Abortions are the number one killer of African-Americans. Many young Black teens resort to abortions because the pregnancy is unplanned, and they are not mature enough to care for a child. Others are in fear of their parents and may have abortions without their parents’ knowledge. Many young Black women who are unmarried are generally not financially prepared; the biological father is typically absent from their child’s life. Patients between the ages of 20 and 24 obtained 34 percent of all abortions. Women ages 25 to 29 obtained 27 percent.
In 2014, whites accounted for 39 percent of abortion procedures while blacks accounted for 28 percent of them in the U.S. In 2016, white mothers accounted for 37 percent of abortions while being 77 percent of the U.S. population. By contrast, black women only comprise 6 percent of the U.S. population, but they account for 35 percent of abortions, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC). About 1.3 percent of these reported abortions had a gestation period beyond 20 weeks. What is the reason for this?
On October 26, 1916, Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, opens the first birth control clinic in the poverty-stricken section of Brownsville in Brooklyn, NY. The notion was to help control the problem of over breeding. Sanger’s childhood is said to have been unhappy. Her father was an unstable alcoholic with radical political views. Sanger was a poor student and did not take working seriously. It is believed that her short, unhappy career in teaching children of immigrants led to her embracing eugenics. She became passionate about “Marxism, anarchism, free love, secular humanism, and Darwinism”.
On May 2, 1927, the United States Supreme Court case, Buck vs. Bell, gave states the right to forced sterilizations for those that they deemed genetically unfit. Elaine Riddick was a victim of this type of eugenics. At the age of 14, she was raped by a man in her neighborhood and became pregnant. Upon giving birth to her son in 1968 in North Carolina, a doctor cut her Fallopian tubes. Because her grandmother was illiterate, she unknowingly consented to the procedure. Forty-four year later, the state of North Carolina wanted to compensate Riddick and other victims $50,000 in damages. That angered her even more.
In 1939, Margaret Sanger began to discourage the population growth of African-Americans, particularly those that are poor. In short, to discourage “the defective and diseased elements of humanity” from their “reckless and irresponsible swarming and spawning”. Sanger knew that so-called African Americans primarily were a religious group of people. She used this and prominent African Americans to help her cause.
How did she put this plan into action? She wrote a letter to Dr. W.E.B. Dubois, a prominent sociologist and author. Sanger’s “claim” was that birth control was the solution to prejudice and discrimination in the Black community. If births were more spaced out, families could recover financially and physically. (The mother’s body needs to heal from childbirth and each child is expensive to care for). Diseases would decrease, and healthier babies would result.
Opponents of this believed that abortion was immoral and the population needed to increase for an equal distribution of wealth. However, more people believed Sanger’s deception that birth control would improve conditions in the black community. Black churches even invited her to speak to their congregations! It wasn’t because they were gullible; Sanger was very crafty at hiding her true agenda. Sanger also wrote about her meeting with the women of the Ku Klux Klan in her autobiography.
In spite of this, Planned Parenthood still honors Margaret Sanger to this day. Hillary Rodham Clinton, former senator, first-lady, presidential candidate, and recipient of the Margaret Sanger award in 2009, expresses her great admiration for her and her vision. In 2014, former Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, accepted that award with the same gratitude.
The rabbit hole goes deeper. Planned Parenthood harvests baby parts and sells them to human organ buyers. PepsiCo is said to have used aborted fetal cells in its products. Kraft, Nestle, and other companies are using aborted baby fetuses as flavor additives. African-Americans are very valuable in this way. You can decrease the population and make money from our body parts. In addition, there is DNA in those aborted fetuses. Scientists can use that information to create new diseases to exterminate African Americans. There is a claim that scientists created Ebola for this purpose.
