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Exploring Resolutions: The Diets of TikTok

Ahhhh, TikTok. The cause of, and solution to, much of the the world's problems :) For real though, the traction that fad diets can gain on TT is mind-blowing- we're talking like BILLIONS of views. Never fear, Jeremy and Julie are here to break down the top trending diets on social media, sift through the trash, and give you the helpful, digestible bits that matter.Topics in this episode include:What's keto? How is it different than South Beach or Atkins?Why many "keto" packaged foods have sweeteners added.How to use examine.com- for evidence-based info about nutrition and supplement information.What is the carnivore diet? What about the "lion diet"?What is a "juice cleanse"?How do "fad diets" promote weight cycling?How carbs can be good for you!In summation, the risks, benefits, and evidence of these diets! For more episodes, limited edition merch, or to become a Friend of Your Doctor Friends (and more), follow this link!Also, CHECK OUT AMAZING HEALTH PODCASTS on The Health Podcast Network- our new benevolent overlords! ;) (For real, this network is AMAZING and has fantastic, evidence-based, honest health information, and we are so happy to partner with them!) Find us at:Website: yourdoctorfriendspodcast.com Email: [email protected]  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)@JeremyAllandMD (IG, FB, Twitter)@JuliaBrueneMD (IG)@HealthPodNet (IG)
January 24, 2023
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Exploring Resolutions: How Much Alcohol is Healthy? (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. Continuing our 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 siteSAMHSA Dr. Basch's professional profileFor more episodes, limited edition merch, or to become a Friend of Your Doctor Friends (and more), follow this link!Also, if you want to try some kick ass non alcoholic brews from Athletic Brewing, head over to athletic brewing.com and use the code JEREMY20 for 20% off your first order. #GiveDryATry Find us at:Website: yourdoctorfriendspodcast.com Email: [email protected]  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:@JeremyAllandMD (IG, FB, Twitter)@JuliaBrueneMD (IG)
January 17, 2023
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Are New Year’s Resolutions Good For Us?

HAPPY NEW YEAR! We're back from our holiday break and ready to start 2023 strong with a fresh episode :)Why do we make resolutions? What are we really trying to change? Why? And why pick January 1st??What's the history and psychology behind New Year's resolutions, and how can we be mindful in setting a goal or intention for the year?In this episode, we break down the history behind the tradition of setting resolutions at New Year's, and suggest some ways to choose goals that are meaningful, attainable, and fulfilling. We touch on the SMART method of goal setting, delve into the cue/routine/reward technique, and discuss ways to bake in accountability to your goal to increase the chances of success.LISTEN TO THE END to hear a compilation of short clips from many of our guests from 2022 sharing their goals/resolutions/intentions for the year as well :)For more episodes, limited edition merch, or to become a Friend of Your Doctor Friends (and more), follow this link! Find us at:Website: yourdoctorfriendspodcast.com Email: [email protected]  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:@JeremyAllandMD (IG, FB, Twitter)@JuliaBrueneMD (IG)
January 10, 2023
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Friends of Your Doctor Friends Vol. 2

Who doesn't love a clip show for the end of the year?? We are back with another crop of voicemails from our friends (Friends of YDF) asking us weird, wild questions. What better way to round out 2022 than by by listening to Jeremy and Julie provide their best educated guesses for questions that mainly center around odd bodily functions?So gather round, dear listeners, grab a fresh cup of coffee and some tender asparagus (and any other food you can think of that makes your pee smell weird) as we bid adieu to 2022.See you all in 2023! We hope you have happy and healthy holidays :)For more episodes, limited edition merch, or to become a Friend of Your Doctor Friends (and more), follow this link! Find us at:Website: yourdoctorfriendspodcast.com Email: [email protected]  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:@JeremyAllandMD (IG, FB, Twitter)@JuliaBrueneMD (IG)
December 20, 2022
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I Hurt My Knee, What Should I Do?

Oh no! I twisted my knee in a funky way and felt a pop and now it hurts! What do I do? Is this bad?? Do I need surgery?? HELP!As Sports Medicine physicians, Jeremy and Julie have fielded this concern too many times to count. Its scary! One minute your knee is fine, and the next its all swollen and painful and you're limping around. Your mind immediately goes to your buddy who had to have major reconstructive surgery and was hobbling around on crutches for seemingly forever. DON'T PANIC. Chances are you can weather this storm without undergoing a major invasive intervention. Knee injuries are incredibly common, and the majority of folks just need some good old fashioned time, rest, ice and TLC for their injury to heal. In this episode, Jeremy and Julie walk you through the immediate checklist to go through once you've tweaked your knee, red flag signs to look for, and tips on how to make it better. No KNEE-d to fear!! ;) For more episodes, limited edition merch, or to become a Friend of Your Doctor Friends (and more), follow this link! Find us at:Website: yourdoctorfriendspodcast.com Email: [email protected]  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:@JeremyAllandMD (IG, FB, Twitter)@JuliaBrueneMD (IG)
December 13, 2022
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Demystifying CBD (with Scott Palmer, MD)

CBD seems to be everywhere. You can buy CBD or "hemp-infused" drinks, you can use creams on your skin, or take oral capsules. Advertisements for CBD products tout myriad benefits, from controlling anxiety, to reducing pain and promoting restful sleep. How does it actually work? How did it get so popular? Does it really work? How is it regulated?We brought on our doctor friend and cannabinoid expert, Dr. Scott Palmer to help answer these questions, and provide more insight on CBD. Dr. Palmer is a board-certified Internal Medicine physician in Chicago who has provided medical care for the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Bulls since 2005. He also has special research interests in the use of cannabinoids (including CBD) to help treat chronic pain, anxiety, and neurodegenerative disorders, among other health concerns. Dr. Palmer is the medical director of Synthonics, Inc. - a small pharmaceutical research organization involved in cannabinoid research and manufacturing. Come learn about all things CBD!Learn more about Dr Palmer here and his novel CBD products here.For more episodes, limited edition merch, or to become a Friend of Your Doctor Friends (and more), follow this link! Find us at:Website: yourdoctorfriendspodcast.com Email: [email protected]  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:@JeremyAllandMD (IG, FB, Twitter)@JuliaBrueneMD (IG)
December 6, 2022
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Are Adults Ruining Kids’ Sports? (with Linda Flanagan) – Part 2

SHE'S BACK! Linda Flanagan has so much to teach us, we had to make it a two-parter!Join us for the second installment of our epic two-part series highlighting accomplished author, freelance journalist, researcher, and former cross country and track coach Linda Flanagan. Her most recent book, "Take Back the Game: How Money and Mania Are Ruining Kids' Sports--and Why it Matters" has captivated Jeremy and Julie, and sheds light on how money and high stakes have transformed youth sports into something that might just not be that fun for kids anymore. Learn more about Linda's book here. For more episodes, limited edition merch, or to become a Friend of Your Doctor Friends (and more), follow this link! Find us at:Website: yourdoctorfriendspodcast.com Email: [email protected]  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:@JeremyAllandMD (IG, FB, Twitter)@JuliaBrueneMD (IG)
November 29, 2022
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What is a Food Coma? (Thanksgiving Edition)

