Sunday, November 27, 2011

Monday, November 28th, 2011 on the Doctor Ira Breite Show on SiriusXM 81: Doctor Radio

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving Weekend. I am currently on call, so tomorrow is a "Post-Call" Doctor Ira Breite Show! Nothing like a bit of exhaustion to make the show more entertaining!

Abby Ellin is joining us first. She recently wrote an article on trucker and exercise for the New York Times. She is also the author of "Teenage Waistland: A Former Fat Kid Weighs in on Living Large, Losing Weight, and how Parents Can (And Can't) Help. Whether you are a trucker or a parent of a kid with a weight problem you are not going to want to miss what she has to say.

Weight loss questions? Give us a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!

Gastroenterology Update is back! Call me with any questions on digestive disease at 1-877-NYU-DOCS from 8:30 to 9 EST Monday. We will also talk about some new interesting studies, including

  1. Statin drugs & NSAIDS (ie lipitor & advil) may slow the progression to cancer in those with 's esophagus.
  2. Precancerous changes such as Barrett's may stay hidden after "ablation" therapy

Vitamins and supplements are big: figuring out which ones (if any) work is bigger. Still harder is trying to figure out which brands are honest and which ones less so: supplements are not FDA monitored! Join me and Dr. Tod Coperman of, the leading provider of independent test results and information on health, wellness and nutrition products, as we talk about what's out there and what to look for.

Supplement questions? Give us a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!

We will end the show with Ask Doctor Ira, where you can ask me any medical questions on any topic at all. Anything you forgot to ask your doctor, ask me! Call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Monday, November 21, 2011 on the Doctor Ira Breite Show on Sirius XM 81: Doctor Radio!

Thanksgiving is in the air here in New York City. The crowds are back and the kids are smelling a four day weekend. I am getting my gravy recipe ready for the big day.

Which brings us to the first topic of our show. How do you do Thanksgiving right if you or one of your guests have allergies, celiac disease, or gluten sensitivity? Join me and Rachel Begun, MS, RD as we talk about just that! We will also be talking about any digestive issues you may have in light of the excessive amounts of food most of us (including me) tend to eat.

Call us with your holiday cooking tips for those with health problems at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!

I heard on TV this weekend that the original Thanksgiving consisted of three days of gluttonous eating by a bunch of mostly men. What really happened? Join me and Mary Gunderson, who brings her practice of paleocuisineology(R) with a Thanksgiving twist to the beginning of our second hour. Mary will highlight the meats and veggies at our Thanksgiving table that are modern as well as ancient traditions in North America.
Mary writes about food history and culture, health and wellbeing at and and is the author of The Food Journal of Lewis & Clark: Recipes for an Expedition (History Cooks(R) 2003) and other food and history books.

We will end the show with Ask Doctor Ira, where you can ask me any questions on any medical topic at all: anything you forgot to ask your doctor ask me at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Monday, November 14, 2011 on the Doctor Ira Breite Show on Sirius XM 81: Doctor Radio!

I am so far beyond potty training as a parent that its just a blip on my memory. Having said that, the memories are vaguely uncomfortable at best. Join me and Dr. Sandy Lee Chung, pediatrician in private practice if Fairfax, VA, and the the author of the blog Doctor Sandy: Mom First, Pediatrician Second, as we talk about potty training: what to do and when to worry.

Potty training questions: give us a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!

I remember when contact lenses that allowed you to change your eyes came out: I was both impressed and a bit mystefied by the whole concept. But what if you could change your eye color entirely. A surgeon in California is working on this concept. Join me and ophthalmologist Dr. Robert Cykiert as we talk about how this procedure works, what it means, and whether taking a risk with your eyes is worth it just to "turn my brown eyes blue."

Dr. Cykiert is a laser eye specialist: call him with your questions about this or other eye procedures such as LASIK, give us a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!

Thanksgiving is coming! Twenty years ago this year, I spent my first Thanksgiving with the woman who became my wife's family. And survived! But they're lovely, and I had to work in the hospital that night so the event was somewhat time limited. What do you do at Thanksgiving when your new boy or girlfriend wants to "take you home?" Join me and Gregg Stebben, editor at Men's Health Magazine, as we talk about this little dilemma and how to make the most of a "hot-button" situation.

Relationship advice for us? Bad Thanksgiving stories? We want to hear them at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!

We will end the show with Ask Doctor Ira, where you can ask me any questions on any medical topic at all: anything you forgot to ask your doctor ask me....give us a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!

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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Monday, November 7th,2011 on the Doctor Ira Breite Show on SiriusXM 81: Doctor Radio!

I hope everyone is having a good day. The American College of Gastroenterology Meetings are over. We have lots of new GI news to talk about from these meetings. This is also my first post on my new computer, with its new (improved?) keyboard and trackpad instead of a mouse. I'm not sure I like it better, but it does bring to mind how various workplace issues that seem minor can have a profound effect. And some of the topics we are talking about show the same thing in caring for patients with digestive disease.

Starting with music. When I do procedures such as colonoscopies, we often have music playing in the background. I often ask patients what they want to hear: their inevitable response is "whatever makes you work better!" But what if what made me work better was not something I particularly wanted to hear: what if it was, well, Mozart? Join me and Dr. David Wolf, a Gastroenterologist at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and Dr. Noelle O'Shea, A GI Fellow there, as we talk about their new study on the "Mozart Effect" and colonoscopy polyp detection.

What was going on in the room right before you had your colonoscopy? Call us at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a vexing problem for doctors and patient's alike. Its cause is unclear and it can be difficult to treat. Join me and Dr. Yuri Saito-Loftus of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, as we talk about her new study looking at the link between psychological issues, trauma and the development of IBS that she just presented at the ACG meeting. Dr. Saito-Loftus is a member of the Clinical Enteric Neuroscience Translational and Epidemiological Research (CENTER) Program at Mayo as well.

IBS? Call us with your questions at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!

I don't "do" my nails. Heck, I have so little hair I hardly get it cut anymore. But are you at risk for infectious diseases from getting your nails done? Can you get hepatitis? Join me and former ACG President Dr. David Johnson as we talk about studies presented at the ACG talking about just that!

Call us with any questions about personal safety and beautification at 1-877-NYU-DOCS

We will end the show with Ask Doctor Ira, where you can ask me any questions on any medical topic at all give me a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS! Anything you forgot to ask your doctor: ask me!

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