Monday, November 30, 2009

May The pHorce Be With You!

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From Ubud To Hollywood For Balinese Medicine Man

The Jakarta Globe, Ade Mardiyati

Ketut Liyer, an accidental celebrity, says fame hasn’t changed his life. (Photo: Ade Mardiyati, JG)

A 95-year-old man sits cross-legged on the mat in front of me. He looks comfortable in his white polo shirt and batik wrap, with a piece of yellow cloth worn looped round his waist like a belt.

Silver hair frames his wrinkled face and his old eyes sparkle every time his index finger finishes drawing a line on the palm of my left hand.

“And the other line, I show to you again this, the luck line to the middle finger,” the old man says in his knows-no-grammar English. “Oh, you have two luck line there. This is meaning in your life. Don’t worry, you will be lucky.

“According to the line to the ring finger, I show to you this is money line. And I see money line to the ring finger very deeply, long, start from there to there. Very good.”

The old man is Ketut Liyer, a Balinese medicine man, artist and palmist whose name has been the talk of the town since Elizabeth Gilbert’s novel “Eat, Pray, Love” — which details the author’s friendship with Ketut — became a best-seller.

The story is being made into a film, featuring Hollywood star Julia Roberts. Filming for the movie recently took place in Ketut’s hometown, Ubud.

Ask any local taxi driver if they know where Ketut lives and chances are they will quote you a pricey fare for the short ride — but they all know where the medicine man’s house is.

Ketut’s house in Pengosekan, in the Ubud area, is barely discernible from the main street. Like most Balinese houses it is dominated by light gray and orange bricks and has intricate designs around the edges. The home has several buildings, and the main house stands out elegantly with a wooden door decorated by floral-patterned carvings.

A number of black-and-white paintings of Balinese gods by Ketut himself are displayed on the walls. The sound of running water from a small fish pond and the scattered frangipani flowers on the ground create a peaceful ambience in the quiet garden.

Earlier that morning, when I arrived, a middle-aged man was talking to Ketut while a Chinese-Indonesian woman waited for her turn.

The woman, Alexandra Tjoa, or Alex, flew from her home in Switzerland to Bali for a vacation, she says. While there, she decided to visit Ketut, the man she had read about in Gilbert’s book.

“I was just curious,” Alex says when I run into her the next day at a restaurant. “He is such a sweet grandpa.”

Perhaps it is the way Ketut talks that makes him seem such a character. He hardly uses the word “ saya ” (“I”) when speaking in Indonesian to his clients. Instead, he addresses himself as “ kakek ” (“grandfather”).

He talks slowly as if he wants to make sure his words can be understood. When he speaks in English, he often checks to see if I follow him, saying, “My English not good, but you understand, right?”

Ketut is said to have the ability to cure sick people, mostly with herbal remedies, and foresee people’s futures by reading their palms and studying their ears and faces.

The knowledge was gained from his ancestors, he says, with manuscripts written in ancient characters on palm leaves passed down through the generations for centuries.

He focused on becoming a medicine man when his second wife passed away many years ago.

“I stayed single after my second wife died because I was determined to be a medicine man,” Ketut says. “I was so occupied with painting and curing people I forgot to look for a wife.”

He doesn’t dwell on past misfortune, believing instead that everything happens for a reason.

“My first wife left me and married another man,” he says. “But I believe that was the way thing was meant to be. Then I met this beautiful woman and married her.”

From his second marriage Ketut had one child who died when she was very small. He then adopted a son and a daughter who have blessed him with four grandchildren.

Being someone many people turn to for advice — or just out of curiosity — Ketut says he always tells them nothing but what he really sees.

“Once a man came to me and I could see that he would suffer from a serious illness. I told him that and advised him to be careful,” Ketut says. “If it is not good, I will tell them it is not good. And if it is good, then I will tell them that it is good. If I made up things, according to my religion, my spirit would go to hell when I die.”

Ketut takes my left hand and tells me to bend the fingers. He draws a line near my pinkie. Later he tells me I will marry twice in my life, to which I respond with a laugh.

“Are you serious?” I ask.

“I only tell you what I know,” he says.

There are three more people waiting to see Ketut after me, so I decide to continue the conversation the next day.

When I arrive early the next day, Ketut is holding a newspaper, trying to read the small letters.

“Can you please read it to me?” he asks, handing me the newspaper. “Tell me what it says.”

It is an article about him and how he met Gilbert a few years ago. Once in a while, his eyes look into the distance and he smiles. At times he touches my arm, signalling me to pause so he can comment on what I read.

“Yes, I remember Liz,” he says when I mention the author’s nickname.

“Who is Julia Roberts?” he asks when the article mentions the movie being filmed. I explain that she is the actress playing Gilbert.

He nods when I ask if he remembers meeting Roberts, and laughs when I say he should have been in the film too, playing himself.

“No, I am too old. Besides, I have this kidney problem that causes pain here,” he says, touching his waist.

Asked if his life has changed since Gilbert’s book shot to fame, Ketut says that everything remains the same for him in Bali.

“I don’t think that [my life] has changed,” he says. “I wake up in the morning and meet people here, sometimes they come early, other times [they come] at 10 or 12, or late in the afternoon. In the evening, I meditate.

“I don’t feel famous. Nothing special, you see.”

Two Plunge to Deaths in Jakarta Shopping Malls

The Jakarta Globe, Bati Kartini & Johny Syukron

Police said a young woman died on Monday after falling from the fifth floor of the Grand Indonesia shopping mall in Central Jakarta. (JG Photo)

Onlookers at two of Jakarta’s upscale malls were in shock on Monday after two individuals jumped from the fifth floors of two separate shopping centers.

At the Grand Indonesia Mall in Central Jakarta, police said a young woman died instantly after landing on an escalator railing on the ground floor.

Tanah Abang Police Chief Detective First Insp. Sutrisno identified the victim as Ice Juniar, 24, from Palembang, South Sumatra. He said she had been suffering from a mental disorder and was undergoing treatment at Dharmawangsa Hospital.

Kuncoro Nurwibowo, corporate secretary of the mall, told the Jakarta Globe that according to closed-circuit television recordings, the victim jumped at 4:10 p.m.

