(NaturalNews) In America today, it is acceptable to treat birth like a disease. With little regard for human life and natural body processes, the American medical establishment drugs and mutilates expectant mothers.
Ironically, the natural way, through the care of a midwife, is becoming the illegal way in many states. Backwards laws that prohibit midwife practice, assist the American medical establishment in gaining control over birth as they use caesarean section and drugs as their money-driving force.
In a 21 year period, the U.S. cesarean rate rose from 4.5 percent in 1965 to 24.1 percent in 1986.
In 2001, cesarean section was the most common ob-gyn surgical procedure. Approximately four million births occur annually in America. 24 percent (960,000) are delivered by cesarean section. In perspective, the Netherlands perform cesarean section on eight percent of births, suggesting 640,000 cesarean sections in America are absolutely unnecessary. This high risk mutilating approach to birth has a postoperative morbidity rate of 35.7 percent. The establishment’s procedure for birth has a morbidity rate 20 times greater than a natural vaginal birth. So why is the natural way going by the wayside in America?
Maybe Americans act on fear and trust the safety net of a surgical option? Maybe drugs and cesareans are a convenient option for mothers and doctors to schedule birth and drug down symptoms? Maybe the drug approach to birth altogether is rousing side effects inside women, forcing the inevitable cesarean section as a last false hope? Maybe there’s some other power assisting the increase in drugs, surgery, and death?
It seems like the government is assisting the American medical establishment. With certain state laws prohibiting natural childbirth by midwife, it seems Americans are being herded toward the establishment’s medieval birthing approach, whether they like it or not.
Alabama, Georgia, DC, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and South Dakota all outlaw midwife practice. Many other states restrict midwifery, making natural birth a tough route to pursue. With midwifes being illegal, they become criminals, and the natural birth process becomes a black market. This leaves many people to believe the right and safe way is the establishment’s way, even though it remains the dark and dangerous way.
Now is the time for Americans to rethink who they trust. American philosophy on health will change. Nutrition and home birth is the future. The drugging and mutilating cannot go on forever. The establishment, protected by government ‘safety’ standards and licenses, is a scam.
The Center for Bioethics and Culture has again asked me to prognosticate on all things bioethical for 2013. Regular readers will recall how stunningly accurate I was for 2012. And now, I have seen what will happen this year. As before, the primary action in bioethics will surround Obamacare, specifically, the Free Birth Control Rule. From my predictions:
1. The Obama Administration will not give significant relief from the Free Birth Control Rule to non-church religious organizations: I am convinced that the Obama Administration seeks to constrain freedom of religion to a far more restricted “freedom of worship.” Thus, since religious institutions such as universities and charities are acting among the wider public—not just on behalf of the institutions’ own religious co-believers—the Obama Administration will take the position that they must comply with terms of the FBCR, with only limited window dressing changes made to the Rule as it applies to religious organizations.
2. Many dissenting religious organizations will sue the government seeking relief from the rule based on the First Amendment.
3. The U.S. Supreme Court will accept an appeal to determine whether private business owners are protected under the terms of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act: The decision in that case will determine whether a corporation or other private business entities can be said to have a religious belief under some circumstances, and indeed, whether business owners have any religious rights at all in the context of operating their businesses. The mists are thick here, so I don’t think the final decision will be made until 2014.
I also see the future in assisted suicide, cloning research, IVF, and other matters. I just wish this prophetic talent extended to the stock market.
Seven in 10 Americans believe Roe v. Wade should stand, according to new data from a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, as the landmark Supreme Court abortion-rights ruling turns 40 on Tuesday.
That is the highest level of support for the decision, which established a woman’s right to an abortion, since polls began tracking it in 1989. The shift is mostly the result of more Democrats backing the decision—particularly Hispanics and African-Americans—and a slight uptick in support from Republicans.
But the poll showed a consistent tension in Americans’ attitudes toward the decision. Almost seven in 10 respondents say there are at least some circumstances in which they don’t support abortion.
Some 31% of respondents in the poll said abortion should always be legal, and 9% believed it should be illegal without any exceptions. Between those two opinions are the 23% who thought it should be legal most of the time, but with some exceptions, and the 35% who felt it should be illegal except in circumstances of rape, incest and to save a woman’s life.
Since those questions were first asked, a decade ago, more people generally support abortion rights. But the majority of voters whose views aren’t absolute has forced activists on both sides of the issue to rethink their message.
