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Poem - "Oh, Wait..."

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Luara Apr 11. 7 Replies

Before you ask, no, I didn't write this.  I discovered it in a comment on a Discovermagazine.com piece which…Continue

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Curious: Has anyone read the novel "Christian Nation"?

Started by Brent Feeney. Last reply by Plinius Apr 10. 11 Replies

So I've been thinking about this some lately, and I wanted to see what your thoughts were:I read a novel last fall that was making the rounds of Atheist blogs and what not called "Christian Nation", which is part alternative history and part…Continue

Stop the Religious Right. Four Steps You Can Take, Sean Faircloth.

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Thanks to Grinning Cat via Loren Miller led me to this additional video by Sean Faircloth. He provides positive and powerful examples of thinking and acting. Continue

Science, Atheism & the Joyful Life -- by Sean Faircloth, Richard Dawkins Foundation

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 9. 6 Replies

Some speeches by atheists are factual and practical, dealing with the nuts and bolts of reality.  Some are diatribes against the superstitions we seek to overcome, pointing out the man behind the curtain and the fallacies and snake oil he tries to…Continue

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Bedtime Bible Stories (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 8. 0 Replies

Uh, oh!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, is at it again, THIS time with bedtime stories!  Somehow with her retelling of some of the classics, I'm dubious that her versions would go over with the Brothers Grimm or Hans Christian Anderson,…Continue

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Comment by Patricia on June 29, 2013 at 6:27pm

Whatever it was, he's fine now, & we were just grateful the insulin worked for him. He had stopped growing & gaining weight, & after 1 week of insulin, he gained 3 lbs, & grew an inch!!!!

Comment by booklover on June 29, 2013 at 6:09pm

Hi Patricia!  I would think your son was misdiagnosed because with Type 1 their bodies actually attack the insulin-producing cells and kill them.  The cells can't regenerate.  Maybe he had Type 2?  Hmmm.  No, the journalists are NOT responsible about differentiating. I have left so many messages on the local news' websites when they do stories, but no answer!

Glad you and Steph enjoyed the squirrel picture!  :)

Comment by Patricia on June 29, 2013 at 2:05pm

Melinda,

I read a lot on the diabetes types when my son was diagnosed at the age of 5. The stress on the difference between types 1 & 2 were very specific, & I'd think the journalists would check up on their facts!

Believe it or not, when my son hit puberty, he was no longer diabetic which made him one for the books!!!! I half wonder if he was mis-diagnosed, but we did all the urine tests every day, saw the dr. regularly & he thrived on the insulin. Hes now 44 years old. They figured something about puberty made his pancreas kick in & behave as it should....go figure.

Love the little squirrel....should try to get a photo of the one scampering on our back fence, but by the time I get the camera activated........

Comment by Steph S. on June 29, 2013 at 1:09pm

Melinda that squirrel is so cute  - I love it !!

Comment by booklover on June 29, 2013 at 9:04am

I just thought this squirrel, who looks like he's punching, was funny. :)

Comment by booklover on June 29, 2013 at 9:01am

Comment by booklover on June 29, 2013 at 9:00am

Joan, I hate how the article doesn't say that it is Type 2 diabetes until you've read quite a bit.  It is so unfair to Type 1 diabetics to lump them together.  Type 1 is an auto-immune disease, and when kids get that and ignorant people tell them they wouldn't have it if they ate better and exercised it's awful.  People are so ill-informed on so many subjects, that it's irresponsible of journalists to not say which type right away.  Of course, they may be ignorant of the fact themselves.  So frustrating. 

Back to the article though, uh oh!  I've been on anti-depressants for years!  Thanks for the information about it!

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 29, 2013 at 12:03am

"long-term antidepressant use may be an invitation to diabetes."

According to a recent paper by Andersohn et al. inAm J Psychiatry 2009; 166:591–598,

Depression, Diabetes, and You

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 28, 2013 at 12:46pm
 28 June 2013 at 10:20 AM  I feel vibrantly alive with all my senses alert to the sights, smells, tastes, sounds, touch and emotions of life's energy. My passions of thought and action spring from my basic animal nature. These strengths ground me to the Earth and the universe beyond. I am part of all that exists in this web of life, begun in the primordial soup of evolutions and passing through me to future generations.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 28, 2013 at 8:12am

Loren, that Buzzfeed link it great.  It is definitely being passed around to my friends. 

 

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