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Sunday, 20 May

23:09

Why Sex Isnt a Marketplace "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Or, How Were Teaching Sad Young Men to End Up Hating Women Instead of Loving Themselves

They wouldnt need to shoot up schools if they werent sexually frustrated!! They hate women because women wont have sex with them!! Its womens fault, not theirs! Theres a surplus of low-status men! The sexual marketplace has failed them!! So cries the right.

Lets ask the question: does the right-wing theory of sex and love make any sense? Or is it just plain ignorance and folly?

The theory goes something like this. Men are buyers in a marketplace, and women are sellers. Men bid. The more of a cocktail of money, muscles, and power that they have, the more currency they have to bid with. The more prettiness, shapeliness, blondness, and fertility, a woman has, the more valuable they are. Men buy, and women sell. But what are men buying? They are not just buying sex. They are buying sex with the hottest woman.

First notice what the above really is. Its economic determinismhuman relationships reduced to neoliberal economics, extreme capitalism by another name, materialist individualism. The richest person wins! He owns the best stuff!! Only the strong survive! Life is competition!! And so on.

Now note has happened here. The only party with agency is the man. The woman is reduced to a resource, a commodity, and, of course, an object. She has no subjectivity, no reality, no interiority. But the man is reduced, toohis agency is diminished to the size of his wallet, muscles, and status. It isnt moral, ethical, emotional, or social agency, its just physical and financial agency. But is that all either person isthis little shrunken thing? Is this theory in any way accurate?

Lets first critique it economically. Commodities are interchangeable things, like wheat, or corn, and people are not. Resources are things we can use up and throw away, and people are not. Women are not commodities or resourcesbut neither, interestingly, are men, so this fictional currency of money, looks, and status cannot really exist, either. So the theory of a sexual marketplace falls apart with just the merest touch.

Now. Lets come back to the question of hotness. The idea of hotness is that our preferences all our the sameblond and thin on one side, and rich, powerful, and muscled on the other. Thus, the hottest person is the one desired by everyone, because they have the most of these qualities, and in that way, hotness presumes that people are interchangeable againon both sides, the desired and the desirer both.

But is the person that you love really interchangeable with someone else? Are your preferences really interchangeable with anyone elses? Of course not. If we...

18:29

Vaginal Exams And The Right To Say No Sam McCulloch Dip CBEd Page Array BellyBelly

Vaginal Exams And The Right To Say No

An Arkansas midwife is facing disciplinary action for respecting her homebirth clients wish not to have vaginal exams during pregnancy. Mary Alexander works in the US state of Arkansas as a lay midwife (an uncertified or unlicensed midwife who has informal education, rather than formal education). She is under fire for not abandoning her pregnant client who made an informed decision to refuse vaginal exams that were medically unnecessary.

Vaginal Exams And The Right To Say No

In October of 2017, the Arkansas health department made it mandatory for women to have vaginal exams as part of their pregnancy health assessments. The exam is to be performed by a health department clinician, a certified nurse-midwife, or a doctor even if none of these care providers is to be involved in the actual birth. The exams are meant to determine whether a pregnant woman has any medical conditions that would make birth at home an unsafe option for her. The checks include: whether her pelvis is large enough; whether there are genetic conditions that preclude vaginal birth; and whether there are infections that could be passed on to the baby. The health regulations prevent a lay midwife from attending a birth unless her client has had two vaginal assessments one at the beginning of pregnancy and one at 36 weeks. Ms Alexander, who is chairman of the states Midwifery Advisory Board, appeared before a Department of Health committee to argue her case, and to explain why she shouldnt be forced to coerce clients into having a vaginal exam or drop them if they dont agree. In a statement, William Greenfield, medical director for the Health Departments family health services, said the regulation had been developed by a panel of department nurse practitioners, to ensure standard practice across different health units in the state.

Are Vaginal Exams Really Necessary?

Although this particular situation is limited to one state in the...

