Can ‘facts’ be trusted?
I’ve read and reread Ms. Mora’s letter (TDN, Aug. 21), but find no evidence to support her statistics on “increased risk of infertility, miscarriage, and pre-term labor in future pregnancies.” I do note that she left out the increased risk of breast cancer, but of course, that notion was debunked some time ago. “They are also 65 percent more likely to experience long-term clinical depression,” she wrote, “five times more likely to struggle with substance abuse, and are six times more likely to commit suicide.”
Where did these “statistics” come from? When were the studies done that support these data. Who lead the studies? Who paid for the studies? Were the studies replicated? In which professional, referred journals were the results published?
Only if the reader has this information can she or he determine whether the “facts” are, indeed, to be trusted and given any credence.
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Knights heeded call for help
Being a Knight of Columbus means heeding a call for help that might otherwise go unanswered. Such was the case in Durham when Council 13812 discovered that one of their brother Knights had been suffering from serious physical ailments. He was soon to be evicted from a home that had become unsanitary and unsafe.
When first hearing of the state of their brother Knight, Grand Knight Chris Cushing and his wife, Marcia, both registered nurses, quickly paid a visit. At the man’s home, they found soiled linens, dog feces and filthy bathroom conditions. They quickly realized that their brother Knight was exhibiting signs of dementia and congestive heart failure. He was unable to stand, walk or think clearly.
Chris and his wife cleaned and cared for him, and they later relayed the situation to the council. An urgent appeal was made to the children of the man, one of whom agreed to travel from New Jersey to see her father. Upon the daughter’s arrival, she realized the seriousness of the situation, and steps were taken to transport her father to the regional hospital. His stay would last 13 days, during which the council was vigilant in visiting and making sure proper care was provided.
While the man recovered his health, his council took action to prepare him for a move. The Knights had a single day with which to clean, sort, pack and disassemble his possessions, all while working in a very unhealthy and uncomfortable environment. Trips were made to the dump and thrift stores, as well as to a storage facility, where the volunteers had to work hard to make the most of very limited storage space.
All their hard work paid off: The man who was once in such grave condition is currently settled in a home near his daughter. Greatly recovered and doing well, he is carrying on the Knights’ legacy of charity, now attending meetings with his new council in Montclair.
Submitted by Mike Peters on behalf of Donald Williams
Knights of Columbus
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