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Friday, 14 December

22:16

Reddit War Between Moms Over Vaccination: The Vilification of Healthy Children "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Hate FearHere's the nutshell version: A NC Mom uninvited a child to a birthday party because the child is not vaccinated assuming she could sicken another party guest who has a compromised immune system due to cancer treatments. Mad ensued on both sides. How is a healthy child a threat to a child with a compromised immune system? There may have been children who were shedding flu or chicken pox vaccines at the party. Or an adult who had gotten the shingles vaccine.  Were temps taken at the door? Rapid strep tests? Who is the "threat" and why are children being considered "weaponized" because they do NOT have a vaccine? It's part of the troubling trend to demonize vaccine choice. I can't think of one Mom I know who would jeopardize another child willingly. But all children live in a germ and virus filled world. I'd be more afraid of a grocery cart handle or the bathroom stall door at school for my child, than a healthy friend attending a party. Fear breeds hate. Hate breeds violence.

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A North Carolina mother says that another mom lost her cool after her daughter was uninvited to the first daughter's birthday party due to some very serious health concerns.

A 35-year-old Redditor, who goes by dankmoms on the site, was hosting a birthday party for her seven-year-old daughter when she learned that one of the little girls who'd been invited was not vaccinated.

Unfortunately, her daughter's best friend is a cancer survivor and has a compromised immune system, so getting sick could kill her leading dankmoms to feel compelled to uninvite the unvaccinated child, sparking the fury of that child's mother. Read more here.

10:26

Desiree Girard-Baxter Still Birth Day

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10:23

Wendy Harding Still Birth Day

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10:21

Lindsay Dougal Still Birth Day

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10:18

Christina Strong Still Birth Day

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09:58

Lisa Bolton, SBD Still Birth Day

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09:57

Samantha Morgan, SBD Still Birth Day

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09:45

CDCs Own Data Support Link Between MMR Vaccine and Autism "IndyWatch Feed Health"

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Re-analysis of CDC Data on MMR Vaccine and Autism

by Focus for Health

After four long years, Dr. Brian Hookers reanalysis of the CDCs MMR-autism data from the original Destefano et al. 2004 Pediatrics paper has been republished in the Winter 2018 Edition of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons.

The data, when properly analyzed, using the CDCs own study protocol, show a strong, statistically significant relationship between the timing of the first MMR vaccine and autism, specifically in African American males. In addition, a relationship also exists in the timing of the MMR vaccine and those individuals who were diagnosed with autism without mental retardation.

These relationships call into question the conclusion of the original Destefano et al. 2004 paper which dismissed a connection between the MMR vaccine and autism.

Read the reanalysis paper

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Re-analysis of CDC Data Suggests Need for Further Investigation on MMR Vaccine and Autism, according to Article in the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons

Tucson, Ariz. As early as 2001, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had data showing an increased rate of autism diagn...

06:46

CDCs Own Data Support Link Between MMR Vaccine and Autism "IndyWatch Feed Health"

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Re-analysis of CDC Data on MMR Vaccine and Autism

by Focus for Health

After four long years, Dr. Brian Hookers reanalysis of the CDCs MMR-autism data from the original Destefano et al. 2004 Pediatrics paper has been republished in the Winter 2018 Edition of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons.

The data, when properly analyzed, using the CDCs own study protocol, show a strong, statistically significant relationship between the timing of the first MMR vaccine and autism, specifically in African American males. In addition, a relationship also exists in the timing of the MMR vaccine and those individuals who were diagnosed with autism without mental retardation.

These relationships call into question the conclusion of the original Destefano et al. 2004 paper which dismissed a connection between the MMR vaccine and autism.

Read the reanalysis paper

Press Release

Association of American Physicians and Surgeons 1601 N. Tucson Blvd. Suite 9
Tucson, AZ 85716
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Dec 7, 2018

Contact: Brian Hooker, Ph.D., drbrianhooker@gmail.com, or Jane M. Orient, M.D., (520) 323-3110, janeorientmd@gmail.com

Re-analysis of CDC Data Suggests Need for Further Investigation on MMR Vaccine and Autism, according to Article in the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons

Tucson, Ariz. As early as 2001, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had data showing an increased rate of autism diagnose...

