March 17th, 2008

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The Cat Chronicles

Sometimes I don't check my email for a while, but I just did, and I am glad I did. My biochemistry class for today was cancelled, so I don't have to go in until time for my anatomy final. That takes some pressure off! Phew. I can catch up on other things.
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Movie: The Business of Being Born

This movie was Ricki Lake's idea, after she was pushed through a standard hospital birthing with her first child. Her second child was born at home, and that birth is one of several shown in the movie. Someone warned me that in the movie I would see Ricki Lake "in her altogether" and indeed, there she is. But the nudity is simple, human, practical, not sexualized or titillating. It brings the beauty of childbirth back into my consciousness. Interestingly, the film's director Abby Epstein gets pregnant while making the movie and we get to see her experience as well.
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A Neuroanatomist tells the Story of her Stroke

Over the weekend I attended a conference called Transforming the Mind, and this piece was played as the grand finale: http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/229

Jill Bolte Taylor is an excellent storyteller and the story is worth hearing. Jill is also a neuroanatomist. She had a stroke one morning and observed her own brain shutting down. The blood vessel popped in the left hemisphere of her brain, and crowded out her language centers and more, leaving her with right brain hemisphere functions. She experienced Nirvana, or what some might call a near death experience.....but it is better to hear her tell the tale. I hope you enjoy!
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Drug the Mothers Act: Congress and Big Pharma

The corporate drug pushers are now working on congress to require depressed pregnant women to take SSRI's. As my mother would say, "they have some gall".
Here's the article (thanks, Craig): http://www.naturalnews.com/022789.html

To sign the petition:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/stop-the-dangerous-and-invasive-mothers-act

Also, see Unite For Life at:
http://uniteforlife.org/MOTHERSact.htm#drtracymothersact

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