Free Birth Control Creates Dramatic Decrease in Abortion and Unplanned Pregnancy

 

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that abortion and unplanned pregnancy rates dramatically plummet when birth control is provided for free.  While this may not be surprising, what is surprising are the numbers.  By providing free birth control to 9,256 women and adolescents between the ages of 14- 45 in the St. Louis area between 2007 and 2011, researchers found that there was a 62% – 78% decrease in abortion and unplanned pregnancy.

Jeff Peipert, MD, PhD, and Robert J. Terry Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology stated that:

The impact of providing no-cost birth control was far greater than we expected in terms of unintended pregnancies.  We think improving access to birth control, particularly IUDs and implants, coupled with education on the most effective methods has the potential to significantly decrease the number of unintended pregnancies and abortions in this country.

Unplanned pregnancies account for 50% of all U.S. pregnancies, which is higher than most other developed countries.  Roughly half of these pregnancies are the result of women not using contraception and the other half from incorrect use.

IUDs and implants are a great option, providing superior protection and remaining effective for 3 – 10 years depending on the type.  Unfortunately they are very expensive upfront, costing in many instances over $800 and not being covered by insurance.

The researchers remind us that:

Unintended pregnancy remains a major health problem in the United States, with higher proportions among teenagers and women with less education and lower economic status.  The results of this study demonstrate that we can reduce the rate of unintended pregnancy and this is key to reducing abortions in this country.

I understand that people don’t want to pay for the contraception of others through taxes, but paying for other people’s children through welfare, food stamps, and other methods costs far, far more.  I am still undecided on the issue of whether some form of safe and effective contraception should be completely free.  What do you think?

 

Sources:

http://esciencenews.com/articles/2012/10/04/abortion.rates.plummet.with.free.birth.control

http://www.dcsi.sa.gov.au/Pub/Portals/7/unplanned-teenage-pregnancy-part-c-statistics.pdf

Frozen Fries are Cancer Causing

Researchers are warning that frozen french fries, those tasty delectables you get at junk food restaurants that are magically soft on the inside and perfectly crisp on the outside, contribute to the formation of cancer due to high levels of carcinogenic chemicals.

The process that factories use of partly cooking fries so they remain raw on the inside produces high amounts of acrylamide, a cancer causing agent.

Acrylamide is actually a natural byproduct of many types of cooked foods, especially potatoes.  The problem is that these types of fries have dangerously high levels due to the levels of fructose and the preparation methods at factories.

To be blunt, you didn’t really think french fries were anything but destructive to you right?

Here’s another reason to order broccoli instead.

 

Sources:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9572168/Frozen-chips-are-a-cause-of-cancer.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acrylamide

Enslaved Ants Regularly Stage Rebellions

Ants that become enslaved by other ants naturally and regularly rebel against their captors.

Ants are notorious for making sprawling networks of city states beneath the ground.  They have been observed farming mushrooms, domesticating aphids, and even creating nurseries and learning centers for their young.

Scientists have made a new discovery, further anthropomorphizing ants. Ants all over the United States take other species and colors of ants as slaves, and the slaves very often try to break free, or sabotage the captors’ colony. As usual, truth is more surprising than fiction.

Protomognathus americanus, the American slave maker ant,  has evolved to stop foraging for food and instead steal the larvae of other ants and raise them as slaves to forage for food and raise their young.  Talk about lazy.

Just like in our society, the enslaved ants don’t just blindly accept their servitude.  The slave ants sabotage the colony by killing thousands of the colony’s children. When an ant is newborn, the enslave ant nanny is unable to tell the difference.  But once it begins to show signs that it is the same species as its captor, the enslaved ant is quick to brew the poison.

Interestingly, only 27% of slave maker ant pupae survived within colonies in West Virgia, Ohio, and New York.  Despite this fatal statistic, the ants continue the slave trade. Somebody call DCFS.

If you are interested in further information regarding the minds of ants check out this mind blowing spectacle. Scientists poured cement into the tunnels of an ant colony, and after waiting for it to harden, excavated many tonnes of earth to analyze the structure of the whole colony.  They found a copious amount of roads, sub roads,  garbage dumps, fungal gardens, nurseries, and more.  Even more amazingly, the tunnels were designed for optimal ventilation, and efficient transportation. Each colony, from an ant’s perspective, is equivalent of building the Great Wall of China.

You are walking on top of thousands of world wonders every day!

