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Friday, 22 December

03:25

Amanda DiCianni Still Birth Day

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03:25

Melissa Hancock Still Birth Day

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03:24

Sarah Suhrstedt Still Birth Day

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03:22

Mollie Gregory Still Birth Day

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03:22

Monalisa Orduno Still Birth Day

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03:21

Naseera Hoorzook Still Birth Day

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03:19

Amanda Porteous Still Birth Day

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03:16

Christina Norris Still Birth Day

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03:11

Katarina Patterson Still Birth Day

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03:11

What Are These People Eating? Indie Birth Walk and Talk Episode 2 Indie Birth

On this podcast, a new "supplement" to Taking Back Birth, I talk with Margo while I walk with Margo! The main topic for today is FOOD!

The post What Are These People Eating? Indie Birth Walk and Talk Episode 2 appeared first on Indie Birth.

03:07

Ruby Valentine Still Birth Day

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Thursday, 21 December

23:51

Sage essential oil can modulate genetic damage and histological alteration induced by carbon tetrachloride in the testes. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Environ Sci Pollut Res Int. 2017 Nov 3. Epub 2017 Nov 3. PMID: 29098592 Abstract Title:  Genotoxicity of carbon tetrachloride and the protective role of essential oil of Salvia officinalis L. in mice using chromosomal aberration, micronuclei formation, and comet assay. Abstract:  The present work was conducted to evaluate the genotoxic effect of carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) in mouse bone marrow and male germ cells. The safety and the modulating activity of sage (Salvia officinalis L.) essential oil (SEO) against the possible genotoxic effect of CCl4 were also evaluated. A combination of in vivo mutagenic endpoints was included: micronucleus (MN), apoptosis using dual acridine orange/ethidium bromide (AO/EB) staining, comet assay, chromosomal aberrations (CAs), and sperm abnormalities. Histological examination of testis tissues was also studied. The extracted SEO was subjected to gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) for identifying its chemical constituents. Safety/genotoxicity of SEO was determined after two consecutive weeks (5 days/week) from oral treatment with different concentrations (0.1, 0.2, and 0.4 mL/kg). For assessing genotoxicity of CCl4, both acute (once) and subacute i.p. treatment for 2 weeks (3 days/week) with the concentrations 1.2 mL/kg (for acute) and 0.8 mL/kg (for subacute) were performed. For evaluating the protective role of SEO, simultaneous treatment with SEO plus CCl4 was examined. In sperm abnormalities, mice were treated with the subject materials for five successive days and the samples were collected after 35 days from the beginning of treatment. Based on GC-MS findings, 22 components were identified in the chromatogram of SEO. The results demonstrated that the three concentrations of SEO were safe and non-genotoxic in all the tested endpoints. Negative results were also observed in bone marrow after acute and subacute treatment with CCl4. In contrast, CCl4 induced testicular DNA damage as evidenced by a significant increase of CAs in primary spermatocytes, sperm abnormalities, and histological distortion of testis. A remarkable reduction in these cells was observed in groups treated with SEO plus CCl4 especially with the two higher concentrations of SEO. In conclusion, SEO is safe and non-genotoxic under the tested conditions and can modulate genetic damage and histological alteration induced by CCl4 in the testes.

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18:52

Chet Raymo, "Dying" "IndyWatch Feed World"

"Dying"
by Chet Raymo

"I'm sure I have written here before about Caenorhabditis elegans, a tiny worm - about the size of this letter i (without the dot) - that has become one of the most thoroughly studied animals in biology. Its habits are humble. It is nonpathogenic, noninfectious. It breeds prodigiously. It is transparent. It can be frozen and thawed alive. And heaven knows what else makes it the darling of the wormologists.


More than anything else, it is about a simple an organism as you can find with a nervous system. C. elegans (of the dominant hermaphrodite variety; there are also a few males to enliven the mix) has just 959 cells, which have been individually mapped, exactly the same from worm to worm. Think of that! Less than a thousand cells and it eats, defecates, wiggles from place to place, lays eggs, and otherwise lives a rather full and robust life. Contrast that with the tens of trillions of cells in the human body.

