November 30, 2015
Speaking of Health with Dr B
Avoiding Dangerous Toys This 2015 Holiday Season

When we buy a perfect holiday toy for our kids we do so with nothing but love and caring. Unfortunately, buying toys blindly can turn a joyous event into a tragic and even deadly one. Classic perils such as toxic lead and small choking hazards are still a shocking reality. Nowadays there are more worries with newer electronic toys on the market. And, why can magnets in toys pose the greatest harm to your little ones? For the past 30 years the Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) has released “Trouble in Toyland” examining holiday toy safety, and the 2015 report is out! Dr B speaks with Mike Litt, a PIRG Consumer Program Advocate. Find out what you MUST know before Santa takes flight!

November 23, 2015
Speaking of Health with Dr B
SUGAR – The Newest Anti-Food?

First it was cholesterol, then saturated fats, butter, eggs, bacon, red meat, the list goes on. Now the FDA has called for a stringent cap on our daily intake of sugar, and new disclosure about added sugars on food nutrition labels. Is battling sugar the new front on the war against dangerous foods? Dr B speaks with Kimber Stanhope, PhD, research scientist at UC Davis, who has conducted diet intervention studies suggesting that added sugar consumption contributes to the development of heart disease. The FDA is calling for Americans to limit added sugar to no more than 10 % of daily calories. That means eating no more than 12.5 teaspoons,or 50 grams of sugar a day. What does that mean in real life? One can of coke? Two blueberry yogurts? What processed foods have hidden sugar that we don’t even know about? Do sugar lovers have to go on the wagon now too? Tune in and be informed about the hidden and not so hidden dangers of sugar – The newest Anti-Food?

November 10, 2015
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Mammograms: Keeping Pace with Changing Guidelines

The American Cancer Society (ACS) has published new breast screening guidelines with a marked shift away from suggesting yearly mammograms for women under 45, and recommending women over 55 have them every two years, instead of annually. What do these new guidelines mean for your health and peace of mind? Dr B speaks with Dr. Kevin Oeffinger, chair of the ACS breast cancer guideline panel and a family physician at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Tune-in as they break the new recommendations down, step by step. Why the shift in guidelines now? Are you at average or above average risk? Are too many mammograms harmful? How does family history enter into the equation? And, learn about the new 5 year interval approach to assessing your risk and taking proactive preventative measures.

October 26, 2015
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Empowering Kids to Eat Smart!

Teaching our kids to eat well and make healthier food choices just got a whole lot easier. Nutritionist Jennifer Glocker is on a mission to empower kids to establish smart eating habits at a young age. Studies show that after reading stories about food, kids eat more vegetables and have a greater understanding as to what types of food are healthier. Our guest has created an interactive eBook and engaging stories to help your child establish smart food choice habits and physical activity at a young age. Fruits and veggies are the stars of these stories, and when you learn how to pack your kid’s lunch with exciting health foods, you will be a star too!

October 19, 2015
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Getting (NSAIDS) Non-steroidals “Just Right”

What do non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS such as aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen) and the fairy tale Goldilocks have in common? Finding that golden spot where things are “just right” can make all the difference. With NSAIDs you don’t want to take too much, or too little. You want the amount that is just right. In this case “just right” means getting the maximum beneficial effect, while limiting harmful side effects. Unfortunately, there is much confusion and conflicting information about the benefits and risks of NSAIDs. To help sort it all out Dr B is joined by Dr. Robin Dore, Clinical Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Past Chair of the Southern California Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation and a past member of the Board of Directors of the American College of Rheumatology. How much is “just right? What are the side effects and benefits? And how can NSAIDS be best used to manage and control pain and inflammation? While there are no fairy tales in real life, accurate information and advice may help lead to a fairy tale ending.

October 12, 2015
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Silent Reflux – What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You!

How is it possible that a potentially deadly disease affecting 50 million Americans can be so misdiagnosed and misunderstood? Many of us are all too familiar with heartburn and acid reflux, but for some, stomach acid may reach your throat and cause vague and confusing symptoms with no heartburn. Referred to as “silent reflux”, it can cause tissue damage leading to a precancerous condition of the esophagus. So, how can we diagnose the problem correctly, and what can we do if we think we have silent reflux? Dr Rabassa, Gastroenterologist with Gastro Health Miami, and a member of, the leading on-line resource and community supporting patients with GI conditions, speaks with Dr B and shares priceless information on how to diagnose and treat this huge health concern. The good news is we can do much to minimize risk, such as avoiding certain foods and behaviors, and learning what the vague and confusing tell-take symptoms of this silent and sometimes deadly disease are.

September 21, 2015
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Arthritis & Diet: Managing Pain

The goal of eating well when you have arthritis is to reduce inflammation, so you can manage symptoms and strengthen your immune system says Kim Larsen, board-certified specialist in sports dietetics, founder of Total Health, a nutrition consulting company, and national Spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition Dietetics. Can diet make a difference when arthritis diminishes your quality of life? What foods have actually been proven to fight chronic inflammation and reduce pain? Should you eat fish and give up sugar? What about chocolate and wine? Why is olive oil the holy grail of fats, and what is the best source of calcium? Tune-in as Dr B and his guest get to the meat of what constitutes a sustainable and enjoyable diet for those suffering with arthritis.

September 14, 2015
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Lyme Disease is On The Move

Who would have thought that Bambi would become a public health hazard? The CDC is reporting that Lyme disease has substantially expanded over the past few decades, with 17 states in the Northeast and upper Midwest now considered at high risk.There are many misconceptions regarding this disease. How long does a tick need to be attached to you before you are infected? How do you diagnose the illness? How long do you need to be on treatment before you are cured?. Dr. Gary Wormser, Professor of Medicine at New York Medical College, and Chief Author of the Infectious Diseases Society of America Guidelines on Lyme disease, joins Dr B, to separate the myth from reality. Can you get infected with Lyme disease outside of known hot-spots in the US, such as in the West or Deep South? Is chronic Lyme disease a real thing? Tune-in and learn how to prevent yourself from this growing concern. Bambi would approve!

September 11, 2015
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Yes! Internet Addiction Disorder is Real

Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD) is described as an impulse control disorder. The behavior of someone hooked on the Internet closely parallels that of more classic addictions like gambling and drug addiction. The desire to stop may be there, but the ability to do so may not. Countless hours online can disrupt daily activities of living. It can take different forms – those who form attachments with online friends, imaginary or real, as substitutes for real relationships – or, those who are compulsively unable to unplug for whatever reason. Marc Potenza, Yale professor and addiction specialist, has seen a marked increase of people suffering with IAD. He speaks with Dr B about the definition and characteristics of IAD, as well as how this new addiction is linked to a variety of behaviors and disorders such as depression. Why are kids at greater risk? And … what can put YOU at risk?!

June 29, 2015
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Get Smart About Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that drug-resistant bacteria which no longer respond to antibiotics, cause 2 million illnesses and about 23,000 deaths each year in the US. It may be the single most important infectious disease threat today. Bacteria are always one step ahead of science and conspiring to find ways to survive, with no regard for your existence. Dr. Laurie Hicks, epidemiologist and medical director of CDC’s “Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work” program, tells Dr B, antibiotics are “wonder drugs, but the more we use them (carelessly) the more we lose them.” Why are bacteria becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics, and what do you need to know to protect your family from these deadly superbugs? When should you use antibiotics and how? Learn the 3 most important things (TIPS) you can do right now to ensure your safety, and that of your community.

June 8, 2015
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Can Cellphones Cause Brain Tumors?

Can holding your cellphone too close to your head cause brain cancer? Ellie Marks believes so. Her husband, diagnosed with a brain tumor, was a realtor who used his phone 24/7 over a 20 yr period. Ellie Marks is Executive Director of the CA Brain Tumor Association. She brought her message to Congress, calling for legislation warning consumers of the potential hazards of cellphone use. Her advocacy was pivotal in bringing about a “Right To Know” law in Berkeley, CA, the first of it’s kind, requiring retailers to warn you of potential radiation exposure. Controversy abounds, there is no smoking gun when it comes to research on this issue, but there is more than reasonable cause for concern. What are possible contributing factors from dangerous cellphone radiation? Who is more at risk? And what can you do to use your phone more safely? Tune in … you have a right to know!

May 23, 2015
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Male Osteoporosis: A Silent Patient Stalker

Osteoporosis, or low bone density, the weakening of your bones, has been thought of as primarily a woman’s disease. It’s this very fact that puts men at even greater risk of debilitating fractures and death. 2-3 Million men have it, and age doesn’t necessarily dictate who gets it. There are multiple risk factors specific to men, such as testosterone deficiency, alcohol abuse, side effects of cancer treatments, poor diet and the leading cause, smoking. Even guys who’ve stopped smoking years before aren’t free and clear. Hear additional risk factors, and what to do about them, when Dr B speaks with a leading expert, Dr Robert Rosenberg, co-director of the Osteoporosis Assessment Center at Arthritis and Rheumatism Associates, Maryland. Getting tested is simple, treatments are varied, but awareness is key! Take charge and learn the guidelines for when to get screened, get proper nutritional recommendations and discover the best single exercise for optimal bone health.

May 11, 2015
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Molly’s Fund Fighting Lupus

Molly McCabe was a rising opera star, until the day a mysterious ailment changed everything. Hear her inspiring journey; after years of chronic illness and seeing fourteen doctors, a rheumatologist correctly diagnosed “systemic lupus erythematosus.” SLE is an autoimmune disease, where in the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue. Molly became actively involved with her own care and co-founded Molly’s Fund, showing people how to live well with lupus and how to get their voice heard. Your life isn’t over when you get a chronic illness, you can give your life back to the cause! Molly’s Fund is a model for doing so…

April 20, 2015
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Amye Leong – Patient Advocacy (Birds Of Misfortune)

Internationally recognized patient advocate, speaker, and author Amye Leong, joins Dr B to share her courageous journey – from a thriving athletic teen in the prime of her life, to 6 years later immobilized in a wheelchair, diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) “an old person’s disease.” What catapulted Amye Leong from that wheelchair to a position of inspiring strength? Ms Leong started America’s first education & support groups for young people affected by various disorders of bone and joints, working with the Arthritis Foundation. Armed with knowledge she went on to be honored with a President’s Service Award; Carried the Olympic Torch as a Community Hero in the 100th Olympic Games. Hear her personal journey, overcoming physical challenges, and a strong oppressive cultural stigma growing up Asian American. When the “birds of misfortune” fly around your head, what can you do to overcome adversity and get back in control?

April 13, 2015
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Coffee – The Newest Health Food?

Coffee. It’s been around for centuries, and as legend has it we owe the gift of coffee to goats. In Ethiopia, a goat-herder noticed that his goats, after ingesting the berries on an unfamiliar tree were unable to sleep all night. And so, perhaps, began man’s ongoing struggle with caffeine and insomnia. America’s $40 billion a year coffee habit makes us the #1 consumer of coffee in the world. Coffee has gotten a bad rap for years, but the tide has been turning rapidly. Recent data claims that as many as three to five daily cups can be part of a healthy diet, citing evidence that coffee is linked to a reduced risk for heart disease and Type II diabetes. But promising claims, don’t stop there! Professor of Chemistry, University of Scranton, PA, Dr Joe Vinson, joins Dr B for a cup of Joe, as they take on these exciting claims, one by one.

March 23, 2015
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Vitamins & Supplements – Proceed With Caution!

Last year Americans consumed over 30 billion dollars of vitamins and supplements. Many of these supplements are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, and oversight is limited to removing problematic products from retailer’s shelves after the fact. For many, a balanced diet is adequate to prevent disease over time, but it can be argued that the American diet is anything but adequate. The supplement industry has taken the approach that more is better. Is that so? And, do we really know what we are getting out of the bottle from a retail store or online? Joining Dr B is an expert on vitamins and supplements, Dr. Paul Offit, chief of the infectious disease division of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and the author of “Do You Believe in Magic: The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine”

March 16, 2015
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Eggs are Back! Making Sense of New Dietary Guidelines

New dietary guidelines are catching up to the latest research, and a long time felon, the egg, has been given a pardon! Cholesterol in general has been given a bad rap. There is no long-term evidence that eating foods high in cholesterol raises bad (LDL) cholesterol in our blood. And what about saturated fats? Can we now relax and enjoy that thick slab of bacon sitting next to our morning omelet? Is the new craze of bulletproofing our coffee with butter OK? Dr. B goes to the source and speaks with Dr. Robert Eckel, past president of the American Heart Assoc., who served on the panel that wrote the new guidelines. And, what is the latest food felon to take the criminal spotlight?

February 23, 2015
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e-Cigarettes – The Safer Choice?

In recent years we have seen marked reduction is teens smoking but conversely seeing a rise in their use of emerging non-tobacco products. e-Cigs are being marketed as a safer choice and directed at kids with flavors such as bubble gum and cotton candy and celebrity endorsements. e-Cigs deliver nicotine too which has known adverse effects on adolescents’ developing brains, and now a study finds that vaping can produce significant amounts of formaldehyde and other heavy metals. Dr. Brian King, senior adviser in the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health tells Dr. B why vaping is NOT A SAFER CHOICE!

February 16, 2015
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Are BPA-free Products a Scam?

Are plastic products labeled BPA-free really a healthier choice for your family? Compounds used to replace BPA, such as BPS, are similar in makeup to estrogen, and regularly leech from linings of food and beverage packages, causing hormonal disturbances in our bodies. Since these chemicals make great plastics they are used in many consumer products, even ones we never expect. Endocrine specialist Laura Vandenberg, at the University of Massachusetts Amherst tells Dr B why these chemicals are dangerous, surprising places they are found, and what we can do to minimize their harmful effects.

January 26, 2015
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Concussions and Rest: What’s Best?

What if your child was diagnosed with a concussion and the prescribed course of treatment was uncertain? The tragedy of traumatic brain injury strikes more children and young adults with each passing month, yet the best way to treat concussions in children is a hotly contested arena. Adding fuel to the fire a recent study suggests that less rest is more effective than complete rest, which is the traditional method of treating concussions. Rosemarie Scolaro Moser Ph. D, neuropsychologist and author of, “Ahead of the Game: The Parents’ Guide to Youth Sports Concussion” joins Dr. B to tackle this controversy.

January 19, 2015
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Aspirin – To Take or Not To Take

A recent study reported aspirin decreased cardiovascular disease and cancer but at the expense of an increased risk of bleeding from the gastrointestinal tract. So, do the benefits outweigh the risks? Should you take aspirin if you don’t have a high risk of heart disease? What is the correct dosage if you decide aspirin is for you? Dr. B speaks with an expert from the University of Michigan, Dr. Mark Fendrick, who says if he had only one medication he could take to a desert isle, it would be aspirin. Find out why!

November 24, 2014
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Katherine TallmadgeYes, you can enjoy the holidays without the weight gain, whether cooking at home, visiting family and friends or dining out. Afraid Thanksgiving dinner could turn into a month long smorgasbord? Katherine Tallmadge, author of Diet Simple and respected nutrition and weight loss expert, joins Dr. B in offering tips galore on everything from saving your waistline to keeping your New Year’s resolutions. Find out how to deal with parties, well meaning “food-pushers” and those deceiving liquid calories. Come along as we map out a Healthy Holiday Season!

November 18, 2014
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Teenagers and Sleep – Do Later School Starts Mean Improved Grades?

ClockDoes your teenager’s brain run on a different clock? Our guest Dr. Helene Emsellem, Director of The Center for Sleep and Wake Disorders, and Author of: “Snooze…or Lose! …” says undoubtedly YES! That it is a unique event attributable to puberty. She and Dr. B take a look at several studies strongly suggesting later school starts not only translate into improved grades but also increased graduation rates. And, just how much sleep do teens really need?

November 11, 2014
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SoldierOsteoarthritis, the most common type of arthritis (27 million and counting) is usually associated with ageing. While these numbers are sobering, one study identified a much younger population at risk, members of our Armed Forces, at over twice the incidence. These numbers are shocking. Why is this happening and how is it impacting the lives of our Veterans as well as active duty servicemen and woman – and what can be done to get out in front of this debilitating problem? Dr B is joined by Dr. Kenneth L. Cameron, Director of Orthopaedic Research, Keller Army Hospital, West Point, and lead author of the study that brought this problem to light.

November 5, 2014
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Ryan ReedAlzheimer’s develops many years before it becomes evident, so early intervention and prevention is where current focus lies. Everyone is touting a “magic pill” – Antioxidants, coffee, cocoa, exercise, cognitive training, restful sleep, the list goes on. Is there any validity to these claims, and what about research and medical trials? What is promising? Dr. Laurie Ryan, Chief of the Dementias of Aging Branch in the Division of Neuroscience at the National Institute on Aging, breaks it all down, one by one, with Dr. B.

November 4, 2014
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RYAN REED – Racing To Stop Diabetes

Ryan ReedWhen Ryan Reed was diagnosed with Type1 diabetes at the age of 17, his reaction: Will I race again? There is no cure for diabetes, the 7th leading cause of death in the US. The good news, those with diabetes can not only live normal lives, they can thrive. There is no one better than NASCAR driver Ryan Reed, now 21, to illustrate this fact. As he tells Dr. B, with proper management (in Ryan’s case not only a pit-crew for his car but one for his health) he continues to pursue his dream of racing and being an advocate for the American Diabetes Association.

October 29, 2014
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OSTEOPOROSIS – It Can’t Be Ignored!

osteoarthritisOsteoporosis, a weakening of your bones over time is not a normal sign of aging. It is referred to as a silent killer of women and men, the mortality rate being very high after a hip fracture, but it is a preventable disease – in most cases. Prevention is key, as you’ll learn in detail when Dr. Andrea Singer, Clinical Director, National Osteoporosis Foundation, covers all aspects of this disease and even talks with Dr. B about whether compounds in chocolate and red wine can help.

October 28, 2014
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Male Breast Cancer – It Happens!

cancer ribbonMen have breasts and get breast cancer too. Tragically most men don’t even realize it’s a possibility, but it is a potentially deadly disease and survival rates for men are worse than those for woman due to societal stigma around seeking help. Find out what your risk is, what you can do about it , and what you may have in common with Angelina Jolie! Sharon H. Giordano, MD, expert in the field and oncologist at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston TX, joins Dr. B for what could be the most important interview of your life.

October 1, 2014
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Eric LeGrand was at the top of his game as a Rutgers’ Junior defensive tackle until four years ago this very October, when a violent collision with an Army player left him paralyzed below the neck and on a respirator fighting for his life. The prognosis was grim, he was given a zero to 5% chance of walking again and told he would be on a ventilator for the rest of his life – by Thanksgiving he was eating solid food and breathing on his own. There is one thing you never tell Eric LeGrand – No, you can’t! Since then he has gone on to become an author, a motivational speaker and a radio broadcaster for his old team at Rutgers. Find out how Eric pulled himself out of the abyss, and now inspires others with his infectious positive can-do outlook on life. This courageous young man knows what matters in life and he believes he was put in this situation to help others. As Eric tells Dr. B, “If you really want something, you put your mind to it, anything is truly possible”

September 30, 2014
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A Visit With Dr. B’s Yoga Instructor

After you enjoy your favorite fusion cuisine consider some fusion yoga! What’s fusion yoga? Find out when Dr. B brings us along for a visit with his yoga instructor, Susan Bowen, owner of Thrive Yoga in Montgomery, MD. Yoga has often been praised as a panacea of all ills, which is a huge claim to live up to, but as Susan explains “yoga taps all the different parts of who you are!” It’s true, yoga has been proven to help reduce anxiety, help you sleep better and even increase blood flow to an injury which helps with healing. More importantly it is FUN and relaxing, and there is a level of yoga for everyone from rookie to yoga master. So join in the conversation and stretch your mind!

September 24, 2014
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Second to the cold the most common affliction of all time is back pain. If you yourself aren’t suffering from it, someone you know is, because 1 out of 5 Americans have it. 60 Illnesses can cause back pain, and today Dr. B breaks down the 4 most common forms responsible for upwards of 95% of complaints. Whether Dr. B is speaking on Capitol Hill informing our legislators about the impact of back pain in people’s lives and on our economy, working with his patients, or talking with you on Speaking of Health, he is dedicated to helping every last one of us take control of back pain and our health. That is why Dr. David Borenstein wrote “Heal Your Back: Your Complete Prescription for Preventing, Treating, and Eliminating Back Pain”. The book and this show are practical guides to finding out what is wrong with your back and how to fix it. TUNE IN & BE INFORMED!

September 23, 2014
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Understanding Sickle Cell Disease & The Prognosis For A Cure

Close to 100,000 Americans have sickle cell anemia, an inherited blood disorder which causes the production of abnormal hemoglobin. In plain language mutations change the shape of red blood cells and stops them from flowing smoothly through the body, the effects of which are devastating. Treatment has come a long way and a cure may be theoretically possible according to Dr. B, and our guest Dr Alexis Thompson, Professor, Pediatrics, at NU Feinberg School of Medicine, and American Society of Hematology (ASH) Expert Spokesperson on Sickle Cell Disease. Tune in for this informative and hopeful discussion about newer treatments and promising research that may one day lead to a cure.

