|Anti-malarial tactics, like bednets above, have helped stem epidemics, |
but now therapies sold over the counter and substandard pills threaten
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“…… Should I use Doctors and Drugs to Heal Me or Spiritual Methods?
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.
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. ….”
Pharmaceutical Fraud/Corruption cases
- GlaxoSmithKline accused of market 'abuse'
- Revealed: huge increase in executive pay for America's top bosses
- US sues Novartis for paying kickbacks
- Nutricia makes 'wrong' claims about Alzheimer food supplement
- Pharma firms tested drugs on East Germans: report
- Heart Surgeon Speaks Out On What Really Causes Heart Disease
- Gambling addiction was caused by Parkinson's medication: Dutch court
- Master list of Antidepressant/SSRI Related Violence
- Feds Charge 91 People in $429M Medicare Fraud
- Drug giants fined $11bn for criminal wrongdoing
- German drug firm makes 1st apology for thalidomide
- Pfizer fined for paying bribes in E. Europe, China
- AIDS Was a Man-Made Pandemic
- Glaxo whistleblower goes public with shocking details of bribery, marketing fraud and other pharma crimes
- Vast F.D.A. Effort Tracked E-Mails of Its Scientists
- Drug giant probed for not disclosing 15,000 patient death reports: Roche under investigation by UK watchdogs after 80,000 'adverse reactions'
- GlaxoSmithKline settles healthcare fraud case for $3 billion
- Merck vaccine fraud exposed by two Merck virologists; company faked mumps vaccine efficacy results for over a decade, says lawsuit
- US drug company to pay $1.6bn over Depakote mis-selling
- Johnson & Johnson fined $1.1bn in latest Risperdal case
- FDA admits in court case that vaccines still contain mercury
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The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Sun, 06/20/2010 5:30 PM
The Indonesian government has said that Iranian nationals are the most common smugglers of class-A drugs into the country as of January this year.
Malaysians were the next-highest group, with eight suspects arrested so far this year, followed by India with six suspects, tempointeraktif.com reported.
The Customs and Excise Office at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten, has arrested 15 Iranian nationals this year linked to 22 cases. It has also seized a total 115 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, locally known as shabu-shabu), ketamine, heroin, cocaine and marijuana.
"All of the evidence together is worth Rp 278 billion (US$30.5 million) at market value," the office's head Baduri Wijayanta said Sunday.
All of the arrested Iranian smugglers were believed to be part of an Iran-based international drug syndicate, he added.
The office's head of prosecutions Gatot Sugeng Wibowo said the Iran-based drug mafia might not have been aware that Indonesia enforced the death penalty for drug smuggling.
The 2009 Narcotics Law carries the death penalty and a Rp 10 billion fine for anyone in possession of more than 5 grams of drugs.
News maker: Journalists take pictures of Soekarno-Hatta airport customs office head Bahaduri Wijayanta following a press conference on the arrest of three Iranians for a drug smuggling attempt. The Iranian nationals were presented during the conference on Wednesday.-- JP/Multa Fidrus
Friday, June 18, 2010
The Jakarta Post, Kupang | Fri, 06/18/2010 10:22 AM
KUPANG: The UN is committed to assisting East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) address poverty problems, UN Resident Coordinator for Indonesia El Mostafa Ben Lamlih has said in Kupang.
Mostafa said Tuesday the UN had a special agenda and would continue coordinating with local administrations to deal with those problems.
He was speaking at the unveiling the five-year cooperation scheme involving eight UN organizations, including the UNDP, Unicef and the UNHCR.
Apart from poverty, he added, the UN was also ready to partner with local administrations to address problems in the fields of health, education, economy, infrastructure, judicial systems and the environment.
NTT Governor Frans Leburaya hoped UN aid would ease the province’s poverty, which affects almost half of the province’s population of 4.6 million. — JP
Adianto P. Simamora, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Fri, 06/18/2010 10:16 AM
The government has announced it plans to meet an international standard currently being developed that would outlaw the use and production of mercury, which is a highly toxic metal.