POSTPRANDIAL SOMNOLENCE! Have you experienced this?? If you've ever experienced that "ooh I ate too much and now I'm groggy and want a nap" feeling, then you certainly have!In this Thanksgiving-themed episode, Jeremy unpacks the science behind why we feel so sleepy after a big meal. What's the reason? Is it the tryptophan? Is it the sugar? Is it the time of day? Listen and find out :)Gobble gobble, dear listeners! We are so thankful for you! For more episodes, limited edition merch, or to become a Friend of Your Doctor Friends (and more), follow this link! Find us at:Website: yourdoctorfriendspodcast.com Email: [email protected]  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:@JeremyAllandMD (IG, FB, Twitter)@JuliaBrueneMD (IG)
November 22, 2022
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Are Adults Ruining Kids’ Sports? (with Linda Flanagan) – Part 1

Youth sports today typically involve more than just a pickup game of basketball at the park district. Often kids are part of multiple travel leagues, practicing and playing most days of the week. On top of that, it's not uncommon for kids to play consecutive sports (or the same sport on different teams) season after season without any breaks.How did it get this way? Is this healthy??Join us for an epic two-part series highlighting accomplished author, freelance journalist, researcher, and former cross country and track coach Linda Flanagan. Her most recent book, "Take Back the Game: How Money and Mania Are Ruining Kids' Sports--and Why it Matters" has captivated Jeremy and Julie, and sheds light on how money and high stakes have transformed youth sports into something that might just not be that fun for kids anymore. Learn more about Linda's book here. For more episodes, limited edition merch, or to become a Friend of Your Doctor Friends (and more), follow this link! Find us at:Website: yourdoctorfriendspodcast.com Email: [email protected]  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:@JeremyAllandMD (IG, FB, Twitter)@JuliaBrueneMD (IG)
November 15, 2022
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What’s up with RSV?

Oh dear. Another virus?? And this time it’s affecting the kids?? Chances are you have heard news stories about RSV, or respiratory syncytial virus, and how cases of RSV infections in kids and babies have been spiking much earlier than usual in the US. This puts strain on an already stretched-thin healthcare and hospital system, and strikes fear into parents and healthcare professionals, with media outlets warning of a potential “tripledemic”. Jeremy and Julie are here, with a little aid and input from Dr. Bridget Voigt, Pediatrician at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Voigt paints a picture of the healthcare response to this surge in viral respiratory illness in the pediatric population, and provides guidance on how we can best manage it.Tune in for an important, topical episode! It’s not all gloom and doom, we promise. Let’s arm ourselves with some clear, evidence based information to help keep all of us safe and healthy.For more RSV information, check out these sources:CDC website on RSVMayo Clinic RSV WebsiteScientific American Article on RSVNPR/WBEZ Article on RSV Surge For more episodes, limited edition merch, or to become a Friend of Your Doctor Friends (and more), follow this link! Find us at:Website: yourdoctorfriendspodcast.com Email: [email protected]  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:@JeremyAllandMD (IG, FB, Twitter)@JuliaBrueneMD (IG)
November 8, 2022
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BONUS: Being the CEO of your own Emotions (with Rose Metivier, LCPC)

ROSE IS AT IT AGAIN! For the SECOND bonus episode this week, our favorite therapist and mental health expert, Rose Metivier, LCPC teaches us a fun lesson about how to conceptualize our emotions.Think of it like an adult version of the movie "Inside Out"- where you are the CEO of your emotions, and each major emotion (joy, sadness, anger, anxiety, etc) report to YOU to make the business run.Rose recommends these sources to learn more about mental health:NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)NAMI ChicagoChicago mental health resources for kids via WBEZNo Going Back to Normal- Harvard MagazineTackling the Mental Health Crisis in Young People- NatureFor more episodes, limited edition merch, or to become a Friend of Your Doctor Friends (and more), follow this link!Find us at:Website: yourdoctorfriendspodcast.com Email: [email protected] 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:@JeremyAllandMD (IG, FB, Twitter)@JuliaBrueneMD (IG)
November 5, 2022
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BONUS: Strategies for Helping Kids from Rose Metivier, LCPC

BONUS EPISODE! Our favorite mental health expert, Rose Metivier, LCPC gives us quick-bite strategies for reaching out to young people regarding their mental and emotional well-being.Rose outlines digestible, actionable strategies that we can employ to create a safe environment for the young folks in our lives. The kids can be all right. They just need our help :)Rose recommends these sources to learn more about mental health:NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)NAMI ChicagoChicago mental health resources for kids via WBEZNo Going Back to Normal- Harvard MagazineTackling the Mental Health Crisis in Young People- NatureFor more episodes, limited edition merch, or to become a Friend of Your Doctor Friends (and more), follow this link!Find us at:Website: yourdoctorfriendspodcast.com Email: [email protected] 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:@JeremyAllandMD (IG, FB, Twitter)@JuliaBrueneMD (IG)
November 3, 2022
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Are the Kids Alright? Adolescent Mental Health Crisis (with Rose Metivier, LCPC)

Depression. Anxiety. Self-harm. Perfectionism. Escapism. Young people today are bombarded with internal and external forces which can wreak havoc on their developing minds. In today's episode, Julie and Jeremy reflect on questions they hear from friends, family, and patients alike. Are the kids okay? Are we in the midst of an adolescent mental health crisis? How did things get like this? How can we help make it better?At the helm of today's episode is our favorite therapist, Rose Metivier, LCPC. Rose provides valuable insight on the developing adolescent brain and the threats to the emotional well-being of young people. Rose reflects on the inadequacy of the American mental health care system, and suggests meaningful changes we can make as adults to perhaps make things a little easier for kids. Topics covered in today's episode include:Internalizing vs externalizing behaviors in mental healthThe role of social media in adolescent mental healthBarriers to mental health access for young peopleHow parents can support kids' mental health Why CONSISTENCY matters so much to kidsThe failures of today's mental health care systemMental health provider shortagesHow the pandemic/remote learning/isolation has impacted kids' mental healthThe benefits of emotional learning in schools starting at a young ageWhy "Inside Out" is such a rad movie :)Rose recommends these sources to learn more about mental health:NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)NAMI ChicagoChicago mental health resources for kids via WBEZNo Going Back to Normal- Harvard MagazineTackling the Mental Health Crisis in Young People- NatureFor more episodes, limited edition merch, or to become a Friend of Your Doctor Friends (and more), follow this link!Find us at:Website: yourdoctorfriendspodcast.com Email: [email protected] 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:@JeremyAllandMD (IG, FB, Twitter)@JuliaBrueneMD (IG)
November 1, 2022
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Do I Have a Kidney Stone? (with Ryan Steinberg, MD)

