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(Subjects: Religion/Worship, Lightworkers, Food, Health, Prescription Drugs, Homeopathy, Innate (Body intelligence), New Age movement, Global Unity, ... etc.) - (Text version)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monsanto / GMO - Global Health

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

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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Thousands residences launch campaigns against drugs

Antara News, Sun, July 31 2011


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Pamekasan, E Java (ANTARA News) - Thousands of people converged on Arek Lancor Monument in Pamekasan district in Madura island on Sunday to launch a campaign against drugs, gambling and other crimes.

They signed a joint pledge as representatives of the Pamekasan Police Resort, the Pamekasan District Narcotics Board and the Pamekasan District Administration looked on. Also present at the event was East Java Deputy Governor Syaifullah Yusuf.

"The joint pledge involving all elements of the community from different professions in Pamekasan to fight against drugs, gambling and other crimes is the first ever joint pledge I have found," Syaifullah said.

Representatives from almost all elements of the community including farmers, pedicab drivers, doctors, teachers, students and journalists signed the joint pledge.

Syaifullah who is also chief of the East Java Provincial Narcotics Board (BNP) said the commitment of all parties to fighting against drugs was a manifestation of joint spirit that must be maintained.

He said fighting against drugs, gambling and other crimes was not only the duties of law-enforcers but also of all sides.

"The number of police personnel is limited. So it is unlikely for them to carry out their duties optimally without active role from all elements of the community," he said.

He said the joint pledge actually laid a firm foundation for the local people and the district government including police to create a tranquil and conducive situation, he said.

The signing of the joint pledge followed a roll call for Ramadhan tight operations.

Editor: Jafar M Sidik

Friday, July 29, 2011

Ascension Sleep Issues and Body Aches





The Ascension is causing us to experience different sleep patterns and to feel body aches. We are in an intense portion of the Ascension process and we will have times of both things happening to us. The Angels want us to know that if we listen to our bodies, we will always do what is best. We are not to judge what we are going through based on our family or friends. We are unique and everything is fine. I pray this video has answers for you. More information on my website: www.ChristinaLunden.com


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Monday, July 25, 2011

Cost of Popular Medicines Set to Plunge as Raft of Patents Expire

Jakarta Globe, Linda A. Johnson, July 25, 2011

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The cost of prescription medicines used by millions of people every day is about to plummet.

The next 14 months will see the arrival of generic versions of seven of the world’s 20 best-selling drugs, including the top two: cholesterol fighter Lipitor and blood thinner Plavix.

The magnitude of this wave of expiring drugs patents is unprecedented. Between now and 2016, blockbusters with about $255 billion in global annual sales are set to go off patent, notes EvaluatePharma, a London research firm. Generic competition will decimate sales of the brand-name drugs and slash the cost to patients and companies that provide health insurance benefits.

Top drugs getting generic competition by September next year are taken by millions every day: Lipitor (atorvastatin) is taken by about 4.3 million Americans and Plavix (clopidogrel) by 1.4 million. Generic versions of big-selling drugs for blood pressure, asthma, diabetes, depression, high triglycerides, HIV and bipolar disorder also are coming by then.

The flood of generics will continue for the next decade or so, as about 120 brand-name prescription drugs lose market exclusivity, according to Medco Health Solutions.

In the United States, patients, along with businesses and taxpayers who help pay for prescription drugs through corporate and government prescription plans, collectively will save a small fortune. That’s because generic drugs typically cost 20 percent to 80 percent less than the brand names.

Doctors hope the lower prices will significantly reduce the number of people jeopardizing their health because they can’t afford medicines they need.

Generic medicines are chemically equivalent to the original brand-name drugs and work just as well for nearly all patients.

When a drug loses patent protection, often only one generic version is on sale for the first six months, so the price falls a little initially. Then, several other generic makers typically jump in, driving prices down drastically.

Last year the average generic prescription in the United States cost $72, versus $198 for the average brand-name drug, according to consulting firm Wolters Kluwer Pharma Solutions. Those figures average all prescriptions, from short-term to 90-day ones.

