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Yet another homebirth death and yet another wall of denial

No one seems to learn anything from the endless parade of preventable homebirth deaths. There’s been another: My beautiful son R Was born on May 9th. He only lived 31 hours… It happened “suddenly.” I was in labor for about 35 hours and pushed for about 6… My midwife checked the heartbeat after every time […]

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Lactivists can’t comprehend that Fed Is Best is about safety, not formula

I’ve long thought that lactivists were being deliberately obtuse about the assertion that Fed Is Best. They repeatedly claim, with no plausible justification, that Fed Is Best means routine supplementation with formula for all infants. I’ve recently revised my assessment. Maybe lactivists aren’t being obtuse; maybe they just don’t get it. There’s a critical difference […]

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The best way to protect babies from lactation consultants who lie

For the past two days I’ve been engaged in a discussion in a private Facebook group about the injuries and deaths caused by lactation consultants who lie. As anticipated, I was met with a wall of denial from lactation professionals. During the course of the discussion I presented more than a dozen scientific citations and […]

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Babies die because lactation consultants lie

It’s hard to predict when a tipping point will occur but once it happens, everything changes. For example, peremptory airline behavior toward passengers — over booking flights, bumping passengers — has been going on for decades, but everything changed when a United Airlines dragged a passenger down the aisle, bloodying him along the way, in […]

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Dr. Jack Newman, breastfeeding and iatrogenic injuries

There he goes again. Dr. Jack Newman has a disturbing tendency to rationalize or ignore the iatrogenic injuries and deaths causes by relentless promotion of breastfeeding. Sadly, he resembles many physicians who refuse to take responsilbity for the preventable errors that are so prevalent in today’s medical system. Like the classic paternalistic doctor, he is […]

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What do Andrew Wakefield and Big Tobacco executives have in common?

I might have wondered what Andrew Wakefield feels about sparking a measles epidemic among a vulnerable population in Minnesota, but I should have known that he would feel exactly like executives of Big Tobacco felts about lung cancer deaths. The young mother started getting advice … Don’t let your children get the vaccine for measles, […]

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Sorry climate deniers, anti-vaxxers and alt right supporters, reality bites

What do climate deniers, anti-vaxxers and alt right supporters all have in common? They are desperate to recuse themselves from reality, but reality bites. Politicians in the state of Florida banned the use of the words “climate change” in official documents from its Department of Environmental Protection: DEP officials have been ordered not to use […]

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Mayim Bialik tries to invalidate the experience of a woman violated by a lactation consultant

Tina Eschel wrote a fabulous piece that was excerpted on Mayim Bialik’s website Kveller. Eschel explains how a traumatic experience with a lactation consultant made her give up on breastfeeding: I still remember that awful moment when the consultant first came to visit me. I was semi-conscious after a semi-emergency C-section, anxious at the sound […]

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The ugly ableism of Kelly Brogan

Silly me. I thought I couldn’t feel more contempt for quack psychiatrist Kelly Brogan than I already did. Then she posted this: Saying no to pharmaceuticals is an act of feminism. Every time you open that pill bottle, you are saying ‘nope, you don’t got this’ to your body, and you are instilling a message […]

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Kelly Brogan, homebirth and monetizing misogyny

I reserve my utmost contempt for physicians who line their pockets by peddling pseudoscience, physicians like quack psychiatrist Kelly Brogan, MD. Brogan’s website is a monument to quackery marketing. It includes: The standard quackery Miranda warning: You should not use the information on this site for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem or for […]

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