:Random thoughts from a Renegade Mom:
Saturday, September 24, 2005
NursePam stumbled across my site some how and posted a comment. She's just started a blog and with post that have witty comments like this, I'm sure she'll get plenty of readers:
"Like all strong women, I have a well developed Inner Bitch. I let her out on a regular basis. Mostly because it takes too much energy to keep her under control. At work I call myself the HBIC. That stands for Head Bitch in Charge. I supervise a bevy of Little BITs. That stands for Little Bitch in Training.
Welcome and keep up the good work!
Gina froze in time on 10:40 PM [ | ]
While surfing blogs I ran across this study about extended breastfeeding on Musings of a Cruncy, domestic goddess.
"The longer a mother breast-feeds, the higher the fat and energy content of her breast milk."
This study appears in the September issue of Pediatrics.
The study found a big difference between long term and short term breastfeeding: the fat content in the mothers who had breast-fed for longer periods of time was 17.5 percent, versus only 5 percent in the short-term group.
"The constituents of fat and human milk are very different than what we provide in formula today. One of the most important constituents of human milk is cholesterol. Formula does not," Lawrence said. "There are many people who think that probably one of the problems with cholesterol today occurs because infants have not had any cholesterol in the first few months of life; perhaps the body doesn't learn to deal with it. There are studies that show that young adults have much lower cholesterol levels if they were breast-fed than if they were bottle-fed."
What does this mean, we for one thing, I think mothers who decide to breastfeed longer than a year now have mor ammunition against critics. This is realy helpful because so many people are so against extended breastfeeding, even doctors, one of the reasons we had to change Doctors. But evey parent needs to do what is right for their family.
Gina froze in time on 12:03 PM [ | ]
Thursday, September 22, 2005
"Researchers in Adelaide, Australia have found that a commercially available dietary supplement can improve the attention and behaviour of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
"The parents of children who spent 15 weeks on a course of capsules containing a combination of fish oil and primrose oil reported increased attention and reduced hyperactivity, restlessness and impulsivity," says Natalie Sinn from the University of South Australia and CSIRO Nutrition.
The same improvements were not reported from children who took a placebo.
The work involved about 145 children with ADHD-related problems. A parallel study in the UK using the same supplement has shown similar results.
In addition, in the Australian trial, children taking the fish oil supplement also did better on tests of attention, and improved their vocabulary.
"Fish oil is believed to work via effects on brain function," Sinn says. "Sixty per cent of the brain is composed of fats, the most important being polyunsaturated omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. These fats must be obtained through diet, such as dark leafy vegetables, walnuts, linseeds, and oily fish.
"There is now a growing body of research to suggest that some children with developmental problems, including ADHD and dyslexia, can benefit from taking omega-3 supplements. And no adverse effects have been reported to date. "
Out side of children, adults who suffer from some attention deficet may really benifit from this. I know that I'm a big fan of both "fish oils" (TIP: Flax seeds and Flax oil has more Fatty acids then fish oil does, but it is higher in price) primrose oil, that I take to help balance out hormones from breastfeeding, so maybe I'll add the fish oil to the mix and hopefully get rid of the "mommy brain".
Gina froze in time on 7:28 PM [ | ]
Krista Tippett from Speaking of Faith, a NPR radio show was here in Saint Louis this week. I have forgotten how much I love this show.
Speaking of Faith isn't a sunday sermon show, it's a thoughtful looking at the themes of American life and how our faith might inform and change our public thoughts. This is the most thoughtful and well reasoned show that speakes about faith there is out there PERIOD!
some of my favorite recent shows include:
Seeing Poverty after Katrina
Hurricane Katrina brought urban poverty in America into all of our living rooms. In this program, David Hilfiker tells the story of how poverty and racial isolation came to be in cities across America. He lives creatively and realistically with questions many of us began to ask in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
Science and Hope
George Ellis, a Templeton prize-winning cosmologist and Quaker activist from South Africa, has worked on cutting-edge theories about the origins of the universe and the nature of space and time. He believes that there is a moral foundation to the cosmos just as there are physical laws that govern it.
n Praise of Play
If sport is an American religion, is that bad for us? What is the metaphysic of baseball? We speak with a theologian and sports fan, Joe Price, who has spent much of his career studying the religious character of rituals in sporting events and the spiritual significance of fans' attention to sports.
History of Doubt
Poet and historian Jennifer Michael Hecht has published a sweeping, lyrical history of the world's great doubters, and she shows that the act of questioning, as much as the act of believing, has changed the world.
Quarks and Creation
Scientist and theologian John Polkinghorne applies the insights of quantum physics to religious mysteries and the evolution debate.
We explore the spiritual wisdom of children with pediatric oncologist Diane Komp, religious educator Carol Dittberner, and Robert Coles, author of The Spiritual Life of Children - also, the voices of children on the deepest meanings of Christmas, Hanukkah, and Ramadan.
Science and Being
How do science and religion-practiced together-distinctively illuminate what it means to be human? Host Krista Tippett speaks with three scientists on how science and religious faith inform their understanding of what it means to be human.
Gina froze in time on 12:10 PM [ | ]
Rita, you know she even sounds like a B*tch! And she has her sight set on Houston (for now).
I commented about the National hurricane Center predicting that we were just entering a "up" cycle in hurricane activity, and I have become a believer. As a matter of fact, we are almost out of names this year.
"Each year, 21 common names are reserved for Atlantic Basin hurricanes, with the list arranged alphabetically and skipping certain letters. Rita is the 17th named storm in the Atlantic Basin this year. There are only four left."
So we may look at hurricane "ALFA", as the National Hurricane Center moves to the Greek Alphabet.
I lived on the coast, in Houston, Virginia, N. Carolina and Florida, and I recall we never evacuated and really shrugged off the hurricanes of my childhood. But I'm really glad to see the people of Houston taking this one seriously. While Rita may be less intense when it hits Houston, it can dump 2-3 FEET of rain. and Houston is prone to flooding. Houston doesn't have earthquakes... doesn't have blizzards... doesn't have avalanches. They have flooding. It was just 2001 that a great deal of Houston was under water from TROPICAL STORM Allison. So I hope that Houston fairs well, but I don't have much hope for Galveston it Rita stays this strong.
You do have to love the weather men trying to put a lighter spin on things
weather.com - Hurricane Central: "If there is any good news at this point, it is the fact that it is very difficult for a hurricane to maintain category 5 status for any lengthy period of time. Near-perfect to perfect atmospheric conditions are necessary for a category 5 hurricane to exist and these 'perfect' conditions are difficult to come by and do not remain in place for a long period of time. So although Rita is currently a category 5 hurricane, fluctuations in intensity is likely. As a footnote to less than perfect conditions, Rita may now be entraining some drier mid-level air over the western Gulf of Mexico and Texas into its western side, causing the slight decrease in wind speed and increase in pressure."
ya, that sounds like good news.
Best of luck to all those in the path, hopefully the government has learned it's lesson and will treat you better!
Gina froze in time on 8:59 AM [ | ]
Monday, September 19, 2005
While personally I think Pat Robertson is on crack, even I was shocked when I got an email claiming that he said that Hurricane Katrina was caused by God's anger over the selection of lesbian comedienne Ellen Degeneres to host the upcoming Emmy Awards. This from the man that warned us all about the evils homosexuality of the purple teletubby!!!
So off I went on the internet searching for a news article to blog about and found out it was all a HOAX!
So, do your part to kill this internet hoax...well, pat could use the bad publicity....no, no...DON'T pass this email on please, I've gotten it twice since yesterday, I hate spam!!
Gina froze in time on 2:43 PM [ | ]
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