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March 14, 2011

If you’re going to take echinacea for the common cold …

In a recent blog, “Echinacea demonstrates little benefit in treating common cold,” I told you about new research suggesting echinacea is NOT effective for reducing cold symptoms.
March 11, 2011

ATTENTION: Daylight savings starts tomorrow — don’t let it disturb your sleep pattern

Well, technically this year’s DST (or what some countries call “Summertime”) begins on Sunday, Mar. 13, 2011, at 2 am. And while it may be time […]
March 11, 2011

Unbelievable: Nearly half of Americans still suspect disproven vaccine-autism link

Despite overwhelming evidence that there is NO association between any vaccine in particular, or vaccines in general, and autism, just a slim majority of Americans – […]
March 11, 2011

Public health officials urged to hold national discussion on vaccine risks, benefits

In an op-ed in the New York Times, Michael Willrich, an associate professor of history at Brandeis University, writes , “Despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary, […]
March 11, 2011

Commercially available prenatal tests will lead to more abortions

The Los Angeles Times “Booster Shots” shot blog notes that a recent study in the British Medical Journal reported on “a simple blood test that was […]
March 9, 2011

HCG diet discredited long ago

ABC News ran a major story on the so-called HCG (pregnancy hormone) diet last night. As a result, I’ve gotten a bunch of questions on the […]
March 9, 2011

Insufficient, irregular sleep associated with childhood obesity

In my book, SuperSized Kids: How to protect your child from the obesity threat, I made the then startling claim that childhood obesity was associated with a […]
March 9, 2011

Tongue piercings cause infection and other complications

The American Dental Association (ADA) opposes oral (tongue, lip, or cheek) piercing. The ADA even calls it a public health hazard! Why? Piercing parts of your body […]
October 21, 2009

Spare the Rod? Is Spanking a Child Harmful or Helpful? – Part 6 – Does physical punishment make the child angry at the parent?

Opposition to parents spanking their children has been growing significantly in elite circles over the past few years. And, my blogs on spanking are among the […]
October 21, 2009

Choosing a Safe Halloween Costume

It’s that time of year — when the stores are chock-full of skeletons, ghosts, zombies and other youthful disguises. How can you choose a costume that […]
October 21, 2009

You child wants a pet turtle? Just say no!

Despite a long-standing federal ban on the sale of small turtles, the reptiles continue to be sold in the U.S. and to make owners, usually young […]
October 22, 2009

New Swine Flu Website from the AMA looks terrific

The American Medical Association (AMA) has just today unveiled a new Web site for patients like you who want to learn more about the 2009 H1N1 (Swine) […]
October 22, 2009

Does elderberry fruit extract block the influenza virus? It may!

According to the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database, (an subscription-based, independent, evidence-based, and highly trustworthy website that I highly recommend), “extracts of elderberry seem to block replication of […]
October 23, 2009

How to Keep Normal Labor Normal – Part 7 – Procedures

This blog series is designed to help women who are developing a birth plan join together with like-minded birthing professionals so as to have a shorter […]
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