Folic acid fortification to prevent birth defects hits FDA roadblock

Public health experts have long recognized that Hispanic women in this country have higher rates of folate insufficiency and neural tube defects than whites or African Americans. One reason is the U.S. does not allow fortification of corn masa flour, used to make tortillas, tamales, and other staples of the Hispanic diet.

Folic Acid has been a good thing for thousands, probably even millions of people.  However, let’s remember that we are all individuals, we are all different, and what is good for one may not be a good thing for another.

If you have the MTHFR gene mutation, then your body does not readily process folic acid.  If you are homozygous for this mutation, like I am, then you received one mutated gene from each of your parents. People with this mutation are recommended to practice a gluten-free lifestyle in order to avoid the folic acid that is added to most wheat products.

If you are scratching your head and thinking that you’ve never heard of such a phenomenon, don’t feel like you are out of the loop.  Most people, even doctors, have not heard of it either.

After learning what I could about my condition, I visited my MD to see what he might know about it. My appointment was in the afternoon, and he said he had just heard about it that very morning from another patient.  After telling him what I knew, he said that short of sending me to a hematologist, he thought I knew as much about it as any doctor in the city.  I think we were both in shock.

Women that are trying to conceive or that are pregnant are advised to take folic acid.  Why can’t we advise hispanic women to do the same?

via Folic acid fortification to prevent birth defects hits FDA roadblock.


“A Baby can Handle as many as 10,000 Vaccines”

Dr. Offit has gone on record stating that he believes a baby can handle as many as 10,000 vaccines during infancy.

Really?  Why can’t we just admit that we’re all different?  Why can’t we just admit that what’s good for one person might not be good for another?

At one time the MMR vaccine contained enough egg protein that children allergic to eggs were advised not to get the vaccine.  So, no, those children could not handle 10,000 vaccines during infancy if one of those was the MMR vaccine.

It appears that the MMR no longer contains enough egg protein to be a problem to those allergic to eggs but the flu vaccine does.  Beware!

via Children Taken Away from Christian Parents to Receive Forced Vaccinations.


Ch Ch Ch Changes

Yes, it is true that I have been negelcting this blog.  I often think of life as a series of seasons or changes.  Our current season seems to be coming to an end as we enter a new season.

First of all, we are going through many lifestyle changes.  We made a deicision a few years ago to change our eating habits.  We eat a lot more fruits and vegetables now. I started exercising on a regular basis and lost 80 pounds.

The last couple of years has pretty well been an even pace.  I have more weight to lose, so I am watching my intake even more closely.  I am now working out vigorously every day.  I have a personal trainer, even.

For the last two years, I have worked from home on weekends.  It looks like that job may be coming to an end.

I have been studying essential oils and have been considering becomimg a certified aromatherapist.  I believe that may be in my near future but not right away.

Last, but not least, I have been doing the Declutter 365 missions   This is a program to declutter your home by doing 15 minute tasks every day of the year.  It is a great program that has been well thought out.  Not only do you plan and declutter, but you are also given methods to keep the clutter from coming back.  Yeah!

What’s new with you?


DIY Lamination at Home!


I ran across this today. Lamination is something I’ve used a lot as a homeschool mom. Here are some easy tips on how to laminate at home very inexpensively without any special equipment such as a laminating machine.

Originally posted on Do It On A Dime:

I LOVE lamination.  As a teacher I consider myself to be more or less an “expert” at it.  I have laminated so much in my day and had to be creative about it.  I’ve been teaching for 8 years, so that’s a lotta paper!

My favorite Laminating ideas are in the video below, and here is more information about the products I show.  There is no paid product placement in this video :)  I’m not trying to promote and one brand… just show you what’s available!  I am an Amazon affiliate.

Dollar Tree Tape!

Self-Adhesive Laminating Sheets (it’s cheaper to get them online than in-store!)

Thermal Laminating Pouches. These are the ones I featured.

My laminator

Walmart Laminator (haven’t tried but good reviews!)

Another option to get the pouches is laminator.com (I’m not affiliated but the prices are good!)


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