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Tuesday, 09 October

00:35

WELCOME TO HOLLAND Call the Doula!


I didn't write this one, but everyone should read it once. It is priceless.

by Emily Perl Kingsley, 1987


I am often asked to describe the experience of raising a child with a disability, to try to help people who have not shared that unique experience to understand it, to imagine how it would feel. It's like this:
When you're going to have a baby, it's like planning a fabulous vacation trip--to Italy. You buy a bunch of guide books and make your wonderful plans. The Coliseum. The Michelangelo David. The gondolas in Venice. You may learn some handy phrases in Italian. It's all very exciting.
After months of eager anticipation, the day finally arrives. You pack your bags and off you go. Several hours later, the plane lands. The stewardess comes in and says, "Welcome to Holland."
"Holland?!?" you say. "What do you mean Holland?? I signed up for Italy! I'm supposed to be in Italy. All my life I've dreamed of going to Italy."
But there's been a change in the flight plan. They've landed in Holland and there you must stay. The important thing is that they haven't taken you to a horrible, disgusting, filthy place, full of pestilence, famine and disease. It's just a different place.
So you must go out and buy new guide books. And you must learn a whole new language. And you will meet a whole new group of people you would never have met. It's just a different place. It's slower-paced than Italy, less flashy than Italy. But after you've been there for a while and you catch your breath, you look around... and you begin to notice that Holland has windmills...and Holland has tulips. Holland even has Rembrandts.
But everyone you know is busy coming and going from Italy, and they're all bragging about what a wonderful time they had there. And for the rest of your life, you will say "Yes, that's where I was supposed to go. That's what I had planned."
And the pain of that will never, ever, ever, ever go away, because the loss of that dream is a very, very sig...

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Monday, 08 October

16:30

Further thoughts on the third stage Dr Sara Wickham

This is the updated text of one of the very first articles I ever wrote on the topic of placental birth and, although weve since seen the publication of lots more research than I mentioned in here, including a number of systematic reviews, and also lots of ongoing discussion on this topic, the main point is still relevant and yet not widely considered in practice. If youre interested in this topic, theres more on this and related questions in my recently updated book, Birthing Your Placenta and in my online course on this topic.

The third stage of labour has, for some time, been one of the hottest clinical topics in midwifery. Although both of the major research studies (1, 2) which have been carried out to compare the physiological birth of the placenta with active management suggest that the latter leads to less blood loss and better outcomes, their findings have been challenged by many.

One of those taking issue with the research is Michel Odent, who suggests that it is impossible to compare the two types of management of the third stage without first understanding the positive steps we can take to facilitate physiological third stage (3). I would like to add another observation to this debate; the amount of blood loss in the hours following birth, which I believe may account for the differences reported in the above studies.

My observations arise from a time when I worked on a...

12:51

NY Times: HPV vaccine expanded for people ages 27 to 45 "IndyWatch Feed Health"

The HPV vaccine, which has killed several patients (the latest being 14-year-old Christopher Bunch) and injured others, was recently approved by the FDA for men and women from 27 to 45-years-old. The vaccine, Gardasil 9 made by Merck, was previously approved for minors and people up to age 26. Christopher Bunchs family announced publicly that he []

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11:54

Anti-Abortionists Head To High Court For Right To Harass, Abuse Patients and Staff "IndyWatch Feed National"

Over the weekend, conservatives in America appointed a judge accused of sexual assault to the Supreme Court. Chief on their hit-list is overturning legal precedents like Roe vs Wade, which enshrines the right of women to have access to safe abortions. Meanwhile, in Australia, our anti-abortionists are trying their own legal manoeuvres launching a High Court bid to overturn laws which restrict their ability to abuse and harass women seeking the procedure.

The High Court will tomorrow hear three days of arguments over Victorias safe access zone laws, which were introduced following a Supreme Court challenge by the East Melbourne-based Fertility Control Clinic (FCC) to end decades of harassment by anti-abortionists outside the Melbourne clinic.

