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Sunday, 19 November


Expensive Food "IndyWatch Feed World"

'Expensive' Food | danger-pesticides | Agriculture & Farming Medical & Health Special Interests Toxins

Two new studies call attentionyet againto the link between pesticides and health problemsand how widespread those health issues are.

The International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems and The Global Alliance for the Future of Food published a 120-page report that says, among other things, that the industrial food system is mostly to blame for our staggering healthcare costs.

And a new study in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine found that women who consume fruits and vegetables with high amounts of pesticide residue are less likely to conceiveand if they do, more likely to miscarry.

The Rodale Institute pulled these numbers, representing the healthcare-related costs of our industrial food system, from the IPES-Food report:

  • $760 billion yearly cost of obesity (global estimate for 2025)
  • $673 billion yearly cost of diabetes (global number for 2012)
  • $3.5 trillion global cost of malnutrition
  • $557 billion cost of endocrine disruptor exposure (the U.S. and the EU)

Not on the list? The costfinancial, physical and emotionalof infertility treatments.

More from the IPES-Food report:

. . . many of the most severe health impacts trace back to some of the core industrial food and farming practices, e.g., chemical-intensive agriculture; intensive livestock production; and the mass production and mass marketing of ultra-processed foods.

The next time someone tells you organic food is too expensive, um . . .

Read Expert Panel Identifies Unacceptable Toll of Food and Farming Systems on Human Health

Read Unraveling the Food-Health Nexus...


Babies are born polluted - study shows "IndyWatch Feed World"

Back in 2010, a report by the President's Cancer Panel called for a change in the regulation of chemicals produced by industry. Why? Because a study had found that babies were polluted at birth [1]. Before they even had the privilege of joining the physical world, the unborn were found to be affected by the sins of it. Research showed that, almost universally, the bodies of newborn infants were already infested with upwards of 200 different chemicals - and those are only the ones that can be tested for [2]. The placenta, the safeguard nature has put in place for a developing baby in the womb can't defend against the ugly side of industrialization. And now, nearly three years later, nothing has changed. That should make you both sick and angry.


Roo scientists admit industry stimulates roo population growth whilst calling roos pests "IndyWatch Feed National"

This scientific submission on commercial kangaroo management was closely based on the literature from the industry, which proved to be a revelation in what it actually admitted about its manipulation of kangaroo population numbers. Basically, the very small number of scientists dominating the academic literature and the industry have stated (variously) that they artificially stimulate population growth rebound beyond normal numbers in targeted populations of kangaroos; that they then justify their industry and culls on the basis that the animals are too populous and a pest; that the Australian public would not allow the industry to continue if they did not swallow the line that kangaroos are a pest; that although the industry and population culls are justified in order to prevent damage to grasslands and erosion by overgrazing, this is in fact false, and the example is given of kangaroos even at 50 per km square making almost no impact on the land, whereas the sheep that the industry is purportedly saving the land for, devastate it. This is my second article on kangaroo science and I did not go into it expecting to find such blatant snake oil passing for research among a very small cognoscenti, but here it is. Im was surprised as you will be. Also, one final word, even if the industry is correct in saying that it artificially boosts kangaroo numbers in order to have enough kangaroos to harvest, as I say at the end, that does not apply to all populations and that does not mean that the strategy is not causing population crashes and demographic anomalies, for reasons that I raise in this article. If you think there are fewer kangaroos around, you may well be right and have a better idea than the industry itself. (This researched article by evolutionary sociologist Sheila Newman [1] was originally submitted to the South Australian Commercial Kangaroo Management Plan 2018-2022 ( on behalf of the Australian Wildlife Protection Council on 7 October 2017.)


Demographic brakes
Demographic accelerators
More demographic Brakes: Sexual Segregation/Gender pathways
What are the consequences of loss of sex-specific territory?
How far do kangaroos migrate? 9

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Saturday, 18 November


Why Are 12 Year Old Girls Having Rough, Often Unwanted, And Unrealistic Sex? Maria Pyanov CPD, CCE Page Array BellyBelly

Why Are 12 Year Old Girls Having Rough, Often Unwanted, And Unrealistic Sex?

If youre wondering whether you somehow clicked through to a site other than BellyBelly, Im not surprised. After all, were all about pregnancy, birth and babies, right? Certainly, we cover those topics in depth, but babies eventually become children, who eventually become teens. Times are changing fast, and its important for us, as parents, to be prepared. I want to delve into this topic probably as much as you want to read about it which is probably not at all. No parent wants to read that 12-year-olds are having sex. No parent wants to think that a 12-year-old girl can find herself in a situation where shes having unwanted sex and especially not rough, porn-like sex. As comfortable as it would be just to bury our heads in the sand, that would only make it worse. So, here I am, jumping into a shockingly real scenario to find out why and how it could happen, and what we can do to help our daughters and sons avoid it.

Why Are 12 Year Olds Having Porn-Like Sex?

The short answer is pornography. Every child with Internet access can access a constant stream of free, high-speed Internet porn. If youre thinking that porn has been around for a long time and therefore it cant possibly be the only reason children are having rough sex at a younger age, then you are right. And you wont be surprised to hear that the long answer goes beyond just porn. However, it is the biggest factor. Our children are getting their sexual education online, via their own, or their friends, electronic devices. They dont have to try very hard to stumble across porn. They watch it, they expect sex to be that way, and they act out rougher, porn-like sex with their partners. And todays porn is not like it was in past generations.

How Could Porn Have Such An Impact?

