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A store in Guangzhou not selling tobacco on World No Tobacco Day. (Photo/CNS)
(Subjects: Religion/Worship, Lightworkers, Food, Health, Prescription Drugs, Homeopathy, Innate (Body intelligence), New Age movement, Global Unity, ... etc.) - (Text version)

“…… Should I use Doctors and Drugs to Heal Me or Spiritual Methods?

"Dear Kryon, I have heard that you should stay natural and not use the science on the planet for healing. It does not honor God to go to a doctor. After all, don't you say that we can heal with our minds? So why should we ever go to a doctor if we can do it ourselves? Not only that, my doctor isn't enlightened, so he has no idea about my innate or my spiritual body needs. What should I do?"

First, Human Being, why do you wish to put so many things in boxes? You continue to want a yes and no answer for complex situations due to your 3D, linear outlook on almost everything. Learn to think out of the 3D box! Look at the heading of this section [above]. It asks which one should you do. It already assumes you can't do both because they seem dichotomous.

Let's use some spiritual logic: Here is a hypothetical answer, "Don't go to a doctor, for you can heal everything with your mind." So now I will ask: How many of you can do that in this room right now? How many readers can do that with efficiency right now? All of you are old souls, but are you really ready to do that? Do you know how? Do you have really good results with it? Can you rid disease and chemical imbalance with your mind right now?

I'm going to give you a truth, whether you choose to see it or not. You're not ready for that! You are not yet prepared to take on the task of full healing using your spiritual tools. Lemurians could do that, because Pleiadians taught them how! It's one of the promises of God, that there'll come a day when your DNA works that efficiently and you will be able to walk away from drug chemistry and the medical industry forever, for you'll have the creator's energy working at 100 percent, something you saw within the great masters who walked the earth.

This will be possible within the ascended earth that you are looking forward to, dear one. Have you seen the news lately? Look out the window. Is that where you are now? We are telling you that the energy is going in that direction, but you are not there yet.

Let those who feel that they can heal themselves begin the process of learning how. Many will be appreciative of the fact that you have some of the gifts for this now. Let the process begin, but don't think for a moment that you have arrived at a place where every health issue can be healed with your own power. You are students of a grand process that eventually will be yours if you wish to begin the quantum process of talking to your cells. Some will be good at this, and some will just be planting the seeds of it.

Now, I would like to tell you how Spirit works and the potentials of what's going to happen in the next few years. We're going to give the doctors of the planet new inventions and new science. These will be major discoveries about the Human body and of the quantum attributes therein.

Look at what has already happened, for some of this science has already been given to you and you are actually using it. Imagine a science that would allow the heart to be transplanted because the one you have is failing. Of course! It's an operation done many times a month on this planet. That information came from the creator, did you realize that? It didn't drop off the shelf of some dark energy library to be used in evil ways.

So, if you need a new heart, Lightworker, should you go to the doctor or create one with your mind? Until you feel comfortable that you can replace your heart with a new one by yourself, then you might consider using the God-given information that is in the hands of the surgeon. For it will save your life, and create a situation where you stay and continue to send your light to the earth! Do you see what we're saying?

You can also alter that which is medicine [drugs] and begin a process that is spectacular in its design, but not very 3D. I challenge you to begin to use what I would call the homeopathic principle with major drugs. If some of you are taking major drugs in order to alter your chemistry so that you can live better and longer, you might feel you have no choice. "Well, this is keeping me alive," you might say. "I don't yet have the ability to do this with my consciousness, so I take the drugs."

In this new energy, there is something else that you can try if you are in this category. Do the following with safety, intelligence, common sense and logic. Here is the challenge: The principle of homeopathy is that an almost invisible tincture of a substance is ingested and is seen by your innate. Innate "sees" what you are trying to do and then adjusts the body's chemistry in response. Therefore, you might say that you are sending the body a "signal for balance." The actual tincture is not large enough to affect anything chemically - yet it works!

The body [innate] sees what you're trying to do and then cooperates. In a sense, you might say the body is healing itself because you were able to give it instructions through the homeopathic substance of what to do. So, why not do it with a major drug? Start reducing the dosage and start talking to your cells, and see what happens. If you're not successful, then stop the reduction. However, to your own amazement, you may often be successful over time.

You might be able to take the dosage that you're used to and cut it to at least a quarter of what it was. It is the homeopathy principle and it allows you to keep the purpose of the drug, but reduce it to a fraction of a common 3D dosage. You're still taking it internally, but now it's also signaling in addition to working chemically. The signal is sent, the body cooperates, and you reduce the chance of side effects.

You can't put things in boxes of yes or no when it comes to the grand system of Spirit. You can instead use spiritual logic and see the things that God has given you on the planet within the inventions and processes. Have an operation, save your life, and stand and say, "Thank you, God, for this and for my being born where these things are possible." It's a complicated subject, is it not? Each of you is so different! You'll know what to do, dear one. Never stress over that decision, because your innate will tell you what is appropriate for you if you're willing to listen. ….”

