When I ask my medical students to describe their image of a woman who elects to birth with a midwife rather than with an obstetrician, they generally describe a woman who wears long cotton skirts, braids her hair, eats only organic vegan food, does yoga, and maybe drives a VW microbus. What they don’t envision is the omnivorous, pants-wearing science geek standing before them.Indeed, they become downright confused when I go on to explain that there was really only one reason why my mate — an academic int Source: The Most Scientific Birth Is Often the Least Technological Birth – The Atlantic Recommend on FacebookRead More →

Researchers in the study below were able to “transfer the symptoms of schizophrenia to mice using only the gut bacteria of a (human) schizophrenic subject.” Source: Schizophrenia and the Gut | Psychology Today Recommend on Facebook Tweet about it

For her so-called Smiles trial, published in 2017, Jacka recruited 67 moderate to severely depressed people with unhealthy diets. Half received seven sessions with a clinical dietician while the others received “social support”, involving friendly conversation. After 12 weeks, one-third of those who had received nutritional support were in remission, compared with 8% of those who had had the social support. Scientifically speaking, says Jacka, “it was a pretty big difference”. Source: Nutritional psychiatry: can you eat yourself happier? | Food | The Guardian Recommend on Facebook Tweet about it

The culture views scolding — or even speaking to children in an angry voice — as inappropriate, says Lisa Ipeelie, a radio producer and mom who grew up with 12 siblings. “When they’re little, it doesn’t help to raise your voice,” she says. “It will just make your own heart rate go up.”Even if the child hits you or bites you, there’s no raising your voice?”No,” Ipeelie says with a giggle that seems to emphasize how silly my question is. “With little kids, you often think they’re pushing your buttons, but Source: How Inuit Parents Raise Kids Without Yelling — And Teach Them To ControlRead More →

“…the expression that vaccines are “safe and effective” fails to acknowledge that vaccines are the only medical product that are not held to the same safety standards as all other medical devices and products. There have not been double-blind placebo-controlled studies on vaccines, nor has the development of this product advanced enough to look at the long-term effects the current CDC recommended schedule has on the health of our children and the role genetics and immunobiology play in their safety.” -Dr Jennifer Margulis Source: Oregon Doctor Speaks Out Against Medical Mandates, Opposes HB-3063 — Jennifer Margulis Recommend on Facebook Tweet about it