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  • tags: Vaccines, health

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  • NB: Although this website states that many vaccines still contain thimerosal (a mercury compound), this is not the case in the UK.

    tags: Vaccines, health

  • I've been using this website to find out the ingredients of different vaccines.

    tags: Vaccines, health

  • tags: Birth

    • The Hunting and Gathering MAMA.

      Mar 30, 2010
      by Katy

      If you want to start a fight at the next party you go to, bring up birthing politics.  Hospital or Home.  Drug-Free or Epidural.  Birth Tub or Stirrups.  But not so long ago, there was only one option.  It was called, Your Doing This Now, Whether You Want To or Not.

      I have no problem stating my personal preference for a natural, drug-free, non-hospitalized birth.  The scientific and statistical evidence supports that, if all goes well, this is the ultimate in “healthy” experience for the mother and child.

      One of the biggest supporting arguments of natural and non-hospital births is that the birthing process is a instinctual and natural event, happening for hundreds of thousands of years without outside aid.   This is true.  But there are many additional things the hunter-and-gathering mother were also doing that prepared the delivering muscles much better.

      Looking back a hundred years, the birth-induced mortality rates (of both baby and mother) of non-industrialized civilizations were more favorable than rates of births happening in city areas.  Medical journal articles from the 1800s were looking at this fact back even back then!  Why were women who lived in the larger, industrialized areas of London having such a difficult time birthing than Gypsy women and Tinkers?  The populations without medical intervention fared better (less death and cranial deformity in babies and less death or injury in the mothers) than those with the advantages of surgeons, antibiotics, and a more sterile environment.  Why?

    • The answer back then, and still quite relevant today, had to do with movement habits, specifically the quantity of walking done per day as well as the practice of squatting to use the restroom.  The squatting action, preferably done since birth, creates a wide pelvic outlet (the space where the baby passes out).  Starting from childhood, squatting to bathroom aids in the ideal ossification (bone shaping) of both the pelvic bones and the sacrum.  The wider the outlet, the safer and easier the baby passes through.  Squatting also lengthens the muscles of the glutes, hamstrings, quadriceps, calves, and psoas.  When these muscles are tight, they can actually reduce the movement of the pelvic bones and increase stress and pressure on the baby (and mama) during delivery.  Back then and today still, the populations of people who move a lot (and I don’t mean exercise an hour per day) have better, easier births.
  • tags: Vaccines, health

  • tags: Nutrition, health

  • tags: Vaccines, health

  • tags: home-education

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