Monsanto / GMO - Global Health

(Subjects: Big pharma [the drug companies of America] are going to have to change very soon or collapse. When you have an industry that keeps people sick for money, it cannot survive in the new consciousness., Global Unity, ... etc.) - (Text version)
"Recalibration of Free Choice"– Mar 3, 2012 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Caroll) - (Subjects: (Old) Souls, Midpoint on 21-12-2012, Shift of Human Consciousness, Black & White vs. Color, 1 - Spirituality (Religions) shifting, Lose a Pope “soon”, 2 - Humans will change react to drama, 3 - Civilizations/Population on Earth, 4 - Alternate energy sources (Geothermal, Tidal (Pedal wheels), Wind), 5 – Financials Institutes/concepts will change (Integrity – Ethical) , 6 - News/Media/TV to change, 7 Big Pharmaceutical company will collapse “soon”, (Keep people sick), (Integrity – Ethical) 8 – Wars will be over on Earth, Global Unity, … etc.) - (Text version)
"The Recalibration of Awareness – Apr 20/21, 2012 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Old Energy, Recalibration Lectures, God / Creator, Religions/Spiritual systems (Catholic Church, Priests/Nun’s, Worship, John Paul Pope, Women in the Church otherwise church will go, Current Pope won’t do it), Middle East, Jews, Governments will change (Internet, Media, Democracies, Dictators, North Korea, Nations voted at once), Integrity (Businesses, Tobacco Companies, Bankers/ Financial Institutes, Pharmaceutical company to collapse), Illuminati (Started in Greece, Shipping, Financial markets, Stock markets, Pharmaceutical money (fund to build Africa, to develop)), Shift of Human Consciousness, (Old) Souls, Women, Masters to/already come back, Global Unity.... etc.) - (Text version)
"THE BRIDGE OF SWORDS" – Sep 29, 2012 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: ... I'm in Canada and I know it, but I will tell those listening and reading in the American audience the following: Get ready! Because there are some institutions that are yet to fall, ones that don't have integrity and that could never be helped with a bail out. Again, we tell you the biggest one is big pharma, and we told you that before. It's inevitable. If not now, then in a decade. It's inevitable and they will fight to stay alive and they will not be crossing the bridge. For on the other side of the bridge is a new way, not just for medicine but for care. ....) - (Text Version)

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

TCM wonderdrug Yunnan Baiyao forced to reveal secret formula

Want China Times, Staff Reporter 2014-04-18

A box of Yunnan Baiyao capsules. (Photo/CFP)

Yunnan Baiyao, a hemostatic over-the-counter Chinese herbal medicine developed more than a century ago, has long enjoyed preferential policies from the Chinese government, which allowed its formula to remain a secret — until now.

The medicine, widely touted as a "miracle drug," was developed in the southwestern province of Yunnan by Qu Huanzhang in 1902. In China, the drug enjoys a similar reputation to the discovery and development of penicillin in the West.

The complete formula and ingredients, however, are a great mystery. The "white drug from Yunnan" has been designated as a Class-1 protected traditional Chinese medicine formula in mainland China, which has allowed its producer, the state-run Yunnan Baiyao Group, to keep the formula a secret.

Recently, after authorities renewed their guidelines for the publication of ingredients of Chinese medicines connected to classified state-level technical knowledge, Yunnan Baiyao reluctantly published the ingredients of the powdered medicine, which it said was a Chinese herb called "caowu," or "duanchangcao," in Chinese, and aconite or wolfsbane in English.

The substance is classified as a poison, as are many other substances used in traditional Chinese medicine.

Shanghai's China Business News said Yunnan Baiyao had not made public that the medicine contained aconite even in 2002, when the company listed eight ingredients of the drug in its application to the US Food and Drug Administration for a sales permit.

Faced with safety concerns, Yunnan Baiyao executive Wu Wei stated in an interview with the newspaper that the toxicity of the ingredient had been reduced to "a safe range" through the company's unique processing techniques.

The China Food and Drug Administration issued a notification in November 2013 stating that all Chinese medicinal drinks that contained ingredients classified as toxic must have ingredient notes that detail the toxins and a warning.

Following the new regulations, Yunan Baiyao received criticism over its mystery ingredients, including aconite, which contains an alkaloid that affects the kidney. An overdose of aconite can cause symptoms similar to poisoning, including nausea, vomit and limb paralysis.

Defending the toxicity of certain poisonous traditional Chinese medicine materials, Gao Xuemin, a professor at the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, said that all the materials had to undergo a series of complicated processing procedures before they could be used for medicinal purposes.

During that process, their toxicity was greatly reduced. "It's the science and characteristic of the 5,000-year-old traditional Chinese medicine," Gao said.

The West became familiar with Yunnan Baiyao during the Vietnam War when American soldiers noticed Vietcong soldiers wearing vials of the powder around their necks. They discovered that the powder was used topically to stop bleeding from bullet and knife wounds, preventing wounded combatants from bleeding out before getting medical attention.

US scientists make embryonic stem cells from adult skin

Yahoo – AFP, 18 April 2014

A researcher works on stem cells at a stem cell institute in Farmington,
Connecticut, on August 27, 2010 (AFP Photo/Spencer Platt)

Washington (AFP) - For the first time, US researchers have cloned embryonic stem cells from adult cells, a breakthrough on the path towards helping doctors treat a host of diseases.

