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Thursday, 26 April

03:04

Legal abortion in Argentina? A long shot is suddenly within reach (Daniel Politi) "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

18/04/2018 - BUENOS AIRES Luca Bulat, a 19-year-old medical student, was dancing on the steps of the congressional palace in Buenos Aires as she looked out on a crowd of abortion rights demonstrators ...

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Thursday, 19 April

13:30

If Youre 48 And Your Dad Does Your Taxes, You Have A Problem "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

To understand why the federal government currently holds a $21 trillion (and rising) debt, look no further than the front page of Tuesdays Wall Street Journal. Its A-Hed on the day Americans had to file their taxes? Yes, Its Tax Day and Youre Still Doing Returns for Your Adult Children.

From a 42-year-old marketing director who has never done her taxes, to the excuses she gave for burdening her parents with the taskmy dad legitimately seems to enjoy doing itto the 48-year-old mother whose father prepares taxes for both her and her 22-year-old daughter, the article reads like the prototypical combination of fiscal irresponsibility and helicopter parenting gone amok.

I cant comprehend, let alone sympathize with, this behavior. Ive always prided myself on attention to detail in my own budget and spending. Upon entering the working world, I decided to prepare my own taxes. Granted, I enjoy personal finance issues more than most do, but I didnt find the process complicatedwage income, some small dividend payments, and student loan interest made for a relatively simple tax filingand prided myself on my independence.

In time, buying a home and collecting small business income complicated my tax situation and suggested the wisdom of hiring an accountant. That said, I generally prepare a draft return well before I sit down with her. After all, if I dont understand my own financial situation, how can my accountant offer solid advice?

Second, the experience of doing my own taxes infused my policy knowledge, and vice versa. For me, anyway, doing my own taxes illustrated the difference between above-the-line and below-the-line provisions in ways that inside-the-Beltway publications never could. (For the curious or uninitiated, above-the-line provisions reduce incomethe line being Adjusted Gross Income, calculated at the very bottom of page one of the federal 1040 formwhile below-the-line deductions reduce tax liability.)

Conversely, monitoring policy debates has allowed me on occasion to provide my accountant with a heads-up about how events in Washington will affect tax filers, and thus tax preparers like her. Last December, I read the tax bill to understand the implications of its provisions on my situation, most notably how the tax deduction for pass-through income would affect the small business income I report on my return.

A few years ago, I told my accountant about the ...

09:26

Postnatal Depletion What It Is And How To Recover "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

Postnatal Depletion What Is It And How To Recover?

As a new mother, you expect to feel tired probably even exhausted. You grew a whole new human being and birthed a baby from your body. You will nourish that baby for months, maybe even for years. And, like many of us, you'll probably do it again. And again. Raising children is exhausting. Mothers are constantly on call. Its a 24/7 job. We often take on the lions share of the domestic chores too, as well as the mental burden of managing a household. Its not uncommon for mothers to feel completely exhausted for years after having babies. Mothering takes its toll on us hormonally, physically and emotionally. The last of my babies recently started school. I had big plans for what I was going to do and how I was going to use my time. I certainly wasnt prepared for how tired I feel. Still. I dont have any health problems. My kids sleep well. Whats actually wrong with me?

Postnatal Depletion What It Is And How To Recover

Dr Oscar Serrallach is a GP based in Byron Bay, and a father of three. He has just completed a book called Mothermorphosis: Your Revolutionary Guide to Postnatal Transformation. According to him, Im suffering from postnatal depletion. And I'm not alone.

What Is Postnatal Depletion?

Weve all heard of postnatal depression. Now, postnatal depletion is something else we mamas can look forward to. Dr Serrallach has coined the term postnatal depletion to describe a condition that involves both physical and emotional fatigue. In a nutshell, postnatal depletion is the huge toll that pregnancy, birth and child care take on mothers. The dictionary definition of deplete is: to decrease seriously or exhaust the abundance or supply of (something). That sums up exactly how postnatal depletion feels. Ten years after having my first baby and five years after having my last baby, my supply of mama energy is exhausted. Theres virtually nothing left to scrape from the bottom of the barrel.

What Are The Signs Of Postnatal Depletion?

Being tired and overwhelmed is considered part and parcel of becoming a mother. Yet it seems, in todays bus...

07:58

Increased Risk Of Stillbirth Linked To Timing Of Babies Movements "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

Stillbirth Risk Increase Linked To Timing Of Babies' Movements

By the time you reach the last trimester of your pregnancy, you are used to your babys movements. You can be on the go all day and not really notice your baby moving about. But sit down for five minutes and you will be compensated with big kicks and belly rolls.

Increased Risk Of Stillbirth Linked To Timing Of Babies Movements

There are quite a few myths about fetal movements and what you should watch out for. Always be guided by your care providers advice and never hesitate to seek medical assistance if you notice changes in your babys movements. New research has found there is an increased risk of stillbirth when babies movements are reduced during the evening hours.

What Is Normal Fetal Movement?

Its difficult to know what normal means. Every baby is different. Some will sleep all day and move most at night when you are sleeping. Other babies seem always to be moving a little bit, whether its having hiccups for hours or making little fluttering movements. Babies actually rest and sleep in utero  sometimes for up to 17 hours a day. These periods of rest or sleep last for about 40-50 minutes at a time. When you are busy and moving about, you are less tuned in to the movements your baby makes. Many pregnant mamas find their movement lulls their babies to sleep which often continues after birth, as most babies respond to movement by falling asleep. You can read more in Baby Kicking - 9 Facts You Need To Know.

New Study Shows Timing Is Important

Researchers from the University of Auckland have recently uncovered a link between an increased risk of stillbirth and babies being quieter during the evening. Midwife and PhD student, Billie Bradford, presented the resea...

