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Sawbones: A Marital Tour of Misguided Medicine

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Sawbones: A Marital Tour of Misguided Medicine

Join Dr. Sydnee McElroy and her husband Justin McElroy for a tour of all the dumb, bad, gross, weird and wrong ways we've tried to fix people.

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Recent Episodes of Sawbones: A Marital Tour of Misguided Medicine


Sawbones: Willy Wonka

Sawbones: Willy Wonka

There are different versions of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory exploits, but all of them involve strange things happening to children who misbehave. But from a biological standpoint, what does that look like? Dr. Sydnee and Justin discuss the strange science going on at Wonka's factory and whether gum could possibly contain enough juice to turn someone into a blueberry. 

Note: Willy Wonka is the creation of Roald Dahl, not a good person. More information about his antisemitism available here: https://time.com/5937507/roald-dahl-anti-semitism/ 

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers https://taxpayers.bandcamp.com/

Episode 500 11 June 2024 35m and


Sawbones: Do You Know How Italian I Am?

Sawbones: Do You Know How Italian I Am?

Hot time, summer in the city, time for listener Sawbones questions! Questions like: Why is blood sticky? Why does skin itch when it grows back? Might my twin reject my organs? And should I bring my own speculum to an exam? 

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers https://taxpayers.bandcamp.com/

Episode 499 4 June 2024 42m and 33s


Sawbones: Hydrogen Water

Sawbones: Hydrogen Water

Dr. Sydnee has ruined her TikTok algorithm for the listeners once again and came across something called "Hydrogen Water." Similar to alkaline water, hydrogen water goes through an ionization process that leaves it with excess hydrogen molecules. But . . . is it better than regular water? Probably not.

 

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers https://taxpayers.bandcamp.com/

Episode 498 21 May 2024 39m and 8s


Sawbones: Plexus

Sawbones: Plexus

In a collaboration of medical fads and brands, Dr. Sydnee and Justin dive into the confusing MLM called Plexus. The company started as a seller of the Breast Chek [sic] Kit but has since branched out into wellness and weight management products that it encourages its Ambassadors to recruit others to sell. 

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers https://taxpayers.bandcamp.com/

Episode 497 7 May 2024 44m and 43s


Sawbones: Vampire Facials

Sawbones: Vampire Facials

You may have seen some celebrities or influencers on social media getting something called a Vampire Facial. It's exactly what it sounds like: blood spread on the face like a cream mask. But why would anyone do this unless it's supposed to do something for the skin? Dr. Sydnee and Justin draw out where this trend came from and its questionable benefits.

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers https://taxpayers.bandcamp.com/

Episode 496 30 April 2024 38m and 59s


Sawbones: CPR

Sawbones: CPR

Squishing someone’s heart and blowing air into them to bring them back to life seems so basic, so why weren’t we able to agree on it for the past few hundred years? This week on Sawbones, Dr. Sydnee gives an overview of the evolution of CPR which, despite what movies and TV would have you believe, isn’t quite an infinite cheat code for avoiding death.

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers https://taxpayers.bandcamp.com/

Episode 495 23 April 2024 41m and 58s


Sawbones: Lazarus Syndrome

Sawbones: Lazarus Syndrome

What if someone was declared dead . . . only for their heart to start beating again? This is a phenomenon sometimes called "Lazarus Syndrome" or "auto resuscitation after failed pulmonary resuscitation". Dr. Sydnee and Justin discuss the outline of exactly what needs to occur, some possible reasons this might happen, and a few wild examples. 

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers https://taxpayers.bandcamp.com/

Episode 494 16 April 2024 39m and 41s


Sawbones: Sea Moss

Sawbones: Sea Moss

Another day, another fad superfood on social media! Sea moss, or carrageenan or Irish moss, has historically been used for ulcers and sore throats, but does it actually have any proven medical use? Well, no, but it’s probably a good vegan substitute for gelatin. 

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers https://taxpayers.bandcamp.com/

Episode 493 9 April 2024 40m and 36s


Sawbones: Interpreting Research

Sawbones: Interpreting Research

With so much medical research out there on internet, how can you sort through what's based in science and what's just three people in a room? Dr. Sydnee discusses the all the different factors to think about when deciding how much weight to give any article or study. There's a lot! 

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers https://taxpayers.bandcamp.com/

Episode 492 4 April 2024 41m and 49s


Sawbones: Gamer Pills

Sawbones: Gamer Pills

If you want to Get Good at video games quickly, are there any magic pills you can take? Well, there are people trying to sell them to you. Justin and Dr. Sydnee look at some supplements that claim to give gamers better focus and more energy, none of which are doctor-approved. 

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers https://taxpayers.bandcamp.com/

Episode 491 28 March 2024 51m and 13s

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