Sharp pain in your side. A burning sensation while urinating. Nausea or vomiting. If you’re suffering from symptoms like these, you might be asking yourself: do I have a kidney stone?As you’ll discover in this episode, it can be a bit more complicated than that. Kidney stones are sometimes referred to as ‘the great mimicker’, since their signs and symptoms are remarkably similar to those of urinary tract infections, appendicitis, ovarian or testicular conditions, gastritis, and more.Today, we bring in Urologist and Clinical Assistant Professor of Urology at the University of Iowa Health Care, Dr. Ryan Steinberg to help us understand what the heck kidney stones are, how to identify them, and when to seek treatment.Ryan sheds some light on whether or not you can keep your pet stones after they are removed, what it actually looks like to obliterate kidney stones with lasers, and some of the surprisingly simple measures you can take to prevent kidney stones from forming in the first place. You’ll even get a behind-the-scenes account of what it was like to be Jeremy’s roommate in his med school days, which you won't want to miss!To learn more about how to know for sure if it’s a kidney stone that ails you, tune in today!Topics discussed in this episode:First and foremost, what is a kidney stone?How common kidney stones actually areAn understanding of when kidney stones cause symptomsWhat causes kidney stones (and why you should drink more water!)Common signs that you might have a kidney stoneThe mechanics behind why kidney stones are so painfulWhy an accompanying fever can be bad newsPassing the stone naturally vs. medical interventionDemystifying laser kidney stone surgeryDietary recommendations for kidney stone preventionPopular herbal remedies to cop or dropWhy and how to do a 24-hour urine collection sampleWhy Ryan suggests being proactive about your healthOR playlists, stories from Ryan and Jeremy’s days as roommates, and more! Connect with Ryan by visiting his webpage at the University of Iowa Health Care here, or follow him on Twitter for more bad puns and dad jokes!For more episodes, limited edition merch, or to become a Friend of Your Doctor Friends (and more), follow this link!Find us at:Website: yourdoctorfriendspodcast.com Email: [email protected] 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:@JeremyAllandMD (IG, FB, Twitter)@JuliaBrueneMD (IG)
October 25, 2022
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What Cold Medicine Should I Use? (with Greg Castelli, PharmD)

It’s fall! This means a few things. Not only are the leaves changing color and nearly everything is flavored with pumpkin spice, but cold and flu season is also officially in full swing.If you find that you’ve got an aching head, a runny nose, or a scratchy throat, you’re not alone. You’re going to need something to make you feel better, but the cold and flu aisle can be so intimidating. What are all these pills, syrups, and herbal elixirs? Which one will effectively alleviate your symptoms?Before you grab the first thing you recognize from a TV commercial and end up feeling dissatisfied with the results or suffering from some undesirable side effects, it might be useful to draw on the expertise of a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist like Greg Castelli.Today, we ask Greg, a real-life clinical pharmacist, which cold medicine is best. He shares his take on intranasal sprays, cough syrups, home remedies, and more. We also discuss whether or not brand-name drugs are better, what contraindications to look out for, and how to go about caring for your kids when they’ve got a case of the sniffles.Hopefully, by the end of this episode, you’ll have a much better idea of which remedy to reach for the next time you’re feeling under the weather!Topics discussed in this episode:Letting your symptoms (and your pharmacist) lead youNasal sprays and how to use themBrand names vs. generic drugsWhen you should and shouldn’t take SudafedAntihistamines for nasal congestionWhy you should only take the products that you needYour guide to cough medicationsThe importance of managing your expectations of recoverySymptoms of cough medicine and DXM (dextromethorphan) abuseCommon antipyretics used to treat fever and inflammationRecommendations for treating your kids when they are sickHome remedies: from honey to humidifiersTips for topical treatments like Vicks VapoRubA look at the pros and cons of herbal remedies and vitaminsHow pregnant women can feel better without harming the babyGreg’s Halloween plans, weird questions he gets as a pharmacist, and more!Connect with Greg Castelli, learn more about the Family Medicine Residency Program at St. Margaret’s, or watch the St. Margaret Files on YouTube.For more episodes, limited edition merch, or to become a Friend of Your Doctor Friends (and more), follow this link!Find us at:Website: yourdoctorfriendspodcast.com Email: [email protected] 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:@JeremyAllandMD (IG, FB, Twitter)@JuliaBrueneMD (IG)
October 18, 2022
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Patient Stories: A Huge Shock for an Ultramarathon Runner with Back Pain

While it’s obviously hugely beneficial to hear from the experts when it comes to specific medical problems, looking to the patient files for anecdotes and poignant stories is often equally powerful.That’s why this episode of Your Doctor Friends is something a little different! Today, we welcome our first-ever patient guest, Jerry Cropsey, who originally visited Dr. Jeremy over five years ago with pain in his right shoulder blade.As an ultramarathon runner who had suffered several orthopedic injuries over the years, Jerry was sure the source of his pain was musculoskeletal. However, despite several visits to his physical therapist and after undergoing various other treatments, nothing helped.Today, Jerry shares his unexpected journey from ultramarathon to triple bypass surgery and back, thanks to the timely advice he received from his physicians and the information and support he received from organizations like the Ironheart Foundation, an online community for endurance athletes dealing with heart disease.This remarkable case study highlights the importance of trusting your instincts, heeding your doctor’s advice (even if it seems strange at the time), and leaning on the support of a like-minded community.To hear what Dr. Jeremy calls one of the most interesting patient stories he has heard as a physician, you won't want to miss today’s episode!Topics discussed in this episode:The BACKstory behind Jerry’s shoulder blade pain (excuse the pun!)An unexpected journey from chiropractor to cardiologistThe fear and uncertainty that accompanies a triple bypass surgery Support groups and resources for athletes affected by heart diseaseSteps Jerry took to transition safely from heart surgery to 50KHow Jerry influenced his family members to get testedOur key takeaways from Jerry’s storyThe importance of trusting your gut and seeking a second opinionRapid fire: that first shower after surgery, Colorado weather, and more!For heart disease education, support, and athletic inspiration, visit the Ironheart Foundation.Looking to connect with individuals impacted by cardiac disease? Join the Ironheart Connect Facebook Group.Watch HEART: Flatline to Finish Line for an unvarnished look at some of the struggles that athletes with heart conditions go through daily.Find us at:Website: yourdoctorfriendspodcast.com Email: [email protected] 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:Join our Facebook group – Friends of Your Doctor [email protected]_doctor_friends (IG, TikTok)Your Doctor Friends Podcast (
October 11, 2022
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Is My Heart OK For Exercise? (with Anu Rao, MD)

Newspaper headlines can be terrifying. Sometimes, although rarely, young runners die suddenly during marathons, despite seemingly good health. If athletes at their peak physical performance are dropping dead from cardiac events, you might ask yourself; how do I know if my heart is okay for exercise?Helping us navigate these concerns is Dr. Anu Rao, an Associate Professor of Cardiology in the department of Internal Medicine at Rush Medical College, a board-certified cardiologist at St. Luke’s Hospital, and an expert in matters of the heart.Dr. Rao’s goal is to educate and empower, working collaboratively with her patients to create a care plan, reduce future risks, and help them reach their full health potential.With this in mind, we take a look at Dr. Rao’s weekly exercise recommendations to reduce your risk of heart disease, how likely it is that you’ll suffer from a cardiac event during exercise, and some of the unusual symptoms you shouldn't ignore.As Dr. Rao reminds us, nothing in life is risk-free! Don’t break up with your favorite physical activity just because you’re worried about a cardiac event. Instead, consider moderate exercise on alternating days, get adequate rest, and if you’re really savvy, get your heart checked. Oh, and listen to Your Doctor Friends, of course!Topics discussed in this episode:Why runners die at marathons, dating back to Ancient GreeceUnpacking the term ‘cardiac arrest’Risk factors that warrant being screened for heart diseaseThe controversy surrounding widespread EKG screening for athletesCommon feelings of anxiety that come with abnormal test resultsA cardiologist's recommendations for weekly exerciseUnusual symptoms that should raise red flagsWhy we don’t recommend going from couch to marathonInsight into why cardiologists treat professional athletes differentlyGenetic commonalities among different populationsWhy you might want to consider genetic testingA reminder that nothing in life is risk-freeImportant advice regarding your cardiac healthStage fright, St. Louis-style pizza, and more in the rapid-fire segment!Request an appointment with Dr. Rao by visiting the Rush University Medical Group website here or the St. Luke’s Hospital website here.CHECK OUT OUR MERCH!Find us at:Website: yourdoctorfriendspodcast.com Email: [email protected] 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:Join our Facebook group – Friends of Your Doctor [email protected]_doctor_friends (IG, TikTok)Your Doctor Friends Podcast (
October 4, 2022
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Ankle Sprains Part 2: It’s Been 3 Months and It Doesn’t Feel Right (with Erin Schreiber, DPT)

