(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)

Pharmaceutical Fraud / Corruption cases

Health Care

Health Care
Happy birthday to Percy Julian, a pioneer in plant-drug synthesis. His research produced steroids like cortisone. (11 April 2014)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

"The Fast-Track Systems" – (a message from Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll)

Kryon.com, June 14, 2014

This live channelling was Given in MT. Shasta, California

Lee Carroll
To help the reader, this channelling has been revisited [by Lee and Kryon] to provide even clearer understanding. Sometime information is even added. Often what happens live has implied energy within it, which carries a kind of communication that the printed page does not. So enjoy this enhanced message given in Mt. Shasta, California, June 14, 2014.

Greetings, dear ones, I am Kryon of Magnetic Service. In the process called channelling, my partner steps aside, and in through what you would call the portal of the pineal comes a pure stream of intuition, in real time. It is delivered in a way you have defined as channelling, and in the process it's important that my partner's filters step aside as well.

The filters are Human filters of correctness, judgment and Human experience - all things that can bias a message such as this. This is what he has practiced for 25 years, getting to a point where he can be open to the degree where there is very limited bias of thought. In other words, he has to put his Humanism aside and allow pure messages to flow in without altering them from what he thinks they might mean. There are those in this assemblage who can discern this [in the auditorium] and who know that the messages are real. This is something we count on - that in a place like this, there are Lightworkers who know the difference and would be able to sense the integrity of the truth and purity of my messages through my partner. These are the ones who would see that there is no agenda here except one: The joy of congratulations of what it is that is taking place here.

This morning I told you that there was no such thing as predestination. We told you that the Human Being is wide open to choice, and during this day the presentations of science of research and unfolding world events echo this very thing. Could it be that Humans have the choice to step out of the old paradigm of conquering one another, of historic hatred, and literally change what you would call Human Nature? That has been the premise all along, and now you have heard it from others today [at the conference] who are not channellers, but rather men of science. Could it be that the body is waiting for you to make these kinds of invisible forces available? Do you believe it? It's not the first time that we have asked the question. So I want to expand upon that.

In the past three weeks, I have started to give you information about a help system that I'll call a fast-track to enlightenment, which follows the lines of what you have been taught this day about the potentials and the possibilities that exist within the Human field. Some of these you may have heard before, but now I collect them together as one package under the shadow of the mountain [referring to Mt. Shasta] so you can hear this directly.

To put it succinctly, dear Human Being, I'm going to give you four attributes of what I would call a help system that is now available to you and that is new. You passed a major time marker in 2012, and literally you are now sitting in the first few years of the kinds of decision points that other civilizations of other planets have failed to cross - but not you. You are examining it carefully, and you're looking at it right now, old soul. We told you the snowball of potential was rolling, and it is. It is the snowball of higher consciousness on Earth. We can see these potentials from a bigger picture standpoint than you can see. It's far more than any of you can see individually, and it has driven our prophecies to you of what might be next.

I present to you the fast-track system. Could it be that your belief is more powerful today than it ever was before? Could it be that this invisible force, created from that which you call your mind, could trigger things that are enormous around you, changing the environment, your body and more? Stand by for some controversy, but then there always is. I want you to throw away everything you thought you knew and listen. The first thing we're going to do is talk about innate.


Innate is the intelligent body system that is based in intuitive thought. The innate body intelligence does not come from brain synapse, and we have told you this before. There are entire channellings about this, and you can review them if you wish. The Human brain is good at what it does. It's a master chemical computer that stores information and then gives it back to you for survival when stimulated. The brain helps you to decide what to do next based upon past data that has been recorded. That's not intuition. That's computation.

Intuitive thought doesn't even feel like a synaptic brain function. It comes and goes so quickly that you are not certain it was even there. That in itself should tell you something - that there's another kind of communication going on, and it presents itself completely different than brain thought, through what we would call the pineal portal. There's far more involved than that, but for now we will just label it cellular intelligence - the innate system of the body.

Innate is beginning to show itself more and more within Human perception. It is a fast-track for you and creates better intuitive thought. Innate pulls upon something that is now starting to be a far greater resource for you than it ever was before - that is the Akashic record of the Human Being. We told you this before. Humans are going to start remembering the last time around, and the time before that [past lives]. Is it possible that you won't have to start from zero every time you're born? Other mammals don't, but you do! Is it possible that you could awaken and remember certain kinds of things that will help you to learn faster? Doesn't it make sense that you should be able to remember the wisdom that you've gleaned over centuries of living on Earth?

Imagine a fast-tracking system where you awaken within the next lifetime, and you don't have to go through the mistakes of this one? Imagine that! Imagine awakening and remembering, "I'm here again! Yes, it's real. I've lived before." Imagine! The innate is the part of the body that listens to the past wisdom of belief. It pulls upon the Akash and starts to give you the information you need, because it knows that you believe in it and the consciousness of the old soul that you have, which is now showing itself. It's a new fast-track system to new perceptions and a change in your basic life structure. That's just one of four systems.

