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Report: 'Wonder Drug' Capsules Made In China From Human Remains


SEOUL - In 35 separate drug raids, South Korean customs officials say they have confiscated 17,000 "capsules of human flesh" originating in China.

These capsules are allegedly made from the corpses of dead babies or fetuses, according to information first reported in JoongAng Ilbo, a South Korean newspaper. This so-called "medicine" is advertized as a sort of magical cure for all diseases, while also enhancing male vitality and boosting sexual performance. The capsules are sold on the black market at high prices by both Chinese or North Koreans living in China.

Analysis shows that the capsules consist of at least 99.7 % of the same DNA as found in humans. A Chinese medicine expert says that the source of the material may be from human placenta, the China Times reports. In an effort to stop the consumption of these capsules the South Korean government has warned people that they contain material from dangerous bugs.

China has been consumed in recent weeks by a similar scandal about drug capsules made from processed leather waste containing excessively high levels of chromium.

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New Study Finds High Levels Of Anti-LGBTQ+ Discrimination In Buddhism

We tend to think of Buddhism as a religion devoid of commandments, and therefore generally more accepting than others. The author, an Australian researcher — and "genderqueer, non-binary Buddhist" themself — suggests that it is far from being the case.

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Some Buddhist spaces can be highly heteronormative and show lack of understanding toward the LGBTQ+ community

Stephen Kerry

More than half of Australia’s LGBTQIA+ Buddhists feel reluctant to “come out” to their Buddhist communities and nearly one in six have been told directly that being LGBTQIA+ isn’t in keeping with the Buddha’s teachings.

These are some of the findings from my research looking at the experiences of LGBTQIA+ Buddhists in Australia.

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I’m a genderqueer, non-binary Buddhist myself and I was curious about others’ experiences in Australia since there has been no research done on our community before. So, in 2020, I surveyed 82 LGBTQIA+ Buddhists and have since followed this up with 29 face-to-face interviews.

Some people may think Buddhism would be quite accepting of LGBTQIA+ people. There are, after all, no religious laws, commandments or punishments in Buddhism. My research indicates, however, this is not always true.

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