The Internet is one of the biggest technological advancements in history. It wasnt labelled the information highway for no reason. Any and every topic, image or video can be found instantly, and often on a small handheld device. However, 24/7 access to free porn is very recent. Remember the days when awkward teens would try to catch a glimpse...


Confessions of an Ultracrepidarian: 7 Controversial Solutions "IndyWatch Feed World"

Dont be an ultracrepidarian, say NO when you dont no. ~Ntesh mbuj

Ultracrepidarian (adj): One who gives opinions on something beyond his or her knowledge. Synonyms: amateur, sciolist.

Im admitting, here at the outset, that Im an amateur in the following seven controversial issues that continually trip us up as human beings. But thats not going to stop me from vivisecting the animal of these issues and then performing a legerdemain-esc bypass surgery in the form of seven controversial solutions that may or may not resuscitate the animal.

As Andy Merrifield said in The Amateur, An intellectual ought to be an amateur, a thinking and concerned member of society who raises questions at the very heart of professionalized activity. Its a sense of self-worth, an affirmation of engaged activity that hinges on an audience and a constituency. Indeed, is that audience there to be satisfied, or is it there to be challenged, provoked, stirred into opposition, and mobilized into collective democratic action? Let the challenging, provoking, stirring, and mobilizing begin.


Pro-life quote: The right to life is the first among human rights. ~Pope Francis

Pro-choice quote: No woman can call herself free who does not control her own body. ~Margaret Sanger

Bam! Heres a humdinger, right out of the gate. It doesnt get much more controversial than this. Down the rabbit hole we go. Buckle up. This particular rabbit hole happens to be littered with broken razors, jagged thorns, dirty needles, and bloody hangers just waiting to catch you right in the side of your existential angst. Ouch!

Okay. So, we all know about the war between pro-life and pro-choice. Its a war that has been raging since time immemorial, and it probably wont be ending any time soon. But we wont be going into that war. Theres simply too much heated emotion and fiery sentiment there. No. We will be cutting straight to my ultra-liberal solution (so far left it falls off the map, circles back around through the right then through the left again and then falls off the map completely lost in the abyss of my lone-wolf peripherals).

Here it is, down and dirty: Generally, conservatives want to ban abortion altogether, while liberals want to keep it legal. My controversial solution is simply this: men do not get to have a say. Period. Men should follow the lead of women on this absolute female decision. Men should sideline themselves. It comes down to a matter of power and usefulness. When it comes to the issue of abortion, women hav...


Death by a Thousand Cuts: When the Cures of Big Pharma are Worse than the Diseases "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The vaccine debate and prying into Planned Parenthoods Standard Operating Procedure are two arenas I have not gravitated toward. Genetically-engineered crops, industrial farming, confined feeding operations (CAFOs), dams killing wild salmon, these are my fortes.

The news daily is like death by a thousand cuts for me tied to new studies on collapsing ecosystems, indigenous people fighting against mines and other extractive industries, and more and more on climate change/global warming.

I never thought Id be embroiled in a fight for my livelihood because I questioned the rampant vaccination of girls (and now boys) with the Merck marketed HPV vaccine, Gardasil. To date, more than 270,000,000 doses have been distributed worldwide, this HPV vaccine (World Health Organizations Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety) distributed by both GlaxoSmithKline and Merck versions. There are scientists who say the human papillomavirus is not the cancer threat posited by the drug manufacturers and their paid-off doctors;  that most immune systems can fight off the HPV; that the vaccine only hits two of the more than 40 different HPV phenotypes.

My story with HPV vaccine started when I was in a Planned Parenthood training last month, a mandatory course for social workers titled Fundamentals of Sex Ed. For a total of possibly 30 seconds out of a 16-hour two-day training (I was kicked out after day one, eight hours worth), I voiced my opinion about the potential risks associated with Gardasil.

The opinion was put down on a slip of paper, then, and thrown in with dozens of other comments from the 40 participants. This is in Seattle, one of the bigger Planned Parenthood locations, and the comments I made were specifically sold to us all as an anonymous forum. I went further with two more comments on the slips of paper about 60 words answering this first day evaluation question: What could Planned Parenthood have done differently today in the training?

I am really disappointed that Planned Parenthood in Seattle is so lock-step in line with Big Pharma. Especially in the case of Gardasil, which is a vaccine that has gotten tens of thousands complaints about it. Anyone, including my 16- to 21-year-old clients, could easily Google Gardasil Dangers and find a plethora of very disturbing and legi...


Vitamin D deficiency might be associated with increased risk of respiratory distress syndrome in preterm infants. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke Za Zhi. 2017 Nov ;19(11):1134-1137. PMID: 29132457 Abstract Title:  [Relationship between serum 25(OH)D levels at birth and respiratory distress syndrome in preterm infants]. Abstract:  OBJECTIVE: To investigate the relationship between serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] levels at birth and respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) in preterm infants.METHODS: This retrospective study recruited preterm infants with gestational age of below 34 weeks who were born between January 2014 and December 2016. These preterm infants were divided into two groups: RDS (n=72) and control (n=40). Clinical data of the two groups were collected, including gestational age, birth weight, gender, delivery mode, Apgar scores at 1 minute and 5 minutes, incidence of maternal gestational diabetes mellitus, and use of prenatal steroid hormone. Peripheral blood samples were collected and 25(OH)D levels were measured by chemiluminescence immunoassay. The association between serum 25(OH)D levels at birth and RDS was analyzed by multivariate logistic regression.RESULTS: Apgar scores at 1 minute and 5 minutes and serum 25(OH)D levels in the RDS group were significantly lower than those in the control group (P

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7 Bad Parenting Ideas That Seemed Like A Great Idea Fiona Peacock Page Array BellyBelly

7 Crappy Parenting Ideas That Seemed Like A Great Idea At The Time

When it comes to parenting, none of us really knows what were doing. We muddle through day by day, doing the best we can, and hope were not messing our kids up for life. We all make mistakes. Its part of life. Its how we learn and grow. Its how we perfect our A-game. We live and learn, and sometimes, we get a funny story to tell in the process. Hey, nobodys perfect! Its all very well reading blogs and books, and knowing the theory behind how to be a perfect parent, but that doesnt mean its easy to do in practice.

