Kennedy ex­pounds on a life of sci­ence, ser­vice

The Kent Island Bay Times - - Bay Views - By KRIS­TIAN JAIME [email protected]­

STEVENSVILLE — For John Wayne Kennedy, an ex­ten­sive and ex­em­plary ca­reer tack­ling the planet’s most press­ing prob­lems was far re­moved from his hum­ble roots on a Wis­con­sin dairy farm with­out run­ning wa­ter.

The chair­man and pres­i­dent at Ax­tel Sci­en­tific Inc. and chief sci­ence of­fi­cer at Zero Grav­ity So­lu­tions Inc. could rest on lau­rels such as 11 patents go­ing back to 2001 or as an au­thor. He could even boast be­ing named to the Mar­quis Who’s Who of Top Sci­en­tists.

But Kennedy is still hard at work at none other than tack­ling cli­mate change and us­ing ex­ist­ing tech­nol­ogy to fight can­cer in a much more di­rect in­stead of the tra­di­tional ra­di­a­tion treat­ment that leaves last­ing ef­fects on the body.

“My first ex­pe­ri­ence with sci­ence was in high school that was brand new,” said Kennedy. “I was tr ying study it on my own with a Gil­bert chem­istry set. I started putting to­gether chem­i­cals with recipes from en­cy­clo­pe­dias. My teacher asked me to come in af­ter classes. I started help­ing him in the lab.”

With his first men­tor teach­ing him the ropes, Kennedy ex­celled in math, physics and chem­istry. Be­fore long, he would be at the Univer­sity of Wis­con­sinMadi­son work­ing to com­plete a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in botany and nat­u­ral sci­ence.

His firm back­ground in botany, zo­ol­ogy and chem­istry, with ad­vanced stud­ies in en­to­mol­ogy, plant pathol­ogy and ne­ma­tol­ogy at the United States De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture Grad­u­ate School, made him a pre­fect fit for the fed­eral de­part­ment and started an 18-year ca­reer.

He has rep­re­sented and sup­ported pro­grams of over 90 com­pa­nies in 19 coun­tries as a pri­vate con­sul­tant, and one could say that ac­com­plish­ments like that are other worldly. That is sim­ply be­cause they are.

Con­duct­ing ex­per­i­ments that were in­cluded on space shut­tle mis­sions, he holds 20 patents in the ar­eas of space, hu­man health and agri­cul­ture. No­tably, he dis­cov­ered un­der­wa­ter pyra­mids in Rock Lake, Wis­con­sin, called the Lost Pyra­mids, in 1967.

“The fed­eral govern­ment helped me very much with time in their labs in New Jersey,” Kennedy said. “I quit the govern­ment be­cause I knew I wasn’t do­ing enough in the sci­ence area and I started con­sult­ing. I had to learn the ef­fec­tive­ness of pes­ti­cides for com­pa­nies and rep­re­sent that in front of the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency.”

Tack­ling com­pre­hen­sive and com­plex prob­lems and solv­ing them are grounds for a strange dy­namic. Soon you en­ter a con­di­tion that Kennedy refers to as “work­ing against your­self.”

His lat­est pas­sion is the en­vi­ron­ment and find­ing a more pre­cise and dy­namic cure for can­cer.

“I had to go find a for­mula to take care of can­cer, and I knew all the bio­chem­istry I needed that could be suit­able for it,” said Kennedy. “Af­ter re­search­ing, I came up with a for­mula for min­er­als and ionic salts. Many of these min­eral com­bi­na­tions are very sta­ble, and even af­ter years, they are still very ac­tive. A dis­eased cell will take in ev­ery­thing in­clud­ing ionic met­als, which is toxic.”

His re­search in­di­cates that the tar­geted ap­proach to can­cer treat­ment means the dis­eased cells get treated with­out de­stroy­ing the cells.

While the process is con­sid­er­ably more com­plex and much more work must be done to pass the rig­ors of the sci­en­tific method, the pos­si­bil­ity of some­thing as ef­fec­tive as chemo­ther­apy with­out the side ef­fects is promis­ing.

Kennedy also sees the en­vi­ron­ment as a press­ing is­sue, es­pe­cially in terms of ris­ing sea lev­els and ris­ing tem­per­a­tures when they af­fect crops.

“The Earth’s tem­per­a­ture is cycli­cal with it heat­ing up and tilt­ing back and slid­ing into an ice age. That’s in the sci­en­tific record. But we are warm­ing up and we do have global warm­ing, there’s no doubt about that,” said Kennedy.

Ac­cord­ing to Kennedy, thou­sands of un­dif­fer­en­ti­ated cells found in his re­search can be used in fruits and veg­eta­bles in or­bit to ma­nip­u­late their se­lec­tion to­wards heat. Con­versely, you can also ma­nip­u­late a plant’s se­lec­tion to­wards cold.

Un­dif­fer­en­ti­ated cells refers to a cell that has yet to de­velop into a par­tic­u­lar cell vari­ant. Un­dif­fer­en­ti­ated stem cells are the ver y ba­sic cells in bi­ol­ogy from which all other cells de­rive.

“It’s hard to talk to some­one about what I do, but the good sci­en­tists are or­di­nary peo­ple. There are a num­ber of them just try­ing their best to save this planet,” said Kennedy.

John Wayne Kennedy looks over re­search from one of his nu­mer­ous projects.

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