Dyspareunia or painful intercourse (S4E4)

Dyspareunia or painful intercourse is a condition that can be devastating to many couples.  There are a variety of different causes of dyspareunia with some of the most common ones including vulvodynia (or pain of the vulva), postpartum dyspareunia, endometriosis, … Read More

Canker Sores (S4E3)

Medicine loves to put complicated labels on simple conditions and canker sores are no exception. They are usually dubbed as aphthous stomatitis and if they are recurring they are called RAU or recurring aphthous ulcers.  I’ll just stick to canker … Read More

Eating healthy the Scrooge way (S4E2)

If I had a dollar for every time I have heard a patient tell me that “I can’t afford to eat healthy”, I would be as rich as Scrooge.  The sad thing about this is that everyone can afford to … Read More

The 11 Rules of Harm Reduction (S4E1)

In substance use disorder, one area that often takes a back seat in the ongoing effort to influence public health is harm reduction.  Although medicine is constantly trying to put out fires, substance use disorder, or SUD for short, is … Read More

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (S3E12)

When someone claims to have great dexterity in something, you often hear them say “It’s all in the wrist”.  However, as far as carpal tunnel syndrome goes, there is a bit more to it than that.  Carpal tunnel syndrome is … Read More

Pain & Trauma Liniment (S3E11)

Chinese medicine has many different interventions that are beneficial for pain and swelling. One in particular that most of us practitioners use is a topical liniment known as Zhen Gu Shui (正骨水 ), which literally translates as “Rectify bone liquid”.  … Read More

Opiate withdrawal revisited (S3E10)

In episode 2 of this season, I covered how the opiate withdrawal syndrome can be alleviated with either oral or intravenous nutrient therapy.  However, there is actually a little more to the story of opiate withdrawal syndrome that should be … Read More

Asian Porridge Extraordinaire (S3E9)

We’ve all read or heard of the “chicken soup for the soul” book series, and most of us know that chicken soup is reputed to be good for you when you are sick, but many in the west have yet … Read More

The Wisdom of Traditional Diets (S3E8)

Westin A. Price was a dentist in the 1930s, who performed, perhaps, one of the most extensive and important nutritional studies ever undertaken in human history.  Although this study’s primary purpose was to determine why dental caries (cavities) occurred, it’s … Read More

Aspartame and it’s less sweet characteristics (S3E7)

Of the 2700 or so chemicals that are added to our food supply as preservatives, dyes and sweeteners, aspartame is perhaps the most well known.  Although it has the same caloric value as sugar of 4cal/g, it is about 200 … Read More