07:30

Our Vitamin K and the Newborn course starts tomorrow! "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

Weve triple checked the links, focused the webcam and stocked up on tea, because tomorrow we will be welcoming participants to our online course, Vitamin K and the Newborn.

This is one of our most popular full-sized professional development online courses which weve created for midwives and birth folk (with Gathering in the Knowledge and Group B Strep Explored running in May) and were excited to be welcoming participants from all over the world. So if youre signed up and raring to go, then keep an eye on your email inbox as youll automatically be sent a link as soon as the course opens. And I will be up and about from Friday morning (with my tea) to chat to you in the course!

If youre thinking of joining us and havent signed up yet, then you can do so anytime until the end of the first day of the course, Friday 13th October. Weve extended the sign-up deadline by a day, as there are always a few people who just miss the deadline, but we will be closing registration at the end of the first day so that everyone can make the most of the facilitated week, where I will be chatting with you in the course.

If the dates dont work for you, then dont worry as we are likely to run it again later in the year. Or if you want to know more about this area but arent ready for a course, you might like Saras book of the same name.

If you have any questions, then weve got a page which tells you everything you could possibly want to know about the course. WeR...

07:21

Should VBAC Labour Be Induced? "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

Should VBAC Labour Be Induced?

Many women hope to have a vaginal birth after c-section (VBAC). It is important these women are armed with knowledge and accurate information. There are many myths surrounding VBACs but none is so pervasive as the belief a woman who has had a c-section cannot be induced. Although it's preferable for labour to start on its own, there are certain medical situations where the immediate birth of the baby becomes necessary.

Should VBAC Labour Be Induced?

In such cases, women should be aware that an elective c-section is not the only possibility. For women who want a VBAC, induction is also an option.

What Is A VBAC?

VBAC means vaginal birth after c-section, where a woman plans to give birth vaginally after a prior c-section. There are many reasons why a woman will choose to have a VBAC.
  • She might have had an unplanned c-section after wanting a normal birth.
  • An elective c-section might have been necessary in a previous birth, but doesnt apply to this pregnancy.
  • She understands VBAC is a safe option for her.
Fo whatever reason a woman chooses a VBAC, she needs the full support of her care provider. Leading health organisations around the world recommend VBAC as a safe option for low risk women.

What Is Induction?

Induction of labour is the medical process of beginning labour before it starts on its own, or spontaneously. Induction might become necessary if the risk of prolonging a pregnancy outweighs the risk of the baby being born immediately. Complications that make an induction necessary include: preeclampsia; high blood pressure; fetal distress; and maternal health problems such as diabetes or kidney disease. Unfortunately, inductions are often performed for non medical reasons, and there are increased risks associated with this intervention. In a medical emergency, however, an induction can give women the opportunity to avoid an elective c-section and attempt a vaginal birth. This is important when women are facing medically necessary...

07:00

The Many Benefits of Sage, the 'Savior' Herb "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

A member of the mint family, sage (Salvia officinalis) originated from the northern Mediterranean coast, where it was traditionally used for cooking. Italians are known to add flavor to veal with sage, while the French use it for sausages, stuffing and cured meats. The herbs warm and musky essence also probably reminds you of homemade turkey dressing a Thanksgiving staple loved by many Americans.1

However, sage isnt just for cooking. In medieval times, it was called Salvia Salvatrix, which means sage, the savior. This is because it was one of the primary ingredients of the Four Thieves Vinegar, a concoction that was used by thieves to ward off the bubonic plague while plundering for treasures.2 Today, sage is known for its high antioxidant capacity and many health benefits.3 Learn about how you can use sage to take your health to new heights. 

What Makes Sage Healthy?

Sage has an extensive history as a medicinal herb. It was used by the ancient Egyptians to improve fertility, and in the first century CE, Dioscorides, a Greek physician, pharmacologist and botanist (now known as the father of pharmacology4), reported that sage can help stop wounds from bleeding, help disinfect sores and promote healing of ulcers. He also used sage juice to treat coughs and hoarseness.5

Since then, herbalists have used sage for treating different conditions, such as swelling, sprains, asthma and excessive menstrual bleeding.6

The health benefits of sage are attributed to flavonoids, such as apigenin, luteolin and diosmetin,7 which are known for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.8 Sage can also provide your body with rosmarinic acid, a polyphenolic compound with unlimited health potential. Due to the popularity...

06:38

4 Things You Can Do If Youre Not Ready To Wean "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

4 Things You Can Do If You're Not Ready To Wean

Although some mothers face challenges in the early days, breastfeeding can end up being a rewarding and empowering experience. Breastfeeding doesnt only provide a child with important nutrition its also nurturing. Breastfeeding also gives mothers a chance to sit down and focus completely on their babies. If mothers have returned to work, breastfeeding can also be a great way for them to reconnect with their babies.

4 Things You Can Do If You're Not Ready To Wean

Some mothers and their children come to enjoy breastfeeding so much the idea of weaning is unwelcome, even if they feel there is pressure to do so. What should you do if you dont feel like weaning? Here are 4 things to think about:

#1: Remember The Right Time To Wean Is An Individual Choice

The right time to wean for you and your child isnt set by any breastfeeding statistics. In fact, the right time to wean is an individual choice, and should be determined by what works best in your familys personal circumstances. If breastfeeding is going well for you and your child, theres no need to stop.

