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Monday, 19 February


Fetal monitoring and cherry picking evidence "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

Two senior doctors have written to the British Medical Journal to commend them for publishing a recent debate which highlights the way in which the doctors supporting monitoring seem to cherry pick evidence (Bewley and Braillon 2018). During this debate, Peter Brocklehurst, the principal investigator of many great obstetric trials (including INFANT, a randomised controlled trial of 47062 women undergoing continuous electronic fetal heart rate monitoring) (Bewley and Braillon 2018) explained that,

As a screening test, electronic fetal monitoring performs poorly. It has a poor positive predictive value, even with computerised interpretation of the fetal heart rate. This means that most of the fetuses identified as being at risk of hypoxia are not. (Brocklehurst 2017).

In their letter, Bewley and Braillon (2018) point out that Cochrane, the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics, and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence have all said that no evidence shows that human or computerised interpretation of cardiotocographs reduces the rates of intrapartum stillbirth and cerebral palsy but does cause maternal harm. INFANT showed that adding intelligent decision support to costly and demanding cardiotocography did not improve clinical outcomes for mothers or babies.

They offer suggestions of other approaches to screening for and dealing with fetal hypoxia: mobile resuscitation devices which enable resuscitation to be carried out without cutting the cord, and carbon monoxide breath ananlysers. While the latter may raise ethical and wider issues which need careful consideration (as has been raised by some of the people involved in human rights and childbirth groups), it is clear that we need to reconsider this technology, which has failed to live up to our hopes.

Such reconsideration will not only involve challeng...

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Sunday, 18 February


Scientists working on making actual 'sheeple' so they can harvest human organs from sheep "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

A team of scientists has grown embryos inside a sheep that contain human stem cells, moving the sci-fi idea of developing human organs inside animals one step closer to reality, which has sparked ethical concerns. The scientific breakthrough could potentially save the lives of thousands of people who are in a dire need of vital organ transplants. While many patients die before they move up to the top of a queue, organs grown inside a sheep, like a pancreas, can not only save a life but also cure a chronic illness such Type 1 Diabetes, the researchers say. This week, the team from Stanford University was able to grow a sheep embryo injected with adult human stem cells for 28 days, including 21 days inside a sheep, it announced at a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Austin, Texas, the Guardian reports. The experiment had to be terminated, as the law prohibits developing cross-species embryos, called chimera, for more than 28 days.


Sheep-Human Hybrid Breakthrough Could Solve the Worlds Organ Shortage Crisis "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

Yes, you read that title correctly. The Worlds first human-sheep hybrids have been created by scientists, and while this is controversial it is opening quite a few doors.

This was done by a team of scientists at Stanford University and is paving the way for organs to be grown inside farm animals for use in transplants. I know, quite the controversial topic now, isnt it? These scientists grew these embryos successfully inside of a surrogate for three weeks. These embryos had both sheep and human cells.

While this may sound a bit out there, it is the very first step in really working to grow a supply of human organs for transplants. It could even potentially provide a cure for Type 1 diabetes. Whether or not it is right or wrong is something that we can go over at another time. It seems the next step in this will be to implant human stem cells into sheep embryos that have been genetically modified so that they can grow a pancreas.

Now, if this proves to be successful, the team will then apply for special permission to lengthen their experiment and work to literally recreate an organ using the human cells. While there is a chance a human pancreas will not appear the thought that it might is quite interesting, to say the least. This kind of thing could be HUGE.

There are people waiting all over the world for organs. Every ten minutes someone is added to the national transplant waiting list. On average about 20 people die each day waiting for a transplant. Organ transplants are amazing things but when we are lacking organs there is a big problem. While currently the team is not allowed to let the embryos to grow for more than 30 days if things go as planned longer may be approved.

While speaking on this at the annual AAAS meeting in Austin Dr. Hiro Nakuachi said as follows:

We have already generated a mouse pancreas in rats and then transplanted those into diabetic mice and were able to show almost a complete cure without any immunosuppressants.

