Finally, they find evidence that ADHD is genetic

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Today I finally heard the press release that I have been waiting for my whole life.  A study has finally found that ADHD is genetic.  My Grandmother, Mother, or I could have told the scientists that did this study that was true before they spent millions on it.  I come from a very long line of ADHD people, and I myself have ADHD as do probably at least one of my kids, the jury’s still out on the other two.

Researchers have found that children with ADHD have more large, rare copy-number variants in their genes than children without the disease.  It looks like it will still be years before they can do a genetic test to see if your child is ADHD or just a normal child, if any child is normal, but the initial research has been done already, and I’m sure that someone is already working on how to genetically test for this.  This study is going to be able to get tied into other studies that are proving some diseases to be genetic.  These same variants have already been found to be genetic markers for predisposition to schizophrenia, autism, epilepsy, and other neuro diseases.

Males are more likely to posses these genetic variants than females are.  You would only have to take a look at my Grandfather, Uncle, Brothers, and Son to see that this is true.  I seem to be the only female in the family with ADHD, unless of course one of my girls or my brothers have girls and they end up having the family genes.  The shocking thing is that 1 in every 100 children have this disorder, and yet most parents think of it has a lack of discipline or a problem eating too much junk food.

The best thing about this research, to me at least, is that it proves that it isn’t what you are feeding your children that are making them hyperactive.  There was a study done in England that I saw a few years ago that disproved the theory that sugar makes children hyper.  Unfortunately a lot of parents it seems did not see the study and this rumor is still floating around the mom communities today.  If your child is already predisposed to have ADHD then if they eat a cupcake it isn’t going to make them more hyper

As an adult with ADHD I can give parents some advice on how to raise a child with ADHD so they become productive members of society.  The advice would be this “Invest in a house with a very large yard and a hyper active dog.”  My parents own 10 acres, every day it wasn’t below freezing I had my mother kicking us out of the house to get fresh air.  Now that I have my own ADHD child I know that it wasn’t for our benefit, it was for the benefit of my mothers sanity that she kicked us out.  I’m so glad that my kids like fresh air, and we have an acre yard.  Now I just need the hyper active dog, and I’ll be all set.


Americas fail at religion

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For a nation that 6 in 10 citizens say that religion is very important in their lives, a new survey by The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life shows that the majority of Americans fail a test on religion.  For a country that was founded with the idea of religious freedom, we seem to know nothing about religions other than Christianity and the Bible as a whole.

The findings of this survey are in no way shocking to me.  I as a non-Christian I know that Christians seem to know the least when it comes to something that is different from their beliefs.  Most of them cannot even tell you the difference in the different Christian churches.  It saddened me to learn that in most cases 50% or less could tell you the correct answer to questions about their own religion.  Just under half didn’t know that the Golden Rule was not one of the 10 commandments.  You would think that since there is a movie on the 10 commandments that we could at least get that one right.

Are some of us so wrapped up in our own worlds that we cannot see past what the religious leader talking about in our various services is his interpretation of the holy book that he is reading excerpts from?  It seems to me that the majority of Americans cannot see past their little bubble that they are living in.  They take what they hear as law in their faith, and do not actually read anything to back it up.  They seem to be listening to someones opinion and getting in an uproar over a subject without knowing if it is true or not.  A great example would be the Churches that have spewed how horrible and wicked the Harry Potter book and movie series are for years now.  These people have obviously never picked up and actually read the books or watched the movies because they would then know that it’s not about magic, it is about good vs evil, doing the right thing, finding true friends, making hard personal decisions, and so many more positive messages.

I feel sad that my children are growing up in a country that most don’t know that the Quran is the holy book of the Muslims.  After all the press about the psycho, I mean pastor, in Florida going to burn one not to mention the uproar over the “Mosque at Ground Zero” you would think that the majority of people could have figured that one out.  How can people have their panties in such a bunch over something that they know nothing about?

I hope that this survey will open the eyes of Americans about the different religions that are in our country.  Maybe this will be the start of people not screaming about religious freedom or about how their religion is being suppressed.  Hopefully it will be a time in our lives where people of different faiths will learn about each others faith, and support those faiths as we do our own.  By learning about each others faiths we can see that many of them are not so different.  But this is America, land of the selfish, the self-centered, and the self absorbed, so my hope for religious tolerance and learning to be achieved during my lifetime is something I will not likely see.

Our favorite “all natural” ice cream may not be

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Another health advocacy group has decided to ruin one of women’s favorite snacks.  Ben and Jerry’s is the newest target on the not so healthy radar.  It seems that since they have the words “All Natural” on their products and some of those ingredients weren’t in raw form the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is asking the ice cream makers to change their label.

