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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

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

How did Andrew Wakefield get Tribeca to accept his anti-vax film?

By now most people have heard about the controversy surrounding Tribeca, Robert De Niro and Andrew Wakefield. If you haven’t here’s the short version. Wakefield directed a film, Vaxxed, that was accepted to the Tribeca film festival. The trailer looks like a one way trip down a rabbit hold of conspiracy theories. The fact that such … Continue reading

Stress and a bad diet can cause chronic pain, just ask my cat

As a pain medicine physician one of the hardest parts of my job is to get people to buy into the idea that addressing stress or anxiety or sleep or nutrition doesn’t mean I think their pain is “all in their head” or that I am not taking their pain seriously. Or both. Chronic pain … Continue reading

There is no safe DIY herbal abortion

The New York Times just published a fascinatingly tragic piece entitled The Return of the D.I.Y Abortion. The article looks at Google searches for inducing an abortion at home and for 2015 the author found 700,000 related Google searches in the United States. Searching for this information was more common in states with more barriers … Continue reading

Cheryl Tiegs is ok with Sports Illustrated glamorizing women who are too thin

Ashley Graham, a gorgeous woman and plus-sized model, is on one of the three Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Edition covers.   This is what Cheryl Tiegs, a former swimsuit model herself, had to say: “I don’t like that we’re talking about full-figured women, because it’s glamorizing them, because your waist should be smaller than 35 (inches).” … Continue reading

Hey Rubio an OB/GYN says there’s no such thing as a “due date” abortion

As per usual when GOP candidates get together they beat their chests and howl about who is more anti-abortion. The loudest at the most recent debate was Marco Rubio. Why do people pester him about abortion and the fact that he thinks raped women should be forced to carry their pregnancies to term, when the … Continue reading

Hey Vox you can’t be a feminist and be “pro-life”

For the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade Vox.com chose to publish a piece entitled, “Why I’m a pro-life feminist.” Given the ever increasing erosion of abortion rights and the fact that 2015 brought a banner year of criminalizing pregnant women one would have thought that focusing on facts instead of propaganda would be the … Continue reading

Denying women abortion increases their risk of serious illness and death – new study

The Turnaway study looks at women who are “turned away” from having abortions because of missing gestational age limits versus those who are able to obtain the care they desire. This is a very important study for two reasons. One, we need to understand the true impact of limiting access to abortion. Two, many papers … Continue reading

Intravaginal DHEA isn’t an “alternative” to estrogen it’s the prodrug

Intravaginal DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) is being studied to treat atrophy the painful changes in the vaginal tissues that affect many women after menopause. It is being touted by the manufacturer and some doctors (especially those studying it and consulting for the company) as an alternative to estrogen. But is it? First of all, atrophy is an important … Continue reading

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