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Archive for February, 2007

The Women’s Book Of Courage — Taking Care Of Our Physical, Emotional, Mental, and Spiritual Selves

Posted by Catherine Morgan on February 27, 2007

Balancing and Harmonizing Ourselves — by Sue Patton Thoele
Much of our pain, both physical and emotional, stems from a lack of harmony in all aspects of our being. When we are sick our immune systems are busily working to bring our bodies back into balance. When we are upset, our emotions are yearning for a sense of rightness and harmony.

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Is Our Food Safe? Why The Risk Of Tainted Food Is On The Rise.

Posted by Catherine Morgan on February 26, 2007

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IS OUR FOOD SAFE? — CLICK HERE TO GO TO FULL ARTICLE

This is from MSNBC — You can see the complete article at: RISKS OF TAINTED FOOD RISE

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In The End Only Kindness Matters

Posted by Catherine Morgan on February 25, 2007

IN THE END, ONLY KINDNESS MATTERS — by Catherine Morgan

Jewel has a song, and in it she sings….”In the end, only kindness matters”. Those are very profound words. I would even say, that these are words to live your life by. Because, it is so true. In the grand scheme of things, we are here on earth only a very short time. Many of us spend much of this time being angry at people, making judgments on others, and generally just not being as kind as we could be. So, the question then becomes….How can we change that? How can we live a more kind life?

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Find Peace By Solving Your Problems

Posted by Catherine Morgan on February 24, 2007

FOUR STEPS TO HELP YOU SOLVE YOUR PROBLEMS — by Catherine Morgan

We all carry around stress and worries about problems in our lives, some of us more than others. If you are one of those people that can’t stop worrying about all the problems in your life, then this article is for you. Worrying about our problems only adds to our problems, and no amount of worrying about a situation is going to make it better. Letting go of negative thoughts and worries is an important step in our overall happiness. Hopefully these steps can help you get passed some of the problems that have been bothering you, and allow you to let go of the negative thoughts that block you from your true happiness.

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Could Our Failures Be Our Greatest Lessons? — Letting Go Of Our Fear Of Failure

Posted by Catherine Morgan on February 22, 2007

 

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WHAT ARE LIFE’S GREATEST LESSONS? — by Catherine Morgan

When we begin to take our failures non-seriously, it means we are ceasing to be afraid of them. It is of immense importance to learn to laugh at ourselves” — Katherine Mansfield

What I think this quote is saying, is that the importance of failures in our lives, will only be revealed to us, once we stop looking at them as failures. What we learn from our so-called “failures”, are usually the greatest lessons in our lives, and we need to open our eyes so we can see that.

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Merck To Stop Lobbying Efforts To Require HPV Vaccine For 12-Year-Old Girls

Posted by Catherine Morgan on February 21, 2007

The Associated Press is reporting that Merck will stop lobbying to make it’s HPV vaccine mandatory. Maybe “the people” still have a voice after-all!

Merck criticized by parents and doctors for pushing cervical cancer vaccine

[The drugmaker had been criticized by parents and doctors’ groups for quietly funding the campaign via a third party to require 11- and 12-year-old girls get the three-dose vaccine in order to attend school.] — see full article at MSNBC

Merck launched Gardasil, the first vaccine to prevent cervical cancer, in June.

Sales totaled $255 million through the end of 2006, according to Merck.

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What Moms Need To Know About Vaccines

Posted by Catherine Morgan on February 20, 2007

Getting Flu Shot

 

HPV VACCINE??? Although 90 percent of cervical cancer is believed to be caused by HPV, it is still only about 4% of people with HPV that will get cervical cancer. And, it is my opinion that this vaccine, will cause women to have a false sense of security about cervical cancer and not have routine PAP tests, as well as possibly make them feel they do not need to “protect” themselves from other STD’s as well as AIDS.

