Archive | July 22, 2015

The Oldest Qur’an Discovered in England of all Places*

The Oldest Qur’an Discovered in England of all Places*

What a turn up in the midst of Cameron’s regurgitated Blair’s ‘blood for oil speech’ and labelling all British Muslims as terrorists from the cradle to the grave….

Which of His signs would you deny?

By Sara Aridi

Though the Muslim holiday of Eid-al-Fitr just came to an end, many Muslims may find that they have yet another reason to rejoice.

In what has been considered a “startling” discovery, the UK’s Birmingham University unveiled what may be the world’s oldest remnants of the Qur’an, Islam’s holy text.

Researchers conclude that the Qur’an manuscript is among the earliest written textual evidence of the Islamic holy book known to survive,” the university wrote in an official statement.

“This gives the Qur’an manuscript in Birmingham global significance to Muslim heritage and the study of Islam.”

Oxford University carried out a radiocarbon analysis of the text and found that the parchment on which it is written could be traced back to the years between AD 568 and 645 with 95% accuracy.

Radiocarbon analysis dated the manuscripts close to the time of the Prophet Muhammad [Birmingham University]

The results suggest the manuscript was written less than 20 years after Prophet Muhammad’s death, as he is generally thought to have lived between AD 570 and 632.

“They could well take us back to within a few years of the actual founding of Islam,” wrote Professor of Islam and Christianity David Thomas and Professor of Interreligious Relations Nadir Dinshaw, both of Birmingham University.

According to Muslim tradition, Prophet Muhammad had a vision in 610. Speaking through the angel Gabriel, God ordained him to become the Arab prophet. Up until his death in 632, the Prophet and others continued to collect religious revelations that would form the Qur’an.

Most of the revelations were originally preserved in the “memories of men,” the professors wrote, until Caliph Abu Bakr, Islam’s first leader after Muhammad, ordered the collection of all Qur’anic material in book form.

The final written form was completed around AD 650 under the rule of the third leader, Caliph Uthman.

The manuscripts are written with ink in Hijazi – an early form of Arabic [Birmingham University]

“Muslims believe that the Qur’an they read today is the same text that was standardized under Uthman and regard it as the exact record of the revelations that were delivered to Muhammad,” the professors wrote.

The newly discovered text suggests that belief is highly plausible.

“These portions must have been in a form that is very close to the form of the Qu’ran read today, supporting the view that the text has undergone little or no alteration and that it can be dated to a point very close to the time it was believed to be revealed,” they added.

Preserved on two parchment leaves, the text contains parts of Suras (chapters) 18 to 20 written with ink in an early form of Arabic script known as Hijazi. For nearly a century, the manuscript had been misplaced with leaves of a similar Qur’anic manuscript, which is also datable to the late seventh century.

The manuscript is “one of the most surprising secrets of the University’s collections,” wrote Professors Thomas and Dinshaw.

The Quranic manuscript is part of the University’s Mingana Collection of Middle Eastern manuscripts in the Cadbury Research Library. The library received the texts in 1920 from Alphonse Mingana, a Chaldean priest who was born in Iraq and settled in England after philanthropist Edward Cadbury funded his trips to the Middle East to acquire historical texts.

‘This is indeed an exciting discovery,” wrote Dr. Muhammad Isa Waley, Lead Curator for Persian and Turkish Manuscripts at the British Library.

“Along with the sheer beauty of the content and the surprisingly clear Hijazi script, [this] is news to rejoice Muslim hearts,” Dr. Waley added.

Source*

Related Topics:

The True Furqan Hoax

How the British Empire aka New World Order Sowed Seeds of Destruction towards Islam*

Boy with Cerebral Palsy Memorized Entire Qur’an*

Hafiz Aged Three Memorized the Whole Qur’an*

Madonna Studying the Qur’an!

The Oldest Bible to Date Confirms the Qur’an

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Now 8 Doctors are Dead or Have Disappeared*

Now 8 Doctors are Dead or Have Disappeared*

Adding to mysterious deaths and disappearances of three American holistic anti-vaccine doctors in one state over the past two weeks plus three Mexican doctors and their two employees recently disappeared, supposedly found dead in the back of a pickup on June 19, are two more doctors missing, possibly disappeared in the US. Earlier this year, another holistic doctor met an untimely death after months of pleading for help as a self-identified Targeted Individual, as reported by Deborah Dupré. It has emerged that most of these had at least one common link.

Dr. Patrick Fitzpatrick, a retired opthalmologist who had practiced in North Dakota, went missing in neighbouring Montana around July 3rd. Fitzpatrick, 74, is an MD specializing in Ophthalmology. NBC reports that the vehicle and trailer of Bismark resident Dr. Fitzpatrick were found abandoned next to a pea field Saturday, south of Willow Creek, near Three Forks, sheriff’s officials reported.