Head of the government’s team tasked with meeting the regulation, Rasio Ridho Sani, said Indonesians and the local environment were vulnerable to mercury poisoning.
“We plan to join the planned legally binding treaty on mercury issues,” Rasio told reporters Wednesday.
Indonesia imported 9 tons of mercury in 2009, primarily for use in dental clinics and small mining operations.
The first round talks for the anti-mercury convention was held in Stockholm last week, grouping
delegates from 121 countries and 61 NGOs.
During the meeting, Japan declared it would being implementing the regulation in 2013. Japan proposed the agreement be named the Minamata treaty, after the Japanese town in which more than 900 people died after consuming fish contaminated with methylmercury dumped into the bay in the 1950s. Acute mercury poisoning is referred to as Minamata disease.
“The talks on the mercury convention got huge responses as all countries look to prevent another incident like Minamata,” Rasio said.
He said Indonesia would look to implement the treaty within a select few industrial sectors at first, and would seek financial and technological support from rich nations to meet the demands of the agreement.
“We hope that implementation [of the treaty] will affect selected sectors, such as dental clinics, but the rich nations should still take the lead in combating mercury emissions,” he said.
Many Indonesian dentists still use mercury-based amalgam to fill cavities.
Data from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) showed that 1,200-2,900 tons of mercury was emitted into the atmosphere world wide every year due to human actions.
It said huge amounts of mercury were released into rivers, lakes, seas and on land.
The UNEP said most people and animals absorbed small amounts of mercury into their bodies through breathing in mercury emitted by industrial processes and coal-fired power stations, and ingesting mercury in food.
“There is increasing concern about the consequences of low-level exposure,” it said.
Experts claim fossil-fuel burning is the main contributor of mercury pollution.
Rasio said negotiations during the convention discussed how to reduce supply and demand as well as technical and financial assistance to combat mercury emissions.
Indonesia is currently a party to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions on hazardous chemical substances.
Jakarta Globe, June 18, 2010
A retired Japanese teacher and his wife were stabbed to death in their home in Indonesia by a disgruntled former domestic worker, police said Friday.
Yasuwo Hara, 69, was stabbed in the chest and his wife, Mizue, 67, in the neck and stomach around 9:00 pm (1400 GMT) Thursday at their home in Ciputat, southern Jakarta, police said.
Police arrested the couple’s recently sacked gardener, 22-year-old Asep, a spokesman said. Another suspect was also believed to have been arrested but this has not been confirmed.
The killer reportedly snuck into the couple’s house through the garage and attacked them as they were eating dinner.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Jakarta Globe, June 17, 2010
A young and badly abused Indonesian sex slave forced to have intercourse with hundreds of men over the past two months has been rescued by Malaysian authorities.
The Star online reported that the Immigration Department in Penang rescued the unidentified woman, in her 20s, from a locked room in a house in George Town on Tuesday night. She did not have any valid travel documents in her possession.
Her alleged captors, from Bangladesh, were also taken into custody.
“The Bangladeshis, who were also without any documents, were in the house then and were arrested,” the news portal quoted Immigration Department official Abdul Rahman Hassan as saying. “They have been remanded pending investigations and the woman has been sent to the Penang Hospital for a check up.”
The department reportedly received a tip-off two weeks ago that the Bangladeshis, both in their 30s, “offered” the woman to their friends for a price. She was forced to have sex with a number of men daily or else she would be beaten.
The report did not say why it took so long for Malaysian authorities to act.
The Indonesian Consulate in Penang was not available for comment.
News maker: Journalists take pictures of Soekarno-Hatta airport customs office head Bahaduri Wijayanta following a press conference on the arrest of three Iranians for a drug smuggling attempt. The Iranian nationals were presented during the conference on Wednesday.-- JP/Multa Fidrus
Customs and excise officers have arrested three Iranians at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport for attempting to smuggle two kilograms of crystal methamphetamine from Tehran into the country.
