Should Catholics Get the HPV Vaccine?

HPV, or the Human Papiloma Virus, is epidemic in the United States. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that 24.5% of females in the United States aged 14 to 19 years are HPV positive. Among women 20-24 years old, an astounding 44.8% were positive. Given sad statistics like this, it’s no surprise that many people pushed hard for the development of the HPV vaccines Gardasil and Cervarix.

But now that we have vaccines, a raging debate has grown up around them. Parents especially express concerns about vaccine safety, parental autonomy, and the financial interest of vaccine manufacturers. So many parents ask me the question, “Why expose your child to a vaccine when virus can be prevented by abstinence?”

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The Day the Silence Died

Blue Bonnets at Big Bend

“When society is made up of men who know no interior solitude it can no longer be held together by love: and consequently it is held together by a violent and abusive authority. But when men are violently deprived of the solitude and freedom which are their due, then society in which they live becomes putrid, it festers with servility, resentment and hate.” — Thomas Merton

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Back to School, Back to Sleep: 10 Tips to Finding Your Sleep Routine

Sleep helps kids do well in school, improves social functioning, prevents illness and injuries, and even prevents obesity.  But American children don’t sleep enough.  With touch-screens luring children to avoid bed,  we have a growing epidemic of pediatric sleep deprivation.  Don’t let your kids go to school sleep-deprived.  Summer is ending and it’s time to get your kids on a back-to-school sleep schedule.  

Here are 10 tips for back-to-school sleep:

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How To Avoid Getting Sick on Vacation: 5 Tricks to Keep You Healthy While You Travel

Every summer my ER fills up with travelers-- families far from home with vacation plans gone awry.  Most are children with high fevers, vomiting, broken bones, burns, poison ivy, and infected insect bites.  With a few tricks and a bit of preparation, you can keep your kids out of the ER and enjoy your vacation.  


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