“Officials believe Fitzpatrick could have abandoned his vehicle as early as Friday. He is described as 6’ tall and over of 220 lbs.  He has white hair and a goatee, and speaks with an Irish accent.” Anyone with information about Dr. Fitzpatrick is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office: 406-582-2100.” (NBC News)

Also mysteriously missing as of June 29 is physician and preventive health advocate Dr. Jeffery Whiteside, in Fox Valley area, residing in Grand Chute, Wisconsin. Door County Sheriff’s Department is reportedly looking for Dr. Whiteside, last seen in the Ephraim area of northern Door County at a family vacation home and boat slip in Ephraim. He was last seen walking away from his boat slip at the family gathering.  WFRV reports on Dr. Whiteside, saying he is M/W DOB: 05-07-52 Age: 63, Height 5’09” Weight 185 lbs Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown, He was last seen wearing a maroon coloured polo shirt and gray shorts. He wears eye glasses.

Dr. Whiteside’s boat slip and vacation cabin is in Ephraim. Officials say he is believed to be on foot and still in the northern Door Co. area. Door Co. Sheriff’s Department was notified that Dr. Whiteside was missing on 07-01-15 at 0906 hrs. The Door Co. Sheriff’s Dept. along with Ephraim Fire Department volunteers and others continue looking for Dr. Whiteside, with search efforts concentrated in the Ephraim area. The Sheriff’s Department asks for the public’s assistance in finding Dr. Whiteside. If anyone has seen Dr. Whiteside, please call the Door Co. Sheriff’s Department at 920-746-2416.

Whiteside is a doctor at Fox Valley Pulmonary Medicine, serves as ThedaCare Board of Trustees secretary and is an Executive Committee member. He was previously president of Appleton Medical Center and ThedaClark Medical Center staff.

“Thousands of employees worked and work with (Dr. Whiteside) and the same number of patients have been helped by him,” said Megan Mulholland, spokeswoman for ThedaCare. “He has never stopped caring and developed long-term relationships with those patients.”

“The longer he remains missing the more suspicious it is,” said Chief Deputy Pat McCarty, Door County Sheriff’s Department.

The second doctor, also holistic in his anti-vaccine advocacy, is Dr. Bruce Hedendal DC PhD  of Boca Roton area (E Coast, North ofMiami). Dr. Hedendal suddenly died on Father’s Day. His body was found in his car, but there was no accident nor was the car running. Hedendal held a PhD in nutrition from Harvard and a colleague of his said he was in great shape, “very healthy.”

Bradstreet’s family have established a GoFundMe campaign, asking for donations to assist them in pressing for a thorough investigation into what happened to him. Their GoFundMe web page says the need support

“To find the answers to the many questions leading up to the death of Dr Bradstreet, including an exhaustive investigation into the possibility of foul play. Thank you for your support!.”

Holisitic Dr. Teresa Ann Sievers MD, 46, also in Florida, in the Naples area of the South West coast in Bonita Springs, was found dead on June 29 in what has been ruled a homicide. She was a well loved, popular holistic medical doctor, according to her clients, website and close associate. “Sievers’ work as a holistic doctor focused not just on healing the body, but the mind and spirit as well, according to her close friend and colleague,” NBC reported.

Dr. Sievers lived in a safe area where neighbours said problems are rare, if ever. That is no deterrent, however, to dangerous stalkers, including multi- or gangstalkers who work in organized groups. She was murdered in her home while her husband and children were with relatives in Connecticut. She’d flown home alone the night before. Her body was found Monday morning at her Jarvis Road home after she didn’t arrive at work. Sievers’ neighbours, however, describe hearing screams on day of death. Her murder has reportedly left family and friends puzzled.

“We don’t know anything but that she was murdered,” said Sievers’ sister, Annie Lisa, 52. She said Sievers, her husband and children had come to Connecticut for a gathering and her sister flew home alone Sunday, according to News Press.com.

“The 46-year-old victim’s relatives remained mystified as to who would want to harm the beloved physician who dedicated her life to helping women and girls,” the Daily Mail reports.

The professional’s neighbours said they are now concerned for their own safety, especially because authorities have remained tight-lipped about the circumstances surrounding her murder. ‘I’m very scared for my safety,’ resident Donetta Contreras told WINK News, based in southwest Florida.

