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    Nursing Ethics: About the Weather

    I don't agree. This was an issue for a nurse in D.C. following the blizzard that dumped 3 feet of snow there one day last year. How in the hell was she supposed to get to work in 3 feet of snow? Granted, this was an extreme case, but the hospital did fire this nurse, but she did sue and got her job back with back pay. There are just some cases where the weather truly is just too bad for someone to get to their job. And it is a JOB - it is not worth risking your life, and if the conditions are 3 feet of snow, it is life-threatening.
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    Vaccines/autism link called a fraud (and f/u)

    Can you clarify - what's an interesting thought? The autism/preemie link or one of the other topics posted?
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    Signs you've given up on the relationship

    this may not be popular, but i am divorced, and it wasn't an easy decision at all, but the best decision i had ever made. . i hung in there for years, hoping it would improve. i forced him into counseling for addiction issues. .he went and then quit. he didn't have a problem! i went. it took a long long time, but i finally realized i did not want to spend my life living like this. i've been single now for 14 years, have been in a relationship for the past 10 years with someone, but no marriage plans. my life improved so much after the divorce. if there is addiction involved and the person refuses help - get out. this can be addiction to many things, not just drugs or alcohol, but even sports or work. if you are constantly being left alone, this isn't a marriage. you are already alone, you might as well be single. there is a big difference between being alone and being lonely.
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    Vaccines/autism link called a fraud (and f/u)

    Preemies/autism link: Greater Risk Of Autism In Preemies
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    Vaccines/autism link called a fraud (and f/u)

    Autism, I believe does most likely, have numerous causes. Having had very premature twins born at 24-25 weeks, it is widely known that autism and autism spectrum disorders are extremely prevelant in this population. One of my daughters has Aspergers and NLD which are autism spectrum disorders. One of my most respected preemie advocates, Helen Harrison, has talked about the high incidence of autism among extremely preterm children for years and years. She would talk about this at neonatal conferences, and neonatologists poo pooed her, and were so in denial about there being really anything significant going on with preemies. Afterall, most catch up be age 2! Uh - no. Prematurity is the number one cause of disability in newborns. Cerebral palsy, mental retardation, seizures, blindness, learning disabilities. . and now autism is an issue. As neonatal continues to push back the envelope on saving smaller and sicker newborns, the disability rate also, is climbing. Autism now is found to affect about 1/4 of those babies born 3 or more months early. Personally, I think neonatal has gone too far in saving preemies. The outcomes are getting worse, and parents do not have the resources available as these children grow into children, adults. The divorce rate among couples of severely disabled children, I had heard a while ago, is arount 85%. With our current health care climate and cuts to all services serving the disabled, including Medicaid, it is going to become more difficult for families who are deserted after neonatal. We really need to back the wagon up and do some high quality long-term preemie f/u studies similar to the EPICURE study done in Europe. IMO as well as many preemie families left with children who are severely impacted, we are far too aggressive saving tiny preemies in this country. With that said, I do not think that vaccines should be discounted as a possible cause though either. The article written by Jim Carey about the high incidence of vaccinosis among puppies certainly is intriguing. Dr. Bernadine Healy's support of there being better studies of vaccines including the population of the unvaccinated vs the vaccinated. . .the unvaccinated btw, would probably include just about every chiropractor's child in this country, as the few I know, have not vaccinated their kids. I do not think we can hang our hat on the studies done so far, as I do not particularly trust big pharma, and I think that many of the studies discounting a link could have big pharma connections.
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    Vaccines/autism link called a fraud (and f/u)

    Livingwithautism. .well said. Thank you for your courage in sharing your story here. I would like to encourage my fellow nurses on here to consider volunteering for respite care for families dealing with severe disabilities. If you think the diseases in-hospital are difficult to manage, stepping into the shoes of parents dealing with vaccine-reaction aftermath day after day, is a real eye-opener.
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    Vaccines/autism link called a fraud (and f/u)

    This is really sad. The parents from Wisconsin, have a website of photos showing their newborn son's reaction to his first vaccination. He died at 47 days old.Ian's Life: Day 37 through Day 47
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    Vaccines/autism link called a fraud (and f/u)

