CDC researchers say mothers should stop breastfeeding to boost \’efficacy\’ of vaccines

This is absolutely ludacris! I am enraged of course to hear that withholding breastmilk (a natural immune system booster) is recommended in order for the rotovirus vaccine to be effective.  How about the fact that we dont know rotovirus vaccines are effective in the first place and secondly that withholding breastmilk and substituting with formula would substantially interfere with breastfeeding long term if the parent was choosing that route.  How dare they insist on formula feeding to insure a vaccine be effective when breastfeeding would more than likely protect the child better than the vaccine.


CDC researchers say mothers should stop breastfeeding to boost \’efficacy\’ of vaccines

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Health insurance company preys upon the poor with junk food reward program for vaccinating your baby

I dont pretend to know everything there is about vaccines and I have vaccinated my older daughter but the more I learn the more I regret doing so.  Luckily my daughter is healthy despite her vaccinations.  This article is enlightening in the way that our society promotes unhealthy choices such as rewarding parents/children to do something they might not do (vaccinating) if they had more information about the effects they actually have on people and coupling that choice with unhealthy foods.  I dont care if McDonalds has healthy choices now, if you look closely their salads have more sugar than some desserts.  Happy reading! I found it interesting.


Health insurance company preys upon the poor with junk food reward program for vaccinating your baby

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Study: Unvaccinated children far less prone to allergies and disease than vaccinated children

Im pretty new to this information about vaccinating vs. unvaccinating.  I was vaccinated as a child and raised to believe that it was necessary.  Now that Ive had the opportunity to learn more about vaccinations and the harm they potentially cause I would like to share this information with everyone.


Study: Unvaccinated children far less prone to allergies and disease than vaccinated children

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Stop the Walgreens flu shot harassment! Employees rewarded with iPads for meeting vaccination recruitment goals?

Stop the Walgreens flu shot harassment! Employees rewarded with iPads for meeting vaccination recruitment goals?

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Avoiding the Flu…without the vaccine

5 Simple Ways to Prepare Yourself
For Flu Season, and the Flu Shot is Not One of Them!

Flu Season Is Almost Here!


Now that I’ve seen the flu shot bilboards going up around town, I thought it was necessary to share with you a few simple ways to help prevent colds/flu. While some people may still get a virus, if you follow these rules, you should recover in just a few short days.
Tip #1 – Avoid sugar. There is nothing that will weaken your immune system more than sugar. Ever notice how flu season really picks up after Halloween. and starts to calm down after New Year’s?
Tip #2 – Get regular exercise. Not only do people who exercise tend to have healthier diets, but regular exercise has been shown to strengthen the immune system.
Tip #3 – Get enough sleep. Failing to get enough shut-eye will wear you down, and leave you an easy target.
Tip #4 – Eat right. Cut out processed foods, fast foods, and sugar. Eating a diet high in lean protein, fruits, and veggies will support every function in your body (not to mention improve yoru overall health).
Tip #5 – Get enough Vitamin D. We live in an area where we need to supplement this essential vitamin. While individual needs vary, most adults should take at least 6-10,000 IU’s daily. Sound like a lot of pills? The one we use is 2000 IU/drop!

and, as a bonus:
Tip #6 – Get regular chiropractic care. Chiropractic adjustments have been proven to boost your immune system as much as 200%!

Josh Pulver, DC
Pulver Family Chiropractic
2407 Charlevoix Ave
Petoskey, MI 49770

C-Sections on the rise: some of the reasons behind those stats

 I actually thought the elective c-sections rate would have been higher.  I do think many of the doctor recommended c-sections could be preventable depending on many aspects of pregnancy including diet, exercize, your practitioner, and lifestyle choices.  I do think women who want a natural birth should advocate for themselves and know they can ask questions and seek second opinions…and third opinions.  It’s okay to think the doctor might be wrong.  However, with all that said, some births are safer with medical intervention such as a c-section so I do not want to discredit them entirely.  I tend to believe that doctors prefer c-sections because they are timely and efficient.  I also think that women today are so fearful of childbirth pain that they are scared into thinking a c-section will eliminate those pains.   I am more fearful of my body being cut open and put back together…that makes me feel to vulnerable.  To each there own.  Knowledge is power so I say read as much as you can about all your options and choose what is best for you and your family. 

