Banting and Best’s Better Choice

Before we leave this July 27th in the rearview mirror, a brief note to commemorate the discovery of insulin on this day in 1921 by Dr. Frederick Banting, John James Macleod, Charles Best and and James Collip. I mention this largely since this has a personal dimension for me, with relatives suffering from the disease. Actually, what the scientists did was to isolate and extract insulin, which, as they rightly theorized, could then be used to treat diabetes. Prior to 1921, diabetics were under a long, slow death sentence, as they had no way to regulate their blood sugar, the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas no longer functional. Now, with regular insulin injections (now produced genetically from bacteria) diabetics can live more-or-less normal lives.

Banting and Best were awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine in 1923, but they refused to patent the discovery, which could have made them very wealthy men, claiming that insulin should be available – affordable, and free if need be – to everyone who needs it.

Well, others seem not so altruistic, and insulin is now a billion-dollar business, partly due to insurance companies, and a host of other reasons. In Canada, it is not covered by MediCare, which doesn’t seem to care, either here or in the U.S. One report states that insulin prices have rise 1,123 percent in the last two decades, and I have heard anecdotes of diabetics on limited insurance plans and fixed income only giving themselves one-third a dose to ‘stretch’ out their allotment, an almost certain long-term self-euthanasia. Some few are getting rich off such desperation – to use a word of which Belloc was fond: Mamzers.

Praise the Lord

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Philippines: Fr. Chito Soganub, Martyr for Peace, Succumbs to Cardiac Arrest

Three years since surviving the long and dark Marawi siege, Father Teresito “Chito” Soganub, former Vicar General of the Prelature of Marawi, passed away on July 22. Fr. Chito was 59 years old.

The cause of death was cardiac arrest, as confirmed by Bishop Edwin Dela Peña of the Prelature of Marawi. “Our dearly beloved Fr. Teresito Soganub died of cardiac arrest in his sleep early this morning, July 22, 2020, in his home in Noralah, South Cotabato”, he wrote on a Facebook post. The estimated time of his passing was between 5:00 to 6:00 AM.

Fr. Chito was among the hostages of the ISIS-inspired Maute group, which waged war and terror in Marawi, Philippines for five months. His captivity lasted for 117 days. Thomas Heine-Geldern, executive president of the pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need sent his condolences to Bishop Edwin Dela Peña: “Our relationship was not only professional, through our project works and media interviews with Fr Teresito, but personal. His efforts of interfaith dialogue and peacebuilding, culminating in his extraordinary witness of great faith during his kidnapping, provided us with inspiration and a great affection for this man who we also came to know as Fr Chito. We are ever grateful for his presence during our celebration of the Red Wednesday in the Philippines in 2018, where he willingly shared his heart-wrenching experiences not only in captivity but also with God.”

Praise the Lord

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UK Charity Boosts Church’s COVID Help in Bangladesh and Beyond

PPE for priests and religious reaching out to some of the poorest families in Bangladesh forms part of a raft of aid programs sent out this month by the UK arm of a leading Catholic charity.

Projects announced July 21 by the UK office of Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) include initiatives to help the Church respond to the COVID-19 pandemic – with support going to keep priests and religious in Bangladesh’s Barisal Diocese safe from coronavirus while ministering to a community badly hit by the crisis.

Bishop Lawrence Subrato Howlader of Barisal told ACN: “As soon as the pandemic started, the Barisal Catholic Diocese tried to stand by the people so that they could control the spread of coronavirus.”

Praise the Lord

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