Among the drugs that recently went off patent, Protonix (pantoprazole), often used for severe heartburn, now costs just $16 a month for the generic, versus about $170 for the brand name. And of the top sellers that soon will have competition, Lipitor retails for about $150 a month, Plavix costs almost $200 a month and blood pressure drug Diovan (valsartan) costs about $125 a month. For those with drug coverage, their out-of-pocket costs for each of those drugs could drop below $10 a month.

Generic Lipitor should hit US pharmacies on Nov. 30 and cost around $10 a month.

For people with no prescription coverage, the coming savings on some drugs could be much bigger. Many discount retailers and grocery chains sell the most popular generics for $5 a month or less to draw in shoppers.

The impact of the coming wave of generics will be widespread — and swift.

American insurers use systems that make sure patients are switched to a generic the first day it’s available. Many health plans require newly diagnosed patients to start out on generic medicines. And unless the doctor writes “brand only” on a prescription, if there’s a generic available, that’s almost always what the pharmacist dispenses.

“A blockbuster drug that goes off patent will lose 90 percent of its revenue within 24 months. I’ve seen it happen in 12 months,” says Ben Weintraub, a research director at Wolters Kluwer Pharma Solutions.

The looming revenue drop is changing the economics of the industry. In the 1990s, big pharmaceutical companies were wildly successful at creating pills that millions of people take every day for common conditions, from heart disease and diabetes to osteoporosis and chronic pain. Double-digit quarterly profit increases became the norm. But the patents on those blockbusters, which were filed years before the drugs went on sale, last for 20 years at most, and many expire soon.

Drug companies also are trying to stabilize future sales by putting more sales reps in emerging markets such as China and India, and diversifying into businesses that get little or no generic competition. Those include vaccines, diagnostic tests, veterinary medicines and consumer health products.

As the proportion of prescriptions filled with generic drugs reached 78 percent in 2010, from 57 percent in 2004, annual increases in prescription drug spending slowed, to just 4 percent in 2010. According to the Generic Pharmaceutical Association, generics saved the US health care system more than $824 billion from 2000 through 2009, and now save $1 billion every three days.

The savings are only going to get greater developed nations’ populations age. John Rother, policy chief for AARP, a lobby group for retirees, said people who take their medicines regularly often avoid costly complications and hospitalizations, bringing the system even bigger savings than the cheaper drugs.

In addition, many patients taking a particular brand-name drug will defect when a slightly older rival in the same class goes generic.

Global sales of Lipitor peaked at $12.9 billion in 2006, the year Zocor (simvastatin), an older drug in the same class, went generic. Lipitor sales then declined slowly but steadily to about $10.7 billion last year. That still makes Lipitor the biggest drug to go generic.

Associated Press

Friday, July 22, 2011

Medical research warning over human cells in animals

Panel of scientists and ethicists says research on animals that contain material from humans should be more tightly regulated

The Guardian, Alok Jha, science correspondent, Friday 22 July 2011


A laboratory mouse. Photograph: Natacha Pisarenko/AP

Medical research on animals that contain material from humans – such as brain cells – should be more tightly regulated, according to a report from a leading panel of scientists and ethicists.

The report, which included a public consultation, says such research needs more scrutiny and clearer legal boundaries.

Scientists already use animals that contain human material in work to understand medical conditions such as Down's syndrome. But the report's authors said politicians should devise regulations to cover likely advances.

The team highlighted future research into human cognition and reproduction as areas of greatest concern to the public.

Martin Bobrow, professor of medical genetics at the University of Cambridge, led the panel set up by the Academy of Medical Sciences. He said: "Where people worry is when you get to the brain, the germ cells and the sentinel features that help people recognise what is a person, as opposed to a rat or a rabbit.

"Things like skin texture, facial shape, speech, replacing brain cells with human cells, allowing the development of human germ cells in animals. And particularly where there is any possibility of fertilisation within an animal."

He said the public was also concerned about animals whose appearance was deeply disturbing.

