Kennedy expounds on a life of science, service

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 trying 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 Wisconsin-Madison 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 very 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.