“CCTV footage showed that she was walking alone when she suddenly jumped. The police are still investigating and conducting an identification process on her body,” Kuncoro said.

The remains were taken to Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital in Central Jakarta for an autopsy.

In the second incident, police said a man jumped from the fifth floor of Senayan City Mall at 8:40 p.m., landing on the ground floor. The man, identified as Reno, 25, was rushed to Pelni Hospital in Petamburan, Central Jakarta, but did not survive his injuries. His body was also taken to the Cipto hospital for an autopsy.

Chief of the Senayan police post, Adj. Comr. Mustakim, said the man was believed to have committed suicide.

“We heard a sound like a fallen object. It turned out that what had fallen was a man,” said Loise Stefani, a witness. “He had jumped from the glass railing on the fifth floor, in front of Takemori restaurant.”

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Evidence for Homeopathy

The Science and Technology Committee of the House of Commons are currently looking at the 'evidence base' for Homeopathy. Whether this is just another example of homeopathy bashing (those called to give evidence includes all the usual detractors of homeopathy, Ernst, Goldacre, et al) we will just have to wait to see, but one opportunity this has given the homeopathy community is the opportunity to put together a really quite large, and impressive 'evidence base'.

This evidence base for homeopathy can be seen in submissions to the Committee given by the ARH, and the Homeopathy Research Institute, in particular, and I am hopeful that the positive message - that homeopathy works, and that there is good scientific evidence that homeopathy works - will be published more openly in the coming months.

The Committee, perhaps unsurprisingly, seems to be discussing homeopathy on the basis of accepting what our detractors have said, consistently over the last few years, that there is no evidence base. They are wrong, of course, but continue to work on the basis that if you repeat a lie, over and over again, people will believe it to be true!

Unfortunately, there appears to be little if any recognition of the fragile 'evidence base' for conventional medicine, other than the assumption that there is one. Every pharmaceutical drug is tested before it is marketed. But the evidence of these trials, whilst proving they have an initial impact on illness and disease, does not tell us about the disease inducing effects (DIEs) of the drugs, or the fact that a large majority of them are eventually found to be ineffective, at best, at dangerous, or even lethal, at worst.

This is galling, to say the least. Perhaps the Science and Technology Committee should examine the integrity of evidence base for conventional medicine next.

How Health Reform Would Restrict Annual And Lifetime Limits

As the Senate starts to debate health reform, Health Reform Talk begins a series comparing similar, but not identical features of the legislation already passed in the House (H.R. 3962) and the bill being considered in the Senate (H.R. 3590). These are features likely to survive in health reform legislation and which will directly affect employers. For today, provisions regarding annual and aggregate limits in group health plan are considered.

Both the House and the Senate legislation remove limits in annual and lifetime benefits from group health plans, but the two bills do so in different ways:

Senate (H.R. 3590): Sec. 1001 of the bill prohibits a group health plan and health insurers from establishing lifetime limits on the dollar value of benefits or “unreasonable annual limits.” However, the Senate bill does not prohibit self funded health care plans from placing annual or lifetime limits on “specific covered benefits” as long as those limits are not prohibited by law (for example, a limit on AIDS coverage likely would be prohibited by the Americans with Disabilities Act, and a separate limit on mental health coverage would be prohibited by the Mental Health Parity Act).

Sec. 1001 would take effect for plan years beginning on or after six months after the date of enactment.

House (H.R. 3962): Sec. 109 prohibits all group health plans and health insurers from imposing an aggregate dollar lifetime limit on benefits payable under a health plan. This provision would take effect on the date of enactment.

The House bill also prohibits health plans that are required to offer an essential benefits package from imposing any annual or lifetime limit on covered health care items and services. This provision would apply to all plans offered through the Insurance Exchange starting in 2013 (mostly small employer plans) and all employer plans starting in 2018.

A Diet Loaded With Alkaline Buffers or Phytonutrients Will Keep Your Body Healthy and Strong

(NaturaqlNews) If you ever feel tempted to go for a cheeseburger, fries and a soft drink, consider this: along with the fast food, you are ordering up an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and obesity. But the opposite is true, too. According to a new University of Florida (UF) study, if you stay away from processed and fast foods and instead eat a lot of veggies, nuts and fruit, you will actively be helping to prevent or reverse harmful metabolic processes in your body. The result? Better health and a slimmer body.

An important advantage to having plant-based foods as an abundant part of your daily diet appears to result from the phytochemicals they contain. As noted in the UF findings recently published in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, these natural substances prevent oxidative stress -- a process linked to being overweight and to the onset of diseases including heart disease and diabetes. Phytochemicals include lycopene from tomatoes, isoflavones from soy, beta carotene from carrots, anthocyanins from blueberries, allicin from garlic, and many more.

"Without enough phytochemicals and antioxidants or anti-acids to counteract oxidative or fermenting stress, damaging dietary and/or metabolic acids will cause inflammation and other toxic problems in the body, states Dr. Robert O. Young, research scientist at The pH Miracle Living Center.

"In overweight people, excess acidic waste is stored in the connective and fatty tissues, making you sick, tired and fat," states Dr. Young.

The research team, headed by Heather K. Vincent, Ph.D., studied a group of 54 young adults divided into a normal weight and an overweight or obese group, analyzing their dietary patterns over several days. Surprisingly, the people in both groups took in about the same amount of calories. However, the overweight and obese young people were found to be eating fewer plant-based foods. That means those who were carrying around excess pounds were consuming fewer protective trace minerals and phytochemicals or better said, alkaline buffers and consuming far more saturated fats. In addition, those eating less plant-based foods were found to have higher levels of oxidative stress or over-acid and inflammation in their bodies than their normal-weight counterparts. This is a crucial finding because oxidative stress or over-acidity and inflammation are processes clearly associated with the onset of obesity, heart disease, diabetes and joint disease. According to Dr. Young, "you cannot have inflammation that leads to ovesity, heart disease, diabetes and joint disease without dietary and/or metabolic acid."

"Diets low in plant-based foods affect health over the course of a long period of time," Dr. Vincent explained in a statement to the press. "This is related to annual weight gain, inflammation and oxidative stress. Those are the onset processes of disease that debilitate people later in life."

