Sex education is failing Kiwi teens, US psychiatrist claims

first_imgNZ Herald 25 June 2012Teenagers are being let down by sex education that doesn’t tell them it’s best to wait until you’re an adult and have one sexual partner for life, a visiting physician says. But Family Planning disputes United States psychiatrist Dr Miriam Grossman’s characterisation of New Zealand’s sex education. She has been brought here by the conservative lobby group Family First to speak at a conference in Auckland on Thursday. Dr Grossman said she took up writing and speaking on the “harms” of sex education after her experiences as a campus psychiatrist at the University of California. She saw many female students who were panicking about having, or possibly having, a sexually transmitted infection (STI), being pregnant, having had an abortion, or being confused about their emotional attachment to a man who had no intention of becoming emotionally attached to them. “They didn’t understand we are wired, both men and women, but especially women, to become emotionally attached to people we are intimate with.” She said this was omitted from the range of sex education materials produced in New Zealand that she had viewed. Dr Grossman said sex education, like other public-health initiatives, should present the “ideal”, such as in nutrition. In sexuality – “and I’m not talking about morality, I’m a physician” – the ideal was one sexual partnership for life, delayed until adulthood. “People that are able to achieve that – not that this is so easy – never have to worry about these myriad health issues.” Health issues included STIs and human papilloma virus (HPV), which is a key factor in cervical cancers. Dr Grossman cited a Family Planning website,, and pamphlet, both aimed at young people, which encouraged those considering becoming sexually active to make sure they were ready and to talk with their partner about contraception, but did not tell them to talk to a responsible adult. And she said sex education materials in New Zealand dangerously overstated the degree of protection people could expect from condoms, even when correctly used. – Dr Grossman on Radio LiveLISTEN – Dr Grossman on National Radio’s The PanelLISTEN – Dr Grossman on NZ’s RhemaWATCH – Dr Grossman on Close Uplast_img read more

Babies can hear and remember in the womb – study

first_imgNZ Herald 30 August 2013Parents-to-be who talk and sing to their unborn baby might be giving them a head start when it comes to developing their child’s language skills.Finnish scientists said babies still in their mothers’ wombs develop a memory of frequently-heard words.Minna Huotilainen said a baby is not a blank slate when it enters the world and has already learned how his or her family members speak before being born.She believes the research shows how well a baby’s brain adapts to sounds at a very early stage in its life.Professor Huotilainen, of the University of Helsinki, said: “It is a sign of very early language learning, or adaptation to the sounds they heard.” read more

EU chastises Britain for having too many stay-at-home moms

first_imgLifeSiteNews 29 June 2015The Brussels-based European Council, made up of the heads of government of member states and which sets the EU’s policy agenda but has no legislative power, has chastised British moms for wanting to stay home to look after their children.The Council Recommendation report notes that “The percentage of [UK] women who are inactive or work part-time due to personal and family responsibilities (12.5 %) was almost twice as high as the EU average (6.3 %) in 2013” and calls this a “social challenge” that the British government should work to eliminate by providing more state-funded child care.The report also finds fault with the fact that more women work part-time than men, observing that, “the difference in the share of part-time work between women (42.6 % in 2013) and men (13.2 % in 2013) is one of the highest in the EU.”The EC’s recommendations prompted indignant responses from Brits who say the EU has no business criticizing mothers who choose to stay at home.“How British families organize their care is up to them. They shouldn’t be lectured to by the British government, or bean-counters in Europe. This is just another bullying tactic to get mothers to leave their young children,” Laura Perrins of the campaign group Mothers at Home Matter told The Telegraph.“They have no right whatsoever to tell women and families to go to work. It is not within spitting distance of what they should be doing,” added Conservative MP Peter Bone of Wellingborough. read more

Controversial nude dating show Naked Attraction is back on TV

first_imgStuff 12 July 2018Family First Comment: You have been warned. Free-to-air TV can not go any lower. And partly funded by the taxpayer!! Controversial reality show Naked Attraction is set for another airing on TVNZ 2.The Broadcasting Standards Authority received 13 complaints about the first two episodes of the show’s first season when it aired in 2017.None of those complaints were fully upheld but the BSA did warn TVNZ Naked Attraction required a stronger warning.The new season of the show, which begins on Friday, will air a warning at the end of every ad break. It will screen at 9.30pm and carry and Adults Only (AO) rating.In its decision earlier this year, the BSA found Naked Attraction was acceptable to broadcast at 9.30pm, but took TVNZ to task for warning viewers only about the show’s nudity and not its sexual nature.That decision was attacked by conservative Christian lobby group Family First, which had previously opposed Naked Attraction.Family First director Bob McCoskrie said the group had been “swamped” with complaints about the show.“Naked Attraction is saturated with full-frontal nudity. The show degrades human relationships to animalistic instinct, and promotes voyeurism and a porn culture which is harming our society. It is shocking that a state broadcaster is trying to outdo sites like PornHub and porn magazines,” he said.Contacted for comment on Thursday, McCoskrie said he stood by those earlier comments.Family First also wrote to broadcasting minister Claire Curran asking for the show to be removed from TVNZ. Curran said she was unable to intervene in TV networks’ programming decisions.In its letter, Family First pointed out that the nudity in Naked Attraction was not “an occasional glimpse”. “According to a review of the first show of series, the episode included a total of 282 shots of male genitalia and 96 female – an average of almost six penises and two vaginas every minute!” the letter said.READ MORE: read more

