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Just Be Positive At All Costs!! The Best Policy?

Sometimes I get scared or depressed and that’s the way it is. I’m not going to fake it to myself.

 

In the early 2000s a member of my family whom I love dearly (obviously) was diagnosed with stage III ovarian cancer. Everyone who knew her was devastated of course, particularly as her sister had died from the same affliction several years before. This family member, let’s call her ‘Eva’, was given a grave prognosis - a 20% she’d survive four years. We told ourselves, each other and friends or acquaintances that Eva was tough as nails and unquestionably, objectively, easily in the top 20% by pretty much any standard - she’d beat the odds. So far we’ve been right. It’s been ten-plus years and Eva’s doing great; traveling, enjoying life and dealing with the treatments in the same way she deals with everything else- tough as nails.

Honestly, I think Eva took the news better than the rest of us. She’s always tackled life with a cheerful but fervent pragmatism, trusting in logic and rationality above all else and this was no different. A number of friends and relatives were confounded by Eva’s perpetuation of an unshakably rational approach to and despite the diagnosis. Much to their bewilderment (and often dismay) she’d kindly decline invitations to religious functions meant to soothe her concerns through faith. Just as she’d pass on the endless series of folk remedies, teas, supplements, herbs, homeopathic solutions and cure-alls they’d heard or read about (all of which had been ignored or suppressed by Western Medicine).

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Study Suggests Acupuncture May be Better Than No Acupuncture, Sham Acupuncture for Treatment of Chronic Pain

The treatment of chronic pain

 

An analysis of patient data from 29 randomized controlled trials suggests that acupuncture may be better than no acupuncture or sham acupuncture for the treatment of some chronic pain, according to a report published Online First by Archives of Internal Medicine, a JAMA Network publication.

Acupuncture, the practice of inserting and stimulating needles at specific points on the body, is widely used for chronic pain, although controversy remains about its value, according to the study background.

The individual patient data meta-analyses conducted by Andrew J. Vickers, D.Phil., of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, and colleagues used data from previously published randomized controlled trials (RCTs) with a total of 17,922 patients from the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Spain and Sweden. Researchers sought to determine the effect size of acupuncture for some chronic pain conditions.

“We found acupuncture to be superior to both no-acupuncture control and sham acupuncture for the treatment of chronic pain,” the authors comment. “Although the data indicate that acupuncture is more than a placebo, the differences between true and sham acupuncture are relatively modest, suggesting that factors in addition to the specific effects of needling are important contributors to therapeutic effects.”

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What is In-Vitro Fertilization

IVF is the most technologically advanced and most successful form of fertility therapy available.

 

Across every age bracket the pregnancy rates associate with IVF are the highest of all fertility treatments. The success rates vary based on the age of the patient and the reason for the infertility. There is a very good reason for why it has the highest success rate, because it optimizes all of the natural steps associate with the reproductive process. It does so by stimulating the eggs to grow, fertilizes them directly in the laboratory in a fertility clinic and placing multiple embryos into the uterus.

Technically “in vitro fertilization” is actually only referring to the process of fertilizing the egg outside of the body in the Petri dish. However the term “IVF” has become the coined term to describe the entire treatment cycle.

IVF has three phases: ovarian stimulation and the retrieval of the egg; fertilization; and embryo transfer.

Phase One – Egg Recruitment and Retrieval: It really starts with a woman’s period, that’s when all of the new eggs are ready to go. They will often keep those eggs from growing by giving you birth control pills. Or injection’s of additional medicines for the purpose of keeping all the eggs at the same starting line. Once they’ve achieved that over a two or three periods the woman enters the next stage with is ovarian stimulation, this is done with the hormonal injection FSH. Daily injections for about 10-12 days and four or five visits to the fertility clinic to monitor the growth of the egg follicles, to measure the woman’s estrogen levels, and to make sure the woman’s on the right dosage. At the end of those 10-12 days they trigger the maturation of the egg follicle with a second shot. After which they then take the patient to the operating room where she’ll undergo IV anesthesia, which is through her veins so she’ll be sleeping during the process. Then a needle is passed through her nether region into the ovary and directly into the egg follicle where it suctions out the egg.

Phase Two – Egg Fertilization: The egg is immediately handed to the embryologist who finds the egg and then injects it with sperm or puts it in a Petri dish with thousands of sperm, this is called intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). Embryos can even be frozen for later use.

Phase Three – Embryo Transfer: They look the next day to see if they have fertilized eggs called embryos, and allow those embryos to grow anywhere from two to five days before transferring them back to the woman’s uterus. That’s a painless procedure done at a clinic that is similar to a pap-smear where they put a soft plastic catheter directly into the uterus with the embryos’. Seven to twelve days later they find out if the woman’s pregnant.

And that is the basics of in-vitro fertilization, where we try to pull and end around a malfunctioning human body that is hard wired to reproduce. The technology has come so far in the last 20 years and hopefully will only continue to get better and more cost effective, so that anyone who has a desire to get pregnant and to be parents can be afforded that opportunity. Make certain you pick a clinic that has plenty of experience in the fertilization process as the process is quite delicate.

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