"People who are obese need more fruit, vegetables, legumes and wholesome unrefined grains," she said. "In comparison to a normal-weight person, an obese person is always going to be behind the eight ball because there are so many adverse metabolic processes going on.

"In order to get enough protective phytochemicals daily, the UF researchers concluded that people should try to consume plant-based foods such as leafy greens, fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes at the start of each meal.

As a way to encourage people to get enough phytochemicals from meals and snacks, Dr. Vincent also called for use of a phytochemical index, which compares the number of calories consumed from plant-based, nutrient-rich foods with the overall number of calories taken in each day.

"Fill your plate with colorful, low-calorie, varied-texture foods derived from plants first. By slowly eating phytochemical-rich foods such as salads with olive oil or fresh-cut fruit before the actual meal, you will likely reduce the overall portion size, fat content and energy intake. In this way, you're ensuring that you get the variety of protective, disease-fighting phytochemicals you need and controlling caloric intake," said Vincent, an assistant professor in the UF Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Institute, in the media statement.

"The key to a healthy and strong body is eating liberal amounts of alkaline green fruit and vegetables. Green fruit and vegetables are not only loaded with alkaline buffers or phytonutrients but also loaded with chlorophyll that will help build healthy red blood cells and in turn healthy body cells," states Dr. Young.

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US, RI partnership to fight HIV/AIDS continues

Antara News, Monday, November 30, 2009 14:51 WIB

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Under the international theme of "Universal Access and Human Rights," the U.S. Government is once again standing in partnership with the Indonesian Government in supporting World AIDS Day, which is observed on December 1, the US embassy said here Monday.

Indonesia`s theme this year is "Working together community/civil society and government can accelerate access for information, prevention, care and support for all", according to the US embassy in a press release.

World AIDS day provides us with the opportunity to recognize the significant strides we have made in the fight against HIV/AIDS over the last 25 years, and recommit ourselves to joint efforts to overcome the obstacles and challenges that remain, the embassy said.

This year, the governor of Jakarta, with the Minister of Health, the Minister for People`s Welfare and the Secretary of the National AIDS Commission in attendance will launch a program to provide universal access to HIV/AIDS services to most-at-risk populations: injecting drug users, commercial sex workers, clients of sex workers and men who have sex with men.

Other events include the public announcement of the National AIDS Strategy and Action Plan 2010-2014, teleconferences between the President of Indonesia and district governors on making political commitments to HIV/AIDS, and a press conference with HIV/AIDS experts, it said.

The United States supports Indonesia`s National AIDS Program with an annual $8 million HIV/AIDS program, the embassy added.

The U.S. program focuses on prevention efforts and technical assistance and capacity building with NGOs and district governments to expand services for most-at-risk populations in eight provinces where local epidemics are escalating, including; Papua, West Papua, North Sumatra, East Java, Jakarta, Riau Islands, West Java and Central Java.

According to 2008 estimates by UNAIDS, the HIV epidemic in Indonesia is among the fastest growing in Asia. The epidemic is concentrated primarily among injection drug users (IDUs) and their sexual partners, people engaged in commercial sex and their clients, and men who have sex with men. Across Indonesia, there are an estimated 270,000 people living with HIV/AIDS this year, it disclosed.

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

The Hug and other random thoughts

This holiday weekend was quite wonderful because I got to hug Sharon and several other leiomyosarcoma survivors.  But I must admit hugging Sharon was special.  Sharon and I have been corresponding via e mail for 8 years.  When she knew I had started conga drumming to help maintain my sanity during the early years of treatment and surgery she mailed me a little drum that I could take with me where ever I went.  I was so touched by that and I never forgot how she made a complete strangers cried and banged that drum half the day...and much more as the years went on.

Sharon and I met many of the same people...just not each other.  And many of those people we had become so close to ....passed away as the years went on one by one.  So hugging Sharon was like hugging all those people that are gone and we are still here.  It was like thank God we are still here and please do not go anywhere anytime soon!!!!

These folks we have all met over the years are from the ACOR On line cancer support extroadinary group of people supporting each other on line and sometimes meeting in person.  These folks are from all walks of life. I have met over the last 8 years about 100 people from all over the world.  Others have met more.  We all have or had leiomyosarcoma.  I had to mention this again.

That evening a group of us went downtown to the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center to The World Festival of Sacred Music.  It was fabulous and the company was fabulous.  I thought how honored I was to know all of these people and how I wish I had met them under different circumstances.  I still not happy I ever got cancer.  Cancer did not teach me a thing ...I already knew how tough I am.  I am honored, and fortunate to know all of these people.  LMS attacks such incredible people...must be a cancer of seeking only those with intelligence, charm, and strength!!! :)  More in the next blog....

Answers to Questions From Dr. Young

Here is your next pH question/response by Dr. Robert Young, as promised...
There are many more questions to follow. However, if you have a particular question about alkaline living that you would like answered now, go ahead and submit it on the next page.
Some folks have asked about how they can help others become informed about their health too, so we've added an area for affiliates.
Dr. Young's responds to a question about about how to store Ionized Water
See for yourself here (1:05 min)

Dengue affects 70 percent of Sukabumi`s subdistricts

Antara News, Monday, November 30, 2009 00:48 WIB

Sukabumi, W Java (ANTARA News) - The Health Service of Sukabumi district has declared 32 of the 47 subdistricts (70 percent) in Sukabumi as dengue fever endemic areas.

Head of Contagious Disease Control Section of the Sukabumi Health Service, Tejo Sriwijoyo, said that up to October this year a total of 593 people had suffered from dengue fever.

But the figure is smaller than that in the same period a year earlier. "Up to October last year, the number of dengue sufferers had reached over 1,000 patients," Tejo said.

He said that the number of dengue endemic areas continued to increase since 2007. Only in two years, the number of subdistricts affected by dengue fever had reached 32.

Solidarity and mutual help remain strong: Minister

Antara News, Sunday, November 29, 2009 18:53 WIB

Solo, C Java (ANTARA News) - Social Affairs Minister Salim Segaf Al Jufri has said that mutual cooperation and solidarity among human fellows in the country remain strong as can be seen in the handling of street children here.

