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3 health article submissions by the Mothering community.

Stupid Advice Your Doctor Gave You ... and what you learned from it

  Photo by Jennifer Margulis “When my baby turned one, my doctor told me to feed her ice cream every night, because she was measuring small for her age. It was my first child and I didn’t know better. No wonder she doesn’t like carrots. I was just clueless. Clueless. Thankfully when #2 and #3 came along I chose to listen to my doctors more selectively.” —K., mother of three in Solon, Ohio. “An hour after our first baby was born the nurse tried to give her a Hepatitis B vaccine. I didn’t understand why we would vaccinate for a sexually transmitted... read more

Doctors Doing Damage

When my friend B. went to see a specialist last Thursday, she watched a representative from a drug company sail into the waiting room carrying six cups of coffee and a bag of pastries for the office. In the meantime she sat and waited. And waited. And waited. She had an 8:30 a.m. appointment but wasn’t seen until 9:15. “It’s just wrong,” she wrote in an email to some friends. We haven’t been to the doctor in almost three years and I have been struggling with camp forms lately, wondering who to list as our primary care physician. Do we even have one? But I... read more

A Rant Against the Overuse of Antibiotics

  Athena, who just turned 9, has never taken an antibiotic When Athena was a baby she got an infection on her face. I ignored it for several days but finally took her to our favorite doctor in Massachusetts, whose office was in Hadley. “So, what’s wrong with the baby?” He asked me, as he scrubbed his hands in the sink in the examining room. “That’s what I came here to ask you,” I said. “Tell me what you think.” “Okay,” I took a deep breath and realized I was genuinely glad he was asking. “I think she has a bacterial infection. I... read more

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