04:20

DAY 2: The Divine Feminine Indie Birth

When we heal ourselves, others are healed. When we nurture our dreams, we give birth to the dreams of humankind. When we walk as loving aspects of the Earth Mother, we become the fertile, life-giving Mothers of the Creative Force. When we honor our bodies, our health, and our emotional needs, we make space for...

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03:46

The ethical dilemma of publishing an unethical study "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Megan Molteni has an article in Wired discussing an old problem: What do you do with scientific information that was obtained unethically? This is an old problem that has been seen in stark forms with Nazi scientists experimenting on Jewish captives prior to and during World War II and the US government experimenting on black people for four decades in the infamous Tuskegee experiments.Molteni brings this up in the context of the genetic modification done on two human embryos using the CRISPR technology. As Molteni says:

On the one hand, you might want to learn from such a persons work; to have a full and open dissection of everything that went wrong. Because, spoiler, there was a lot that went wrong in the case in question. But rewarding such abhorrent behavior, as one scientist put it, with a publicationthe currency of the scientific worldwould send a message that ethical rules only exist to be broken.

Scientists denounced the work with near-unanimous condemnation, citing its technical failures as well as its deep breaches of ethical (and possibly legal) lines. Whats much less certain is what should happen to the work, now that its been done.

But He, who made his announcement over YouTube, has so far produced no manuscript for public consumption. A paper describing this work is reportedly under peer review, and a second one about additional Crispr experiments in human embryos was rejected by an international journal over ethical and scientific concerns, STAT reported Monday morning.

During the Hong Kong summit, an audience member asked He if he would be willing to post his work to a public forum, such as the biology preprint server bioRxiv, so the scientific community could have access to the data. He said that the journal considering his manuscript had advised against posting anything to bioRxiv until the paper had passed peer review. He did not specify which journal. Nor did He return WIREDs requests for comment. But scientists who have seen the manuscript doubt it will pass peer review any time soon, if ever.

It was a very shoddy paper, very incomplete. What I saw wouldnt pass any journal, says Eric Topol, a cardiologist and director of the Scripps Research Translational Institute who reviewed Hes manuscript for the Associated Press. Other scientists have also denounced the experiment as a technic...

02:00

Can We Unlearn The Fear That Creates Our Reality? "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Josh Richardson

Imagination is a wonderful thing. Emotions are often a result of the mind telling us stories without our direction over the outcome. When we imagine any fear repeatedly in a safe environment, soon our phobia, and our brains response to it, begins to subside.

Thats the takeaway of a new brain imaging study led by CU Boulder and Icahn School of Medicine researchers, suggesting that imagination can be a powerful tool in helping people with fear and anxiety-related disorders overcome them.

This research confirms that imagination is a neurological reality that can impact our brains and bodies in ways that matter for our wellbeing, said Tor Wager, director of the Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Laboratory at CU Boulder and co-senior author of the paper, published in the journal Neuron.

Being afraid of the unknown is not a new concept. From birth to death weve been trained to fear everything for a very long time. The dangers of modern life have a stranglehold on peoples imaginations. Sociologists call the phenomenon a risk society, describing cultures increasingly preoccupied with threats to safety, both real and perceived, but most definitely imagined.

Our ability to judge risk is sophisticated, and instinctual decisions often serve us well. But when something doesnt quite seem to sync up, gut to head, then its time to pause and at least question whats causing the discrepancy.

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Thursday, 13 December

17:30

My eight favourite blog posts of 2018 Dr Sara Wickham

Its always fun to pause, as we near the end of a calendar year, and look back over what has been achieved. I was delighted to realise last week that I could proudly say that, in 2018, I have taught hundreds of people at live events and through online courses, reached thousands of people through my books and sent out tens of thousands of pieces of useful information out via our Birth Information Update.

When one blogs twice a week, its easy to forget what came before, and I know that many people are too busy to read everything we put out at the time, so I decided this week to write a blog post sharing some of my favourite blog posts from the year.

Lets start with this one; one of the most shared blog posts of the year in which I discussed Research showing that evidence is lacking to induce labour before 42 weeks of pregnancy.