That harassment included the murder of security guard Steven Rogers in 2001 by Peter James Knight, who arrived with a high powered rifle to the clinic, intending to massacre the 15 staff and 26 patients. Knight a Christian extremist who was ultimately sentenced to life in prison was disarmed by two bystanders after shooting Rogers in the chest.

The anti-abortionist behind the High Court challenge Melbourne resident and mum of 13, Kathleen Clubb was convicted in 2016 for communicating about abortion to a couple in a manner reasonably likely to cause distress or anxiety outside the Fertility Control Clinic. She was fined $5000. The full bench of the High Court will also consider the case of John Graham Preston, who breached similar laws in Tasmania.

Clubb and Prestons convictions followed the introduction of laws which made it an offence to harass, film or intimidate patients or staff within 150 metres of an abortion clinic. The High Court has been asked to determine whether one part of the laws, which prohibits communications reasonably likely to cause distress or anxiety, is constitutional.

The Fertility Control Clinic, represented pro bono by Maurice Blackburn Lawyers and the Human Rights Law Centre, have both intervened in the case to defend laws that ensure women and staff can access reproductive health services free from abuse. Currently, NSW, the ACT, Northern Territory and Tasmania and Victoria have safe access zone laws. A Bill is currently before the Queensland Parliament to achieve the same laws.

Dr Susie Allanson, who worked as a clinical psychologist at the clinic for 26 years, said the laws had ended decades of harmful abuse and intimidation directed at women and staff outside the clinic.

Before safe access zones, our patients and staff would have to run a gauntlet of anti-abortionists to enter the clinic. Women would turn up scared and noticeably shaken. In some cases, they were too intimidated to attend their follow-up appointments, which had dangerous implications for their health, Dr Allanso...

10:19

Clps and Zwieback: Hutterite mamas and babies Call the Doula!


The Hutterites are an interesting group of folks, cousins to the Amish, and Mennonites, ...well, sortof. All three can be lumped into a category called, Plain Churches. All three also share some common faith beliefs: they oppose all war and will not participate in military service, they practice adult versus infant baptism, and avoid the world beyond their own communities, though the level of avoidance might differ from settlement to settlement and even from state to state in their respective interpretations of how that should be put into practice.
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07:53

Melbourne abortion clinic and legal centre argue case for safe access zone laws in High Court challenge "IndyWatch Feed National"

Laws that protect the dignity, safety and privacy of women seeking reproductive healthcare should be upheld, the High Court will hear in a case set to begin in Canberra tomorrow.

The Melbourne Fertility Control Clinic and the Human Rights Law Centre have both intervened in the case to defend laws that ensure women and staff can access reproductive health services free from abuse.

Victoria introduced safe access zone laws in 2016. The laws make it an offence to harass, film or intimidate patients or staff within 150 metres of an abortion clinic. The High Court has been asked to determine whether one part of the laws, which prohibits communications "reasonably likely to cause distress or anxiety", is constitutional.

Dr Susie Allanson, who worked as a clinical psychologist at the clinic for 26 years, said the laws had ended decades of harmful abuse and intimidation directed at women and staff outside the clinic.

"Before safe access zones, our patients and staff would have to run a gauntlet of anti-abortionists to enter the clinic. Women would turn up scared and noticeably shaken. In some cases, they were too intimidated to attend their follow-up appointments, which had dangerous implications for their health," Dr Allanson said.

"But since the safe zones came into effect, women and staff are no longer a target when they walk up to the clinic, and women no longer carry the heavy burden of being publicly harassed for seeking medical care."

Katie Robertson from Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, which is representing the abortion clinic pro-bono, said safe access zones protected womens rights to safely access lawful health services where other legal protections had failed.

"Women have a right to see their doctor free from fear, intimidation or harassment. Safe access zones have succeeded in protecting the privacy, safety and dignity of women seeking reproductive health care. Safe access zones work where other legal protections fail."

