Sunday, November 30, 2008
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! Now that the weekend has passed, football has ended (and yes, Texas was robbed), and the work week begins again. A great time to listen to Doctor Radio in the car! From 8 to 10 EST tomorrow, we have a great live show planned. In addition to "Ask Dr. Ira," our segment where you can ask me any medical question that you want...call me at 1-877-NYU-DOCS. In addition to that, we have 3 great guests planned talking about three topics that are extremely important to you and your family.
In the first half hour, we will be talking with rheumatologist and Doctor Radio regular Dr. Burt Agus about fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. We'll be going over what they are, how you get it and what you can do about the symptoms of these two disease. And of course, try to answer the big question...are they related to each other.
If you or a loved one has chronic fatigue or unexplained joint pains give us a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!
After this, we'll talk to Dr. Barry Reisberg, Clinical Director of the William and Sylvia Silberstein Institute for Aging and Dementia, Aging and Dementia Research Center at the NYU School of Medicine & NYU Langone Medical Center about new directions in Alzheimer's Disease. The holidays are a big time to see family, and, unfortunately, sometimes we see an older family member start to decline.
If you have a question about what to do about an aging family member who seems to have problems with memory, give us a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!
I don't like thinking about work during the holidays. But work continues, and so do workplace injuries. Learn how to avoid workplace injuries, including carpal tunnel, eye strain, and back injuries by listening to my interview with Ms. Sandy Smith, the editor of "EHS Today," which was formally called Occupational Hazards Magazine!
If you are worried about your workplace, and have questions for Ms Smith or myself, call us at 1-877-NYU-DOCS! (9 AM)
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Tomorrow is our Thanksgiving day special on the Doctor Ira Breite Internal Medicine Show on Sirius and XM's Doctor Radio! Melanie Kron, my producer, has put together an amazing list of interesting guests as we all get ready for the holidays.
We're going to start off (8AM EST) by talking about food: specifically what the Colonists really ate there in Plymouth Rock, and its not canned cranberries and stuffing! Joining me on the phone will be Susan Dosier, the former food editor for Southern Living Magazine and the author of "Colonial Cooking: Exploring History Through Simple Recipes," as well as Mary Gunderson, a culinary historian and the author of "American Indian Cooking Before 1500: Exploring History Through Simple Recipes" and "The Food Journal of Lewis and Clark: Recipes for an Expedition." The big question of many interesting ones: Did the colonists eat turkey? Tune in and find out. To satisfy your craving for colonial information to thrill your guests at Thanksgiving, call us at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!!!
After this, we are going to switch back to the "Doctor" part of Doctor Radio. We will be talking with Award winning Photographer and Basket Weaver Terrol Dew Johnson, who is a member of the Tohono Odham Tribe located south of Phoenix, Arizona. Mr. Odham is currently on a 2,500 mile walk from Maine to Southern Arizona where he is visiting numerous Native American communities to promote traditional native foods and fitness. This has been a big issue in the Native American Community. If you have any questions about this, call us here at doctor radio at 1-877-NYU-DOCS
After the break, we are going to continue our discussion of Native American Health, this time with Dr. Patricia Nez Henderson and Dr. Jeffrey Henderson, the Vice President and President of the Black Hills Center for American Indian Health in Rapid City, South Dakota. Drs. Henderson and I will be joined by Leo Nolan III, a Senior Policy Analyst for External Affairs for the Indian Health Service of the US Department of Health and Human Services. We'll be talking about Native American Health Issues from Pilgrim Times until the present day.
If you, or a loved one, is Native American, now would be a great time to call and have any of your questions answered on health issues in Native Americans: 1-877-NYU-DOCS
Sunday, November 16, 2008
That's correct guys! Starting last Wednesday, Doctor Radio officially became part of both Sirius and XM! I was honored to have been a guest on The Oncology Show on that day, and you can feel the excitement. Tomorrow, its my turn to host for both networks.
We will be talking about new procedures in hip replacement with Dr. Roy Davidovich of the NY Hip Center at NYU-Langone. You can call us with any quesitons you may have about your hip, arthritis of the hip, or when to go for replacement. Dr. Davidovich is one of the pioneers of minimally invasive hip replacement as well.
If you are worried about hip replacement or arthritis of the hip, give us a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!
Another big question I always have as an internist is what should patients do AFTER they have an event like a heart attack. I will be speaking to Dr. Jonathan Whiteson, a member of NYU's Cardiac Rehab Associates about things you can do to prevent a second heart attack! This is an important issue not only for those of who have heart attacks but also for their loved ones. Think about the questions you can ask Dr. Whiteson about what kind of exercises your father should do after his heart attack!
Finally, we'll have an hour of Ask Dr. Ira! You can ask me any question on any medical topic at all...no copay required! Just call us at 1-877-NYU-DOCS. Joining me will be registered dietician and author Dr. Elaine Magee: the recipe doctor! She is the author of such books as "Tell Me What to Eat, I Have Acid Reflux." We will be answering your questions on any health issues, with an emphasis of the right foods for YOUR medical problems.
Monday, November 3, 2008
I have been having a great time doing Doctor Radio these past 8 months. One problem that we always have when trying to plan shows is coming up with the right topic: there are so many interesting things out there and you want to choose the right ones! With this in mind, I am asking for everyone's help. If there is a question that you forgot to ask your doctor, I want to hear about it. This incudes questions about digestion, supplements, exercise, and joint pains! You are welcome to post in anonymously below, or you can email . (just click the link) me. Questions will be answered anonymously on air, of course. I will try to let emailers know when their questions will be read, but it depends on what's going on with the show that day.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
There is enough talk radio out there telling you whom to vote for. This show offers the 4% of you who haven't decided no new advice! But we have an excellent "presidential" show planned where we will be talking about the health of President's throughout the history of the country and how their diseases have affected the course of American History. From William Henry Harrison, who died after only 34 days in office, to JFK, who had a medical problem way different from what tabloid readers might immediately think, listening to this show is going to be one of the great Doctor Radio entertainment and learning experiences. I can't wait to find out the answers!!
Joing me will be Mr. Steven Lee Carson, Presidential Historian, who is currently at the Woodrow Wilson House in Washington, DC as well as Dr. Frank Schmalstieg, MD PhD, a Professor of Pediatrics at UT Galveston, who has written about the medical issues of Abraham Lincoln during the time of the Gettysberg Address.
I also worry about the health of imaginary presidents as well, and was always a bit of a fan of the West Wing. Therefore it is really excited that we will be having Dr. Oded Gonen of NYU/Langone live on the air tommorow to talk about the latest research in Multiple Sclerosis, the disease Martin Sheen's character Jedidiah Bartlett suffered from and the MOST COMMON autoimmune neurlogical disease, primarily affecting women of childbearing age! You do not want to miss this.
Finally, we will end up with ask Dr. Ira, where I will answer any question that the listener's may have on any medical topic at all. We will also go over some interesting news items and you emails. Of course, you can email anything to me and we will try to get it on the air!