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Halloween Candy: Deadly or Delicious? (part 1)

Part 1: Drugs, GMOs, Toxins & Fat It’s time for the annual festival of fear here in the United States. I’m not talking Halloween; I’m talking about articles, news stories, and old facebook posts gone viral screaming at parents to be wary of strangers putting dangerous things in their little ghost or goblin’s trick or treat bags. Except, well. . .they’re mostly wro... »

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from anti-vaxer to vaccine advocate

This is something that I’ve been wanting to share for quite some time, just never had the motivation or purpose to do so. Quite frankly, I’m embarrassed by it, and I’ll get into that in a bit. I’m doing a blog improvement course and one of our writing prompts is to answer a question that we get asked a lot. I often get asked why I am such an ardent advocate for vaccines. So... »

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Serious Answers to Random Internet Queries: Polygamy Allergies, Childbirth Chainsaws, and Pudding

On the backend of this site, we’re able to see all sorts of reader statistics. Like, how many views an article gets on a certain day, or what sites readers click through to read our articles. One interesting section is the one on “search referrals.” If you’re not familiar with that, that’s where someone does an internet search, and then for some reason they see one of... »

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Talking To Your Kids About The Police

More than once – and most recently during the fall-out from Adrian Peterson beating his four-year old bloody – I’ve heard some parents claim that they have to beat their kids, because (as they put it) either they beat their kids or the police do. The thesis here, as I understand it, is if parents don’t teach children (with beatings) to be terrified of authority, then one day when the police confro... »

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Michael Pollan’s Future is Bleak Because You Didn’t Breastfeed

For food writer and activist Michael Pollan, the future is bleak without breastmilk. In an interview published in the food journal Lucky Peach, Pollan describes the path to our dystopian future with more than just the usual suspects of cornfed beef, big dairy and processed foods. Infant formula, he writes, is another “great example” of a historically perfect food ruined by the modern i... »

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Weekend Reads: Vitamin D and Childbirth, One Star Reviews of National Parks, etc

Well hello!  The weekend is here, and I’m excited.  It’s been a “drop your kid off at daycare only to discover you never put shoes on him” kind of week.  Anyway, what are you in the mood for today?   If you’re looking for….a way to make childbirth less painful: A new study suggests Vitamin D levels could have an effect on pain level during childbirth.  At t... »

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