Dr. Amy Tuteur is an obstetrician-gynecologist. She received her undergraduate degree from Harvard College and her medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Tuteur is a former clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School.

DECEMBER 30, 2009 9:55AM

Revenge of the bacteria


It's not often that you find scary stories in scientific journals, but a new paper in the journal Microbiology offers a scary story indeed. Effect of subinhibitory concentrations of chloride on the competitiveness of Pseudomonas aeruginosa grown in continuous culture d… Read full post »

Cesarean vs. mortality

At first glance, the graph above appears to represent an indictment of contemporary obstetric practice. From 1970-1980, the C-section rate rose precipitously, and the neonatal mortality rate also dropped precipitously. Since then, the C-section rate has continued to rise ever faster,… Read full post »

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DECEMBER 18, 2009 7:21AM

Homeopathy: nano-doses or mega-stupidity?


The hallmark of homeopathy is the belief that tiny doses of medicinal substances have big effects. It's like insisting that the less salt you put in water, the more salty the water will taste. In other words, it defies common sense, is scientifically unfounded, and has been thoroughl… Read full post »

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DECEMBER 16, 2009 7:41AM

Strengthening the immune system?


Proponents of "alternative" medicine often disagree profoundly on treatment methods. Sick? In pain? Try this homeopathic remedy that contains no active ingredients. Stick needles into acupressure points. Wear magnetic foot pads to pull the toxins out of your body.

But on one point all… Read full post »

overweight woman

It’s official. America hates fat people.

Human beings are constantly searching for socially sanctioned reasons to feel superior to others and in 2009, those who are thin feel mighty superior to those who are not. How else could a college dare to make body mass index… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 23, 2009 9:08AM

Insured breasts matter more

insured breasts

Every year, for lack of timely screening and treatment, hundreds of women will die of breast cancer. No, I’m not talking about the change in mammography screening guidelines for women aged 40-49. I’m talking about women of any age who will not have access to mammography o… Read full post »

car crash

There has been much righteous indignation expressed in response to the new US Preventive Services Task Force changes that no longer recommend routine mammograms for women aged 40-49. The indignation takes two basic forms. The first is the assertion that it is worth any amount of mone… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 19, 2009 8:43AM

Breast panels


When I heard about the US Preventive Services Task Force mammography recommendations issued on November 16, I had two thoughts. The first was that these recommendations are old, not new, but people keep ignoring them for political reasons. The second was that the Republicans would ex… Read full post »

imperfect view

Americans, particularly American women, are shocked, bewildered and angered over the change in mammography guidelines. Many emphasize that it is changes like these that foster distrust in the medical system and lead people to seek alternative practitioners. That’s unfortunate b… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 17, 2009 8:45AM

New mammography guidelines aren't new


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Consensus Development Conference on Breast Cancer Screening for Women Aged 40-49 … concluded that data on the benefits and risks of screening mammography for women aged 40 through 49 are sufficiently mixed that informed decision making… Read full post »


What would you think if the package insert for your new medication said the following?

Our company, Drugs4All has tested this medication in 20,000 people and collected copious data about its effects. But we made a promise to Drugs4All shareholders that we will not let… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 11, 2009 6:09PM

Men fake orgasm?

clenched hand

Everyone has heard about women faking orgasm, but most people assume that men would never do so, and that it is impossible in any case.

A new study in the Journal of Sex Research aims to over turn the conventional wisdom. Men’s and Women’s Reports ofRead full post »


President Obama believes that the primary goal of healthcare reform is to provide access to the millions of Americans who currently have no health insurance. Dr. Andrew Weil, writing in the Huffington Post (The Wrong Diagnosis), thinks he knows better, as the title of his article imp… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 9, 2009 8:21AM

Toxicophobia, fear of poisoning


Believers in pseudoscience appear to suffer from a free floating fear. What unites vaccine rejectionsists, organic food devotees, and consumers of “alternative” health? They are united by a pervasive fear of being poisoned. And not poisoned accidentally, either. They are… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 5, 2009 8:43AM

Payment for prayer "treatment" in healthcare overhaul

This is embarrassing.

My state is home to the mother church of Christian Science, officially Church of Science, Christ. In what must be considered one of the more bizarre examples of political pork, my state’s Senators, the late Ted Kennedy and John Kerry, have supported… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 4, 2009 10:28AM

Infant mortality report neglects the most important detail

premature baby

The new CDC report on infant mortality, Behind International Rankings of Infant Mortality: How the United States Compares with Europe, is an object example of how to deceive with statistics. It purports to be a detailed investigation of infant mortality, but it inexplicably fails to… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 2, 2009 5:06PM

Skin cream made from aborted fetus?


It sounds like a horror story made up by an anti-abortion group, but it is not. Neocutis, a Swiss “cosmeceutical,” is being marketed as a “Bio-restorative Skin Cream with PSP™” for “sensitive, stressed and irritated skin.” PSP are processed s… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 1, 2009 2:16PM

Logical fallacies


Vaccine rejectionism, like most of “alternative” health finds its adherents among those who know very little immunology, virology or statistics. There’s no solution for that besides education in those disciplines. But there is another aspect to vaccine rejecti… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 30, 2009 7:58AM

Being "educated" about health topic surest sign of ignorance


What does it mean to be educated in a particular discipline? Whether that discipline is architecture, anthropology, or law, being educated generally means years of study, thousands of hours of experience, and intimate acquaintance with the specialist literature.

Medicine is like that,… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 29, 2009 7:11AM

The truth about thimerosal


Vaccinations have been around for over 200 years and vaccine rejectionists have been around for nearly that long. Over the years, the basis for claims of harm from vaccines have changed, but one factor has remained constant. Vaccine rejectionists have never been right. The current fe… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 28, 2009 8:23AM

Should doctors fire families who refuse to vaccinate?

you're fired

We are currently in the midst of an epidemic. No, not the H1N1 epidemic, though that’s the most immediate threat. What threatens the long-term health of our nation, particularly our nation’s children, is an accelerating epidemic of ignorance. Vaccine rejectionism, the fla… Read full post »

dental care

We survived almost all of human history without it. Yet in the last 100 years people have allowed themselves to be hoodwinked by a huge corporate conspiracy into believing that we “need” their products. They cite studies and claim we don’t understand science; they i… Read full post »

OCTOBER 26, 2009 7:11AM

You know it's quackery if ...

toys ducks

The mainstream media, including otherwise reliable websites like The Huffington Post, is saturated with "alternative" medical quackery presented as news. There is no theory too outrageous or unsupported to merit media attention particularly if the purveyor is a celebrity of some sort… Read full post »

OCTOBER 23, 2009 7:30AM

Adopt a clitoris!


 This has got to be the greatest fundraising slogan of all time. That’s one of many superlatives that can be applied to an amazing organization, funded by the strangest source, engaged in a most poignant quest.

The organization is Clitoraid and the name was chosen… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 21, 2009 11:03PM

When did B movie starlets become medical experts?

medical experts

I’m dismayed to discover that I apparently wasted 8 years in medical training. Four years of medical school and four years of residency were over-kill (pardon the expression). It seems that in 2009 the most important requirement for a medical authority is to be a former B… Read full post »