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Sunday, 11 February


Letter: Fluoride toxicity is entirely preventable "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

SIR Speaking on RTs Today with Sean ORourke last Thursday (February 1st), Tnaiste Simon Coveney made a point that politicians are lawmakers, and he reiterated that the function of the Irish State and constitution is to protect the rights and welfare of unborn children as well as the mother.

Yet, paradoxically, Irish politicians as lawmakers, remain the only politicians in Europe that support government legislation that mandates every citizen or resident in this State must consume fluoride through mandatory fluoridation of drinking water supplies.

In the current debate on the repeal of the 8th Amendment and guaranteeing the right to life of the unborn child, it is important to note that the current weight of evidence show that environmental exposure to fluoride effects many organs including the reproductive system. In particular, fluoride has been found to be associated with reproductive disorders, including infertility, low birth weight and neurotoxicity in offspring.

The most recent study published in September 2017 in the peer-reviewed journal, Environmental Health Perspectives, by a team of investigators at the University of Toronto, McGill, the Harvard School of Public Health, and other institutions found an association between prenatal exposure to fluoride and cognitive development disorders in children.

This study affirms that prenatal fluoride toxicity is an entirely preventable problem and that by working to reduce exposure and by reducing its unnecessary use, it is possible to remove fluoride exposure as a factor that limits childrens opportunities to reach their full potential.

As artificial fluoridation of drinking water is enacted by national legislation in Ireland and the mandatory ingestion of fluoride is undertaken without consent, perhaps the Government might allow a second referendum so that the public may vote on whether they wish to ingest this toxin.

Since most of Local Authorities in Ireland, including Cork City and County Councils have already voted for the abolition of water fluoridation in this State and their democratic vote has been ignored by this Government, its time that the public had a say on this highly-controversial and outdated policy.

Declan Waugh,
Scientist and risk management consultant,
11 Riverview,
Dohertys Road,

*Original letter online at


Kaeleigh MacDonald "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

Certified Birth & Bereavement Doula serving Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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Renee Basham "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

Certified Birth & Bereavement Doula serving central Kentucky

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CBAC Guest Post: Birth Without Fear CBAC Video "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.


I had a c-section in December of 2007. After that, I became a birth doula and got informed about birth. I planned a home birth for my next pregnancy. After 67 hours, we transferred to a baby friendly hospital and had a family-centered cesarean. He was born January 16, 2011, at 12:16 am. 8lbs 11oz of perfection. It wasnt what we planned for, but it was beautiful nonetheless. I plan on going for a vba2c my next time around. I couldnt have made it through my labor without my partner. He was and is my rock. The pictures were taken by my amazing doula.

Permission to repost given by Birth Without Fear.


Alyssa Ruth Panjwani "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

Certified Birth & Bereavement Doula serving Quad Cities Illinois & Iowa

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Boston Peterson "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

Certified Birth & Bereavement Doula serving Queen Creek Arizona

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April R. Boneski "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

Certified Birth & Bereavement Doula serving  southwest Washington

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Cinderella VBACs and Gestational Age "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

Image: Disney

"At my last doctors appointment I went in and asked my doctor if I could continue with the pregnancy past 40 weeks if I were still pregnant. He said No because the risk of uterine rupture goes up past 40 weeks."  source
"Gestational age greater than 40 weeks alone should not preclude Trial of Labor After Cesarean." ACOG 
Many women planning a VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean) are told by their providers that they will be supported for a VBAC, but their doctors often conveniently forget to mention ahead of time that they enforce arbitrary rules that require women to go into labor by 40 weeks or be forced into a cesarean, like the woman quoted above. Some even insist on a repeat cesarean by 39 weeks.

This is what author Henci Goer calls a "Cinderella VBAC." The doctor claims to support VBACs,...

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Saturday, 10 February


Bill Nye Tells Young Girls Abortion Is Like Squishing A Bug "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

Bill Nye the Science Guy' has been humiliated online by a real scientist after he was caught spouting pseudo-scientific nonsense, attempting to convince young girls that fertilized eggs are not human. Women deserve more reproductive [...]