Now I’m not sure who actually believed that any of their ice creams were healthy for you.  You might be able to get away with the cherries in Cherry Garcia, or the bananas in Chunky Monkey being healthy but with all that chocolate, no one was thinking that it was the best thing you could have grabbed at 4am when you needed a sweet fix.

With the CSPI winning a battle against my Half Baked ice cream, I’m starting to get a little annoyed with the health watch groups.  We all know that we shouldn’t be buying and consuming half of what we do.  As a nation our middles are growing and retired generals are trying to get school lunches to be healthier for the future defense of our country.  Has it really gotten to the point where we have to have everything labeled as either health food or junk in order for it to not come under fire from some group?

Everything in moderation is the key to a healthy lifestyle.  I don’t need 2 words taken off of my Ben and Jerry’s to tell me that it’s not all natural, most of us probably never even noticed that they were on there in the first place.  So thank you CSPI for making me aware that ice cream was not all natural.  Now if you will excuse me, I have a carton of ice cream to eat.

Zombie Post Monday

After a long weekend with sick kids, work, and oh ya hubby to deal with I saw this over at Real Life with Kids and instantly knew what todays blog post was going to be lol

I orginaly wrote this little rant about Ranch Dressing after a trip to the grocery back in May

Why do we need so many different kinds of ranch dressing? Off the top of my head I can think of peppercorn ranch, hot and spicy ranch, cheesy ranch, 3 cheese ranch, italian cheese ranch, cucumber ranch, fat free, low fat, light, and of course original. There are several that I am missing from this list I’m sure. I’m really just confused on why we need this many different kinds of ranch dressing. I have enough going through my brain without having 20 different varieties of ranch dressing to choose from when I go to the store. It never fails that if I have everyone with me I manage to not grab original, and don’t realize it till I get home. Maybe I should switch to french, they don’t seem to mess with it like they do ranch.

We eat 12 spiders in our sleep, guess they want you to start early

The recent formula recall got me thinking about 3 things…
1. Bizarre foods when andrew eats the bugs. I always wonder why the legs don’t get stuck in his teeth.
2. The little known fact that the average person will eat I think its 4 spiders in their sleep. That gives me the sudden urge to bomb my house and sleep with a mask on.
3. All the things I’ve found my kids eating and chewing on. Paper, crayons, play doh, the dog, feet (theirs and mine) blankets, socks, shoes, rocks, dirt, sticks, grass, flowers, and their dads cooking.
With everything kids eat and chew on is a little extra protein going to kill them? I understand how a new mom would freak out over finding a cricket in the formula can. Me, I’d figure a kid put it in there to keep as a pet, then question my 3.

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It figures….

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As any mother knows, it is impossible to go to the bathroom by yourself once your children are able to crawl.  The only time I have been able to pee by myself in the last 8 years is if it’s in the middle of the night and then I’m scared that I’ll wake one of them up if I breathe too loud.  So what happened the other day has me completely baffled beyond belief.

My husband was using the bathroom when our youngest decided to open the door.  I heard the familiar “What ya doin” come out of his mouth, and then the even more familiar ” Get out of here and shut the door behind you!”  Then something that would never be heard if I was in the bathroom, the door close and little feet in the hallway.

Now I’m confused on why my children will leave my husband alone so he can go to the bathroom by himself, take a shower with no one interrupting, not walk into the bedroom while he is changing clothes, or even let him check his email in peace.  I’ve tried to do all of these and without fail someone in this house will interrupt me, even sometimes my husband.

The only reason I can think of for this differential treatment of Mom and Dad is that mothers have a beacon that goes off in a frequency that only her children and husband can hear to let them know that Mom might possibly be doing something without one of them present.  Now if I could only figure out how to turn mine off so I can manage to take a shower by myself.

The toys are multiplying on their own

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There are toys all over the kids toy room as I type this.  Of course none of them will pick up because the others won’t and it’s much more fun to drive mom nuts by whining than actually doing something about it.   I know that with 3 kids there are going to be toys, and there are going to be times where they are not in the bins and are on the floor instead.   Sometimes I wonder where they all came from.

A friend of mine has an interesting theory on this subject.  She has decided that at night after all of the toys are put up, and the lights are turned off, the toys come to life.  Now this is where her theory gets a little strange.  While they are parting it up in the toy box, the toys become drunk off of Kool Aid, causing Barbie to lose her clothes.  Spiderman gets turned on, and pretty soon there is an orgie in your toy box.   This causes the toys to multiply, which is the reason that all parents can never figure out where all of the toys came from.

Now I think that the toys in my house are getting drunk off of Coke Cola instead of Kool Aid because my Cokes magically disappear out of the fridge while I am at work.   Now maybe we need to look further into this matter and one of us can get government funding to research the matter in depth.  This isn’t any crazier than the study that they funded to show that elderly people have less sex