I am delighted to have on this podcast my colleague and friend, Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz M.D. Dr. Suzanne applies integrative medicine to Obstetrics and Gynecology , the way I apply it to Internal Medicine
Dr. Suzanne is fully trained in Ayurvedic Medicine and uses it in her practice. We talk about “what is Ayurveda” and how does it compare with Traditional Chinese Medicine. Ayurveda is one of the oldest healing systems and comes from India.
Ayurveda means the science of life and is directly related to Yoga.
We talk about the main modalities of treatment that are used in Ayurveda. And she points out that lifestyle management is a big part of Ayurveda.
Marma therapy is part of Ayurveda and is analogous to acupressure in Chinese medicine.
Dr. Suzanne brings in many aspects of integrative medicine to her practice and works closely with other integrative practitioners and that is how I met her. She provides a safe environment for women to talk to her about their lives and health.
We discuss how she uses Ayurvedic medicine in Obstetrics. The idea that “you are not in control” is a big lesson during pregnancy and we discuss this. Pregnancy lets a woman learn to let go! We talk about yoga and safe yoga practices during pregnancy. I am happy to see that Vitamin D is part of her basic prenatal blood panel.
We talk about Vitamin D in pregnancy and the prevention of diabetes in children and I mention the study by Elona Hyponnen and Vitamin D in pregnancy and early life in the prevention of childhood diabetes , which is becoming epidemic.
Dr. Suzanne teaches the Ob-Gyn residents at Cedars Sinai about the use of integrative medicine so they are familiar with it.
We talk about the use of safe supplements and lifestyle in obstetrics.
Then we talked about treatment of endometriosis. And the use of high dose vitamin D for menstrual cramps.
We then discuss HPV and the use of Green tea Extract topically and even orally for the treatment of HPV (Human Papilloma Virus). She may do some research with Cedars Sinai on this.
I ask her about the HPV vaccine, its effectiveness in preventing cervical cancer and its limitations. Pre-cancer vs dysplasia. Guardisil vaccinations do not guarantee never getting an abnormal pap test. We talk about why.
The role of boys and men in spreading HPV is discussed and now boys are getting the Guardasil vaccine as well.
Head and neck cancers are now connected to HPV contracted during oral sex, as well.
In the next podcast we will finish our interview with more information on bio identical hormones, menopause, and breast cancer.
You can learn more about Dr. Suzanne from her practice website
Soon, her own website will be up as well
You can reach her on twitter @askdrsuzanne
And on Facebook .
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