Sunday, April 26, 2009

Tomorrow, April 27, 2009 on the Doctor Ira Breite Show on Sirius 114 and XM 119

We have an excellent show planned for tomorrow, loosely based on the idea of "getting in healthy shape for Spring."  During Ask Dr. Ira, we'll also talk a little bit about the growing Swine Flu epidemic in the United States.  

We're going to start out talking to Dr. Michael Bergman, and endocrinologist at the NYU Langone Medical Center about Pre-diabetes.  As an internist, I've seen this term bandied about by physicians and patients alike and I would like some straight answers to questions such as "what is it?"  If I have it, can I get rid of it?   Does it need medication?  How old do you have to be to think about if you have it...and many more.  I am also looking forward to your questions on the issue...its important and a bit confusing: the reason Dr. Radio was created!

Call with all of your questions on Pre-Diabetes to 1-877-NYU-DOCS!

After the break, we're going to bring back Steve Siegel MD, Doctor Ira's resident cardiologist.  We'll go over a wide range of cardiology topics, and really look forward to hearing your questions on anything from cholesterol to stents to a heart transplant!  Give me and Dr. Siegel a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!

No chat about getting in shape for spring and summer would be complete without a little talk about back pain: the nemesis for so many of us.  Joining us will be Dr. Emile Hiesiger, A neurologist and radiologist and the author of "Your Pain is Real, and You Can Do Something About It" as well as "Say Goodbye to Back Pain."    We'll talk about what causes back pain, what you can do to diagnose it, and treatments ranging from medication, to minimally invasive procedures to surgery! 

We'd love to hear your back pain questions and problems...give us a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!

We'll finish off the show with "Ask Dr. Ira."  We'll answer all of your questions on any medical topics at all as well as speak about the new Swine Flu cases in the United States.

CALL ME on any medical topic at all at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Guest Appearance on the Oncology Show!

I will be on the Oncology show (Sirius 114 and XM 119) tomorrow at 1PM Eastern to talk about colon cancer prevention! If you have ever wondered about colonoscopy, or want to hear about whether the virtual colonoscopy is just as good, or what kind of medications you will receive so it won't hurt, now is a great time to call. Our phone number is 1-8770-NYU-DOCS!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Tomorrow, April 20, 2009 on the Doctor Ira Breite Show on Sirius 114/XM 119

Hello Drivers!  Next week is Driver's week across SiriusXM, and my show is no exception to the rule.  But whether you drive a big rig, a hybrid, or ride a bike (yes, you can have SiriusXM on your motorcycle!) there are lot of important health issues for those of us on the road.  We'll be tackling some of them on the show tomorrow.

Heartburn is a huge problem for all of us: drivers and non drivers alike.  Joining me for a "heartburn duo" is Jill Sklar,  the author of "Eating for Acid Reflux: a Handbook and Cookbook for Those with Heartburn."  The one-two punch of gastroenterologist and cook should help you understand you reflux better and learn how to cope with it while minimizing your medication use! 

If you have any questions about reflux, from the preparation of the right foods to the latest advances in surgical cures, give us at call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!

The spring brings it beauty, but it all brings beasts.  Joining me in studio is Doctor Radio Regular and Bug and Germ expert Phillip Tierno, PhD, the author of "The Secret Life of Germs."  We'll be talking about bed bugs (we are all obsessed with bed bugs in New York City at the moment, for reasons that will become clear to you as you listen) and how YOU can protect yourself and your family from infestation this spring and summer.  

You will never look at a hotel room the same way again!

If you have any questions about how to protect your family and yourself from bed bugs and any other creepy crawly thing that might get you when you sleep, give us a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!

We will then combine our two topics!!!  We have all been reading in the news recently about various food infestations (I miss pistachios).  Well, as much as I have skills in treating food born illness, I'd be much happier if it never happened.  Joining me to give tips on how to avoid problems with YOUR food at home is Ms. Shelly Feist of the Partnership for Food Safety Information.  

If you have any questions on keeping your family safe from the things you eat, give us call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!

Of course, we will have a great segment of ask Dr. Ira, where I will tell you about some of the stuff that I see in my own office as well as taking your calls on ANY MEDICAL TOPIC at all!

Give me a call with any medical question at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!

If you have any ideas for a show topic you'd like to hear let me know!  Send me an email to irabreite AT yahoo DOT com!

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Sunday, April 12, 2009

Tomorrow, April 13th, 2009 on the Doctor Ira Breite Show on Sirius 114 and XM 119

Happy birthday to me! Well, not yet, but it is this week. In honor of that, Melanie, my Producer, has helped put together my second annual BIRTHDAY SHOW, where a man in (early) middle age gets to ask all of the questions that he's always wanted to know. And so do you, by calling my guests at 1-877-NYU-DOCS.

First of all is the hair. The nemesis of the middle aged man. Have it and you can become President. Don't have it and the future is cloudy. I am clearly thinning and getting a bit worried. Joining me to talk about hair restoration is Dr. Ken Washinek, a dermatologist and the medical director of Bosley Medical.

If you've ever wondered about hair restoration for yourself or a loved one, give us a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!

After that, we'll talk about middle aged men's health. Not that I have any issues (oh, no), but many men do. Dr. Joseph Alukal, director of Reproductive Health and Benign Diseases of the Prostate to answer all of my (and yours) questions about aging and sexual activity. I also read in the paper that vasectomies were on the rise (the economy) and will ask him about this procedure as well!

If you have any questions about sexual health, vasectomy or testosterone supplementation, give us a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS

Since seeing pictures from the early part of my vacation I have been hitting the gym and really trying to watch what I eat. (I think my new diet plan involves taking a photo of yourself every week). Joining me to keep me thin is Ms. Joy Bauer / a registered dietician and the author Joy's Life Diet, Four Steps to Thin Forever."

Diet questions??? Maintenance questions??? Call us at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!!

And then, ask Dr. Ira. Remember, if you have a question for me, leave me a message at I'll try to get to it during Ask Dr. Ira or turn it into a whole segment with one of the world's experts!

Any medical questions at all call me at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!!!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Tomorrow, April 6th 2009 on The Doctor Ira Breite Show: Sirius 114 and XM 119

We finally have a sunny day here in New York City, although it does not appear to be slated to last.  Rain or shine, we have a great show planned for tomorrow.  We are starting off by talking about the most common serious heart arrhythmia, atrial fibrillation,  with leading expert Dr. Larry Chinitz.  There is a new study about the use of a clot preventing drug, stroke and atrial fibrillation, and we will go over those results.  We will also be answering all of your questions about 1) heart rhythm issues, 2) the use of medications in heart rhythm disorders, and the use of procedures to fix the heart!  

Call us with your heart questions at 1-877-NYU-DOCS

After this, we go from the heart to the back.  Sciatica specifically.  Join me and Intervention Pain Specialist Dr. David  Kloth as we talk about this miserable problem and some of the things that YOU can do to help it: including rehabilitation, medication, and minimally invasive procedures.  If you have been bothered by your back (and who hasn't) give us a call at 


We start our second hour talking to Dr. Stuart Fischer, the founder of the Park Avenue Diet Center in New York City.  We'll be talking about the Park Avenue Diet, other diets, and why so many diets fail.  Since I need to lose a few pounds myself (although I am 

If you would like to have your weight loss questions answered call me us at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!

Of course, we will end the show with ask Dr. Ira.  Thank you so much for all of your emails and calls...we will try to get to as many as we can!!!

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