Sunday, September 28, 2008

voting for the environment

i can't say i agree with some of the choices, but this site is interesting as it endorses voting strategically for the environment. so in ridings where the conservatives are close, voters are asked to vote for a candidate based on defeating the conservative in the riding.

an interesting read...

http://www.voteforenvironment.ca/

Monday, September 22, 2008

my little poster boy



...all about saving the greenspace. neighbourhood wanted our little c to represent so how could we not use it for saving the park. cropped the posters as they were a bit too big to see little c in.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Dr. Seuss for Nursing Moms

Dr. Seuss for Nursing Moms

Would you nurse her in the park?
Would you nurse him in the dark?
Would you nurse him with a Boppy?
And when your boobs are feeling floppy?

I would nurse him in the park,
I would nurse her in the dark.
I’d nurse with or without a Boppy.
Floppy boobs will never stop me.

Can you nurse with your seat belt on?
Can you nurse from dusk till dawn?
Though she may pinch me, bite me, pull,
I will nurse her `till she’s full!

Can you nurse and make some soup?
Can you nurse and feed the group?
It makes her healthy strong and smart,
Mommy’s milk is the best start!

Would you nurse him at the game?
Would you nurse her in the rain?
In front of those who dare complain?
I would nurse him at the game.
I would nurse her in the rain.

As for those who protest lactation,
I have the perfect explanation.
Mommy’s milk is tailor made
It’s the perfect food, you need no aid.

Some may scoff and some may wriggle,
Avert their eyes or even giggle.
To those who can be cruel and rude,
Remind them breast’s the perfect food!

I would never scoff or giggle,
Roll my eyes or even wiggle!
I would not be so crass or crude,
I KNOW that this milk’s the perfect food!

We make the amount we need
The perfect temp for every feed.
There’s no compare to milk from breast-
The perfect food, above the rest.

Those sweet nursing smiles are oh so sweet,
Mommy’s milk is such a treat.
Human milk just can’t be beat.

I will nurse, in any case,
On the street or in your face.
I will not let my baby cry,
I’ll meet her needs, I’ll always try.
It’s not about what’s good for you,
It’s best for babies, through and through.

I will nurse her in my home,
I will nurse her when I roam.
Leave me be lads and ma’am.
I will nurse her, Mom I am.

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Friday, September 12, 2008

vaccinations

http://www.whale.to/vaccines/mendelsohn.html
the link is from an article written back in 1984 by dr. mendelsohn, who baldly speaks up against vaccines. but he goes further, showing how vaccines may actually be dangerous. i can't help it, i have got to quote this article, i find many of his arguments incredibly compelling.

dr mendelsohn's credentials are pretty stellar - this isn't some quack. but rather, a dr willing to speak up, inform, and thus giving parents more things to think about...

"There is no convincing scientific evidence that mass inoculations can be credited with eliminating any childhood disease. While it is true that some once common childhood diseases have diminished or disappeared since inoculations were introduced, no one really knows why, although improved living conditions may be the reason. If immunizations were responsible for the diminishing or disappearance of these diseases in the United States, one must ask why they disappeared simultaneously in Europe, where mass immunizations did not take place."

"While the myriad short-term hazards of most immunizations are known (but rarely explained), no one knows the long term consequences of injecting foreign proteins into the body of your child. Even more shocking is the fact that no one is making any structured effort to find out."

"

A vaccine to prevent measles is an-other element of the MMR inoculation given in early childhood. Doctors maintain that the inoculation is necessary to prevent measles encephalitis, which they say occurs about once in 1,000 cases. After decades of experience with measles, I question this statistic, and so do many other paediatricians. The incidence of 1/1,000 may be accurate for children who live in conditions of poverty and malnutrition, but in the middle-and upper-income brackets, if one excludes simple sleepiness from the measles itself, the incidence of true encephalitis is probably more like 1/10,000 or 1/100,000.