When it comes to human-sheep it seems more difficult. So we would like to proceed a little longer and this time use organ-deficient embryos. It could take five years or it could take ten years but I think eventually we will be able to do this.

With transplants being needed and organs being in short supply this kind of thing would benefit tons of people across the globe. While no one has yet succeeded in growing an organ we have seen things like human-pig hybrids.



Psychiatrys War on Free Will "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

Since its birth around 1800, psychiatrys main role was to forcibly negate the free will of societys outliers. Its methods included forced removal, confinement, and electrical, surgical, and chemical lobotomy, as depicted in One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest.1 Then psychiatry sought to expand its war on free will. So it devised ways to lure non-outliers into willingly allowing psychiatry to negate their free will, too.

First came a flanking attack that preyed upon the more trusting members of society:

Psychiatry vastly lengthened its list of learned coping styles and maturational stages that it called mental illnesses, and declared them to be involuntary brain diseases. This tricked many people into believing that theyre defective/incapable. They thus surrendered their freedom to choose how to address their or their kids challenges, and voluntarily handed this responsibility over to doctors. Giving up on themselves was reinforced by rewards like victim status, euphoria-giving (but brain-impairing/addictive) drugs, and lifelong disability benefits. Giving up on their kids was rewarded with instantly docile (sedated) kids who could slide through school without doing/learning much (via accommodations). People thereby further ceded control over their lives, and were trapped into eternal submissive dependence on psychiatry. Ka-ching!

Emboldened by its success, psychiatry then conducted an all-out assault on everybodys free will:

It began proclaiming that everyones free will is limited that variations in human coping styles are due to variations in how our brains are genetically hard-wired (neurotypes), which pre-fate us to develop fixed lifestyles. To persuade us to accept this myth, psychiatric neuroscientists search for the necessarily-present brain-activity correlates of thoughts, behaviors, or feelings, and then infer that these mental processes are caused by their physiological correlates. But thats illogical, since something cant cause itself to occur. Yet their false conclusions have misled many people to think that their coping habits are pre-determined and restricted, rather than freely chosen.

In truth, the essence of being human is that our huge brains have trillions of interconnections that give us freedom to flexibly learn and choose from among endless diverse ways to adapt. This gave us a big survival advantage over all other animals. And I dissected a human brain, so I can tell you it is soft/squishy like jelly; theres no hardwiring in there. Our brain processes dont control us; they are the means by which we control...


CBAC Guest Post: Felixs Birth Story, my CSAC "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

During February 2018, birth stories and articles featured on ICANs blog will be focused on CBACs Cesarean Birth After a Cesarean. It is a term used to describe a birth that was planned as a VBAC, Vaginal Birth After a Cesarean, but instead resulted in another cesarean.

Felixs Birth Story, My CSAC

Theres a lot of lingoes people use to describe subsequent cesareans. People just say, repeat; some women say elective repeat cesareans. In the ICAN village, a lot of women use the term CBAC to describe a VBAC attempt that ended in cesarean. This stands for Cesarean Birth After Cesarean. I dont use that term because I dont feel I have given birth to my children. To me, having someone else remove the baby from my body is not birthing.

I twinge reading my surgical report where it says, The patient delivered abdominally. Thats an active voice verbdelivered. I didnt do anything but lie there. I prefer CSAC, which is a cesarean section after cesarean.

This time, things were probably as good as they can get for a cesarean delivery minus putting my baby on my chest in the OR. My doula was there with me, along with my husband and the midwife. Last time, they didnt bring Corey in for a long time and the midwife had to run off to catch someones baby that the surgeon would have been catching. But I had a husband, doula, and midwife with me for Felix. So I had a lot of people who cared about me at the head of the table.

