Progress Against Portpartum Depression

Postpartum depression is serious stuff, as we all know.  I won’t take up your time recounting the numerous horror stories of women who had some rather serious reactions to the disorder.  Suffice it to say that more

Post Partum Depression

needs to be done to diagnose and cure this problem that is experienced by many, many women.

I am now pleased to report that there may be some progress in the fight against postpartum depression!  It seems that some researchers are reporting that when pregnant women took fish oil,

they had fewer depressive symptoms in the months following their giving birth than those women who took a placebo.  That’s because fish oil has been shown to increase mood-lifting brain chemicals which,

in turn, relieves depression.

As with any research, more needs to be done.

But the initial findings are certainly good news for women who are thinking of having children.

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  1. Excellent point. I will concede that the ban on gay mairgare is hard to justify, and I thus will not do so (my views on this issue are inconsistent with those of many conservatives). However, the ban on abortion is simple. According to the Declaration of Independence, one of the purposes of government is to secure our right to life. The life of a new person begins the moment a woman becomes pregnant (let’s call this “conception” for convenience purposes). Once conception has taken place, the new person’s right to life has vested. Thus, the government has on obligation to protect that right, which includes protecting it from his/her mother. So it is not an expansion of government to ban abortion, but rather government fulfilling its role. I understand that the Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade held that the Constitution protects a woman’s right to get an abortion (at least during the first trimester). However, this is clearly an example of judicial activism (it’s hard to argue that the constitutional right to privacy includes the right to an abortion the text doesn’t support it and neither does a liberal reading of the Constitution support it). Cheers.

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