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Presented by two qualified and practising embalmers, Rachel Carline and Andy Floyd, The Eternal Debate Podcast covers embalming & mortuary sciences as well as other aspects of the funeral profession.

The Eternal Debate The Eternal Debate

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Presented by two qualified and practising embalmers, Rachel Carline and Andy Floyd, The Eternal Debate Podcast covers embalming & mortuary sciences as well as other aspects of the funeral profession.

    Controlling Influences? | Episode #10

    Controlling Influences? | Episode #10

    Join Rach and Andy in the second of a trilogy of episodes looking into chemicals used in embalming. Buffers, anticoagulants, surfactants and humectants are the modifying agents up for discussion!

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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Dr Jekyll & Formaldehyde | Episode #9

    Dr Jekyll & Formaldehyde | Episode #9

    Join Rachel and Andy as they start the debate on the divisive chemical preservative formaldehyde. 

    Love it or hate it, how much do you really know about it? It has held its own as a reliable preservative and disinfectant for well over a century, but just how dark is its darker side? Why do its alternatives never seem to make the grade? 

    Let the debate begin!

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Andy & Rach's New Year Ramble

    Andy & Rach's New Year Ramble

    And now for something a little different! Join Andy and Rach as they get to grips with videocasting and have a casual catch-up after the festive break.

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    The non-invasive mouth closure method mentioned in the episode was shared with us by John  Van Dermark.

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    • 34 min
    Rigor Mortis (It's a Bit of a Bind) | Episode #8

    Rigor Mortis (It's a Bit of a Bind) | Episode #8

    Join your hosts Rach and Andy for a Hallowe’en special as they discuss the post-mortem phenomenon that is Rigor Mortis. A condition you may think you know, but do you know it well?
    Acidic tissue, deteriorating cells and one final Myosin fling. It’s a story of harsh conditions, decomposing tissue and a loving embrace destined to be broken apart...forever!

    • 52 min
    Death and Discolouration | Episode #7

    Death and Discolouration | Episode #7

    In this time of ‘body positive’ can an embalmer really be sure when they open that fridge door? Join Rachel and Andy as they dip their brushes into an assorted palette of post-mortem discolourations.

    • 53 min
    Embalming, Refrigeration and The Environment | Episode #6

    Embalming, Refrigeration and The Environment | Episode #6

    Back after a 5 month hiatus due to the Covid-19 disruption, Rach and Andy consider the real context of 'Drinking Grandma', discuss a broken seal on Producer Si's fridge as well as the effects Embalming may, or may not have on the environment.

    • 48 min

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Only one criticism

I just started following this podcast, it is so informative and both hosts are great teachers, I’m having a great time listening. However, the one thing I find really hard is how often they cut each other off as they are speaking! I’m sure it just sounds like witty banter to them but it can sound very chaotic and sometimes drown out the amazing information they have to share. I think you can continue to be funny and informative and cut each other off mid sentence less. Just an opinion, it’s said with respect!

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