The arrest on Tuesday has brought the number of Iranian nationals apprehended for drug smuggling attempt to 11 since January.
Bahaduri Wijayanta, head of customs office at the airport, identified the latest three suspects as Jeihouni Sohrab, 28, Fadaelfatehviri Fardin, 33 and Nousratpour Sohrab, 40. The latter is a woman.
Making their first trip to Indonesia, the three Iranians arrived at the airport on Tuesday aboard Qatar Airways flight QR-672 that flew from Doha.
“Our profile analyses conducted on passengers found the three suspects displayed suspicious behavior so that we decided to examine them,” Bahaduri told a media conference at his office on Wednesday.
The officers found a total of 990 grams crystal methamphetamine hidden in false concealments under the sandals of Jeihouni and Fardin. Another 1,040 grams of the same drug was concealed in the luggage pushers carried by Nousratpour.
“All the suspects admitted to having been promised payment worth US$900 each for delivering the drug to someone in Jakarta,” Bahaduri said.
The suspects will be charged with violating Article 113 of the 2009 anti-narcotics law. If proven guilty, the suspects will face maximum penalty of death.
Airport police chief Sr. Comr. Tornagogo said that police were intensifying their crackdown on drug at the domestic terminal under an operation code named Nila, which started on June 4.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Antara News, Tuesday, June 15, 2010 17:59 WIB
Mataram, West Nusa Tenggara (ANTARA News) - The United Nations Global Fund has provided Indonesia with Rp17.31 billion for the handling of infectious diseases in three provinces, an AIDS commission official said.
"The three provinces which have received the assistance from the Global Fund are West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) and Maluku," National AIDS Commission Secretary Nafsiah Mboi said here on Tuesday.
The funds will be used to handle three types of infectious diseases, namely AIDS, tuberculosis (TBC) and malaria.
She said NTB got an allocation worth Rp5.05 billion, NTT Rp7.19 billion and Maluku Rp7.07 billion.
Nafsiah Mboi said the aim of the assistance was to accelerate the efforts to prevent and handle HIV/AIDS cases in the country.
The funds come on top of those made available in state and regional budgets.
The Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) expects to increase its blood supply by building new donor centers in shopping centers and universities throughout the country.
“We want to bring people closer to the blood donor centers so that blood donation becomes second nature,” said PMI’s chairman Jusuf Kalla during the official launch of a blood donation unit in Crystal Lagoon, Lower Ground of Senayan City mall, South Jakarta, Monday.
He added that currently Indonesia faced a shortage in blood donations. According to the international standard, a country should ideally have at least two percent of blood supply from its total population.
“It means that we need 4.8 million bags of blood, while now PMI can only produce about 1.9 million bags each year,” said Jusuf.
He added that PMI targeted healthy young generation and middle class to increase good quality blood supplies.
Fresh blood: People donate blood Monday at Senayan City mall, Jakarta. Indonesian Red Cross chairman Jusuf Kalla launched a national blood drive campaign Monday that features donation booths in public places, such as shopping centers and campuses.JP/R. Berto Wedhatama
“That’s why we have chosen malls and universities where there’s a large concentration of people every day,” he said.
PMI, he added, set up permanent counters in malls with at least 20,000 visitors every day and in universities which have more than 20,000 students.
“After this we also plan to build factories to produce blood bags and needles, so that in the next two years we will have an independent blood system,” he said.
In Jakarta, PMI also plans to open new units in Tanah Abang shopping center, Trisakti University, and the State Islamic University, while it expected to build another six units in East Java and South Sulawesi provinces.
The health minister’s assistant for medicolegal affairs Faiq Bahfen said that a sufficient supply of
good quality blood that was easily accessible was crucial to support the government’s aims of decreasing the maternal mortality rate.
In 2007 data showed the country’s maternal mortality rate reached 228 deaths per 100,000 births, with 20 to 40 percent of the cases caused by excessive bleeding.
“We can prevent death by anticipating the causes and handling them promptly,” he said, highlighting the importance of good quality blood in emergency situations.
