Why do people believe in vaccine conspiracies but not antibiotic conspiracies?

They utterly changed the nature of infectious disease. Communicable diseases that had previously wiped out wide swathes of the population could be controlled with simple injections. Deaths dropped dramatically. They ...

Natural childbirth and victimhood

The most over-used word in natural childbirth discourse is “empowerment.” But an equally important concept, one that is rarely spoken aloud but is central to natural childbirth advocacy, is victimization. ...

I only had a minor childbirth injury so why am I incontinent?

Yesterday I wrote about childbirth injuries. They’re common, lead to life long disability and distress and are a subject of deep embarrassment for many women. I discussed the two most ...

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The truth about childbirth injuries

Cosmopolitan Magazine recently published an amazing piece on childbirth injuries, Millions of ...

Do you know what lactivism and creationism have in common?

I’ve been quoted extensively in the mainstream media about breastfeeding. In nearly ...

Natural childbirth, breastfeeding and survivorship bias

“We’re still here!” It’s a favorite declaration of those attempting to justify ...

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Why do people believe in vaccine conspiracies but not antibiotic conspiracies?

They utterly changed the nature of infectious disease. Communicable diseases that had previously wiped out wide swathes of the population could be controlled with simple injections. Deaths dropped dramatically. They became ubiquitous and virtually mandatory. The companies that manufactured them became extraordinarily wealthy and developed into large multinational conglomerates. But there were side effects. Some […]

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Natural childbirth and victimhood

The most over-used word in natural childbirth discourse is “empowerment.” But an equally important concept, one that is rarely spoken aloud but is central to natural childbirth advocacy, is victimization. To a greater or less extent, natural childbirth advocates take it for granted that they are victims … of men, of doctors (almost always portrayed […]

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I only had a minor childbirth injury so why am I incontinent?

Yesterday I wrote about childbirth injuries. They’re common, lead to life long disability and distress and are a subject of deep embarrassment for many women. I discussed the two most serious forms of childbirth injury: obstetric fistula, a hole between the vagina and the bladder or rectum or both; and severe vaginal tears that can […]

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The truth about childbirth injuries

Cosmopolitan Magazine recently published an amazing piece on childbirth injuries, Millions of Women Are Injured During Childbirth. Why aren’t doctors diagnosing them? Why do childbirth injuries occur? The single greatest cause is a mismatch between the size of the baby and the size of the passage it must negotiate during birth. There are two different […]

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Do you know what lactivism and creationism have in common?

I’ve been quoted extensively in the mainstream media about breastfeeding. In nearly every case I mention that I breastfed four children relatively easily and I (and they) enjoyed it. Nonetheless I caution that the benefits of breastfeeding have been grossly exaggerated and that what passes for breastfeeding “science” is generally based on data that is […]

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Natural childbirth, breastfeeding and survivorship bias

“We’re still here!” It’s a favorite declaration of those attempting to justify natural parenting practices: Childbirth without interventions must be optimal because we’re still here. Homebirth must be safe because we’re still here. Exclusive breastfeeding must be best because we’re still here. But “we’re still here” doesn’t merely fail to justify natural parenting practices, it […]

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Why is Lamaze desperate to pretend homebirth is popular when it’s not?

In a new post, the folks at Lamaze are crowing about homebirth statistics that purport to demonstrate the “popularity” of homebirth Look at Home Birth Trends – The Results May Surprise You!. 58% increase in the number of home and birth center births in the period of 2004 to 2014. In 2014, over 56,000 births […]

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The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative is like abstinence-only sex education

Don’t get me wrong. I’m a big fan of sexual abstinence for high school students. Most aren’t ready for sexual activity, aren’t careful enough, and don’t properly weigh the consequences. Despite my strong support of abstinence, I am fervently opposed to abstinence-only sex education. Don’t get me wrong. I’m a big fan of breastfeeding, having […]

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The prophetess Ruth (Bader Ginsburg)

From the Book of Ruth (Bader Ginsburg): Globalization and automation oppressed the blue collar workers and they cried unto the Lord. “We are suffering mightily.” Prosperity had left them, but had promised to return. When the blue collar workers saw that prosperity delayed returning, they gathered together, and said unto them themselves, “Come, let us […]

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Disease is like terrorism and anti-vaccine parents are committing treason

Everyone is afraid of terrorism. Terrorists strike without warning, often in the very places where we feel safest: cafes, concerts, and shopping malls. Terrorists kill and maim, leaving survivors with life long physical and psychological scars. The impact of terrorism is outsized. It only takes a few terrorist attacks for an entire population to feel […]

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