Dr. Sanford Siegal
April 23, 2008
A Tale of Three (or Four) Cookie Diets

In 1975, I created the concept of a weight loss system that features a special cookie to control hunge...
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April 16, 2008
Cookies, Madonna, and (No) Sex

What a week this is turning out to be. It all began last Sunday evening when my Blackberry started to go crazy...
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January 07, 2008
Hardly a 'Flash in the Pan' Fad

I was on national TV over the weekend. E! Entertainment Network ran a two-hour special about diets that inc...
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October 21, 2007
Can't Seem to Lose Weight No Matter How Little You Eat? Could Be Your Thyroid

Oprah announces to the world that she has a thyroid problem a...
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August 20, 2007
A Simple Cardiovascular Risk Self-Test that Could Save Your Life

I want to share with you a simple, do-it-yourself test to measure your card...
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August 11, 2007
The Magic Pill: Eat What You Want, Lose Weight, and Have Sudden, Unexpected, Explosive Bowel Movements

I don't usually joke about obesity. I...
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July 10, 2007
Dr. Siegal's® COOKIE DIET™ History

Since launching our www.CookieDietOnline.com web site in May, I've received many emails from peop...
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February 18, 2007
I'm Flattered

They say that "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery." Well, I'm feeling very flattered these days. Over the last 35 y...
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Dr. Siegal's Blog
April 16, 2008

Cookies, Madonna, and (No) Sex

What a week this is turning out to be. It all began last Sunday evening when my Blackberry started to go crazy. Emails and phone calls started pouring in. At first it was family, friends, and the Siegal Medical Group staff. On Monday, the media began calling. TV networks, newspapers, magazines and bloggers. I spent much of the day doing telephone interviews.

Almost instantly, the stories started to appear. FOX News, MSN, E! Online, the Detroit Free Press, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and dozens of other media outlets reported that Madonna had divulged in a radio interview that her husband, Guy Ritchie, had lost interest in sex while on Dr. Siegal's COOKIE DIET, the weight loss system and hunger-controlling cookies that I developed in 1975. She admitted that he had lost weight but that she didn't appreciate having his sexual appetite decrease along with his hunger for food. Of course, everyone wanted my reaction to the story. They wanted to know if loss of libido is a common side effect of dieting. They wanted to know how it felt to have possibly contributed to Madonna's sexual frustration.

If the cookies had anything to do with her husband's sexual indifference, it wasn't due to any of the ingredients in them. My cookies are foods that contain no drugs. I also doubt that the taste was to blame. My cookies taste good enough but they aren't better than sex. Perhaps the cookie crumbs in the bed proved to be a distraction.

Regardless of the cause of Mr. Ritchie's sexual hiatus, the sudden spotlight has given me an opportunity to weigh in (yes, intended) on the serious subject of the effects of obesity (and hypothyroidism) on sex drive.

The fact is that lack of the sex drive is common among people with excess weight. It is often the presenting symptom. It generally can be related to psychological reasons connected with a poor self-image and the accompanying lack of confidence. Once the individual starts to lose weight, there seems to be a gradual reversal of that problem.

There is a component of this lack of libido that can be truly physical and it is actually related to the weight problem. After tending to hundreds of thousands of overweight patients in the last fifty some years, I estimate that one-fourth of our overweight patients suffer from hypothyroidism, a condition that is responsible for obesity in those who truly do not overeat. The condition is easily treated. Once corrected, the problem disappears. I went into this subject in depth in my last book, Is Your Thyroid Making You Fat? (2000, Warner Books).

Sanford Siegal, D.O., M.D.

Miami, Florida

April 16, 2008