Breastfeeding is not only a necessary act, but also one of beauty and seeming joy. The baby’s need for the best nutrition there is, obviously, makes nursing him necessary. The wonderful preventative medicinal benefits available to both baby and mother also help make nursing him necessary.

Besides this, what can be more of an expression of love and a pleasing sight to behold than a mother nursing her baby?

Many mothers know about the widely known benefits of nursing their baby. Both baby and mother, however, stand to gain from some twenty lesser known benefits of nursing a baby.

Dr. Ruth A. Lawrence writes about such remarkable benefits. She is author of the book “Breastfeeding: A Guide for the Medical Profession”, Elsevier-Mosby. Dr. Ruth A. Lawrence is an infant-nutrition expert. She is also a Professor of Pediatrics and Obstetrics-Gynecology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in Rochester, New York.

Heather Kelly also advocates these lesser known but wonderful benefits of nursing a baby. She is an international board-certified lactation consultant in New York City. She is also a member of the Bravado Breastfeeding Information Council’s advisory board.

Dr. Ruth A. Lawrence and Heather Kelly contributed to the list mentioned below.

Breastfeeding, some of its other benefits

  1. A healthier baby
    “The incidences of pneumonia, colds and viruses are reduced among breastfed babies,” says Lawrence. Gastrointestinal infections like diarrhea—which can be devastating, especially in developing countries—are also less common.
  2. Long-term protection, too
    Breastfeed your baby and you reduce his risk of developing chronic conditions, such as type I diabetes, celiac disease and Crohn’s disease.

  3. Stronger bones
    According to Lawrence, women who breastfeed have a lower risk of postmenopausal osteoporosis. “When a woman is pregnant and lactating, her body absorbs calcium much more efficiently,” she explains. “So while some bones, particularly those in the spine and hips, may be a bit less dense at weaning, six months later, they are more dense than before pregnancy.”

  4. Lower SIDS risk
    Breastfeeding lowers your baby’s risk of sudden infant death syndrome by about half.

  5. Fewer problems with weight
    It’s more likely that neither of you will become obese if you breastfeed him.

  6. A calorie incinerator
    You may have heard that nursing burns up to 500 calories a day. And that’s almost right. “Breast milk contains 20 calories per ounce,” Lawrence explains. “If you feed your baby 20 ounces a day, that’s 400 calories you’ve swept out of your body.”

  7. It’s good for the earth
    Dairy cows, which are raised in part to make infant formula, are a significant contributor to global warming: Their belching, manure and flatulence (really!) spew enormous amounts of methane, a harmful greenhouse gas, into the atmosphere.

  8. Better healing postdelivery
    The oxytocin released when your baby nurses helps your uterus contract, reducing postdelivery blood loss. Plus, breastfeeding will help your uterus return to its normal size more quickly—at about six weeks postpartum, compared with 10 weeks if you don’t breastfeed.
  9. Less risk of cancer
    Breastfeeding can decrease your baby’s risk of some childhood cancers. And you’ll have a lower risk of premenopausal breast cancer and ovarian cancer, an often deadly disease that’s on the rise.
  10. An unmatched feeling of power
    “It’s empowering as a new mother to see your baby grow and thrive on your breast milk alone,” Lawrence says.
  11. A custom-made supply
    Formula isn’t able to change its constitution, but your breast milk morphs to meet your baby’s changing needs. Colostrum—the “premilk” that comes in after you deliver—is chock-full of antibodies to protect your newborn baby. “It’s also higher in protein and lower in sugar than ‘full’ milk, so even a small amount can hold off your baby’s hunger,” says Heather Kelly.

    When your full milk comes in (usually three to four days after delivery), it is higher in both sugar and volume than colostrum—again, just what your baby requires. “He needs a lot of calories and frequent feedings to fuel his rapid growth,” Kelly explains. “Your mature milk is designed to be digested quickly so he’ll eat often.”

  12. More effective vaccines
    Research shows that breastfed babies have a better antibody response to vaccines than formula-fed babies.
  13. A menstruation vacation
    Breastfeeding your baby around the clock—no bottles or formula— will delay ovulation, which means delayed menstruation. “Breastfeeding causes the release of prolactin, which keeps estrogen and progesterone at bay so ovulation isn’t triggered,” Kelly explains.

    “When your prolactin levels drop, those two hormones can kick back in, which means ovulation—and, hence, menstruation—occurs.”

    Even if you do breastfeed exclusively, your prolactin levels will eventually drop over the course of several months. Many moms who solely nurse will see their periods return between six and eight months after delivery, Kelly adds; others don’t for a full year.