The Pineal

The second system is the spiritual pineal system, and this represents communication to the other side of the veil. The pineal is the portal to your Higher-Self and it uses intuition - innate - to talk to you. The pineal helps you to know you're in touch. Now, listen for a minute: How many of you know you're in touch? Often the answer is, "Well, Kryon, sometimes I feel in touch with Spirit and sometimes I don't. Sometimes I'm in a bad mood and I'm not quite as in touch." How would you just like to be 24/7 connected all the time? Then when you're in a bad mood, instead of the brain taking over and the heart racing with uncertainty and fear, instead you have "coherent" thought and the communication stays wide open. How do you think the masters dealt with stress? How would you like to deal with it in the same way? What I want to tell you is there is a fast-track system through the pineal of the Human body that is ready to make DNA work better and, in that process, there is more stability for you. We are going to call this the self-balance factor. The Human Being will be able to self-balance instantly and immediately, no matter what the situation. They will be able to analyze and stay centered. This is evolution. This is a spiritual system, dear ones, because the invisible force called God sees your belief and it starts to alter things based upon what you have given it. Does this sound like the theme of the day? It's in every single part of nature. That was number two.

Other Life in the Galaxy

Now it might start to get weirder for you. These ideas are controversial, so listen carefully and I ask my partner to go slowly. I want him to present this accurately and with care so that there's no fear here.

If you were to visit the cosmos and talk to the intelligent life that is out there as it has been for millions of years before life on your planet, it would give you some different concepts to think about. How is time measured between different planetary cultural systems? Yours is tied to your sun and you use "years". This won't work for them. To create a meaningful time reference for all of you, you would need something that you all have in common, a consistency that you all share, and indeed there is one.

There is a consistently of the speed of all stars and solar systems as they move around the center of the galaxy. No matter where they are in the disk that surrounds the center, they all move at one exact speed. This is a galactic standard. Since it is a consistent speed and all stars experience it, this can be used as a time reference that you all understand. When one star system talks to another, they relate to what you have called the cosmic year. But since the word year is not in their vocabulary, they call it revs, which stands for revolutions around the center. That is a consistent time measure of how long it takes for your solar system to make one revolution around the center of your spiral galaxy. So all solar systems have this in common. How many revs do you think humanity has seen, dear Human Being? The answer is this: You haven't even had one! It takes approximately 230 million Earth years to go around one time [one rev].

Now, why I'm telling you is this: Because it means that as Human Beings on Earth, there are parts of space that you have never encountered before. Since you haven't even gone around one time, the complete "pathway" of your solar system is yet undiscovered by you, including what attributes in space might be there that you didn't expect. What if I told you you're starting to enter a very special "zone" now and that what you are going to experience has been prearranged all along? It's not predestined, dear ones, but was always there just in case you made it as a Human race. It was timed appropriately and perfectly, and it's for you.

In this new area of space, which your entire solar system is moving into, there is a different kind of physics represented by what scientists see as a kind of radiation that is new. Your solar system is now coming into this. (The actual facts of this is that you are coming out of a type of "cloud" that has been with you for eons, and now you are about to experience life without it.)

The first emotion or reaction to this might be fear, for this radiation will start to intersect the heliosphere first [the magnetic field of the sun]. The heliosphere of the sun is what intersects the magnetic field of planet Earth. Your magnetic field does several things for you. It shields you from those things that the sun puts out that may be harmful. But in addition, it is a communication process to your DNA and transfers whatever quantum aspects of the heliosphere right into the Human body via the field in your collective DNA.

Twenty-five years ago, we told you that the magnetic field was needed for your life on Earth, and now that is becoming scientific fact. The DNA molecule is not a quantum particle, dear ones, but it has quantum attributes. (It has a field that affects the spin of electrons in a quantum field). This scientific fact might tell you a little more about what might be hiding within this very special system. In your body, there in what we would call an entangled DNA field, are hundreds of trillions of your DNA molecules, all know together as one. This field is called the Merkabah.

This new radiation, which your solar system is approaching, is designed to enhance your DNA. It is a fast-tracking system for your Human civilization if you made it past the precession of the equinoxes - a set up that all the Ancients spoke about and even your own religious doctrine referenced as a difficult or "end time". This is all on purpose and will create the potential of being able to evolve quicker and faster into a world without war. It will allow new invention, the ability to solve the unsolvable problems in 3D that you have right now and more. That's the third one. Do not fear this, dear ones! There will be some scientists who will see it for what it is, and there will be others who will be alarmed. I want you to discern it when you see it and remember we told you about it here. Fear will disable your magnificence!

The Mountain

The last and final one is the role of the mountain next to you [referring to Mt Shasta]. Is it possible that your DNA is not from here? If it isn't, then where is it from? This is a recurring theme from Kryon, that your DNA was altered starting about 200,000 years ago, and that this is your spiritual creation story. We have told you that it was done with spiritual intent by the Pleiadians and that it was expected, and right on time, and echoes what the earth was designed for. It comes from the Great Central Source and was done with love.

