Politically Diverse Panelists Unite for Women’s Rights, Discuss Dangers of Transgender Activism

first_imgThe Stream 16 February 2017Family First Comment: Some superb discussion from women both liberal and conservative, but united against the ‘gender agenda’ Key quotes: “Our sex is who we are. It can’t be amputated from our body like a limb” – Miriam Ben Shalom, the first person to be reinstated into the U.S. Military after she was discharged for being an open lesbian. But now, she says, she’s being silenced and “put under the bus” for speaking out against transgender activism. “Biology isn’t bigotry. Biology is the truth.” – Emily Zino “Sixty percent of abuse survivors never speak up. When they do speak up about the dangers of transgender policies, they’re often called bigots. That’s not okay.” – Triller Haver, a rape survivor and advocate for women’s privacy rights “Standing up for biological sex as opposed to gender identity is a matter of reason. As Voltaire warned, “Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.” – Mary Lou Singleton, longtime leftist and women’s liberation activist “The real issue here is male violence. If “transwomen” – biological males identifying as females – were really women, they would sit down and talk civilly with women concerned about their demands. Instead, they force women to give up their private, safe spaces, all while men-only spaces are still left uncontested.” – Miriam Ben ShalomFive women formed an unlikely alliance against transgender activism at the Heritage Foundation Thursday.The panel, called “Biology Isn’t Bigotry,” zeroed in on why policies that equate gender identity with biological sex are bad for women, children and the nation — and why many women of diverse backgrounds and beliefs feel endangered or marginalized because of them.Live streamed from Heritage’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., the event featured “voices that the mainstream media has ignored,” said moderator and Heritage Senior Research Fellow Ryan Anderson.Overlooking Differences      Panelists included Miriam Ben Shalom, Kaeley Triller Haver, Kami Mueller and Mary Lou Singleton, with comments from Emily Zino.As noted on the event’s webpage, Shalom was the first person to be reinstated into the U.S. Military after she was discharged for being an open lesbian. But now, she says, she’s being silenced and “put under the bus” for speaking out against transgender activism.Triller Haver, a rape survivor and advocate for women’s privacy rights, was working as a communications director for the YMCA when it announced a new policy to let biological men into women’s locker rooms. When she tried to explain to her boss why the policy was a bad idea, he told her she was probably being close-minded. Later, she was fired.Kami Mueller is the Communications Director for the Republican Party in North Carolina. That placed her on the front lines during the HB2 battle that came after the city of Charlotte passed an open-bathroom policy.Mary Lou Singleton described herself as a longtime leftist and women’s liberation activist. “My entire life work is fighting for the class of people who are oppressed on the basis of their sex,” she said. These include women and girls around the world who are aborted, mutilated and exploited every day. Now, transgender activists tell her that it’s “transphobic” to call those people “women and girls.”Emily Zino is a stay-at-home Catholic mom of seven who fights to protect women and children’s privacy.READ MORE: https://stream.org/diverse-panelists-unify-womens-rights-discussion-dangerous-transgender-activism/?utm_source=c-internal&utm_medium=Facebook&utm_content=Transgender-2-17-2017last_img read more

Research could help mental health professionals to better treat patients with psychoses

first_imgMay 16 2018Psychotic disorders often are severe and involve extreme symptoms such as delusions or hallucinations in which people lose their sense of reality. Researchers at the University of Missouri recently found evidence that boosting how well people at risk for psychosis learn from positive and negative feedback could potentially keep psychosis at bay. The team also found that brain scans using functional magnetic resonance imaging, coupled with behavioral measures, could provide markers for the diagnosis of psychosis risk. Researchers hope findings will help mental health professionals to understand how to better treat their patients with psychoses and prevent the onset of psychosis.”Around the time Nobel Prize winner John Nash first developed psychosis he turned down an endowed chair at the University of Chicago because he said he believed he was going to become the emperor of Antarctica– despite the population of Antarctica being zero,” said John G. Kerns, professor of psychological sciences in the MU College of Arts and Science. “How a genius like John Nash could develop a delusion has long baffled clinicians and scientists. We wanted to examine whether dysfunction in a brain region called the striatum and a disruption in feedback-based learning were related to risk for psychosis.”Feedback-based learning helps learners raise their awareness of strengths and weaknesses and identify actions to be taken to improve. It is heavily dependent on varying levels of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that sends signals to other nerve cells, specifically located in a specialized part of the brain called the striatum. Dopamine in the striatum provides an important teaching signal that increases or decreases the chance that certain thoughts and actions occur again in the future.Related StoriesState lawmakers eye federal dollars to boost mental health counseling by peersOnline training program helps managers to support employees’ mental health needsResearchers set out to define recommended ‘dosage’ of work for optimal wellbeingIn research conducted at the Mizzou Brain Imaging Center and using a feedback-based learning task, Kerns and his team found that people at risk for psychosis are impaired when they need to rely on feedback to learn. Using fMRI brain scans, the team found that people at risk for psychosis failed to activate the striatum when they received feedback.”Current research suggests that people like John Nash develop delusions in part because they have problems learning from feedback, like a car driving without a brake,” Kerns said. “Our research is also consistent with other research that people with psychosis have an increased level of dopamine in the striatum. However, for the first time we have linked psychosis risk to both a behavioral impairment, poor feedback learning, as well as striatum dysfunction.”It is also hoped that this research will be useful in detecting risk for psychosis, Kerns said. Measuring dopamine in the striatum is both invasive and expensive and cannot be done in routine clinical assessment. However, Kerns found that non-invasive measures can be used in every day clinical practice to effectively detect striatal dysfunction. Ultimately, Kerns believes this research will help professionals both detect risk and prevent psychosis, which could mean decreased suffering for many people and their families. Source:https://munews.missouri.edu/news-releases/2018/0516-mu-researchers-find-clues-to-treating-psychoses-in-mental-health-patients/last_img read more