Antiabortion campaigners who once sought a constitutional amendment to overturn the decision have instead pursued legislation in Congress and the states aimed at highlighting aspects of abortion that have the potential to make voters uneasy. Those include restricting abortions later in pregnancy or because of the sex of the fetus, both of which are rare but are seen as resonating with voters.
“You really need to start with the abortions that are most controversial and where you have the broadest consensus, even if they are not that common,” said Richard Doerflinger, associate director of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ abortion and euthanasia campaigns. “All or nothing has produced nothing.”
A 2011 Gallup poll found that especially large percentages of respondents were in favor of informed consent for women seeking abortions (86% of abortion-rights adults and 87% who are antiabortion) and making abortion illegal in the third trimester (79% of abortion-rights backers and 94% of those who are antiabortion).
By Agence France-Presse
Sunday, January 20, 2013 12:09 EST
Forty years after the legalization of abortion in the United States, just four doctors offer controversial late-term procedures, and are the subject of a documentary at the Sundance film festival.
“After Tiller,” named for physician George Tiller, a prominent practitioner of late-term abortions shot dead by an extremist in 2009, focuses on the few remaining doctors who perform abortions in the third trimester of a pregnancy.
The Supreme Court legalized abortion exactly 40 years ago — on January 22, 1973 — but granted states the right to limit abortions in the final three months of a pregnancy.
Although late-term procedures make up just one percent of all abortions in the United States, they are the most controversial, facing particularly virulent protests by abortion opponents.
Aside from death threats, such doctors face “institutional barriers,” Dr. Susan Robinson, a former colleague of Tiller who still performs such procedures, told AFP following a screening of the documentary at Sundance, the annual independent film festival held in the western US state of Utah.
“If you do abortions, it is very hard to get the privilege to work in a hospital, because they don’t like abortion providers. They are almost all done in outpatient clinics, free-standing clinics, in this country,” she says.
“Being an abortion provider is very stigmatized. Other doctors look down on you and think of you as like the lowest of the low.”
Robinson moved to New Mexico after Tiller’s death to continue her work with another colleague. A third doctor practices in Maryland, after being expelled from Nebraska and Iowa, and a fourth has a practice in Colorado.
“We anticipated that one of the difficult aspects of this is of course being a target and having protests every day,” said co-director Martha Shane.
“We didn’t realize how emotionally draining the work is. Because you’re dealing with these women who are going through one of the most difficult times of their life.”
New Mexico law grants doctors full discretion over whether to carry out abortions — most often requested in cases in which the fetus is severely malformed — but Robinson says she relies on the judgment of the women themselves.
“If a woman comes to me, particularly if she struggles to get there, she’s come from Canada or California, Louisiana or France, because she feels so strongly that she needs an abortion,” she said.
“This woman has struggled with this decision, herself. She’s not coming because she saw the clinic while she was on her way to the grocery store.
by Steven Ertelt | Jefferson City, MO | LifeNews.com | 1/17/13 12:22 PM
A state pro-life group in Missouri is warning pro-life advocates to be careful of the connections between the Girl Scouts organization and the largest abortion business in the nation.
For years, pro-life groups have exposed the links between the Girl Scouts and Planned Parenthood. Now, Missouri Right to Life says that link bears more attention as pro-life citizens across the country have become increasingly concerned about the connections.
“After careful examination and consideration, the board of Missouri Right to Life has voted to issue the following policy statement,” Missouri Right to Life tells LifeNews. “Because Girl Scouts USA promotes, both directly and indirectly through other organizations, policies and behaviors clearly contradictory to the goals and purposes of Missouri Right to Life, Missouri Right to Life urges citizens to consider carefully whether to participate in Girl Scouts or support them in any way.”
There are many significant pro-life concerns about the Girl Scout organization. Girl Scouts USA (GSUSA) collaborates with numerous organizations that promote abortion for all women, including adolescent girls. GSUSA is the largest member organization of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), making up a quarter of its 10 million girl members worldwide and paying over 1 million dollars annually to WAGGGS based on the number of registered GSUSA members. Through its resources, participation in international seminars and conferences, and non-formal education programs, WAGGGS actively advocates for and funds campaigns to expand reproductive/abortion rights. Both GSUSA and WAGGGS delegates regularly participate in various UN conferences, and, as representatives of WAGGGS, advocate specifically on behalf of their 10 million girl members for the inclusion of abortion rights on the global stage. The International Planned Parenthood Federation claims a close partnership with WAGGGS. In the United States, regional Girl Scout councils (though not required) are permitted to partner with local Planned Parenthood affiliates. GSUSA is also a member organization of The Coalition for Adolescent Girls, whose international and national agenda specifically supports abortion related care for adolescent girls.
