★ Genital Integrity Awareness Week 2017 ★


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Genital Integrity Awareness Week 2017 takes place March 27-April 2 this year and we need YOUR help to make this year's 7-day event power-packed! As advocates travel to D.C. to participate, and floods of tourists the world over gather in Washington D.C. for the height of the annual Cherry Blossom Festival, it is important that everyone in attendance has easy to access materials on hand. Items that parents and professionals, young and old, from all backgrounds and locations in life will want to take home with them for further review. Making this happen takes a significant amount of planning and organization on the part of many people, and it also takes financial support.

If you have never been to GIAW in D.C., here's a quick snapshot of a day's event:

You are standing with half a dozen others in front of the U.S. Capitol, and a group of 200 senior high students come up, interested in what you have to share. Teachers shuffle students along for group photos in front of the Capitol, and we have mere minutes to plant seeds of information and get interesting materials into hands of these future parents. Provided they are items students desire to take home with them, they grab things to take back on the bus, and look up on their phone they are on their way... This happens every single hour. Multiple times an hour. Sun-up to sun-down. The need is great. The impact is monumental. And we need your support in this important effort.

We will also be hosting two booths with free materials on the West Lawn:

The Men's Health table, that includes a variety of restoration devices for men to hold, learn about and explore their options, information on adult sexual health, and the impact that genital cutting and restoration has on adult men and their partners.

The Baby Health table, which includes instruments used in infant circumcision, information on the purposes of the foreskin, intact care materials, and resources for parents to pass on to friends and their home care provider.


Business Sponsors: Please include a note with your GIAW contribution of $75 or more. Include your organization name/URL. If you'd like an image, logo, or coupon code shared with advocates at large, email this to SavingSons@gmail.com Your business will be featured below, as well as at SavingSons.org, and with social media circles of Peaceful ParentingSaving Our Sons, The Intact Network, and GIAW, and be permanently linked at Genital Integrity Awareness Week.

Past GIAW Sponsors: 2016 ||  2015  ||  2014  ||  2013  ||

Individuals: If you are sponsoring in honor of someone, we invite you to include a note with your gift of any amount. Individual sponsors will be listed by first name, last initial only for privacy.

Supporters: Supporters giving $10 or more will receive a limited edition commemorative GIAW 2017 button. Sponsors giving $40 or more (or attendees who register) will receive a full Thank You Registration Pack of materials. To select specific cards, stickers, lanyard color, etc., email SavingSons@gmail.com with your choices and mailing address. All options can be viewed on Etsy



On behalf of the next generation of babies to be born, and the adults they will become -
Thank you for supporting GIAW!




By Mail To:
Saving Our Sons
P.O. Box 1302
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

PayPal Friends/Family To:
(no PayPal fee withdrawn)
SavingSons@gmail.com

GIAW Business Sponsors
Individual Sponsors

✭ Karen I.
✭ Elise W.
✭ Ashley B.
✭ Elizabeth D.
✭ Courtney S.
✭ Brett H.
✭ Heidi L.
✭ Kristina B.
✭ Kyle S.
✭ Micah & Noelle
✭ Rebecca R.
✭ Lindsay F.
✭ James E.
✭ Nancy R.
✭ Robbie J.
✭ Jamie P.
✭ Heidi B.
✭ Danielle J.
✭ Gillian L.
✭ Joe P.
✭ Jamie W.
✭ Michelle M.
✭ Krista M.
✭ Brittany V.
✭ Lindsey M.
✭ Karen G.
✭ Jennifer W.
✭ Ryann B.
 ✭ Gini M.

✭ Ryan L.
✭ Phillip C.

✭ Christina B.

✭ Jennifer & Andrew
✭ Greg R.

 ✭ Deedra B.
✭ Tresyang D.
✭ Scott S.
✭ Charity A.
✭ Drema S.
✭ David G.
✭ Meghan L.
✭ Cheryl S.
✭ Brittany F.
✭ Carrissa B.
✭ Amy T.
✭ Carol P.
✭ Max R.
✭ Jessica Z.
✭ Christina B.
✭ Zachary & Jennifer

✭ Deborah C.
✭ Jeffery D.
✭ Alicia S.
✭ Emily G.
✭ Robert J.
✭ Kendra T.
✭ Angela S.
✭ Brittany W.

