Why is Dr. Neel Shah giving legitimacy to midwives with blood on their hands?

The adulation must be truly head turning. I can’t otherwise explain why Neel Shah, MD, who ought to be completely cognizant of both the scientific literature and the history of ...

How did we get paleo-suckered?

Are you a paleo-sucker? Paleo-suckers believe in the central conceit of modern alternative health that human beings reached the acme of our existence during the Paleolithic Era. According to advocates ...

Would we tolerate a hospital that treated women based on Sharia Law?

Imagine that a woman in the midst of a miscarriage, bleeding heavily, arrived at her local emergency room for treatment. The pregnancy could not be saved. Indeed, while waiting for ...

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Mothering monster: the narcissism and cruelty of letting your child get whooping cough

Who lets her toddler get whooping cough and then boasts about how ...

Why are black mothers and babies dying? It’s unlikely to be weathering.

A piece that will appear in The New York Times Sunday Magazine ...

Heterosexuality is best!

Lactivists are confused. We need to learn what nerve fed is best ...

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Why is Dr. Neel Shah giving legitimacy to midwives with blood on their hands?

The adulation must be truly head turning. I can’t otherwise explain why Neel Shah, MD, who ought to be completely cognizant of both the scientific literature and the history of people he supports, is giving legitimacy to midwives with blood on their hands and self-serving nonsense in their heads. Advocates of “normal” birth have been […]

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How did we get paleo-suckered?

Are you a paleo-sucker? Paleo-suckers believe in the central conceit of modern alternative health that human beings reached the acme of our existence during the Paleolithic Era. According to advocates of “natural living,” our bodies were designed for the demands of life in the Paleolithic and technology, whether modern diets, modern medicine or modern parenting, […]

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Would we tolerate a hospital that treated women based on Sharia Law?

Imagine that a woman in the midst of a miscarriage, bleeding heavily, arrived at her local emergency room for treatment. The pregnancy could not be saved. Indeed, while waiting for medical attention the mother passed the products of conception in their entirety and the bleeding stopped. The tissue would ordinarily be treated as medical waste, […]

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Mothering monster: the narcissism and cruelty of letting your child get whooping cough

Who lets her toddler get whooping cough and then boasts about how she breastfed him though it? A self-absorbed, self aggrandizing narcissistic parent. Someone like Shayla Cherry. It’s difficult for me to describe the cruelty, stupidity and lack of self-awareness of a mother like Cherry so I’ll let her describe it herself. From How Breastfeeding […]

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Why are black mothers and babies dying? It’s unlikely to be weathering.

A piece that will appear in The New York Times Sunday Magazine attempts to answer the question Why America’s Black Mothers and Babies Are in a Life-or-Death Crisis. Unfortunately, the answer it gives — that black women’s health is uniquely “weathered” by racism — while intuitively appealing, is probably wrong. The tl;dr answer can be summarized […]

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Heterosexuality is best!

Lactivists are confused. We need to learn what nerve fed is best has touched and work out what that is. I’m not sure why they’re scratching their heads over three simple words that mean what they say: breastfeeding may be (slightly) better than formula, but fully fed is best. But since they’re still confused I […]

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When it comes to patronizing language, midwives have merely replaced the patriarchy with the matriarchy

Justine van der Leun’s recent piece in The Guardian has received a fair amount of attention in the childbirth community. It’s  ‘I felt I was being punished for pushing back’: pregnancy and #MeToo and subtitled ‘Pregnant women are still being patronised, blamed for our bodies’ failings, and made to feel guilty about our choices.’ Van […]

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Are lactivists addicted to self-righteousness?

According to scientist and author David Brin: [S]elf-righteousness can also be heady, seductive, and even … well … addictive. Any truly honest person will admit that the state feels good. The pleasure of knowing, with subjective certainty, that you are right and your opponents are deeply, despicably wrong. Or, that your method of helping others is […]

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What happened to Birthpedia?

Two days ago I posted this on Facebook: “Really, Dr. Shah? I’m shocked that Neel Shah is a part of a for profit birth website that features advocates of pseudoscience and poor practice, including Ina May Gaskin, Michel Odent, Brad Bootstaylor, Barbara Harper and a chiropractor, among others… https://birthpedia.net/meet-the-contributors/ http://startupcompete.co/startup-…/internet/birthpedia/67399 Today’s Featured Questions include: “How […]

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What does breastfeeding have in common with vitamins? It’s not what you think.

The NYTimes article Older Americans Are ‘Hooked’ on Vitamins starts with an anecdote: When she was a young physician, Dr. Martha Gulati noticed that many of her mentors were prescribing vitamin E and folic acid to patients. Preliminary studies in the early 1990s had linked both supplements to a lower risk of heart disease. She […]

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