Rambling Over Coffee: Dr. Couney - the guy who pushed to save preemie babies with incubators - had to display them at carnivals & fairs

Sometimes I'm just reading random news articles and boom!  Suddenly something interesting pops out at me and I think to myself, "How did I never know that???"  and that happened yesterday.

I saw an obituary for a woman who passed away after a long and apparently wonderful life, at the age of 96.  However, had it not been for her father and a man who believed babies born premature could be saved... she would not be alive.

She was born premature, less than two pounds, in 1920.  She had a twin that passed right away and the doctor's told her family to hold off on a funeral because this baby would die soon too.  Her father said "Well, she's alive now and we've got to do something for her" but back then nothing was done.  From some quick research I did after this piqued my interest, I read that her father had seen the "incubator babies" on display at Coney Island while he had been on his honeymoon.  He thought of them and decided that is where he would bring his daughter to find help.  The only help available at the time!   He gathered her tiny body into a warm towel and took a cab to Coney Island.  Dr. Couney obviously saved her life as the baby the doctor's said would die from being born too early did not pass away until she was 96 years old.

I gathered a couple stories with sources at the top of them that I read personally when looking for more information about this topic.

Here is a short blurb about one of the "incubator babies" to start - I've only used parts of it but you can read the whole article from the AP source listed:


MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — Lucille Conlin Horn weighed barely 2 pounds when she was born, a perilous size for any infant, especially in 1920. Doctors told her parents to hold off on a funeral for her twin sister who had died at birth, expecting she too would soon be gone.

But her life spanned nearly a century after her parents put their faith in a sideshow doctor at Coney Island who put babies on display in incubators to fund his research to keep them alive.

Horn was among thousands of premature babies who were treated in the early 20th century by Dr. Martin Couney. He was a pioneer in the use of incubators who sought acceptance for the technology by showing it off on carnival midways, fairs and other public venues. He never accepted money from the tiny babies' parents but instead charged oglers admission to see the babies struggling for life.

Horn and her twin were born prematurely. She said in 2015 that when her sister died, doctors told her father to hold off on a funeral because she wouldn't survive the day.

"He said, 'Well, that's impossible. She's alive now. We have to do something for her,'" Horn said. "My father wrapped me in a towel and took me in a cab to the incubator. I went to Dr. Couney. I stayed with him quite a few days, almost five months."
Couney, who died in 1950 and is viewed today as a pioneer in neonatology, estimated that he successfully kept alive about 7,500 of the 8,500 children who were taken to his "baby farm" at the Coney Island boardwalk. They remained there until the early 1940s, when incubators became widely used in hospitals.

He also put infants on display at the World's Fair and other public venues during his career. There's no estimate on how many still are alive today.

As the babies 'graduated' and had gained enough weight and grown big enough to go 'home' they received a graduation diploma.


A "Graduation Diploma" for a premie cared for at the Baby Incubaators Exhibit at the New York World's Fair, 1939-1940, signed by Dr. Martin Couney and his head nurse Louise Recht.

The man behind the saving of the babies....  

Photograph of Martin Couney from the New York Worlds Fair, 1939.


Martin A. Couney was educated in Breslau and Berlin, he received a medical degree in Leipzig, and in the 1890s he went to study under the tutelage of Pierre Constant Budin of Paris.

