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Scotland Just Rolled Out Finland’s Tradition Of Gifting New Parents A Baby Box

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The financial burden of having a newborn baby weighs heavily on many families. The average Canadian family spends at least $8,000 within the first year of having a child, and this average is even higher in other countries.

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In some countries, there are some programs that supplement these costs, but at the end of the day, children are still expensive to raise in modern society!

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Finland’s Innovative Boxes for Babies

For the past 80 years, Finland has been gifting care packages to all newborn babies. These aren’t your average gift baskets for new mothers featuring flowers and shower products; they’re much larger and designed with new parents in mind, typically including 80 items such as gender neutral baby clothes for all seasons, outdoor sleeping bags, breast pads, condoms, and nappies.

Some families will even use the cardboard box it comes in as a bed for their newborn. Though it was originally launched as a program for low income families, all families now receive a baby box, regardless of their total income. It’s essentially just a gift from the government, welcoming new babies into society.

Finnish parents have the option to receive cash instead of the baby box, but this is an unpopular choice. The cash given to parents would be €140, whereas the box is valued at around €400.

Since implementing the distribution of the baby boxes, infant mortality rates have drastically decreased in Finland. Finland represents exactly the type of change we wish to see in the world. Once a nation that suffered from poverty and poor health, Finland is now well-known for their advanced maternity care systems.

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Scotland Just Implemented the Same Tradition  

A similar program was launched in Scotland in January, which is expected to be fully rolled out by summer 2017. Just like Finland, all newborn babies in Scotland will receive their own little baby box.

“We promised a baby box of all essential items for all newborns. It’s a policy borrowed from Finland where it’s contributed to the lowest rates of child mortality in the world,” the Scottish First Minister explained.

Childcare Minister Mark McDonald said, “I’m delighted to announce that all babies due in Scotland on or after 15 August 2017 will receive a baby box as part of the national roll-out.

“Scotland’s baby box will help tackle deprivation, improve health and support parents, and we’re proud to introduce it in Scotland.”

“It will include materials to promote the best possible outcomes for children and the box itself will also provide a safe space for babies to sleep near their parents, to promote bonding and early attachment.”

“As the scheme formally begins our delivery partners will work hard to deliver as many boxes as quickly as possible to ensure new parents can start to use them straight away.”

“And from January 2018, all baby boxes will be delivered at least four weeks before the baby’s due date.”

Some of the items included in the Scottish baby boxes include a changing mat, thermometer, winter jacket, towels, nappies, baby books, and organic sponges. In addition, the Scottish boxes featured sleeping materials such as a mattress, sheets, and blankets.

Final Thoughts

These countries have really set an example when it comes to supporting families with newborn babies. At the end of the day, child care is a full-time job, and one that is extremely costly in today’s societies.

These boxes are offered to everyone in a gesture of support and equality. All mothers, fathers, and babies could use a little extra love and care, regardless of their current income status.

My only concern with these boxes would be any potential chemicals hidden in the baby products. Though the press never mentioned any skincare or personal products, who knows if they will eventually be put in these boxes (or if they are/were).

Whatever we put on our skin ends up being absorbed into our bodies. So many of us apply toxic creams, makeup, and other personal care products to our bodies without even reading the ingredients. Newborn babies have particularly sensitive skin, and so it’s crucial that parents educate themselves on which products should be avoided when it comes to their children!

To learn more about this, check out the following CE articles:

Johnson & Johnson Just Paid Millions To Another Woman With Ovarian Cancer Linked To Baby Powder

“Excuse Me While I Lather My Child In This Toxic Death Cream.” (Sunscreen)

15 Toxic Things You Don’t Know Are Poisoning Your Children

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Abductions & Car Vandalism – Startling Australian UFO Report Unclassified

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An uncovered Australian report performed by their Department of Defence. “Scientific Intelligence — General — Unidentified Flying Objects” is trending again. Those who have done extensive research on UFOs will find the Australian version of disclosure to be far more intellectually honest than the American version. Albeit it was conducted decades ago.

According to ex-US intelligence official Luis Elizondo, the Defense Department’s Inspector General is presently conducting three reviews. The inquiries vary from the Department of Defense’s handling of UFO claims to Elizondo’s alleged whistleblower retribution. The open IG cases are crucial to Australia’s report because they establish beyond a shadow of a doubt that the US Department of Defense is being dishonest and shady when it comes to the UFO subject. For decades, Australia has been a loyal friend of the United States. Within Australia’s boundaries, they share a military installation (Pine Gap). When a close defense ally’s intelligence agencies determined that the US was not being intellectually honest in its approach, perhaps it is reasonable to conclude that there is more to the tale than the 144 incidents studied since 2004 by the UAPTF.

