TINY MIRACLES-Premature Babies Attest to the Dignity of Life

Hi all, I could not resist sharing this article from the NCR, June 9, with you.

He weighed less than 10 ounces when he was delivered by emergency cesarean at 24 weeks and five days. /when he was released from a Japanese hospital six months after his birth, he had grown to more than 7 pounds. According to a registry maintained by the University of Iowa, this micropreemie holds the record for the smallest newborn boy to be discharged from a hospital in good health.

Now anotoher baby has been recognized by the registry. “The smallest surviving baby in the world was released this month from a San Diago hospital after being born at just 8.6.” Fox 5 San Diego reported May 29.  Saybie, born at 23 weeks and three days in December, weighed 5.6 pounds when released from the neonatal intensive care unit.

These tiny babies reflect a study published in THE NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE that found that there are premature babies surviving outside the womb earlier than doctors once thought possible.

“Now, 90% of babies born at 28 weeks will survive.” Dr. William Stigall, a Catholic pediatric intensive at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Forth Worth, Texas, to the Register. “Now 23-24 weeks is the age of viability, meaning 50% of those babies will survive.”

Linda Raleigh’s youngest two children (no. 6&7) were born prematurely, one four weeks early and the other five.  Both premature babies spent weeks in the NICU, but now that they are 15 and 11 years old, it’s clear that being born early did not negatively impact them in mind or body.   “It really made me trust God a lot,” she added.  “He wants these little people born. They’re willed into existence by God.”

Giving a preemie required treatment is not always simple-or inexpensive. That’s where the line of viability can come into play, with some health care providers declining to treat infants born at an earlier stage. That NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE STUDY, for instance, found that hospitals vary widely in their approach to 22 week-olds: A few offered no active medical treatment, and at the other end of the spectrum, a handful offered assertive treatments.  Stigall explains that there are differences between ordinary and extraordinary interventions–something one must do and something one can do.  —-What doesn’t change is the infinite worth of that person.” he said. “The primary concern is the patient.

For Jessica Spradlin, that seemed obvious when she went into preterm labor and her son Kailor Dean was born at 22 weeks and four days, at the local hospital-closer than the facility where her specialist worked,  But the local hospital’s policy was to provide care for babies born at 23 weeks – and Kailor was a few days younger than that. So he received no medical assistance, and he died 51 minutes after being born.

“This is a baby that was prayed for, wanted and loved from the beginning.” recalled Spradlin. “They could have tried and failed, but at least they would have know every effort was made.”

Now Spradlin is focused on raising awareness of the fact that hospitals can have different policies for providing care to preemies – a fact that could literally make the difference between life and death. Even with assertive treatment and care, not every prematurely born baby will survive, but the miracle of life is clear, no mater how short its span.

She was just 21 years old when she gave birth to her fist son, Joshua, at 33 weeks and five days. —-now 16 years old, that prematurely born baby is a driving, piano playing, potential future law student. “  “I think the argument that it’s just a ‘clump of cells’ should be unraveling,” his mother said. 

by: Elisabeth Deffner

There you have it, the value of an unborn child, created by God, is unlimited. I know when a woman become unexpectedly pregnant, it can be frightening. The question, “What am I going to do now?” is definitely a problem. However, there are free clinics that will help her through the 9 months and beyond. If you know someone or if it happens to you, please call Catholic Charities or look in the phone book or call the birthing section of a hospital. Someone will know where there is a clinic and help, even a home for unwed mothers if you need that help, don’t go to Planned Parenthood or another abortion provider. Abortion is not the answer. If you can’t care for your child, someone else can and you can get back to your life.  Please act Responsibly.




I read this information when I received a request for a donation from CRS, and since they operate because of donations, I pay attention and donate occasionally. Here is the information everyone should know:
1. CRS serves people in 91 countries overseas based on their needs, not their religion, race or nationality.
2. CRS is devoted to preserving the sacredness and dignity of all human life.
3. CRS has been serving the poor for more than 70 years.
4. CRS is very efficient: 93 percent of our expenditures go directly to help poor people overseas.
5. CRS needs you to help us reach more than 150 million people who are desperate for life’s basic necessities.

I have read that CRS has supplies stored all over the world in case of emergencies. They were in Haiti before the last disaster, helping people recover from an earthquake.
I am always totally amazed at what CRS is able to do with donations. How much more efficient than the Governments of the world.
YOU CAN GET MORE INFO AT: http://www.crs.org.