Budin had been a pupil of E. S. Tarnier, a leading Parisian obstetrician who pioneered in efforts to improve the survival of prematurely born infants. The early attempts begin following the immense loss of life in France from military action and months of famine during the siege of Paris in the Franco-Prussian War (1870-1871). In 1878, Tarnier visited an exhibition, the Jardin d'Acclimation, and came across a warming chamber for the rearing of poultry, devised by M. Odile Martin of the Paris Zoo. He asked the zoo keeper to build a similar box, sufficiently ventilated and large enough to hold one or two premature infants. This was done and the first warm-air incubators were used at the Paris Maternité Hospital in 1880. In a report presented to the Academy of Medicine of France in 1895, the following note appeared:
The minute and delicate care which these weakly [prematurely born] infants require, especially in winter, to protect them from the cold is so great that till now most of them have died ... since Doctor Tarnier introduced ... the ingenious contrivance, called a "couveuse", a large number of these infants have been saved.
In 1888, Pierre Budin began to publish articles describing his experience at the Maternité Hospital with the care of premature infants. Through the influence of Madame Henry, formerly chief midwife at this hospital, he established a special department for "weaklings" at the end of 1893. Budin also was appointed to the Clinique Tarnier in 1898 and, under his tutelage, these two hospitals in Paris became the first centers in the world for specialized studied of premature infant care. In ten lectures to his students, published in 1900 (as the book titled Le Nourisson), Budin enunciated three basic problems in care of the prematurely born:
  1. Their temperature and their chilling.
  2. Their feeding.
  3. The diseases to which they are prone.
The Tarnier incubator (improved with a "Reynard regulator," a monitoring device which activated an electric bell to warn against overwarming) was used by Budin to solve the thermal problem. He advocated human milk feedings to solve the second problem by nursing at the breast of the mother or wet nurses when possible. If the infant was unable to suckle, milk was hand-expressed in a trickle into the mouth, fed by spoon into the mouth (or into the nose by means of a special "nasal spoon"), or introduced directly into the stomach by intermittent gavage. Budin began the practice of weighing the infant before and after feeding to calculate the amount of milk taken in 24 hours by infants of different birth size. From this, he concluded that a premature infant should "... take, in general, a quantity of milk equal to or a little more than one-fifth of its body weight" each day.
Proneness to infection was the risk stressed in the third of Budin's considerations. Following a severe epidemic of respiratory infections among premature infants at the Maternité hospital in 1896, Budin became convinced of the importance of special precautions. In the same year, he proposed the following plan for a special unit:
  1. Grouping together the healthy premature infants;
  2. Isolating the sick and suspect infants;
  3. Separating the web nurses' babies from contact with the premature infants;
  4. Establishing a milk room where "sterilized" milk could be heated;
  5. Keeping the bottles of sterilized milk cool in summer in an ice chamber;
  6. Providing a toilet and dressing room for wet nurses where they were to "...wash their hands and face and don an overall" before ministering to their premature infant charges.
These guidelines for the care of feeding of premature infants were adopted slowly, and with very little modification, throughout the Western world.

The spread of these ideas was spurred on through the curious circumstances which grew out of Budin's request that his young associate, Martin Couney, exhibit the newly-modified Tarnier incubator at the World Exposition in Berlin in 1896. Budin armed the young man with a letter of introduction to Professor Czerny, an illustrious obstetrician. Couney hit upon the idea of placing live premature infants in the infant incubators and asked Czerny's help to obtain the babies. Czerny sent him to Empress Augusta Victoria, the protectress of Berlin's Charity Hospital, who agreed readily: the premature infants were considered to have little chance of survival. Couney brought six incubators and an entourage of Budin's nurses to the exposition and named the exhibit "Kinderbrutanstalt." The notion of a "child hatchery" caught the imagination of the Berlin public and soon there were ribald songs about the exhibit in the beer halls and night clubs. Couney's exhibit was located in the amusement section next to the Congo Village and the Tyrolean Yodlers; it was a huge success, always jammed with people. Several batches of infants were reared at the show and, according to Couney, "there were no deaths." During the exhibit, a London promoter by the name of Samuel Schenkein visited Couney and invited him to repeat the show in London the following year at the Victorian Era Exhibition to be held in Earl's Court. Couney agreed.


Coffee Themed Pajamas....

It's a lazy Saturday morning... (at least for a few minutes more until the family wakes up).  I've got my coffee in hand and I realized I had the old 80's tune "Coffee in bed...."  playing through my head.

That led me to think about the scene in Mr. & Mrs. Smith (where Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's characters had met and slept with each other and he wakes her in the morning with coffee he had gone out to get and tells her he had to milk a goat to get it...)  and that made me think about coffee pajamas. (Um, no, she wasn't wearing any of course... it's just what I thought of next.)

And that is what led to this mornings post on Coffee Talking!

I think I've done a post on coffee themed pajamas and coffee pajama pants once before (?) but it was a long, long time ago.  So I clicked over to Amazon (because I'm an affiliate and because their search engine is so freakin' easy to use - and I'm a sucker for free shipping)  and I found a few jammies I thought were kind of cool.

I also chose some that came in a variety of styles and sizes.  Including 2XL, etc.  So... something for everyone!  Because what coffee lover wouldn't love coffee pajamas?  Everyone would.





PajamaGram Women's ‘I Need Coffee' Pajamas


Women's Printed Minky Fleece Pajama Pant



Rambling over.... Kava Tea. (Making, flavoring and drinking - with photos)

This post is not sponsored by any particular company.  I did my own research and spent my own money to buy from a company that does sell on Amazon as well as their own site.  I'm not affiliated with them in any way.