The embryonic stem cells -- which were created by fusing an adult skin cell with an egg cell that had been stripped of genetic material -- were genetically identical to the donors.

The hope is that cloned embryonic stem cells, which are capable of transforming into any other type of cell in the body, could be used in patient-specific regenerative therapy to repair or replace an individual's organs damaged by diseases including cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer's disease.

The team of researchers, led by Robert Lanza, of the Massachusetts-based company Advanced Cell Technology, used a technique that had succeeded last year with infant skin cells.

But Lanza's team, funded in part by the South Korean government, used cells from a 35-year-old man and a 75-year-old man.

This is a significant step forward, the researchers wrote in the study published Thursday in the journal Cell Stem Cell.

"For many cell types, reprogramming is more difficult for adult cells than for fetal/infant cells, presumably at least in part because (they are) ... further removed from the pluripotent state" in which the cells can develop into different types, the study said.

Yet adults are more likely than infants to need regenerative therapy, the authors wrote, noting that "the incidence of many diseases that could be treated with pluripotent cell derivatives increases with age."

One advantage of this approach is that it does not use fertilized embryos to obtain stem cells, a technique that raises major ethical issues because the embryo is destroyed.

But critics, including the Catholic Church, believe it presents a slippery slope that could lead to cloning of human beings, a suggestion scientists deny.

Since the birth of Dolly the sheep in 1996 in the United Kingdom, the first cloned animal, researchers have cloned some 20 species including goats and rabbits, but never monkeys or primates whose biology and reproduction is more complex.

Years of research on monkey cells using the same technique have not successfully produced any monkey clones.

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"The Quantum Factor" – Apr 10, 2011 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Galaxies, Universe, Intelligent design, Benevolent design, Aliens, Nikola Tesla (Quantum energy), Inter-Planetary Travel, DNA, Genes, Stem Cells, Cells, Rejuvenation, Shift of Human Consciousness, Spontaneous Remission, Religion, Dictators, Africa, China, Nuclear Power, Sustainable Development, Animals, Global Unity.. etc.) - (Text Version)

"..... Cell Division - a Static process ? 

Let me take you to the cellular division process. We've said this before, but you need to hear this to understand how it works. A cell is ready to divide. The Human body is designed to rejuvenate... all tissue. You've been told that there's some tissue that does not rejuvenate, but that is incorrect. It all rejuvenates at different speeds at different times and in different ways. It rejuvenates. So now you know that the Human body is designed to live a long time. Unfortunately, the energy that you have created on this planet and what you've gone through, has beat it up. You don't live much more than 80 years. That was not the design.

The Biblical personalities were sometimes prophets and sometimes masters and sometimes just there... and lived for hundreds of years. Did they really? Or perhaps this is that just a metaphor? Did they get that right in the Bible without a error in transcription? I'm going to tell you the truth. It's very accurate. Thousands of years ago you lived a very long time, Lemurian. If you knew your lifespan, you'd gasp. But not anymore. Instructions have been given over time to DNA, literally, by the energy of the planet... en energy that you have created through consciousness.

A cell divides. Right before it divides, it needs the blueprint to clone itself. The blueprint is available from the stem cell. The stem cell gets its information from the quantum part of the DNA, which has never changed since you were born. It's remained static, since nothing has ever changed it... and the fact that you don't believe it's changeable and have just accepted aging. There's not a conscious effort to do anything with it, and it just lays there like it always did.

The diving cell "talks" to the stem cell and says, "Do the same thing you always did? Change anything?" And the stem cell talks to the cell that is dividing, saying, "Make another one just the same." Then you rejuvenate just like the last one, accepting everything you received when you were born. ..."


"Recalibration of Knowledge" – Jan 14, 2012 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) - (Subjects: Channelling, God-Creator, Benevolent Design, New Energy, Shift of Human Consciousness, (Old) SoulsReincarnation, Gaia, Old Energies (Africa,Terrorists, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Venezuela ... ), Weather, Rejuvenation, Akash, Nicolas Tesla / Einstein, Cold Fusion, Magnetics, Lemuria, Atomic Structure (Electrons, Particles, Polarity, Self Balancing, Magnetism, Higgs Boson), Entanglement, "Life is necessary for a Universe to exist and not the other way around"DNA, Humans (Baby getting ready, First Breath, Stem Cells, Embryonic Stem Cells, Rejuvenation), Global Unity, ... etc.) - (Text Version)

”… There are several things that are going to happen in mainstream science. First, you're going to find some secrets of DNA and they're going to be embryonic. Start watching scientists discover the embryonic cells and the magic within them. You already know that unusual stem cells exist in the placenta. You also know that the pre-programmed adult stem cells are still there in the body. But what about the DNA of the unborn? (Intellectuals, please keep reading, for to stop now will create unrest.) Second, your work today Yawee, will represent "the perfect template" without using what you did in Lemuria. That's why you're the Human who will do this. It's an extension of why you came here, and is perfect for 2012 and beyond.

