Pegasus or Vitamin K – Know your Facts

Pegasus - The Flying Horse of Greek Mythology

Pegasus – The Flying Horse of Greek Mythology

Myths about the vitamin K shot

Why are some parents refusing the vitamin K shot for their infants? Well, like parents who refuse to vaccinate their children against measles and other infectious diseases, parents who refuse the vitamin K shot are usually basing their decision on misinformation. Often this information is spread via the Internet and propounded by the same small factions of people that urge parents to avoid or delay childhood vaccines. The rumors surrounding the vitamin K shot, like anti-vaccine rumors, are not based in science or medicine but are the result of fear-mongering.
For instance, one myth is that a preservative in the vitamin K shot can cause childhood leukemia. Scientific studies, however, disprove this theory and the American Academy of Pediatrics, after reviewing various studies on this issue, has concluded that there is “no association between the intramuscular administration of vitamin K and childhood leukemia or other cancers.”And, contrary to some reports online, there are no “toxic” or otherwise unsafe ingredients in the routine vitamin K shot.
Another myth is that the vitamin K injection is unnecessary.Some parents believe that an infant will be sufficiently protected if the mother eats plenty of vitamin K prior to delivery and continues to do so while exclusively breastfeeding. The fact is, a mother simply cannot pass sufficient levels of vitamin K to her infant through breastfeeding, even if she eats kale (one of the richest food sources of the vitamin) until she turns a deep leafy green. And while vitamin K does pass through the placenta to the infant, again the amount passed is insufficient to protect the baby.
Other parents believe that they can protect their infant by giving an oral vitamin K drop, and there are some unscrupulous people who sell these drops online. But the drops are a poor substitute for the intramuscular vitamin K injection, for several reasons. Unlike with the injection, there is no standard regimen or formula for oral vitamin K, so parents using it can’t be assured that their child will be protected adequately, if at all. In addition,the absorption of vitamin K is much less reliablefrom an oral liquid than from the injection; that is, just because the baby swallows it doesn’t guarantee they’re getting the full amount of the vitamin. And moreover, whereas the injection is a one-time, single dose, oral vitamin K must be administered repeatedly over a course of weeks.

Excerted fom the article “Why babies need Vitamin K”, which appeared in Berkley Wellness.


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Parents must learn that if your kids never get angry at you then you are probably being too permissive. And, kids don’t do well with parents who are either too authoritarian or too permissive. They do best with authoritative parents who are nurturing and set limits. 

Sugar and Spice – What Are You Made Of

"WHAT ARE LITTLE GIRLS MADE OF? (NURSERY RHYME)" What are little girls made of? Sugar and spice, And everything nice, That's what little girls are made of.

What are little girls made of?
Sugar and spice,
And everything nice,
That’s what little girls are made of.

Herbs, Spices, More

Various foods eaten by breastfeeding women (from carrots and garlic to mint and vanilla) affect the flavor of their breast milk. Interestingly, a mom’s prenatal diet—if it regularly includes strong spices such as curry, cumin or fenugreek—may affect her newborn’s body odor.

The Anti-Vaccination Epidemic

Garth Williams. The Kitten Who Thought He Was a Mouse, 1954. Garth Williams. The Kitten Who Thought He Was a Mouse, 1954.

Almost 8,000 cases of pertussis, better known as whooping cough, have been reported to California's Public Health Department so far this year. More than 250 patients have been hospitalized, nearly all of them infants and young children, and 58 have required intensive care. Why is this preventable respiratory infection making a comeback.

In the 1990s, when new vaccines were introduced, the news media were obsessed with the notion that vaccines might be doing more harm than good. The measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine might cause autism, we were told. Thimerosal, an ethyl-mercury containing preservative in some vaccines, might cause developmental delays. Too many vaccines given too soon, the stories went, might overwhelm a child’s immune system.

Then those stories disappeared. One reason was that study after study showed that these concerns were ill-founded. Another was that the famous 1998 report claiming to show a link between vaccinations and autism was retracted by The Lancet, the medical journal that had published it. The study was not only spectacularly wrong, as more than a dozen studies have shown, but also fraudulent. The author, British surgeon Andrew Wakefield, has since been stripped of his medical license.

But the damage was done. Countless parents became afraid of vaccines. As a consequence, many parents now choose to delay, withhold, separate or space out vaccines. Some don’t vaccinate their children at all. A 2006 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that between 1991 and 2004, the percentage of children whose parents had chosen to opt out of vaccines increased by 6% a year, resulting in a more than twofold increase.

Whooping cough, mumps and measles are making an alarming comeback, thanks to seriously misguided parents.



Measles. Mumps. Whooping cough. Diseases that were largely eradicated in the United States a generation ago are returning.

Across America and around the globe, children are getting sick and dying from preventable diseases—in part, because some parents are choosing to skip their children’s shots. How and why do vaccines work? What are the biggest concerns and misconceptions, and what are the risks to the child and society when people decide to forego immunization? The award-winning science series NOVA helps viewers find the answers they need.

“Immunization plays a crucial role in our public health, yet there is a tremendous amount of apprehension and confusion around the topic,” said Paula S. Apsell, Senior Executive Producer for NOVA. “In VACCINES—CALLING THE SHOTS, NOVA dispels the myths and examines the latest science, engaging parents and viewers in a conversation with real answers about the best way to protect their families.”

NOVA: Vaccines – Calling The Shots Premieres Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 9PM/8c on PBS!