05 Mei 2010

Cannibalism: Just What the Doctor Ordered

Volume 1, Issue 3, April 2009
By Carole A. Travis Henikoff

It may come as a surprise to many that their ancestors practiced cannibalism, especially when some scholars deny cannibalism ever happened. Yet the truth is, we all have cannibals in our closet. Throughout history human beings have consumed human flesh for various reasons.

As humans migrated around the globe, they ate their dead relatives at funerals and their enemies after killing them in the field. They consumed human flesh as part of religious rites or to celebrate a victory by ingesting a specified part of an adversary. In some cases human flesh was ingested for health reasons, to cure an illness or fortify the diner with strength or sexual prowess . . . early form of Viagra?

Other variants of cannibalism include gastronomic cannibalism, when human flesh is eaten without any ceremony other than the culinary; benign cannibalism, when the diner has no knowledge of what kind of meat he is eating . . . or ate; and autophagic cannibalism that ranges from the little boy who picks his nose - to torture-induced self-consumption - to individuals who cook and eat pieces of their own flesh.Cannibalism Image

This article will center on iatric (medicinal) cannibalism.

Every person is a summation of his individual genetics, everything he has experienced and what he has been taught to believe. If a person is born into a society that practices cannibalism, infanticide, genocide, terrorism, or burns people at stakes, he will likely follow suit. Basic human instincts beg to be a part of a group.

Long ago, and even today, human flesh was sold or prescribed as “medicine” by medicine men, shamans, witch doctors, or physicians. The taking of such “medicines” was never viewed as cannibalism.

The Inquisition ran in various forms from the 11th century into the 18th century. During those times the vast majority of people were illiterate, cleanliness was not a common word, plagues raged, weather and wars produced famines which led to starvation and events of cannibalism. When heretics were burned at the stake, or criminals lost their heads to the axe, people streamed into town as if going to a fair. Everybody came, the young and the old; small children were held high or placed upon their parents’ shoulders so that they could have a better view. What they saw were people with spastic or seizure-producing disorders making their way to the execution block and paying the axe-man for a bowl of “red” - as human blood was believed to calm seizures and alleviate spastic conditions.

Medical knowledge at the time was scant. Illness was believed to be a weakness of the flesh that could be remedied by a good dose of strong flesh – human flesh, called mummy. The practice began when mummies were sent across the Mediterranean from Egypt to Europe, because rumors had sprung that mummified flesh was magical and cured illnesses. In Egypt, Muslims had found countless mummies while looking around the great pyramids for marble to build their mosques. With more mummies than they knew what to do with, they shipped them to Europe where the wealthy paid well for the life-preserving medicine. And so it was that mummified or cured human remains were a staple of apothecary shops in Europe from the 12th to the 17th centuries.

The mummy trade with Egypt dried up around the 14th century, but people still wanted their mummy; so the Europeans started curing the dead bodies of strong young men, preferably virgins, just as one would cure a ham, by smoking or drying them with salt and herbs. For the gourmet, they did as was done in Arab countries: they cured the body in vats of honey and herbs (the Arabs called the resultant medicine “mellified man”; mell
is Latin for honey). And since patients who did not die of their disease eventually got better, the mummy seemed to work; and thus patients continued to pressure their doctors for a prescription of mummy well into the 19th century.

Corpses needed for the making of mummies were collected from battlefields; bodies of strong young lads were preferred. But the most expensive mummy was made from young men who had been hanged. A proper hanging produces an erection as the nerves causing vasoconstriction are severed with the snapping of the neck; thus allowing the phallus to become engorged with blood. Since erections have long been seen as evidence of strength and prowess in societies that range from the baboons of Africa to the ancient Greeks, a young hanged male who died with an erection brought more money for the mummy makers. On the other hand, while the flesh and blood of young men was highly prized throughout Europe, in England between the 11th and 14th centuries, corpses of female virgins were highly valued for consumption. Also their blood, including menstrual blood, was collected for the production of medicines.

In Africa, during the recent war in the Congo and surrounding areas, cannibalistic behavior arose when Congolese rebel troops ran out of food. On Wednesday May 21, 2003, The Chicago Tribune featured the following story: “The Congo Aid workers said they had found 231 bodies of people killed since May 4 on the streets of Bunia, including women and children, some decapitated, others with hearts, livers and lungs missing.” The journalist reported that a pygmy hunter came back empty handed to the soldiers who had sent him out for game. “I’m sorry” he said, “There is nothing left to eat in the forest.” “Yes there is,” said the Congolese soldier and swiftly dispatched the man for dinner.
All too soon, cannibalism began to sweep the area surrounding Bunia. Even infants and small children were killed, not merely for food but also for iatric purposes, as consuming certain organs was believed to imbue a man with strength, extreme virility, stamina, and even protection from bullets. Similar beliefs go back thousands of years. One soldier showed a man a bag full of male sex organs, then boasted that he was taking them to his chief.
In the Blombos Cave, located in South Africa, dated at a hundred thousand years, archaeologists have found evidence of fire, stone tools, beads, and stark evidence of cannibalism. Today, in small remote towns in South Africa, there are witch doctors who make a strong magic medicine called “muti.” Though muti is often made with animals remains, muti made from human flesh fetches the highest price and is believed to be the most powerful. Human flesh is removed from corpses before or after burial. On the darker side, human mutimuti. commands such a high price that men in the backstreets of Johannesburg will kill to obtain eyes, penises, and testicles for the making of powerful

Infanticide is found throughout the animal kingdom, from one-celled animals to chimpanzees and humans. Infanticide was and is still practiced for many reasons: infant deformity, an over-burdened mother, sex selection, to save a marriage, or to keep the population in check. Though difficult to believe, many peoples of the world have consumed their firstborns, naturally aborted fetuses, and placentas. Today, placentas are still eaten by mothers to help heal and re-strengthen the body. In a recent Discovery channel program on cannibalism, a British mother did the same for television cameras: serving portions to guests who knew the menu before accepting the invitation. In the past, many Australian Aborigines consumed their firstborns, this being one of their last cultural practices lost to the advent and enforcement of European laws.

China, with its 8,000 year old history of cannibalism also believed in the ingestion of firstborns, aborted fetuses, and placentas. The flesh of a fetus or newborn was considered to be part of the mother’s flesh rather than a separate entity; and since the fetus or newborn was not yet a person but an actual part of the mother, it was hers to reabsorb in order to create a new and healthier baby. Some form of this belief is found in all societies that practiced cannibalistic infanticide.

In 1995, a female reporter from Hong Kong went to the Shenzhen province in China to verify rumors of the sale and use of aborted fetuses for medical purposes. She found that doctors, nurses, and patients all claimed its power to cure old ills, cease aging, and cause other wondrous results. One man said he had never eaten fetuses, but that his mother served him placenta throughout his childhood. However, he had removed the dish from his diet after receiving a college degree. A doctor admitted his disgust of the process, stating that nothing smells as horrible as an aborted fetus. Consumers explained they dealt with the odor by adding great quantities of garlic and ginger.

In 2003, Chinese researchers working for Mary Roach, author of STIFF, The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, further explored reports of fetal cannibalism in China. The investigators were told that the sale and consumption of aborted fetuses had stopped some years earlier when the government began collecting all aborted fetuses and placentas for the manufacture of “Tai Bao Capsules.” The entire process had come under the control of the Board of Health as the capsules were found to be excellent in curing skin diseases and asthma. Indeed, many clinicians said they believed that fetal tissue offered multiple health benefits.

