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Cindy Sheehan Says Goodbye – Are women losing their voices, or will more attempt to be heard?

Posted by Catherine Morgan on May 29, 2007

Whether you agreed with Cindy Sheehan or not, it is very sad that she has been beaten down the way she has. But Cindy showed all women that any of us can have a voice, and have our voice heard. I think that is a very important message. Only time will tell if women got this message, or instead got the message to keep their mouth shut. I for one hope we see more Cindy Sheehans.

Please take a moment to see this video by Dan Bialek Loves Kittens

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Open Letter To Presidential Candidates – May the candidate that cares the most about the American people, WIN

Posted by Catherine Morgan on May 26, 2007

An Open Letter To All Presidential Candidates

By Catherine Morgan

TO: All Presidential Candidates And Their Campaign Managers.

REGARDING: A Political Strategy That Could Win The Election, While Regaining The Trust Of The American People.

FROM: A Mom Who Cares About America.

All this talk about the millions of dollars being raised by the Presidential candidates really got me thinking……Are these campaign managers really getting the most “bang” for their “buck”? And, is any of this money contributing to the overall welfare of the American people?

After just three months of fundraising, the candidates for president in 2008 have already raised more than $150 million. No presidential money chase has ever started so quickly. By some predictions, the eventual nominees will need to raise $500 million apiece to compete—a record sum. — see specific breakdown of each candidate

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Why You Should “Just Say No” To Diet Pills — Even when they are being approved by the FDA.

Posted by Catherine Morgan on May 23, 2007

I came across this article yesterday, and I was a bit troubled. I hope the American public doesn’t fall for this one. Let me know what you think? Friendly face and cute packaging — may help “sell” this product…but it doesn’t mean it is safe or effective. I hope you will get all the fact before you consider this product for weight loss.

https://i2.wp.com/msnbcmedia4.msn.com/j/msnbc/Components/Photos/070522/070522_dietpill_vmed_12p.widec.jpg Steven Burton, vice president weight control division of GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare, displays a starter pack of alli, the first over-the-counter diet pill approved by the Food and Drug Administration, in New York, Tuesday, May 22, 2007. In clinical trials, the FDA says that people using alli lost an additional 2 to 3 pounds for every 5 pounds lost through diet and exercise. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Over-the-counter Diet Pill

In clinical trials, the FDA says that people using alli lost an additional 2 to 3 pounds for every 5 pounds lost through diet and exercise. The FDA approved* alli to be sold over the counter in February.

* Let’s face it the FDA approves just about anything the major pharmaceutical companies want them to. Many times these approved drugs end up making the pharmaceutical company millions, but doing nothing (and in some cases harming) the American public.

When taken with meals, the drug blocks the absorption of about one-quarter of any fat consumed. That fat — about 150 to 200 calories worth — is passed out of the body, potentially* resulting in loose stools.

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The National Organization for Women (NOW) – Makes it easy for women to take action on many important issues.

Posted by Catherine Morgan on May 21, 2007

Letting Our Voices Be Heard – Taking Action On Issues Facing Women Today.

I think one of the best things about the age of the Internet, is how easy it is for us to make a difference when it comes to issues in politics. Contacting our state representatives, signing petitions, and having our voices heard has never been easier than it is NOW.

The National Organization for Women (NOW) is helping women Take Action on important political issues. It’s as easy as point and click.

Let me tell you a little about some of the issues facing women today, that need your attention and action. — full post at BlogHer.

above image from G-Spot Magazine

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National Women’s Health Week – A time for women to remember to pamper their Mind, Body, and Spirit.

Posted by Catherine Morgan on May 19, 2007

This week was The National Women’s Health Week

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Calls on Women to Take Time for Their Health During National Women’s Health Week — Women’s Health Facts

According to recent data on U.S. women from Quick Health Data Online, an online database provided by the Office on Women’s Health:

  • 86 percent of all women report having a routine check-up within the past two years.
  • Almost 75 percent of women ages 40 and older report getting a mammogram within the past two years.
  • Close to 85 percent of all women report having a Pap smear within the past three years.
  • Nearly 75 percent of women report having a cholesterol check within the past five years.
  • About 53 percent of women over the age of 50 report ever receiving a colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy.

However,

  • Only 28 percent of all women report eating more than 5 servings of fruits and vegetables each day.
  • Less than 50 percent of all women report exercising moderately to vigorously most days of the week.
  • More than half of all women report being overweight or obese.

