Category Archives: Breast feeding

Gun Control and the Value of Life

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin destroys gun control!
Well worth a listen. Wise man.

He emphasizes:

  • “cultural problem”
  • family breakdown
  • violence
  • desensitization

And as our very own Richard Winkel commented, circumcision may also factor into the equation. After all, violence begets violence.

As a circumcised woman, I have always related better to men than women, and I finally realized it was because I relate better to traumatized people than peaceful people. Circumcision certainly sends the message that you are not valued, not respected, not loved and cherished; that you are no more than a body, a slab of meat; that you must submit to authority because you are powerless, helpless and hopeless. These teachings can stick and need to be seen for what they are, then thoroughly “divorced”, released. They are false, destructive, subconscious mind-control teachings that surely have tormented some who have given up this beautiful gift of life prematurely.

Males in the USA commit suicide four times as often as females and I have often wondered if that might have something to do with circumcision. I tell the story of my childhood interest in suicide in my book The Rape of Innocence: Female Genital Mutilation and Circumcision in the USA. I have also met other circumcised women who have also reported serious attempts at suicide very early in life.

Now that the birthing process is more violent for both baby genders, even though females so far have been spared routine infant circumcision, undue birth trauma and daily stressors are extreme for both, so some girls may be as suicidal and reactive as boys. It’s just not easy being a people – especially in a world where someone sitting in a palatial estate somewhere apparently wants to rule the world… and is working hard to make that happen.

I’d prefer to live in a life-affirming world where no one is traumatized by birth practices and all people are blessed with a peaceful beginning; with wise parents, kind teachers and a safe society; in a world filled with respect for life, joy, love.

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Infants Deeply Traumatized By Common Medical Procedures, New Study

A concerning new study suggests that decades of medical procedures performed on infants without pain management has had deeply traumatizing effects.

A groundbreaking study … demonstrates that the infant pain experience, despite long held assumptions to the contrary, closely resembles that of adults.

Researchers discovered that when 1-6 day old babies were exposed to the same pain stimulus as adults their brains “lit up” in almost exactly the same manner. More specifically, infant and adult pain responses were indistinguishable in 18 of the 20 regions observed through fMRI imaging. The only two brain regions that pain did not show activation in the infants were the amygdala and the orbitofrontal cortex: two regions believed to help with the interpretation of pain stimuli…

While not specifically mentioned in the study, the practice of male infant circumcision may constitute the most egregious example of a medically unnecessary procedure. It is arguably responsible for extensive psychological and emotional damage within the male psyche due to the unacknowledged pain and trauma it has exacted in the millions that have involuntarily undergone it without adequate pain management.

Indeed, male infant circumcision is 1 of 6 of the most commonly performed medical procedures and responsible for 1.108 million hospital stays in 2011. The United States has the highest circumcision rate in the world, with an estimated rate of 69-97%, followed by 70% in Australia, 48% in Canada, and 24% in the United Kingdom. This is all the more concerning considering that circumcision is one of the least medically justified interventions from the perspective of evidence-based medicine. Learn more by reading: “The Foreskin: Why Is It Such A Secret in North America?” Amazingly, it has only been less than two decades that the American Academic of Pediatrics recommended anesthesia be used during the procedure. This only happened after research emerged showing behavioral differences in infant and mother-infant dyad behaviors between anesthetized and unanesthetized infants…

Considering what has been revealed by the new study, we must ask: how many infants have had been deeply traumatized not only via partial dismemberment of an important component of their reproductive and eliminative anatomy, but through the pain and anxiety associated with such a medical ritual which lacks unequivocal clinical research support for safety, efficacy, and any of its purported health benefits?

We hope that research like this will raise a flag of extreme caution when it comes to the increasingly prevalent over-medicalization of our most vulnerable populations. In other words, the solution is not simply to increase conventional pain management strategies which have many unintended, adverse effects — even with seemingly more benign over-the-counter drugs like Tylenol, which was recently found to have psychotropic properties such as flattening affect. The focus, therefore, should be on reducing overdiagnosis, overtreatment, and the uncritical implementation of a standard of care which errs on the side of aggressive and invasive procedures.

Read more at Infants Deeply Traumatized By Common Medical Procedures, New Study

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Neuroplasticity Redefines Our Understanding of the Brain

As many of you know, ThoughtCrimeRadio, the show, and this site began as a compassionate response to the circumcision of infant boys. While reading this article (there’s more at Dr. Mercola’s website), please keep in mind, when you get to the information about autism, that boys develop autism four to five times as often as girls… and you might consider the loss of a foreskin a source of “phantom pain”, similar to the phantom pain generated by the loss of a limb. Tens of thousands of nerve endings are lost – tossed into the trash (or into the “sell to tissue handling companies for big bucks” bucket) and the big shock of the circumcision procedure to the child’s mind – the trauma of it – might explain some of the phenomena associated with what they call “hyperplasticity”:

“With excess connections and hyperactivity, the brain cannot function properly and intrusive thoughts, obsessions, ritualistic, and other abnormal behaviors may result.”

Someone already exposed to trauma – whether hospital birth trauma or circumcision or both and the assault of pushing heavy metals and other toxins into what is designed to be a pristine blood system… assault upon assault. No wonder our children are suffering.