Girl Scout materials are concerning as well. GSUSA’s Journey series, which is the curriculum used by every Girl Scout council, recommends and promotes many well-known abortion-rights advocates like Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan, Geraldine Ferraro, and Dolores Huerta, and organizations such as Amnesty International, the Population Council, and the ACLU.
Girl Scouts USA’s official blog, which is accessible to all members and which young girls very likely access, is also problematic, as it frequently includes live links to publications that consistently promote sexual and reproductive/abortion rights and explicit sexual content such as The Huffington Post, Marie Claire magazine, iVillage, and Jezebel.
Even the sale of Girl Scout cookies is a concern, as GSUSA makes millions of dollars every year from the licensing fees derived from the production of the cookies to further fund their efforts outlined above.
Until the Girl Scouts renounces its support for and promotion of all those organizations referenced above and their pro-abortion advocacy positions, Missouri Right to Life urges citizens to carefully consider whether to participate in or support the Girl Scouts.
The ties between the two groups have been questioned ever since former Girl Scouts CEO Kathy Cloninger admitted on NBC’s The Today Show: “We partner with many organizations. We have relationships with…Planned Parenthood organizations across the country.” See the video here.
Then, in a national survey, seventeen Girl Scouts councils admit to partnering with Planned Parenthood; many other councils refuse to answer the survey question. Of the 315 Girl Scout councils in the U.S., 17 councils reported having a relationship with Planned Parenthood and its affiliates, and 49 reported they do not. The other 249 refused to disclose any relationship.
by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 1/16/13 2:01 PM
President Barack Obama today showed the kind of care and regard for human life when it comes to the issue of guns that he never has when it comes to abortion.
The tragedy at Sandy Hook can never be overstated — children died and teachers and staff died attempting to keep them save. There are no words that can properly convey how senseless the loss of life was that fateful day in Connecticut.
President Obama seems to understand this tragic loss of human life.
“Because while there is no law or set of laws that can prevent every senseless act of violence completely, no piece of legislation that will prevent every tragedy, every act of evil, if there’s even one thing we can do to reduce this violence, if there’s even one life that can be saved, then we’ve got an obligation to try,” he said today in remarks about the shooting and announcing new executive orders promoting gun control.
Obama went as far as to quote from the Declaration of Independence and its establishment that people have an inalienable right to life.
“That most fundamental set of rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, fundamental rights that were denied to college students at Virginia Tech and high school students at Columbine and elementary school students in Newtown; and kids on street corners in Chicago on too frequent basis to tolerate; and all the families who never imagined they’d lose a loved one to — to a bullet, those rights are at stake. We’re responsible,” he said.
“Let’s do the right thing. Let’s do the right thing for them and for this country that we love so much,” the president concluded.
But, isn’t the right thing also protecting children from the violence of abortion? Contrast Obama’s heartfelt remarks with these, from his days as a an Illinois state senator — where he went out of his way to defend his position against a law that would provide legal protection and medical care for babies who survive failed abortions.
Obama essentially argues that there is no need for the law because he trusts abortion practitioners to provide medical care for the baby they unsuccessfully tried to kill in an abortion.
By Agence France-Presse
Monday, January 21, 2013 8:23 EST
Many advanced economies will be threatened by another, long-term fiscal shock unless they tackle the problem of ageing populations, the ratings agency Fitch warned on Monday.
“Whilst a successful resolution of the current fiscal crisis remains the most important driver for many advanced-economy ratings, without further reform to address the impact of long-term ageing these economies face a second, longer-term fiscal shock,” a Fitch statement said.
Few countries face immediate threats, and reforms implemented by indebted eurozone members such as Greece, Italy and Portugal “have effectively neutralised the long-term impact of ageing on public finances in those countries,” it added.
But others, in particular Cyprus, Ireland and Japan, could well see the cost of ageing populations jump over the next decade, the agency said, warning that this would affect the sovereign debt ratings of such countries at some point.
