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Faith + Beliefs

Blog posts on faith, beliefs, and how they do or don’t intersect with health science. A deep look at epistemology, aka the theory of knowledge.

Mulder vs. Scully Point-Counterpoint

By and February 22, 2016 No Comments

  Leslie and Julia both grew up watching the X-Files, which helped influence their careers both in journalism and in public health.  With the recent revival of the show in a six part mini-series on Fox, they’ve discovered that the show affected them in different ways.  Leslie viewed herself in the 90s more as a […]

Categories: Faith + Beliefs, Science 101 + Mythbusting

How I Got H1N1 (the “Swine Flu”) and Changed My Mind About Vaccines  

By December 7, 2015 1 Comment

  About 10 years ago I thought vaccines caused autism. I didn’t believe this fallacy with any fervor or passion – in fact, I hadn’t researched it any sense of the word.  It was just something I’d picked up from what I call background noise, the kind of passive media consumption we all tend to do in this super-technical […]

Categories: Faith + Beliefs, Infectious Disease + Vaccines, Science 101 + Mythbusting

Santa and Elf on the Shelf: Inappropriate Lies or All in Good Fun?

By December 1, 2015 1 Comment

As the winter holidays approach, Santa Claus and Elf on the Shelf are on the minds of many children who celebrate Christmas. Many parents’ thoughts also drift there, but for different reasons. Parents of young children wonder whether they should promote the myth of the jolly old man in the red suit or that tiny, habitually […]

Categories: Ages + Stages, Faith + Beliefs, Mental, Emotional, + Behavioral Health, School-Aged Children, Toddlers + Preschoolers