QUESTIONING EXPERTS, NEWS AND ADVICE: A SMALL FAVOR
I breastfed all three of my kids and have had the pleasure of hooking up to a double breast pump in a cold, deserted parking garage and therefore feel I've earned the right not be called names when I critique a less than stellar breastfeeding study. In a similar fashion although I cannot endorse eating placentas as a prevention of postpartum depression, I am not on the payroll of Big Pharma, a foe of native cultures, eating organically or eating locally. Please keep this in mind.
If I question a food allergy statistic, rest assured, I still very much believe in food allergies and can provide a full list of my own upon request. When I question experts or public health authorities who conclude no amount of alcohol during any phase of pregnancy is safe, I am not endorsing rampant cocktails for every mom-to-be. Should I question a particular statistic, finding, policy or study on ADHD, autism, early puberty, bullying, screen time, alcohol during pregnancy or another issue, please note it is not because I do not believe ADHD, autism, early puberty, etc. exist or believe they're aren't serious issues.
Also, just because I often question experts, their work and their conclusions, do not take this as evidence experts or expertise does not exist. They do. I respect and adore lots of experts. I also respect plenty of research and acknowledge the great wealth of scientific knowledge out there. I spent years contributing to it. To skeptics who say we know nothing of value, I beg to differ.
The main challenge today has become disentangling the mass of information and misinformation directed at parents, including identifying the better, more valuable, evidenced-based information.
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