Six insect repellents earn recommendations from Consumer Reports

Children's Health, Men's Health, Parenting, Woman's Health
'Tis the season of barbecues, hiking, camping . . . and biting bugs. A good repellent can help you enjoy the outdoors without the company of mosquitoes, ticks, and myriad other stinging, biting critters. But, what are the best repellents among the dozens available at most outdoor stores? Here are the details about the recommendations from Consumer Reports: At an outside lab commissioned by Consumer Reports, brave testers bared their arms in mosquito-filled cages and let ticks crawl on them. Consumer Reports recorded how long it took for mosquitoes to start biting and for ticks to crawl over treated areas. These bugs were free of disease, but wild mosquitoes in the United States can carry West Nile virus and Saint Louis encephalitis. Travelers outside the United States might encounter mosquitoes…
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Who should I give money to? Anyone who asks?

Bioethics, Mental Health
Last week I blogged on the topic of "My Family, or the Poor?" The blog was based upon a devotional by my dear friend, Al Weir, MD, an oncologist in Memphis and a former staff member of the Christian Medical and Dental Association. Now Al is meddling with me once again by delving into the controversial topic of "Who should I give money to? Anyone who asks?" (this is my title, not his). And, once again, Al is challenging my thoughts and my actions. See what you think about his ideas on "Indiscriminate Giving": My Family, or the PoorIndiscriminate Giving Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. Matt 5:42 He stopped me in the parking garage…
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Dr. Walt in an Online Documentary Revealing Abortifacient Effects of the Pill

Bioethics, Woman's Health
July 14, 2010 ( - Filmmaker Trent Herbert has produced a well-researched documentary called “28 Days on the Pill” that exposes the abortifacient properties of the birth control pill. To mark the 50th anniversary of the Pill, the documentary is being made available online for the first time. Featuring Dr. Albert Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Christian author Randy Alcorn (“Heaven, Does the Birth Control Pill Cause Abortions?”) and Dr. Walt Larimore (formerly with Focus on the Family), the film makes the case that few people are aware that oral contraceptives can cause abortions. According to the documentary, the Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties (CPS), the Canadian Pharmacists Association's drug information resource, and the Physicians Desk Reference, the American standard, mention the abortifacient qualities of the pill.…
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