Safe blood transfer, he said, was also needed to overcome degenerative diseases, accident injuries and blood anomalies.
“We also hope to increase maternal health and reduce the infection of HIV/AIDS by providing a sufficient supply of blood,” he said.
He said the establishment of blood donor centers in malls and universities would increase voluntary blood donations, which would in turn support the government’s efforts to provide blood services to the public.
Chief executive officer of Senayan City Handaka Santosa said the blood donor centers would complement the routine blood donations that are held regularly in a number of shopping centers.
“During the soft opening yesterday of the permanent blood donation center we had around 25 visitors and they showed a good response,” he said. (lnd)
The establishment of blood donor centers in malls and universities will increase voluntary blood donations.
Antara News, Tuesday, June 15, 2010 03:58 WIB
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Thirty-three provinces Monday signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry for Women`s Empowerment and Child Protection on harmonizing and synchronizing the central and regional governments` programs in the fields of women`s empowerment and child protection.
"This (Mou) is a kind of joint commitment we have ever made," Minister for Women`s Empowerment and Child Protection Linda Amalia Sari Gumelar said after a national coordination meeting on women`s empowerment and child protection in Bekasi east of here.
Under the MoU, both the central and provincial governments were committed to focus on achieving the goals of medium-term development plan, strategic plan and national development priority particularly in the fields of women`s empowerment and child protection.
The MoU underscored the importance of harmonizing and synchronizing the central and provincial governments` programs in the areas of women`s empowerment and child protection.
"There will be no administrative sanctions related to the commitment. But we hope the signing of MoU will lay a basis for each region to focus their attention on the programs," she said.
She expressed her belief that each province was looking forward to promoting their regions by developing programs in the fields of women`s empowerment and child protection.
"Hence, even if there will be no administrative sanctions each of the regions will implement the joint commitment well," she said.
Antara News, Tuesday, June 15, 2010 03:43 WIB
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesia will have difficulty achieving its MDG (Millennium Development Goals) targets because of the low commitment of its government and political institutions to prioritizing health and education, a developmental economist said.
"I am pessimistic about Indonesia`s ability to achieve its MDG targets by 2015," University of Indonesia (UI) economic development lecturer Mayling Oey Gardiner said in a speech to mark her appointment as a member of the Indonesian Academy of Sciences (AIPI) here Monday.
She said, in 2009, a total of 189 UN member countries had committed themselves to attaining the following eight goals : fighting poverty and hunger, making education available to all, encouraging gender equality and woman`s empowerment, reducing infant mortality, improving maternal health, combating HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other contagious diseases, ensuring preservation of the environment, and promoting global partnerships for development.
According Mayling, Indonesia managed to lower its poverty rate from 20.6 percent in 1990 to 16.6 percent in 2007, but the poor people were identified as those living on less than one US dollar per capita per day.
"But if the spending level was raised to two US dollars per capita per day, there would still be 49 percent of the population categorized as poor," she said.
In terms of realizing elementary education for all, if elementary education was defined as nine years of schooling, Indonesia`s target was still a long way off.
"In 2007 the pure participation rate in elementary education was 94 percent but the pure participation rate of children aged 13 to 15 years in secondary education was only 67 percent, and so far there had been no breakthrough to increase this figure," she said.
She regretted that the government was now enthusiastically subsidizing so-called international-standard schools with as much Rp500 million a year per school while there was no subsiidy at all to enable elementary school children in remote parts of the country to continue their studies at secondary schools as called for in the MDG program.
In the public health field, Mayling said, she had so far not heard a firm government commitment to prioritize the lowering of the maternal and infant mortality rate while its MDG target called for reduction of the current figure to 102 per 100,000 deliveries by 2015.
"A survey in 2007 put the maternal mortality rate at 228 per 100,000 deliveries. This was related to the fact that a high number of deliveries took place without the assistance of trained medical personnel, namely one-third of deliveries," she said.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Antara News, Sunday, June 13, 2010 14:04 WIB
Banda Aceh, Aceh (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian western-most province of Aceh will host the second national Islamic Mental Health conference here, July 29-30, which will be attended by medical specialists and paramedics as well as the foreign guest speakers.
