PREGNANT WOMEN: WARNING: ABOUT ICAN and THE PINK KIT See The Pink Kit... http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/chiro-list/message/2277 I asked Common Knowledge Trust/CKT (The Pink Kit) to 1) mention on their website that MDs are closing birth canals up to 30%; and 2) tell women that it is EASY (see BUT BEWARE below) for them to allow their birth canals to OPEN the "extra" up to 30%... Wintergreen, a trustee of Common Knowledge Trust/CKT replied: "UNFORTUNATELY, WE CAN'T MENTION WHAT YOU SUGGEST..." (!) CKT Trustee Wintergreen sounds like ICAN... ICAN is formerly CPM/the Cesarean Prevention Movement - now the International Cesarean Awareness Network... SOMETHING BIZARRE ABOUT ICAN... MDs are CAUSING cephalopelvic disproportion (and failure to progress) then performing cesarean sections BEcause of cephalopelvic disproportion (and failure to progress)... Yet the former Cesarean "Prevention" Movement (now ICAN) can't manage to mention this bizarre obstetric behavior right up front on its web page (or on radio shows)! Indeed, a man claiming to be ICAN Attorney DENNIS P. COLUMBO wrote me on April 17, 2003 to say that the ICAN Board "and some members of the Network" asked him to write to me "on behalf of all members of ICAN" and say that I "must cease and desist from continuing to correspond with any member of the Network unless such member has specifically told you that he or she wishes to correspond..." ICAN Attorney Colombo added: "Your correspondence is neither requested nor desired. Therefore on behalf of my client [ICAN] and its membership I demand that you immediately purge your mailing and email lists of all names which are those of ICAN members...." ATTENTION ICAN BOARD: ICAN failure to openly state that MDs are closing birth canals up to 30% is neither requested nor desired. I demand that you immediately begin explicitly informing women - in every radio show - in every ICAN press release - explicitly informing them that MDs are senselessly closing birth canals - and how easy it is for them to allow their birth canals to OPEN the "extra" up to 30%. Or just admit that you aren't really interested in preventing cesarean sections. ICAN MEMBERS (and even non-members of ICAN): Please make the same demand of the ICAN Board. Just forward this email to ICAN Pres. Tonya Jamois. ([email protected]) Please copy me when you do. For further details... See ICAN..or ICAN'T? [Silently m]anufacturing C-section Consent http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/chiro- list/message/2210 Back to THE PINK KIT... CKT (Pink Kit) Trustee Wintergreen is sounding VERY MUCH like ICAN! EVEN WORSE...CKT Trustee Wintergreen indicates that women can allow their birth canals to open maximally ('keep their sacrums [sic] open") - "even if they have to lie on their backs." (!) Wintergreen is perpetuating a medical LIE (see below). Lying on one's back CLOSES one's birth canal - up to 30%! Some babies are DYING because of this obvious MD crime. (BTW, I am in favor of pardons in advance for MDs; see below.) GASTALDO BEING "POLITICAL"?? CKT Trustee Wintergreen indicates that I am being "political," as in, "I hear your passion, or distress and can only say that CKT's goal is to get women more responsible in their preparation and the use of that knowledge in each contraction and the rest in between. This preparation, when committedly done, has had an amazing impact on birth. Women are less afraid, more confident, more likely to remember how to relax inside, have prepared their birth canals, keep their sacrums open ( even if they have to lie on their backs)...Unfortunately, we can't mention what you suggest because any woman who comes to our website must know that regardless of whatever is happening to her or around her, there is much she can take into her labour and birth experience. We are neutral, nonpolitical and dedicated to women and men becoming skilled birthers...." -- Wintergreen, Trustee, Common Knowledge Trust (CKT) to Gastaldo WINTERGREEN is being political (!) (silent about an obvious birth crime!) - probably because of BUSINESS, as in, "Common Knowledge Trust is also a business and must relate to professional people in an entirely different manner. If you are a care provider, educator or other birth related professional; we encourage you to get training and become registered with CKT." --Newsletter (The Pink Kit Method for birthing better), Dec. 2003, p. 6) ARRRGGGHHH! Sorry to get E-motional but... Some of Wintergreen's "professional" people - MDs, MBs and midwives - are closing birth canals - senselessly! Indeed, it's not unlikely that birth canals have been closed up to 30% by homebirth midwives affiliated with CKT/The Pink Kit... MANY "professional people" midwives - especically CNMwives - are aping MDs in closing birth canals! CNMwifery Prof. Helen Varney Burst keeps *promoting* closing the birth canal - semisitting - years after I asked her to stop! Helen says MIDWIVES (not just CNMwives!) promote semisitting! See Criminal medical CAM at Hawai'i's John A Burns School of Medicine http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/chiro- list/message/2256 