This week we decided to get together with the veterans of the medical game, Dr. Clenton Coleman and Dr. Suraj Saggar. They have their own podcast known as, The Recommended Daily Dose but first let's give you a quick summary of these guys:
Dr. Coleman is a nephrologist and internal medicine physician who specializes in helping patients preserve their kidney health and in treating kidney conditions and diseases. Dr. Coleman's other areas of expertise include hypertension, anemia, diabetes, high cholesterol, and kidney stones. He also provides annual checkups and preventive medicine and education to help patients make informed decisions about their healthcare.
Dr. Coleman is a member of Holy Name Medical Partners, with an office in Teaneck. He received his medical degree from UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. He completed his internal medicine residency at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center and his nephrology fellowship at Lenox Hill Hospital, both in New York City.
Dr. Saggar is an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of the full spectrum of infectious diseases, from such common ailments as the flu, chicken pox, shingles, tuberculosis, and bacterial skin infections, such as MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) to complex, rare viruses as Zika, Ebola, and MERS (Middle East respiratory syndrome).
Dr. Saggar has been on staff at Holy Name since 2007, with an office in Englewood. He is an adjunct clinical associate professor at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York City. Dr. Saggar earned his osteopathic medical degree at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his internal medicine residency and fellowship in infectious diseases at Saint Michael's Medical Center in Newark, N.J.
They are both regular contributors to Fox 5 News and they can be seen delivering the medical headlines during the 5 p.m. broadcast. There they discuss up-to-the minute health information, exciting research findings, and the latest advances in health screenings and medical technology.
We had so much fun making this episode since they are incredibly funny and also down to earth doctors! The best MD duo you can find... after us of course. In this episode we delve into the field of infectious disease and nephrology as well as, why they got into it. There are so many fields in medicine and it's nice to get some feedback from people in different specialties. They are based out of the East Coast which we love because you know we're also from there.
They met each other in the hospital and started to get into the media world to promote medical information and also have another outlet aside from medicine alone. Which by the way, if you didn't know this already we live in a world where we have to dabble beyond our respective fields. They have done cool features in the media world like getting to meet various athletes, meeting with Miss New Jersey and a bunch of other inspirational people.
The takeaways from this episode?
1. Avoid burnout.. Burnout in general is a big thing right now with all the stressors in life but for us physician burnout is a HUUUUGE issue. Wellness is so important and we try to promote it as much as possible.
2. Keeping up with the times and keeping it fun! It's so important to educate the public about a bunch of different medical and non medical issues that spring up. People are more likely to take information in if it is interesting. We get it, it's the same thing for us as well.
3. Laugh it off.. I know we are all professionals but at the same time if you're not approachable you won't make these connections. At the end of the day being yourself and authentic is key in whatever field you're in.
4. Be educated! With all the information out there there is no excuse. On the other spectrum, if you think you have something make sure you take care of yourself and seek medical attention because, even though we all have access to Google that does not mean you can diagnose yourself. We went through so many years of training to get here that we know that Google is not a good enough source but it is good to be conscious about your mind and body.
5. Nutrition & Fitness. Do we need to say more? We've talked about this before. Keep a well- balanced diet and make sure you add exercise into your routine. Today, with all these diets available you can find what works for you (expensive or not) although, we will say the Mediterranean Diet is the most studied to improve heart health.
We also discuss some Hot Topics:
Vaping and acute lung injury. Several deaths occurring at a young age due to vape induced lung injury. This does not matter on how much you vape so do yourself a favor and don't take the risk. This is VERY real. Vitamin E was found to be linked as we talked about on a previous episode as well as, THC containing vapes but this is still all developing. If you love yourself why would you do anything to harm yourself? There is nothing sexy about it, so if you want to be cool don't vape. Does that make sense? I hope so.
Vaccinations. Forever a hot topic haha. But, really please get vaccinated. We actually recorded an episode a couple of months ago that we never released which is more so a PSA but, basically all of us agree that the research has been debunked numerous times and yet we continue to think that vaccinations are bad.
Don't place your kids at risk or other kids as well as, people at risk because you believe that vaccinating causes autism. There are side effects with this as there are with everything this is the sad truth about life. But, the lives saved versus lives lost is an outstanding number and that's a fact that you cannot disprove.
Also, this concept of passive immunization is here now but it will not be present forever if this keeps going the way it's going. We agree that pharmaceutical companies are out there to make money but these vaccinations are not their biggest money maker... So please do yourself a favor and understand how important this is. (Go back and listen to our episode about the flu and maybe we will drop our PSA rant one of these days).
Side note: Throughout this episode Clenton tends to bring up his interesting relationship with the Popeyes Chicken sandwich haha. Really what is bothersome is that people are so quick to wait in lines for this sandwich which is obviously not healthy but won't get a flu shot or more generally just take care of their health. It's a great point and one we don't think about often but, I will say I love the Popeyes Spicy Chicken sandwich... Regardless, you get the point..
Genetic testing! Big topic right now and we love it. If you haven't heard us discuss it go get your genetic testing if you can. There are so many preventative things you can do if you know what you may have. For example, you can find out if you're at higher risk of breast, ovarian or colon cancer.
Mental health. Another HUGE topic. Be aware, understand that it's okay and that we all suffer through things (some more than others, of course) but your physicians no matter what field they're in, they are here for you. Talk to whoever you're comfortable with as this affects people of all age groups and is such an important thing in not only your mental health but your overall body health. Mind and Body is intertwined. Treat them both the way they should be treated.
Any-who, the banter between these two during this episode was everything! We love seeing fellow physicians who have fun while changing lives! That's all for this week, don't forget to leave us feedback, rate, review, subscribe and send in your questions so we can continue to improve as well as, provide you high quality content.
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