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From Wikipedia's article on the "Lactational amenorrhea method" of birth control (I've been wiki!jumping again, LOL).

"The lactational amenorrhea method (LAM) is a method of avoiding pregnancies which is based on the natural postpartum infertility that occurs when a woman is amenorrheic and fully breastfeeding."

Easy enough. But then we scroll down to the sub-header of "ecological breastfeeding", which is basically a subset philosophy where the only difference is a set of stricter rules for the same thing. Rules include:
  • The infant must be breastfed often. The standards for LAM are a bare minimum (q 4 hours during the day, q 6 hours overnight); more frequency is better. Scheduling of feedings should be avoided.
  • Mothers must sleep with their infants – in the same room, if not in the same bed.
  • Mothers must not be separated from their infants for more than three hours a day.
  • Mothers must take daily naps with their infants.

  • The further reading source at the bottom is a book titled Breastfeeding and Natural Child Spacing: How Ecological Breastfeeding Spaces Babies.

    OH, I KNOW, I KNOW! It spaces babies because you're so busy feeding and napping with and sleeping in the same bed with and not being separated for more than 3 hours ever and waking up every 4 hours to suckle your baby that you're too busy/tired to have sex! Question answered. I should have written that book.
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    Has anybody else noticed that the New England Journal of Medicine seems to have less and less "Free full text" articles lately?

    Yeah, I didn't think so. Still. It bothers me.
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    LOL at this article.

    Soy is making kids 'gay'
    Jim Rutz
    Posted: December 12, 2006
    1:00 a.m. Eastern

    There's a slow poison out there that's severely damaging our children and threatening to tear apart our culture. The ironic part is, it's a "health food," one of our most popular.
    Now, I'm a health-food guy, a fanatic who seldom allows anything into his kitchen unless it's organic. I state my bias here just so you'll know I'm not anti-health food.

    The dangerous food I'm speaking of is soy. Soybean products are feminizing, and they're all over the place. You can hardly escape them anymore.

    I have nothing against an occasional soy snack. Soy is nutritious and contains lots of good things. Unfortunately, when you eat or drink a lot of soy stuff, you're also getting substantial quantities of estrogens.

    Estrogens are female hormones. If you're a woman, you're flooding your system with a substance it can't handle in surplus. If you're a man, you're suppressing your masculinity and stimulating your "female side," physically and mentally.

    In fetal development, the default is being female. All humans (even in old age) tend toward femininity. The main thing that keeps men from diverging into the female pattern is testosterone, and testosterone is suppressed by an excess of estrogen.

    If you're a grownup, you're already developed, and you're able to fight off some of the damaging effects of soy. Babies aren't so fortunate. Research is now showing that when you feed your baby soy formula, you're giving him or her the equivalent of five birth control pills a day. A baby's endocrine system just can't cope with that kind of massive assault, so some damage is inevitable. At the extreme, the damage can be fatal.

    Soy is feminizing, and commonly leads to a decrease in the size of the penis, sexual confusion and homosexuality. That's why most of the medical (not socio-spiritual) blame for today's rise in homosexuality must fall upon the rise in soy formula and other soy products. (Most babies are bottle-fed during some part of their infancy, and one-fourth of them are getting soy milk!) Homosexuals often argue that their homosexuality is inborn because "I can't remember a time when I wasn't homosexual." No, homosexuality is always deviant. But now many of them can truthfully say that they can't remember a time when excess estrogen wasn't influencing them.

    Doctors used to hope soy would reduce hot flashes, prevent cancer and heart disease, and save millions in the Third World from starvation. That was before they knew much about long-term soy use. Now we know it's a classic example of a cure that's worse than the disease. For example, if your baby gets colic from cow's milk, do you switch him to soy milk? Don't even think about it. His phytoestrogen level will jump to 20 times normal. If he is a she, brace yourself for watching her reach menarche as young as seven, robbing her of years of childhood. If he is a boy, it's far worse: He may not reach puberty till much later than normal.

    Research in 2000 showed that a soy-based diet at any age can lead to a weak thyroid, which commonly produces heart problems and excess fat. Could this explain the dramatic increase in obesity today?

    Recent research on rats shows testicular atrophy, infertility and uterus hypertrophy (enlargement). This helps explain the infertility epidemic and the sudden growth in fertility clinics. But alas, by the time a soy-damaged infant has grown to adulthood and wants to marry, it's too late to get fixed by a fertility clinic.

    Worse, there's now scientific evidence that estrogen ingredients in soy products may be boosting the rapidly rising incidence of leukemia in children. In the latest year we have numbers for, new cases in the U.S. jumped 27 percent. In one year!

    There's also a serious connection between soy and cancer in adults – especially breast cancer. That's why the governments of Israel, the UK, France and New Zealand are already cracking down hard on soy.