More. C. elegan's genome programs not 959 cells, but 1090. Of these, 131 are slated in advance to die, rather like the cells that die between the webbed digits of a human embryo to give us our useful fingers. Apoptosis, it's called. Programmed cell death. The 2002 Nobel Prize in physiology went to Sydney Brenner, Robert Horvitz and John Sulston for their work on programmed cell death in C. elegans. Tens of billions of cells in our own bodies die each day by apoptosis. We...

17:30

Happy Holidays! sarawickham

3123663651_76017803c6Happy Holidays!  This is my last blog post of 2017 as always, we are going to turn off our computers and turn on the festive away message over the holidays.

This year, weve had loads fun hanging out with fabulous midwives and birth folk online, and in England, Scotland, Wales, Norway, Australia and New Zealand. (I hope I havent forgotten anyone? it gets hard to remember back to the early part of the year!)

Weve especially enjoyed running our online courses, with two new courses coming online this year and more in the planning for 2018. I updated and launched Vitamin K and the Newborn, which became a bestseller. And by no means least, Chris design which promotes midwifery on bags, mugs, coasters and lots of other goodies is again zipping off into loads of our friends holiday stockings, so were really looking forward to seeing more photos of your goodies on social media!

Ill be back online in January, and weve got lots of great new ideas, courses, blog posts and other good stuff to support you in your care of women, babies and families through 2018 and beyond. Heres wishing you a fabulous festive season, and many thanks again for connecting with us this year and for caring as much about women, babies and birth as we do.

Were having a break over the holidays and wont be looking at email, social media or website comments until January 2018. Thanks for understanding, and we hope you have a really lovely festive season! Sara and Chris

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05:12

Rose flower extract can withstand effects of formaldehyde in the male reproductive system of mice possibly due to its antioxidative properties. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Pharm Biol. 2018 Dec ;56(1):12-17. PMID: 29231061 Abstract Title:  The effect of aqueous extract of Rosa damascena on formaldehyde-induced toxicity in mice testes. Abstract:  CONTEXT: Rosa damascena L. (Rosaceae) (RD) essential oil and extracts are commonly used as a flavour in herbal medicine which increase libido. Previous studies have shown inhalation of RD flower's oil increases libido and causes protective effects in formaldehyde (FA)-induced testicular damage.OBJECTIVE: The protective effects of aqueous extract of RD on the male reproductive system of mice were examined following FA-induced damage.MATERIALS AND METHODS: Forty-eight adult NMRI male mice were randomly assigned to six groups (n=8): control (normal saline, 10mg/kg); RD40 (40mg/kg, p.o.); FA treated (10mg/kg of 10%, i.p.) and FA+RD treated at 10, 20 and 40mg/kg (FA+RD10), (FA+RD20) and (FA+RD40), respectively, for 40 days. At the end of treatment regimes, serum testosterone (T) level and the reproductive activity, viz. body/organ weights, testicular structure and sperm characteristics were studied.RESULTS: Formaldehyde administration significantly decreased serum T level (p

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04:03

26yo Tennessee woman gives birth to daughter frozen as embryo for 24 years "IndyWatch Feed World"

A woman in Tennessee has given birth a baby daughter that was frozen as an embryo 24 years ago. It is believed to be a world record for frozen embryo to result in a successful birth. Baby Emma Wren was born to parents Tina and Benjamin Gibson on November 25, local media WATE, citing the National Embryo Donation Center (NEDC), which supplied the embryo, reports. Tina was born in 1991, her daughter was conceived just 18 months later, though the two were separated by an entire generation when the embryonic Emma was cryopreserved in 1992.