The Link Between Marijuana, Psychosis, and Suicide

first_imgBreakPoint 29 June 2020Family First Comment: The title of the study telegraphs the punchline: “Legalized Cannabis in Colorado Emergency Departments: A Cautionary Review of Negative Health and Safety Effects.” Cannabis legalization has led to significant health consequences, particularly to patients in emergency departments and hospitals in Colorado.” The consequences that are, in their words, “most concerning” are “psychosis, suicide, and other substance abuse,” not to mention the impairment of a user’s “complex decision making,” which may be irreversible, even by subsequent abstinence. In Colorado, cannabis-related emergency and urgent-care visits among “teenagers and young adults” increased nearly three-fold after legalization. Most of these visits required “behavioural health evaluation.Recreational marijuana is legal in 11 states and another 21 states permit the use of so-called “medical marijuana.” I say “so-called” because, as NYU drug policy expert Mark Kleinman has put it, “the vast majority of ‘patients’ buying ‘medical marijuana’ aren’t doing so under any sort of active medical supervision . . . Many of them aren’t ‘treating’ anything but their desire to get high . . .”In the push to legalize, America has been sold dangerous lies about marijuana – of financial windfalls with no accompanying social cost and of therapeutic benefits with no accompanying dangers. But marijuana is dangerous. In fact, for some, it’s potentially lethal.Dr. Erik Messamore, a psychiatrist with a doctorate in psychopharmacology, recently brought attention to a study published by a branch of NIH about my state, which is ground zero of the marijuana push in the United States. The title of the study telegraphs the punchline: “Legalized Cannabis in Colorado Emergency Departments: A Cautionary Review of Negative Health and Safety Effects.”This “cautionary review” begins rather bluntly: “Cannabis legalization has led to significant health consequences, particularly to patients in emergency departments and hospitals in Colorado.” The consequences that are, in their words, “most concerning” are “psychosis, suicide, and other substance abuse,” not to mention the impairment of a user’s “complex decision making,” which may be irreversible, even by subsequent abstinence.In Colorado, cannabis-related emergency and urgent-care visits among “teenagers and young adults” increased nearly three-fold after legalization. Most of these visits required “behavioral health evaluation.”To quote the G.I. Joe public service announcements of my youth, “Now you know, and knowing is half the battle.” Except, and this should disturb us all, the link between cannabis use and mental illness was already well-known before legalization.In his book, No One Cares About Crazy People, Ron Powers (who co-wrote the World War II history Flags of Our Fathers) told the story of his two sons, both diagnosed with schizophrenia in their early twenties. Marijuana use, Powers learned, contributed to their diagnosis. Specifically, marijuana use increases the chances of schizophrenia for people who carry the genes AKT1 and COMT, which “affect brain chemistry.” Powers’ sons had these genes. One of them committed suicide, and the other attempted suicide but was saved through a timely intervention.READ MORE: read more

Belgian transsexual helped to die

first_imgCases of recorded deaths from euthanasia on psychological grounds have risen in BelgiumA transsexual has been helped to die by doctors in Belgium, after a series of failed sex-change operations.Nathan Verhelst, born a girl, asked for help to end his life on grounds of psychological suffering. He died in a Brussels hospital on Monday.Two doctors concluded the 44-year-old did not have temporary depression. His case received scant media coverage.Belgium legalised euthanasia in 2002. There were 52 cases of euthanasia on psychological grounds last year.‘Rigorous procedure’“He died in all serenity,” doctor Wim Distlemans told the Belgian newspaper, Het Laatste Nieuws.Nathan Verhelst was born Nancy into a family of three boys. The newspaper, which said it had spoken to him on the eve of his death, reported that he had been rejected by his parents who had wanted another son.He had three operations to change sex between 2009 and 2012.“The first time I saw myself in the mirror I felt an aversion for my new body,” he was quoted as saying.The hospital said there was an “extremely rigorous procedure” in place before any patient was put to death. “When we have a case which is… complicated, we ask ourselves more questions in order to be certain about the diagnosis,” Dr Jean-Michel Thomas said.UncontroversialThe BBC’s Matthew Price in Brussels says the number of people opting for euthanasia in Belgium has risen steadily since legalisation. Most candidates are over 60 years old and have cancer.Voluntary euthanasia for those over 18 is relatively uncontroversial in Belgium. Parliament is now considering expanding the law to under 18s as well.Patients must be capable of deciding for themselves. They must be conscious and have to give a “voluntary, considered and repeated” request to die.There were 1,432 recorded cases of euthanasia in Belgium in 2012; a 25% increase on the previous year’s figure. They represented 2% of all deaths, the AFP news agency reported.BBC News Sharing is caring! Share 31 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Share Tweet HealthInternationalLifestylePrint Belgian transsexual helped to die by: – October 3, 2013last_img read more