Rambling over Kava tea?  Yeah, you thought I was going to say coffee!

Even this coffee girl needs to sleep sometimes - and sleep doesn't come easy for me. 

Come 1:30, 2:30 in the morning I usually wake up and boom! My brain is not only instantly awake but it's going 100 mph and I'm trying to solve every problem in the world.  My anxiety shoots through the roof.  I'm over educated enough to know everything that can go wrong in situations and I over think them to death.  I don't fall back to sleep until about 5:00 or 5:30 am and then of course the universe needs me to be awake and functioning soon after so..... Sleep. The elusive sleep. Enter Kava Tea.

Kava tea or kava drinks come from a root that grows in the Pacific Islands.  It's muddy-tasting, dirty water looking drink that the Islanders have been drinking for centuries;  in my research I even found sources that say it's been used in the Fiji Islands for thousands of years.

It's touted as a potent anxiety reliever; kava offers a non-alcoholic way to wind down and relax or fall asleep.

Calming but keeps you alert - it just takes the edge off and relaxes you.  There have been numerous studies shown that kava does in fact work and some have found it comparable to antidepressants and chemicals like Xanax and Valium but without any side effects or addictions.   I did read in my research that there were liver damage warnings for heavy use but digging deeper, I found those to be flawed.  1) One of the studies found the participants experiencing problems were on other drugs that have liver damaging side effects and 2) Another did not differentiate between the source of the Kava.  You do not use the leaves nor the stem.  Use of the kava root only is a must (which is why you have to trust your purchase source!  Know what you are buying!)

Please do your own research on the benefits, warnings, recipes, ingredients, effects, studies, etc. on Kava.  Don't take my word for it - I am just sharing my story and how I make it.  There are kava 'experts' out there and I suggest you find one if you have any specific questions. 

There are different kinds of Kava and they have different effects after drinking them.  I choose one of the best ones for sleep and anxiety.  If you heard from a friend who heard from a friend that this stuff gives you some kind of buzz, you'll be disappointed. Nada. Nothing. It's just muddy tasting tea that may or may not help you sleep or take away some achy muscles. Your tongue may tingle. That's about it.

I will link to some other, strong kinds you can order through Amazon below this post.

The traditional way to make kava is to put about 2-4 tablespoons of ground up kava root into a strainer, muslin bag, cheesecloth, etc. You can even use an old, clean t-shirt. For each 2-4 tablespoons of kava use about a cup to 12 oz. of hot water depending on how strong you want your Kava mixture to taste. Hot from the tap is a good temperature although I used hot water from my coffee machine.

Place the strainer containing the kava root into your bowl. Next, pour the hot water directly into the bag/cloth with the kava root. Let this sit in the bowl for about 10 minutes.

Now start twisting and wringing.  Twist the top of your kava strainer/cloth closed and press out all the excess air. Begin kneading the kava root that’s inside the bag in the remaining water in the bowl. Alternate kneading the bag in the bowl and twisting it to strain all the water out. Your water should be turning a nice milky brown color similar to chocolate milk or dirty water. After kneading 5-10 minutes, twist the bag tight to remove all water from the root while not letting any actual root into your kava liquid.

Some people drink it warm but most like it chilled.  So add whatever flavorings you wish and chill it or if you are impatient like I am, dump some ice in it.

I started out doing it that way but realized kneading and twisting was more time consuming than I had patience for, and wasn't real comfortable on my sore shoulder!  Commence to switch to the EASY method!

Quick Kava Tea Method

Add 2-4 Tablespoons of Kava for each 8-12 oz hot water and put into a blender. Blend on high for approximately 3-4 minutes, empty and strain this through a cloth strainer, twisting and kneading. I let mine drip strain in the glass pitcher in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes before straining.  I like to do two strainings because there is always pulp left in my cheesecloth after the second and I don't want that in my drink.

Note: after the first strain, when you throw the pulp away, it looks like a dirty baby diaper.  Just be prepared - this is not a 'pretty' drink prep!  The double straining process also helps because in my researching I found some people reported headaches or nausea after drinking; but when they started to double strain and get more of the pulp out, they had no headaches or nausea.  I never did either, although I've been double straining since the first.