ADULT ADHD- and what you can do to help yourself…NATURAL APPROACH….

Just read an article some of you might be interested in regarding Adult ADHD.  All adults with attention-deficit hyperactive disorder had it as children, and two-thirds of ADHD kids turn into ADHD adults.  This is characterized by inattention combined with hyperactive-impulsive behavior.  About 25% of close relatives of someone with ADHD also have the disorder, which is believed to involve neurotransmitters that stimulate attention-controlling parts of the brain.  More boys than girls are diagnosed with ADHD. However, more boys seem to grow out of the condition as they become adults.  Having a mother who smoked, did drugs, or drank alcohol while pregnant increases the risk of ADHD. Premature birth and childhood exposure to lead or other toxins are other risk factors.

WHAT TO DO:  Identify and make a plan. There is no cure for ADHD. However, medications can relieve many symptoms.  Many ADHD adults are only aware that they have a problem. Only about 20 percent of those with the condition are diagnosed.

NATURAL APPROACH:  Magnesium supplements may ease symptoms.  There’s also evidence that zinc supplements can reduce  impulsivity and hyperactivity.  Studies show ADHD sufferers may be deficient in omega-3 fatty acids.  So try a quality omega-3 supplement for at least one month.

ANTI-ADHD DIET:  Eat a high-protein diet including cheese, eggs, and meat.  Avoid simple carbohydrates such as white flour and sugar.  Eat complex carbohydrates such as those found in vegetables.  Nuts, olive oil, salmon, and other cold-water fish are “brain foods.”

ELIMINATION DIET: A university study linked food intolerances to ADHD. Common triggers include dairy products, peanuts, artificial flavors, chocolate, and corn syrup.

EXERCISE:  Exercise is naturally calming, and it elevates levels of dopamine and norepinephrine, brain chemicals that improve mental focus.

STAY ORGANIZED:  Make a daily list of appointments and tasks, and break the tasks into manageable steps.  Set up files and organize your information, personal as well as business.  Be consistent and persistent in your daily habits (for example, always keep you keys in the same place).

WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS:  See a doctor. A good resource for finding health professionals with ADHD expertise is the organization CHADD For more info. visit CHADD online at  http://www.chadd.org.


Experts believe ADHD may be the driving force that powers some high achievers to wealth and fame.  While ADHD adults have trouble keeping up with their keys, they may also have the ability to “hyper-focus” on pursuits they’re passionate about.  And they often seem to find that doing things their own way is, for them, the only way–a way that blazes trails for others.  The list of ADHD high achievers is believed to include albert Einstein, Michael Jordan, Vince Lombardi, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, George Patton, Bill Gates, Richard Branson, Emily Dickinson, and Walt Disney. By Sylvia Booth Hubbard, in August Newsmax.


Sounds like it is a good idea to eat healthy, take the necessary vitamins and use your ADHD to be a High Achiever….We could use another Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln.  Hope this is all helpful.






The Spice That Prevents Fluoride From Destroying Your Brain


This is an excellent article, this is just part of it. 

The study focused on fluoride induced neurotoxicity, identifying excitoxicity (stimulation of the neuron to the point of death) and oxidative stress as the two main drivers of neurodegeneration.  It has been observed that subjects with the condition known as fluorosis, a mottling of tooth enamel caused by excessive exposure to fluoride during tooth development, also have neurodegenerative changes associated with a form of oxidative stress known as lipid peroxidation (rancidity). Excess lipid peroxidation in the brain can lead to a decrease in total brain phospholipid content. Owing to these well-known mechanisms of fluoride associated neurotoxicity and neurodegeneration, the researchers identified the primary polyphenol in the spice turmeric — known as curcumin – as an ideal agent worth testing as a neuroprotective substance.  Previous research on curcumin indicates that it is capable of activing as an antioxidant in 3 distinct ways by protecting against: 1) singlet oxygen 2) hyrodxyl radicals and 3) superoxide radical damage. Also, curcumin appears to raise endogenous glutathione production in the brain, a major antioxidant defense system.



BOOKS IMPROVE BRAIN FUNCTION:  Reading can do more than provide a mental escape – it can actually make your brain work better.  Researchers from Emory University had subjects read POMPEII, a novel by Robert Harris, and then examined their brains using an MRI scan.  They found that the left central cortex of the readers’ brains, the area receptive to language, showed higher functioning that lasted for several days.