Of all the peoples on earth, the Chinese have practiced the greatest variety of cannibalistic acts, including a unique type of cannibalism referred to as learned cannibalism. In the practice of learned cannibalism, a person cuts off a piece of his or her own flesh, usually from the thigh, to be simmered in a broth and fed to a dying parent; the result always being a miraculous recovery. The rationale for this type of cannibalism comes from Confucian filial piety, coupled with the compassion of Buddhism. Confucian filial piety is characterized by the respect and loyalty of a child shown to a parent, while the compassion of Buddhism offers both sympathy and concern towards the parent.

In China, foods are chosen for their medicinal and health giving properties. Herbal medicines are only used for serious illnesses. On a daily basis, the Chinese regulate their diet for the sake of controlling health, sleep, and fortitude. For instance, liver is said to be good for your liver, kidneys for the kidneys, and snake bile for male sexual prowess.

During the reign of Mao and the Gang of Four, “enemies of the state” were put on public trial, found guilty, then given over to awaiting crowds who executed them on the spot. In a southern province of China the government-condoned executions led to impromptu killings that soon became acts of cannibalism. It is said that it all began one night when a man attacked and killed an older woman, cut out her liver and ran home to cook it only to find that he had cut out the lung, so he went back and extracted the liver. Soon, other mutilated bodies were found with hearts or livers missing. Through interviews, it was later found that the people who had practiced cannibalism during those dreadful times felt no remorse; in their minds they were helping their society by eradicating “unwanteds” by order of their government. The people who cannibalized their neighbors and those brought up for prosecution had a past history of cannibalism within their culture. “I feel like eating his liver!” is a saying still in use today, showing in the final analysis that we really are what we are taught to believe.
Carole A. Travis-Henikoff is an author, businesswoman, rancher, and independent scholar specializing in Paleoanthropology, the study of human origins. She is the author of Dinner with a Cannibal: The Complete History of Mankind’s Oldest Taboo. Her book received “editor’s pick” for October, 2008 from CHOICE Magazine, a publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries, and was chosen as one of CHOICE Magazine's Outstanding Academic Titles for the Year 2008.


The chapters from Dinner with a Cannibal: The Complete History of Mankind’s Oldest Taboo (Santa Monica Press/2008) used as reference for this article include: “Murder and Medicine”, “Infanticide”, “Politics and the Color Red” and “Africa: Then and Now.”

Suitcases packed with 28 Chinese babies for sale

Suitcases packed with 28 Chinese babies for sale
March 24 2003
Police in south-western China discovered 28 baby girls hidden in nylon suitcases on a long-distance bus, apparently destined to be sold, police and a state-run newspaper said.
One of the babies had died by the time police, acting on a tip-off, found them last week when the bus was stopped at a motorway toll gate in Bingyang, Guangxi province, the Beijing News said.
Police at the Bingyang police station said more than 20 suspects, some among the bus passengers, had been arrested. The babies ranged in age from a few days to about three months.
"They had been on the bus for four or five hours before they were found," an officer said.
Some of the infants were two or three to a suitcase, which were stacked on the luggage rack, the back row of seats and along the sides of the bus.