#2: Keep In Mind There Are Important Health Reasons To Keep Breastfeeding

The importance of breastfeeding for the health of both the mother and her child doesnt stop when a child turns a certain age. In fact, a dose-response relationship exists between many of the health outcomes associated with breastfeeding. This means the longer you keep breastfeeding, the better the health outcomes for you and your baby. Or, to put it another way, the shorter the breastfeeding duration, the poorer the health outcomes. For detailed information about the ways in which breastfeeding is important to the health of mothers and children, see these Belly Belly articles:
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Wednesday, 18 April

20:23

Spring Cleaning The Liver "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

By Rosanne Lindsay, ND

Spring has sprung!  Tis the season for rebirth and regeneration. Spring is ruled by the wood element which is associated with the liver and its complementary organ, the gallbladder.  What better time to reset and rejuvenate body, mind, and spirit than through the liver, an organ known to regenerate itself if a portion is surgically removed?

It was at one time considered the seat of life; hence its name liver, the thing we live with. -Ambrose Bierce, The Devils Dictionary, Tales and Memoirs

As the bodys largest filter and gland, the liver is a detox powerhouse responsible for more than 500 (possibly 5000) functions. Your liver filters 1 liter of blood every minute from the digestive tract before it flows to the rest of the body. It holds about one pint of blood (13% of the bodys blood) at any given moment. It detoxifies, nourishes, replenishes, and stores blood. It also energizes the blood by releasing stored sugar (glycogen) as glucose. Other jobs of your liver include:

  • metabolizing drugs and detoxing chemicals,
  • synthesizing glutathione, an important antioxidant that removes toxins (heavy metals and chemicals),
  • converting sunlight to vitamin D3, critical to the immune system function,
  • producing bile, which helps break down fats in the small intestine during digestion, and carry away wastes,
  • making amino acids which become protein,
  • converting T4 thyroid hormone to T3,
  • making steroid and sex hormones that affect libido, menstrual cycle, and timing of menopause,
  • creating digestive enzymes and immune cells, and storing vitamins.

The liver is also...

08:00

The New Prenatal Testing "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

I was 35 when pregnant with my third baby, and 40 with my fourth.  This put my babies in the high risk category for chromosomal problems including Down Syndrome. Should I undergo testing to find out if my baby was affected, involving procedures that would increase the chance of losing my baby? Or should my [...]

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Ginsenoside Rg1 ameliorates testicular senescence changes in Dgalinduced aging mice. "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

PMID:  Mol Med Rep. 2018 May ;17(5):6269-6276. Epub 2018 Mar 1. PMID: 29512726 Abstract Title:  Ginsenoside Rg1 ameliorates testicular senescence changes in Dgalinduced aging mice via antiinflammatory and antioxidative mechanisms. Abstract:  With the growing population, aging, extended lifespans and anti-aging have become popular areas of research in the life and social sciences. With increasing age, the structure and function of the testes, the spermatogenetic and androgenproducing organ in the male reproductive system, gradually declines. Ginsenoside Rg1 is an extract of Panax ginseng in traditional Chinese medicine. The extract facilitates antiaging through its antiinflammatory and antioxidant properties. However, it has not been reported whether ginsenoside Rg1 delays testicular aging. The present study established Dgalactose (Dgal)induced aging mouse models to examine the protective effects of ginsenoside Rg1 on the structure and function of the testes, and the underlying mechanism. A total of 60 healthy specific pathogenfree male C57BL/6 mice were randomly divided into four groups: Control group; Rg1 group; Dgal + Rg1 group; and Dgal group. The tissues of the mice were used for further experiments. The present study further investigated the effects of Rg1 on the volume of serum testosterone, the testicular index, testicular microscopic structures, the senescence of spermatogenetic cells, the apoptosis of spermatogenetic cells, the activity of the antioxidant enzymes, the levels of inflammatory cytokines, and the levels of Sphase kinaseassociated protein (p19), cyclindependent kinase inhibitor 1 (p21) and cellular tumor antigen p53 (p53) in Dgalinduced aging mice. In general, compared with the Dgal group, the treatment of Rg1 increased the testis index, serum testosterone level and the active content of superoxide dismutase and the total antioxidant capacity. The percentage of senescenceassociated galactosidasepositive cells, the level of apoptosis and the volume of methane dicarboxylic aldehyde, tumor necrosis factor, interleukin (IL)1 and IL6 in testicular tissues were significantly decreased, and the expression of p19, p53 and p21 was downregulated due to the treatment with Rg1. The results of the present study demonstrated that ginsenoside Rg1 was able to protect the testes against Dgalinduced aging in mice. In addition, the protective effect of Rg1 may be achieved via antioxidation and downregulation of the p19/p53/p21 signaling pathway.

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Tuesday, 17 April

22:48

Merck Accused of Fraud, Deceit and Negligence in US Gardasil Case "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

Merck's aggressive agenda to increase HPV vaccine uptake rates, despite causing thousands of severe injuries, is hitting a stumbling block in a court case alleging blatant corruption. 

There has been documented evidence that the HPV vaccine has caused more injuries than any other vaccination in history. Despite this evidence however, the HPV vaccination has continued to be hailed a success by the pharmaceutical industry and governments alike.

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21:50

Apical meristems: the plant's fountain of youth. "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

PMID:  Bioessays. 2003 Oct ;25(10):961-70. PMID: 14505363 Abstract Title:  Apical meristems: the plant's fountain of youth. Abstract:  During postembryonic development, all organs of a plant are ultimately derived from a few pluripotent stem cells found in specialized structures called apical meristems. Here we discuss our current knowledge about the regulation of plant stem cells and their environments with main emphasis on the shoot apical meristem of Arabidopsis thaliana. Recent studies suggest that stem cells are localized in specialized niches where signals from surrounding cells maintain their undifferentiated state. In the shoot meristem, initiation of stem cells during embryogenesis, regulation of stem-cell homeostasis and termination of stem-cell maintenance during flower development appear to primarily involve regulation of the stem-cell niche.