The professor said the panel was not recommending such work be banned outright, but that these were areas where the value of the science should be most carefully considered. Current laws around the use of animals in scientific research would cover most eventualities for now but these rules would not be enough for the techniques of the future, he said.

One "animal model" that includes human material is the Down's syndrome mouse. It carries a copy of human chromosome 21 among its DNA. Using this model, scientists are gaining insight into the condition.

"Changing animals by putting human genes or cells into their structure is one way of making them more resemble the bit of the human condition you're interested in studying," said Bobrow.

Tom Baldwin, a philosopher at the University of York and panel member, said ethical decisions might need to be based on the "great ape test", referring to the UK moratorium against using humans' closest animal relatives in medical research.

"If you start putting very large numbers of human brain cells into primates, suddenly you might transform primates into something that has some of the capacities that we regard as distinctively human – speech or other ways of being able to manipulate or relate to a human," he said. "These possibilities, at the moment, are largely being explored in fiction but we need to start thinking about them now."

The report recommends that a science and ethics committee with input from the public be set up to assess the merit of scientific projects in sensitive areas.

Lovell-Badge said continuing public discussion about the issue was key, "so that those sorts of experiments are discussed openly. Some of them certainly should be done, but it needs to be done in an open way."

Paul Nurse, president of the Royal Society, said this sort of research required open discussion to ensure it moved in a direction that the general public remained comfortable with. "The Royal Society is supportive of the recommendations made in this report, especially the call for a national expert body … Proper scrutiny and regulation of this developing field now will ensure that society benefits from its advances fully."

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Indonesians Caught in 2-Ton Coke Bust Off Coast of Portugal

Jakarta Globe, July 21, 2011

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Eight Indonesian nationals were arrested on Wednesday after Portuguese officials seized nearly 1.7 metric tons of cocaine $114 million) hidden on a fishing boat they were traveling in.

The suspects, aged between 25 and 46, are suspected of being members of a smuggling network active on the American, African and European continents, the head of the Portuguese police’s drug-busting unit, Joaquim Pereira, told a press conference.

The boat, from Namibia, was intercepted by the Portuguese navy and air force some 22 miles off the European coast.

The drugs were “probably from Latin America and destined for Europe,” Pereira said.

Agence France-Presse

Monday, July 18, 2011

Iranians in drug smuggling bust

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Mon, 07/18/2011

The police say narcotics officers arrested three Iranian citizens on Friday for allegedly smuggling 15,000 doses of  crystal methamphetamine worth about Rp 1.5 billion ($US175,500) into Indonesia.

Jakarta Police narcotics chief Sr. Comr Nugroho Aji Wijayanto said the suspects, identified as MA, MDZ and SK, were allegedly part of a Iranian drug network.

“The crystal methamphetamine was made in Iran and brought to Indonesia by the three suspects on Qatar Airlines,” Nugroho said Monday as quoted by kompas.com.

The suspects had swallowed a total of 159 small plastic bags of crystal meth to evade detection, he said.

“We trailed them from the airport. They took a taxi to their hotel in Senen  [Central Jakarta] where they took out the crystal meth,” Nugroho said.

Officers then raided the suspects’ hotel room.

The police would investigate the suspects’ local contacts, he said.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Jakarta police bust international drug ring

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Thu, 07/14/2011

The Jakarta Police drug division arrested three people suspected of being part of an international drug network.

“Two of the suspects, YN alias NR and SG alias AS, are Indonesian citizens, while the other one, KRT alias AND, is a Malaysian citizen,” drug division director Sr. Comr. Nugroho Aji Wijayanto said as quoted by tempointeraktif.com on Thursday.

YN and KRT were arrested on Monday evening at the City Lofts apartments in Central Jakarta, while SG was arrested at midday on Monday at the Sahid apartments, also in Central Jakarta.

Nugroho said the police had been investigating and trailing the suspects for two months before the arrests. “They are part of an old international drug network,” he said

The police confiscated 8 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, locally known as shabu-shabu. One of the packages contained 1 ounce of high quality crystal meth known as “blue ice”, worth around Rp 3 billion (US$351,000).