Italian joint to sell ‘Bob Marley’ hemp seed ice cream

first_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Share Sharecenter_img The ice cream is made from the seeds of the hemp plantKINGSTON, Jamaica — A north Italy-based ice cream parlour in the small resort town of Alassio – which is seven square miles with a population of approximately 11,000 – hopes to begin selling its Bob Marley-inspired hemp treats before year end.The parlour teamed with the Canapa Ligura organisation – best known for promoting awareness of the health benefits associated with hemp – to create the ice cream flavour as a tribute to the late reggae icon.Hemp is a variant of the cannabis sativa or ganja plant, and is mainly used for making fibres and textiles. It is also refined into products such as seed foods, oil, wax, resin, rope, pulp, paper, and fuel.The ice cream is made from the seeds of the plant, making it rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. According to The Local (, the producers highlighted the benefits of the fatty acids, which include managing or preventing several ailments such as arteriosclerosis, cholesterol, osteoarthritis, respiratory disorders, eczema, and acne.This is Marley’s second scoop of Europe in as many years. Last year, the world-renowned Ben & Jerry’s brand partnered with the 1Love Foundation to launch Satisfy My Bowl in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the his best-selling Legend album.Satisfy My Bowl, undoubtedly an ode to Marley’s record Satisfy my Soul, is a banana ice cream with caramel and cookie swirls, and chocolate peace signs. The special-edition dessert was sold across the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Ireland, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, and Norway.The website reported that Marley’s daughter Cedella acknowledged Ben & Jerry’s effort as a celebration of her father’s legacy of “bringing people together and using music to drive social change”. She also stated that proceeds from Satisfy My Bowl would go towards honing the creative skills of Jamaican youths to promote peace, love and social equality.Gorgette BeckfordJamaica Observer 138 Views   no discussions Food & DiningInternationalLifestylePrint Italian joint to sell ‘Bob Marley’ hemp seed ice cream by: Gorgette BeckfordJamaica Observer – December 29, 2015last_img read more

St Lucia SDA Church says public should not rush to judgement following arrest of pastors

first_img Tweet Share Share FaithLifestyleNewsRegional St Lucia SDA Church says public should not rush to judgement following arrest of pastors by: Caribbean Media Corporation – May 29, 2017 Sharing is caring!center_img Share 401 Views   no discussions Pastor Roger Stephen (Photo: CMC)CASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC) — The Seventh Day Adventist Church (SDA) has appealed to the public not to rush to judgment following the recent arrest of two pastors.Executive Secretary of the St. Lucia Mission of Seventh Day Adventists, Pastor Roger Stephen, who made the statement at a press conference on Friday, however said that the church will not condone sin or wrongdoing.During a press conference, Stephen did not accept questions from reporters due to what he said are “untrue reports” about the case in which the pastors have been charged with indecent assault and unlawful sexual connection.“As a Church we do not, and will not, condone sin or wrongdoing in any form or fashion. Whether it be from the members from the pew, to leaders, or to pastors.“Following Christ’s example, however, we cannot rush to judgment, and we seek to reach out to all who are hurting,” Stephen said. “We therefore appeal to all, to allow the course of justice to take effect in this matter and don’t rush to judgment.”He said the church remains confident with all faith and assurance that the Lord will carry ‘his’ church through this difficult moment as he has done in such a ‘mighty’ way in the past.Stephen said the SDA church continues to pray for all who have been adversely affected, all church members and the nation on the whole.He also lamented that there have been many untrue media reports, including claims that the SDA church has been transferring pastors overseas.Details surrounding the arrests of the pastors have not been disclosed but it has been well established that charges for unlawful sexual contact and indecent assault were filed against the two individuals in question.last_img read more