16:19

Life isnt always easy is it? Blog Growing Families

Our thanks to Aimee Mann, special needs parenting mentor and parent representative for SWAN UK, for her contribution to our Special Educational Needs blog series for May.

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Being a parent isnt always easy either. I have found, over the past seven years, this has been even more apparent as a parent of three small children who include my oldest child, Freddie. Freddie has an extremely rare De Novo Genetic condition called TUBA 1A. We only received this diagnosis after more than four years via a genetic testing study. Up until this point, we had no answers at all.

We found out at my 20 week scan that his brain wasnt developing as expected and that was the start of an awful lot of heartache and stress. Each week we would go to the hospital for scans and tests. None of them ever gave us any answers. The Doctors could only tell us what it wasnt and not what it was. Due to the ever increasing list of issues presenting themselves with his irregular brain development, we were advised that we could still go to panel to decide if it was appropriate to terminate the pregnancy, up to 39 weeks.

Freddie was born spontaneously as 35 weeks.

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Saturday, 19 May

20:50

Why governments are pursuing DEPOPULATION to save themselves from financial collapse "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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Image: Why governments are pursuing DEPOPULATION to save themselves from financial collapse

(Natural News) Ever wonder why governments allow so much deadly pollution to be dumped into food, water and soils? Part of the real reason may surprise you: Governments no longer want people to live long enough to collect entitlement benefits, and allowing the contamination of everything with death-inducing substances actually saves governments money by accelerating the death of citizens.

This is all covered in my video, below. Heres a brief introduction:

Three generations ago, governments wanted more people to run the factories, settle rural lands and generate economic productivity that could be siphoned off by the political elite. Over time, continued promises of entitlements such as social security, Medicare, pensions and welfare payouts caused large populations to become financial burdens to the sustainability of those same governments. As a result, governments now want to kill off their own citizens in order to prevent their own financial collapse by drastically reducing entitlement payouts.

In other words, populations of entitlement beneficiaries have become such an enormous threat to the fiscal sustainability of governments that many governments simply cannot remain financially viable if the entitlement class of non-producers continues to expand. The situation has become so dire that many governments are now actively seeking to initiate early deaths off their own citizens before those same citizens can collect pensions, social security and other entitlement benefits.

How, exactly, do governments contribute to the early deaths of their own citizens? Its simple: poison them through allowed pollution of the water supply, food supply, health care interventions (such as infertility-laced vaccines) and electromagnetic radiation vectors (5G, Smart Meters, etc.). This systematic poisoning re...

20:02

Merck: Gardasil Increases Cervical Cancer 44% for Women Most at Risk "IndyWatch Feed World"

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In case you havent noticed, the pharmaceutical industry is highly effective at getting news articles and research that are unfavorable toward vaccination removed from large media websites. Read More

11:50

Berbamine has anti-hypercholesterolemic and hepatoprotective effects. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Iran J Pharm Res. 2018 ;17(1):292-306. PMID: 29755560 Abstract Title:  Anti-hypercholesterolemic Effect of Berbamine Isolated fromin Hypercholesterolemic Zebrafish Induced by High-Cholesterol Diet. Abstract:  The anti-hypercholesterolemic effect of berbamine (BBM) isolated from(RC) was investigated in hypercholesterolemic zebrafish model induced by high-cholesterol (HC) diet. Zebrafish embryo assay revealed no significant difference in morphology and cell death with the treatment of BBM less than 20g/mL. In zebrafish larvae, the fluorescently labeled cholesterol in caudal artery was reduced dose-dependently after BBM treatment. For adult zebrafish, administration of 0.2% BBM exhibited a significant decrease in plasma total cholesterol (TC), triglyceride (TG) and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-c) levels by 37%, 38% and 28%, respectively, along with a fall in lipid content in liver. Further investigation suggested that the mRNA expression of 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-coenzyme A reductase (HMGCR) and microsomal triglyceride transfer protein (MTP) in liver were down-regulated and the transcription levels of liver gene low-density lipoprotein receptor (LDLR) and cytochrome P450 polypeptide 1a of subfamily A of family 7 (CYP7A1a) were significantly up-regulated with BBM treatment. Histological study showed that BBM can alleviate hepatic steatosis induced by HC diet. These data suggested that BBM has anti-hypercholesterolemic and hepatoprotective effects. The mechanism probably related to the up-regulation of cholesterol transport and bile acid synthesis as well as inhibition of cholesterol synthesis and lipoprotein assembly or secretion.

