Informed Choice Articles

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...

A 21st Century Manifesto for Parenting

Is Western civilization harming our children? Let’s look at the evidence. If health indicates the quality of an individual’s relationship with his environment, then increases in chronic illnesses among children reflect our society’s failu...

Taking Charge of Giving Birth

A commitment to natural delivery in a birth center, without doctors or pain relief of any kind on the premises, was the farthest notion from my mind the summer I learned I was pregnant. Like many other newly expecting women, I reluctantly...

Avoid a Cesarean: Know the Facts

These facts are presented by the International Cesarean Awareness Network with the hope that parents, childbirth educators, doulas, nurses, midwives and doctors together can effectively reduce the rate of unnecessary cesarean sections and their...

Also labeled: Issue #24

Empowering Websites for Pregnancy, Birth & Baby

Resources , Information and Directories of Practitioners BirthCenters.org A comprehensive resource of birth...

Swine Flu

Earlier this year saw an outbreak of a frightening new strain of the flu. The resulting panic created a lot of sound and fury…but what did it signify? Just when the A(H1N1) flu (“the flu formerly known as swine”) was losing its headline luste...

Moms Fight Back: The Battle Against BPA

It may be quite astonishing to learn what’s currently going on in the bisphenol a (BPA) industry. BPA is a chemical additive used to strengthen plastic. It’s found in polycarbonate plastic food and drink bottles, including baby bottles and sippy cup...

Causes of Ear Infections

Middle ear infections are on the rise. The ailment, also known as otitis media, has become far more prevalent in children throughout the twentieth century, increasing 150 percent between 1975 to 1990 alone. This dramatic increase illustrates the...

Antibiotics and Ear Infections

In cases where the immune response lags behind a bacterial infection that is dangerously decimating the body, the 1950s advent of antibiotic medications saved the lives of millions of people who would have otherwise succumbed. However, the...