Lee County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday they were pursuing several leads in connection with the slaying. They reassured locals that no threat to the general population exists and that the murder was targeted, not random, (no reassurance whatsoever to the thousands of self-denitrified targeted individuals). Sievers’s husband Mark, office manager at Sievers’ Restorative Health & Healing Center clinic, is said to have adored his wife and worked hard for her tireless contribution to clients. Neighbours say they heard from law enforcement that this was a “gruesome murder scene,” some saying it involved a hammer. Neighbours reported to a tan-coloured pickup truck was parked at the home the morning Dr. Sievers was found dead.

“It’s a very complicated case; there are details I wish I could share, but I can’t.” Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott. CBS reports on Dr. Sievers’s death and a donation site on CBS’s official website. Blogger Erin Elizabeth wrote from Florida,

“A few still write that I shouldn’t cover these stories, but I am a journalist, and now that 3 doctors have died so quickly from my state (at least one murdered) I feel I need to write about it.” Now, Elizabeth is uneasy about her fate.

“Dr. Bradstreet had lived just 45 minutes from us here in Florida before moving to the neighbouring state of Georgia. I also have been with a prominent well known doctor for the last 6 years so this concerns me. Several high profile MD’s have contacted me these last 2 weeks who are also concerned and mourn the loss of their colleagues.”

Three Mexican Doctors and their Attorney Murdered

Added to the disappeared or deceased American doctors within the same couple of weeks are three Mexican doctors plus their attorney, a story that took an even more suspicious turn today. Authorities reported finding the three missing Acapulco, Mexico doctors and their lawyer dead in the back of a pickup on June 19, in the troubled southern Mexico state of Guerrero, around the time the American doctors began dying mysteriously. A prosecutor’s office official then reported that the four young men were kidnapped by an armed group on the federal highway linking Mexico City to Acapulco as they headed to Chilpancingo, according to NDTV.

Then, State Attorney General Miguel Ángel Godínez Muñoz told reporters Saturday that DNA tests confirmed the dead men were Dr. Raymundo Tepeque Cuevas, Dr. Marvin Hernández Ortega, Dr. José Osvaldo Ortega Saucedo and Julio César Mejía Salgado, the lawyer. The four were graduates of Autonomous University of Guerrero (UAG). The doctors worked at a community hospital, according to SDPnoticas.com. Today, it is reported that before their disappearance, doctors Marvin Hernández Ortega and Reynaldo Tepeque Cuevas, and two “administrative employees” José Osvaldo Ortega Saucedo and Julio César Mejía Salgado, were travelling in a gray car that police later found in Xolapa riddled with bullet holes, blood stains, and shells from a semi-automatic AR-15 rifle. PanAm Post reports that to get the case closed as quickly as possible, officials delivered the wrong corpses, not those of the doctors and their attorney (as originally reported) nor administrative employees. Sunday, the victims’ families again distributed leaflets, set up posters, and painted murals in Acapulco, as they had on Saturday to urge authorities to keep searching for the missing medical professionals.

“Contrary to statements from Guerrero Attorney General Miguel Ángel Godínez Muñoz, their families do not believe they have yet been found,” PanAm Post reports.

Possible Links

An anti-vaccine link has been posited regarding the first three American doctor meeting untimely deaths in June. Each of the three were anti-vaccine holistic doctors. The first was compassionate but controversial Autism researcher Dr. Jeff Bradstreet MD. His body was found far from home in a river, with a gunshot wound to his chest. Officials were quick to rule suicide.

Family and friends disbelieve this. Dr. Bradstreet treated hundreds of children with autism through chelation therapy at his medical clinic in Palm Bay, Florida. His son has autism that he believed was due to a vaccine induced reaction when 15-months old.

While many still view anti-vaccine doctors as quacks, Italy is one nation that does not do so anymore. On Sept. 23, 2014, an Italian court in Milan awarded compensation to a boy for vaccine-induced autism. (See the Italian document here.) A GlaxoSmithKline Infanrix Hexa vaccine against six childhood diseases caused the boy’s permanent autism and brain damage. The vaccine contained antigens, thimerosal (mercury-containing preservative), aluminum, an adjuvant, and other toxic ingredients. The child regressed into autism shortly after receiving the three doses. The US media underreported the case. Secrecy enshrouding vaccine adverse affects on the human population was also revealed in the case.

Mary Holland, a research scholar and Director of the Graduate Legal Skills Program at NYU Law School, in a Global Research article, points to Presiding Judge Nicola Di Leo’s consideration of another piece of damning evidence: a 1271-page confidential GlaxoSmithKline report (available on the Internet). This document provided ample evidence of adverse events from the vaccine, including five known cases of autism resulting from the vaccine’s administration during its clinical trials. In 2012, Judge Lucio Ardigo of an Italian court in Rimini presided over a similar judgment, finding the Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine caused a child’s autism.