FLAVORINGS:  I read it worked best mixed with coconut milk or milk.  Then you add whatever flavors you wish.  It has a 'muddy' flavor - an earthy taste to it. If you don't mind it, drink it straight.  I opt to use coconut milk or almond milk along with a dash of almond coffee syrup or extract, some vanilla coffee syrup or extract, and a stick of cinnamon.  I like cardamom in it when I have it on hand and some people put ginger in it but I'm not a fan so I don't. Within a few minutes of drinking it you should feel your tongue start to tingle a little bit.  Then you'll know you have real, good kava from a reputable source.

There are also Kava Extract Drops available that you simply use instead of brewing a tea with the powdered root and I will link to some below, but I've never used those.  And Micro powder versions which I'm told you don't have to use as much, nor a blender to mix but I've never used that style.

This is the brand and kind of Kava I chose due to the reaction I needed from my tea:  SLEEP and anti-anxiety.

Blending the hot water and kava powder in a blender

I chose to use some cheesecloth and a margarita pitcher. I simple twisted the top, pushed into the ice block slot and let drip while chilling

It clogs up the strainer or cheesecloth you still need to twist and knead and press to get the water out.  I double strained mine.

Note:  You only want the pure Noble variety.  So make sure you use a good source company.

I only researched these kinds as I was looking for the best to use for sleep and shoulder pain.  
There are more varieties available and more companies but you'll have to do your own research.

Tongan Pouni Ono - uplifting and happy calm - good for daytime use
Fiji Loa Waka - happy and calming then relaxed- balanced - afternoon use
Vanuatu Borogu - happy and calming then relaxed - balanced - afternoon use
Fiji Vula Waka - for sleep/anxiety (and only available through the KavaKalm site right now as of this posting) - night use
Vanuatu Borongru - for sleep/anxiety - night use

I said above I would link to the extra drops even though I've not used drops.  However these are two companies I read good things about and one of the brands below is sold by a very well known, large and reputable herb and spice company.  I am linking to the product on Amazon if you are interested.

Gaia Herbs - Kava Kava Root Extra Strength - 2 oz

Kava Kava HawaiiPharm NON-Alcohol Liquid Extract, Kava Kava (Piper Methysticum) Dried Root Glycerite 2 oz

Rambling over Coffee: Today's topic is pondering Acrylamide and Cancer in Humans

This is one of those posts where I just sip my coffee and chit-chat about what's on my mind. 

In 2002 my Mom was diagnosed with cancer and started with the surgeries, the chemo and rounds of radiation.  It was soon after this, I started to research 'cancer' more in depth.  That search led me down many different paths.  One of those paths was around that time Swedish scientists had found acrylamide in starchy foods cooked at high temperatures and there were some warnings that we needed to study this a little more.  The levels of acrylamide in things like Cheerios, french fries, potato chips and corn chips, etc. were high.  Extremely high.  And the initial studies done on mice and rats showed the levels to be cancer causing.  The question was;  'What effect do they have on humans?'

Since that was about 15 years ago, you would think a lot of testing had been done by now, right?


Very little has actually been done. That is how this post came to be.

This morning I was wondering what the latest studies and updates on acrylamide and cancer rates in humans were.  I did a little bit of quick research only to find no one is really studying this... a handful of tests or studies here and there but they have been based on the same studies someone else has already done.  As a matter of fact, I found the same tiny mouse/rat study quoted over and over.  

From:  cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/diet/acrylamide-fact-sheet

Is there acrylamide in food? 

Researchers in Europe and the United States have found acrylamide in certain foods that were heated to a temperature above 120 degrees Celsius (248 degrees Fahrenheit), but not in foods prepared below this temperature (1). Potato chips and French fries were found to contain higher levels of acrylamide compared with other foods (2). The World Health Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations stated that the levels of acrylamide in foods pose a “major concern” and that more research is needed to determine the risk of dietary acrylamide exposure (2).

Does acrylamide increase the risk of cancer?

Studies in rodent models have found that acrylamide exposure poses a risk for several types of cancer (11, 12, 13). However, the evidence from human studies is still incomplete. The National Toxicology Program and the International Agency for Research on Cancer consider acrylamide to be a “probable human carcinogen,” based on studies in laboratory animals given acrylamide in drinking water. However, toxicology studies have shown differences in acrylamide absorption rates between humans and rodents (14).

