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If fetal pain is a thing then all deliveries should require general anesthesia

Using the junk science of supposed fetal pain before 24 weeks many lawmakers have enacted laws designed to stop second trimester abortion. There are now 17 states with 20-22 week bans (many of the laws use incorrect terminology and count gestational age from fertilization, which is of course not how we do it in medicine). … Continue reading

Livia isn’t a new off switch for period pain, it’s an expensive TENS unit

I’ve been asked so many times about Livia in the past month that I figured it’s time for me to just post on it. The makers of the device claim it is an “off switch for period pain” and that it is a “new device.” It’s neither. What Livia appears to be is a TENS … Continue reading

Glamour gives risky period advice, recommends dangerous sea sponges

Of course I clicked when this tweet from Glamour came across my timeline. The article mentions the following four products: washable period underwear, washable pads, menstrual cups, and sea sponges.  The first three are great, but menstrual sponges are not. This is what Glamour said about sponges: Yup, you can stop your period before it … Continue reading

Gwyneth Paltrow’s toxic lube advice

Today’s episode of Gunter v. GOOP involves the post on lube, written of course by a naturopathic doctor, for Gwyneth Paltrow’s tepidly awaited first sex issue. After all, why ask a board certified OB/GYN when you can ask someone with infinitely less training in both medicine and science. Want to know about naturopathic training, read this … Continue reading

The ethics of claiming you were called to assess Prince for addiction

I was shocked to hear that an addiction medicine specialist, Dr. Kornfeld whose clinic is coincidentally in my neck of the woods, has come forward (or rather had his lawyer come forward) claiming his team was assessing Prince for possible addiction therapy. This is from the Minneapolis StarTribune: Dr. Howard Kornfeld, a national authority on … Continue reading

Science says cancel the Biggest Loser

A new study was released on weight loss and maintenance that has been covered on many sites. Researchers from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) evaluated contestants from Season 8 of the TV show the Biggest Loser. They found that 13 of the 14 contestants studied regained some or all of their weight that was lost … Continue reading

Oklahoma State Medical Association’s shameful response to draconian abortion bill

Senate Bill 1552 is on the Governor of Oklahoma’s desk. If signed into law abortion per se wouldn’t become illegal, it’s just if a doctor does one she or he would lose their medical license. There is an exception to save a mother’s life, but no rape exception. If enacted this would be the most … Continue reading

Bernie Sanders surrogate Dr. Song sells “false hope” to cancer patients for $150 a test

Bernie Sanders surrogate, Dr. Paul Song, said this at a rally in New York: “Now Secretary Clinton has said that Medicare for all will never happen. Well, I agree with Secretary Clinton that Medicare for all will never happen if we have a president who never aspires for something greater than the status quo. Medicare … Continue reading

Check your privilege and your facts before discussing sex selective abortion

Dr. Brian Goldman, in his blog for CBC radio, wrote about the new article in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) on the sex ratio after induced abortion in Ontario, i.e. sex selective abortion. The article in the CMAJ confirms what is no surprise to me as an OB/GYN, that the ratio of male to … Continue reading

Gywneth Paltrow promotes “Psychologist Astrologer” because magic is the new medicine

  In her ongoing bid to strip science from health care Gwyneth Paltrow’s GOOP is featuring a “Psychologist Astrologer,” Dr. Jennifer Reed. What on earth does a psychologist astrologer do, you ask? Apparently someone who offers “comprehensive birth chart readings that go well beyond character-defining traits to address the way you interact with the world—and … Continue reading

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