Informed Choice Articles

To Drug or Not to Drug?

There was once a time when hardly a day went by without my taking some sort of pill or chemical. I had a dependence on the seeming magic of drug capsules. Whether it was an ibuprofen for chronic back and hip pain, acetaminophen when I still...

Shifting the Paradigm: Insight into the Germ Theory

Since the founding of the germ theory of disease, scientists have offered a holistic perspective. At long last, their efforts are taking hold.I grew up in a household afraid of germs. When my sister was born, my father had all guests put on...

The Vaccine Safety Double Standard

At a United Nations meeting held this past July in Punte del Este, Uruguay, the World Health Organization (WHO) finally revealed its 2004 guidelines on eliminating, reducing, and replacing thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative used primarily in...

The Attack on Pregnant Mothers Escalates

Obstetricians and primary care physicians throughout the world will no doubt be lauding the result of a recent publication, “Neonatal outcomes after influenza immunization during pregnancy: a randomized controlled trial,” which can be downloaded fre...

If School Were Causing Your Child’s ADD/ADHD, Would You Remove Him?

During a recent conversation with friends and family, the topic of ADHD/ADD came up. I shared my belief that it is not a disease that should result in people being drugged, but instead a personality type (like mine!) that should be honored. My...

Also labeled: Author Lisa Nielsen, Issue #34

Poised

When doctors question your family’s vaccine choices, have your answer ready.I’m no stranger to the onslaught of questions the medical field throws at me about vaccines. One of our doctors finally stopped asking when we would “catch up” on some...

The Vaccine Bubble

Remember the tech stock bubble? The housing bubble? Now a world-renowned financial forecaster reveals the profit motive inflating the impending vaccine bubble.My business involves advising portfolio managers about asset...

The Greater Good: A Mother's Review

A new documentary urges debate on vaccine safety.A dear friend who doesn’t have children asked me (a mother of two) to watch a new film about the vaccine debate, because she trusted my take on it. Fifteen minutes into The Greater Good, I c...

Circumcision: Medically Unnecessary

There is no more precious moment in a mother’s life than that first gaze into the eyes of her newborn baby. The surge of love, the desire to protect—all of these emotions are part of the universal mothering experience. How strange then, that when tha...

The Pill Merchants: The Relentless and Tragic Marketing of Psychiatric Drugs

In our work, we strive to alleviate distress and to support and enhance people’s personal growth, transformation, individua- tion, self-determination, and clear and expanded awareness. Necessity dictates that we also spend a lot of time challenging...

The Raging War on Vaccine Choice: Is 2011 the Make or Break Year?

While the U.S. Supreme Court votes to protect Big Pharma from vaccine liability and states watch successful assaults on vaccine exemptions, the venerable consumer vaccine safety watchdog, the National Vaccine Information Center, organizes Americans...

Beyond the Fields we Know: The Risks of Genetically Modified Foods

Voices of the Non-GMO Movement A number of years ago I was giving a presentation at a Cambridge bookstore, and a young woman came up to me shortly beforehand. “I heard you on Coast to Coast radio last year,” she said. “Yo...

Breathe Easy

The media blames outbreaks of whooping cough on parents who choose not to vaccinate, but evidence says otherwise California health officials declared a whooping cough epidemic on June 24, 2010. Every three to five years, whooping cough...

How Scientific Is Modern Medicine, Really?

the Hippocratic tradition of “First, do no harm.” Sadly, however, it seems that too few doctors understand or respect this Hippocratic dictum. Pharmaceutical Overload Today in America, every man, woman, and child is...

Read Before Vaccinating: The 6 Principles of Informed Choice

6 Principles for Protecting Vaccine Choices First Principle: It’s Your Choice When exercising your right to voluntary, informed consent to vaccination for yourself or your child, remember that state vaccine laws...

How Health Insurance Is Making Us Sick

Insurance is easy to hate. On the one hand, the best-case scenario is you pay for a service you will never use, making insurance seem like a rip-off. On the other hand, when insurance is needed, it means something bad has happened, which can leave...

What Can Be Done to Prevent Autism Now?

It’s a fact that more and more kids are showing signs of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) than ever before. What’s causing this epidemic is still a mystery, but we now have some strong clues about prevention and treatment, based on emerging science and...

The Lancet Retraction Changes Nothing

Dr. Andrew Wakefield is one of the most vilified medical practitioners of recent times, and now he carries the extremely rare dishonor of a retraction in The Lancet, on the paper he coauthored in 1998 suggesting a potential link between autism,...

Also labeled: Author David Kirby, Issue #26

Children, Cell Phones and Health: An Inconvenient Truth About a Convenient Technology

Once upon a time there was a little girl on a playground who noticed gray smoke pouring out of the windows of a school across the street. “Fire!” the little girl shouted. A man sat calmly on a nearby bench. “I don’t see any fire,” he...

Side Effects of Ritalin Use

According to the Centers for Disease Control, as of 2003, 2.5 million kids aged 4 to 17 were receiving medication to treat ADHD. The most prevalent of these medications is methylphenidates, marketed as Ritalin and other brand names. With this drug...