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Debunking the junk science behind health fads, wellness scams and nonsensical nutrition advice.

Maintenance Phase Aubrey Gordon & Michael Hobbes

    • Health & Fitness
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Debunking the junk science behind health fads, wellness scams and nonsensical nutrition advice.

    Pete Evans Part 2: COVID & Consequences

    Pete Evans Part 2: COVID & Consequences

    "Celebrity chef Pete Evans has activated his last almond with the Seven Network."

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    Pete Evans on COVID-19 restrictions Pete Evans on who gets COVID Introducing the BioCharger Coronavirus treatment spruiked by chef Pete Evans criticised by health associations, to be investigated by TGA - ABC News Pete Evans' company fined for alleged COVID-19 advertising breaches | Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) Pete Evans fined $80,000 by health department for alleged unlawful spruiking of devices and medicines Australian celebrity chef Pete Evans under fire for sharing views of UK conspiracy theorist David IckePete Evans' boasts he played 60 Minutes Australia like 'game of chess' Oh, for Pete's sake: The rise and fall (and possible rise) of Pete Evans Dumped by sponsors, what happens to Pete Evans now? Sonnenrad, symbol used in shooter's manifesto, explainedPete Evans Is Now Posting Neo-Nazi Symbols And The Far-Right Love ItCelebrity chef Pete Evans' Instagram account deleted for 'repeatedly sharing' Covid misinformationNeo-Nazi groups allegedly targeted celebrity chef Pete Evans before infamous black sun cartoonThe URL 'Pete Evans For Senate' redirects to unexpected webpageThanks to Doctor Dreamchip for our lovely theme song!
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    Pete Evans Part 1: The Paleo Way

    Pete Evans Part 1: The Paleo Way

    How a beloved TV chef became one of Australia's most polarizing public figures. 
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    Going Paleo: What Prehistoric Man Actually AteThe Paleo Way (video clip) Paleolithic nutrition for metabolic syndromePaleo diet still lacks evidenceAtherosclerosis across 4000 years of human historyHow to Really Eat Like a Hunter-Gatherer: Why the Paleo Diet Is Half-BakedAncient leftovers show the real Paleo diet was a veggie feastExpert dismisses Pete Evans' claims that modern diet causes autism Celebrity Chef's Paleo Cookbook for Babies Delayed After Health FearsPete Evans: paleo cookbook for mums and babies under fire again AMA accuses Pete Evans of endangering lives with unscientific health advice Pete Evans provides 'evidence' for his fluoride claims Thanks to Doctor Dreamchip for our lovely theme song!
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    The Worm Wars

    The Worm Wars

    In 1998, a researcher rolled out an innovative approach to education. And in 2015, Methodology Twitter had a big fight about it. 

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    The original 2004 paperThe 2015 re-analysisThe 2015 meta-analysisThe Tanzania dissertationDoing Good BetterWorm Wars: The AnthologyDeworming DebunkedWHO advises blanket anti-worming treatment for children despite lack of benefitDeworming Delusions? Mass Drug Administration In East African SchoolsUnderstanding Heterogeneity in the Impact of National Neglected Tropical Disease Control ProgrammesWhat Has Been Learned from the Deworming Replications: A Nonpartisan ViewMass Deworming Programs in Middle Childhood and AdolescenceIs it worth treating everyone who might get worms?New research debunks merits of global deworming programmesShould the WHO withdraw support for mass deworming?Why Don't People Take Their Medicine? Experimental Evidence from KenyaDear journalists and policymakers: What you need to know about the Worm WarsThanks to Doctor Dreamchip for our lovely theme song!
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    Calorie Menu Labeling

    Calorie Menu Labeling

    This year, the UK implemented a law requiring chain restaurants to list calorie counts on their menus. Where did these policies come from? What impact do they have? And why is a Julia Roberts quote from 1990 the best way to describe them?

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    Calorie Labelling Regulations - GOV.UKCalorie labelling: implementation guidance - GOV.UKDo Menu Calorie Counts Actually Change How We Eat?Calorie counts on menus: What's the real impact on diners and restaurants?Court Upholds the City's Rule Requiring Some Restaurants to Post Calorie CountsMenu Labeling | Center for Science in the Public InterestMenu Labeling Requirements | FDACalorie Labeling And Food Choices: A First Look At The Effects On Low-Income People In New York CityThe influence of calorie labeling on food orders and consumption: A review of the literature - PMCChanges in Calorie Content of Menu Items at Large Chain Restaurants After Implementation of Calorie LabelsWhy Listing Calorie Counts on Menus Can Do More Harm Than GoodThanks to Doctor Dreamchip for our lovely theme song!
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    The Trouble With Calories

    The Trouble With Calories

    Weight loss is as simple as “calories in, calories out,” right? Or — gasp — could the reply guys be wrong!? This week, we dig in on the surprisingly complex science behind a seemingly simple calculation.

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    History of the Calorie in NutritionCaloric Equivalents of Gained or Lost WeightThe Foreign Policy of the CalorieWhy the most popular rule of weight loss is completely wrongTime to Correctly Predict the Amount of Weight Loss With DietingMysteries of Weight LossThe energy balance model of obesity: beyond calories in, calories out“Calories in, calories out” and macronutrient intakeOlympians owe gold standard to a 19th-century chemistCalories on food packets are wrong—it’s time to change thatWhy Does the FDA Recommend 2,000 Calories Per Day?Who Actually Needs a 2,000 Calorie a Day Diet?The Nutrition Facts Label: Its History and UpdatesThanks to Doctor Dreamchip for our lovely theme song!
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    Diet Book Deep Dive: “How To Take 20 Pounds Off Your Man”

    Diet Book Deep Dive: “How To Take 20 Pounds Off Your Man”

    This week, Mike and Aubrey take on a manual for creep behavior masquerading as a diet book. Along the way, we cover shopping guides, journalism salaries and the proper preparation of Cornish game hens. We love our curvy husbands.
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    How to Take 20 Pounds Off Your Man by Kalter, Suzy: (1984) | The Book Store Suzy Kalter Gershman ObituaryThe book coverThanks to Doctor Dreamchip for our lovely theme song!
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9.3K Ratings

9.3K Ratings

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The best

This podcast is so well researched and what EVERYONE needs to hear. I recommend this podcast to everyone!!

rachabg ,

So funny

This is my new favorite podcast! Michael literally makes me laugh out loud

kmv5 ,

Deeply researched

I love this podcast. I love their commitment to talking about methodology. Unlike other podcasts that do (and use) scattershot research, Michael and Aubrey do actual deep dives. They heavily cite their sources, use direct quotes, and let us know why studies are good or bad. Their approach is shaping how I use research in my own work.

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