Your Doctor Friends

Dr. Jeremy Alland and Dr. Julie Bruene

Discover trustworthy health insights with your new doctor friends! Join Dr. Jeremy Alland, Dr. Julie Bruene and top experts from around the world each week as they demystify common medical questions and discuss trending health topics in a friendly, informative manner. read less
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Episodes

Are My Affairs in Order? End-of-Life Decisions (with Matthew Tyler, MD)
6d ago
Are My Affairs in Order? End-of-Life Decisions (with Matthew Tyler, MD)
What does it mean to “have your affairs in order”? Usually, this concept comes up after someone has died or diagnosed with a serious illness. “Did they/do they have their affairs in order?”  What "affairs" are they referring to? Financial allocations? Healthcare power of attorney? Living will? The “legacy contact” for your iPhone?? It’s human to want to put off these decisions/plans since it forces us to confront our own mortality. It's not uncommon to have the occasional existential crisis, and certainly those feelings are less than pleasant... How can we make these things less scary and daunting? What if you had a “doctor friend” to help explain end-of-life planning? Do you think you’d be willing to take action if you understood your options better? Well, in today’s episode, we did just that! We have a wonderful expert in the field of Palliative Care to help us understand how to navigate end-of-life care, both for ourselves and for the loved ones in our lives. Welcome, Matthew Tyler, MD! Dr. Tyler was a fellowship-trained in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at Northwestern University. He is the Section Chief of Hospice and Palliative care at Ascension Healthcare. He has been providing care for patients in their homes, in the clinic, and in the hospital for over a decade.  He also has a BIG social media presence, with the Instagram and YouTube handle of “How To Train Your Doctor”, where he provides meaningful, kind, information regarding palliative care, hospice, and general end-of-life questions for everyone. His website, howtotrainyourdoctor.com, provides support and resources for navigating serious illness, and is totally free, and so incredibly helpful! Topics covered in today's episode include: What is "hospice"? How is it different than "palliative care"? How does someone qualify for hospice care? Is it covered by insurance? Where is hospice care provided? In a hospital? Nursing home? At home? What is a "healthcare power of attorney"? What is a "living will"? How can you create one? Does "advance directive" mean the same thing? What does "DNR" mean? Are there other options other than "do everything" and "DNR"? What is "respite care"? Dr. Tyler recommends the following resources: PREPARE for your care- a free online resources to navigate end-of-life care. Five Wishes- tools to guide decision-making for end-of-life care options. The Medicare website "find hospice providers near me". Thanks for tuning in, folks! and please sign up for our "PULSE CHECK" monthly newsletter! Signup is easy, right on our website page, and we PROMISE we will not spam you! We just want to send you cool articles, videos and thoughts :) For more episodes, limited edition merch, or to become a Friend of Your Doctor Friends (and more), follow this link! This includes the famous "Advice from the last generation of doctors that inhaled lead" shirt :) Also, CHECK OUT AMAZING HEALTH PODCASTS on The Health Podcast Network   Find us at: Website: yourdoctorfriendspodcast.com  Email: yourdoctorfriendspodcast@gmail.com  Connect with us: @your_doctor_friends (IG) Send/DM us a voice memo/question and we might play it on the show! @yourdoctorfriendspodcast1013 (YouTube) @JeremyAllandMD (IG, FB, Twitter) @JuliaBrueneMD (IG) @HealthPodNet (IG)
Are Supergreens Powders Really Super? (with Christine Blank, MS, RD)
Feb 13 2024
Are Supergreens Powders Really Super? (with Christine Blank, MS, RD)
GREEN DRINKS! Let's dive in to the murky green waters of the "supergreens" beverages currently sweeping the market! Are they as "super" as they claim? Do our bodies need to supplement all of these substances in the "proprietary blends", presented on the back of the packaging, in barely-pronounceable, long lists? How do we know what's in these powders? Who regulates them? What's the nutritional science behind their main ingredients? Thankfully we have an expert with us today, Christine Blank, MS, RD! Christine is both a chef and registered dietician, and serves as the Team Dietician for the Chicago Bulls. She is a fantastic resource for today's episode, and presents the dietary science behind green superfood beverages, and supplements in general. Topics covered in today's episode include: Do we "need" supplements? What's the best way to meet our dietary needs? How are these supplements tested/verified? Does the FDA get involved? What does "third party tested" mean? What are "adptogens"? What is the science behind ashwagandha? What about rhodiola rosea? What are "phytonutrients"? Which vitamins and minerals are vital for our health? Do we need pills or powders to supplement them? What are pre- and probiotics? What do they do? Do we need to supplement "digestive enzymes"? Which ones? Resources for today's episode: Link to examine.com pages on ashwagandha and rhodiola rosea. A Chinese Medicine journal article re: adaptogens. An article from Nutrients titled "Clinical Evidence of the Benefits of Phytonutrients in Human Healthcare." A 2019 article published in Foods re: prebiotics. The NIH fact sheet on probiotics for health professionals. A 2020 Heliyon article titled "Global analysis of clinical trials with probiotics." A 2017 article in Gut Microbes reviewing meta-analyses re: using probiotics in clinical practice. A 2023 VeryWell article titled "What Are Digestive Enzymes?" A Johns Hopkins Medicine article reviewing digestive enzymes. The YouTube clip from Andrew Huberman re: Athletic Greens. The AG1 commercial Jeremy references in the cold open. Thanks for tuning in, folks! and please sign up for our "PULSE CHECK" monthly newsletter! Signup is easy, right on our website page, and we PROMISE we will not spam you! We just want to send you cool articles, videos and thoughts :) For more episodes, limited edition merch, or to become a Friend of Your Doctor Friends (and more), follow this link! This includes the famous "Advice from the last generation of doctors that inhaled lead" shirt :) Also, CHECK OUT AMAZING HEALTH PODCASTS on The Health Podcast Network   Find us at: Website: yourdoctorfriendspodcast.com  Email: yourdoctorfriendspodcast@gmail.com  Connect with us: @your_doctor_friends (IG) Send/DM us a voice memo/question and we might play it on the show! @yourdoctorfriendspodcast1013 (YouTube) @JeremyAllandMD (IG, FB, Twitter) @JuliaBrueneMD (IG) @HealthPodNet (IG)
How Important is the Gut Microbiome? (with Alessio Fasano, MD)
Feb 6 2024
How Important is the Gut Microbiome? (with Alessio Fasano, MD)