Bad Parenting Ideas That Seemed Like A Great Idea

Here are seven really rubbish parenting ideas that seemed like a great idea at the time:

#1: Letting Them Eat In The Car

Is there anything worse than long car journeys with children? Well, yes, actually. Cleaning the car after long car journeys with children. The entire backseat of your car is now covered with squished together raisins, theres a carpet of mouldy blueberries, and the back windows are coated in sticky handprints. The snacks definitely distracted them from the misery of the car journey for about three minutes but was it really worth the cost of having your car professionally cleaned? Not to mention the shame of having the car cleaner see how filthy your car was.

#2: Letting Them Stay Up Late For A Special Occasion

Sometimes, exciting things happen after bedtime. And, for the most part, your kids miss out on the festivities. But every so often, something comes around that they dont want to miss. So you think to yourself, Whats the worst that could happen? and agree to let them stay up late and join in with the grown ups. You will regret this decision. There is a reason why children have a bedtime, and its not because they get tired. Its because, like Gremlins, they turn into unruly monsters after dark. They scream, they cry, they hit, they run, and they take over whole office building (that last one might just refer to actual Gremlins). Your well-behaved children will be nowhere to be seen at night, and youll spend the whole event chasing after Gremlins. Dont think youll get a lie-in the next day, either. They might have stayed up four hours past their usu...


President Trump Nominates Big Pharma Pro-Vaccine Exec as Secretary of the Health and Human Services "IndyWatch Feed Health"


Alex Azar. Image source.

by Autism Action Network

President Trump just nominated former chief lobbyist and President of the US division of drug company Eli Lilly, Alex Azar, to be the next Secretary of the Health and Human Services (HHS).

Eli Lilly is the inventor and was the primary manufacturer of thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative used in vaccines that is linked to autism and other neurological disorders. Prior to employment at Eli Lilly, under George W. Bush, Azar was general counsel and later deputy secretary of HHS at the time the decision was made to give an expedited efficacy and safety review to Gardasil, a vaccine for human papilloma virus produced by Merck that has enormous safety issues.

As general counsel (head attorney) for HHS, Azar participated in the Autism Omnibus Proceeding that denied more than 5000 claims of vaccine injury, even though HHS settled one of the test cases that found that Hannah Polings autism was indeed caused by vaccine injury.

Azar is exactly the wrong person to head HHS. Azar must be approved by the Senate, and the Autism Action Network will be working hard to stop his confirmation.

Please call the White House and politely express your opposition to Azars nomination at (202) 456-1111

And please call the two US Senators from your state and politely tell the staffer you want your Senators to oppose the Azar nomination.

Please click on this link to send an email to the President expressing your disappointment with this nomination, and encouraging the two United States Senators from your state, who must vote on Azars appointment, to oppose his confirmation.

While the head of Eli Lily in the US, Azar was also on the board of directors of the Biotechnology Innovation Association, a trade and lobbying association for manufacturers of biological products including drugs, vaccines and GMOs....


Hilarious Mama Teases Model Brother By Recreating His Photos With Her Toddler Fiona Peacock Page Array BellyBelly

Hilarious Mama Teases Model Brother By Recreating His Photos With Her Toddler

If your younger brother happens to be a famous model, you might as well have some fun with it. Or, at least, thats what one hilarious mama decided to do. Katina Behm, older sister and chief mocker of model Aristotle Polites, figured out the perfect way to tease her younger brother in a loving way with the help of her adorable toddler son. As you might imagine, Polites Instagram feed is filled with photos of him staring into the middle distance while wearing fashionable clothes or, well, not many clothes at all.

Hilarious Mama Teases Model Brother By Recreating His Photos With Her Toddler

After unsuccessfully trying to convince her toddler son, Augie, to let her fasten the buttons on his red plaid shirt, Behm realised she had unwittingly recreated one of her brothers more memorable snaps. She snapped a photo of her topless toddler with his red and black shirt bunched around his neck and stuck it next to the photo of her brother also topless, with a red and black scarf around his neck. Sometimes your neck is cold but your six pack isnt, right? [caption id="attachment_18325" align="aligncenter" width="488"]Hilarious Mama Teases Model Brother By Recreating His Photos With Her Toddler Photo Credit: Instagram babyandthebody[/caption] Seeing an opportunity, Behm uploaded the photograph to Instagram, along with the caption Imitation is the highest form of flattery. It quickly atracted hundreds of likes....


President Trump Nominates Big Pharma Pro-Vaccine Exec as Secretary of the Health and Human Services "IndyWatch Feed Health"


Alex Azar. Image source.

by Autism Action Network

President Trump just nominated former chief lobbyist and President of the US division of drug company Eli Lilly, Alex Azar, to be the next Secretary of the Health and Human Services (HHS).

Eli Lilly is the inventor and was the primary manufacturer of thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative used in vaccines that is linked to autism and other neurological disorders. Prior to employment at Eli Lilly, under George W. Bush, Azar was general counsel and later deputy secretary of HHS at the time the decision was made to give an expedited efficacy and safety review to Gardasil, a vaccine for human papilloma virus produced by Merck that has enormous safety issues.

