Category: Dr. Dad

Admit When Your Wrong – I Do

By J. Ron Eaker, M.D.   I made a mistake. I messed up. I goofed. Cometí un error. As a type “A” physician who was raised on the idea that M.D. stood for ‘medical deity,’ this is hard for me to admit. However, I have grown from those early hubristic tendencies, now my daughters insist that M.D. stands for ‘my daddy’, so I am embracing my inner screw up and hope to cleanse my guilty soul through admission and penitence. I’m coming clean. In my book Healthy Habits for a Fit Family I spend some time talking about nutrition...

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Hormones

By J. Ron Eaker, M.D.   “If I don’t use hormones I will shrivel up and become a dried up crone!”     “If I use hormones I will get breast cancer and gain 40 pounds!” What is a Person to Do? Part of the answer lies in understanding the fallacy in both statements. Probably no other area of women’s health is so fraught with misinformation and hearsay as in the use of hormones. There are several caveats that must be acknowledged before you can make an intelligent decision. Caveat Number One It is an individual decision and what works...

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This Just In

By J. Ron Eaker, M.D.   We live in an age of information overload. Do a Google search on anything reasonably relevant and you get more than a million hits, many of which have little or nothing to do with your search topic. Nevertheless, information is ubiquitous. What is in short supply is useful information.   As a public service, I have culled the vast recesses of the InterWeb and discovered new studies, useful facts and fodder for water cooler gossip, all touching on women’s health. BRCA 1 A new study out of the Duke Cancer Institute indicates that...

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Ovarian Cancer

By J. Ron Eaker, M.D.   September is ovarian cancer prevention month so this is a perfect time to address what has become, for many women, a source of fear and anxiety.  Ovarian cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths in American women with about 22,000 diagnosed and 14,000 dying from the disease each year. About 75 percent of women with ovarian cancer are diagnosed with late-stage disease. Only 15-40 percent of women survive for five years after initial surgery that is performed to remove cancerous tissue from the abdominal cavity in combination with chemotherapy. While those...

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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

By J. Ron Eaker, M.D.   I was vegetating recently whimsically considering my next column topic and I decided to take a populist bent and find out what people are interested in. I did what any 21st century computer geek would do and researched what was trending on social media as it applied to women’s health. I was surprised to discover that PCOS or polycystic ovarian syndrome was sitting at the top of searches on the InterWeb. A bit more research stoked my curiosity as I realized that one out of 10 reproductive-age women will experience PCOS sometime in...

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