Disturbing Precedent: Mother Sterilized As Court Hands Down Order Recommending It "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

By Matt Agorist

At the request of an Oklahoma court, a mother of seven has been sterilized as part of a judges order, setting a damning precedent in the process.

Summer Thyme Creel, 34, had the procedure in November after the judge wrote he could consider it at her sentencing if she chose to do so.

Although the procedure was voluntary, the court order to do so crosses some ominous barriers. In spite of the fact that it is described as voluntary, it stretches the definition of that term by putting Creel in the position of bartering her fertility for leniency in her sentencing.

Last year, this practice gained national attention when it was applied to prisoners. In exchange for undergoing a sterilization procedure, prisoners were given shorter sentences. However, as the ACLU pointed out at the time, this program is deceptive and even unconstitutional.

Offering a so-called choice between jail time and coerced contraception or sterilization is unconstitutional, Tennessee ACLU head Hedy Weinberg wrote in a statement. Such a choice violates the fundamental constitutional right to reproductive autonomy and bodily integrity by interfering with the intimate decision of whether and when to have a child, imposing an intrusive medical procedure on individuals who are not in a position to reject it.

Now, it appears, that the program has evolved from the prison and moved into the court.



Human Sacrifice in the Yucatn "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

One of the worlds great civilizations, the Maya, flourished in southern Mexico and parts of Central America for more than three thousand years. From about 2000 BC until the Spanish Conquest in the 16th century AD, various Mayan centers rose in their far-flung territories in Mexicos Yucatn Peninsula, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

Maya peoples developed a hieroglyphic writing system, as well as ornate arts and sculpture designs, architectural innovations, complex mathematics and a detailed calendar based on their highly sophisticated astronomical calculations. Over the centuries the Maya withstood conquest by other indigenous peoples, sometimes for prolonged periods, and the systematic destruction of their culture by the Europeans.

The Spanish demolished Mayan temples, spreading Catholicism and disease wherever they went. The island of Cozumel, off the eastern Yucatan coast, now a destination for cruise ships and scuba divers, was once a sacred site of pilgrimage for the Maya, home of their Moon Goddess, where women came to seek fertility. At least ten thousand Maya were living on Cozumel when the Spanish arrived in 1520. But the smallpox they brought soon reduced the native population to a few hundred, who were later forcibly relocated to the mainland. As Wikipedia succinctly notes: The Spanish conquest stripped away most of the defining features of Maya civilization.

Despite the best efforts of the soldiers and the priests, Mayan culture and language persisted in part because some of its population centers were remote, and because some Maya peoples stubbornly and secretly persisted in their beliefs and customs away from the official gaze. When the Spaniards had taken everything they considered of value, they left the population of subsistence farmers largely to its own devices.

In the nineteenth century the Maya were discovered by adventurers, ethnographers and archeologists, who romanticized and plundered Mayan sites, including the cenotes, (pronounced sen-OH-tays) the underground rivers where Maya buried their dead, often laden with gold and jewelry. Mayan treasures pottery, stone carvings, paintings, codices ended up in museums and private collections around the world. Not until the mid-twentieth century did Mexicos National Institute of Anthropology and History organize against this systematic looting and demand the return of their national patrimony.

In 1964 Mexicos National Museum of Anthropology opened in Mexico City. Full of archaeological riches, the museum features artifacts from many indigenous peoples of Mexicos pre-Columbian past, including a generous selection of Mayan art and architecture, a fair portion of it returned from abroad. A visit here is a must for anyone who hopes to grasp the cultural and historical diversity of Mexicos complex identity.



The Harshe Podcast Episode #22: On The Way To The Airport! "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

This weeks episode is in the car on the way to the airport! January talks about inventing the Nut Juice Diet and her upcoming juice shenanigans with the TSA, Brandon talks about desert keggers in high school and Shitty Shipper Saturday & Sunday Sale, and January tries to low key put words into Brandons mouth. Also, they talk Januarys crazy travel schedule and Beardbabys newfound bossiness!

