“The Love Hormone”. Sounds important, no? Turns out that we know very little about the hormone oxytocin, beyond that it is incredibly relevant to multiple metabolic, behavioral, and endocrine functions. In a compelling review entitled Beyond Labor: The Role of Natural and Synthetic Oxytocin in the Transition to Motherhood, Bell et al explore the literature suggesting
Rather than throwing medications at the ever increasing suffering of our populace, perhaps we should start asking “What is going on”?. Perhaps we should start engaging in preventive medicine. Nutritional psychiatry is about just that, and has demonstrated, in large, prospective cohort trials, that food matters to the mental health of offspring (listen to Julia
I can be incredibly impatient. When I want something done, I want it done yesterday. If there’s an easier, faster, more direct way to complete a task, I’m all about it. I’ve also, over the years, become more sensitive to the illusion of the “free lunch” that conventional medicine offers – birth control for annoying period-related
Similac Lacking Pheromones I have described, with deep reverence, what is known about the complexity of breastmilk, and some of the factors that interfere with successful nursing: hospital-based birth and associated procedural interruptions of the mother-baby unit, hospital-based interventions and their endocrine-disrupting effects, lack of education around lactation support, conflict of interest in hospitals
Informed consent implies that we research and relay what we can, as clinicians, about the risks, known and unknown, of a given intervention, in the context of the purported benefits, and potential alternatives. The prescription of birth control and the interference with reproductive hormones is an example of an egregious lapse in true informed consent.