If you think anti-vaxxers are nuts, check out the Food Babe Army

[CN: This post describes and includes images of harassment.] You probably saw the headlines. Mark Zuckerberg gets his baby vaccinated. Anti-vaxxers go nuts. “Nuts” meaning the usual accusation featuring some combination of poison, Autism and Big Pharma. Some called the picture a fake. Others argued that the billionaire was probably paid off. It was …

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Guest Post – Don’t Flush Your Meds: Antidepressants, Pregnancy and Autism

by Alison Bernstein ***Editor’s note:  This guest post is by Alison Bernstein, a mom and scientist also known as “Mommy, PhD.” Here, she breaks down a recent study that has spurred headlines implying that taking antidepressants during pregnancy causes autism.*** A new study “Antidepressant Use During Pregnancy and the Risk …


Would You Rather…? On Being Called Shill, Whore or Sanctimommy

A couple of weeks ago, Salon published a piece I wrote entitled “Stop telling me I’m poisoning my kids”: Food crusaders, sancti-mommies and the rise of entitled eaters. Most of the backlash was the usual anti-GMO stuff, but I was a little surprised to see a minor outcry over my use …

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CAR T-Cells For the Rest of Us

Last week, one of my co-bloggers (hi JG!) posted this article to the GP Facebook page.  I was interested because  the news of a one year old getting her leukemia cured is super exciting, but I was also intrigued because I work at a center that is conducting similar trials within …


Shame on Moms Across America

“You are poisoning your children,” she yelled before returning to the small crowd gathered on the west lawn of the Capitol for the Food Justice rally in Washington, DC. At the last March Against Monsanto event I attended, I hid in the back. This time I figured it was my turn in the …

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Do Science With Your Kids: Biology Fortified’s GMO Corn Experiment

A popular internet meme, the image below is one of several suggesting that wild animals like squirrels avoid genetically engineered corn. The Organic and Non-GMO Report, whose editor Ken Roseboro is an avid anti-GMO speaker and reporter, published a story about this particular image entitled, “Farmer’s experiment finds that squirrels …


#Moms4FactsNotFear — Tell Your Senator You Support GMOs!

NEXT FRIDAY, October 16, Zen Honeycutt and Moms Across America are headed to Washington, DC to take their anti-science agenda of fear to the U.S. Senate. Zen and her dangerous, fear-mongering group, Moms Across America, want our elected officials to believe that they speak for all moms when they reject GMOs and the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling …

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The Weakest Link

Recently one of our bloggers asked for input on a new article, which promoted a link between acetaminophen (Tylenol) use and autism. In that post, Dr. Margulis argues that prenatal or juvenile use of acetaminophen may be linked to autism spectrum disorder, pointing to various scientific sources. Unfortunately, she greatly …


#Moms4GMOs: Sign the letter and get your profile pic!

An update from the #Moms4GMOs:  On August 19th, a new movement was launched: Moms4GMOs. It started when a group of science advocates who were also moms decided to write a letter in response to a video which featured celebrities endorsing the “Just Label It” campaign. In the letter, the moms …

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The Real Housewives of Wooville

I’ve given up a lot since becoming a skeptic. I’ve stayed away from Whole Foods. Left behind some seriously tasty GMO-free chips. I can’t even read a Mark Bittman recipe anymore, and I used to live by his frittatas, okay? But now pseudoscience is threatening something essential to the very …