Bulletin 25 May 2015
Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset
District 3420 / No. 79571
Meeting every Monday at 5:30 PM at Maya Ubud Resort, Ubud
‘Chopsticks are one of the reasons the Chinese never invented custard.’ Spike Milligan
Bulletin May 25, 2015
Members: Danielle, Glenn, Bruce, Cat, Sue, Marilyn, Rucina
Guests: Graham (ex RC from North Australia) and Jenny Carpenter, David and Ann Lock, Ian and Margaret Cameron (RC Kenmore, Brisbane), Raquela and Jurgue (RC Schaffhausen in Switzerland) Ann Marie, Rich Foss, Anne McLennan, Trudy Rilling-Collins, Tjok De
ANNOUNCEMENTS, CORRESPONDENCE, REPORTS
ES Marilyn updated the club on two projects which will bring water and hygiene training to elementary schools. Puhu is being delayed by the death of a key member of the partner club although the project is approved and fully funded and waiting for paperwork. The second project is in a poor village in Tengganan and a new project for toilets and hygiene training in the elementary school but it is on hold. The villagers will provide the labour but they are not available because of a large
gotong-royong ceremonies in the village.
Sec Cat reported on the DAP Biosphere Foundation grant and its progress with its demonstration farm. The project has grown out the first generation of a special hybrid corn which has twice the yield of the species currently being grown in dry land areas. It has also identified the velvet bean as an excellent
green manure crop.
She also showed slides of some of the badly burned children from Sumba who will be flown to Bali for plastic surgery to release contractures caused by scar tissue. An anonymous donor from our club covered the cost of the transportation for the children and an accompanying parent.
RTN David Lock told us about his club in Kenmore which has 30 members. It has two meetings per month, one is an eminent speaker and the other is an action meeting where all members discuss projects. There are also management meetings and pub nights on alternate weeks. Examples of projects are: working with Scouts, birthing kits, studying domestic violence and strategic alliances seeking corporate funding for projects such as buying 10,000 toothbrushes. He seeks our club’s help in storing and distributing the toothbrushes. Money is raised through agricultural fairs/shows, a Christmas raffle of a trailer full of goods which usually raises $15,000, and a sausage BBQ which raises about $1,700. Money goes to Polio Plus, the Rotary Foundation, a school in Brisbane which helps kids with learning disabilities and to riding for the disabled. Money also goes to the state emergency service and he local bush fire brigade. The club also promotes Ambassador Scholars to attend universities, RYLA.
Dengue is the most important vector-borne virus in the world yet there has been very little research into it. It is a mosquito borne virus which results in a reduction in platelets/clotting factor in the blood. Classic symptoms include rapid onset of fever lasting 3 – 7 days, occipital headache, nausea and diarrhea, severe joint/muscle/bone pain and affects the liver and kidneys. Symptoms vary widely and may be mild to severe. The fatality rate is below 1%, usually from dehydration or internal haemorrhage. The first research on dengue appeared during the Viet Nam war.
Tjok De uses a protocol called a nosode based on homeopropylaxis which was developed by Dr Golden of Australia. The nosode is a homeopathic remedy prepared from the disease material. It helps the body to deal with the disease. Dengue, typhoid and chikungunya have no safe vaccines but nosodes are available. The Cuban government used a nosode during a leptospirosis epidemic, distributing 2000 doses which resulted in an 80% reduction in cases with no side effects.
Tjok De has taken this principal and applied it to dengue fever with stock produced in London. The remedy is taken once a week and can be safely taken by people of any age over 3 months. He used to prescribe it for only 2 months at a time but now suggests that it is used weekly. Bali and Singapore are hard hit with dengue mostly because the population has no chance to build immunity. In stable populations dengue goes in a 5 year wave as the population build immunity. Dengue virus is subject to mutation and has not been studied much. Bali’s population has no chance to build immunity and the virus is rampant. Dengue used to be seasonal, now it occurs all year.
In a Q&A he said that to acquire dengue fever, it:
- Must be from a mosquito,
- The mosquito must carry dengue fever (it has to have bitten someone with dengue), and
- It must bite you. Also,
- Mosquitoes have a range of about 1 to ½ miles
This is why it spreads in villages or in densely populated areas.
The raffle prize was won by Ian.
Some photos of pre-meeting fellowship: