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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. 

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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

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 that our bodies must get rid of after we ingest it or manufacture it.

Although it’s not entirely clear what, oxalates probably do have some function in plants. Some have suggested that oxalate possibly acts as a pesticide.

Even though oxalate does not do anything in our bodies, the reason we need to talk about it is that oxalate is a component of the most common form of kidney stones. Calcium stones­–calcium oxalate along with calcium phosphate–form about 80-85% of all kidney stones.

Our bodies need to get rid of the oxalate we eat or manufacture either in the stool or the urine. Too much oxalate excreted in the urine leads to a condition called hyperoxaluria.  And kidney stones can be the result.


Podcast Episodes

University of Chicago Website

Harvard Medical School List of High Oxalate Foods

Articles on Oxalate Content of Foods