Sawbones: A Marital Tour of Misguided Medicine

The market is flooded with at-home tests that let you "take medical care into your own hands" but is that something you even want in your hands? Are they reliable? Also, is Justin really going to give up cereal?

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

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On Sawbones, we take pride in our ability to detangle medical myth from fact and give you the truth about the human body. This week on Sawbones ... things aren't so clear. You may need a stiff drink for this one ... unless your body is making them already?

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

 

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William Goldman wrote in The Princess Bride "True love is the best thing in the world, except for cough drops." This week on Sawbones, we ruin them. We're really sorry, Bill.

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

 

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Ben Franklin may not have have been a doctor, but he still had a massive impact on the medical field in his time. What were his contributions? And was he ever actually president? You'll have to listen to find out!

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

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We've all heard about the oath new doctors have to take before they get their first scalpel and weird head mirror thing. But has it always been the same? Did Hippocrates really make it up? Is "First, do no harm" part of it? We'll answer all that and more on this week's Sawbones.

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

Direct download: Sawbones294Oaths.mp3
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This week on Sawbones, Dr. Sydnee and Justin check in with National Hotel Disease, the diarrhea so bad it almost brought down a U.S. presidency.

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

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This week on Sawbones, we talk about the many, many things essential oils can't do for you and the dueling Utah-based companies that insist we're wrong.

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

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For thousands of years, throughout an unprecedented number of cultures, garlic has been touted for its ability to improve our health. How? Well, by warding off vampires, silly. ... OK, there's some other stuff too. You should probably just listen.

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

Direct download: Sawbones291Garlic.mp3
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On Sawbones, we like to take a lot of hard lines and make grand proclamations: Vaccines good, viruses bad, that sort of thing. But when it comes to vaping, things get a little ... cloudier?

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

Direct download: Sawbones290Vaping.mp3
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Water: There's plenty of it, it's not obviously poisonous and it's cheap as all get out. Maybe THAT'S the answer to all our species' medical woes? ... It's not, but if you've ever listened to Sawbones before you see where this episode (recorded live in beautiful Atlanta) is going.

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

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A vaccine that can practically eliminate a type of human cancer should be cause for celebration across our species. Would it surprise it to learn that some people don't trust it? ... Probably not at this point, huh?

This week on Sawbones: The HPV vaccine.

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

Direct download: Sawbones288HPV.mp3
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Welcome to all the owners of human bodies! You're gonna love these things, they can run, jump ... and every once in a while they uncontrollably blast snot out of your face at 100 MPH. This week on Sawbones: Sneezing.

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

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Any species could have created a bunch of bogus ways to treat fevers. But only humans could use fevers as a bogus treatment for other stuff and then end up being sort of right about it. This week on Sawbones, we're burning down the house.

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

Direct download: Sawbones286Fever.mp3
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One of the nation's leading pharmaceutical companies once maintained one of the biggest marijuana farms in the country. This week on Sawbones, how Eli Lilly lost its taste for pot, and why it refuses to acknowledge its past.

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

Direct download: Sawbones285EliLilly.mp3
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Does medicated chap stick doing anything? What are doctors hiding? Why can't you keep your bones? This week on Sawbones, Dr. Sydnee and Justin bring you answers to these questions and many more on a new Q&A episode!

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

Direct download: Sawbones284MedicalQA.mp3
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This week on Sawbones, live from the historic Ryman Auditorium, hear the patent medicine company so insidious they made Dolly Parton sing about laxatives on one of the biggest stages in country music.

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

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You're well acquainted with all of humanity's history of medical mistakes, but even modern medicine changes it's mind from time to time. This week on Sawbones, Dr. Sydnee and Justin explain what a medical reversal looks like!

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

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We all know that consuming wine has no downsides whatsoever, but did you know it also has some amazing health benefits as well?! It's true! (Depending on your definition of "benefits" ... and "health" and ... OK, and "amazing" too.

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

Direct download: Sawbones281Wine.mp3
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This week on Sawbones, we revisit a dismal period in American history that our government seems determined to repeat. Also you'll meet the heroic Japanese American doctors, nurses, dentists and other medical professionals that fought to save lives despite the fact that they themselves were prisoners.

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

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We all know it's probably smart not to eat raw pork, but this week on Sawbones, we'll meet the inspiring people brave enough to ask "Why?" (Note: We're publishing this week's episode a little early because we're headed out on tour!)

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

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This is the story of the military-funded vaccine that was, wasn't and then ($100 million later) was again.

