Sunday, February 12, 2006

Mrs. Linklater's Cockamammy Ideas In Bloom

The best part about having a journal of my own is that I have a place to unload some of my kooky ideas. And no one can stop me. That's one of the joys of being a loose cannon -- everyone just gets out of your way.

Listening to the radio a couple of days ago, I heard that eighty-seven per cent of people who get lung cancer are victims of something smoke-related.

I don't know whether that study counted miners and workers who suffer industrial carcinogenic exposure to coal, fiberglas and asbestos or not. But let's say it did.

So where do the remaining thirteen per cent not exposed to smoke or industrial hazards get theirs? Why are the innocent, if you will, hit with the disease for no apparent reason?

Mrs. Linklater's cockamammy coupla thoughts:

Maybe there ARE reasons for the unexplained lung cancer. Causes that aren't as obvious as smoke and chemicals. 

For instance: Radon gas causes lung cancer. Huh?  What's that? That's the silent, odorless radioactive gas that comes up from the ground and seeps into your house. Here's a short tutorial I found:
Radon gas is found in homes all over the U.S.

Radon is an invisible and odorless radioactive gas. Elevated levels of radon have been found in homes all across the country. Any home in any state may have a radon problem: new and old homes, well-sealed and drafty homes, and homes with or without basements. Radon gas gets into all types of buildings, including office buildings and schools.

You and your family receive the greatest radiation dose in your home. That's where you spend most time - 70 to 75 percent, more for small children. The average person receives each year more radiation from radon than from all other natural or man-made sources combined. Over the years, the accumulated radiation exposure may exceed the exposure of uranium miners.

Basically, long enough exposure to high enough concentrations of Radon gas can cause lung cancer. You can get your house checked easily. I got a kit, set it out for awhile, sent it in and tested negative. I think it cost me two dollars.

Which brings me to another reason for lung cancer in non smokers. I've flogged this horse before. SV40 [simian virus 40] is the monkey bug that has contaminated polio vaccine, and who knows what others, since the fifties. About twenty years ago scientists began finding an aggressive lung cancer usually seen in workers exposed to asbestos in non smokers who didn't work with asbestos.

For decades labs have used SV40 to cause cancer tumors in mice. On inspection, ta-da!! SV40 showed up in those nasty lung cancer tumors of non smokers. So the hunt was on for how humans got exposed to SV40 and what other cancers would SV40 cause in people. They tracked SV40 down to contaminated vaccines from the labs. And lung cancer is just one of the cancers that SV40 causes.   

Needless to say, you can Google all this stuff yourself. I'm just the messenger of DOOM.

Mrs. Linklater continues with more cockamammy:
Sometimes when I'm home in the middle of the day and flipping channels to find something on regular tv to watch, I'll stop at Maury Povich, particularly if he's about to announce whether some loser guy is the father of some loser girl's baby. Is there nothing quite as momentous as the reaction of those couples no matter which way it goes?

The other day some biker babe wanted to identify the father of her fraternal twins. Identical twins are from one egg. Fraternal twins come from two different eggs.

In a moment out of Ripley's Believe It Or Not -- after Maury did the build up "When it comes to you, Unemployed Tattooed Loser Guy with Nose Piercings -- " he stopped to build the tension, "You ARE the father of -- ONLY ONE OF THE TWINS!!"


Somebody else was the father of the other twin. Wow. Maury was flabbergasted. Only in America would something like this be on TV.

Haaaa!! Hey, if it can happen to dogs, it can happen to people, especially to women who pump out multiple eggs at a time.

Maury's incredulous comment was, "Do you know how fast you'd have to have sex with both of these guys for that to happen?" 

Actually, how long that window is open is surely a matter of debate, since there aren't many opportunities to study this phenomenon. But you figure the time frame has got to be long enough for one guy to get his pants back on before the other guy gets his pants off. Assuming it wasn't a threesome. Which, on Maury, you really can't assume.

I'm sure there are women who think that spermatozoa from two or more guys will cancel each other out. It's like those little swimmers fight each other to the death or something and she thinks she won't get pregnant by either one of them let alone both. Betcha.  

The chances of dropping two different eggs is pretty rare, but it probably happens more than we realize.