✭ Elliott S.
✭ Dana C.
✭ Brian T.
✭ Steph C.
✭ Aundrea Y.
✭ Lauren R.
✭ Jason O.
✭ Janice W.
✭ Bret F.
✭ Seth K.
✭ Brittnee S.
✭ Kelly M.
✭ Shannon M.
✭ Sarah C.
✭ Ashley H.

✭ Holly & Erik

✭ Brian B. 

✭ Kayla L.

✭ Danelle & Nick




Select BLUE or PURPLE lanyard with your support.
Blue reads "Genital Autonomy is a Human Right"
Purple reads "ALL Babies are Born Perfect"

Commemorative 2017 GIAW Button will be given to all supporters.
This year, we celebrate 20 years of the FGM Bill in action, and strive to see this protection for all babies and children, regardless of sex.

Informative stickers included in your registration or support pack.


Whose Body, Whose Rights? Award Winning Circumcision Documentary



Whose Body, Whose Rights? Examining the Ethics and Human Rights Issue of Infant Male Circumcision is an award-winning documentary, as seen on PBS, and now available for viewing in full online. Recipient of the Creative Excellence award at the 1996 U.S. International Film and Video Festival, Honorable Mention at the 1996 Philadelphia Film Festival, and Best of Festival at the First Annual Stark Video and Film Festival (1997), this film may be purchased on DVD here.

This program was dedicated in 1995 to the American pioneers who worked to protect boys and girls from genital mutilation: Joseph Lewis, Marilyn Milos, Rosemary Romberg, and Edward Wallerstein.

Copyright © 1995, Dillonwood Productions, 56 minutes, color. Contact Producer: CircHarmSurvey@gmail.com






A note to physicians:


Human Milk Proteins Inhibit Bacteria M. Luteus - Breastfeeding Benefits for Toddlers, Too!



Vicky Green, first year biosciences student at South Devon College in the U.K., has conducted a microbiology research project that appears to lend further support to an often overlooked fact: human milk is powerfully beneficial for toddlers, too! In fact, one thing we know from lactation sciences is that as a baby ages, milk from mom changes to fit a child's immunological needs. This includes becoming more concentrated and power-packed in fighting viruses and bacterial infections with each small amount of milk consumed by a busy, bustling toddler on the go.

Green told The Huffington Post that she and her classmate, Emma Browne, "...decided to test whether antimicrobial properties of breastmilk changes the older the child is feeding for a small microbiology project."

In her experiment, Green has two samples - one (BmA) from a mother nursing her 15 month old baby, and another (BmB) from a mother nursing her 3 year old toddler. [Additional information on the natural human weaning process.] Bacteria M. Luteus was added to the petri dishes as a small white disc, and soaked in the two samples of human milk. The clear space around the remaining discs is where the proteins in the milk have inhibited the bacteria. Sample BmB has acted more quickly than sample BmA. Whether this is a statistically significant difference is not determined.

There could be several reasons for differences of results (mom of sample BmB may have further antibodies built up for M. Luteus, for example). However, both samples show that human milk is successful in breaking down the bacteria, and Green's findings align with research that demonstrates the milk of a nursing baby increases in immunological density with age. In this fashion, a baby receiving all nutrients from mother's milk ('exclusively breastfeeding') is given an all-day, all-night course of immunity boosting antibodies through her milk. An older toddler, who is receiving a smaller portion of nutrients via mom's milk, also receives this vital immunity boost, but in a lesser quantity of milk. To do so, the human body concentrates these antibodies into a smaller, powerful nursing session on-the-go, and the child has the support s/he needs as the immune system and brain continue on their rapid journey to full development. [The immune system and brain do not reach near-completion until approximately age 5, which tends to correlate with an age of natural weaning cessation.]

Green found similar results with E. coli and MRSA [Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus] as well. "I'm also doing [an experiment on] colostrum in a couple of weeks," writes Green, and concludes on her Facebook post, "The future is bright, the future is breastmilk."


Nursing mothers with babies of all ages are welcome to join The Breastfeeding Group: FB.com/groups/Breastfed

Related Reading:

HAMLET Substance in Human Milk Kills Cancer Cells:
DrMomma.org/2010/04/hamlet-substance-in-breastmilk-kills.html

Microscopic View of Human Milk, Cow's Milk, and Formula:
DrMomma.org/2008/02/microscopic-view-of-human-milk-cows.html

Human Milk and Formula Ingredient List:
DrMomma.org/2008/01/human-milk-vs-formula-ingredient-list.html

The Medicinal Uses of Human Milk:
DrMomma.org/2009/09/medicinal-uses-of-breastmilk.html

[Book] Baby Matters: What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Caring For Your Babyhttp://astore.amazon.com/peacefparent-20/detail/0975317040
Dr. Palmer's book explores more of the science behind human lactation and its impact on immunity and neurological development. A must-read for anyone interested in these topics. 

