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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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    • 4.7, 34 Ratings

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.

    Special - Blood

    Special - Blood

    Guest host Morgan Sweeney asks Chris and Jonathan about blood! You will learn that blood is not a magical elixir but rather “water and stuff.” Featuring references to Archer, The Simpsons, Ryan George, and a recurring digression into Stephen King’s work, for some reason. After discussing King’s IT, it’s becoming obvious that The Body of Evidence is no longer a family-friendly show.
     
    1:38 Why blood?
    3:35 Handling blood is fine but this other bodily fluid?
    5:12 Blood transfusions are not always blood transfusions
    13:37 The theory behind why women have fewer heart attacks
    14:46 Blood is transport
    16:07 Where’s the DNA?
    19:10 Chris’ medical license gets revoked
    22:51 Criteria for donating blood
    28:00 HIV and blood donations
    34:02 The bad incentives of blood money
    38:26 Chris’ kitchen blood drive
    40:30 Stephen King’s The Dead Zone
    43:47 The Shining traumatized Jonathan
    44:46 It ends with children, uh, having a….
    49:30 Blood: keep it on the inside
     
    To contribute to The Body of Evidence, go to our Patreon page at: http://www.patreon.com/thebodyofevidence/.
     
    Links
     
    1) Morgan’s podcast, Magic of the Mind: http://magicofthemind.ca/
    2) Canadian Blood Services: https://www.blood.ca/en
    3) Ryan George’s Pitch Meeting for IT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dw4u2A9F4g
     
     
    Music Credits
     
    Theme music: "Troll of the Mountain Swing" by the Underscore Orkestra.

    • 55 min
    Interview - Elisabeth Bik, Science Detective

    Interview - Elisabeth Bik, Science Detective

    Jonathan and Chris interview Dr. Elisabeth Bik, a science detective who has dedicated herself to identifying and reporting image duplications in the scientific literature that can be due to errors… or to fraud. This interview is part of a continuing series on bad science, including the special “Science Is a Human Enterprise” (part 1 and part 2) and the interview with Dr. Brian Nosek.
     
    1:16 How Dr. Bik became a science detective
    3:28 Duplications
    10:43 Music or no music?
    11:10 Screening 20,000 papers for duplications
    16:38 Speed versus accuracy in the age of COVID
    17:41 The failures of peer review
    21:37 Dr. Bik’s frustration
    24:55 Justice League versus Paper Mill
    34:33 Make a wish for a healthier science
    39:27 Dr. Bik’s drinking game
    43:02 How fraudsters may cheat automation in the future
    46:05 Will the cockroaches scare the public?
     
    * Theme music: "Troll of the Mountain Swing" by the Underscore Orkestra.
     
    To contribute to The Body of Evidence, go to our Patreon page at: http://www.patreon.com/thebodyofevidence/.
     
     
    Links:
    1) Dr. Bik’s paper on screening 20,000 articles for duplications: https://mbio.asm.org/content/7/3/e00809-16
    2) Dr. Bik on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MicrobiomDigest
    3) Dr. Bik’s website: https://scienceintegritydigest.com/
    4) PubPeer: https://pubpeer.com/

    • 53 min
    062 - Infertility and RNA Vaccines

    062 - Infertility and RNA Vaccines

    Infertility: why we’re having fewer babies, sperm counts, myths and facts, the blame game, and infertility treatments // RNA vaccines // COVID-19 mega-update: convalescent plasma, chloroquine, remdesivir, blood vessel disease hypothesis, children with Kawasaki-like complication, antibody tests, and face shields.
     
    * Jingle by Joseph Hackl
    * Theme music: "Troll of the Mountain Swing" by the Underscore Orkestra.
     
    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) Prevalence of infertility according to the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nsfg/key_statistics/i.htm#impaired
     
    2) Age and female fertility: https://www.acog.org/clinical/clinical-guidance/committee-opinion/articles/2014/03/female-age-related-fertility-decline
     
    3) Causes of infertility: https://www.bmj.com/content/291/6510/1693
     
    4) Declining sperm counts: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28981654/
     
    5) Boxers versus briefs: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30102388/
     
    6) Laptops and sperm counts: https://academic.oup.com/humrep/article/20/2/452/603276
     
    7) Stress and infertility: https://www.bmj.com/content/342/bmj.d223
     
    8) Zinc for infertility: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/2758450
     
    9) Success rates of IVF: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30032255/
     