(Edited to add: At Magee, they bring your support people into the OR after they establish the sterile field. This time, I had my midwife with me while they prepared my body and then they brought in Corey and Karen pretty quickly afterward)

The anesthesiologist this time was, again, awesome. There had been a shift change and now Dr. OC (another DO) was on duty. She was gentle and attentive, used my first name, and listened to me when I told her I felt claustrophobic. She moved things away from my face, found alternate ways to deliver oxygen to me so I didnt feel smothered by the mask, and held the curtain away so I could look at Felix when he was pulled out. In the event of a cesarean, I had wanted to make sure everyone in the room respected our major life event (which I didnt feel happened last time) and that definitely came to be.

One of the nurses had formerly worked at a birth center and understood that Id worked for a normal birth. Dr. B. said several times...


Scientists create human-sheep chimera with hopes of affordable organ transplants "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

A team of scientists has grown embryos inside a sheep that contain human stem cells, moving the sci-fi idea of developing human organs inside animals one step closer to reality, which has sparked ethical concerns.


A Doulas Experience with Breech "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

After a birth, it helps to get a perspective on what could have/ should have/ might have been different in order to learn and grow. Every birth story is different. Gloria

The family had a super healthy (first) pregnancy, with opportunities
galore; access to acupuncture, chiropractics, yoga, watsu, massage,
walking, biking, good rest and healthy food (they are both vegan and
eat really well). They chose not to have any ultra sounds and had
her first internal exam at 40 weeks, at her request. She was quite
anxious about having internal exams, learned that it is possible to go
through pregnancy and birth without any fingers up her vagina and
decided that would be best for her. She asked for the exam at 40 weeks
because she felt it would be better to have a practice exam in a non
labour situation to see what it would be like just in case she wanted
to have one in labour.

Throughout her pregnancy her various health care professionals
palpated her belly and were sure the head was down. I dont touch
bellies, I just pay attention to how women are carrying and moving and
what they are saying, and it seemed like a vertex presentation to me
as well. At 39 weeks, her chiropractor and her midwives noticed a
difference, but figured maybe the head was engaged. On her due date
she had an appointment with one of her midwives, who is quite new to
midwifery and she basically freaked out from feeling what she thought
were hands presenting and told the family they must go for an ultra
sound the following morning at 8am. The family was left quite worried.
I asked what she felt about the babys position. She said she had been
feeling flutters down below, and figured it was simply mild
contractions. I also asked if she was feeling pressure up in her ribs,
or if she was pushing down on her belly in discomfort, and she said
she had been feeling that way all week. I told her not to worry and
offered to join her for the ultra sound in the am.

Later that night I received a call that labour had started, she had
been contracting since her midwife appointment, but thought it was due
to the internal exam. The contractions were building, so she called
the midwives and they told her to go straight to the hospital for an
ultra sound and one of the midwives would meet them there. The ultra
sound indicated baby was breech and the OB on call was one of the only
in the city who was open to vaginal breech births, although he clearly
stated he was not interested in any marathons and she would have 6
hours to labour (no pressure!) The midwife assured them he...


Miscarriage: What No One Talks About "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

An excerpt from Miscarriage: What No One Talks About, by Olga Barrows Read Full Story Here I had my miscarriage the day before Christmas and continued to bleed quietly throughout the Christmas dinner. I ate two pieces of turkey, participated in a conversation and gift exchanges by the tree. I watched our two-year-old daughter laugh and unwrap her presents. But I Read more

Saturday, 17 February


Thats Why Its Called a Birth Preference Instead of a Plan "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

I have long-struggled to like myself. I hated my body and lacked self confidence in many areas, so finding out I was pregnant just triggered a heightened sense of anxiety for me. Finding out I was diabetic at my first OB appointment made things even worse. As the doctor rattled off the list of awful things that could result, I sat there expecting each to all happen to my baby, and they would all be my fault. I wondered if I could live with myself if I caused such pain for my beautiful growing baby macrosomia, dislocated limbs during birth, heart and spine defects, respiratory problems One thing I had been told from the beginning I would be induced at 38 or 39 weeks due to an increased risk of stillbirth for infants of diabetic mothers. I strongly opposed an induction but wanted to do what was best for our baby.

