Rational Thinking About Essential Oils

Essential Oils

This is the second of three posts that I plan to write about essential oils. In the first, I discussed the dangers of using essential oils in place of proven medications for serious medical conditions. My goal today is to discuss everything except the evidence that is available. (I’ll cover that in a later post.) Before you continue, if you … Read more

Clearing Up the Nipple Confusion

Nipple Confusion

One of the first challenges that new parents encounter is feeding their baby. It can be tough. It’s an emotionally charged topic for many moms–one that’s prompted a constant stream of “mommy wars.” People on both extremes can get downright nasty towards those who disagree. New mothers often realize quickly that, while breastfeeding may be “the … Read more

The “Clean Label Project” is Playing Dirty

The “Clean Label Project” is Playing Dirty

Earlier today, a group called “Clean Label Project” released the results of a study that they say found dangerous contaminants in infant formulas and baby foods. It’s been going around on social media and various news outlets, and, as is often the case, it has benefited from some pretty irresponsible reporting. (My favorite tagline was “The … Read more

Drink the Water, Not the Kool-Aid: A Little Fluoride Won’t Hurt Your Kid

fluoride in water

  Earlier this week, Newsweek published an article about a possible link between fluoride in water supplies and ADHD. It seems to have caused quite a stir. Just three weeks ago, Newsweek published another article (by the same author) about a potential link between water fluoridation and thyroid disease. If you read the comment threads–which I wouldn’t recommend, you’ll see … Read more

A Formula For Success: The Formula List

Formulas list

This is an extensive list of commercial infant formulas, along with a brief description of each. This list is meant to be used in conjunction with A Formula for Success: The Ultimate Guide to Infant Formulas. If you haven’t read it yet, please do; this list will be confusing if you don’t. Unless otherwise noted, all formulas … Read more