The Back Story Podcast

The Back Center

The Back Story is your source for the latest in health, wellness and medical care for you and your entire family.Dr. Jaspal Ricky Singh M.D. and the world-renowned physicians at Weill Cornell Medicine, join forces with an expanded network of experts to bring in-depth conversations covering medical research, trending topics and wellness.

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Episode 13: Fad Diets and Emotional Eating

Janet Lau, Certified Registered Dietician and Nutritionist and Certified Holistic Health Coach joins us for a discussion on dieting and the impact the food that we choose to eat has on our body.

This episode explores: (4:30) how we think about diets and the science behind intermittent fasting, (9:01) food as fuel for your brain and quality vs. quantity of food, (12:31) the connection between diet and inflammation, and (15:39) the year of 100 Egg McMuffins and the threat of processed foods.

Learn more about the Weill Cornell Medicine’s Integrative Health and Wellbeing here: or by calling 646-697-9358.

Episode 12: Innovations in Spinal Cord Stimulation

We welcome Dr. Neel Mehta, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Director of Pain Management at Weill Cornell Medicine, as well as Co-Director of the Weill Cornell Center for Comprehensive Spine Care. Dr. Mehta specializes in interventional pain management with a focus on minimally invasive therapies and this episode focuses on how spinal cord stimulation is used as a method of pain management.

We cover: (3:03) how spinal cord stimulators work and how to determine if you’re a good candidate, (10:20) how this can help those with gastrointestinal motility and gastroparesis or the sensation that food is stuck in your esophagus, (12:18) how it could be helpful for those with diabetes, (14:45) the functional improvements spinal cord stimulation can provide, improving quality life, as well as the limitations of the treatment, and (18:00) why the treatment is an alternative to opioid use.

Learn more about Dr. Mehta here:

Episode 11: Concussion and Brain Injuries

We cover the frightening realities of concussions with Dr. Nitin Sethi, Associate Professor of Neurology at Weill Cornell Medicine. Dr. Sethi, who specializes in epilepsy, concussion and traumatic brain injury, is also the Chief Medical Officer of the New York State Athletic Commission, and a Certified Ringside Physician.

This episode focuses on: (1:17) how a neurologist becomes a ring-side physician for boxing and the UFC, (7:50) CTE and who is at risk, (16:03) how brain injuries are treated and what to do if you have a concussion, (23:05) what athletes and the sports world needs to know about concussions, and (29:12) what’s on the horizon for the science of concussions.

Learn more about Dr. Sethi here:

Episode 10: Cracking the COVID Code

We welcome Trip Gulick, Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Infectious Disease at Weill Cornell Medicine, for a discussion on all things COVID-19. We cover:

(1:32) Why COVID-19 spreads so quickly and what sets this apart from other viruses, (5:20) what we know about COVID-19 that we didn’t know at the start of the pandemic, (7:43) health inequities and social factors that create groups at greater risk to COVID-19, (14:50) what’s next when it comes to COVID-19 and understanding vaccines, and (20:56) why flu shots and a COVID-19 vaccine are different.

Learn more about Dr. Gulick here:

Episode 9: Food is Medicine

How can we be more mindful about what we eat over the holidays and throughout the year? We chat with Jackie Topol, a Registered Dietician, Culinary Nutritionist, and Specialist in Integrative and Functional Nutrition about: (1:17) LEAP (Lifestyle Eating And Performance) Therapy and how it affects our immune system, (4:42) the benefits and composition of an anti-inflammatory diet, (6:19) emotional eating and its impact during the holidays, (9:34) strategies to avoid gaining weight over the holidays and the importance of breakfast, (11:56) tips for small alterations to some of your favorite holiday dishes to make them healthier and (17:09) foods to avoid over the holidays. 

Learn more about Jackie at

Episode 8: Pelvic Pain and Treating Sexual Dysfunction

We focus on the often overlooked issue of pelvic pain with Dr. Sonia Bahlani, a specialist in urological and gynecological pelvic pain disorders, founder of Pelvic Pain Doc in New York City and assistant professor of urology and gynecology at Hofstra Medical Center. 

Dr. Singh and Dr. Bahlani cover (2:45) what pelvic pain is, (4:52) what female sexual dysfunction is and how it’s both treated and identified, (8:19) treating pain in the lower vaginal area (vulvodynia), and (16:31) how diet can impact pelvic pain. 