The seven sisters, your seed parents, provided a system of awakening and of fast-tracking. They have placed time capsules all over the planet, 24 of them in 12 pairs. Mt. Shasta is one-half of one pair. These time capsules are not hidden capsules of things that have been put away from the past, but rather they are time doors to open at the right time and dispense wisdom. The timing of the opening of the capsules is not the clock, dear ones. Are you listening? Instead, it was predicated on Human belief and spiritual evolvement.

Does this sound like a theme? It is what we have been telling you for 25 years. What are you going to do with this? The timing is now, and it's time for the old souls to awaken, generate that invisible field of belief, and pull upon the communication of intuition and of the information from the Akash. You will begin to start realizing that you are larger than anyone ever told you; you are not born dirty, but born magnificent! You are not a victim of circumstances either, but rather you now have a rudder on the boat of life that you can grab and steer wherever you want to. This is truly a new energy for you!

This is the belief that's collectively going to propel the time capsules to open. When they do and the time is right, they will give you what we have told you before - the missing laws of physics, inventions to supply you with water and power forever, and the quantum lens. The quantum lens will use a cryoplasmatic process, and when you have finally mastered and miniaturized it [as I've told you before], the first thing that science will be able to detect is that the Human Being has a quantum field! The Human Merkabah will be revealed. They will turn the lens upon animals and the rocks and the trees and see quantum life everywhere, even in the air. A new concept of life will open to the planet and science will have to rewrite all the rules of biology because of it. You will turn a corner of knowledge, a page that cannot be underestimated, a fast-tracking into the kinds of scientific development that will keep you alive and healthy for decades more than you experience now. You will slowly move out of 3D into a state of higher consciousness and awareness, and this awareness will solve so many problems.

The mountain has been seen as mysterious for eons, and even the Ancients who lived here felt it. This is why you want to be here, is it not? The mountain speaks, and there is energy here from those who have been waiting for this time! It's a fast-track system for you.

What is eventually coming will not be limited to inventions that are given to you as devices or new technology, for it is grander than that. Indeed, coming is technology for the unlimited growth of healthy food, fresh water and power, but the "real" future will bring you understanding that allows for something that goes into your DNA and expands it, so that you will have a new awareness of Self. Humans will start thinking out of the box, solving Earth's problems one at a time, and will begin to graduate out of survival mode, out of conquering mode, and will start to see other Human Beings differently. That's the message for the night.


I want you to understand these things, dear ones. I want you to believe all of this, no matter how odd or strange it seems. There is a system here, there really is. You are more than just a biological system with awareness and cellular structure. The full system includes things that perhaps you've thought were strange and odd, but this is part of evolved thinking - the consideration of things unseen, perhaps amazing ones.

I made the statement recently that things would never get back to normal because normal has shifted. What do you think medical science thought when they were presented with the concept of germs? Just think - invisible little creatures that can actually kill you! How quaint, how esoteric! How funny! They laughed and called it "ridiculous fiction". Then with the advent of microscopes, it was validated, and today it's common knowledge. Well, I want to tell you there are invisible things here as part of a benevolent system, one that is here to create help and support. But the concept of activating these is the consciousness of belief. Again, this "ridiculous fiction" to some will be validated by what comes next.

More and more Human Beings are asking their own consciousness and innate, "Is there more than I've been told?" Then they are starting to listen, not for a voice, but for information that is intuitive and from the innate. They begin to receive the chills, the validations, and they move forward. There is so much communication between you and your cellular structure that you're about to discover. Innate will supply that as well. It will help you to turn left, turn right, and know what's real and what's not real. It will help validate the integrity of a message from a man in a chair channelling from the other side of the veil.

Don't take my word for this. I want you to validate it for yourself in whatever way you can, and only when you're ready. It is your individual belief, not collective belief, that is going to make the difference on the planet. There are millions just like you all over the planet, awakening right now and making these kinds of "awareness" decisions. It's a collective that has no central control, no doctrine, no prophet, no funding and no rules of worship. This is the new Human, who knows intuitively about the shaman inside.

The energy from the great creative source is in every single Human Being and is the same. Some call it Spirit and some call it God. The earth is a monotheistic planet that celebrates one God. It's finally time to see that all that is comes from one source, the one that's inside, and it is beautiful, and it's for all. It's time to settle the differences and move forward.

I am Kryon, in love with humanity, speaking the truth with you tonight in the shadow of the mountain that contains the seeds of your divinity.

And so it is.


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Overseas-invested hospitals to push China's healthcare reforms

Want China Times, Xinhua 2014-09-01

People line up at a children's hospital in Shanxi. (File photo/Xinhua)

The Chinese government's green-lighting of wholly overseas-funded private hospitals this week will have brought a smile to the faces of people like Benny Li.

Li, a senior manager of a US-based internet company in Beijing, did not consider private treatment until he became aware of the huge discrepancy in service standards between overseas-invested hospitals and their local counterparts in 2012.

One day that year, Li rushed to a local hospital after injuring his head in an accident. Pressing the bleeding wound with a hand, he waited for 40 minutes, along with several other patients suffering burns or cuts, before having three stitches put in his head.

