Informed Choice Articles

Herd Immunity

Even though endemic outbreaks of common childhood diseases, such as measles, have been eliminated in some regions after prolonged mass-vaccination efforts, we are still being constantly reminded that reducing vaccination coverage of children in a...

New Blood

Infants have a right to all the blood they’re born with. Why are doctors keeping it from them?Are we allowing our health providers to rob our babies of their full potential of health, intelligence, immunity and longevity? At the time of b...

The Controversy Reignites

Vitamin K shots are routine for most newborns... but the practice has its dark side.The controversy surrounding administering vitamin K shots to newborns recently surfaced when physicians at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at V...

The Circumcision Decision

During my first pregnancy, I was overwhelmed with joy when I found out that there was a little boy in my belly. Like many mamas-to-be, I instantly fell in love and spent my days (and nights) dreaming about him. As the months passed by, I began to...

Risks of Induced Labor

A new study linking labor induction to increased autism risk made the news last year. This latest study on the connection between induction and risk of autism comes out of Duke University, and was reported in the Journal of the American Medical...

Letter to a Labor and Delivery Nurse

Dear Labor and Delivery Nurse, This letter could also be addressed to doctors and midwives, but it is you, nurse, whom most expectant mothers interact with throughout their labors. I understand that you were called to this profession for a...

Breaking Through ADHD with Chiropractic Care

An estimated 3 to 4 million children, and probably even more adults, have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. ADHD is most often thought of as a medical disorder requiring medical treatment, largely via mind-altering drugs...

Soaring Numbers of Children on Powerful Adult Psychiatric Drugs

There has been a concerted effort by pharmaceutical companies to prescribe toxic antipsychotic drugs to children. Now the “success” of this campaign has been documented in the Archives of General Psychiatry. In a comparison between the years 199...

My Child Is Vaccine-Injured (Just Like Yours)

If you wait until your child is born to think about vaccines, a vaccine injury is almost impossible to recognize. You are too tired and overwhelmed when it strikes. You are too immersed in the trees to see the forest. Too busy putting Band-Aids on...

Eyes Wide Open: Are Informed Mothers and Autonomous Childbirth the Answer to Our Modern Obstetric Dilemmas?

The mosquitoes weren’t as bad that year. I was thankful. Typically, through the summer, they were so thick in our part of the city that it was hard to be in our yard. My quilt was spread out under the pawpaw tree, and tailor-sitting in that shade, I...

Vaccination

Most of the medical profession claims the issues surrounding vaccination have been “settled long ago, and laid to rest.” After my experiences in the hospital system and thoroughly examining both sides of the vaccination debate, it is clear that tha...

Nine Health Concepts Kids Won't Learn in School

When it comes to health, children today are guided by an illusion of reality. Teachers in the educational system have only the best of intentions, but unfortunately they’re led by a curriculum so distorted from our natural world that it is nearly...

Turning Point: Resilience in a Time of Extremes

We’re living the emergence of a new “normal,” and the success of our transition hinges upon: (1) our willingness to acknowledge the shift, and (2) how we learn to adapt to it. Our globalized culture of jobs, money, markets and resources means that...

A New Leaf: 8 Conscious Choices for a Healthier Pregnancy

I wasn’t always a clean-living crusader. Pregnancy has a way of turning on that “just tell me what to do to get this right!” switch, and, five years ago, when a friend gave me the book Green Babies, Sage Mamas, I began to recognize that I was in...

Cancer: Shifting Our Perception

We’ve spent billions of dollars fighting it but has cancer been fundamentally misunderstood?Ever since Richard Nixon officially declared a war on cancer in 1971 through the signing of the National Cancer Act, more than $100 billion in t...

The Pitfalls of Going with the Flow in Birth

So many of us aim to “just go with the flow” as our birth plan. But could the gentle flow of birth we envisage actually be undermined with this approach? Could “going with the flow” ever be detrimental to a positive start to life for your new family?...

Better Birthing: It's About Time

When Jenny arrived at her assigned birthing room, she wasn’t prepared for the clock. It was a large, digital timer, which hung over her bed and was started when the nurse walked in. As the clock began running, she was told she had 10 hours t...

Know Your Practitioner: The Three Models of Birth and Health Care

What is a paradigm and why does it matter? How does each paradigm define the human body, and how does this definition affect the kind of healthcare you give and receive? How can we find ways to treat birth humanistically and holistically in an...

Birthing Bliss, Birthing Trauma and Postpartum Depression

I remember looking out of my living room window, drawing on my connection to all the women in the world who had felt this energy before, all who were in that moment, and all who would in time to come. This energy, this incredible power, was...

Informed Consent in Childbirth: Making Rights into Reality

Analyses of problems in U.S. maternity care often focus on medical factors and cost issues, important issues for healthcare policy. But a central factor at play in the use and misuse of medical resources is a foundational concept of healthcare law:...