March 2013Volume 50, Issue 2
The contents of this newsletter are intended for educational and informational purposes only and do not necessarily represent the opinion or position of the American College of Pediatricians.
College Election ResultsWe want to thank our exiting Board members for their service: Dr. Tom Paulus of Arkansas, Dr. Alean Zeiler of Ohio, and Dr. Mike Marsh of Texas. They have served the College well.Our new Board members are:Dr. Mark Grubb (pictured on the left) in Washington, and Dr. Jane Anderson (pictured on the right) in California.Dr. Randy Matthews in North Carolina, who has served as Secretary to the College over the past few years, will now serve as a general Board member. Dr. Scott Spies of North Carolina, who has served as a general Board member over the past year, will now be the College Secretary, and Dr. Jeff Brewster of Georgia, who has served as a general Board member over the last year, will now fill the position of Treasurer.Welcome and congratulations!
College Website: www.acpeds.org
The College website has a whole new look. We have rolled the website over to a new server. If when you log on you need to request a new password, please be sure to check your spam folder for the reply email if it doesn't show up in your inbox. Otherwise, you may contact the office and Lisa will help you set up a new password if you have forgotten yours.
Behind the Scenes of Your CollegeSome actions your College has taken over the last month:1. Mailed a letter to Dodge (Chrysler Corp) congratulating them on the wholesome, family-friendlycommercial aired during the Super Bowl.2. Wrote the California judges involved in the court case on reparative therapy.3. Mailed a letter to the Boy Scouts of America asking them to hold fast to their time-tested member-ship policy.4. Revised the College website.5. Welcomed 10 new members.6. Worked on two new position statements soon to be presented for approval to members.7. Communicated with Chick-fil-A about ways to collaborate in reaching out to families.8. Amicus Brief filed in California from the College in support of the right of minors to sexual orientation change therapy and in support of MDs/therapists' right to provide such therapy.
Send a Thank You to DodgeOne Million Moms suggests that we all take a minute to say "thanks" to Dodge for their newest ad that is clean and family-friendly. It stands out because of the touching, positive message. Their powerful commercial which aired during the Super Bowl was a tribute to farmers across the country. It began, "So God made a farmer," and focused on the farmer's work ethic, faith, and family. It aired a family praying together and working hard together.
Stem Cells Used to Fight Cerebral PalsyA study, published in the journal Stem Cells, found that patients who underwent a special treatment involving transfused umbilical cord blood cells experienced big improvements in brain and movement function.
Read more here.The study was conducted on children and the greatest progress was seen in those under three years of age.
Teen Pregnancies Down in NYCNew data released by the New York City Department of Health confirmed that teen pregnancies are down due to contraceptives and delayed sexual activity.The Wall Street Journal gives a full report on the released data.
Real Estate for Life
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Buying/Selling a Home or Commercial Property?
At no cost, you can help our ProLife work. For example, when a $150,000 home closes the College will receive approximately $1,000, just because you called to support us---at no additional cost to you.
Spanning North America and worldwide, their network of agents is experienced and has a proven track record these agents are committed to upholding the sanctity of life. Not in the market? Other ways to promote this Ministry include: Telling friends, placing flyers in local churches, and posting on your Facebook page, etc. If the buyer/seller using Real Estate for Life mentions the American College of Pediatricians, the College will benefit by receiving a percentage from the Realtor fee.
Please pass this on.
Half of New Sexually Transmitted Infections Involve Young People: Sexual Risk Avoidance is the SolutionOf the estimated 20 million new sexually transmitted infections reported in the U.S. annually, 50% involved 15- to 24-year-olds, according to recent CDC data. Human papillomavirus accounts for about 14 million of the new cases each year. See this article from CNN Health.
Half of the prominent teen STDs are still transmissible even with the use of a condom. A recent study revealed that nearly 9 in 10 parents want their children to know accurate information on the limitations of condoms - the truth that only Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) abstinence education programs provide.Please continue to hound your Congressional leaders to support the Abstinence Education Reallocation Act. This act is to correct the massive 16:1 funding disparity between contraceptive-centered vs. abstinence-centered sex education within current sex education policy:
Your teen son or daughter or patient says he/she is gay: now what?