In spite of the attempts made to exterminate so-called African-Americans, we are still here. On a personal note, I haven’t experienced an abortion, but I have experienced the loss of a child. Many of us have awakened to our true heritage (Deut. 28:15-68), and we understand the importance of family and following the Most High. Before Margaret Sanger, there weren’t abortions. We weren’t sterilized on the assumption that we were genetically unfit for reproduction. A woman gave birth as long as her body produced eggs. Whether we have been blessed with many children or only one, we need to cherish them. Shalom!
More than 3.5 million Americans live with an autism spectrum disorder. Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability Autism in children has increased 119.4 percent since 2000. Adults with autism were diagnosed as children. The common symptoms of autism are speech delay, lack of interest in playing with toys or “pretend play”, limited social skills, atypical behaviors (i.e. tapping on walls), and repetitive behaviors, such as arm flapping. In addition, sensitivity to sounds, smells, tastes, and/or touch, becoming upset or “shutting down” if change in routine, not making eye contact, often repeating words and phases, and being unaware of boundaries and “space” of others.
Herbal Supplements That Alleviate Autism Symptoms
- Activated charcoal
This substance can adsorb poisons within the body such as lead and mercury. It also works to adsorb excess gas and bacteria from the intestines. It is a common belief that autism is caused by heavy metal toxicity.
Many people use this herb in many culinary dishes such as pasta and meatballs or pesto. It also detoxes heavy metals from the body by adsorption.
Garlic is also popular in the culinary world. It works to boast immunity from certain ailments like colds and other respiratory disorders. It also treats digestive problems. The only downside for some is the odor.
- Grapefruit seed extract
This rids the body of yeast overgrowth in the intestines and the mouth. Candida can cause many health problems if ignored.
- Milk thistle
This herbal supplement detoxes the liver. The liver works to detoxify the entire body. There is link to liver health and detoxification of the blood.
- Gotu kola leaf
This supplement enhances memory and intellectual functioning. It also works to increase blood circulation within the body.
Ginkgo leaf or ginkgo biloba can treat a variety of brain, circulatory, and nerve conditions by increasing blood flow to the brain. Proper blood flow to the brain can ensure an adequate amount of oxygen in the brain. This would lead to improved cognitive abilities resulting in improved behaviors.
This herb also improves cognitive function and memory. It is more effective when taken with other herbal supplements. It also boosts energy and promotes relaxation.
- Methyl Sulfonyl Methane
Also known as MSM, this supplement improve joint health, increases immunity, and decreases inflammation. It also works to combat leaky gut syndrome.
- Oregon grape
It is used as a remedy for various skin conditions. It also works as a laxative and antibiotic by clearing liver congestion and regulating the flow of bile.
There are other natural remedies that can work to heal autism. Autism is treatable with the appropriate therapies. One may receive results quickly; however, others will need to be tenacious until they results. The autism spectrum is broad.
One month ago, I was laid off from my job. It wasn’t because of poor performance. In fact, my peers always told me about the fine work that I did. They expressed their compassion as well as their surprise. I was the only person in my department that was affected by this business decision.
My previous company decided to downsize. As a result, a few of us were told that our positions would be eliminated. I wasn’t totally surprised during my two and a half years of service; I’ve seen many of my peers, including two managers, get fired. The company downsized at the beginning of this year as well. In addition, the company had a lot of turnover that always seem to happen in waves.
Am I bitter about losing my job? Absolutely not. I believe that was the expectation from the management and my peers. Many people don’t handle a job loss well. I’ve experienced it before. As a spiritual woman, I believe that everything happens for a reason. Sometimes, it’s to protect us from more harm. Other times, it’s to make us stronger to prepare us for the events to come.
During this past month, I’ve used this time to pray and think about the next steps. I’ve enjoyed spending more time with my husband and son. I watch my son get on his school bus, and I see him when he comes home. I help him with his spelling, reading, and math. When I was working, my husband did all of those things. As far as the job search goes, I worked with a resume coach to revise my resume. I’m working with a career coach and learning more about using LinkedIn. I’ve enjoyed working with both of them.