What about the Chicken Pox Vaccine?
The chicken-pox vaccine, is not a life-long protection….this can and will proven to be very harmful to unborn children of women who received this vaccine and then are exposed to someone with chicken pox or shingles while pregnant…..the children that began getting this vaccine are in high school now….so it won’t be long. Not to mention, that getting chicken pox as a child is not near the problem as getting it as an adult…..when these vaccines are not protecting these kids anymore….they will be adults. How many 18 to 25 year old people do think are going to go and get a “booster” for chicken pox???? Maybe we are going to have to make them mandatory?
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Even though Merck has said it will stop spending money in a continued pursuit to make it’s HPV vaccine mandatory – Merck has already been successful in it’s “consumer mis-information campaign”. Since there is already enough confusion and concern about this vaccine and cervical cancer, the success of Merck’s vaccine is essentially guaranteed.

We have short memories in this country, and since the media is in the practice of repeating and re-repeating ‘talking-points’ masquerading as ‘facts’, this is not going to change anytime soon.

Never the less, I took some time today to gather some information on vaccines, that you may or may not be aware of. We need to stick together as the collective consumers of this country, and help open each-others eyes to the deceptions being put in front of us by Corporate America.

So, a little bit more about the HPV vaccine.

Although 90 percent of cervical cancer is believed to be caused by HPV, it is still only about 4% of people with HPV that will get cervical cancer. And, it is my opinion that this vaccine, will cause women to have a false sense of security about cervical cancer and not have routine PAP tests, as well as possibly make them feel they do not need to “protect” themselves from other STD’s as well as AIDS.
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[Drug-industry analyst Steve Brozak of W.B.B. Securities has projected Gardasil sales of at least $1 billion per year _ and billions more if states start requiring the vaccine. “I could not think of a bigger boost,” he said.] — read entire article

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In its product manufacturer insert, Merck states that “Vaccination does not substitute for routine cervical cancer screening. Women who receive GARDASIL should continue to undergo cervical cancer screening per standard of care.” Merck also states that “The duration of immunity following a complete schedule of immunization with GARDASIL has not been established.” — see complete article

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Below, Meryl Nass, MD, whose medical expertise includes vaccine safety, epidemiology and biological warfare, provides insight into the medical and ethical concerns — and the unanswered scientific questions about Merck’s Gardasil vaccine. Among the issues addressed by Dr. Nass:

Unlike infectious diseases that spread in schools — like polio and measles — HPV is only transmitted sexually. Why, then, is Merck seeking mandatory vaccine orders? Is it deliberately to usurp parental rights and responsibilities?

Since boys transfer the HPV virus to girls, why don’t boys get vaccinated? Why are only girls being pushed to take the vaccine?
There are over 30 HPV viruses. Of these, 10 may cause cancer. Merck’s vaccine is effective for only 4 of these potentially cancerous viruses. Therefore, PAP tests are still essential to detect cancer and save lives, as well as condoms, which remain the safest, most effective method for preventing HIV transfer and numerous sexually transmitted diseases.

The oversell of Gradasil is likely to mislead those vaccinated to think that they are safe when they are not. This has the potential of increasing both STDs and cancer. — see complete article

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This is not the first time the pharmaceutical companies have gotten away with this type of thing….the chick-pox vaccine and the flu vaccine are other examples of this. These are illnesses that seldom cause death in the average person, except in the very young, the very old, and the very sick……so those are the people that “really” need this type of vaccine. But, it wouldn’t be as profitable for the pharmaceutical companies, if they were not getting as many people as possible to get these vaccines. This is why it is so important for them to put a large amount of effort into “convincing” the American people of the urgent need for these vaccines.

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Take the FLU VACCINE —

What the public didn’t know in the fall of 2003 — the supposed spread of a deadly flu epidemic and a shortage of flu vaccine was little more than a joint government/ industry PR campaign — an operation that greatly increased flu vaccine makers’ profits while scaring the bejesus out of millions of Americans.

Across the country, people, especially children, were dying earlier in the flu season and in higher numbers than the experts had seen before. At least that’s what they said, and since they were nationally respected experts with impeccable qualifications, no one questioned them, nor the high-ranking government health bureaucrats who shared the microphone with them at press conferences about the flu. After all, what would these well-meaning people have to gain personally by misleading the public about the flu?