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21:04

Hormonal regulation of stem cell maintenance in roots. "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

PMID:  J Exp Bot. 2013 Mar ;64(5):1153-65. Epub 2012 Nov 25. PMID: 23183258 Abstract Title:  Hormonal regulation of stem cell maintenance in roots. Abstract:  During plant embryogenesis, the apical-basal axis is established and both the shoot apical meristem (SAM) and the root apical meristem (RAM) are formed. In both meristems, there are slowly dividing cells which control the differentiation of their surrounding cells called the organizing centre (OC) and the quiescent centre (QC) in the shoot and root, respectively. These centres with their surrounding initial cells form a 'stem cell niche'. The initial cells eventually differentiate into various plant tissues, giving rise to plant organs such as lateral shoots, flowers, leaves, and lateral roots. Plant hormones are important factors involved in the balance between cell division and differentiation such that plant growth and development are tightly controlled in space and time. No single hormone acts by itself in regulating the meristematic activity in the root meristem. Division and differentiation are controlled by interactions between several hormones. Intensive research on plant stem cells has focused on how cell division is regulated to form specific plant organs and tissues, how differentiation is controlled, and how stem cell fate is coordinated. In this review, recent knowledge pertaining to the role of plant hormones in maintaining root stem cells including the QC is summarized and discussed. Furthermore, we suggest diverse approaches to answering the main question of how root stem cells are regulated and maintained by plant hormones.

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21:00

Commentary: Plant and animal stem cells: similar yet different. "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

PMID:  Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol. 2014 May ;15(5):301-12. PMID: 24755933 Abstract Title:  Plant and animal stem cells: similar yet different. Abstract:  The astonishingly long lives of plants and their regeneration capacity depend on the activity of plant stem cells. As in animals, stem cells reside in stem cell niches, which produce signals that regulate the balance between self-renewal and the generation of daughter cells that differentiate into new tissues. Plant stem cell niches are located within the meristems, which are organized structures that are responsible for most post-embryonic development. The continuous organ production that is characteristic of plant growth requires a robust regulatory network to keep the balance between pluripotent stem cells and differentiating progeny. Components of this network have now been elucidated and provide a unique opportunity for comparing strategies that were developed in the animal and plant kingdoms, which underlie the logic of stem cell behaviour.

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20:53

Plant stem cells as innovation in cosmetics. "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

PMID:  Acta Pol Pharm. 2014 Sep-Oct;71(5):701-7. PMID: 25362798 Abstract Title:  Plant stem cells as innovation in cosmetics. Abstract:  The stem cells thanks to their ability of unlimited division number or transformation into different cell types creating organs, are responsible for regeneration processes. Depending on the organism in which the stem cells exists, they divide to the plant or animal ones. The later group includes the stem cells existing in both embryo's and adult human's organs. It includes, among others, epidermal stem cells, located in the hair follicle relieves and also in its basal layers, and responsible for permanent regeneration of the epidermis. Temporary science looks for method suitable for stimulation of the epidermis stem cells, amongst the other by delivery of e.g., growth factors for proliferation that decrease with the age. One of the methods is the use of the plant cell culture technology, including a number of methods that should ensure growth of plant cells, issues or organs in the environment with the microorganism-free medium. It uses abilities of the different plant cells to dedifferentiation into stem cells and coming back to the pluripotent status. The extracts obtained this way from the plant stem cells are currently used for production of both common or professional care cosmetics. This work describes exactly impact of the plant stem cell extract, coming from one type of the common apple tree (Uttwiler Sptlauber) to human skin as one of the first plant sorts, which are used in cosmetology and esthetic dermatology.

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15:33

The birth of a mother; my journey through darkness "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

Our thanks to Sheryl Wynne of Simply Natal for this, the third of our April blog posts focusing on perinatal mental health.  For our full 2018 blog schedule please click here.

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There are no beginnings without endings.

I never imagined what that could mean when I set out to start a family. Being a mother was what I had always wanted. A dream I had had since I was a young child playing with her dolls; a dream that became all the more important after the loss of my own mother at the age of 19. I knew about endings; the sadness, the finality, the despair. Beginnings though, brought hope. Beginnings could only be good?

Our first much wanted pregnancy ended at 7 weeks. And there was my first bitter taste of a new beginning brought to an abrupt end. I had no idea that this loss of life would be a catalyst for much more heartache. Our second pregnancy was a healthy one, physically speaking, although the anxiety I thought was normal in pregnancy turned out to be more indicative of my own mental health struggles and fear of death. I suppose on reflection, the intrusive thoughts began in that pregnancy, at first, the vivid living out of an early miscarriage, then as the pregnancy progressed I imagined delivering a baby that had died in utero, I imagined being told there was no heartbeat, I began to grieve for the loss I felt so imminent, I couldnt quite accept that this baby would arrive safely, if I did I would jinx it and my world would fall apart. I didnt share these thoughts, like I said, I thought they were normal. I was asked at antenatal appointments, and whenever I went in to be monitored for reduced foetal movements, whether I had a history of anxiety and depression (it said as much in my notes). I waited for the next question, or something that acknowledged what this might look like in pregnancy, but it never came, so my conclusion was that it was irrelevant, and the way I was feeling must be normal.

Without dwelling on the what happened next (my birth story is already out there for anyone interested), my almost 42 week pregnancy riddled with anxiety ended in a long traumatic labour. This trauma was predominantly emotional, and as I realised much later, was very much influenced by my belief that my baby would die.

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07:00

Privilege of Knowledge and the Duty to Act on Pesticides "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

By Dr. Mercola

Though he still sees himself as just a little boy who loves frogs, Tyrone Hayes, Ph.D., an integrative biologist at the University of California, Berkeley, has spent a decade feuding with chemical giant Syngenta, manufacturer of the pesticide atrazine. Novartis, which eventually became Syngenta, asked Hayes to use his extensive knowledge of frog hormones to determine if atrazine was interfering with frogs in the environment.

