The Knowledge In My Inbox

  1. “My story may not be a treatment plan for your own journey. But what I hope you get out of it is empowerment to advocate for your health. If you’re experiencing symptoms, don’t stop seeking answers because someone tells you your tests show that you’re in the “normal range.” There’s nothing wrong with getting a second or third opinion, or taking an alternative treatment route if you feel uncomfortable with the “traditional” one. Don’t let anyone shame you into staying silent or accepting one solution.You are the expert about your body, and you deserve to enjoy inhabiting it.”
    (Mind Body Green– Megan Bruneau – Oct. 29, 2015)
  1. “But caffeine after around 5 o’clock should be avoided at all costs. Especially if you’ve already had some earlier in the day. That’s because caffeine has a six-hour half life. Meaning you’ll still have 50% of the caffeine you drank six hours ago in your system, and still have 25% after 12 hours. Which means, if you have a cup of coffee at 10 am and another at 4 pm, at 10 pm you’ll still have ¾ of a cup’s worth of caffeine in you. And that’s if you only have a cup. Make it two at each sitting, and it’s like having an espresso at bedtime.”
    (Newport Natural Health– Leigh Erin Connealy, M.D. – Oct. 30, 2015)
  1. “In the race for the Republican presidential nomination, meanwhile, Tea Party darlings such as Sen. Rand Paul and Gov. Scott Walker have floundered. But other Tea Party favorites, including Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and lately Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, have been dominating the field and the conversation. They have—particularly Cruz—by and large championed the Tea Party’s desire to slash most or all discretionary federal spending; defund, repeal, and replace the Affordable Care Act; abolish most taxes and nearly all government regulations on business; end “corporate welfare”; move toward privatizing Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid; and not least, use whatever legal means necessary to achieve these goals, including shutting down the federal government.”
    “Tea Party adherents, and there are plenty of them—at least one-fifth and sometimes one-third of the electorate tell pollsters they support the Tea Party and/or its goals—say that it has changed their lives and dismiss the idea that they joined up because of what any news network or billionaire had to say. They trace their conversions not from right-wing media, or some clever Washington lobbyist, but from the ideas promulgated by figures as diverse as Ron Paul and Glenn Greenwald, Frédéric Bastiat and Ronald Reagan. The Tea Party is a genuine grassroots movement, started and perpetuated by aroused citizens convinced that something has gone terribly wrong with their country. They have joined with like-minded friends and neighbors to set things right, just as the framers of our Constitution intended.”
    (Take Part– Kevin Baker – Oct. 30, 2015)
  1. “That suggests this teacher wasn’t trained in classroom management. He probably was,” she wrote. “This isn’t just about training. This is about teachers learning to be humble and compassionate, teachers operating from a spirit of concern for students’ learning and well-being instead of an attempt to control their behaviors.”
    (Take Part– Joseph Williams – Oct. 29, 2015)
  1. “I am often asked what’s wrong with our children and I almost always answer, adults are what’s wrong. We tell our children to control themselves while slapping and spanking and ejecting them violently in our homes, child care centers, schools, detention facilities and prisons. Adults tell children to be honest while lying and cheating and not to be violent while marketing and glorifying violence.”
    (Children’s Defense Fund– Marian Wright Edelman – Oct. 30, 2015)
  1. “For decades, a variety of public policies and programs have attempted to ease the impact of poverty on young parents and give low-income children a good start, primarily in urban neighborhoods. Other programs have focused on addressing the challenges of teen parenting, also often focused on urban schools and neighborhoods. Less is known about the few programs and policies designed to assist young parents and their children living in rural areas and in suburban communities where poverty is growing rapidly. To find out more about supporting young parent and families in settings that are far from the usual targets of anti-poverty programs, CSSP sought out examples of innovative strategies in rural areas and suburban pockets of poverty.”
    (Center for the Study of Social Policy)
  1. “So much of what represents people’s daily quality of life, especially if you’re a working woman or raising kids, or young women trying to get started, it actually has to do with what’s happening on a local level. Access to health care, education, transportation — all of that’s decided on a local and state level. My race also really highlights that someone like my opponent — who has such extreme positions and who says such hurtful things — that someone like that can be elected because people weren’t really engaged enough in what happens in local politics. I hope my race will really encourage people to know what they’re voting for.” -Dr. Jill McCabe
    (Lenny Letter– Jessica Grose – Oct. 28, 2015)
  1. Make your own heat.Just the fear of feeling cold is enough to keep us inside sometimes. If you’re heading out for a run or just going out to the car to get to the gym, warm yourself up before you go out. Do 20 jumping jacks, burpees, or high knees…whatever your favorite form of quick cardio is, hit a few reps to heat up before braving the cold.
    (Noom – Oct. 26, 2015)
  1. “Since 1974, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) has provided direction and support for state juvenile justice system improvements and has significantly contributed to the reduction of juvenile crime and delinquency.Most recently reauthorized in 2002 with bipartisan support, this landmark law provides critical federal funding to states that comply with a set of best practices designed to protect children from the dangers of adult jails and lockups; keep status offenders out of locked custody; and address the disproportionate treatment of youth of color in the justice system.  The law also calls on states to make use of research-based effective practices and programs to reduce reliance on incarceration, to implement effective, community-based alternatives and to help youth get their lives back on track.This year marks the 41st anniversary of the JJDPA, which is currently more than eight years overdue for reauthorization.  The continuing success of effective juvenile crime prevention and deterrence depends on Congress strengthening the provisions of the JJDPA and providing the resources needed for states and localities to implement the law and related programs.”
    (SparkAction.org– Oct. 2, 2015)
  1. “It may seem preposterous to read so much into board books. But why? Art becomes great when its potential meanings multiply, breaking free of obvious uses and even creators’ intentions. On the millionth reading, great children’s books can still offer us something new. They become old friends bearing new secrets.
    Sandra Boynton deserves mention alongside more frequently acclaimed masters of cross-generational entertainment, like Matt Groening and Jim Henson. Her board books are not mere trifles to be tolerated until finally—finally—they can be cast aside, but rich works that all of us can and should enjoy far longer than the tiny sands that slip between crawling and preschool can measure. If anything, the obvious cultural references that dot “The Simpsons” or “SpongeBob SquarePants” seem brazen and cumbersome by comparison.”
    (The New Yorker – Ian Bogost– Oct. 8, 2015)