“We confiscated 3 kilograms from the first crime scene [City Lofts] and the remaining 5 kilograms were found at the second crime scene [Sahid apartments],” Nugroho said.

The police also seized 10 ecstasy tablets, four cellular phones, three scales, one Malaysian passport and 570 Malaysian Ringgit ($190), 5 Yuan (75 cents) and 17,000 Vietnamese Dong (85 cents). The evidence is worth Rp 15 billion in total.

All the suspects were charged under the Narcotics Law, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

The police investigation is ongoing, as two other suspects, AF and AH, both Malaysian citizens, remain at large.

Dutchman discovers why the sun causes wrinkles

RNW, 13 July 2011, by John Tyler

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Once we reach a certain age, our skin begins to wrinkle and crease. It happens to everyone. No one seems to welcome it. A multi-billion euro industry has been built on products and procedures that promise to slow down the process.

Now a young Dutch researcher says they have it all wrong. Feiko Rijken believes the prevailing theory for why exposure to the sun ages our skin is not a right explanation for the process.“There’s a broadly accepted hypothesis about the mechanism behind skin ageing, and we took a critical look at it,” says Dr Rijken. “We found this mechanism to be incorrect on various levels.”

The idea

Mr Rijken’s idea is put forward in the successful doctoral dissertation he recently defended at Utrecht University. His theory is that skin damage resulting from exposure to the sun is caused by cells that are busy combating infection. This comes up against the prior accepted theory that excessive exposure to sunlight releases certain enzymes in the skin, causing it to crease.

But let’s not get too technical. Suffice it to say, if Dr Rijken is correct, he could be shaking up a large sector of the anti-ageing industry.

The industry

And what an industry. Methods to slow – if not halt – the visible effects of time are a multi-billion euro global enterprise. Profits from anti-ageing products amount to 40 billion euros in the United States alone.

People go to great lengths to prevent the visible signs of ageing. Diets, supplements, hormone treatments, immersive treatment at holiday resorts, Botox injections and plastic surgery are but a few options. Those seeking a less medicated route apply all kinds of products to exfoliate their skin. Crushed apricot kernels, salt, sponges and brushes have all been used by many a wrinkle-phobe.

The experts

Anti-ageing experts have come forward to help us make sense of what’s available. Not everyone is enamoured with the industry.

Biologist and author Aubrey de Grey thinks much of current commercial anti-ageing ‘science’ is bunk. Mr De Grey is unimpressed by most products on the market. He does, however, think we will be able to bring the ageing process to a halt just a few decades from now. According to him: “We might be able to have more impact on aging by repairing molecular and cellular damage rather than by merely slowing down the damage.” Mr De Grey believes the answer to ageing lies not in doing less to the body, but in doing much more. He looks forward to the day we can replace cells in the body like we replace parts in a car.

Although Dr Rijken and Mr De Grey share a scepticism towards the anti-ageing industry, they are at opposite ends of the spectrum. Mr de Grey advocates broad, sweeping changes in how we think about ageing. Dr Rijken is more down to earth – at least when it comes to the sun and what it can do to your skin.

The solution

Even though Dr Rijken’s idea could completely change our understanding of how skin ages, he is humble. “You know what the cause is, and you can very effectively control that,” he says. “So I would say choose for prevention.”

His advice on how to restrain the ravages of time is old-school: stay out of the sun, always use sunscreen and, whatever happens, don’t get burnt.


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

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Girls Put at Risk by Circumcision Edict: Experts

Jakarta Globe, Nurfika Osman, July 12, 2011

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The number of young girls in the country being circumcised could increase following a Health Ministry decree on the procedure, health experts warn.

The decree appears to contradict a 2006 memo from the ministry prohibiting health workers from circumcising girls.

“It’s a huge setback that Health Minister Endang Rahayu Sedyaningsih, who is also a doctor, has allowed this nonmedical practice to persist,” Kartono Muhammad, a former head of the Indonesian Doctors Association (IDI), said on Tuesday.