As it turns out, quite a lot. All it took to ignite a media feeding frenzy over the flu was a few well-placed suggestions by a few well-qualified people that this season could turn out to be far more deadly than usual. The media did the rest.

What the public wasn’t told was that the handful of experts who drove the story, by predicting doom and gloom in national news reports, either worked directly for the flu vaccine companies or served on the boards of special interest groups whose activities those companies funded. The public was also never told that the same pharmaceutical companies, which had peppered Congress with millions in political contributions over the last three years, were pressuring the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services — and ultimately its sub-agency, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) — to increase the number of people who bought their vaccines.see the complete article

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What about the Chicken Pox Vaccine?

The chicken-pox vaccine, is not a life-long protection….this can and will proven to be very harmful to unborn children of women who received this vaccine and then are exposed to someone with chicken pox or shingles while pregnant…..the children that began getting this vaccine are in high school now….so it won’t be long. Not to mention, that getting chicken pox as a child is not near the problem as getting it as an adult…..when these vaccines are not protecting these kids anymore….they will be adults. How many 18 to 25 year old people do think are going to go and get a “booster” for chicken pox???? Maybe we are going to have to make them mandatory?
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More on the Chicken Pox Vaccine —

No one really knows what the long term ramifications of exposure to this virus in this unorthodox way are. Since it is so new, there is no long term data available. In fact there is no data to even suggest that after ten years, immunity from this vaccine is sufficient to prevent the disease — possibly leaving people vulnerable to getting chickenpox as adults when the risks of this illness are much greater!

Take, for example, the new chicken pox vaccine. Recently, there was a chicken pox outbreak in a New Hampshire daycare. Of the 25 infected kids, 17 had already been vaccinated. This was quite a surprise to officials at the CDC, who had thought the vaccine more effective and not counted on kids needing booster shots as soon as three years after they received the vaccine. In reality, very little is known about efficacy and safety of vaccines until they are already approved for use in babies and small children. Until the vaccine has been tested on millions of kids, we don’t really know what the rare and serious side effects are. And, until there is an outbreak among the vaccinated, we don’t really know when the vaccine wears off or how effective it really is. However, vaccines have been considered so important to public health in the past decades that these inconsistencies with drug approval have not been considered important or alarming. But what happens when these kids who were vaccinated and given their boosters for chicken pox are exposed to it as adults when many of them won’t have received their recommended boosters? Twenty percent of chicken pox fatalities occur in people over 30 years old. We will have successfully increased the danger of chicken pox, making it into the feared disease that public health officials would have us believe it is for our children. So, on top of changing the epidemiology of the disease from one that only 10 percent of 15-year-olds haven’t gotten, we’re also exposing our small kids to a wild card of possible side effects from the vaccines—whether those are caused by the actual viral material or the list of things that material is mixed with in the shot.

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Then there is a vaccine being given to babies to prevent diarrhea —

The government warned on Tuesday of potentially life-threatening twisting of the intestines in infants vaccinated against a virus that is the leading cause of early childhood diarrhea.

The condition, called intussusception, is the same that led to the withdrawal of the first rotavirus vaccine eight years ago.

I can’t say who should get these vaccines and who should not. But I think we all need to know that facts, and make educated decisions about whether or not to use these vaccines. We can only do that if we are getting the truth about these vaccines from both our government and Corporate America.

ALSO SEE: The Campaign of Deception — How Corporate America Has Taken Over Our Government
If you have an opinion or any additional information on this topic, I hope you will leave a comment.
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Let us know what you think on some of the other issues in politics today…..just go the the WHAT DO YOU THINK? link.

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NBC NEWS REPORTS — TEENS TOO DISTRACTED WHILE DRIVING

Posted by Catherine Morgan on February 19, 2007

As the mother of a 16 year old boy, I am very concerned about the issue of Teens and Driving. NBC did a story on TEENS TOO DISTRACTED WHILE DRIVING, you can read the article and view the video, by using this link. I thought this might be something other mothers would want to see, so I am posting it here.