The one of which Im most proud? That would be a tie between two of the posts that announced the updating of my books this year. We have...

16:01

The Sleep-Needs Connection: Lets Not Throw Parents Under the Bus Please Evolutionary Parenting | Where History And Science Meet Parenting

A new "gentle" approach to sleep suggests that if parents meet all their child's needs, sleep will follow. However, I disagree and believe this type of approach can actually harm families. Here's why.

12:58

Vitamin C ameliorates the adverse effects of dexamethasone on sperm motility, testosterone level, and spermatogenesis indexes. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Hum Exp Toxicol. 2018 Dec 9:960327118816137. Epub 2018 Dec 9. PMID: 30526067 Abstract Title:  Vitamin C ameliorates the adverse effects of dexamethasone on sperm motility, testosterone level, and spermatogenesis indexes in mice. Abstract:  BACKGROUND:: Dexamethasone (DEX) is a common medicine that is capable of causing malformation in the male reproductive system. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of vitamin C (Vit-C) on spermatogenesis indexes and daily sperm production (DSP) in adult mice treated with DEX.METHODS:: Male Naval Medical Research Institute (NMRI) mice were divided into four groups: Control, DEX (7 mg/kg/day), Vit-C (100 mg/kg/day), and DEX +Vit-C and treated for 7 days with intraperitoneal injection.RESULTS:: A significant increase in the mean levels of serum and tissue malondialdehyde (MDA) and apoptosis of Leydig cells was found in the DEX group compared to the control group. Sperm motility, DSP, tubular differentiation index, meiotic index, spermatogenesis index, the mean number of spermatocytes, round and long spermatids, and Leydig cells, and also serum testosterone level decreased in the DEX group compared to the control group. The results of this study indicate that Vit-C can significantly prevent the adverse effects of DEX on the mean number of spermatocyte, spermatid, and Leydig cells, tubular differentiation, meiotic and spermatogenesis index, DSP, sperm motility, and the mean levels of serum MDA.CONCLUSION:: In conclusion, our results showed that coadministration of Vit-C and DEX prevents the adverse effects of DEX on the spermatogenesis indexes and DSP.

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03:50

DAY 1: Keep Birth Wild! Indie Birth

We're so excited to kick-off the 12 Days of Indie Birth by announcing our newest addition to our line of Indie Birth apparel: the Keep Birth Wild t-shirt and sweatshirt!. We're honored to feature the hand drawn creation of Maureen Walrath. This is a featured item in our shop and will only be available for...

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Wednesday, 12 December

16:04

What Is A Cervical Lip? How Can It Hijack Your Birth? Sam McCulloch Dip CBEd Page Array BellyBelly

What Is A Cervical Lip? How It Can Hijack Your Birth?

Have you ever heard of someones birth being hijacked by a cervical lip? She might have been labouring really well and then starts to feel pushy. Her midwife encourages her to go with her body and she does. Yet nothing happens.

What Is A Cervical Lip? How It Can Hijack Your Birth?

After a while, frustration and tension build. The midwife checks her cervix and finds a cervical lip. The woman is told her body isnt actually ready to give birth and she should stop pushing. What is a cervical lip and how can it hijack your birth?

What Is A Cervical Lip?

The cervix is part of the uterus, except its made of different tissue. It sits in the bottom section of the uterus, and extends into the top of the vagina. When labour begins, the uterus muscle contracts and this shortens and pulls up the cervix. Over time, contractions will thin and dilate the cervix fully. To find out more about this check out How Your Cervix Dilates And Why Its Unpredictable. As the cervix dilates its usually pulled upwards evenly. Sometimes, however, one side of the cervix is still present, or not pulled up into the lower uterus. This is a cervical lip.

How Can A Cervical Lip Hijack Your Birth?

