Reach Out for Help

Lucille Ball, who really was pregnant, insisted. The script was approved by a priest, rabbi, and minister, who gave the green light as long as they did not use the word, pregnant. Lucy was expectant. Apparently, that's what eclamptic women looked like thousands of years ago, so doctors gave them …

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The Cry for Help Gets a Helping Hand

Gene Expression Profiling of Human Oocytes at Different Maturational Stages and after In Vitro Maturation. American Journal of Obstretics and Gynecology 198, no. Woodruff, T. The Emergence of a New Interdiscipline: Oncofertility. We have talked with many women who expressed concerns about newer methods of contraception that may not be …

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The Magnet of Expertise

How does the history of the Dalkon Shield impact opinions about the IUD today? In the 1970s, the Dalkon Shield was a malfunctioning IUD that increased the risk of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and infertility. Following devasting health impacts on women, the manufacturer voluntarily discontinued sale of the Dalkon Shield …

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Beyond Self-Preservation

Do you think this means that eating more protein prevents you from bleeding when gored by a bull, or that people in places with access to more dietary protein are less likely to be gored by a bull in the first place and far more likely to have life-saving surgery …

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Contentment Versus Growth

This analysis found that women who use oral contraception are protected from colorectal, endometrial, and ovarian cancer for up to 35 years or more after discontinuing the pill. Researchers again found that any increased breast and cervical cancer risk among current and recent users dissipated within about five years of …

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Emotional Functioning

The uncontextualized media attention led ACOG to release a Practice Advisory on Hormonal Contraception and Risk of Breast Cancer. This advisory concluded: Nancy Keating, a professor of health-care policy and medicine at Harvard Medical School and a physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital, contextualized the study's findings in an article …

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Functional Distress

I would have loved seeing those headlines, but of course there were none . The above is just illustrative. As noted, this favoritism, whether intentional or inadvertent, can be - and is, routinely - applied to any diet. For purposes of balance, let's note that a 2017 study in the Journal of the …

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Match Play, Nature's Course

That's a high bar, seldom cleared. Good clinical counseling can function like a good parachute; We simply don't see such benefit when we do too little, too late. What if you actually had run a study of parachutes too small, or opened too late? PhD (2008): 355. History of Childbirth …

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Protecting Your Vulnerabilities

Look beyond the beauty articleant. I trust we all know the party game, telephone, also known as Chinese whispers. One of us says something just barely long enough and detailed enough to be difficult to remember exactly and repeat perfectly. We whisper it to the person next to us, and …

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Sensing the Right Environment

Naked to the Bone: Medical Imaging in the Twentieth Century. New York: Basic articles, 1997. Mitchell, L. Baby's First Picture. A Cochrane Database Systematic Review, which is known as the gold standard of systematic reviews, reinforced the safety of extended cycle use of hormonal contraception, which offers increased satisfaction, fewer …

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The Face of Emotions

Jackson, E. The Rooming-In Plan for Mothers and Infants. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 65 (1948): 707-711. Kartchner, F. To put that into perspective, the United States and Serbia are the only developed nations where maternal mortality rates have increased since 1990. American women today are more likely to …

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The Great Escape: Leaving the Nightmare

Withdrawal bleeding is caused by a drop in hormones from not taking active birth control. Since birth control prevents ovulation and stops the uterine lining from building up, there is nothing that needs to be shed. As a result, withdrawal bleeding is often lighter than menstruation and may ultimately stop …

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Benefits of Being Self-Confident

Supreme Court overturns Massachusetts law prohibiting the sale of contraceptives to unmarried women. 1973 The FDA rejects application for the contraception shot/injection, despite committee's recommendation for approval. New versions of low-dosage oral contraceptives are introduced. 1990 The FDA approves the first contraception implant/rod. Revisionist history is valuable and …

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Determine, Clarify and Organize Your Values

By the 1800s in the United States, it had become a well-known method of birth control. Douching, in fact, has been called the first modern method of American birth control, and in 1832, it was even mentioned in a article written by a physician, Charles Knowlton, who wrote that a …

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Selecting an Empowering Environment

In 1966, that figure reached six million, and a year later, in 1967, Time magazine was touting the pill as revolutionary. By 1990, 80% of American women born since the end of World War II had been on the pill at some point in their lives. In 1993, The Economist …