“Luxembourg, Belgium, Malta and Slovenia face the most severe impact over the very long term,” Fitch noted.
Based on the agency’s calculations, barring any reforms, debt to GDP (gross domestic product) ratios for the European Union’s 27 member countries would rise by 6.9 percent by 2020, and by 119.4 percent by 2050.
“Without reforms to boost labour productivity and/or participation rates in many other advanced economies, population ageing will cause potential GDP growth to decline over the long-term, exacerbating the fiscal challenge,” Fitch added.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved two flu vaccines that would give people who are allergic to eggs an opportunity to receive a flu shot.
Currently, people with egg allergies cannot get a flu vaccine because it is egg-based. The vaccine is made after the influenza virus grows inside an egg.
Sharon Lofton, 71, cannot afford to become ill. She is allergic to eggs.
“I’ve asked them to go ahead and give it to me anyway and, of course, they wouldn’t do it. I’m sure that was a wise thing,” Lofton said.
Lofton suffers from various health issues. She takes about 24 pills a day. Because she cannot get the vaccine, she is afraid. She said her immune system is compromised already. Health officials have stressed why it is important to get the vaccine. Across the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported a widespread flu outbreak.
“I actually got scared. I thought, ‘What in the world is a person supposed to do who can’t get the shot?’” Lofton said.
Heather Hughest, the Public Relations Coordinator for the Visiting Nurse Service at St. Frances, said there is now hope for people because of the FDA’s approval.
“There is help around the corner. It’s just not quite here yet,” Hughet said.
The FDA approved one vaccine in Nov. 2012. The second vaccine was approved earlier this month. Instead of using eggs to grow the influenza virus, cell lines from mammals and insects will be used. The first vaccine will grow virus strains in animal cells instead of eggs. People 18 and older will be able to get the vaccine.
According to the FDA, the other vaccine is an influenza virus protein made after a virus that infects insect cells is genetically modified. It then creates the flu vaccine protein. People 18-49 will be able to get the vaccine.
“They have a very in depth process for testing the vaccine, before it can ever be used on the market. But, this is the first glow of hope that people have (seen) in quite some time,” Hughet said.
A new type of flu vaccine won regulatory approval on Wednesday, and its manufacturer said that limited supplies are expected to be available this winter.
The vaccine, developed by a small company called Protein Sciences, is made with a process that does not require the virus to be grown in chicken eggs, as is now generally done. That means a vaccine could be ready weeks earlier in the event of a pandemic.
“This approval represents a technological advance in the manufacturing of an influenza vaccine,” Dr. Karen Midthun, a senior official at the Food and Drug Administration, said in a statement announcing the agency’s approval of the product, which is called Flublok.
The approval comes during one of the more severe flu seasons in recent years, with many Americans rushing to find diminishing supplies of vaccine and spot shortages being reported.
Manon Cox, the chief executive of Protein Sciences, said the company could have about 150,000 doses ready to distribute later this flu season. That is a relatively small amount, but it could be particularly helpful for people who do not get flu shots now because they are allergic to eggs.
A spokeswoman for the F.D.A. said the timing of the approval was unrelated to the current flu season.
Most flu vaccines are made by growing the virus in chicken eggs, then inactivating or killing it, a long process.
Flublok, by contrast, consists only of a protein — hemagglutinin — from the virus. The protein is made by putting the gene for hemagglutinin into a virus that infects insect cells. Those cells, from the fall armyworm, are grown in culture and churn out the protein. Neither eggs nor the live virus are used, though viral genetic information is needed.
While new for flu, such protein-based vaccines are used to prevent some other diseases.
Protein Sciences, a privately held company in Meriden, Conn., first applied for approval nearly five years ago. It was turned down twice, in part because of the novelty of using insect cells. “Every time we were asked to do more and more studies to prove that this cell substrate was safe,” Ms. Cox said.
The company was close to bankruptcy in 2009 when it received a federal contract worth tens of millions of dollars to help develop its vaccine.
The vaccine is approved only for adults 18 to 49 years old. In a clinical trial, Flublok was about 44.6 percent effective against all influenza strains, not just the three contained in the vaccine, the F.D.A. said. As with current vaccines, Flublok will need to change each year to match the flu strains in circulation.