Both cases went underreported in the US and both court decisions flatly contradict decisions from the “U.S.. vaccine court,” a Court of Federal Claim’s Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. There, from 2007 to 2010, in the Omnibus Autism Proceeding, three decision makers, “Special Masters,” found vaccines did not cause autism in any of six test cases, and one Special Master compared the theory of vaccine-induced autism to Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. The US government seems determined for autism to strike 50% of all children by 2025, as predicted by MIT senior researcher Dr. Stephanie Seneff. (See: Autism To Strike Half US Children In 10 Years: MIT Sr. Researcher Sounds Monsanto, Vaccine Alarm) The American Medical Association (AMA) recently began crafting its ‘ethical guidelines for physicians in the media’ to ‘defend integrity of the profession.’

The new guidelines target unorthodox medical information that the AMA deems dubious and unsubstantiated and create disciplinary guidelines for doctors who make public claims that do not align with the ‘best available science’. The AMA spent nearly $20 million on lobbying in 2014 alone. Its roots are deep into American medicine. It has a powerful influence over the way state licensing boards oversee and discipline physicians in the U.S.. – Dr. Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of the well respected Lancet peer-reviewed medical journal, recently published a statement declaring that much published research is unreliable at best, if not completely false.

“The case against science is straightforward: much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue. Afflicted by studies with small sample sizes, tiny effects, invalid exploratory analysis, and flagrant conflicts of interest, together with an obsession for pursuing fashionable trends of dubious importance, science has taken a turn towards darkness.”

“Organized medicine would like nothing more than to continue lining their pockets with the profits generated by Americans who are dependent on medications rather than taking charge of their own health and wellness.” (Erin Elizabeth) Dr. Mark Sircus reported Wednesday on just how sleazy the American medical system is and how dangerous the FDA is: “It is hard not to think about doctors when talking about con games. The entire medical system is a con, a sleazy mix of lies and deception where medical studies are often not worth the paper they are printed on yet the FDA swallows medical studies as if they were chapters out of the bible.”

In relation to vaccines, Dr. Sircus points to mercury in the flu vaccine as one example of the cocktail’s danger: “In the flu vaccine, there is a whopping 51,000 ppb (parts per billion) of mercury in the multi-dose flu vaccine—the most common type of flu vaccine given. How much is 51,000 ppb? It is 25,000 times the legal maximum for mercury in drinking water established by the Environmental Protection Agency. Keep in mind that when you inject mercury, it is 100% absorbed so it is more toxic to inject it as compared to eating it in fish or drinking it in water. Do paediatricians rise up against the CDC and complain? (https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#all/14e6df44ba19c520)

“As far as I am concerned paediatricians, who inject children with the flu vaccine are criminals but like everything else, people are conned and very few complain,” says Sircus.

“There is little to no kindness in mainstream medicine because they are too busy making money practicing a form of human butchery that maims and kills people by the hundreds of thousands a year around the world.”

Another possible link between at least two of the American doctors missing and the Mexican doctors is they had all had recent encounters with federal government officials. Two of the American doctors had recently been contacted by federal agents.

Both doctors Hedendal and Bradstreet reportedly had recent run-ins with US federal agents. FDA and DEA agents raided Dr. Bradstreet’s office on June 16. Reportedly, federal authorities has also contacted Dr. Hedendaldays before his death, according to ABC7. An associate of Bradtsreet stated under anonymity:

“I know enough about Jeff Bradstreet to know his state of mind.  He was a sound thinker!  He was prudent and calculated.  Acting out on the spur of the moment and deciding to kill himself is like a joke.  He was a jet pilot!…  The one thing all instrument pilots share is a high IQ with the ability to multi task and make sound pragmatic decisions in emergency situations.  In other words, [they] don’t freak out!”

A commenter wrote that he’d spoken to Bradstreet while the agents were with him.

“I spoke to Jeff at 12:30 that Thursday just when the FDA was there. He was calm and told me there was a emergency he would call me back the next day, Friday.

He was a genius, a very, very smart man who would not have killed himself over this on such short notice.” El Sur reports that hours before their deaths, the Mexican doctors had also been in contact with government officials.

“The complaint details that the three workers took early Friday headed to Chilpancingo to reclassification procedures at the State Health Secretariat. They stopped in Acapulco, and one of the doctors borrowed the car [an SUV] Ibiza gray family to move to Chilpancingo. (sic) At noon they came to government offices to gather documentation requested dependency site when last seen. The document details that the three doctors returned around 3:00 pm bound for Acapulco…”

El Universal reported last Thursday that investigators found an abandoned taxi near the SUV and in the back of the vehicle, they found a shirt with the state police logo on it and a cartridge belt. Violence against Mexican health workers is not new, says Escobar Secretary Habeica. Recent American history is also littered with government-sponsored covert targeting of individuals, people PI William Taylor say are “Americas’ best people.” Accidental deaths and suicides of scientists with evidence showing what mainstream touts as news is leaving a big gap in truth.

