Pro-Life, Pro-Abortion Groups Clash on Tim Tebow Super Bowl Ad

Bioethics, Children's Health, Mental Health, Woman's Health
The controversy over the coming Super Bowl ad from Focus on the Family about pro-life University of Florida football star Tim Tebow is generating as much, if not more, attention than it will when it runs before and during the championship game. Now, pro-abortion and pro-life groups are clashing on the ad with both sides lobbying CBS to allow or disallow the commercial. Here's's full report on the story: has reported on the ad several times and how the ad will likely feature the story of how Tebow's mom refused to abort him. The New York-based Women's Media Center has coordinated an attack on the ad -- launching a campaign with the pro-abortion National Organization for Women, the Feminist Majority and other groups to persuade CBS not to run…
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Benefits of multivitamins called into question

Alternative Medicine, Nutritional Health
The Washington Post (1/26, reports that despite the multitude of varieties of multivitamins available, there is "little evidence that any of these products actually result in better health." A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine "tracked more than 161,000 post-menopausal women over eight years and found that multivitamins had no effect whatsoever in 10 health-related categories, from the rate of the most common cancers, heart attack and stroke to overall mortality." Myrtle McCulloch, a clinical assistant professor of nutrition at Georgetown University, says that without FDA regulation, "manufacturers don't have to prove their effectiveness," which "makes an independent stamp of approval from the nonprofit U.S. Pharmacopeia essential to guarantee a certain level of quality." The Washington Post reports that despite the multitude of varieties of multivitamins…
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Heart patients lacking vitamin D more likely to be depressed

Mental Health, Nutritional Health
People with heart disease and similar conditions who don't have enough vitamin D are more likely to be depressed than their counterparts with adequate levels of the "sunshine vitamin," according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Heart Association in Orlando. This link seems to be even stronger in the winter. Here's a full report from CNN: Vitamin D is called the sunshine vitamin because the human body produces it only when exposed to sunlight -- although it takes just 10 to 15 minutes a day to make an adequate amount. Vitamin D, which helps the bones better absorb calcium, is also added to multivitamins and milk, and occurs naturally in fish. A second study by the same team of researchers found that people age 50…
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Vitamin D deficiency in kids is getting more attention

Children's Health, Nutritional Health
A recent cross country study sample suggests that MOST children in the U.S. have suboptimal vitamin D levels. Healthy blood levels of vitamin D are at least 30 ng/mL; but 2 out of 3 kids have levels below this, and about 1 in 5 kids ages 1 to 11 are deficient with a vitamin D level below 20 ng/mL. The problem is especially severe in Black and Hispanic children. HALF are deficient, with levels below 20 ng/mL. This is likely because their darker skin blocks out more of the sun's UV-B rays needed for making natural vitamin D. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends 400 IU/day of vitamin D, starting days after birth all the way through adolescence. A cup of cow's milk or baby formula contains only about 100…
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