#86: The Truth About How Bad Medicine Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed and Sick with Maya Dusenbery

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What we’re talking about in this episode!

  • The importance of bridging the knowledge and trust gap towards women in medicine
  • Steps to change and shape the way that women are treated in the medical system
  • Why you should be giving your doctor diagnosis feedback and holding them accountable
  • How to start voting for the type of healthcare that you want with your buying power
  • Ways you can increase the demand for female medical education and systemic equality

Episode Summary

Chances are at one point or another you have been dismissed, misdiagnosed or not taken seriously when voicing health concerns to your medical practitioner. This is a feeling women know far too often, and it can have a substantial impact on your health and your ability to heal yourself. Maya Dusenbery saw countless women suffering because of the medical communities lack of knowledge, or lack of trust when it came to women’s diseases, and decided to do something about it.

Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed and Sick is the book you need to stop being disregarded and start feeling better, and Maya is here to share her wealth of knowledge with us today. Maya is exposing the neglected conditions of women’s issues in the medical field, revealing gender biases that are negatively impacting women’s treatment, and explaining exactly how you can start forcing others to take women’s voices seriously.

Maya is all about exposing the systematic injustices of our medical system and empowering women to find a treatment that is made for them, instead of forcing women to conform to the masculine medical standard. She believes in the power of women sharing their experiences around disease and misdiagnosis, and breaking down the institutional issues found in the traditional medical system to find healing for all types of people.

While it is not easy to question the medical professionals we have been told are all-knowing, it is really up to you to advocate for yourself and provide resources to be the most informed about your health as possible. A healthy dose of skepticism and awareness is what Maya believes will help you reconnect with your body’s innate ability to heal, and shake up the conventional medical system for good.

Does Maya’s message of inequality and bad medicine ignite your passion for change? Share with us in the comments below.


“The knowledge gap and the trust gap are really mutually reinforcing. The less we know about women’s bodies, the more we kind of dismiss any kind of unexplained symptoms.” (12:40)

“I certainly hope that my book will at the very least empower more women by giving them the background and context of this historical legacy so that they do understand sort of what they are stepping into.” (25:43)

“I think there is so much power in women sharing their stories, their experiences with diseases. There is so much knowledge to be tapped there.” (40:51)

“There is a lot of potential for a kind of united front, to say so many of our problems lie at the root in this distrust of women, and to overcome them we need to really start listening to women.” (44:55)

Resources Mentioned

Maya Dusenbery Website

Doing Harm by Maya Dusenbery

Follow Maya on Twitter | LinkedIn

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