Author: Dr. Wendy Gregory

Am I Getting Enough Protein?

As we juggle work and family responsibilities, most of us try to keep an eye on the scale and on good nutrition in general.  But making good nutritional choices gets more confusing with each new diet fad that crosses the Internet. Keto? Paleo? Whole 30? South Beach? Atkins? …Really?

Most of these plans restrict carbohydrates, some more severely than others. The “allowed foods” list is weighted toward high-protein choices. Low-carb plans appeal to the common belief that most of us need more protein. Unfortunately, many people will substitute fats or high-fat protein sources for the carbs they…

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For Moms: Your ‘Tween Daughter and Healthy Puberty

As daughters enter the second decade of life, moms begin to alert themselves to subtle changes that signal the beginning of puberty. You look forward—with a little hesitation–to helping your pre-teen navigate the transition to young woman. For many of you, we shared the moment of your daughter’s birth, we have enjoyed hearing about childhood milestones at your annual visits, and occasionally you bring us questions about what to expect next.

As the mother of a young daughter, I share many of your concerns, though my medical training answers the basic questions. Your child is about…

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Preventing Cervical Cancer–We Can Do Better!

Only about 1/3 of American girls age 13 to 17 [1] have received the complete series of vaccinations against HPV. The HPV (human papilloma virus) vaccine provides protection against certain viruses that are known to cause cervical cancer. Here in Alabama, the statistics are slightly worse. As an obstetrician, I assist families to achieve healthy pregnancy outcomes. I place precious newborns into the arms of caring, loving parents every day. These parents who followed my advice so carefully before their baby’s birth have not lost their determination to protect that child. So how have we missed the target…

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Dr. Gregory discusses IUD’s advantages for birth control and other problems

The IUD’s popularity among American women for the prevention of pregnancy has varied greatly over the last four decades. According to the Guttmacher Institute for Reproductive Health, nearly 10% of American women used an IUD in the 1970s, compared to less than 1% today. Back then, a significant number of women using one popular IUD, the Dalkon Shield, developed serious and sometimes fatal infections. The government recalled the Dalkon shield, and the resulting legal actions and negative publicity created business risk for other IUD manufacturers who then chose to remove their products from the market. Remembering these stories, your…

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From Dr. Gregory–Your Baby Needs a “Cocoon” of Protection against Whooping Cough

2012 has been the worst year for whooping cough (also called pertussis) in the U.S. since the mid-1950s. The illness is especially dangerous for babies and young children and can even cause death, especially in infants under 1 year. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), about half of infants under 1 year who get whooping cough will need to be hospitalized…

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