The foreign guest speakers include mental health specialists from Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam, chairman of the conference organizing committee, dr Syahrial SpKj, said here on Sunday.
"The meeting will also gather information on mental health development across the country," he said, adding that a seminar on mental health will also be held featuring Prof DR dr Hatta Sharum, a lecturer of the Malaysian Kebangsaan University.
"We welcome the neighboring countries` participation although it is actually a national conference," Syahrial said.
According to him, the appointment of Aceh to host the conference has to do with the free shackling program promoted by the Aceh provincial administration this year.
Syahrial believed that the Banda Aceh mental health hospital will get much information from the conference in handling patients.
Friday, June 11, 2010
It was on a terrace between two paddy fields like this that Balinese teenager Ngurah Alit was caught having sex with a cow, who he claimed had flirted with him. (AFP Photo/Jewel Samad)
Denpasar. A Balinese teenager captured stark naked in the act of sexually penetrating a domestic cow claims he believed the animal was a young and beautiful girl.
The young man has been identified as Ngurah Alit, 18, an unemployed youth from the seaside village of Yeh Embang in Jembrana.
Village head Ida Bagus Legawa told the Jakarta Globe that a villager, identified as Gusti Ngurah Dinar, caught Alit committing bestiality “when he was standing naked and holding the cow’s ass.” He was standing on a mud terrace between two rice paddy fields.
A shocked Dinar escorted Alit to the village office for questioning, where he stated that he believed the cow, owned by Wayan Yasa, was a young and beautiful girl.
“She was calling to me, making flattering comments, then I had sex with her,” Alit told local officials.
As is usual in such situations — this is the second recorded instance of cow rape in Bali in about two years — the animal will be drowned at sea in a Pecaruan cleansing ceremony intended to rid the village of what Legawa described as “dirty behaviour.”
Alit will be cleansed in the ocean and must pay a fine of 2,000 traditional Balinese coins.
Wayan will be compensated Rp 5 million ($540) for the loss of his cow.
In 2008, elderly grandfather Nengah Sutarya, 70, was caught in the act of having sex with a cow that he also said had tempted him by claiming to be a virgin girl.
That cow was drowned because villagers believed the 70-year old had impregnated the unlucky animal.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Antara News, Wednesday, June 9, 2010 16:08 WIB
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono here Wednesday called for an increase in the amount of social assistance for senior citizens which now stood at Rp300,000 per person per month.
"I have talked about it with the social affairs minister and asked him to increase the amount. The monthly rate of Rp300,000 per senior citizen should be raised in line with the increase in our gross domestic product (GDP) and state budget," the President said.
The president made the remark in his address at a function to mark National Senior Citizens` Day at the State Palace.
Social Affairs Minister Salim Segaf Al-Jufri explained earlier that since 2007 the government had been giving social security funds to some 10,000 senior citizens. Each of them received Rp300,000 per month.
Therefore, the head of state added that besides increasing the senior citizens social security funds, the government at present and in the future would also continue to improve the protection of senior citizens and other special population groups such as severely disabled, displaced children, and others who deserved social protection.
The President also asked provincial, district, and municipal administrations to continue providing senior citizens and disabled people with other public facilities such as at railway stations, bus stations, and other public places.
"It is unethical if the elderly and disabled also have to jostle or struggle in the crowds at railway stations and bus terminals to get into a train or bus. Let us respect them by giving them greater convenience as the implementation of social justice for all people," the president said.
The head of state noted that the number of elderly in the country had continued to increase every year. The figure was 5.3 million in 1970 but rose to 19.5 million in 2008.
According to the president, the increase in the number of elderly people indicated that national development had produced tangible results. An increase in a people`s life expectancy rate also signified a higher prosperity level, he said.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Chain-smoking two-year-old Ardi Rizal is down to 15 cigarettes a day thanks to therapy. (AFP Photo)
A chain-smoking Indonesian toddler has cut back to 15 cigarettes a day thanks to “therapy focused on playing”, a child welfare official said on Tuesday.