    10) Add-on therapies for IVF: https://bit.ly/2NmAx3C
     
    11) Convalescent plasma randomized trial: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2766943
     
    12) The on-going Canadian trial for convalescent plasma against COVID-19: https://www.blood.ca/en/convalescentplasma
     
    13) The Guardian investigation into the Surgisphere chloroquine paper: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jun/03/covid-19-surgisphere-who-world-health-organization-hydroxychloroquine
     
    14) The latest preliminary report on remdesivir: https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa2007764
     
    15) The Elemental blog post on the blood disease hypothesis: https://elemental.medium.com/coronavirus-may-be-a-blood-vessel-disease-which-explains-everything-2c4032481ab2
     
    16) The Lancet’s review and meta-analysis of face shields for SARS and MERS: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)31142-9/fulltext
     
     
    Music Credits:
     
    Blockbuster 2  by Rafael Krux
    Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/5618-blockbuster-2-
    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
     
    Dawn Of The Apocalypse  by Rafael Krux
    Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/5627-dawn-of-the-apocalypse-
    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
     
    End Of Days  by Rafael Krux
    Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/5405-end-of-days-
    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Interview - Brooke Binkowski on Social Media and Journalism

    Interview - Brooke Binkowski on Social Media and Journalism

    Chris and Jonathan speak to Brooke Binkowski, journalist and managing editor for Truth or Fiction, about social media’s misinformation problem and why we need more journalists to figure out what’s real from what’s fake. This interview contains more political opinions than the rest of our show because of the subject matter.
     
    0:38 Brooke gets hoisted by her own petard
    3:21 Social media became a source of news
    4:02 The danger posed by Alex Jones
    6:26 Two points of view on Plandemic
    14:00 Collaborating with Facebook on fact checking
    27:23 The radicalization coalition
    34:40 Social media’s influence on newsrooms
    38:33 Brooke’s dream of reparations
    41:49 Free speech on the Internet
    45:19 How to solve the fact-checking problem
    50:40 The magical power of journalism
    54:10 The soft science hard sell
    57:18 On finding credible sources
    1:02:09 “Get it back!” But how?
     
    * Theme music: "Troll of the Mountain Swing" by the Underscore Orkestra.
     
    To contribute to The Body of Evidence, go to our Patreon page at: http://www.patreon.com/thebodyofevidence/.
     
    Big thanks to ThatMTLGuy for the microphone loan to save Chris from subpar sound quality.
     
    Links:
    1) Truth or Fiction: http://www.truthorfiction.com
    2) Brooke on Twitter: https://twitter.com/brooklynmarie
    3) Brooke on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brooke.binkowski
    4) Where that SWAT team Plandemic footage came from: https://www.truthorfiction.com/researcher-behind-retracted-paper-launches-anti-fauci-campaign/
    5) Study on the anti-vaccine movement on Facebook: http://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-020-2281-1

    • 1 hr 8 min
    061 - HIV and COVID-19 Therapies

    061 - HIV and COVID-19 Therapies

    HIV: what is it, how do you get it, and what can medicine do about it // What we have learned about chloroquine, remdesivir and convalescent plasma against COVID-19 // Sex and cigarettes, as they relate to the pandemic
     
    * Jingle by Jillian Correia of Roctavio Canada
    * Theme music: "Troll of the Mountain Swing" by the Underscore Orkestra.
     
    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!
     
    Our scientific references seem to have gotten lost in the time vortex this month, and for that we apologize. If you need clarifications or proofs, don’t hesitate to contact Chris!
     
     
    Music Credits:
     
    “February”
    by Vibe Mountain
    Available through YouTube Studio Audio Library
     
    Dantes Dream by MusicParadise
    Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/5061-dantes-dream
    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Mini-Interview - Amanda Seigler on USA vs Bleach

    Mini-Interview - Amanda Seigler on USA vs Bleach

    The United States government has filed a complaint for injunction against the main seller of a type of bleach claimed to cure people of autism, COVID-19, and cancer. Jonathan speaks to Amanda Seigler, the executive director of Fierce Autistics and Allies, to bring him up to speed.
     
    Fierce Autistics and Allies on Twitter: https://twitter.com/FierceAandA
    Fierce Autistics and Allies on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/381958535858842/
    Amanda Seigler on Twitter: https://twitter.com/fierceautie
    Amanda Seigler on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fierceadvocate/

    • 6 min

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