From: ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15668103

Acrylamide is carcinogenic to experimental mice and rats, causing tumors at multiple organ sites in both species when given in drinking water or by other means. In mice, acrylamide increases the incidence of alveologenic lung tumors and initiates skin tumors after dermal exposures. In two bioassays in rats, acrylamide administered in drinking water consistently induced peritesticular mesotheliomas, thyroid follicular cell tumors, and mammary gland tumors, as well as primary brain tumors when all such tumors were included in data analysis. In one of the rat bioassays, increased numbers of adrenal pheochromocytomas, adenomas of pituitary and clitoral glands, papillomas of the oral cavity, and adenocarcinomas of the uterus also occurred. In both humans and experimental animals, a significant fraction of ingested acrylamide is converted metabolically to the chemically reactive and genotoxic epoxide, glycidamide, which is likely to play an important role in the carcinogenicity of acrylamide. No studies on the carcinogenicity of glycidamide have been published, but bioassays of this compound are in progress


My comments interjected here...

This next 'study' was actually made me chuckle as I started to read through it.  As I read about this 'study' I find it wasn't actually a controlled study at all.  They simply were paid to read through whatever written articles, studies or cases they could find and publish their findings.  So, let's go there for a minute first;


A total of 586 publications were identified in the search (supplemental Appendix 1, available at Annals of Oncology online). The selection of publications relevant for our review is illustrated in supplemental Appendix Figure 1 (available at Annals of Oncology online). By examining the title, 407 publications, mainly experimental studies using acrylamide-based gels, were excluded (a1–a407); the abstract of the remaining 179 publications was looked in detail. Forty-eight publications were excluded as nonrelevant (reviews, experimental and clinical studies, etc.) (a408–a455), while the remaining 131 publications were abstracted and reviewed in detail. Among them, 106 did not report original epidemiological results on acrylamide and cancer and were no longer considered (a456–a561), whereas the remaining 25 publications were retained for the review. The review of the reference lists of these publications resulted in the identification of one additional report. Among these, 19 publications reported results on dietary intake of acrylamide [6–24], 2 publications reported results on biomarkers of exposure [22, 25] and 6 publications reported results on occupational exposure [26–31].

"Among these, 19 publications reported results on dietary intake of acrylamide [6–24], 2 publications reported results on biomarkers of exposure [22, 25] and 6 publications reported results on occupational exposure..."

So this often quoted study used a total of 19 publications two people sat and read through.
19 publications.
That was their study.
So findings are going to be uh... interesting to say the least as I'm not sure that you can really draw legit conclusions from a small study of reading 19 publications but wait, it gets better... look who funded the study....

"The project was supported partially by an unrestricted grant from Fritolay to the International Prevention Research Institute and by the International Prevention Research Institute's internal resources."


My comments in here really quick on this next part....

Note a total of 15 epidemiologic studies.  Fifteen.  Since 2002.  That's it.


Conjectured associations between dietary acrylamide intake and cancer have been evaluated in more than 15 epidemiologic studies examining almost every major cancer site.


So... does the US regulate this at all?
No.  I'm not really sure they should... I'm not for so much government 'regulations' but I do like to be informed so I can make my own choices in the foods I put into my body and the bodies of my loved ones - especially my kids and husband.  I would like to KNOW what levels are in which foods.  



In the United States, the FDA regulates the amount of residual acrylamide in a variety of materials that come in contact with food, but there are currently no regulations on the presence of acrylamide in food itself. 

 In 2016, the FDA issued guidance to help the food industry reduce the amount of acrylamide in certain foods, but these are recommendations, not regulations.

The EPA regulates acrylamide in drinking water. The EPA has set an acceptable level of acrylamide exposure, which is low enough to account for any uncertainty in the data relating acrylamide to cancer and other health effects.
In the workplace, exposure to acrylamide is regulated by the EPA and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Can I lower my exposure to acrylamide?


For most people, the major potential sources of acrylamide exposure are in certain foods and in cigarette smoke. It’s not yet clear if the levels of acrylamide in foods raise cancer risk, but for people who are concerned, there are some things you can do to lower your exposure.

Certain foods are more likely to contain acrylamide than others. These include potato products (especially French fries and potato chips), coffee, and foods made from grains (such as breakfast cereals, cookies, and toast). These foods are often part of a regular diet. But if you want to lower your acrylamide intake, reducing your intake of these foods is one way to do so.
The FDA’s advice on acrylamide is to adopt a healthy eating plan, consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, that:
  • Emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products.
  • Includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts.
  • Is low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars.
This type of diet is likely to have health benefits beyond lowering acrylamide levels.