Let’s say you sprained your ankle a couple of months ago. Nothing major, but you’ve followed all the protocols in your recovery regimen and it still just doesn't feel quite right. What should you do?To help us answer this question, we are joined by Erin Schreiber, a board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist and the Lead Physical Therapist at the Movement Guild in Chicago.Embracing a holistic biomechanical approach to rehabilitation is a key facet of Erin’s philosophy. She helps her clients achieve their goals and imparts a better understanding of the factors contributing to the root cause of their issues, not just offering them a "quick fix"!In today’s episode, Erin shares her expertise with us as we address the important role that proprioception plays in restoring optimal ankle function. You have to essentially "retrain your brain" in order to fully heal your ankle.We also touch on video call consults with your physical therapist, exercises you can do at home to strengthen your ankles, and some of the surprising ways that you can prevent future injuries, plus so much more!Armed with these tips and preventative measures, you’re well on your way to stronger ankles and faster healing. Trust us, you won’t want to miss this episode of Your Doctor Friends with movement expert, Erin Schreiber.Topics discussed in this episode:Common issues that Erin encounters at this stage of recoveryThe normal biomechanical function of your foot and ankleAn understanding of functional instability versus structural instabilityPotential consequences of being ‘over-immobilized’Tips for preventing additional injuries in the futureGetting back to your prior level of functioning A look at proprioception and why it’s relevantConsulting with Erin about your ankle sprain via video call!How you can test your ankle function at homeExercises you can do to strengthen your ankleErin’s take on braces, taping, and other external supportsPreventing ankle injuries with cardiovascular fitnessSummer fun, toe dynamometers, singing in the car, and more!Connect with Erin Schreiber on Instagram, or learn more about the Movement Guild by visiting their website.Find us at:Website: yourdoctorfriendspodcast.com Email: [email protected] 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:Join our Facebook group – Friends of Your Doctor [email protected]_doctor_friends (IG, TikTok)Your Doctor Friends Podcast (YouTube)@JeremyAllandMD (IG,
September 27, 2022
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Ankle Sprains Part 1: I Just Rolled It and It F#$&ing Hurts (with Kamran Hamid, MD)

“I rolled my ankle. What should I do?” Unfortunately we hear this often at Your Doctor Friends. Today, we take a look at this common injury, how to know if it is serious, how long it should take to heal, and more!We are joined by Dr. Kamran Hamid, an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in ankle injuries, particularly for athletes. He has served as a team doctor for the Chicago Bulls, Chicago White Sox, Joffrey Ballet, and Duke University Athletics.He treats a wide array of foot/ankle injuries in his capacity as Head of Orthopedic Surgery at Loyola Medicine, including ankle fractures, Achilles tendon repair, and ankle replacements, but in this episode, he shares his insights into one of the most common musculoskeletal injuries in the world: ankle sprains!Tuning in, you’ll also learn some fun facts about Dr. Hamid, including how he became the ‘Weird Al’ of Orthopedics! Ultimately, what we’ve learned is that ankle sprains are ugly. They're swollen, they're bruised, but guess what? It'll be okay. Just ask Your Doctor Friends.Topics discussed in this episode:What “I rolled my ankle” actually means to Dr. HamidHow to judge the severity of your sprained ankleWhy you generally want to avoid getting an MRI early onSome recommendations, including ice, elevation, and x-raysUnderstanding why not all x-rays are created equalThe difference between urgency and emergencyHow to let your pain be your guideCommon injuries that can result from rolling your ankleA break versus a fracture versus a hairline fractureThe nuances of high ankle sprainsInstances when you might need surgeryRecovering from an ankle sprain (and the risks of reinjury)How ankle injuries can impact the mental health of athletesThe immense value of physical therapyRapid fire: Dr. Hamid’s rap career, audiobooks of choice, and more!Take a look at Dr. Hamid’s impressive CV here, or follow him on Instagram @thisiskomron and @theathletesankle.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:Join our Facebook group – Friends of Your Doctor Friends@your_doctor_friends (IG, TikTok)Your Doctor Friends Podcast (YouTube)@JeremyAllandMD (IG, FB,
September 20, 2022
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What Contraception Is Right For Me? (with Laura Laursen, MD)

So much misinformation around birth control exists that we felt compelled to answer one of your questions about contraception, to dispel the myths and educate our listeners!“Can my contraception affect my future fertility?” is a question we here at Your Doctor Friends have heard from our friends, families, and patients. Many of us are taught certain information about women's health and contraception that are no longer true, or were never true to begin with. So we invited an expert in women’s health to help educate us! Dr. Laura Laursen is an obstetrician/gynecologist at Rush University Medical Center, as well as an advocate with Physicians for Reproductive Health, and a very dedicated teacher and professor. Who better to empower us in all things women's health!We comb through most types of contraception methods out there (there are a lot!) and the best practices for each. Answering queries like, which IUD would best suit your needs, what birth control brands are out there and how they work, how to access these services, and much more!Tune in for an information packed episode!Topics discussed in this episode:Listener question about contraception and pregnancyDoes birth control cause changes in fertility?Myths around birth controlThe different contraceptive methodsHow Dr. Laursen gauges her patient’s interest in contraception choicesYoungest age you can start using contraceptionWhat should you expect to feel during an IUD insertionPain management for in-office proceduresHow Dr. Laursen breaks down the different brands of birth control to her patientsDo you need to have your period when taking birth control?The link between the depo shot and bone densityCan you feel your IUD after its insertion?Are there barriers for young girls to getting contraception?How accessible is Plan B?Will birth control pills be available over the counter in the future?Find us atWebsite: https://www.yourdoctorfriendspodcast.comEmail: yourdoctorfriendspodcast@gmail.comCall the DOCLINE at 312-380-5005. Leave us a message, we will listen and maybe answer/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.)Social:Join our Facebook group- Friends of Your Doctor Friends@your_doctor_friends(IG, TikTok)Your Doctor Friends Podcast (YouTube)@JeremyAllandMD (IG, FB, Twitter)@JuliaBrueneMD (IG)
September 13, 2022
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Why Jeremy Failed Miserably at The Chair Challenge – Labor Day Snack Episode (with Erin Schreiber, DPT)

