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WTF, Kate Tietje? Five reasons measles is better than autism?

I learned a new word today: neuro-bigotry. Neuro-bigotry is prejudice against people on the autism spectrum based on the idea that they are less worthy of moral regard than everyone else. Who taught me the new term? None other than neuro-bigot Kate Tieje whose nom de quack is Modern Alternative Mama. Kate posted the mind […]

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What’s the difference between skeptics and denialists?

Why are those who battle pseudoscience called skeptics? It’s not because they are skeptical in the colloquial sense. Rather, the term refers to the philosophy of skepticism. It’s an approach to knowledge that requires that claims be well supported by evidence. According to Wikipedia: In philosophy, skepticism refers more specifically to any one of several […]

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What Donald Trump and anti-vaxxers have in common

I’ve seen the speculation that Donald Trump is purposely trying to lose the presidential election. The thinking seems to be that no one would purposely be so contemptuous of the truth, so offensive and so outrageous if they wanted to win. Surely Trump can see that he has reached the ceiling of his support and […]

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Balance your evil humors the Food Babe Way!

For hundreds of years medical practitioners were obsessed with “evil humors.” What are evil humors? Humoral theory, also known as humorism or the theory of the four humours, was a model for the workings of the human body. It was systemised in Ancient Greece, although its origins may go back further still. The theory was […]

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If anti-vaxxers are allowed to avoid vaccines, shouldn’t the rest of us be allowed to avoid anti-vaxxers?

California anti-vax parents are having a tough week. Senate Bill 277 went into effect on July 1, barring unvaccinated children from public schools unless they have a medical exemption. Personal belief exemptions will no longer be allowed. According to The Sacramento Bee, Scores of students without vaccine proof sent home on first day of school: […]

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Vitamin K: Do we have an ethical obligation to babies whose parents suffer healthcare delusions?

Vitamin K refusal is in the news again. According to WBUR: The baby was born full-term and healthy, but now, just a few weeks later, lay limp and unresponsive, barely breathing… “The baby was diagnosed with bleeding in the brain,” said Dr. Ivana Culic, a neonatologist … … The parents of the baby had refused […]

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What’s our ethical responsibility if a stranger’s baby might be dying?

Someone just asked me the following question on Facebook. If you had an interview where you stated you don’t even care about your own births, they have “no bearing on your life”… then why do you have to be up someones vagina the minute a fucking baby pops out of THEIR crotch? What prompted that […]

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The Childbirth Olympics

Hi, folks, we at the Extreme Sports Network are proud to be reporting from this year’s Childbirth Olympics. We’re especially fortunate to have world renowned childbirth expert Ima Frawde, CPM here with us as a commentator. Ima, tell us about competitive childbirth. Ima Frawde, CPM here. I want to start by thanking the Extreme Sports […]

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What we can learn about obstetric violence from the $16 million Malatesta verdict: nothing!

The birth community is buzzing with news of a $16 million dollar judgement in an Alabama obstetric case. According to the Yahoo article Mom Who Sued Hospital for Traumatic Birth Wins $16 Million by Beth Greenfield: Malatesta was 32 years old and halfway through her fourth pregnancy when she switched hospitals, lured from one that […]

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Electing Trump would inaugurate an American reign of terror

I generally write about the science and pseudoscience of parenting, but it’s hard to feel that has much importance at the moment, when our country faces an unprecedented threat to its existence as a beacon of freedom and justice. Yes, I can hear you saying: What’s the big deal? Another day another outrageous statement from […]

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