Prebiotics! Probiotics! Symbiotics! Postbiotics! WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN? Where are all of these "biotics" all living?? Well, the short answer is- they're living inside YOU! Talk about the human gut microbiome is everywhere. We thought it would be helpful to have our expert in gut health, Alessio Fasano, MD to give us insights on the microbiome, and how important it is to our health. You may remember Dr. Fasano from Episode 40- "Is Gluten Bad For Me?"! Dr. Alessio Fasano is a pediatric gastroenterologist, research scientist, and entrepreneur. He is the Chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at Mass General Hospital for Children. Learn more about Dr. Fasano and his research about celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, and the microbiome here. Link to information on Dr. Fasano's book (with co-author Susie Flaherty) "Gut Feelings: The Microbiome and Our Health". Topics covered in this episode include: What is the gut microbiome? Why is it important? How does the gut microbiome work? What factors influence the composition of the gut microbiome? How can I improve my gut microbiome? What is the connection between the gut microbiome and digestion? Can the gut microbiome affect my mental health? Are there links between the gut microbiome and certain diseases? How can I measure or analyze my gut microbiome? Can I restore my gut microbiome after taking antibiotics? Is the gut microbiome different in individuals of different ages? Can I customize my diet for a healthier gut microbiome? What is the difference between prebiotics/probiotics/symbiotics and postbiotics? Thanks for tuning in, folks! and please sign up for our "PULSE CHECK" monthly newsletter! Signup is easy, right on our website page, and we PROMISE we will not spam you! We just want to send you cool articles, videos and thoughts :) For more episodes, limited edition merch, or to become a Friend of Your Doctor Friends (and more), follow this link! This includes the famous "Advice from the last generation of doctors that inhaled lead" shirt :) Also, CHECK OUT AMAZING HEALTH PODCASTS on The Health Podcast Network   Find us at: Website: yourdoctorfriendspodcast.com  Email: yourdoctorfriendspodcast@gmail.com  Connect with us: @your_doctor_friends (IG) Send/DM us a voice memo/question and we might play it on the show! @yourdoctorfriendspodcast1013 (YouTube) @JeremyAllandMD (IG, FB, Twitter) @JuliaBrueneMD (IG) @HealthPodNet (IG)
Do Shorter Days Affect My Mental Health?
Jan 30 2024
Do Shorter Days Affect My Mental Health?
Do you feel like "hibernating" in the winter months? Does the loss of daylight affect your mood? Regardless of whether you tough it out in the northern US in cold winter conditions, or you escape to warmer temperatures down south, none of us are immune to seasonal changes in the amount of daylight hours. The winter solstice comes for us all, whether you’re in Fargo or Fort Lauderdale. Have you ever wondered if you had “seasonal affective disorder”? (As an aside, it's either genius, or a giant bummer that the acronym for this condition is “SAD”).  Today's episode talks all about seasonal affective disorder! Who gets it? Why? How can we treat and/or prevent it? Does staring into a light box actually work? Are medications helpful for SAD? What about behavioral therapy? What does the research show? Bonus topic at the end, Jeremy dives into the recent rise in measles cases in the US, and gives some context as to why that trend may be occurring. We give a brief overview of measles, and clarify the "controversy" over the MMR vaccine (Andrew Wakefield, cough, cough...) Resources for this episode include: The National Institute of Health website for Seasonal Affective Disorder. A 2007 article from Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience titled "The phase shift hypothesis for the circadian component of winter depression". The American Family Physician article from 2012 titled "Seasonal Affective Disorder". The Mayo Clinic website re: choosing a lightbox for SAD. A link to the Rohan et al study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry comparing light therapy to cognitive behavioral therapy for treatment of SAD. AND YOU CAN'T MISS this clip of the wonderful Meteorologist (Chicago's Very Own) Tom Skilling feeling overcome with emotion watching a total solar eclipse in 2017 :) Tom Skilling is so pure, we do not deserve him! Thanks for tuning in, folks! and please sign up for our "PULSE CHECK" monthly newsletter! Signup is easy, right on our website page, and we PROMISE we will not spam you! We just want to send you cool articles and thoughts :) For more episodes, limited edition merch, or to become a Friend of Your Doctor Friends (and more), follow this link! This includes the famous "Advice from the last generation of doctors that inhaled lead" shirt :) Also, CHECK OUT AMAZING HEALTH PODCASTS on The Health Podcast Network   Find us at: Website: yourdoctorfriendspodcast.com  Email: yourdoctorfriendspodcast@gmail.com  Connect with us: @your_doctor_friends (IG) Send/DM us a voice memo/question and we might play it on the show! @yourdoctorfriendspodcast1013 (YouTube) @JeremyAllandMD (IG, FB, Twitter) @JuliaBrueneMD (IG) @HealthPodNet (IG)
How Does Ozempic Affect My Metabolism? (with Naomi Parrella, MD)
Jan 23 2024
How Does Ozempic Affect My Metabolism? (with Naomi Parrella, MD)
Discussion about Ozempic (semaglutide and other GLP-1 agonist medications) is EVERYWHERE. So many opinions! Your Doctor Friends know that sifting through mountains of information on a subject is HARD. Sometimes it helps to "ask a friendly expert", so that's exactly what we did for this episode. Quick plug/required pre-listening for this episode- Your Doctor Friends HIGHLY recommend you listen to the episode of Maintenance Phase on Ozempic- link to the podcast here! We welcome back our friend, and former guest of YDF, Naomi Parrella, MD. Dr. Parrella is a double board-certified physician in family medicine and obesity medicine. She is the Chief of Lifestyle Medicine at Rush University, the Medical Director for Rush University's Center for Weight Loss and Lifestyle Medicine, the Director of Strategic Planning and Implementation within the Department of Surgery and Associate Professor in both the Department of Family Medicine and the Department of Surgery. She was also our esteemed guest on EPISODE 3! (Back when we were still called "What The Health?!?" podcast! In this episode, Dr. Parrella helps us navigate the tough questions when it comes to new medications like Ozempic/Wegovy. We discuss some hot topics, including: What is insulin resistance? Can you be fat and metabolically healthy? Does having a "normal BMI"/being thin automatically make you metabolically healthy? What do the STEP trials and the SELECT trial really show us? What does that data mean? Can you take a medication like Ozempic for a short time "just to lose a little weight" and then stop? Should you expect to maintain that weight loss? What are the potential side effects/downsides of medications like Ozempic (GLP-1 agonists)? Why are these meds so damn expensive? Is it like that all over the world? Dr. Parrella recommends the following resources: "Why We Get Sick" by Benjamin Bikman, PhD. "Metabolical" by Robert Lustig, MD. "Brain Energy" by Christopher Palmer, MD. For more episodes, limited edition merch, or to become a Friend of Your Doctor Friends (and more), follow this link! This includes the famous "Advice from the last generation of doctors that inhaled lead" shirt :) Also, CHECK OUT AMAZING HEALTH PODCASTS on The Health Podcast Network   Find us at: Website: yourdoctorfriendspodcast.com  Email: yourdoctorfriendspodcast@gmail.com  Connect with us: @your_doctor_friends (IG) Send/DM us a voice memo/question and we might play it on the show! @yourdoctorfriendspodcast1013 (YouTube) @JeremyAllandMD (IG, FB, Twitter) @JuliaBrueneMD (IG) @HealthPodNet (IG)
Is Late-Night Eating Bad For Me?
