Category: diseases

Myth, Magic and… Public Health?

“Rituals could feed conflict by turning opinions into ‘sacred values’.”– Scott Atran, director of anthropological research at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique “Definition of myth: a usually traditional story of ostensibly historical events that serves to unfold part of the world view of a people or explain a practice, belief, or natural phenomenon.”– Merriam-Webster Dictionary Once Upon A Time… “Do you know what women were dreaming … Read More Myth, Magic and… Public Health?

Let Me Level With You- Two New Videos

Two new videos have been added to the “Let Me Level With You” series! Hepatitis B So many parents have questions about hepatitis B and what the real risks are. Here’s the info on who is really at risk for hep B and why. Vimeo YouTube Prenatal Testing Prenatal testing seems simple on the surface. You get a test, it tells you if your … Read More Let Me Level With You- Two New Videos

Are Mandatory School Vaccine Laws Actually Helping?

I’m not talking about rates of vaccine exemptions here. Oh no. People like talking about vaccine exemption rates because it distracts them from the bigger issues of school vaccinations. I’m talking about epidemiology. The idea behind mandatory school vaccinations is to prevent diseases from spreading among children in a crowded setting. But required school vaccinations- especially for certain diseases- don’t necessarily solve the issue … Read More Are Mandatory School Vaccine Laws Actually Helping?

Utah’s Juvenile Type 2 Diabetes Problem

Utah actually has a higher than average rate of juvenile type 2 diabetes. This started as an assignment for one of my public health classes, but I’m sharing it here as we head into the sugariest time of the year. Utah’s issues with obesity and diabetes are nowhere near what they are in other places (the Southern states), but it is growing. The paper … Read More Utah’s Juvenile Type 2 Diabetes Problem

Why Vitamin K Prophylaxis?

Hardly a week goes by that I don’t find someone asking about vitamin K prophylaxis. Most people have heard that newborns are just naturally deficient in vitamin K and without vitamin K supplementation their baby will get seriously ill. Of course, this is another one of those stories full of a few half-truths and many outright lies. This video was quite the merry chase … Read More Why Vitamin K Prophylaxis?

Save a Life- Spread the Word About Sickle Cell Disease and Pregnancy

Sickle cell disease made the news earlier this year when rapper Prodigy died from complications related to SCD this past June at the age of 42.  It’s actually very common among African-Americans with 1 in 13 being carriers for the disease and 1 in 365 having sickle cell disease. There are other ethnic groups that are frequently affected as well. In some parts of Central … Read More Save a Life- Spread the Word About Sickle Cell Disease and Pregnancy

Becoming A Milk Donor

    Today I am officially a milk donor. After one phone interview, two paperwork packets, a visit to the rural health clinic, a blood test, 100+ oz. of milk, and several calls to FedEx Peri Ship, my donation arrived and was accepted today. I first started to consider becoming a milk donor during my breastfeeding educator certification when I did a handout on … Read More Becoming A Milk Donor

Let Me Ruin Your Day- Let’s Talk About Pertussis

Part of me feels like I should be saying, “Sorry!!!” for bringing up this issue. No one really wants to hear about it. On the other hand, a bigger part of me thinks, “Why should I be sorry for telling people about an actual health threat that is backed up by current medical research and isn’t widely discussed? After all, it could potentially save … Read More Let Me Ruin Your Day- Let’s Talk About Pertussis

Public Health Mythbusters Edition: Raw Milk, Friend or Foe?

The last twenty years have not been kind to Louis Pasteur. He ordered that his laboratory notebooks be withheld from outsiders, but in the 1970’s one of his heirs left them to the Bibilotheque Nationale in Paris. In the mid-1990’s a researcher from Princeton went through the notebooks and then wrote a book on what he found. Since then embarrassing revelation after embarrassing revelation … Read More Public Health Mythbusters Edition: Raw Milk, Friend or Foe?