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Time to brush up: Lifetime of dental health must start early "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"


Tooth decay is largely preventable, yet it ranks as the most common chronic disease among children. About 33 percent of young kids (ages 2 to 8) have cavities in their baby teeth, and 20 percent of kids in the same age group have cavities in their adult teeth, according to the CDC.

In Tennessee, the state received a D grade for managing childrens oral health based on key measures such as optimally fluoridated water and availability of school-based dental programs, according to The Pew Center on the States

For babys teeth and gums:

Never put a baby to bed with a bottle of milk, formula, fruit juice or sweetened liquid. When these liquids pool in a babys mouth, they form a sugary film on the babys teeth, leading to decay and infection.

Starting at birth, clean the babys gums with water and a soft cloth or child-sized toothbrush. Once a child reaches age 2, parents can start brushing a babys teeth with a soft bristled toothbrush and a smear-sized dab of fluoride toothpaste (no larger than a grain of rice), making sure to teach the toddler to spit out the toothpaste.

Schedule the babys first dental visit when the first tooth comes in, usually between the childs first six to 12 months.

For childrens teeth and gums:

Help your child brush twice a day with a small amount of fluoride toothpaste; for children ages 3 to 6, this means a pea-sized dab. Make sure your child does not swallow toothpaste, which may expose them to too much fluoride.

Begin flossing when back teeth begin to come in. Toothbrush bristles cannot reach between teeth, leaving those teeth vulnerable to bacteria and decay.

Limit sugary snacks and drinks between meals. When sugar comes in contact with teeth, decay-causing bacteria can produce acids that damage your childs teeth. Encourage children to eat healthy snacks, such as fruits and vegetables.

Take your child to the dentist regularly and ask about fluoride supplements, which make the tooth enamel strong and help protect it from decay. For most children, that means visiting the dentist twice a year.

Sealants are plastic coatings placed on back teeth to protect them from decay, and they are sometimes covered as a preventive service by dental plans. Ask the dentist about placing sealants for your child once he/she turns 6, when molars first come in.



Comparative effects of Bisphenol S and Bisphenol A on the development of female reproductive system. "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

PMID:  Chemosphere. 2018 Jan 12 ;197:336-343. Epub 2018 Jan 12. PMID: 29407803 Abstract Title:  Comparative effects of Bisphenol S and Bisphenol A on the development of female reproductive system in rats; a neonatal exposure study. Abstract:  Bisphenol A (BPA) has been well documented for its endocrine disrupting potential however, very little is known about endocrine disrupting abilities of bisphenol S (BPS). The present study aimed to compare the endocrine disrupting potentials of BPS with BPA, using female rats as an experimental animal model. On postnatal day 1 (PND 1) female pups born were randomly assigned to seven different treatments. Control group received subcutaneous injection of castor oil (50L) from PND 1 to PND 10. Three groups of female pups were injected subcutaneously with different concentrations (0.5, 5 and 50mg/kg in 50L castor oil) of BPS, while remaining three groups were treated with 0.5, 5 and 50mg/kg BPA. Highest doses treatments of both compounds resulted indelayed puberty onset and altered estrous cyclicity. Final body weight was significantly high in the highest dose treated groups of both BPS and BPA. Gonadosomatic index, absolute and relative weight of uteri was significantly reduced in BPS (5 and 50mg/kg) and BPA (5 and 50mg/kg) treated groups than control. Plasma concentrations of testosterone and estradiol were significantly increased, while plasma progesterone, Luteinizing hormone (LH) and Follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) concentrations were significantly reduced in highest doses treated groups. Dose dependent increase in the number of cystic follicles in the ovaries was evident along with an increase in the number of atratic follicles. The results suggest that neonatal exposure to higher concentrations of BPS can lead to BPA like structural and endocrine alterations in female rats.

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Friday, 09 February


Primitive human eggs matured in the lab for the first time "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

Human eggs have been removed in their most primitive state and brought to maturity in the lab for the first time, potentially boosting fertility treatments.

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