Jan 16 2024
Is Late-Night Eating Bad For Me?
Are you a late-night snacker? Do you sometimes get home late and push dinner back to 8 or 9 PM? Perhaps you've heard somewhere that eating right before bed is "bad for you"? Is this true? Does the timing of our eating have any impact on our health? How can we know?? RELAX! Your Doctor Friends have got you covered. To start off the new year (and following our trend of starting January episodes with "resolution-adjacent" topics), Jeremy did a deep dive into the data behind "chrono-nutrition". CHRONO= time, and NUTRITION= well... nutrition. Put them together and you've got the concept of following your body's circadian rhythm to time out your eating habits! What happens when we eat late? Does it affect our sleep? What about our metabolism? Is there benefit to changing up our eating times? Your Doctor Friends have scoured the evidence and would love to present you with a little "book report" to help you decide what works best for YOU. Listen to the end for our "dessert" topic, where Julie discusses the new FDA-approved home testing for sexually-transmitted infections! HAPPY NEW YEAR, FRIENDS! It's great to be back :) - J&J Resources for this episode include: An October 2023 article from Clinical Nutrition about chrononutrition using NHANES data. A NYT article titled "Is It Bad to Eat Late at Night?". The CDC website for the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). A January 2023 article from Verywell Health about chrononutrition. A May 2023 article from Verywell Health titled "Is Eating Before Bed Bad For You?". The NIH webpage discussing circadian rhythms. An NBC News article from November 2023 titled "Will first FDA-approved at-home test for gonorrhea, chlamydia ease the epidemic?". The FDA news release regarding its approval of the "Simple 2" gonorrhea and chlamydia home test. Link to the "Let's Get Checked" website for the "Simple 2" at-home gonorrhea and chlamydia home test. For more episodes, limited edition merch, or to become a Friend of Your Doctor Friends (and more), follow this link! This includes the famous "Advice from the last generation of doctors that inhaled lead" shirt :) Also, CHECK OUT AMAZING HEALTH PODCASTS on The Health Podcast Network   Find us at: Website: yourdoctorfriendspodcast.com  Email: yourdoctorfriendspodcast@gmail.com  Connect with us: @your_doctor_friends (IG) Send/DM us a voice memo/question and we might play it on the show! @yourdoctorfriendspodcast1013 (YouTube) @JeremyAllandMD (IG, FB, Twitter) @JuliaBrueneMD (IG) @HealthPodNet (IG)
YDF Greatest Hit: How Much Alcohol Is Too Much? (with Gail Basch, MD)
Jan 9 2024
YDF Greatest Hit: How Much Alcohol Is Too Much? (with Gail Basch, MD)
Should I try Dry January? How about Damp January?? Many folks who choose to imbibe alcohol may have considered curbing consumption on occasion, and a fair amount of people choose January to give it a go. On the theme of "New Year's Resolutions", in this episode we tackle some hard truths about hard drinks, and we have a wonderful expert guest to guide us. Dr. Gail Basch is a Psychiatrist and Addiction Medicine specialist and director of the Outpatient Addiction Clinic at Rush University Medical Center and fellowship director for the Addiction Medicine fellowship at Rush. Dr. Basch helps us tackle our tough alcohol-related questions and aids us in being introspective in our relationship with drinking. Topics covered include: What amount of drinking is "healthy" according to the WHO? Is "abstinence only" the only treatment for alcohol use disorder? What is "California Dry"? Are low/no alcohol beers and spirits a good alternative? Dr. Basch recommends these resources for folks seeking more information about alcohol use, cutting down, and quitting: Rethinking Drinking NIAAA site SAMHSA Dr. Basch's professional profile For more episodes, limited edition merch, or to become a Friend of Your Doctor Friends (and more), follow this link! This includes the famous "Advice from the last generation of doctors that inhaled lead" shirt :) Also, CHECK OUT AMAZING HEALTH PODCASTS on The Health Podcast Network   Find us at: Website: yourdoctorfriendspodcast.com  Email: yourdoctorfriendspodcast@gmail.com  Connect with us: @your_doctor_friends (IG) Send/DM us a voice memo/question and we might play it on the show! @yourdoctorfriendspodcast1013 (YouTube) @JeremyAllandMD (IG, FB, Twitter) @JuliaBrueneMD (IG) @HealthPodNet (IG)
YDF Greatest Hit: Is Cold Plunging Really Good For Me? (with Mike Tipton, PhD)
Jan 2 2024
YDF Greatest Hit: Is Cold Plunging Really Good For Me? (with Mike Tipton, PhD)
Have you ever TAKEN THE PLUNGE?? Cold water immersion is one of hottest trends in the health and wellness world.  A number of theories exist re: the benefits of cold water immersion. Generally we think of recovery from exercise, muscle soreness, injuries, etc. But the recent “craze” has been due to the potential to improve depression and anxiety, boost immunity, and perhaps even extend our longevity. But does it work? Is there data to support it?? LET'S ASK AN EXPERT! Our expert today is Mike Tipton, PhD, FTPS! Dr. Tipton is a Professor of Human & Applied Physiology, Extreme Environments Laboratory, School of Sport Health & Exercise Science, University of Portsmouth, UK. He has published over 750 scientific papers, reports, chapters, abstracts and books in his research areas of drowning, thermoregulation, environmental and occupational physiology, and survival in the sea.  He has been a consultant in survival and thermal medicine to the Royal Air Force, UKSport and the English Institute of Sport (EIS).  Prof Tipton is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and The Physiological Society.  He was awarded his MBE for services to physiological research in extreme environments; the Ireland Medal for saving lives from drowning worldwide; and the H&L Swiftwater rescue lifetime achievement award from the USA. LET'S DIVE IN, SHALL WE?? Key highlights in this episode include: What's the basic physiology behind cold water immersion? What happens to our bodies when we make ourselves cold? Does it differ in full submersion vs a shower? Does it change if we put our faces in the cold water as opposed to just our bodies? What temperature is most appropriate for a cold plunge? How long should we stay submerged? What are the potential short and long term benefits? What does the research suggest? What are the risks/potential downsides? Who should NOT be doing this? What about cryochambers? Do they work? Who is Wim Hof? Should we do as the Iceman does?? Dr. Tipton recommends the following resources to learn about cold water immersion: The University of Portsmouth webpage- including Dr. Tipton's profile. 