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When Vice President Mike Pence arrived in Colorado Springs this summer to speak at Focus on the Family, the staff and their families packed out the chapel auditorium. The former Indiana congressman referred to current political battles, including health care reform. But one anecdote, which got knowing glances and laughs from the Focus crowd, made little sense to reporters in attendance.
Every time we took the 600-mile drive from Washington, D.C. back to Indiana, I can promise you we spent an awful lot of time with Connie, Eugene and Whit at Whits End, said Pence. The adventures in Odyssey were our adventures. And I remember so often the kids saying, Put in another tape.
Pence was referring to the characters of Adventures in Odyssey, an audio drama that has gone from cassette tapes to its own mobile app and a podcast climbing iTunes charts. This month, the values-driven show marks 30 years since it premiered.
Whether due to a dearth of family-friendly entertainment, 80s nostalgia, or the surprisingly broad reach of radio, millions are tuned in to Adventures in Odyssey. Seeking to entertain as well as teach, the audio drama has become todays most influential faith-based kids entertainment franchise. As such, its also a flashpoint for the clash of values playing out in the culture at large.
Focus on the Family came into being in 1977 as a radio show hosted by University of Southern California child psychologist James Dobson, Ph.D. His half-hour program dispensed marriage and parenting advice while interviewing a variety of expert guests, often addressing how to handle life crises in light of Christian principles. The non-profit ministry soon became a touch point for the diverse evangelical community.
Challenged by a guest minister on-air to light a candle rather than curse the darkness, Dobson saw his teams strengths in reaching a mass audience with top-notch radio. Could they produce a dramatic, half-hour audio show geared to kids?
We werent entirely convinced it was going to work, says Paul McCusker, a writer and producer for Adventures in Odyssey since its inception. At the time Odyssey started, we were dealing with the MTV generation, he recalls. We knew we were up against a visual reality and our medium could work against us.
Yet Dobson had established a built-in audience of families who connected with his conservative values. Religious radio stations were also on the rise, partly thanks to the Christian musi...
I cant quite believe where 2017 has gone, but tomorrow we will be welcoming a new group of participants from around the world to our last online course of the year, Post-term pregnancy: exploring evidence, inspiring confidence.
This is one of our full-sized professional development online courses for midwives and birth folk (with the others being on the topics of Group B Strep and vitamin K) and were excited to be welcoming participants from many different countries and areas. So if youre signed up and raring to go, then keep an eye on your email inbox as youll automatically be sent a link as soon as the course opens. And well be online from Friday morning (with tea at the ready) to chat to you in the course!
If youre thinking of joining us and havent signed up yet, then you can do so anytime until the end of the first day of the course, Friday 17th November. (Weve extended the sign-up deadline by a day, as there are always a few people who just miss the deadline, but we will be closing registration at the end of the first day so that everyone can make the most of the facilitated week, where I will be chatting with you personally in the course).
This will be the last online course well be running in 2017. If the dates dont work for you, then dont worry as we are likely to run it (and our other courses) again in 2018, and the best way to make sure you get updated when we have new course dates is to jump on our newsletter list, which will also ensure you get Saras free, monthly Birth Information Update.
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For Americans concerned about Mexico and Mexicans, and what sort of wights they be, a little history may help. We seem to know almost nothing about a bordering nation of 130 million. It is not what most of us think it is. It is certainly not what the Loon Right would have us believe.
For many years, until 1910, Mexico was run by Europeans, lastly under Porfirio Diaz, for the benefit of Europeans. Literacy was extremely with economic conditions to match. The country was indeed, to borrow a favorite phrase of those hostile to Latin Americans, a Third-World hellhole. Many nations then were were, to include China.
In 1910 the Revolution broke out. It was godawful, as civil wars usually are. It ended in 1921, followed shortly by the Cristero religious war until 1929. This had the usual hideousness favored by religious wars.
It left the country devastated. It hadnt been much to start with, but now it was a wreck. Aldous Huxley, writing in 1934, saw no improvement. (Beyond the Mexique Bay) At least until 1940 much of Mexico was barely civilized, unlettered, lawless, and poor. Things were not all that swell in 1970.
Today, seventy-six years later (says the CIA Factbook), literacy is at 95%; the economy at $2.2 trillion, 12th in the world in PPP; median age, 28; population growth rate, 1.12%; mothers mean age at first birth, 21.3; total fertility, 2.24 children per woman; life expectancy at birth, 76 years.