I’ve always been told that you are not alone; there is always someone going through the same issues. I hope that I can encourage those that recently lost their job or maybe have been unemployed for a long period of time. Perhaps, you may have advice for me. This is what I will tell you:
1. Move forward and put the past behind you. I know this is not always easy, but it’s very important that you do this. When you’re interviewing, you don’t want to say negative things about your previous company.
2. Use your time off to your benefit. As a mentioned, I’ve enjoyed time with my family. I’ve also had time to write blog posts. If you’re not in a “desperate” situation, use this time to relax and plan your next step.
3. Networking. LinkedIn is a great place to start. One referral, ironically from a previous manager, led to a phone interview followed by an on-site interview. Applying for jobs online at sites like Indeed can work. ( I have been invited for interviews). It’s always wise to be creative with your job search.
4. Turn your talents into earnings. We all know at least one person with a legal “hustle”, whether it’s hair styling, coaching, cooking, graphic design, fashion, or singing. I’m still working on this. I recently connected with a former co-worker that became an entrepreneur. She had been preparing for the transition all year.
5. Count every experience as a life lesson. I took away some valuable experiences from my last position. There were days that I felt appreciated; there were other days that I felt like less than a person. In any case, I had an opportunity to gain leadership skills and develop my public speaking skills.
Please feel free to share your job search experiences and advice that has helped in your development.
For those of us that clean, particularly moms (and dads), we may use cleaning products with very strong odors. Sometimes, the smell is so strong that it makes us cough. We use it because it works, right? If we open the windows as we clean, the smell won’t be so bothersome.
Well, have you ever read the ingredients on the label of a bottle of cleaner? For instance, toilet bowl cleaners, no matter the name brand, contain hydrochloric acid or HCl for all my fellow scientists. Hydrochloric acid is a strong acid, which means that it can burn the skin. The fumes from the vapors are very toxic. Whenever, I’ve had to use this for lab experiments, I wore gloves and worked under a fume hood.
Some of you may use bleach to clean your toilets and for washing your white laundry. Although like hydrochloric acid, bleach will kill the germs and “whiten whites”; however, bleach contains chlorine, which is also toxic. (If you swim in a chlorinated swimming pool, you may notice that your eyes my burn if they come in contact with the water).
Many drain cleaners contain concentrated acid. So, since HCl and bleach are both harmful, there are safer, effective ways to clean. Mixing 1/2 cup of vinegar with 1/2 cup baking soda will clean the drain.
As the weather is getting warmer, you see more insects. Since our house is surrounded by trees, we often find ants and other insects in our home. Since my son is fascinated with all types of bugs, I don’t want to use any strong chemicals in our home. We also have a dog that should not be exposed to chemicals. For gnats, I leave a small glass of apple cider vinegar in the area that they populate. After a few days, I’ll notice gnats floating in the glass of vinegar. For ants, I make a mixture of 1:1 white vinegar and water and 5 drops of essential oil. (I chose lavender scent, but it’s your personal preference). It kills ants (and spiders also). I spray it around the doorways to repel the ones that are trying to enter our home.
Here is a list of alternatives that you can use in the home instead of chemicals:
1. Glass cleaner – 1 tbsp. vinegar in a quart of water
2. Shower cleaner – use vinegar in a spray bottle
3. Furniture polish – use a damp cloth or try this recipe: 1 3/4 cup water, 1/4 cup white vinegar, 2 tsp. olive oil, and 1/2 tsp. lemon essential oil
4. Chlorine bleach – use non-chlorine bleach
5. Toilet bowl cleaner – baking soda and vinegar. (This also gets rid of urine odors, particularly for households with boys!). Baking soda is also known as sodium bicarbonate.
6. General cleaning – water, vinegar, and lemon juice. White vinegar kills both salmonella and E. coli bacteria from contaminated food or water.
Simple household items can do wonders in your home. You’ll not only make your home environmentally sound, but you will also save money.
