Merry Christmas

This holiday season has been busy with decorating, shopping, and of course baking.  The gifts are all wrapped and under the tree.  The Christmas Cards have all been sent.  I’ve checked the Santa Tracker and Santa has a while before he makes it to my part of the world.  I’ve gotten a plate of home made Ginger Snap cookies and Cinnamon Rolls all ready with a large glass of milk to be set out next to the fire place before bed.

Gifts are only one part of the Holiday Season.  It is also a time to be thankful for the things that we have, the people in our lives, and to look forward to the coming new year.

Wishing everyone a wonderful and safe Christmas and Holiday Season.

Link:

NORAD Santa Tracker (http://www.noradsanta.org/)

Birth Control Vs. E.D. Drugs

The Supreme Court has been busy, among the recent decisions they have made is in the case of Hobby Lobby. An over simplification of the issue at hand was that the owners of Hobby Lobby believe that certain types of birth control cause abortions and they didn’t want those included in their health insurance plans; due to long held religious beliefs. Beliefs that the Supreme Court agreed they could force upon their employees who may not share their religion. They also said that the government provided a work around solution for religious institutions that could be used. Since then the Supreme Court has clarified that all contraception falls under their decision and has in the days since granted a request by a college to block any enforcement against the school for refusal to comply with the contraceptive mandate.

There are many articles and comments out there about the decision, from gloom and doom to celebrations. In reading the articles and the comments one argument stood out among the sea of typical talking points:

  • Erectile Dysfunction Drugs are for a medical purpose, outside of just allowing sex
  • Erectile dysfunction drugs don’t cause abortions

When it comes to Erectile Dysfunction drugs their only stated purpose, and medical benefit is to allow men to have sex via helping with a poor libido (sex drive), ejaculation, and getting and maintaining an erection. There are several causes for Erectile Dysfunction including:

  • Age
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Hypertension
  • Hardening of the Arteries
  • Kidney Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Smoking
  • Drinking
  • Drug Abuse
  • Too little exercise
  • Being overweight
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Self-Esteem
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Some medications including blood pressure drugs, antidepressants, and tranquilizers
  • Cyclists who ride for several hours a week

In short Erectile Dysfunction drugs allow men of all ages, and lifestyles, to continue to have as much sex as they want.

Pregnancy is caused primarily by sexual intercourse. The number one cause of an abortion is a woman getting pregnant by a man. Therefore logic follows that Erectile Dysfunction drugs that allow a man to keep having sex; do in fact, cause abortions. So why aren’t companies with such deeply held religious beliefs demanding to remove them from insurance coverage?

Seriously, why do I; a woman, have to pay higher premiums for a man to be able to have as much recreational sex as he wants? It’s a lifestyle choice. The majority of the causes for erectile dysfunction are caused by lifestyle choices. There is also the fact that treatments for erectile dysfunction have been seen to cause prostate cancer. So now, I am not only paying higher premiums to cover the drugs I am paying to cover the cancer treatments caused by the drugs. All so a man can keep having as much sex as he wants.

There are non-medication alternatives to Erectile Dysfunction drugs including improvement to lifestyle, losing weight, and using a vacuum device to stimulate the penis into an erection prior to sex.

When it comes to birth control the primary purpose is to prevent pregnancy. However it also is used for other medical conditions:

  • Treatment for Acne, Excess Hair, and Hair Loss
  • Regulation of Menstrual Periods
  • Treatment for Irregular Menstrual Periods
  • Treatment for Menorrhagia (heavy periods)
  • May help prevent Functional Ovarian Cysts
  • Treatment for Dysmenorrhea (painful periods)
  • Treatment for Endometriosis (when the tissue lining the uterus grows outside the uterus)
  • May be a treatment for Fibroid Tumors
  • Can be used to treat Breast Pain associated with a menstrual cycle
  • Treatment for PMS and Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder
  • Also found to help with anemia
  • In 2008 a study showed that birth control lowered the risk for ovarian cancer.

Birth Control does have a list of side effects including: nausea, acne, weight gain, moodiness, and in rare cases blood clots, stroke, heart attacks, liver tumors, gallstones, and conflicting studies link it to breast and cervical cancer.

Medical decisions should be between a patient, their doctor, and whatever religion that patient holds. A simple solution would be for the government to allow all women to go get birth control insurance coverage from the insurance companies directly; or from the government. As with all medication there should be a co-pay associated with getting the medication. It shouldn’t be singled out to be free.

Take employers completely out of the equation.

Billy Graham

“I don’t want to see religious bigotry in any form. It would disturb me if there was a wedding between the religious fundamentalists and the political right. The hard right has no interest in religion except to manipulate it.”  Billy Graham 1981

Luke 6:37-45 NKJ Version

Luke 6:37-45 NKJ Version

Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

And he spake a parable unto them, Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch? The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Either how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother’s eye.

For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.

Pope Francis

“I told you I was cordially imparting my blessing. Since many of you are not members of the Catholic Church, and others are not believers, I cordially give this blessing silently, to each of you, respecting the conscience of each, but in the knowledge that each of you is a child of God. May God bless you!”

Pope Francis Saturday March 16, 2013

John Adams

Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak; and that it is doing God’s service when it is violating all his laws.
–John Adams, 2nd US president (1735-1826)

Nichiren Daishonin

“Never let life’s hardships disturb you…no one can avoid problems, not even saints or sages.”
– Nichiren Daishonin