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Fearless Parent Radio – A Medical Doctor Unconventionalized by Autism – 11.30.16

When she was told that her 20-month-old son had autism, Andrea Libutti MD was devastated. Therapists said he would never communicate with others, nor would he ever form meaningful relationships. Still, Andrea refused to accept that dim prognosis and instead embarked on a years-long journey of discovery and healing.

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Fearless Parent Radio – How to Raise A Healthy Child In Spite of Your Doctor – 04.27.16

Do you have a pediatrician you love? Do you even know what that could look like? In the current polarized medical climate, finding a like-minded — or even open minded — pediatrician is not always easy.

But… there was one pediatrician who was willing to swim against the tide — loudly and proudly — even back in the 1970s. In this episode, homebirth midwife Sally Mendelsohn and Dr. Maya discuss Dr. Robert Mendelsohn’s “renegade” ideas, including his books How To Raise a Healthy Child In Spite of Your Doctor and Confessions of a Medical Heretic.

How did Dr. Mendelsohn start on his visionary path and how was it received by the medical establishment?

What were his thoughts about birth, ultrasound, breastfeeding, and vaccination?

What, if any, practices and attitudes have changed since he wrote his books?

Robert Mendelsohn, MD (1926-1988) was one of the first outspoken, renegade pediatricians. A graduate of University of Chicago for both his undergraduate studies as well as medical school, he went on to write numerous books including How to Raise a Healthy Child in Spite of Your Doctor, Confessions of a Medical Heretic, Male Practice: How Doctors Manipulate Women, and more. He was selected by President Johnson to lead Project Head Start’s Medical Consultation Service. He publicly questioned the mainstream attitudes about medication, parenting, birthing, ultrasound, immunizations, hospitalization and surgery. He appeared on over 500 television and radio talk shows.

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Fearless Parent Radio – Tech Brain: The Vice Grip of Screens and Lights – 04.20.16

Guest // VIctoria Dunckley, MD Host // Carla Atherton

Has technology grabbed ahold of your kids’ brains, with the vice grip of blue screens and blinking lights? It’s affecting our children socially. It’s messing with brain function and development. It’s causing health problems from fatigue to sleep problems. It’s a catalyst of emotional upset, from tantrums and depression to addictions and even violence.

Gulp.

Do you have a daughter who’s not responding well to treatment? Do you suspect that you son is being medicated unnecessarily?

Could screen time be affecting your child’s grades, happiness, sense of self, relationships, and overall quality of life? Could it be at the root of an ADHD or Oppositional Defiance Disorder diagnosis?

Find out during this interview, and learn how you can join host Carla Atherton and Dr. Dunckley for a screenfast challenge. Reverse these tech side effects and develop new, healthy relationships with technology.

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Fearless Parent Radio – Which Nutritional Supplements Are Right For Me? – 04.13.16

Guest // Tieraona Low Dog, MD
Host // Maya Shetreat-Klein, MD

We are constantly bombarded by mixed messages that a given nutritional supplement is good for us one day, and the next day it’s not. With more than 30,000 dietary supplements in the marketplace and new studies coming out every day, it’s no wonder we all feel confused and overwhelmed.

Dr. Tieraona Low Dog has a masterful command of this science, which she brilliantly lays out in her new book, Fortify Your Life. Listen to her share her wisdom and hear her recommendations for using food and supplements to meet your nutritional needs:

Which common nutrient depletions are of particular concern for women, especially during pregnancy?

What nutrients do babies need that they might not be getting from your breast milk and that are not in your prenatal vitamin?

What nutrient-dense foods are you avoiding that could protect your body and brain?

How nutritional deficits in children can impact behavior, attention and intelligence quotient.

Tieraona Low Dog, MD is an internationally recognized expert in dietary supplements and integrative medicine. In addition to her many years as a clinician and educator, she has been involved in national health policy and regulatory issues, serving on advisory panels for the White House and the U.S. National Institutes of Health and chairing two committees on dietary supplements for the U.S. Pharmacopeia. She is the author of Healthy at Home, Life is Your Best Medicine, and Guide to Medicinal Herbs. Learn more at drlowdog.com or follow her on Twitter @Lowdogmd.

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Fearless Parent Radio – Teen Boundaries Around Tech Usage – 02.24.16

Do you have trouble talking to your teens about creating boundaries around their usage of technology?

Do you feel like they are sometimes lost to you, immersed in a world of blue lights and virtual relationships?

Do you want your teenager to have communication and social skills and healthy real-life relationships with their peers, family, and themselves and are worried about the power technology has over them?

Uh, yes!!! Please…

This whole new world of texting and the world wide web of the internet has made it such a massive challenge for parents to keep their kids safe. It is an added challenge to teach them healthy boundaries around what the internet exposes them to and what influences their choices, both of which influence the formation of their very self-esteem and self-image. BIG stuff!

