Natural MD Radio: Trust Us When We Say We’re Sick

Today I’m joined by Maya Dusenbery, a writer, the editor of, and the author of the new book Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick, which explores how gender bias in medicine is harming women.

In this episode we discuss the unconscious biases against women that exist in medicine, where these biases come from historically, and how activism and spreading awareness can help shed light on the issue. It’s time for the medical system to start trusting women’s voices, and it’s going to take big change from health care providers – and brave action from patients – to make it happen.


Show Notes

  • Why Maya decided to write Doing Harm
  • The historical origin of gender bias in medicine
  • Why bias affects both male and female providers
  • How bias gets imbued in medical school
  • Bias in medical research
  • What YOU can do
  • Why activism is key

Links from the Show

  1. Maya Dusenbery | Facebook | Twitter

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The topic was very interesting but I couldn’t finish the episode because of the extremely loud and distracting typing in the background. Disappointing there was that really (I mean really) loud noise in the background - clear that one of the two people wasn’t paying attention. Unprofessional like on a bad work call when you can hear the person rattling off emails.

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    Tracy Romm

    Yes, Whitney, we weren't happy about that either. The background noise wasn't at our end and we tried to minimize it at production, but at the end of the day decided that the interview was worth publishing anyway. Going forward we are instituting stricter quality controls and will not publish anything with this kind of distraction. Hope you will stay tuned for future episodes.