Dr. Erika Schwartz new book, Don’t Let Your Doctor Kill You: How to Beat Physician Arrogance, Corporate Greed and a Broken System, is making a lot of people incredibly uncomfortable: Namely, Doctors. When Doctors make mistakes, the consequences are often life-endangering and fatal. Anyone who has ever had a bad experience with pharma or a bully Doctor or a hospital is going to want to read Schwartz’s new book.
Some good info here on the pros and cons.
Fans of the AVN writes:
“If you ever wondered whether the world has gone completely and utterly crazy, wonder no more. In a recent article in the journal, Pediatrics, doctors are being urged to stop ‘claiming’ that breastfeeding is natural.
In fact, “The authors have started a public campaign to end the positive use of the word natural, claiming that it is associated with such “problematic” practices as home birth, homeschooling and the rejection of GMO foods, and that natural parenting movements are interfering with vaccination efforts.”
Go natural, I say! And down with doctors who want to discourage the positive connotations of what parents instinctively know to be true:
Breast is best;
GMOs are bad
Natural parenting is respectful of both parent and baby
and vaccination efforts SHOULD be interfered with if they involve any form of compulsion, coercion or suppression of information.
The article states:
“Studies have shown that anti-vaccination sentiment tends to overlap with reliance on and interest in complementary and alternative medicine, skepticism of institutional authority, and a strong commitment and interest in health knowledge, autonomy and healthy living practices.”
I think they have something there! 🙂
Yesterday I spoke at the Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism, NECSS, a “celebration of science and critical thinking” held May 12-15 in New York City. Philosopher Massimo Pigliucci, whom I met recently, got me invited, and he might regret that, because I decided to treat the skeptics skeptically. I originally titled my talk “Skepticism: Hard Versus Soft Targets.” The references to “Bigfoot” in the headline above and text below were inspired by a conversation I had with conference Emcee Jamy Ian Swiss before I went on stage. He asked what I planned to say, and I told him, and he furiously defended his opposition to belief in Bigfoot. He wasn’t kidding. I hadn’t brought up Bigfoot, but I decided to mention him in my talk. Swiss didn’t let me take questions, so I promised the audience that I would post the talk here (slightly edited) and would welcome skeptical comments or emails. –-John Horgan