As general counsel (head attorney) for HHS, Azar participated in the Autism Omnibus Proceeding that denied more than 5000 claims of vaccine injury, even though HHS settled one of the test cases that found that Hannah Polings autism was indeed caused by vaccine injury.

Azar is exactly the wrong person to head HHS. Azar must be approved by the Senate, and the Autism Action Network will be working hard to stop his confirmation.

Please call the White House and politely express your opposition to Azars nomination at (202) 456-1111

And please call the two US Senators from your state and politely tell the staffer you want your Senators to oppose the Azar nomination.

Please click on this link to send an email to the President expressing your disappointment with this nomination, and encouraging the two United States Senators from your state, who must vote on Azars appointment, to oppose his confirmation.

While the head of Eli Lily in the US, Azar was also on the board of directors of the Biotechnology Innovation Association, a trade and lobbying association for manufacturers of biological products including drugs, vaccines and GMOs....


This study suggests that M. paradisiaca fruit has reproductive-enhancing potential when consumed moderately. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Niger J Physiol Sci. 2017 Jun 30 ;32(1):105-108. Epub 2017 Jun 30. PMID: 29134985 Abstract Title:  Effects of Unripe Musa Paradisiaca on the Histochemistry of the Testis and Testosterone Levels in Adult Albino Rats. Abstract:  This study was aimed at determining the effects of the unripe fruit of Musa paradisiaca on the testis andtestosterone levels in male Wistar rats. The animals were grouped into three, comprising a control, and 2 treatment groupsadministered with different doses (500 mg/kg and 1000 mg/kg) daily of the fruit flour over 28 days. Histochemical evaluationof the testes was done using Haematoxylin and Eosin, Periodic acid Schiff's (PAS) and Feulgen staining techniques, whilethe serum and homogenised testicular tissue were evaluated for testosterone levels using Accu-Bind ELISA Kit. The testisof the treated groups showed more rapidly dividing cells and more population of sperm cells compared to the control group,and also showed more positivity for Feulgen staining and PAS reaction. Both serum and testicular testosterone levels werehowever reduced. Serum testosterone was significantly lowered in the animals given the low dose (0.67 0.03 ng/ml),compared to those given high dose (0.85 0.02 ng/ml) and the control animals (1.88 0.15 ng/ml) (p

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Another One Bites the Dust "IndyWatch Feed World"

Another One Bites the Dust*
by James Howard Kunstler

"If only abortion were retroactive, we could suitably deal with monsters like Senator Al Franken (D MN), who apparently ventured to apply a breast adjustment to a female colleague asleep on the military airplane winging them home from USO duty in Afghanistan. This was back in the day when Senator Franken was a professional entertainer, a clown to be precise, but his career shift to politics has rendered all his prior clowning anathema.

Will he slink out of the senate in disgrace with (ahem) his tail between his legs? Or will he bunker in and wait until the mega-storm of sexual accusation roars on to strand some bigger, flashier fish on the shoals of ignominy? Perhaps well soon learn that Warren Buffet repeatedly shagged his notoriously over-taxed secretary in the Berkshire Hathaway janitors closet. Or that Mike Pence once bought a diet Dr. Pepper for a woman who was not his wife!

Seems to me this storm could roar and roil on until ninety-plus percent of the men in America are exposed as sex monsters and expelled from every workplace in the land. And then America can feel good about itself again. At least until the bond market blows up, or Kim Jung Fatboy sends a rocket over Rancho Cuckamonga.



I Am A Feminist, and Not All Choices Are Worth Fighting For. Earth Based Mom Blog

I want to start off by saying that I am as pro-woman as it might get.

Of course, women should be treated with equal respect. Of course, women should have the right to choose what they do with their bodies. Of course, women deserve to be paid the same as men for the same work. OF COURSE, women are worthy citizens. Absolutely. And

All the choices we have been presented with by a society dominated by men and patriarchal values are NOT worth fighting for. Meaning, just because we can do something, doesnt mean we shouldor even want to.

I get it, though. These choices we are given have been framed as rights. Rights is a charged word. Who doesnt want rights to something? Of course, women should have the right.right?

We have somehow been duped into thinking that just because society has given us an option in regard to our own lives, health, careers, etc, then it has value and we should fight for it.

But lets face it. Society misses the mark A LOT in terms of what is conducive to the health and wellbeing of its citizens. As a matter of fact, I would be so bold to say that mostly, what we deem as normal and mainstream societal expectations and behavior pretty much sucks.

I want to pause and reiterate. I am allllll for a womans right to choose. I am in no way suggesting or proposing that we remove a womans right to choose for herself, or force/inflict anything upon her without her consent and against her judgment.

The word choice is defined as: an act of selecting or making a decision when faced with two or more possibilities.

Therefore, is it really a choice if we arent given all the information about the choices we have to choose from? Is it really a choice if you are not choosing between two or more possibilities and you are just doing what is being pushed onto you by societal expectation and conditioning? Because you know, thats how your mom did it and thats how you were raised.

I am pro-woman. I am pro-health, freedom, happiness, vitality, and power of all women. Most women have so much internalized...