Back in 2019, an internet challenge struck a particular chord with people thanks to its fascinating gender dynamic: the chair challenge. You learn forward, put your head against a wall, slide a chair in front of you and then, raising the chair up to your chest, stand up while continuing to hold it. Simple, right? If only! After Stephen "tWitch" Boss and his wife, Allison Holker went viral demonstrating how easily she could complete the challenge while he got stuck, Jeremy and his wife just had to try it out. Like tWitch and Allison, she managed to do it no problem, but no matter how hard he tried, Jeremy just couldn’t stand up. Immediately his thoughts turned to failure and the need for more physical therapy. In today’s snack episode, physiotherapist Erin Schreiber explains why many men struggle with the challenge while women generally don’t. In short, the balance of the levers varies between different body types. Tune in for a short, snack episode to learn why athleticism has nothing to do with one of the internet’s most bizarre viral trends!Topics discussed in this episode:The viral fitness trend that many men can’t seem to doJeremy’s feelings of a fulcrum failure Why men often struggle but women frequently don’tSize—and volume—does matterIt’s all about your center of massFind us at:Website: https://www.yourdoctorfriendspodcast.comEmail: yourdoctorfriendspodcast@gmail.comCall the DOCLINE at 312-380-5005. Leave us a message, we will listen and maybe answer/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.)Social:Join our Facebook group- Friends of Your Doctor Friends!https://urlgeni.us/facebook/ydfpod@your_doctor_friends (IG, TikTok)Your Doctor Friends Podcast (YouTube)https://youtu.be/i-0jD3A07zE (link to TRAILER VIDEO! :)@JeremyAllandMD (IG, FB, Twitter)@JuliaBrueneMD (IG)
September 6, 2022
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Help! I Threw Out My Back! Getting Out of Pain (with Tom Lotus, DC)

Baby got back pain? Well, you’re not alone. 1 in 4 adult Americans have experienced acute low back pain in the last three months. So chances are, if you’re reading this, you’ve experienced back pain and you know how debilitating it can be. It can also be difficult to find the words to describe what happened or what you’re feeling if you don’t understand how back pain behaves.“I slept funny, now I’m stuck”, is the usual phrase we get from our friends when they’re experiencing back pain, so you can imagine the curiosity arising from that statement. The workup necessary to pinpoint the true culprit(s) of low back pain is tricky and nuanced.  So before you go texting a trusted doctor friend, or run off to the emergency room, we want you to listen to this episode so you can understand back pain a bit better.In today’s episode we invited Dr. Tom Lotus to talk to us about back pain as he answers some commonly asked questions and walks us through how an appointment would go.  Dr. Lotus  is a chiropractic physician at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush and he holds a fellowship status as a board certified chiropractic orthopedist, publishes prolifically, and loves to teach. Needless to say, this guy is highly qualified to be teaching about back pain; he’s who we reach out to when we need a trusted doctor friend’s advice.Tune in to hear how to identify your back pain and ways you can treat it without having to take a trip to the doctors office!Topics discussed in this episode:[4:07] What it actually means to throw your back out?[7:27] Dr. Lotus’ interpretation of sciatica[8:35] When should someone seek professional help for lower back pain?[11:54] What questions Dr. Lotus asks lower back pain patients to determine treatment[13:30] What kind of answers do patients give Dr. Lotus?[18:18] How to know if or when to prescribe medication?[23:35] What does ‘it’s all in your head’ really mean?[29:00] When doing extension movements make things worse for a patient[35:02] Is it a waste of time to get an ultrasound or try and manipulate the pain in the early stages of lower back pain?[38:53] Advice for people who are recovering from lower back painConnect with Dr. Lotus by heading to rushortho.com or follow him on Instagram and Facebook!Find us at:Website: https://www.yourdoctorfriendspodcast.comEmail: yourdoctorfriendspodcast@gmail.comCall the DOCLINE at 312-380-5005. Leave us a message, we will listen and maybe answer/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.)Social:Join our Facebook group- Friends of Your Doctor Friends!https://urlgeni.us/facebook/ydfpod@your_doctor_friends (IG, TikTok)Your Doctor Friends Podcast (YouTube)https://youtu.be/i-0jD3A07zE (link to TRAILER VIDEO! :)@JeremyAllandMD (IG, FB, Twitter)@JuliaBrueneMD (IG)
August 30, 2022
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Should I Be Worried About Monkeypox? + COVID & Polio updates (With Rob Citronberg, MD)

Another outbreak?!? What fresh hell is this?? Can't we all just get a break?Before we sink into the depths of despair, let's consult with our friendly neighborhood infectious disease expert, Dr. Rob Citronberg. As Advocate Aurora Health’s executive medical director of infectious disease, Dr. Citronberg has been providing evidence based, valid, helpful information about disease spread and prevention for decades. Julie calls him "Chicago's Fauci"- although we all think he could do a MUCH better job throwing out a first pitch :)Listen in as he talks Jeremy and Julie out of complete virus burnout. We discuss who may be at highest risk for contracting monkeypox, and who is eligible for vaccination. We also reflect on what we have (and haven't) learned from the COVID-19 pandemic as a society, and Dr. Citronberg explains some failures and potential opportunities for improvement for the CDC. Come join us in the conversation, just don't forget to wash your hands ;)Vaccines save lives. Ask Your Doctor Friends.Helpful monkeypox article featuring Dr. Citronberg HERE:https://www.ahchealthenews.com/2022/08/01/heres-what-you-need-to-know-about-monkeypox/Find us at:Website: https://www.yourdoctorfriendspodcast.comEmail: yourdoctorfriendspodcast@gmail.comCall the DOCLINE at 312-380-5005. Leave us a message, we will listen and maybe answer/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.)Social:Join our Facebook group- Friends of Your Doctor Friends!https://urlgeni.us/facebook/ydfpod@your_doctor_friends (IG, TikTok)Your Doctor Friends Podcast (YouTube)@JeremyAllandMD (IG, FB, Twitter)@JuliaBrueneMD (IG)
August 23, 2022
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What Would YOU Ask Your Doctor Friend?

You may be thinking, “what the health is going on here?!”. We've made some changes, and we are SO excited to tell you all about them! Behold our rebrand as, “Your Doctor Friends”. Why the rebrand? We want to make it clear that we can sub-in as your doctor friends that you would text a burning question to if you only had our numbers…It’s so great to have friends in different fields of expertise that we can depend on for instant trusted advice. A doctor friend is no different!. It’s hard to know where to turn for valid, unbiased, evidence-based medical information. That’s where we come in! And when we don't know, WE ASK OUR FRIENDS (and make them record a pod episode with us :)We want you to submit your medical questions so we can address them here on this podcast to give you informed advice you would get if you were talking to your doctor friend.So don’t be shy, all questions are welcome. Even if they are about pee pee/poo poo things, which is what a lot of our family and friends submitted for us to cover on today’s episode, among other hilarious, yet common, questions.Tune in to today’s episode for tips on how not to tan your taint and a plethora of pee/poo questions and answers. Also, don’t forget to submit your questions by heading to our Facebook page provided below!Topics discussed in this episode:The new premise of our showWhy do you pee when you sneeze?Why do buttcheeks clench when you’re stressed?When is a child’s fever serious?Do beards harbor parasites and fungus?Can you get ADHD from having multiple children?Should you be tanning your taint?Is vibration therapy helpful for bone density for older women?The danger of recommending anything that isn't peer reviewedOnline resources you can trust for accurate medical informationSuper glue vs. stitchesWhy do we have nervous poops?Are there health benefits to cold showers?How much caffeine is too much caffeine?Find us at:Website: https://www.yourdoctorfriendspodcast.comEmail: yourdoctorfriendspodcast@gmail.comCall the DOCLINE at 312-380-5005. Leave us a message, we will listen and maybe answer/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.)Social:Join our Facebook group- Friends of Your Doctor Friends!https://urlgeni.us/facebook/ydfpod@your_doctor_friends (IG, TikTok)Your Doctor Friends Podcast (YouTube)@JeremyAllandMD (IG, FB, Twitter)@JuliaBrueneMD (IG)
August 16, 2022
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We are Your Doctor Friends! (TRAILER 2.0)