On the other hand, the chances of having them impregnated by two different guys is astronomical -- mostly because there aren't many women who are so willing and so stupid to provide an opportunity to get spermed unprotected by two guys in a row when the eggs are viable.

Think about it. Eggs can live for a couple of days. If two separate eggs hit the uterus at the same time, apparently there's time for them both to get fertilized by two different people.  She may have had as much as 48 hours to do the deeds. But it was probably within a couple of hours. Or less. Ah the possibilities.

Mostly I'm in awe. Fraternal twins conceived naturally by two different fathers gives new meaning to promiscuity.

Which brings me the long way around to the point of all this:

Women who CAN'T get pregnant. The ones who have test after test and there's NOTHING wrong with them or their husbands, except they can't make a baby no matter what they try -- including in vitro. 

So they adopt and within a year of adopting they're pregnant and have their own baby. Almost all of us know a couple who have been through that experience. The anecdotal evidence is great enough to speculate on the reasons.

Mrs. Linklater's Thought:
I say if a woman is having trouble getting pregnant even though she and hubba bubba are doing it pretty regular, she ought to start hanging out with women who have babies.   

Being around the babies and their mothers is key. Spend a couple of hours with moms and babes three times a week for a few months, maybe even less, will probably get the juices -- whatever those juices may be -- flowing. 

We know that women who work together get on the same menstrual cycle. So maybe there's something that happens to kickstart a women's fertility when she hangs out with women who already have babies. A fertility cycle.

After all, when a childless couple finally adopts, they suddenly have a full time baby in house 24/7 to stimulate whatever it is that starts them making their own babies -- finally.

Something happens pretty quick, since the natural baby is usually born within a year, So it probably only takes about three months for the effect to manifest itself.

Maybe it's a pheromone thing. If there are pheromones that can attract men and women sexually on a subconscious level, maybe there's a pheromone that attracts babies in a similar way.

Mrs. Linklater says READ THIS or Google pheromones and find this stuff yourself:

Pheromones are airborne chemicals which are emitted to attract the opposite sex.

Researchers at the University of Colorado have found that pheromones are detected through the Vemeronasal Organ (VNO) in the nose. The VNO functions as the distinct sensory apparatus that detects pheromones. All people they examined had two small holes on both sides of the hard divider in the nose. The holes are found just inside the opening of the nose. A group of clear cells lies just behind these holes. These cells are similar in appearance to nerve cells . These scientists have concluded these cells are responsible for detecting human sex pheromones. The pheromones then transmit a signal to the hypothalamus in the brain (the brain's center of emotions), sending a chemical message of sexual attraction.

Pheromones are believed to be detected on an instinctual, subconscious level. In other words, you don't know that you're receiving them, but you are.

Okay, everybody wants plenty of sex pheromones, but what if there are baby pheromones too? Any number of women will positively swoon when they tell you how much they love the smell of a baby.There may be something about sniffing the air around those little tykes that throws a switch.   

Unfortunately, many women having trouble conceiving are in the midst of their careers and they're trying to get pregnant while toiling in the baby-free world of business meetings and travel. No baby pheromones to kick start anything. At the same time they may also want to avoid women with babies because they're jealous and don't want to be reminded of the problems they're having.

Mrs. L says embrace the moms and tots instead. Just jump in and slather those baby scents all over you and see what happens.  

I'm on to something I just know it. Meanwhile for those of you who just think I'm ON something, I'll give it a rest for today.


suzypwr said...

Cancel each other out?

I have seen cases of fraternal twins from different fathers before. The joys of social work....and requiring paternity tests.


lacaza3 said...

The rest of the lung cancer patients probably get cancer from breathging second hand supposed to be worse
donna In TEXAS

jevanslink said...

DONNA -- 87% have SMOKE-RELATED lung cancer. Smoke-related INCLUDES secondhand smoke.  I wondered if someone would misunderstand. Thanks for letting me explain.  Mrs. L  

swibirun said...

You have made my head hurt  I'm going to go smoke some asbestos and get pregnant.

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salemslot9 said...

another "fact" that gets me
identical twins have same DNA
if either one of them commit
a murder/rape/etc
they could get off because
no one can prove which twin
did the dirty deed by DNA :(

jevanslink said...

Same DNA, different fingerprints.  Genotype is the same.  Phenotype is different.  Mrs. L