Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Doctor Ira Breite's Sirius Doctor Radio Show for June 30, 2008

We had another very interesting show, featuring a long segment devoted to the health effects of cofee, a segment on how new ways of studying genetics are producing real changes in common clinical practice, and a little bit on getting dad in shape.

We spent the first hour talking about coffee, and after that, I'm still having mine!!! We had three excellent guests on to discuss the latest findings in coffee and health. They were Saul Zabar, the CEO and co-owner of Zabar's, the gourmet food emporium in New York City, Marcia Levin Pelchat,Ph.D, a Food Psychologist & Researcher at the Monell Institute in Philadelphia, PA, and James Lane, Ph.D, Associate Profesor of Medical Psychology in Dept of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center. We received a lot of interesting calls from the listeners who asked excellent questions to both me and my panel about their coffee use and its interaction with a variety of medical issues.

I have started a new segment on the show called "Dr. Ira Has The Time." Don't worry about the name, it can always be changed as there are no expensive graphics in radio! Joined by genetics expert Mark Daly, Ph.D. of the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Center for Human Genetic Research and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. Dr. Daly is an author of a soon to be published important study on the genetics of Crohn's disease. It was fun answering questions with Mark, as I have a very clinical background and he was really adept at adding the science which is so important to the practice of medicine.

In our last half hour, we shifted from the basic science to the practical science of not becoming a flabby dad. Mike Levinson, the author of Buff Dad: The 4-Week Fitness Game Plan for Real Guys, and a registered dietitian. Mike was great, and I learned a lot about the transfats as well as how to avoid getting fat at home, with those chicken fingers. Hopefully, we'll get Mike back real soon.

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