I used self-hypnosis for both of my natural labors as well as showers and baths, massage, homeopathy, and the greatest power of all: the power of my mind to force out the notion that pain with purpose – labor — is something to fear. It’s “natural.” And, remember, just like The Secret, wishing makes it so! We based ours on research and discussions with our pediatrician, and we’ve been happy with that decision, but obviously there’s a lot of controversy about it. At least, there isn’t a scientific controversy about vaccines.
Unfortunately, even with her Ph D in neuroscience, Mayim Bialik is apparently incapable of of figuring that out. She completely gushes about them on her Facebook page because Dr.
In fact, Barbara Loe Fisher, Sherri Tenpenny, and Lauren Feder are featured very prominently on the Holistic Moms Network page on vaccination. If there’s one more thing that should tell you all you need to know about the Holistic Moms Network approach to science-based medicine, then take a look at its sponsors: Boiron (manufacturer of the homeopathic remedy for flu known as Oscillococcinum), the Center for Homeopathic Education (and I bet it is homeopathic too), the National Center for Homeopathy, and a whole bunch of other purveyors of woo and quackery.
The other thing about the Holistic Moms Network is that it’s also very, very heavily into “natural” childbirth, otherwise known as home birth, and Bialik is totally down with that, even to the point of thinking that women should have to suffer because it’s more “natural”: Birth is intense; squeezing a baby out of your body is a challenge, no matter what your “pain tolerance.” However, our culture medicates routinely for a variety of “normal” emotional experiences (encouraging medication for people in the early stages of grief comes to mind), and medicating for the emotions of birth is no exception.
I believe that children, like adults (and perhaps better than most adults? Notice how the naturalistic fallacy that apparently drives Bialik to eschew vaccines for her children and pain relief other than homeopathy and mind games during childbirth for herself is also leading her to impose on her own children her idea that children somehow magically know how to be raised properly and at their own pace when, by her own admission, they could clearly use help and would probably benefit from speech, occupational, and physical therapy.
By Bialik’s own admission, her children are developmentally delayed, but she is not willing to give them the extra help they appear to need.
But it’s nothing to fear unless you also think we ought to fear women crying when they are sad or laughing when they are happy.
There are numerous effective pain-management techniques to use in labor. Also “natural,” apparently, is not vaccinating her children: Reader N. remembers reading about your contemplating whether or not to vaccinate the kids. We are a non-vaccinating family, but I make no claims about people’s individual decisions.
Unfortunately (in this case at least), actors aren’t their characters, and even more unfortunately Bialik isn’t anything like Amy Farrah Fowler, at least when it comes to science. Picture the sort of organization that would name itself the Holistic Moms Network, turn it up to 11, and then multiply it by another 11, and you have an idea. Also on the Holistic Moms advisory board is the grand dame of the antivaccine movement herself, the woman who arguably more than anyone else is responsible for starting the most recent iteration of the antivaccine movement in the U. Yes, I’m talking about Barbara Loe Fisher, the founder and president of the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), a bastion of antivaccine propaganda since the 1980s.
Whereas Amy Farrah Fowler is scientific to the point of having difficulty functioning in “normal” society, Bialik, I just learned from commenter yesterday, is heavily into the woo. Well, it should tell you a lot that she’s a celebrity spokesperson for the Holistic Moms Network. The Holistic Moms Network is a cesspit of “natural” parenting, where “natural” apparently means embracing every form of “natural” woo known to humans. Just one look at its advisory board should tell you all you need to know. Lauren Feder, who bills herself as specializing in “primary care medicine, pediatrics and homeopathy” and has been a frequent contributor to that bastion of quackery and antivaccine looniness, Mothering Magazine, where she recommended homeopathic remedies to treat whooping cough. She’s not the only antivaccine activist on the advisory board, though.