Meg Meeker, MD, blogs about her response to teens who announce that they are gay.
When a fifteen-year-old girl or boy tells me that she or he is gay or bisexual, I ask them why they believe that and if they feel confused. Usually they say "yes." After listening, I encourage them to give themselves time to develop. In my experience, girls or boys make such declarations because they are beginning to become sexually active. They feel pressure from our culture to define who they are and a big part of this begins with sexual activity.
Then I tell them exactly what I tell heterosexual kids. Beginning sexual activity during their teen years is serious and risky business. When they make adult statements, I respond with adult statements, like "Do you know that 20 million Americans contract an STD every year in the US, that one out of five Americans over age twelve tests positive for genital herpes, and one excellent medical journal projects that if teens don't put the brakes on with sex, that by the year 2025, 39% of all men and 49% of all women in the US will be positive for genital herpes?"Their faces drop because no one speaks to them as though sex is serious business. Kids think sex is fun and consequence-free (maybe they worry about pregnancy), and they feel that they can be and do whatever they want as long as they use a condom. No one wants to tell them the scary truth because the biggest, little secret in America is that we are experiencing an epidemic of STD's amongst our youth. But so much money is made from selling sex to our kids that no one wants to shout this from the rooftops. Lawsuits would appear from clothing and shampoo manufacturers. They want their money.See Dr. Meeker's blog here.
March for Life 2013The media didn't give it much attention but they should have. The 2013 March for Life had more than 600,000 marchers in Washington D.C. this year. Well over half a million people yet little to no media coverage....hummmmmmThey came, they froze, and they marched in celebration of life.
Abstinence Materials Needed in the Ivory Coast
Daniel Oka, president of the ASSOCIATION PERSPECTIVES wants to make a positive difference and energize the children in his country about teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, but his resources are very limited. If you would be willing to donate curriculum, materials, computers etc, please contact him directly at:
09 bp 1679 Abidjan 09 Cote-d'Ivoire
email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Surrender the Secret
A new internet television series, "Surrender the Secret," premiered on January 22. If you are interested in learning about the emotional pain suffered by women who have chosen abortion, and their path toward the emotional healing and restoration to wholeness that is possible, you will gain greatly from this program. The series features 5 women who have actually chosen and experienced an abortion, and are now together engaged in a Bible study restoration program called "Surrender the Secret." These are not actresses; they are real women sharing, in a small group setting, their lives and their pain.......and their path toward healing.
Visit this link to see episodes: http://www.knocktv.com/surrenderthesecret/all-episodes/
One Question Survey!Please click on this link to respond to one question about electronic health records (EHR).
What's happening with families around the world?Child Trends has released a new international report.
There are four sections to the report; family structure, socio-economics, processes and culture.
Just focusing on structure, Mercatornet.com has designed a little quiz:
1. Globally, are two parent families in the majority or the minority?
Look at this list of regions: North America; South America; Europe; Oceania (Australia, New Zealand ; Asia; the Middle East; Sub-Saharan Africa. Then answer:
2. In which regions are children (under 18) most likely to live with two parents?
3. With one or no parents?
4. With extended family (including parents and kin)?
5. In which regions are adults most likely to be married?
6. Least likely to be married?
7. Which region has the highest birth rates?
8. Which other regions have at least replacement level fertility (about 2.1 children per woman)?
9. Cohabitation is on the increase. See if you can list the regions, from highest to lowest, according to rates of non-marital child-bearing?
For answers, check the World Family Map.
Hate Campaign Against EX-Gays
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which claims to be "a nonprofit civil rights organization dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry, and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of society," has been conducting a hate campaign for several years against former homosexual leaders, therapists, and persons with unwanted same-sex attraction (SSA).
Read more at Christian Post.
Developments in Stem Cell Research
New Therapy to Reduce Symptoms of Autism via Cord Blood Stem Cells!
Visit this link to view a video presenting speaker Michael Chez, MD, Director of Pediatric Neurology at Sutter Health, as he examines the vast potential for the use of cord blood stem cell therapy in the treatment of autistic features of autoimmune disorders. Animal models and clinical trials indicate stem cells may modify nervous cell function as well as improve motor skills and speech.