New bill in Congress seeks to protect all unborn who have a heartbeat - 69% of Americans back the bill "IndyWatch Feed World"

Abortion defenders have long said all that's being aborted is a clump of cells. But pro-life forces say if a heartbeat can be detected, that proves what's inside the womb is a life and should be protected. A new bill in Congress, HR490, would make the presence of that heartbeat the standard for outlawing an abortion. Some 170 House members back the Heartbeat Protection Act, which had its first hearing on Capitol Hill Wednesday. Polling by the Barna Group shows 69 percent of Americans back the bill. "That's 86 percent of Republicans, 61 percent of Independents, and yes, even a Democrat majority by 55 percent," said Faith2Action president Janet Porter, the originator of the first heartbeat bill, at a Capitol Hill news conference. Rep. Steven King, R-Iowa, the main sponsor of this congressional bill, said, "We have a nearly universal consensus in America - wherever you sit on the political spectrum - that human life is sacred."


Meet the Leadership: Katie Peternel, ICAN of Annapolis

ICAN is excited to announce Katie Peternel as our newest Chapter Leader!


I want others to know that ICAN is not against all cesareans. Instead, their goal is education and advocacy, and to reduce unnecessary cesareans while promoting VBACs. ~ Katie Peternel, ICAN of Annapolis

Please introduce yourself to ICAN:

I am married, have one son (Cole 1.5), and another on the way. When pregnant with my son, I prepared for an unmedicated, intervention-free hospital birth. I agreed to be induced at 41+2, was unable to have an epidural due to low platelets, pushed for 3.5 hours, and then head a cesarean due to arrest of descent. When Cole was born, he was taken to the NICU for 1 hour, but then joined me in the recovery room. I was disappointed in almost every aspect of my birth experience, and I look forward to being a better advocate for myself and for other women in the future as an ICAN leader!

I was a self-contained special education teacher working with children with autism out of college and now I am a behavior specialist for a local school system. I like to crochet, needlepoint, and craft even though I never have the time! When not pregnant or breastfeeding, I love wine!

What led you to join ICAN?

I found out about ICAN through an internet search after the birth of my first child. I did not have any friends who had struggled with their cesareans, or any friends who had VBACs. I thought that if I was searching for this type of support in my area, certainly other women would be too!

How do you share ICAN as an organization with others?


Friday, 17 November


Link Birth, Bodies, Bharat

Thanks Stella, for this photo from Madurai, of a nurturing man and a pregnant (birthing?) woman.


Woman who took pregnancy photo with 20K bees shares heartbreaking news "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Emily Mueller, the full-time beekeeper who shared her now infamous honeybee baby bump photo with the world has announced that she has had a stillbirth. Our thoughts are with her in this devastating time, we cannot imagine her sadness. Her photo that featured more than 20,000 bees went viral back in August when she shared


These results demonstrate the dynamic ovarian response to BPA exposure. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Gen Comp Endocrinol. 2017 Nov 4. Epub 2017 Nov 4. PMID: 29113915 Abstract Title:  Bisphenol A accelerates meiotic progression in embryonic chickens via the estrogen receptor signaling pathway. Abstract:  Bisphenol A (BPA) as an endocrine-disrupting chemical with weak estrogenic activity affects formation of primordial follicles. This study aimed to identify the potential effects and molecular mechanisms of BPA on meiosis and primordial follicle formation in chickens. The results suggest that the cortical layer was thickened and the number of germ cells that entered into meiosis was increased in BPA-treated ovaries. The percentage ofH2AX-positive cells increased significantly. In addition, up-regulated mRNA expression of meiotic genes, including stimulated by retinoic acid gene 8 (Stra8), disrupted meiotic cDNA 1 homologue (Dmc1) and synaptonemal complex protein 3 (Scp3) were observed in BPA-treated ovaries. Therefore, progression to meiosis prophase I was accelerated by exposure to BPA. Furthermore, the results demonstrated that injection of BPA resulted in hypomethylation of Dazl (Deleted in A Zoospermia-Like gene) and Stra8 and up-regulation mRNA expression of Dazl and Stra8 during meiotic onset. Finally, the relationship between estrogen receptor (ER) expression and BPA-induced meiosis was revealed using an in vitro ovarian culture system. BPA enhanced ER expression at the levels of mRNA and protein, while BPA exerted no significant effect on ER and membrane-bound estrogen receptor (GPR30) expression. Theinducing effects of BPA on meiosis were blocked by ER inhibitor. Collectively, these results demonstrate the dynamic ovarian response to BPA exposure, which indicate that BPA affects the formation of primordial follicles by promoting meiotic progression of oocytes via hypomethylation of Dazl and Stra8 and ER signaling pathways.

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Gov. Releases Millions Of Man-Made Mosquitoes Which Cause Male Infertility "IndyWatch Feed World"

Millions of man-made GM mosquitoes being released across the U.S. are likely to cause infertility in men, according to scientists.  Fears have grown that the lab-grown mosquitoes not only target disease-carrying insects but may also be [...]


Pregnant At Christmas: A Survival Guide Fiona Peacock Page Array BellyBelly

Pregnant At Christmas? A Survival Guide

Youve decked the halls with boughs of holly (or tinsel). The living room furniture has been squished into one corner of the room to make way for the oversized Christmas tree. It can only mean one thing. Christmas is upon us. As Andy Williams famously sang: Its a most wonderful time of the year. Of course, Andy Williams probably never spent it pregnant. If he had, hed know the festive period can feel a lot more like hard work, when all you want to do is nap.