Welcome to TRAILER 2.0, dear listener! New name, same rad folks here! We want to teach you how to sniff out the garbage and answer all the questions you wish you could text your doctor friend. Don't get caught in endless web search spirals or social group chats, listen to Your Doctor Friends!Website: https://www.yourdoctorfriendspodcast.comEmail: yourdoctorfriendspodcast@gmail.comCall the DOCLINE at 312-380-5005. Leave us a message, we will listen and maybe answer/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.)NEW SOCIALS (again, different name, but same content :)Join our Facebook group- Friends of Your Doctor Friends!https://urlgeni.us/facebook/ydfpod@your_doctor_friends (IG, TikTok)Your Doctor Friends Podcast (YouTube)https://youtu.be/i-0jD3A07zE (link to TRAILER VIDEO! :)@JeremyAllandMD (IG, FB, Twitter)@JuliaBrueneMD (IG)
August 12, 2022
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What Is Sports Performance? (with Dave Heidloff ATC and Patrick Pauley ATC)

Trying to dunk like LeBron but falling short? Striving to pace like Pre but lagging behind? Are you just attempting to do a decent downward-facing dog and your hamstrings WON'T STOP SCREAMING?Maybe you'd benefit from a Sports Performance specialist! Good thing we've got two of the best in the biz. Dave Heidloff, ATC and Patrick Pauley, ATC of the Sports Performance Center at Midwest Orthopaedics at RUSH are here to fix what ails ya. They work with athletes of all shapes, sizes, and ages, and help folks understand how to optimize their athleticism. Whether you're training for the Chicago Marathon, or simply trying to prevent your 5th ankle sprain, Dave and Patrick can provide insight on performance enhancement and injury prevention.  Check it out and move easier :)Find more info at:https://www.rushortho.com/specialties/sports-performance-servicesAnd check them out on social:@morsportsperformance on Instagram/FB@MOR_SPC on TwitterALSO, we tease our new NAME CHANGE/REBRANDING to "Your Doctor Friends" and give you a heads up for TRAILER 2.0 which drops later this week! Keep an eye out and make sure to SUBSCRIBE so you don't have to go looking for us next week with our new name! No need to worry, LISTEN TO YOUR DOCTOR FRIENDS! ;)For now, find us at:Website: http://www.whatthehealthpodcast.comEmail: whatthehealthpodcast1@gmail.com (DON'T FORGET THE 1!)Call the DOCLINE at 312-380-5005. Leave us a message, we will listen and maybe answer/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.)Social:Join our Facebook group- The Health Nuts!https://urlgeni.us/facebook/wthpod@what_the_health_pod (IG, TikTok)What the Health?!? Podcast (YouTube)@JeremyAllandMD (IG, FB, Twitter)@JuliaBrueneMD (IG)
August 9, 2022
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What Happens When We Die? (with Eileen Baldeshwiler)

What happens after you die? Don’t worry, not getting philosophical here, we're wondering what literally happens to your body after you flatline. Who takes care of it, where does it go, how much does it cost? Unless one has been through this process, it remains a bit of a mystery. Many of our preconceived notions regarding the next steps after death arise from what we've seen in the movies. The person is pronounced dead, and in the next scene, they’re in a casket. So much happens between those two points! Consider Julie and Jeremy’s curiosity piqued! Naturally, we called in our lovely funeral director/embalmer friend to enlighten us on today’s episode!Chicago funeral director/embalmer, Eileen Baldeshwiler joins us to teach about her profession and educate on the different modes of disposition. She delves into the process of embalming, different types of religious needs, and some really weird and interesting things people put in their loved ones' caskets. Eileen is a highly empathic and knowledgeable mortician who has helped many families in some of the toughest moments of their lives. She explains that funeral directing is an emotionally taxing, but incredibly rewarding profession.  Not only are you a frontline worker, but also an endline worker. What better honor than to take care of your fellow humans after death with dignity and kindness?Tune in to hear a lighthearted look at what happens after you die, and to hear how Julie and Eileen hypothetically killed Jeremy eight times.  Don’t be scared, we’re all gonna die someday. Listen to your doctor friends :)Topics discussed in this episode:How Eileen became a morticianDifference between a mortician and a medical examinerWhat is the funeral home process after a person dies?What is the process at the hospital after someone dies?The main modes of dispositionWhere deceased are stored in funeral homesThe least expensive mode of disposition and the most commonWhat is aquamation and green burial?Finances behind funeralsBenefits of pre-arranging funeralsWhat is the process of embalming?Eileen's experience as an embalmer during the pandemicThe oddest things Eilieen has been asked to put in a casketTo connect with Eileen head to Nelson Funeral Home’s website here!Find us at:Website: http://www.whatthehealthpodcast.comEmail: whatthehealthpodcast1@gmail.com (DON'T FORGET THE 1!)Call the DOCLINE at 312-380-5005. Leave us a message, we will listen and maybe answer/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.)Social:Join our Facebook group- The Health Nuts!https://urlgeni.us/facebook/wthpod@what_the_health_pod (IG, TikTok)What the Health?!? Podcast (YouTube)@JeremyAllandMD (IG, FB, Twitter)@JuliaBrueneMD (IG)
August 2, 2022
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Should I Order Erectile Dysfunction Pills Online? (with Marah Hehemann, MD)

We’ve all heard the saying “what goes up must come down”, but what happens if it can’t get up, and it just stays down? Well, the same laws of physics apply in erectile dysfunction, or ED. The prevalence of ED is high, especially in America, but why aren’t there more men getting help from their health care provider? Asking for help is tough, especially about a sensitive topic like this. However, getting the right advice from the right place can make a huge difference. It can promote a fulfilling sex life and aid in family planning.Dr. Marah Hehemann sheds some light on these issues in today’s episode. She is a fellowship trained surgeon and researcher, assistant professor of urology at University of Washington, patient advocate specializing in male reproductive and sexual health, and a leader in men's health. Dr. Hehemann shares reputable sources to turn to if you are experiencing ED and the different treatments available to the public. She explains other men’s health issues including vasectomy and testosterone replacement/supplementation. We tried our best to hold the D jokes to a minimum for the sake of our listeners ;) Tune in to get the inside scoop from a true leader in the field. Topics discussed in this episode:The true definition of erectile dysfunctionCommon causes of EDSteps doctors will take to help someone with EDIs direct to consumer ED treatment harmful?Predatory ED treatment to watch out forThe current hottest ED treatment trendsA physician's role in educating patients with EDTypes and side effects of medication to treat EDWhat is considered low testosteroneDifferent treatments for someone who has low testosteroneRisks of testosterone treatmentAre non-pharmacological options safe?What are penis implants? (aka penis pumps)Technologies used for penis implantsCan you have children after having a vasectomy?The scarcity of women in urology and men's healthConnect with Dr. Hehemann through Instagram, or you can head to her website here!Find us at:Website: http://www.whatthehealthpodcast.comEmail: whatthehealthpodcast1@gmail.com (DON'T FORGET THE 1!)Call the DOCLINE at 312-380-5005. Leave us a message, we will listen and maybe answer/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.)Social:Join our Facebook group- The Health Nuts!https://urlgeni.us/facebook/wthpod@what_the_health_pod (IG, TikTok)What the Health?!? Podcast (YouTube)@JeremyAllandMD (IG, FB, Twitter)@JuliaBrueneMD (IG)
July 26, 2022
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BONUS: Make Your Brain Do The Lifting! (With Adam Bruene, DC)

