- I. PROJECT OVERVIEW
- (REASONS FOR REQUESTING FUNDS)
My purpose for requesting funding is to secure acquisition of materials and resources, along with a building to be used as a health, wellness and disease prevention research facility in the African American Community near where I live and work. This facility will focus on health and wellness awareness and disease prevention. It will also aim at black and minority women's health, as African American women have the highest rate of life-threatening diseases such as cardiac failure, breast and ovarian cancers, and strokes, high blood pressure and kidney failures, and other potentially fatal illnesses. Black males also are our focus. I would focus on knowledge of health through alternative healthy living, lifestyle and diet changes that reduce stress and the likelihood of disease development, and which increases the likelihood of survival following disease eruptions. Black people in general and black women specifically are the most under- served population in the world when it comes to health and wellness awareness and disease prevention.
Black males have the highest death rates when it comes to life threatening illnesses such as prostate cancer and lung diseases, heart attacks and strokes. Many of these illnesses are compounded by the extremely high stress rates black males live under. This high rate is due largely to lack of access to information on healthy living and lifestyle changes which could improve and extend life and disease survival, and prevent or curtail the development of disease if administered early enough. This lack of access to information and quality healthcare is due largely to historical disparities in economic support and quality of education. My facility would focus on these neglected areas, through seminars, lectures, information availability, motivational speakers on general health from both allopathic medical and alternative health communities, with emphasis on nutrition, diet and exercise, stress relief and relaxation techniques, disease recovery and melanin research. I would also like to hire a small but competent staff (10-15 persons at the onset) to assist in these endeavors and also to secure necessary operating expenses, equipment and office supplies. I currently have access to certified physical therapists, nutritionists, nurses, physicians and motivational speakers on the science of health, as well as holistic health studies and in the art of healthy living and fitness through lifestyle modification.
I am currently completing a three-volume book series on the subject for which I am also seeking support for marketing and publication. The series is titled “Empire in the Blood: Melanin, Viruses and Contemplating Human Extinction.”
II. INSTITUTE FOR MELANIN RESEARCH
Inclusive in this request for funding would be the establishment of our INSTITUTE FOR MELANIN RESEARCH and MELANIN TECHNOLOGIES. This facility would house a research team at what would be the Institute for Melanin Technologies (IMT), an alternative health and wellness research organization, based in Shreveport-Bossier Louisiana. As a member of a growing body of melanogenetic (study of melanin biogenesis) scientists committed to multi-level scientific and investigative research into the wonders of the biological pigment and whole body protectant known as eumelanin or simply “the melanins.”
IMT would lead the charge to study this remarkable black molecule known for its healing and photo protecting properties in melanin dominant populations. Thousands of scientific studies from some of the most prestigious institutions in the world have contributed to a growing body of evidence demonstrating the power of bio-melanin in producing, sustaining, correcting and maintaining health homeostasis. These studies and the research for which I am requesting funding, I am compiling what will be a three-volume book (now in its final stages of fine tuning and editing) exploring the past, present and future significance of eumelanin as it relates to human health. References, citations and new breakthroughs in the scientific application of melanin are laid out in this comprehensive medical journal which is to provide a theoretical and practical framework for the research center.
The Mysteries of Melanin are being revealed by a mounting body of research, which supports the long established ancient views that it is one of the most powerful substances produced by the human body, and can—when functioning properly—help correct or prevent dysfunctions of the body and brain associated with melanin deficiencies or underfunctioning melanin, among its many other photo protective and photo therapeutic qualities.
We have, in our research, supported by other reputable medical research facilities, discovered that many of the major illnesses humans are faced with evolve out of failing or under-performing eumelanin; including and especially skin cancers such as malignant melanoma and basal cell carcinoma. Skin cancer is now said to be a global epidemic in the Caucasian population. And many non-white populations are also being impacted by under-functioning melanin contributing to a variety of skin and blood disorders like Lupus and Vitiligo, and other disorders related to poorly functioning pigmentation. Skin cancer or malignant melanoma and basal cell carcinoma is also very widespread in the non-Hispanic white and some Asian populations. This has spawned greater interest in the photo protecting or sun-shielding benefits of melanin as a UV light protector in those communities where melanin recessiveness or suppression is known to induce sometimes severe DNA mutations leading to abnormal effects, predisposing some of these groups to various cancers, blood disorders and other malignancies, disease abnormalities and birth defects. This subject is obviously beyond the scope of this summary.
We at IMT therefore are dedicated to investigating and finding solutions to health and medical problems plaguing human beings through the restoration of ancient melanin science combined with preventive techniques offered in modern health, along with alternatives therapies and existing and future medical technologies we would like to develop. Melanin research is now at the center of many of the most respected medical establishments. This includes cutting edge science and explorative concepts and ideas involving innovative and operable ways to produce and upgrade bioavaliable eumelanin, making it available to human cells for purposes of supporting optimal health and wellness.
We are taking a unique approach in these health goals. Our team of researchers will be gathered from around the world. Some of them from developing nations. Our intent is to explore past, present and future collective research on and confirm the importance of melanin in the science of health, and to discover ways to implement its use in therapeutics, in ways that are applicable, cost effective and accessible to those most in need of this knowledge. This will involve the invention of and development of melanin technologies based on existing scientific research in the development of theories and models we believe are operable and applicable. We have spent years studying the use of melanin in organic and inorganic applications. To name a few. This in order to take action to study ways to decrease or eliminate the disastrous impact of melanin-related disease on health.
As the most melanin dominant group on the planet, we feel it important to educate African Americans especially in the knowledge of pro-active health activity.
At the Institute for Melanin Technologies, we seek funding for and will develop and implement use of state-of-the-art tools in the achievement of our research goals. Some of these tools are preexisting, but others will require specific inventions or modification for new and evolving applications.
WHY I AM QUALIFIED FOR THESE GRANTS
As a minister of health and spiritual development, motivational speaker, writer, researcher and healthy living advocate for over 40 years, my extensive and unique experience in varied fields of knowledge relating to conventional and alternative health qualifies me for this project. Also as a minister, as well as civil rights and women's advocate with extensive experience in women's health and African American social standing as it relates to health care practice and accessibility, I am uniquely qualified to reach out to the black community with potentially life-saving information specific to them as a high risk group when it comes to health care. I have a long established ear in the black community. I am the recipient of a number of outstanding achievement awards for community service and health awareness, one of which is the receipt of my Doctorate in Holistic Science and Alternative Health. This degree includes studies in Applied Holistic Science, Biological Research, Cosmochemistry, Genetics, Epidemiology, Chaos and Complex Modeling, Collapsing Communities, Complex Systems, and Educational Sustainability. I am also actively pursuing a degree in Astro-Biology and Heliobiology with a view toward understanding exotic diseases arising out of solar radiation exposure. I am in the process of completing a two to three volume book “Empire in the Blood”, exploring Melanin in its relationship to Viral Studies and Disease Epidemiology. My focus on virulence and its impacts in varied medical arenas, explains the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse and their relationship to disease, from I believe, a fresh and alarming perspective of pathogen influence. This is vital information I believe relevant not only for African Americans (my target study group) but all humans desirous of good health.
Every dollar you invest in this endeavor will go a long way toward funding research I hope will be helpful in the search for a healthier more productive life for all mankind.
Thank you for your support,
Dr. Evelyn Khelama, M.R.