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What happens when compassion hurts?

This is the edited transcript of a May 7 talk I gave to the nurses of UC Berkeley Health Services on surviving compassion fatigue, re-posted from the Greater Good blog. I’m going to warn you: This is a somewhat difficult talk, full of paradoxes. I’m going to talk about the best in human nature and behavior, and also the worst. I’m going to talk about how human beings seem designed to care for each other, but also how the grind of daily care can be soul-destroying. And in the end, I hope to share my thoughts on how we can work with other people to bring out the good... read more

Not Nothing

  By Tara SpinelliWeb Exclusive - December 16, 2008  When our much-loved dogs Daisy and Laverne died in rapid succession, I had the painful task of telling my kids, then six- and three-years-old. At times like that, I start to wish I had the comfort of religion to offer Miranda and Kai. Then I could have reassured them that their four-legged friends were running in that big lawn in the sky, eternally chasing God's creatures of the bushy-tailed, backyard variety, and that one day, we'd all be together again—or something like that. I remember how a relative once struck... read more

New Study Recognizes Mercury-Autism Biomarkers

New Study Recognizes Mercury-Autism BiomarkersAccording to a recent press release by the Coalition for Mercury-Free Drugs (mercury-freedrugs.org), "A Prospective Study of Transsulfuration Biomarkers in Autistic Disorders," published in Neurochemical Research (July 2008), recognizes mercury susceptibility markers in patients diagnosed with an autistic spectrum disorder (ASD).The study evaluated a number of children diagnosed with an ASD. After examining transsulfuration metabolites, the investigators concluded that the patients diagnosed with an ASD showed signs of... read more

Artificial Colors Increase Hyperactivity in Children

The Lancet released a study that found that artificial colors and sodium benzoate increase hyperactivity in three-year-olds and in eight- to nine-year-olds.The study included 153 three-year-olds and 144 eight- and nine-year-olds. The challenge drinks contained one of two artificial food color additives (Mix A, Mix B) and sodium benzoate. Mix A and B were compared with the placebo mix. The outcomes were measured by a global hyperactivity aggregate (GHA), scores based on parent and teacher observations, and for eight- and nine-year-olds, a computerized attention test.Mix A... read more

Breastfeeding in Emergencies: Why Breastmilk Substitutes Are Not Best

Breastfeeding in Emergencies: Why Breastmilk Substitutes Are Not BestAccording to the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC), in emergency situations the breast is best, especially because breastmilk substitutes carry special concerns. Here are several reasons why: In populations with lactase-deficiency (most developing country settings), a sudden increase in milk can cause diarrhea. Powdered milk and prepared milks can serve as breeding grounds for bacteria. In emergency situations—when proper storage is not optimal—contamination can easily spread. When there is... read more

UNICEF: Extreme risks for pregnant women and newborns in developing countries

UNICEF: Extreme risks for pregnant women and newborns in developing countries Women in the world's least-developed countries are 300 times more likely to die in childbirth or from pregnancy-related complications than women in developed countries, according to UNICEF's latest The State of the World's Children report, released January 15, 2009. As well, a child born in a developing country is almost 14 times more likely to die during the first month of life than a child born in a developed one. The health and survival of mothers and their newborns are linked, and many of... read more

New Study Highlights Possible Link Between Vaccines and Diabetes

Newly published data by Dr. J. Barthelow Classen in the Open Endocrinology Journal shows a 50 percent reduction of type 2 diabetes among Japanese children following the discontinuation of a tuberculosis vaccine. There is currently what is considered a global epidemic of type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome, which includes obesity, altered blood cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, and increased blood glucose resulting from insulin resistance. A possible link between insulin-dependent diabetes (type 1) and vaccines has already been suggested by numerous studies. Dr.... read more

Breastcancer.org Talks to Teens

A new book by the founder of Breastcancer.org—the #1 online resource for breast health and breast cancer information—and her teenage daughter addresses one of the most confusing and often fearful topics in a girl's life: her breast development and breast health. In Taking Care of Your "Girls," acclaimed breast oncologist Marisa Weiss and her daughter Isabel Friedman cut through all the myths and unreliable information about breasts and breast development. They reveal the real risks and steps girls can take to reduce their risk of getting breast cancer."Breastcancer.org... read more

The United States Breastfeeding Committee Recommends Mother Support for Six Months of Exclusive Breastfeeding

The United States Breastfeeding Committee Recommends Mother Support for Six Months of Exclusive BreastfeedingThe United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) proudly [joined] organizations from more than 120 countries to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week 2008. In the United States, the percentage of infants ever breastfed increased from 60 percent of those born in 1993-1994 to 74 percent of those born in 2005. Despite this increase in the number of women who initiate breastfeeding, only about 12 percent of infants continue to be breastfed exclusively for a full six... read more

The Birth Survey

The Birth SurveyThe Transparency in Maternity Care Project was birthed in February of 2006 by the Grassroots Advocates Committee (GAC) of the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS). They are a volunteer group dedicated to ensuring public access to quality of care information specifically related to maternity care providers and institutions. It is their intention to extend the current social trend toward transparency in health care into the virtually overlooked maternity care arena.Women need accurate, objective data in order to make fully informed choices... read more

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