These embryonic cells of the unborn are untouchable by society, and they might as well be on Mars, for no science is going to try to use these cells in a 3D manner, which is all you know how to do at this point. If they try, it won't work anyway. There are quantum processes you are learning about that are not only non-invasive, but actually helpful and that can transfer attributes from one biological cell to another and from one Human to another. Think "wireless" [Kryon human again]. What you thought would take wires over 1,000 miles long is now done with satellites. It's an analogy that shows you that you are moving into totally new understandings of the transfer of energy. Let's discuss the mother in that temple for a moment. …”


"... I want to define life for you - not biological life, but spiritual life. So for all those intellectuals, just hold on, for many won't like this. Spiritual life, as measured by Spirit, is when a Human has free choice. When is that? It's when they take their first breath. Not in utero. There will be those who will say, "That's wrong, that's wrong. The soul in the woman's body is alive!" Just wait. I'm talking about spiritually. That which Spirit sees, and it's when you come from the other side of the veil and take your first breath.

A child with the mother has no free choice. That child is linked to the choice of the mother until it is born. It is, indeed, a soul in preparation for free choice, and there are many attributes that are spiritual that we have discussed before about how that soul reacts. But now I'm discussing life with polarity [duality], free choice.

But let's discuss that "child inside" for a moment, for there is a process I want you to know about. I want to talk about 240 days into the pregnancy. At about that time, the child has perfect DNA. It hasn't taken its first breath. The DNA hasn't measured the energy of the planet yet, since it is contained. Did you realize that? Inside the womb is a perfect child. The child's DNA has all the attributes of the Akash and also the parent, but it's different in a way you have not been told. The DNA is 100% as designed.

The quantum instructions within the DNA are all talking to the biology of the child,, getting ready for the first breath. ..."

Friday, April 18, 2014

Strike at Yue Yuen's Dongguan footwear factory continues

Want China Times, Xinhua 2014-04-18

Workers at Yue Yuen strike over social insurance and housing
funds benefits, Apr. 14. (Photo/CNS)

A massive strike over a social benefits dispute entered a fifth day on Friday at a footwear factory in south China's Guangdong province.

Thousands of workers at Yue Yuen Industrial (Holdings), a Dongguan-based footwear maker for major brands including Nike, Adidas and Timberland, began storming out of the main plant and walking along a nearby arterial road around 8:50am.

Police rushed to the front of the parade, urging them to leave and return to the plant. Dozens of workers were then taken away by police, but no clashes broke out nor were any people injured.

Police have blocked some road section, and most of the workers have returned to the premises of the factory, where there is a staff of about 45,000.

Production at the plant remains halted.

The protests began on April 5, when a few hundred workers from the plant took to the streets demanding that their social insurance and housing funds be fully paid.

After failed negotiations with management, more workers have joined what has become a massive strike since Monday.

On Thursday, the factory management promised to catch up on all the social benefits in arrears, but the workers have remained skeptical and refused to return to work.

Obama: stop saying sorry for Obamacare

Yahoo – AFP, 18 April 2014

US President Barack Obama delivers remarks from the White House in
Washington, DC, on April 17, 2014 (AFP Photo/Jim Watson)

Washington (AFP) - US President Barack Obama told fellow Democrats to stop saying sorry for his health care law Thursday, revealing that eight million people had now signed up for insurance.

Obama said it was also time for Republicans to accept that the Affordable Care Act -- the cornerstone of his domestic legacy, which was plagued by a botched rollout and fierce political controversy -- works and is here to stay.

"I think that Democrats should forcefully defend and be proud" of helping millions of people, Obama said at a press conference.

US President Barack Obama (2nd L) talks
 with insurance company executives at the
 White House in Washington, DC, on
April 17, 2014 (AFP Photo/Jim Watson)
"I don't think we should apologize for it, and I don't think we should be defensive about it. I think is a strong, good, right story to tell."

Republicans have made opposition to Obama's law a centerpiece of their campaign ahead of mid-term elections in November.

Democrats, who have an uphill battle to retain control of the Senate, have seen their candidates, especially in conservative states, assailed by negative advertising about the law.

Obama said that eight million people had signed up for plans under Obamacare insurance exchanges in the first enrollment period, which ended at the end of last month.

After meeting insurance industry executives at the White House, he also said that 35 percent of those who had enrolled were under the age of 35.

The age breakdown of those enrolling for the plans is vital to Obamacare's success since the logic of the law requires younger, more healthy patients to subsidize older, sicker plan holders with their premiums.

The law remains broadly unpopular, though some provisions, including the ban on insurance companies refusing policies to those with pre-existing conditions, are winning acceptance.

Obama said he was "curious" why Republicans had made opposition to Obamacare, which they have voted repeatedly to repeal, their core political message.

"If Republicans want to spend all their time talking about repealing a law that's working, that's their business," he said.

"I think what Democrats should do is not be defensive, but we need to move on and focus on the things that are really important to the American people right now."

But a spokesman for Republican House Speaker John Boehner said that the White House health care plan had created "havoc" and called on officials to reveal how many of those who signed up for it had actually paid premiums.

"The White House continues to obscure the full impact of Obamacare," said the spokesman, Brendan Buck.