The minister who was accompanied by the Surakarta mayor, Joko Widodo made the statement here Sunday when inaugurating "Our School" for street children run by the Foundation for Women`s Empowerment and Isolated Children (PPAP) in Petoran, Solo, Central Java.

"We are really touched that the mutual cooperation and social solidarity of the people in Solo are still strong, and this can be seen in the handling of free-of-charge schooling for the street children. These children previously had no hope and future, but now they have hope and future," he said.

A total of 19 institutions including the regional governments have been taking part in handling the street children due to the complexity of the problem, the minister disclosed.

The handling of this problem is part of the first 100-day work program of his office, and the working visit of Salim Segaf Al Jufri to Solo was the second after visiting North Sulawesi province following his appoinment as a minister.

On the occasion, the minister extended financial aid amounting to Rp295.5 million to the Seroja foundation which handles the street children and Rp109.8 million for the Al Iksan foundation.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Govt drafting bill on health workers

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Sun, 11/29/2009 12:08 PM

A Must for Indonesian Doctors to Work in Remote Areas (KOMPAS/LUCKY PRANSISKA)

The government is drafting a bill that will help address shortage of health workers in remote areas, a minister says.

Health Minister Endang Rahayu Sedyaningsih told Antara on Saturday the bill on health workers would offer special facilities to doctors, specialists and other medical workers who are willing to serve in remote and disadvantaged regions.

The special treatment includes extra allowance, facilities to pursue further study and admission to the civil servants corps.

Endang said the bill, if passed into law, would solve the long-standing problem of poor access to health care facing people in less developed areas.

In the short run, the government will send 130 reinforcement health workers to a number of remote areas across the country, Endang said. The government will also assign senior resident doctors who are at the final stage of their specialist education to serve in hospitals in isolated regions.

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Our Healthcare System

I have been getting a lot of notes lately form other bloggers...especially healthcare and/or insurance bloggers asking me to post my opinion on our healthcare system.  This is my feeling on everything's a mess.  If you have been reading my blog since the beginning you know my health has cost me much over these years between times not working and the cost of my own insurance...not just the monthy premiums but also paying for what insurance will not cover.  Those expenses have cost me more emotionally and mentally than my actual cancer battle.  It is one of the influences of me blogging here.  If you know what your insurance premiums are...that's you know what everything costs should you become ill?  Take a may astound you.

My feeling is that healthcare is a basic right of all americans...everyone should have it...of course the problem is that nothing is in black or white...most of life exists in that area of gray and trying to make things work...which is the real problem because we are so caught up in bull....  and lobbyists that nothing is ever really accomplished.

Most folks are influenced by what they watch on TV and do not take the time to really read and understand the implications of what is going on in our healthcare system.  I have been talking to doctors, nurses, hospital administrators, and other healthcare workers for over 8 years straight.  And I am in the insurance business.  No matter what the outcome of the next year things will still be a mess.  It does not matter if you are democrat, republican or chopped liver :)...our system needs a complete overhaul by people who will not be influenced by insurance lobbyists and other people sounding like idiots at town hall meetings.  That is my opinion on our healthcare system.

Here We Go....

This was that time.  Time when I have a full head of hair...time when I do not look sick at all.  Time when I do not feel all that sick...except at cetain everytime I eat.. I feel like not eating at all.  I do still love that morning coffee.

So here I am house and pet sitting here on the beach in beautiful California.  And it has been a beautiful week weather wise...sun shining everyday...and I am wondering...Am I in a huge surgery shortly or do I get to try this new drug "votrient"...Or do I do the surgery and then the drug?  That may make more sense...if there is any sense here at all. 

I have never been petrified about this cancer before....I am now.  I have no idea if this is really my year to get some order to my health or not....and then I think....this is ridiculous..there is no order ever...none at all.  Everyday we really never sometimes changes drastically in a second.

After 8 years of struggling with this on and off and the last 3 years without a real break ...I must admit to really needing an extended break...a year or 2 would be nice.  Time enough to get a lot of work done and maybe take a trip (a not come back :))..time enough to see my girls turn 21..time enough to not think too seriously and be a little more "normal" for awhile.

Time enough to give my kids a break and have them not worry about me and themselves.  It's like having a split personality go to work and do your thing see people and enjoy...and in those moments when the day is not busy, you start to think and the visions creep in...a memory..a feeling of medical times gone many memeories stored away and you fight to not let them out....a look on your kids faces.....feeling tremendous physical pain...ports, pics and IVs...walking the hospital hallways endlessly because you know the more you walk the earlier you can get yourself out of there.  I think there are track marks and my foot prints that are impossible to remove from those halls.  They are the marks of determination to somehow find a way to keep on living ....with sanity, quality, and some parts of my body intact :) enough to have a good quality of life and fun!!!  Some fun!!!

A tale of Indonesian migrant workers

The Jakarta Post, Indraswari , Kuala Lumpur | Sat, 11/28/2009 1:06 PM , Opinion

On Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009, The Jakarta Post published an article written by Silvester *Syl'Asa, titled "Migrant workers: Have we done our part?"

The article reminds me of the stories told by some migrant workers whom I encountered when I traveled back and forth between Malaysia and Indonesia, which I have done quite frequently in the last few months.

Their stories support Silvester's views on the importance of tackling our domestic problems such as poverty and unemployment with regard to the high flow of Indonesian workers going abroad - legally and illegally - in search of a better life.

At one time I chatted with a female migrant worker who was on leave to visit her family in West Java. We were about to board in the same plane from Malaysia to Indonesia. This woman was in her early thirties, married, and had two children aged 10 and five years old.

She had been working as a maid for some years in Malaysia. Prior to working in Malaysia she worked in Saudi Arabia, also as a maid. Her husband remains in Indonesia and works as a pedicab (becak) driver whose income is hardly enough to be relied on for living.

She left her two children when they were months old, leaving them under the care of their grandmother. Her prolonged absence leads to the children regard their grandmother as their mother and call their mother teteh, which means older sister in Sundanese.