No one could accuse the Chinese of being squeamish about the things they eat – monkeys' brains, owls' eyes, bears' paws and deep fried scorpions are all items on the menu. But most dishes revered as national favourites sound as harmless as boiled rice when compared to the latest pint de jour allegedly gaining favour in Shenzhen – human foetus.
Rumours that dead embryos were being used as dietary supplements started to spread early last year with reports that some doctors in Shenzhen hospitals were eating dead foetuses after carrying out abortions. The doctors allegedly defended their actions by saying the embryos were good for their skin and general health.
A trend was set and soon reports circulated that doctors in the city were promoting foetuses as a human tonic. Hospital cleaning women were seen fighting each other to take the treasured human remains home. Last month, reporters from EastWeek – a sister publication of Eastern Express – went to Shenzhen to see if the rumours could be substantiated. On March 7, a reporter entered the state-run Shenzhen Health Centre for Women and Children feigning illness and asked a female doctor for a foetus. The doctor said the department was out of stock but to come again.
The next day the reporter returned at lunch time. The doctor eventually emerged from the operating theatre holding a fist size glass bottle stuffed with thumbsized foetuses.
She said: 'There are 10 foetuses here, all aborted this morning. You can take them. We are a state hospital and don't charge anything.
'Normally, we doctors take them home to eat – all free. Since you don't look well, you can take them.'
Not every state hospital is as generous with its dead embryos as the Health Centre for Women and Children. At the Shenzhen People's Hospital, for example, the reporter was in for a surprise.
When a Ms. Yang, the head nurse, was asked for foetuses, she looked anxious and asked other staff to leave. After closing the door, she asked the undercover buyer in a low voice: 'Where did you (get to) know that we sell foetuses?'
The reporter answered: 'A doctor friend in Hong Kong told me.'
'Who? What is his/her name?'
The reporter was not prepared for this line of questioning and could not come up with a name. Yang told him that foetuses were only for sale within the hospital, and were not for public purchase. She added that some staff would, however, sell the foetuses on to Hong Kong buyers.
The reporter learned that the going rate for a foetus was $10 but when the merchandise was in short supply, the price could go up to $20. But these prices are pin money compared to those set by private clinics, which are said to make a fortune selling foetuses. One chap on Bong Men Lao Street charges $300 for one foetus. The person in charge of the clinic is a man in his 60's. When he saw the ailing reporter, he offered to take an order for foetuses that had reached full-term and which, it is claimed, contain the best healing properties. When a female doctor named Yang – no relation – of Sin Hua clinic was asked whether foetuses were edible, she said emphatically: 'Of course they are. They are even better than placentas.
'They can make your skin smoother, your body stronger and are good for kidneys. When I was in an army hospital in Jiangti province, I often brought foetuses home. They were pink, like little mice, with hands and feet. Normally, I buy some pork to make soup (with the foetuses added). I know they are human beings, and (eating them) feels disgusting. But at that time, it was already very popular.'
A Mr. Cheng from Hong Kong claims he has been eating foetus soup for more than six months. To begin, the man, in his 40's, would make the trip to Shenzhen frequently for business and was introduced to foetuses by friends. He says he met a number of professors and doctors in government hospitals who helped him buy the foetuses. 'At first, I felt uncomfortable, but doctors said the substances in foetuses could help cure my asthma. I started taking them and gradually, the asthma disappeared,' Cheng said.
Now, Cheng only eats foetuses occasionally to top up his treatment, but there was a time when he made regular cross border trips with the gruesome merchandise. 'Everytime [I made the trip], I carried a Thermos flask to Shenzhen and brought the foetuses back to Hong Kong to make soup. If they gave me 20 or 30 at a time, I put them in the refrigerator. I didn't have the soup every day – it depended on the supply.
'Usually, I washed the foetuses clean, and added ginger, orange peel and pork to make soup. After taking it for a while, I felt a lot better and my asthma disappeared. I used to take placenta, but it was not so helpful.' When asked if he was concerned about the foetuses containing diseases, Cheng was dismissive. 'I bought them from government hospitals. They would check the pregnant women before doing the operations and only sell them to me if there was no problem. Also, I always boil them over high heat which kills any bacteria.' Although Cheng has overcome any squeamishness over eating foetus soup, he says he draw the line at consuming whole dead embryos. He also refrains from telling people of his grisly dietary habits.
Zou Qin, 32, a woman from Hubei with the fine skin of a someone several years younger, attributes her well preserved looks to a diet of foetuses. As a doctor at the Lun Hu Clinic, Zou has carried out abortions on several hundred patients. She believes foetuses are highly nutritious and claims to have eaten more than 100 in the past six months. She pulls out a foetus specimen before a reporter and explains the selection criteria. 'People normally prefer (foetuses of) young women, and even better, the first baby and a male.' She adds: 'They are wasted if we don't eat them. The women who receive abortions here don't want the foetuses. Also, the foetuses are already dead [when we eat them]. We don't carry out abortions just to eat the foetuses.
'Before, my sister's children were very weak. I heard that foetuses were good for your health and started taking some to my nephews,' Zou says, without remorse. 'I wash them with clear water until they look transparent white and then stew them. Making soup is best.' But she admits there are drawbacks to this dubious delicacy. 'Foetuses are very smelly and not everybody can take the stink,' she said. 'You can also make meat cakes by mixing foetuses with minced meat but you have to add more ginger and chives to get rid of the smell.'
Hong Kong legislator Dr. Tan Siu-tong is surprised that it could be within anyone's capability to overcome the stench of a dead foetus, even if their stomachs are lined with lead. 'When all the placental tissue is dead, the smell is awful and is enough to make you feel sick. It is like having a dead mouse in the house,' he said.
The foetuses allegedly eaten by the Chinese are all provided by China's extensive abortion services. Last year, doctors in the People's Hospital – the biggest hospital in Shenzhen – carried out more than 7,000 terminations, 509 on Hong Kong women. The Hong Kong Family Planning Association (FPA) estimates that 24 per cent of all abortions on Hong Kong women are performed in the dubious surroundings of a Chinese hospital. A Ms. Li from Hong Kong has had two abortions in Shenzhen but has never heard of people eating foetuses. 'But I didn't want the babies, so after the abortions, I just left them with the hospital,' she says. 'I didn't want to look at them, and I certainly didn't want to keep them. Foetuses of two or three months are just water and blood when they come out. They are so small, how can you eat them?'
Doctors in the territory have responded with disgust and incredulity to stories of people supplementing their diets with foetuses. Many have read articles of foetal cannibalism but none has been able to verify the reports. They are treating the issue with skepticism. Dr. Margaret Kwan, a gynecologist who until two weeks ago held the post of chief executive at the FPA, says: 'This is the strangest thing I have ever heard coming out of China. I just hope it is not true.'
Dr. Warren Lee, president of the Hong Kong Nutrition Association, is aware of the unsavory rumours. 'Eating foetuses is a kind of traditional Chinese medicine and is deeply founded in Chinese folklore. In terms of nutrition, a foetus would be a good source of protein and fats, and there are minerals in bone. But I don't know if eating foetuses is just folklore or more than that,' he says. According to Lee, it is conceivable that foetuses are rich in certain hormones that are beneficial to the adult human body, but should this be the case, the foetal matter would have to be converted into an injectible form for best results, as most hormones including the hormone for diabetes, insulin – are broken down in the digestive system before they have a chance to be absorbed by the body.
But Lee suggests that anyone who eats a foetus would be seeking a remedy that is far more elusive than a hormone or mineral. 'Some people may think there is also an unidentified substance or chemical that has healing powers, but there is no evidence that this is true.' Lee urges people to be wary – 'There are people out there who just want to make money and they will come up with all sorts of formulas or substances, which, they say will cure diseases.'
As a child, Patrick Yau was fed on human placentas by his mother who worked at a local hospital, but in his current position as a psychologist with the Social Welfare Department he is both repulsed and shocked by the notion of eating foetuses. 'As a Catholic, I object to abortions because I believe the foetus is a human life, and I certainly object to eating a dead baby after it has been aborted,' he says. Yau concedes that in China, where the one child policy has turned abortions into an acceptable remedy to an unfortunate human blunder, people may have adopted a new outlook on life before birth, such that embryos are stripped of their status as human beings.
But Tang fails to understand how anyone anywhere can convince themselves 'that they are just eating an organism when they are actually eating a dead body'. 'It may not be a formed human being, but when they think about it most people would think: 'Ugh! No, I can't eat that.' I don't think civilized people with an education could do that sort of thing.'
Dr. Wong, a Hong Kong doctor who practices Western medicine, thinks only the ignorant would eat human foetuses. He explains that foetuses contain mucoploysaccharide, which is beneficial to the metabolism, but states that it can be found in a lot of other food – Chinese doctor Chu Ho-Ting agrees that there is no place for foetuses in medicine, and suggests that it might even be unhealthy if the pregnant woman was infected by disease.
'Most bacteria can be killed under 100 degree heat but some require 400 degrees. Some people believe eating foetuses can strengthen the immunity of the human body against diseases, but this is wrong. Although foetuses contain protein, they are not as nutritious as placenta, which contains different kinds of nutrients. But even placenta has to be taken with other Chinese herbs.'

Hong Kong Eastern Express, 12 April 1995

This world is tolerating and even at times encourages abortion. This world tolerates the research done on preborn infants. Facts that I never wanted to place before you have been going on in this world, in the name of medical research.
Just one example was reported in Life Advocate, Feb. 1995 in an article by Denise Billings, titled 'Federal Cannibalism': 'Tissue cultures are obtained by dropping still living babies into meat grinders and homogenizing them, according to the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine.'
Now, though, even a more horrid nightmare is taking place: the Chinese are actually eating preborn children.
The newswires out of Hong Kong released the information that Chinese doctors are eating aborted babies and selling the children as health food. The Eastern Express reports on a doctor they interviewed who stated that the babies are 'even better than placentas' referring to the nutritional value.
From the Kyodo News Service, Japan Economic Newswire, dateline Hong Kong, April 12, 1995, we quote:
'"They can make your skin smoother, your body stronger and are good for the kidneys," said the female doctor from the southern Chinese city 's Sin Hua Clinic.'
A female doctor at the city's Luo Eu Clinic, who has carried out hundreds of abortions, reportedly claimed to have eaten 100 fetuses in the past six months. She was quoted as saying the best were firstborn males from young women.
'I wash them with clear water until they look transparent white and then stew them. Making soup is best.' she was quoted as saying, adding, 'They are wasted if we don't eat them.'
In The Daily Telegraph, Bejing, April 13, 1995, a story by Yojana Sharma and Graham Hutchings repeated the facts surrounding the cannibalism taking place. The sale of the babies for nutritional value was not overlooked.
A woman doctor, referred to only as Wang, from the Sin Hua Clinic, Shenzhen, was quoted as saying, 'The fetuses were even better than placentae' in nutritional value. 'They make your skin smoother, your body stronger and are good for the kidneys' she said. Dr. Warren Lee, president of the Hong Kong Nutrition Association, said: 'Eating fetuses is a traditional Chinese medicine deeply founded in folklore.'
As hard as it must be to read the reports coming out of China, it has been much harder for me to relate them to you. As I read these reports on my desk, I remember the words so often said to me by non-active pro-lifers: 'It can't get any worse!' Well, it is worse.
The attack against the preborn child has reached nightmarish proportions. Yet, still, people say they just can't come to the abortion mills to pray to end this holocaust. I have often thought in the past several weeks what God will do to these Chinese cannibalists.
Then I think about what God will do to the United States. He has given us so much and we in turn do so little to stop this holocaust.
'Father, forgive them for they know not what they do' will be the prayer for the Chinese. Unfortunately, for the Americans, we do know and we choose to do nothing. God help us all.