  14. Less time off work
    Your baby will be ill less often, so that means fewer sick days for you.
  15. It’s cheap!
    According to La Leche League International, the cost of formula can range anywhere from $134 to $491 per month. That’s $1,608 to $5,892 in one year!
  16. A great way to learn about your baby
    “You have to read your baby’s ‘satiety cues’ a little better, because unlike with a bottle, you can’t see how much he’s eaten,” Kelly says. “You have to rely on your own instincts and your baby’s behavior to know when your baby is full.”
  17. You can stash the condoms—for now
    Breastfeeding can be 98 percent to 99 percent effective as a post-baby birth control option if a few guidelines are followed: Your period must not have resumed; you must breastfeed at least every four hours around the clock; you must not give your baby any pacifiers, bottles or formula; and you must be less than six months postpartum.

    According to Kelly, nighttime feedings are the most important to the “lactation amenorrhea method,” so do not let your baby (or yourself ) sleep through a feeding. “Going long stretches at night without nursing seems to be directly responsible for the return of ovulation,” she says. Prematurely sleep training your baby can also hasten ovulation.

  18. There’s nothing easier
    Simply pull up your shirt and nurse. Breast milk is always available and always at the right temperature.
  19. Benefits for all
    According to a study published in the journal Pediatrics, the United States would save about $13 billion per year in medical costs if 90 percent of U.S. families breastfed their newborns for at least six months.
  20. Better friendships
    “Breastfeeding helps cultivate relationships with other moms,” Kelly says. Whether it’s talking about parenting styles, nighttime feedings or engorgement, nursing allows women to forge positive postpartum relationships. Adds Kelly, “Women are supposed to be sitting together, nursing and taking care of babies.”
Aging
Breastfeeding in public

We should accept without any offence, mothers nursing babies in public. Public places and businesses should even encourage it by placing signs that welcome mothers to nurse freely. Our leaders should not hesitate to put legislation in place, if necessary, to allow this to happen. Some persons take offence at a mother baring her breast in public to nurse a baby. Such persons can better use their energy by standing up for certain moral rights. Our nursing mothers, then, should be able to more freely exercise their moral right to nurse anywhere.

By Edward Fagan

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“Aging takes its toll on all flesh”, is an accurate statement. It is as accurate when we make the same statement but replace “Aging” with “Time”. We do know that our bodily health, including brain health, can deteriorate as we grow older.

Aging and our non-physical side

We also know that our brain health affects the health and functioning of the non-bodily parts of our being. Our mental faculties and our body connect through our brain. Brain health, therefore, directly affects the health of our mind, intellect, wisdom faculty and capacity to grow spiritually.

These mental faculties mentioned above, and the human spirit (Job 32: 8) from which they result, cannot grow old. They are not “flesh” and are not subject to the ravages of age and “time”. I am joyful that there is a part of me that is not growing old and is unaffected by time.

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An original short story written by Edward Fagan

The end of  life we often cause by our actions 

“The end of life we often cause even without realizing it.”, says Carl Phillips to a friend. He continues “We often follow a way of life which includes habits that contribute to the impairment of our health. This way of life we often follow also contributes to our premature death.”

“Many persons abuse substances which impair health and shorten their lifespan. People often eat badly and do not get adequate sleep. They often practise poor hygiene, practise unsafe sex and do not exercise. These mentioned practices also can contribute to illness and a shortened lifespan.”

“Individuals have different motives for following such substance abusing and other life threatening practices. Persons following the above practices, despite their motives, can suffer the same results, namely, illness and self caused death.”

“Death resulting from following a careless, harmful way of life is not much different to death through euthanasia or suicide. We view as normal, people who die through practising this careless, harmful and fatal approach to life. We view in a different light, people who die through euthanasia or who commit suicide.”

“Some people choose suicide as the method by which they would die prematurely. Those people who choose suicide view it as a direct, quick and cheap method of ending their life.”

“People also choose euthanasia as a means of fulfilling their desire to end their life prematurely. Euthanasia does not carry the stigma associated with suicide.”, Carl Phillips finally says to his friend.

Carl Phillips has a problem which he never mentions to anyone. Carl’s problem is a very serious one. He is always thinking about the end of his life because of this problem. Carl often wonders, given the nature of this problem, whether his life should not end prematurely.

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The end of his life draws closer, but who is Carl Phillips?