September 16, 2014
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Thousands of students of all ages end up in the ER annually from carrying backpacks, and some end up with long term physical consequences. Days of grabbing your brown paper bag lunch and your pencil box and running out the door to school are long gone. These days some kids carry backpacks equaling a quarter to a half of their own weight, filled with burdensome electronic gear, water bottles, text books and who knows what else. Danille Parker, Assistant Professor/Director of Clinical Education, Marquette University, joins Dr. B for a practical take on this very modern phenomenon. The message is DO NOT FEAR KILLER BACKPACKS! With a good understanding of how to choose a backpack and how to pack and wear one properly, you can keep your child safe and sound for their final exams!

September 9, 2014
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SPORTS RELATED CONCUSSIONS – The Physical, Emotional & Psychological Scars

Samantha Sanderson just wanted to play soccer until multiple concussions ended her dream. Several years later, the victim of another concussion from whiplash in an auto accident, she suffers long term physical and emotional symptoms. Samantha, co-founder of Concussion Connection, a support group dedicated to raising awareness of sports-related concussions tells Dr. B, the psychological turmoil from a concussion can far outweigh the initial injuries. Paul Ullucci Jr, athletic trainer and former board member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, concurs, and stresses the need for education and better assessment on the field, and outlines how we can best protect our athletes in advance. Also, don’t miss Dr. B’s passionate reminder that concussions happen to everyone, not just athletes.

September 4, 2014
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DR B on THE HILL – The Invisible Disease

Our own Dr. B, America’s Back Doctor, has been invited to Capitol Hill to brief members of Congress on the second most common health issue in the country, back pain – at any given time 1 out 5 Americans suffer from back pain. Education is key, education of our representatives included, as these legislators are the ones who can make a difference. One cause of back pain stems from an “invisible disease” with a quirky name, ankylosing spondylitis. Many don’t even know they have it, yet between 1 and 2 million American’s do. Laurie Savage, the Executive Director of the Spondylitis Association of America joins Dr. B in bringing awareness to this potentially devastating ailment, and talk about just what it will take to make our Congressional Representatives stand up and take notice.

September 2, 2014
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Childhood Obesity – It’s Not A Personal Choice!

Obesity rates in the United States have exploded for all age groups, but the dramatic increase of children and teens ages 2 – 19 who are overweight, or obese, is at 23 million and counting, and considered an epidemic by health professionals. We are now seeing children at risk of Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease and even stroke. Poverty and misinformation play a big roll in these numbers according to our guest Dr. Stephen Cook, MD, Assoc. Director of the Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight at the Academy of Pediatrics, and Diplomat serving on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Obesity Medicine. The complexity of this problem is enormous and children are the victims of OUR bad choices according to Dr. Cook, who goes on to say, childhood obesity is not a personal choice – it is a disease which must be addressed early in childhood before puberty, not just for the physical health but the mental well being of your child.

August 26, 2014
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Restoring Quality of Life for Psoriasis Sufferers

Board Certified Dermatologist Dr. Jerry Bagel, joins Dr. B in the final episode of our month long look at psoriasis. Dr. Bagel, a member on the Medical Advisory Board of the National Psoriasis Foundation, explains the far reaching effects of this complex disease in a clear simple fashion. Awareness is priority, as some still write psoriasis off as “just a skin disease”, but as Dr. Bagel explains, your skin is your largest organ, and your first level of protection from the outer world. With psoriasis that protective reaction becomes hyperactive, fighting something that is not there and in essence attacking your body. So why is this happening? Conversation centers on current research looking for a cause and a cure, effective traditional and newer medications, and understanding the systemic impact psoriasis can have, including higher incidents of diabetes, hypertension, obesity, depression, heart attacks and strokes. Find out how the National Psoriasis Foundation is working to offer individuals a better quality of life while living with psoriasis and it’s many challenges.

August 12, 2014
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Psoriasis – Understanding Leading to Acceptance

7 Million people have some form of psoriasis and all of them wear this emotionally draining disease on their skin, literally. There is no cure for psoriasis, yet, Dr. Erin E Boh, MD, Professor of Dermatology at Tulane University School of Medicine, joins Dr. B in offering an extensive and thorough look at many aspects of psoriasis, which borders on the hopeful! The discussion offers a positive message of balance in managing systemic symptoms – thanks to new combination therapies including light therapy, leading-edge biologics, and diet and exercise. Dr. Boh’s message is one that needs to be heard by everyone affected by this disease: “If you understand your disease you can treat it better and you can accept it better.”

August 5, 2014
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Psoriatic Arthritis – Why Are You Wearing That Trash Bag?

This first week of National Psoriasis Awareness Month “Speaking of Health with Dr. B” takes a positive look at how conventional as well as alternative treatments (from diet/nutrition to group exercises such as jazzercise and yoga) can combat the ravaging effects of psoriatic arthritis, PA. Join Dr. B in a fascinating conversation with a foremost expert in the field, Dr. Mease, Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine and Director and Rheumatology Clinical Research Division of the Swedish Medical Center, dispelling myths of diet in treating this ailment, covering side effects of the most common medications used, and spotlighting the tremendous benefit of weight loss in managing PA. According to Dr. Mease advances in understanding psoriatic arthritis have really changed and grown, and the outlook for patients is hopeful, as we now treat the condition “potentially to remission” with the advent of newer meds coming along (biologics). Learn what biologics are and how they might make a world of difference to you or a loved one.

