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The Chinese are well known for using things as medicine that are a little "out there" and definitely not main stream medicine. Some people have been known to seek out Chinese medicine practitioners for hope of a cure of a medical condition that has eluded main stream medicine. Sometimes miraculous cures are claimed. Some of the "cures" include exotic animal parts such as rhino horn (said to be a cure for impotence). The Chinese used stem cells in a process to produce medication for patients that was "personalized" to treatment of that person only. This was prior to our country's debate about the use of the same thing. The Chinese are one of the world's oldest cultures. People have long wondered if they know something we don't but packing pills with ground up fetuses isreally just too much.
Since the first report of customs confiscation in 2011, over 17,000 of these pills have been removed from the trafficking route. It is abhorent to most Westerners that a 'medication" would be manufactured from the remains of an infant. It is also important to question the safety and sanitation of this questionable practice.
In 1973 the movie I cited was considered fairly extreme. It was set in the year 2002 and based on the "end of the world as we know it" theme that seems to fill most apocalyptic movies. The reality, found here in 2011 and 2012 by customs agents who didn't think they could be shocked any more, has made many people sit up and take notice of the policies of China, including the so-called "dying rooms" where new born babies are often left to die due to the Chinese rule of 1 family 1 child or because the Chinese prefer boy babies over girl babies and sometimes choose to try again without a previously born female impediment.
Several of the regions of China that are near Korea have been identified with possible production of the capsules and their contents as the remains of still born or aborted babies. Of course, the Chinese maintain they are not to blame for this illicit medical trade.
Beck also described the process of making the capsule contents and it brought to mind the actions of the German Nazi Party's during the attempted extermination of the Jewish people in WWII. The Nazi's often used the skin of those who were killed to make lampshades and other items that were normally made from parchment. This does not seem very different, does it? The babies (aborted or stillborn) bodies are smuggled out of hospitals and clinics by traffickers who storethem to deliver them to the people who dry the bodies and grind them up to become the ingredients in the pills. Other things such as herbs are added; perhaps in the attempt to disguise the main ingredient.
Of the reports seen by this reporter regarding this subject, few (if any) have carried proof that China has not been complicit in this process. Only a small CNN blog reports that China's Health Ministry denies that this is possible. "We have regulations in place to prevent such a thing," he stated.