These targets had potential to sabotage important agendas not in best interest of humanity. The five American doctors who recently died untimely deaths or remain missing are among 74 prominent scientists murdered over the past ten years. Another commonality between the mystery disappearances and deaths is that families and friends are accusing officials of fraudulent reporting on the disappearances and/or deaths. In the US, funds have been established to pressure further investigations. In Mexico, family and friends are demanding full, transparent investigations.

“Cecilia Ortega Solórzano, mother of Hernández Ortega, disagrees with the official report:

The day we were told about the bodies, we went to identify them, but they didn’t belong to our relatives, who have been missing for four days. These corpses were decaying as if they have been dead for 15 days,” she said.

On June 28, the Mexican victims’ families met with Governor Rogelio Ortega Martínez, who “does not believe the prosecutor … He is on our side, he believes us,” relatives told local reporters. In a document delivered to the governor, they reject the forensic analysis and demand the prosecutor resign over his “ineptitude, lack of professionalism,” and “attempts to impose” his conclusions. Guadalupe Reséndiz, a psychologist and wife of Tepeque, reported irregularities during the investigations. She says investigators tampered with the crime scene, and that the advanced decomposition of the corpses found suggests they died days before the physicians went missing.

Carlos Mejía Salgado, brother of Julio César, told press that he wants the federal police to run new DNA tests on the bodies. “We don’t anything they tell us here anymore; evidence can be manipulated,” he says.

One difference between Mexico and the US regarding the deaths and disappearances is that enough Mexican health worker targeted individuals have been disappeared for Mexicans to protest.

Doctors, nurses and hospital employees stage protest in Acapulco on June 24 demanding return of four missing men. Photo: Cuartoscur

A second difference is that after the Mexican doctors and their attorney and/or employees disappeared, the US issued a red alert warning to Americans about the danger of travelling to Mexico. Mexico has not issue a similar travel alert for travelling to the US. A representative from the National School of Topical Medicine says he isn’t buying “conspiracies that are surfacing on the web” about the disappearances.

He is what is called a “Coincidence Theorist.” Peter Jay Hotez of the National School of Topical Medicine said:

“Look at some anti-vaxxer sites and there is a heavy component of conspiracy theorists that say pharmaceutical companies are in collusion with the Public Health Authorities.”

Are other American doctors at greater risk for being targeted to death for their upholding their “Do no harm” Hippocratic Oath by promoting safe and effective natural protocols rather than caving to the AMA and Big Pharma? How many other holistic doctors or doctors with interest in natural, alternative remedies rather than drugs Big Pharma pushes have been covertly murdered? We have documentation of one in recent months, Dr. Deborah Gilmaker. (See: Secret Society Kills TI Doctor (Videos)) Dr. Gilmaker had been in contact with Deborah Dupré with her account of how she was being covertly targeted.

“Deborah touched my heart after only one phone conversation and a couple of emails. This almost never happens to me – and now my heart is broken,” commented Stephen Axelrod wrote four months ago about Dr. Gilmaker’s suspected murder.

“Even though our encounter was brief, it was immediately clear to me, this is a woman of wisdom, of kindness and perhaps a kindred spirit and her untimely death diminishes us all. I am sad.”

“She was an extremely beautiful soul who, even though I didn’t see her much these past few years, helped me, encouraged me, and kept me going when I was very ill. I just can’t believe she’s gone. It’s devastating to me…” writes commenter Karen Redding. Two days ago, Eve Axelrad commented about Dr. Gilmaker,

“I think about Debbie often and it is close to her birthday now and I am wondering how the family is managing. Debbie kept me going when I was very ill. She was so magnificent and brilliant and funny and empathetic, and talked about her wonderful kids that she adored often.”

Perhaps as more US doctors are targeted for upholding their Oath are covertly disappeared and/or assassinated, more Americans will believe the targeted individual phenomenon and demand change. In this regard, the US is becoming more like the country they are warned to not travel in, Mexico.

Perhaps only when more Americans realize that chemical/drug profiteers are planning for some half of the U.S. population to be disabled with autistism or with Alzheimer’s by 2050, will enough American citizens demand better. Meanwhile, the targeting to death of America’s best professionals is soaring, as are autism and Alzheimer’s rates.