    I do believe this is where most parents who are "vaccine concerned" would fall as well. Jenny McCarthy was on CNN as well as another talk show recently, and she emphatically stated that she is not anti-vaccine, but rather, supports a kinder schedule, for reasons you state above. There actually has been quite a lot written already on who might be considered high risk for vaccine side-effects. Preemies for one. The book "A Shot In The Dark" written in 1991 talks a lot about risk factors. Certainly there is concern about the autism rate rising so dramatically in recent years. I think the having babies too close together is pretty much BS. Most families I know with kids who have autism, it's also the oldest affected. Along this line of thinking - here is part of an excellent article written by Jim Carey (yes, former boyfriend of Jenny McCarthy). .the article brings up some interesting questions, and here is a segment I found very interesting, along with a quote from Dr. Bernadine Healy: "We have never argued that people shouldn't be immunized for the most serious threats including measles and polio, but surely there's a limit as to how many viruses and toxins can be introduced into the body of a small child. Veterinarians found out years ago that in many cases they were over-immunizing our pets, a syndrome they call Vaccinosis. It overwhelmed the immune system of the animals, causing myriad physical and neurological disorders. Sound familiar? If you can over-immunize a dog, is it so far out to assume that you can over-immunize a child? These forward thinking vets also decided to remove thimerosal from animal vaccines in 1992, and yet this substance, which is 49% mercury, is still in human vaccines. Don't our children deserve as much consideration as our pets? I think I'd rather listen to the more sensible voice of Dr. Bernadine Healy, former head of the National Institute of Health, who says: Listen to the patients and the patients will teach...I think there is an inexcusable issue, and that's the lack of research that's been done here...A parent can legitimately question giving a one-day old baby, or a two-day old baby [the] Hepatitis B vaccine that has no risk for it [and] the mother has no risk for it. That's a heavy-duty vaccine given on day two [of life]. I think those are legitimate questions. Dr. Healy is also calling for a long overdue study of vaccinated vs. unvaccinated." Here is the article in its entirety: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jim-carrey/the-judgment-on-vaccines_b_189777.html
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    What book are you reading or have read lately?

    One of the best books I've read lately, is "Waiting for White Horses" by Nathan Jorgenson. This book is about life in northern Minnesota, and it is good. It's a rather quirky kind of book, as it centers around male bonding time, love, loss, drama. I actually wrote to the author and told him I hoped his book would someday make it to the big screen. Go to Amazon to read reviews. This book would appeal to both men and women. Loved it. I'm not a crier, but I sobbed over this one! Hated to see it end.
  10. And. . is this "church" receiving tax exempt status?? Thankfully, people are aware of them now, and apparently are doing things to shield mourners - at Elizabeth Edwards' funeral, their protesters were surrounded by many many people who sang Christmas songs, drowning out their hatefulness. I'm becoming so very distressed at the horrible way in which the media is acting - if one can call Rush Limbaugh and Glen Beck media. .such hatred, it's becoming unbearable to read about the lies and hate spewing from these wretched people. The saddest thing of all - there are so many people who believe them, who think that if you aren't "with them" you are the one who is evil.
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    Vaccines/autism link called a fraud (and f/u)

    Just so you know, Jenny McCarthy is not anti-vaccine! She is for a kinder vaccine schedule that doesn't hit these young babies with SO MANY vaccines during their first year or so of life, when their developing brains are most vulnerable. Jenny McCarthy didn't start this, Dr. Wakefield didn't start this. These issues have been discussed and written about for decades already. There is actually concern among veterinarians about too many vaccines in young animals causing "vaccine syndrome" - is it such a stretch to say this could be an issue with human babies as well?
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    Vaccines/autism link called a fraud (and f/u)

    Dr. Wakefield defends research, stating "smear campaign" by pharmaceutical company. .trying to cover up vaccine reactions. http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/01/06/3107885.htm
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    Vaccines/autism link called a fraud (and f/u)

    If the seat belt itself causes severe disabilities, yes, it should the parent's right to decide not to use.
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    Vaccines/autism link called a fraud (and f/u)

    Very, very well said RetRN77. Nothing like life experience and history, whether personally or professionally, to give one cautious perspective.
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    Vaccines/autism link called a fraud (and f/u)

    Agreed - I have concerns about the big profit machine we affectionately call Big Pharma. .has anyone seen this article? http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2011/01/deadly-medicine-201101?currentPage=all This aside - I have questions about Wakefield's article. Why did it take 13 years for it to be discredited? If it was such a ridiculous piece of research, why didn't the board (BMJ?) review the research initially and say - nope, not acceptable? Why did it take this long to pull it? Could it be Big Pharma - working very hard to discredit the naysayers - shut anyone up who questions vaccine safety? I'm just sayin' what if?
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