The CIA became alarmed at the overloading of military communications during the mass sightings of 1952 and considered the possibility that the USSR may take advantage of such a situation.

Australian UFO study.

According to the summary, OSI, acting through the Robertson-Panel, encouraged the USAF to use Project Blue Book to publicly “debunk” UFOs. In a tragic twist of fate, when Australian authorities sought explanations from the US Air Force, the allegation was debunked. The authors of the study were depicted as conspiratorial and even crazy by the US Air Force. Ross Coulthart reported this, and it may be heard in a recent Project Unity interview. Courthart is an award-winning investigative journalist who is drawn to forbidden subjects. He also stated on the same podcast that a senior US Navy official identified as Nat Kobitz told him that the US had been in the midst of reverse-engineering numerous non-human craft. According to his obituary, Mr. Kobitz was a former Director of Research and Development at Naval Sea Systems Command.

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PGA Tour To End COVID Testing For Both Vaccinated & Non-Vaccinated Players

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    The PGA Tour has announced that it will stop testing players every week, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or not.

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    Are PCR tests appropriate to identify infectious people? Should people who are healthy and not sick be tested at all, anywhere?

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The picture you see above is of John Rahm, a professional golfer on the PGA tour being carted off the golf course after tournament officials told him he had COVID. He was healthy and had no symptoms, yet was forced to withdraw from the tournament. He was told in front of the camera’s, and a big scene was made out of the event. You would think something like that, especially when you are a big time sports figure, would be done behind closed doors with some privacy.

Earlier on in June a spokesperson for the PGA Tour said that more than 50 percent of players on the PGA tour have been vaccinated. Although it seems that the majority of players on the tour will be fully vaccinated judging by this statement, it does leave a fairly large minority who won’t be, and that’s something we’re seeing across the globe as COVID vaccine hesitancy remains high for multiple reasons.

We are pleased to announce, after consultation with PGA Tour medical advisors, that due to the high rate of vaccination among all constituents on the PGA Tour, as well as other positively trending factors across the country, testing for COVID-19 will no longer be required as a condition of competition beginning with the 3M Open. – PGA tour Senior VP Tyler Dennis

The tour recently announced that the testing of players every week will stop starting in July for both the vaccinated and the unvaccinated. This was an unexpected announcement given the fact that, at least it seems in some countries, vaccinated individuals will enjoy previous rights and freedoms that everyone did before the pandemic. Travelling without need to quarantine and possibly in the future not having to be tested could be a few of those privileges. Others may include attending concerts, sporting events, or perhaps even keeping their job depending on whether or not their employer deems it to be mandatory, if that’s even legally possible. We will see what happens.

Luckily for professional golfers, regardless of their vaccination status they won’t have to worry about testing positive for COVID, especially if they’re not sick. This is the appropriate move by the PGA tour, who is represented by their players and it’s a move that the players themselves may have had a say in. It’s important because PCR tests are not designed nor are they appropriate for identifying infectious people. A number of scientists have been emphasizing this since the beginning of the pandemic. More recently, a letter to the editor published in the Journal of infection explain why more than half of al “positive” PCR tests are likely to have been people who are not infectious, otherwise known as “false positives.”

This is why the Swedish Public Health agency has a notice on their website explaining how and why polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests are not useful for determining if someone is infected with COVID or if someone can transmit it to others, and it’s better to use someone who is actually showing symptoms as a judgement call of whether or not they could be infected or free from infection.

PCR tests using a high cycle threshold are extremely sensitive. An article published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases found that among positive PCR samples with a cycle count over 35, only 3 percent of the samples showed viral replication. This can be interpreted as, if someone tests positive via PCR when a Ct of 35 or higher is used, the probability that said person is actually infected is less than 3%, and the probability that said result is a false positive is 97 percent. This begs the question, why has Manitoba, Canada, for example, using cycle thresholds of up to 45 to identify “positive” people?

When it comes to golf, the fact that spread occurring in an outdoor setting is highly unlikely could have been a factor, but it’s also important to mention that asymptomatic spread within one’s own household is also considerably rare. It really makes you wonder what’s going on here, doesn’t it?

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