In the 1950s doctors decided labour and birth followed a set pattern. Active labour, when the cervix is dilating, is meant to last a certain amount of time. The cervix should be fully dilated at the end of the active stage, before the pushing or second stage begins. The second stage is also meant to last a for only a certain time. When labour doesn't follow this set patten, the woman is told her labour is failing to progress. Her body isn't doing its job. Interventions begin with a vaginal or cervical exam. Theres a bit of cervix still in the way. This is a cervical lip and perhaps the cervix has even become swollen. Interference continues, with instructions to stop pushing. This causes the woman unbearable pain and fights against her body's instinct. More interventions follow, to help reduce her pain and birth her baby. These might be anything from drugs, to assisted birth (episiotomy, forceps or vac...

15:18

Male Breastfeeding Kit Allows Dads To Feed Their Babies Sam McCulloch Dip CBEd Page Array BellyBelly

A male breastfeeding kit that allows dads to feed their babies is on the way. For dads, breastfeeding is one area of baby care theyre not equipped to handle. But, thanks to a British project design student, future dads can take over nourishing their babies. Designer Marie-Claire Springham says she invented the chestfeeding kit after learning the most common trigger for postnatal depression in mothers is the pressure to breastfeed. Springham says: "This project began when I learnt about the code of silence that surrounds the issue of mental health and new parents. "I was shocked to learn that over half of women experience emotional problems postnatally or during pregnancy and that new fathers also often suffer, experiencing feelings of exclusion and a fear of being 'unable to cope .

How Does The Male Breastfeeding Kit Work?

The 'chestfeeding' kit was Ms Springham's final year university project and is still in the concept stage. That didnt stop it from recently being crowned the winner of the world's first Meaning-Centred Design Awards. The dad-to-be takes a hormone once a day, beginning as soon as he knows his partner is pregnant. This hormone is progestin, a synthetic form of progesterone. It stimulates production of the milk-producing glands needed for breastfeeding. Six weeks before babys arrival, dads then adds another hormone called domperidone. This hormone stimulates prolactin, the hormone that triggers milk production. The dad-to-be must continue to take this hormone cocktail for as long as he wishes to breastfeed. [caption id="attachment_24951" align="alignnone" width="296"]Male Breastfeeding Kit Allows Dads To Feed Their Babies A mockup of the chestfeeding kit. Image: Marie-Claire Springham. Source The Sun Online[/caption] Ms Springham based the drug regimen on information she gleaned from forums. She noted the experience of trans people, who reported taking similar hormones to bring on lactation. According to Ms Springham, suckling a baby would have the s...

14:39

Faint Line On A Pregnancy Test What Does It Mean? Sam McCulloch Dip CBEd Page Array BellyBelly

Faint Line On A Pregnancy Test - What Does It Mean?

Got a faint line on a pregnancy test and not sure what it means? Taking a home pregnancy test is a pretty simple task. But sometimes the results can leave you none the wiser. This is especially true when the line on the pregnancy test is faint. Many women wonder whether a faint line on a pregnancy test is actually positive or not.

Faint Line On A Pregnancy Test - What Does It Mean?

When youre hoping for a positive pregnancy result, a faint line on a pregnancy test can be really frustrating. It can bring on concerns about miscarriage or other problems. Find out what a faint line on a pregnancy test really means.
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Home Pregnancy Tests

A home pregnancy test (HPT) is an easy and pretty accurate way to find out whether or not youre pregnant. Many of the pregnancy tests on the market today are very sensitive. They can detect a pregnancy much earlier than the HPTs of the past. A pregnancy test detects levels of human Chorionic Gondotrophin (hCG). This is a hormone produced by the fertilised egg (called a blastocyst at this early stage) when it implants into the uterus. Implantation usually happens about day 6 after fertilisation. Pregnancy tests detect levels of hCG in your urine. The amount of hCG needed varies from test to test. Some tests detect hCG levels as low as 10 IU/ml. Exactly when hCG can be detected really depends on each individual woman. The numbers below, however, are typical of most pregnancies. Remember these figures are referring to the number of weeks from your last menstrual period:
  • 3 weeks: 5 - 50 mIU/ml
  • 4 weeks: 5 - 426 mIU/ml
  • 5 weeks: 18 - 7,340 mIU/ml
  • 6 weeks: 1,080 - 56,500 mIU/ml
  • 7 - 8 weeks: 7,650 - 229,000 mIU/ml
This tells us that around the time you would expect your next period, a sensitive HPT can detect hCG if it is present.

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