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Welcome to the Why Urology podcast with Dr. Todd Brandt.

This podcast is my personal attempt to teach you about your genito-urinary tract, what can go wrong, and how your urologist may just become your superhero.

The name of the podcast comes from my ongoing need to answer the question that I get so often from patients, friends, and family, “Why Urology? Why did you choose to become a urologist?”

Jan 8, 2020

This podcast episode is about a mineral called oxalate. O-X-A-L-A-T-E

I know what you are thinking. What is oxalate?

Oxalate is a form of oxalic acid. It is made in plants and in our bodies.

The reason that you probably have never heard of oxalate is that it doesn’t do anything in our bodies. It’s a waste product...


Aug 10, 2019

Today this episode is again focusing on kidney stone prevention. Today’s focus is on a mineral called citrate. 

Citrate is a naturally occurring substance. It is a salt or ester of citric acid. Citric acid is found in relatively high amounts in citrus foods and juices, lemon and lime juice have some of the highest...


May 5, 2019

In this episode, I am going to be looking at a condition called primary hyperparathyroidism, over activity of the parathyroid gland causing an elevated PTH level in the blood, leading to higher than normal levels of calcium in the blood and potentially the urine leading to kidney stones.

The effect of parathyroid...


Apr 27, 2019

This podcast is an open-ended conversation about topics in urology. The episodes are varied in format and length. If you like what you hear subscribe on your favorite podcast player or find past episodes by topic at whyurologypodcast.com.

In this episode, we will be talking about kidney stone prevention and at a very...


Oct 15, 2017

Lasers are machines that amplify light waves then shoot them out as narrow, intense beams. They are used everywhere today. Lasers read CDs and bar codes, guide missiles, cut through steel, precisely measure distances, entertain people and do a thousand other things. Lasers are used in several applications in...