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T. dot com and the code unladylike where back with twitter's resident gynecologists Jen Gunter the first step in fixing the medical internet for her was getting the truth out there in a way that made sense so in twenty eleven then launched her blog Dr Jen Gunter Dot Com and quickly she realized that readers responded a lot more when she sounded less like Doctor Gunter and more like just gin so I just thought I I'm just GonNa right like how I am and I've gotTa talk like how I talk because I think that what what drew me to those predatory sites was that veneer of authenticity and I guess on that didn't sit well initially with a lot of you know people in medicine they're like oh you can swear and I'm like well who fucking made that rule not me I didn't make that rule oh the patriarchy me that roll right right right yeah fuck off then in twenty fifteen jen discovered a little website Gwyneth Paltrow had started call old goop a friend had sent her goop article that warned under wire bras might cause breast cancer for the scientific record they do not and Jen explained why in a blog post titled Hey Gwyneth Paltrow. GYN's says stop scaring women about Bras and breast cancer and as good grew into a quarter billion dollar wellness empire over the next few years. Jen didn't let up she blogs about why Gwyneth endorsement of vaginal steaming was full of hot air why goups high in vitamin packs were scientifically worthless and perhaps most famously how they're sixty six dollar vaginal jade eggs could not as goup claimed at the time quote balance hormones regulate menstrual cycles prevent uterine prolapse and increase bladder control at the same time John's post went viral consumer watchdog group was also side Iowa Coupe was selling an twenty eighteen the Santa Clara California district attorney's office find the company one hundred and forty five thousand dollars for making unsubstantiated marketing claims and way more significantly the settled in bars goop from selling quote miss branded unapproved or falsely advertised medical devices wellness is not your friend should have the same I with wellness as you do for Big Pharma they are the same thing or four trillion dollar a year industry and they've just able to Kony onto the societal shame about the reproductive tract and make it sound like they're your girlfriend's trying to help you out but really they're just trying to sell you a useless product just like the Douche people just like the douchebag so it sounds like wellness is totally misnomer absolutely snow wellness product I would use you know and I consider myself pretty educated on wellness more so than most physicians right I've been to a conference to goop wellness conference I read a lot of about wellness yeah I it's wellness is is big farmers you know evil stepsister because they're they're doing less like you know honest doesn't do any studies at all I mean at least Pharma does some you know you can walk into any manufacturer of birth control pills antidepressants then go to the end of the line and take the pill and it will contain what it says right so at least like there's that minimum standard in big Pharma you don't have that standard in wellness and everybody gives them a pass I'm so fascinated by that this is highly profitable industry that has to prove nothing and yet somehow they're lying back here to save us it's fascinating to me kristen was also fascinating is how Gwyneth and her groupies responded to the criticism the accused agenda of condescending to women who simply want to exercise more autonomy over their health ironic because that's exactly what Jen is trying to do d bunk the bullshit that compels us to buy Vagina Crystals Volta Beauty Miss with yes or an actual thing and herbal suppositories that do Thoraya John's advice the super simple yeah I mean I mean that's pretty much the same with most of your skin less is more you know soap is drying cleansers are less drying and when your skin is dry that that's the enemy of your skin when your skin is dry the acid mantle cracks there you're more likely to exposed to a sort of you know environmental pressures that can irritate your skin so you know you skin care is is less it's not more with products that have scents and smells are more likely to irritate you and you know if you're trying to be green isn't the green thing to use less like to use less products Mike that's that's the greenest thing is to biles so you have a a lot of laugh out loud lines in your book a lot of like I got looks in public reading the book not for the cover just for me cackling spreaker you talk about something that Kristen and I have also talked about in our show which is the fact that vaginas are self cleaning ovens so could you just explain that that concept a little bit yeah I mean the vagina China is so glorious all it's adaptive mechanisms I mean they there you have vaginal discharge this ecosystem that keeps everything perfectly healthy see we have a good bacteria that's usually lacked a bacilli but some women can have other populations of good bacteria which maintain a low Ph in produce other products that are sort of you might best think of sort of natural antibiotics if you will sort of substances that kill bacteria and so the low Ph makes his hard for other bacteria oh keeps everything in the ecosystem you also have this net of mucus that stretched over everything which is basically a physical barrier for the cells and a. and also probably transport mechanism for all the good substances that keep the healthy and in the cells are shed very regularly so about every four hours the sort of the purpose of the cells comes off in a new layer takes over like a conveyor belts and those cells floating around in your vagina the bad bacteria doesn't know if those free floating cells are attached to you or not Jesse's cells Oh my God food let me attach and then your body's like ha ha this was the defense mechanism and bacteria goes out stuck on the cells and the discharge it said Oh cool that's why you shouldn't be reaching up there at a scoop out discharge why should just be leaving it all alone because you're vaginas got you covered here that y'all if you've gotTa Jonah it's got you covered love it also love all the old wives tales a new wellness woo woo that Jen fact checks in the China Bible yes here is just a sampler platter of Scientifically Bogus Advice Jen debunks in her Bible here goes plain cotton underwear keeps volvos freshest boric acid rebalancing vaginal ph sitting around in swimsuits causes yeast infections in fact let's see more yeast infection related claptrap floating around the Internet than for any other gynecological condition and there's also the lie that Vaginas can listen up like old S- crunchies control causes infertility and Ping after intercourse prevents. Ut Is it goes on and on and on Chris dead well fortunately caroline the price is right bus Sissel Baloney Dr Jen Gunter come on down and educate us on all the unmentionable."