BOTTOMLINE: MDs and CNMwives are KNOWINGLY committing this obvious crime - which is sometimes fatal/sometimes paralyzing! See the postscript. LADIES: It is EASY to allow your birth canal to OPEN maximally! Again, see the postscript. NOTE: To speed an end to this obvious obstetric crime, as always, I am in favor of pardons in advance for MDs. MDs are just academic prime cuts forced through this culture's most powerful mental meatgrinder - medical school. Medical schools are not only teaching medical students to close birth canals - they are teaching them to KEEP birth canals closed when babies' shoulders get stuck (assuming they are using Williams Obstetrics and ACOG's Shoulder Dystocia video, discussed below). OPEN LETTER (instantly archived for global access: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/chiro- list/message/2279) Wintergreen Trustee Common Knowledge Trust (CKT) The Pink Kit Method for Birthing Better PO Box 892, Nelson, New Zealand. Email: [email protected] Web: http://www.commonknowledgetrust.com Wintergreen, You wrote that you can "hear my passion, or distress." **Your email** caused me much distress! What do you mean, "even if they have to lie on their backs"?! Women *don't* have to lie on their backs! Women (MOST women) don't WANT to lie on their backs once they learn (IF they learn) that lying on the back - or semistting - closes the birth canal up to 30%! Why does Common Knowledge Trust fail to GIVE women this information - FOR FREE - right up front on the CKT/Pink Kit website?! Former ICAN President Connie Banack wrote (after you contacted her): "Most commonly, problems encountered are the bony pelvis is not an easy fit for the baby...the birth canal and perineum aren't being opened easily by the baby...[The Pink Kit] not only addresses those concerns, but provides solid information on understanding and working through these problems prenatally and during labour....Wintergreen states, "If we can map the pelvis and 'know' it's shape, then we can move into positions that 'keep us open.'" http://www.mother-care.ca/cktreview.htm Wintergreen, the fact of the matter is, you CAN mention what I suggest - and for the very reason you say you can't (!) - to wit - "any woman who comes to [your] website must know that regardless of whatever is happening to her or around her, there is much she can take into her labour and birth experience." ONLY PROPERLY INFORMED WOMEN will stop MDs, MBs and midwives from closing their birth canals up to 30%... It needs to be COMMON KNOWLEDGE that women can allow their birth canals to open the "extra" up to 30% just by rolling onto their sides or going to hands-and-knees or kneeling or standing or other alternatives to the birth-canal-closing semisitting and dorsal delivery positions. You indicate that it would "political" - not "neutral" - for CKT to offer women this information, as in, "We are neutral, nonpolitical and dedicated to women and men becoming skilled birthers." Arrgghhh! It is political (FRAUDULENT) for you to FAIL to offer this information! BE ADVISED: You and Common Knowledge Trust are perpetrating a (sometimes fatal/paralyzing) fraud if you are teaching that women can allow their birth canals to open the "extra" up to 30% - "even if they have to lie on their backs." **MDs** tell this bald lie in a lame attempt to cover-up their obvious crime! The authors of Williams Obstetrics left this lie in their text! (At my request the authors of Williams Obstetrics did publish the correct biomechanics - but they left their "dorsal widens" lie in their text - in the same paragraph! See http://home1.gte.net/gastaldo/part2ftc.html) WINTERGREEN: I *am* distressed! Why are you helping MDs perpetuate their lie!!?? WHY? You say, "Our new [web site] will be on line sometime next week at www.birthingbetter.com and over the next few months, more information will be available to pregnant women and men..." This is a perfect opportunity! PLEASE change your website and your Pink Kit so that both explicitly state that MDs are senselessly closing birth canals up to 30%. Tell women how EASY it is for them to allow their birth canals to open an "extra" up to 30%. Do it RIGHT UP FRONT - FOR FREE! Wintergreen, please help make it COMMON KNOWLEDGE that MDs are closing birth canals and how women can EASILY stop them. Do it ASAP - as in Common Knowledge TRUST... Do it for the babies. Women are trusting you - don't let them down. Sincerely, Todd Dr. Gastaldo [email protected] PS SIMPLE PROOF THAT MD-OBSTETRICIANS ARE **KNOWINGLY** CLOSING BIRTH CANALS UP TO 30%. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist's/ACOG's Shoulder Dystocia video purports to tell MDs how to OPEN the birth canal when baby's shoulders get stuck - which obviously means that MD-obstetricians know they are closing birth canals. WORSE: The ACOG method for opening the birth canal when baby's shoulders get stuck (PROPER (bad) McRoberts) - actually keeps the birth canal closed! See IMPROPER McRoberts can save tiny lives and tiny limbs... http://groups.yahoo.com/group/chiro- list/message/1308 FURTHER PROOF (that MDs know they are closing birth canals)... The British National Health Service/NHS West Midlands Perinatal Institute/WMPI (Jason Gardosi, MD, Director) writes of the semirecumbent delivery position (semisitting): "...the weight of the mother is in part taken on the sacrum which is therefore pushed upwards, thus decreasing the antero-posterior diameter of the pelvic outlet..." http://www.wmpi.net/reviews/oe/oe_shoulder_dystocia.htm OBSTETRIC SPINAL MANIPULATION CRIME In addition to routinely closing birth canals up to 30%, MDs often GRUESOMELY manipulate babies' spines (push with oxytocin; pull with forceps/vacuums) with the birth canal senselessly closed up to 30%. An estimated six babies per day DIE from vacuum-assisted spinal manipulation alone - with birth canals senselessly closed up to 30%. See again: How NOT to do McRoberts maneuver... http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/chiro- list/message/2258Todd PREGNANT WOMEN: To offer your baby the up to 30% "extra" - simply roll onto your side as you push your baby out! There are LOTS of "alternative" delivery positions that allow the birth canal to open maximally - kneeling, hands-and-knees, squatting, standing, etec. Talk to your MD or CNMwife NOW - before your delivery! BUT BEWARE: Some MDs and CNMwives may still close your birth canal (!), as in, "[M]ost doctors and [nurse] midwives are accustomed to the semisitting position...[T]hey may be willing to let you try other positions, if you ask...[But]...as you get close to delivery...[they] may ask you to move to [semisitting]..." [Simkin, P, Whalley J, Keppler, A. Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn: The Complete Guide (Expanded and updated). Meadowbrook Press: Minnetonka, MN (dist. by Simon and Schuster). 2001:201] 4.6% of "healthy" term babies are born with unexplained brain bleeds! And up to 3% of cephalic vaginal deliveries suffer shoulder dystocia! http://www.imfm.net/mfmtext/shoulder/index.htm LADIES: If your baby's shoulders get stuck inside you, do NOT let the MD pull with you on your back/butt, closing your birth canal. You should not have been on your back/butt closing your birth canal in the first place! It's sort of a chiropractic emergency. Please help stop MDs from closing birth canals. Please share this info with as many pregnant women as possible. Thanks, Todd Ds. Gastaldo [email protected] >>>>>BEGIN Wintergreen's email to Gastaldo ----- Original Message ----- From: Common Knowledge Trust To: [email protected] Sent: Thursday, January 29, 2004 1:37 PM Subject: Thank you Hello Todd: Gee, where to start? Thank you for visiting our website. Our new on will be on line sometime next week at www.birthingbetter.com and over the next few months, more information will be available to pregnant women and men about using the foundation body knowledge that is in The Pink Kit: Essential Preparations for your birthing body as a way to prepare for labour and to use in their births. Politics, politics, politics. For over the past 30 years when this knowledge has grown, the political issues have been the focus of birthing; right or wrong, good or bad. Many of the women who discovered that they had a long tail bone, or in their last birth they had pain in their hip, were absolutely fine with whatever the medical profession was going to do or require of them. They just wanted to handle their next contraction. CKT focuses on how to prepare the universal body for birth. The reason this has occured is several. One, all women have given birth out the same hole since we started ( whenever, however) therefore, the only thing we share in common with each other is that universal body. Because of what is common to all of us, CKT can actually pass on this knowledge to any woman. Two, men essentially have the same body, therefore, men can feel and experience much of CKT's information which means that they can observe, hear and respond to what their partner's are doing with more knowledge and skills.Third, people's opinions, choices, beliefs and life styles are very much their own and not often shared with their neighbor or other pregnant women and this is the area where politics have influenced...where to birth, with whom, medical issues, natural health stuff etc. This is not where CKT ventures. Why? Regardless of all the issues and politics...women will still have another contraction and another. CKT is trying to get information to all women so that they can be knowledgeable about our universal body, how to prepare it during this window of opportunity...the last 8-12 weeks of pregnancy and use it for this amazing, infrequent event. We know that labouring and giving birth is a very specific and unique experience and must be prepared for in a very specific manner. I hear your passion, or distress and can only say that CKT's goal is to get women more responsible in their preparation and the use of that knowledge in each contraction and the rest inbetween. This preparation, when committedly done, has had an amazing impact on birth. Women are less afraid, more confident, more likely to remember how to relax inside, have prepared