Pregnant At Christmas: A Survival Guide

If the thought of endless office parties, Christmas shopping, and family get-togethers makes you want to hibernate until its all over, this survival guide is for you. Dont forget, you can get away with a lot when youre pregnant. What better time to exploit it than at Christmas? Here are 10 top tips to help you survive the Christmas season with a bun in the oven:

#1: Avoid Over Scheduling

Christmas is such a busy time of year. Your diary rapidly fills with dinners and nights out with various friends you havent seen for months. There are plenty of family parties and celebratory gatherings with work colleagues. And, before you know it, youre fully booked and in desperate need of a night off. You dont have to say yes to every event, just pick the ones you really want to go to. Aim to keep one night free each weekend in December so you can rest if you need to. Growing a baby is tiring work, so dont put extra pressure on yourself, trying to keep up with everybody else. You dont need to be busy, busy, busy just because its Christmas.

#2: Dont Be Afraid To Cancel Plans

If you have overfilled your social calendar, dont be afraid to back out of plans if you need to. Nobody likes a flaky friend, but being pregnant is a perfectly valid excuse for skipping things. Youre likely to be more exhausted than usual and might even find yourself feeling run down at times. If you arent really up to doing something, be honest and say so. Your friends and family will understand you need to take a step back.

#3: Treat Yourself To Some Maternity Pyjamas

New pyjamas pretty much say Christmas, dont they? Theres nothing better than snuggling up in front of t...


Do Lactation Consultants Ever Suggest Formula? Renee Kam IBCLC Page Array BellyBelly

Do Lactation Consultants Ever Suggest Formula?

Breastfeeding statistics in Australia indicate most mothers want to breastfeed, with a 96% initiation rate. Breastfeeding, although natural, is still a learned skill and it can take some time to get the hang of it. Knowledgeable support is very important when it comes to helping mothers achieve their breastfeeding goals. International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) are the gold standard in terms of helping mothers with breastfeeding. IBCLCs also need to be sensitive to mothers needs as they work with them to help them achieve their goals. But what if breastfeeding is not working out so well, or if a mother thinks she might want to stop breastfeeding?

Do Lactation Consultants Ever Suggest Formula?

Lactation consultants dont tell mothers what to do. When working with mothers, an IBCLCs role is to provide information and support. Its not an IBCLCs prerogative to tell a mother to use formula, any more than it is to tell her to breastfeed. A mother who is experiencing breastfeeding difficulties doesnt automatically want to wean and formula feed. To suggest this to a mother struggling with breastfeeding can undermine all the time and effort she has put in so far. Instead, a mother needs to be provided with a safe environment, to work out what will work best for her. She doesnt need an IBCLC to make up her mind for her. Of course, in situations where there is a medical need for formula, an appropriate health professional (such as a medical adviser) should inform a mother of this. An IBCLCs role, especially when working with mothers struggling with breastfeeding, is to do these 3 things:

#1: Understand What Mothers Are Experiencing

This is probably the most important aspect of supporting mothers struggling with breastfeeding. It involves being patient, listening actively, and showing empathy and unconditional positive...


How To Cook For Your Postpartum Clients Blog - Newborn Mothers

When I get asked a question over and over again I know its time to write a blog post about it! I am often asked about how to cook for Newborn Mothers, what the regulations are and where to actually do the cooking.

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I can only speak about my experience in Australia but if you have any information regarding your own country please add it in the comments.

Health And Safety

You can do a simple Food Handlers Certificate Course online, and it only takes a few hours. This will give you the basic food handling and safety info you need, plus a certificate. Easy :)

Cooking In Your Home

When choosing whether to cook in your home or in your clients home there are a few things to consider.

If you cook at your own home its easy to forget to charge for your time and realise only later that you are barely covering your costs. Be sure to factor in your time!

To sell food prepared in your own kitchen you will need to register. An environmental health officer will come to your home and check that your kitchen is clean and hygienic, and meets certain structural requirements such as ventilation.

Cooking In Your Clients Home

If you cook in your clients home you can plan a menu together - I go through my recipe book with them.  I usually ask my clients family or friends to do the shopping or we set up online shopping as part of the village building process, or you bring the ingredients yourself.

If you buy ingredients make sure you include that in your pricing calculations.

Pricing And Scale

Cooking small batches to order is a beautiful premium service and deserves a premium price.

If you want to make your meals more affordable consider hiring a catering kitchen once a week and having a set menu. That way you can shop, cook, clean and deliver all on one day and reach and serve many more Newborn Mothers.

Your First Step

Contact your local governments Environmental Health Department and they will guide you through these certification and registration processes and more. Its usually really easy and doesnt cost too much to get started!

More Things To Consider

You may need to register your business, your business name...


Success Story: Dad Beats Traffic Jam To Get Labouring Wife To Hospital Fiona Peacock Page Array BellyBelly

Success Story: Driver Beats Traffic Jam To Get Labouring Wife To Hospital

In most relationships, its up to the man to organise the trip to hospital when a baby is coming. Women take care of the pregnancy, the labour, the pushing and the breastfeeding. And men are in charge of getting their partners safely to the hospital. Most men know in advance this isnt going to be an easy task. Their partners will be having contractions, so that means super careful driving. They also need to plan the best route, and hope for clear roads and green lights all the way. When they arrive at the hospital, they have to make sure they have enough change to pay for parking, and pray there will be plenty of available parking spaces. But what if things dont go to plan?