2022 British Medical Journal article "Cold Water Therapies: Minimising Risks". Beth Francis' video "100 Days of Vitamin Sea", chronicling her journey treating her intractable migraines with open water swimming. Check out Prof Tipton on Twitter, @ProfMikeTipton! For more episodes, limited edition merch, or to become a Friend of Your Doctor Friends (and more), follow this link! This includes the famous "Advice from the last generation of doctors that inhaled lead" shirt :) Also, CHECK OUT AMAZING HEALTH PODCASTS on The Health Podcast Network   Find us at: Website: yourdoctorfriendspodcast.com  Email: yourdoctorfriendspodcast@gmail.com  Connect with us: @your_doctor_friends (IG) Send/DM us a voice memo/question and we might play it on the show! @yourdoctorfriendspodcast1013 (YouTube) @JeremyAllandMD (IG, FB, Twitter) @JuliaBrueneMD (IG) @HealthPodNet (IG)
Is Friendship More Important Than Family For Your Health? (Holiday Episode)
Dec 26 2023
Is Friendship More Important Than Family For Your Health? (Holiday Episode)
In the classic holiday film "It's a Wonderful Life", Clarence the angel says "remember, George, no man is a failure who has friends". In the holiday spirit, Your Doctor Friends took Clarence's words to heart, and present to you today the research behind how friendship keeps us healthy. In today's episode, we highlight the growing amount of evidence that supports friendships as a key aspect of our health, and, conversely, how social and emotional isolation often leads to poor health outcomes. The American Psychological Association summarizes, “given the clear benefits of friendship, psychologists say we should promote platonic social connection across society—including in school, at work, in public spaces (such as on public transportation), and through entertainment.” So let's do that today, shall we? And after listening to the episode, maybe reach out to a friend with a quick text, a silly photo, or an invite to meet up for a treat together. It might just help you live longer ;) And bonus dessert topic at the end, we talk about SOME GOOD NEWS in cancer treatment and survivorship! Happy holidays from Your Doctor Friends! We hope you're safe, happy, and healthy :) Resources for today's episode include: An American Psychological Association article titled "The science of why friendships keep us healthy". A Washington Post article titled "Friends can improve your health and well-being especially during the holidays". A systematic review/meta-analysis in PLoS One from 2023 titled "Social isolation as a risk factor for all-cause mortality" A Healio article titled "Cancer death rate drops by 33%, AACR report shows" The AACR press release for the Cancer Progress Report. The full AACR Cancer Progress Report 2023. For more episodes, limited edition merch, or to become a Friend of Your Doctor Friends (and more), follow this link! This includes the famous "Advice from the last generation of doctors that inhaled lead" shirt :) Also, CHECK OUT AMAZING HEALTH PODCASTS on The Health Podcast Network   Find us at: Website: yourdoctorfriendspodcast.com  Email: yourdoctorfriendspodcast@gmail.com  Connect with us: @your_doctor_friends (IG) Send/DM us a voice memo/question and we might play it on the show! @yourdoctorfriendspodcast1013 (YouTube) @JeremyAllandMD (IG, FB, Twitter) @JuliaBrueneMD (IG) @HealthPodNet (IG)
Why Are Z-Paks Prescribed?
Dec 19 2023
Why Are Z-Paks Prescribed?
Have you ever been 5 days into a cold, and you're just SICK OF FEELING SICK? Did you think "hmmm, maybe I should call my doctor, or hit up the local urgent care and see if they'll prescribe me a Z-Pak"? What IS a Z-Pak? What does it do? Does it actually do anything? Is it something my healthcare provider gives me just to "do something"? What does the evidence show? Friends, we know that it may feel like if the patient doesn’t “get something” after coming in for an appointment, that we have cheated them out of “real treatment”, or if we don’t order something that they can’t just get at home or at the drug store, that our role as physician doesn’t have value? Or that we have blown them off, or don’t care about their symptoms? We want our patients to feel heard, and to feel better! Sometimes setting boundaries, and explaining that the treatment plan is JUST reassurance and expectant management is HARD. So let's talk all about the most-prescribed outpatient antibiotic, AZITHROMYCIN! What is it good for (and what is it NOT)? ... and BONUS dessert topic at the end answers the question "does choosing reduced-fat dairy as opposed to full-fat have any value?" Resources for this episode include: An NBC News story about the recent mycoplasma pneumonia (walking pneumonia) outbreak. An article by the American Academy of Pediatrics titled "CDC highlights concerns over inappropriate antibiotic prescribing for COVID patients". A study by Washington University in St. Louis and the Pew Charitable Trusts titled "Inappropriate Antibiotic Prescribing for Adults Comes With Increased Risks". A NEJM article titled "Azithromycin and the Risk of Cardiovascular Death". The research page via Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute for Rita Mangione- Smith, MD, MPH (which includes links to the DART- Dialogue Around Respiratory Illness Treatment). A NYT article titled "Are Low-Fat Dairy Products Really Healthier?" The WHO webpage about "healthy diet". The 2020-2025 "Dietary Guidelines for Americans" The American Heart Association Diet and Lifestyle Recommendations. A study/meta-analysis from Advances In Nutrition regarding Effects of Dietary Intake on Markers of Metabolic Health in Adults. For more episodes, limited edition merch, or to become a Friend of Your Doctor Friends (and more), follow this link! This includes the famous "Advice from the last generation of doctors that inhaled lead" shirt :) Also, CHECK OUT AMAZING HEALTH PODCASTS on The Health Podcast Network   Find us at: Website: yourdoctorfriendspodcast.com  Email: yourdoctorfriendspodcast@gmail.com  Connect with us: @your_doctor_friends (IG) Send/DM us a voice memo/question and we might play it on the show! @yourdoctorfriendspodcast1013 (YouTube) @JeremyAllandMD (IG, FB, Twitter) @JuliaBrueneMD (IG) @HealthPodNet (IG)
How Much Caffeine Is Too Much Caffeine?