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Values are Expressed in Actions

Let's be clear about this, though: I am an ardent proponent of science. Saying that science can run amok in the absence of sense in no way diminishes the value and importance of science directed at better errands. The interesting thing about the alleged complexities of diet is that we …

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You Become What You Think About

The first is perhaps best described as Newtonian: for every action, an equal and opposite reaction . Maybe we simply can't resist the inclination, whenever someone settles securely on a pedestal we've placed under them, to shift our efforts to knocking them down. The second might best be described as Aesopian …

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Your Evolutionary Heritage

Didn't we already know that it's far easier to overeat apple pie than apples; The odd thing about the rampant pseudo-science of nutrition - seemingly erudite answers to misguided questions - is that more often than not, we already KNEW the answers, and must allow ourselves to pretend we didn't to take …

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By All Means, Judge Each Other

Birth Chairs, Midwives, and Medicine. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1999. What a Blessing She Had Chloroform. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1999. In the 2000s, on average only about six to nine percent of American women had used the IUD or the implant. Some women interviewed about their birth …

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Importance of Self-Confidence

I've heard more times than I can recall from my patients that they think no two nutritionists agree about anything. This, then, seems to be the prevailing perception. It is entirely false and easily explained. Just consider that the formula for a best-selling article about diet is pretty much just …

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The Pause That Can Save Any Relationship

The failure rates for both tubal ligation and vasectomy are less than 1%. With typical use, LARC methods also have a less than 1% failure rate. LARC methods are so effective at preventing pregnancy because (a) after insertion they do not require action on the part of a user for …

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Decipher Verbal Communication

The ones in circles are just trying to swim normally, but they are trapped. The ones that are straight have not come into contact with the surface. I guess what I'm saying is that there may be some artifact involved. In other words, we are judging our sperm under false …

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How to Pay Attention to Details

The purpose of shinrin-yoku is for you to be absolutely present in the forest, evading nothing. Walk in silence or, if accompanied, avoid chatting about worldly or stressful topics. All your attention should be on walking placidly, breathing and stopping wherever your imagination dictates. Enjoy the universe of sounds that …

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Know Yourself Well To Understand Others

Just the way old shoes are more comfortable than the new pair that end up giving us blisters, things that are imperfect, incomplete and ephemeral give us the placidness that nature inspires. Wabi sabi is an intuitive appreciation of a transient beauty in the physical world that reflects the irreversible …

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The Best Techniques of Persuasion

They are not curing anything or even working with infertile couples. They store and sell assets. They broker deals between sellers and buyers. What had been a hush-hush medical procedure of doctors procuring batches of fresh sperm for infertile couples has blossomed into a global enterprise with sperm sales skyrocketing …

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The Meaning of the Words

There are people who want to be in your life and help you even when everything isn't sunshine and roses. Our words have power. Our word choices convey our mood and mind-set to others and influence the way we feel. Many of us made changes to the language that we …

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Avoiding the Reflexive No!

They were like two peas in a pod, the living and the dead, they were alike in all respects except on that score. And the dose was very small, very brief, a single diagnostic X-ray, a tiny fraction of the radiation exposure considered safe, and it wasn't repeated. It was …

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Changing People's Minds and Handling Disagreement

Colleagues were stunned. Though the panel acknowledged studies suggesting that ultrasound was not dangerous, they said there was not enough proof of safety. And yet, they did generate at least a dozen reasons to warrant an ultrasound exam--reasons when the benefits of seeing the fetus early would outweigh a potentially …

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Don't change, be honest, do good

Another value embraced throughout the country is respect for nature, and this is inherent to Shinto, Japan's native religion. It can seem contradictory at first that a country having some of the largest megalopolises on the planet respects nature. But it turns out that Japan, despite being among the ten …

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First Take It Fast, Then Take It Slow

This lets us know whether or not our autonomic nervous system9 is functioning under stress. In fact, scientists have shown that if our HRV is too low, the chances of dying in the next few years increase. One way to improve our HRV is to devote time to activities that …

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Say Cheese! What About Smiling?

But what was he trying to do with this experiment? Essentially, he wanted to prove that life in natural surroundings provides human beings with everything they need: true freedom and self-knowledge. After the retreat that led him to stay in the small cabin, Thoreau felt he had to go back …

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