:Random thoughts from a Renegade Mom:
Saturday, June 04, 2005
BRW Magazine's list of Australia's 50 richest performers
The Wiggles Are Australia's Wealthiest Entertainers, Beating Out Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe...estimated gross income of $34.5 million
And number five on the list was Hi-5 another kids music group. Yes I know that children's entertainment is big business, but I was very sad to learn how big. I don't like to think of my toddler as a consumer just yet (we are not fans of the wiggles, but I admit Kim possible is a regular in my house). The BRW's managing editor was just as surprised and I was noting that the top spot has always been held by an actor not a music star, let alone a kids group.
I think I'm going over to turn off the TV now.
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They found that women with the 347S variant of the ApoA4 gene -- involved in dietary fat absorption -- had 40 percent more DHA in their breast milk than women with the more common 347T version of the gene.
I find this really interesting, my mother-in-law told me about when my husband was a baby, her sister also had a nursing daughter, when she'd watch my husband’s cousin she'd nurse both the babies and she would say that Maridy (her sister) was always upset that her daughter would always gain weight when she stayed and was nursed by my MIL. There may be something to that.
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I'm not sorry to hear the news, They have not been my choice in panties. I mean come on did you not think they could cause these things?
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The ideal female form for a long life and healthy heart is the hour-glass shape. A curvaceous, pear shape means a woman is more likely to have stores of adiponectin, a protein hormone which has anti-inflammatory effects and is associated with reduced risk of heart attacks.
Danish scientists found the ideal measurements for a woman are at least size 14 with hips of 40 inches or more. Okay so I'm still off the mark on that, but come on it's alot better than size 5, I'm sure I'd never get back down to that!!!
So let's hear it for the Danes!!!
They go on to say that having extra padding around the hips and middle is what really has the beneficial effects. So down with the stick girls and out with the curvy girly
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Friday, June 03, 2005
I have noticed in recent months that baby formula is being held hostage by my drug store. I have seen this tactic taken with sudifed, a key ingredient to make Meth, but I've been boggled as to why baby formula. Well the answer to that is more startling and bizarre then I could have imagined. The AP reports today that stores are doing this to combat shoplifting. Baby formula is the 7th and 8th most shoplifted items. With formula prices so high, $10 to $30 per can, there is a thriving "black market" for baby formula. Stolen formula is winding up in discount stores and even being used to cut drugs. Most surprising is the FBI believes that proceeds from these shoplifted cans are going to fund terrorism.
It really makes you think about formula, I'm so glad I Breastfeed. If more moms did maybe the prices wouldn't be so high and we wouldn't have to lock it up.
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Would you go back in time and prevent Bill Gates from being born?
Okay, I can see all the jokes, but Arthur Caplan, Ph.D. raises this question. A new genetic test may be able to detect Autistic tendencies in the unborn, Bill Gates, while not publicly announced, shows signs of Asperger’s syndrome, a mild for of autism. This new test could end the lives of unborn children, only knowing their potential problems and not their potential for success.
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Snowflakes and Fundies
An article from the New York Times highlights a new crusade. Adopt a Snowflake, baby that is. An alliance is being formed, I would call a bit unnatural, between fundamentalist Christians and the IVF industry. Abandoned, unused embryos are becoming available for adoption, and while I'm fine with that, it's the tone this crusade is going on that really irritates me.
The fertility industry and its supporters worry that the cuddly image of Snowflakes babies could not only dampen enthusiasm for using embryos for research, but also lead to laws that make embryo donation the only option for excess embryos.
I support research with stem cells and think using excess embryos from IVF is a productive use of these cells. I am worried that lawmakers in their infinite wisdom will decide to make destroying these embryos against the law because a small group of fundamentalist want to adopt them. The couple highlighted in the article say:
"We really felt like the Lord was calling us to try to give one of these embryos, these children, a chance to live," Ms. McClure said.
But I wonder where the calling was for the week old crack baby that was abandoned by his mother. I would love to hear where the adoption industry stands on this issue.
