Eating Fatty Foods During Pregnancy Can Lead To Breast Cancer

If you’re pregnant—back away from that bag of Doritos!

According to a new study, pregnant women who gorge on fatty foods may increase the chances that their daughters and even grand-daughters will develop breast cancer in later life.

The London Daily Mail reports that researchers believe eating an unhealthy diet can permanently alter the cells of an unborn baby – and future generations. 

They suggest that eating well in pregnancy could reduce levels of breast cancer, the most common cancer in the UK affecting one in eight women during their lives.

Scientists at Georgetown University in Washington DC fed pregnant rats either a normal diet or one much higher in fat.

For those on the fatty diet, their daughters and grand-daughters which were fed normally, were found to have a significantly higher risk of developing breast cancer tumors.

A fatty diet is linked to higher levels of the female sex hormone estrogen. 

While the findings have not been confirmed in humans, lead author, Dr  Sonia de Assis said: ‘What a mother eats or is exposed to during pregnancy can increase her daughter’s breast cancer risk.

‘What we found for the first time is that increased breast risk of those daughters can be passed down to grand-daughters and even great-grand daughters and that is without any further exposures. 

I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM

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Disciplining & Parenting Amidst A Divorce

Dear Dr. Bill,

My son is 4-years-old and I have him approximately 5 months out of the year due to a divorce.  My biggest struggle is getting him to follow the rules. He can be very stubborn and defiant, and I respond with either a timeout or spanking if he refuses to obey. But here’s the problem — his mother is extremely passive and when he’s with her, she doesn’t enforce anything.

So far I’ve been unable to get my ex-wife to understand why we need a consistent set of rules and discipline for our son. What should I do?

–Tim


Dear Tim,

You wouldn’t believe the number of divorced parents who have contacted me about this issue. It is a true dilemma, and unfortunately there are no easy answers.

Your first strategy should be to try again to discuss this issue with your ex-wife in a kind but assertive way. DON’T try to talk to her about this in the midst of conflict or in front of your son.

Approach her gently and tell her you know how much she loves your son and that you’re sure she wants the best for him. But let her know that you are concerned about his behavior and that you feel it’s critical for both of you to be on the same page when it comes to discipline and parenting style.

Rather than insisting that your way is the right way, ask her if she would be willing to find a structured parenting program that you both can agree on, and then go through the program either together (or separately, if you live in different cities).

If you make it clear that your motivation is the best interest of your son, not proving that you’re the better parent, she may be open to this. If she denies there’s a problem, chances are she’ll receive a very clear message about his behavior when he enters pre-school or kindergarten. Hopefully at that point she’ll be more open to making changes.

Thanks for writing Tim! If you have a question for me about family issues or Christian living, click the “Questions” tab on the Family Expert page.

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Big Sugary Drinks

As you may have heard, New York City has approved a ban on big sugary drinks.

According to USA Today, the measure could go into effect as early as March. It places a 16-ounce limit on bottled drinks and fountain beverages sold at city restaurants, movie theaters, sports venues and street carts.

It applies to sugary drinks that have more than 25 calories per 8 ounces. It would not affect 100% juice or beverages with more than 50% milk or milk substitute.

In New York, hundreds of soft drink makers and sellers, trade groups and community organizations banded together to fight the ban.

The New York State Restaurant Association and the theater owners’ group also spoke out against the controversial ban.

Andrew Moesel, spokesman for the restaurant association, says “Proposals like the soda ban discourage new business and hurt our reputation as the dining capital of the world,” said “Reducing obesity is an important goal, but we want to partner with government to come up with effective ways to confront the problem.

“What we don’t need is more burdensome regulation making it harder for businesses to function and skewing the competitive landscape.”

But the ban does have its supporters.

Steven Safyer, president of Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, says “The Board of Health did the right thing for New York,” “For the past several years, I’ve seen the number of children and adults struggling with obesity skyrocket, putting them at early risk of diabetes, heart disease and cancer.”

Personally, I don’t think the ban is going to make a significant impact on childhood obesity. That won’t happen until PARENTS start taking more responsibility for their children’s nutrition—and model healthy behaviors themselves.

I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM

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Last Ounce Of Courage

Have you heard about the new movie that shines a light on the attack on religious freedom in America? According to Plugged In.com, actor and martial arts master Chuck Norris has put his stamp of approval on the film.

The movie is called Last Ounce of Courage, and it deals with a Vietnam War veteran’s struggle to defend religious liberties in America.

Norris says “allowing the use of my ‘Official Seal of Approval’ is the least I can do to support a project so consistent with my core values and life principles.”

In an interview with Fox News, Last Ounce of Courage star Marshall Teague says this about the film’s themes, “It’s about faith, family and freedom. … We’ve had theaters filled with people openly weeping.

“After one screening, a gentleman came up to me and told me he had served in the military, and that he had been waiting 85 years for someone to stand up there and say what I said.”

Teague goes on to say “Movies like this aren’t considered ‘fashionable,’ and people are afraid of being jumped on for taking a strong stand. … In my lifetime, I have never seen more cruelty directed toward people who speak their minds.”

To read more about the film and get a complete review, go to www.pluggedin.com and click on the article for “Last Ounce of Courage.”

And if you want to send a message to the entertainment industry about films with a pro-Christian message, this would be a great weekend to go see the film. Remember, in Hollywood, box office receipts speak very loudly.

I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.

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Pushover Parenting

Dear Dr. Bill,

My youngest daughter just turned 8-years-old and for the first time in my life, I heard her say she HATES me! And she not only said it to me once, but 3 times. This happened because I reminded her about her chores — she knows she has to do them, but this was her response to me. I found this very upsetting and I wonder what should I say back to her? I didn’t believe my daughter’s words — but, boy does it hurt!

–Diane


Dear Diane,

As difficult as it is to hear mean words from our children, remember this important principle: if our kids always like us, we’re failing in our job as parents.

Too many parents today are so concerned with being their kids’ best buddy that they don’t set appropriate limits on their behavior. I call this “Pushover Parenting,” and it sets children up for failure and frustration later in life.

By the same token, it’s unacceptable to allow your child to tell you they “hate you.”

Explain to your daughter that when she’s frustrated or angry there are certain words that are appropriate to use and others that aren’t.

While it’s okay to say “I’m angry with you” it’s never okay to say “I hate you.” Let her know that if she says “I hate you” in the future—to you or anyone else, she will be punished.

Then follow through if it happens again, and make sure the consequence is a powerful one, like losing a favorite toy or privilege for a period of time.

You can also teach your daughter a vital spiritual principle here. Explain to her that every human being is made in God’s image and that he loves each of us deeply. When we speak in an unkind way toward another person, we are essentially harming one of God’s children.
Thanks for writing Diane. If you have a question for me about family issues or Christian living, click the “Questions” link on the Family Expert page.

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