ALCOHOL ENHANCES IMMUNE SYSTEM:  Is a vaccination for shingles, flu, pheumonia, or any other illness in your future?  If so, you might want to enjoy a couple of alcoholic drinks after the jab.  Researchers from Oregon Health & Science University found that moderate drinking makes vaccines more effective.  Researchers vaccinated monkeys, which have immune systems very similar to humans, against smallpox and then divided them into groups.  Some drank alcohol and some didn’t.  It was found that moderate drinking led to an enhanced immune response, leading to higher vaccine effectiveness.

CATARACTS;  LOWER YOUR RISK:  A diet high in antioxidants lowers the risk of cataracts as you age, according to research that focused on the total amount of antioxidants in the diet rather than focusing on a single nutrient, such as vitamin C or vitamin E. According to a Swedish study published in JAMA Ophthalmology, researchers followed 30,000 middle-aged women for more than seven years and found that antioxidant-laden foods and drinks, such as tea, blueberries, and red wine, helped women avoid cataracts as they aged.


From NEWSMAX March issue:  In recent years, meditation has proven to be beneficial for numerous maladies including high blood pressure, chronic pain, headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, stress, and depression.  Now, the ancient practice for relaxing the body and quieting the mind is being credited with forestalling the aging process.

Want evidence?  Consider this:  Research from Emory University in Atlanta found that the regular practice of Zen meditation may prevent the normal age-related decline of gray matter volume in the brain and performance on attention-related tasks that’s been observed in healthy older adults.

Moderate amounts of meditation may increase the size of the hippocampus (which normally shrinks with aging).similar to the way strength training can build muscle mass, notes Charles L. Raison, M.D., associate professor of psychiatry and family and consumer sciences at the University of Arizona  in Tucson.

What’s more, research from the University of California, San Francisco, found that mindfulness meditation techniques seem to slow the rate of cellular aging, perhaps by preserving the length of telomeres, the protective caps at the ends of chromosomes.  “Telomeres are a marker of aging.”  Dr. Raison explains, “because when telomeres start to get too short, DNA unravels, and the biological aging process can accelerate.”  So meditation may have a protective effect on cellular aging in the brain and body–which is a double dose of good news. 

Note:  my granddaughter says that mindfulness meditation takes practice, but it sounds as if it is all worth it,  I will keep practicing if it means longer health and better memory.



Hi all, did you ever think how much fun it is to be a Christian?? I should probably say JOYFUL instead of fun, but sometime it is just fun.  No I am not a new Christian, Thanks to my wonderful parents, I have been a Catholic Christian all my life.  And, thru thick and thin, thru very hard times when I wondered how I was going to make it through and the wonderful times when I knew God was at work, I was still JOYFUL with God.  And sometimes I never would have made it through without my faith in God.  My parents not only taught me about Jesus and God, they TAUGHT ME HOW TO TAKE TIME TO PRAY, ON MY KNEES, WHILE I’M WORKING OR JUST LAYING IN BED.  And yes, I have thanked them, and every time I go to Communion when I am thanking Jesus for coming into my heart and soul and the love and things I have in my life, I first thank him for parents that brought me up as a Catholic Christian.  There were times in my life when I didn’t pray much, times when I wondered if it was worth it to be a Catholic and obey God’s commands, especially when I really wanted to do something different then what God wants.  But I know Jesus was with me and knows my thoughts and kept me on the right track, in spite of myself.  So, here I am in my Senior years, painting my living room walls, listening to KLOVE Christian radio, singing along, and having fun.  What a Wonderful Life.  I truly hope you will all be able to look back and thank Jesus for being there with you when life was not fun but also when life was very joyful.  God bless you all. Enjoy your day with Jesus.

FAITH-Hebrews 11:1-2; 12:1

“Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen. Because of it the ancients were well attested.
Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race that lies before us.
“Hold firm and take heart./ Hope in the Lord!” Ps 27:14

I want to add, you can’t change the past, it is over, if you did something wrong, ask forgiveness and apologize to whom you wronged, and forget it. If you are worried about the future, don’t. Jesus said God would take care of the future, and you have no control. Enjoy and be grateful for today and thank God every day for what he has given you and the good people in your life.


“The raising of a child is a blessed opportunity, a sacred obligation, and a difficult job that seems to be getting harder all the time. I know many mothers pray for their sons and daughters. Some mothers pray out of gratitude, some mothers pray out of necessity, and others pray out of frustration. Whatever the reason for the prayer, we know God hears these prayers.” From the Marianist Mission letter for Mother’s Day, Father Pat.