As the pregnancy progressed and my education on the issues increased, I became a model patient (the doctors words). My confidence grew as quickly as my sugars and A1C decreased, and for the first time in my adult life, I was actually feeling good about myself and my body. This new-found confidence gave me the ability to try new things (like yoga, which has been life-changing!) And maybe it was my mama bear instincts forming, but I was blessed with a feisty courage that I had not previously known to speak up for myself. Did that cause some tension between my doctors and me? Yes. Was it worth it? YES.

At that point, if I pictured our babys ideal birth, it would be in a peaceful environment outside of a hospital, calm, quiet, in water, with no interventions. My husband and I took a hypnoyoga birth class and hired a doula. I talked to several midwives; however, they couldnt deliver my baby, due to the fact that I was taking insulin. I started researching natural induction methods to encourage baby out on her own. I drank red raspberry leaf tea, walked every day, faithfully attended yoga, saw my chiropractor once a week, got acupuncture, used essential oils on acupressure points, and visualized her calm, peaceful birth every chance I had. And still, the induction date (Sunday) arrived with no sign that baby Samantha was going to come out on her own.

As we walked the short hallway to the antepartum wing, I debated escaping. But I was with my husband and his mom, and really, pregnant ladies cant run that fast. So we checked in, got settled in our room, and I was soon disappointed to learn that I wasnt even ripe! After three doses of Misoprostol throughout the night, Resident S (that I ended up liking the most) tried and failed to insert a Foley bulb. Also throughout the night, our amazing nurse...


Reporter Becky Griffin: We Need More Abortions To Curb Mass Shootings "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

Far-left reporter Becky Griffin has called on women to abort more babies in the aftermath of Wednesdays mass shooting in Florida.   The reporter-model took to Twitter on Thursday and claimed that shooter Nicolas Cruz wouldnt [...]


Do Your Moles Ever Go Away? "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

By Dr. Mercola

Skin is your body's largest and fastest growing organ, used to protect your body from bacteria and germs, regulate your temperature, get rid of waste products and house a nervous system that allows you to feel and sense your environment.1 Your skin is what others first notice about you, and is an indicator of both internal and external aging.

Skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in the U.S.2 Estimates suggest nearly 20 percent of all Americans will experience some form of skin cancer during their life. Non-melanoma skin cancers affect nearly 3 million Americans each year and more than 1 million are living with melanoma. The rates of diagnosis of basal cell (BCC) and squamous cell carcinomas (SCC), non-melanoma skin cancers, have been rising dramatically.

There has been an increase of 145 percent of BCC between 1976 to 1984 and 2000 to 2010, and a 263 percent increase of SCC during the same period.3 Routinely inspecting your skin increases the likelihood you'll recognize changes that may need medical attention, and will help you become more familiar with your unique pattern of moles (nevi), freckles and blemishes.

Monthly self-inspection is done in a well-lit room with the assistance of mirrors to inspect areas that are difficult to see. Your first examination may take longer as you record the location of moles and freckles on your body. This enables you to confirm the location and any changes each month forward. You might notice that a mole suddenly appears where there wasn't one before, or a mole you've had for years may start to disappear.

Evolution of a Mole

Moles are growths on your skin that are usually black or brown, but can be a lighter tan. They usually appear in childhood anywhere on your body, either alone or in groups. By the time you reach your mid-20s it's common to have 10 to 40 moles.4 Moles happen when cells that provide color to your skin melanocytes grow in clumps together instead of spreading throughout your skin. After being exposed to the sun or during hormonal changes, such as your teen years or pregnancy, moles may darken in color.

Not all moles are created equally. The common mole is 5 to 6 mm in diameter...

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