Sep 24, 2009

Avoiding the Need for HIV or AIDS Vaccine

Research is a wonderful thing, and to wake up to news that some progress has been made toward a vaccine for a disease as terrible as AIDS is encouraging, but the results of a study done in Thailand are quite modest. There were about 16,000 participants in the study within an age range of about 18-30, all HIV negative when they started. About 1/2 were given a placebo, and the other half a mixture of vaccines. About 50 in the vaccinated group eventually got HIV while in the placebo group, about 74 got the disease. Is this a dramatic? I'm inclined to say no, but I'm not a scientist and don't know every detail that goes into a study (a lot of money for sure), so cannot judge. My focus is always more toward prevention.

STD's (sexually transmitted diseases) are not something I spend a lot of time thinking about, I have been fortunate to have been married to the same man for 30+ years, he has been faithful to me and I to him, and though married a bit later in life (I 27, he 25) we were careful about our prior relationships. My faith (yes, I'm a Christian) played into this a lot, made things quite simple as the choices I made were laid out for me in the Bible. While I am not naive enough to think that every Christian is protected from getting HIV because of their lifestyle (Christians fail too), positive moral choices make a big difference.

I learned a new term today, MSM, yes, naive I am, I never knew before that this is the term used for men who engage in sex with other men. When I went to the CDC (Center for Disease Control) website as one of many places to look for HIV preventative tips, that term and theme was a big one, leading me to think this is a major issue in the fight against aids. I am not going to go into what men should do to protect themselves if they chose this lifestyle, because Romans 1 in the Bible speaks to this issue and doesn't beat around the bush like I'm inclined to. For me, these things are quite simple in this complex world.

I am much more upset about the innocent ones that get caught up in the consequences of the choices that adults make, adults are old enough to chose what they do...the babies born with HIV or AIDS are not. I am not going to go into a list of what to do to prevent AIDS, there's loads of that to be found on the internet...this post is more of just a little sharing of thoughts.

Think about how you are affecting others...and yourself, before you act, especially when it comes to how you live out your sexuality.

OH, and just in case you are thinking of labeling me as "Homophobic" which is defined as "having irrational hatred of homosexuality: showing an irrational hatred, disapproval, or fear of homosexuality, gay and lesbian people, or their culture", I'm not. I disapprove of the lifestyle, but love people and want God's best for them in their body, mind and spirit. 

Updated 3/21/16

Sep 5, 2009

Breasts, Bras, & Health Care Reform

Now that I have you're attention, I wanted to share something important.

We are hearing a lot about health care reform, and many are concerned that changes in the way things are done will mean less care, well let me tell you that this is already happening - insurance companies themselves are changing what they will cover, Medicaid discourages covering certain things for people over a certain age (remind me to tell you the story about my father-in-law sometime), and here's just another example...this is part of an email I received from a friend:
From a nurse: I'll never forget the look in my patients' eyes when I had to tell them they had to go home with the drains, new exercises and no breast.

I remember begging the Doctors to keep these women in the hospital longer, only to hear that they would, but their hands were tied by the insurance companies.

So there I sat with my patients, giving them the instructions they needed to take care of themselves, knowing full well they didn't grasp half of what I was saying, because the glazed, hopeless, frightened look spoke louder than the quiet 'Thank You' they muttered.

A mastectomy is when a woman's breast is removed in order to remove cancerous breast cells/tissue. If you know anyone who has had a Mastectomy, you may know that there is a lot of discomfort and pain afterwards. Insurance companies are trying to make mastectomies an outpatient procedure.

Let's give women the chance to recover properly in the hospital for 2 days after surgery. It takes 2 seconds to do this and is very important.

There's a bill called the Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act which will require insurance companies to cover a minimum 48-hour hospital stay for patients undergoing a mastectomy.

It's about eliminating the 'drive-through' Mastectomy where women are forced to go home just a few hours after surgery, against the wishes of their doctor, still groggy from anesthesia and sometimes with drainage tubes still attached.

In 2009 when this post was first published, Lifetime Television put this bill on their Web page with a petition drive to show support. Over half the House signed on. 
Thank you for reading.

Updated 3/21/16

Sep 2, 2009

Mineral Facts - Chromium & Glucose Tolerance

I start by saying I hope you are all having a wonderful summer, trying to keep up with my blogs and business adventures when the sun is shining so brightly is a challenge, but here I sit in our little log cabin on the lake with the large screen window behind me open to the fall-like cool air we're enjoying right now in the northeast. See? I'm so into the outdoors I'm not getting to the topic!

Chromium, this is a wonderful trace mineral that has a reputation for helping to maintain blood sugar levels that are already at a normal range. It is believed to work by helping the glucose find it's way from the blood into the cells. It is needed so that the liver can manufacture fatty acids, lecithin, cholesterol, and lipo-proteins.

Foods that contain this trace mineral include:

  • Brewer's Yeast
  • Black-strap Molasses
  • Black Pepper
  • Liver especially, but also in other meats.
  • Whole Wheat Bread and Whole Grain Cereals
  • Broccoli
  • Cheese
  • Nuts
  • Legumes
  • Beets
  • Mushrooms
If you are unable to eat these foods for any reason, or if you are not getting enough of them in your daily diet, you can use a Chromium supplement. 

Related Post(s):
Facts about Magnesium (and some about Calcium)

Updated 3/21/16