Whistleblowing heart doctor who aired hospital safety fears wins tribunal case

Trust spent £6m in effort to discredit cardiologist Raj Mattu but tribunal rules that sacking by Coventry hospital was unjustified

The Guardian, Denis Campbell, health correspondent, Thursday 17 April 2014

Surgeons replace a heart valve. Mattu raised issues such as patients' beds being
squeezed too close together after operations. Photograph: Sean Smith/Guardian

A whistleblowing heart doctor who sounded the alarm about poor care and patient deaths at his own hospital has won a major legal victory against his NHS employers, whose attempts to pursue ultimately unsubstantiated allegations against him cost £6m of public money.

An employment tribunal has ruled that Dr Raj Mattu was unfairly dismissed by the Walsgrave hospital in Coventry, and suffered a series of "detriments" after he spoke out about what he saw as dangerous conditions, including too many patients' beds being squeezed together to help relieve overcrowding.

Mattu was sacked by University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust in 2010, nine years after he first aired his concerns publicly about what he said was dangerous post-operative care. He highlighted a series of worries about patient safety, including the cases of two patients who died in crowded bays.

He voiced alarm at the hospital's "five-in-four" policy, under which – to save money – an extra fifth bed was placed in a bay intended for only four patients. The Commission for Health Improvement, the then NHS watchdog, condemned the practice and criticised the hospital, which it said had a much higher death rate than should have been expected.

An employment tribunal sitting in Birmingham under Judge Hughes ruled this week that 54-year-old Mattu had been unfairly dismissed and would receive compensation, which will be decided later.

It described him as blameless, saying: "The claimant did not cause or contribute to his dismissal."

The trust ran up over £6m in legal fees in its long quest against Mattu, which he said was a campaign of vilification designed to discredit him for no reason. The General Medical Council decided not to proceed to an inquiry after looking into more than 200 allegations the trust made against him. It also hired private detectives to investigate the cardiologist and a public relations agency to handle media interest in the long-running case, which saw Mattu receive significant support from his medical colleagues.

Mattu had been "vilified, bullied and harassed out of a job he loved", the doctor's lawyer claimed. "This has been a David v Goliath legal battle, which I am delighted to have won for my client," said his solicitor, Stephen Moore.

"The tribunal's findings – that Dr Mattu was a whistleblower and was unfairly dismissed – completely vindicate him. Dr Mattu was a fantastic cardiologist and it was tragic that his pursuit of safety and the highest standards in care led to him being vilified, bullied and harassed out of a job he loved." Moore added.

"This case has brought to light the appalling way whistleblowers are still being treated and raises important and wider issues that should be addressed."

In a statement, the trust said it was "disappointed by the employment tribunal's decision that the dismissal of Dr Mattu was unfair, given that the procedure followed by the trust was reviewed by the court of appeal in March 2012, when it found in the Trust's favour".

It added: "We are pleased that they have firmly rejected his primary claim that his dismissal in 2010 was in any way linked to whistleblowing about patient care.

As a trust, we will continue to support all our staff to raise issues of concern in our effort to provide continuous improvement in our services to patients."

In his inaugural speech as the new chief executive of NHS England earlier this month, Simon Stevens said that, while every whistleblower would not always be right, "the fact is, patients' lives are saved when courageous people speak up – openly and honestly – and when each of us takes personal accountability for putting things right."

The coalition has moved to stop NHS organisations from victimising whistleblowers after a number of cases came to light involving alleged harassment and silencing of staff who spoke out about poor care or patient safety, such as over the case of Baby P, Peter Connolly. Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has ordered all trusts to be open and transparent and take whistleblowers' claims seriously, set up a hotline for those with concerns and strengthened whistleblowers' rights in the NHS staff contract. Hunt said: "This shows just how important it is that whistleblowers speaking out about poor care can be confident they will be listened to. Anything less than an open, transparent culture in which NHS staff are supported to raise concerns is unacceptable."

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Floribeth: John Paul II's Costa Rican 'miracle' woman

Yahoo – AFP, María Isabel Sanchez, 17 April 2014

Floribeth Mora poses in a little chapel with the image of late pope John Paul II
 at her home during an interview with AFP on March 26, 2014 in Dulce Nombre
de Cartago, Cartago, Costa Rica (AFP Photo/Ezequiel Becerra)

Floribeth Mora poses in a little chapel with the image of late pope John Paul II at her home during an interview with AFP on March 26, 2014 in Dulce Nombre de Cartago, Cartago, Costa Rica

Dulce Nombre (Costa Rica) (AFP) - Call her the miracle lady on the hill -- one with a brain aneurysm whose healing was declared a miracle, clearing the way for the late John Paul II to become a saint.

Floribeth Mora, a 50-year-old Costa Rican, has now become a sort of religious icon herself.

Sick people flock every day to her home, a small dwelling full of crucifixes. She tells them to have faith.

Jazmin Torres (L) cries as she talks about her sick mother with Floribeth Mora (C)
 whose healing from a brain aneurysm was declared a miracle, clearing the way
 for the late John Paul II to become a saint, March 26, 2014 in Cartago, Costa
Rica (AFP Photo/Ezequiel Becerra)

Three years ago, doctors told Mora she had an untreatable brain aneurysm and sent her home to wait for death.

But she survived, leaving doctors perplexed. On July 5 last year, Pope Francis called Mora's case a miracle, making it possible for John Paul II to be canonized on April 27.

