31 episodes

A surgeon and a biostatistician take on the Wellness Industry (and others).

Jeremy's Iron Justin Z and Justin B

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A surgeon and a biostatistician take on the Wellness Industry (and others).

    Ep 31: Are masks actually protecting us from the virus??

    Ep 31: Are masks actually protecting us from the virus??

    In the very last Jeremy's Iron (before a long overdue name change), we discuss the effectiveness of facemasks in protecting us from the virus.


    We also discuss:



    Should "the arts" be prioritised in the economic rescue?
    How do we value a 75-year old's life?
    What is David Icke's malfunction?


    Next episode will be the first under our new podcast name: Pseudo.


    Where pseudoscience be, Pseudo go.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Ep 30: Should I drink my own urine?

    Ep 30: Should I drink my own urine?

    It's more common than you think. From Rome to Russia, Africa and India.... no culture appears immune to the appeal of the golden elixir. We follow the stream from ancient ritual to instagram craze.

    • 51 min
    Ep 29: Healing crystals

    Ep 29: Healing crystals

    What are crystals and why are we obsessed with them?
    Perhaps more importantly, where do they come from and which poor child dug them out of a dusty mine in Madagascar?
    We investigate the science behind crystals, how they are being marketed and the dark side of the mining industry that produces them.


    Also in this episode:



    Six degrees of Hungarian mathematician Paul Erdos.
    Megxit
    Shakira's lyricism

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Ep 28: What is the gut-brain axis? Also: what happens in drummers' brains?

    Ep 28: What is the gut-brain axis? Also: what happens in drummers' brains?

    The "gut-brain axis" is making its way from kooky alternative theory to routine medical treatments.
    We go exploring! We also discuss how drumming re-wires your brain.


    Also in this episode:
    How can we quantify how smoky Sydney is?
    Will Justin Z accept Justin B's kind offer of a poop transplant?
    Would you allow your child to learn the drums with the knowledge that it necessarily increases the chance of them drumming in a cover band?

    • 56 min
    Ep 27: Mercury in Retrograde! Jeremy's Iron FREAKOUT!

    Ep 27: Mercury in Retrograde! Jeremy's Iron FREAKOUT!

    For three weeks in November, the planet Mercury started moving backwards and alot of people went batsh%t crazy. Jeremy's Iron investigates! Also: Can bacteria talk to each other??


    PLUS: Justin B obsesses over horoscopes while Justin Z wonders why he can't sing inside a church and why single people don't get to have singledom ceremonies. It's a water-tight show, really.


    REFERENCES:
    Julia C. van Kessel. PQS Signaling for More than a Quorum: the Collective Stress Response Protects Healthy Pseudomonas aeruginosa Populations. Journal of Bacteriology, 2019; 201 (23) DOI: 10.1128/JB.00568-19

    • 54 min
    HALLOWEEN SPECIAL! Jeremy's Iron are.... (Very Bad) Very Bad Wizards!

    HALLOWEEN SPECIAL! Jeremy's Iron are.... (Very Bad) Very Bad Wizards!

    In the Halloween tradition, we take on the personae of Tamler and Dave from Very Bad Wizards and do our own version of their Epsiode 174: More Chiang for Your Buck. It's like a cover version. For podcasts.


    In this episode we discuss:



    The Joker (film)
    Are morally virtuous people less funny (scientific paper)
    The multiverse and "Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom" (short story)


    Very Bad Wizards is a podcast about science and research and ethics. It's also about Peez's beats. We do all these things (and more) in an attempt to become our podcast heroes for one hour.


    Why? Halloween.

    • 52 min

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