She recalls economic reasons for working overseas and leaving her family behind. She wishes for her children to pursue proper education as she said "I wish my children would become clever persons *orang pandai* so they can have a better life *than their parents*".

On another occasion I met a woman in her mid-forties who happened to sit beside me on the plane on our way back to Malaysia.

She had just visited her family in Indonesia, the first time after working as a maid in Malaysia for three years.

She is a widower with five children. The eldest child is married while the other four children who are still studying range from primary to high school.

Her husband died one-and-half years ago and worked as a security guard (satpam) in West Java. Since then she has been the sole breadwinner of her family and leaves the care of her four children in the hands of the eldest married child.

She was thinking of shortening her appointment in Malaysia in order to be able to stay with her children but wondered, "How can I pay their school's fees if I stop working?"

There are other stories from other migrant workers I encountered at the airports and on the planes. Also in these places I often met those who needed help to deal with simple tasks such as how to fill in arrival/departure cards and customs declaration forms.

Others asked me to translate what was written on their boarding passes. In fact these matters may not be that simple for them, which is why they asked for help.

Traveling frequently between Malaysia and Indonesia gives me this unique experience, which is less likely happen when I travel to other places such as Europe.

There are millions of Indonesian migrant workers overseas and most of them are blue-collar. Many of them come from poor families, unskilled and with low education.

Nonetheless if we look at them through a different lens, despite their limitations, these workers are brave people who make a huge personal sacrifice and dare to take the risks to fight poverty.

Just like everyone else, they wish for a better life for themselves and their families.

I agree with Silvester who writes that many of migrant workers working overseas were lured by the dream of improving their lives and those of their loved ones.

Migrant workers that I encountered at the airports and in the planes are all legal workers with employers who treat them well. But there are workers who are unfortunate, being mistreated and even dead at the hands of abusive employers.

Yes, the protection of our migrant workers overseas needs to be improved. Nonetheless at home it is a high time for the government to tackle the roots of the problem, namely poverty and unemployment.

We can do our part too. If we are one of those employing maids at home, at the very least we must treat them fairly.

When possible we can do more such as helping them improving their skills, supporting their children's education or doing other things to help them fulfill their dreams of having a better life for themselves and their families.

The writer is an Indonesian visiting senior lecturer at the Gender Studies Program, School of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur. The opinions expressed are her own.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Indonesian Maid Arrested For Murdering 87-Year-Old Employer in Singapore

The Jakarta Globe

A 23-year-old Indonesian maid has been arrested on suspicion of murdering her 87-year-old employer in Singapore, the Straits Times newspaper reported on Friday.

The daily said Sng Gek Wah was pronounced dead by paramedics at her home on Thursday morning.

The maid, believed to be named Fitriah, began working last week for Sng, whom neighbors described as a 'fierce' woman who began supervising the maid as early as 6 am.

The newspaper quoted a neighbor recalling an incident a few months ago when Sng left her house screaming for help and claiming that her previous maid had tried to strangle her.


Thursday, November 26, 2009

My Hope and Prayer This Thanksgiving and Christmas Holiday

This Thanksgiving and Christmas Holiday we now find ourselves as a nation and as a planet, in quite a bit of political, economic, health and enviornmental disarray. We are all looking for ways to make ends meet and cut down on the stress in our lives. So I will address these issues.

My guess is that many of you feel some sort of concern about financial issues whether it is the daily budget, dwindling savings, credit card bills, money for college bills, mileage and gas prices for the aging family automobiles, and so on. Its the same at the Young homestead here at Rancho Del Sol. Every year I pray for more rain and try to figure out how to save money on the expensive California water we need for thousands of avocado and grapefruit trees. I am always trying to figure out where to save money so I can use that money to reach more people around the world with a pH Miracle message of health and well-being.

If you read my email letters on a regular basis, you will know that I am quite positive that following a healthy, organic, alkaline diet with many raw, green vegetables will save you money over time.

Whether you have 50 more years to live or 25, most medical expenses have traditionally occurred in the later years of life. And those expenses can be a thing of the past. Once your body is alkaline, and once you have rebuilt your blood with my C.O.W.S. program, and once the pH of your urine is around 7.4 on a consistent basis, you are well on your way to permanently increased health and vigor as well as great financial savings.

Remember, the #1 reason for bankruptcy in America for many years has been medical bills. That will not happen to you. I hear from people all the time that pretty much the only reason they visit the doctor anymore is to gloat a bit, to follow-up on some old ailment now in the rear-view mirror, to lecture the poor old besieged doc on the importance of nutrition in health, or to give him a copy of The pH Miracle book. By the way, if you write to me and tell me that you really did get your doctor to read The pH Miracle book that Shelley and I wrote, I'll send you a free copy to replace the one you gave to your physician. I will also be fascinated to hear your story. In fact, I may share it with everybody in one of these emails.

Many people who have been following a balanced pH 80/20 alkaline/acid diet for many years tell us about all the different ways they save money. Some people have replaced their health insurance with a combination of self-insurance, accident insurance, a hospital indemnity policy, and disability programs. Some people on Medicare have not purchased the supplemental insurance because they have not visited the former family physician for several years and are hoping not to for the rest of their lives. Besides, they tell me, they aren't likely to go the drug route anyway now that they know the cucumber and avocado route.

Many have told us that they have saved money because they no longer have doctor visits, co-pays, pharmaceutical drugs, deductibles, tests, clinic and lab fees, medical gadgets, lost time and sick days, and so on. Not to mention the increased energy, creativity, and productivity.

Now lets talk about stress. About two years ago, I emailed you an article about Mother Theresa whose level of consciousness allowed her to function in love, joy, peace and enlightenment. Many of you said that you enjoyed that article. Such states of mind--whether they are linked to experiences that are primarily sensory, emotional, psychological, intellectual or spiritual--can only be accompanied by an absence of stress at the physiological or body level.

If you read my emails with any consistency, then you know that there is a solid scientific link between the mind and the body, the psychosomatic or the "somatopsychic." It goes both ways. We started hearing the world psychosomatic at least 40 or 50 years ago. The mind can cause the body to suffer and the body can cause the mind to suffer. Therefore, it makes good sense to take care of both.