Mora lives in a small house on a hill in Dulce Nombre de Cartago, 20 kilometers (12 miles) east of Costa Rica's capital San Jose.

The doorway features a large portrait of the late Polish pope, candles and flowers, along with an image of the Virgin Mary and copies of medical documents certifying her health turn-around.

Mora has a magazine with Karol Wojtyla on the cover and rarely lets go of it.

To one man whose wife is dying, she says, "Pray a lot to John Paul II, as I did."

Dressed in a light blue blouse that sets off her fair skin and brown hair, Mora welcomed a team from AFP amid the bustle of preparing for her trip to Rome, receiving sick people and running two small family businesses.

'Don't be afraid'

Mora remembers the day in April 2011 when she got her bad news. A neurosurgeon said she had an aneurysm on the right side of her brain.

"The left side of my body became paralyzed. I could not move my hands, could not hold a spoon or a glass. I would drop everything," she said.

After a series of tests, doctors told her that her case was hopeless, and sent her home to await her demise.

"Her life was fading away, but she always prayed to the pope," said Father Sergio, her spiritual adviser.

Lying in bed on May 1, 2011, Mora watched John Paul II's beatification.

"At eight o'clock the next morning, I heard a voice in my room that said, 'Get up. Don't be afraid,'" she recounted.

She said that from the magazine with the picture of the late pontiff, she saw hands appear, urging her to get out of bed.

"The Lord took away my fear and agony, and gave me the peace and certainty that I was healthy," Mora said.

Gradually, she recovered and in November of that year, an MRI "confirmed what I had been saying -- that I was healthy. It was the work of God," she said, her voiced filled with emotion.

And what does the neurosurgeon Alejandro Vargas have to say?

"If I cannot explain it from a medical standpoint, something non-medical happened," he said. "I can believe it was a miracle."

The 'crazy lady'

Mora relayed her story in February 2012 on the late pope's web page.

"I wanted the world to realize the grandeur of God. But I never imagined the magnitude that this was going to take on," she said.

Three months later, the Vatican contacted her, and Mora traveled to Rome. Tests confirmed she was totally healthy.

Her devotion to John Paul II began when he visited Costa Rica in 1983.

Floribeth Mora looks at an image of late
 pope John Paul II during an interview
 with AFP on March 26, 2014 at her
 residence in Dulce Nombre de Cartago,
 Cartago, Costa Rica (AFP Photo/Ezequiel
Becerra)
"He exuded holiness. To see him, at the age of 19, had an impact on my life. I turned to him in the darkest moments of my illness so he would intercede with God on my behalf."

John Paul II, who died in April 2005, was beatified after a miracle was proclaimed involving a French nun. But a second miracle was needed for him to be canonized, or made a saint.

It is a miracle not everyone believes in, even in this country where the Catholic faith is classified as "official," which is rare in Latin America.

"In the supermarket, in the street, people say, 'There goes that crazy lady!' But the crazy lady is healthy because God cured me. God bless my madness because I can share with my family," says Mora, who is married and has four children and six grandchildren.

Born in a poor neighborhood of San Jose, she says she is the same person she always was.

"She has not changed, although many people come to see her," says a neighbor, Flor Varela.

In Mora's house, a distraught man is on the verge of tears.

"My wife no longer speaks. We do not know if she sees us, if she hears us. I come with faith for you to take a petition to the pope," said Jose Torres, a small-scale farmer.

"Nothing is impossible for God," answers Mora. She is seated on a sofa in the living room. A trunk there is full of letters for her to take to Rome.

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"The Quantum Factor" – Apr 10, 2011 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Galaxies, Universe, Intelligent design, Benevolent design, Aliens, Nikola Tesla (Quantum energy), Inter-Planetary Travel, DNA, Genes, Stem Cells, Cells, Rejuvenation, Shift of Human Consciousness, Spontaneous Remission, Religion, Dictators, Africa, China, Nuclear Power, Sustainable Development, Animals, Global Unity.. etc.) - (Text Version)

"... Cell Division - a static process?

Let me take you to the cellular division process. We've said this before, but you need to hear this to understand how it works. A cell is ready to divide. The Human body is designed to rejuvenate... all tissue. You've been told that there's some tissue that does not rejuvenate, but that is incorrect. It all rejuvenates at different speeds at different times and in different ways. It rejuvenates. So now you know that the Human body is designed to live a long time. Unfortunately, the energy that you have created on this planet and what you've gone through, has beat it up. You don't live much more than 80 years. That was not the design.

The Biblical personalities were sometimes prophets and sometimes masters and sometimes just there... and lived for hundreds of years. Did they really? Or perhaps this is that just a metaphor? Did they get that right in the Bible without a error in transcription? I'm going to tell you the truth. It's very accurate. Thousands of years ago you lived a very long time, Lemurian. If you knew your lifespan, you'd gasp. But not anymore. Instructions have been given over time to DNA, literally, by the energy of the planet... en energy that you have created through consciousness.