"An old nurse kept telling us, 'No hurry, you won't die anyway,'" he recalled. Frustrated, days later Li for the first time went to a US-invested hospital in the Chinese capital, for a check up on his head wound.

"The doctor was amazed. He said he had never seen such sparse stitches, and carefully redid the job," Li said. Since then, the 34-year-old has been a die-hard fan of the hospital.

"In this hospital, you don't need to line up for hours to have a five-minute talk with a weary doctor, or speculate on how many kickbacks he gets from the medicine he prescribes," he said.

On Wednesday, the Chinese government said it will allow private hospitals solely owned by overseas investors to open in Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Jiangsu, Fujian, Guangdong and Hainan, all in the country's developed eastern and southern regions.

Authorities and analysts believe that the opening up of China's healthcare sector will boost the development of more high-end medical services and inspire public hospitals to up their game.

In late July, German healthcare provider Artemed Group signed an agreement to establish a hospital in the Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone (FTZ). It will be the first wholly overseas-funded medical institution in the FTZ, launched last September as part of China's opening-up drive.

Currently, overseas-funded hospitals operating in the country are mostly joint ventures with Chinese investors. Only two private hospitals, one in Shanghai and the other in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, are solely funded by Taiwan and Hong Kong investors respectively.

Overseas-invested hospitals generally provide better service and ease the shortage of high-end medical institutions in Beijing, said Zhong Dongbo, deputy head of the Beijing Health and Family Planning Commission.

What China's medical market needs is advanced management expertise, service, equipment and technology, said Pan Zhongying, president of Beijing United Family Hospital, which was founded in 1997 and is now China's largest overseas-invested healthcare provider.

Wholly overseas-funded hospitals play a supplementary role in China's healthcare sector, according to Zhuang Yiqiang, deputy secretary general of the Chinese Hospital Association.

Chen Yude, professor with Peking University's Health Science Center, expects the competition following the entry of overseas-owned hospitals to push forward the reform of China's public healthcare institutions.

Chen said overseas-invested hospitals will deal a blow to their local counterparts since they will scramble for talented medical staff as well as patients.

Overseas-invested hospitals mainly serve foreigners working or living in China and high-income Chinese citizens, while China's healthcare sector is expected to be worth 8 trillion yuan (US$1.3 trillion) by 2020.

According to the National Health and Family Planning Commission, non-public healthcare institutions account for 47% of the country's total, however, the number of beds they provide takes up only 11%. This is expected to reach 20% by 2015.

Public hospitals provide 90% of China's medical services and most Chinese patients like to go to large public hospitals in big cities for medical treatment, leading to overcrowding.

In terms of funding and service standards, wholly overseas-funded hospitals are superior to local private ones, said Cai Jiangnan, a healthcare researcher with the China Europe International Business School in Shanghai.

"[The new ruling] is a good thing for ordinary people because overseas-funded hospitals will be a competitor for Chinese private and public hospitals," he said.

But others stated that there are challenges that new private hospitals will face too, adding that there needs to be development in related fields if private healthcare is to really take off.

Ordinary people have to first face the relatively high prices in overseas-funded hospitals. Currently, such costs cannot be covered by their basic medical insurance.

Taiwanese-owned Shanghai Landseed International Hospital, founded in 2002, has the capacity to receive 800 to 1,000 patients for clinical services each day, but the number they actually receive is only 300 to 400.

"The service is good there, but the costs cannot be covered by our medical insurance. The hospital is for the rich," said a Shanghai resident who declined to be named.

Given the market-oriented pricing of overseas-funded hospitals, China should encourage the development of the commercial health insurance industry to relieve the pressure on individuals who only have basic medical insurance, said Liang Hong, vice president of the China Health Insurance Research Association.

Staff recruitment also poses a challenge for overseas-funded hospitals. Under Chinese law, overseas doctors practicing clinical and treatment services in China must renew their registration every year.

Since 2009, China has loosened restrictions on doctors in terms of their being allowed to practice in multiple medical institutions, but the flow of medical staff in public hospitals still faces some barriers, according to experts.

"We must wait and see how the prospects for overseas-funded hospitals develop. The key lies in the overall further opening up and reform of China's medical services market," said Zhu Hengpeng, a public policy expert at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

Police seize millions in huge fake Viagra swoop

Yahoo – AFP, 1 Sep 2014

A customs officer shows counterfeit Viagra pills at the Paris Roissy airport,
on February 9, 2009 (AFP Photo/Martin Bureau)

The Hague (AFP) - Police in several European countries on Monday arrested 12 people and seized millions of euros in assets in a swoop on counterfeit Viagra dealers, authorities said.

The operation against fake, prescription-only medicines, "mainly erectile dysfunction pills", involved police in Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Hungary and Britain, European justice organisation Eurojust said in a statement.

"Operations resulted in the seizure of several million pills with an estimated value well in excess of 10 million euros ($13.1 million), a large amount of cash and several vehicles, including luxury models, and the freezing of more than 7.5 million euros in bank accounts and assets," Eurojust said.

