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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

The Food Babe’s travel advice? Risk Malaria and Yellow Fever

Many people have now read the post on Gawker, The Food Babe is Full of Shit. Ms. Hari (the self-styled Food Babe) was of course offended both at the profanity and the take down. Honestly, I don’t even consider shit a profanity, and well, A LOT of what she says is so scientifically ridiculous and/or … Continue reading

Your vagina cannot get you drunk

Stories about vodka-soaked tampons getting women clandestinely drunk continue to circulate and every now and then I get asked about this possibility. As there is a fairly recent study looking at some of the mechanics involved I thought I’d give it a go. The vagina is not a sponge It’s not like you can put … Continue reading

Reading Roald Dahl out loud should be required to decline MMR vax

The impact of not vaccinating children based on “personal beliefs” (i.e. science denialism) has come home to roost. The measles outbreak is growing exponentially due to the large numbers of unvaccinated people coupled with the extreme contagious nature of the disease. It can live on surfaces for 2 hours and a lot of people can … 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

Each case of measles costs $33,000 – there were over 600 cases in 2014

A measles outbreak has been linked to Disneyland, California. There are now 9 confirmed cases, 7 in California and 2 in Utah, and all visited Disneyland or the California Adventure Park between December 15 and December 20, 2014. Only one of those infected was full vaccinated (two were too young to be vaccinated). The health … Continue reading

What ingredient specifically scares you in the flu vaccine and why?

Dangerous ingredients, like toxins, antifreeze, and mercury, are touted by many as reasons to decline vaccination against influenza. However, toxin is an inaccurate term regarding vaccines (a toxin is a poisonous substance made by cells or organisms and is definitely not in any vaccine), mercury is a non issue (see below), and there is no antifreeze … 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

Dr. Oz is a TV version of Woman’s World magazine

I was standing in the checkout line at the grocery store (which was especially long as it’s Thanksgiving week and the store was packed) when my eye wandered over to the magazine rack and I caught a glimpse of Woman’s World. You know the magazine with the tabloid look  (weird-coated-not-quite-newsprint feel to the paper, bright … Continue reading

A letter to Dr. Oz for his In Box

Dear Dr. Oz, I know the #OzsInBox question on twitter didn’t exactly go the way you or your social media team expected. You told Sen. McCaskill when she asked you about the so-called miracles and medically baseless products that you promote on your show that you view yourself as a cheerleader, but consider #OzsInBox a … Continue reading

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