A cell divides. Right before it divides, it needs the blueprint to clone itself. The blueprint is available from the stem cell. The stem cell gets its information from the quantum part of the DNA, which has never changed since you were born. It's remained static, since nothing has ever changed it... and the fact that you don't believe it's changeable and have just accepted aging. There's not a conscious effort to do anything with it, and it just lays there like it always did.

The diving cell "talks" to the stem cell and says, "Do the same thing you always did? Change anything?" And the stem cell talks to the cell that is dividing, saying, "Make another one just the same." Then you rejuvenate just like the last one, accepting everything you received when you were born. ..."

Down's chromosome cause genome-wide disruption

Yahoo – AFP, 16 April 2014

AFP/File - Children with Down's syndrome play on March 17, 2011
at an activity center in Moscow

The extra copy of Chromosome 21 that causes Down's syndrome throws a spanner into the workings of all the other chromosomes as well, said a study published Wednesday that surprised its authors.

Using data from a set of twins, one with Down's and one without, researchers found a major difference in how genes functioned between the two.

The twins were born from a single egg that split, which means their DNA code started off identical.

But the individual with Down's had an extra copy of Chromosome 21 -- a difference enabling the scientists to see how this might affect the same genome.

The additional chromosome had a knock-on effect on all the 22 other chromosomes, the team reported in the journal Nature.

"We were very surprised by this finding," said Audrey Letourneau of the University of Geneva Medical School who co-authored the study.

"It seems that this small, extra chromosome has a major influence on the entirety of the genome."

Chromosomes are made up of bundles of DNA called genes, which hold the information for cell function.

Humans have 23 pairs of chromosomes-- or a total of 46 per cell.

People with Down's Syndrome, about one in every 750, have a third, extra Chromosome 21 -- the smallest of all the chromosomes with about one percent of the DNA in a cell.

Down's is the world's leading genetically-caused mental disease, and also carries a heightened risk of heart defects, leukaemia, immune-system malfunction and premature Alzheimer's disease.

The results may help researchers "find substances that could reverse this gene-expression dysregulation, i.e. drugs that revert the expression of genes... back to normal," co-author Stylianos Antonarakis told AFP.

Iranian killer's execution halted at last minute by victim's parents

Convict had noose around his neck when victim's mother approached, slapped him in the face and spared his life

The Guardian, Saeed Kamali Dehghan, Wednesday 16 April 2014

The noose is removed from around the neck of Balal. Photograph:
Arash Khamooshi /Isna

When he felt the noose around his neck, Balal must have thought he was about to take his last breath. Minutes earlier, crowds had watched as guards pushed him towards the gallows for what was meant to be yet another public execution in the Islamic republic of Iran.

Seven years ago Balal, who is in his 20s, stabbed 18-year-old Abdollah Hosseinzadeh during a street brawl in the small town of Royan, in the northern province of Mazandaran. In a literal application of qisas, the sharia law of retribution, the victim's family were to participate in Balal's punishment by pushing the chair on which he stood.

But what happened next marked a rarity in public executions in Iran, which puts more people to death than any other country apart from China. The victim's mother approached, slapped the convict in the face and then decided to forgive her son's killer. The victim's father removed the noose and Balal's life was spared.

Hosseinzadeh's mother slaps Balal. Photograph: Arash Khamooshi /Isna

Photographs taken by Arash Khamooshi, of the semi-official Isna news agency, show what followed. Balal's mother hugged the grieving mother of the man her son had killed. The two women sobbed in each other's arms – one because she had lost her son, the other because hers had been saved.

The action by Hosseinzadeh's mother was all the more extraordinary as it emerged that this was not the first son she had lost. Her younger child Amirhossein was killed in a motorbike accident at the age of 11.

"My 18-year-old son Abdollah was taking a stroll in the bazaar with his friends when Balal shoved him," said the victim's father, Abdolghani Hosseinzadeh, according to Isna. "Abdollah was offended and kicked him but at this time the murderer took an ordinary kitchen knife out of his socks."

Balal's mother, left and Hosseinzadeh's mother embrace after the execution
was halted. Photograph: Arash Khamooshi/Isna

Hosseinzadeh Sr has come to the conclusion that Balal did not kill his son deliberately. "Balal was inexperienced and didn't know how to handle a knife. He was naive."

According to the father, Balal escaped the scene of the stabbing but was later arrested by the police. It took six years for a court to hand down a death sentence, and the victim's family deferred the execution a number of times. An date for execution was set just before the Persian new year, Nowruz, but the victim's family did not approve of the timing.

Hosseinzadeh said a dream prompted the change of heart. "Three days ago my wife saw my elder son in a dream telling her that they are in a good place, and for her not to retaliate … This calmed my wife and we decided to think more until the day of the execution."

Many Iranian public figures, including the popular TV sport presenter Adel Ferdosipour, had called on the couple, who have a daughter, to forgive the killer. Although they did so, Balal will not necessarily be freed. Under Iranian law the victim's family have a say only in the act of execution, not any jail sentence.

The chair on the gallows. Photograph: Arash Khamooshi /Isna

In recent years Iran has faced criticism from human rights activists for its high rate of executions. The UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, accused Hassan Rouhani of doing too little to improve Iran's human rights, especially reining in its staggering use of capital punishment.