“With female circumcision now formalized in regulation, this will encourage practitioners to perform the procedure.”

He said that female circumcision did not have any health benefits and instead harmed girls and young women.

Among the immediate complications are severe pain, shock, bleeding and tetanus as a result of infections arising from shoddy surgery, he said.

“Female circumcision, which is usually performed on newborn babies, is very dangerous because they are more susceptible to infections,” Kartono warned.

He also said the long-term consequences could include bladder and urinary tract infections, as well as cysts and infertility.

Ramona Sari, from the Indonesian Family Planning Association (PKBI), said the type of female circumcision most commonly done in Indonesia was risky, since it often involved lacerations to the clitoris.

“It’s widely performed across the country and is particularly dangerous because in small villages it’s often done by traditional healers without the right tools or proper sterilization,” she said.

Kartono said other forms of circumcision, including the removal of the clitoris, had also been reported in the country.

“Cases of removing the entire clitoris have been found in a few areas in West Java and West Sumatra, where they’re performed by ultraconservative Islamic communities,” he said.

He said the rationale for female circumcision was a mix of cultural, religious and social factors, motivated by the belief that it would ensure abstinence and future marital fidelity.

“Many communities believe circumcision helps reduce a woman’s libido and thereby helps prevent her from engaging in illicit sexual acts,” Kartono said. “No religious scripts prescribe the practice, but practitioners often believe otherwise.”

The World Health Organization says that up to 140 million girls and women worldwide are living with the consequences of female genital mutilation.

Speaking after protests on the issue last month, Ina Hernawati, a Health Ministry official, said the decree did not represent support for female circumcision, but instead offered guidelines to reduce the risks in cases where it occurred.


The Mission - Gwen Olsen - the Rx Reformer

This is the story of Gwen Olsen. Once a very successful pharmaceutical sales rep., now her mission is to stop the over-medication of our children. Gwen is the author of Confessions of an Rx Drug Pusher and travels around the United States speaking to groups www.GwenOlsen.com


Friday, July 8, 2011

Govt to equip Indonesian migrant workers with cell phones

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta, Fri, 07/08/2011

The National Agency for the Placement and Protection of Indonesian Migrant Workers (BNP2TKI) signed an MoU with PT Nurkumala Abadi on providing cell phones to migrant workers sent to South Korea.

"It is highly expected that the cell phones will enable them to communicate with their family members and related government authorities in Indonesia more frequently," BNP2TKI's head Jumhur Hidayat said on Friday.

" Let’s hope that this reduces the amount of problems faced by migrant workers,” he added.

The government has sent 2,923 migrant workers to the country from January to July 4.

PT Nurkumala Abadi Hermin general manager Abdul Syukur said that before leaving to South Korea, the workers would be asked to complete a registration form. "Once they arrive in South Korea, they will receive cell phones just by showing the form," he said.
He said the company had committed to provide 8,000 to 10,000 cell phones each year.

According BNP2TKI data, 3,962 migrant workers were sent to South Korea in 2010 and 2,024 workers in 2009. The largest number of workers sent to South Korea was recorded in 2008 when 11,885 workers were sent there; almost tripling the 2007’s figure of 4,303 workers.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono had earlier promised the public that he would provide every Indonesian migrant worker with a cell phone.

Indonesia's First Private Cancer Hospital Launched

Jakarta Globe, Dessy Sagita, July 07, 2011


President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, center, speaking at the
inauguration of the Mochtar Riady Comprehensive Cancer Center in Semanggi,
South Jakarta, on Thursday. He was accompanied by the center's founder,
Mochtar Riady, right, and Minister of Health Endang Rahayu Sedyaningsih.
(JG Photo/Safir Makki)

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The first private cancer hospital in Indonesia, Mochtar Riady Comprehensive Cancer Center, was officially launched on Thursday by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

The hospital, which is the biggest cancer hospital in the country, is expected to be one of the best-equipped cancer centers in Asia.

