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  1. asides the difference in approaches to the use of medicine...there's also the fact that sometimes the modern medicine was just sciences way of extracting the raw ingredient.

     

    There's a herb in Africa...Sutherlandia (not sure if it's spelt correctly) which nurses and personnel working with AIDS patients have being using on their patients and have found that it makes their symptoms decrease to the point of people working in a Hospice have reported releasing people from the Hospice...when they took this herb apart, they found the active ingriedient (just as they did with Willow bark)...however, that wasn't enough.

     

    The thing that sometimes the scientist forgets (I say scientist deliberately) is that - just like in the case of Sutherlandia - there maybe other ingedients in the herb, or plant which help us to absorb the active ingredient, because we otherwise wouldn't be able to.

     

    Coming back to the method of approach (as in help body to repair itself vs. see body as broken and fix it)...in the case of diabetes, there are cases that say cinnamon helps to reduce blood sugar levels. This only works in type 2 diabetes, because with this type of diabetes the pancreas is still producing insulin...the body is helped by the active ingredient in the cinnamon increasing the blood's ability to absorb its own insulin, if however, there is no more insulin then the body has nothing of its own to absorb (as in type 1) and therefore cinnamon no longer works.

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  2. @ Pas, there are also the alternative ways of diagnosis, which make diagnosis that bit more individual...and the way in which alternative medicine (as in herbalism - I can't really speak for the other types) actually works...it helps the body sort itself out...although having said that, I see as well, that Nature has its boundaries...as a type 1 diabetic, I am stuck taking modern western medicine, because not even nature can bring something that's dead back to life...but I can use the techniques in alternative therapy to enhance the effects of the insulin that I take, or indeed help me to achieve other goals...

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  3. do a bit of research dear...there is more to alternative medicine than mere homeopathy.

     

    There's herbalism, chinese traditional medicine, hypnotherpy, accupuncture, accupressure...the problem I see is that, just because a lot of the evidence is anecdotal, I don't understand why science won't do something to change that...

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  4. well, I'd love to help you out of your tunnel there, dear, but I'm off to have fun in the fascinating world that's not merely ruled by science...see having an open mind makes life ever so much more fascinating

     

    Oh and it was herbalism, not homeopathy...evidently your "science" and superior knowledge haven't taught you much.

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  5. but again, how can you prove that, for example, we didn't live before?? (to grab up that arguement) Just because science says it "can't" be true..all that science is saying by that is: we haven't proven it to be true or otherwise. All a psychic "says" they are doing is tapping into information that's already out there. Science has yet to find a way that it exists, but that doesn't mean that it doesn't exist...I mean, look at...dammit I keep forgetting that bloody word...look at the speed of light theory. Until now, scientists said that nothing is faster than the speed of light and then...what do you know, they find particles (said word) that move faster...so they have to rethink everything (I don't see that as a bad thing, so when people keep saying this brings the world of science to it's feet, I think..naahh...they just have to clean up a bit).

     

    I have the same problem with natural medicine. I know natural medicines work. Alas, most of the evidence, if not all of it, happens to be anecdotal and the trials unfortunately are fraught with circumstantial stuff...again though, after 5 years of being shipped to hospital and back as a kid, one visit to the herbalist, who gave me this absolutely vile concoction that i had to take for 6 months and I was fine.

     

    All I'm saying is that it's ludicrous (I seem to like using that word on here) to poke and laugh at something science can't explain and say it doesn't exist.

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  6. @ dessa..erm...I don#t like the term queer myself...I was called it in school on a daily basis and, if you look in the dictionary, which I'm sure in your infinte wisdom, you must have...you'll see the term queer means odd and unusual...which I don't consider myself to be...at least not for that reason...the gay community did (at least when I first came out - but that was in the UK) celebrate individuals...so if you identified yourself as gay/queer/fag whatever...you were perfectly allowed to call yourself what you want

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  7. @ dessa...that's the bit that really gets my goat about this forum, actually (and yes I realise I'm here of my own volition, blab blah), but having seen this happen, I've limited my activities a lot...I don't see how it's fair just downmouth someone and slag them off, just because they a) a different view to you and B) might have faith in something you think is rubbish...one can debate about it (oh how Margot of me)...but I don't see how, or why that justifies being laughed at...by the very same people who constantly moan about how life is unfair to them etc....

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  8. @gail,

     

    why is it false?? We're not talking about crying, here. If they were crying that would be a different matter. They're being boystrous...and - again as far as I know - if this is done after 10pm, the police can be called for disruption of the peace.

     

    If the child was upset and crying for that reason, then we probably wouldn't be sitting here discussing this, now would we?

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  9. as far as I know, the queit times after 10pm on weekdays still have to be respected, regardless whether there is a law on children making the noise.