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11:02

The available data provide novel evidence that deregulation of testicular miR-146a-5p/Mta3 cascade mediates the dysfunction caused by BPA exposure. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2018 May 9. Epub 2018 May 9. PMID: 29746863 Abstract Title:  Bisphenol A-elicited miR-146a-5p impairs murine testicular steroidogenesis through negative regulation of Mta3 signaling. Abstract:  The epigenetic effects on expression of non-coding RNAs (e.g. microRNAs) of environmental toxin bisphenol A (BPA) have extended our understanding of the etiology of human reproductive disorders including hypospermatogenesis and androgen deficiency. BPA-induced miR-146a-5p is a potent regulator of endocrine and immune homeostasis, but its role in testis remain unexplored. We show here that in murine testis, miR-146a-5p was exclusively expressed in interstitial Leydig cells (LCs). This expression was significantly induced by BPA exposure. Consequently, the elevated miR-146a-5p exacerbated the deleterious effects of BPA on testicular steroidogenesis. Mechanistically, miR-146a-5p repressed the expression of Mta3, a pivotal chromatin remodeling transcription factor recently involved in controlling the steroidogenic activity, via directly targeting its 3'UTR. This repression thereafter rendered LCs more sensitive to BPA-elicited inhibitory effects. Conversely, ectopic expression of hMTA3 successfully rescued miR-146a-5p-elicited inhibitory effects on testicular steroidogenesis in BPA-challenged LCs. Taken together, the available data provide novel evidence that deregulation of testicular miR-146a-5p/Mta3 cascade mediates, at least in part, the steroidogenic dysfunction caused by BPA exposure.

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09:50

What Fate Had In Store For Me A Twin Hypnobirthing Birth

I married the man of my dreams in 2011. I had been quite sick prior to the wedding and had lost a lot of weight due to my illness (silver lining, I fit in to my wedding dress!). The doctors told me that I probably couldnt have children and that if I did ever by some miracle get pregnant I have a very high risk of miscarriage.

So my husband and I had a lovely time on honeymoon and we got back filled with love and lust for life. A week later when my period was late and my husband was away I decided I would do a pregnancy test I was bored and didnt think for one second that I would be pregnant so when it came out positive I nearly fell off the bed in shock. 

I told him as soon as he was home and after the initial shock (and swearing) he was thrilled (and terrified, cue more swearing). I had quite a few bleeds and decided to go for a scan at six weeks I thought I was losing the baby and needed confirmation that I was still pregnant. The scan confirmed it and I was over the moon a healthy little heartbeat!

Another 3 weeks later another bleed again I needed to know so I went with my best friend to see what fate had in store for me. I was not expecting the answerTWINS! They had only seen one in the previous scan so this was a complete shock! I called my husband immediately and in the middle of his office he swore at the top of his voice. To this day I dont know if it was happy swearing or terrified, my life is over kind of swearing. 

Fast forward five months and my twins were born very prematurely at 26 weeks. 

