Ox at the park

Ox at the park

My Ox son is brilliant. I was told by a specialist who works with special needs children that those affected with Arthrogryposis are the most intelligent he’s ever seen. Here’s an example:

He was hesitant to go high in the swing, so he developed a numerical system to tell us how hard he wanted us to push.

We started (per his directions) at a 1, skipped to a 4, worked our way up to 10, and stayed there for a while. Then he exclaimed “OK, I’m ready for 11! I never want you to push me at 42 though.”
Hahaha! He’s such a riot!

Down with False Idols!

You wouldn't let a urologist perform brain surgery on you, right? I hope not!

You wouldn’t let a urologist perform brain surgery on you, right? I hope not!

Please, do not make the mistake of worshiping people. I’m speaking specifically of “specialists” who go well beyond their areas of speciality.

For example, Dr. Oz is a heart surgeon. He is (supposedly) a very good one. Here are the things he is NOT:

Audiologist
Allergist
Anesthesiologist
Dentist
Dermatologist
Endocrinologist
Epidemiologist
General/Family Practitioner
Gastroenterologist
Gynecologist
Hematologist
Hepatologist
Immunologist
Infectious disease Specialist
Internal medicine specialist
Internist
Medical geneticist
Microbiologist
Neonatologist
Nephrologist
Neurologist
Neurosurgeon
Nutritionist
Obstetrician
Oncologist
Ophthalmologist
Orthopedic surgeon
Otolaryngologist
Perinatologist
Paleopathologist
Parasitologist
Pathologist
Pediatrician
Physiologist
Physiatrist
Plastic surgeon
Podiatrist
Psychiatrist
Psychologist
Pulmonologist
Radiologist
Rheumatologist
Sex therapist
Urologist
Or a Veterinarian

And he is ESPECIALLY NOT an Andrologist! (The andrologist helps in diagnosing and treating disorders related to the male reproductive system.)

Why do I bring this up?
Because some poor fool asked Dr. Oz’s advice on whether to circumcise their infant son. He apparently told them they should because the foreskin can “strangle the penis”.
*facepalm*
He clearly knows NOTHING about the functions of a normal, intact penis, because no informed doctor worth his Hippocratic Oath would recommend robbing a person out of such a beneficial organ. Besides, no one has ever in recorded history been killed by their foreskin.

Using a TV heart surgeon’s misguided (and probably monetarily encouraged $$) advice to justify amputating healthy foreskin off your newly born infant’s penis is ludicrous.

Seriously… it makes about as much sense as asking the guy who made your Subway sandwich to fill your cavities.

 

In our age of easily accessible truth and information isn’t it a wonder people are still asking celebrities these questions at all??  There are studies and international medical journals free to the public if you know how to find them.  We need to start doing better than TV shows and mommy blogs; (not that there’s anything wrong with TV OR mommy blogs!)  they [we]  just shouldn’t be your go-to source for truth.  😉  Learn to do research, real research, for yourself and you’ll never have to be at the mercy of a false idol again!

Falling Pine Tree!

My husband and I woke up earlier than usual this morning because we were hearing branches fall outside… scary. This ice storm continues to take its toll on the pines, including the one in the back, by the pond.

This pine was already leaning, but this morning its branches were iced-over, and we could tell it was close to demise. Incredibly, while we were pondering how much longer it would hang there, it began to crackle. My husband was able to grab my phone just in time to catch this video of it collapsing into the water!

I sent this video to our channel 11 news station, so you might see it on TV too!

~Shanna