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Vaping, dieting, seeing a chiropractor, taking omega-3 supplements… so many decisions to make, so much misinformation. Dr. Christopher Labos and Jonathan Jarry look at the body of evidence on these topics to tell you what’s solid, what’s iffy… and what’s crapola. The jingles, comedy, and bickering help the medicine go down.

The Body of Evidence Dr. Christopher Labos and Jonathan Jarry

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Vaping, dieting, seeing a chiropractor, taking omega-3 supplements… so many decisions to make, so much misinformation. Dr. Christopher Labos and Jonathan Jarry look at the body of evidence on these topics to tell you what’s solid, what’s iffy… and what’s crapola. The jingles, comedy, and bickering help the medicine go down.

    Interview - Ivan Oransky on Scientific Papers

    Interview - Ivan Oransky on Scientific Papers

    Chris and Jonathan interview Dr. Ivan Oransky, the co-founder of Retraction Watch which tracks retractions of scientific papers. They discuss how papers get published, how they get retracted, and what a better system might look like.
     
    1:29 How scientific papers get published
    3:44 Journals are businesses with a bizarre business model
    13:52 No more COVID-related retractions than expected
    17:10 Science by press release in part to prevent insider trading
    20:04 Jade amulets against COVID-19
    26:33 Zombie papers
    30:43 A dramatic increase in retractions but they are still rare
    36:50 Why are mistakes caught after publication?
    42:20 Going to science heaven
     
     
    * Theme music: “Fall of the Ocean Queen“ by Joseph Hackl.
     
    To contribute to The Body of Evidence, go to our Patreon page at: http://www.patreon.com/thebodyofevidence/.
     
    Patrons get a bonus show on Patreon called “Digressions”! Check it out!
     
     
    Links:
    1) The Retraction Watch website: https://retractionwatch.com/
    2) Retraction Watch on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RetractionWatch
    3) Ivan Oransky on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ivanoransky
    4) The Retraction Watch newsletter: https://us12.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=4f35c1f2e9acc58eee0811e78&id=a15d7de264
    5) Jonathan’s article on the jade amulet: https://www.mcgill.ca/oss/article/covid-19-critical-thinking-pseudoscience/paper-argues-amulet-may-protect-covid-should-it-have-been-published
    6) Retraction Watch’s original article on the jade amulet: https://retractionwatch.com/2020/10/29/amulets-may-prevent-covid-19-says-a-paper-in-elsevier-journal-they-dont/
    7) The jade amulet paper’s retraction notice: https://retractionwatch.com/2020/11/16/co-authors-of-paper-on-covid-19-and-jade-amulets-blames-the-online-press-and-social-media-for-misinterpretation-in-retraction-letter/
    8) The Surgisphere retractions: https://retractionwatch.com/2020/06/04/lancet-retracts-controversial-hydroxychloroquine-study/

    • 48 min
    065 - Diabetes and Masks

    065 - Diabetes and Masks

    Diabetes: different types and what to do about them // Mask misinformation // To bank or not to bank your newborn’s cord blood
     
    * Jingle by Jillian Correia of Roctavio Canada
    * Theme music: “Fall of the Ocean Queen“ by Joseph Hackl.
    * Assistant researcher: Nicholas Koziris
     
    To contribute to The Body of Evidence, go to our Patreon page at: http://www.patreon.com/thebodyofevidence/
     
    Patrons get a bonus show on Patreon called “Digressions”! Check it out!
     
     
    References:
     
    1) The DiRECT Study: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(17)33102-1/fulltext
     
    2) The DiRECT Study, Two-Year Follow-Up: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/landia/article/PIIS2213-8587(19)30068-3/fulltext
     
    3) 2017 JAMA study on lifestyle interventions: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2648632
     
    4) LABS study on bariatric surgery: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamasurgery/fullarticle/2664662
     
     
    Music Credits:
     
    Cinema Blockbuster Trailer 14 by Sascha Ende
    Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/4662-cinema-blockbuster-trailer-14
    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

    • 54 min
    Interview - Brennen McKenzie on Pets

    Interview - Brennen McKenzie on Pets

    Jonathan and Chris interview Dr. Brennen McKenzie, an evidence-based veterinarian who runs the “SkeptVet” blog. They separate what we know, what we don’t know, and what we think we know when it comes to pet care and address the pseudosciences of the animal world.
     
    2:24 Evidence-based veterinary medicine
    4:49 Extrapolating from human clinical trials
    7:31 Do vets change their mind?
    10:07 Acupuncture, homeopathy and chiropractic in the animal world
    14:34 Pets and vaccines
    17:25 A very special guest appearance
    18:00 How to talk to vaccine hesitant pet owners
    20:45 The cost of veterinary care
    23:11 Placebos
    27:52 Raw food diets
    32:04 The word “zoopharmacognosy”
    32:52 What should dogs and cats eat
    37:57 What should dogs and cats NOT eat
    40:28 CBD supplements
    42:51 Declawing cats
    44:17 Inside cat or outside cat
    46:02 Supplements to change urine pH
    46:40 Feline injection-site sarcomas
    48:28 Omega-3s
    48:49 Glucosamine
    49:23 Cranberry supplements
    50:35 New pet parents, take it all with a grain of salt
    52:22 The shocking truth about pure breeds
     
     
    * Theme music: “Fall of the Ocean Queen“ by Joseph Hackl.
     
    To contribute to The Body of Evidence, go to our Patreon page at: http://www.patreon.com/thebodyofevidence/.
     
    Patrons get a bonus show on Patreon called “Digressions”! Check it out!
     
