For those of you that don’t know, by the time this post is up, I’ll be in the hospital, getting my kidney drained so they can go in and laser-blast my big-ass kidney stone tomorrow. It’s not as exciting as it sounds, believe me. But in the spirit of this occasion, I intended to celebrate by mocking those who comment on alternative medicine websites. What’s more fun than making fun of dirty hippies?!
But in the process, something amazing happened: I found something more fun than making fun of dirty hippies! Making fun of dirty hippies who are also mothers, and that is basically their entire lives!
It’s really the perfect storm of fanatical opinions. The alternative medicine types are very insistent on keeping the public in poor health, and internet mommies are the undisputed champions of arguing about subjects that nobody else cares about. I mean, maybe Armond White is endorsing people installing car seats incorrectly and feeding babies formula, but for the most part, it’s a very vocal, very one-sided debate.
To be honest, I’m mostly posting these to try to drum up publicity for our little corner of the internet here. I think I should already be hitting most of the Google Alerts that Babycenter recommends expentant mothers set up during the 3rd trimester, but just in case I missed anything, #formulaisyummy #gmosmakebabiesstrong #noteverychildisspecial #frontfacingcarseatsarepreferable
Monday Health & Wellness: Why the Anti-Vaccine Movement Exists
“Good article! I’m glad you posted such an article. There are a ton of misconceptions out there about people/families that don’t vaccinate. There are so many misconceptions in some areas it is *extremely* difficult to find a practitioner (if you want one) that will even consider the notion of seeing a family/child that doesn’t adhere to vaccinations. Even then, it may be that the topic of vaccinations are brought up at every.single.visit. Either way, people/families do have choices, yet it can be difficult, time-consuming, and frustrating to “go against the grain” and sometimes that is why people don’t act or research their options. To me, this is also a sad reality…”
Comment on the Comment:
I can definitely sympathize with how difficult it is to find a doctor who is not concerned about keeping your child healthy. I’m really glad that this article exists, to convince them that the decade they spent studying medicine was a wasted effort, and only filled their brains with terrible, life-saving LIES.
Six Car Seat Errors I’d Approach a Complete Stranger About
“I love that you posted this! I don’t agree that the way you use a car seat is a parenting choice! How ridiculous! Yes, it is black and white! I have a HUGE pet peeve when I see friends of mine with the infant seats chest buckles down at their bellies, and the straps wrapped around the outsides of the shoulders instead of over the top. I used to say something but now I just reach over and move it, innocently assuming that the parent just didn’t realize it was like that! If they catch me, they usually shrug it off like it doesn’t really matter. The chest buckle should be at the armpits, NO lower! Drives me nuts!!
I will say, though, that my kids are tall, and no one makes a harnessed seat that any one of my kids could be in past about 3.5 yo. I kept my daughter in hers until way past the “safety zone” of having the top of the shoulder harness 1 inch below her shoulders (according to the car seat manufacturer)
She does occasionally fall asleep in the car (she’s now 4.5) but remains upright because we slightly tip her seat back.
Great post! Keep up the good work!!”
Comment on the Comment:
People DO realize that words can be erased before a comment is posted, right? Or just not written at all? Like, if you’re going to admit to manhandling another person’s children because they weren’t following the guidelines precisely, you don’t HAVE to follow that up by admitting that you ALSO don’t follow those guidelines! You can just stop after the first sentence, and just seem like a judgemental asshole instead of a HYPOCRITICAL judgemental asshole.
Problems with Whole Foods and other Health Food Stores
“I shop at WF weekly (for less items every year as I find more local sources and eat more true whole foods) and I hear the workers giving out health advice. I want to interrupt and say NO! This is not right! the CEO is giving out his personal diet not well researched, true “whole food” advice! They heavily promote the China Study. My son, at age 5, asks every week if we can write a comment. The comment he wants to write, “how come the store is called “Whole Foods” when you don’t sell very much whole food”? He gets so tired of seeing something that looks good and being told no, bad ingredients. We have been soy of any type and of any amount free and canola oil free for over 15 yrs. We are also strict on possible GMOs and grain feed dairy/beef. We don’t even chance soy feed eggs. So, we do buy just ingredients at Whole Foods with occasional meat, rare yogurt … and occasionally soy free chocolate – hey, I am not perfectly self controlled!”
Comment on the Comment:
Give it 10 years; that kid is going to have much stronger comments, and by that point I doubt he’ll be blaming Whole Foods for his bland upbringing.
In looking for a site to write about, I found Thinking Mom’s Revolution, which is similar to Modern Alternative Mama, except with the superiority complex cranked up to 11 and only focusing on making sure that children all over the world are not vulnerable to any and all diseases. Frankly, it made me too mad to do an entire post on that one site, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t at least make fun of them a LITTLE bit!
Autism RECOVERY: I’ll Say It Loud, He’s Recovered and I’m Proud
“Do you have suggestions for talking about biomed and progress without making the non-biomed parent feel bad about not doing enough? I’ve mentioned my son’s progress to several parents and they’ve all become defensive. I’ve told our story, gave specific examples of progress (removed dairy and my son came out of a fog), referred to TACA, to ARI, biomed books, etc. Maybe I am just not a good advocate but it breaks my heart that their kids don’t have a chance.”
Comment On The Comment:
You know what parents REALLY aren’t doing enough? THE ONES WHO DON’T GET THEIR CHILDREN VACCINATED! Those other parents probably don’t get defensive because they don’t think they’re doing enough! Call me crazy, but I’d be willing to bet it has something to do with the fact that you’re claiming to have treated a condition that science cannot correct by limiting his cheese intake.
Also, I’m REALLY not getting the mixed message from these people. Don’t get your children vaccinates, because it will cause autism, which is also totally curable?
As always, leave any suggestions for future posts in the comments. And don’t worry about the future of this column; I’m requesting that, should the surgery not go well, I be involved in the Robocop program, so I should still be able to continue this into the forseeable future. I’ll make sure they include it as a Prime Directive.