"Pre-pregnancy" silver lining

One of the raindrops in what lately seems to be a deluge of outrage from our fair government:

New federal guidelines ask all females capable of conceiving a baby to treat themselves -- and to be treated by the health care system -- as pre-pregnant, regardless of whether they plan to get pregnant anytime soon.

Among other things, this means all women between first menstrual period and menopause should take folic acid supplements, refrain from smoking, maintain a healthy weight and keep chronic conditions such as asthma and diabetes under control.

On the plus side, here’s another activity to avoid: scooping the litter box – toxoplasmosis, don’tcha know.

On the minus side… well, the mind sort of boggles at where to start the list. sigh