Carl is a young man in his mid thirties. He has a beautiful wife and two lovely daughters. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and is a certified accountant. Carl works with a prosperous midsize company that is about to expand significantly. He is an assistant financial manager.

Carl’s other relatives include his parents and grandparents who are all alive. He also has brothers and sisters, uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, cousins and inlaws. He, expectedly, has many friends.

Carl is a sceptic, and he believes in humanism.

Carl gives bookkeeping and financial advice to a number of charitable organizations of which he is a member. He also participates in the programme and fund raising activities in these organizations.

Carl is an avid basketball fan and follows the game at all levels. He plays the game for his Alma Mater university past students team. In addition to this, he sits on the board of the university’s current basketball team.

Carl’s immediate family, extended family, in laws, friends, workmates and subordinates love him. Many other persons who come into contact with Carl, also love him. He does not seem to have any enemies.

None of the people who know and love Carl knows that he has a problem. Carl’s closest relatives do not even know that he has this problem. Only Carl and his doctor know of his problem. Carl keeps his secret very well.

The end and a little about Carl’s secret

Carl finds it hard to tell any of these people who he loves, and who love him, about his problem. Carl can not say he suffers from a rare incurable disease. He can not say its victims live no longer than a few years, even after early diagnosis. He tells it to no one; it is his secret.

Carl’s early diagnosis of this disease, before he starts to experience its symptoms, is to his advantage. This gives him time to prepare for the problems of this disease before they come.

This disease causes intense pain, suffering, potential multiple disability, and acute mental illness as time passes. It causes slow, agonizing, premature death in the later stages of its development, and it is incurable.

The end, and Carl’s choices before it comes

Carl can accept his problem without a response; in any case, it will mature and become worse as time passes. He then, gradually, will become helpless and a source of pain to himself and others. Carl will need others to look after him, totally, until he dies. He will become a very painful burden to his loved ones until he dies.

Carl can otherwise choose one of the methods of premature termination of life. He would save others and himself all of the future pain, suffering and hardship of his problem. Carl would also succeed in keeping his secret, and its pain, from others until he dies.

Carl is considering euthanasia as an option for premature termination of his life. He thinks that it offers advantages over the other, more common, option used for deliberate termination of life. One such advantage of euthanasia is that it allows for concealment of the motive, cause and method of death.

This advantage is very important to Carl. Carl, through It, can save others the pain of knowing about his illness and the truth of his self-caused death. He is going to choose euthanasia as the means through which he dies.

The end of his life draws much closer to Carl

Carl has chosen to die by means of euthanasia, as soon as possible. He phones his doctor and arranges an appointment to discuss this decision, and his doctor’s role in it. Both men attend for the appointment. Doctor Michael Hinkson is Carl’s doctor and a Christian. He is sad because Carl wants to end his life.

Carl asks Doctor Hinkson to set a date to perform the act according to his plan. Doctor Michael Hinkson politely declines to do so; and tells Carl that there is still time to find another solution. He therefore does not set a date to perform the role of doctor in Carl’s plan.

Doctor Hinkson agrees to continue helping Carl live with the disease, and cope with the problems it creates. Carl is sad because Doctor Hinkson does not show an interest in performing the role of doctor in his plan.

There is no cure for Carl’s disease in western medicine. Doctor Hinkson thinks this being so, there might still be a cure for this disease in alternative medicine. He thus intends to find such a cure for carl if any exist.

Carl’s disease and his commitment to euthanasia urgently require a cure or treatment. The required treatment, in the absence of a cure, must allow him to live a normal life with the disease.

Doctor Hinkson identifies a number of alternative forms of curing and treating diseases. He begins reading about cures and treatments for Carl’s disease in such alternative forms of treating disease. Doctor Hinkson looks into: Homeopathic, Ayurvedic, Chinese Traditional and European Traditional medicines. He also looks into several other alternative forms of medicine from various geographical regions around the world.

The end of life looms, but now there is hope

Doctor Hinkson reads about alternative remedies over several months but does not find a cure or treatment for Carl’s condition. It seems as if he will not find such a cure after all. In his reading, however, he has not exhausted all of the areas in this vast field of alternative remedies.

Doctor Hinkson decides to take a break from his reading. During this break, he recalls that he read about the distinguished research work of a prominent German biochemist and doctor. This biochemist and doctor is Dr. Otto Heinrich Warburg. He thinks that findings from Dr. Warburg’s research might offer some hope for curing Carl’s condition.

He decides that after his break ends he certainly should consult the research work of Dr. Otto Heinrich Warburg. Immediately after the break, Doctor Hinkson starts reading the research literature of Dr. Otto Heinrich Warburg. He starts by reading about Dr. Warburg himself.