The Politician Who Donates 90% of Salary to Charity

No my American friends, surprisingly he is not from the United States. José Mujica, who donates 90% of his salary to charity, is the president of Uruguay.  He is known in his nation as the poorest president, ‘el presidente mas pobre.’

Hard to believe? It’s true.  He is the most generous president in the world, receiving $12,500 a month as salary, but only keeping $1,250.  According to Mujica, whose biggest expense and only personal asset is a $1,945 Volkswagen Beetle, he has enough.  He reminds those who inquire about his generosity that

“I do fine with that amount; I have to do fine because there are many Uruguayans who live with much less.”

Mujica is a former Rebel who believes that power does not come from the top, but from the hearts of the people. He is a vegetarian with no bank account and no debt, and his favorite thing in the whole world is “the companionship of his dog.”

Under the direction of Mujica, Uruguay has become known as one of the least corrupt countries in the world. His party has also taken strong steps to legalize personal use of cannabis in order to put an end to gang violence and to provide a safe and natural medicine to the people. Sounds like a sensible man with rational ideas indeed.

The Politician Who Donates 90% of His Salary to Charity

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No my American friends, surprisingly he is not from the United States. José Mujica, who donates 90% of his salary to charity, is the president of Uruguay.  He is known in his nation as the poorest president, ‘el presidente mas pobre.’

Hard to believe? It’s true.  He is the most generous president in the world, receiving $12,500 a month as salary, but only keeping $1,250.  According to Mujica, whose biggest expense and only personal asset is a $1,945 Volkswagen Beetle, he has enough.  He reminds those who inquire about his generosity that

“I do fine with that amount; I have to do fine because there are many Uruguayans who live with much less.”

Mujica is a former Rebel who believes that power does not come from the top, but from the hearts of the people. He is a vegetarian with no bank account and no debt, and his favorite thing in the whole world is “the companionship of his dog.”

Under the direction of Mujica, Uruguay has become known as one of the least corrupt countries in the world, ranking at #20 of 174 in 2012. His party has also taken strong steps to legalize personal use of cannabis in order to put an end to gang violence and to provide a safe and natural medicine to the people. Sounds like a sensible man with rational ideas indeed.

 

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos%C3%A9_Mujica

Yahoo News: “Poorest President” Donates 90% of his Salary

Washington Post: The Most and Least Corrupt Countries in the World (2012)

http://www.beetle.com/int/en/home

https://wondergressive.com/2013/01/10/ticks-are-turning-people-into-vegetarians-for-life/

https://wondergressive.com/2012/09/25/dogs-can-predict-earthquakes-by-hearing-them/

https://wondergressive.com/2012/10/12/uruguay-to-legalize-marijuana/

Uruguay to Legalize Marijuana

Uruguay is strongly pushing to pass a law that would allow a state monopoly on the production and distribution of marijuana. This would make Uruguay the first nation to sell cannabis to its citizens directly.  The government claims that it is an attempt to end violence and ensure that cannabis users have a safe and regulated product. The new push is being led by the newly elected regime lead by Jose Mujica.

According to Sebastian Sabini, the president of the parliamentary commission:

“We’re putting this forward as international policy.  The war on drugs has failed. There are more consumers and more violence. Uruguay is opening up a new path.”

Uruguay is predominantly interested in separating cannabis from hard drugs like cocaine and heroine as they believe by doing so less people will become addicted to the hard drugs.

The United Nations is concerned because the law is a breach of the 1961 convention on narcotics, but the Uruguayan government stresses that the global war on drugs has utterly failed in every way.  Why continue obeying a decision if it is only making things dramatically worse?

Interestingly, marijuana legalization activists are labeling the move as totalitarian and urging the government to also legalize home cultivation.  Additionally, Uruguay has stated that it will still be a illegal for foreigners to purchase cannabis as they do not want to create a country fueled by drug tourism.

Uruguay, like countries all around the world, has recognized that the current global policies on drugs have allowed governmental corruption, gangs to become more powerful and force people to look for cheaper, more widespread, albeit far more dangerous sources of drugs.

The world is long past due for a drastic change.

For more information on the war on drugs check out this international debate on the war on drugs hosted by Google+ with insight from generals, leading spokespeople, former presidents of Latin American countries, former celebrity drug addicts, United Nations representatives, and more.