Success Story: Dad Beats Traffic Jam To Get Labouring Wife To Hospital

Pete Thomas, a new dad from the UK, found out the hard way sometimes you have to go the extra mile to get your partner to the hospital safely. Being caught up in a traffic jam is definitely not something you want when youre transporting your labouring partner to the hospital. Thats exactly what happened to Thomas. The inventive dad was forced to unleash his creative side to get through the jam. Thomas honked his horn and flashed his lights, hoping to encourage other drivers to get out of the way. Luckily for him, it worked, and the bemused drivers made way for Thomas and his wife to pass. He later took to Twitter to thank the other drivers for letting him through. He tweeted: To everyone in the traffic jam on the A3 south of Guildford this morning who got out of the way of the crazy guy flashing his lights and honking his horn - thank you so much. We made it. Just. Mother and baby are doing great. The tweet was shared over 8,000 times and attracted almost 70,000 likes. Some of the drivers in the jam saw it and rushed to congratulate Thomas and his partner on the arrival of their new baby. Some users even shared stories of their own fast births, with one couple reporting their baby had been born by the side of the road. Thomas added: "It was all OK... in the end. Becs did great. Little man (9lb 9oz [4.3kg], so not that little) is l...


Breastfeeding For Two Months Halves The Risk Of SIDS Fiona Peacock Page Array BellyBelly

Breastfeeding Halves Risk SIDS

According to new research, just two months of breastfeeding can halve a babys risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Researchers from the University of Virginia analysed the results from eight international studies on SIDS. The research study, published in the journal Pediatrics,  included over 2,000 cases of SIDS and almost 7,000 control infants. After adjusting for variables that could otherwise distort the results, the researchers found that babies who were breastfed for at least two months saw a significant decrease in the risk of SIDS. Breastfeeding for less than two months didnt offer the same benefit. The link between breastfeeding and a reduction in the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) isnt a new discovery. It has long been known that breastfed babies are less likely to fall victim to SIDS. However, this study is the first to identify a minimum duration of breastfeeding that reduces the risk. The study also showed that breastfeeding for longer than two months allows for further protection from SIDS. Researchers found that babies didnt have to be exclusively breastfed to receive the benefit; mix-fed babies also shared the reduced risk. The number of SIDS deaths has reduced considerably over the past twenty years; it is still, however, the leading cause of death in babies aged between one and 12 months. Dr Fern Hauck and Dr Rachel Moon, two of the researchers involved in the study, appeared on Facebook Live to discuss their findings. During the video,...


Tetanus Do You Need A Shot For That Injury? Sam McCulloch Dip CBEd Page Array BellyBelly

Tetanus Do You Need A Tetanus Shot For That Injury?

Its a familiar enough scenario. You step on a rusty nail, or your child appears with a puncture wound sustained while playing outdoors. You immediately imagine tetanus infection and rush off to the local doctor or emergency department for treatment. The doctor wants to give a tetanus injection, and you agree because you dont know much about tetanus except its connected to rusty nails and causes lockjaw. Its important to understand what tetanus is and the best course of treatment for possible exposure.

What Is Tetanus?

Theres a common misconception that rust causes tetanus. In fact it is caused by the bacteria Clostridium tetani. These bacteria are found everywhere in the natural environment. Spores can be found in soil and dust, and in animal and human intestines and faeces. Tetanus is not a contagious disease and cant be passed from person to person. The bacteria are often introduced into the body through puncture wounds, burns, deep flesh wounds, needle punctures from drug use, bites or scratches from animals, or other wounds that are contaminated by human and animal faeces or saliva. Its important to note the difference between the vegetative and spore state of C. tetani:

Vegetative State

In a vegetative state, C. tetani is anaerobic, which means it lives in the absence of oxygen. At this stage, it produces toxins that cause tetanus infections. In a vegetative state, C. tetani is heat sensitive and will die if exposed to oxygen.

Spore State

In the spore state, C. tetani is very tough, and consists of a core which has only the bare essentials ready to begin bacterial growth. The spore basically protects C. tetani bacteria from conditions that would normally kill it in a vegetative state. In the spore state, C. tetani can survive oxygenated environments, heating and disinfectants. In this state, when C. tetani is introduced into an anaerobic environment, such as dead or injured tissue, the spores can germinate to the vegetative form, which causes tetanus infections.

What Does Tetanus Do?

Once the tetanus bacteria find their way into the body through an open wound, if the spores survive, they begin to germinate. The spores then produce two toxins:


EU Parliament tells Poland to uphold rule of law & democracy "IndyWatch Feed World"

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.
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Protesters stand with banner All-Polish Youth on Polish Independence Day in Warsaw, November 11, 2017 Agencja Gazeta

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 Justices (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 ECJs ruling to halt logging in the forest.

MEPs believe that the situation in Poland represents a clear risk of a serious breach of the European values, including the rule of law, enshrined in the EU Treaty, the EU Parliament wrote on its website. Parliament decided by 438 votes to 152 with 71 abstentions to prepare a formal request that the Council activate the preventive mechanism provided for in Article 7.1.

It notes that if Warsaw refuses to comply with EU recommendations, it could face a suspension of Polands voting righ...


Shikonin has been suggested as a good candidate for the induction of cell death in ER+ breast cancer. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Anticancer Agents Med Chem. 2017 Sep 19. Epub 2017 Sep 19. PMID: 28933271 Abstract Title:  Targeting cell necroptosis and apoptosis induced by Shikonin via receptor interacting protein kinases in estrogen receptor positive breast cancer cell line, MCF-7. Abstract:  Recognition of a new therapeutic agent may activate an alternative programmed cell death for the treatment of breast cancer. Here, it has been tried to evaluate the effects of Shikonin, a naphthoquinone derivative of Lithospermum erythrorhizon, on the induction of necroptosis and apoptosis mediated by RIPK1-RIPK3 in the ER+ breast cancer cell line, MCF-7. In the current study, cell death modalities, cell cycle patterns, RIPK1 and RIPK3 expressions, caspase-3 and caspase-8 activities, reactive oxygen species and mitochondrial membrane potential have been evaluated in the Shikonin-treated MCF-7 cells. Necroptosis and apoptosis have been occurred by Shikonin, with a significant increase in RIPK1 and RIPK3 expressions, although necroptosis was the major rout in MCF-7 cells. Shikonin significantly increased the percentage of the cells in sub-G1 and also those in the later stages of cell cycle, which represents an increase in necroptosis and apoptosis. Under caspase inhibition by Z-VAD-FMK, Shikonin has stimulated necroptosis, which could be arrested by Nec-1. An increase in ROS levels and a decrease in the mitochondrial membrane potential have also been observed. On the basis of present findings, Shikonin has been suggested as a good candidate for the induction of cell death in ER+ breast cancer, although further investigations are required.