Dec 12 2023
How Much Caffeine Is Too Much Caffeine?
Have you ever felt "over-caffeinated"? Did you feel jittery, shaky, and sense your heart was going a mild a minute? Perhaps that feeling sneaked up on you? Keeping track of the exact milligram amount of caffeine we consume is tricky, especially when coffee caffeine strengths vary wildly, and many prepared beverages don't disclose the exact caffeine content. Recently two separate wrongful death lawsuits were filed against Panera, citing that the high caffeine content of its "charged lemonade" contributed to sudden cardiac death. Scary stuff. How can we know if we've consumed too much caffeine? What are caffeine's effects on our bodies? Should we be wary about consuming caffeine right before we exercise? Thankfully, Your Doctor Friends are here to sift through the data, and present to you meaningful information so you can understand your risks and make informed decisions about your personal caffeine consumption. And in our additional "dessert" topic, we talk about the progress (or lack thereof) of the FDA to ban menthol and other flavoring in tobacco products, in hopes of making cigarettes and flavored cigars less appealing to young people, and potentially save lives. Don't forget, Your Doctor Friends are ALWAYS here to give you a boost ;) Resources from this episode include: A New York Times article titled "Energy Drinks Are Surging. So Are Their Caffeine Levels." Another NYT article titled "Are Energy Drinks Safe? New Lawsuits Raise Questions." An FDA article titled "Spilling the Beans: How Much Caffeine Is Too Much?" A PubMed link to a review by the Food and Nutrition Board and the Institute of Medicine titled "Caffeine in Food and Dietary Supplements: Examining Safety: Workshop Summary." A Neuroscience and Behavioral review article titled "A review of caffeine's effects on cognitive, physical, and occupational performance." ACOG's committee opinion titled "Moderate Caffeine Consumption During Pregnancy." An FDA press release regarding prohibiting menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars to prevent youth initiation, significantly reduce tobacco-related disease and death. An AMA position statement from president Dr. Jesse Ehrenfeld regarding the delay in the FDA ban of menthol and other flavored tobacco products. For more episodes, limited edition merch, or to become a Friend of Your Doctor Friends (and more), follow this link! This includes the famous "Advice from the last generation of doctors that inhaled lead" shirt :) Also, CHECK OUT AMAZING HEALTH PODCASTS on The Health Podcast Network   Find us at: Website: yourdoctorfriendspodcast.com  Email: yourdoctorfriendspodcast@gmail.com  Connect with us: @your_doctor_friends (IG) Send/DM us a voice memo/question and we might play it on the show! @yourdoctorfriendspodcast1013 (YouTube) @JeremyAllandMD (IG, FB, Twitter) @JuliaBrueneMD (IG) @HealthPodNet (IG)
Is Sex Important For My Health? (with Lyndsey Harper, MD)
Dec 5 2023
Is Sex Important For My Health? (with Lyndsey Harper, MD)
Crank up the Salt-N-Pepa, friends, cuz Your Doctor Friends are TALKIN SEX, BABY! In all seriousness, Your Doctor Friends think that healthcare providers can do a better job making sexual health education and treatment more accessible and less stigmatized. Sexual health concerns, and sexual dysfunction are so prevalent, and deserve meaningful, evidence-based treatment strategies within reach. So let's break down some stigma, and have a candid conversation about all things SEX! We are so happy to welcome our guest, and expert in all things sexual health, Lyndsey Harper, MD, FACOG! Dr. Harper completed her OB-GYN residency in 2011 at Baylor Scott & White Health in Dallas, Texas, saw patients in private practice for seven years, and is now an OB-GYN hospitalist. Dr. Harper is Associate Professor of OB-GYN for Texas A&M College of Medicine, a Fellow of The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and a Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health. She is also the Founder and CEO of Rosy, which is a resource to connect the 84 million women in the US with sexual problems with hope, community, and research-backed solutions to improve their lives. She has been named Forbes Top 53 Women Disrupting Healthcare, People Newspapers’ 20 Under 40, a Top Innovator in North Texas for 2020 and a DBJ Top Woman in Tech. And hey! Here's a special promotion just for our listeners! Get Rosy's Silver Membership (which includes all of Rosy's educational content, full access to the erotica library, and a personalized daily Wellness Plan) FREE FOR ONE MONTH by clicking this ROSY LINK or by going to meetrosy.com and using the promo code 'DOCTORFRIENDS'. Resources in this episode include: Dr. Harper's Texas A&M University bio page. The International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health webpage. "A Tired Woman's Guide to Passionate Sex" by Laurie Mintz, PhD. "Becoming Cliterate" also by Laurie Mintz, PhD. "Come As You Are" by Emily Nagoski, PhD. A recent New York Times article titled "8 Sex Myths That Experts Wish Would Go Away". For more episodes, limited edition merch, or to become a Friend of Your Doctor Friends (and more), follow this link! This includes the famous "Advice from the last generation of doctors that inhaled lead" shirt :) Also, CHECK OUT AMAZING HEALTH PODCASTS on The Health Podcast Network   Find us at: Website: yourdoctorfriendspodcast.com  Email: yourdoctorfriendspodcast@gmail.com  Connect with us: @your_doctor_friends (IG) Send/DM us a voice memo/question and we might play it on the show! @yourdoctorfriendspodcast1013 (YouTube) @JeremyAllandMD (IG, FB, Twitter) @JuliaBrueneMD (IG) @HealthPodNet (IG)
Are Psychedelics The Next Big Thing In Medicine?
