Archive for December 2013

December 18, 2013 — Jennifer Margulis, PhD and Manuel Casanova, MD

Ultrasounds–Safe and Sound?

Fearless Medicine with Dr. Kelly Brogan


Book Giveaway: The Business of Baby

Join the host of Fearless Medicine, Kelly Brogan, MD, as she speaks with Jennifer Margulis, author of the acclaimed book, The Business of Baby: What Doctors Don’t Tell You, What Corporations Try to Sell You, and How to Put Your Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Baby Before Their Bottom Line.

BusinessofBabybookThey will explore what is known and unknown about the most universally applied intervention in pregnancy: ultrasound.

Why do women get ultrasounds?

Are they requested and desired? Are they recommended? Is there prior discussion or consent?

What is known about risks? What is suspected? What about autism?

What might be a more reasonable or cautious application of the technology?

Should it be abandoned?

Jennifer Margulis, PhD is a senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism. A former Fulbright Fellow and an award-winning journalist, she has worked on a child survival campaign in Niger, West Africa, and championed the rights of rescued child slaves in Pakistan. Her cover story for Smithsonian magazine was chosen by Natalie Angier for inclusion in Best Science Writing 2009. The Business of Baby is her fifth book. Its research was partially made possible by theFund for Investigative Journalism.

manuel.f.casanovaJennifer will be accompanied by Manuel Casanova, MD, the Gottfried and Gisela Kolb Endowed Chair in Outpatient Psychiatry and a Professor of Anatomical Sciences and Neurobiology at the University of Louisville, researcher and investigator into the role of ultrasound technology in brain-based pathology seen in autism. His research has focused on the cell minicolumn, a vertical unit of 80 to 100 neurons having a common latency of response to stimulation. His most recent studies have investigated the presence of abnormalities of minicolumnar organization and lateralization in the brains of patients who exhibit language disturbances, including autism, Asperger’s syndrome, and dyslexia. He is internationally known for his work in autism.

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How Do I find a Great Pediatrician with Stephen Cowan, MD, FAAP.
When did finding a pediatrician become so complicated?

What is a “great” pediatrician anyway?

What about the growing number of families who are leaving mainstream pediatrics?

Join us for a heart-centered conversation with board-certified pediatrician and author, Stephen Cowan, MD, FAAP. He shares with us the hard-earned and learned wisdom from a quarter century of clinical experience, working with children and parents… closely.

We’re asking Stephen our toughest questions. How has parenting (and medicine) changed since he started his practice? What common denominators does he see in the children and families that are thriving? What advice would he give to medical students considering a career in pediatrics today? What are the things he wishes parents knew?

Stephen is also the author of Fire Child Water Child, which offers parents a guide to deeper understanding of ways to support each child’s adaptive style moving away from 'one size fits al'l labels and medicating symptoms, and guided by the lens of Chinese Medicine

Tune in  for a vibrant conversation with Stephen Cowan, MD on pediatric medicine; where we are coming from, what things look like now, and what we can reach for in the future!

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Motivating Kids Off the Couch and Into the World with Author Janine Walker Caffrey, EdD
Parenting is hard and even when we try our level best, we can’t predict the future. Consider these two statistics:
• 36% of young adults lived at home with their parents in 2012 (Pew Research). 
• 35% of those postponing retirement cite supporting grown children as the primary reason (Heldrich Center for Workforce Development).
What’s going on?
Are the efforts we’re making to ensure our kids are safe, happy, and enriched backfiring? 
That’s what author and educator Janine Caffrey reveals in her pivotal book Drive 9 Ways to Motivate Your Kids to Achieve and it’s our hot topic for today’s show.
Are some of today’s parenting practices like jam packed extracurricular activities, mom acting as child chauffeur and social director, and a ‘yes’ for every desired gadget or toy resulting in young adults that are ill prepared for the tough realities of launching from home?
Our discussion today focuses on reaching back to common sense with pragmatic solutions you can start to implement today to nurture the natural internal drive all children possess and to help them ignite their passion to move forward towards independence.

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