Katherine Sabelko in Children of the Rosary Publication, May Newsgram, Part 1, 1995

Rotten.com: 'Two pictures from our anonymous Asian correspondent. Just as with humans, infanticide is common in the animal kingdom, but it is often followed by infantiphagia, the eating of babies. Incidents of chimpanzees, one of mankind's closest relatives, consuming their young are well documented. Good eating is, after all, good eating.
'These photos were sent to us anonymously. It is difficult to determine where they were taken -- Hong Kong or Japan -- or whether crimes were committed in the process. It is difficult to imagine the act pictured being legal in any jurisdiction.'

Not being from a verifiable source, the authenticity of these images is uncertain.

Masyarakat Kanibal Pemakan Daging Wanita di Cina

Masyarakat Kanibal Pemakan Daging Wanita di Cina, Sebuah desa terpencil di negara China, setiap tahun menjelang imlek, mereka akan melakukan pesta pemotongan daging secara besar-besaran.Karena bagi mereka, DAGING merupakan makanan mewah yg susah dijangkau. Sehingga mereka hanya bisa memakannya setiap tahun sekali saja dan hanya pada hari imlek tersebut.Desa terpencil ini berada di negara china. Walau terpencil, namun setiap wisatawan yang ingin ke salah satu tempat wisata di china, bakal melewati desa tersebut. Jika ada wisatawan tunggal yg melakukan perjalanan, mereka biasanya akan numpang nginap di rumah warga desa tsb.

Jika mereka menemukan wisatawan wanita, mereka akan menangkap si wanita tersebut kemudian di ikat dan dilarang keluar rumah. Si wanita tersebut akan diberi makan dan tempat tinggal grati
s oleh warga. Apabila wanita tersebut masih VIRGIN, mereka ga boleh mendekati lelaki lainnya. Karena bagi mereka, bagian SENSITIF wanita akan lebih wangi dibanding yg bukan virgin. Sehingga harus menjaga mereka supaya tidak ditindas oleh laki-laki lain.
Ketika menjelang imlek, wanita tersebut akan dibunuh dan badan dia akan dijadikan DAGING PERSEMBAHAN oleh warga mereka. Wanita yang tadinya diculik oleh warga akan di cuci bersih terdahulu hingga dicabut seluruh bulu dibadannya.
Kemudian wanita itu di telanjang dan kaki tangannya diikat ketat dan dibawa ke tempat persembahan mereka, kemudian akan dilanjutkan upacara pemotongan. Berikut ada beberapa foto proses pemotongan :

Desa tersebut memiliki aturan, jika lelaki yang mau menikah, mereka mesti menikah dengan wanita dari desa sendiri. Karena perempuan diluar hanya digunakan untuk dimakan saja. Anggapan warga desa tsb, wanita dari luar hanya boleh dimakan ga boleh di nikahin. Haram bagi mereka.

Wanita diatas ini pada saat akan dipotong, dia hanya menangis tanpa teriak. Karena dia telah tau tiada org yang akan menyelamati dirinya. Wanita tersebut akan dipotong lehernya terdahulu supaya berhenti bernafas.
Wanita yang dipotong tersebut berumur 20-an. Dia rupanya adalah seorang karyawan di kota. Karena dia berhenti dari pekerjaannya dan setelah 1/2 th masih belum mendapatkan pekerjaan yang cocok, sehingga dia bermaksud untuk berlibur sejenak menikmati hidup.



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Kapsul Albumin membantu mengatur perbaikan jaringan organ otak yang rusak atau cedera serta untuk pasien pasca stroke/Parkinson.

Kapsul Albumin mengandung Proline yang sangat untuk memicu berfungsinya sendi-sendi dan juga mengandung Lysin yang berfungsi membantu penyerapan Kalsium yang memadai dan mempermudah pembentukan Kolagen yang bisa membungkus tulang rawan dan jaringan penyambung tulang.

Kapsul Albumin mampu mempercepat proses penyembuhan luka lambung dengan cara meregenerasi sel sehingga membantu fungsi saluran pencernaan dan usus, agar dapat bekerja dengan baik.

Kapsul Albumin mampu mengurangi dan mencegah efek-efek yang kurang baik dari kerja kemoterapi dan radioterapi seperti badan terasa lemas, lemah, kerusakan sel-sel tubuh, rambut rontok dan mual. Tanpa mengurangi fungsi kerja kemoterapi dan radioterapi itu sendiri.

Kapsul Albumin bisa membantu bagi orang yang mengalami stroke yang beberapa bagian tubuh akan mengalami kelemahan fungsi, bahkan berakibat tidak berfungsinya beberapa bagian tubuh.Kapsul Albumin membantu membuka pembuluh darah yang tersumbat dan memperbaiki jaringan organ tubuh yang penting untuk otot, otak dan sistem syaraf sehingga menguatkan sistem kekebalan tubuh serta menjadi anti radikal bebas.

Kapsul Albumin membentu meremajakan jaringan otot, otak dan sistem syaraf pusat serta membantu sistem kekebalan tubuh.

Kapsul Albumin dapat mengikat kandungan logam berat / timbale / mercury yang biasanya terdapat pada penderita Autis.

Kapsul Albumin menjaga adanya Glycine bagi kaum laki-laki yang ternyata diketahui memegang peranan penting untuk menjaga fungsi-fungsi prostate agar tetap sehat.

Kapsul Albumin mengandung Cystine dan Asam Amino sehingga sangat baik untuk pemulihan luka baker, gangguan kulit, dan lekas menyembuhkan luka pasca operrasi atau pembedahan.

Kapsul Albumin membantu proses penyerapan makanan dalam tubuh dan juga membantu regenerasi / memperbarui semua sel-sel atau jaringan tubuh yang mulai kurang berfungsi dengan baik karena lanjut usia.

Kapsul Albumin mengandung Asam Amino Threonine dan Asam Amino Tyrosine membantu kelenjar Tiroid menghasilkan salah satu hormone untuk metabolisme kesehatan mental.

Petunjuk Pemakaian :
• Pada keadaan Hipoalbumin diberikan 3 x 2 kapsul/hari,
dan dilanjutkan dengan pemberian 3 x 1 kapsul/hari
untuk mempertahankan kesehatan.
• Sebagai suplemen dapat mengonsumsi 1 x1 kapsul/hari
Untuk menjaga kesehatan tubuh agar selalu prima.

Penting :
Tidak ada efek samping dan cocok untuk semua umur.