Nov 30 2023
Are Psychedelics The Next Big Thing In Medicine?
What do you think about psychedelics? Does your mind wander to late-60’s Beatles tunes? What colors do you see? Have you heard about their therapeutic uses in medicine? Seems like hippy-dippy fringe medicine stuff, right? We're talking magic mushrooms, LSD, and ketamine (among other substances) here! Can you guess which academic research institution has the most robust psychedelic research department in the US? It’s the Johns Hopkins Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research! A recent (11/16/23) Johns Hopkins Congressional Briefing, titled “What’s Next for Psychedelics” featured a panel of experts discussing psychedelics in medicine, and Your Doctor Friends think the future looks PROMISING! Their discussion centered on the potential cost-saving benefits of utilization of psychedelics in treatment of a variety of conditions, including addiction, anxiety, depression (including that associated with Alzheimer’s disease), eating disorders, OCD, and post-treatment Lyme disease. Are you ready to break on through to the other side and talk medicinal psychedelics with us?? Also, we end with a little dessert from Jeremy highlighting recent data recommending the benefits of routing iron level screening, given new data on the high prevalence of iron deficiency, and why you might want to bring it up to your healthcare provider! Resources for today's episode include: The Johns Hopkins Congressional Briefing Series page, with link to the 43-minute panel presentation titled "What's Next For Psychedelics". A New York Times article about Johns Hopkins psychiatrist Dr. Roland Griffiths, titled "A Psychedelics Pioneer Takes the Ultimate Trip". The FDA Draft Guidance document titled "Psychedelic Drugs: Considerations for Clinical Investigations. Guidance for Industry." A Johns Hopkins Magazine article titled "Preparing for a new era of psychedelic treatment". A New York Times article titled "More Than a Third of Women Under 50 are Iron-Deficient". For more episodes, limited edition merch, or to become a Friend of Your Doctor Friends (and more), follow this link! This includes the famous "Advice from the last generation of doctors that inhaled lead" shirt :) Also, CHECK OUT AMAZING HEALTH PODCASTS on The Health Podcast Network   Find us at: Website: yourdoctorfriendspodcast.com  Email: yourdoctorfriendspodcast@gmail.com  Connect with us: @your_doctor_friends (IG) Send/DM us a voice memo/question and we might play it on the show! @yourdoctorfriendspodcast1013 (YouTube) @JeremyAllandMD (IG, FB, Twitter) @JuliaBrueneMD (IG) @HealthPodNet (IG)
Can Gene Editing Cure Diseases?: Sickle Cell and CRISPR
Nov 28 2023
Can Gene Editing Cure Diseases?: Sickle Cell and CRISPR
Have y'all heard of CRISPR?? This revolutionary gene-editing technology has the potential to treat and possibly CURE genetic diseases. Recently an FDA advisory committee has recommended the use of this technology in efforts to cure symptoms of sickle cell disease in people! THIS IS HUGE NEWS! In today's episode, Jeremy presents the context and backstory of sickle cell disease, and the ripple effects of using gene-editing therapy to treat it effectively. This could be a real game-changer for folks living with sickle cell disease, who only have access to supportive care measures to treat the devastating, and frequently deadly effects of this debilitating genetic disorder. Your Doctor Friends are excited, and you should be too! WE ARE LIVING IN THE FUTURE, FRIENDS! The FDA's final decision on its approval of "exa-cel", the groundbreaking gene-editing technique to treat sickle cell disease is scheduled for December 8, 2023, right around the corner! Stay tuned folks, you can bet that Your Doctor Friends will cover more stories about this amazing leap in treatment for genetic disorders! Finally, stay tuned til the end for a little "dessert" health headline story from Julie about using leftover antibiotics; the reason why people do it, and what the ramifications could be. Resources for today's episode include: A New York Times article "Panel Says That Innovative Sickle Cell Cure Is Safe Enough for Patients". A Doc Wire News article "FDA Advisory Committee Endorses Safety of Exa-Cel in SCD". The NIH website's page on "What Is Sickle Cell Disease?" An article by the Infectious Disease Society of America outlining how antibiotics are "like gold" to some patients, discussing how personal beliefs and health care barriers drive inappropriate antibiotic use. For more episodes, limited edition merch, or to become a Friend of Your Doctor Friends (and more), follow this link! This includes the famous "Advice from the last generation of doctors that inhaled lead" shirt :) Also, CHECK OUT AMAZING HEALTH PODCASTS on The Health Podcast Network   Find us at: Website: yourdoctorfriendspodcast.com  Email: yourdoctorfriendspodcast@gmail.com  Connect with us: @your_doctor_friends (IG) Send/DM us a voice memo/question and we might play it on the show! @yourdoctorfriendspodcast1013 (YouTube) @JeremyAllandMD (IG, FB, Twitter) @JuliaBrueneMD (IG) @HealthPodNet (IG)
Why Are So Many Doctors Dying By Suicide? (with Carrie Cunningham, MD)
Nov 14 2023
Why Are So Many Doctors Dying By Suicide? (with Carrie Cunningham, MD)
According to a recent article by Christina Frangou in the Guardian, "doctors are dying by suicide at higher rates than the general population. Somewhere between 300 to 400 physicians a year in the US take their own lives, the equivalent of one medical school graduating class annually." This sobering statistic from the eye-opening Guardian article (aptly titled "US surgeons are killing themselves at an alarming rate. One decided to speak out") resonated with Your Doctor Friends, and we are fortunate enough to have the inspiration of that article, Dr. Carrie Cunningham HERE WITH US! Dr. Cunningham is an endocrine surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital and holds a professorship at Harvard. She was recently elected President of the Association of Academic Surgery. Her Presidential Address at the AAS 2023 National Meeting, titled “Removing the Mask” created quite a stir, as she shared her personal struggles with depression, anxiety, substance use disorder, and her connection to a friend and colleague (Dr. Christina "Tina" Barkley) who died by suicide. Imagine getting up in front of thousands of your colleagues and baring the most vulnerable parts of yourself. It took tons of courage, and the YouTube video of her address went viral. This week we try a bit of a “hybrid” format for Health Headlines. We just had to capitalize on this fantastic