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Gene editing may sound like another example of human beings trying to cheat nature. Who are we to decide which genes in which species should hold evolutionary advantage over another? Yet scientists are making eye-opening progress in this field although some worry that too little attention is being paid to the ethical implications.
A group of researchers from the University of California San Diego recently tested a radical gene-editing technology called CRISPR for the first time on a mammal.
CRISPR is a tool that boosts the chances of specific genes being passed along to the next generation with the goal of changing genes that cause diseases or other problems. In a study posted on July 4 on bioRxiv, a preprint repository for biology, the researchers used CRISPR to develop a mutation in lab mice that would turn their coats white. The results of the genetic manipulation were impressive: The white-coat trait, on average, appeared in nearly three-quarters of a female mouses offspring significantly higher than the usual 50-50 rate of inheritance for most genes. The process is hardly fool-proof: It worked only in female embryos, and the mutation was sometimes incorrectly copied.
Nonetheless, researchers and geneticists hailed the study as a breakthrough in gene editing and an important first step towards development of gene drive technology in mammals.
CRISPR has already proved useful in dealing with a problem caused by...
Thursday, July 12, 2018
Catholic Church Exonerated; Bankers Implicated
Source: Paul Stramer | By Anna Von Reitz
Let me explain why I -- a card-carrying Lutheran since 1963 -- don't jump on the bandwagon and decry the Roman Catholic Church.
Part of it is because of my own experience as a critic of the Church's secular administration. When we brought forward evidence of the vast corruption and criminality infesting the incorporated governments, Pope Benedict took immediate, actual, practical steps to deal with the problems we exposed.
He responded as any honest and good man would. He got out his mop and bucket and went to work.
Later, Francis continued the work Benedict began, albeit, in his own fashion, and with an obvious concern to protect the Church and its interests. Given that the Pope is the head of the Roman Catholic Church, his concern in that regard did not surprise me or seem inappropriate.
So, although I could wish for faster responses or actions taken in a different order, I can't criticize the Church for lack of response or inappropriate response to the issues raised.
Francis, like Benedict, has picked up his mop and bucket and soldiered on.
My Shinola Sensor also takes note of other indicators--- for example:
What other human institution has taken a stand against the wholesale murder of babies, deceitfully disguised by the word "abortion" as if that magically transformed murder into something else?
Sure, we take into consideration a lot of the things that might affect our unborn child or children while in the womb but some of those risks are completely unknown. While many people think doing this while pregnant is a bad idea they might not completely understand why.
I recently came across a study that showed me something I had never even thought about before. Sure, smoking while pregnant is not a good idea but did you know it could cause your baby to be schizophrenic? This controversial link was made a while back and is quite interesting to say the least.
This research was conducted in Finland and found that the more women were exposed to nicotine the greater chances their children were going to be affected by some kind of mental illness. This was linked with an almost 40 percent increased likelihood of schizophrenia, shocking right? Smoking habits were according to Metro UK assessed by looking at levels of a nicotine marker known as cotinine within the blood.
Researchers report an association between smoking during pregnancy and increased risk for schizophrenia in children. The paper evaluated nearly 1,000 cases of schizophrenia and matched controls among offspring born in Finland from 1983-1998. Results showed that a higher maternal nicotine level in the mothers blood was associated with an increased risk of schizophrenia among their offspring. The study provides the most definitive evidence to date that smoking during pregnancy is associated with schizophrenia.
While this might not sound like much to some of us, considering the fact that cigarettes are overflowing with carcinogens we should be keeping them as far away from our developing fetuses as possible. Smoking has also been linked with a higher risk of birth defects and miscarriages. What do you think about all of this? I for one think it is quite shocking.
Mental health is not something we take into consideration often and the things we do could impact that in ways we do not quite understand. Being as careful when pregnant as possible will benefit your child greatly. How do you feel about smoking while pregnant?
ICAN is excited to announce Jessica Anderson as our newest Chapter Leader!
I wish people knew ICAN isnt just a VBAC group. We are welcoming of all people wherever they are on their journey. Jessica Anderson, ICAN of the Twin Cities
Please share a little about yourself.
I have 3 children, the first who was born by cesarean. I became a birth doula shortly after my first VBAC and have attended over 100 births since, with about half of them being TOLACs. My degree is actually in Event Management, but now I say instead of weddings, I work on helping mothers prepare for their births!
What areas does your chapter serve?
We serve the midwest region of Minnesota, including the Twin Cities and also western Wisconsin.
What is the best thing about the birth climate in your area?
We have many truly VBAC supportive provider options, both for in the hospital as well as at home.
What would you say are some of your strongest beliefs about cesarean/VBAC awareness?
