Babies May Benefit from Co-Sleeping

Babies May Benefit from Co-Sleeping

In most of the world, it is common practice for parents and babies to sleep together. In the United States and several other countries, including Britain, Germany, and parts of western Europe, parents tend to put babies in their own beds and usually in a separate room. This custom is largely due to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) warnings about…

The Question of Vitamin K for Newborns

The Question of Vitamin K for Newborns

Essentially all human infants are born with very low blood levels of vitamin K and, since low amounts of vitamin K crosses into breast milk, levels remain low for several weeks after birth in breastfed babies. The purpose of this natural, universal experience of low vitamin K levels in newborns is not known. Has Mother Nature really made a mistake? Or is there a perfectly good reason…

The Cost of America’s Childhood Asthma Epidemic

The Cost of America’s Childhood Asthma Epidemic

Chronic diseases are the leading cause of death and disability in the United States. The prevalence of chronic diseases among children continue to rise1 with asthma being one of the most common chronic disorders in childhood affecting an estimated 7.1 million children under 18 years of age, of which 4.1 million suffered from an asthma attack or an episode in 2011. Asthma is a chronic…

Unraveling the Mystery of Sudden Unexpected Infant Death

Unraveling the Mystery of Sudden Unexpected Infant Death

There are five main causes for infant mortality: birth defects, maternal health complications, unintentional injuries, preterm-related causes of death, and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). It is particularly with SIDS, however, that many questions persist and remain unanswered. SIDS is defined as “infant deaths that cannot be explained after a thorough case investigation, including a…

Why is the U.S. Infant Mortality Rate So High?

Why is the U.S. Infant Mortality Rate So High?

Infant mortality, defined as death within the first year of life, is commonly accepted as one of the key gauges of a nation’s socioeconomic development. So how is it possible that the United States, which spends more on health care per capita—$8,713 per person annually—than any country, has one of the highest levels of infant mortality among the world’s developed countries? According to the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, “This rate is often used…

Former Media Power Player Bob Wright Sounds Alarm Over Vaccines

Conservatives are frequently accused of being beholden to big corporations. But on the matter of mandatory, and sometimes risky, vaccines, it’s the liberals and the left-wingers who come down on the side of the drug companies, known as Big Pharma. They want government to force parents to have their infants injected with potentially dangerous vaccines that may be linked…

The Impact of Vaccination on the Immature Human Immune System

Little is known about how vaccination affects the developing fetus and, yet, maternal vaccination with influenza and Tdap vaccines is recommended by federal health officials and medical trade organizations representing doctors administering vaccines to pregnant women. A recent study purporting to demonstrate that vaccination during pregnancy is perfectly safe…

How Doctors Talk to Patients Impacts HPV Vaccination Rates

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination rates in the United States continues to remain low in comparison to other adolescent vaccinations—approximately 38% of adolescent girls and 14% of adolescent boys complete the entire three-doses of HPV vaccine. As identified by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a key strategy in increasing HPV…

Vaccination May Derail Development of Infant Immune System

Vaccination May Derail Development of Infant Immune System

Dr. Suzanne Humphries does not feel it is her place to advise people not to vaccinate themselves or their children, but she does agree with NVIC that everyone deserves access to the full spectrum of information about vaccines and vaccination in order to make an informed decision. Unfortunately, she also says, “I’ve yet to meet a pediatrician who is informed enough…