Mexico today has a large number of universities (the Technolgico of Monterrey, a premier engineering school, has some thirty campuses in as many cities: Is that one university or thirty?) Mexico graduates well over 100,000 engineers a year, including 13,000 in software, and has a rapidly growing high-tech industry with centers in Guadalajara and Mexico City. Major American firms, to include IBM, Oracle, and Intel, come here to hire them.
And of course internet, airlines, computerized everything, and teenagers pecking at smartphones.
This is a lot of change in less than a mans lifetime. Those hostile to Latin Americans do not want to know this, and usually manage not to.
Editing genetics is becoming more and more mainstream. And using the gene editing tool, CRISPR, biohackers are altering their own DNA.
CRISPR, a cheap and easy technique for making precise changes to DNA, has got researchers around the world racing to trial its use in treating a host of human diseases. But this race is not confined to the lab or to scientists donning the typical white lab coat. Last month, Josiah Zayner, a biochemist who once worked for NASA, became the first person known to have edited his own genes with CRISPR.
Zayners experiment was intended to boost his strength by removing the gene for myostatin, which regulates muscle growth. A similar experiment in 2015 showed that this works in beagles whose genomes were edited at the embryo stage. He injected himself with a copy of his own DNA that had been edited using CRISPR to remove the gene.
During a lecture about human genetic engineering that was streamed live on Facebook, Zayner whipped out a vial of edited DNA and a syringe, then injected himself. Now, following in his footsteps, other biohackers are getting ready to take the plunge and tinker with their own genes.
This may seem a little crazy to some, but humans are (and should be) allowed to tattoo, pierce, or modify their bodies surgically to create any type of appearance. Genetic alterations should be no different.
And Zayner wants to help other alter their DNA too. Zayner has made headlines for pushing the boundaries of do-it-yourself genetic experimentation, whether by trying to clean up his gut by inoculating himself with...
The EU Parliament has adopted a resolution calling on Poland to uphold common European values, warning that if Polish authorities refuse to comply it could lead to the suspension of voting rights in the EU Council. The resolution calls on Warsaw to respect the right of freedom of assembly, to strongly condemn the "xenophobic and fascist march" that took place in Warsaw on November 11, and to provide free and accessible contraception without discrimination, while making emergency contraception available without medical prescription. Polish President Andrzej Duda signed off on a law in June which turned emergency contraception into a prescription drug. Poland also has some of the most restrictive abortion laws in Europe, banning all terminations unless the pregnancy is the result of incest or rape, poses a health risk to the mother, or the fetus is severely deformed. The resolution also calls on Poland to comply with the European Court of Justice's (ECJ) order to "immediately suspend large-scale logging" in the Bialowieza forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Activists and the EU claim Warsaw has ignored the ECJ's ruling to halt logging in the forest.
My son turns 3 this month, and over the last year I have had many people ask me how long he has been potty trained when they notice he isnt wearing a diaper. When I tell them he has been fully (night and day) out of diapers since right before he turned two last year, they want to know how I did it. I can see their excitement as they think maybe I have a trick to help them, because usually they are really struggling to get their child to use the toilet. When I tell them we didnt potty train, they look confused and resign to the fact that I must have a special or unicorn child. As his mother, I certainly think so ( ), but I also believe that as a general rule, we dont need to train children to use the toilet.
I want to start off by saying that the use of disposable diapers is unique to western culture. There are so many other cultures who dont suffer through what we know as potty training, and their children grow up not defecating on themselves just fine. First, (like so many things I write about) it is important to be willing to let go of some of your ideas about children and how they work/what they need. If we can be open to the fact that so many of our ideas are based in non truths then it will be easier to approach something like using the toilet with a brand new perspective. So how did I get my son to use the toilet without training him to?
I didnt wait until some arbitrary time in his life to introduce the concept of a toilet and not urinating on himself. I made sitting in his own poo and pee not normal from day one. I made using the toilet normal from day one. Some people call this Elimination Communication (EC), but you dont even have to do it full time. My son still wore diapers, mostly in public and at night. Even with a diaper on, I made it a point to take him to the bathroom and hold him ove...
Following in the steps of Baltimore and Philadelphia, New York City is establishing a committee to review deaths and severe complications related to pregnancy and childbirth, aiming to reduce their toll on expectant and new mothers in the nations largest metropolis.
