Informed Choice Articles

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:...

Parental Power: Rally to Improve Birth Reaches Millions

This past Labor Day—September 2, 2013— thousands of women, their families, and those who care for them assembled all over the country. In more than 160 cities around the United States, and in Puerto Rico, Australia, Japan and Canada, women’s voices...

What is Evidence-Based Maternity Care?

Evidence-based maternity care means practices that have been shown by the highest-quality, most current medical research to be most beneficial to mothers and babies (reducing incidences of injuries, complications and death), with care tailored to...

Are Ultrasounds Causing Autism in Babies?

Scientists are uncovering disturbing evidence that those sneak peeks at baby could damage a developing brain.Toward the end of my first pregnancy, a doctor ordered an “emergency” ultrasound because she believed I was measuring small. She tur...

Improving Your Gut Sense in Pregnancy

Before becoming a chiropractor, I was a microbiologist and immunologist. The microorganisms that we always talked about were the microorganisms that were always feared—the ones that we needed antibiotics and vaccines for, and were a threat to us a...

Gentle Birth Strategies

There is a misconception in modern childbirth. It is that childbirth should be painless. Women today are being raised to believe that a painless birth is a good birth. The word and concept of “pain” has negative connotations for many. The very...

Opting Out: The Moral Right to Religious and Conscientious-Belief Exemptions to Vaccination

The issue of “forced vaccination” is becoming one of the most widely discussed public health and civil liberty issues in America today. At the forefront of this public conversation stands the nonprofit charity known today as the National Vaccine...

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...