Source*

Related Topics:

African-American Autism and Vaccines*

Why Is Polio With 68 Cases Worldwide This Year A “Global Emergency” But Autism Not With 1 in 25 Families Affected?*

Five Holistic Doctors Dead and 5 More Missing*

AMA Threatens Outspoken Holistic Doctors*

Amazonian Elders Conclude Completion of First Indigenous Medical Encyclopaedia*

Amazonian Elders Conclude Completion of First Indigenous Medical Encyclopaedia*

Deep in the farthest reaches of the Amazon rainforest, the last remaining elder shamans of the Matsés tribe came together from distant villages in a quest to save their ancestral knowledge from the edge of extinction. This meeting concluded over two years work and culminated in the first encyclopaedia of indigenous knowledge written by Amazonian tribal shamans ever produced.

On May 16th, after more than two years of work, the leaders of Acaté and the Matsés met to finalize the Matsés Traditional Medicine Encyclopedia. This historic meeting was held over a period of five days in the Matsés village of Puerto Allegre on the Rio Yaquerana, one of the most remote villages and the last settlement before the river’s headwaters, a vast territory that contains at least one ‘uncontacted’ tribal group living in voluntary isolation.

The meeting was lead by Daniel Vella Collantes, High Chief of the Matsés People and the Matsés Council. Chiefs from 11 of the Matsés communities attended along with 6 Matsés elder healers and the team members from each of the Encyclopedia chapters. Acaté was represented by Co-Founders Christopher Herndon and William Park, together with Field Coordinator David Fleck.

In typical Matsés fashion the introductions were short and the meeting turned to the first agenda item

“How do we preserve and transmit the invaluable medicinal knowledge of the elders to the next generation as a living system of health provision.”

The health of Amazonian peoples has always depended on the wisdom of their elders. Passed down through the centuries, the knowledge of medicinal plants and techniques of treatment that have been accumulated is a product of their deep spiritual and physical ties to the natural world. The Matsés live in one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world and have mastered knowledge of its healing properties.

It is hard to overstate just how quickly this knowledge can be lost after a tribe makes contact with the outside world. Once extinguished, this knowledge, along with the tribe’s self-sufficiency, can never be fully reclaimed. Historically, what follows the loss of endemic health systems in many indigenous groups is near total dependency on the rudimentary and extremely limited external health care available in such remote and difficult-to-access locations.

The knowledge of the Matsés is still largely intact as sustained contact with the national cultures only occurred within the past half century. This presents a rare opportunity in the 21st century to be proactive. All the remaining elder healers were adults at the time of initial contact and had already mastered their knowledge before being told it was useless by missionaries and government workers. Sadly, due to these outside influences none of the elders have apprentices or younger Matsés interested in learning from them. Yet, at the same time, most villages still depend on and actively utilize the medicinal plants of the remaining few elder healers, most of whom are estimated to be over the age of 60. Their knowledge and the accumulated wisdom of generations stands on the very precipice of extinction. One of the most renowned Matsés healers died a few years ago before his knowledge could be passed on.

In 2012, Acaté and the Matsés elders developed a three-point plan of action to preserve and transmit their self-sufficiency and the knowledge of their ancestors. The first step involved documenting this knowledge in the form of the book written in their language. Each chapter of the Traditional Medicine Encyclopaedia was written by a renowned elder shaman chosen by the community. Each elder worked together with a younger Matsés who transcribed the plant knowledge and photographed each plant. The photos and text were compiled by Wilmer Rodríguez López, a member of the Council and an expert in written Matsés.

After two years the Encyclopaedia includes chapters by five Matsés elders and is over 500 pages long! Each entry is categorized by disease name, with explanation of how to recognize it by its symptoms; its cause; and which plants to use, how to prepare the medicine and alternative therapeutic options. A photograph of each plant taken by the Matsés accompanies each entry in the encyclopedia.

The Encyclopaedia is written by and from the world view of the Matsés shaman, describing how rainforest animals are involved in the natural history of the plants and connected with diseases. It is a true shamanic encyclopaedia, fully written and edited by indigenous shamans, the first to our knowledge of its kind and scope.

Because the Matsés have very limited radio communication between the communities, meetings and word of mouth are the only means of sharing information. For this reason, it is very important during the meetings to ask for feedback and concerns from the community members. It was agreed by all participants that the completion of the encyclopaedia is an important first step. As there are few opportunities for their generation to earn money, the elders pointed out the importance for their families of the payment stipends they received for their work.

During our Q and A on the Encyclopaedia, the son of Alberto, one of the most knowledgeable elders, raised concerns over who was protecting the information on the medicines. Acaté President and physician Christopher Herndon took this opportunity to explain the safeguards Acaté and the Matsés have in place to protect the medicines from bio-prospecting from pharmaceutical companies and other parties. He explained that the Encyclopedia is only written in Matsés, by and for the Matsés, and that no translations will be made into Spanish or English. It will be printed for the Matsés, at their direction, and neither published nor disseminated outside of their communities. In addition, no scientific names are included or photographs of flowers or other easily identifiable characteristics of the plants to outsiders.