Suicide the Leading Cause of Injury Mortality in the United States

That’s right, currently, more people kill themselves than die in car crashes in the United States.  A new study from the American Journal of Public Health has revealed a startling truth that many people are downright refusing to believe.

In the last decade suicide has increased by 15% while deaths from car accidents have decreased by 25%. Cars are safer, and people are more miserable.

According to the study:

“Suicide ranked first as a cause of injury mortality, followed by motor vehicle traffic crashes, poisoning, falls, and homicide. Females had a lower injury mortality rate than did males.”

Not to worry, I’m sure doctors have a solution up their sleeves.  More anti-depressants! 

Aluminum Cans, Not Just the Soda, Leading to Obesity

The AMA has published a new study documenting a strong correlation between the ingestion of BPA and childhood/adult obesity.

BPA, an endocrine disruptor, is found in food packaging, water bottles, and most predominantly, in the lining of aluminum cans. Many scientists believe that endocrine disruptors are the kryptonite to regular humans, yet they are found in everything from toys, to cosmetics, to pesticides and our water supply.

The study found that  teens with high levels of BPA in their urine were 2.6 times more likely to be obese and unhealthy than teens with lower levels, even after accounting for just about every factor you could imagine, including sex, race, diet, and income level. Studies are still ongoing as correlation does not equate to cause.

As more information and evidence is brought to light, it is becoming more and more apparent that health and obesity is not just defined by ‘calorie in, calorie out.’ Although proper diet and exercise is important, there are factors that we would be foolish to ignore.

Just as a side note, speaking from experience,  drinking soda is an addiction.  When you decide to remove it from your diet, you will quickly realize just how horrible it is for you. You begin to feel lighter, have more energy, and immediately see improvements in health.  I have not touched soda in over 6 years, and every time I am offered some, and attempt to take a sip, my body gags as if I am ingesting a poison.  That’s exactly what it is.

Don’t be a slave to your taste buds.

Them Cows is Sweet

 

In the most startling cow news I’ve heard this week, I learned that farm cow’s feed is coming from an unexpected source.

Due to the vast drought ravaging America, cow feed has become incredibly expensive or completely unavailable. Because of this the cows are being fed other things. Hungry cows are eating discarded food products no longer okay for humans to consume. Not so bad I guess, considering they usually eat things we humans can’t, or so I thought. That was until I read what they’re being fed! Gummy worms, cookies, marshmallows and other comestibles that can replace the sugars from corn are apparently the new mainstays of these cows’ diets.

So why are cows eating gummy worms? They’re eating gummy worms because they’re hungry and it’s the cheapest food source. Is it acceptable for humans to feed cows discarded junk food when corn prices sky-rocket out of the range of the farmer’s budget? I’ll let you answer that one.

 

Did you answer it? Now let me tell you this isn’t new. Check out this paper for an in-depth look at how it’s been happening since the ’90’s.  Cows have been eating candy, feathers, blood meal and other really disgusting  fare for years. It’s gotten worse this year because of the drought, but it’s only farmers expanding on an already in place system.

Them Cows is Sweet: Cows Fed Human Junk Food to Save Money

In the most startling cow news I’ve heard this week, I learned that farm cow feed is coming from an unexpected source.

Due to the vast drought ravaging America, cow feed has become incredibly expensive or completely unavailable. Because of this the cows are being fed alternative grub. Hungry cows are eating discarded food products no longer okay for humans to consume. Not so bad I guess, considering they usually eat things we humans can’t, or so I thought. That was until I read what they’re being fed! Gummy worms, cookies, marshmallows and other comestibles that can replace the sugars from corn are apparently the new mainstays of these cows’ diets.

So why are cows eating gummy worms? They’re eating gummy worms because they’re hungry and it’s the cheapest food source. Is it acceptable for humans to feed cows discarded junk food when corn prices sky-rocket out of the range of the farmer’s budget? I’ll let you answer that one.

Did you answer it? Now let me tell you this isn’t new. Check out this paper on By-Product Feedstuffs in Dairy Cattle Diets in the Upper Midwest for an in-depth look at how it’s been happening since the ’90’s.  Cows have been eating candy, feathers, blood meal and other really disgusting  fare for years. It’s gotten worse this year because of the drought, but it’s only farmers expanding on an already in place system.

 

Sources:

Reuters- Sweet times for cows as gummy worms replace costly corn feed

University of Wisconsin -Madison: By-Product Feedstuffs in Dairy Cattle Diets in the Upper Midwest