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Important UPDATED Information on the Merck HPV Vaccine Gardasil – From the New England Journal of Medicine

Posted by Catherine Morgan on May 15, 2007

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Important UPDATED Information on the HPV Vaccine Gardasil – From the New England Journal of Medicine

I have wrote much more on this as UPDATES to my earlier post on The Three Faces of Gardasil — “FIRST UPDATE” and “SECOND UPDATE“.

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For My Mom on Mother’s Day — and for all the mom’s that read this blog. HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

Posted by Catherine Morgan on May 10, 2007

Music and Flowers for Mother’s Day

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How You Can Honor Your Mother, and possibly save a life. Become A Bone Marrow Donor.

Posted by Catherine Morgan on May 9, 2007

image from 10 Reasons To Become A Bone Marrow Donor

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Honor Your Mother, and possibly save a liferead full post by Amanda at BlogHer

The promotion, called “Thanks, Mom,” urges people to join the marrow registry in honor of their mothers, thereby giving the gift of life to others to commemorate the life that your mother gave to you.

The best part of the promotion is that you can join the registry from 7 May to 21 May FOR FREE. The NMDP has received funding to allow people to register at no cost to them (the registration fee is usually $52, to cover the cost of the tissue-typing kit and the associated lab costs).

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The Mammogram, The Waiting Room, and The Silence.

Posted by Catherine Morgan on May 8, 2007

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THE ONE THING WE NEED TO START DOING WHEN WE GO TO GET OUR YEARLY MAMMOGRAM. — by Catherine Morgan

We all know that we need to get our yearly mammogram. None of us “want” to get it, but we get it anyway because we know how important early detection is in the treatment of breast cancer. However, there is something that most of us don’t do when we go to get our mammogram that I think we should be doing, something that the doctors and technicians don’t tell us to do. I’ll warn you now…this may be hard for some.Let me start off by telling you that I had my mammogram recently, it was what they call a “diagnostic” mammogram, as opposed to the normal yearly “routine” mammogram. You get a diagnostic mammogram when they find something that doesn’t appear normal…At this point it is still more likely than not that you don’t have cancer, but it could turn out that you do. I know cancer is a scary word, but we really need to get over it. Cancer is not a four letter word that we can’t talk about, in fact we actually need to talk about it. Because, the more we talk about it, and the more we understand it…the less scary “it” will be. Like everything in life – Knowledge is power.

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Can Meditation Help You Find Your Peace and Happiness? You’ll never know unless you try.

Posted by Catherine Morgan on May 6, 2007

This is from a post I did on my Be The Change You Want To See In Yourself blog. I thought it would be nice here as well. Hope you like it.

FINDING PEACE AND HAPPINESS IN MOMENTS OF SILENCE — by Catherine Morgan

Where did the saying “I just want a little peace and quiet” come from? Obviously, from someone who understood that peace can only exist in silence. The noise of life is like a barrier that stands between you and peace. But, quieting the noise with silence can break down this barrier, and open the door to the peace that is within you.

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The Three Faces of the HPV Vaccine (Gardasil)…Fear, Facts, and Profits.

Posted by Catherine Morgan on May 1, 2007

The Three Faces of the HPV Vaccine…Fear, Facts, and Profits — by Catherine Morgan

Merck Suspends Lobbying for Gardasil image from sci-tech-today

Something very disturbing has been happening. Pharmaceutical companies are manipulating us with fear. It was bad enough when these companies began advertising prescription drugs on television. But now they have taken this tactic a step further; and began using fear for the life of our children, to persuade us that we need to get the HPV Vaccine for our daughters. This is the most sinister of abuse…using the love parents have for a child, to manipulate them through fear…for profit.

I will not be trying to convince anyone to get or not to get the Merck HPV Vaccine (Gardasil). What I will try to do with this post is address the facts surrounding the controversy, so all parents can make an informed decision about whether or not to get this vaccine for their child. I’ll begin with my personal opinion…Never make a major decision for yourself or your child out of fear. Please see my full post at BlogHer Health and Wellness

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HPV Vaccine…Who Chooses?

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Over the last few months at least three of our BlogHer corresponding editors have addressed this Gardasil issue. Both the posts and the comments they generated are very interesting and compelling, so I wanted to give you the links; The People vs. Perry, More Thoughts on Gardasil, as a mom, and Gardisil – for HPV – for Cervical Cancer.

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