It certainly wasnt what they wanted to hear, but he found atrazine may be chemically castrating male frogs, essentially turning them into female frogs. When Hayes reported some of his troubling findings to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), including male frogs with eggs bursting out of their testicles I thought they would be interested, after all it was the No. 1 selling chemical in the world at the time, he said they stated it wasnt an adverse effect that would prompt them to reevaluate the chemical.

Hayes resigned his contractor position with Syngenta after the company refused to allow him to publish the results of studies they had funded. After resigning, he obtained independent funding to repeat the research, which was subsequently published and found that atrazine causes hermaphroditism in frogs.

Syngenta attempted to discredit Hayes after the damaging research was released. However, as Hayes argues in the TED talk above, he follows Albert Einsteins notion that those who have the privilege to know, have the duty to act.

Atrazine Shown To Be Harmful to Animals, Humans and the Environment

Hayes research hypothesized that atrazine turned on an enzyme (aromatase) that caused testosterone to be converted into estrogen. If youre a male, this means that you wont make sperm, but you will make estrogen, even though you shouldnt.

According to Hayes and colleagues in research published in Nature in 2002, exposure to water-borne atrazine contamination led to gonadal abnormalities such as retarded development and hermaphroditism in 10 percent to 92 percent of male wild leopard frogs. Hayes published another study in 2010 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), which similarly found:1

Atrazine-exposed males suffered from depressed testosterone, decreased breeding gland size, demasculinized/feminized laryngeal development, suppressed mating behavior, reduced sper...

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Deep Malnutrition: Understanding Nutritional Histories "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

We all know that diet is important for health, but did you know that even the nutrition of our forebears could affect our babies? This article will help midwives understand how to help moms have a healthier pregnancy and better birth.

The post Deep Malnutrition: Understanding Nutritional Histories appeared first on Midwifery Today.

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Monday, 16 April

22:33

Trump Lawyer Forced to Reveal Another Client: Sean Hannity "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

Update: 1:53 p.m. PDT: The Associated Press has posted news of Sean Hannitys comments about his ties to President Trumps lawyer, Michael Cohen:

Fox News host Sean Hannity says its no big deal that he consulted with Donald Trumps personal lawyer about his own legal affairs.

In his regular broadcast Monday, Hannity says he had brief discussions with Michael Cohen about legal questions where I wanted his input and perspective.

But he said he never retained Cohen in any traditional sense, never paid him and never got billed for a legal fee.

NEW YORK A legal fight over what should happen to records the FBI seized from President Trumps personal attorney took a surprise twist Monday when the lawyer, Michael Cohen, was forced to reveal in court that he had also secretly done legal work for Fox News host Sean Hannity.

The disclosure came as Cohens attorneys tried to persuade a federal judge in New York to delay prosecutors from examining records and electronic devices seized in the raids on the grounds that many of them are protected by attorney-client privilege.

U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood said in hearings Friday and again on Monday that if Cohen wanted the court to declare that the some of his files were protected because of attorney confidentiality rules, he would have to divulge the names of his clients.

In a court filing Monday, Cohens attorneys said three people received legal help from Cohen in 2017 and 2018, after Trump became president.

One was Trump himself. Another was Elliot Broidy, a Trump fundraiser who resigned from the Republican National Committee on Friday after it was revealed that he paid $1.6 million to a Playboy Playmate with whom he had an extramarital affair. The Playmate became pregnant and elected to have an abortion.

But they initially declined to reveal the name of the third client.

The third legal client directed Mr. Cohen not to reveal the identity publicly, Cohens lawyers, Todd Harrison and Stephen Ryan, wrote. It almost goes without saying, unfortunately, that none of Mr. Cohens clients want to be associated with the government raid on his home and law office, or want to be affiliated in any way with the proceedings here and the attendant media coverage.

Wood, though, demanded the name.

I understand he doesnt want his name out there, but thats not enough under the law, she said.

An email sent to Fox News seeking comment from Hannity was not immediately returned.

The hearing was ongoing Monday afternoon.

It began with an appearance by porn actress Stormy Daniels, who was swarmed by photographers and nea...

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ProPublica/NPR Collaboration a Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

The Pulitzer Board announced that ProPublicas partnership with NPR was a finalist in the Explanatory Reporting category for Lost Mothers, an illuminating series on the maternal mortality crisis in the United States. ProPublica Illinois and The Chicago Tribune were also named Pulitzer finalists for Local Reporting for their Tax Divide series. The two designations were ProPublicas eighth and ninth Pulitzer finalists in 10 years of publishing.

Led by ProPublica reporter Nina Martin, engagement reporter Adriana Gallardo and NPR special correspondent Renee Montagne, Lost Mothers began with a disquieting trend: For the past two decades, as maternal mortality has declined in other affluent countries, U.S. rates of maternal mortality were rising. The U.S. has the highest rate of mothers who die during pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum in the developed world, with 700 to 900 American women dying from complications each year. Additionally, every year more than 50,000 American women nearly die during pregnancy and childbirth.

Soon into their reporting, an intriguing question arose: Where were the mothers? The usual journalism tools, such as Nexis and Google, turned up surprisingly few names, and obituaries rarely mention the cause of death. To identify these mothers, the reporters scoured crowdfunding sites like GoFundMe and YouCaring, verifying names with obituaries and public posts on Facebook and Twitter. They also published a callout, asking affected families to tell their stories. More than 4,700 people responded, including 4,000 women who said they had almost died themselves. These efforts helped the reporters create a first-of-its kind database of mothers who died from pregnancy-related complications, eventually identifying more than 160 maternal deaths in 2016 alone.