     
    Links:
    1) Brennen’s website: https://skeptvet.com/Blog/
    2) Brennen on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SkeptVet
    3) Brennen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/SkeptVet
    4) Brennen’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvb8ihBYdSXq_DML1Y6CfbQ
    5) Brennen’s book, Placebos for Pets: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51866692-placebos-for-pets

    • 56 min
    064 - Breastfeeding and Vaccine Placebos

    064 - Breastfeeding and Vaccine Placebos

    Breastfeeding: its history, the quality of the evidence for it, and the alleged benefits to the baby and to the mother // Placebos in vaccine trials // Are we overreacting to COVID?
     
    * Jingle by Joseph Hackl
    * Theme music: “Fall of the Ocean Queen“ by Joseph Hackl.
     
    To contribute to The Body of Evidence, go to our Patreon page at: http://www.patreon.com/thebodyofevidence/.
     
    Patrons get a bonus show on Patreon called “Digressions”! Check it out!
     
     
    References:
     
    1) Breast feeding rates according to the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/data/reportcard.htm
     
    2) Historical trends in breastfeeding: https://academic.oup.com/jn/article/131/2/421S/4686960
     
    3) Breastfeeding for pain control: https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/122/3/e716.long, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/12511452/ and https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/11927701/
     
    4) Cochrane review on skin-to-skin care: https://www.cochranelibrary.com/cdsr/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD008435.pub3/full
     
    5) Sucrose and warmth for analgesia: https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/135/3/e607
     
    6) Formula vs. donor breast milk for preventing NEC: https://www.cochrane.org/CD002971/NEONATAL_formula-versus-donor-breast-milk-feeding-preterm-or-low-birth-weight-infants
     
    7) WHO review on short- and long-term benefits of breastfeeding: https://apps.who.int/iris/handle/10665/95585
     
    8) Systematic review on breastfeeding practices and infant mortality: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26249674/
     
    9) Belarus study on obesity: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23483175/
     
    10) Cochrane review on optimal duration of exclusive breastfeeding: https://www.cochrane.org/CD003517/PREG_optimal-duration-of-exclusive-breastfeeding
     
    11) Jonathan’s article about placebos used in vaccine trials: https://www.mcgill.ca/oss/article/covid-19-health/placebos-used-vaccine-trials-do-not-please-everyone
     
    12) Jonathan’s article about Sweden and the pandemic: https://www.mcgill.ca/oss/article/covid-19-health/which-sweden-do-you-want-believe
     
     
    Music Credits:
     
    Amazing Plan by Kevin MacLeod
    Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/3358-amazing-plan
    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
     
    Harmony  by DreamHeaven
    Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6497-harmony-
    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Interview - Jen Novakovich on Beauty Products

    Interview - Jen Novakovich on Beauty Products

    Chris and Jonathan interview Jen Novakovich, a science communicator and cosmetic chemist, on everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the safety and efficacy of cosmetics and over-the-counter beauty products… and the drivel you need to be warned against.
     
    2:03 Jen’s career path
    4:20 Reversing the signs of aging
    7:21 How much should you pay for a moisturizer?
    9:37 The regulation of therapeutic claims
    13:02 Topical vitamin C or niacinamide?
    15:24 Hyaluronic acid or glycerin
    16:55 Snail mucin
    18:26 Coenzyme Q10
    19:32 Tea extract
    20:30 Collagen
    21:09 Sunscreen and its detractors
    25:15 It’s the dose that makes the poison
    27:00 How sensitization can lead to skin allergy
    31:28 Exfoliants
    35:56 The issues with the clean beauty movement
    38:00 Animal testing
    42:10 When should you throw out makeup?
    45:21 Lipsticks and sunscreen
    46:48 Can lip balm cause a dependence?
    51:20 The new hand sanitizers
    53:26 Toxic sanitizers recalled
     
     
    * Theme music: “Fall of the Ocean Queen“ by Joseph Hackl.
     
    To contribute to The Body of Evidence, go to our Patreon page at: http://www.patreon.com/thebodyofevidence/.
     
    Patrons get a bonus show on Patreon called “Digressions”! Check it out!
     
     
    Links:
    1) Jen Novakovich’s Instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/theecowell/
    2) Jen Novakovich’s podcast: https://www.theecowell.com/
    3) Hand sanitizers recalled by Health Canada: https://healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/hc-sc/2020/73385a-eng.php#affected-touches

    • 1 hr 1 min
    063 - Stomach Ulcers and COVID-19

    063 - Stomach Ulcers and COVID-19

    Stomach ulcers: what causes them, what doesn’t, why they’re like ninjas, the usefulness of cameras, and how to treat them without resorting to surgery // the debate over airborne transmission of the novel coronavirus and how the virus affects children // COVID-19’s impact on blood vessels and what’s happening with “long haulers” // A word about Plandemic: InDoctorNation
     
    * Jingle by Jillian Correia of Roctavio Canada
    * Theme music: “Fall of the Ocean Queen“ by Joseph Hackl.
     
    To contribute to The Body of Evidence, go to our Patreon page at: http://www.patreon.com/thebodyofevidence/.
     
    Patrons get a bonus show on Patreon called “Digressions”! Check it out!
     
     
    References:
     
    1) Ed Yong’s article on COVID-19 long haulers: https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/08/long-haulers-covid-19-recognition-support-groups-symptoms/615382/
     
    2) Jonathan’s article on coronavirus patent disinformation: https://www.mcgill.ca/oss/article/covid-19-pseudoscience/patently-false-disinformation-over-coronavirus-patents
     
     
    Music Credits:
     
    Sings In The Fields  by Rafael Krux
    Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/5302-sings-in-the-fields-
    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
     
    Cursed Intro  by Rafael Krux
    Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/5624-cursed-intro-
    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
     
    Countdown by Alexander Nakarada
    Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/4865-countdown
    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
     
    Time Is Now by Sascha Ende
    Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/395-time-is-now
    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

    • 59 min

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