Organic Food Recall

In Blog, Infections, Nutrition, Obstetrical Care, Women's Health Topics by Dr. Gary Goldman

The FDA announced a voluntary recall of multiple products from the commonly found organic food company, Amy’s Kitchen. The manufacturer has found that some spinach they had used in the production of various foods may contain Listeria, which can make any of us ill, and in particular can be problematic in pregnancy. I have seen these products for sale in Whole Foods as well as elsewhere. Fortunately, no one has reported an illness attributable to ingestion of Amy’s Kitchen products to date; the recall has been issued “out of an abundance of caution.” If you have recently purchased any of …

Zika Virus- What You Need to Know

In Blog, Infections, Obstetrical Care, Women's Health Topics by Dr. Gary Goldman

Fast Take The Zika virus has recently become more prevalent in certain regions, particularly in Central and South America and the Caribbean. When pregnant women catch this virus, their fetus can develop microcephaly, which is an abnormally small head and brain, and is associated with significant neurologic impairment and occasionally death. The virus is transmitted by certain species of mosquitoes; thus prevention of mosquito exposure is paramount in preventing the disease. In men and non-pregnant women, a Zika infection is usually mild and self-limited. There is no vaccine and no specific treatment. We are currently recommending avoiding travel to regions …

Zika Update #1: Important New Information

In Blog, Infections, Obstetrical Care, Women's Health Topics by Dr. Gary Goldman

‘ Fast Track: There are several more countries that have been added to the CDC’s list of places where Zika transmission has been reported, and to where you should not travel. Zika has been reported transmitted by sex, rather than by mosquitoes, in one case in Texas; this prompts new recommendations for disease prevention. Testing is now allowed for any individuals, not just for pregnant women, who have travelled to endemic regions within the last two weeks and have at least two symptoms. Today Governor Cuomo announced free testing for pregnant women in New York who have travelled to endemic …

Do We Need Vitamins?

In Blog, Cancer, Integrative Medicine, Nutrition by Dr. Gary Goldman

Many of my patients ask me if they should take a vitamin or nutritional supplement. 49% of us currently use at least one supplement daily. I answer that it depends who you believe. According to the US Preventative Services Task Force in their 2014 statement, “The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of the use of multivitamins for the prevention of cardiovascular disease or cancer.” In a word: no. They did carve out a rare exception, such as folic acid in pregnancy, or correcting a known deficiency. Many other groups …

Vaginas Aren’t What They Used to Be…

In Blog, Gynecology, Menopause, Sexuality by Dr. Gary Goldman

Between Mother Nature and Father Time, from childbirth to menopause, vaginas are subject to trauma, aging, and dysfunction. Problems can be numerous: vaginal laxity, diminished lubrication, painful intercourse, difficulty in achieving orgasm, decreased orgasm intensity, urinary incontinence, and pouting labia. Our options have been limited and often less than satisfactory. From fair quality over-the-counter lubricants to hormonal therapy with the potential for long-term adverse side effects, from surgical procedures requiring general anesthesia and long, painful recuperation, to Kegel exercises with disappointing results, these options are typically met with an understandable lack of enthusiasm. Finally, we have an ideal option that …

Blues Cure the Blues!

In Blog, Holistic Medicine, Integrative Medicine, Nutrition, Obstetrical Care by Dr. Gary Goldman

An article just published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has shown a remarkable nutritional approach to preventing postpartum blues. Women using a supplement of 2 g of tryptophan and 10 g of tyrosine (both simple amino acid proteins), plus blueberry juice with blueberry extract on days three through five after delivery significantly reduced their incidence of postpartum blues. Read more here: http://bit.ly/2njvOUN

Do You Enjoy Eating Pesticides?

In Blog, Holistic Medicine, Integrative Medicine, Nutrition by Dr. Gary Goldman

The Environmental Working Group released its 2017 list of the Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen fruits and vegetables. Thanks to Dr. Josh Axe for publishing this data. In random samples of fruits and veggies, almost 70 percent of 48 non-organic samples tested positive for at least one pesticide. A single strawberry sample harbored 20 different pesticide residues! Not only do these pesticides increase your chance of developing cancers, they also destroy the delicate balance of bacteria that you harbor in your gut. Those bacteria form your microbiome, and are essential in your health. They help you to fight off …

Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll

In Blog, Holistic Medicine, Integrative Medicine, Sexuality by Dr. Gary Goldman

Weed. Pot. Marijuana. Does using this herb impact your libido and frequency of sex? In a ground-breaking article recently published by Stanford researchers in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, the surprising results confirmed a clear correlation! Data from over 50,000 men and women were collected over several years and analyzed. Marijuana users reported a significantly higher frequency of having sex than non-users. The reasons why this behavior occurred were not evaluated. Was it improved libido? Was it chilling out? Or was it the likely associated rock and roll? That will have to wait for future studies. In the meantime, you …

A Screening Test for Ovarian Cancer – Finally on the Horizon!

In Blog, Cancer, Gynecology, Ovarian Cancer by Dr. Gary Goldman

In a stunning breakthrough, Dr. Martin Widschwendter recently described a blood test that can find early ovarian cancer, potentially helping to save numerous lives. As published in the December 22, 2017 issue of Genomic Medicine (https://genomemedicine.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13073-017-0500-7), Widschwendter has demonstrated that screening for abnormal fragments of altered DNA in circulating blood can find ovarian cancer up to two years before it is otherwise clinically detectable. In this report, Dr. Widschwendter and colleagues at University College London first found multiple altered (methylated) DNA fragments common to many tumor samples from high grade serous ovarian cancers – the most common form of ovarian cancer. …