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09:22

Not Quite the Plan or 100% the Plan? A Hospital Birth

My due date was January 22, 2017.  We had planned so much more with this baby than we did our son.  We prepared our son the best we could, I switched my doctor to midwives, we wrote a detailed birth plan, we hired a wonderful doula and toured a wing of the hospital called The Birth Place that is designated specifically for low risk pregnancies. They have a queen size bed, rocking chair, and private bathroom.  Mothers labor, deliver, and recover in the same room. They do not administer Pitocin there or epidurals. I had such a horrible experience with my first with both of those that I was immediately drawn to that aspect. Sign us up

My due date came and went on a Sunday.  I had an appointment the next day at 40 weeks and 1 day for an ultrasound to check my fluid level with a follow up appointment with my midwife.  I got into the follow up appointment to start a non stress test around 1:30 pm. My midwife came in and had a look that I recognized as a not fun one.  I had much too much fluid left for being that late in the game and she wanted me to head in to the hospital around 4 pm: not quite the plan. I immediately started crying as the words she spoke shot through my brain: break your water, cord before baby, placenta could tear from wall, possible Pitocin, minutes to get a c-section if cord comes first

So in we went armed with prepped-for-a-week bag, specific pillow for comfort, new, fuzzy, purple socks a friend bought so I wouldnt be stuck with hospital ones, and anxiety. So. Much. Anxiety.  

Unfortunately, because they had to do some slight induction actions, I was not able to go to the Birth Place as I wanted: not quite the plan. The midwife there at the hospital started a little pill to get my cervix to start thinning and dilate a little more.  She had planned on doing three rounds of it. After the first, I had some bloody show which I was waiting for so that gave me hope. Braxton hicks had picked up a little after the first dose. Then again with the second one. I had made enough progress after the second one that she did not do the third dose.  She said my body was starting to do things a little on its own so she didnt want to do the third and stress the baby, which was good.

So come the next morning, January 24, the midwife that sent me in from the office was on her shift.  I met her in the hall walking laps as contractions were starting to pick up a little. I excitedly caught her up on what was happening: I was a solid 2 or 3 cm, contractions were coming on their own, I was walking laps to keep them going.  I went back to my room about 930/1000 am. The midwife came in and b...

08:23

Glycyrrhizae radix is relatively safe and has protective effects against the damage caused by both heat-stress and oxidative stress. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  J Ethnopharmacol. 2016 Jan 11 ;177:101-10. Epub 2015 Nov 25. PMID: 26626487 Abstract Title:  Beneficial effects of Glycyrrhizae radix extract in preventing oxidative damage and extending the lifespan of Caenorhabditis elegans. Abstract:  ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Glycyrrhizae radix (GR) is a medicinal herb extensively used in traditional Chinese medicine. This study aimed to evaluate the pharmacological effect of GR and the possible mechanisms of GR, to provide a pharmacological basis in traditional medicine.MATERIALS AND METHODS: In the present study, C. elegans (L1-larvae to young adults) was exposed to 0.12-0.24 g/mL of GR in 12-well sterile tissue culture plates at 20C in the presence of food. Lethality, growth, lifespan, reproduction, locomotion, metabolism, intestinal autofluorescence, and reactive oxygen species (ROS) production assays were performed to investigate the possible safety profile and beneficial effects of GR in these nematodes. We found that the lifespan of nematodes exposed to 0.18-0.24 g/mL of GR was extended. We then determined the mechanism of the longevity effect of GR using quantitative reverse transcription PCR and oxidative stress resistance assays induced by heat and paraquat.RESULTS: Prolonged exposure to 0.12-0.24 g/mL of GR did not induce lethality, alter body length, morphology or metabolism, affect brood size, locomotion, the development of D-type GABAergic motor neurons, or induce significant induction of intestinal autofluorescence and intestinal ROS production. In C. elegans, pretreatment with GR suppressed the damage due to heat-stress or oxidative stress induced by paraquat, a ROS generator, on lifespan, and inhibited the induction of intestinal ROS production induced by paraquat. Moreover, prolonged exposure to GR extended lifespan, increased locomotion and decreased intestinal ROS production in adult day-12 nematodes. Furthermore, prolonged exposure to GR significantly altered the expression patterns of genes encoding the insulin-like signaling pathway which had a key role in longevity control. Mutation of daf-16 gene encoding the FOXO transcription factor significantly decreased lifespan, suppressed locomotion, and increased intestinal ROS production in GR exposed adult nematodes.CONCLUSIONS: GR is relatively safe and has protective effects against the damage caused by both heat-stress and oxidative stress at the examined concentrations. Furthermore, GR is capable of extending the lifespan of nematodes, and the insulin-like signaling pathway may play a crucial role in regulating the lifespan-extending effects of GR.

