Breast feeding is good for babies, but the latest research (2,233 women age 40-78) show that it has lasting benefits for the mother as well. Those who breast feed are half as likely to develop type 2 diabete 30 years later, as those who used formula. Breast feeding help new mothers shed their pregnancy pounds, that build up in the abdomen.......belly fat is known to contribute to such chronic conditions as diabetes and heart disease. Lactation can boost the body's response to insulin, helping, to break down glucose in the blood. "We have to consider lactation as part of the pregnancy experience" says Dr. Eleanor Schwarz of the University of Pittsburg.
The World Health Org. and the American Academy of Pediatrics, both recommend that women exclusively breast-feed their infants for at least six months. Consider the wide-ranging benefits....protection from diabetes and heart disease; weight loss...getting rid of stomach fat and the joy of nurturing and bonding with your child. Such Bliss.
Dr. Riamon Panikkar, scholar, priest/theologian, died on Aug.16 at the age of 91. Born to an Indian Hindu fatfer and a Spanish Catholic mother and educated by the Jesuits, he "set the Catholic world astir", by insisting that Christianity could learn from Eastern religions. From his teaching posts at Harvard and U. of California, Santa Barbara, and his writings, he argued that non-western religions could provide insights into Christian beliefs. He drew connections between religious traditions and downplayed their differences. On his first visit to India, he felt "deeply changed"by the spiritual wisdom he found there"...."I discovered that I was a Hindu and returned as a Budhist without ever having ceased to be a Christian."In these troubled times of religious conflicts and intolerance, his words/thoughts, are more than ever needed.