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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.

Your Doctor Friends Dr. Jeremy Alland and Dr. Julie Bruene

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 34 Ratings

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.

    I Get Dizzy Standing Up, Do I Have POTS? (with Camden Hebson, MD)

    I Get Dizzy Standing Up, Do I Have POTS? (with Camden Hebson, MD)

    Have you ever stood up quickly and felt a little lightheaded or felt your heart racing? What if, out of the blue, that started happening EVERY TIME YOU STOOD UP?
    This can be reality for folks with POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome), or other forms of "orthostatic dysfunction". It can be quite debilitating, especially since it seems to target young athletic folks. Also, like many other health conditions which can manifest as nebulous, subjective symptoms (fatigue, dizziness, heart racing, brain fog, etc)- patients with POTS often feel misunderstood, ignored, and gaslit by their healthcare providers (who may not be well trained in these conditions.)
    Let's fix all that, shall we??
    Your Doctor Friends came across a great article in the Washington Post titled "They're young and athletic. They're also ill with a condition called POTS" that featured our guest today, Camden Hebson, MD (as well as his colleague at University of Alabama Birmingham, Sara Gould, MD). Among other expert opinions in the article, Dr. Hebson outlined the increasing diagnosis of POTS, especially in young athletes. What is it? Who gets it? Why do we think this happens? How can we manage it?
    Resources for today's episode include:
    UAB website for Dr. Hebson's and Dr. Gould's Sports Medicine Cardiology Clinic for Young Athletes.
    The website for Dysautonomia International, a great advocacy organization for folks with POTS, and other similar autonomic nervous system dysregulation conditions.
    Vanderbilt University Autonomic Dysfunction Center website outlining all their recent research projects and publications.
    Cleveland Clinic's website on POTS.

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    @JuliaBrueneMD (IG)
    @HealthPodNet (IG)

    • 54 min
    Does My Child Have Scoliosis? (with Chris Dewald, MD and Lauren Higginson)

    Does My Child Have Scoliosis? (with Chris Dewald, MD and Lauren Higginson)

    Do you remember "scoliosis check" during middle school? That embarrassing moment where, as a 12/13 year old, you had to do a shirtless forward fold in front of the school nurse?? MORTIFYING.
    Perhaps you never had to live through this torture. Or perhaps, even WORSE, you were told by said nurse that your screen was POSITIVE, and now your parents had to know! And they would have to *gasp* take you to the doctor to DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN!
    Nightmare!
    Well, thankfully we've come a long way since then! And today we have insights from TWO guests in the world of scoliosis to educate us!
    We invited our friend and colleague, Chris DeWald, MD, who between him and his father, have over 60 years of experience treating scoliosis patients. Dr. DeWald is an orthopedic spine surgeon at Rush University Medical Center, who specializes in spine deformity, and is legit one of the kindest people on the planet :)
    And to add a different dimension, we asked Lauren Higginson, the founder of Higgy Bears, and a scoliosis patient herself, to give her insights into living with this condition, the observations she has from her community and her thoughts on screening.
    You may be met with a twists and turns in life (or in your spine), either way we are here for you :)

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    • 1 hr 24 min
    How Do I Protect Myself From Colorectal Cancer? (with Meena Sadaps, MD)

    How Do I Protect Myself From Colorectal Cancer? (with Meena Sadaps, MD)

    PART 2 of our coverage of young-onset colorectal cancer! This week our guest is an Oncology expert, here to give us in-depth information about colorectal cancer, with actionable items on how we can protect ourselves.
    Colorectal cancer in younger folks (under 50 years old) is unfortunately on the rise. According to the Colorectal Cancer Alliance, in the US, about 10% of colorectal cancer cases are diagnosed in people under 50. 
    Did you know that in 2021, the USPSTF (the federal task force that creates and implements screening guidelines in the US) changed their colorectal cancer screening guidelines? Instead of average-risk folks getting their first screening colonoscopy at 50 (the previous standard), the recommendation is now to start at 45!
    Your Doctor Friends are happy to present a physician expert in colorectal cancer to provide even more helpful information about why this disease may be targeting younger people, and what we can do as individuals to protect ourselves and those we care about :)
    Welcome, Meena Sadaps, MD!
    Dr. Sadaps is a board certified oncologist and assistant professor with Your Doctor Friends at Rush, and practices at the RUSH MD Anderson Cancer Center. She attended Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University before completing residency and fellowship at Cleveland Clinic.