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05:51

Make Americas Children Healthy (Again): Part One Kindred Media

It is habitual for world leaders to point the finger at the disadvantages children face in less economically-advanced nations. It is a way to mobilize attention and resources to mitigate the identified problems.

But the finger pointing outward keeps many from examining how economically-advanced nations undermine the health of their own children, especially the USA. It reminds me of what Jesus said: You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brothers eye. (Matthew 7:5, English Standard Version)

Winner of the William James Book Award from the American Psychological Association in 2015

Dont get me wrong. Deep economic poverty matters. If you are unable to receive good nutrition to build a healthy body and brain, you cannot flourish. Mother and baby nutrition certainly are important for a childs health outcomes.

You might assume that US children are doing well enoughso we should focus attention on countries where children dont get enough to eat. But US kids are often at the bottom of wellbeing measures that compare children in advanced nations. Whats up?

Sticking to nutrition in this series post, think of the nutritional issues in the USA. Many mothers eat mostly processed foods (which lack the natural nutrition of unprocessed foods and even contain harmful...

04:36

A Step Towards Health Freedom in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Consumers Down Under will have access to more information about alternative medicines.

A bill was recently approved in Australia that loosens some of the regulations governing advertising claims made by producers of alternative and complementary products. The Therapeutic Goods Amendment Bill 2017 creates a list of permitted indications which can be used in advertising without having to jump through the bureaucratic hoops previously required. Crucially, the list includes indications supported by traditional evidence. Australian lawmakers also rejected amendments to the bill that would have slapped natural products with a disclaimersimilar to what the FTC now requires for homeopathic products in the USthat would have read: This traditional indication is not in accordance with modern medical knowledge and there is no scientific evidence that this product is effective.

Were glad Australians have fought back efforts to restrict the information available to consumers about natural medicine. Take action to protect free speech in the US by supporting two Citizens Petitions for health claims about cranberries helping with urinary tract infections and vitamin Ds role in preventing preterm births.

02:56

Zooplankton may be particularly susceptible to negative impacts of exposure to microplastic pollution. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Sci Total Environ. 2018 Aug 1 ;631-632:550-559. Epub 2018 Mar 16. PMID: 29529442 Abstract Title:  A meta-analysis of the effects of exposure to microplastics on fish and aquatic invertebrates. Abstract:  Microplastics are present in aquatic ecosystems the world over and may influence the feeding, growth, reproduction, and survival of freshwater and marine biota; however, the extent and magnitude of potential effects of microplastics on aquatic organisms is poorly understood. In the current study, we conducted a meta-analysis of published literature to examine impacts of exposure to microplastics on consumption (and feeding), growth, reproduction, and survival of fish and aquatic invertebrates. While we did observe within-taxa negative effects for all four categories of responses, many of the effects summarized in our study were neutral, indicating that the effects of exposure to microplastics are highly variable across taxa. The most consistent effect was a reduction in consumption of natural prey when microplastics were present. For some taxa, negative effects on growth, reproduction and even survival were also evident. Organisms that serve as prey to larger predators, e.g., zooplankton, may be particularly susceptible to negative impacts of exposure to microplastic pollution, with potential for ramifications throughout the food web. Future work should focus on whether microplastics may be affecting aquatic organisms more subtly, e.g., by influencing exposure to contaminants and pathogens, or by acting at a molecular level.

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01:17

Abortion Referrals to Cost Family Planning Clinics "IndyWatch Feed World"

WASHINGTONThe Trump administration will resurrect a Reagan-era rule banning federally funded family planning clinics from referring women for abortions, or sharing space with abortion providers.

The Department of Health and Human Services will announce its proposal Friday, a senior White House official said Thursday, speaking on condition of anonymity ahead of the release.

