Sense or Nonsense? “Mothers should have immediate contact with their newborns in order to bond with them.”

The parent-child relationship is the child's first social relationship.  It is an important one.   A child's first important relationship with his or her mother starts to develop even before birth.  So, is immediate contact with a newborn necessary in order for a mother and child to develop a life long bond? There was a movement in the 60's and 70's in which people believed in a biological process that they called "bonding".  Bonding was meant to be a strong, biologically-based emotional … [Read more...]

Sense or Nonsense: “Put a coat on! You’ll catch a cold!”

It’s so easy to think that cold weather causes colds.  Winter comes, we go out into the cold, and we get colds!  It’s cause and effect! But it’s not.  Cold weather doesn’t cause colds.  Going outside with wet hair doesn’t cause colds. A cold is an upper respiratory infection caused by a set of viruses (called rhinoviruses).  Neither cold weather nor wet weather cause colds.  Further, cold weather does NOT weaken the immune system.  Imagine if it did!  If cold weather weakened our immune … [Read more...]