KEEPING YOUNG DRIVERS SAFE

CRASH STATISTICS

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Read the whole NBC report here — TEENS TOO DISTRACTED WHILE DRIVING

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Everything Changes, Nothing Stays The Same

Posted by Catherine Morgan on February 16, 2007

EVERYTHING CHANGES, NOTHING EVER STAYS THE SAME — by Catherine Morgan

This isn’t “breaking” news. We all know that nothing stays the same. We all know that life is constantly changing. However, I think that we all under-estimate this fact in many ways. What I mean is, when things are going great in our lives, we don’t think about the times that they weren’t so great. And, when things are going badly and we are feeling sad, it is sometimes hard to remember that we were ever happy. In both these cases, it is important for us to not only remember, but to also reflect.

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4 Easy Steps To Help You Live In The Present Moment

Posted by Catherine Morgan on February 15, 2007

New Year's Eve 2003 Fireworks, Omaha, Nebraska
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Living In The Present Moment — by Catherine Morgan

Are you only concerned with adding days to your life, and forgetting to add life to your days? If so, you are not alone. This is a problem many of us have, and the reason we should all try to make a conscious effort, to live in the present moment.

When we are living in the moment, we are totally immersed in what we are doing. I’m not suggesting in any way, that we should attempt to live in the moment 100% of the time, as much as it would be great if we could, it’s just not practical. To do that, we would be setting ourselves up for failure. What I want you to do, is just make an “attempt” at living in the present moment, this is a positive start, and in the right direction. So, how can you start? Well, you start with “awareness”.

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How To Attract Love

Posted by Catherine Morgan on February 14, 2007

If You Want To Attract Love, Be A Loving Person — by Catherine Morgan

Did you ever notice that angry people tend to attract other angry people? That greedy people, enjoy the company of other greedy people? Just like we choose to associate with people in our lives that have similar interests as we do, we are also unconsciously choosing people that are putting out that same emotional “frequency” as we do.

So, who cares? Well, you should. That is; if you are interested in “attracting” people into your life that are kind, caring, and loving, and not angry, bitter, and hateful.

It’s all about awareness. If you are attracting negative people into your life, it is most likely that you are putting out negative “energy”, and you are most likely doing that because you are feeling negative “emotions”. If you are aware of that, you can work on putting out more positive energy, by choosing to feel more positive emotions. It is really very simple.

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Who Will “Stand By You”?

Posted by Catherine Morgan on February 13, 2007

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WHO WILL “STAND BY YOU”? — by Catherine Morgan

One of my favorite songs to listen to is, “I’ll Stand By You” by the Pretenders — you can play the song at the bottom of this post. I was listening to it today in the car (while riding home from my mammogram). I began to think about how nice it is to know that someone will “stand by you” no matter what. As a mom, I will “stand by” my kids no matter what…I think they know that (especially since I play the song all the time and tell them). The song always makes me think about how lucky people are when they know (really know) that they have someone who will “stand by them” no matter what.

Sometimes when we are feeling down, and life isn’t going our way, and we feel all alone…..That’s the time we find out who will “stand by us”. It’s sad in a way, that it takes tragedy, or pain to find out who the people in our life are that will “stand by us”, even in our darkest hours. The people who are like angels on earth to us–Connie. The people who were like angels on earth to us–Becky. The people that pick us up when we feel like we are in a never ending free fall of grief–Dawny. The people who save us when we just want to die–Vicki. The people who support us when we can barley support ourselves–Frances Ellen. I feel sad for the people who have perfect lives and never get to really find out who these people are in their lives. It is truly the one great blessing that comes out of our heartache and pain.

Thats all, just something to think about.

The Pretenders

I’ll Stand By You

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Are You Just Feeling Blue, Or Are You Suffering From Depression?

Posted by Catherine Morgan on February 12, 2007

How do you know if you are just “blue”, or you are really suffering from depression? The following is from an article found at www.uihealthcare.com. Depression is nothing to be ashamed about, all of us will feel depressed at some or many points in our lives, and knowing when to seek professional help, can be what saves your own life, or someone you know. As with everything in life, being “aware”, is the first step in conquering the problem. This article has a lot of valuable information, in educating poeple about depression, and the different types of depression.