Making More Milk: The Feedback Inhibitor of Lactation:
DrMomma.org/2014/08/making-more-milk-breastfeeding-supply.html

Natural Weaning:
DrMomma.org/2010/09/natural-weaning.html

The JOY of Nursing Toddlers:
DrMomma.org/2011/02/joy-of-nursing-toddlers-photo-gallery.html

GOOD Breastfeeding Books for Nursing Mothers:
http://astore.amazon.com/peacefparent-20?_encoding=UTF8&node=1

Natural weaning postcards available on Etsy or the Breastfeeding Materials page.


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Best Rice Cooker Review: 2017

By Alex Martin © 2017


BEST RICE COOKER REVIEW: 2017

In 2017, the rice cooker is not something so rare, but it has become quite a common thing in many households. However, with all the models that are available on the market, it can be difficult to decide on the best rice cooker for your kitchen. Indeed, the most important features are precision cooking and the quality of the cooked rice, but lately people started to value durability and ease-of-use too. But let’s have a look at the most popular rice cookers on the market right now.

Zojirushi Rice Cookers

The Zoirushi rice cooker is one of the most popular and successful models on the market. The characteristic most often associated with this brand is quality, even if we are talking about the basic models or the high-end ones. Usually you can find a Zojirushi product somewhere between $99 and $200. One of the main advantages of this brand is the fact that their rice cookers rely on an automatic computer chip that adjusts the time cooking and the temperature inside. As such, you can make your rice soft, hard, watery or dry, depending on your taste.

Another main advantage is the HI (Induction Heating), which is extremely useful. It runs on a magnetic field that heats up the rice instantly. Thanks to this type of heating, the process of cooking can be controlled entirely. At the same time, perhaps the main drawback of Zojirushi is the fact that they’re not really cheap which might be a problem.

Aroma Housewares Rice Cookers 

Among the advantages you can find in the Aroma Housewares Rice Cookers, you can definitely count a large array of appliances. They are suitable for a great deal of customers and fit their needs and tastes. For example, you can purchase the conventional rice cooker, based on a pot within a pot. One of their definite advantages is the fact that it’s really easy to use and to maintain the rice cooker, just with a click of a switch. When the food is done, the system automatically switches to the warming mode.

Regarding the price, Aroma Housewares is famous for offering the best prices on the market. As opposed to other brands out there, they do have a really large array to choose from. Their definite advantage is the fact that you can even buy an appliance from them for less than $20, which is amazing. The only disadvantage many people reported is the fact that it has a slow cooking time. Yes, we are working with slow food, but still, nobody wants to waste hours in a row for some rice.

Now that we had a look at the two most successful brands, it is time to bring some examples and to show you what models in particular are preferred by the people.


Zojirushi NS-TSC10 5-1/2-Cup (Uncooked) Micom Rice Cooker 

This model is indeed at the high end of the price spectrum, but it is definitely worth it if you decide to make an investment in it. It is spacious enough and can serve maximum 12 people simultaneously. You can even enjoy the leftovers for the next meal, for example. The fuzzy logic technology offers you lots of liberty while cooking, allowing you to leave for work and let the appliance cook the rice until you get back. You also have 2 delay time settings, which is kind of unique on the market. However, one major disadvantage is the fact that the cooking pot is made of aluminum coated with Teflon, whereas you can find other stainless steel models which are more durable.


Aroma Simply Stainless 3-Cup (Uncooked) 6-Cup (Cooked) Rice Cooker 

Aroma Simply is another one of the Aroma products that is favored by many people. It is affordable and attractive, but at the same time sophisticated. It definitely has an edge over the other models, but most of them can only cook white rice. This appliance holds 3 cups of white rice and 2 cups of brown rice. Another thing which people love about the Aroma Simply Stainless Rice Cooker is the material used for the cooking pot. As opposed to regular rice cookers, Aroma Simply uses surgical grade cooking pot made of stainless steel. There still are two disadvantages for this model, namely the fact that the ARC-750SG offers limited control over the process and it’s not that flexible, together with the fact that the cooking pot is not non-stick, so it requires more time and effort when it comes to cleaning.


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