“Breast Is Best” is a social construct masquerading as a medical claim

Why do so many good mothers feel bad about breastfeeding? Why has breastfeeding become the leading risk factor for newborn hospital readmission resulting in tens of thousands of readmissions each ...

US government REMOVES exclusive breastfeeding as a hospital quality metric!

In a victory for both babies and mothers, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has REMOVED exclusive breastfeeding rate as a hospital quality metric! Specifically, the government removed ...

What if higher socioeconomic status CAUSES breastfeeding?

Countless studies have demonstrated a high correlation between breastfeeding and all sorts of desirable health and economic outcomes from reduced infant mortality to reduced obesity, from higher IQ to higher ...

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New Lancet paper does NOT show that breastfeeding reduces post-neonatal mortality

There’s a new study in The Lancet that claims to show that ...

How many dead babies does it take for a homebirth doctor to lose her license?

I’ve been writing about homebirth in one forum or another for more ...

The politics of ignorance

Ignorance is not merely an absence of knowledge. Sometimes it’s the product ...

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“Breast Is Best” is a social construct masquerading as a medical claim

Why do so many good mothers feel bad about breastfeeding? Why has breastfeeding become the leading risk factor for newborn hospital readmission resulting in tens of thousands of readmissions each year? Why have none of the benefits predicted for term babies (decreased mortality, severe morbidity and healthcare expenditures) come to pass? It’s because “breast is […]

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US government REMOVES exclusive breastfeeding as a hospital quality metric!

In a victory for both babies and mothers, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has REMOVED exclusive breastfeeding rate as a hospital quality metric! Specifically, the government removed PC-05. What is PC-05? PC-05 assesses the rate of newborns exclusively fed breast milk during the newborn’s entire hospitalization. As I’ve written in the past, […]

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What if higher socioeconomic status CAUSES breastfeeding?

Countless studies have demonstrated a high correlation between breastfeeding and all sorts of desirable health and economic outcomes from reduced infant mortality to reduced obesity, from higher IQ to higher educational achievement. That’s led breastfeeding researchers to erroneously conclude that breastfeeding CAUSES improved outcomes. In fact nearly all studies attributing benefits to breastfeeding are riddled […]

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New Lancet paper does NOT show that breastfeeding reduces post-neonatal mortality

There’s a new study in The Lancet that claims to show that breastfeeding saves lives. According to Breastfeeding and Post-perinatal Infant Deaths in the United States, A National Prospective Cohort Analysis: Breastfeeding initiation is significantly associated with reduced odds of post-perinatal infant deaths in multiple racial and ethnic groups within the US population. These findings […]

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How many dead babies does it take for a homebirth doctor to lose her license?

I’ve been writing about homebirth in one forum or another for more than 25 years. During that time I’ve seen some egregiously incompetent providers, but the case of Sarita Bennett, DO CPM, Secretary to the Board of Directors of the Midwives Alliance of North America may be the most chilling yet. Again and again and […]

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The politics of ignorance

Ignorance is not merely an absence of knowledge. Sometimes it’s the product of a deliberate effort to replace knowledge with doubt or even lies. Classic examples come from business. The opioid crisis was triggered when Purdue Pharma lied to doctors about the addictive potential of OxyContin. We were told that it was not addictive so […]

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What do anti-vaxxers mean when they talk about freedom?

First they refused to wear masks to protect themselves and prevent the transmission of the deadly coronavirus. Now they’re refusing to take a vaccine that will both protect them and reduce transmission of the disease. Why do they refuse? – In part it’s conservative Republican political motivations and the desire to signal loyalty. – In […]

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Imagine the pandemic as the Zombie Apocalypse!

Hi folks! Pucker Carlson here, reporting on the so called ‘Zombie Apocalypse.’ Why the air quotes? If you listened to the mainstream media and their hero Dr. Phony Fauci you’d think that hundreds of thousands of people throughout the country are shambling undead, and millions more have been harmed by them. But we here at […]

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COVID anti-vax as a form of loyalty signaling

COVID anti-vax is unlike the anti-vaccine movements that came before it. Traditional anti-vax is about fear of side effects. Moreover, traditional anti-vaxxers oppose vaccines for diseases that are under control. The average person is unlikely to see a case of polio or diphtheria so they imagine that if they haven’t seen a disease, it can’t […]

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How COVID got anti-vaxxers to promote deadly variants

Since time out of mind human beings and microorganisms have been engaged in an accelerating arms race. Diseases have found novel ways to infect us and we have found novel ways to fight back. First we evolved genes that help us resist disease; much later we learned to use natural antibiotics produced by other living […]

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