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Tips for Happiness in Daily Life

Posted by Catherine Morgan on February 9, 2007

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This is an article from a site called Success Consciosness. I hope you like it.

Tips for Happiness in Daily Life — by Remez Sasson

Daily life can be made happier. It is a matter of choice. It is our attitude that makes us feel happy or unhappy. It is true, we meet all kinds of situations during the day, and some of them may not be conductive to happiness. We can choose to keep thinking about the unhappy events, and we can choose to refuse to think about them, and instead, relish the happy moments. All of us constantly go through various situations and circumstances, but we do not have to let them influence our reactions and feelings.

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TIPS ON HOW WOMEN CAN PROTECT THEMSELVES — See UPDATE At The End Of This Post

Posted by Catherine Morgan on February 8, 2007

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TIPS ON HOW WOMEN CAN PROTECT THEMSELVES

This is an e-mail that was sent to me a few months ago, since it still applies, and is important for all women to know, I decided to post it on this site.

Because of recent abductions, in daylight hours,refresh yourself of these things to do in an emergency situation…

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What Does “No Child Left Behind” Mean To You?

Posted by Catherine Morgan on February 7, 2007

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What Does “No Child Left Behind” Mean To You? — by Catherine Morgan (originally posted on my political site — INFORMED VOTERS)

The name, “No Child Left Behind”, is a great name, and I am 100% on board with not leaving any children behind. I mean really, how can you NOT support this policy? Nobody wants to leave the children behind. It reminds me a lot of the Bush administration’s policy in Iraq, if you’re against the policy, you’re against the troops. How convenient, slap a good name on a bad policy, and humiliate everyone into accepting it. It’s really very smart when you think about it, you can take most of the hard work out of policy making, just as long as you have a good PR person to whip up a catchy name. In the long run, I think our kids would be better served with a less glamorous name, and a policy that didn’t leave them behind.

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Tips For Moms-To-Be

Posted by Catherine Morgan on February 6, 2007

If you are pregnant or already a mom, this site has some good information. Below is an article from this site, FamilyEducation.com

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TIPS FOR MOMS-TO-BE

Choosy moms confide their strange new ways of thinking in people who make them feel safe. They are especially choosy when it comes to medical professionals and friends. They also cultivate with spouses a milieu in which they don’t feel overexposed or vulnerable.

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Ten Tips For Empowering Women

Posted by Catherine Morgan on February 4, 2007

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The following ideas are taken from Louise L. Hay’s book, Empowering Women, Every Woman’s Guide to Successful Living. Hay is the author of 18 books, including You Can Heal Your Life.

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Central Florida’s Deadly Tornado — How Can You Help?

Posted by Catherine Morgan on February 2, 2007

 

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Less than twenty-four hours ago, I was sitting at this computer, and working on a post for my blog, when that annoying sound came over the television. You know the one, the….this is a test of the emergency broadcast system. However, this time it wasn’t a test, it was a voice notifying the people of my county that a tornado was being tracked, and we should go to the safest area of our house. I quickly through some pillows and blankets into my closet (in the middle of the house, the safest place we have), woke my kids, got our cat and our puppy, and huddled in the closet, off and on for the next two hours. At 2:30am, the local news was saying that the threat was over, but we all ended up sleeping in the same bedroom just in case. It turned out, shortly after we went to sleep, more tornado warnings were issued, and a deadly tornado came true Central Florida. I began getting concerned phone calls from family and friends at about 9:30am, that was when I first learned how bad the tornadoes had been, and how close we had come to losing our home and possibly our lives.

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WHY KEEPING A PERSONAL MEDICAL JOURNAL IS IMPORTANT — AND 5 EASY STEPS TO GET ONE STARTED

Posted by Catherine Morgan on February 2, 2007

 

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KEEPING A PERSONAL MEDICAL JOURNAL — by Catherine Morgan

Whether you are suffering from a chronic illness, pregnant, or just getting older. Keeping a personal medical journal, is important, and can really come in handy. Some may want to do this on a weekly or monthly basis, others on a daily basis, this will depend on the severity of your health issues.

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