     

    To be honest, I think it's ludicrous to suggest you leave, just because of this problem. Have you looked into what the law actually states? If you read the actual paragraph of the law (it's not that difficult, you know) then a loophole, or way around the issue would present itself.

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  10. but that's the problem as well, you don't NEEEED the qualifications at all, Überstzer/Dolmetscher aren't protected job titles...as I ahve found out, having a cert. does make your life a lot easier...but I would search about to find an exam where I can say "i that exam, I had to show what I can do"...no "in that exam, I told them what they wanted to hear, but it says nothing about what I can/can't do"...do you see what I mean?

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  11. I think we might agree on the fact that Marzahn-Hellersdorf, for example, is touch and go as far as living is (as a camp gay man, I wouldn't even consider living there, you never know what the area is really like until you actually live there) there are nice parts, but it's known for right wing extremism. There was another part, that I've forgotten...

     

    @harrow, Hermanplatz is still Neukölln...I don't like the term Kreuzkölln, so, sorry if I offended...

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  12. I know this is probably an old topic by now, but I did a bit of digging. If you don't like the qualifications in Berlin for whatever reason (there are numerous ones, believe me, not least, because of the arrogance of the people checking them), you are perfectly entitled to go to another state in Germany and take their exams :-)...so I'm off to Leipzig :-) YAY

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  13. I'm going to be the odd one out here again, but I've lived in Neukölln quite happily for the last 10 years. I like it down here...it's not as "cool" and "hip" as say Kreuzberg or Fhain, where you have to be a size 0 waste and look like you're 25 when you're really 35 (that's how people like me feel in HausB)...if you want a place where REALLY noone gives a flying F, then I've always found here to be fine :-). I've been laughed at once by a group of teenagers for snogging my boyfriend's face off at Hermannplatz on a Friday night, but I put that down to general ignorance, because in a similar place in Birmingham (where I'm from) I'd have been beaten to a pulp.

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  14. erm, I wouldn't do the IHK exam, or indeed the Staatliche one to be honest, the exam closest to the reality of the translating world (and interpreting actually, but the DPSI isn't recognised here) is the Dipl. Trans. and it is the best one.

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  15. erm, the Gewerbeanmeldung is only for certain jobs. I'm freelance and don't need one for example...it's something to do with whether you're actually selling stuff...I think, I can't remember. For a lot of jobs you just need a tax number (steuerlich erfasst werden is the phrase you want)

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  16. I did actually miss that in the first post...sorry (I've got used to people placing their standards on Germany instead of seeing what Germany has to offer, if it doesn't go their way, they threaten legal action, so sorry if I tarnished oyu with the same brush).

     

    Silly question, again, haven't seen this answered yet, but where do you derive that you're not entitled to benefits? Or indeed state help...again, I don't see any merit in being a martyr and saying "I'Ll leave state benefits alone" and then moaning how little money you have. If you feel you can't hack the heat, then don't apply, but don't just assume you won't get, just because you aren't German, that's a pile of bull...especially if you're a EU citizen...there are just certain rules which apply.

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  17. @ Leon,

     

    400€ may still pay social security. Which means he would be entitled to H4. You'd have to look at his case individually.

     

    The problem I took regularly with the H4 system was that it is all about which case worker you get. The SGB II is littered with the sentence "im Ermessen des Sachbearbeiters" (at the case worker's discretion). The case workers are all BWL students who have little sociological knowledge and are brainwashed into thinking those on the dole are the enemy, when a lot of the time, many of the people on the dole just simply can't find work. In a state where it's all about how cheap you can get your labour, is it any surprise that people can't afford to live? Alas as foreigners we are bound to put up with the system, or leave, seeing as we can't vote to change it.

     

    When H4 came in, thingy Hartz (whatever his first name is), made the system such that the Job Center and benefit system is run like a business which bosses telling those further down the line that the JC has to leave the fiscal year in the black, which if you think about it is rediculous, because as a benefit office, they're always going to be in the red. If they end in the black, everyone ahs work and their mere existance is superfluous. AHH the world of capitalism and politics...I should stop, I feel a soapbox moment coming

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  18. see, I don't really think they're making him homeless, at all. And hitting a small spot where you have reached your language barrier isn't really an excuse to just give up...I can't really say it happened to me, because I spoke German at B2 level when I got here, but that wasn't near enough to deal with state agencies.

     

    The issue I have with the post is that he wants to argue with them. They're only following the rules and the rules don't say "turf 'em out", it must say something different that his girlfriend can't understand. Official German is almost a language unto itself.

     

    And I seriously doubt that he'd get to the EU court of human rights, because they more than likely have just missed something out. Either his girlfriend didn't read the letter properly, or the pamphlet that came with it, or whatever for that matter.

     

    I totally agree with you Kat, it seriously isn't the state's fault that they're in this situation.

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