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Sports legends, celebrities and business leaders turned out to support NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Nick Buoniconti’s Fund, which aids spinal cord injury research—done by scientists at the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.
According to their press release: “The Miami Project’s Christine E. Lynn Clinical Trials Initiative is designed to take discoveries found to be successful in laboratory studies and fast track them to human studies. Our FDA approved Schwann cell transplantation trial, the only one of its kind in the world, is changing the spinal cord injury field and sets an important foundation for future Miami Project cell replacement therapies.”
The problem is the Schwann cell transplantation trial uses harvested hESC (human embryonic stem cells) which undermines the moral integrity of society. A better approach would be to use stem cells from umbilical cord (placenta) blood.
Photograph: Stephen Wise
“America’s children are at risk of becoming the first generation to live shorter, less healthy lives than their parents.” So says the Children’s Environmental Health Center at Mt. Sinai in NYC.
Sarah Evans, PhD, of The Children’s Environmental Health Center, spoke recently to a gathering of mothers and bloggers at Sprout in Manhattan. Her talk: How to Read a Product Label focused on ingredients in personal care products that should be avoided, especially by pregnant women, because of suspected bad outcomes in children.
Dr. Evans said the average woman puts 12 personal care products on her body. For teens it’s 17. Her list of ingredients to avoid: phthalates (not on the label–avoid fragrance/parfum), triclosan, parabens, formaldehyde, compounds ending in ‘eth’ (ie sodium laureth) and PEG, as well as nano-particles. She also suggests that those who use nail polish should buy brands labeled “three free.”
Because of the lack of government oversight in this area, Dr. Evans advocates for people educating each other and supporting companies that are reducing toxic chemicals in their products.
Suggested link: http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/
“When an individual suffers from arrested psychosexual development, his total personality is affected. Thus the nurse can expect immature behavior in many areas from an individual who utilizes a sexually deviant means of expressing sexual needs. He may sulk demand special attention, display many dependent needs, utilize provocative behavior, blame others for his situation, or become sarcastic and hostile toward the hospital staff.
Sexually deviant individuals, like all other patients, deserve a friendly, accepting climate where they are treated with respect and consideration. In addition they require the establishment of firm limits that are fairly and consistently enforced.” The Essentials of Psychiatric Nursing (The C.V. Mosby Company, 1970)
BPA, a compound found in plastic bottles, aluminum cans, dental sealants, baby products and even on receipts, is more pervasive and harmful than previously thought. This according to Dr. Frederick vom Saal, Professor of Biological Sciences University of Missouri, who spoke on the subject today at the Mount Sinai Children’s Environmental Health Center.
With the FDA and EPA on the $ideline$, Dr. Vom Staal advocated for “citizen action” to compel American companies to find safe alternatives to BPA. The Europeans have.
“If I were writing today, I’d have to assert that human life begins even earlier (than the womb), with the complex process of fertilization — a miracle in chemistry, physics, and molecular biology occurring within the fallopian tube. By the time the fertilized egg, dividing and beginning to organize itself, enters the womb, life has been in action for at least three days.”
After overseeing or performing 60,000+ abortions — “I did my last abortion in 1979. I had come to the conclusion that there was no reason for an abortion at any time; this person in the womb is a living human being, and we could not continue to wage war against the most defenseless of human beings.”
“I am no longer alone. It has been my fate to wander the globe in search of the One without Whom I am doomed, but now I seize the hem of His robe in desperation, in terror, in celestial access to the purest need I have ever known.” Dr. Bernard Nathanson (1926-2011), The Hand of God (Regnery, 2001)
After running the largest abortion mill in the world — in New York City, Bernard Nathanson had a change of heart. He spent his final years advocating against abortion and was baptized into the Catholic Church in 1996.
Mental health is a growing concern in the United States. The question is can mental health professionals be counted to guide people to mental health? Is there a model for mental health? Is there even a definition for ‘person’ in the mental health community.
In the recently published: Psychoanalytic Terms & Concepts, we looked up the word ‘person’ and found this: “The word person has not found much theoretical place in psychoanalysis.”
In psychiatry the lack of a coherent understanding of the human person (mind, body and soul) invariably results in a failure to properly diagnose and deal with the root causes of mental illness, resulting in remedies that can do more harm than good.