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What to do if you ever the victim of a rape or sexual assault...

Mar 17, 2015

During a recent interview with Howard Stern, Madonna shared that shortly after she moved to New York City, she was raped. She told Stern that she never went to police or reported the incident. “I was told that if I wanted to press charges, that I would need a physical examination, I would have to go before the court, and they’re going to ask you all these personal questions,” she explained of her choice. “You’ve already been violated … it’s just not worth it. It’s too humiliating.”

Many women who are victims of sexual assault make the same decision Madonna did, and some don’t even seek medical attention — perhaps out of fear, because they have misconceptions about what would ensue after reporting the sexual assault, or because they don’t want to relive the experience.


My 67-Mile Bike Race

Jun 2, 2014

Today I completed a 67-mile bike ride. It was, hands-down, the most difficult physical thing I have ever done in my life. It was also the most amazing, fun, emotional, inspiring, frightening and exhilarating feat I have ever accomplished. I had the privilege of riding along with an incredible 17-year-old girl named Lauren Sepanske. Lauren was born with clubfeet and had so many problems with her right foot, that one year ago, she made the decision to have her leg amputated below the knee. Soon after that decision, she appeared on “The Doctors” TV show, where I am a co-host, to share her story. During her segment, she announced on national television that she had planned to ride 100 miles in the Elephant Rock Ride in Castle Rock, Colorado in June! I vowed to do it with her (even though the farthest I had ever ridden was just 21 miles).




May 21, 2014

Everyday in my practice, I see teenage girls and adult women witih PCOS. It is such a common, and poorly-recognized hormonal issue, that I am always surprised when my patients haven’t had it explained to them in a thorough manner! So by popular request, I have started to post these PCOS blog entries to help women of all ages glean a better understanding of what is happening to their bodies.


In the Stirrups...Your Gyn issues discussed

May 6, 2014

I'm launching a PCOS Blog, In the Stirrups!  Every single day, I see, diagnose and treat women of all ages with PCOS, or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.  I am always stunned to learn how little information they have been given, especially when coming for a second opinion.  It is for this reason, that I feel so strongly about having a long and complete discussion about this syndrome, and what it means for you.  It is often called 'the most common, but least well-understood, hormonal imbalance affecting women...'


Why I decided to go back to school???!!

Dec 3, 2013

This fall, I returned to my old stomping grounds, Columbia University- College of Physicians and Surgeons, to begin a program to get my Master’s Degree in Human Clinical Nutrition.  I have long since been interested in the impact of food and diet on human wellness and disease, but all of my knowledge heretofore had been self-taught.  I would read articles or books and educate myself little by little.  Finally, I felt that that was not enough.  On a daily basis, we see doctors discussing food and nutrition and nutritionists discussing health and disease but neither are fully credentialed to do so. Physicians are hardly taught ANY in-depth information on nutrition while in medical school and dietitians are not educated regarding the complexities of human physiology in wellness and disease.   I wanted to combine the best knowledge from the fields of medicine and nutrition to help people everywhere achieve their personal best.  My patients and my TV viewers have come to expect a certain level of academic expertise from me and I knew how I could deliver what they needed: I had to return to school! GULP. 


My thoughts on Mother's Day

May 11, 2013

I love being a mother.  It is the most challenging and the most rewarding thing I have ever done and will ever do in my life.  My children are teens now: Alex is almost 15 and Chloe is 13.  They are what I describe as "great kids."  But that does not mean I haven't had my moments of stress, difficulty, sadness, anger, frustration and fear.  I worry about them daily! 


Am I a crazy sports-mom?

May 8, 2013

Full disclosure: I love sports and the only thing I love more than sports, is watching my teenage kids play sports. Sometimes, I admit it, I get a little out of control. I have been known to mutter athletic tips from the sidelines of a lacrosse field or ice hockey rink (mind you I never played ice hockey myself, but I DID play lacrosse when I was younger). I sometimes think I should coach (LOL) and never hesitate to tell my kids what I thought of their games.


Photo shoot with ETC Magazine!

May 2, 2013

I Love FASHION! I was so honored to be asked by ETC Magazine for incredible designer Elie Tahari to do this photo shoot! Because I have to look professional in my office and on TV and for public speaking appearances, I love Tahari's style and look.  I also love that it is young and stylish without being too trendy! A win-win!


Fear of the dentist: yep!

Mar 14, 2013

Fear of the dentist: count me in!

Yesterday I had step 2 of a dental implant performed.  (start the eye rolling now....) Thankfully, I have an amazing oral surgeon who has an exceptionally calming manner and who is incredibly skilled technically, but trust me- it was no picnic!


Jennifer Ashton MD