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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.

Sawbones: A Marital Tour of Misguided Medicine Justin McElroy, Dr. Sydnee McElroy

    • Comedy
    • 4.9 • 1.6K Ratings

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.

    Metamucil

    Metamucil

    Hank Green in 2018 joked that everyone should take Metamucil, the fiber-rich powder that is supposed to help with your BMs. But is he right? Well . . . “should” is a strong word. Dr. Sydnee goes through the history of the supplement itself, made of psyllium, as well as our understanding of fiber and its use in human nutrition. And yeah, you probably aren’t getting enough of it.

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

    • 43 min
    The Brompton Cocktail

    The Brompton Cocktail

    In the late 1800s, Dr. Herbert Snow observed cancer patients and considered that a mix of different medications might do the trick for slowing down its progress. The Brompton Cocktail, as it was called, was mostly cocaine and morphine. Though used for a long time for pain relief, the cocktail proved to have its problems – but maybe not for the reason you would think.

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

    • 35 min
    Hand Sanitizer

    Hand Sanitizer

    Around the early 1900s, it was discovered that a high percent of ethanol was useful for killing germs, and worked great if there was no available soap and water. Dr. Sydnee and Justin go through viral internet stories and odd patents to explain how we eventually landed on the hand sanitizer we know and love today. Hey, if you can, though, wash your hands.

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

    • 38 min
    Answering Your Questions About the Roe Verdict

    Answering Your Questions About the Roe Verdict

    The overturning of Roe has created an astounding number of questions and problems, and the fact is that we don’t know for sure how the landscape will change in the next few years or even months. This week, Dr. Sydnee uses the best available information to answer listener questions about what the Roe decision means for those seeking medical care related to pregnancy, including the morning after pill, vasectomies as contraception, and ectopic pregnancies.

    Addendum: There is a prescription form of emergency contraception called Ella that may be more effective in larger bodies. Speak to your primary care physician for more information.

    Resources:
    Abortion On Our Own Terms: https://abortiononourownterms.org/
    https://apiaryps.org/
    https://www.abortionfinder.org/

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

    • 45 min
    Radium Girls

    Radium Girls

    Back in 1917 radium was all the rage. The fact that it glowed made people believe it was healthy and important, so they included it in things like toothpaste, cosmetics, even water. The Radium Girls, factory workers who used radium-laced paints to detail watch faces, were among the first to indicate that it may not be as safe as we imagined. Charlie McElroy is here to tell us about their fight for workplace safety.

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

    • 39 min
    Vomiting

    Vomiting

    What’s the deal with vomiting? Justin and Dr. Sydnee meditate on the various ways we get nauseated, from smelling something gross to getting hit in a sensitive spot, and what we’ve done over the years to help alleviate it. Although sometimes kids just vomit for no reason and we can’t really help you there.

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

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

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1.6K Ratings

1.6K Ratings

AmieIRN ,

The perfect cure

Hello! I am an ER nurse struggling through the pandemic and I just found your podcast 2 days ago and I’m on episode 21 already! It’s amazing!! As anyone who works in health care knows, if you don’t laugh you’ll cry, and this podcast is going to help save me a bunch of tears!! Thank you, and keep it up!!

Stars 99 ,

Love it!

My grandfather was prescribed Brompton Cocktail towards the end of his life with cancer, as a last resort to control the pain. So glad you did this episode! And having read the book “Radium Girls”, I can say that your episode was so well done. Thank you!

Cel Marsh ,

Radium Girls

I’ve been a loooong time listener, and let me tell you the radium girls episode with Charlie was SO FUN! I vote for more Charlie and Mom episodes!

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