I have discussed from time to time the importance of minimizing stress in our lives. When our minds are filled with thoughts and feelings that include the negative perceptions and experiences of fear, anger and sadness, we are vulnerable to the creation of excessive bodily acid. Toxic acids are actually secreted from various parts of the body directly into the bloodstream when we are in a negative emotional state.

On the other hand, leading a life that includes more experiences in what we might call the love zone can be a challenge. I forget who coined the word love zone, but this state of being includes feelings of affection, joy, compassion, empathy, kindness, happiness and bliss. But living in this zone--you may have noticed--is easier said than done. The world seems so often to pull mightily at the most vulnerable areas of our lives. Our preoccupation with the outer world and things over which we have no control can keep us from entering into those precious moments or hours in the stress-free love zone.

There is one thing in particular that we can do to help us frequent this zone as much as possible. And I will back into this concept with a little story which I enjoy. I call this the 1,000 avocados for God story. It goes like this:

A plantation owner, somewhat foolishly accustomed to bartering with God, prayed for a good harvest. He pleaded thusly: "Dear God, if You would please bring me a great avocado harvest, as a service I will give You 1,000 avocados from the harvest."God granted him a great harvest.

Thus, the plantation owner loaded up a thousand avocados in his wagon and had his foreman deliver them to the temple. Along the way, the foreman was pestered by two little beggar boys who pleaded for an avocado to ward off their hunger. "Shoo, shoo, go away," said the foreman, knowing that the plantation owner had loaded exactly 1,000 avocados.

The hungry little boys ran alongside the wagon and continued to beg. Finally, the hired hand relented and gave each of them an avocado. He thought to himself, who would count all these avocados and know that two are missing from a thousand?

But the plantation owner had warned the chief overseer of the temple to count the avocados to make sure that the foreman had not sold some along the way. He found out that two were missing and had been given to beggars and the plantation owner fired the foreman. That night the plantation owner had a dream. In his dream, God came to him and said, I have granted your prayer for a great harvest, but you have not kept your agreement.

The plantation owner pleaded his case, But God, I took the avocados to you just as I said. God replied, Well, I am sorry that you are in error my friend, because so far, I have received only two. I think you can see why I enjoy this story. And it has many implications far beyond the simple notion that Divine Providence and charity are related. In fact, we might say that Divine Providence resonates to charity.

There is a great deal of emerging evidence and a wonderful new area of study which says that there is a human field of energy which is very subtle, yet powerful, pervasive and immortal.

There is a field of energy which connects every one of us to every one of us. Some refer to this energy as levels of consciousness--and the study of this energy focuses especially on various states of higher consciousness.Regardless of our personal level of consciousness, we are not only connected to this field of energy, but we are influencing it just as it influences us in return. There is emerging evidence, both experiential and research, that says that as our level of consciousness rises, our body has an increasing ability or tendency to heal itself. There are increasing numbers of prayer studies that show that healing is affected by prayer.

In Dr. David Hawkins book, Power Vs. Force, he designates and describes our levels of consciousness from low to high levels. In the pathological area, he lists (low to high) shame, guilt, apathy, grief, fear, desire, anger, and false pride. The ascending corresponding emotions at those lower levels are humiliation, blame, despair, regret, anxiety, craving, hate, and scorn. As we pass from pathological states into higher states of health and well-being, Hawkins designates and defines (low to high) courage, neutrality, willingness, acceptance, reason, love, joy, peace, and enlightenment. The ascending corresponding emotions at these higher levels are affirmation, trust, optimism, forgiveness, understanding, reverence, serenity, bliss and ineffable.

By contemplating upon these two hierarchies of human levels of consciousness and corresponding emotions, you can easily see the beauty that unfolds as we achieve higher and higher levels of consciousness. Higher levels mean less stress, or course, which means less acid in your body. The simple question then becomes, what is it that I can do to help myself achieve an increasing degree of health, happiness and serenity in my own life? As I have written before, a healthy and peaceful lifestyle includes choosing an alkaline and nutritional diet, exercise, rest and relaxation, good company, doing work which we enjoy, body massage, meditation, sincere gratitude, a reverence for all life, and so on.

Some will argue that these conditions are difficult to achieve in a world of economic disarray.

Just viewing the problems of hunger and homelessness in the world is frightening. In America, we are told that more than a million people are now losing or have lost their homes due to mortgage default. And so, how can we ascend to levels of peace in such a world with so much apparent negativity? What else is it that we can do to ascend our own levels of consciousness and somehow feel a greater sense of love, the absence of fear, and more acceptance of so many people with whom we seem to have nothing in common, little understanding, a different set of values, and with whom we perceive ourselves to operate from a completely different belief system about the world?

How do we come to a sense of peace and diminish our reflexive stress--the same stress that causes acidic reactions in our body--to the many seemingly unacceptable political, economic, unhappy human elements that surround us?

I believe that science will soon confirm what some have known over the millennia. Virtually all Holy Scripture from all the major religions are in accordance with the idea that the highest devotion to God--man's greatest gift to the energy field of the world in which we are all encompassed--is SERVICE TO MANKIND. Research into higher consciousness tells us that the energy of loving service is recorded in the universe on into infinity.

Thus, this Thanksgiving Day and as Christmas approaches in the problematic year of 2009, one of the greatest stress-releasing gifts we can give to ourselves is to give the gift of service to others. And nothing fosters charitable feelings like charitable actions. Nothing fosters more the acceptance of other people than lending a helping hand. Nothing will bring forth the peace and wisdom that we need to create within ourselves more than providing service to the poor, the needy, the uneducated, the downtrodden, and the afflicted.

Look for service projects in your area and take your family into the world to help others. And over time, nothing will help you to diminish the stress inside your own body more than helping to diminish the stress in those around us. What goes round comes round, and to whatever degree your load of avocados means abundant energy, creativity, intelligence, leadership, money, or time for everyone in the world, I know that you can figure out how to deliver more than two.

In love and innerlight,

Dr. Robert O. Young

Thanksgiving Thoughts

I used to adore Thanksgiving. But not for the expected reasons - great food, big crowd, football games. I adored it because the power of these stimulants - gluttony, big crowd, football - enfolded my family in a cozy blanket of numbness. The numbness was dense enough to defeat the usual squabbles and snipings. And it allowed us to believe, for half a day, that we were indeed normal, even happy.

