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Wellness isn’t just about mindfulness, exercise, or the right skin routine. Science, politics, media, culture, tech — everything around us — interact to shape our health. On America Dissected, Dr. Abdul El-Sayed cuts into what really makes us sick — be it racism, corporate greed, or snake oil influencers — and what it'll take to heal it. From for-profit healthcare to ineffective sunscreens, America Dissected cuts deeper into the state of health in America. New episodes every Tuesday. Want to know where to start? Here are some fan-favorite episodes to search: Cannabis Capitalism with David Jernigan Weight Weight Don’t Tell me with Harriett Brown Black Scientists Matter with Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 4.4K Ratings

Wellness isn’t just about mindfulness, exercise, or the right skin routine. Science, politics, media, culture, tech — everything around us — interact to shape our health. On America Dissected, Dr. Abdul El-Sayed cuts into what really makes us sick — be it racism, corporate greed, or snake oil influencers — and what it'll take to heal it. From for-profit healthcare to ineffective sunscreens, America Dissected cuts deeper into the state of health in America. New episodes every Tuesday. Want to know where to start? Here are some fan-favorite episodes to search: Cannabis Capitalism with David Jernigan Weight Weight Don’t Tell me with Harriett Brown Black Scientists Matter with Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett.

    How Big Was the Hammer SCOTUS Just Took to Government as We Know It?

    How Big Was the Hammer SCOTUS Just Took to Government as We Know It?

    The Supreme Court is an unelected body–there was a time when the justices understood that. Not this court. In their most recent set of rulings, they took a hammer to the fundamentals of American government. Abdul unpacks the most important ruling. Then he sits down with Leah Litman, Constitutional Law professor and host of Crooked Media’s  Strict Scrutiny to understand the implications for public health and healthcare.
     
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    • 52 min
    Scientists Argue that this Genetic Test’s Results are “no better than a coin flip.” The FDA approved it anyway.

    Scientists Argue that this Genetic Test’s Results are “no better than a coin flip.” The FDA approved it anyway.

    Recently, the FDA approved a genetic test for opioid use disorder despite clear opposition from scientists and the FDA advisory panel that had reviewed the evidence. The case demonstrates the space where Pharma’s incentive may drive innovation that may not help–or worse, cause harm. Abdul reflects on how genetic essentialism and the wrong incentives can reinforce each other. Than he speaks with Dr. Elizabeth Joniak-Grant, a sociologist and patient advocate who voted against the genetic test.

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    • 51 min
    Public health 🤝 Healthcare

    Public health 🤝 Healthcare

    To the untrained eye, public health and healthcare are–if not the same thing–then two sides of the same coin. But to those of us who work in public health, healthcare is too often a giant vacuum of health dollars focused more on the bottom line than public wellbeing. Abdul reflects on the tradeoffs between health and healthcare. Then he sits down with Dr. Dave Chokshi, the former New York City Health Commissioner and current Chair of the Common Health Coalition, which is attempting to bridge the divide.

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    • 53 min
    Our Institutions Have Long Covid with David Wallace-Wells

    Our Institutions Have Long Covid with David Wallace-Wells

    The pandemic didn’t change everything–it just made everything weird. From declining trust in institutions to the growing power of Big Tech on our lives, we are struggling to deal with the world as it’s become. Abdul reflects on the long tail of the pandemic. Then he sits down with New York TImes columnist David Wallace-Wells to talk about post-pandemic “medical libertarianism,” social media and teen mental health, and the impact of the pandemic on the foundations of our lives.

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    • 1 hr
    When Racism goes “Systemic”

    When Racism goes “Systemic”

    Racism is among this country’s most persistent original sins. Not only does it pattern access to everything from education to housing to jobs — but infant mortality, cancer, and life expectancy. Abdul reflects on the stickiness of racism. Then he interviews author and journalist Dr. Layal Liverpool, author of the new book “Systemic,” about how racism gets under the skin, how that differs across countries, and what we can do about it. 

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    This show would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. America Dissected invites you to check them out. This episode was brought to you by:

    Marguerite Casey Foundation who invites you to sign up for their new Summer School program at caseygrants.org/summerschool.

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    • 54 min
    Our Mental Health System is Broken

    Our Mental Health System is Broken

    We talk a lot more about mental health than we used to — and that’s served to destigmatize it and promote opportunities to improve it. But that conversation has yet to improve mental healthcare for those who need it most. Abdul reflects on why we still have so much further to go. Then he sits down with Dr. Alice Feller, a psychiatrist and author of American Madness about how politicians disassembled the US mental healthcare system and what we need to do to rebuild it.

    This show would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. America Dissected invites you to check them out. This episode was brought to you by:

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    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
4.4K Ratings

4.4K Ratings

DNelson21956 ,

S4 E6 Mental Health in America

Powerful interview about the challenges we face around treatment of mental illness along with recommendations that can be implemented now. I was struck by the intersection of mental illness and those individuals who are unhoused. Our systems can do better with intentional action. Onward!

TheRealSnowmanJake ,

Perspective

I LOVE this show because the topics are super relevant and interesting. I think my favorite thing about this show is that it is open about perspective and always yields to science and fact rather than repeating ignorant clickbait.

It’s refreshing to find an independent podcast with the production quality of one under a corporate umbrella.

I just can’t say enough good things, everyone should listen to this and educate yourself.

Thank you! 😊🥰

Samehba ,

Eloquent, intelligent, and enlightening

Always a pleasure to listen to Dr El-Sayed shed light on interesting topic after interesting topic. Love this podcast!

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