About Fearless Parent™
Fearless Parent™ is the thinking person’s daily dose of unconventional, evidence-based news about health, wellness, green living, and holistic parenting choices.
Children can heal and thrive but the answers will not come by doing what you are told.
The medical system is paternalistic and fear is its currency. The way forward is to walk past the gatekeepers. Defy convention. Dare to hope. Trust your heart. Use your head. Find your tribe. Be fearless.
We bring together cutting edge clinicians, researchers, and activists who are brilliant, collegial, professionally generous, and some of the bravest people you will ever meet. We work in the context of hopeful and compassionate community.
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Louise Kuo Habakus is the founding director of Fearless Parent™, lead host and producer of Fearless Parent Radio, and mom of two. She is a published author and runs two non-profits: Center for Personal Rights and Health Freedom Action. Louise lectures widely and has appeared in numerous media outlets, including ABC World News Tonight, Fox & Friends, and The New York Times. She was a Bain consultant and a C-level executive in the financial services industry. Louise holds two degrees from Stanford University. She is on the advisory boards of GreenMedInfo and The Documenting Hope Project.
Kelly Brogan, MD is Medical Director of Fearless Parent™, co-host of Fearless Parent Radio, and mom of two. She is board certified in Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine, and Integrative and Holistic Medicine. Holistic living, environmental medicine, and nutrition are the bedrock of her functional medicine practice. She serves as medical advisor to GreenMedInfo, Pathways to Family Wellness, and Fisher Wallace. Kelly holds degrees from MIT and Cornell Medical School.
Cornelia Mazzan is Creative Director of Fearless Parent™, co-host of Fearless Parent Radio, and mom of one. She is trained as a birth doula, a certified yoga instructor, a Reiki / energy work practitioner, and an aspiring midwife. Cornelia is co-leader of NJ BirthNetwork, former Holistic Moms Network chapter leader, and the past President of Real Mama, Inc. She has a degree in Fine Arts and is a web and print Visual Designer with nearly 20 years of experience.
Sayer Ji is a Strategic Advisor for Fearless Parent™, our business partner, and dad of two. He founded GreenMedInfo in 2008 to provide an open access, evidence-based resource supporting natural and integrative modalities. It is one of the top five natural health sites in the world (Alexa ranked), internationally recognized as the largest, most widely referenced health resource of its kind, with over one million visitors a month. Sayer is on the steering committee of the Global GMO Free Coalition and an advisory board member of the National Health Federation.
Jason Pucci, JD is a Strategic Advisor for Fearless Parent™. He is the Chief Operating Officer of a major investment real estate brokerage firm, responsible for corporate operations, including achievement of its financial objectives. During his tenure, his company closed 400+ transactions valued at $2 billion. Jason is a member of the National Leadership Council of Lambda Legal, a member of the New Jersey and New York Bars, and a licensed real estate broker. He holds two degrees from Seton Hall University.
Melanie Dragone, LSW is Social Media Director for Fearless Parent™ and mom of three. She loves researching about healthy lifestyle choices for families and sharing this information widely. She is a founding member of ID Life, a customized nutritional company. Before starting a family, Melanie worked as a New Jersey School Social Worker and as a Senior Director of Patient and Family Services for the American Cancer Society.
Valeri Sewald is Community Initiatives Director for Fearless Parent™ and mom of three. As a former chapter leader of Holistic Moms Network, Valeri enjoys sharing the many healthier choices that exist with those who are eager to learn more. She strives to learn better ways to detoxify her family’s world while teaching her children to respect themselves, their environment, and others around them. Before starting a family, Valeri worked at Citigroup as a Director in Global Rate Sales.
Lea Synefakis-Pica is Digital Analytics Specialist for Fearless Parent™ and mother to a monolithic toddler. She oversees digital analytics and user experience measurement for a Fortune 500 financial services company, and is a seasoned speaker on how to leverage thoughtfully presented insights to effect change. Personally, Lea is an aspiring blogger in the real food / holistic health / progressive parenting space and is terribly passionate about loving her family through nourishing real food, world music and dance. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and an MBA in e-Commerce.
You may notice that we prefer to be on a first name basis with our writers, radio hosts, and guests. Please know that we have deep respect for our experts but we find that the use of honorifics and titles can create emotional distance. Radio, in particular, is an intimate medium. We value professional expertise; however, we also seek the honest exchange of ideas between thoughtful individuals whose authority is not purely a function of the titles they may (or may not) possess. Most of all, we aspire to make connections based on our essential humanity.
I was greatly inspired and heartened by the correspondence between Professor Umberto Eco and Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini in the book Belief or Nonbelief? and share an excerpt below [pp. 17-18, 27]
Dear Carlo Maria Martini,
I hope you won’t think me disrespectful for addressing you by the name you bear, without reference to the robe you wear. Take it as an act of homage and prudence. Homage, because I’ve always been struck by the way the French avoid using reductive designations such as Doctor, Your Eminence, or Minister when they interview a writer, an artist, a political figure. There are people whose intellectual capital comes from the name they sign their ideas with. This is how the French address someone whose own name is his principal title: “Dites-moi, Jacques Maritain”; “Dites-moi Claude Levi-Strauss.” Using a person’s name is a way of acknowledging an authority that he would have had even if he had not become an ambassador or a member of the French Academy…
Act of prudence, I also said. Indeed, what has been asked of the two of us could prove awkward — an exchange of opinions between a layman and a cardinal. It might appear that the point is for the layman to solicit opinions from the cardinal in his role as a prince of the Church and a shepherd of souls. Such a thing would constitute an injustice, to the one appealed to as well as to his listener. Better that we carry out this dialogue… an exchange of ideas between free men. What’s more, by addressing you this way. I mean to underscore the fact that you are considered a leader of intellectual and moral life, even by those readers who are not committed to any belief or teaching other than that of reason…
Dear Umberto Eco,
I am in complete agreement. You address me by my birth name and I shall do likewise. The Gospels are not altogether benevolent where titles are concerned. (“But you are not to be called rabbi… And call no man your father on earth… And you are not to be called masters.” Matthew 23:8-10.) As you say, this way it is even clearer that ours is an exchange of ideas made freely, without plaster casts and role involvements. To be fruitful, it is important that our exchange be frank as we focus on common concerns and clarify differences, getting to the substance of what truly distinguishes us from each other…
Every tiny step toward understanding the great simple things means progress toward sharing the reasons why we hope…
Carlo Maria Martini