July 31, 2014
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The Conundrum of Childhood Concussions

What constitutes a concussion, and with all the stories in the news about them are they a new epidemic? How can you know if your child has had a traumatic brain injury, and what are the subtle symptoms which may go undiagnosed until serious damage is evident? And are helmets enough to save your child? Also, what hope do current research studies in this field hold out for this growing concern? And, what are the most effective treatments possible to help victims get back to productive lives? Dr. B takes on all these complex matters of traumatic brain injuries and more, as he speaks with preeminent experts in the field, Dr. Vernon Williams, a neurologist and pain management specialist at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in LA, and Dr. Nancy Chiaravalotti, the Director of the Neuropsychology and Neuroscience Laboratory and Traumatic Brain Injury Laboratory at Kessler Foundation Research Center. The Kessler Foundation changes the lives of people with disabilities through medical rehabilitation research and funding employment initiatives for individuals with disabilities. Join us for these informative and essential interviews, as Dr. B cuts through the misinformation, hype and fear in the media on this controversial topic, and learn why PREVENTION is the first line of defense to protect your child!

July 29, 2014
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A Child Is Not A Small Adult!

In our ongoing in-depth coverage of the underreported tragedy of juvenile idiopathic arthritis Dr. B has invited Dr. Carlos Rose, MD, a board certified pediatric rheumatologist, and physical therapist, Rebecca Grant, P.T., D.P.T., for a lively discussion about non-drug treatments such as aquatic therapy, and the crucial importance of nutrition for pediatric patients. Along with the specialized care your child requires, which differs greatly from that which an adult needs, focus is on the significant roll family plays in creating a supportive environment for kids with JIA so they may thrive, and the need to work as a team with your rheumatologist and therapists. Dr. B also has a personal conversation with Lene Andersen, award winning author whose book “Your Life with Rheumatoid Arthritis: Tools for Managing Treatment, Side Effects and Pain” tells of her poignant battle with juvenile arthritis, a battle that brought her from the brink of suicide to leading a productive life as a health advocate and writer.

July 22, 2014
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JIA: Surviving the Transition from Childhood to Adolescence

Dr. Homaira Rahimi, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Immunology and Rheumatology, University of Rochester, Golisano Children’s Hospital in Rochester talks to Dr. B about when children have illnesses, how difficult the transition to adolescence and adulthood can be; a very difficult dilemma.

July 15, 2014
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Are There Enough JIA Physicians?

Dr. B talks to Dr. Raphael Hirsh, Head of the Division of Pediatric Rheumatology at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa. Their conversation revolves around the issue of therapy; will it help your child if you don’t have access to a doctor because of your insurance or you have to travel hours to get the care you need for your child. A big problem for patients but particularly those who have juvenile inflammatory arthritis who need a pediatric rheumatologist.

July 8, 2014
Speaking of Health with Dr. B
Why Can’t I Run?

Two exceptional guests who know what juvenile arthritis is all about join Dr. B in a heart-wrenching discussion. Christine Schwab, TV fashion and beauty reporter, had to hide the fact that she had rheumatoid arthritis that was a daily source of pain. She is a spokesperson for the Arthritis Foundation and a supporter of the Simple Tasks campaign of the American College of Rheumatology. She is author of Take Me Home From the Oscars. Kimberly Poston Miller is a mother of 2 children with juvenile inflammatory arthritis. Her book is Living with Juvenile Arthritis: A Parent’s Guide.

July 1, 2014
Speaking of Health with Dr. B
Yes, Children Can Have Serious Arthritis!

Dr. Carol Wallace is Professor of Pediatrics and Division Chief of Pediatric Rheumatology at the University of Washington School of Medicine, and Rheumatologist at Seattle Children’s Hospital in Seattle Washington. In today’s episode of “Speaking of Health with Dr. B,” she talks about Juvenile Arthritis.

June 24, 2014
Speaking of Health with Dr. B
Why Does Mommy Hurt?

Dr. B is very proud to be joined by Elizabeth Christy, best-selling author of Why Does Mommy Hurt?, a young mother who lives with severe chronic pain stemming from mixed connective tissue disease and fibromyalgia (FM). Her book has been reviewed as a “Must have book for anyone living with chronic pain that has small children.” Ms.Christy also runs a support group for parents with autoimmune disease and chronic illness ( In addition, joining the conversation is Jan Chambers, founder and president of the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association; diagnosed herself with FM, she shares her own personal journey and talks about her passionate advocacy, educating, and the growing awareness of this perplexing disease.

June 17, 2014
Speaking of Health with Dr. B
Breaking Through The FibroFog

Dr. Kevin White, rheumatologist and award-winning author of “Breaking Through The FibroFog: Scientific Proof Fibromyalgia Is Real” joins Dr. B to discuss the multi-systemic impact of fibromyalgia (it is NOT just a muscle disorder) and zooms-in on the very real and debilitating experience of “fibro-fog”. Don’t miss our second segment when Dr. White explains his “ESCAPE” principles: 6 helpful areas and ways of organizing treatment and pain management. Of course Dr. B shares his own caring perspective and understanding of this often misunderstood and maligned “disease of a million myths”.