Theres ample room for improvement: The citys maternal mortality rate is thought to be slightly above average for the U.S., which has the highest such rate in the industrialized world. Of the estimated 700 to 900 deaths related to pregnancy and childbirth nationwide each year, New York City accounts for about 30.
Moreover, the citys outcomes feature a worsening racial divide. Between 2006 and 2010, black women were 12 times more likely than white women to die from pregnancy-related causes, up from seven times more likely between 2001 and 2005.
The new committee will dig deeper into each maternal death than has previously been possible and, by mining their causes and circumstances, will guide efforts to prevent such tragedies, city health officials said.
We want to advocate for quality improvement, not just in the city [overall], but in all the hospitals in the community, said Dr. Lorraine Boyd, medical director of the city health departments Bureau of Maternal, Infant and Reproductive Health. We want to be able to say that the rates of maternal mortality, that the [racial] gap is closing and that weve put programs in place that are going to lead to that.
The panel (officially named the Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Review Committee, but already nicknamed M3RC) is scheduled to hold its inaugural meeting in early December and convene four times a year thereafter.
It will have up to 45 members, including not only doctors and nurses, but also doulas, midwives and social workers people in the community, who can better reflect how women live their lives, Boyd observed.
Beyond examining maternal deaths, the panel will also compile and analyze data on severe complications experienced by expectant and new mothers. For every death, experts say there are dozens of cases of such complications, affecting more than 50,000 American women each year.
New York state has had a maternal mortality review committee since 2010 that examined cases statewide, including those in the city; the city has also had its own panel to assess death data in aggregate.
Human fertility is declining, and recent studies suggest conventional food may be a significant contributor to this disturbing trend, seen in both men and women. Pesticides have repeatedly been implicated in worsening fertility, and one of the most recent studies adds further support to this hypothesis. The study,1,2 published in JAMA Internal Medicine, evaluated the influence of factors known to affect reproduction on the reproductive success of 325 women between the ages of 18 and 45 (mean age 35), who underwent in vitro fertilization (IVF). As reported by Time,3"The women in the study filled out detailed questionnaires about their diet, along with other factors that can affect IVF outcomes, like their age, weight and history of pregnancy and live births." High Pesticide Exposure Associated With Reduced IVF Success Using a U.S. government database listing average pesticide residues on food, the researchers estimated each participant's pesticide exposure based on their food questionnaires. On average, women with high pesticide exposure ate 2.3 servings per day of fruits, berries or vegetables known to have high amounts of pesticide residue. Those in the lowest quartile ate less than 1 serving of high-pesticide produce per day. Compared to women with the lowest pesticide exposure, women with the highest amounts of pesticide exposure had an 18 percent lower IVF success rate. They were also 26 percent less likely to have a live birth if they did become pregnant. Using modeling, the researchers estimate that exchanging a single serving of high-pesticide produce per day for one with low pesticide load may increase the odds of pregnancy by 79 percent, and the odds of having a live birth by 88 percent.
Being pregnant during the holiday season brings a unique component to the time of year that many find full of joyful stress. If your due date falls between early November and early January, that stress can be amped up even further. Will your water break as you pull the turkey from the oven? Will you be able to decorate a tree or light candles with your children or will you be in the hospital laboring? So many questions about the various birth scenarios arise that it might seem like a good idea to schedule an induction to have some small control over birth timing. But is that the best choice for you and your baby when not medically necessary?
Induction of labor frequently increases birth interventions such as fetal monitoring, epidural anesthesia, instrumental delivery, and cesarean section. First-time mothers undergoing induction double their risk of having a cesarean, which increases risks in subsequent pregnancies such as uterine rupture, placenta previa, placenta accreta, and hysterectomy. Though VBACs and induction are compatible in most circumstances, a woman with a prior cesarean has a 33-75% risk of having another cesarean.
If your provider starts a discussion about scheduling an induction right before a holiday, ask questions.
Some good news for employees: Employers are starting to cover in vitro fertilization costs, including medication, consultation, and IVF. Typically, IVFs total costs can often top $23,000 per patient per round, according to FertilityIQ, a website that crowdsources and verifies data on fertility treatment options. Since many patients need multiple rounds of IVF to get pregnant, the costs quickly
Some good news for employees: Employers are starting to cover in vitro fertilization costs, including medication, consultation, and IVF. Typically, IVFs total costs can often top $23,000 per patient per round, according to FertilityIQ, a website that crowdsources and verifies data on fertility treatment options. Since many patients need multiple rounds of IVF to get pregnant, the costs quickly add up.