Acrylamide has been detected in both home-cooked and in packaged or processed foods. Acrylamide levels in foods can vary widely depending on the manufacturer, the cooking time, and the method and temperature of the cooking process. Since acrylamide is formed from natural chemicals in food during cooking, acrylamide levels in cooked organic foods are likely to be similar to levels in cooked non-organic foods.

When cooking at home, some methods may lower the acrylamide levels produced in certain foods.

For potatoes, frying causes the highest acrylamide formation. Roasting potato pieces causes less acrylamide formation, followed by baking whole potatoes. Boiling potatoes and microwaving whole potatoes with skin on does not create acrylamide.

Soaking raw potato slices in water for 15 to 30 minutes before frying or roasting helps reduce acrylamide formation during cooking. (Soaked potatoes should be drained and blotted dry before cooking to prevent splattering or fires.)

Storing potatoes in the refrigerator can result in increased acrylamide during cooking. Therefore, store potatoes outside the refrigerator, preferably in a dark, cool place, such as a closet or a pantry, to prevent sprouting.

Generally, acrylamide levels rise when cooking is done for longer periods or at higher temperatures. Cooking cut potato products, such as frozen French fries or potato slices, to a golden yellow color rather than a brown color helps reduce acrylamide formation. Brown areas tend to have more acrylamide.

Toasting bread to a light brown color, rather than a dark brown color, lowers the amount of acrylamide. Very brown areas contain the most acrylamide.

Acrylamide forms in coffee when coffee beans are roasted, not when coffee is brewed at home or in a restaurant. So far, scientists have not found good ways to reduce acrylamide formation in coffee.

Not smoking and avoiding secondhand smoke are other ways to potentially reduce your exposure to acrylamide, as well as to many other potentially harmful chemicals.


  Ending thoughts?  Well, I as I finish the last of my now cold coffee and get ready to go brew a new cup (which incidentally apparently has acrylamide in it since it's made by roasting coffee beans at a high temperature... the only thing really in my mind is that it sounds to me like perhaps we should be doing some more studies on this.  Any foods that have the potential to cause cancer in humans is worth looking into although I'd like to see it funded by an industry that does not have a vested interested in the final documentation to support their food product sales....  But then again, in this day and age it's very difficult to find a case study that doesn't have the funders in bed with the researchers.  So...  (shrugging my shoulders) I guess it may be another 30 years before we really know anything.

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Media bias against President Trump: Where is the pro Trump rally coverage? A screenshot of NBC news and CNN shows just how biased they are against our President

I'm not in the mood to do a big blog post on this one... really, what can you say? It's so disgustingly obvious Americans cannot get facts in the news from major so-called 'news' sources anymore.  Gone are the days are when tv news stations and newspapers reported the facts and left their personal opinions to the editorial sections.

I never really had a dog in this fight.  I stopped watching television in Fall of 1998 or 1999 when I was in my 20's (I wised up pretty fast).  From there it used to be easy to get whatever news I wanted online - it was better than having a TV anchor person spoon feeding me their version. However, in the last few years it's even difficult to find the truth online from 'reputable' main stream media because frankly; they aren't reputable anymore.

There is too much money involved.  Too many big wigs at the TV stations in bed with politicians.  Too many immature and young people put in positions about 10 years above their age level.  Too much shock-and-awe.  Too much bias.

Too much yellow journalism.

Yellow journalism, or the yellow press, is a type of journalism that presents little or no legitimate well-researched news and instead uses eye-catching headlines to sell more newspapers. Techniques may include exaggerations of news events, scandal-mongering or sensationalism.

Today (right now) there are some pretty big pro-President Trump rallies going on.  I checked social media to see videos and photos of the huge crowds.

Just for fun (well, not fun, but you know....)  I went to NBC News and CNN to see what was on their homepage.  Because if it was that ... well, if it was Mr. Obama, the headlines and photos would be FILLING their homepage.  They would be kissing his behind, and making him out to be the next Messiah.  That man could lie through his teeth, disregard our Constitution, say whatever he wanted whether it was true or not, and the media would pee their pants and swoon - a few were probably brought to orgasm just looking at him (there are a couple celebrities that come to mind).  Personally I had to hold back nausea and vomit... I tried not to look at him much.  He seemed disgustingly evil to me. Sly like a fox, and intelligent in a creepy way.  When you don't watch TV it makes it a little easier... and the little red x in the corner of my computer screen helped.

