In GOOP Health: Wellness Panem style

I went to the GOOP Health event in New York because I know you wanted me to go. Think if it as repayment for every post of mine you liked or shared. I was on the fence about it, but my friend Dara Kass (also a doctor) convinced me to check it out. She said …

Did the military use coffee enemas? I had to know.

I recently delved into the bowels of coffee enemas. I knew that Gwyneth Paltrow and GOOP were happy to shill for Big Wellness and sell over-priced, harmful coffee enema kits and of course there are many "integrative" doctors firmly on the groundless coffee enemabandwagon, but honestly I really thought coffee enemas were something people spoke …

With Trump’s physical pay attention to what’s missing compared with Obama’s last exam

President Donald Trump had his physical exam today. The Press Secretary told us that he was in "excellent health." The results will be in next week. Actually, to be more precise "some of the details" will be in next week. That could be because some test results are still pending (although most bloodwork will be …

Doctor on SXSW wellness advisory board wonders if Bill and Melinda Gates are “Profit-mongering sadists.” Melinda Gates is speaking at the conference.

The South By Southwest conference, SXSW, recently announced that Melinda Gates will be speaking.   Bill and Melinda Gates and their foundation have taken on many philanthropic roles around the world. From a health care standpoint they have, for example, championed vaccines and dedicated resources to accelerating the decline of human immunodeficiency virus worldwide. What I find curious …

Gwyneth Paltrow and GOOP recommend irrigating your rectum and colon with coffee. Don’t.

It seems January is Gwyneth Paltrow's go-to month for promoting dangerous things that should not go in or near an orifice. January 2016 brought us vagina steaming, January 2017 brought us jade eggs, and here we are in the early days of January 2018 and goop.com is hawking coffee enemas and promoting colonic irrigation. I suspect …

What you shouldn’t put in your vagina: 2017’s greatest hits

It seemed as if the medical Internets of 2017 was as the mercy of a random vagina-woo generator. No sooner had I written an impassioned plea about why substance X shouldn't go into the vagina I was getting tweets and Facebook messages about object Y. I blame Gwyneth Paltrow. I mean why not, but if …

A magnet next to your vagina will not treat hot flashes (or anything else)

It appears Gwyneth Paltrow does not have a corner on the "rock in your crotch" market as LadyCare, a product apparently not named by Ron Burgundy, is selling a magnet to clip to your underwear with claims that it can cure pretty much everything, from hot flashes to low libido to stress. Take that you low …

Can you pass a grade 8 sex ed test?

My two 14-year-old boys are finishing up their sex ed module today. As an OB/GYN I'm very impressed with the breadth of the subject matter. Their public middle school devoted four weeks of science classes to sexual education. I asked my kids if everything they learned made them more or less interested in sex. Obviously …

I was groped by the editor of an OB/GYN medical journal. I’m not the only one.

In 2014 I was an invited speaker at the International Pelvic Pain Society (IPPS). My first day there I attended the session on research. I was excited to hear what Dr. Khalid Khan, the editor of The British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology,had to say about writing a good paper. An editor's take on what gets published, …

Dear Alabama Voter, I’m an OB/GYN and Roy Moore is wrong about “ninth month” abortions.

Dear Alabama Voter, I am an OB/GYN who trained to do abortions almost as late as they can go. For several years I practiced in a state with no gestational age limit, meaning I could technically have done “due date” abortions. While I don’t do abortions anymore I think it is fair to say that …