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buy viagra canada gnleft size-thumbnail wp-image-52032″ />Dipping the Pacifier in Wine, and Other 1970s-Inspired Parenting Tricks
Davis Schneiderman,huffingtonpost – In their defense, I was a miserable baby.

You see, I cried. Not merely when I was hungry or tired or soiled or generally displeased about the inaccessibility of my favorite small toy animal, a wide-eyed tiger. No, I had colic: intense and frequent crying, nay screaming, doubled down with irritability, sleeplessness and a vigorous inability to be soothed by any of the arrows in the slightly uneasy new parents quiver.

And it was the 1970s.

Therefore, I officially absolve my parents from any guilt that could be mined from the following revelation: They got me drunk. Often. My mother claims I sucked down several wine-dipped pacifiers at my circumcision, and since this seemed to keep me relatively mellow as an older Jewish man cut into my genitals, they continued the practice for the first year in an attempt to abate my near-constant wailing.

That’s right, you read correctly, I was a baby wino.

Picture me in skid row, waddling around in an unchanged diaper smudged with chimney soot. I hoist a baby bottle full of liquid courage to my pursed lips, and then, flush with life, finally get up the nerve to pick up some sassy building blocks I’ve been eying across a stale-cheerio covered bar.

This was the 1970s… somewhere between the Age of Aquarius and the Greed-is-Good decade. My generation had parents weaned on Woodstock who soon after often fell into the middle-class drag. My folks — never really hippies — stumbled upon the wine solution and stuck to it like Nixon to his pardon. They did so for the same reasons parents today look to sleep gurus and organic diets and baby whisperers and baby sign language systems and sleek potty-training seats gleaming white as a blistering Fjord. More…

Medical marijuana documentary opens in Scottsdale
by Marie Saavedra,azfamily – SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — There’s a lot of talk about a new documentary that premiered in Scottsdale Thursday night. The filmmaker claims marijuana kills cancer and the sold-out premier showed the controversial claim has earned its fair share of attention.
The filmmakers call it “Chronic Future – Killing Cancer.” The documentary opens by recounting Arizona’s history with medical marijuana, but then turns to testimonials — dozens of patients with various illnesses who say pot successfully treated their diseases.

“I took some of this essential oil and I put on a few bandages and I put it on the other two areas of cancer that I had. Within four days, the cancers were cured,” said Rick Simpson, who went on to create the product Hemp Oil.
Wayne Bowers credits medical marijuana with helping him get off prescription painkillers. More…

Gauging quality of care, safety raises questions
Medicare data find higher rates of complications at teaching hospitals, including 4 in city.
Four major Chicago teaching hospitals have landed on a list of institutions whose patients encounter substantially more medical complications than at the average hospital, according to data evaluated by the Medicare program.

Medicare’s first public effort to identify hospitals with patient-safety problems has pinpointed many prestigious teaching institutions around the nation, raising concerns about quality of care but also bolstering objections that the government’s measurements are skewed.

Rush University Medical Center, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the University of Chicago Medical Center and the University of Illinois Hospital are among the prestigious teaching institutions tagged in the review.

Major teaching hospitals were 10 times more likely than other hospitals to have high rates of serious complications, a Kaiser Health News analysis of the Medicare data shows.

The new hospital ratings are part of changes being phased in from the 2010 federal health law. A central tenet of the law was to tie Medicare reimbursement to a variety of measures, including how patients rate their stays, readmission and mortality rates, and how closely hospitals adhere to basic guidelines for care. More…

Does Raw Milk Make You Sick? We’ll Soon Find Out.
By Melissa McCart,browardpalmbeach. – “Wow, that’s pure, concentrated milk,” said my co-worker when I offered her a sip of raw milk. Like me, she’s a 2%-er, so any whole milk is going to be especially, well, milky: even when I poured cream off the top.

It’s delicious, though. I want to cook with it, or add it to a cup of Counter Culture coffee (I know it’s blasphemy to not drink it black).

Not pasteurized or homogenized, raw milk is developing a cult following for its health benefits, which allegedly include decreased risk of osteoporosis and resistance against asthma and other conditions.

Despite that consumption of raw milk is on the rise with over 500,000 people calling themselves frequent consumers in the US, there’s push-back for good reason. Scientists and the US government warn against it for potential contamination with listeria, E.coli, and salmonella. More…


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