Chris explained that the greatest value of the knowledge is for the Matsés themselves, for their own health and that of future generations. He stated that the Encyclopaedia alone is not sufficient to maintain their self-sufficiency as their healing systems are based on experience that can only be transmitted through long apprenticeships, as it was when the elders learned from their fathers before them. The Matsés elders especially appreciated it when Chris described his decade of medical training and how he understands that complex medical systems take years to learn and a lifetime to master!

There was agreement among the Matsés elders that the completion of the Encyclopaedia is a historical and critical first step towards mitigating existential threats to Matsés healing wisdom and self-sufficiency in health. Attention was next turned in the meeting to Phase II, the Apprentices Program, in which the younger Matses accompany the elder master healers into the forest to learn the plants and assist in treating patients.

In 2014, under the supervision of Elder Shaman Luis Dunu Chiaid, we launched the pilot for the Apprentices Program in the community of Estirón that was very successful in initiating the training of three Matsés youths. Due to the success of the pilot, it was unanimously agreed that this program should be expanded to as many villages as possible. The elders thought it very important to begin programs in the villages that no longer have traditional healers. We made a plan to send two elder healers to the communities of Buen Peru and Jorge Chavez for a month-long training program.

In addition, it was agreed that our agro-forestry work should be expanded to include medicinal plant integration. This will be based on the Healing Forest created by one of the greatest Matsés healers in Nuevo San Juan and currently maintained by his son Antonio Jimenez. To an outsider, this forest looks like non-descript stretch of rainforest along the footpath to their farms, about a 10 to 15 minutes walk away from their village. In the presence of a master shaman pointing out the medicinal plants, you realize in a moment that you are surrounded in fact by a constellation of medicinal plants for diverse range of ailments planted by the Matsés healers. Many rainforest vines and fungi don’t grow in open sun-exposed gardens and require rainforest ecosystems for their propagation. The placement of the Healing Forest 10 to 15 minutes away from their villages is characteristic Matsés efficiency. If you have a sick child, you don’t want to have to travel 4 hours to find the remedy.

Ultimately, Phase III, the goal of integration and enhancement of the ‘Western’ health delivery with traditional practice will be initiated in part by recruiting current Matsés health providers for the apprentices program. Wilmer, a health promoter in the health outpost and one of the Apprentices from Estirón provides a role model for other health care workers. Wilmer understands that the future health of his people depends the presence of dual vibrant systems of health that allows the community to draw upon the best of both worlds.

Before adjourning the meeting and allowing the transcribers and elders to work on their edits Matsés artist Guillermo Nëcca Pëmen Mënque of Buenas Lomas Nueva was chosen to draw illustrations for the book cover and chapter openings. Guillermo has previously collaborated with Acaté’s David Fleck in ethno-education projects supported by the Peruvian Ministry of Education and UNICEF. Take a look at Guillermo’s exquisitely sensitive and beautiful rendering of local rainforest birds. The Encyclopaedia is currently being formatted for publication and sent to the printers.

It is extremely difficult to describe in words the emotion felt by all in attendance as the elder warriors spoke of the battles they fought (literally) to defend the Matsés territory and way of life. Many were choking back tears as one elder after another called on the youth to seize this opportunity to fill the impending void left as the elders pass away, just as they did when their grandfathers were alive. The meeting closed with elder shaman and famous warrior Arturo standing up and speaking in support of Acaté. He stated that unlike other organizations, Acaté does not come to tell the Matsés what to do; we ask the Matsés what they need, and involve the Matsés at every point, listening to their ideas. He described us as a different type of outsider and ones that they were glad to work with. The Acaté team pledged to work tirelessly to fulfill our commitments to facilitate these critical projects.

Acaté is an on-the-ground conservation organization that works in a true partnership with the Matsés indigenous people of the Peruvian Amazon. Developments in our other major programs, sustainable economic development and agroforestry, will be presented in updates to follow. Stay tuned also for the launch of an exciting new initiative! You can follow us through our website and facebook page.

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40% Of Russia’s Food Is Grown from Dacha Gardens*

40% Of Russia’s Food Is Grown from Dacha Gardens*

By Amanda Froelich

While the majority of citizens in developed nations rely on large-scale agriculture, the Russian people feed themselves.

While the majority of citizens in developed nations rely on transported produce and packaged goods to satiate their grumbling stomachs, the people of Russia feed themselves. They have little need for large-scale agriculture, as their agricultural economy is small scale, predominantly organic, and in the capable hands of their nation’s people.