The counterfeit drugs were imported into the European Union from China and India and "often contain incorrect dosages and ingredients".

According to the European Alliance for Access to Safe Medicines, 62 percent of drugs bought on the Internet in 2011 were fake.

The Center for Medicine in the Public Interest, a US non-profit medical research group, estimates the traffic in fake medicine generated 55 billion euros globally in 2010, up 90 percent from 2005.

A study conducted by pharmaceutical giant Pfizer in 2010 showed that the European market for fake drugs was worth around 10.5 billion euros.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Damning report condemns health authority conflicts of interest

DutchNews.nl, Monday 01 September 2014

A damning leaked report has called for a major shake up in the way the Dutch health authority operates, saying the current set up is vulnerable to conflicts of interest and government interference.

The report comes from an independent commission set up to investigate the way the NZa works following revelations about the suicide of a whistleblower and other scandals, the NRC and Nos television said on Monday.

The commission says the NZa's main roles - drawing up rules to cover health service treatment, and regulating hospitals and insurance companies - should be separated to avoid potential conflicts.

The NZa is not only responsible for deciding which drugs and treatment should be covered by the mandatory health insurance, but for supervising the advance of the private sector into the system.

Supervisory board

The NZA should also have a supervisory board and its two-man management board stretched to three. The two board members resigned in June after the NRC published a string of revelations about their expenses and hospitality agreements with insurance companies and drugs companies.

The organisation's personnel policy needs a complete overhaul as does the relationship between it and the health ministry, the report says.

Health ministry officials are also criticised for interfering in the NZa's work, which, the report says, has given rise to claims of 'unjustified interference'.

'There should be no interference from the minister in individual cases,' the report states.


The report is particularly scathing about the treatment meted out to whistleblower Arthur Gotlieb, who had compiled an extensive dossier on privacy and other failures at the NZa.

It was only after Gotlieb killed himself that the NZa began an investigation into his claims.

The report, commissioned by health minister Edith Schippers is due to be formally presented on Tuesday.

MPs polled by Nos television said they were not surprised by the report's criticism and have called for an emergency debate with the minister.

Socialist MP Renske Leijten said the fact that there is, in effect, no independent healthcare regulator in the Netherlands puts all decisions taken about the care system 'in a dubious light'.

Health regulator failed to secure IT system, ignored whistleblower

“…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. Paradigms that have not yet been thought of, which don't represent any system that currently exists, will be created and developed by young minds who have concepts that the seniors don't know about. Things that don't have integrity today will fall over tomorrow. Just get ready. It's all part of what's on the other side of the bridge. And the old energy won't like it, and they will object. …”

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Full tobacco ban suggested by lawmakers in China

Want China Times, Xinhua 2014-08-31

People buy cigarettes at a shop in Hong Kong, Feb. 23, 2011. (File photo/Xinhua)

Chinese lawmakers called for a complete ban on tobacco advertisements when discussing an Advertisement Law bill on Saturday.

Members of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) discussed the draft amendment to the 20-year-old Advertisement Law at the ongoing bi-monthly legislative session.

A number of lawmakers called for the law to ban tobacco advertisements in all forms and venues.

Tobacco companies will still take advantage of loopholes if the law does not clearly impose a complete ban, said He Yicheng, an NPC Standing Committee member, at the panel discussion.

The bill, tabled for its first reading on Monday, proposes banning tobacco advertisements directly or indirectly transmitted via radio, film, television, newspaper, magazines, books, audio and visual products, electronic publications, telecommunication networks and the internet.

It is also more specific on public venues where tobacco ads would be banned, such as libraries, cultural centers, museums, parks, waiting rooms, theaters, meeting halls, sports auditoriums, and the vicinities of hospitals and schools, as well as outdoors.

"We don't need to go to the trouble of listing media and venues that are closed to tobacco ads. It will be clearer to just adopt a complete ban," He said.

In an interview with Xinhua, Wu Yiqun, vice director of Think Tank Research Center for Health Development, a non-governmental anti-smoking group, said there was a major oversight in the bill.

"What about children's palaces [government-funded recreation centers for minors in China]? They are not listed by the bill. Are tobacco ads okay for these venues?" Wu asked.

Also, the bill does not regulate tobacco firms sponsoring sport and other public events as well as smoking scenes in films and TV shows, she said.

As the world's largest tobacco maker and consumer, China has more than 300 million smokers and another 740 million people exposed to second-hand smoke each year.

According to a report released by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention in May, 6.9% of Chinese junior school students smoke and 48.5% of students between 13 and 15 years old saw a tobacco advertisement in the past month. In a survey conducted among children aged five and six, 85% could identify at least one cigarette brand.

In 2003, China signed the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. It requires signatories to "comprehensively ban all tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship."

In an email reply to Xinhua, Dr. Bernhard Schwartlander, World Health Organization (WHO) Representative in China, said the WHO welcomes the strengthening of existing restrictions on tobacco advertising in China and commends both the State Council and the NPC for its attention to and efforts in this field.

