Tuesday, October 28, 2014

WAR & Religion

A new sign to hang on the wall. 

To save a few arguements and generally promote harmony.

Please take notice. Especially the 'anti-religious folk. Maybe atheists should fact-check before they go around blaming religion for all or most of the wars in history. 

"...while clearly there were wars that had religion as the prime cause, an objective look at history reveals that those killed in the name of religion have, in fact, been a tiny fraction in the bloody history of human conflict. In their recently published book, "Encyclopedia of Wars," authors Charles Phillips and Alan Axelrod document the history of recorded warfare, and from their list of 1763 wars only 123 have been classified to involve a religious cause, accounting for less than 7 percent of all wars and less than 2 percent of all people killed in warfare.''
While we are on the subject of war, things are looking up. Not only are wars less frequent than in the past for most people but the suffering is reducing too. 

Back in my day a chap died on the field usually from bleeding to death. Battle fields were strewn with groaning men. Sword thrusts and chops, and spears sticking through a chap were usually fatal, but death took its time.

Bullet wounds today can be 'plugged' if not too severe on exit and helicopters can get a chap off the field and to hospital with better chances of his survival.

Now even the wound itself can get faster treatment.
A new way to heal bullet wounds - with sponges.

Throughout the war in Afghanistan the main cause of death has been blood loss from wounds and American company has created a useful little gizmo here is the story.....
A new treatment for gunshot wounds could revolutionise military trauma care and greatly reduce deaths from blood loss in the battlefield.
Oregon-based startup RevMedx, which is made up from veterans, scientists and engineers, has created the XStat, a device which could drastically improve wounded soldiers chances of survival in the critical first minutes of injury.
The traditional means of treating gunshot wounds involves packing the wound with gauze to stop the bleeding. It is intensely painful - according to former US Army Special Operations medic John Steinbaugh, who joined RevMedx in 2012 after retiring with a head injury.
"You take the guy's gun away first, it's that painful", says Steinbaugh. "Gauze bandages just don't work for anything serious". A 2011 medical paper describes haemorrhaging from major trauma as "the predominant mechanism of death" in 80 per cent of potentially survivable battlefield injuries.
RevMedx has come up with an alternative. The XStat began life inspired by the expanding foam that is used to repair car tyres. "That's what we pictured as the perfect solution: something you could spray in, it would expand, and bleeding stops".
Early efforts with foam proved futile, however, as it was forced out of the wound by blood pressure. The team turned their attention to sponges and almost by accident went straight to the ideal size - 1cm circles of sponge that expand when wet.
Following successful trials on animal wounds and a $5m grant from the US Army, the XStat was developed. The sponges are made from wood pulp, and coated with chitosan, a blood-clotting antimicrobial substance made from shrimp shells.
A marker visible under X-rays is added to each marker to prevent them being accidentally left behind in the body after treatment. In 15 seconds, the sponges expand to fill the wound and create enough pressure to halt bleeding.
To enable the sponges to be easily packed into deep, narrow wounds, the team decided to package them in wide syringe-like applicators, available in 12mm-wide or 30mm-wide gauges.
Currently, each XStat costs around $100. "I spend the whole war on terror in the Middle East, so I know what a medic needs when someone has been shot," says Steinbaugh. "I've trained lots of guys who would have benefited from this product. That's what drives me."
Let's hope this great invention will be passed for use by British Soldiers in Afghan.
Although I have my suspicions that at $100 a pop (that's approximately £60) our government in it's infinite wisdom will say it's too expensive.
This old knight has sent men to meet their maker in days long past, but even then a last remedy was applied. It can be so at anytime. A Prayer for the man's soul.

Love thy Enemy.

A soldier is not there to hate.



  1. What a wonderful treatment for shot wounds. It works in the immediate trauma situation and I am sure that treatment allows the wound to heal from within rather than the healing from the surface which would leave problems within the wound.

    As to the (few) wars they are fought in the name of Religion and the instigators have lost focus on the spiritual truths behind those religions.

    1. The wound - healing product will be a life-saver. All praise to those focussed developers.

      The religious war 'accusation' issue not only loses sight of Truths but lumps all religions into the same basket. The atheists and religion-blamers lose sight of defensive actions too. The Crusades are a case in point. Hundreds of years of Muslim slaughter and territorial conquest, with the worst of associated cruely and barbarity, became the impetus for a 'Christian' fight-back. The Christian west is blamed. !

  2. Have just added that to a post. Most interesting.

    1. Where it will be more widely understood. Thank you.

  3. Fantadtic idea.To heal a wound from within is the most effective method.Perjsps this wad could have an antibiotic coating added to it, incase of infection?

    1. Indeed. Your comment looks like my posts after the second or third time I have edited to remove typos. :) There is always another one that escapes.


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