cart when it comes to transport.

Saving 3.3 million acres in the "heart of the Amazon"

Image credit: Neil Palmer/CIAT

Image credit: Neil Palmer/CIAT

"For over a decade, Chicago’s Field Museum has been working with the Peruvian government on the creation of a national park 22 times larger than the Windy City itself. Finally, their efforts have paid off: a large portion of the Sierra del Divisor mountain range has just been granted national park status, making the central 3.3 million acres of Amazonian rainforest untouchable to those looking to profit off its resources."

Read more at Peru establishes 3.3 million acre national park in the heart of the Amazon

Paleo Pumpkin Brownies

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"These brownies are legit the most amazing dessert I’ve ever made…and I’ve made a lot of dessert. Linley and I tested these babies 4 times before getting it JUST right. I based the recipe off of Davida’s Avocado Brownies, but there’s no avocados involved. When I was in Toronto a few months ago (I can’t believe it’s already been a few months since I as in the TO), I had the pleasure of eating her Avo Brownies first hand and huzzzzzah….they were delicious!"

Read more at Grain-Free Pumpkin Brownies

Exxon: What did they know and when did they know it?

Did Exxon, over 30 years ago, recognize that the burning of fossil fuels would increase atmospheric CO2 and warm the planet? Take a careful look at the graph above from an Exxon research study published in 1981 and recently posted by CleanTechnica. As you can see, Exxon scientist noted the range of global temperatures due to “natural fluctuations” would remain level beyond 2100. However, they discovered that continued release of CO2 into the atmosphere would warm the planet much above the normal historical baseline.

Instead of acting on their results and investigating alternative energy sources, Exxon began denying humans were warming the planet and obstructed corrective measures. As reported by The Guardian:

Exxon channeled about $30m to researchers and activist groups promoting disinformation about global warming over the years, according to a tally kept by the campaign group Greenpeace. But the oil company pledged to stop such funding in 2007, in response to pressure from shareholder activists.

Despite the pledge, ExxonMobile (Exxon & Mobil merged in 1999), continued their obstruction and “gave more than $2.3m to members of Congress and a corporate lobbying group that deny climate change and block efforts to fight climate change – eight years after pledging to stop its funding of climate denial.”

Pope Francis at UN: Harm to the environment is harm to humanity

Photo by Mike Segar/Reuters

Photo by Mike Segar/Reuters

"First, it must be stated that a true “right of the environment” does exist, for two reasons. First, because we human beings are part of the environment. We live in communion with it, since the environment itself entails ethical limits which human activity must acknowledge and respect. Man, for all his remarkable gifts, which “are signs of a uniqueness which transcends the spheres of physics and biology” (Laudato Si’, 81), is at the same time a part of these spheres. He possesses a body shaped by physical, chemical and biological elements, and can only survive and develop if the ecological environment is favorable. Any harm done to the environment, therefore, is harm done to humanity."

Source: Full text of Pope Francis’ speech to United Nations

"Change agent" Mike Biselli on reimagining healthcare

With the Denver skyline in the background, Mike Biselli pushes the digital health vision forward at the March 2015 Prime Health Meetup at Taxi.

With the Denver skyline in the background, Mike Biselli pushes the digital health vision forward at the March 2015 Prime Health Meetup at Taxi.

Recently interviewed by Innovation News, Mike Biselli on Colorado’s digital health ecosystem and reimaging healthcare:

I firmly believe the “dam is about to break” and with that will be incredible transformation for the healthcare industry! I’m continually humbled and inspired to be recognized across the country as a “change agent” for healthcare; we desperately need to reignite this ailing industry, and I have no trepidation with challenging the status quo! That’s what keeps me so interested and excited!

Read the interview at Innovation News.
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Casetabs: Transforming Case Communication in the Ambulatory Surgery Center

Anyone who has worked in an ambulatory surgery center knows the flow of information is crucial to success. Phone calls, faxes, and person-to-person conversations have traditionally been the tools of case coordination. But with so many people in the loop – including administrators, materials managers, clinical staff, device reps and physicians – the “flow” of information may be fragmented and lead to case delays or cancellations.

Digital healthcare company MedPassage recently announced the preliminary launch of case tabs, a digital health service that unifies case communication. Currently in use at seven ambulatory surgery centers nationwide, this desktop/mobile app network coordinates information flow among key personnel.

The key features of casetabs include:

  • Real-Time Case Updates
  • Support Requests Simplified
  • Helpful Alerts Minimize Errors
  • Easy to set up. Hard to mess up.

As reported on The Street, Gavin Fabian, CEO of casetabs notes:

The ‘telephone’ game just doesn’t belong in surgery centers,” “Our vision has been to build an app that would centralize case communication. Casetabs provides real-time, helpful updates to the case team, with the ultimate goal of saving time, reducing case delays, and improving job satisfaction.

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Future Medicine: Mercy to build 120,000-square-foot Virtual Care Center

Image credit: Mercy

Image credit: Mercy

Catholic health system Mercy has announced plans to build a 120,000-square-foot Virtual Care Center to care for patients in multiple states in the central US.

According to their fundraising document, Mercy is the “nation’s number one integrated health system, providing a coordinated continuum of services” and consists of “more than 4,000 physicians and approximately 30,000 health care professionals.”

Mercy's goal is to reach all their members -

Whether you live in an urban or rural community, our health care staff will bring a consistent, high degree of advanced capabilities to all communities near and far, deliver exceptional care and dramatically improve turnaround times.
Image credit: Mercy

Image credit: Mercy

The Virtual Care Center will care for patients at multiple sites through a staff of cardiologists, intensivists, neurologists, pathologist, radiologist, pharmacists, and nurses. The clinician team will include case managers, disease management, and nurse-on-call services.

To my knowledge this will be the largest virtual care center in the US and will likely spearhead the development of other multispecialty virtual care centers. 

John Oró, MD

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