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Guest post: No family should have to suffer to conform to breastfeeding ideology

Blogger Emilie Bishop generously shares her story of breastfeeding pressure and how it harmed her son and herself. She hopes it will bring comfort to the many other women who find themselves in similar situations. I am the stay at home mother of a seventeen-month-old son, Jonathan, and I wish I’d found your blog when […]

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There was a time when all babies were breastfed; how did that work out?

Lactivists are fond of logical fallacies and their favorite is the naturalistic fallacy. According to Logically Fallacious: When the conclusion expresses what ought to be, based only on actually what is more natural. This is very common, and most people never see the problem with these kinds of assertions due to accepted social and moral […]

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How the quest for wellness is making us sick

There’s no such thing as wellness. Surprised? Unless you’ve been living under a rock these past few decades, you have been bombarded about the mythical state of “wellness” and what you must do (and buy!) to achieve it. Wellness is different from health. Health is freedom from disease or control of disease. It is a […]

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Medicalization of childbirth is the best thing that ever happened to women!

There have been many great moments in women’s history. The invention of the Pill is near the top of the list, simultaneously allowing women to control their own bodies and saving millions of lives. Acquiring the right to vote and laws against gender discrimination are near the top, too. Yet almost nothing else in medicine […]

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Routine induction at 39 weeks? Natural childbirth advocates are spluttering!

Natural childbirth advocates are in danger of losing their minds. Obstetricians have been discussing the data that shows that routine induction at 39 weeks may be safer than waiting for labor to begin on its own. The possibility of consensus on this issue was discussed at the recent annual meeting of the American College of […]

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No more pelvic exams? Not exactly.

The mainstream media is filled with reports that pelvic exams are no longer necessary in the wake of a draft recommendation by the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). Here’s How StatNews reported the findings: Millions of healthy women undergo routine pelvic exams every year, but on Tuesday a panel of physicians and other […]

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Guest post: My baby died before labor began but my homebirth midwife had no idea

Naomi Desir endured an excruciating labor at home only to learn that her homebirth midwife had no idea that baby Boaz had died days before labor began. Naomi wrote to me: “I want to tell you my story so I can hopefully help other people understand the dangers of home birth and direct entry midwives. […]

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Science based medicine vs. defiance based medicine

Why, in the absence of any scientific evidence to support it, has anti-vaccine advocacy become so popular? Why, in the absence of any scientific evidence to support it, have homeopathic products that are nothing more than water become big sellers? Why, in the absence of any scientific evidence to support it, does anyone pay hard-earned […]

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Kate Tietje, hypocrite

Oh, the irony! Kate Tietje, Modern Alternative Mama, is furious that parents are sharing scary stories about their children injured by and dying from whooping cough, measles and chickenpox. How dare suffering parents spread fear of vaccine preventable diseases while Tietje is trying to spread fear of vaccines? Her post, Dear Parents, Please Stop Sharing […]

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#Everybreastfeedcounts? No, every BABY counts!

Everything wrong with the breastfeeding industry can be summed up in the hashtag #everybreastfeedcounts. It’s the motto of this week’s celebration of breastfeeding in the UK. What’s wrong with #everybreastfeedcounts? A look at NHS Lothian’s breastfeeding page reveals the problems. 1. Counts for what? In countries with clean water, the benefits of breastfeeding for term […]

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