We all know that dental health is of great importance to general health of an entire organism and the quality of living throughout everyone’s lifespan. Having all this in mind, it becomes rather obvious that adequate care must be paid to dental health from a very early age, practically even before a child gets its first teeth. Furthermore, if there is a need for any corrective work, this needs to be done as soon as possible. This applies to braces as well and here are a couple of things that need to be known on the necessity of wearing braces and overcoming angst related to them.
When to start?
Regular dental examinations should begin when the first teeth show up. The children should be introduced to dentists and orthodontists even before dental problems occur to familiarize with the environment and get pass usual first anxiety and negative impressions. The best time to start wearing braces depends on how serious the problem is and what is the cause of teeth misalignment. Usually, this is between the age of 9 and 12, when a child looses the majority of his or her first teeth and gains most of permanent teeth. Also, the younger they are, the less emotional they will be about the entire situation.
Overcoming the angst
Children often get emotional when it comes to wearing braces, which is perfectly understandable. The best way to overcome the angst is to talk to them openly about the necessity of wearing braces and constantly remind them of the benefits it will bring. Explain to them that the physical discomfort and pain will only last a couple of days at the beginning and after each adjustment. Educate them and help the pain relief. If you have examples in your immediate family, do include them and certainly remind your child about numerous celebrities that had worn and still are wearing them. It is also important they know that wearing braces is not their fault by any chance. As it is the case with everything else, younger children go through wearing braces rather effortlessly; teenagers are those that need more help. Luckily, they are usually not alone in it; there will certainly be a number of their school friends who wear braces, so you could even form a debate club, talk about it over cakes and lemonade and even have fun sharing experiences. Also, do not underestimate your children’s maturity; you will be surprised how rational they may be about their health and the necessity of improving it in the best way possible.
Maintenance of proper hygiene of braces and oral cavity is essential for the success of an entire process. Regarding the process of brushing, increase the regular dental hygiene and the outcome will be faster and safer.
As you can see, braces are all about timely reaction, discipline, and communication. Practically, just about anything related to your child’s growing up, and no matter how intimidating it may seem at first, by taking care of all three of these important factors, everything will end up well. Read more “Your Child’s Dental Health: Necessity of Braces and Overcoming Angst”
One of the scariest moments in the lives of every parent (solo or not) is the first time you leave your child home alone. Leaving the child home alone and teaching them all about home security -it is a very complex and tricky issue and it should be handled carefully and smartly.
What does the law say?
Well, not much. In most countries, there is no single law that stipulates when a child can be left home alone. Some states in the US (Maryland) and in Australia (Queensland) have their own laws, but most of the time, this is not regulated by the law.
It is left to the discretion of the parent and this is where one needs to be extremely careful, even before we get to the home security issue.
What to ask myself?
If you are thinking of leaving your child home alone, these are some of the questions that you need to ask yourself are:
- Does my child usually make rational, mature decision?
- Will my child be scared being left alone?
- Does my child know what to do and who to call in case of emergency?
- How long will you be gone?
- How safe is your neighborhood and town (city)?
Remember that these are just some of the questions that you need to take into consideration. In the end, however, you are the only one who can determine whether your child is old enough and mature enough to be left home alone for a certain period of time. There are 9-year-olds who are much more mature than some 15-year-olds, and this is where the parent needs to decide if their child has reached that age where it will be comfortable being left home alone.
What about home security?
In most cases, the children know very little about home security. They usually leave and come home with someone, and they probably do not even know the password for the alarm, let alone something more complex.
Before you even get to the point where you might leave them alone, it is perhaps time to beef up your security. Let’s face it. Many of us do not have the time to get around to do this while some of us believe that bad things only happen to others. Security experts have told us that the number of homes with less-than-spectacular (to put things mildly) security is surprisingly large.
You should also start talking to your child, letting them know all about the home security features that you have. They should know how to lock the door, they should know the password to the alarm system, how to use the video door phone, etc.
