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Who believes in anti-vaccine conspiracy theories?

Antivax conspiracy thinking has become a serious public health problem. Vaccine preventable diseases, along with the illness, injury and death that they cause, are making a comeback. Antivaxxers like to portray themselves as possessors of secret knowledge about vaccines. In truth, they don’t have secret knowledge; they have deficient knowledge. In addition, conspiracy theories are […]

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Which is greater: antivaxxers’ stupidity or their heartlessness?

It’s truly one of the great existential questions of the 21st Century. Which is greater: antivaxxers stupidity or their heartlessness? Antivaxxers latest attempt at “reasoning” involves viciously attacking a mother whose baby died of suffocation, claiming that it must have been a vaccine injury instead. As this article on Romper explains: On the morning of […]

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Vaccines are natural

Natural parenting advocates in general, and anti-vaxxers in particular, are certain about one thing: if it’s natural it must be nearly perfect. Breastmilk is “best” because it is naturally made by the human breast. Childbirth pain is good for women because it occurs naturally in labor. Childbirth itself is inherently safe because women were naturally […]

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Oops! Breastfeeding INCREASES the risk of childhood obesity

Most of the evidence for the purported benefits of breastfeeding for term infants is weak, conflicting and riddled with confounders … not to mention distorted by white hat bias. Time and again, rigorous studies have failed to confirm the breathless pronouncements of lactivists. Now a new study shows that far from preventing childhood obesity, breastfeeding […]

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Another day, another opinion piece overselling breastfeeding

There once was a time when all babies were breastfed … and they died in droves You might think that people would reflect on this before promoting breastfeeding as a lifesaving panacea. Sadly, you would be wrong. The latest example, Breastfeeding Could Save 800,000 Children a Year, appears under Nicholas Kristof’s byline but was written […]

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Lactivists’ fear based tactics come back to bite them

Kimberly Sears Allers is shocked, shocked, that fear is being used in discussions of infant feeding. Her piece on Lactation Matters, the blog of the International Lactation Consultant Association, is part of the new #FactsNotFear lactivist campaign created to combat the message of the Fed Is Best Foundation that breastfeeding has risks as well as benefits. […]

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The real secret of breastfeeding: it kills a lot of babies.

Is there anything more emblematic of white privilege than medical colonialism? Colonialism is the practice one country occupying another country or region and exploiting it for the benefit of the occupier. Medical colonialism is the practice of exploiting black bodies, knowledge and practices and co-opting them for the benefit of the well off white people. […]

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The biggest problem with nature worship

People who venerate the natural imagine that this is nature. It’s a cute little baby zebra, galloping with the herd. It’s perfectly designed to keep up with it’s mother. Born from her body, it was perfectly designed to stand within an hour of birth. It’s nourished by its mother’s milk, perfectly designed to meet its […]

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Dead babies? Hilarious!

Australian midwife Lisa Barrett is standing astride a pile of tiny dead bodies and … laughing. Apparently dead babies are hilarious. Barrett has presided over the death of at least six babies, the five I wrote about earlier this week and a sixth that remains unnamed. You might have thought that would have sobered her. […]

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Homebirth midwife Lisa Barrett arrested and charged with manslaughter

Finally!! We’ve waited a long time for the image above. It’s photo of homebirth midwife Lisa Barrett in handcuffs, arrested in connection with the deaths of babies in her care. Controversial homebirth advocate Lisa Barrett has been granted bail after she was charged with two counts of manslaughter on Tuesday. As part of her bail […]

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