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COVID denialism is racism

At first it seems confusing and out of place; they weren’t celebrating their heritage, real or imagined. So why did protesters in Michigan — as far north from the Deep South as you can possibly be and still be in the US — wear Confederate garb and carry Confederate flags? Because COVID denialism is primarily […]

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Are lactivists abusive?

It’s not difficult to recognize that this husband is abusive: My daughter, 10 months old has recently started biting during breastfeeding… [M]y breasts kind of look like a war zone- I’m bleeding and sore because of the biting and simply cannot take it anymore. … My husband does not like this. He was okay with me […]

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What does it mean if breastmilk has anti-coronavirus antibodies? Not much!

The lactivist community is obsessed with the idea that breastmilk might contain antibodies against the virus that causes COVID-19. [Rebecca] Powell is an assistant professor of medicine and infectious diseases at Mount Sinai’s Icahn School of Medicine who studies the immune properties of human breast milk. Her lab is hoping to pin down whether breast […]

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Coronavirus conspiracies mark us as the Gullible Generation

When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, killing thousands of Americans, the “Greatest Generation” recognized we had been attacked, rallied to enlist in the defense of our country, willingly accepted privation and worked tirelessly for victory. Can you imagine what would have happened if the Left denied we were attacked or if […]

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This graph could save your life!

George Santayana’s most famous quote is used so often that it has become a cliche: Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it. It’s just as true in epidemiology as it is in history. That’s why this graph may save your life. It’s a graph of the US death rate during […]

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We can have a safe coronavirus vaccine or a rapidly developed vaccine; we can’t have both!

Faced with the pandemic of COVID-19 the Trump administration has done everything wrong and tens of thousands of people have died as a result. Trump suppressed information about the threat of the pandemic. He lied about the dangers of the virus. He refused to allow use of the test that would have identified early cases. […]

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In the age of COVID-19, anti-elitism leads to death

Anti-elitism killed John McDaniel. On social media McDaniel publicly disparaged efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. One screenshot of a post dated March 13 included an accusation that the virus was a “political ploy.” “If you’re paranoid about getting sick, just don’t go out,” another post allegedly said. “It shouldn’t keep those of us […]

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Hospitals are seat belts for birth

In the last 30 years we have engaged in a huge public health campaign to increase the use of car seats. Not only have we spent millions, we’ve enacted laws that actually make it illegal for parents to drive infants without buckling them into car seats. The campaign has been spectacularly successful. According to the […]

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RHOC star Kara Keough’s baby dies after homebirth

It’s difficult to imagine anything more soul searing for a mother than the thought that her baby died as a result of her choice. People Magazine reported: Kara Keough Bosworth and her husband Kyle Bosworth are mourning the loss of their newborn son, McCoy Casey. In an emotional Instagram post on Tuesday, the daughter of […]

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Dr. Alison Stuebe, better dead than not breastfed?

Dead babies can’t breastfeed. I would have thought that even the most ardent lactivist understands that. Apparently not. The editorial, Should Infants Be Separated from Mothers with COVID-19? First, Do No Harm, by Alison Stuebe, MD, the new president of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine is deeply troubling for its willingness to sacrifice the lives […]

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