Wednesday, 20 December

17:33

Shikonin protects against D-Galactosamine and lipopolysaccharide-induced acute hepatic injury. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Oncotarget. 2017 Oct 31 ;8(53):91542-91550. Epub 2017 Sep 16. PMID: 29207664 Abstract Title:  Shikonin protects against D-Galactosamine and lipopolysaccharide-induced acute hepatic injury by inhibiting TLR4 signaling pathway. Abstract:  Shikonin, a naphthoquinone isolated from the root of medical herb Lithospermum erythrorhizon, has been reported to have anti-inflammatory effect. However, there is no related research for the treatment of shikonin on hepaic injury. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of shikonin on D-Galactosamine and Lipopolysaccharide-induced hepatic injury in mice. Male BALB/c mice were pretreated with shikonin 1 h before LPS/D-GalN treatment. The pathological changes of hepatic injury were detected by H&E staining. The levels of TNF- and IL-1 in hepatic tissues were detected by ELISA. The levels of alanine aminotransferase (ALT) and aspartate aminotransferase (AST) were also measured in this study. In addition, the expression of TLR4 and NF-B were determined by western blot analysis. These results suggest that shikonin effectively prevents LPS/D-GalN-induced liver injury by inhibiting AST and ALT levels, as well as inflammatory cytokines TNF- and IL-1 production. The expression of TLR4 and NF-B activation induced by LPS/D-GalN were also inhibited by treatment of shikonin. In vitro, shikonin significantly inhibited LPS-induced TNF- and IL-1 production, as well as TLR4 expression and NF-B activation. In conclusion, the results of the present study suggest that shikonin attenuates LPS/D-GalN-induced hepatic injury by inhibiting TLR4 signaling pathway.

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09:48

Liberal madness! Canada will withdraw summer jobs funding if employers don't support abortion and transgender rights "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Liberal government of Justin Trudeau will ban any employer from receiving summer job grants for students if the employer doesn't first sign an "attestation" that they agree with abortion and transgender "rights." The new criteria were sent to all MPs and will be made public when the Canada Summer Jobs Program officially opens December 19, 2017. In order to receive federal Canada job grants, employers must attest that: both the job and the organization's core mandate respect individual human rights in Canada, including the values underlying the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms as well as other rights. These include reproductive rights and the right to be free from discrimination on the basis of sex, religion, race, national or ethnic origin, colour, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression.

07:24

Watery Period: What Does Thin or Light Period Mean? "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Many women become worried and concerned if they start having a watery period. Watery period blood has a lighter consistency and color than what some women experience during their normal period. Although for many women, a lighter blood flow sounds like a good thing, a light watery period could indicate that there are some health issues affecting the menstrual blood.

If you have a watery light period, it could be caused by hormonal fluctuations, stress, or using birth control. In some cases, a light irregular period could be the result of polycystic ovary syndrome or an eating disorder. Of course, each womans menstrual cycle is different and for some women, a light watery period is normal for them.

In this article, you will find out what it can mean if your menstrual period blood appears to be light and watery. You will also find out, in some cases, what you can do to if you have started having watery periods and when you should speak to a doctor about it.

What is a Watery Period or Light Period?

Watery (light) period describes menstrual period blood that has a thin consistency that looks watery. Some describe this as a light period and the menstrual blood will often have a lighter pink color rather than dark red blood.

According to the book Clinical Methods in the chapter Abnormal Vaginal Bleeding, hypomenorrhea is a medical term that describes short, light period. This type of light period flow is usually less than 30 ml during the menstrual period.1 Because the low amount of blood mixes with regular vaginal discharge, it can look watery with a thin consistency.

Another reason for a watery period could be due to having infrequent menstrual periods. The medical term of for this is oligomenorrhea (infrequent menstrual periods). According to the University of Maryland, oligomenorrhea can cause light menstrual periods or infrequent menstruation.2  

Causes of a Watery Period (Light Thin Period)

Lets look in more detail at the various causes for experiencing light or watery periods during menstruation.

Light period flow

Some women naturally have a light period flow and for them, a watery period can be normal.

According to doctors from the Mayo Clinic, the amount and consistency of the menstrual flow can differ from woman to woman. The menstrual cycle starts on the first day of your period and the menstrual flow occurs every 21 to 35 days. Your period may be light or heavy and may last between 2 and 7 days.3

So how do you know if a watery period is normal for you? Doct...

05:46

A Case Against Spoon-Feeding Babies. Earth Based Mom Blog





There is always much debate around when is a right time to start giving our babies solid foods.

Its true, it is important to know about the right time to introduce solids and to have an understanding gut health.

What we dont discuss as often as when to start feeding a baby is how we feed baby once baby has started eating. The common idea on feeding small children is depicted in this image below:

The caregiver is very proactive, baby is strapped to a highchair, and being spoon-fed.