June 10, 2014
Speaking of Health with Dr. B
The Do’s and Dont’s of Fibromyalgia

Dr. Terence Starz is a Rheumatologist, a member on the faculty of Pittsburgh, Medical Center and the author of the Fibromyalgia Chapter in the e textbook in Practice Rheumatology. In this episode of Speaking of Health with Dr. B, he talks about various treatments for patients with Fibromyalgia, including alternative therapies.

June 3, 2014
Speaking of Health with Dr. B
Fibromyalgia is REAL

In the last decade many doctors believed that fibromyalgia was a figment of the imagination of patients. While that may have been the situation in the past, today we know better and our understanding of this problem has increased tremendously. It exists! On today’s episode of Speaking of Health with Dr. B, Dr. Leslie Crofford, Professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee talks frankly about the research and work she has done to get rid of the myths associated with this debilitating condition.

May 27, 2014
Speaking of Health with Dr. B
Improving the Lives of People with Lupus

Lupus is a complicated disease but treatments for this disease have improved significantly but there are still many questions about how to deal with the many faces of this devastating disease. This episode features Dr. Dan Wallace, clinical professor of medicine at the UCLA School of Medicine and author of The Lupus Book: A Guide for Patients and their Families and David Szyplinski, Executive director of the Molly’s Fund. The mission of the Molly’s fund is to improve the lives of people with SLE.

May 20, 2014
Speaking of Health with Dr. B
Can I Have a Baby, Dr. B?

Lupus does not reduce a woman’s chances of getting pregnant. Less than 50% of pregnancies in women with lupus have complications, but all lupus pregnancies are considered high-risk. “When you are considering having a baby Lupus can complicate pregnancy”, says our guest in this episode of Speaking of Health with Dr. B. Dr. Jane Salmon is Professor of Medicine and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Weill Cornell Medical College and the Collette Kean Research Professor at Hospital for Special Surgery. If you have lupus and are considering having a baby make sure that you listen to this very important program.

May 13, 2014
Speaking of Health with Dr. B
It’s Lupus: Know the Signs and Take Action

With the American College of Rheumatology since 2008, Ms. Lisa Amaker, Director of The Lupus Initiative, brings to the College a wealth of experience in medical education. In this episode of “Speaking of Health with Dr. B,” she talks about the importance of understanding all facets of Lupus and how taking action can make a huge difference.

May 6, 2014
Speaking of Health with Dr. B
Demystifying Lupus

Doctor Robert Lahita is Professor of Medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey He is the author of more than 16 books and 150 scientific publications in the field of autoimmunity. Among his achievements is being editor of the standard textbook called Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (now in its 5th edition) and the Senior Editor of the Textbook of Autoimmunity. In addition, he is also the author of Lupus, Q&A, the Arthritis Solution and Rheumatoid Arthritis: everything you Need to Know –three books for patients. This episode of “Speaking of Health with Dr. B,” is all about Lupus.

April 29, 2014
Speaking of Health with Dr. B
Physical Therapy and Osteoarthritis, Thumbs Up!

Dr. Maura Iversen, Professor and Chair of Physical Therapy, Northeastern University, Senior Lecturer, Department of Medicine, Section of Clinical Sciences and Clinical Epidemiologist and Behavioral Scientist, Division of Clinical Immunology and Allergy, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Harvard Medical School, talks to Dr. B about many aspects of Physical Therapy in the treatment of Osteoarthritis. She is one of the worlds leaders in the newest technologies used to help people in pain and this episode of “Speaking of Health with Dr. B addresses this important issue.

April 22, 2014
Speaking of Health with Dr. B
The Inventor of the Hip Explant Device Speaks Out

Randall J. Lewis, MD, specializes in surgery of the hip and knee. Dr. Lewis is considered an expert in complex problems and revision surgery. He developed the Explant device that is now used throughout the world for revision hip replacements. His special interests include all types of arthritis, the use of regional anaesthetic blocks to make joint replacement surgery easier and less painful, and orthopaedic surgery in patients with blood clotting problems. Today, he discusses his genius with Dr. Borenstein on Speaking of Health with Dr. B.

April 15, 2014
Speaking of Health with Dr. B
Molecules to People

C. Kent Kwoh, MD is an internationally recognized expert in osteoarthritis. He is the director of the University of Arizona Arthritis Center, a research facility that empowers patients to take charge of their lifestyles. Dr. Kwoh believes strongly in educating care providers and scientists so that they can develop and apply more novel and affective therapies. This episode of “Speaking of Health with Dr. B” is all about molecules to people.

April 8, 2014
Speaking of Health with Dr. B
Osteoarthritis, Why is There No Cure?

Dr. John Hardin, Vice President of Research for The Arthritis Foundation and Professor of Medicine at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine in Bronx, New York is leading the charge to find ways of curing osteoarthritis; the most common form of arthritis today. In this episode of “Speaking of Health with Dr. B, he talks about prevention and how resourceful medical scientists are doing the hard work to find the answers that will lead to a cure.

April 1, 2014
Speaking of Health with Dr. B
Setting the Record Straight on Osteoarthritis

Award winning Physician and recognized authority on osteoarthritis, Dr. Marc Hochberg speaks about the many misconceptions associated with this form of arthritis; very often thought of as an older persons disease. Dr. Hochberg is a recognized international authority on osteoarthritis. Among his achievements, he has been awarded the Distinguished Clinical Investigator Award from the American College of Rheumatology and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Osteoarthritis Research Society International.