Protein 70%
Kadar Albumin Mineral 21%
Kalsium (Ca) 0,7300 mg
Magnesium (Mg) 0,3200 mg
Zat Besi (Fe) 0,0115 mg
Tembaga (Cu) 0,0025 mg
Seng (Zn) 0,0175 mg
Mangan (Mn) 0,0025 mg
Nikel (Ni) 0,0023 mg
Cobal (Co) 0,0015 mg
Selebium (Se) 0,0031 mg

Fenilalanin 6,6
Isoleusin 2,6
Leusin 12,6
Metionin 0,8
Valin 5,9
Treonin 5,8
Lysin 12,8
Histidin 4
Asam Aspartat 10,9
Asam Glutamat 16,5
Alanin 6,8
Prolin 4,8
Serin 4,2
Glisin 1,8
Sistein 0,9
Tirosin 5,1
Arginin 5,9
*Musofa.L (2004)
**Ditalia,A (2004)

KEMASAN : Botol isi 30 kapsul.

Amat Penting Untuk Menjaga & Mengobati Kesehatan Tubuh

Albumin merupakan jenis protein terbanyak dalam plasma yang mencapai kadar 60%. Manfaatnya untuk pembentukan jaringan sel baru. Didalam ilmu kedokteran , Albumin dimanfaatkan untuk mempercepat pemulihan jaringan tubuh yang rusak. Albumin juga berperan mengikat obat-obatan serta logam berat yang tidak mudah larut dalam darah.

Albumin juga memiliki sejumlah fungsi, yaitu mengatur tekanan osmotic didalam darah. Albumin menjaga keberadaan air didalam plasma darah sehingga bisa mempertahankan volume darah. Bila jumlah albumin turun maka akan terjadi penimbunan cairan dalam jaringan (edema) misalnya bengkak dikedua kaki. Atau bisa terjadi penimbunan cairan dalam ronggga tubuh, misalnya diperut yang disebut ascites.

Fungsi lainnya adalah sebagai sarana pengangkut/transportasi, membawa bahan-bahan yang kurang larut dalam air melewati plasma darah dan cairan sel. Bahan-bahan itu seperti asam lemak bebas, kalsium, zat besi dan beberapa jenis obat.

Albumin sangat bermanfaat dalam pembentukan jaringan tubuh yang baru. Yang pembentukannya dibutuhkan pada saat pertumbuhan (bayi, kanak-kanak, remaja dan ibu hamil) dan mempercepat penyembuhan jaringan tubuh, misalnya sesudah operasi, luka baker dan saat sakit.

Menaikkan kadar albumin tidak perlu lagi harus mengkonsumsi ikan gabus/kutuk langsung. Sebab kini telah ditemukan SARI IKAN GABUS / KUTUK DALAM BENTUK KAPSUL yang diberi nama KAPSUL ALBUMIN. Dibuat dari sari ekstrak ikan gabus/kutuk asli tangkapan dari alam (masih hidup saat diproses) mengandung CHANNA ALBUMIN serta ASAM AMINO ESENSIAL LENGKAP yang amat penting bagi tubuh. KAPSUL ALBUMIN dibuat melalui penelitian para ahli dengan cara pembuatan yang higienis dan tanpa bahan kimia maupun pengawet.

Sejak dulu ikan kutuk/gabus terbukti dapat mempercepat proses penyembuhan luka sehingga orang tua-tua kita menganjurkan untuk mengkonsumsi ikan gabus/kutuk sehabis operasi dan ibu-ibu sehabis melahirkan. Hal ini dikarenakan ikan kutuk/gabus mengandung protein tinggi (albumin) sehingga dapat dengan cepat menyembuhkan luka dengan cara meregenerasi sel. Orang tua-tua kita tahu buktinya saja mengkomsumsi ikan gabus dapat mempercepat penyembuhkan luka tapi tidak tahu apa yang terkandung dalam ikan gabus/kutuk.

Hampir semua pasien berkadar Albumin rendah yang diberi KAPSUL ALBUMIN, kadar Albuminnya naik lebih cepat daripada diberi Albumin lewat infus. Bahkan pasien yang kadar Albuminnya rendah dan diikuti komplikasi (penyakit seperti Stroke, Hepatitis, TBC, Patah Tulang, Nephrotic Syndrome, Diabetes, HIV, Tonsilitis, Thypus, Gastritis, Sepsis, Thalasemia Minor, dll) kondisinya bisa cepat lebih baik ketika diberi KAPSUL ALBUMIN. (*)

1. Sari Ikan Kutuk Pengganti Terbaik Sel Tubuh (Jawa Pos, 8 Juni 2008)
2. Infus Murah Nurpuji Astuti & Nilai Tambah Ikan Gabus (Sri Ayu Taslim, Kompas, 31 Mei 2007)
3. Ikan Kutuk Obat Menaikkan Kadar Albumin (Syafrudin, Malang Pos, 18 September 2007)
4. Ikan Kutuk Pemacu Albumin, Ekstrak Bisa Langsung Diminum, Peran Penting Atur Cairan Darah (Lia, Jawa Pos, 20 September 2007)
5. AMR, Ikan Haruan Obat Mujarab Untuk Luka (Kompas, 15 Desember 2003)
6. Potensi Serum Albumin Dari Ikan Gabus (NAW, Malang Pos, 18 September 2003)
7. Gabus Temuan Sang Profesor (Heru Pamudji dan Rachmat Hidayat, Gatra, 15 Januari 2003)
8. Cepat Sembuh Berkat Ikan Gabus (Irfan Hasuki, Nikita, No.449 Th. IX)
9. Ekstrak Ikan Gabus Kaya Protein (HAP, Jawa Pos, 15 September 2004)
10. Predator Penyembuh Luka: Albumin (Koran Tempo, 16 Januari 2003)

Peranan Albumin

Peranan Albumin
Peran albumin dalam klinis semakin penting disebabkan oleh beberapa alasan, antara lain, keadaan hipoalbuminemia yang sering dijumpai pada pasien, masa recovery setelah operasi ataupun dalam proses penyembuhan (Gibbon, 1985), selain itu albumin dapat digunakan sebagai prediktor terbaik harapan hidup penderita.

