Should I do a juice cleanse? Do I really need 8 glasses of water a day? Is it actually possible to "boost" my immune system? You’re constantly bombarded with news stories, ads, and social media posts telling you how to optimize your health—but a lot of these sources that pretend to be backed by science have another agenda. Dr. Jen Gunter is here to bust the lies you’re told—and sold—about your health, debunking some of the stickiest myths out there while helping you to understand how your body really works. Produced in partnership with Transmitter Media.
Why are people worried about vaccines and fertility?
It’s no shock that how we communicate about vaccines matters. A LOT. For example, one of the reasons some people don’t want to get vaccinated against COVID19 is because of anti-vaccine propaganda that falsely links the vaccine with infertility. Unfortunately, these kinds of myths are part of the playbook that’s been employed by anti-vaccine propagandists for… well, pretty much as long as there have been vaccines. And while this kind of targeted misinformation was predictable, powers in charge failed to take that threat seriously, and misinformation has become rampant across our communities. In this episode, Dr. Jen reviews how vaccines are developed and how they are tested for safety, including reproductive safety—and suggests strategies to address vaccine misinformation if you encounter it in the wild. For the full text transcript visit: https://go.ted.com/BSTscript14
What we need to understand about opioids
When we are in pain, we often turn to over-the-counter medications like acetaminophen. Sometimes, however, we’re prescribed opioid painkillers, and there’s a perception that this will be a more effective treatment, because opiods are the “strongest” treatment. But a lot of what we think we know about opioids is due to propaganda from pharmaceutical companies and confusing medical guidelines. In today’s episode, Dr. Jen breaks down opioids: what ARE they? What do they do in our brain, and how do they affect pain? From discussing the difference between opioid addiction and opioid dependence, to tracing the history that’s led to today’s epidemic of opioid addiction (and what we might try as a society to fix it), this episode aims to arm you with information – because we all deserve access to responsible pain treatment.
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Do I really have a food allergy?
These days it can feel like anyone can be allergic to anything– with sensitivities ranging from common allergies to certain foods and animals to more unusual things, like semen or the chemicals used to treat leather. But is that true–ARE we becoming more allergic to things? What IS an allergy anyway and what are things that simply mimic an allergic reaction? Can you have a temporary allergy, and do we ever develop them later in life? In this episode, Dr. Jen explores theories of how allergies evolved and shares how to get tested – legitimately – to see if you really have one. For the full text transcript visit: https://go.ted.com/BSTscript13
You shouldn't have to choose between filling your prescriptions and paying bills | Kiah Williams
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And today, we’re sharing an episode of TED Health, another podcast in the TED Audio Collective. As prescription drug costs skyrocket in the US, thousands of people are forced to forgo lifesaving medications—all while manufacturers and health care facilities systematically destroy perfectly good, surplus pills. Kiah Williams shares how SIRUM—a nonprofit that delivers unused medications to families who need them most—plans to drive down prescription prices by recycling almost a billion dollars’ worth of medications in the next five years. After the talk, hear from radiation oncologist Dr. Fumiko Chino, in conversation with TED Health host Dr. Shoshana Ungerleider, on her heartfelt and tireless work investigating the high cost of medical care. If you like the episode, you can find more episodes of TED Health by following the show wherever you’re listening to this.
It might surprise you to know that if you’re a healthy human, you have yeast living in your body (and if you’ve had a delicious slice of bread or mouthwatering glass of wine, you also have fungi to thank for that). But what DOES yeast do for human health–and at what point does yeast become a problem? How much yeast is too much? And what treatments are appropriate for things like yeast infections? In today’s episode, Dr. Jen takes a look at the science to answer these questions and more, and gives us guidance on how to approach the fungus in –and among– us. https://go.ted.com/BSTscript12
Got Yeast? episode
Holy cow! Thank you for this show AND especially this episode! I battled for years in my 20/30s with yeast infections, trying everything under the sun. Finally tried Fluconazol, and it worked! until I started having serious allergic reactions to it. Wah wahhhhh.
At any rate, thank you! Now back to the episode:)
Interesting & Informative
Thanks so much for taking the time to cut through all the bull$#^t out there! I find the information presented both informative and reassuring.
Speed Up Metabolism
Absolutely love the show Dr J!
Still a bit confused about your last show on metabolism and the like. If we burn the same amount of calories every day and exercise doesn’t make us burn more calories, then how do we actually loose weight? Is it only when we eat less than our daily loss?
Thanks for the great show!