"However, the proposed amendments to the Advertising Law still fall short of what is required by the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control," he said. "We recommend additional amendments to the Advertising Law to ensure that the final law includes a complete, enforceable ban on all tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship in China."

Lawmakers also raised questions about junk mails and text messages.

The bill adds a provision forbidding any organization and individual from posting advertisements on citizen's residences and vehicles, as well as transmitting them without consent through land line phones, mobile phones and emails.

Han Xiaowu, another NPC Standing Committee member, said that the provision is too general and abstract.

"Junk mails and text messages have become a headache for many people. We will not only need a ban but also need to know how to impose the ban," he said.

If the amendment does not have enough room for detailed provisions, it should at least require the administration to work out detailed rules, Han said.

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Food as Medicine: How One Hospital Is Using Organic Produce to Help Heal Patients

EcoWatch, Coach Mark Smallwood, August 22, 2014

In 431 B.C. Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”

More than 2500 years later, we are inundated with advertisements boasting the latest, greatest cure-all super drug. From a young age, we learn that it doesn’t matter how or what we eat, there is a quick fix around the corner for whatever ails us—whether we’re obese, have high blood pressure or bad cholesterol—just to name a few of the issues plaguing our society.

A sign directs visitors and patients to the St. Luke’s Rodale Institute Organic
Farm, adjacent to the hospital. Photo credit: Bill Noll

It now seems almost revolutionary to think that we can change our health by changing the food we eat.

But, one hospital in Pennsylvania thought just that.

In 2014, Rodale Institute, in partnership with St. Luke’s University Health Network, launched a true farm to hospital food program.

The Anderson Campus at St. Luke’s has more than 300 acres of farmland, much of which had historically been farmed conventionally with crops like corn and soy. The hospital administration recognized the impact that providing fresh, local organic produce could have on patient health and approached Rodale Institute to transition the land to organic and farm vegetables to be used in patient meals as well as in the cafeteria.

The five acre farm at the St. Luke’s Anderson campus in Bethlehem,
PA. Photo credit: Bill Noll

Lynn Trizna, or Farmer Lynn, as she’s known around St. Luke’s, provides food to all six hospitals within the network. This year, she is growing five acres of vegetables with plans expand to ten acres in 2015. She estimates about 44,000 lbs of produce from her farm will be served in the hospital, just this season. She is paid a salary through Rodale Institute and has employed three staff members, all aspiring farmers.

Farmer Lynn Trizna. Photo
credit: Bill Noll
With a three-year plan in place, Rodale Institute and St. Luke’s see the potential for expansion. We envision growing the program to include fifteen to twenty farmers—supporting new farmers who don’t have access to land; greenhouses that allow for year round production of produce; and a small batch cannery, ensuring that we can enjoy the harvest, even in the coldest months of winter.

We have created this model with the belief that it can, and should, be replicated at every hospital throughout the U.S.

So, the next time you’re feeling a bit under the weather, stop—think of us and Hippocrates’ words of wisdom. Maybe you’ll then look to the garden for a cure, instead of the medicine cabinet.

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Texas to appeal after federal judge strikes down abortion restrictions

Ruling halted closure of a dozen abortion clinics across the state, threatened under restrictive measures passed in 2013

theguardian.com, Joanna Walters in New York, Saturday 30 August 2014

The Hilltop Women’s Reproductive clinic in El Paso, Texas would have been
forced to close. Photograph: Juan Carlos LLorca/AP

Abortion providers across the US this weekend gave muted cheers to a court ruling that blocked a new law that would have caused more than half of the dwindling number of clinics in Texas to close as early as Monday.

The Texas state government immediately announced it would appeal the ruling, which was delivered late on Friday and which halted the closure of a dozen abortion clinics across the state.

“At least for the moment today’s victory is vital in preventing politicians’ scorched-earth assaults on women’s healthcare,” said Nancy Northup, chief executive of the Center for Reproductive Rights. The CCR filed the lawsuit, claiming the proposed law was unconstitutional.

Federal district judge Lee Yeakel agreed on Friday and declared, in the state capital Austin, in favour of the CCR.

Texas’ new abortion measures were signed into law by Texas governor Rick Perry in 2013 and have since been implemented in stages; the latest law, about surgical standards, was due to come into effect on Monday.

Yeakel also struck down, in part, a law requiring abortion doctors to be listed on the staff of a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic where they worked. He blocked that rule in south and west Texas, around the Rio Grande Valley and El Paso areas.

Stephanie Toti, a senior staff attorney with the CCR, told the Guardian doctors in abortion clinics in those areas had received letters from local hospitals refusing to put them on staff in order to allow them to continue practicing.

“They said it was unrelated to their clinical skills. There is a lot of hostility to abortion providers in those areas,” she said.

If the judge had found against the clinics and the full set of laws had gone into effect in Texas, Toti said, a million people in south and west Texas would not have had an in-state abortion clinic within 150 miles.

The legislation approved by Perry also contained a ruling that abortion clinics would have to upgrade surgical standards to the level of a mini-hospital, and banned abortion after 20 weeks.