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Future of Birth Control: The Male Birth Control Shot That Has Been Found Effective "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

The rate of teen pregnancy in the United States is significantly higher than that of many other western industrialized nations according to the Centers for Disease Control. With television shows glamorizing the teen mom lifestyle and bringing fame and celebrity status to some of those who are living it, it is no wonder that many Americans trivialize and shrug off the seriousness of this situation.

However, in 2010 along the Centers for Disease Control reports that teen pregnancy and childbirth cost the U.S. taxpayers approximately $9.4 billion dollars.  Furthermore, the lives of those involved are significantly impacted, limiting their ability to succeed in our society with only approximately 50% of teen mothers receiving a high school diploma by the age of 22, while 90% of those without children have been able to reach this milestone.

While there are many different things that we can do as a society to help turn these statistics around including better sexual education at a young age, providing new and better opportunities for those looking to seek an education following the birth of a child or a reassessment of how we choose to feature and glamorize this lifestyle throughout the mainstream media, there is one topic that nearly always comes up in the conversation: Birth control.

It is estimated that approximately 62% of women who are currently of reproductive age are using some form of birth control regularly today, including condoms, birth control pills, implants, patches, injections, and sterilization. While both parties are equally responsible for the potential risks associated with unprotected sex, traditionally many of these options fall on the woman to put into practice. New research, however, may just change the way that birth control is viewed in our society.

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A 2016 study co-sponsored by the United Nations and published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism explored the effectiveness and safety of a male contracepti...

13:12

6 Reasons Raising Kids Costs Less Than You Think "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

Families in developed countries are having fewer children and women are putting off having kids until later in life, bringing Americas fertility rate to an all-time low. If youre among the many U.S. couples intimidated by the costs of raising a family or hesitant about whether you can have another baby, you can worry a little less. The cost of raising a child might not be as high as you think.

1. Insurance Plans Differ on Maternity Coverage

The cost of childbirth can be intimidating to prospective parents, especially since medical expenses are opaque and depend on a number of factors. With employer-provided insurance, average out-of-pocket costs for vaginal delivery were $2,244 (12 percent of the total cost), and costs for C-section delivery were $2,669 (10 percent of the total cost) in 2013, according to a study by Truven Health Analytics.

That data is consistent with the rule of thumb that insurance typically covers about 90 percent of the cost of a hospital birth. Since passage of the Affordable Care Act, all individual plans and employer-based insurance plans must offer maternity benefits. If youre covered by Medicaid, as are nearly half of all U.S. births, your out-of-pocket costs will be zero, or close to it.

For prospective parents who dont use Medicaid, insurance plans are not all equally cost-effective in the long run. Forecasting your expenses can help determine what plan is most cost-effective for your family. Before our first child, we settled on a health savings account (HSA) plan. Although initial birth costs were higher (around $4,500) and deductibles and copays are higher, weve more than made up the difference through lower premiums in the 16 months since her birth.

Out-of-pocket costs might be less than youd expect, since HSAs can negotiate set rates with providers that are lower than the sticker price. Its important to forecast costs and make a decision based on as accurate an assessment as possible, though. An HSA wont be right for every family, but its worth looking into as a cost-effective way of paying for family health expenses.

But delivery costs are only the beginning of nearly two decades of expenses, and health care costs only make up about 9 percent of them, by government estimates. How much does raising a kid typically cost, and can you reasonably pay less than that to raise healthy, well-educated, and well-adjusted kids? Ye...

07:30

Vitamin K and tongue tie division "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

A few weeks ago, Cathy wrote, Sara, what are your thoughts on tongue tie division with baby who hasnt had vit k? If mother has made informed decision, can a medical professional decline to do division?

Well, as is so often the case, the answer to this does depend a bit on where you are in the world. But, as I wrote in my book, Vitamin K and the Newborn, I am aware that, many of the people who perform tongue-tie division surgery wont carry this out on babies under 12 weeks unless the baby has either received IM vitamin K or it can be demonstrated via a blood test that the baby has an adequate blood clotting result.

This is a really tricky situation in which a few different issues are tangled up. In most areas, parents have the right to decline prophylactic treatments such as vitamin K, but they do not necessarily have the right to demand other treatments (especially when, as in this case, they could be considered to be elective and not immediately necessary in order to preserve life) if there is deemed to be a risk factor. Many professionals will consider that a baby who has not been given prophylactic vitamin K to to be at increased risk of bleeding during procedures such as tongue tie division or circumcision and in some situations, yes, a professional can decline to perform a procedure where they think that the risks outweigh the benefits. Its complicated, though.

I know of other (usually private) practitioners who are willing to do tongue tie surgery on babies who have not received vitamin K as long as the parents have signed a consent form, and I also know of situations where professionals have managed to avoid giving an outright no to this request by finding a way to delay the surgery.

This is such a tricky area, and I know that opinions are divided (no pun intended). One reason that this is such a tricky subject is because we all have different perceptions about two important factors: risk and responsibil...

06:16

Exercise During Pregnancy Could Shorten Your Labour "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

Exercising During Pregnancy Could Shorten Your Labour Time

How you look after yourself during pregnancy can affect what happens at the birth of your baby, and beyond. It makes sense. In the past pregnant women were told to avoid strenuous activity and heavy lifting. Today, however, women are encouraged to eat a balanced diet during pregnancy and to exercise regularly.