March 25, 2014
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Keeping it Straight

In this episode of Speaking of Health with Dr. B, a conversation between the former President of the AHRP, (a division of the American Academy of Rheumatology,) Jan Richardson, PT, PhD, addresses the importance of physical therapy in the treatment of Ankylosing Spondylitis. AS, as it is called, is a disease that often shows signs of muscle strain, faulty alignment of the vertebrae, abnormal flexibility of the spinal column—either too much or too little—and impingement of nerves and blood vessels that exit the spine. Dr. Richardson talks about the Physical therapists (PTs) specific expertise in the diagnosing the treatment of “mechanical” spinal, neck and back pain.

March 18, 2014
Speaking of Health with Dr. B
Therapy Can Change Your Life!

Dr. John J. Cush, MD is currently the Director of Clinical Rheumatology for the Baylor Research Institute and Professor of Medicine and Rheumatology at the Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, TX. He has published many journal articles and numerous book chapters on topics that include rheumatoid arthritis, spondyloarthropathies, biologic therapies, drug safety and nutraceuticals. On today’s show with Dr. B, he talks about the importance of getting started on certain therapies after having made a diagnosis of AS. In addition Dr. Cush speaks about the therapies that are currently available to patients with AS.

March 11, 2014
Speaking of Health with Dr. B
The Quest to Cure Ankylosing Spondylitis

The Spondylitis Association of America is a very active organization dedicated to raising awareness of arthritis and advocating for more research and better treatments of this devastating disease. Dr. B talks to the Executive Director, Laurie Savage about the important issues and legislation surrounding the need for advocacy and much more.

March 4, 2014
Speaking of Health with Dr. B
Stiff as a Board

Ankylosing Spondylitis has afflicted humans for thousands of years; people with this disease have back pain beyond the common muscle aches that cause common episodes of back pain. Discussing how to diagnose Ankylosing Spondylitis is not easy but our guest on this show knows how to make the diagnosis; he is Dr. Shervin Assassi from the Division of Rheumatology, at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

February 25, 2014
Speaking of Health with Dr. B
Research is key!

In this episode on Rheumatoid Arthritis Research Dr. B talks to Dr. Ellen M. Gravallese about her trail-blazing career in rheumatology where she has made major contributions both to the bench (research) and the bedside. Her accomplishments owe much to her joint abilities to focus on basic research that bears fruit in the form of meaningful clinical improvements in patient management and to fostering the next generation of rheumatology investigators. As director for translational research at the Musculoskeletal Center of Excellence, University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center, the largest not-for-profit healthcare system in New England, Dr. Gravallese’s research focuses on study of the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis, with particular interest in the fundamental mechanisms of bone and cartilage destruction.

February 18, 2014
Speaking of Health with Dr. B
Medical Therapies for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Dr. B speaks to Dr. Eric Ruderman, a rheumatologist associated with many clinical trials in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and other inflammatory arthritides about his research interests, including the development and utilization of rheumatologic therapies. This show delves into a very sophisticated understanding of the medical therapies available to a wide range of people with RA. Learn from an expert.

February 11, 2014
Speaking of Health with Dr. B
RA – Bent Forks & Not Such Simple Tasks

Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis is no simple task. Just listen to two very special advocates, one who lives with rheumatoid arthritis; and the other who is engaged in advocacy and raising awareness for the American College of Rheumatology’s Simple Tasks campaign on a daily basis. Dr. B Interviews Erin Latimer, Director of Public Relations for the ACR; and Christine Schwab, author of “Take Me Home From the Oscars,” a book where she tells her story of living an amazing life in television while suffering from rheumatoid arthritis for the first time.

February 4, 2014
Speaking of Health with Dr. B
RA Warriors

A special extended program taking an in-depth look at Rheumatoid Arthritis, from diagnosis to treatment and the terrible toll it takes on us, with a special focus on how to take your life back and live it to the fullest! We are joined by noted Dallas Rheumatologist Dr. Stanley Cohen, who answers your most common medical concerns and clears up our biggest misconceptions. We also speak with a real RA Warrior, Kelly Young who comes to us from a very exciting event she just spearheaded: Rheumatoid Awareness Day. Kelly gives a heartbreaking personal account of her struggles with RA, and her reason for starting her own support group, RA Warriors.

January 28, 2014
Speaking of Health with Dr. B
The Impact of Legislation on Our Nations Health

You deserve the very best care and best health advice at all times, but in moments of medical crisis, who can you trust? Dr. Will Harvey is a rheumatologist from Boston, Mass. who is the Chairman of the Government Affairs committee of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR). He joins us to discuss the roll the ACR has in bringing you the very best patient advocacy and care.

January 14, 2014
Speaking of Health with Dr. B

Join Dr. B and Kimberly Beer, Director of Advocacy for the Arthritis Foundation who will discuss the topic of advocacy…how does one get involved to assure access to health care and the necessary drugs to treat their disease.

January 7, 2014
Speaking of Health with Dr. B

Dr. B and Kimberly Beer, Director of Advocacy for the Arthritis Foundation will discuss how one can get the most from their health care and the potential challenges of the Affordable Care Act that may impact your health care.


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