Learn more about Dr. Bahlani at

Episode 7: Mental Well-Being: Becoming Self Aware and Mindful

We welcome Dr. Robert Allan, a clinical psychologist specializing in stress, anger management and pain medicine. Dr. Allan is a clinical assistant professor of psychology in medicine and a psychologist for the Weill Cornell Center for Comprehensive Spine Care and provides his expertise when it comes to:
(2:08) the impact of stress on our physical and mental health, (6:40) coping and dealing with pain and why your pain might feel worse at night, (15:40) cognitive behavioral therapy and how your thoughts can impact how you feel, (21:10) a breathing exercise to improve mindfulness, and (24:45) anger management and quieting impulses.

Learn more about Dr. Allan at

Episode 6: The Obesity Crisis and the Science of Weight Loss

Obesity is a major health crisis, resulting in conditions such as hypertension, diabetes and obstructive sleep apnea. Obesity impacts 2 out of every 3 Americans. We welcome Dr. Rekha Kumar, Specialist in Endocrinology and Obesity at Weill Cornell Medicine. Dr. Singh and Dr. Kumar cover (4:43) what you should know when it comes to dieting and which diets are more effective, (9:10) why the quality of calories matters and understanding your body’s “thermostat”, and when it comes to (18:17) diet vs. exercise vs. genetics: which is most important for weight loss?

Learn more about Dr. Kumar

Episode 5: Breaking the Stigma: Understanding Medical Marijuana 

As legislation decriminalizing marijuana becomes more popular, we explore how medical marijuana is being used to help treat patients.

Dr. Josh Weaver, Physician and Assistant Professor of Neurology at NewYork Presbyterian  Weill Cornell Medical Center, guides us through what we currently know about medical marijuana, as well as the role of CBD and THC.

You can call 646-962-9776 to schedule an appointment. 

Episode 4: The Air Up There: Tips on Nasal Health Harnessing 

Sinusitis can cause inflammation in your nose, sinuses and throat. The swelling can often interfere with your ability to exercise and has an impact on your fitness.  We sit down with our very own otolaryngologist (Ear Nose Throat surgeon), Dr. Aaron Pearlman, Associate Professor of Clinical Otorhinolaryngology at Weill Cornell Medicine.

Dr. Pearlman is also an attending rhinologist at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center and a consultant at the Hospital for Special Surgery.  He discusses signs and symptoms of acute and chronic sinusitis and strategies on how to maintain a healthy nasal passage. Optimizing your breathing can lead to improved exercise capacity which can improve your quality of life and wellness. 

You can contact The Weill Cornell Medicine Department of Otolaryngology or calling 646-962-3681.

You can follow Dr. Pearlman on Instagram and on Twitter

Episode 3: Harnessing Your Body’s Healing Potential:  Exploring Regenerative Medicine

How are regenerative medicine and stem cells being used to optimize healing?  Dr. Alfred Gellhorn, Associate Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine and Medical Director of Sports Medicine, explains the latest innovations with stem cell therapy and also the shortcomings.

Click to contact Weill Cornell Rehabilitation Medicine


calling 212-746-1500. 

Episode 2: Wellness is Everybody’s Business: A Talk on Integrative Health 

We explore the role of the integrative approach to medicine with Dr. Alka Gupta, Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Integrative Health and Wellbeing Center at NewYork-Presbyterian. Dr. Gupta delves into non-traditional and unique treatments such as acupuncture, massage and yoga, and explains the role these treatments play in improving a patient’s physical, mental and spiritual well being. 

You can contact the Integrative Health and Wellbeing Center at NewYork-Presbyterian by visiting Integrative Health


calling 1-646-NYP-WELL (1-646-697-9355). 

Episode 1: Trading Places: When A Spine Surgeon Becomes The Patient

In our premiere episode, we welcome Dr. Roger Härtl, a Professor of Neurological Surgery at Weill Cornell Medicine and Director of Spinal Surgery at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center as he gains a new perspective after undergoing spine surgery. Dr. Härtl details the events that led to him having back surgery and also explains how minimally invasive surgery benefits today’s patients.

You can contact the Weill Cornell Medicine Center for Comprehensive Spine Care by visiting or calling 877-509-3580.

Dr. Härtl’s Spine Time webinars can be viewed on Youtube

Episode 0: Trailer

A preview of ‘The Back Story’, your source for the latest in health, wellness and medical care for you and your entire family. Dr. Jaspal Ricky Singh M.D. and the world-renowned physicians at Weill Cornell Medicine, join forces with an expanded network of experts to bring in-depth conversations covering medical research, trending topics and wellness. Our podcast is a trusted source of information for medical care, combined with real patient experiences and the latest breakthroughs in medicine.



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