The high incidence of male autism certainly deserves at least a thorough statistical analysis. Whose birth was “induced”; surgical (cesarean); were clamps or vacuum used? Whose mother smoked, drank, used drugs (street drugs and/or pharmaceutical drugs, including birthing drugs)? Who was subjected to premature cord clamping, blood transfusions, oxygen tent, etc? Who was breastfed and who was not? Who was circumcised and who was not? A little bit of number juggling might give us an indication of what is really going on with modern medical birthing procedures, early childhood vaccines and with circumcision.

The Dark Side of Neuroplasticity: Mind Your Moods

As phenomenal as neuroplasticity is, the effects are not always positive — plasticity actually presents a disadvantage in certain situations. Consider what happens in the brain of someone suffering from phantom limb pain. When a limb is amputated, brain neurons become “confused” and must reorganize, which sometimes results in “miswiring” as the brain misinterprets sensory data as it struggles to communicate with the missing limb.

The film features one phantom limb patient for whom facial sensations invaded recently vacated areas of his brain that had been receiving sensations from his amputated hand.

Your brain contains neural “maps,” and your facial map is adjacent to your hand map. This gentleman’s facial map had invaded his hand map — so touching his face generated sensations in his phantom hand. Unfortunately, touch sensations can present as pain. The good news is that the plasticity of the brain allows it to be tricked or manipulated into change. The hand amputee was able to get pain relief with the help of visual illusions that changed how his brain was interpreting sensory signals.

As mentioned earlier, you can deliberately reshape your neural pathways with your thoughts, feelings, and experiences — real or imagined. Neuroplasticity means that your habits can rewire your brain, favorably or unfavorably. For example, a negative outlook on life, depression, anxiety, or chronic pain can actually rewire your neural pathways in a way that makes those conditions more likely to continue.8 If you want to lose it, don’t use it! One excellent tool for reversing unfavorable neural pathways is EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique).

Stanford University Professor Robert Sapolsky has shown that stress is associated with neural degeneration.9 His research shows that long-term stressful life experiences cause elevated cortisol production, which results in the shrinking of your hippocampus. The hippocampus is one of the few regions of your brain capable of producing new neurons (neurogenesis).

Autism May Reflect Brain Hyperplasticity

Some scientists now believe autism may be a function of abnormal “hyperplasticity” in the brain. With excess connections and hyperactivity, the brain cannot function properly and intrusive thoughts, obsessions, ritualistic, and other abnormal behaviors may result…

Major Discovery — Your Brain and Immune System Are Physically Linked

It’s increasingly clear that your brain, gut, and immune system are intricately connected.

Read more at Neuroplasticity Redefines Our Understanding of the Brain

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Lack of Breastfeeding Kills Over 1 Million Infants A Year

A recent review published in the journal Archives of Disease In Childhood titled, “Marketing breast milk substitutes: problems and perils throughout the world,” revealed a disturbing statistic:

Currently, suboptimal breastfeeding is associated with over a million deaths each year and 10% of the global disease burden in children

The review also highlighted an embarrassing fact of US history:

On 21 May 1981 the WHO International Code of Marketing Breast Milk Substitutes (hereafter referred to as the Code) was passed by 118 votes to 1, the US casting the sole negative vote. The Code arose out of concern that the dramatic increase in mortality, malnutrition and diarrhoea in very young infants in the developing world was associated with aggressive marketing of formula. The Code prohibited any advertising of baby formula, bottles or teats and gifts to mothers or ‘bribery’ of health workers.[1]

The International Code of Marketing Breast Milk Substitutes, which the US thwarted the global consensus on, established an international health policy framework for breastfeeding promotion, as well as recommending restrictions on the marketing of infant formula.

Could the lack of US support and implementation for breastfeeding initiatives such as this be a major factor in why our nation, 30 years later, has one of the worst infant mortality rates in the developed world (29th), tying Slovakia, but lagging behind Cuba?[2]

Presently, less than 5% of U.S. infants are born in “Baby-Friendly” hospitals, “a global designation that indicates best practices in maternity care to support breastfeeding mothers,” according to the CDC’s website.[3] This is one reason why only 14.8% of infants born in the US are exclusively breastfed at 6 months, and only 35.% at 3 months. Conversely, 25.4% are never breastfed, with 24.5% of breastfed infants receiving formula before 2 days.[4]

According to statistics from 2010, the United States and Western Europe account for 33% of the global infant formula market, which consists of 2,260,000,000 lbs of product worth 11.5 billion US dollars.[5]

And here is a major point in need of differentiation: is the aforementioned global burden of infant mortality associated solely with a lack of breastfeeding, or, rather, does it not also reveal the potential lethality of the milk substitutes being provided and promoted?

We have already investigated some rather disturbing problems with common infant formulas on the market, including so-called “USDA organic” formula which contain highly toxic chemicals advertised as “nutrients,” in three previous articles:

1) Why Is Pesticide Used As An Ingredient In Infant Formula?
2) Chemicals As “Nutrients” In “USDA Organic” Infant Formula
3) Infant Formula For Disaster

Clearly, considering the research, infant formula is not benign. If you would like to view the first-hand studies on over 50 adverse health effects associated with infant formula consumption, visit our infant formula page. …

Read the full article with references

http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/suboptimal-breastfeeding-kills-over-1-million-infants-year

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