Month: July 2017

Bioethics Is Not A Sequel To A Pauly Shore Movie

“Is your wife one of those people who will go along with it? Just sign him up for the surgery and you can go home and discuss it with her later.” My husband had come to a prominent teaching hospital in Southern California affiliated with the Seventh Day Adventist faith seeking orthotic braces for our son. Instead, he was getting a hard sell for … Read More Bioethics Is Not A Sequel To A Pauly Shore Movie

Pregnancy, Breastfeeding And That Little Legalized Leaf

Note: This post is only looking at marijuana use in women who are not taking other drugs. Mothers who are taking marijuana in addition to drugs like cocaine, meth, heroin, etc. have more complicated issues and probably somewhat different perceptions of marijuana use than women who are only using marijuana, especially under legalized circumstances. OK, onwards… I had to write a paper for my … Read More Pregnancy, Breastfeeding And That Little Legalized Leaf

6 Reasons Why Breastfeeding Problems Are Not Your Fault

Yes, I don’t believe it’s entirely your fault that you are struggling with breastfeeding. (That’s not to say that you can’t breastfeed or don’t have any control over it.) I think most of our public health and private programs that aim to help with breastfeeding forget that we live in a very different situation than ever before in human history when it comes to … Read More 6 Reasons Why Breastfeeding Problems Are Not Your Fault

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Kombucha: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly and the Neutral

Most labels describe kombucha as a tea, but that’s actually only true in the loosest sense. Kombucha is a fermented drink, very similar to raw apple cider vinegar. How is kombucha made? Well, you make some black, green or oolong tea and add some sugar. (Some people use herbal teas too- rooibos is especially popular.) When the tea is sufficiently cooled off, you dump … Read More Kombucha: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly and the Neutral

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Measles, Dying in Childbirth, VBAC’s, Hospitals and Why Bambi Is Deadlier Than An Alligator

The odds of measles complications are high at 1/1000… The CDC says that 1 in 1,000 people with measles will develop encephalitis and that 1 in 1,000 people with measles will die. 1 in 1,000 is pretty high. …But the odds of maternal death from blood clots are low at 1/1,000 On the other hand, the risk of maternal death is concerning but relatively … Read More Measles, Dying in Childbirth, VBAC’s, Hospitals and Why Bambi Is Deadlier Than An Alligator

Making the Decision About Prenatal Surgery For Spina Bifida

Disclaimer: I did not undergo in-utero surgery for my son’s spina bifida. I have studied this report on the MOMS trial extensively and used it as an example in my biostatistics and public health policy courses during my MPH studies. Parents who receive a prenatal diagnosis for spina bifida are in a unique situation. They have the option of a relatively new procedure for … Read More Making the Decision About Prenatal Surgery For Spina Bifida