It’s All in the Counseling …

Physicians have a lot of power over patient choices. In theory, physicians present patients with choices and then patients make informed decisions. In practice, this almost never happens. A physician can manipulate a patient into doing almost anything by counseling patients in a biased and skewed way; a doctor may even tell the truth, but…

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Can We Change a Mind?

Have you ever tried to convince someone that she should vaccinate her children? Or that she should have a vaginal birth after cesarean in the hospital rather than at home? Have you ever tried to convince someone to vote a different way? Or to take a prescribed medicine rather than an alternative medicine? Have you ever tried to convince…

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The Facts Speak For Themselves

I recently went to an ACOG-endorsed educational activity in Washington DC. The speaker, from a nearby local university, fancied himself an expert on the subject matter. The subject matter itself is quite controversial, so his opinions about it are not the opinions of all experts. At one point, he presented two papers which disagreed with his…

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When Did Breastfeeding Become a Disease?

The practice of breastfeeding is as old as, well, mankind. Few functions could be considered more natural, and few biologic functions work as well. It works so well that until recent history, literally every child in human history was breastfed (though sometimes by wet nurses). Wet nurses have been necessary throughout human history when the mother…

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From One Extreme to the Other…

I hear an awful lot about swinging pendulums. As medicine, politics, or almost anything goes from one extreme to the other, we are told that this is explained and anticipated by some swinging pendulum, going from one viewpoint to the opposite extreme. If you wait, long enough, it will just swing back the other way….

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Dreams of a Better World…

Imagine living in a different world, a world where our children are not pumped full of dangerous toxins and chemicals at the doctor’s office; a world where women aren’t forced to give birth in hospitals, pumped full of microbiome-destroying antibiotics and love-destroying pitocin; a world where we don’t have to worry about eating genetically modified food,…

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Oh my …. Really?

It’s ironic that a journal that’s supposed to combat high blood pressure is doing its best to raise mine with this click bait. A study published this month in the American Journal of Hypertension entitled Maternal Blood Pressure Before Pregnancy and Sex of the Baby: A Prospective Preconception Cohort Study concluded that women with higher preconceptual blood pressures…

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Prevailing Bias

Imagine waking up tomorrow morning and finding a world you don’t know. Everything isn’t as it should be. Things that should be good are now bad. Things that should make people happy instead make people sad. Your fundamental ideas about the world, nature, and people are all sorely wrong. Even things you know to be…

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