Supporters argued that the legislation was designed to improve healthcare standards for women and was not solely an attempt to reduce access to abortion.

Judge Yeakel ruled that the new law placed a burden on women without providing any medical benefits.

“The overall effect of the provisions is to create an impermissible obstacle as applied to all women seeking a pre-viability abortion,” Yeakel wrote in a 21-page ruling.

If the bill signed by Perry had gone into effect, the number of licensed abortion clinics in Texas would have dropped from 19 to seven, with all of those in the largest cities, Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, Forth Worth and Austin. A little more than two years ago there were 41 abortion clinics in the state. In many areas, women already have to drive hundreds of miles for repeat appointments.

“Texas women still face serious threats to their rights, health and ability to obtain safe, high-quality reproductive healthcare from reputable doctors in their communities,” said Northup.

The American College of Gynaecologists and Obstetricians has warned that laws in a number of states shutting down abortion clinics are a threat to women’s health.

“Women will resort to other means to try to terminate a pregnancy, which will put their lives at risk,” said chief executive Hal Lawrence.

Federal judges have recently blocked similar laws to that which was passed in Texas, particularly those requiring doctors already licensed to perform abortions in clinics to be accredited at local hospitals. Such rules have been struck down in Alabama, Kansas, Wisconsin and Mississippi. The last-named state has only one remaining abortion clinic.

Amy Hagstrom Miller, chief executive of Whole Woman’s Health, an abortion provider in several states, said after the Texas ruling: “We are extremely pleased with Judge Yeakel’s ruling. As he states, requiring every abortion clinic to turn into a surgical centre is excessive and not based on good medicine.”

Some opponents of the law have pointed out that the higher surgical standards are not required of other clinics offering minor procedures unrelated to abortions, such as colonoscopies, which have a similar level of risk.

“This is a great victory for the women of Texas,” Toti told the Guardian. “But the state has already filed an appeal.”

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Six executives formally arrested over Shanghai Husi food scandal

Want China Times, Xinhua 2014-08-30

The headquarters of Shanghai Husi Food Co. (Photo/CNS)

Six senior executives of the scandal-ridden Shanghai Husi Food Co were formally arrested on Friday over charges of producing and selling counterfeit products, said the municipal procuratorate.

The official arrests were approved by the Second Branch of the Shanghai Municipal People's Procuratorate. The procuratorate said a man named Hu Jun was among those arrested, but refused to provide more details.

OSI China, the parent company of Shanghai Husi, confirmed on its website six employees have been arrested and said it will continue to cooperate fully with authorities.

The food scandal was first exposed after a local TV station reported on July 20 that Shanghai Husi had supplied products tainted with reprocessed, expired meat to a string of fast food chains and restaurants across China.

Food banks in Taiwan launch alliance to share resources

Want China Times, CNA 2014-08-30

Food provided by 1919 Food Bank. (Photo/Kuo Chia-jung)

Six food banks in Taiwan launched an alliance in Taipei Thursday to share their resources and logistics more effectively and to push for legislation that encourages donations to food banks.

The founding of the Cozy Food Bank Alliance in Taiwan is aimed at "saying no to wasting resources," the alliance said in a statement.

Its members include the Taiwan People's Food Bank Association, the 1919 Food Bank, the Andrew Food Bank, the Chinese Youth Peace Corps Food Bank, the Southern Airport's Jen Ji Shiang Food Bank and the Red Cross Society of the Republic of China's Taichung branch, which operates a food bank in the central municipality.

"We hope to send the supplies to people in need in the fastest and most efficient way," Lawrence Liu, president of the Taiwan People's Food Bank Association and the first secretary-general of the alliance, said at a press conference.

Members of the alliance will share resources, information and logistics with each other, and cooperate in disaster relief assistance, community development and care services, Liu said.

They will also push for legislation that gives tax breaks to individuals and companies that donate to food banks, allows food banks or the public to purchase excess farm produce at discounted prices to give to the needy, and better ensure the safety of the food being distributed, Liu said.

He said Taiwan wastes 2.75 million tons of food each year, enough to feed 260,000 low-income households for 20 years.

Anthony Kitchen, manager of network programs with the US-based Global FoodBanking Network, stressed that food banks create a "win-win" situation for all involved.

In addition to helping people in need, food banks benefit businesses and organizations that have a problem with surplus food, which could otherwise cost time and money to deal with, he said at the press conference.

A food bank collects and distributes surplus food to people too impoverished to adequately feed themselves and their families. The first food bank was established in the United States in 1967.

The Taiwan People's Food Bank Association became the 24th member of the Global FoodBanking Network in 2012.

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First 'boycott tomatoes' arrive at Dutch food banks

DutchNews.nl, Wednesday 27 August 2014

A consignment of 4,000 kilos of tomatoes have been delivered to Arnhem’s food banks under new rules to stop food waste because of the Russian boycott of Dutch produce.

The economic affairs ministry has brought in temporary rules to allow growers to remove fruit and vegetables destined for Russia from the market.