    In sad contrast, 60 percent of the refined foods in U.S. supermarkets now contain soy. Worse, soy use may double in the next few years because (last I heard) the out-of-touch medicrats in the FDA hierarchy are considering allowing manufacturers of cereal, energy bars, fake milk, fake yogurt, etc., to claim that "soy prevents cancer." It doesn't.

    P.S.: Soy sauce is fine. Unlike soy milk, it's perfectly safe because it's fermented, which changes its molecular structure. Miso, natto and tempeh are also OK, but avoid tofu.
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    So. Local weather people have been talking this supposedly huge winter storm up for several days now. We've got teachers counting on days off and canceling speakers that were supposed to come in to talk, the library (where I just was for a talk on Civil War medicine that was interesting, but the guy had some of his medical terminology wrong, which bugged me) telling people to call in the afternoon before the second Civil War lecture thing tomorrow evening to see if they've canceled it, etc. I totally doubt that we're going to get anything.

    The pressure did drop like nobody's business; you can tell that by the fact that I'm literally limping worse than 3rd season House. When the weather gets bad, my legs decide that walking is for losers.
    Temperature tomorrow morning is supposed to be 20F below what it was this morning at the same time. High was 69F today, it's going to be 40F tomorrow. That's like a 30 point drop. Whoa.

    Forecasty type thing:
    Tomorrow: Cloudy with rain and freezing rain expected. Thunder possible. Morning high of 40F with temps falling to near 30F.
    Tomorrow night: Periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain in the evening, becoming all snow late. Windy. Low 23F. Snow accumulating 5 to 8 inches.
    Friday: Winds with snow showers early. Bright sunshine later. Cold. High near 30F.

    I'm a fan of this cold stuff, so that's nice. It's been unseasonably warm of late, so much so that you're uncomfortable if you're outside long or go outside after excercising or something because you've gotten used to the cold so far this half-assed winter (half-assed because it's been unseasonably warm a lot).

    And I've heard something about this weather system going the wrong way or something that makes it really weird and more dangerous.

    But the national weather service isn't saying it's going to be nearly as bad as the local weather people and random people around town are. And I'm more likely to side with them because they're all governmenty and have good satellites. And because of the fact that I've got 3 tests on Friday, so of course there's no chance that it's going to be bad enough to have a snow day. And because the cool weather systems alway skip over us.

    Mock trial meeting. Got the case. It sucks. It's written so badly. The dialoguey bits are very un-dialoguey and stilted. There are huge numbers of just dumb mistakes written in as being done by the investigator; mistakes that would get this case completely thrown out of court in a heartbeat if it were a real case. Some amount of flaw so there's something to hit him with on cross is fine, but they wrote him as a complete moron with no crime scene investigation skills at all. There are mistakes in the actual writing/formatting of the case: there's a note on the front page that says "incorporate somewhere:" and then some stuff that obviously was supposed to be worked in to the intro to the case but the note to self was just left on the front, there are two different notary signatures on the bottoms of two different witness statements that are obviously supposed to be the same person (same ID number and notary license expiration date) but have two different (though similar) names, one witness is called by two different names (though we're unsure as to whether that's a typo or just more proof that the aforementioned investigator is incompetent, as it was in his statement), etc. And whoever wrote this decided grammar is for losers.

    So. The case was . . . 17 or so days late and they still couldn't get somebody to look it over before they posted it? And 17 days, come on. The trial dates don't get pushed back because they were two and a half weeks late coming out with the case.

    Got the new Artemis Fowl book. Not looking anywhere near as good as the previous ones.
    I'm on page 117 and they haven't explained how Artemis knows about the People again. It's only been one year and not the several that he told Mulch to wait before giving him back the disk, so he obviously rediscovered them some other way. I'm a little confuzzled. Artemis mentions being a different person now (and is acting like it again). Yeah, he was a different person before he got his mind wiped, but Colfer showed us specifically at the end of the last book that he was back to his old criminal self.
    And Holly left the LEP. Erm, I can't exactly see her doing that. There was a dumb reason given about her and the new head of LEP not meshing, but she went into private detecting (with Mulch, something else that I wouldn't so much have seen her doing) and talks about how unsatisfying it is--Holly is definitely smart enough to have been able to anticipate the difficulties in doing undercover detecting work when she's famous and anticipate her not liking it. It seems to just have been a way to get her into the secret quasi-government group (led by Commander Vinyáyá, and due to her always having Holly's back and being all friendly like and being the somebody whom Holly actually complements on things like hair that Holly'd consider trivial, I've decided they are so doing each other) to further the plot.
    If he explains everything well as we go along, maybe it'll get better, but more than 100 pages in with no explanation and random stuff going on isn't endearing me to this latest installment.
    But yay for there being another thingie in Gnomish along the bottom of the pages. Way back when I was translating the first one I ended up memorizing it without really trying, and though I'd effectively forgotten most of it, just looking at the first couple pages it's coming back pretty quickly. *is a dork*

