FLUARIX QUADRIVALENT, Informed Consent Information

The FDA announced earlier this month that it approved GSK’s Fluarix Quadrivalent flu vaccine. Getting this new flu vaccine, or any flu vaccine is a decision that is supposed to only be done after the patient or the patient’s guardian has been fulling informed of all of the risks involved with that …

Autism, Iron and Aggression

In perfect timeliness, my AAP Smart Brief linked email me to an article in Family Practice News that discussed how antipsychotic medication sometimes prescribed for aggression problems in children diagnosed with autism may cause iron deficiency. The article said, ” Children with autism spectrum disorders already are at increased risk of iron deficiency, previous studies have …

Black Friday

As I post this, we’re still in the wee hours of the night and Black Friday is just beginning.  This year, Everything Birth is celebrating this big shopping weekend a little differently. As mentioned on our Facebook Page on Wednesday,  EverythingBirth.com and MidwifeSupplies.com is sending a free gift with ALL …

Flame Retardants (in sleepwear and bedding) and their links with developmental disorders.

My kids don’t wear pajamas. My kids wear comfy clothing to bed, because children’s pajamas contain flame retardants. Likewise,  crib mattresses,mattresses and bedding all contains flame retardants too. Actually  toxic flame retardants have been found in about 80% of all children’s products. I get the point of it. If there were …

Triclosan made the news again. Why we don't use it.

Triclosan is an antibacterial chemical that is found in many household items, not just antibacterial soaps. Medical Daily just reported that a new study out of Norway linked triclosan with increased childhood allergies.  The Norwegian scientists also said triclosan can change the bacterial flora of the skin, mouth and gut. Given that allergies have to …

The "Autism and Flu Correlation" study and its inevitable use in marketing the flu shot.

By now, you’ve probably seen the news articles, like this one, reporting on the Danish study published in Pediatrics that found “that maternal influenza infection was associated with a twofold increased risk of infantile autism” and that “prolonged episodes of fever caused a threefold increased risk of infantile autism.”  You’ve probably …