Monday, January 28, 2008

Caffeine causes miscarriages?

You've all seen and heard it on the news... Apparently studies have proven that caffeine increases a woman's risk of miscarriage. Check out Yahoo!'s news article on this topic here. I have a few questions for those people who conducted these studies:

About these women who were interviewed...

1- How many of them were working mom's under the stress of having two full-time jobs at once? Some women can wing it, no problem. But let's face it, working mom's carry a LOT of excess stress as they are pulled in two directions. Stress, for certain, is a risk factor for miscarriage.

2- How many women were regular users of the Pill prior to trying to get pregnant? Even if a woman stops taking the Pill, it can take a long time, in many cases, for the woman's body to get back to a normal, healthy state. The Pill not only messes with a woman's ovulation cycle, but it also thins the lining of the uterus. Even if fertilization occurs, if her uterus is still thin, the baby can't implant, thus a miscarriage occurs.

3- How many of them drank a mix of both coffee and pop? Perhaps coffee isn't the main culprit.

4- Were these women's progesterone levels checked prior to entry into this study? If her levels are low, that too can cause miscarriages.

5- Were these women checked for previous miscarriages? If she has a history of miscarriages, then there might be a physiological pattern completely unrelated to her beverage choice.

6- Were other health concerns taken into consideration? Did all the women in the study have a clean bill of health? Even things like undetected hypo/hyperthyroid can cause miscarriages.

7- Are these women taking prescription medications that may effect their female health?

8- Did any of these women lead destructive lifestyles prior to attempting to get pregnant: excessive use of alcohol and/or drugs, multiple sex partners, etc.

9- Did any of these women have STD's?


Perhaps they're right... but I'm definitely a skeptic. I just find it hard to believe that caffeine is that big of a reason for miscarriages. Perhaps in huge quantities- but anything is huge quantities is dangerous.
"All things in moderation..."

Sunday, January 27, 2008

A Woman of Moderation

Moody radio (out of Chicago) is broadcasting this incredible study on being a woman of moderation during their Midday Connection show (1pm). SO GOOD, LADIES. For anyone interested, you can hear their radio broadcasts here and you can check out Dee Brestin's actual website here: http://www.deebrestin.com/Scripts/default.asp. If you get on Dee's website, you can also download the "introduction" and "chapter 1" of her Bible study book for free to get you started. If any of you ladies struggle mainly in the food department, you may be interested in this website. They have a free 60 day on-line course dedicated to Biblically controlling eating habits/losing weight. They will even supply you with an on-line mentor to keep you accountable. Check it out!

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Mike Huckabee '08 !

Here's a terrific site to see where Huckabee stands on issues concerning his presidential campaign. Enjoy!

http://www.mikehuckabee.com/?FuseAction=Issues.Home

Friday, January 25, 2008

Something to think about....

Do oral contraceptives cause abortions?... here it is: http://www.cwfa.org/brochures/birth-control.pdf
(specifically page 2)

Word for word, here's what the brochure states:

There are two basic types of birth control pills, which women ingest daily. One combines estrogen and progestin. The other is progestin only (the “mini-pill”). The FDA has also approved a patch and a vaginal ring. Ortho Evra™ consists of a seven-day transdermal patch containing norelgestromin and enthinyl estradiol, a progestin and estrogen respectively. Organon has developed NuvaRing™, a ring two inches in diameter containing progestin and estrogen, which remains inserted three weeks of each month.

How it works: The pill involves three actions. The first prevents release of an egg. However, breakthrough ovulation may occur even in women who never miss a pill. Estimations of breakthrough ovulation range from 2-10 percent to more than 20 percent. The mini-pill is a progestin-only pill that allows ovulation to take place at least 40 percent of the time. The second action performed by the progestin is to thicken the cervical mucus in order to restrict sperm from entering the fallopian tubes. However, this time-sensitive function occurs only if the pill is taken 27 or more hours after the previous time it was taken. Third, if the first two actions fail, the progestin irritates the lining of the uterus—thus preventing implantation of the human embryo, resulting in a chemical abortion.