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Jay Gordon, MD
Jay Gordon's newest book is "Preventing Autism" (March 20, 2013)
He is a nationally recognized pediatrician, nutritionist, lecturer, teacher, magazine columnist, and the author of numerous books including "Good Food Today, Great Kids Tomorrow," "Good Nights: Happy Parents' Guide to a Good Night's Sleep," "Listening to Your Baby" and "The ADD/ADHD Cure." Along with being the father of a wonderful college-age daughter, he considers among his greatest accomplishments his firing as a medical correspondent by all three major TV networks for "crimes" including on-air criticism of tobacco companies targeting children and of infant formula companies for discouraging breastfeeding (unfortunately the latter comments were live and immediately preceded a formula company commercial).

His website, receives over 10,000 hits a day.

Entries by Jay Gordon, MD

National Breastfeeding Month's Official Movie

(1) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 11:36 AM

The Milky Way: Not Just Another Breastfeeding Documentary

August is National Breastfeeding Month. I am very proud that Jennifer Davidson asked me to be one of the doctors in her film. In America, the pervasive effect of formula industry money is obvious: Every pediatrician is exposed to hundreds of pages...

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Remembering Dr. Paul Fleiss: 5 Decades in Pediatrics

(12) Comments | Posted July 20, 2014 | 4:39 PM

I met Paul Fleiss in 1977 during my residency at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. There weren't a lot of vegetarian doctors who advocated breastfeeding for every baby and mother nearly 40 years ago, and he and I hit it off immediately.

He was the most courageous doctor I had...

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Knicks vs. Pacers

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2013 | 11:45 AM

My friend and excellent mom Jess has a great analytical basketball mind. She wrote this guest post this morning.


Discuss - George or Melo? Oh, that's easy. And this is coming from a person who's dog is named Melo. I'm considering changing it to George. Just...

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CDC: One in Every 50 Children Has Autism

(474) Comments | Posted March 21, 2013 | 2:19 AM

Today the CDC announced a 72 percent increase in the diagnosis of autism over the past four years. One of every 50 children aged 6 years to 17 years has an autism spectrum diagnosis.

Ten years ago, the number was 1 in 150.


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World Breastfeeding Week Sucks According to this Lactation Consultant

(13) Comments | Posted August 3, 2012 | 6:59 PM

My good friend and lactation expert Susan E. Burger, MHS, PhD, IBCLC has strong feelings about World Breastfeeding Week. I have to agree that it's the New York Time's worst time of year for those of us who so strongly support nursing mothers and also think that the...

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Medical Information

(2) Comments | Posted February 13, 2011 | 11:32 PM

So . . . the anticipated larger reach has roused me from lassitude to mention that there really are excellent resources for medical information on the Internet. The Huffington Post offers a platform for a wonderfully diverse group of medical writers and I'm happy to be here.

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Gisele Bundchen, Nutrition Expert?

(237) Comments | Posted August 9, 2010 | 2:17 AM


In a recent magazine article, Ms. Bundchen was quoted saying that breastfeeding should be the legal norm for all babies for the first six months of life.

Of course, this generated a storm of protest about "feeding choices" and whether or not we should listen to someone with her...

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PBS Frontline on Autism Resorts to Pseudo-Documentary, Tabloid Journalism

(1518) Comments | Posted April 28, 2010 | 3:07 AM

Tonight PBS aired a show called "The Vaccine War." I was interviewed at great length and in great depth about vaccines and my point of view and expressed my ambivalence about the polarization of this issue and the need for more calm reasoned discussion about the number one question that...

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The Lancet Retracts Dr. Andrew Wakefield's Article On The Autism/Vaccine Connection

(469) Comments | Posted February 3, 2010 | 8:36 AM

Based on the findings of Britain's General Medical Council, the journal had no choice but to retract the twelve-year-old research and I agree with their retraction. At the very least, the study was far too small, and -- as I've said repeatedly -- had too many methodological flaws, to be...

