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I’m a guest blogger!
Our guest blogger this week is James Herbert, a Pharm D Student at South College School of Pharmacy, Knoxville, TN. He is a Husband, Father, Doctor Who fan, science fiction fan, philosophy-theology aficionado, and ex-IT guy with dreams of using informatics and technology to enhance pharmacy’s role in improving patients lives. He says, “I’m just a regular guy livin’ the dream because in the end aren’t we all?”
His topic addresses a situation begun decades ago and is now coming to a head. We introduced this subject last week with an article regarding the re-branding of patients to customers. Herbert believes there’s more to it than just semantics.
A paradigm shift in healthcare begun years ago, speeds toward the downgrade of the patient to a statistical economic construct.
Patients are now being referred to as customers.
This is a dangerous shift…
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It’s sad that when a doctor makes a medical statement everyone has a critical eye. When an actor makes a medical statement everyone hops on the bus. Maybe that’s why Dr. Oz got into television?
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 in vulvovaginal disorders.
Ms. Paltrow, recommends a V-steam. Her words: “You sit on what is essentially a mini-throne, and a combination of infrared and mugwort steam cleanses your uterus, et al. It is an energetic release—not just a steam douche—that balances female hormone levels. If you’re in LA, you have to do it.”
My response: Don’t.
The vagina (and uterus and vulva for that matter) should be viewed as self-cleaning ovens. We know that douching is harmful, heck, even seminal fluid can be harmful (exposure to multiple partners without condoms is…
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Not the best quality but still spot on…