Informed Choice Articles

Getting Over Cold Medications

Very young children come down with colds. Agreement with this statement is universal among parents, pediatricians, drug makers, and even the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). But there is less agreement over whether or not medicine is helpful to...

Fundamental Problems with Maternity Care in the United States

This statement was developed in response to serious and continuing problems with maternity care in the United States, including: The United States is the only wealthy industrialized nation that does not guarantee access to...

Also labeled: Issue #20, Pregnancy & Birth

Pharmaceuticals Are Gateway Drugs

Gateway drugs to more serious substance abuse have often been thought of as just the illegal drugs: marijuana, amphetamines, cocaine to begin, and worse drugs, such as heroin, later. However, there are other gateway drugs, and these affect a much...

An Inconvenient Cancer Truth

Cancer is a term that inspires a broad range of feelings: from fear, anger, and helplessness to curiosity and determination. Cancer, as a force, has given rise to a massive infrastructure of cultural and clinical responses, and many of these are...

Parents and AAP Clash

Green Our Vaccines Rally Held in Washington, DC Within Days of Creation of New Immunization Alliance to Enforce Existing CDC Vaccine Schedule Celebrities and autism activists Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey led over 8,500 parents in a Green...

To Empower! Not Control! A Holistic Approach to ADHD

Thousands of studies tell us what children with ADHD can’t do, but few tell us what they can do. This article presents holistic strategies for helping children with ADHD succeed at home and in school by building on their interests, learning styles,...

Pediatric Drug Testing and the Aware Parent

Harry Shirkey, a medical practitioner, coined the term “therapeutic orphans” more than 40 years ago to describe how children are overlooked in medical research; his observations remain true today. Despite the best efforts of the American Academy of...

When the Pediatrician Says "GER"

During her pregnancy, Sarina ate all the right things, attended maternity yoga classes, and perused a nice stack of parenting books, but she was unprepared for what lay ahead. She and Garrett bragged about how peaceful their newborn...

Why We Never Ask: “Is It Safe for Infants to Sleep Alone?”

Historical Origins of Scientific Bias in the Bed-sharing SIDS “Debate” “ Bad science sets out to make a point, looks neither to the left nor to the right but only straight ahead for evidence that supports the point it sets out to...

How to Choose a Holistic Practitioner

Recommendations from the American Holistic Medical Association Your first responsibility as a patient/client is to select a practitioner who will join your “team” to support you in obtaining and maintaining optimum health for your body, min...

Also labeled: Holistic Healthcare, Issue #17

Fluoride: No Reason to Smile

At the end of last year, with the hope of improving dental health, Southern California began to add fluoride to its water supplies—a procedure first adopted 68 years ago in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Surprisingly, even though fluoride is now added to...

Defending Informed Consent to Vaccination in America

Vaccination is a medical intervention performed on a healthy person to theoretically prevent infectious disease that could harm that person or be communicated to someone else and cause harm. Many people experience infectious diseases, such as...

Well Beyond Medicine: The Wait and See Prescription

Earaches bring more unhappy children to emergency rooms and pediatric offices each year than just about any other health disorder. Antibiotics remain the most popular medical treatment for earache, with doctors reportedly writing 15 million...

For Expectant Women, It’s Not Too Much To Ask

When I talk to women about the relatively recent history of childbirth—mothers strapped to hospital beds, doctors not washing their hands between vaginal exams and performing caesareans without anesthesia—their typical response is that we’re lucky to...

Sun Exposure Increases Survival of Melanoma

We’ve been told for many years that the sun is bad!  According to the Mayo Clinic, all forms of skin cancer have been on the rise. The greatest rise has been in melanoma, which is the most serious and most deadly type of skin cancer. Even with our...

How Do Vaccines Work? Immune Mechanisms and Consequences

From Dr. Moskowitz’s previous article in Pathways (issue 10), we learned that the theoretical effect of vaccines on the infectious diseases they are designed to protect against is misleading at best. He also illuminated the potential l...

Vaccinations: Informed Consent, Efficacy and Strengthening Immunity

Informed Consent The principle of Informed Consent has its roots in millenniaold medical ethics, and in modern times has become codified as law. Federal regulations require that doctors tell patients in advance the nature of the...

Vertical Birth

While the awareness about the dangers and disadvantages of giving birth while lying on one’s back is more widespread, this is still the main position in which the majority of women in the United States give birth.

How Do Vaccines Work?

It is dangerously misleading and indeed false to claim that a vaccine makes us “immune” or “protects” us against an acute disease. In fact, it only drives the infection deeper into the interior and causes us to harbor it chronically, with the result...

The Problem With Antibiotics: They Are Anti-Life

On September 17, 2003 the CDC relaunched a program, started in 1995, called “Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work.”55 This is a $1.6 million campaign to educate patients about the overuse and inappropriate use of antibiotics. Most people involved...