Brussels has set aside €125m to compensate growers for the loss of trade and the compensation is higher if the produce is sent to food banks, news agency ANP said.

The compensation deal applies to tomatoes, carrots, white cabbage, bell peppers, cauliflower, cucumbers, mushrooms, apples, pears and various soft fruits.

The Dutch food bank association estimates it can distribute 300,000 kilos of fruit and veg a week to low income families.

So far 45 growers have come forward to claim compensation, the Financieele Dagblad said.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Three ways the iceman controls his immune system

NewScience, Alison George, 27 August 2014

The way of the iceman (Image: AP/Press Association)

We can learn to consciously control our immune system – that's the surprising finding from research based on the techniques of the "iceman" Wim Hof, famous for his ability to withstand cold for long periods. The research team, from Radboud University Medical Centre in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, hopes that Hof's techniques might one day be used to treat autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. For now, the team is trying to establish which of the three components of Hof's technique are responsible for the profound suppression of the immune system that they observed.

How Hof does it

Specifically, third-eye meditation, where you still your thoughts through visualising a third eye on your forehead. Find out more about the science of meditation in "Mind gym: Putting meditation to the test".

Cold exposure
You might not want to try this yourself, but Hof's training regime involves swimming in near-freezing water, climbing mountains in just shorts and lying bare-chested in snow for 20 minutes.

Breathing exercises

One of these involves hyperventilating for 30 breaths, then exhaling and holding the breath for up to 2 or even 3 minutes, followed by a deep inhalation of breath that is held for 10 seconds. Hof's second breathing exercise consists of deep inhalations and exhalations with breath-holding for 10 seconds, while tightening all body muscles.

"... Mining the Akash - The Role of Innate

What I'm going to tell next, we have given you before. However, I wish to explain it better in this communication. Your innate is also a governor of what you personally need. Let me explain: Turn a page with me. We have talked in the past about mining the Akash. So let us open that door for a moment. Is it possible, dear one, that you could go into the vast storehouse of the attributes of your past lives and pick out something that you need today? The answer is yes. It's called mining the Akash, and it is a staple of the Kryon teaching. However, the way it's accomplished by the individual Human is really difficult to describe. It's a personal intuitive process. However, one attribute of it that is often misunderstood is that permission from the innate is needed. This is because the innate smart body knows what you need. It is then the governor, or the filter, giving you permission regarding what can be pulled out of your Akash and used. It will say no to frivolous things and yes to the things that will allow you to cure yourself of disease, live longer, and increase the efficiency of your DNA. It's a smart body regulator.

Innate doesn't care how you look. It cares about your health. If you want to go into your Akash and pull out something that you need for survival, it's right there with you. If you want to make clearer skin, it won't respond. Do you see what I mean? It's the governor for mining the Akash. By the way, the Akash is very ready to be used for this. [Kryon wink]

You have earned what you've lived, dear ones, and it's very available. It lies in a quantum soup of lifetime information that is ready to be used. If you have a disease in your body right now, and perhaps you want to mine the Akash in a way that will create healing, you can. Like all nonlinear things, it requires a new, mature consciousness and practice to work. But the body is ready for you to "go get" the cellular structure of a past life that had no disease. The blueprint for this resides within you since you earned it and lived it. The innate is responsible for spontaneous remission! Science has no idea how a Human does this. The innate can help you "go get" the things within your earned Akash and place them into your cellular structure. That's how smart it is! Imagine clearing disease so completely that there is no sign it was ever there? It happens all the time. Imagine being able to drop a chemical dependency overnight? It's exactly the same principle.

Did you ever sit in a meeting and something is said or a feeling can happen, and you get chills? What are they? You might say, "They are chills of validation." Guess where they came from? The innate! The innate has the ability to signal you the truth. The brain does not. In fact, your brain will often get in the way. It's the brain that contains your box of belief. It's the brain that contains the perception of who you are based on experience and memory. It's your 3D survival instrument. But the brain can't give truth. It can only give you what it perceives as the truth, based on logical, processed, computed, synaptic reasoning and only based on your past experience.

Your brain can tell you not to touch the stove because of what happened once before. But it can't give you chills of validation from information it does not have. The intellect wants you to believe that your brain is supreme. However, the brain is only one part of the body system and not a very intuitive part. It is the innate that knows the truth. The innate is connected to the quantum parts of your DNA and, therefore, also knows of your spirituality and the truth of God inside.

The Next Step

One of the attributes of the future Human Being is to build a bridge between your Human consciousness and your innate. This is one of the three things in the cellular parts of the nine attributes lesson, the Human energies part. This needs to be a bridge of new tools so you no longer have to muscle-test. In fact, you can become your own medical intuitive. Doesn't this make sense? So, when a virus or bacteria invades your body - something your brain can't warn you about - you will know it anyway! This bridge will begin to complete the Human Being's evolution and is a logical next step for longer life. I know this makes sense to you. You should be able to sense these things when they occur rather than going to a doctor for tests. Going to a doctor for tests is not a bad thing, but it should validate what you know is happening and not be the discovery of it. ..."