Why More Moms are Having C-Sections

Posted by heatherturgeon on June 22nd, 2011 at 2:18 pm
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In an early release article in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, Yale researchers report the results of a new, large study examining the rise in c-section rates in the U.S.

After examining records from over 32,000 births, the researchers found that the c-section rate went from 26% in 2003 to 36.5% in 2009. The lowest rates are in Utah, highest in New Jersey.

Half of the rise was attributable to a rise in second-time cesarean births, since most doctors and hospitals encourage moms who have had a c-section before to use the method in subsequent births.

But the other 50% resulted from a rise in first-time cesareans. When the researchers looked into the reasons doctors do c-sections, they found that 32% were due to “nonreassuring fetal status,” for example, an abnormal heart rate during labor.

Elective c-sections have been blamed for the increase before, so in this study, what percentage of c-sections were at the request of the mom?


Maternal request accounted for 8% of the increase in c-sections since 2001. Other reasons included labor arrest disorders (18%), multiple babies (16%), suspected macrosomia (10%), preeclampsia (10%), and maternal-fetal conditions (5%).

The study found that objective reasons for c-sections, like placenta previa and breech babies stayed stable over time, but c-sections for more subjective reasons, like fetal distress, or slow labor have gone up over the years.

Also interesting is that more doctors do c-sections now because they suspect big babies, or because of multiple births, when the researchers say these conditions have been “relatively stable” in the population over recent years.

So doctors are more often making the call to do a c-section on their subjective opinion when things start to slow down, baby goes into distress, or the baby is judged to be too big.

Is that a good thing? Consider the fact that the infant mortality rate hasn’t gone down since 2001.

Popular Moisturizer linked to tumors…eek!

This Popular Moisturizer Applied to Mice for 17 Weeks Got 69% More Tumors

Posted By Dr. Mercola | June 21 2011 | 46,456views

skin cancer risk from moisturizersA study has found that topical applications of moisturizers such as Dermabase, Dermovan, Eucerin Original Moisturizing Cream, or Vanicream could increase skin cancer risk.

Irradiated mice who were treated with the moisturizers exhibited a significant increase in their rate of tumor formation and increase in tumor size per mouse. Treatment of the mice with Dermabase, Dermovan, Eucerin, or Vanicream for 17 weeks increased the total number of histologically characterized tumors by 69 percent.

According to the study, as reported by Green Med Info:

“The results indicate that several commercially available moisturizing creams increase the rate of formation and number of tumors when applied topically to UVB-pretreated high-risk mice. Further studies are needed to determine the effects of topical applications of moisturizing creams … in humans.”

This also applies to tanning oils and lotions—which many of you may be using right now with summer in full swing—as well as the baby oil or lotion that many parents unwittingly slather on their babies.

Reason #482 Why You Should Throw “What To Expect When You’re Expecting” Out The Window

Posted by ceridwen on June 8th, 2011 at 12:41 pm
wte Reason #482 Why You Should Throw What To Expect When Youre Expecting Out The WindowWhat To Freak Out About When You’re Expecting

I’ve long resigned myself to the fact that What To Expect When You’re Expecting is basically a sh*t sandwich we all have to take a bite of, but every now and then I want to stand up and say, THROW THIS BOOK OUT THE WINDOW!

Yesterday, per chance, I opened the bestseller for the first time in years. And I was thrown right back by the very first page. If you scan it quickly these are the words and phrases you might catch, as they’re all in bold:


Diagnosing pregnancy

The Blood Test

The Medical Exam…

There’s the Vitamin Reminder where you’re told to “be sure” to take your vitamins. Yikes! Hope it’s not too late.