In this special Friday BONUS episode, Dr. Adam Bruene talks us through how to re-activate our "baby brain" to create true core stability. It's as easy as laying on your back and breathing with your belly. Utilizing evidence-based techniques from Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization, we can quickly and easily stimulate our brain to revert to "autopilot", which in turn can relieve back pain, prevent injury, and make us sit up straighter. Cool techniques piloted by our friends in the Czech Republic :)BONUS BONUS- watch the accompanying video where Doctors Bruene demonstrate these easy breathing and bracing techniques on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/tv/CgTUDcZj8K8/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_linkand YouTube!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7FnnwYjd04Dr. Adam Bruene practices at Aligned Modern Health in Chicago, IL. Find out more about him at https://alignedmodernhealth.com/people/chiropractic-physicians/dr-adam-bruene-dc-certmdt/Find us at:Website: http://www.whatthehealthpodcast.comEmail: whatthehealthpodcast1@gmail.com (DON'T FORGET THE 1!)Call the DOCLINE at 312-380-5005. Leave us a message, we will listen and maybe answer/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.)Social:Join our Facebook group- The Health Nuts!https://urlgeni.us/facebook/wthpod@what_the_health_pod (IG, TikTok)What the Health?!? Podcast (YouTube)@JeremyAllandMD (IG, FB, Twitter)@JuliaBrueneMD (IG)
July 22, 2022
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What’s Crackin’ With Chiropractors? (with Adam Bruene, DC)

What's the deal with Chiropractors? Is it all about the pop/crack/adjustment? Do they only treat back issues? What's their training like? What's the science behind it? How can I find a good one??Cue Adam Bruene, DC, CertMDT, DNSP! He is a Doctor of Chiropractic medicine with special training/certification in McKenzie Diagnosis and Treatment, as well as Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization. In this episode, Dr. Bruene de-mystifies Chiropractic medicine by explaining its roots, current practice, and hopeful future (HINT: it involves collaboration with other physical medicine folks- like MDs, DOs, PTs and more!)OF COURSE we are gonna talk about the marriage of Chiropractic and MD/Allopathic medicine- because, as you may have guessed, Adam Bruene and Julie Bruene partnered to become the Doctors Bruene!Kick back, relax, and come with us on this journey into ChiroWorld! And, no, you don't have to marry a Chiropractor to find a great one ;)Dr. Adam Bruene practices at Aligned Modern Health in Chicago, IL. Find out more about him at https://alignedmodernhealth.com/people/chiropractic-physicians/dr-adam-bruene-dc-certmdt/Find us at:Website: http://www.whatthehealthpodcast.comEmail: whatthehealthpodcast1@gmail.com (DON'T FORGET THE 1!)Call the DOCLINE at 312-380-5005. Leave us a message, we will listen and maybe answer/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.)Social:Join our Facebook group- The Health Nuts!https://urlgeni.us/facebook/wthpod@what_the_health_pod (IG, TikTok)@JeremyAllandMD (IG, FB, Twitter)@JuliaBrueneMD (IG)
July 19, 2022
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BONUS: Mindfulness Techniques for Trauma Processing with Rose

A special bonus episode! One of the best ways to help process trauma is to practice mindfulness. To help with you start the process, Rose takes Julie and Jeremy through two short mindfulness techniques that you can use throughout the day. Try these exercises while in traffic! Waiting for the elevator! When stuck in that mundane yet stressful work meeting! Zone out and tune in, lovely listener :)Rose Metivier, LCPC is a licensed therapist with Midwest Counseling and Diagnostics LLC, who has years of experience in, among other things, trauma and grief counseling.She can be reached at rose@midwestcounseling.com.Find us at:Website: http://www.whatthehealthpodcast.comEmail: whatthehealthpodcast1@gmail.com (DON'T FORGET THE 1!)Call the DOCLINE at 312-380-5005. Leave us a message, we will listen and maybe answer/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.)Social:@what_the_health_pod (IG, TikTok)@JeremyAllandMD (IG, FB, Twitter)@JuliaBrueneMD (IG)
July 17, 2022
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When it Comes to Your Town: Highland Park Trauma Processing (with Rose Metivier LCPC)

We don’t typically expect large-scale public violence, like a mass shooting, to happen in our hometown. Those terrible things happen far away. We hear about them on the news and are shocked, disgusted, and heartbroken. But what the f*%k do you do when it happens to you, in your community? How are you supposed to feel? How are you supposed to heal?In this special episode, marking one week since the appalling Highland Park parade shooting, Jeremy chronicles his and his family’s harrowing personal experience at the event. We then consult with the wonderful Rose Metivier, LCPC, a licensed therapist at Midwest Counseling and Diagnostics LLC, who has years of experience in, among other things, trauma and grief counseling. She walks us through what others are feelings and what comes next after experiencing this trauma.Let’s all listen, connect, grieve, and heal together.Love y’all.AWESOME resources that Rose suggests: (you can also contact her at rose@midwestcounseling.com)A TON of resources for Highland Park Community specifically, and other resources here. Easy searches for therapists on TherapyDen.com, InclusiveTherapists.com, or PsychologyToday.com. Allows you to filter by preferences, location, specialty, and insurances accepted. People may want to search for specific trauma specialties or interventions mentioned here.National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Illinois: Coping With Community Violence Support Groups (English & Spanish resources forthcoming)National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)Beyond Trauma Podcast: Podcast made by three trauma therapists in Springfield, MO that they designed specifically for people who have been through trauma.PLEASE spend all your money at Bright Bowls in Highland Park. They sheltered Jeremy and family, as well as others, on the 4th and are just wonderful people. www.brightbowls.comFind us at:Website: http://www.whatthehealthpodcast.comEmail: whatthehealthpodcast1@gmail.com (DON'T FORGET THE 1!)Call the DOCLINE at 312-380-5005. Leave us a message, we will listen and maybe answer/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.)Social:@what_the_health_pod (IG, TikTok)@JeremyAllandMD (IG, FB, Twitter)@JuliaBrueneMD (IG)
July 11, 2022
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IWRT: Why Can’t I Just Call My Doctor?