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05:23

Agnotology in Vaccine Problems Non-Placebo Placebos "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Pixie Seymour

Agnotology = Culturally induced ignorance by the publication of inaccurate or misleading scientific data

The biggest and most disgusting agnotology problem with so-called science that is relied on for safety in vaccines, is that in most of the human trials, the new vaccine is tested against what is nearly a whole other vaccine! New vaccines are not tested against the usual placebo of saline. By not using an inert substance for a placebo, that is violating the baseline of nothing in their research studies.

With the MMR for example, a major study was done in Finland (1986) with 581 sets of twins. This double blind placebo study tested the reactions from the combined MMR vaccine. This study is relied on by the Australian government as evidence that the MMR vaccine is safe. The results looked good, IF you skip over what the placebo actually was. The so-called placebo group received the same product including neomycin and phenol-red indicator but without the viral antigens, i.e.

The placebo group received a product with neomycin, sorbitol and hydrolysed gelatine, Medium 199 (vitamins, amino acids, foetal bovine serum, sucrose, glutamate), Minimum Essential Medium, phosphate, recombinant human albumin, chick embryo cell culture and WI-38 human diploid lung fibroblasts. Lets pull that statement apart to see what they meant and exactly what that placebo was. Firstly the same product We are talking about the MMR vaccine being used as the placebo, but without the viral antigens. Lets then look at the other ingredients in the MMR that were administered in the placebo.

  • Live attenuated rubella virus propagated in WI-38 human diplo...

03:20

5 Perfect Self-Care Gift Ideas for Natural Moms MotherWise

Times almost up and you dont have anything for the crunchy mama in your life. Here are five holiday gift ideas that will delight any natural mom. Shopping for others as a natural mom can be fun eco-friendly toys for the kids, healthy homemade treats for the fam, luxurious natural products for friends. But []

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03:18

The Meme That Defines The Ruination Of Childrens Lives "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Catherine J. Frompovich

As the winter holidays draw near, especially the magical time known as Christmas, children become the main focus, and rightfully so!  Why?  Because the reason for the season was the birth of a child over two thousand years ago, which impacted lives of billions around the world to the point where that life now has been repudiated as politically incorrect.  Nothing can be further from the facts since that young life went on to teach love, compassion and forgiveness.  However, the Nazarenes life from the very beginning was fraught with terror against him. A bureaucrat named Herod, who wanted Baby Jesus dead, [Matthew 2:16] issued a decree with orders, plus implemented a work force to kill all young males under two years of age around the ancient town of Bethlehem in Palestine, a place where the Census of Quirinius was taking place and to which Mary and Joseph traveled to be compliant with the law.

There seems to be uncanny parallels regarding childrens lives being negatively impacted by bureaucrats at various times during recorded history, e.g., the Nazis death camps which included children.  Currently and especially in the USA, Australia and other forceful nations, an unwitting campaign against childrens lives comes under the unfortunate medical guise of preventing disease.  Again, nothing can be outrageously misleading when, as a result of the explosive increase in mandated childhood vaccines, childrens health and lives have been impacted negatively.

That reality...

00:48

Will McDonalds transition to regenerative agriculture? "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Dr. Mercola For decades, food production has been all about efficiency and lowering cost. We now see what this approach has brought us diminishing food quality, skyrocketing disease statistics and a faltering ecosystem. Regenerative agriculture that makes use of cover crops, no-till and herbivore grazing actually contributes to improved soil health and fertility.

00:40

Campaign to Restore Child Health: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) & Vaccine Injury "IndyWatch Feed Health"

 

U.S. infant mortality rates, which were 6.1 per 1,000 live births in 2010, were double the rates of Finland, Japan, Portugal, Sweden, the Czech Republic, and Norway. Infants in the US are also among the most highly vaccinated compared to other countries. Many parents report that their baby died of SIDS after taking them in for a well-baby checkup and a round of vaccines. WMP believes these deaths need to thoroughly investigated and not dismissed as a coincidence. Here is the story of Mason Bundy and his death after receiving his CDC recommended four month vaccinations. Tell us your story and hashtag it #restorechildhealth and #worldmercuryproject.

Read about our Campaign to Restore Child Health.

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