Technology isn’t going away. How can we allow our children to use technology as a tool rater than become enslaved while still allowing them space for self-expression and connection? Listen to (R)evolutionary Mama’s interview with the Guidance Girl, Emily Roberts, about how we need to effectively face this issue head-on with clarity and direction.

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Fearless Parent Radio – HPV Vaccination Whistleblower – 01.27.16

Since the HPV vaccine was introduced to the public in 2006, it has been surrounded in controversy:

conspicuously fast tracked by the FDA;
speedily endorsed by the CDC;
rapidly introduced to be mandated by nearly every state in the US;
unusually challenged by some of the media and medical establishment, including the New England Journal of Medicine, the New York Times, and even one of its inventors;
hailed by Pharmaceutical Executive magazine as “brand of the year” for its innovative and breakthrough marketing savvy;
so aggressively promoted by Merck that Gardasil sales exploded, far eclipsing its flagship Measles, Mumps and Rubella II vaccine and bailing the company out of its staggering Vioxx litigation woes; and
so widely adopted that, today, approximately 60% of adolescent girls and 42% of adolescent boys have received the vaccine.
Time to add another bullet point to the above list…

On January 14, 2016, the activist blog SaneVax revealed the details of an open letter sent by Sin Hang Lee, MD to the World Health Organization claiming “manipulation of data and suppression of science in order to maintain the illusion of HPV vaccine safety in the face of valid contradictory evidence.”

Valerie Borek, Esq interviews SaneVax chief Norma Erickson about the stunning allegations:

Who is Dr. Lee and why/how is he in a position to make these statements?
What, exactly, did he say?
What are the policy implications of this announcement?
What has been the response of medical and government authorities?
Is the HPV vaccine safe? What should parents do?

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Fearless Parent Radio – Is Fluoride Safe? – 01.20.16

Water fluoridation is the controlled addition of fluoride to a public water supply to control tooth decay. The CDC says that the safety and benefits of fluoride are well-documented. It’s also in our toothpaste. Dentists promote it. Maybe you took fluoride pills when you were a child or you give fluoride in vitamin drops to your baby. We’ve been fluoridating our water for over 70 years; so long, in fact, that few people question its wisdom.

But there is much more to the story. The Fluoride Action Network shares some surprising facts, including:

97% of Western Europe does does not fluoridate its water
Fluoridated countries do not have less tooth decay than non-fluoridated countries
40% of teens show visible effects of fluoride over-exposure (36 studies show a correlation between fluoride and lower IQ)
Did you know that the fluoride that is put in our water is a toxic byproduct of the fertilizer and aluminum industries?

The dominant paradigm used to be, “The solution to pollution is dilution.” Now we are discovering that many toxins accumulate in our bodies and our environment.

Could many chronic diseases of modernity be linked to water fluoridation?

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Fearless Parent Radio – Health Lessons From Hollywood – 12.09.15

Guest // Suzanne Somers

Host // Kelly Brogan, MD

Yes, we want to be healthy. Once we stop nodding at the basic platitudes — sound sleep, regular exercise, smart nutrition — however, we’re left wrestling with the brutal realities of living in the real world:

It’s hard to be healthy. I’m not smart enough to reconcile so much conflicting information. Do whole grains promote health or cause inflammation?
I’m too busy to be healthy. Who has time for this? I run out of day before the end of my job and family obligations.
It’s stressful to be healthy. When I have free time, I want to chill out. I do not want to research about health.
It’s bad for my social and family life to be healthy. People think I’m weird or they feel implicitly criticized by my actions. My family wants to fire me.
It’s not enough to be healthy. I want to look good. What happens when the thing that’s healthy conflicts with the thing that makes me look and feel my best?

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Fearless Parent Radio – CPS and Medical Marijuana – 12.02.15

Guests //Indra Lusero, Esq and Heather Thompson, PhD

Host // Valerie Borek, Esq

Across the country, states are legalizing marijuana use. Parents are discovering that medical marijuana can offer life-changing relief for their chronically ill children. But when child protective laws are not simultaneously updated, families can be caught in the middle.

Join co-host Valerie Borek, Esq as she interviews two activists in the trenches. They explore this disconnect, with a lively and important discussion on personal, medical, legal, and privacy rights, and how to protect our families:

How legal marijuana use can have negative consequences on families.
The importance of informed consent in maternity care.
The problems with the dissociation between criminal and child protective laws with respect to legal marijuana.
Understanding your options if you or your newborn tests positive for tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) when you are pregnant, a parent, or breast feeding.
Understanding what we know, what we think we know, and what we believe about marijuana use in pregnancy and breastfeeding.