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The Girlfriend Doctor w/ Dr. Anna Cabeca

Sep 9, 2021

It’s important to be empowered regarding your health and any intervention you are considering, especially if you are pregnant. Dr. Anna discusses two cases from recent history of medical interventions that were once approved for use with pregnant women, but turned out to have serious side effects, and explains why it’s important to make your own decisions regarding your health. 

  • [0:05] Do no harm is part of the Hippocratic Oath that doctors take which essentially means that doctors are students of harm, and deeply understand the risks and benefits of medicines and procedures.
  • [0:45] There have been a couple of interventions done in the past that were approved until we better understood the long-term consequences, but the initial push back on an intervention is often met with ridicule.
  • [2:00] Dr. Anna recently published a Facebook post saying that pharmaceutical companies should be held liable for vaccine injuries which was met with not one, but two people shaming her for her viewpoint.
  • [3:30] DES was initiated in 1941 and was originally meant to reduce the risk of miscarriage. It wasn’t until 1971 did the FDA pull the drug from the market. It was found that not only did the drug not have the intended effect, it increased the risk of a clear cell adenocarcinoma of the vagina in girls as young as 8 among other side effects like increased risk of breast cancer and infertility.
  • [5:35] There is an ongoing study of people exposed to DES in utero going into the 2nd and 3rd generations.
  • [7:10] Dr. Anna looks at a study published in 2018 looking at the genetics of grandchildren of people exposed to DES as well as advertisements used to promote the intervention at the time. The advertisements essentially guaranteed a live birth, which was definitely not the case.
  • [8:45] For sons of women who took DES while pregnant, they had a higher percentage of epididymal cysts and smaller testes. If your partner has experienced these symptoms, it’s important to check out the medical records and find out if their grandmother may have taken DES in the past.
  • [10:05] In any case, it’s always better to diagnose cancer sooner rather than later. Research is showing that the third generation of men have an increased risk of hypospadias.
  • [10:35] Gender orientation studies showed a slightly higher percentage of men reporting being gay or bisexual as a result of being exposed to DES in utero.
  • [11:40] More recent studies have revealed a correlation between early exposure to DES and cancer, cardiovascular disease, myocardial infarction, depression, earlier menopause, and infertility.
  • [12:50] We need to look at the studies and consider the risks of any intervention. We should be accountable for the effects that may happen to not just us, but in additional generations.
  • [13:25] We are what we eat, ate. What our food has been injected with and treated with has an impact on us, especially hormone disruptors which have been shown to have a history of genetic effects.
  • [14:25] We need full transparency of the risks and benefits of any intervention, especially in pregnancy.
  • [15:10] Thalidomide was also FDA approved for pregnant women in the United States in the past and was first thought to help with morning sickness. It was removed from the market in Europe in 1961 because of an incredibly high number of birth defects linked to the intervention.
  • [17:05] Thalidomide can also be transferred through a man’s semen, which can expose their partner to an increased risk of blood clots and autoimmune issues.
  • [17:40] Many drug reps have approached Dr. Anna with some fantastic-sounding treatments, but they often end up having unintended consequences.
  • [18:20] Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis was the first to recognize that children born in midwifery centers did better than children born in a medical center. He showed that by simply having the doctor wash their hands before handling the baby they could reduce childbirth fever to below 1%. For his efforts, he was ridiculed, stripped of his medical license, and had a nervous breakdown.
  • [19:50] It wasn’t until the work for Louis Pasteur confirmed the germ theory did people understand what Dr. Semmelweis was saying.
  • [20:25] Practice medicine that makes sense. Use the best information we have at the time and empower the individual in physical, mental, and spiritual health. We can support our immune system with good nutrition. We can support our minds with gratitude practices.
  • [21:30] Empower your health, regardless of what you may have been exposed to in utero. Treat your body like a temple and do what’s right for you. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about a treatment.
  • [23:05] Empower oxytocin to be the leading hormone in your body. Every decision you make will lean towards fear or love. Choose love.




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