What does radical midwifery have in common with radical conservatism? Intuition.

Patching up False Dichotomies in the Birth Subculture by anthropologist Jessie K. Tougas should be required reading for all midwifery students. Some birth scholars (Melissa Cheyney, Robbie Davis-Floyd, and Elizabeth ...

Trust teeth!

Hi, there, it’s Ima Frawde, Tooth-wife and I’m here to educate you about Spiritual Tooth-wifery. I trained as a dental hygienist but that doesn’t sound particularly impressive — especially when ...

C-sections are safer for babies

Three words provoke horror in natural childbirth advocates: maternal request Cesarean! How dare women choose to bypass the excruciating pain and terror of hours of labor and vaginal birth? How ...

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Against health moralism

Here’s a recent comment from The Skeptical OB Facebook page: I love ...

Are you a denialemming?

Do you tell yourself you and your friends are the only ones ...

Science denialists, don’t believe everything you think!

The most common mistakes of science denialists are mistakes of logic. They ...

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What does radical midwifery have in common with radical conservatism? Intuition.

Patching up False Dichotomies in the Birth Subculture by anthropologist Jessie K. Tougas should be required reading for all midwifery students. Some birth scholars (Melissa Cheyney, Robbie Davis-Floyd, and Elizabeth Davis) have argued that there are two models of birth that value different kinds of knowledge. They assert that the “technocratic” model has been adopted […]

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Trust teeth!

Hi, there, it’s Ima Frawde, Tooth-wife and I’m here to educate you about Spiritual Tooth-wifery. I trained as a dental hygienist but that doesn’t sound particularly impressive — especially when compared to dentists who have initials like DMD and DDS after their names — so my friends and I created our own credential, the RTW […]

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C-sections are safer for babies

Three words provoke horror in natural childbirth advocates: maternal request Cesarean! How dare women choose to bypass the excruciating pain and terror of hours of labor and vaginal birth? How dare women do everything possible to protect the health and brain function of their children? How dare women take control of their own bodies to […]

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Against health moralism

Here’s a recent comment from The Skeptical OB Facebook page: I love how this page tries so desperately to falsely reassure obese people that it’s ok to be obese and there will be no long term complications to your health. It’s mental snake oil and people are eating this page up. It’s similar to many […]

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Are you a denialemming?

Do you tell yourself you and your friends are the only ones who see the lies? Do you mock those who believe in expertise or follow the mainstream media? Do you deride as “sheeple” those who respect authority? The joke’s on you! You are a denialemming … so busy reassuring yourself of your insight and […]

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Science denialists, don’t believe everything you think!

The most common mistakes of science denialists are mistakes of logic. They assume that what “makes sense” to them is automatically true. Thomas Kida, a professor at the UMass Isenberg School of Management, explains why this assumption is unjustified in his book Don’t Believe Everything You Think: The 6 Basic Mistakes We Make in Thinking. […]

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Are the new COVID vaccines safe in pregnancy?

My email and Facebook messages are filled with the same question over and over again: Are the new COVID vaccines safe for use in pregnancy? I don’t know … and the truth is that no one knows. Yet the American College of Obstetrician Gynecologists (ACOG) is recommending the vaccine for pregnant persons. They have issued […]

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Six symptoms of science denialism

Over the past four years it has become increasingly clear that many Americans are suffering from the sickness of science denial. It’s a dangerous infection that profoundly weakens the body politic, is transmitted through the air(waves), and mutates easily, making it difficult to control. As with any illness it helps to recognize the symptoms so […]

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How science denialists know their team will win the Super Bowl

Hi, folks, Ima Frawde here. I spend every working day denying the safety and effectiveness of vaccines, denying the reality of climate change and denying the deadliness of the COVID pandemic. How do I relax? I’m a football fan! I spend all my free time watching football, following my team on social media and reading […]

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How can we know what is true?

Science denialists believe the opposite of scientists. Science shows that vaccines are safe and effective; anti-vaxxers believe they’re neither. Science shows that the earth’s climate is changing as a result of human activity; climate denialists either claim it isn’t changing or the change is not the result of humans. Science shows COVID-19 is a coronavirus […]

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