MRCCC founder Mochtar Riady said the hospital's development was inspired by his personal experience. His own mother died of dystocia when he was only eight years old and his father died at age 60 due to stomach cancer.

"I couldn't stand watching him enduring the pain," he said.

Investment in MRCCC totaled $138.8 million. The hospital has 30 floors and is located in the heart of Jakarta, Semanggi. It is equipped with cutting-edge medical devices including positron emission tomography - computed tomography (PET-CT) and IBA Cyclotron which could produce isotopes on a large scale.

The founding of this hospital was also in anticipation of an increased number of Indonesians that choose to receive medication from overseas with reasons of advanced clinical and treatment technology.

Yudhoyono said partnership between the government and private sector in developing modern hospitals, especially in big cities, could help keep Indonesian patients from seeking medical treatment abroad.

"We certainly don't want our patients to seek help in Singapore, Tokyo, or Malaysia simply because they think we don't have modern hospitals," he said.

"But at the same time we can't forbid them, so the only way is to increase our competitiveness by providing good infrastructure like this," he added.

Yudhoyono also conveyed his appreciation because MRCCC dedicated 30 percent of its facilities to third-class service.

"The regulation says private hospitals should dedicate at least 10 percent of the beds to the third class ward, but MRCCC has done more, and I would like to thank you for that," he said.

Yudhoyono issues five directives on legal affairs

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Thu, 07/07/2011

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono issued special directives for ministers dealing with legal, human rights and security affairs to speed up their work, including the construction of new prisons, migrant workers and border issues between Indonesia and Malaysia.

The President ordered the ministers to prioritize building 34 new penitentiaries and improve the facilities of another 43 jails across the country this year.

“The President has signed a decree on a special task force on migrant workers,” Coordinating Political, Legal and Security affair Djoko Suyanto told reporters.

The task force is headed by the former religious minister Maftuh Basyuni, and his deputies are Alwi Shihab, Hendarman Supandji and Bambang Hendarso Danuri.

“The task force has also set up a team to keep tabs on our migrant workers on death row in China, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur,” he said.


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Friday, July 1, 2011

Violence against children is underestimated, says Unicef report

Deutsche Welle, 30 June 2011

The majority of the world's children
experience violence
Around the world, between 500 million and 1.5 billion children suffer some form of violence every year. A new report from UNICEF details how the world is failing the most vulnerable members of society.

Each year about 70 percent of all children worldwide are victims of violence in one of its many forms, including beatings or sexual aggression, said the UN Special Representative on violence against children, Marta Santos Pais, in Berlin on Thursday.

Poverty-stricken child workers
have little protection
A new report published by Unicef estimates that as many as 1.5 billion children are victims of violence each year.

Few protections

The head of Unicef Germany, Jürgen Heraeus emphasized that child protection laws are the weakest in places where they are needed the most, namely in developing countries.

"Child labor, arranged marriage for children, female circumcision, forced prostitution -all of this is being tolerated. In addition, child-rearing practices in many countries are very harsh. Three out of four children say that they have been hit," Heraeus said.

But developing countries aren't the only places that children face violence. In Germany last year, 183 children died from abuse or neglect, UNICEF reported.

Simply tolerated

The wife of German President Christian Wullf, Bettina Wulff, has appealed to parents to take children's rights more seriously. She's also calling attention to forms of violence that have previously been tolerated.

"There are unfortunately many examples: slaps or sexual assault, but also posting insulting and humiliating photos of a student on Facebook, so that anyone can comment."

Only 29 of 200 countries ourlaw
violence against children
Last fall, the German government held a round table discussion for child victims of sexual abuses, and created a central hotline for those who suffered abuses. Since then, thousands of victims have broken their silence, and other countries, most recently Italy, are following Germany's lead.

UN Special Representative for violence against children, Marta Santos Pais praised the development, saying she was confident the round tables and the report would help move the agenda forward, "to invest in early prevention rather than regretting what happens once things are beyond our control."

Author: Kay-Alexander Scholz (smh)
Editor: Andreas Illmer

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