Serum albumin merupakan salah satu parameter penting dalm pengukuran status gizi pada pasien dengan penyakit akut maupun kronik. Protein ini diketahui mempunyai efek stabilitas endotelium dan membantu memelihara permeabilitas kapiler pada makromolekul. Albumin juga berperan mengikat obat-obatan yang tidak mudah larut, seperti aspirin, antikoagulan koumarin, dan obat tidur. Selain mengobati luka bakar dan luka pasca-operasi, albumin bisa digunakan untuk menghindari timbulnya sembap paru-paru dan ginjal, serta carrier faktor pembekuan darah.
Albumin merupakan protein terbanyak dalam plasma, sekitar 60% dari total plasma tubuh, dengan nilai normal 3,5 s/d 5,5 g/dl. Pemakaian albumin untuk mengatasi hipoalbuminemia pada pasien rawat inap membutuhkan biaya yang cukup besar. Terapi albumin parenteral untuk meningkatkan kadar albumin plasma tidak berarti akan memperbaiki prognosis, tapi ditujukan pada penyebab penyakit, hal ini berhubungan dengan penyebab hipoalbuminemia, perubahan metabolisme dan fase akut suatu penyakit.
Albumin 20% yang diberikan perparenteral sebanyak 200 - 400ml selama 1 - 2 hari pada kasus di atas tidak ditujukan untuk terapi hipoalbuminemia tetapi untuk mengatasi hipovolemia plasma (Allison, 2001). Albumin ikan bila dibandingkan dengan albumin parenteral dari segi harga sangat murah, dengan pemberian selama 10 hari dibutuhkan Rp.210-240 ribu saja, bandingkan dengan albumin infuse dengan pemberian 3 botol @sekitar Rp. 1,4 juta maka totalnya berkisar Rp.4,2 juta hingga Rp. 4,8 juta.
Selain pada ikan, albumin banyak dijumpai pada telur dan susu dan berfungsi sebagai pengangkut asam lemak dalam darah. Keunggulan utama protein ikan dibandingkan protein dari produk lain adalah kelengkapan komposisi asam amino dan kemudahannya untuk dicerna oleh organ tubuh.
Kandungan protein ikan gabus terdiri dari asam amino : Aspartat, Glutamat, Serine, Threonin, Alanin, Valin, Leucin, Isoleucin, Arginin, Histidin, Phenil Alanin, Tryptopan, Lysin, Prolin, Methionin, Tyrosin dan Ovalbumin.
Banyak penelitian menunjukkan hubungan yang signifikan antara kadar albumin yang rendah (hipoalbuminemia) dengan peningkatan resiko komplikasi infeksi, lama rawat inap di rumah sakit, tingkat kematian pada pasien-pasien medis maupun pasien operasi.
Vincent dkk, membuat sebuah penelitian Meta Analisis pada 90 penelitian kohor dengan total pasien sebanyak 291.433 dalam mengevaluasi hypoalbuminemia sebagai salah satu prediktor akibat. Melalui analisis multivariat disimpulkan bahwa hipoalbuminemia merupakan prediktor yang kuat terhadap akibat yang buruk. Setiap penurunan10 g/l konsentrasi serum albumin secara signifikan meningkatkan kematian dengan odds ratio 137/100, kesakitan dengan odds ratio 89/100, dan lama rawat di ICCU dan RS dengan odds ratio masing-masing 28/100 dan 71/100.
Kung dkk menguji konsentrasi serum albumin pada pasien-pasien operasi akut yang sebelumnya tidak berada pada keadaan defisit energi (2). Melalui analisis statistik univariat menunjukkan bahwa konsentrasi serum albumin dan nilai APACHE II berhubungan erat dengan daya tahan pasien.
Engleman dkk melakukan penilitian terhadap 5.168 pasien menunjukkan bahwa kadar serum albumin rendah (2,5 g/dl) merupakan variable bebas terhadap terjadinya kematian setelah operasi pencangkokan jantung (3). Eddy (2003) dari Malang, memberikan ekstrak ikan gabus pada pasien dengan luka operasi atau luka bakar dengan kadar albumin 1,8 g/dl selama 8 hari, pasien hanya membutuhkan 24 kilogram ikan kutuk/gabus dan luka sembuh 3 hari lebih cepat dibandingkan dengan serum albumin.
Vincent, dkk., (2003), menguji 9 penelitian prospektif kontrol dengan total pasien 535, menyimpulkan bahwa rata-rata komplikasi dapat diturunkan dengan memberikan terapi albumin 30g/dl, dan Nicholas dkk., (2003) melaporkan bahwa pemberian albumin pada penderita HIV dapat meningkatkan daya tahan tubuh terhadap stres dari infeksi HIV.
Taslim dkk., (2005) memberikan ekstrak ikan kutuk/gabus pada penderita yang mempunyai kadar albumin 2,2g/dl dan luka dekubitus maupun penyakit paru-paru dengan pemberian 2 kali 50ml/hari selama 10 hari, menunjukkan peningkatan kadar albumin sebesar 0,7 g/dl dibandingkan dengan kelompok kontrol.
Hidayanti (2006), memberikan kapsul albumin pada penderita pasca bedah kurang gizi selama 10 hari dengan pemberian 3 x 2 kapsul (480 mg/hari), hasilnya menunjukkan peningkatan kadar albumin sebesar 0,7 g/dl dibandingkan kontrol dan lama rawat inap berkurang 3 hari dibandingkan dengan kontrol. Salma (2006), memberikan kapsul albumin pada penderita HIV atau AIDS selama 14 hari dengan pemberian 3 x 2 kapsul 1 gr %/dl serta kenaikkan berat badan sebesar 2 kg dibandingkan dengan kontrol yang mengalami penurunan kadar albumin 0,1 g/dl dan hemoglobin 0,5 gr % .*

Pujimin Kapsul Albumin
Pujimin Kapsul Albumin merupakan kapsul hasil ekstrak ikan kutuk/gabus sebagai sumber protein albumin bagi masyarakat. Dimana kapsul albumin ini adalah salah satu alternatif sumber protein albumin dalam mengatasi masalah kurang gizi serta mengatasi beberapa penyakit dengan harga relatif terjangkau. Kapsul albumin ini terdaftar dengan Nomor Paten : P00200600144 dengan judul produk “Konsentrat Protein Ikan Gabus” yang diumumkan pada tanggal 8 Maret 2007 oleh Departemen Kehakiman RI dengan nomor publikasi : 047.137.A.

Manfaat Pujimin Kapsul Albumin (Ikan Gabus /Kutuk)
Kapsul Pujimin mengandung albumin, asam amino serta mineral yang berfungsi untuk mempertahankan tekanan osmotik koloid kapiler dan meningkatkan kekebalan tubuh secara alamiah. Penurunan kadar albumin (hepoalbumin) sering disertai dengan pembengkakan (edema), ditemukan pada pasien kritis, luka bakar, post-operatif, preclampsia yang ditemukan pada ibu hamil maupun penyakit kronis (hati, ginjal, paru-paru dan kencing manis atau luka dekubitus, maupun ODHA), kesemuanya itu terkait dengan penurunan daya tahan tubuh, infeksi, dan proses penyembuhan yang lama.
Pasien dengan hepoalbuminemia mempunyai resiko 2,5 kali lebih tinggi terjadinya infeksi dan 8 kali lebih lama rawat inap dirumah sakit. Berdasarkan hasil uji klinik, kapsul Pujimin dapat digunakan sebagai protein alternatif sumber albumin, untuk mengatasi hal diatas.

Pada keadaan hepoalbumin dianjurkan : 3 x 2 kapsul/hari dan dilanjutkan 3 x 1
Untuk mempertahankan kesehatan dapat dikonsumsi : 1 x 1 kapsul / hari.
Pada anak dengan gizi kurang diberikan 2 x 1 kapsul tiap hari.

Kandungan protein pada ikan tiap 100 gramnya :
Ikan Protein
Bandeng 20
Ikan Mas 16
Ikan Kembung 22
Sarden 21,1
Pindang 28,5
Gabus Kering 58
Ikan Asin 42
Teri Kering 33,4

Komposisi Produk Pujimin Kandungan
Protein 79,72%
Kadar Albumin 15,79%
Lemak 4,49%
Mineral -
Kalsium (Ca) 0,7300 mg
Magnesium (Mg) 0,3200 mg
Zat Besi (Fe) 0,0115 mg
Tembaga (Cu) 0,0025 mg
Seng (Zn) 0,0175 mg
Mangan (Mn) 0,0025 mg
Nikel (Ni) 0,0023 mg
Cobal (Co) 0,0015 mg
Selenium (Se) 0,0031 mg

Tahukah Anda Apa Saja Manfaat Ikan Gabus?