opportunity to speak directly with the subject of the article, and get her take straight from the source! Thanks for listening to this one, friends, it means a lot :) Resources from the episode include: The Guardian article, "US surgeons are killing themselves at an alarming rate. One decided to speak out." YouTube link to Dr. Carrie Cunningham's Presidential Address at the 2023 Academic Surgical Congress, titled "Removing the Mask." The 1973 JAMA article, "The Sick Physician. Impairment by Psychiatric Disorders, Including Alcoholism and Drug Dependence." The Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes' Foundation website. The Association of Academic Surgery's website. Dr. Cunningham's professional MassGen profile. For more episodes, limited edition merch, or to become a Friend of Your Doctor Friends (and more), follow this link! This includes the famous "Advice from the last generation of doctors that inhaled lead" shirt :) Also, CHECK OUT AMAZING HEALTH PODCASTS on The Health Podcast Network   Find us at: Website: yourdoctorfriendspodcast.com  Email: yourdoctorfriendspodcast@gmail.com  Connect with us: @your_doctor_friends (IG) Send/DM us a voice memo/question and we might play it on the show! @yourdoctorfriendspodcast1013 (YouTube) @JeremyAllandMD (IG, FB, Twitter) @JuliaBrueneMD (IG) @HealthPodNet (IG)
Can We Prevent Cardiac Disease? (with Danny Luger, MD and Max Fitzgerald, MD)
Nov 7 2023
Can We Prevent Cardiac Disease? (with Danny Luger, MD and Max Fitzgerald, MD)
Many of the questions we answer here on Your Doctor Friends focus on a specific problem. What should I do if I am nauseous? Did I tear my meniscus? Do I have a kidney stone?  However, the "holy grail" in healthcare lies in the question, can I prevent a problem? Individually, we go to our annual physicals. We click on the headlines that suggest there is a "secret" or "one weird trick" we didn’t know that could make us feel better or live longer or perform better. We read nutrition labels, take vitamins and supplements, consult with nutritionists and personal trainers. Universally, we all want to live long, healthy lives.  Alas, healthcare does not often encourage prevention. Insurance generally doesn’t cover preventative services. Healthcare companies, by and large, don’t invest in preventative care. Similarly, diagnostic testing, the backbone of identifying risks, remains underfunded and under-researched.  Again, this all begs the question, can we actually prevent disease? Today Your Doctor Friends are tagging in their friends, Max Fitzgerald, MD and Dr. Danny Luger, MD! Drs. Max Fitzgerald and Danny Luger are physicians at Rush University Medical Center and direct the Center for Prevention of Cardiac Disease. Max is a Physiatrist (a specialist in musculoskeletal medicine and rehabilitation) and Danny is a Cardiologist. They are both exceptional clinicians, incredibly accomplished individually, and together they saw a hole in our medical system and Your Doctor Friends are super jacked to have them here on the show! This episode underscores the necessity of habitual changes, like movement/exercise adjustment and sleep regulation, for preventing diseases and their efforts in setting up a care model focusing on prevention at Rush. Drs. Fitzgerald and Luger also share the community collaborations they have initiated to enhance community wellbeing. Points of Interest in the episode: 00:13 The Importance of, and Challenges Regarding Prevention in Healthcare 01:15 The Role of Annual Physicals and Lifestyle Choices 01:41 The Current State of Healthcare and Prevention 02:07 The Potential of Disease Prevention 04:35 The Origin and Goals of the Preventative Clinic 09:48 The Role of Mental Health in Preventive Care 39:53 The Importance of Sleep and Diet in Preventive Care 42:28 The Role of Community and Policy in Preventive Care To learn more about the Rush Center for Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, check out their website here! For more episodes, limited edition merch, or to become a Friend of Your Doctor Friends (and more), follow this link! This includes the famous "Advice from the last generation of doctors that inhaled lead" shirt :) Also, CHECK OUT AMAZING HEALTH PODCASTS on The Health Podcast Network   Find us at: Website: yourdoctorfriendspodcast.com  Email: yourdoctorfriendspodcast@gmail.com  Connect with us: @your_doctor_friends (IG) Send/DM us a voice memo/question and we might play it on the show! @yourdoctorfriendspodcast1013 (YouTube) @JeremyAllandMD (IG, FB, Twitter) @JuliaBrueneMD (IG) @HealthPodNet (IG)
Are Skittles Banned in California?!? The Food Additive Ban + Halloween Scaries
Nov 2 2023
Are Skittles Banned in California?!? The Food Additive Ban + Halloween Scaries
Happy HalloWEEK, FRIENDS! This week Your Doctor Friends are doling out TWO episodes of spoooooky stories and hair-raising health headlines! Each episode contains a "sharing size" story with a little "fun-sized" article at the end! Today's main topic involves the TERRIFYING California "Skittles Ban"! Spoiler alert, it really doesn't have anything to do with Skittles (thank goodness!), but does involve four different food additives now being banned in California with Gov. Gavin Newsom's "California Food Safety Act". What are these substances? Are they actually harmful to us to ingest? What does the data show? At the end Julie does a deep dive into a certain parasitic fungus that can control the minds of insects to propagate itself! It's the source material for the hit video game and HBO/Max series The Last of Us and the closest thing to zombies we will probably cover on this show :) We hope you enjoyed your Halloween and have a lovely Dia de los Muertos, friends! Resources for this episode include: The New York Times article titled "What to know about the 4 food additives banned by California". A study from Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology about the effects of oral erythrosine on men's thyroid function, as well as pituitary-thyroid function in rats A study from the Egyptian Journal of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology about toxicity of parabens in adult male rats. A review article from Environmental Health on potential impacts of synthetic food dyes on activity and attention in children. An article from Food Chemistry on potassium bromate. A National Geographic article on how Cordyceps fungus species take over ants' brains. Another awesome National Geographic article entitled "Could a parasitic fungus evolve to control humans?" An Annals of Internal Medicine study on the worsening spread of Candida auris in the US from 2019-2021. The CDC webpage about Candida auris. For more episodes, limited edition merch, or to become a Friend of Your Doctor Friends (and more), follow this link! This includes the famous "Advice from the last generation of doctors that inhaled lead" shirt :) Also, CHECK OUT AMAZING HEALTH PODCASTS on The Health Podcast Network   Find us at: Website: yourdoctorfriendspodcast.com  Email: yourdoctorfriendspodcast@gmail.com    Call the DOCLINE on 312-380-5005 and leave us a message. We will listen and maybe even respond/play it on the show!   (Disclaimer: we will not answer specific medical questions or offer medical advice. Consult your healthcare professional with any and all personal health questions.)   Connect with us: @your_doctor_friends (IG) @yourdoctorfriendspodcast1013 (YouTube) @JeremyAllandMD (IG, FB, Twitter) @JuliaBrueneMD (IG) @HealthPodNet (IG)