But where was I?


So, just take a look for yourself.

You will see almost NOTHING positive about our current President because they are butt-hurt over him.  Even positive issues and stories are flipped around so they can put a negative spin on it.  And those rallies going on right now with huge crowds?  Nary a mention or coverage of them.

Yellow Journalism.
The double standards and bias is sickening.

Our media makes me sick... and believe it or not I was not a Trump supporter before the election.
I sure as heck would never in a million years vote for that other person (that woman) running;  But he is our PRESIDENT.  And the media is sickening.  They need to put on their big boy and girl panties and get back to doing their JOBS and leave their pissy attitudes at home in the morning.

HEY LOOK!  If you scroll down the page far enough you can see a TINY BLURB about the rallies... but look at how it's presented.  A HUGE photo of that unethical, morally bankrupt liar pants at a stupid stamp unveiling while the President gets a little less-than-half size photo screenshot from a little video, and he's barely in the shot.

If President Trump found the cure for cancer the media would still make it out to be negative and find fault.
My mind is just blown each day looking at the yellow journalism staring us right in the face.

Dr. Ponseti - The man that changed the treatment for Club Foot (and my husband and I are thankful!)

 University of Iowa Stead Family Hospital Link

This morning over coffee I'm pondering the intellect, the wisdom, the empathy, the kindness and the... everything... that one man was.  One man many have never heard of, but was instrumental in my husbands life and later, thousands of children's lives.

And if he had been listened to earlier in his career, thousands more children could have been helped without surgery - which in many cases did more damage than good.

That man is Dr. Ponseti and he was a pioneer in treating what is known as 'club foot' in babies and children.

While tending to the wounded in the Spanish Civil War, he found that casting and braces and slow manipulation of the foot by hand could avoid surgery.  He knew this so early yet as usual, the medical community wanted to 'cut and slice' instead so it wasn't until the 90's when this more gentle and highly successful way of treating club foot became the 'new thing!' and was hailed as the newest way to treat.  Never mind Dr. Ponseti had been saying that for decades.

And luckily for my husband the stars aligned.  For some reason, a hundred little things fell into place at just the right time and when he was born in 1969 he ended up being lucky enough to find himself in front of Dr. Ponseti and got this treatment.  The baby with both feet turned completely backwards at birth took his first steps at 13 1/2 months and went on to be a star football player for his high school team; with a 1,000 yard season and averaging 3-5 touch-downs per game.

My husband as an infant with his two legs in casts

My husband - and his two little casts - on his way to having straight feet!

This obituary was published a few years ago but it gives a great and succinct story to this wonderful man who helped so many in his lifetime.


Ignacio Ponseti, Hero to Many With Clubfoot, Dies at 95

OCT. 23, 2009
Source:   http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/24/health/research/24ponseti.html

Dr. Ignacio V. Ponseti, an orthopedist whose gentle, nonsurgical method of correcting clubfoot has become the global standard for treatment, helping thousands of children to walk, died Sunday in Iowa City. He was 95.

The cause was a stroke he suffered Tuesday while working in his office, said Tom Moore, a spokesman for the University of Iowa, where Dr. Ponseti taught and practiced.

Dr. Ponseti came up with his method after realizing that surgery for clubfoot actually did harm. Drawing on his experience tending to the wounded in the Spanish Civil War, he found that a regimen of plaster casts, braces and manipulations by hand could avoid the costs and aftereffects of surgery.

Nearly 200,000 children are born every year with clubfoot, a vast majority of them in developing countries. The condition is a birth defect in which the feet are twisted down and inward, making them look like golf clubs with the club heads turned to face each other. It can affect one or both feet. Without treatment, the afflicted appear to walk on their ankles or the sides of their feet.

In the early 1940s, Dr. Ponseti’s research showed that the most common treatment, surgery, could leave a child with stiff ankles and a limp. His alternative involved slowly and gradually straightening and rotating each twisted foot toward its normal position.

The method was applied in stages. After each treatment, he would immobilize a child’s leg with a toe-to-groin plaster cast. A week later, he would remove the cast and shape the malleable foot a bit more, then replace the cast. The treatment would last three to five weeks.

The child would wear a special brace 23 hours a day for three months and then, for two or three years, limit its use to overnight and nap time.

Though Dr. Ponseti devised his treatment a half-century ago, it became popular only in the 1990s, when parents of afflicted children spread word about it over the Internet. Orthopedists found themselves responding to requests for the Ponseti method rather than ordering surgery.

