Taking care of your gut is one of the most important things you can do for your health—bar none. That’s because your gut contains your microbiome. The microbiome, located in your gastrointestinal tract, consists of trillions of microbes that outnumber our cells roughly 10 to one—and they play a key role in how well your immune system, digestion and brain all function.
People with low levels of good bacteria (the microbes that help fight disease) in their microbiome are likely to suffer from conditions that have been linked to poor gut health, like autoimmune diseases, neurodegenerative diseases and inflammatory bowel disease, which can lead to colorectal cancer.
In 2012, I was shocked to learn that new guidelines issued by the the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists stated that women should wait three to five years between Pap smears, which are the primary method of screening for cervical cancer. Thanks to that recommendation, which has influenced insurance company policies, annual Pap tests are no longer the standard of care today—and I see that as a huge problem.
One of the issues I’m most worried about as a hormone specialist is chemicals that can affect my patients’ hormone levels. I’ve already told you about how endocrine-disrupting chemicals can lower testosterone—but they can actually pose even more harm than … Continue reading
As a hormone specialist, I see male patients all the time who want to be checked for low testosterone. It’s a smart move on their part. Testosterone affects more than just sex drive and erections. It plays a key role … Continue reading
While a fancy meal and hand-picked gifts can surely make Valentine’s Day special, the holiday of love is really about intimacy, and there’s no better place to build that than in bed. But great sex doesn’t just happen. Having an … Continue reading