Archives for August 2011

Embodied Resistance – Girls Who Break the Norms – Tonight on Holy Hormones Honey!

August 29, 2011. If you are a parent mystified by your daughter’s behavior listen to Holy Hormones Honey! tonight 6 to 7 pm MST on Chris Bobel, author of Embodied Resistance Challenging the Norms, Breaking the Rules – engages the rich and complex range of society’s contemporary “body outlaws”–people who violate norms about the private, the repellent, or the forbidden. Bobel covers tattoos, piercings, controlled anorexics, obesity, ‘cutters,’ and the issues expressed by women who engage in these behaviors.

Falling Fertility Rates Around The World Will Cause Mass Depopulation

Prevent Disease

The Economist reported this week that falling fertility rates around the world spell doom for many countries as the single life appeals to more women than replacing themselves through children.

For hundreds of years, the world’s population has grown steadily. But demographers now believe that within several decades, the number of people on earth will actually begin to decline. Women in the wealthier parts of Asia, for example, are literally on a “marriage strike” leading to a drop in birth rates.

Chemo may have lasting effect on fertility

Irish Health

August 27, 2011
by Deborah Condon]

Chemotherapy may have a greater effect on a woman’s fertility than first estimated, a new study indicates.

According to US researchers, previous studies have tended to focus on whether a woman’s periods come back after treatment. The absence of menstruation is known as amenorrhoea and until now, it has been viewed as one of the main reproductive side-effects associated with chemotherapy.

The naming of parts: a new frankness about vaginas

London Evening Standard

Liz Hoggard
26 Aug 2011

In the new Inbetweeners Movie, there is a jaw-dropping moment when the boys don pink “Pussay Patrol” T-shirts – and head off to “shoot clunge in a barrel”.

Clunge (a slang word for female genitalia) is the new C-word. There are whole Facebook pages devoted to its etymology. You can buy T-shirts, mugs and mouse mats emblazoned with the word, which has rapidly become a cult term among Inbetweeners devotees.

Baby Fat – Do birth control pills make women gain weight?


By Christie AschwandenPosted Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011, at 6:59 AM ET

Some women are getting pregnant to avoid getting fat. According to a review published in a recent issue of the journal Contraception, concern about weight gain is among the most common reasons people quit the pill (or decide not to take it in the first place), and most women who discontinue the pill switch to something less effective or nothing at all. Some of those women end up with unintended pregnancies simply because they feared a few extra pounds.

The Placenta Cookbook

New York Magazine
For a growing number of new mothers, there’s no better nutritional snack after childbirth than the fruit of their own labor.

August 21, 2011
By Atossa Araxia Abrahamian

Jennifer Hughes’s placenta was delivered ten minutes after her first child, just before midnight on March 31. It was on the large side, with a liverish texture and a bluish tinge; it measured nine inches in diameter and weighed a pound and a half. Placentas are considered biohazardous waste by the medical Establishment and are usually disposed of accordingly. Some hospitals send the afterbirth in formaldehyde to a pathology lab for analysis before it is carted off by a tissue-disposal service; others toss it out with bloody miscellany in special containers.

Reproductive Writes: Giving Blood: An Interview with Chris Bobel

Bitch Media

Social Commentary post by Holly Grigg-Spall,
March 12, 2010

University of Massachusetts professor Chris Bobel is the author of the soon to be released book New Blood: Third-Wave Feminism and the Politics of Menstruation. In this two-part interview she unpacks periods and the activism, advertising and controversy that makes them so very personal and so very political.

How did you come to see menstruation as more than a personal matter?

A slogan menstrual activists use is ‘We’re Making Bleedin’ Everyone’s Issue.’ As women, we are expected to keep our periods hidden and silenced. We internalize this attitude, and police each other: Women learn to hate their bodies, seeing them through racism, ageism and sexism as problems to be fixed through constant ‘improvements’ – that too big nose, too-dark skin, too-narrow eyes, tiny breasts, fat butt. And now we can ‘improve’ the body even more – we can eliminate menstruation altogether with pills such as Lybrel and Seasonique.

Governor Rick Perry’s Gardasil ‘Mistake’ Cost Girls their Lives

According to VAERS analyst and SANE Vax team member Janny Stokvis, Governor Rick Perry should have been aware and taken action on the mounting injuries from Gardasil in Texas before an attempt to mandate the vaccine. VAERS reports one girl died post-Gardasil vaccination, there were 14 life-threatening situations and 31 girls became disabled after Perry’s attempt to issue an executive order. The effort to introduce the drug into Texas schools turned into one of Perry’s greatest defeats. His admission of a ‘mistake’ five years later is reprehensible.

Is It an Addiction? 7 Telltale Signs

AOL Healthy Living
Jason Eric Schiffman, M.D., M.A., M.B.A.

August 19, 2011

Two friends with similar backgrounds both drink heavily while in their 20s, but one eventually cuts down and moves on, while the other’s drinking progresses into full-blown alcoholism. While science is still unable to distinguish between these two individuals before they start drinking, recent advances in addiction research show promise in explaining why some people can engage in potentially addictive activities in moderation while others cannot.

Hope for understanding autoimmune diseases such as RA

Vaccine Injury Help Center

Posted on August 19, 2011 by Vaccine Injury Lawyer

According to an article published Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at News Medical, Scientists at Mount Sinai Hospital, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Toronto, University Health Network and McGill University have obtained significant new insights into the causes of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and other autoimmune disorders including type 1 diabetes, lupus and Graves disease. The findings represent a key initial step in realizing the full potential of genomics and personalized medicine.