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I am Dr. Todd Brandt. I am a urologist. 

These are words I couldn't have imagined myself saying as I was growing up thinking about medicine as a career. 

And I have been asked many, many times why I went into urology as a medical specialty. In this podcast I attempt to explain how I got here. Why did I choose urology as a specialty? Why do I like it? Why, if you are someone with a urinary tract, should you care? Get it? Why Urology.

This podcast is a personal experiment in medical audio content. I make the obvious disclaimer that this is not medical advice. You should be going to your own physician for that.

These episodes are meant to educate, entertain, inspire or inform you in some way with urology as the launching point for each episode. Each episode is varied in format and length as I have experimented with content. 

Listen, follow, share, rate, review, repeat...you know what to do.

If you have kidney stones, or prostate cancer, or another urologic health concern this podcast may help you.

If you have a loved one with any urologic health concern this podcast may help you. 

If you are someone who has asked, "How does my bladder do it's thing?", this podcast may help you.

If you make urine, or even if you don't, this podcast may help you.

Thank you for listening to this podcast. I do appreciated any feedback I get so please reach out to me at the link provided on this website. 

Be well,

Dr. Todd Brandt

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.