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GOOP gaslights women re: vaginal jade eggs claiming selling them is no endorsement!

The piece I wrote on why women shouldn’t put jade eggs in their vaginas, never mind wear them for extended periods of time, has caused quite a stir. There are major issues with the post on GOOP, which is not surprising as they did not interview a gynecologist or a pelvic floor physical therapist. My … Continue reading

Some women are treating vaginal yeast infections with garlic. Here’s why you shouldn’t.

Vaginal yeast infections are common, up to 75% of women will have at least one and 5% of women suffer from chronic yeast infections (meaning four or more a year). Many women out of frustration with allopathic medicine (preventing recurrent yeast infections can be challenging) or because of their beliefs turn to alternative medicine options. … Continue reading

Gwyneth Paltrow is still steaming her vagina for $wellness. She’s still wrong. Here’s why.

In an interview with The Cut non gynecologist, Gwyneth Paltrow extolled the virtues of “vagina” steaming for wellness or something called “swellness.” Sigh. It’s this abuse of the term wellness that bothers just as much as the idea of “vagina” steaming. That wellness is about trying unproven yet expensive mystical therapies that must be healthy … 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

Whoopi Goldberg’s menstrual marijuana has lots of issues, a GYNO explains

My phone blew up this morning with health reporters asking about Whoopi Goldberg’s new health venture – medical marijuana for period pain. Why did the health reports ask me? Yes I’m a doctor on social media a lot, but I’am also board certified in OB/GYN as well as holding two different board certifications in pain … Continue reading

Andrew Wakefield is apparently a legimate source of vaccine info at University of Toronto

Earlier this year two groups of academics (scientists and faculty members) at the University of Toronto wrote letters of concern to the President of the University regarding the course Alternative Health: Practice and Theory HLTD04H3-S, Special Topics in Health taught by Beth Landau-Halpern, a homeopath. One group wrote about their concerns that the course presented … Continue reading

Dear Columbia University it’s not about academic freedom it’s about ethics and liver cleanses

Dr. Oz is under fire again, this time from a group of 10 physicians who wrote a letter to Columbia medical school reporting their dismay that he remains on faculty. Columbia came back with the expected “academic freedom” response, which is apparently a license to say and do anything. I understand that innovation can come … Continue reading

How did the University of Toronto IRB approve a homeopathy for ADHD study?

The University of Toronto is taking heat for studying homeopathy in children with ADHD. For those of you not familiar with homeopathy, it is the practice of treating patients “with diluted natural substances aimed at stimulating the body’s healing systems” (this definition is from the paper used as the pilot study for the clinical trial … Continue reading

From the larder to the lab, 3 medicinal uses for bacon

You might think of bacon, that thing of gustatory beauty that is salted, cured pork, as just pleasure for your taste buds, however, one of the first medical facts I learned in 2015 was that bacon has medicinal purposes (apart from making you feel better after eating it). With this new knowledge at hand the … Continue reading

A gynecologist sums up 2014

  Another year of blogging has passed, 87 posts to be exact bringing my archive to 376 since inception. It’s really interesting looking back to see what resonated with people and what didn’t. I am (like most years) amazed at what I’ve learned along the way as I read an average of 3 articles for … Continue reading

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