Banyak sumber albumin yang bisa kita manfaatkan seperti telur  susu dan daging. Bagaimana dengan ikan gabus? ikan ini dikenal juga dengan nama kutuk, aruan, kocolan, bogo, licingan, atau dalam bahasa Inggris disebut common snakehead.

Beberapa penelitian telah dipublikasikan diantaranya disampaikan oleh Prof. Doktor.Ir. Eddy Suprayitno MS, Guru Besar Fakultas Perikanan Universitas Brawijaya Malang dalam Rapat Senat Terbuka Tgl 4 Januari 2003.Lebih lanjut melalui dokter bedah Digestif dalam penelitiannya dia telah melakukan verifikasi antara Human Serum Albumin dengan Fish Albumin Ikan Gabus dan terbukti dapat mempercepat penyembuhan luka hingga 30 % (dari rerata 10 hari menjadi 7 hari).
Memang tidak semua orang suka dengan rasa dan bauamis ikan gabus. Hal ini sudah disiasati dengan cara ikan gabus dibuat ekstrak dalam bentuk bubuk lalu dimasukkan ke dalam kapsul.Penelitian ini dilakukan oleh Prof. DR. dr. Nurpudji A. Taslim, MPH., SpGK., ahli gizi dari CFNH (Center for Food, Nutrition, and Health) bersama rekan-rekannya di Universitas Hasanudin, yang berhasil membuktikannya. Penelitian ini dilakukan di RS Wahidin Sudiro Husodo, Makassar, Sulawesi Selatan. Setelah beberapa kali mengonsumsi ikan gabus, kadar albumin si pasien meningkat sehingga kesehatannya pun membaik lebih cepat. Beberapa penelitian juga bernada sama yaitu ada manfaat ikan gabus untuk meningkatkan kadar albumin.
Tentunya tidak hanya berhenti pada ikan gabus saja. Masih banyak jenis ikan lainnya yang belum dilakukan penelitian. Tidak hanya nilai albumin saja yang diperhatikan tetapi juga asupan gizi seimbang.Karena tubuh juga membutuhkan zat gizi dari karbohidrat, lemak, protein jenis lain, vitamin dan mineral. Dan tetap mengikuti advis dokter yang merawat.

Ikan Gabus Bisa Sembuhkan segala jenis Penyakit,

Ikan gabus ajaib tersebut, milik Santi Elisa (22) alias Murni, gadis desa asal Dusun II, Desa Meranti, Kec Meranti, Kab Asahan. “Konon, pertama kali ditemukan saudaranya di halaman depan rumah,” kata Murni.

Diceritakan Murni, dengan hanya menggunakan air aquarium tempat ikan gabusnya dipelihara, gadis itu kini dapat mengobati berbagai penyakit. “Ikan gabus tersebut merupakan jelmaan dari ratu di kerajaan di daerah Kalimantan bernama Keke,” ujarnya sesuai dengan bisikan gaib yang dia terimanya.

Ikan ini ditemukan pada Februari lalu. Saat itu, Murni kerasukan. “Aku mau ikut Murni. Supaya bisa membantu mengobati orang sakit,” begitu pengakuan Ratu Keke asal Kalimantan itu, saat fenomena ganjil itu terjadi.

Begitu Murni siuman dari kerasukan, barulah orang tuanya membeberkan apa yang dialami Murni selama fenomena pertemuan dua alam itu. “Begitu sadar, kedua orang tua saat, memberi tahu pada saya,” katanya.

Masih tambah Murni, setelah kerasukan itu, ada seseorang yang datang meminta untuk diobati. Menurut medis, wanita itu telah divonis menderita kanker rahim. “Atas izin yang Kuasa, penyakit tersebut bisa sembuh. Begitu juga yang menderita serang jantung dan diabetes. Hasilnya, penyakit berkurang dan banyak perubahan pada pasien,” ujar gadis desa itu.

Karena keberhasilan tersebut, banyak warga Asahan, juga dari Labuhan Batu, Siantar dan Simalungun bahkan Riau, datang jauh-jauh hanya untuk berobat pada Murni.

Hanya sekejab, sejak Februari hingga awal Mei ini, setidaknya ada 700 pasien yang datang berobat padanya. Warman (64) warga Meranti, seorang di antaranya yang berhasil ditemui METRO ASAHAN,

“Penyakit yang saya derita mengalami perubahan yang signifikan. Makanya nggak harus repot-repot lagi pergi ke dokter untuk berobat,” kata Warman sumringah. “Padahal tadinya, saya menderita berbagai jenis penyakit. Dan telah melakukan pengobatan ke sejumlah rumah sakit. Baik di Kisaran maupun di Medan, namun hasilnya tidak juga sembuh. Tetapi setelah meminum air ikan gabus tersebut, penyakit saya derita banyak pengurangan,” ujar Warman.

Terpisah, salah seorang dokter di Kisaran ketika dimintai komentarnya soal fenomena gabus ajaib penyembuh itu mengatakan, kesembuhan penyakit harus dibuktikan dengan hasil pemeriksaan medis. Bahkan cara pengobatannya dibutuhkan beberapa tahapan.

“Namun bila warga mempercayai penyembuhan dengan hal yang gaib, itu sah-sah saja. Karena semuanya dikembalikan kepada si penderita,” ujar sang dokter yang enggan namanya dicantumkan di koran ini.

Cirebon sultanate deplores planned auction of artifacts

The Cirebon Kasepuhan Sultanate has opposed the government’s plan to auction off thousands of historical artifacts recovered from a 1,000-year-old shipwreck in waters off Cirebon, West Java.

The artifacts are thought to originate from China and the Middle East.

The sultanate’s authorities said the artifacts were part of the nation’s history and heritage and therefore too valuable to be sold off to overseas buyers.
“We urge the government to act wisely and cancel the auction. It would be better if the artifacts remained in Indonesia and became part of the country’s collection of invaluable assets,” said Cirebon Kasepuhan Crown Prince Pangeran Raja Adipati Arief Natadiningrat on Tuesday.
The auction will be held May 5 under the coordination of the National Committee of Excavation and Utilization of Precious Artifacts from Sunken Ships.
The collection includes around 271,000 items dating from the 10th century, including pottery, jewelry, gemstones and crystal ware.
The loot was recovered from a sunken ship in the Java Sea from 2004 to 2005, some 70 miles off the northern coast of Cirebon. The auction’s value is estimated at Rp 1 trillion (about US$100 million).
Pangeran Arief said the items were part of the country’s history and should be submitted for research rather than auctioned off.
“They can serve as a reference for research into the country’s history, which would be more valuable than auctioning them off for the sake of the economy,” he said.
The sultanate, Arief added, had deplored the auction in a letter to President Susilo Bambang Yudho-yono dated April 3.
The letter, which was forwarded to the fishery and maritime affairs and cultural and tourism ministers, the state secretary and the West Java governor, was personally signed by Cirebon Kasepuhan ruler Sultan Sepuh XIII H. Maulana Pakuningrat.
“However, we have yet to receive a reply from the government. We hope for a positive response so that the artifacts do not leave the country,” Pangeran Arief said.
The sultanate said the United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organization had also called on the government to scrap the auction, citing that an auction would go against the principles of the United Nations Convention on Underwater Cultural Heritage.
“The government should se-riously consider the call by UNESCO. We support their move,” Arief said.