As of last week, 199 executions are believed to have been carried out in Iran this year, according to Amnesty, a rate of almost two a day. Last year Iran and Iraq were responsible for two-thirds of the world's executions, excluding China.

At least 369 executions were officially acknowledged by the Iranian authorities in 2013, but Amnesty said hundreds more people were put to death in secret, taking the actual number close to 700.

Iran is particularly criticised for its public executions, which have attracted children among the crowds in the past. Iranian photographers are often allowed to document them.

Bahareh Davis, of Amnesty International, welcomed the news that Balal had been spared death. "It is of course welcome news that the family of the victim have spared this young man's life," she said. "However, qisas regulations in Iran mean that people who are sentenced to death under this system of punishment are effectively prevented from seeking a pardon or commutation of their sentences from the authorities – contrary to Iran's international obligations."

She added: "It's deeply disturbing that the death penalty continues to be seen as a solution to crime in Iran. Not only is the death penalty the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment with no special deterrent impact, but public displays of killing also perpetuate a culture of acceptance of violence.

"Public executions are degrading and incompatible with human dignity of those executed. In addition, all those who watch public executions – which regrettably often includes children – are brutalised by the experience."

In October last year an Iranian prisoner who survived an attempted execution and was revived in the morgue was spared another attempt, though his family said he had lost mental stability and remained in jail.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

India top court recognises transgenders as 'third gender'

Yahoo – AFP, Trudy Harris, 15 April 2014

Indian transgenders perform at a seminar in Mumbai on October 3, 2013
(AFP Photo/Punit Paranjpe)

New Delhi (AFP) - India's highest court ruled Tuesday that a person can be legally recognised as gender-neutral, a landmark judgement that raises hopes of an end to discrimination against several million transgenders and eunuchs.

The Supreme Court also said transgenders should be included in government welfare schemes offered to other minority groups in a bid to pull them out of the impoverished margins of Indian society.

"Transgenders are citizens of this country and are entitled to education and all other rights," Justice K.S. Radhakrishnan told the court while handing down the ruling.

An Indian transgender dancer puts on
 makeup before a performance for a
 function in Kolkata on April 30, 2013
(AFP Photo/Dibyangshu Sarkar)
"Recognition of transgenders as a third gender is not a social or medical issue but a human rights issue," said Radhakrishnan, who headed a two-judge bench on the case.

The case was filed in 2012 by a group of petitioners including prominent eunuch and activist Laxmi Narayan Tripathi seeking recognition for the transgender population and equal rights under the law.

Transgenders and eunuchs or hijras -- a term for cross-dressers and men who have been castrated -- often live on the extreme fringes of India's culturally conservative society.

Transgenders are often seen as inauspicious and even cursed in traditional Hindu culture. Many resort to prostitution, begging or menial jobs that leave them mired in poverty.

The ruling, hailed as landmark by activists, comes just months after the same court reinstated a ban on gay sex and sparked accusations it was dragging the country back to the 19th century.

'Proud to be Indian'

"Today, for the first time I feel very proud to be an Indian," activist Tripathi told reporters outside the court.

"Today my sisters and I feel like real Indians and we feel so proud because of the rights granted to us by the Supreme Court."

In this photograph taken on October 3,
 2013, Indian transgenders attend a
seminar for the transgender community
in Mumbai (AFP Photo/Punit Paranjpe)
Australia's top court also ruled earlier this month that a person can be legally recognised as gender-neutral, ending a long legal battle by a sexual equality campaigner.

Germany last year passed a law allowing babies born with characteristics of both sexes to be registered as neither male nor female. Several countries including Australia, Germany and Nepal also allow people to have an X on their passport rather than male or female.

In its judgement, the court in India instructed state and federal governments to allow transgenders to identify themselves on official documents as a third gender.

It also ruled governments should include transgenders in "socially and economically backward" groups that are given quotas in jobs and education, said the lawyer for the petitioners Sanjeev Bhatnagar.

Transgenders also have the right under the constitution to be given access to medical care and other facilities regardless of their gender, the court said.

"Direction has been given to all the state governments and the central government to comply with the direction of the court to give them reservations and to identify them and give them their rights," Bhatnagar told reporters.

Some state governments, such as southern Tamil Nadu, and official bodies already recognise transgenders, including the Election Commission which ruled in 2009 that they could be listed as "others" on electoral rolls and voter identify cards.

In this photograph taken on April 30,
 2013, Indian transgender dancers put on
 makeup before a performance in Kolkata
(AFP Photo/Dibyangshu Sarkar)
Official estimates for India's transgender population are not known but they are thought to number several million.

Transgenders are classified as people who have either had sex change operations or who regard themselves as the opposite of their born gender, according to Sanjay Srivastava, professor of sociology at the Institute of Economic Growth in New Delhi.

However only 28,341 are registered with the Election Commission for the parliamentary elections currently taking place, highlighting the fear and stigma many face.

The ruling comes after the court's decision in December banning gay sex. Gay sex had been effectively legalised in 2009 when the High Court ruled that the colonial-era penal code prohibiting "carnal intercourse against the order of nature" was an infringement of fundamental rights.

Gay sex has long been a taboo subject in India, where homophobic tendencies abound and many still regard being gay as a mental illness.