The one benign headline on the page is “The Home Pregnancy Test” but this segment includes lines like this: “The major drawback with the home pregnancy tests is that if a test produces a false negative and you actually are pregnant, you may postpone seeing a practitioner and taking appropriate care of yourself.” (My italics).

Welcome to pregnancy.

Do not trust yourself. Do not trust your body, manage it. You need exams, tests and diagnosis. You are sick and in need of immediate MEDICAL ATTENTION.

(Meanwhile, you go to the doctor on Day One and she’s like, What are you doing here? Call me in six weeks.)

The catatonic mom on the quilted cover of this pregnancy guide has been ushering us through an over-medicalized birth culture for decades now. I believe an earlier edition equated eating cake with smoking crack. This may have been a part of the famous “best odds” diet, a nutrition program that made expectant mothers feel like they were rotting fetal brains if they couldn’t stomach 5 servings of leafy greens a day. I once wound up in the hospital, strapped to monitors, after reading the section on counting fetal kicks. Holy cow, don’t even look at that page. My doctor thought I’d lost my mind when I showed up thinking the baby was dead. And then I told her I had been reading What To Expect and she sighed. Even doctors– who are so blatantly worshiped by this nerve-wracking best-seller– often find the book to be completely counterproductive for their patients. The message of the (crucial!) importance of getting prenatal care does not have to be delivered with the message that disaster is imminent.

OK. Vent over. But seriously, throw the book out the window. (The movie version is coming out soon. I’m assuming it will be of the horror genre.)

Any reasons you’d like to throw this book out the window? I’m all ears.

And PS, here’s a previous rant: What To Expect When You’re Expecting AKA Call The Doctor You’re Whole Family Is Dying.

What To Expect When You’re Expecting AKA Call The Doctor, Your Whole Family Is Dying

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This is pretty extreme but makes some good points.


What To Expect When You’re Expecting AKA Call The Doctor, Your Whole Family Is Dying

Posted by ceridwen on October 29th, 2010 at 10:03 am

WTE 199x300 What To Expect When Youre Expecting AKA Call The Doctor, Your Whole Family Is DyingMira Jacobs writes, in her hilarious piece about the adaptation of best-selling pregnancy bible, What To Expect When You’re Expecting for the big screen, that the concept seems more appropriate for the “horror” genre than the romantic comedy. She and her husband (and many others) found the book utterly frightening:

“Maybe it was the tone—dry and authoritative, with a hint of the-worst-is-yet-to-come. Maybe it was the connection of what seemed like mild symptoms to horrible your-fetus-is-melting scenarios. Maybe it was the scary picture of the sexless pregnant woman on the front cover, wearing the cardigan of “I’ve given up entirely.” Whatever the reason, WTEWYE made us more agitated, and paralyzed, and useless than any other new parent book on the block. Late in my pregnancy, my husband even renamed it Call the Doctor, You’re Whole Family is Dying.”

Now that’s a movie I’d like to see. Can they get the authors of the Scream franchise on board? Skeet Ulrich as the obstetrician? Neve Campbell as the now 40-odd “mature age mother” expecting her first baby and experiencing EVERY SINGLE nightmare scenario outlined in What To Expect? Or maybe it could be darker and spookier, a kind of Rosemary’s Baby where a woman is haunted not by her neighbors and devil spawn but by the contents of a book. Maybe that catatonic cardigan-wearing mommy on the rocking chair comes to life! OMG, the mind reels.

Let’s hope Tina Fey, Samantha Bee or some other clever mother gets a go at the script. There’s so much in this book that could make for great drama, but please, make the Halloween release that it was meant to be.

And PS, thanks for the shout-out Mira. She writes that she prefers From The Hips, the pregnancy and birth book I co-authored. This is quite heartwarming as one of the big reasons Rebecca and I wrote this book was to provide what we hoped would be a much needed antidote to What To Expect.