As a child, at some point during the endless feeding, I would slip off my chair and drop into the world under the table. Under the veil of the starched white table cloth, I could only see legs and shoes. The upside world of manufactured cheer was muted; and down below I had some quiet authenticity and some control.

Every year, in my down below, I untied my relatives shoelaces. I then retied one person's shoelaces to those of the person sitting in the adjacent seat. I did this with care and concentration. And every year, my relatives laughed as if this were a joke.

I knew it wasn't a joke, but it took me years of adulthood to figure out why I did this untying and retying. It's simple really, I was creating a unified family. One that had genuine bonds of untainted love.

This year, I do have genuine bonds of untainted love. With my life and love partner, Richard. With my brother and his family. With my friends. With my recently deceased father and with my self-involved mother. In some part I have illness and pain to thank. They pushed me to the edge and left me with no hope. In the place of no hope, in the down-below, I found something that tied me to life.

Am I grateful for illness and pain. Hell no! But I am grateful for the new meanings I discovered and for the love knots I learned to re-tie.

UN officials call for intensified efforts to eliminate violence against women 2009-11-26 05:49:06

UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 25 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday led a chorus of United Nations officials in calling on the international community to make greater efforts to tackle the global pandemic of violence against women and girls.

"In every country, women and girls continue to be plagued by violence, causing tremendous suffering," Ban said in a message marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, observed annually on Nov. 25.

He noted that such violence undermines development, generates instability and makes peace harder to achieve, stressing that the international community must demand accountability for the violations and take concrete steps to end impunity.

"Our goal is clear: to end these inexcusable crimes -- whether it is the use of rape as a weapon of war, domestic violence, sex trafficking, so-called 'honor' crimes or female genital mutilation," said Ban.

It is crucial to address the root causes of violence by eradicating discrimination and changing the mindset that reinforces prejudice, he said, highlighting his "UNite to End Violence Against Women" campaign that calls for nations to put in place strong laws, action plans, preventative measures, data collection and systematic measures to address sexual violence in conflict situations.

"Women around the world are the very linchpin keeping families, communities and nations together," he said. "On this International Day, let us reaffirm our commitment to women's human rights and let us do all it takes to end these horrific assaults once and for all."

On Tuesday the secretary-general marked the 10th anniversary of the International Day by launching a Network of Men Leaders, which brings together current and former politicians, activists, religious and community figures to combat the global pandemic.

"These men will add their voices to the growing global chorus for action," he said, noting that 70 percent of women experience in their lifetime some form of physical or sexual violence from men, the majority from husbands, intimate partners or someone they know.

The head of the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) praised women's rights activists around the world for harnessing broader support to combat the scourge, saying that it is now an issue of human rights and peace and security as well as a matter of urgent concern to both men and women.

"There are now more national plans, policies and laws in place than ever before, and momentum is also growing in the intergovernmental arena," said UNIFEM Executive Director Ines Alberdi.

She said that despite these achievements, it is "shocking" that up to 70 percent of women experience physical or sexual violence from men in their lifetime. "It happens everywhere -- at home and at work, on the streets and in schools, during peacetime and in conflict."

Alberdi said that the solution to ending violence against women and girls lies within each individual by raising "a generation that will not resort to violence, by volunteering to provide services, by raising funds and by raising our voices to say no to violence against women."

An independent UN human rights expert said that the reality on the ground around the world demonstrates that many forms of violence against women remain endemic, cutting across national boundaries, race, class, culture, tradition and religion.

"The consequences include the violation of dignity and also of the right to equality, non-discrimination, physical integrity and freedom from violence," said Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, its causes and consequences Rashida Manjoo in her message for the Day.

States have a responsibility to eliminate violence against women through legal and policy measures, a robust criminal justice system, the provision of social services and economic policies that empower women, said Manjoo.

"The due diligence standard requires States to promote the right to be free from all forms of violence, both private and public; and also to develop and implement legislation, policies and programs that specifically address prevention, protection, prosecution and compensation," she said.

Editor: Mu Xuequan

Thirteen infants infected with HIV/AIDS in West Nusa Tenggara

Antara News, Thursday, November 26, 2009 17:27 WIB

Mataram, W Nusa Tenggara (NTB) (ANTARA News) - Up to November 2009, 13 infants have been infected with the HIV/AIDS virus in West Nusa Tenggara (NTB).

Of the 13 infants, nine have contracted HIV and nine AIDS, Muchtar of the NTB AIDS Control Commission, said here on Thursday.

The HIV/AIDS-infected babies were identified in 2008 and 2009, he said.

The babies were currently receiving intensive medical treatment from Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) clinics, he said.

Among adults, HIV/AIDS have infected 73 people aged between 25-29 years old, 48 between 20-24 years old, 48 between 30-34 years old, and 18 people above 40 years old, in the province.

Twenty people aged between one and 19 years old, including 13 babies, also suffered from HIV/AIDS, Muchtar said.

The number of HIV/AIDS cases in West Nusa Tenggara Province has significantly increased to 278 in 2009, from 220 cases in 2008, 88 in 2007, and 51 in 2006.

Of the total 278 HIV/AIDS sufferers this year, 115 were AIDS patients, including 68 of them who died and only 47 survived, he said.

Of the 278 HIV/AIDS patients, 127 live in Mataram, 48 in East Lombok, 40 in West Lombok, 24 in West Sumbawa, 27 in Central Lombok, four in Sumbawa, three in Dompu, two in Bima District, and another two in Bima town.

Four Indonesians Arrested Over Gruesome Murder in Malaysia

The Jakarta Globe,

Four Indonesians have been arrested over the gruesome murder of an Indonesian man whose severed genitals were found next to his body, police said Thursday.

The man, whose identity has not been released, was found dead at his flat in the northern state of Penang Tuesday, after neighbors who heard a loud quarrel earlier that day alerted police.

"We found the man lying in a pool of blood with multiple slash wounds, and the severed private parts were next to his body," Mohan Singh, acting district police chief, told AFP.

