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GOOP camouflages hormone hints among the hydrangeas

Despite all the GOOP-related press in the past few weeks I still keep to my general frequency of bi-weekly GOOP medical rounding so I can be up to date on their biologically implausible yet expensive health conversations. It seems that after they got all uncensored with me on July 13th there have been no new … Continue reading

Ayurvedic medicines may be poisoning you. Literally.

I often read of recommendations for Ayurvedic medicine on sites espousing alternative medicine. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health Ayurvedic medicine originated in India over 3,000 years ago and involves the use of herbal compounds, special diets, and other health practices. I didn’t think too much about this practice as a distinct … Continue reading

Bran Buds are good for your vagina, just another reason to buy Kellogg’s

Before anyone panics I have not gone full Paltrow and this post is not about making a Bran Buds® douche, it’s a love letter to my favorite cereal. I’m often interviewed by women’s health magazines about “best foods for your vagina.” No one ever wants to hear about the amazing benefits of fiber because apparently … 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

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

Vaginal marijuana for menstrual cramps: the grass isn’t always greener

Foria wants you to know they are selling vaginal suppositories of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol) called Fiora Relief for menstrual cramps. Each suppository contains 60 mg of THC and 10 mg of CBD. Foria claims they can treat the pain of menstrual cramps and endometriosis. Is this possible? THC and cannabidiol (CBD) are compounds found … Continue reading

Just because you can eat your placenta doesn’t mean you should

Every few news cycles placenta-eating seems to make the rounds. I’ve already seen it a couple of times  this year, so I figured the Internet is trying to tell me something.  Some women, but mostly those who recommend and/or prepare placenta for them, think that ingesting placenta can cure/help post partum depression and possibly a … Continue reading

Dr. Oz rattles his glass operating theater as he comes out swinging against detractors

Dr. Oz plans to strike back at the doctors who wrote a letter (see below) to the Dean of Health Sciences and Medicine at Columbia calling for his resignation. Oz’s response will apparently be in the form of an episode of his show this Thursday. CNN is reporting that an Oz spokesperson had the following … 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

Gwyneth Paltrow says steam your vagina, an OB/GYN says don’t

On today’s episode of ask the experts we pit the gynecologic advice of Gwyneth Paltrow, a consciously uncoupled actress and self-professed lifestyle expert who dabbles in vaginal health, against that of yours truly, a board certified OB/GYN who has completed a 5 year OB/GYN residency and a fellowship in infectious diseases and is an expert … Continue reading