'Maggot Therapy' To Avert Amputation
YUCK!!! Maggots are blue fly larvae but they definitely have a place in New Age Medicine.
After the CBS Evening News the local news comes on which I usually avoid and turn off, but, one story, Friday night, caught my eye. ‘Maggot Therapy’ - A first for Yuma Regional Medical Center.
“Oh, my God!”
I was stunned when I saw the person being featured in the story is one of my best friends, Dorothy Leonard. Dorothy has had an ulcerated leg since I have known her for the past 26 years.
NO, she is not diabetic but YES she is obese and has been in and out of the hospital several times for treatment. I have lost count of the number of times I have screamed at her.”Get off that ___ ___ leg before you lose it.”
To my amazement, there sat Dorothy, smiling, looking very handsome in living color in front of the camera while the story of her being given the “Maggot Therapy” treatment was aired.
I, later, called her at home and congratulated her for having the intestinal fortitude to be the first to undergo this radical procedure in our conservative community. She thanked me and told me the treatment was a breeze and it worked.
“I wore the 'maggot-filled bandage' for two days and didn’t feel a thing. I went to work, went to church, even went out to dinner with a friend and forgot I was wearing it.”
She added, “It was Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon Dr. Ronald Brooksher, Wound Care Nurse, Mary Jo and the hospital pharmacist who are responsible for getting the therapy for me.”
This is especially important information for Native Americans who have the highest diabetic and obesity rate in the nation.
There are several Internet sites that feature webs on “Maggot Therapy”. Those two words alone on Google will bring out scads of information on the procedure. Also Google “Maggot Amputation”
Here is the basis of the treatment – “Maggots have been cleaning wounds for thousands of years because they very effectively eat only DEAD flesh, not living flesh.” It is well documented, on the Net, that maggots saved the lives of thousands of soldiers during WWI and WWII.
Maggot Referral Page: http://www.ucohs,uci.edu/com/pathology/sherman/mdtists2
I’m certain this information is heartbreaking for viewers who have lost their limbs because of diabetes and obesity, but hopefully it can possibly prevent future, needless amputations. It is time to bring this kind of medical treatment out of the Dark Ages and place it in the hands of U.S. doctors in the 21st century.
Let’s face it, folks, the thought of “maggot therapy” may be repulsive to many, but is a proven, effective treatment and a helluva lot cheaper than an amputation.
One thing that saddens me the most about learning this information so late is that my diabetic sister-in-law in Anchorage, Alaska underwent a leg amputation last summer and is still suffering complications from that surgery.
Perhaps “Maggot Therapy” could have saved her leg – now, possibly her life.
FROM WHAT POLITICAL AND MORAL AUTJORITY DO THESE GOVERNMENTS SPEAK OVER HERE?
asked Julie Fishel of the Western Shoshone Defense Project.
U.S. - Two Others Reject Indigenous Claims Of Sovereignty
by Haider Rizvi
Inter Press Service
May 25, 2006
UNITED NATIONS -- As the world's indigenous people get closer to achieving long-overdue international recognition of their rights, some of the powers that conquered their territories in the past still say "no way."
At a two-week meeting of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues being held at U.N. headquarters in New York, indigenous leaders say they want their people to exercise full sovereignty over their ancestral lands and resources.
The United States, Australia and New Zealand are the only countries that remain opposed to the proposed Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People, which recognizes the principle of sovereignty.
Describing the draft text of the declaration as "fundamentally flawed,"a delegate representing the three countries last week refused to accept the indigenous leaders' assertion that aboriginal people have the right to"self-determination."
"No government can accept the notion of creating different classes of citizens, "the U.S., Australia and New Zealand said in a joint statement in opposition to the indigenous demand for self-determination, describing it as"inconsistent" with international law.
The diplomatic troika also attacked indigenous assertions on ownership of their ancient lands and resources, arguing that they "ignore the contemporary realities ... by appearing to require the recognition of rights to lands now lawfully owned by other citizens."
For their part, the more than 1,000 indigenous leaders currently attending the U.N.-sponsored meetings, representing some 370 million indigenous peoples around the world, say they are outraged by this kind of reasoning.
"They are still living in the past. They are totally out of touch with reality," Arthur Manuel, a member of Secwepemc Nation and chairman of the Indigenous Network on Economics and Trade in Canada, told IPS.
"They are going to fail in their efforts to stop the recognition of therights of indigenous people," he added.
While Manuel's response may sound optimistic, it is undeniable that in recent years, indigenous movements around the world have emerged as powerful forces able to reshape the political fate of certain countries.
Moreover, they are also gaining recognition by the scientific community and development experts as an integral part of the world community's quest for sustainable use of natural resources and environmental conservation.
"The contribution of the indigenous people is vital. We have a full-fledged article on their participation," said Ahmed Djoghlaf, executive secretary of the U.N. Convention on Biodiversity, which has been signed by 188 countries.
The convention recognizes the principle that indigenous people are entitled to enjoy a "fair and equitable share" in benefits derived from natural resources by commercial enterprises.
Despite such a clear acknowledgement of the significance of their role in the international arena, indigenous people continue to suffer economic and political discrimination, even if, in some cases, their rights are constitutionally and legally guaranteed.
The United States, for example, which champions the cause of human rights around the world, was recently castigated by a U.N. rights committee for violating the rights of a Native American Indian tribe to exercise sovereignty overits traditional land.
In March, the 18-member U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, set up to monitor global compliance with the 1969 anti-racial discrimination treaty, rejected the U.S. claim over Western Shoshone Nations' lands by observing that it failed to comply with the contemporary human rights principles that "govern determination of indigenous people's rights."
Instead of accepting the committee's verdict, the U.S. government declared that it was prepared to test "bunker buster" weapons on lands the indigenous Western Shoshone people, also known as Newe people, consider as sacred. Parts of those lands have also been targeted for dumping nuclear waste. The U.S. claims over native lands are partly based on the argument that they have been"gradually encroached" on by non-natives.
"From what political and moral authority do these governments speak over here?" asked Julie Fishel of the Western Shoshone Defense Project in response to the joint U.S.-Australia-New Zealand statement. "These three countries have serious issues of violations. They have yet to address the situation that has been ongoing for hundreds of years against indigenous people in their boborders."
At the two-week forum, led by a 16-member subcommittee of the U.N. Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), indigenous leaders hold a unanimous view that the principle of "prior consent" must be recognized as part of the fundamental rights of the indigenous people with regard to the patenting of seeds, plants and other organisms used for manufacturing commercial products.
But this demand has also been rejected by the U.S., Australia and New Zealand on the grounds that it clashes with intellectual property rights.
"It is our firm position that there can be no absolute right of free, prior informed consent that is applicable uniquely to indigenous peoples,"said a delegate representing the three countries at the forum last week. "In fact, to extend such an overriding right to a specific subset of the national populace would be potentially discriminatory."
Indigenous leaders regard such objections as the product of a colonial mindset.
"Their view is fundamentally flawed," said forum participant JoshuaCooper, an international law professor at the Hawaii Institute for Human Rights,"because they don't recognize the fundamental freedom of the indigenous people."
Cooper and other indigenous leaders said they hoped that despite opposition from the U.S., Australia and New Zealand, the forum would be able to finalize the draft before the conclusion of the meeting on Friday.
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