I would like to get it out to people that once a cesarean does NOT mean always another one. I think that is an old-fashioned way of thinking, and yet I think a majority of people feel that way, or just dont know that they do have options.
Where can we get more info about your chapter, including meeting dates and times?
Check out our chapters Facebook page here!
(Society for the Protection of Unborn Children) - The parents of a baby girl who died of catastrophic injuries shortly after birth have been accused of deliberately killing her, according to court documents. The unnamed couple arrived at Kern Medical in Bakersfield, California to give birth on 24th May. The woman was about 30 weeks pregnant. Horrendous attack Medical staff found that the baby girl was suffering from a fractured skull and spinal injuries, "traumatic injuries... that led to the child's death" shortly afterwards. They also noticed "severe bruising" on the woman's stomach, and, suspicious of her explanation that she'd fallen while mopping, called the police. During the police interview, the woman admitted that having decided together that they didn't want the baby, she and her boyfriend agreed for him to beat her in an attempt to kill the baby. Police say she told them he struck her stomach with his fists "at least 10 times," and squeezed her, after which she "stopped feeling the baby move." In a separate interview, police say the boyfriend denied hurting the woman or the unborn child.
Young, healthy women who experience amenorrhea, ovarian failure, and infertility have likely been damaged by Mercks HPV vaccine. A new study published in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health analyzed data on pregnancy outcomes, comparing women who received an HPV vaccine with those who did not. The data analysis is titled, A lowered probability of pregnancy in females in the USA aged 25 who received a human papillomavirus vaccine injection.
The study, uninfluenced by pharmaceutical money, analyzed data on 8 million women aged 25-29 living in the U.S. from 2007 and 2014. According to the analysis, conception rates would have fallen by 2 million if 100 percent of the females in the study would have received the HPV vaccine. The study warns that the HPV vaccine has a negative influence on fertility and more research is warranted.
Despite mounting evidence of harm, Merck seeks to fast-track Gardasil on new age group
Despite these grave concerns, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently fast tracking the process by which the Gardasil-9 is approved for use in women and men ages 27 to 45. Mercks application for approval has been granted priority review, and is scheduled for an approval date of October 6, 2018. So, much important information about Gardasils risks will be suppressed as the FDA moves quickly on behalf of Mercks business interests.
When Gardasil was initially licensed, many post-marketing reports poured in, claiming that vaccine recipients endured primary ovarian failure after vaccination. The cases of Gardasil vaccine damage that have been identified and reported to the U.S. Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) are in excess of 58,000. Many cases have resulted in emergency room visits, seizures, and the diagnosis of autoimmune conditions. Additionally, approximately 11,000 cases have been filed, documenting serious disability and sudden death. Women should no longer be subjected to Mercks deadly experimentations. Gardasil is an experimentation because the risks are concealed and the vaccine is fast-tracked for approval. (Related: Merck accused of fast tracking Gardasil for financial gain; judge orders the drug company...
S y n o p s i s While Wikipedia defines the Tavistock Institute of Human Behavior as "a charity concerned with group behavior and organizational behavior," author John Coleman defines it as the malevolent scourge of the modern world. How mankind is truly governed, by whom, and to what end is the current running through Coleman's many books and hundreds of white papers. Formerly employed by the British government, and having lived for many years around the world, Coleman explains that successfully planned and implemented, propaganda puts words into our vocabulary, misguided concepts into reality, laws on the books, and starts wars. "All wars are started by a contrived situation." "[The Tavistock Institute] was formed to get us into wars. That was their mandate," says Coleman. "Because wars make money. The Institute was financed by the British Royal Family and then by the Rothschilds, who have been involved in funding almost every war; both sides, so they reap a double benefit." How it started In 1913, the British Royal Family, jealous of German trade success, wanted to start a war with them. The English public, however, had no quarrel with the Germans, says Coleman. So, two brothers at a place called Wellington House were hired to turn public opinion around, which they did do. Soon enough the British came to believe that Kaiser Wilhelm and the Germans in general, were a vile and despicable people. They were ready for war. Thus began the work that Tavistock continues today. The brothers had invented a set of insidious, malicious methods that turn minds into mush; that make people utterly controllable; that make them believe lies. Coleman says Tavistock and its mind-control methods are as alive and well today as they were when President Woodrow Wilson had a dedicated line to the Institute at his White House desk. Coleman's extensive body of research constitutes a veritable call to arms. Americans have little knowledge of the U.S. Constitution, he is saying, which is why they can be dominated by laws in serious violation of its contents. Coleman's book on abortion rights says there are none, according to our forefathers' document. In this interview, Coleman calls the American people "kind, gentle, and easy to mislead." We gain knowledge of President Wilson's service to the New World Order and his implementation of the Federal Reserve and income taxes. We learn a bit about the history of the Committee of 300 and their opium-induced deal-making; truths behind the Kennedy assassination; what really happened with Saddam Hussein and Iraq; his opinions about 9/11. Coleman addresses free energy suppression, media conglomera...
