The Blessing of Anastasha Kalil – Part 18 – Birth Day Tomorrow

Bioethics, Children's Health, Marriage and Family Health, Mental Health, Parenting
Craig just sent this note out: Tonya's cervix is about 3 cm now. Sometime in the wee hours of this morning (prob around 5) she will take a dose of Cytotec to try to induce labor. We have an induction scheduled at 10 AM. We may be going in sooner depending on how effectively it works. We were at the same hospital earlier today visiting a friend who just had a C-section. It was really eerie walking past L&D, knowing that just hours from now we will be in that same place and will be experiencing the greatest pain we've ever known. I am thankful that our Savior had similar anguish the night before he was crucified, and yet completely trusted His Father (and was without sin). The "tomorrow" that…
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The Blessing of Anastasha Kalil – Part 17 – Birth Day This Week

Bioethics, Children's Health, Marriage and Family Health, Mental Health, Parenting
We have all been following the journey of Anastasha Kalil. Now it appears her life may be very near its end. For the last four months, we have all been blessed by family physician, Craig DeLisi, who has shared the journey of he and his family as they prepare for the birth and death of their 9th child, Anastasha Kalil. This week the DeLisi family will, more than ever, need our prayers. Loved ones. We are near the end of Tonya's pregnancy, very grateful that we have had as much time as we have been given.  If Anastasha does not come on her own (and she might - Tonya has been contracting harder the last 2 days), then we will induce labor this coming Tuesday, Oct 26th.  Not only will that…
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Vitamin D Supplements Reduce the Risk of Flu – Especially in Children

Children's Health, Parenting
The doctors of pharmacology at the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database are reminding us healthcare professions to inform our patients that vitamin D supplements may reduce the chance of getting influenza. Vitamin D levels decrease during the winter months, during the time that influenza is prevalent. Studies have also shown that lower serum vitamin D levels are associated with an increased risk of upper respiratory infections. As I've told you in a past blog, one research study now shows that school children who take vitamin D have a lower risk of developing the flu. Taking vitamin D3 1200 IU daily during the winter reduced the risk of flu by about 42% in children. So, the NMCD tells physicians to "explain to parents that this is promising, but preliminary. Advise parents to…
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Medicines Poison More Kids Than Chemicals

Parenting
Poisonings of children often stem from pills that family members leave out or that are left in a medicine cabinet. Of course, most parents these days are mindful of obvious poisoning risks to their children. They lock up household cleaners and keep chemicals and pesticides well out of the reach of youngsters. Now experts are emphasizing to parents that medications may even be more dangerous. Here are the details from HealthDay News: Health experts believe the most prevalent poisoning threat in a person's household isn't under the sink or in the garage -- but in the medicine cabinet. Two of every three pediatric poisonings that result in an emergency room visit are caused by medication overdoses, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In fact, the rate of…
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Absent Father Linked to Earlier Periods

Children's Health, Parenting
In my book, God’s Design for the Highly Healthy Teen, I discuss the disturbing phenomena of young girls having their periods at younger and younger ages. Researchers have suggested a number of possible causes, including family stress, in general, and the absence of the biologic father, in specific. Now, comes a new study with findings that add to previous research, but the experts still can't explain the link. Here are the details from HealthDay News: Girls growing up in higher-income homes without a biological father are likely to reach puberty earlier than others, new research finds. "In higher-income families, father absence predicted earlier puberty, but it did not in lower-income, father-absent [households]," said study leader Julianna Deardorff. "Girls in upper-income households without a father were at least twice as likely to experience…
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