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As Cecile Richards prepares to step down as the head of abortion giant Planned Parenthood this year, she's giving interviews to sympathetic news organizations as part of her ghoulish "farewell tour," including a chat with liberal New York Times columnist Gail Collins. In that conversation, Richards recalled a meeting she took with Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner early in the Trump presidency, during which the couple proposed that Planned Parenthood stop providing abortions in exchange for more funding for issues like family planning. Richards rebuffed the offer, naturally, but Collins' description of why the overture was rejected is totally unsurprising yet usefully revealing:
Lawmakers in the House of Representatives think theyre safe enough to eat and drink. Dont let them sell us out to Big Ag. Action Alert!
Every four years, Congress passes a new Farm Bill, a huge piece of legislation that establishes policies for US agriculture, nutrition assistance programs, organic development programs, and more. While there are some decent, minor provisions in the current Farm Bill making its way through the House of Representatives, on balance it contains many more items that will hurt consumers, especially when it comes to the regulation of pesticides.
One of the biggest problems with the bill is that it will likely allow more pesticides to be sprayed on organic crops. Currently, there is a National List of approved and prohibited substances for organic productionsome synthetic substances are allowed in organic farming, and some natural substances (like arsenic and strychnine) are prohibited. Items are added to the list through the National Organic Standards Board, which uses specific criteria (such as the effects on human health, effects on the ecosystem, availability of alternatives, etc.) to evaluate whether a substance can be used in organic agriculture.
The Farm Bill creates an expedited process for items to be added to the National List. If the FDA or the EPA determine there is a reasonable certainty that no harm will result from exposure to the pesticide, a separate task force can be convened to determine if the substance can be added to the National List. Considering that the EPA has, for instance, outrageously concluded that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, is safe, this provision opens up an avenue for all kinds of toxic pesticides to be added to the National List and sprayed on our organic food. For more information about the well-documented negative health effects of glyphosate and other pesticides, including the possible link between these chemicals and birth defects, check out our previous coverage here and here.
Not only does the Farm Bill threaten organic integrity through....
Complaint alleges that Merck deceitfully withheld, failed to provide, and concealed from consumers important information regarding the safety and effectiveness of the HPV vaccine. Action Alert!
The HPV vaccine is among the most dangerous vaccines on the marketaccording to the World Health Organizations drug monitoring database, the vaccine is associated with 82,000 total adverse events. Despite the danger of this vaccine, some states have mandated its use for school children (Rhode Island, Virginia, and Washington, DC) and many others are considering similar mandates. The family of a girl who believes she was injured by the vaccine is fighting back and suing Merck, the manufacturer of Gardasil, for fraud, deceit, and negligence.
Between 2010 and 2011, the sixteen-year-old received three injections of Gardasil. After the third shot she experienced a severe adverse reaction. It wasnt until 2015 that she was diagnosed with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), which is characterized by increased heart rate, drop in blood pressure, and dizziness upon standing up. In 2016 the young girl was further diagnosed with small fiber neuropathydamage to small nerve fibers which can cause a wide variety of sensory symptoms including insensitivity to pain. This is not an isolated case. Our friends at ANH-International highlighted a World Health Organization study which suggested that the HPV vaccination produced clusters of serious adverse events, including POTS.
The girls family firmly believes these health problems were a result of HPV vaccination with Gardasil and have sued Merck.
The complaint also alleges that Merck failed to disclose other important information to consumers when marketing Gardasil, including that the vaccine was only effective against certain strains of HPV, that the vaccine is not effective once an individual is infected with the virus, that there are other existing methods that are effective in avoiding HPV viral infections, and more.
The familys legal counsel succeeded in getting a Science Day Hearing, in which both the plaintiff and defendant present the scientific arguments supporting their case.
We hope the court weighs the facts and the science without the usual bias towards vaccine manufacturers, but this case will certainly be an uphill battle for the family. Recall that Congress shielded vaccine-makers from legal liability for the dam...
People are jumping on new research that supposedly says extinction sleep training methods are successful, but given this is survey data, we have to be very careful about any conclusions. Here's why.
You have probably never even considered combining marijuana with menstruation, but someone has. There is a new way to not only handle your period, but also the pesky cramps that come along with it! This is done with cannabis tampons.
An innovative company in the medical cannabis industry may have found an all-natural and highly effective way for women to treat menstrual cramps and pain. No, they are not actually cannabis tampons but rather small capsules, called Foria Relief. When inserted into the vagina these cannabis tampons provide powerful pain relief.
The small cocoa butter-based insert is being marketed as a pain relief option for women with menstrual cramps. With a mix of THC and CBD, the tampon-sized suppository aims to maximize muscle relief without inducing a high.
This is an exciting idea for those with bad PMS and a potentially life-changing one for the estimated 5 million who suffer from endometriosis. If successful at relieving menstrual cramps, the suppository could even be an option for reducing pain during childbirth!
If all goes well, people should feel pain relief within 15-30 minutes after insertion.
I wrote this a year ago and I havent had the guts to publish it until now. Its a very vulnerable story and not necessarily something I want to dwell on, but its an important one. Recently a good friend of mine ended his life in suicideconsider this a tribute to him and to HG Mamas everywhere on this day of HG awareness. Also, no I dont want to talk about it.
Ive always been told that people that commit suicide were selfish. You hear that often when the topic comes up. Its not something I hope anyone would say to the faces of bereaved family that has lost someone to suicide.
But suicide isnt always selfish. Or, at least, it doesnt always seem that way.