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A "National Emergency?" No, a National Anxiety Attack

(71) Comments | Posted October 28, 2009 | 2:59 AM

I wrote this note in response to a post on "Peachhead2," a parents' bulletin board.

"With all due respect to Dr. Gordon's article and his opinion posted [on Peachhead2] I would love to hear [another] doctor's opinion about the H1N1. I talked to a neurologist last week and he...

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Autism and Toxins

(478) Comments | Posted June 15, 2009 | 3:11 AM

Dr. Harvey Karp has just written an excellent blog beginning to discuss the role environmental toxins play in causing autism. I agree that the huge rise in autism is real, and not just related to better diagnosis or reclassification of mental illness. Autism is most likely caused by a genetic...

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Tamiflu/Rumsfeld/H1N1 redux

(9) Comments | Posted April 27, 2009 | 1:52 AM

The Swine Flu news stories must bring to mind the previous ad campaign to sell Tamiflu.

This virus is being made to sound mysterious because the diagnoses are being made in scattered areas. This should merely highlight the fact that tens or hundreds of thousands of people with bad...

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My April Fool's Press Release Was Small Time Satire; This One's Real!

(1) Comments | Posted April 22, 2009 | 4:31 AM

Look at the date on this incredible article supposedly published in JAMA!!

Wait! This is not satire? It really WAS published April First in JAMA!???

By some of the most important doctors and authors in the world???

They stole my idea? I'll call my lawyers in the morning.

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Goliath and the Gnats: The Resuscitation of an April Fools' Joke that Should Have Been Allowed to Die

(2) Comments | Posted April 20, 2009 | 4:45 AM

Well, that wasn't April's only storm. An April Fool's joke I posted to a private group of a few thousand doctors, lactation experts and other medical experts triggered alarm in the halls of my club, The American Academy of Pediatrics.

Interestingly, the AAP may actually have dramatically...

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Monday's Los Angeles Times

(42) Comments | Posted April 20, 2009 | 3:21 AM

Dr. Rahul Parikh's article entitled, "Parents, Don't Be Immune to Vaccine Truths" should not have been published by the Los Angeles Times. He begins by painting a grim picture of a child in Mumbai who survives a case of tetanus. Instead of attempting to educate parents, his stated aim,...

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(24) Comments | Posted March 31, 2009 | 3:08 AM

The Los Angeles Times featured a scary, virtually fact-free article about vaccines on its front page Sunday. They dredged up old stories and concluded with a quote from an over-exposed expert who makes millions of dollars from his vaccine patents.

Parents' blogs and bulletin boards lit up and...

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The Vaccine Court Was Wrong

(21) Comments | Posted February 16, 2009 | 3:21 PM

They were disdainful and unscientific in their approach and did not gather the needed evidence. In the absence of that evidence, they should have insisted on further studies to assist in the decision-making process.

Vaccines as they are now manufactured and administered trigger autism in susceptible children.

This will be...

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"There Is No Proof that Cigarettes Cause Cancer"

(242) Comments | Posted February 16, 2009 | 12:23 AM

It took fifty years before the courts finally acknowledged that cigarette smoking causes cancer.

There were billions of dollars at stake.

The dozens of court decisions that there "was no proof" were supported by physicians, expert witnesses of all types and hundreds of millions of dollars...

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Pay Doctors for Talking to Their Patients

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2009 | 12:52 AM

Congress and President Obama will have to challenge the insurance companies' obsession with scalpels, scopes, shots and medication.

The most important thing I do every day is talking to the parents and the children in my pediatric office. There will be no effective reform of health care until a...

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Evidence of Harm

(3) Comments | Posted April 19, 2008 | 12:43 PM

No proof, but there is evidence that polycarbonate baby bottles which contain bisphenol A (BPA) have a "hormone-like" effect on the reproductive system. The CDC has issued cautions and now the Canadian government will be banning this toxic substance.

There are a large number of substitutes and

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