Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Caffeine Leads to Low Birth Weight

This article mentions a link between caffeine consumption in pregnant mothers and the birth weight of their babies. It is interesting and I liked the line at the bottom, "You have to be realistic because you can't ask people to stop taking caffeine" being part of a religion that bans coffee and tea consumption. I think it's interesting. What we eat and drink does not just effect us, but our future children as well. Be informed.

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Monday, November 03, 2008

Sex on TV linked to Sex

This has to be obvious to most people, but watching TV shows that talk about and engage in sexual activity increases chances that teens themselves will engage in that activity. I've always felt that it's important not to shield kids from the world, but I think it is important to talk to them about consequences and to do ones best to try and not let them have unrealistic expectations about sexual activity. It's not going to make your life great, at all, and could lead to serious problems. Our behavior is learned. There's no doubt about that and parents need to get more involved. The article says teens watch on average 3 hours of TV a day. 

BPA linked to Sexual Dysfunction, Health Disorders

All of the major news outlets are promoting this story about how the chemical in hard plastic, such as Nalgene bottles, BPA, was recently declared to be more dangerous than previously thought by the FDA. I'm convinced that a great deal of disorders we face including cancers and behavioral disorders like bi-polar disorder, ADHD, Schizophrenia, as well as some of our allergies, etc might be linked to increased exposure of industrial chemicals. The recent BPA information supports that belief. I hope we can figure out how to make products that don't have scary side effects!