The policy has been derided as a gag rule by abortion rights supporters and medical groups, and it is likely to trigger lawsuits that could keep it from taking effect. However, its guaranteed to galvanize activists on both sides of the abortion debate going into the congressional midterm elections.

The announcement comes as President Donald Trump is scheduled to speak at the Susan B. Anthony Lists campaign for life gala on Tuesday night. The group works to elect candidates who want to reduce and ultimately end abortion. It says it spent more than $18 million in the 2016 election cycle to defeat Hillary Rodham Clinton and promote a pro-life Senate.

The Reagan-era rule barred family planning clinics from discussing abortion with women. It never went into effect as written, although the Supreme Court ruled that it was an appropriate use of executive power. The policy was rescinded under President Bill Clinton, and a new rule went into effect that required nondirective counseling to include a full range of options for women.

According to a Trump administration summary, the new proposal will roll back the Clinton requirement that abortion should be discussed as an option along with prenatal care and adoption.

Known as Title X, the nations family-planning program serves about 4 million women a year through clinics, at a cost to taxpayers of about $260 million.

Abortion is a legal medical procedure, but by law federal family planning funds cannot be used to pay for abortion procedures.

Abortion opponents say a taxpayer-funded family planning program should have no connection to abortion. Doctors groups and abortion rights supporters say a ban on counseling women trespasses on the doctor-patient relationship.

This is an attempt to take away womens basic rights, period, said Dawn Laguens, a senior Planned Parenthood executive. She hinted at possible legal action to try to block the Trump administration move, saying, we will not stand by while our basic health care and rights are stripped away.

I cannot imagine a scenario in which public health groups would allow this effort to go unchallenged, said Jessica Marcella of the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association, which represents family planning clinics.

Marcella said requiring clinics to be physically separate from facilities in which abort...

01:08

Microplastics can also transfer POPs not only via ingestion, but also by simple attachment to epithelia. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Environ Pollut. 2018 Apr ;235:918-930. Epub 2018 Feb 21. PMID: 29751397 Abstract Title:  Microplastic accumulation patterns and transfer of benzo[a]pyrene to adult zebrafish (Danio rerio) gills and zebrafish embryos. Abstract:  Since only a few studies have investigated effects of microplastics (MPs) by routes other than ingestion, this study was designed to analyze the accumulation patterns and transfer of toxic substances associated with microplastic exposure by simple attachment to (1) adult zebrafish (Danio rerio) gills and (2) zebrafish embryos. Two sizes of fluorescently labelled polymers (1-5 and 10-20m) loaded with the model polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) benzo[a]pyrene (BaP) were used to analyze fate, accumulation and transfer of microplastic-associated persistent organic pollutants (POPs) on gills and embryos. Results indicate that microplastics did not permanently accumulate at high amounts in adult zebrafish gills after 6 nor 24h of incubation: Most particles only superficially adhered to the mucus layer on the filaments, which is constantly being excreted. In contrast, the smaller and heavier MPs (1-5m) accumulated in high numbers on the surface of zebrafish egg chorions. In both exposure scenarios, transfer of BaP could be visualized with fluorescence microscopy: A prominent BaP signal was visible both in gill filaments and arches after 6 and 24h incubation and in zebrafish embryos after exposure to BaP-spiked microplastics. Furthermore, the gill EROD (Ethoxyresorufin-O-deethylase) assay showed a clear trend to CYP 1A (Cytochrom P450 1 A) induction via exposure to BaP-spiked microplastics. However, BaP from spiked microplastics did not reach sufficiently high concentrations to be able to induce morphological effects in the fish embryo toxicity test(FET). In contrast, control exposure to waterborne BaP did induce effects in the FET. As a conclusion, microplastics can also transfer POPs not only via ingestion, but also by simple attachment to epithelia or via the water column. However, further studies are needed to clarify if these interactionsare of environmental concern relative to waterborne exposure to toxic substances.

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