After frightening you with the unlikely possibility of measles encephalitis, your doctor can rarely be counted on to tell you of the dangers associated with the vaccine he uses to prevent it. The measles vaccine is associated with encephalopathy and with a series of other complications such as SSPE (subacute sclerosing panencephalitis), which causes hardening of the brain and is invariably fatal.

Other neurologic and sometimes fatal conditions associated with the measles vaccine include ataxia (inability to coordinate muscle movements), mental retardation, aseptic meningitis, seizure disorders, and hemiparesis (paralysis affecting one side of the body). Secondary complications associated with the vaccine may be even more frightening. They include encephalitis, juvenile-onset diabetes, Reye's syndrome, and multiple sclerosis."

...i could quote the whole article, it's compelling, instead the link is at the top.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

my favourite doctors

i've decided to feature some of the doctors i really admire. i am not a patient of theirs, and this will be an ongoing part of the blog as i get around to featuring them

what does form a common thread is these doctors all are so committed to their beliefs that they are willing to deviate from the "party line" of their medical associations, fellow colleagues, and naysayers.

i know it is never easy to push against the waves of the norm. to push on, regardless of being scrutinized and criticised...because they stand up for what they believe in. in my life, i have learned that you have to stand up for something, to not just accept the norm, because the norm isn't always the best thing.

thank you, brave doctors for standing your ground and giving those of us who also choose to go against the grain a bit of hope and inspiration in the constant criticism that comes from forging your own way and making unpopular choices.

my list of favourite doctors includes dr newman (thank god someone really cares enough about breastfeeding to research and educate - i thank you); dr mendelsohn, outspoken against vaccines - questioning their safety with the stats to make people at least think about it - i thank you; dr sears - making attachment parenting more and more accepted, that the natural is normal - i thank you; dr jay gordon, who listened to his patients and realized vaccines may not be the best choice, for advocating the normalcy of the family bed - i thank you. there are several others - i'll be thanking them too!

and to my own dentist - dr shodjaee, for incorporating the most natural remedies and options possible, and restoring health beyond just my teeth - i sincerely thank you.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

airing the green party


Demand Democratic Debates - www.demanddemocraticdebates.ca



So that all the major party leaders have a voice in the debates...

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

prevnar

this is the vaccine that lil c's dr keeps pushing me to give him more than any of the others...good luck!

http://insidevaccines.com/wordpress/2008/01/31/sisyphus-and-the-conjugate-vaccines/

"In September, the AP reported that Prevnar…

“A vaccine that has dramatically curbed pneumonia and other serious illnesses in children is having an unfortunate effect: promoting new superbugs that cause ear infections.”
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20825107/"

Monday, September 08, 2008

pertussis

i was fully vaccinated as a child
and i contracted several of the illnesses i received vaccinations for
i had pertussis TWICE

there is evidence that vaccinating against the whooping cough is not as effective as many purport it to be.

http://insidevaccines.com/wordpress/pertussis-vaccine-and-transmission/

"a substantial number of B pertussis infections in unvaccinated children are mild and would not meet the case definition. The second is that all pertussis vaccines tend to modify duration and severity of disease rather than completely preventing illness"

and more scary... "
notice the small print of an advertisement for Adacel, a DTaP booster:

“It is unknown whether immunizing adolescents and adults against pertussis will reduce the risk of transmission to infants.”

Sunday, September 07, 2008

mmr

so not going to do this one for lil c

http://insidevaccines.com/wordpress/vaccine-efficacy-how-often-do-vaccines-work/mmr/

"the meeting notes of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, October 25-26, 2006 addresses similar concerns. Isolation of the mumps virus from the epidemic revealed that it was the G. genotype; identical to the virus involved in the United Kingdom outbreak. Of the college students involved, 93%-100% had been fully vaccinated with 2 doses of MMR."

Saturday, September 06, 2008

guinness is good for you

helped with the early days of nursing cal
and other benefits too...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/3266819.stm
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