In addition to this, you need to ensure that they know never to let anyone in. If they are a bit older (over 15), you might be less stringent about this and leave it to their discretion if it is someone they know, but strangers should never be allowed in (hence the title of the article).
One of the best ways to approach leaving your child home alone is to do it in increments. First time, make it an hour, hour and a half at the most. If they are younger, you can start with half an hour, even. Then, seeing how they react to it and how well they handle it, you can increase the time.
Of course, if you think at any time that they are scared and that this is too strenuous for them, stop doing it and wait some time before you try again.
Bio: James D. Burbank is a father parent of two and he tries to learn something new every day. He had help from Sydney-based locksmiths when writing this article.
For many people, science was not their favorite subject in school. They didn’t like their teacher or it was just a hard subject to grasp. From a personal prospective, I had science teachers that I really liked, and I was able to excel in their classes. Even with the teachers that made it difficult, I was still able to excel. I was an Honor Roll student from elementary school to high school.
At that time, I didn’t know that I would become a Chemist. (Before I started blogging, I worked in pharmaceutical labs). My plan was either to be an accountant or go into the medical field. When I started graduate school, I knew that science was my chosen career path.
Do I want my son to follow in my footsteps? Sure, but he is only 4 years old. He shows a scientific side; he is interested in bugs and leaves. He is also fascinated by electronics and water going down the drain. In other words, he’s curious. You should support your child’s interest in science if they have one. In my last blog post, I wrote that it was a mistake to live out someone else’s dream, even if it pays well. See my blog post How to Have a Career Focus. As a parent, you don’t need to have an interest in science in order for you child to love it. There aren’t any other scientists in my family. If you see that your child has an interest in science, encourage it. Here are some ways to spark their interest:
- Allow your child to spend time outside with nature. It’s been a hard, long winter for many of us, so when the weather breaks, get out and enjoy nature. Pay attention to your child’s reactions. For instance, I mentioned that my son is fascinated with bugs and leaves, and I’m not going to discourage that. It doesn’t mean that he’ll become a scientist, but it may be a future interest for him.
- Encourage scientific reading. As a kid, I had many books about science. Books about insects, your digestive system, the 5 senses, and the like. Before smartphones existed, we went to the library to get books and study. Your child can still go to the library and smell and feel a live book for free. However, I know that many of you may prefer to download all of your children’s books on an iPad or Kindle. There are apps like Off the Rails, Toca Nature, and Explorium-Space for Kids.
- Make science part of play. You can purchase a science lab set or other tools that allows your student to explore science hands-on safely.
- Have them talk with their teachers. If science is your child’s favorite subject in school, he can talk to his teacher about his interest. They can definitely point them in the right direction.
As a college-bound youth, or maybe even an undecided college student, finding a career may not always be easy. However, there are some things to consider before you choose.
- Passion. What are you passionate about? What do you enjoy doing the most? You passion is your fondness for something, like writing or music. You love it so much, that you would do it for free.
- Interest. What types of things interest you? Think about your favorite subjects in school. Also, you may have been involved in many extracurricular activities in and outside of school. There may have been a teacher or another adult that you may admire. You can talk to them about their career if it’s something that is of interest to you.
- Talent. All of us have at least one talent; something that we do well with a natural ability. It may be singing, dancing, playing an instrument, or painting.
- Don’t live out somebody’s else’s dreams. Your parents may want you to become a doctor or a lawyer because of the prestige and high salary that comes with it. This may sound fabulous, but if it’s not what you want to do, you are going to be miserable. You can be rich and still be unhappy.
- Be realistic. For some careers, like politics, you have to compromise your morals and values in order to wsucceed. This is what the world says; money, fame, and power are the things to strive for. But what does God say? Whatever career you choose, do it with integrity. There’s nothing wrong with being successful, just don’t sell your soul for it.
Most toddlers are very picky eaters, but there are foods that they will ask for and will not turn away. If you mix and match with lots of variety, you can have a happy and healthy child.
- Clementines. They are in season right now. They are also sweet, easy to peel and eat.
