Patients often ask – do I really need to take a prenatal? Having taken a prescription prenatal full of parabens, dyes, and synthetic excuses for vitamins in my first pregnancy, I have become fairly discriminating about my recommendations. The truth is, that even with an impeccable, grown-in-the-backyard organic diet, we are exposed, without consent, to myriad
This question: “What’s the cause of autism?” – belies our attachment to an old model of medicine in which diseases have linear causes and one-drug remedies. In today’s health market, sickness is syndromal. It is a collection of symptoms without a single identifiable cause, and without safe or effective treatment options. It is a hamster-wheel
The dam is leaking, and the flood is coming. Are you ready to stand strong? Fraud. A powerful accusation, sensational, provocative. When we think of fraud, what comes to mind? Images of avarice-driven men putting their greed before the best interest of a larger population. Does it feel different when it is a woman behind
My patients are often surprised when I ask them where they were born and whether or not hospital walls and their mother’s vaginal canal were key players in their emergence. As someone who follows a burgeoning literature on the role of the microbiome in regulation of immunity, inflammatory response, and brain health, the formative role
Growing a human inside of your body is not always a comfortable process. For the associated aches and pains, obstetricians have been placating their patients with reflexive recommendations of Tylenol, for years. Unfortunately, the signal of harm around pharmaceuticals and antenatal exposure, can take decades to emerge, and particularly when we are looking at neurodevelopmental impacts.