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

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Though we have it down to a (literal) science at this point, the history of determining parentage is chock-full of fake medicine. Two words: Impotence court.

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

 

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This week on Sawbones: A real-world miracle. Justin gets to talk about video games as Dr. Sydnee explores a in-game plague that brought World of Warcraft to its knees.

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This week on Sawbones, we meet the first pharmacist in the U.S., visit the New Orleans museum that celebrates his legacy and hunt the ghosts that supposedly haunt it.

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

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This week on Sawbones, an unnerving look into the upsettingly modern invention of ingesting bleach for medicinal uses. Content warning: This episode includes descriptions of "therapies" that are being used primarily on children and other vulnerable populations.

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

Direct download: Sawbones274Bleach.mp3
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We've joked a lot about how Dr. Sydnee doesn't know much about teeth, but this week we're explaining exactly why. It all goes back ... to The Historic Rebuff.

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

Direct download: Sawbones273Rebuff.mp3
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Sure, an episode about a common blood thinner may not sound particularly sexy. But we'd bet that once you hear the inspiring story of how moldy hay became a life saving medicine (with a detour as a rat poison) you may think differently.

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

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Dr. Sydnee finally took a much belated trip to the dentists office and she and Justin are celebrating in the only way they know how: Digging through all the retched ways we've tried to fix teeth since the dawn of time.

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

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We recorded this episode of Sawbones live on the Joco Cruise 2019. (Book your cabin for 2020 now, they're filling up fast!) When confronted with the beauty of the ocean and cool island breezes, Dr. Sydnee's mind turns to the only rational place: Pinworms.

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

Direct download: Sawbones270Pinworms.mp3
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Often on Sawbones, we talk about pushers of false cures as if snake oil is a relic of a bygone era. This week on a special MaxFunDrive episode of Sawbones, a reminder that snake oil salespeople are just a present as ever.

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Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

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This week on Sawbones to celebrate the Maximum Fun Drive we've got a special crossover episode with Shmanners! Let's talk about broken heart syndrome (which is exactly what we'll have if you don't donate!)

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Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

Direct download: Sawbones268BrokenHeart.mp3
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Did you know that Alabama has been the home of some huge medical milestones? It's true! Join us as we share the inspirational, hilarious and terrifying medical legends of The Yellowhammer State.

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

Direct download: Sawbones267Alabama.mp3
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Today, we're honoring the memory of Luke Perry who passed away this week after a stroke. We'll be talking about the history of strokes, but more importantly teach you how to help prevent them and how to spot them when they happen.

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

Direct download: Sawbones266Stroke.mp3
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This week on Sawbones we complete our three-part series on the MMR vaccine as we make you an honorary Rubella Fighter.

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

Direct download: Sawbones265Rubella.mp3
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Everybody loves harnessing the power of reflexology, but what if you want all the great, totally real, not at all fabricated benefits of reflexology, but don't wanna touch people's feet? Friends, auriculotherapy is here for you. ... You're OK with touching ears, right?

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

Direct download: Sawbones264Auriculotherapy.mp3
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This week on Sawbones we return to the MMR vaccine, specifically the "mumps" part. We'll also meet the brilliant mind behind the vaccine and the tragic reason he never gets the credit he's due.

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

Direct download: Sawbones263Mumps.mp3
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Besides being a king of football and all around touchdown master, did you know Tom Brady endorses a training and nutrition regimen co-created by a guy who got in trouble with the FTC for selling fake cancer pills? Let's talk about TB12.

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

Direct download: Sawbones262TomBrady.mp3
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This week on Sawbones, we'll meet a San Francisco doctor that reimagined how we care for people with drug addiction and got a hit put out on himself in the process.

 

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

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Imagine a world where Sawbones never existed, medical progress was halted and false wellness ran rampant. That's the horrifying world painted by a recent issue of The Times that Dr. Sydnee and Justin are going to guide you through this week.

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

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As shelves seem to be overtaken by "pH-balanced" beverages, alkaline water has moved from the fringes into the mainstream. This week on Sawbones, Dr. Sydnee and Justin see if every human malady really can be fixed by low-pH water. (Spoiler: No.)

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

Direct download: Sawbones259AlkalineWater.mp3
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Gripe water and colic are a match made in Sawbones heaven: A cure-all and a catch all. This week, we'll explore the history of how a misunderstood diagnosis has helped keep a made-up medicine on the shelves.

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

Direct download: Sawbones258Colic.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:03pm EST

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