Exercise During Pregnancy Could Shorten Your Labour

Women are encouraged to stay generally active during pregnancy. Regular exercise during pregnancy can reduce the risk of risk of constipation, aches and pains, and help you to sleep better at night. A new study published in the European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Reproductive Biology concluded exercise during pregnancy might also have an impact on the duration of labour. The randomised clinical trial aimed to investigate whether there was a link between exercise during pregnancy and the length of labour. Over 500 women took part into the study. Half of the participants were assigned to a moderate aerobic exercise class for the duration of their pregnancy. This consisted of three weekly sessions led by an instructor. The control group was simply given the standard information about the importance of exercise and good nutrition, but participants were not enrolled into any specific exercise programs as part of the study. Researchers found women in the exercise group, when compared with the control group, had a shorter first stage of labour (an average of 53 minutes shorter). These women also experienced a shorter total labour time. Women in the exercise group had an average labour time of seven and a half hours, compared with almost eight and a half hours for the women in the control group. The researchers also found women in the exercise group were less likely to have an epidural for pain relief during labour. Perhaps unsurprisingly, there was a higher rate of neonate macrosomia (aka big babies)  in the control group. The researchers believed the improved muscle strength in the exercise gr...

03:31

Baby Wipes Linked To Food Allergies, Study Finds "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

Baby Wipes Linked To Food Allergies, Study Finds

Most parents have used disposable baby wipes at some time. They are commonly used in households around the world for wiping bottoms, cleaning hands after a fall, and even for wiping down mucky tabletops. According to recent research, however, the use of baby wipes could be to blame for an increase in food allergies in babies and children.

How Can Baby Wipes Cause Food Allergies?

The study found a mix of environmental and genetic factors has to coexist in order to trigger food allergies in infants and children. Children with allergies usually have three gene mutations that cause the skin barrier to be diminished. This leaves children exposed to allergens. But not all children with the gene mutations develop food allergies. In the study, the researchers used mice with the same gene mutations, and exposed them to peanuts; the mice showed no reaction. Looking further, the researchers introduced several environmental factors to which babies and children are commonly exposed. They tested these factors on mice with the same gene mutations and found the mice reacted to allergens like dust or peanuts only if they had first been exposed to soap. Sodium lauryl sulfate is an ingredient of soap, and is also commonly found in baby wipes and many soap products. This ingredient makes the skin barrier weaker. The top layer of skin is made of fats, which are neutralised by soap. Baby wipes leave a layer of soap on the babys skin, essentially eroding an important barrier against allergens. The combination of gene mutations and soap on the skin allows allergens to make their way in. The exposure to allergens doesnt have to occur directly for example, by eating peanut butter. An adult or older sibling who has recently eaten a peanut butter sandwich and who then kisses or holds the baby can cause a reaction in the baby. Skin barrier mutations are not apparent until well after a food allergy has already developed. The mice used in the study had skin mutations, but showed normal skin. They didnt show any signs of eczema until they were a few months old; in human terms this is the equivalent age of a young adult....

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Is Wheat Making You Wait For Babies? The Gluten Infertility Link "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"



The take home is pretty straight forward.   A radical reworking of your diet to eliminate sugar and gluten can empower your fertility and should be a first step  and sustained for several months before even becoming concerned enough to look for other interventions.

I also recall that robust diets including ample eggs in particular worked very well for farm families back in the day.  Of course our present diet is often horrible and backing into a healthy diet should always be done sooner than later.

At least folks are thinking diet and that is good.
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Is Wheat Making You Wait For Babies? The Gluten Infertility Link

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Kelly Brogan, M.D.

Is Wheat Making You Wait For Babies? The Gluten Infertility Link

There are few anxiety triggers as provocative as the primal desire to conceive. To experience that drive, and to be thwarted by seemingly uncontrollable and unidentifiable factors is maddening. Many patients end up in my office because they feel they need help managing these feelings. Instead of medicating their anxiety, I help them to learn relaxation and mindfulness in the midst of stress, and then I help them get pregnant. How?


I have many tools in my kit, but the most powerful one is a grain, sugar, and dairy free diet. In traditional cultures, the preconception couple is offered prime access to nutrient dense foods such as egg yolks, fish eggs, and organ meats, high in fats, fat-soluble vitamins, B vitamins, and choline. Perhaps they appreciated the recently discovered importance of nutrients on both the egg and the sperm.

A woman's body needs to sense that it is an optimal time to conceive and a low fat, high carb diet is a sure way to hang up the "closed for business" sign. Babies, after all, are made of fat and protein like adults, w...

02:07

The RNC Fundraiser, the Playboy Modeland Michael Cohen "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

WASHINGTONA top fundraiser for President Donald Trump resigned from the Republican National Committee on Friday after it was revealed that he paid $1.6 million to a Playboy Playmate with whom he had an extramarital affair. The Playmate became pregnant and elected to have an abortion.

Elliott Broidy called RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel on Friday afternoon to say that he was resigning immediately.

Elliott and I spoke today, we both had a long conversation and we both agreed that that was the right thing to do, McDaniel said on MSNBC. We dont want to distract from our purpose, which is to elect Republicans.

Trumps personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, helped negotiate the $1.6 million nondisclosure agreement between Broidy and the Playboy model last year, according to two people familiar with the agreement. They spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.

The Wall Street Journal first reported on the payout Friday.

Broidy apologized to his wife and family for the affair with the Playmate, who discovered she was pregnant and chose to get an abortion.

I acknowledge I had a consensual relationship with a Playboy Playmate. At the end of our relationship, this woman shared with me that she was pregnant. She alone decided that she did not want to continue with the pregnancy and I offered to help her financially during this difficult period, Broidy said in a statement provided to the AP.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders deflected questions about Cohen and the Broidy payout Friday, saying she was not sure if Cohen was still Trumps personal attorney and trying to turn the focus back to critiques of special counsel Robert Muellers probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

News of the payout knit together two of the biggest stories brewing over the past few weeks. Cohens lawyers were in court Friday arguing that federal agents violated attorney-client privilege when they raided Cohens office, home and hotel room Monday. The agents were seeking evidence that Cohen paid porn star Stormy Daniels and former Playmate Karen McDougal hush money after they allegedly slept with Trump more than a decade ago. Trumps lawyer formerly intervened in the New York case, arguing for confidentiality.