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Shikonin enhances Adriamycin antitumor effects in A549 cells. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Oncol Lett. 2017 Oct ;14(4):4270-4276. Epub 2017 Aug 2. PMID: 28943938 Abstract Title:  Shikonin enhances Adriamycin antitumor effects by inhibiting efflux pumps in A549 cells. Abstract:  Shikonin (SHK) is a natural naphthoquinone pigment isolated from Lithospermum erythrorhizon, that has been reported to suppress the growth of a number of cancer cell types. Adriamycin (AD) is typically used as an effective anticancer agent; however, it has the propensity to induce drug resistance. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of SHK alone and in combination with AD on lung adenocarcinoma cells and the underlying molecular mechanisms of their effects. Colony formation, MTT and propidium iodide staining assays demonstrated that the co-treatment of A549 cells with SHK and AD significantly decreased cell viability and potently induced apoptosis. The mitochondrial membrane potential was assessed using 5,5', 6,6'-tetrachloro-1,1',3,3'-tetraethyl-benzimidazolylcarbocyanine iodide staining and fluorescence microscopy. Cells co-treated with SHK and AD exhibited marked mitochondrial membrane damage. In addition, co-treatment with SHK and AD significantly reduced ATP levels in A549 cells compared with the control. Western blot analysis revealed that SHK enhanced the antitumor effects of AD by inhibiting the expression of ATP-binding cassette transporters. These results suggest that the inhibition of glycolysis could be an effective approach for lung cancer treatment. Therefore, SHK has the potential to be used as an anticancer agent in the treatment of lung adenocarcinoma, and thus warrants further investigation and development.

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Shikonin induces apoptosis and G0/G1 phase arrest of gallbladder cancer cells. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Oncol Rep. 2017 Dec ;38(6):3473-3480. Epub 2017 Oct 17. PMID: 29039581 Abstract Title:  Shikonin induces apoptosis and G0/G1 phase arrest of gallbladder cancer cells via the JNK signaling pathway. Abstract:  Shikonin, a natural product isolated from the roots of Lithospermum erythrorhizon, is considered to have antitumor effects. Gallbladder cancer (GBC) is a prevalent biliary tract malignancy with few curative therapeutic stragegies and poor prognosis. In the present study, we detected the effects of shikonin on GBC cells as well as the underlying molecular mechanisms. The results demonstrated that GBC cell proliferation was inhibited by shikonin as determined by MTT and colony formation assays. Flow cytometry results demonstrated that shikonin treatment enhanced apoptosis and promoted G0/G1 phase arrest in the GBC cells. Western blot assay showed that shikonin induced mitochondrial-dependent apoptosis via the JNK signaling pathway. Moreover, shikonin suppressed tumor growth in mice bearing GBC-derived xenografts in a dosedependent manner without side-effects. These results revealed that shikonin exhibits anticancer effects on GBC cells by inducing apoptosis and regulating the cell cycle. Taken together, shikonin may be a novel and safe chemotherapeutic agent for the treatment of GBC.

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15,000 Scientists From Across the Globe Have Sent Out a Warning to Humanity "IndyWatch Feed World"

Another Warning to Humanity has been issued by scientists across the globe. Will this one be heard?

We as a species are facing a number of threats that it seems are not being taken as seriously as they should be. Our planet as a whole could literally face disaster if we dont make BIG changes. Thousands of scientists are working to do their best to bring to the light the stature of these issues. In this Warning to Humanity, they go over things like population growth, deforestation, species extinction, loss of access to clean water, climate change and more. We are failing TERRIBLY at resolving these issues.

The letter goes as follows:

Humanity is now being given a second notice, as illustrated by these alarming trends (figure 1). We are jeopardizing our future by not reining in our intense but geographically and demographically uneven material consumption and by not perceiving continued rapid population growth as a primary driver behind many ecological and even societal threats (Crist et al. 2017). By failing to adequately limit population growth, reassess the role of an economy rooted in growth, reduce greenhouse gases, incentivize renewable energy, protect habitat, restore ecosystems, curb pollution, halt defaunation, and constrain invasive alien species, humanity is not taking the urgent steps needed to safeguard our imperiled biosphere.

As most political leaders respond to pressure, scientists, media influencers, and lay citizens must insist that their governments take immediate action as a moral imperative to current and future generations of human and other life. With a groundswell of organized grassroots efforts, dogged opposition can be overcome and political leaders compelled to do the right thing. It is also time to re-examine and change our individual behaviors, including limiting our own reproduction (ideally to replacement level at most) and drastically diminishing our per capita consumption of fossil fuels, meat, and other resources.

The rapid global decline in ozone-depleting substances shows that we can make positive change when we act decisively. We have also made advancements in reducing extreme poverty and hunger ( Other notable progress (which does not yet show up in the global data sets in figure 1) include the rapid decline in fertility r...


US Scientists Made a Genetically Modified Human Embryo "IndyWatch Feed World"

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By The Daily Sheeple

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...

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