Sally Phillips’s documentary for the BBC about the challenges and joys of raising her son with Down’s Syndrome was simply brilliant. In her words “I was expecting tragedy but what i got was comedy” that line perfectly sums up her family life and the entire documentary. The documentary looks at the increasing ability for screening foetuses for Down’s Syndrome earlier in pregnancy with more accurate results. The odds of having a baby with Down’s Syndrome are higher the older you are when you get pregnant and screening is offered as pretty standard practice to expectant mothers, especially those post 30 years old at conception.
With Down’s people achieving more than ever before by becoming tv actors in mainstream soaps and movies, models on the catwalk etc. One would be almost forgiven for believing that we are now all accepting and encouraging but the truth is we are far from.
Continue reading Society is down on Down’s
As of late you’ll find my blog has been rather dormant. For family matters and personal reasons I haven’t had much time to give the blog or much desire to pour my inner most thoughts on to the internet. I know right? Shock horror someone who doesn’t actually want to share their daily life with the web! But with all bad/dry patches there must be an element of normally to draw upon. Which is why after two months of silence I am bring it back.
Without formally committed to what you can expect from this blog for the foreseeable future I will work to share a varied bag from news commentary, reviews, DIY hobbies and some of the big things going on in “Maria World”.
Bear with me, stick with me and lets crack on.
I’ve got myself into a little habit of one, pointing out the amazing scientific revelations of Dutch research and two, discussing alcohol. I am rather hoping that the impression these posts give to my readers isn’t a bad one nor does it lead anyone to believe me to have a ‘problem’.
Recently I spoke about how the ground-breaking discovery of avoiding a hangover was to not drink in the first place. Today I am going to be discussing the new discovery of the negative affects alcohol – the effect it has on ones waistline.
Continue reading Staying off the booze is the key to staying slim: according to Dutch research
I have a tendency to pick news stories that get me a little irate and over opinionated that I felt the need to write about a positive story, something that the Dutch are doing which is really commendable.
Klijnsma Jetta, Secretary of State for Social Affairs made an announcement for €100 million to be put towards making jobs made available for vulnerable workers. By vulnerable they are referring to those individuals with disabilities and learning difficulties. This concept will help so many people I’m surprised it has taken so long to come into force. Not only will his help people with difficulties to have a little responsibility and individualization it will help the families of those individuals to see their sons, daughters, brother or sisters etc to not being held back unnecessarily by such limitations.
Continue reading It’s not all doom and gloom: The Dutch, taking the ‘dis’ out of disAbility
In the infinite wisdom of the Dutch Justice Minister new trials are set to begin in Dutch Prisons to curb aggression of their inmates. Now I’m all for them being controlled, the only reason they are in there is through a lack of it. So what are their plans I hear you ask…food supplements. Yes you read that right. The Dutch want to trail a new idea of curbing aggression with vitamins and fish oils. There has been loads of research into the effects of food on our behavior hence our newly acquired knowledge on the role of sugar and e-numbers in hyperactivity disorders. Here is my initial take on this news story.
Continue reading Criminals have a better deal than the innocent? Dutch prisoners to be given vitamins.