The government is also getting into the game:
Health and Human Services has given grants to Snowflakes and other organizations specifically to promote "embryo adoption." Several groups that oppose the term embryo adoption, including the American Fertility Association, have also received federal grants and used the money to educate couples that embryo donation is one option among many.
You know I'm all for couples not wanting their embryos to just be destroyed and allowing these embryos to be adopted is great. I am just concerned with the implications that the Snowflake program has, these are babies that need to be saved. That is a scary prospect.
Gina froze in time on 10:32 PM [ | ]
Thursday, June 02, 2005
A grateful heart is a joyful heart.
As the leaves turn from the greens of summer to the golden hues of fall I get a little nostalgic for my childhood. I recall cool fall days running wild in the woods behind our house. I remember walking along the beach in November and the cold, salty wind burning my checks. I love my memories of childhood but whenever I recall those times, the dark parts start to creep in too. Our unstable lifestyle, the abuse, my mother’s drug use that ultimately lead to her death. It's hard for me to think of uncomplicated times with out remembering the dark ones.
When I chose a pagan path, a God and Goddess whom I thought were never there for me as a child. I found love and acceptance for myself, flaws and all. And with that love I came to terms with my childhood. Some things that happened were of my own doing, but a great many of them were thrust upon me. Having no choice makes a person feel hopeless and is certainly nothing to be grateful for, but the path my life has taken has made me who I am today. And now when I look back, I have learned to embrace not only the wonderful memories of my childhood but also the dark ones. I can honestly say there is not a single thing I would change about my past.
All actions have reactions; what happens today will become a part of you. Our lives’ critical movements, positive and negative, define who we are. A fork in the road, and our attitude and how we handle it determines which road we take. Although I don’t subscribe to the idea that I have to work off a debt from a past life,I believe Karma affects our life. There are lessons I need to learn. Humility in the face of suffering? Graciousness for the blessing I have? I don't know. But I will continue to receive the chance to learn needed lessons before I leave this earth again.
Our actions and attitudes create our Karma. My sister and I grew up in the same house, but we have very different outlooks on life. She feels like her past holds her back from becoming the person she wants. She envies me and proclaims that I have tremendous luck. While I’ve had a few good opportunities come my way, I’ve also worked hard and taken time to appreciate what I have. My attitude about my life and past is what determines my happiness. Bad stuff happens all the time and it sometimes happens to the nicest people. The difference between a person who is happy and one who is miserable is their own personal choice. We can rail against the world for the injustice of it all, or accept it and be grateful for what we do have. Being a good person and rejoicing in what you have builds up good karma, while wallowing in self-pity and causing pain for others creates bad karma.
We all have pain. At times things can seem very desperate. And during these times we cannot see ourselves beyond the pain. When tragedy hits, life seems more than we can handle. However, when we have lost control of everything else, we can still control our own attitudes. When life throws us emotional and physical challenges, it can seem almost impossible for us to feel grateful. Yet by simply living in the warmth of the Goddess and being open to life, we can choose to live gratefully. Be open and courageous and give life another chance. Remember that like the cycle of the moon, your life will not always be dark. And when your crisis does pass, healing can only really start when we stop focusing on the pain and reflect on the joys we felt before. By being grateful of the goddess's gifts we become aware, that sorrow, no matter how great, cannot destroy the pleasure of our life and memories. When heartbreak hits, joy is not destroyed. Sorrow, anger and pity can eclipse our joy, but it is still there behind the pain. As those dark emotions move across you heart and soul, remember hope is still there. Take time to find things to take pleasure in; your family and friends, your pets, a past time or even nature’s gifts. But, most of all find pleasure in yourself. Your trials do not destroy who you are and by taking pleasure in yourself you will always find your way back to joy.
Gratefulness and appreciation are dominant attributes of inner peace and contentment. By focusing on the positive, on the gifts you do have, we move away from what we lack in our life. Melody Beattie said "Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow." Cultivating gratitude helps our past traumas fade into memory and allows us to find joy in our lives today and hope for our future.
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Wednesday, June 01, 2005
So I thought since I'm having such a hard time getting someone else to publish my writing, I'll just do it myself.
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