The Midwives of London: the Waterbirth of Baby Diana

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This is very similar to what I hope I can do with my second pregnancy/birth.  I would love to have a water birth.

The Midwives of London: the Waterbirth of Baby Diana

Posted on June 9th, 2011 by Melanie, Web Editor | | Find Out More About Melanie, Web Editor |

Thank you to Jennifer Barton for this guest post.

When I found out I was pregnant, I was incredibly excited. And absolutely petrified. In addition to the big, scary questions – Is labor as painful as they say? Am I going to be a capable parent? – I had another worry.

Even though I’m from New York, I live in the United Kingdom. I would be having my baby in London, under a health system I didn’t know or understand.

This meant free healthcare throughout pregnancy (score!) and also midwife-led care, unless I developed complications or had a problematic labor. I was definitely worried about this non-interventionist approach in the beginning. I had always assumed I’d spend my pregnancy surrounded by doctors, ready to administer a shot of anything I needed – just in case.

I look back at that scared person who felt insecure and incapable of delivering a child and I can’t help but smile at the way things ended up. I never had to see a doctor during pregnancy and I never wanted or needed to. I ended up having a water birth with no intervention other than Entonox (gas and air). It was without a doubt the most intense and empowering experience of my life, and I have never felt happier or more fulfilled.

How did I go from natural birth skeptic to Spiritual Midwifery-convert? It was all thanks to my midwives. I registered with a caseload midwife team which meant that a group of midwives in my area were responsible for my prenatal, delivery and postnatal care. Two midwives were assigned to me and they were calming, gentle, confidence-inspiring and stern (when necessary!). I always had the utmost confidence that my baby and I were in the best of hands.

One of the brilliant aspects of the UK healthcare system is that many hospitals are equipped with birthing centers with pools. It was the ideal scenario for someone like me, who was determined to have a water birth but didn’t want to give birth at home. I understood that complications of any kind would mean that my dreams of water birth would sink, but as soon as I conquered my fear of laboring naturally (thanks in part to pregnancy yoga and prenatal childbirth classes), I felt I could cope with any given scenario.

As my due date approached, I frantically devoured pineapples in an attempt to get things moving (I was terrified of having to be induced since it seemed that often led to unnecessary intervention – how things change!) and I was rewarded for my efforts when my water broke at exactly midnight on my due date.

I labored through the night and when my midwife arrived in the morning and examined me I was told that I was 9 cm dilated and would only make it to the hospital in time if I took an ambulance. When I arrived, things had slowed down enough so that there was time to fill up the pool.

I felt almost relaxed as I sunk into the warm water and my midwife pressed cold compresses to my forehead and used lavender oil to help soothe me during contractions. Even when I shrieked and moaned and thought I wasn’t capable of going through with it, she helped me stay focused and positive.

After 12 hours of labor, my precious baby girl, Diana, was born, weighing 8 lbs, 8 oz. I got to hold her straightaway (even as I delivered the placenta, out of the pool) and because there hadn’t been any tearing or complications, I was never separated from her for a moment.

We went home later that night, completely euphoric. And after a sleepless (and scary) first night with my newborn, the next day, my other midwife was back to check in on me. They both came back to examine me and baby for the next several weeks, until I was confident with breastfeeding and Diana had regained her birth weight. And they were a phone call away when I had my first bout of mastitis at 8 weeks.

We’re still in touch. Last month – nine months after giving birth – I saw them at a reunion party they had for all of the mothers whose babies they delivered.

The IVs and injections and doctors I had once expected to be part and parcel of my birthing process turned out to be unnecessary, and I couldn’t have asked for a better birthing experience. And if I am lucky enough to get pregnant a second time, there’s no question that I’ll be turning to my midwives once again.

Jennifer Barton is a freelance writer based in London who writes on pregnancy and birth for She also blogs on the (mis)adventures of life with a baby, The Newborn Diaries, on ParentDish UK. Follow her musings on motherhood on Twitter @JenBNYC.

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