    HEADS UP! The Colorectal Cancer Alliance Blue Hope Bash annual fundraising event in Chicago is Friday, May 3rd, 2024, at Galleria Marchetti (where Jeremy got married!) and Your Doctor Friends plan to attend!
    If you can't attend the Blue Hope Bash, PLEASE CONSIDER DONATING to the Colorectal Cancer Alliance!
    Resources for this episode include:
    A 2021 review article from the World Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology regarding young-onset colorectal cancer.
    The National Cancer Institute's website re: warning signs of young-onset colorectal cancer.
    A CNN article about the rise of young-onset colorectal cancer.

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    • 51 min
    Are Young People Getting More Colon Cancer?

    Are Young People Getting More Colon Cancer?

    Colorectal cancer in younger folks (under 50 years old) is unfortunately on the rise. According to the Colorectal Cancer Alliance, in the US, about 10% of colorectal cancer cases are diagnosed in people under 50. 

    Those numbers are rising about 1-2% percent each year, and researchers are still finding out why. 

    Young adults are the only population group experiencing an increase in colorectal cancer

    Colorectal cancer is currently the deadliest cancer among young men and the second deadliest among young women.

    In August 2020, the world lost amazing actor, Black Panther himself, Chadwick Boseman, to colorectal cancer at the age of 43.
    Did you know that in 2021, the USPSTF (the federal task force that creates and implements screening guidelines in the US) changed their colorectal cancer screening guidelines? Instead of average-risk folks getting their first screening colonoscopy at 50 (the previous standard), the recommendation is now to start at 45!
    Sharing personal experiences, and highlighting the stories of people touched by colorectal cancer is POWERFUL, and the ripple effects flow far.
    Your Doctor Friends are SO HONORED to highlight two wonderful individuals on this episode- Ashley Bowman, MHA and Dawn Schneider, PhD, MBA. Ashley and Dawn have quite a bit in common- they are both advocate volunteers at the Colorectal Cancer Alliance, members of the Never Too Young Taskforce Advisory Board, and unfortunately both lost sisters to young-onset colorectal cancer.
    Ashley and Dawn share their amazing, heartbreaking, and inspiring personal stories in this episode. We are so grateful!
    We will follow up next week with a physician expert in colorectal cancer to provide even more helpful information about why this disease may be targeting younger people, and what we can do as individuals to protect ourselves and those we care about :)
    HEADS UP! The Blue Hope Bash annual fundraising event in Chicago is Friday, May 3rd, 2024, at Galleria Marchetti (where Jeremy got married!) and Your Doctor Friends plan to attend! (Julie is already shopping for a fancy blue outfit :)
    COME JOIN US! Opportunities to register for the event CLOSE ON TUESDAY 4/23/24 (the day THIS EPISODE DROPS)!
    If you can't attend the Blue Hope Bash, PLEASE CONSIDER DONATING to the Colorectal Cancer Alliance!
    Resources for this episode include:
    A 2021 review article from the World Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology regarding young-onset colorectal cancer.
    The National Cancer Institute's website re: warning signs of young-onset colorectal cancer.
    A CNN article about the rise of young-onset colorectal cancer.
    A CC Alliance article highlighting our guest, Ashley Bowman!
    A CC Alliance article highlighting our guest, Dawn Schneider!

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Can I Protect Myself From Breast Cancer? (with Liz O'Riordan, MD)

    Can I Protect Myself From Breast Cancer? (with Liz O'Riordan, MD)

    What happens when you turn 40 (and you also have boobs)?
    Well, since May 2023, the USPSTF has recommended that women at average risk for breast cancer start screening with mammograms beginning at age 40, and undergo mammography every other year. 
    These updated recommendations are still “in progress” and the USPSTF cites the urgent need for more research on: 

    breast cancer screening for people with dense breasts (nearly half of all women), 

    how to particularly protect women of color


    In the US, there exists a long history of health disparities across screening and treatment for breast cancer. 

    The Task Force discusses, for example, that Black women are 40% more likely to die than White women, and too often get aggressive cancers at young ages. 