Join Greg Carlwood of The Higherside Chats as he talks about birth trauma, prenatal care, the dangers of ultrasounds and Pitocin with guest, Jeanice Barcelo.
Many of us are all too familiar with the cold, clinical process of childbirth, where pregnant mothers and their fetus' are subjected to endless tests, injections, and ultrasounds, all in the name of modern medicine.
And while these method of madness may be hailed within the scientific community, it is obvious our prenatal care and birthing process have mutated into an industry orchestrated to prey of the fear of new parents.
This cycle has evolved throughout the last century, from a natural, love-filled process, to one that is designed to deliberately genetically alter both mother and child, through psychological torture beginning from the moment of incarnation and resulting in both cascade of interventions during birth and lifelong effects on fertility.
By Dr. Mercola
Human fertility is declining, and recent studies suggest conventional food may be a significant contributor to this disturbing trend, seen in both men and women. Pesticides have repeatedly been implicated in worsening fertility, and one of the most recent studies adds further support to this hypothesis.
The study,1,2 published in JAMA Internal Medicine, evaluated the influence of factors known to affect reproduction on the reproductive success of 325 women between the ages of 18 and 45 (mean age 35), who underwent in vitro fertilization (IVF). As reported by Time,3 The women in the study filled out detailed questionnaires about their diet, along with other factors that can affect IVF outcomes, like their age, weight and history of pregnancy and live births.
Using a U.S. government database listing average pesticide residues on food, the researchers estimated each participants pesticide exposure based on their food questionnaires. On average, women with high pesticide exposure ate 2.3 servings per day of fruits, berries or vegetables known to have high amounts of pesticide residue. Those in the lowest quartile ate less than 1 serving of high-pesticide produce per day.
Compared to women with the lowest pesticide exposure, women with the highest amounts of pesticide exposure had an 18 percent lower IVF success rate. They were also 26 percent less likely to have a live birth if they did become pregnant. Using modeling, the researchers estimate that exchanging a single serving of high-pesticide produce per day for one with low pesticide load may increase the odds of pregnancy by 79 percent, and the odds of having a live birth by 88 percent.
Senior investigator Dr. Jorge Chavarro, associate professor of nutrition and epidemiology at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health told Time:4
I was always skeptical that pesticide residues in foods would have any impact on health whatsoever. So, when we started doing this work a couple of years ago, I thought we were not going to find anything. I was surpri...
This week, January and Brandon discuss postpartum after all six births! They discuss postpartum depression, severe back spasms, bottle feeding, awkwardness in the bedroom, and Brandons immunity to cute babies. Also, January has a hilarious slip of the tongue that makes this episode explicit, so cover your childrens ears during the last 20 minutes!
Join January at a Find Your Village event near you! Tickets are still available to Atlanta...
A pregnancy test can show a positive result a few days after implantation has occurred. Most women who want to get pregnant are very keen to take a home pregnancy test (HPT) to see if the result is positive. Depending on your body and the levels of hCG hormone, early pregnancy can be detected by a pregnancy blood test as soon as 3-4 days after implantation. Usually, a urine home pregnancy test takes a few days longer to detect a pregnancy and may show a positive result as soon as 5-7 days after implantation.
Even if the home pregnancy test result is negative, it doesnt necessarily mean that you are not pregnant. How soon an early pregnancy can be detected depends on the levels of the hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). This hormone is produced during pregnancy. Blood and urine pregnancy tests check for elevated levels of hCG which start to rise right after implantation. A positive urine home pregnancy test will undoubtedly mean that you are pregnant and should visit your doctor for hCG blood test.
Most home urine pregnancy test kits advise that you should wait until the first day of your missed period before taking the test. This is when levels of hCG will usually be high enough for the majority of pregnancy testing kits to show a positive pregnancy result if you have conceived. However, some urine pregnancy testing kits are more sensitive and may be able to show a positive result and detect early pregnancy quite soon after implantation.
If you have already waited for a few days after your missed period to take a pregnancy test, and it is still negative, chances are that you are not pregnant.
You may want to take a pregnancy test, but you probably have questions such as: How long after implantation can I test? How long do I have to wait after a missed period before I take a test? In this article, you will find out how early you can detect pregnancy using at-home pregnancy testing kits. You will also learn about the other early signs of pregnancy that can help determine if implantation has taken place.
How Long After Implantation You Need to Take a Pregnancy Test
How early you can take a pregnancy test depends on a number of factors such as the sensitivity of the home pregnancy test (HPT), levels of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) in your body, and the regularity of your menstrual cycle.
