Fran Howell and Kari Christianson, members of MedShadow’s sister site, DES Action USA, worked with Our Bodies, Ourselves to write the chapter on DES in OBOS in 2011. Here are their thoughts. By Fran Howell and Kari Christianson News that Our Bodies, Ourselves will no longer publish updated editions caught many women by surprise, and especially those of us in the DES (diethylstilbestrol) community. For some it was the first time they’d read about prenatal DES exposure, and what they read was accurate. That’s because DES Action had been asked to write the chapter on DES, and then update it.…

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By Jamie Zimmerman, MD Doctors. When you think of them, what comes to mind? Stethoscopes, white coats, pills?  What if there were a new kind of doctor? One who prescribes meditation, yoga, and other contemplative practices, rather than (or in addition to) doling out medication? More and more doctors are taking an integrative approach in their practices, offering patients alternative therapies to address a multitude of health problems. Here’s how meditation has helped my patients and suggestions on how it might help you. The words meditation and medication sound suspiciously similar, and this is no coincidence.  These words, along with…

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By Kari Christianson Program Director, DES Action USA Pink Viagra – Really?! The Food and Drug Administration has been seeking input from women about the condition “Female Sexual Dysfunction.” This is a fairly new term for low libido in women and has not been recognized by the American Psychiatric Association. The FDA wants to hear from women about their experiences with this condition and the treatments they have tried. DES Action USA sent a letter to the FDA outlining our concern about the safety and efficacy of any drug intervention for women, let alone for a dysfunction only recognized by…

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