The procedure cures clubfoot in more than 95 percent of cases, said Dr. Jose Morcuende, director of the Ponseti Clubfoot Center at the University of Iowa, citing 25 papers over the last eight years. Dr. Morcuende said a study soon to be published would show that the incidence of surgery for clubfoot had declined 90 percent over the last five or six years, as doctors switched to the Ponseti method.

The method has been endorsed by the World Health Organization, the National Institutes of Health and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Wallace B. Lehman, chief of pediatric orthopedic surgery at N.Y.U. Hospital for Joint Diseases, said in an interview Wednesday that the method had “saved countless, countless feet of crippled babies.” In 2001, Dr. Lehman named his hospital’s clubfoot treatment center for Dr. Ponseti.

Dr. Ponseti brought an unusual background to his trailblazing medical work. He thought his delicate touch might have come in part from his youth in Spain, where he worked with his father, a watchmaker, in Barcelona. Later, as a surgeon for the government forces battling the Franco rebellion in the Spanish Civil War, he treated as many as 4,000 wounded soldiers, many with broken bones.

Ignacio Vives Ponseti was born on Minorca, an island off Spain’s Mediterranean coast, on June 3, 1914. His family moved to Barcelona when he was 8. He recalled seeing Picasso’s art and hearing Casals’ cello there. In 1936, he graduated from the University of Barcelona medical school a day before the Spanish Civil War started. Two days later he joined the Republican Army as a surgeon.

After Franco gained control of the fighting in 1939, Dr. Ponseti escaped to France, but only after working for three days to set the fractures of 40 wounded soldiers. With the help of local smugglers, he transported the 40 by mule over the Pyrenees. Penniless, he found his way to Mexico, where he became a village doctor.

Dr. Ponseti went to the University of Iowa in 1941 after a Mexican orthopedist had referred him to the chairman of its orthopedics department. His residency was in orthopedics, and clubfoot quickly became a major interest.

In one research project, he studied outcomes of clubfoot surgery over a 20-year period. After finding that surgery had rarely left a child without impairments, he pondered less invasive treatments, testing them with infants in his clinic.

He seemed to have special gifts, particularly an ability to visualize the interior of a foot and ankle by feeling with his hands. “It’s a little bit like playing the piano,” he said.

Dr. Lehman called the technique “arty” and “counterintuitive,” declaring, “The ordinary surgeon can’t do it.”

By the 1990s, Dr. Ponseti and his colleagues had treated 
more than 2,000 cases of clubfoot. But he was frustrated that 
although his method had long before been described in 
medical journals, more doctors were not using it.

But it can be taught, and Dr. Lehman himself was teaching it when he paused to be interviewed by telephone from Israel while on a trip to the Middle East. Dr. Lehman had brought with him six of the flexible acrylic models that Dr. Ponseti developed and was providing them to doctors, Jordanians and Palestinians among them, to practice on. All but five models had disappeared, a “theft” that Dr. Lehman heartily applauded.

Dr. Morcuende, of the University of Iowa, said 80 percent of clubfoot cases were in developing countries, many in Africa. Because doctors are in short supply in those countries, medical technicians there are being trained in the treatment, he said.

By the 1990s, Dr. Ponseti and his colleagues had treated more than 2,000 cases of clubfoot. But he was frustrated that although his method had long before been described in medical journals, more doctors were not using it.

Part of the reason, Dr. Lehman said, was that there had been other manipulation and casting methods, many manifestly ineffective. In an interview with The Chicago Tribune in 2006, Dr. Ponseti offered a more cynical explanation. “Surgeons love their little knives,” he said.

So Dr. Ponseti put his story out, in many ways. He held teaching clinics all over the world and wrote a book, “Congenital Clubfoot: Fundamentals of Treatment” (Oxford, 1996). He helped found the Ponseti International Association for the Advancement of Clubfoot Treatment, whose Web site became an important source of knowledge. Scores of doctors went to Iowa City to learn at his side.

And the tide turned. At Iowa, the number of children arriving for treatment increased tenfold, to 150 a year. Orthopedists elsewhere picked up the procedure.

With the news of Dr. Ponseti’s death, parents have expressed gratitude and condolences on the Ponseti association’s Web site, www.ponseti.info. Earlier, Dr. Ponseti said he had been touched by a gift they gave him: a T-shirt with the footprints of babies whose clubfeet he had cured.


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