(Before It’s News) PMID: Virology. 2012 Jun 5 ;427(2):77-9. Epub 2012 Mar 10. PMID: 22410578 Abstract Title: Endogenous RNA viruses of plants in insect genomes. Abstract: Endogenous viral elements (EVEs) derived from RNA viruses with no DNA stage are rare, especially those where the parental viruses possess single-strand positive-sense (ssRNA+) genomes. Here we provide evidence that EVEs that share a sequence similarity to ssRNA+viruses of plants are integrated into the genomes of a number of insects, including mosquito, fruit flies, bees, ant, silkworm, pea aphid, Monarch butterfly, and wasps. A preliminary phylogenetic analysis places these EVEs as divergent relatives of the Virgaviridae and three currently unclassified plant viral species.
Jan. 21, 2013 — The number of children with ADHD is rising rapidly, according to a study of more than 840,000 California children.
While the research findings echo those of nationwide studies, the new study is stronger than some other studies, says researcher Darios Getahun, MD, PhD, a scientist at Kaiser Permanente Southern California, a large health plan.
“We relied on the clinical diagnosis of ADHD [by doctors] and medication prescriptions rather than teacher or parent report,” he says.
From 2001 to 2010, the rate of new cases of doctor-diagnosed ADHD rose from 2.5% to 3.1%, an increase of 24%.
“It’s an increase that warrants attention,” he says. Growing awareness of the condition is one reason for the rise, he speculates.
The study is published online in JAMA Pediatrics.
ADHD is one of the most common childhood neurobehavioral disorders, according to the CDC.
Children with ADHD have trouble paying attention or act impulsively, or both.
While the American Psychiatric Association estimates that 3% to 7% of school-aged children have ADHD, other studies have found higher rates.
By Genevra Pittman
NEW YORK | Mon Jan 21, 2013 4:36pm EST
(Reuters Health) – More children are being diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) now than were a decade ago, according to new research from a large California health plan.
It’s not clear what’s behind that trend, researchers noted. Possible explanations include better awareness of the condition among parents and doctors or improved access to health care for kids with symptoms, according to Dr. Darios Getahun, the study’s lead author.
Prior research has also shown an increasing trend in ADHD diagnoses, according to Getahun, from the Kaiser Permanente Southern California Medical Group in Pasadena.
However, his team had strict criteria for determining which kids had ADHD, requiring a clinical diagnosis and prescriptions for ADHD medications. Past studies have relied on parent and teacher reports alone, Getahun noted.
In an analysis of Kaiser Permanente medical records, researchers found the proportion of five- to 11-year-olds diagnosed with ADHD increased from 2.5 percent in 2001 to 3.1 percent in 2010.
Consistent with past research, white children were more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD than black, Hispanic and Asian kids, and boys were more likely to have the condition than girls.
On average, children were diagnosed when they were between eight and a half and nine and a half years old. Hispanic youth tended to receive a diagnosis at a later age than other kids – which could put them at a disadvantage, Getahun noted.
“One thing which is very important in ADHD is parents’ awareness… and timely diagnosis of the disease is very important so the treatment is effective,” he told Reuters Health.
“If you diagnose the child early when the disease occurs, the child may function better in school and also socially,” said Getahun.
One study published last year found Icelandic kids who got early ADHD treatment did better on standardized tests than those who didn’t get medication until they were preteens (see Reuters Health story of June 25, 2012: reut.rs/KXoQfY).
Common medications used to treat ADHD include stimulants such as Vyvanse, Ritalin and Concerta.
A new study of health records from California suggests that rates of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have jumped by 24% since 2001.
“That is a very significant increase,” says Darios Getahun, a research scientist with the Kaiser Permanente Southern California Medical Group who conducted the study.
The apparent rise in diagnoses is likely caused by growing awareness of the condition among parents and doctors, he and other specialists say.
The study looked at health records of more than 840,000 children, ages 5-11, who met a strict definition for ADHD, as diagnosed by a trained expert. It found that 2.5% of children were diagnosed with ADHD at the start of the study in 2001, vs. 3.1% in 2010.
The percentage diagnosed is lower than in many other studies because of the strict diagnostic criteria and because, unlike other research, the study relied only on health records, not parents’ reports, Getahun says.
The study, published in Monday’s issue of JAMA Pediatrics, was also large enough to break down those diagnosed by gender, race, family income and age. It found that boys were three times more likely to be diagnosed than girls. That may suggest that boys are more vulnerable to ADHD, as they are to autism, Getahun says.
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