Two-year-old Ardi Rizal shocked the world when a video of him smoking a cigarette appeared on the Internet last month and drew attention to Indonesia’s failure to regulate the tobacco industry.
Six months after his father gave him his first cigarette, the overweight boy from Sumatra island was smoking 40 a day and threw violent tantrums if his addiction was not satisfied.
Child welfare officials called in to try to wean the toddler off cigarettes said that when they played with him he did not smoke as much.
“The boy has been able to reduce his cigarette intake significantly, very quickly, after the treatment,” National Commission for Child Protection chairman Seto Mulyadi said.
“The therapy focused on playing — we occupied him with toys so that he forgets cigarettes,” he said.
Ardi developed his nicotine addiction while spending his days at a traditional market where both of his parents worked, Mulyadi said.
Simple toys and someone to play with were enough to take his mind off cigarettes, at least for a while. The therapists also encouraged Ardi to associate cigarettes with bad things.
“The boy likes singing songs so we tell him that if he continues smoking, he won’t be able to be a singer one day, and it works,” Mulyadi said.
“It’s much easier to help kids like him than teenage tobacco addicts.”
Ardi’s case has highlighted the tobacco industry’s aggressive marketing to women and children in developing countries like Indonesia, where regulations are weak and many people do not know that smoking is dangerous.
Cigarette consumption in Indonesia soared 47 percent in the 1990s, according to the World Health Organization.
Indonesia’s biggest cigarette manufacturer, PT HM Sampoerna, is an affiliate of Philip Morris International.
Jakarta Globe, Zaky Pawas & Ulma Haryanto, June 08, 2010
Jakarta Police announced on Monday the arrest of a division head at the National Center for Research, Science and Technology (Puspiptek) in connection with the theft of evidence seized in a 2005 bust of one of Asia’s biggest ecstasy factories.
Identifying the suspect as ST, Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Boy Rafli Amar said investigations pointed to theft of the narcotic ingredients at the laboratory in Tangerang.
Police said they were tipped off by one of ST’s employees, who has also been arrested in the case.
“These were materials used to manufacture drugs. They had to be destroyed. Instead, [they were taken] by a division head at Puspiptek,” Boy said. “He could be facing up to 20 years in prison.”
The Jakarta Police chief detective for narcotics crimes, Sr. Comr. Anjan Pramuka Putra, said ST had stolen evidence that had been confiscated by the National Police in 2005 from the ecstasy factory in Cikande, Serang,
“Evidence seized included hundreds of drums containing chemical ingredients to manufacture crystal methamphetamine. Puspiptek had been asked by the Tangerang District Court to destroy that evidence.
Instead, what was destroyed was just a fraction of the evidence,” Anjan said.
Police had spent months staking out the factory with Australian, US and Chinese narcotics officers before making their move.
The factory, on the outskirts of Jakarta, was capable of producing 300,000 pills per week.
Police seized an estimated $142 million worth of ecstasy, ketamine, crystal methamphetamine and chemicals for making the drugs.
In 2006, the Tangerang District Court sentenced Benny Sudrajat and Budi Sucipto to death for running the factory.
Anjan said on Monday that police investigations into the matter began after MM, a man who worked for ST, was suspected of selling the material to another suspect, identified as DH.
“This DH was the owner of a warehouse that stored chemical ingredients to make shabu shabu [crystal methamphetamine] in Bogor. We first caught a dealer in Central Jakarta in April, who led us to another two-bit dealer, until we learned about DH,” Anjan said.
“We arrested DH and seized much evidence, including ephedrine, drums of butanol, and other evidence. DH told us he was buying the stuff from MM and had paid him Rp 250 million [$27,000]. From MM, [the trail led to] his boss, ST at Puspiptek.”
University of Indonesia legal expert Rudi Satrio called for stronger monitoring and supervision by the Ministry of Justice in regard to destruction of drug evidence.
