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 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. To those skeptics who say we know nothing of value, I beg to differ. The main challenge today is disentangling the mass of information and misinformation, including identifying the highly speculative, the strongly supported, the strongly unsupported, the inconclusive, the unknowns and everything in between.
From time to time I use this space to advocate for children. I make my involvement with those organizations clear to you. If I'm advocating for a cause related to education, mental health or vaccines, for instance, you will know it. It won't be necessary to read between the lines or wonder how or if I'm personally involved with the organization. I am personally involved.
I review books throughout the year including an annual Best Parenting Book list. I usually purchase these books myself, out of my own pocket. If I'm a friend or colleague of the author or have been interviewed for the book or in any other way affiliated with it, I will make it perfectly clear.
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