Trump has denied the womens allegations.

The lawyer for the Playboy model involved with Broidy said his client had no statement and clarified that she isnt McDougal.

An attorney for Cohen did not return requests for comment Friday.

Broidy was a deputy finance chairman for the RNC until Friday. Cohen is still serving as a deputy finance chairman for the party. Asked if she was considering firing....

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22:11

Court Ruling Confirms Gardasil Vaccine Kills People Scientific Evidence Beyond Any Doubt So Where Is The Outcry? "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

The Tarsell family fought the U.S. government eight long years to validate a medical burden of proof that the Gardasil vaccine killed their daughter. The Tarsells 21-year-old daughter Christina Richelle died from an arrhythmia induced by an autoimmune response that was linked to Gardasil, an HPV vaccine that she received only days before her death. The final... View Article

The post Court Ruling Confirms Gardasil Vaccine Kills People Scientific Evidence Beyond Any Doubt So Where Is The Outcry? appeared first on Healthy Holistic Living.

22:05

Pompeo's Senate pitch: 'We're exceptional, Russia is not' "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

Facing widespread opposition from Democrats over his political beliefs, Mike Pompeo, President Donald Trump's nominee to take over the State Department, took a hard line on Russia in his confirmation hearing. Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee grilled the former congressman from Kansas, who headed the CIA for the past 15 months, about his beliefs regarding gay marriage, Muslims, abortion, etc. They did not, however, object to his positions on Russia, which were in line with those laid out by Hillary Clinton after her loss to Trump in the 2016 presidential election. Pompeo described Russia as "a danger to our country" and blamed Russian President Vladimir Putin for any "bad blood" between Washington and Moscow. He also vowed to "confront [the Russians] at every vector, cyber, economic, et cetera. We need to make sure Putin doesn't succeed." When Clinton's former running mate Senator Tim Kaine (D-Virginia) asked if the US should back off from regime change and democracy promotion because Russia or another country might feel justified to engage in the same policies, Pompeo responded with a variant of "it's different when we do it. This is a unique, exceptional country," he said. "Russia is unique, but not exceptional. I mean, look at the election meddling, right?" Pompeo continued, to grins from Senate Democrats. "The words 'democracy promotion' and 'Vladimir Putin' are unlikely to be used in the same sentence, paragraph, or document - maybe the same century." The US should be proud of the "way we engage with the peoples of the world," which is "different in kind" from how Russia does things, Pompeo continued.

19:45

Baby born to surrogate mother in China four years after parents died in car crash "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

Grandparents of Tiantian win long legal battle for custody of frozen embryos left by his mother and father The son of a Chinese couple who died more than four years ago has been born to a surrogate mother, according to Chinese media. Shen Jie and Liu Xi had been married for two years when they decided to try in vitro fertilization. Five days before they were scheduled to transplant one of the fertilized embryos into Liu, the couple died in a car accident in March 2013 in the Chinese coastal province of Jiangsu. For the next three years, the parents of Shen and Liu fought for the rights to four frozen embryos left by their late children in a complicated and unprecedented legal case in China, according to the Beijing News. After several court battles, both sets of parents finally won custody of the embryos, and in January of 2017, with the help of an underground surrogacy agency, they drove to Laos to find a mother. Surrogacy is illegal in China.

19:40

Help Find the Causes of Autism through the National Birth Defects Registry "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

The non-profit Birth Defect Research for Children maintains a registry of thousands of children with birth defects. Through a questionnaire completed by parents, the organization is helping to link pre-conception and pre-natal exposures of parents with disabilities in their children. Autism is one condition they focus on. Parents of a child with autism can help identify pre-birth risk factors for autism by completing a registry questionnaire.

Autism parents may not think of autism or a developmental disability as a birth defect, and some parents may feel that the cause of their childs autism happens from exposures after birth, i.e., in early childhood, or is due to genetics. However, the research from this registry is applicable to autism and to cases that might have a genetic or a childhood exposure component.

According to Birth Defects Research for Children and other sources, birth defects can be either structural or functional abnormalities. Structural birth defects include abnormalities in the development of body parts including the skeleton and organs. Conditions include cleft palate or spina bifida. Structural abnormalities are the ones that generally come to mind when we think of birth defects.

Functional birth defects, on the other hand, are abnormalities in the systems that run the body like the neurological, immune and endocrine systems. Major structural abnormalities may be identified at birth, but functional abnormalities can take months or years to identify. Such functional defects in these physiological systems can lead to neurodevelopmental disorders like learning disabilities, attentional problems and autism. Thus, while autism may not itself be considered a birth defect, the underlying altered biology that leads to a diagnosis of autism may stem from a birth defect.

As with structural birth defects, Birth Defects Research for Children notes that for functional defects, there is likely a genetic predisposition that is triggered by an environmental exposure in these cases. The gene x environment causation view is held by many scientists in the autism field too. The Birth Defects Registry can help identify the genetic vulnerabilities and the environmental exposures that, when combined, produce an autism diagnosis. So even if you think your childs autism is genetic, this survey might show that environmental factors might play a role as well.

For those parents who saw a developmental regression in their child and feel a post-natal exposure is involved, this survey might help to identify pre-conception...

15:56

Michigan Lawsuit Accuses State of Storing Newborn Blood "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

The lawsuit alleges that blood was stolen from their babies at birth and that this has been going on since 1984. The state of Michigan is accused of storing these blood collections at a private nonprofit blood...

The post Michigan Lawsuit Accuses State of Storing Newborn Blood appeared first on Vaxxter.

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