Do Full Moons Cause Crazy Behavior? (Special Halloween Episode)
Oct 31 2023
Do Full Moons Cause Crazy Behavior? (Special Halloween Episode)
HAPPY HALLOWEEN, FRIENDS! This week Your Doctor Friends are doling out TWO episodes of spoooooky stories and hair-raising health headlines! Each episode contains a "sharing size" story with a little "fun-sized" article at the end! Today we start with the (maybe not-so-scientific) connection between the full moon and erratic behavior (if there really is one...). We dive into the origins of this widely-held belief that the full moon triggers weird demeanor, and what the studies suggest may be closer to the truth. At the end Jeremy explains the health benefits of eating actual pumpkin! Stay tuned for another eerie episode this Thursday, November 2nd (the end of the Dia de los Muertos!) for another bag of treats! Happy Healthy Haunting, y'all! Resources for this episode include: A Canadian Medical Association Journal article titled "Bad Moon Rising: the persistent belief in lunar connections to madness." A 1985 Psychological Bulletin journal article by Rotton and Kelly titled "Much ado about the full moon: a meta-analysis of lunar-lunacy research." A study published in the World Journal of Surgery investigating full moons, zodiac signs, and Fridays the 13th and their relationships (or lack thereof) to emergency operations and intraoperative blood loss. A Scientific American article titled "Lunacy and the Full Moon. Does a full moon really trigger strange behavior?" A New York Times article on the health benefits of eating pumpkin! For more episodes, limited edition merch, or to become a Friend of Your Doctor Friends (and more), follow this link! This includes the famous "Advice from the last generation of doctors that inhaled lead" shirt :) Also, CHECK OUT AMAZING HEALTH PODCASTS on The Health Podcast Network   Find us at: Website: yourdoctorfriendspodcast.com  Email: yourdoctorfriendspodcast@gmail.com    Call the DOCLINE on 312-380-5005 and leave us a message. We will listen and maybe even respond/play it on the show!   (Disclaimer: we will not answer specific medical questions or offer medical advice. Consult your healthcare professional with any and all personal health questions.)   Connect with us: @your_doctor_friends (IG) @yourdoctorfriendspodcast1013 (YouTube) @JeremyAllandMD (IG, FB, Twitter) @JuliaBrueneMD (IG) @HealthPodNet (IG)
Are Food Allergies Exploding? Digesting the Data (with David Stukus, MD)
Oct 24 2023
Are Food Allergies Exploding? Digesting the Data (with David Stukus, MD)
Food allergies are super common. According to the American College of Asthma and Immunology and the CDC, about 5% of kids and about 4% of adults are affected by food allergies. The allergic reactions can range from mild to severe and life threatening. Food allergy symptoms are most common in babies and children, but they can appear at any age. You can even develop an allergy to foods you have eaten for years with no problem (bummer). As we learned in our previous episode about Celiac Disease with Dr. Alessio Fasano, when we restrict people’s diets, it can create a really stressful and isolating situation for them. How can we support people with food allergies? Can we treat the allergies? Are food allergies actually more prevalent now than they have been historically? Thankfully, we have our friend and renowned expert in the field of Allergy and Immunology to help us understand more!   Welcome, Dave Stukus, MD! Dr. Stukus (DR. DAVE!!) is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Allergy/Immunology Nationwide Children's Hospital and The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He’s also the director of the Food Allergy Treatment Center. He’s very active on social media with @AllergyKidsDoc on Twitter and Instagram. We remember Dr. Stukus from his AWESOME episode about seasonal allergies! Hold on to your EpiPens, folks, let’s learn about food allergies! Key moments in this episode include: 00:06:32 - What Are Food Allergies? 00:09:47 - Major Culprits and Unknowns 00:13:57 - Different Methods of Testing 00:14:50 - Over-the-Counter Allergy Tests 00:15:29 - High IgE Levels and Allergies 00:24:35 - Diagnosing Food Allergies 00:27:10 - Reactivity to Cow's Milk Allergy 00:28:58 - Prevention of Food Allergies 00:30:26 - Treatment Options for Food Allergies 00:37:57 - What to Do in an Allergic Reaction 00:39:08 - Role of Antihistamines 00:48:36 - Food Allergy Labels 00:49:01 - EpiPen Availability in Schools 00:50:11 - Number of EpiPens to Have, Expiration Dates 00:52:35 - Evolving Understanding of Food Allergies, Future Research Dr. Stukus recommends the following trusted resources if you want to learn more: The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. The American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. The Support Groups page of FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education org). Dr. Dave's professional page via Nationwide Children's. For more episodes, limited edition merch, or to become a Friend of Your Doctor Friends (and more), follow this link! This includes the famous "Advice from the last generation of doctors that inhaled lead" shirt :) Also, CHECK OUT AMAZING HEALTH PODCASTS on The Health Podcast Network   Find us at: Website: yourdoctorfriendspodcast.com  Email: yourdoctorfriendspodcast@gmail.com    Call the DOCLINE on 312-380-5005 and leave us a message. We will listen and maybe even respond/play it on the show!   (Disclaimer: we will not answer specific medical questions or offer medical advice. Consult your healthcare professional with any and all personal health questions.)   Connect with us: @your_doctor_friends (IG) @yourdoctorfriendspodcast1013 (YouTube) @JeremyAllandMD (IG, FB, Twitter) @JuliaBrueneMD (IG) @HealthPodNet (IG)