Adrianne Walters from the Human Rights Law Centre said the case raises important questions about balancing the rights of women seeking access to medical care and the freedom of political communication in the Constitution.

"Free speech is not a licence to harm others with impunity. We believe that Victorias safe access zone laws strike the right balance between freedom of expression and a womans right to privately and safely see her doctor," said Walters.

"Anti-abortionists outside clinics have caused serious distress, fear and anxiety to patients and staff. There have even been instances of violence, the worst being the murder of a security guard in Victoria. These laws play a critical role in ensuring women can see their doctor without harassment and abuse," said Walters.

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04:13

The mean of depression score in the intervention group decreased significantly compared to the placebo and control groups. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Iran J Nurs Midwifery Res. 2018 Sep-Oct;23(5):395-401. PMID: 30186346 Abstract Title:  The Effects of Inhalation Aromatherapy with Rose and Lavender at Week 38 and Postpartum Period on Postpartum Depression in High-risk Women Referred to Selected Health Centers of Yazd, Iran in 2015. Abstract:  Background: Postpartum depression (PPD) is one of the most common problems in women of childbearing age. This study was conducted to evaluate the efficacy of aromatherapy on PPD.Materials and Methods: In this study, 105 pregnant women at 35-37 weeks of pregnancy were enrolled using convenient sampling and randomly assigned to three groups. The intervention group dropped 7 drops of lavender oil and 1 cc rose water at the concentration of 100%, and the placebo group dropped 7 drops of odorless sesame seed oil, with 1 cc of musk willow sweat at the concentration of 100% by dropper on a special cloth. They put the cloths on their mouths and took 10 deep breaths before sleeping and then placed them next to their pillows. The control group only received the routine care. The intervention lasted from 38week of pregnancy until 6 weeks after delivery. Then depression level was determined before the intervention, 35-37 weeks of pregnancy, 2 and 6 weeks after delivery using Edinburgh questionnaire.Results: The mean of depression score in the intervention group decreased significantly compared to the placebo and control groups, 2 weeks (= 9.412,

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03:44

Aromatherapy with R. damascena reduced the severity of pain and anxiety in the first stage of labor. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  J Integr Med. 2018 03 ;16(2):120-125. Epub 2018 Feb 9. PMID: 29526235 Abstract Title:  Effects of aromatherapy with Rosa damascena on nulliparous women's pain and anxiety of labor during first stage of labor. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Reducing labor pain and anxiety is one of the most important goals of maternity care.OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to assess the effects of aromatherapy with Rosa damascena on pain and anxiety in the first stage of labor among nulliparous women.DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS AND INTERVENTIONS: This was a randomized clinical trial of 110 nulliparous women. The eligible participants were randomly assigned to two groups of aromatherapy and control in an Iranian maternity hospital. The participants received 0.08mL of Rosa damascena essence in the aromatherapy group and 0.08mL of normal saline in the control group, every 30min. Pain was measured 3 times, once each at three stages of cervical dilation (4-5, 6-7, and 8-10cm). Anxiety was measured twice, once each at two stages of cervical dilation(4-7 and 8-10cm). The tools for data collection were the Spielberger anxiety questionnaire, numerical pain rating scale, demographic and obstetric questionnaire, and an observational checklist. Data analyses included the t-test, Mann-Whitney U test and Chi-square test.MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Severity of labor pain and severity of anxiety were used as primary outcome measures. Labor and delivery characteristics (including number of contractions, duration of contractions in second stage, Bishop score, augmentation by oxytocin, Apgar score, and mode of delivery), demographic characteristics, and fertility information were used as secondary outcome measures.RESULTS: Pain severity in the group receiving aromatherapy with R. damascena was significantly lower than in the control group after treatment at each pain assessment (cervical dilation of 4-5, 6-7, and 8-10cm; P

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01:38

Will we still be able to birth naturally in the coming decades? Call the Doula!