For most people, when you think of Friday 13th it brings about images of horror movies, violent serial killers, black cats and all things bad luck. While this is generally the accepted association today, if you look back through history the origin of the day is quite the opposite!
Lucky Number 13 is a saying that you have probably heard at one time or another, however, the person speaking it was likely thinking of anything but good luck. The number has been associated with a number of negative connotations, justification, people believe, for the fact that it is believed to bring bad luck. In fact, the belief that the number 13 is bad luck is so strong that many hotels skip the number entirely when numbering their floors, jumping straight from floor 12 to floor 14.
There is even a term for the fear of the number 13! Its known as triskaidekaphobia. Those who suffer from this phobia are said to actually experience signs of anxiety such as sweating, rapid heartbeat, and nausea simply due to having to confront the number in their day to day lives.
Why else is 13 considered so bad? Traditionally, it has been said, that there were 13 steps to the gallows when one faced the hangmans noose. A witchs coven is believed to be made up of a total of 13 members. In fact, the legend of the Knights Templar, the protectors of the Holy Grail, were arrested and executed, a roundup that is said to have begun on Friday the 13th, in October of 1307.
With all of this to consider, its no wonder that we are so quick to accept the modern-day belief that the day is a cursed one. You may even be tempted to cancel all business meetings and presentations and spend the day in the safety of your own home. But dont go running to bolt the doors just yet
If we look back at the beliefs held by our ancestors, they differed immensely from that which we share today! Originally Friday the 13th was actually associated with the Mother Goddess, the spiritual being that was believed to oversee creativity, kindness, nurturing, imagination and beauty.
A day to celebrate this feminine energy and all that women bring into our work, it was used as a time to honor fertility and the cycle of life creation, death, and rebirth.
By embracing the power of the Mother Goddess on this day, Venus Day, it is said that one can boost their creativity and sensuality. The energy that surrounds us inspires and focuses us, bringing art, literature, music, healing and, ultimately, creation into the world. Consider this for a moment based on the average cycle length for a...
Beyond the immediate sleep and breastfeeding challenges of the early weeks and months of mothering, one the most common two challenges mothers tell me they face in the long run are lack of support with childcare.
Even saying childcare out loud feels a bit like saying a dirty word! In fact our attitudes towards working mothers and gender roles are becoming MORE conservative!
74 per cent of women in 2005 thought at-home mothers were better for children compared with 57 per cent in 2001.
The overwhelming message I get from mothers who are considering childcare is that they are worried about screwing up their kids. They feel guilty and conflicted and trapped. They are told that there is NOTHING that can replace a mothers undivided and absolute 24/7 care. Add the lack of funding and availability and quality of childcare and no wonder so many women just find it easier to keep their kids home, even if they are broke, exhausted, stressed and overwhelmed.
If you love being a stay at home mum and having your children with you every day, that's great! But if you choose to or have to work, that's totally fine too. Im going to show you that your kids are going to be alright in childcare!
A mother with a breastpump and a briefcase may seem like a thoroughly modern image, but what if we replace the breastpump with some breastfeeding aunties and a briefcase with a woven basket for gathering food?
Maybe a working mother not such a radically new idea after all, maybe its actually how mothering has always been handled!
Many traditional cultures don't have such a strong distinction as we do between mothers and others. In many parts of the world, - too many to list - anyone older than you is addressed as aunty or uncle or grandfather or grandmother and anyone the same age as you is brother or sister or cousin.
For example, at the recent Australian Doula Conference in Melbourne, speaker and Aboriginal midwife Sheree Stewart said she still works with some Aboriginal children who grow up without knowing exactly who their biological mother is. Which body the...
Last year, amid a historic drug-overdose epidemic, a rapidly accelerating ecological emergency, a deepening crisis of housing affordability, a collapse in social mobility, a drop in fertility rates fuelled by the exorbitant price of child care, steadily rising health-care costs, and stagnant middle-class wages, Americas elected leadership decided that the No. 1 policy problem in the United States was that our countrys (already historically profitable) corporate sector was paying too much in taxes.
The Republican Party justified its decision to invest the bulk of its legislative energies and $1.5 trillion worth of deficit spending into corporate tax cuts with a simple prediction: Lowering Americas 35 percent top corporate tax rate (which virtually no companies were actually paying) down to 21 percent would trigger a frenzy of business investment, which would increase the productivity of the nations firms and thus, the wages of its workers. The resulting economic boom, replete with high levels of innovation and growing pay checks for the long-suffering middle class, would reduce the deficit, while making all Americas other problems easier to solve.
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