A pregnancy test can only become positive when an egg is fertilized after ovulation. According to the American Pregnancy Association, ovulation happens about 11 to 21 days from the start of your last period.1 At ovulation, an egg is released and lives for up to 24 hours in the fallopian tubes waiting for a sperm that lives lo...
This is the first confirmed case of the gene editing of human embryos in the US and it gets scientists one step closer to the ability to create genetically engineered humans. Researchers in Portland, Oregon have used a powerful gene editing tool called CRISPR to create genetically modified human embryos, MIT Technology Review reported in an exclusive.
CRISPR, which is often compared to the cut-and-paste function on a word processor, is a powerful and comparatively new genetic engineering technique that allows scientists to make specific, targeted changes to the DNA of a plant, animal, or human. Its relatively cheap and easy to use and has the potential to cure a wide range of diseases, such as muscular dystrophy or HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus). But scientists seem to be using it to create designer humans and animals instead leading to ethics questions.
In 2015, Chinese scientists used CRISPR to make muscled beagles. But even beyond the often-stated fear that gene editing will lead to a world of designer babies and genetic have-nots, CRISPR is still new and may have consequences we dont understand.
Several countries have a ban or at least some type of regulation on gene editing in human embryos, although as the use of CRISPR speeds up in the lab, regulations, and viewpoints continue to evolve as well. Earlier this year, the US National Academy of Sciences said that editing the DNA of human embryos could be allowed in order to cure disease, with certain safeguards in place; and scientists are going ahead.
In recent years the CDC has made recommendations that women receive flu vaccines and TDaP vaccines during their pregnancy even though the package inserts state there are no long term safety studies to justify this practice. Mothers are reporting miscarriage, pre-term labor and health issues for themselves and their children following these vaccines. A recent CDC study found that pregnant women vaccinated with the influenza vaccine had 2 times greater odds of miscarrying their babies compared to women who did not receive flu vaccine. Heres one mothers story of her twins after a flu vaccine in pregnancy. Share your story and hashtag it #restorechildhealth #worldmercuryproject.
The post Campaign to Restore Child Health: Vaccines in Pregnancy Not Tested for Safety appeared first on World Mercury Project.
A small group of young people and a self-described "dinosaur" are organizing a mass recitation of the rosary that will stretch around Ireland's coasts, spiritually uniting Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic in their shared love of life and faith.
Often, a horrific truth hides in plain site, such as Section #13 of most vaccine package inserts. Basically, it states that that no vaccines are evaluated for cancer, DNA mutation, or fertility damage - which is pretty much the whole ballgame when it comes to good health. But there's much more to this story, including National Security implications, the roles played by the CDC, news media, and non-profits, and what you can do.
Thousands of people have been infected and over 143 are now reported dead from the plague outbreak thats now threatening Africa, reports the UK Daily Mail. Health officials are unsure how this years outbreak began, reports the paper. Experts warn the disease spreads quicker in heavily populated areas.
Isnt it interesting that just as Prince William is calling for urgent depopulation efforts in Africa, we suddenly have the rapid spread of the plague from unknown origins? As Natural News previously reported, Prince William appears to be pushing for depopulation efforts across Africa in the name of environmentalism:
Africas rapidly growing human population is predicted to more than double by 2050 a staggering increase of three and a half million people per month, Prince William explained during a recent event hosted by the Tusk Trust, a charity that is committed to protecting African wildlife.
According to The Telegraph, Prince William continued, Urbanization, infrastructure development, cultivation all good things in themselves, but they will have a terrible impact unless we begin to plan and to take measures now.
Whats the quickest and easiest way for globalists to eliminate targeted human populations? Release a weaponized infectious disease and let it spread from city to city while using the outbreak to strengthen government funding of the vaccine and pharmaceutical industries. This, of course, is a form of medical genocide.
Yet as weve repeatedly seen, vaccines and pharmaceuticals are now confirmed to be routinely used to reduce targeted populations rather than save lives. Just last week, for example, a bombshell science paper was released that documents the covert infertility chemical being spiked into W.H.O. vaccines administered in African nations. From Vaccines.news:
[A] bombshell science paper has emerged that confirms the use of covert sterilization chemicals in World Health Organization vaccines deployed in Africa. Entitled, HCG Found in WHO Tetanus Vaccine in Kenya Raises Concern in the Devel...
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