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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

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

10 natural therapies for killer menstrual cramps

Most women report some painful or discomfort with their period. However, some women have killer cramps (the medical term is severe dysmenorrhea) and for many of them life goes on a 3-5 day hold once a month. Period pain is due to release of a substance called prostaglandins from the lining of the uterus during … Continue reading

A vagina should smell like a vagina not a peach

Two men want to change the way we smell and by we I mean women and by smell I mean specifically our vaginas. They apparently also want to change the way dog feces smells, but I’m only going to talk about vaginas because that is my area of expertise. Austen Heinz and Gilad Gome, founders … Continue reading

Does vitamin E help breast pain?

It was breast pain (mastalgia) that led me to find the irregular area in my breast on Friday. I gave up caffeine for less than 24 hours – no evidence to support its effectiveness in reducing cysts and one small study suggests it can improve pain, although other studies say no. I went with the … Continue reading

ArginMax, a supplement for better sex. Evaluating the evidence.

ArginMax is a supplement marketed to improve sexual satisfaction. It contains L-arginine (an amino acid), Gingko biloba, Panax ginseng, American ginseng, Damiana, vitamins A, C, E, and B-complex, zinc, and selenium. The hypothesis is that the ingredients favor the production of nitric oxide, one of the chemicals our bodies make to increase blood flow. Blood … Continue reading

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