Medical Institute for Sexual HealthThe Medical Institute for Sexual Health has great resources to share with your patients and their families. Visit their online store.
Brain injuries in childrenContrary to some thinking, kids aren't so resilient when it comes to concussions and other traumatic brain injuries. New research suggests that even when their behavior goes back to normal, the injury may "scar" the brain, much as a burn could scar the skin.Visit this link at the Dana Foundation for the report.
The Effectiveness of Abstinence EducationTeen sexual activity is costly for both teens and society. Teens who engage in sexual activity risk a host of negative outcomes including STD infection, emotional and psychological harm, and out-of-wedlock childbearing.Read more from The Heritage Foundation.
This has been a busy year so far for parental rights.
For starters, parental rights bills have been introduced this year in several states, including Virginia, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Kansas - and several other states are preparing to introduce similar measures in the weeks ahead.
In Washington, D.C., those moving the parental rights issue forward are challenged with the departure of Sen. Jim DeMint, who understands the issue of Parental Rights well and who has championed these efforts for the last three sessions.
Visit the website ParentalRights.org to keep abreast of what's happening in your state and around the country.
Stand with the Boy ScoutsThe Family Research Council encourages all to sign this petition. It's a plea that urges the voting members of the BSA National Council to not jeopardize the safety and moral integrity of Scouting in order to advance a political agenda.
Korea's elderly turn to suicide as family bonds fray
South Korea's hard-charging younger generations joined an exodus from farms to cities in recent decades, and in the hyper-competitive environment their parents were often left behind. Many elderly people now live out their final years poor, in rural areas with the melancholy feel of ghost towns.
The country was late recognizing the need for social security to compensate for these changes. At the same time, suicide among the elderly has surged.
The scarcity of children makes the problem of how to care for the aged even more serious. The ratio of workers to elderly people is expected to fall from 4:5 to 1:2 by 2050.
See the full article at Mercatornet.com.
Is this indicative of what the future holds for the U.S.?
Gay or Straight? When Others Decide for YouDr. Miriam Grossman, a California psychiatrist, has an open discussion on her blog about those who choose to not embrace their homosexual feelings and the right for them to be heard - and helped.Dr. Grossman is dedicated to examining the social agendas that permeate her profession, and how they harm society, especially women. Her focus is on sex education and reproductive health: sexually transmitted infections, high risk behaviors, contraception, fertility, and abortion. She also describes her profession's flawed approach to gender and same-sex attraction, and its denial of the importance of faith to wellness.
The institutionalized approach to these subjects is misinformed and outdated. As a result, young lives are endangered.
Her mission is to expose this fiasco, hold those responsible for it accountable, and provide educational material that is based on hard science and common sense. If you are a young adult, parent, grandparent, teacher, health provider, psychotherapist, sex educator, women's health advocate, gender activist, or policy maker, you'll want to follow her blog and LIKE her on Facebook to help spread the word. If you have a Facebook account, please do a search for Miriam Grossman MD (she's the one listed as a "community organizer") and LIKE her page.
Shame on You, AAP!
The American Academy of Pediatrics opens its extensive claim to its role as the protector of and voice for children with the following words in their mission statement:
"The mission of the American Academy of Pediatrics is to attain optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents and young adults."
Yet in an on-line Pediatrics Special Article in support of same sex marriage, now published in the March print journal, they state the following:
"We argue that even if the empirical support for its claims was strong ( ed. that same-sex parenting was to the detriment of children), the argument is morally insufficient for denying state recognition to other types of relationships."
In so stating, they admit that there are studies demonstrating harm to children and/or non-optimal rearing ("physical, mental, and social health and well-being") and further admit that if, even in their judgment, the data was not just reasonable but "strong" (both of which it is) that data would not matter. The child is clearly of minor importance.
Therefore, in this critical child health discussion, they have definitively placed the DESIRES of adults over the NEEDS of children - and all while claiming to be the guardians of those needs. The American Academy of Pediatrics needs to re-think its mission statement to reflect this change.
Thank you to our proofreader Diana Matthews of North Carolina.
Quote of the month
"The most important thing in life is to stop saying "I wish and to start
saying I will." Consider nothing impossible, and strive for what you think is important."
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Friday, March 1, 2013
News from the American College of Pediatricians
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