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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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Lactimonious: lactivists addicted to self-righteousness

According to scientist and author David Brin: [S]elf-righteousness can also be heady, seductive, and even … well … addictive. Any truly honest person will admit that the state feels good. The pleasure of knowing, with subjective certainty, that you are right and your opponents are deeply, despicably wrong. Or, that your method of helping others […]

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What coronavirus modeling can teach us about breastfeeding modeling

As Dr. Anthony Fauci explained last week: What we do is that every time we get more data, you feed it back in and relook at the model. Is the model really telling you what is actually going on?Models are as good as the assumptions you put into them, and as we get more data, […]

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COVID-19 and the medicalization of bonding

Pregnant women and new mothers are terrified that they might pass COVID-19 to their infants. It’s a justified fear; if they are infected at the time of birth, they might need to be separated from their infants until they recover. Sadly, pregnant women and new mothers have also been terrorized into believing that any separation […]

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