Will we still be able to birth naturally in the coming decades? This doctor thinks not.
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Will we still be able to birth naturally in the coming decades? This doctor thinks not.
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According to a leading obstetrician, women are at risk of losing the ability to give birth naturally.
French doctor Michel Odent has suggested women risk being unable to give birth naturally or even breastfeed their babies in the future because of modern aids. The 84-year-old, who pioneered the use of birthing pools in hospitals, has argued in his book Do We Need Midwives? that childbirth has become medicalized to the extent that women are at risk of losing their ability to give birth unaided.
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Sunday, 07 October

16:00

Dirt to Soil: One Familys Journey Into Regenerative Agriculture "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Dr. Mercola

Gabe Brown is a pioneer in regenerative land management, a holistic strategy that helps restore soil health. Last year, I visited his 5,000-acre farm in Bismarck, North Dakota, on my 63rd birthday. We reviewed many of his techniques in "How to Use Regenerative Farming Principles to Grow Healthier Food in Your Own Garden."

Here, we discuss Brown's book, "Dirt to Soil: One Family's Journey Into Regenerative Agriculture," which expands on the information discussed in that interview.

Brown's farm, which he runs with his wife and son, was founded by his in-laws in 1956. They were conventional farmers, using tillage, monoculture and synthetic fertilizers and herbicides. Brown and his wife purchased the farm in 1991.

"I grew up in town, so agriculture was new to me," Brown says. "I had a couple of degrees from North Dakota State University in animal science and agro-economics. I learned the industrialized, commoditized production model. My father-in-law, when we returned here, also taught me those principles.

Then what happened ... we'd be tilling the soil and watch the top soil blow away. I was always wanting. I couldn't learn enough. I studied and read Allan Savory's work on holistic planned grazing. I read about no-till. I went down the path of changing our grazing model. I bought a no-till drill.

What really changed our lives were four years 1995 through 1998 when we lost three crops to devastating hail storms and one crop to a drought. We had four years of basically no cash grain income or no crops to harvest. That put us in pretty dire financial straits. The bank won't loan us money anymore to buy all these expensive inputs.

I had to learn, 'How do I take that dirt that I had at that time and make it into productive soil?' That set me on a 25 plus-year journey I'm still on that journey of converting dirt to soil. That's how the book came about.

That got us to the point where we are today, where a group of us spend the majority of our time traveling around North America, trying to teach other producers to take their operations into their own hands and make a dif......

Be in the Know About Pneumonia "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Maintaining the health of your respiratory system is extremely important. After all, the different organs that are in this system facilitate the entry and exit of oxygen and carbon dioxide, which are essential to life and day-to-day function.1 This is why acute respiratory infections like pneumonia should not be taken lightly. Anyone from any age group can be affected with pneumonia, but young children below 2 years old and senior citizens over 65 years old are most susceptible to this infection.2

Statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that in 2016 (the last year for which statistics are available), a combined total of 51,537 people died from pneumonia and influenza in the U.S.3 Together, these two diseases rank eighth in the leading causes of death in the U.S., as they have for more than a decade.

Its important to note that the CDC no longer separates flu and pneumonia deaths in the U.S.; however, in 2014 the last year the numbers were separated of the 55,227 flu and pneumonia deaths reported, 50,622 were due to pneumonia alone.4

Worldwide, pneumonia is the leading cause of death in children under age 5. According to the United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF), 880,000 children died from pneumonia in 2016, most of them under age 2.5 The World Health Organization says that more than 99 percent of all pneumonia deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries, with more than half of those deaths in Southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.6

Roughly 1 million American adults are hospitalized annually because of pneumonia, according to the American Thoracic Society. This infection is the most common reason why American children are admitted to hospitals, while for adults, its one of the two main causes of hospitalization, apart from childbirth.7

An important...