All Chile’s 34 bishops offer resignation to Pope over sex abuse scandals

first_img Share FaithInternationalLifestylePrint All Chile’s 34 bishops offer resignation to Pope over sex abuse scandals by: – May 18, 2018 Share (BBC) All of Chile’s 34 Roman Catholic bishops have offered Pope Francis their resignations in the wake of a child sex scandal and cover-up.They asked forgiveness from victims and the Church for their “grave errors and omissions”.It was not immediately clear whether the Pope had accepted the resignations.He had been criticised in Chile for his decision to ordain a bishop who is accused of covering up sexual abuse committed by a priest.He said in January that he felt “pain and shame” over the scandal, which has rocked the Catholic Church in Chile.It is the first time that all the top churchmen in a country have offered to leave their posts like this.The upset centres on Bishop Juan Barros, who is accused of using his position in the Catholic Church to try to block an investigation into his mentor, Catholic priest Fernando Karadima.Fr Karadima was an influential priest who was found guilty by the Vatican of sexually abusing young boys in the 1970s and 80s and sentenced to a lifetime of “penance and prayer”.He never faced criminal prosecution in Chile as too much time had passed, but the judge who heard victims’ testimony in a year-long investigation described them as “truthful and reliable”.Pope Francis appointed Bishop Barros three years ago despite the cover-up allegations. He is not accused of carrying out abuse himself.The bishop has repeatedly offered his resignation to the Pope, but it has been rejected several times as he was believed to be innocent of the accusations. This time, it is thought his offer to quit will be accepted.The Pope was widely criticised in January when he defended Bishop Barros during a visit to Chile, saying the allegations against him should be classed as “slander” until proven otherwise.He told a Chilean journalist: “The day they bring me proof against Bishop Barros, then I will speak. There is not a single piece of proof against him. Everything is slander. Is this clear?”Days later, the Pope apologised for hurting the victims of clerical sex abuse through his comments, saying the knowledge “pains me very much”. At the end of January, he sent the Vatican’s top expert on sexual abuse to Chile to investigate accusations, citing new information.The bishops offered their resignation by letter after three days of crisis talks at the Vatican, during which the Pope handed them a 10-page document accusing Chile’s Church hierarchy of negligence in sex abuse cases.Some of the Vatican investigator’s findings were included in the report, according to Chile’s T13 television, which acquired a leaked copy.In it, the Pope said he felt ashamed that people had been pressured not to fully investigate abuse allegations.“We are all involved, myself in first place, and no one can be exempted by looking to shift the problem onto the backs of others,” the Pope reportedly wrote.In their letter, the bishops wrote that their individual futures were in the Pope’s hands, and if he did not accept their resignations, they would “continue doing our pastoral work”.“In communion with [the Pope] we want to re-establish justice and contribute to repairing the damage caused,” they wrote.“This will change things forever,” tweeted Juan Carlos Cruz, who was abused by Fr Karadima in the 1980s.José Andrés Murillo, another victim, said Pope Francis should accept the mass resignation offer.“They did not know how to protect the weakest, exposed them to abuses, and then prevented justice,” he wrote on Twitter.“That’s why they all deserve to go.” Tweetcenter_img 190 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Kenyan sailors welcomed after Somali pirate release

first_img Share 39 Views   no discussions Share Share Sharing is caring!center_img News Kenyan sailors welcomed after Somali pirate release by: – February 15, 2011 Tweet BBC News AfricaA South Korean fishing trawler hijacked in October has arrived in the Kenyan port of Mombasa after its release last week by Somali pirates.Family and friends of the 39 Kenyan, two South Korean and two Chinese sailors aboard welcomed them.The FV Golden Wave – also known as Keummi 305 – was escorted into the port by a Finnish warship.After disembarking, trawler captain Kim Dae-keunm told the BBC that no ransom was paid for their release.Somalia has had no functioning central government since 1991, allowing piracy to flourish off its coast.‘Mother ship’The Golden Wave (right) was attacked on 9 October 2010 and was in the hands of pirates for 123 daysThe BBC’s Jamhuri Mwavyombo in Mombasa says there were emotional scenes as the sailors met their families and the other officials gathered for their arrival.Some of the crew members told our reporter that their trawler was used by the pirates as a mother ship to attack other vessels.Last week, the International Association of Independent Tanker Owners (Intertanko) said Somali pirates were now using at least 20 seized vessels as mother ships to launch attacks in the region.Somali pirates have made millions of dollars in recent years by capturing cargo vessels in the shipping lanes around the Horn of Africa and holding the ships and crew for ransom.Many of the pirates say they began as fishermen but have lost their livelihoods because of foreign trawlers.A recent US study found that maritime piracy costs the global economy between $7bn (£4.4bn) and $12bn (£7.6bn) a year.last_img read more