The auction’s value is estimated at Rp 1 trillion (about US$100 million).

Harta Karun Rp 720 Miliar Dilelang Rabu

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com — Ribuan potong batu permata, rubi, emas, dan keramik Kerajaan Tiongkok, serta perkakas gelas Kerajaan Persia senilai lebih kurang Rp 720 miliar dilelang di Jakarta, Rabu (5/5/2010). Harta karun itu ditemukan dari bangkai kapal berusia 1.000 tahun di perairan Cirebon, Jawa Barat.

Temuan ini berasal dari sekitar tahun 976 Masehi. Ketika itu, perdagangan dan pelayaran antara Jazirah Arab-India-Sumatera dan Jawa sangat ramai.

Luc Heymans, seorang pemburu harta karun bawah laut, mengatakan, itu merupakan temuan terbesar di Asia yang setara dengan temuan harta kapal jenis Galeon Spanyol Atocha yang tenggelam di perairan Florida, Amerika Serikat, tahun 1622, yang menggegerkan dunia. Demikian disebutkan kantor berita AFP, Minggu. Harta karun di perairan Cirebon itu semula ditemukan tersangkut jaring nelayan.
”Temuan ini berasal dari sekitar tahun 976 Masehi. Ketika itu, perdagangan dan pelayaran antara Jazirah Arab-India-Sumatera dan Jawa sangat ramai,” tutur Heymans.
Menurut Heymans, diduga ada pejabat tinggi Kerajaan Tiongkok yang menumpang kapal bermuatan harta karun yang ditemukan itu. Pasalnya, kapal yang belum diketahui namanya itu memuat banyak keramik khusus milik Kerajaan Tiongkok.
Heymans dan tim menyelam sebanyak 22.000 kali untuk mengangkut harta dengan jumlah 11.000 mutiara, 4.000 rubi, 400 safir merah, dan 2.200 batu akik merah. Selain itu, ditemukan pula vas terbesar dari Dinasti Liao (907-1125 Masehi) dan keramik Yue dari era lima dinasti (907-960) dengan warna yang khusus digunakan untuk perkakas kekaisaran. Harta karun itu diangkat dari dasar laut sejak Februari 2004 hingga Oktober 2005.
Pelaksana Tugas Direktur Kelautan Pesisir dan Pulau-pulau Kecil Sudirman Saad, yang juga Sekretaris Jenderal Panitia Nasional Pengangkatan dan Pemanfaatan Benda Berharga asal Muatan Kapal Tenggelam, yang berada di Ambon, Minggu, mengatakan, pelelangan untuk 271.381 keping benda berharga muatan kapal tenggelam yang diangkat dari perairan Cirebon dilakukan pada 5 Mei 2010. Pelelangan dilakukan melalui Kantor Piutang Kekayaan Negara dan Lelang Jakarta III dan terbuka untuk pasar internasional.
Koleksi artefak itu berasal dari era lima dinasti Tiongkok yang hanya berkuasa selama 53 tahun, meliputi Dinasti Liang (907-923), Tang (923-936), Jin (936-947), Han (947-951), dan Zhou (951-960). Selain itu, ditemukan juga artefak kerajinan gelas berasal dari Kerajaan Sasanian (Persia) dan Rock Crystal peninggalan Dinasti Fatimiyah (909-1711) yang berpusat di Mesir modern.
Hasil pelelangan benda berharga itu diharapkan mencapai 100 juta dollar AS, dibagi rata antara pemerintah dan perusahaan yang melakukan eksplorasi. Pengangkatan benda berharga muatan kapal tenggelam di Cirebon yang berlangsung sejak Februari 2004 hingga Oktober 2005 itu dilakukan oleh PT Paradigma Putra Sejahtera bekerja sama dengan Cosmix Underwater Research Ltd dengan izin Pemerintah Indonesia.
Museum bawah laut
Fenomena penemuan ribuan artefak bawah laut yang menggambarkan jejak kejayaan maritim Indonesia pada masa lampau sudah saatnya mendorong pemerintah untuk mendirikan museum bawah laut serta membangun museum bahari pada lokasi-lokasi eks kerajaan bahari.
Sudirman mengemukakan, sudah saatnya Indonesia memiliki museum artefak bawah laut yang menjadi bukti jejak kejayaan maritim Nusantara pada abad silam. Museum itu tidak hanya menampilkan nilai sejarah kapal beserta isinya, tetapi juga kemajuan budaya kerajaan-kerajaan di Nusantara.
”Museum itu bisa menggambarkan nilai sejarah kapal beserta peninggalannya, kerajaan Indonesia, atau negara lain yang pernah bermitra dengan kerajaan kita pada masa lampau,” ujarnya.
Kendati demikian, ujar Sudirman, keinginan itu terbentur kapasitas negara yang tidak memadai, baik sumber daya manusia maupun pembiayaan. Oleh karena itu, pemerintah perlu membuka diri terhadap Organisasi Pendidikan, Ilmu Pengetahuan, dan Kebudayaan PBB (UNESCO) guna membicarakan kemungkinan pembangunan museum bawah laut, kriteria lokasi, pemeliharaan, dan pengawasannya.
Dari potensi ratusan titik benda berharga muatan kapal tenggelam di perairan Indonesia, perlu diseleksi lokasi yang paling tepat untuk museum bawah laut. Dengan demikian, benda-benda peninggalan di museum itu kelak dapat dinikmati sebagai obyek wisata bahari.
Di sisi lain, perlu dibangun museum bahari di beberapa wilayah eks kerajaan maritim Nusantara guna menyimpan koleksi artefak bawah laut yang telah diangkat. ”Dengan diangkat ke permukaan, masyarakat umum dapat mengetahui jejak peninggalan sejarah maritim,” ujarnya.

Istri Fadel Tinjau Gudang Harta Karun

AKARTA, KOMPAS.com — Istri Menteri Kelautan dan Perikanan Fadel Muhammad, Hana Hasanah, Selasa (4/5/2010) sore, meninjau gudang penyimpanan harta karun yang ditemukan di perairan utara Cirebon, Jawa Barat, di area Pacuan Kuda Pamulang.

Begitu tiba di lokasi, Hana yang didampingi pejabat Kementerian Kelautan dan Perikanan langsung disambut oleh Presiden Direktur PT Paradigma Putra Sejahtera Adi Agung Tirtamarta dan pemilik Cosmix Underwater Research Ltd Luc Heymans.

Hana pun langsung dipersilakan masuk ke dalam gudang. Adi menunjukkan koleksi barang berharga asal muatan kapal tenggelam (BMKT) yang ditemukan dari sebuah kapal karam.

Benda tersebut antara lain sarung golok emas dan rock crystal yang diyakini milik anggota keluarga Nabi Muhammad. Hana tampak antusias dan serius menyimak penjelasan Adi dan Luc.

Hana juga menyempatkan diri berfoto dengan sebuah guci yang ditunjukkan oleh Luc. Di gudang tersebut, Hana meninjau selama lebih dari 30 menit. Setelah itu, Hana pun langsung pergi meninggalkan gudang tersebut.
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