06:26

Bisphenol A and bisphenol S alter the promoter activity of the ABCB1 gene encoding P-glycoprotein in the human placenta. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Toxicol Appl Pharmacol. 2018 Sep 19 ;359:47-54. Epub 2018 Sep 19. PMID: 30240697 Abstract Title:  Bisphenol A (BPA) and bisphenol S (BPS) alter the promoter activity of the ABCB1 gene encoding P-glycoprotein in the human placenta in a haplotype-dependent manner. Abstract:  Exposure to bisphenols (BPA and BPS) during pregnancy can significantly affect fetal development and increase risk of adverse health consequences, however the underlying mechanisms are not fully elucidated. In human placenta, the efflux transporter P-glycoprotein (P-gp), encoded by the ABCB1 gene, extrudes its substrates from the trophoblasts back into the maternal circulation. Alterations in levels of placental P-gp could therefore significantly affect fetal exposure to xenobiotics that are P-gp substrates. The ABCB1 promoter contains many single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs). In the genome, SNPs are not arrayed as independent variants but as combinations forming defined haplotypes. Recently, we determined the haplotype sequences encompassing the ABCB1 promoter SNPs and found that promoter haplotypes differentially affect ABCB1 promoter activity. Here we investigate the effect of BPA and BPS on ABCB1 promoter activity by testing the hypothesis that BPA and BPS exposure affect ABCB1 promoter activity in a haplotype-dependent manner. Our data indicate that acute exposure to 50nM BPA induced a significant haplotype-dependent increase in ABCB1 promoter activity (P

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06:19

The study provides evidence that exposure to BPA is associated with poorer semen quality. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Am J Mens Health. 2018 Sep 27:1557988318799163. Epub 2018 Sep 27. PMID: 30261816 Abstract Title:  Urinary Bisphenol A Levels and Male Fertility. Abstract:  Bisphenol A (BPA) is a high-production volume industrial chemical found in many consumer products. BPA is a suspected potent endocrine disruptor, with endocrine-disrupting properties demonstrated in animal studies. Few human studies have examined bisphenol A exposure in relation to male fertility and, results are divergent. The aim of the study is to examine the associations between urinary BPA concentration and male fertility. Bisphenol A urinary concentrations were measured using gas chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry in 315 men under 45 years of age with normal sperm concentration (15 mln/ml) recruited from a male reproductive health clinic. Participants were interviewed and provided a semen sample. BPA was detected in 98.10% of urine samples, with a median concentration of 1.87 g/l (1.63 g/ g creatinine). A multiple linear regression analysis identified a positive association between the urinary concentrations of bisphenol A 25th-50th percentile and total sperm sex chromosome disomy ( p = .004). Also when modeled as continuous variable urinary BPA concentration increased total sperm sex chromosome disomy ( p = .01). Urinary concentration of BPA also increase thepercentage of immature sperm (HDS) ( p = .018) and decrease motility ( p = .03). The study provides evidence that exposure to BPA is associated with poorer semen quality. Future studies are needed to confirm these findings.

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03:57

Study Finds Disinfectant Cleaners May Alter Childrens Gut Microbiome "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Anna Hunt

The right balance of good and bad bacteria in our gut affects our ability to extract nutrients from our food, supports our immune system function and affects mental health. Yet it seems the microbiome of children is potentially compromised by common household products, such as disinfectant cleaners.

The Study of Childrens Microbiome

A new Canadian study analyzed the microbiome of 757 babies. Using the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development birth cohort, the scientists studied the microbes in these childrens fecal matter.

The researchers initially assessed infants at age of 3-4 months. Then, they checked the weight of these your subjects at ages 1 and 3 years. In addition, the researchers used the World Health Organization growth charts to compare the participants body mass index to peers their age.

Furthermore, the scientists assessed how often common household products were used in the home of these children. The study included products such as detergents, disinfectant cleaners, and eco-friendly products.

Household Disinfectant Cleaners Impact Home Environment

The findings of the study confirmed that using household disinfectants affects much more than germs living on household surfaces. Researchers discovered that babies 3-4 months old who lived in homes where disinfectants were frequently used had the biggest associations with altered gut flora. The same trend was found in homes that cleaned with disinfectants more frequently.

Specifically, infants from these households had lower...

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