Anti-vax: how bacteria and viruses get humans to advance their interests

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 ...

Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play recalled for 32 infant deaths; hospital skin to skin care kills more babies each year

Unless you have been living under a rock, you have heard that the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play was recently recalled. …A reclining baby sleeper that rocks, vibrates, and plays music, ...

The cruelest lactivist lie has been exploded: breastfeeding does NOT promote bonding

Most lies are cruel, depriving people of information they need. Lies about breastfeeding are particularly cruel because they are used to shame women and often harm babies. But the cruelest ...

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Anti-vax motto: Don’t be Happy, Worry!

In your life expect some trouble When you worry you make it ...

Here’s the problem with lactivist claims about Fed Is Best: they miss the forest for the trees.

Lactation consultant Wendy Wisner has written a piece for Scary Mommy criticizing ...

Breastfeeding, medicalization and the pernicious rise of quasi-science

How can we explain the unmerited veneration of breastfeeding in contemporary society? ...

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Anti-vax: how bacteria and viruses get humans to advance their interests

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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Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play recalled for 32 infant deaths; hospital skin to skin care kills more babies each year

Unless you have been living under a rock, you have heard that the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play was recently recalled. …A reclining baby sleeper that rocks, vibrates, and plays music, it developed a cult following among sleep-deprived parents and has been the subject of thousands of glowing reviews. But recently, the product has come under […]

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The cruelest lactivist lie has been exploded: breastfeeding does NOT promote bonding

Most lies are cruel, depriving people of information they need. Lies about breastfeeding are particularly cruel because they are used to shame women and often harm babies. But the cruelest lactivist lie has just been debunked: breastfeeding does NOT promote bonding! That’s not what the authors of Mother-infant bonding is not associated with feeding type: […]

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Anti-vax motto: Don’t be Happy, Worry!

In your life expect some trouble When you worry you make it double The lyrics come from the 1988 Bobby McFerrin hit Don’t Worry, Be Happy, but the phrase originated with Indian mystic Meyer Baba as a meditation on the power of positive thinking. According to Baba: Say to yourself ‘I am meant to be […]

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Here’s the problem with lactivist claims about Fed Is Best: they miss the forest for the trees.

Lactation consultant Wendy Wisner has written a piece for Scary Mommy criticizing the Fed Is Best movement. The piece is instructive, but not in the way she intended. Wisner demonstrates that lactation consultants continue to miss the forest for the trees. The forest is a set of deeply disturbing statistics about the harms of aggressive […]

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Breastfeeding, medicalization and the pernicious rise of quasi-science

How can we explain the unmerited veneration of breastfeeding in contemporary society? The predicted benefits of raising breastfeeding rates have failed to appear; tens of thousands of infants are harmed each year; and breastfeeding promotion hasn’t saved money, only wasted it. Nonetheless breastfeeding is still promoted aggressively. Why? The celebration and promotion of breastfeeding is […]

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Midwives and lactation professionals, stop abusing women and calling it empowerment

Imagine a gynecologist who performed hysterectomies on every women done with childbearing — whether women wanted them or not. Regardless of the women’s complaint (be it vaginitis, sexually transmitted disease, fibroids, heavy menstrual bleeding or pelvic pain), he always recommended hysterectomy. If the woman involved opted for something else, a D&C for example, he would […]

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Another way to kill a baby through breastfeeding promotion

Breastfeeding promotion has a death toll and it’s likely to be substantial. As breastfeeding promotion has become ever more aggressive, babies have been dying from dehydration, hypoglycemia, severe jaundice, failure to thrive and starvation. As lactation professionals have embraced mandated skin-to-skin care and mandated rooming in of babies and mothers, babies have been dying from […]

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We MUST create a sleep supportive environment for new mothers after birth

Sleep is so important for healing, for mental health and possibly even for pain perception that it is functionally a healthcare treatment. New mothers need to heal from childbirth, manage the pain that often results and are at risk for serious mental health disorders like postpartum depression and anxiety. They need sleep. So why have […]

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I’m in Facebook jail for stating a scientific fact

Far be it from me to bewail the power of social media and tech. It is social media and tech — first the platform Blogger, then my own website, as well Facebook and Twitter — that has brought my concerns about the dangers of homebirth, natural childbirth, breastfeeding and anti-vax to such a wide audience. […]

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