their birth canals, keep their sacrums open ( even if they have to lie on their backs) and the men are more likely to work through one contraction at a time with their women with relaxing breath, focus, relaxing the minnie mouse muscles, hip lifts, sacral rocking etc. What CKT needs is to find avenues that gets this information directly to women rather than through practitioners. We've been selling to birth related professionals who pass on bits and bobs or in birth use a hip lift after hours of a tense, frightened woman trying to push and have been amazed. However, when we ask why these pregnant women were not offered, encouraged ( strongly) and worked with in pregnacy to prepare their own bodies (the last 8-12 weeks of pregnancy), most birth professionals will give many reasonable reasons why not. I've inserted those reasons [I COULD NOT OPEN THEM WINTERGREEN] for you to look at. I've also inserted the newsletter [THE NEWSLETTER PDF OPENED JUST FINE] that will come out with the new website. There are 3,680,000 births in the US each year, 58,000 in NZ where we are. We would like at least 1% of women to have access to this information within a year and 10% by next year and growing. For many years, the focus of birth politics has been on the medical profession and women have basically been told there is nothing they can do that makes a difference except choose homebirth or midwifery care or fight the system. The reality is that if all women prepared in the last 8-12 weeks, then many of the problems would sort out. The statistics on the website reflect ordinary couples who did make the committment, not the care providers doing something. The reduction of interventions occured because those prepared women and men got on with labour and the woman's body was able to open more easily to her baby's effort. she still might not have liked the experience and she still might have found it really hard to keep from responding to the intensity by tensing up. We will be developing a network marketing so people in a local area can offer a 3 hour promotional evening with the goal of selling The Pink Kit Package for birthing better to pregnant women and their partners.This will include the multi-media kit, The Companion Guide ( which is step by step), Managing Skills( teaching teamwork, mental toughness to do the work etc), BLT ( understanding our common breath, language and touch at birth) and Workbook ( 6/2 hour classes in a workbook). This information can be used by all women in all birth situations because the knowledge resides in themselves. Absolutely all of this information fits into any birth situation that a woman finds herself. As women birth better for themselves, there will be less fiddling. Anyway, thanks again. Unfortunately, we can't mention what you suggest because any woman who comes to our website must know that regardless of whatever is happening to her or around her, there is much she can take into her labour and birth experience. We are neutral, nonpolitical and dedicated to women and men becoming skilled birthers. We hope we have your continued support and wish you the best with your efforts. There are many groups who are strong political voices who are very well known. Very Best to you Wintergreen, trustee -- The Pink Kit Method for Birthing Better Common Knowledge Trust PO Box 892, Nelson, New Zealand. Email: [email protected] Web: http://www.commonknowledgetrust.com Online Orders: http://www.commonknowledgetrust.com/order.htm >>>>>>END Wintergreen's email to Gastaldo A few final notes... According to Wintergreen's CKT/Pink Kit Newsletter, "Common Knowledge Trust is a registered Charitable organisation." Wintergreen! There is NOTHING charitable - at least not to women and babies - about remaining silent about MDs senselessly closing birth canals and how easy it is for women to allow their birth canals to OPEN maximally. REDOING THE VIDEO... "Without continued financial support," you say in your Pink Kit Newsletter, "we are not able to bring more of this information to the public...WISH LIST...You.ll all understand this one. Money to redo the video." MDs and MBs (with many midwives aping them) are closing birth canals up to 30%... ...and it is EASY for women to allow their birth canals to OPEN the "extra" up to 30%. But see BEWARE above... Wintergreen, I do hope you will IMMEDIATELY put this most BASIC information on the CKT/Pink Kit website and include it in your video when it is redone. Help make it COMMON KNOWLEDGE. (Maybe CKT could join me in calling for pardons in advance for MDs? Again, MDs are just academic prime cuts forced through this culture's most powerful mental meatgrinder - medical school.) If anyone else from CKT/Pink Kit is reading - please talk to Wintergreen about this. Thanks, Sincerely, Todd Dr. Gastaldo [email protected] Again, this Open Letter will be instantly archived for global access at http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/chiro-list/message/2279 Within 24 hours, it will be in the Google groups archive. Search at http://groups.google.com for "ICAN and The Pink Kit: a dark side (Wintergreen is wrong)"