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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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Sorry food fascists, nutrition is not the key to health

There are seemingly a million different dietary prescriptions for health and they’re all based on a fundamental misapprehension. In contrast to popular belief, nutrition is NOT the key to health. You’d never know that to look at the food fascists among us. They insist that they can control their health through diet, though the specific […]

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Paleo-suckered: Worshiping the Paleolithic lifestyle that nearly led our ancestors to extinction

Are you a Paleo-sucker? Paleo-suckers believe in the central conceit of modern alternative health — everything from the paleo-diet to natural parenting to herbal supplements — that human beings reached the apogee of our evolution during the Paleolithic Era. According to advocates of “natural living,” our bodies were designed for the demands of life in […]

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Modern Alternative Mama admits she doesn’t believe in science; who would have guessed?

You can’t make this stuff up! Yesterday, Modern Alternative Mama Kate Tietje posted this to her Facebook page: I don’t believe in science… I appreciate the process of science. I like to use science to inform my choices. But I do not “believe” in it. Who would have guessed? How about anybody who knows the […]

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The BoobGeek gaslights women who complain about lactivists

Lactivists have woken up to the fact that their ugly behavior — placing the process of breastfeeding above the wellbeing of mothers and babies — has been noticed. Whether it’s grossly exaggerating the benefits of breastfeeding, promoting the humiliation of women who formula feed through the cruelly named “Baby Friendly” Hospital Initiative, or engaging in […]

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