    Haven't yet watched the last 20 minutes of the House episode, but from what Katie tells me, I got bloody Jossed again. Not in a huge way, but two non-implants and a miscarriage was exactly what I had in mind for Cuddy when she was at this point in one of my stories. That I don't have anymore due to bloody lack of bloody hard drive, anyway, so it doesn't matter so much. Oh! *remembers* I actually do have a handwritten copy of this one. Though it's only the very very very first draft and I was happy with the last one and made so many changes between the two. Still. Must find. Because now my little scene snippet thing isn't just as much supposition, it's actually got more canon basis than I intended.
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    My dad just brought up a coverall/jump suit type thing from the basement that he found from a long time ago that my uncle gave to him for some reason or another. It's perfect. It's got like 12 bazillion pockets, plus holes to put your hands in your pants pockets (as it's meant to go over clothes), and is gray and pretty darn comfortable, surprisingly. It's really big, but not so horridly that it doesn't fit at all. I'm so excited. This is going to be great. I've got to see if I can get the Shell (the oil company, I presume) patch off of the back.

    So. (Though as far as I know, I won't be going anywhere that I need to wear one, it's nice to have one just the same in case.) Halloween costume? Done. I officially have got the Kaywinnit Lee Frye thing going on.

    On a different note, I've recently realized how much better I've gotten in Spanish just this year. I used to be able to conjugate stuff written down pretty easily, but it took me some thinking to do it while speaking for any tense save present and past imperfect (because there are like 3 irregulars and that one's just easy). Noticed a few days ago that I've gotten to where I can do a whole bunch of tenses quickly in my head, fast enough to keep up a conversation more or less going without pauses whenever I get to a verb in preterite or something. That's pretty cool. I feel like I know stuff now.

    R. Tam sessions? Never heard of them until now. Crazy cool. Though I'm surprised that I hadn't seen them around/mentioned or anything.
    Though I cannot find a copy of it where there is sound past excerpt 2 (the first clip). Anybody seen/have one lying around that works?

    Is it bad that I read this article and immediately thought about mpreg? Because this just proves what I've been saying all along. It is possible. Now I know it's not just theoretically possible.
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    Interesting story. Katie is the Wilson to my House. We knew that. I'm all in to emergency medicine because I like the skill needed for the diagnosing and the variety of the patients and I'd totally do Diagnostics if there was such a department, because that (and trauma) is the reason I've had my heart set on working in the ER for more than half a decade. She's into oncology. We've been watching that The Cherry Orchard movie of the Chekov play, and day before yesterday (and yesterday also) were sitting in these computer chair things and I pulled over one of those crappy plastic school chairs and we put our feet up on it in synch (not even planning/trying to or anything) just like House and Wilson in 2.16 "Safe". And we both realized that we did it, and there was laughing.

    Was trying to help Katie fix her glasses case when it broke, and she was like "This is a crazy picture. Here we are, two of the smartest people in the school, standing in the hallway fiddling with a glasses case." That made me all warm and fuzzy inside. As I very often feel like a blathering idiot next to her, as I'm not used to knowing anybody having friends smarter than me.

    "Scuttlebutt has it that you and Thumper messed it up in the parallel." Does that sound like a better euphemism for sex than it is for fighting to anyone else?

    Amy Lee in the "Call Me When You're Sober" video looks much better when her hair isn't in the headband. She's still really pretty. I heard she was a bitch, though, from somebody who met her at one of the concerts back before she was big (a concert I really wanted to go to, but it's in the shit part of town across the river and I was like 12, so my mom was like no) which sort of dissapointed me. I'm not a fan of mean people. The music is very obviously different without Ben Moody. And the guy in the video sort of looked like Wolverine (there were also wolves in the video, so maybe he was supposed to). Kinda hot.

    Watching some kind of Oprah episode about menopause. (When I first wrote this, I was. Internet got turned off in the middle of my typing last night/this morning without me realizing it, so I'm posting it now.) I just had left the TV on after Cheno was on Leno, and then happened to look up and see Geena Davis and then shortly after a clip of Sela Ward (Who was talking about sex, but I still had it muted, so I don’t know what she said. And I’m really curious.) Which is when I started watching, because yay, Sela. The doctor lady was just like “If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it,” it being sex (which I didn’t know at all. Interesting.) and then goes on to mention how masturbation works just fine too if you’re by yourself, and Geena’s all *nods*. I laughed. Yay, mental images. Geena’s hot for being older than my mom. (Less hot now that I’m comparing her to my mom. But still very good looking. I’d do her.)

    Kate and her agent friend Marcy on NCIS episode 1.03 “Seadog” act like ex-girlfriends. The cut-short hug and sorta distanced conversation and all.

