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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?”

Feb 2, 2020

In the last episode we talked about a mineral called oxalate, high oxalate foods, the relationship of eating high oxalate foods and kidney stones, and how you should decrease your intake of high oxalate foods to decrease your risk of kidney stones.

Here is what we learned:

  1. Oxalate is a mineral found in plant foods. Our bodies also make it as a byproduct of metabolism.
  2. Oxalate doesn’t do anything in our bodies. It’s a waste product. Our bodies get rid of oxalate either in the stool or the urine.
  3. Oxalate combines with the calcium in our urine to create calcium oxalate crystals which grow to become the most common form of kidney stones.
  4. Limiting the amount of oxalate in our diet by decreasing our oxalate can decrease the amount of oxalate in the urine. Limiting oxalate to less than 100 mg per day is a good idea if you have had kidney stones
  5. High oxalate foods that you might want to avoid include but are not limited to potatoes and sweet potatoes, spinach, amonds and peanuts, rhubarb, beets, cocoa powder, and soy.

Dr. Golding Bird was the first to describe oxalates of lime in the urine, oxaluria, in a scientific paper in 1842.

Dr. Golding Bird led a short, but remarkable life. In this episode I attempt to retell it.