    So, Your Doctor Friends are taking a page from America’s Sweetheart (and breast cancer survivor herself) Katie Couric. You may remember Katie both underwent a colonoscopy AND a mammogram on the Today Show, and YDF Julie wants to do the next best thing- consult with a breast cancer expert before she gets her FIRST EVER MAMMOGRAM!
    Your Doctor Friends have the absolute honor to present our guest today, a consummate badass, breast cancer survivor and breast surgeon, to walk Julie through her own personal risk assessment and screening process for breast cancer. 
    Finally, we want to take some time at the end of this episode to share the story of a dear friend and colleague, a fellow sports medicine doctor, and absolute amazing human being, who very recently lost her life to breast cancer. She is the inspiration for this episode and Your Doctor Friends think it’s important to talk about her, and are so grateful to her family for their consent to share her story. 
    Learn more about Dr. Kristin Abbott here.
    Alright, let’s get on with it, can we answer the question:
    Can I protect myself from breast cancer?

    ENTER Dr. Liz O’Riordan to help us find out!
    Dr O'Riordan is an expert breast surgeon who has had breast cancer three times. She's a best-selling author, speaker, broadcaster and podcaster and is a trusted source of reliable information. 
    She shares helpful, approachable, valid breast cancer information online, we found her via her IG account @oriordanliz, she also has a podcast called “So Now I’ve Got Breast Cancer”, and she’s published tons of helpful work, including her book “The Complete Guide to Breast Cancer” and her memoir “Under the Knife”. She also has her own wikipedia page, which is pretty rad :)

    Resources for today's episode include:
    Dr. O'Riordan's website.
    Link to the Tyrer-Cuzick Risk Assessment Calculator for breast cancer.
    The USPSTF's "In Progress" updated guidelines for breast cancer screening.
    The Breast Cancer Research Foundation's info page on updated USPSTF Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines.

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    Website: yourdoctorfriendspodcast.com 
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    @JuliaBrueneMD (IG)
    @HealthPodNet (IG)

    • 53 min
    Is the Aluminum in Antiperspirants Harmful?

    Is the Aluminum in Antiperspirants Harmful?

    In the 1990s, a chain email circulated around the series-of-tubes we called the internet, suggesting that aluminum-containing antiperspirants clogged your sweat pores, thus disallowing your body to “purge itself of toxins”, and those "toxins" would accumulate in your axillary lymph nodes, and increase your risk of breast cancer. Yikes.
    Predating the "antiperspirant-will-give-you-breast-cancer" chain email scare, animal studies in the 1960s suggested a link between aluminum in antiperspirants (which were just becoming popular in postwar America) and Alzheimer's disease. These rabbit studies showed brain neurotoxic effects when the animals were exposed to very high levels of aluminum.
    In the past several decades, researchers have investigated whether these loose correlations/hypotheses held any water (spoiler: they don't). In today's episode, Your Doctor Friends want to debunk and demystify the data around the potential "risks' around aluminum-containing antiperspirants!
    Should you ditch the standard roll-on? Switch to a "natural" alternative?
    OR.. is this all just a case of "all stink and no fire"??

    Sources for today's episode include:
    The NIH National Cancer Institute's fact sheet page on antiperspirants and breast cancer.
    A 2017 review in Deutsches Arzteblatt International journal titled "The Health Effects of Aluminum Exposure."
    A 2019 comprehensive review on sweat gland function by Lindsay B. Baker PhD, director of the Gatorade Sport Science Institute.
    A Scientific American article titled "Fact or Fiction: Antiperspirants Do More Than Block Sweat".
    A 2021 Canadian study published in NeuroToxicology investigating association between aluminum in drinking water and risk of Alzheimer's disease risk.
    A Healthline article from 2022 titled "Is There a Link Between Aluminum and Alzheimer's?".
    A 2021 NYT article titled "Are Natural Deodorants Really Better For You?".
    AND FINALLY- a 2017 article from The World Textile Conference called "A novel washing algorithm for underarm stain removal" - which was the closest thing to scientific data explaining WHAT MAKES YELLOW ARMPIT STAINS!

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    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 Ratings

CR185 ,

Great info

I love the hosts qualities of being able to say “I don’t know” and bring on the experts to give us straight to the point info. I really enjoy this podcast.

MegPR7 ,

Informative

Information that is useful and easy to understand!

ItsTim112358 ,

So much helpful advice

Good advice from knowledgeable experts and delivered in an easy-to-understand way. After throwing out my back, this podcast (Episode 14) really helped me learn how to treat it and get better. Thanks Dr. Alland and Dr. Bruene (and their guests)!!

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