“We cannot only depend on heavy sanctions to scare off lawbreakers. Even with heavy sentences, drug cases are not decreasing,” he said.
Jakarta Globe, June 07, 2010
Banda Aceh. Twelve Indonesian children died when a suspension bridge collapsed as they were taking part in a traditional ceremony to dispel bad luck, an official said on Monday.
The accident took place on Sunday in a remote village in Aceh province, district head Ibnu Hasyim said.
“There were about 37 kids gathered together on a wire-cable suspension bridge when it collapsed and they fell into a river,” he said.
Twenty-five children were rescued with minor injuries but 12 others, all below the age of 12, were swept away in the strong currents.
The children were watching a ritual ceremony to dispel misfortune after a measles outbreak in the area.
“The adults were throwing offerings in the form of chickens into the river” when the bridge collapsed, the official said.
Monday, June 7, 2010
Too much cholesterol causes hardened fatty arteries, raising the risk of a heart attack.
The amount of cholesterol circulating in the bloodstream is partly regulated by the brain, a study in mice suggests.
It counters assumptions that levels are solely controlled by what we eat and by cholesterol production in the liver.
The US study in Nature Neuroscience found that a hunger hormone in the brain acts as the "remote control" for cholesterol travelling round the body.
Too much cholesterol causes hardened fatty arteries, raising the risk of a heart attack.
The research carried out by a US team at the University of Cincinnati found that increased levels of the hunger hormone ghrelin in mice caused the animals to develop higher levels of blood-circulating cholesterol.
Levels in the blood rise because signals from the brain prompt the liver to store less cholesterol, the researchers said.
It is known that ghrelin inhibits a receptor in the brain in its role in regulating food intake and energy use.
In a separate experiment, they found that blocking this receptor in mice also increased levels of cholesterol in the blood.
The researchers said the finding needs to be replicated in humans but potentially opens up a new way of treating high cholesterol.
Study leader Professor Matthias Tschoep said: "We have long thought that cholesterol is exclusively regulated through dietary absorption or synthesis and secretion by the liver.
"Our study shows for the first time that cholesterol is also under direct 'remote control' by specific neurocircuitry in the central nervous system."
Fotini Rozakeas, cardiac nurse at British Heart Foundation, said: "This interesting study on mice shows for the first time that blood cholesterol levels can be directly controlled by signals transmitted from the brain to the liver where cholesterol is formed.
"This could potentially open up new forms of treatment to control cholesterol levels, which would be great news for people with heart and circulation problems."
She stressed that much more research would be needed before the mechanisms at play were fully understood.
"In the meantime, people should reduce the amount of saturated fat in their diet, take part in regular physical activity and, in some cases, take prescribed medicines such as statins, to keep their cholesterol levels under control."
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Antara News, Sunday, June 6, 2010 03:05 WIB
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Former chairman of the National Commission for Child Protection, Seto Mulyadi, has expressed concern over the phenomenon of toddlers developing the cigarette smoking habit and the lack of public worry about it.
In his written statement received by ANTARA here on Saturday, he said the phenomena was indeed not an ideal reflection of parents or families which are supposed to protect children from cigarette smoking which could affect their right to live and grow.
As recently reported in the media, a number of cases of below five year old children smoking cigarettes have been found in the country, he said, referring among others to a four-year old child smoker in Malang, East Java, and a two-year old child smoker in Teluk Kemang, Munyi, Banyu Asin, South Sumatra.
The two-year old child in South Sumatra was even reported able to smoke 40 cigarettes a day.
Mulyadi said he believed this had happened because their families and adults living around them had been very permissive and ignored the danger of cigarette smoking.
He said cigarette smoke had long been known as containing thousands of substances that could disrupt lung and intelligence development in children, cause infection of respiratory channels, ears and asthma.
Mulyadi said in the past four years the prevalence of smoking children has risen by 400 percent.
Ardi Rizal, a two year old from Sumatra puffs his way through two pack of cigarettes per day. (Photo courtesy SCTV)