Dr. Otto Heinrich Warburg (1883-1970), received the Nobel prize for his research in physiology in 1931. Some persons think that later, the Nobel Committee nominated Doctor Warburg for two more Nobel prizes separately. The Nobel Committee, however, did not present these two prizes to Dr. Warburg. Some persons suggest that the committee refused to present these prizes because of Germany’s position during the second world war.

The end goes further away as a cure comes closer 

While he reads copies of Dr. Warburg’s research literature, Doctor Hinkson finds an important discovery within that literature. This discovery offers a conceptual and practical explanation for the cause of, and the cure for Carl’s condition. Doctor Hinkson now is absolutely sure that the principle guidelines exist for finding a practical cure for Carl’s disease.

In one of his many statements concerning this discovery, Dr. Warburg writes “Diseases can not survive in an alkaline body.”. “According to this discovery”, Doctor Hinkson says “Carl’s body is not in an alkaline state. It is in an acidic state. We will cure the disease when we remove the acidic state from Carl’s body and create an alkaline state.”.

Doctor Hinkson continues reading Dr. Warburg’s research findings. He knows that Dr. Warburg’s biochemistry research findings definitely offer a cure for Carl’s condition. Doctor Hinkson decides to apply relevant aspects of Dr. Warburg’s biochemistry research findings toward curing Carl’s disease.

To achieve this aim, Doctor Hinkson is also reading the literature on applied biochemistry research. He begins to apply biochemistry wisdom to Carl’s diet, medication and living habits. Doctor Hinkson prescribes the following for Carl: a pure vegetarian, all alkaline diet, and herbal-only all-alkaline medication as necessary. He also prescribes an alcohol-free, tobacco-free and drug-free lifestyle, that also excludes other unnecessary and harmful living habits.

Doctor Hinkson explains to Carl, very clearly, the course of action he prescribes, its underlying principles and its desired outcomes. Carl listen’s very attentively to all that Doctor Hinkson explains to him about the prescribed course of action. He clearly understands all that Doctor Hinkson says to him.

The end starts to be less of a problem  

Carl begins to follow the prescribed course of action, and looks forward to becoming cured of his disease. He also looks forward to experiencing the other positive, life-changing outcomes of following the prescribed course of action.

Doctor Hinkson continues reading the research findings in the fields of biochemistry and its application. He also continues reading the research findings in the field of herbalism for herbs that effectively and completely cure diseases. He remains tireless in his effort to find a cure for Carl’s disease.

In his reading as mentioned above, Doctor Hinkson discovers the work of world renown herbalist, the late Dr. Sebi. Dr. Sebi is founder of Dr. Sebi’s Research Institute. He also visits the institute’s website at: www.drsebiscellfood.com. His research finally reaches its destination. He finds what he seeks. Dr. Sebi’s products certainly are going to cure Carl’s disease. Doctor Hinkson shares this awesome discovery with Carl. Carl experiences sheer excitement.

Dr. Sebi’s Research Institute cures all diseases including: AIDS, sickle cell anemia, diabetes and cancers among others. They cured all diseases for the past twenty eight years.

The institute recommends only an alkaline diet. In its treatments, the institute uses only alkaline herbs and herbal compounds. Dr. Sebi replaces the acidic state with the alkaline state. He replenishes the body with the minerals it lost during the acid state. He restores the mucus membrane by removing the mucus caused by the acid state.

Doctor Hinkson wastes no time at all. He places carl on Dr. Sebi’s alkaline diet. (This diet is available at: www.drsebiscellfood.com.) From Dr. Sebi’s Institute, he orders the relevant alkaline herbal compounds. The compounds arrive in two days. Carl starts to take them immediately. His confidence in the compounds is limitless.

The end fades away, the cure works

Carl follows the diet faithfully and takes the compounds as instructed. After one week, the lab will test Carl’s blood for the disease. This is the same lab which initially diagnosed his disease. One week passes, and Carl attends the lab for his test. He takes the test and should receive the results in a few days.

On the third day Carl receives the test results. He opens the envelope slowly, in the presence of Doctor Hinkson. Both men look at each other before reading the results. Carl reads the results, and tears settle in his eyes. He then hands the results to Doctor Hinkson. Doctor Hinkson reads them and tears also form in his eyes. When he finishes reading the test results, Doctor Hinkson makes a short statement. “God, through the knowledge he has given us, has cured your disease my friend.”.

By Edward Fagan