He said the case was being treated as a murder and police were attempting to establish the victim's identity and his immigration status.

"We arrested one Indonesian lady on Tuesday, and this morning we arrested three other Indonesian men who were staying in the flat. All of them are believed to be involved in the murder," Singh said.

The Indonesian woman was found injured in another bedroom of the same flat when the police arrived on Tuesday.

There are nearly two million Indonesian workers in Malaysia, including 800,000 who have traveled illegally from the neighboring country.


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

I Ate Too Much

Holiday Season lifestyleand dietary conditions (called diseases by allopathicmedicine) for which I have given new names:

1) "Traveler's Acidic Consequence" is a result of thesum total consumption and behaviors of a travelerduring their more unusual or somewhat differentfrom normal lifestyle than when they were not traveling. A typical traveler's day will upset one's normalmetabolism and digestive habits. They eat anddrink different foods at different times and differentvolumes than usual, which creates an over-acidic stateand a need for more alkaline buffers (bicarbonates likepHour salts) leading to indigestion, nausea, acid reflux,heartburn, belching, flatulence, vomiting, constipation,dehydration and further problems of acidity,depending on the degree of irregularity.

"Traveler's Acidic Consequence" is commonly blamed byallopathic medical science on a particular site onthe traveler's path as if he/she caught something. This current medical ideology is based onPasteur's germ theory and is a scientific myth/illusion.
The true cause of this condition is the result of thetraveler's acidic dietary choices and the lack ofalkaline hydration, nutrition and hygiene that canresult in this over-acidic condition. All the abovesymptoms is the body in preservation mode trying itsbest to reestablish the alkaline pH of the internalenvironment at 7.365 to 7.4.

2) Holiday Season - "I Ate and Drank Too Much "S!!!"Dis-Ease" is a result of the sum total consumptionand behaviors of a person during the Holiday seasoneating and drinking everything in site from "swine towine." This over indulgence may cause belching andflatulence and eventual heart burn, acid reflux,nausea, constipation and even brain, breast, lung,liver and bowel parasites for which medical sciencewill often prescribe the purple pill. This HolidaySeason condition may then lead to the third HolidaySeason consequence -

3) "Holiday Season Food Drunk" is a result of over-eatingand over-drinking acidic foods and liquids and then fallinginto a drunken state on the sofa or bed for several hours oreven days to sleep off all the acidity. Falling asleepafter a heavy Holiday meal is a common occurrence foracid over-eaters and acid drinkers.

4) "Holiday Season Influenza" (The Flu) is a result of thesum total consumption and behaviors of a person duringa so-called Holiday acidic feasting. A person will consumeacidic foods and drinks that they may not know or knowthat are not healthy or alkalizing, i.e., more sugar orsugar substitutes than normal, alcohol, meats (especiallythe tape and flukd worm favorites such as pork, beef,turkey, chicken and fish (especially raw fish) and muchof this at greater volumes than normal. This person becomesdetrimentally influenced physically and emotionallyby Holiday acidic foods and drinks.

According to medical savants, "Holiday Season Influenza"is commonly blamed on a particular virus contracted fromanother person(s) and not from acidic lifestyle anddietary choices of that person. Like the acidic traveler,a person chooses to consume on their own as many acidicfoods and drinks during the Holiday Season and as a resultare suffering from the consequences of their poor dietaryacidic choices -- not from some phantom (does not exist)flu virus! The flu is nothing more than the bodyincreasing body temperature to improve circulation toremove excess acidity through perspiration, respiration, defecation and urination.

Also, please keep in mind it doesn't take eithertraveling or Holidays for someone to express thesymptoms of "Traveler's Acidic Consequence,"and/or "I Ate and Drank Too Much S!!! Disease,"and/or "Holiday Season Food Drunk," and/or "HolidaySeason Influenza." All you need to do is consumeexcessive amounts of acidic meats (especially pork,turkey and chicken), chocolate, ice cream, cake,alcohol or other acidic mind boggling thrillers. Any of these four non-contagious lifestyle anddietary conditions can happen anytime during theyear. But,the Holiday Season seems to be thetime when most people over-indulge in highly acidiclifestyles and diets!

This coming Holiday Season may you resolve not tosuccumb to the acidic choices that lead to "Traveler'sAcidic Consequence," or "I Ate and Drank Too MuchS!!! Dis-ease," "Holiday Season Food Drunk" and/or"Holiday Season Influenza."

In love and healing alkaline light,

Dr. Robert O. Young

PS This year before sitting down to a highlyacidic Holiday Season meal, watch the followingyoutube video. You cannot kill parasites withheat. All you can do is put them to sleep and riskthem waking up inside your body. Also, watchingthis video might change your mind about eating thatleft-over Thanksgiving ham or even urine laced turkey. It is by no coincidence that turkey and chicken arereferred to as "foul." Birds like turkey andchicken have no urinary tract system and aretherefore more likely to adsorb their own urine intotheir tissues. But, that's what makes them so juicy.

PSS I hope we can all learn to take responsibility forour own lifestyle and dietary choices and theconsequences we may experience rather then blaming it ortransferring personal responsibility to a phantom orharmless virus - like the Swine Flu virus, Ebola virus,HIV virus, HPV virus, West Nile virus, Bird flu virus,and the list goes on and on and on! So-called viruses DONOT cause sickness or disease - our acidic lifestyle and dietchoices do! You do health by making healthy choices oryou can do sickness and disease by making unhealthy lifestyleand dietary choices. Making acidic lifestyle and dietarychoices the last 3 months of the year can take 10 yearsoff your life at age 40 and 20 years off your life atthe age 80. You can live a healthy and fit life to 100 ifyou will make better alkaline lifestyle and dietarychoices NOW!

PSSS To learn how to prevent (without an acidic dis-easecausing vaccine) "Holiday Season Influenza,"may I suggest watching the following DVD's or listeningto the following CD's:
The pH Miracle - Full versionShopping with Shelley 1 & 2Back to the House of Health 2The pH Miracle for Healthy Weight LossThe pH Miracle for Men and WomenThe pH Miracle for CancerThe Harvard Lecture

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