Glennon Doyle Melton talks about seeing that door, and once youve seen it, you cant unsee it. Its terrifyingly true. That thought, that word, it used to scare me and seem so outside my circle-completely not a part of my reality.
So thats what I was thinking, there on the couch in that dirty basement alone. And thats when I thought of suicide. Thats when I decided that suicide would keep me from having to face my people and my pain and shame yet again. And so I imagined suicide and it felt like scary, sweet relief and the imagining lingered much too long to be safe. It registered with me, kind of like how you find the exit doors in a movie theatre before the show starts. Just in case. There they are. Kay. I know how to get out if I need to. Once...
DES MOINES, Iowa A lawsuit challenging the nations most restrictive abortion law was filed Tuesday in Iowa, a state that for years was largely left out of Republican efforts to overturn abortion protections and where the Democratic attorney general has refused to defend the law.
If allowed to take effect on July 1 as planned, the law would ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, around the sixth week of pregnancy. Abortion-rights groups say thats a time when many women do not know they are pregnant.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa and the Planned Parenthood Federation of America announced the filing of the complaint in Polk County District Court in Des Moines. The lawsuit argues that the law violates the Iowa Constitution by banning nearly all abortions and putting womens health at risk. It seeks an injunction to halt the laws implementation. Litigation could take years.
Until the 2016 election, Iowa had little to no role in the broad GOP effort to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that established a womans right to terminate a pregnancy until a fetus is viable.
We havent heard much out of Iowa until the past couple of years, said state policy analyst Elizabeth Nash of the Guttmacher Institute, a national research group that supports abortion rights and tracks abortion legislation. It has been a very striking shift in the state Legislature, and it really shows how important state legislatures are to abortion access.
The election flipped control of the Iowa Senate, putting Republicans in charge of the Legislature and the governors office for the first time in two decades. Up to that point, Democrats had maintained enough political power to curtail most Republican anti-abortion attempts.
Chuck Hurley is chief counsel for the Family Leader, a faith-based group in Iowa that opposes abortion. He recalled being at an election night party alongside several state lawmakers. When it became clear Republicans would win Statehouse control, Hurley said he immediately worked the room to talk about abortion legislation.
It is very interesting that a purple state is this out front on life, Hurley said, adding, Theres a pent up pro-life effort here in Iowa.
Lawmakers adopted several abortion restrictions in 2017, including a 20-week abortion ban and a requirement that women wait three days before ending a pregnancy. The waiting provision, one of the longest in the country, is on hold because of a different lawsuit.
Separately, a new Iowa-based coalition of anti-abortion organizations was formed last year to renew efforts toward an abortion ban. The Coalition of Pro-Life Leaders, which includes Family Leader, put aside years of disagreement among the groups to help win passage...
Condom use, anal sex, and a glossary from Planned Parenthood that contains terms like BDSM and necrophilia are just some of the things the Sunnyside Unified District in Tucson, Ariz., thinks are appropriate for children to learn about, starting as young as 11. A press release from Liberty Counsel, a nonprofit that defends traditional values in court, details the shocking curriculum designed by Advocates for Youth, a partner of Planned Parenthood. Unsurprisingly, Advocates for Youth heavily promotes abortion, and has the following stance on the issue: "Young women need the right to safe and legal abortion ... United States policies contribute to an anti-choice climate and limit young women's access to abortion. No young woman, anywhere, should be forced to seek out an illegal, dangerous procedure or carry a pregnancy she didn't want to term." One of the goals of the curriculum, at least for 12thgraders, is to teach proper condom use - including for anal sex. Liberty Counsel notes there has never been a condom approved for use by the FDA for this dangerous sexual activity.
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For those who might not be aware, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is a very common condition. And sadly, it has caused various reproductive issues (including infertility) among women worldwide.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome also known as PCOS, affects between 8 and 20 percent of reproductive-aged women across the globe. While the exact number of women in the United States with this is not known, it is estimated at around 5 million. Personally, I know several people with it.
PCOS can affect anyone and can even affect girls who are as young as 11 and have not even begun their menstruation cycles yet. However, most women are not diagnosed until their 20s or 30s. This is basically something that revolved around a set of symptoms that are related to hormone imbalances that have no universal definition.
That being said, we are learning more and more about it in current times. A recent study has found evidence that it might start in the brain, which really makes researching it a lot more in depth. This study was led by researchers from the University of Lille in France. It seems PCOS is developed when a hormone produced by the ovaries interacts with a set of neurons in the mothers brain.
This interaction can initiate what seems to be a cascade effect. It disrupts enzymes in the placenta causing PCOS for the child to be. This also kind of helps to explain how PCOS can usually run in families. The results of this study most likely will change a lot about what we think in regards to PCOS.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the main cause of female infertility worldwide and corresponds with a high degree of comorbidities and economic burden. How PCOS is passed on from one generation to the next is not clear, but it may be a developmental condition. Most women with PCOS exhibit higher levels of circulating luteinizing hormone, suggestive of heightened gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) release, and anti-Mllerian hormone (AMH) as compared to healthy women. Excess AMH in utero may affect the development of the female fetus. However, as AMH levels drop during pregnancy in women with normal fertility, it was unclear whether their levels were also elevated in pregnant women with PCOS. Here we measured AMH in a cohort of pregnant women with PCOS and control pregnant women and found that AMH is significantly more elevated in the former group versus the latter. To determine whether the elevation of AMH during pregnancy in women with PCOS is a bystander effect or a driver of the condition in the offspring, we modeled our clinical findings by treating pregnant mice wi...
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