- Tuna fish. The albacore tuna is best. It contains omega-3, which is good for brain development. Add some chopped tomato or cucumber for color.
- Nut butters. Whether it peanut, almond, or cashew butter, they all taste great.
- Sweet potatoes. They’re naturally sweet and are higher in both vitamin C and vitamin A than white potatoes. Sweet potato fries are an alternative to regular ones.
- Chicken. Baked chicken makes a terrific meal. Chicken nuggets and strips are finger foods. Just make sure that they are made from REAL CHICKEN free of antibiotics, not the processed stuff.
- Turkey. There haven’t been any reports about turkeys being given antibiotics or hormones. Add a very small amount of gravy for extra flavor.
- Spinach. This is a green vegetable that most kids will eat. My son loves it. To cook fresh spinach, add some olive oil and a little garlic. Since spinach is mostly water, you won’t need to add much.
- Green beans. They are easy for small children to eat.
- Bananas. They’re high in potassium and can be added to cereal or eaten in bites.
- Chocolate chip cookies. My son doesn’t eat junk food, but sometimes we let him eat chocolate chips cookies. Famous Amos cookies are bit size and do not contain high fructose corn syrup.
- Graham crackers. Excellent for snacks. Most brands are now being made without high fructose corn syrup.
- Popcorn. A healthy way to eat this is to buy the gourmet kernel popcorn, like Orville Redenbacher, and use an air popper. Add olive oil and kosher salt. I was surprised at the taste of this combination.
- Watermelon. It’s not in season right now, but very tasty and refreshing. Stay away from seedless watermelon. It’s genetically altered.
- Apples. Whatever kind you prefer…Gala, Red Delicious, Granny Smith… cut them into slices for snacking.
- Yogurt. A simple addition to a school lunch or for breakfast. Add fresh fruit for variety.
There are many types of blogs out there. Some discuss Kim Kardashian’s backside or Pitbull’s latest video. Others talk about sports or give financial advice. I’ve been blogging for about a year and half now. Here are my reasons:
- My family. At the end of 2012, my contract position ended. At that time, I was a Scientist at a large medical devices company. Also, when my son turned 2, he began to have behavioral issues; he would have “meltdowns” if his routine changed. He had been receiving occupational and physical therapy since he was 6 months old. His pediatrician recommended it since he was a preemie. I decided to return to being a stay-at-home mom until my son’s issues were resolved. Last summer, doctors diagnosed my son with autism spectrum disorder. I wasn’t familiar with it, and quite frankly, it was hard for me to accept. In between my son’s at-home therapy sessions and visits to specialists, I needed something else to relax my mind. I enjoyed writing, and I’d heard about blogging, so I decided to research it further. It was easy to set up a website on WordPress, and friends were always asking me for advice; I decided to launch Have Faith and Live Well.
- To inform. I discuss various health topics in my blog. Since my son’s diagnosis, I began researching the types of foods that he should eat and those to avoid. Fortunately, my son is a very picky eater. As a family, we don’t eat fast food or drink soda among other things. It costs more to eat healthy, but it’s worth it. I know that at least one person is reading my blog daily. I hope that they are taking the initiative to do their own research and make the necessary changes. I believe that by helping one person, that person can help others and so forth.
- For exposure. It takes time to build a strong following. (Of course, there are those exceptional bloggers that have millions of followers). It will be that one blog post, one connection, or that one application that will make all the difference. Guest blogging is also helpful for exposure. I’ve posted on other blogs as well as having guest bloggers on my own blog.
- To network with other bloggers. There are many blogs that I follow. Some of them I read for entertainment, and others give great blogging tips. I learn a wealth of information from other bloggers. It’s an ongoing process. People come into our lives for different reasons. I don’t believe in coincidences.
- For income. The goal is to generate income from my blog, which is a work in progress.
I would like to thank all of you that take the time to read my blog posts. You are the reason that I continue to write.