    My spanish teacher pre-cog thing has continued. Last year I had this dream that I had to do CPR on my spanish teacher in the middle of class, the next morning she left school having chest pains (she was fine, though). Had a dream a couple of nights ago, lots of crazy stuff in there, but new spanish teacher sang. That morning, we started talking about how the orphan/poor kids sing the lottery numbers in Spain, and he demonstrated. Pretty nuts.

    My hard drive is really full. I've been cleaning stuff and shrinking stuff and saving stuff temporarily to the main computer's hard drive, but I've got to get the stuff off the main computer, and as it stands, I've only got 778MB left. Gonna have to start burning episode type things off of it. I didn't want to because I was afraid that disks would get scratched up and I wouldn't have them anymore, but I'm going to have to chance it. Problem is that the stuff is so big that I'll have to burn them onto DVD disks, which are sorta expensive, especially because I want to make at least one extra copy to hide somewhere as a backup.

    Found old speakers and hooked them up to my computer today, so no more watching stuff while trying to bend down far enough so that your headphone cord reaches the back of the computer. Not enough power slots, though, so I had to unplug my scanner. Oh well. I'm pretty sure the scanner doesn't work anymore anyway. Dad insists that it does, but last time I tried it wouldn't.

    Amnesty cluster meeting tomorrow. Yay for that. Going to have to convince one of my parents to leave my sister's soccer game early to drive me down there. Not going to be easy. They're just going to want me to be late, but I don't want to be late, as that would be bad.
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    LOL at Sorkin using conversations with Kristin Chenoweth practically verbatim in his new show. She's not mad, though. It was pretty bloody obvious that the blonde chick, Harriet Hayes, was supposed to be her, but man, exact conversations? That's a little creepy. I like Sorkin. I think he's a great writer. But I've never liked him and the Cheno. She is way too good for him. And he's kinda freaky, specially with this last thing.

    For Serenity's one year anniversary. There are only 170 waves as of mine; I would have expected more. I'm thinking permaybehaps that the site wasn't overly publicized. Pity. Somewhere in between going to the gym, fixing my sucky playing of Pachelbel's Canon in D (as I got good at it last year, but haven't played it in months and have since returned to the sucking), whoring myself for the man at that bank gig, and going to a trivia night, I'm going to have to watch it again in commemoration.

    Who knew the "Diagnosis at a Glance" in The Practice Journal for Emergency and Urgent Care? Yeah. Me. Go Alexandria.

    There's so much medicine on the internet. I love the internet. I should really get to bed, but I'm geeking out over here reading articles on traumatic neuromas in the neck and complications of acute myocardial infarction and believe it or not, this is a lot of fun for me.

    But so is sleeping. So I'm going to have to print a bunch of these out later so I can read them (now would be bad, as printer is rather loud and people are sleeping).

    After so many days without internet, I'm way behind on email. With the reading of fic and articles, I only just now got finished checking/replying to them all.
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    Wrote this yesterday, but internet still wasn't working, so posting it now.

    House episode on Tuesday? (3.04 "Lines in the Sand") One of the best in a while, IMO. Mostly because of all the slashy goodness.

    Loads of random comments in mostly chronological order. )
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    Lisa Edelstein supposedly went to the emergency room for fun as a child.

    Hee. Me too. I sat in the car for hours on a drive down to Oklahoma a few years ago with my father to visit my grandmother, but my major motivating factor for going when none of the rest of my family did was because she was going to have surgery and I would have an excuse to hang around the hospital. While we were waiting for her to get out of surgery, I was exploring the hospital and talking to whomever didn't seem to be doing anything and hanging out down by the ER watching the medivac helicopters land and wheel patients in and stuff. /is a dork

    I do stuff like that all the time. Like when I was 13 or so and there was a health day or something at the science center, and there was a guy presenting an automatic external defibrillator there, and I got into a discussion with him about the downpoints of the automatic machine after asking if you were able to cardiovert someone in irregular beat patterns besides ventricular fibrillation with it. He gave me a free t-shirt because I was so annoying (and right).

    I'm working tomorrow, doing my volleyball refereeing thing. I always get nervous the first time I do it after it's been a while, because I'm like "Is this the right signal? Was that really a lift, or did I just think it looked like one? That other guy did the same thing earlier, did I call him on it?" and such.

    Dad helped me come up with an idea for my theatre arts project/essay thing that I really like. So that's good. Got the polio book I'd been looking for that I needed for my history project/essay thing, now I've just got to read it. Still not sure how good the history idea is.
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    *Looks at House's leg*

    Oh, my. Evidently not only does Ketamine heal atrophied tissue, it completely regrows all lost muscle and leaves no trace of scar tissue. Those medical people should look into that, as that's not in all the research regarding Ketamine. /sarcasm

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