You've just got one little burning question. Now where's that doctor's phone number? Wait, who is gonna pick up on the other end of the line? Will it even be a human? Why is this so FRUSTRATING??In this Intrusive Waiting Room Thoughts episode, Jeremy and Julie explain why it's so damn hard to get the doctor on the horn. They also give you some insider information on potentially more efficient, and certainly less anxiety-inducing, methods to get your question answered by your healthcare team. PLUS, at one point, Jeremy tells us that he would prefer his patients to text him. Let's hope his GIF game is strong ;)As a heads up to our listeners, this episode was recorded before the awful, tragic events that occurred on 7/4/22 in Highland Park, Illinois. Jeremy addresses this at the beginning of the episode, explaining that he is a proud resident of Highland Park and was present at the parade that day. We may address this further in the future on the podcast, keep tuned.Find us at:Website: http://www.whatthehealthpodcast.comEmail: whatthehealthpodcast1@gmail.com (DON'T FORGET THE 1!)Call the DOCLINE at 312-380-5005. Leave us a message, we will listen and maybe answer/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.)Social:@what_the_health_pod (IG, TikTok)@JeremyAllandMD (IG, FB, Twitter)@JuliaBrueneMD (IG)
July 5, 2022
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Just Do Kegels They Said… (with Lance Frank, DPT)

The pelvic floor. We all have one. We all need one that turns on and off efficiently. When the pelvic floor isn't cooperating, we can experience things like pain, incontinence, constipation, as well as back and hip pain. It can LITERALLY cause a PAIN IN YOUR ASS.No one wants that. It doesn't matter what shape your genitals are, we can all benefit from maintaining a healthy, well-functioning pelvic floor. Good thing we have Lance Frank, PT, DPT, MPH, a pelvic floor physical therapist to teach us how to keep ours healthy. SPOILER ALERT- its not just Kegel exercises :)Find us at:Website: http://www.whatthehealthpodcast.comEmail: whatthehealthpodcast1@gmail.com (DON'T FORGET THE 1!)Social:@JeremyAllandMD (IG, FB, Twitter)@JuliaBrueneMD (IG)@lance_frank  or @lanceinyourpants (IG) @lance_in_your_pants (TikTok)Find a great pelvic floor physical therapist near you using these resources:pelvicrehab.compelvicguru.com APTA.org
June 28, 2022
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Domestic Labor is Still Labor (with Laura Danger)

Have you ever had a coworker who drops the ball with work tasks? They can't be trusted to complete work to the minimum standard, and you end up picking up all the slack. It's awfully frustrating, isn't it? Now imagine that YOU LIVE WITH THAT PERSON.So many domestic partnerships fall into these unfair, unsustainable traps. One person is the "default", and is in charge of the majority of the tasks that keep the home and family running smoothly. And the other person doesn't seem to appreciate all the labor that their partner contributes. The end product is resentment and domestic discord. It sucks.Don't believe everything that you see with beautifully curated, Insta-filtered social media posts about relationships. This is the dirty little secret no one wants to talk about.Laura Danger to the rescue! She's a domestic equity advocate/educator and certified Fair Play facilitator. She is here to teach Julie and Jeremy how to communicate our needs, divvy up the work, and build our relationships stronger, healthier, and happier. Find Laura Danger at http://www.thatdarnchat.com, as well as on Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube with the handle @ThatDarnChat :)Please rate, review, and subscribe- IT MAKES A HUGE DIFFERENCE!Find us at:Website: http://www.whatthehealthpodcast.comEmail: whatthehealthpodcast1@gmail.com (DON'T FORGET THE 1!)Call us and leave us a message on the What the Health DocLine! 312-380-5005Social:@JeremyAllandMD (IG, FB, Twitter)@JuliaBrueneMD (IG)
June 21, 2022
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The Weight of Weight Management (with Naomi Parrella, MD)

Fat. We've all got it. How do we know when we have too much? Does it seem like your doctor feels super uncomfortable talking to you about your weight? That's probably because they usually are...In this episode, Julie and Jeremy consult with Dr. Naomi Parrella, who is the expert in adipose, the queen of staying lean.  She is the medical director of the RUSH Center for Weight Loss and Bariatric Surgery, and she is here to give us the skinny on all things FAT.  Dr Parrella explains how we process and store energy, and how creating small habits can make BIG changes with respect to our weight. Can you be healthy and fat? Do low-carb, high protein diets really work? How can we maintain weight loss after we have achieved it? Listen in to find out! And don't forget to rate, review and subscribe! It means the world to us :)Find us at:Website: http://www.whatthehealthpodcast.comEmail: whatthehealthpodcast1@gmail.com (DON'T FORGET THE 1!)Social:@JeremyAllandMD (IG, FB, Twitter)@JuliaBrueneMD (IG)@NParrellaMD (Twitter)
June 14, 2022
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IWRT: Why is the doctor ALWAYS late?

Why can't my doctor run on time? How long am I stuck in this waiting room? Why did that person get to go ahead of me even though I WAS HERE FIRST?? Are they going to forget about me if I go to pee? Can I at least change the channel on the waiting room TV?Julie and Jeremy have (hopefully somewhat satisfying) answers to these questions in this maiden voyage of the recurring segment we call "Intrusive Waiting Room Thoughts". We come clean as to why doctors suck so much at keeping a tight schedule. Don't worry, we will hold your place in line while you go to pee :)Please rate, review, and subscribe. It matters a TON, especially as we begin this podcasting journey!Find us at:Website: http://www.whatthehealthpodcast.comEmail: whatthehealthpodcast1@gmail.com (DON'T FORGET THE 1!)Social:@JeremyAllandMD (IG, FB, Twitter)@JuliaBrueneMD (IG)
June 7, 2022
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Can Stem Cells Cure My Arthritis? (with Jorge Chahla, MD, PhD)

Does it feel like every other billboard or advertisement is telling you it can cure your pain with stem cells? We agree. But what is the real story? We talk with a world-expert in biologic cell therapy, Dr. Jorge Chahla, about what is actually going on with these treatments.Dr. Jorge Chahla is an orthopedic surgeon based in Chicago who specializes in the treatment of complex knee, hip, shoulder issues and all sports related injuries. He is a team physician for multiple professional organizations and serves as the Director of Biomechanical Research and Director of the International Fellowship Program that attracts surgeons from all over the world to train and study at Rush. He is internationally recognized for his contributions to the field of orthopedic sports medicine through minimally invasive techniques, and as a pioneer in novel biologic treatments. Learn more about Dr. Chahla at www.jorgechahlamd.com or social media: @chicagosportsdoc (instagram) and @jachahla (twitter).  Please rate, review and subscribe!  (It helps a ton as we try to get off the ground.)Find us at:Website: http://www.whatthehealthpodcast.comEmail: whatthehealthpodcast1@gmail.comSocial: @JeremyAllandMD (instagram, twitter, facebook)@JuliaBrueneMD (instagram)
May 31, 2022
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What the Health?!? Trailer

This is it! The trailer. The preview. The introduction. Forget stuffy and unapproachable health information, join us every Tuesday for great interviews, fun conversation and maybe even some peaks behind the curtain in healthcare.. Send us feedback or something that makes you say: What the Health?!?whatthehealthpodcast1@gmail.comwww.whatthehealthpodcast.comJeremy: @jeremyallandmd  (instagram, twitter, facebook)Julie: @juliabruenemd (instagram)
May 29, 2022
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A Diverse Skill Set Peter McCanna is chief executive officer (CEO) at Baylor Scott & White Health, the largest not- for-profit health system in Texas. Through 51 hospitals and more than 1,200 access points, including flagship academic medical centers in Dallas, Fort Worth and Temple, the system offers the full continuum of care, from primary to award-winning specialty care, as well as an array of virtual and in-home services.