Archive for September 2014

Guest // Barbara Loe Fisher

Host // Larry Palevsky, MD

vaccinationVaccination. It’s one of the most challenging subjects that parents encounter. Doctors vaccinate pregnant women and babies receive 33 doses of 14 vaccines by 15 months of age, starting on the day of birth.

More parents are saying “no, thanks.” This is described as an educated, upper middle class phenomenon but the truth is that vaccine ambivalence cuts a wide swath. In addition to philosophical and religious objections, people are seriously concerned about the new childhood normal of sick, fat, and at risk kids.

When parents try to talk about vaccine safety, they are quickly shot down (pun intended). In the media and in our neighborhood, risks are downplayed, parental fears are sidestepped, and name calling ensues. ParasiteFreeloader. Typhoid Mary. Non-vaccinating parents are told “the book is closed” (on the autism-vaccine link) and they are accused of medical neglect and spreading disease.

These assertions are repeated by industry spokespeople and public health cops, but they are not supported by the evidence base. Mainstream media parrot the party line and fail to acknowledge serious, legitimate concerns. Parents want the straight story from true experts. Board-certified pediatrician, Larry Palevsky, interviews the nation’s leading vaccine safety advocate, Barbara Loe Fisher, and asks the burning questions:

  • Are vaccines safe and effective?
  • Can vaccines cause autism and chronic illness?
  • Are all pediatricians required to vaccinate?
  • What can parents do if they suspect a vaccine injury?
  • How do parents opt out of vaccines?
  • What does the close public-private partnership in vaccine promotion and development mean for vaccine safety?
  • If vaccines are safe, why does government compensate individuals for harm and death caused by vaccines?
  • Why are more parents questioning authority?
  • What are good sources of information?
  • Can you explain the meaning of the recent CDC whistleblower statement?

Whether you’re a parent or contemplating vaccines for yourself, doing your own research starts with an open mind. Listen in.

barbara loe fisherBarbara Loe Fisher is president of the National Vaccine Information Center, a non-profit charity she co-founded with parents of DPT vaccine injured children in 1982. Co-author of the seminal 1985 book, DPT: A Shot in the Dark, she has led a three-decade public information campaign to secure informed consent protections in U.S. vaccine policies and laws.

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misadventures of a parenting yogiListening to this show (and then buying Brian’s funny and wise book) is the perfect way to be introduced to the basics. It’s Holistic Parenting 101… enlightening for brand new parents, affirming for parents in the thick of it, and entertaining for everyone.

Brian is mellow, zen, and super insightful. He had me before page 1. In the Preface, Brian describes responding to his wailing 2 year-old, Benji, by sequentially implementing specific pointers from the vast library of parenting books he had just read. Benji stopped crying but Brian had no idea why.

You have to love anyone who reads 19 parenting books to figure out how to talk with a toddler. He’s not afraid to make fun of himself. And as any parent knows, there’s an awful lot of material to work with, when we’re willing to lighten up a bit.

We’ll be talking about circumcision, home birth, vaccines, and some of his favorite parenting philosophers, including Alfie Kohn and Lenore Skenazy. We also talk about the role of fear in parenting and how it feels when some of your choices go against the herd.

BrianLeafBrian Leaf is an author of numerous books, including Misadventures of a Garden State Yogi: My Humble Quest to Heal My Colitis, Calm My ADD, and Find the Key to Happiness, and Misadventures of a Parenting Yogi: Cloth Diapers, Cosleeping, and My (Sometimes Success) Quest for Conscious Parenting. He is a math tutor and owns the New Leaf Learning Center in Northampton, MA. Brian has studied, practiced, and taught yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda for 25 years.

Edison PCE 6-14-14 (3) crop PS2Louise Kuo Habakus is Executive Director of Fearless Parent, lead host and producer of Fearless Parent Radio, and mom of two. She is a published author, runs the non-profit Center for Personal Rights, lectures widely, and has appeared in numerous media outlets, including ABC World News TonightFox & Friendsand The New York Times. Louise was a Bain consultant and a C-level executive in the financial services industry. She holds two degrees from Stanford University. She is an advisory board member of GreenMedInfo.

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We are living in an era of chronic disease brought on by environmental exposures.  Our genes may load the gun, but our lifestyles are certainly pulling the trigger. Mainstream medicine has yet to truly acknowledge the role of diet, stress, and environmental toxins in health and disease.  After 30 years of increasingly aggressive screening and treatment, the goal of decreased breast cancer mortality has not been realized, according to prestigious journals and even conventional regulatory agencies.  If our current methods of detection are themselves carcinogenic, and lead to overdiagnosis and overtreatment, what alternatives do we have?  Join me in a discussion with Philip Getson, DO, family physician and board-certified thermologist, to explore the myths and facts surrounding thermography and its potential to fill this void in women’s health:  What is thermography and how does it work? Why might it be a good choice for cancer screening? Are there reasons not to use thermography? Do we know enough about what cancer really is yet? Beyond breast cancer, what are some other applications? When should women begin screening, and how frequently?

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Adrenal-related issues are seemingly epidemic today—many people complain of some degree of “adrenal fatigue” or “burnout.” This is hardly surprising given the incredibly stressful world we live in today. The unfortunate truth is adrenal-related issues are poorly understood.  In addition, most conventional healthcare providers still practice using outdated theoretical models from the 1950s, which fail to hold up in the face of modern stress physiology. In fact, the vast majority of so-called “adrenal issues” have nothing whatsoever to do with the adrenal glands themselves!  Nora Gedgaudas offers a cutting-edge paradigm that will not only help modernize adrenal concepts, but will also help individuals better identify what type of “adrenal dysregulation” they have and what to do about it.

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