In a thought-provoking article shared by Natural Homes, it was reported that in 2011, 51% of Russia’s food was grown either by dacha communities (40%), or by peasant farmers (11%). The remaining 49% of production was left to large agricultural enterprises.

When one digs deeper into the numbers reported by Russian Statistics Service, however, some very impressive details are discovered. In 2011, dacha gardens produced over 80% of the country’s fruit and berries, over 66% of the vegetables consumed, almost 80% of the potatoes purchased, and nearly 50% of the nation’s milk supply – much of it consumed raw.

These impressive statistics inspire one to ponder why more nations aren’t following suit. Perhaps it is in the Russian peoples’ bloodlines to derive extreme fulfillment from growing their own food (such is a theory happily accepted by the people). One thing is for sure – every nation should be following their lead.

From a young age, many Russian citizens are encouraged to become comfortable digging in the dirt and are taught how to grow plants. It is shared that during the communist period, school children were obliged to visit their local farms to get hands-on experience harvesting food. This was the same time period in which 90% of the nation’s food came directly from dacha gardens. During this same period of time, every child was expected to participate in their family’s cultivation of crops; everyone recognized the importance of being in touch with the Earth and growing nutrient-rich, biodynamic food.

The percentage of food grown by Russia’s dacha has since declined, but a large portion of the country’s food is still obtained from community gardens. It is not uncommon to stroll through the streets of Russia’s cities, such as St. Petersburg, and come across many people selling herbs, berries, fruit, and vegetables from their gardens.

Different from cities in Europe and USA, Russian cities boast a number of small corner shops selling local grown food in all shapes, colours, sizes, and conditions. This is likely because in 2003 the Russian government signed the Private Garden Plot Act into law, which entitled citizens to private plots of land for free. These plots range from 0.89 hectares to 2.75 hectares, and allow the people to contribute to their own food sovereignty.

It might be argued that the ability to control the production, distribution, and quality of foods is now one of the most important freedoms a nation has. With the power of food production in the hands of the people, entitled corporations and market institutions are prevented from dominating the global food system.

Russia is not the only nation to produce such a large amount of its own food. Havana, Cuba reported producing 90% of its city’s produce from local urban farms and gardens.

While the numbers shared are from 2011, no doubt the drive to grow bio-dynamic, organic food is still strong in the Russian people.

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HAARP to Transfer to ‘Civilian Control’ with Pentagon Funding*

HAARP to Transfer to ‘Civilian Control’ with Pentagon Funding*

The High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program, also known as HAARP is to be transferred from military operation to “civillian control”, as the site is handed over to the University of Alaska, which will continue to use the mysterious facility for experiments.

“The Air Force Research Lab has control of the HAARP facility until Aug. 11,” Marmian Grimes, a university of Alaska spokesperson, wrote in an email to The Intercept.

After that, the university will have access to the site under the terms of an agreement between [University of Alaska Fairbanks] and the Air Force. That agreement allows access for two years, which will provide the university and the Air Force time to negotiate an agreement regarding the transfer of the land.”

HAARP was officially constructed with the stated goal of studying the ionosphere. It is made up of a huge array of radio transmitters and antennas, which generate radio waves to heat up portions of the ionosphere, the region of Earth’s upper atmosphere, from about 60 km (37 mi) to 1,000 km (620 mi) altitude, which is ionized by solar radiation.

The heat accelerates electrons, creating conditions for military scientists to conduct experiments.

The facility has long been the subject of intense scrutiny among those who believe the Pentagon constructed and used it to conduct research into everything from weather and natural phenomenon manipulation weapons to more esoteric studies, such as electronic and psychotronic mind control.

As the Intercept report notes, the Pentagon ploughed millions into the facility, mostly via congressional add-ons, and was still doing so as recently as 2007, when HAARP was officially completed.

It consequently seemed dubious to many that just seven years later an announcement came that the Air Force was set to close the site and dismantle the array.

Now it has been revealed that HAARP will live on. The Intercept notes:

“Physicist Dennis Papadopoulos, a professor at the University of Maryland and long-time proponent of HAARP, said the agreement that was worked out would transfer the facility from the Defense Department to the state of Alaska, and then over to the University of Alaska, which has long been involved in research at the site.”

HAARP will then operate, like other ionosphere research sites, as a scientific facility supported by those conducting experiments there. Papadopoulos said that the state of Alaska will put in about $2 million, and some additional funding may come from the National Science Foundation and the Pentagon.

So the facility will likely STILL be funded by the government, and experiments will continue to be conducted there.

This inevitably means that the theories over what HAARP is really used for will not go away, and researchers will continue to be fascinated with the mysterious facility.

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