20 episodes

A podcast to separate quack from fact in the health, fitness and wellness industry. Hosted by Dr. Bill Ferro and Erin O'Hearn.


Sponsored by Betr Health

Quacks and Hypochondriacs Betr Health

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.7 • 27 Ratings

A podcast to separate quack from fact in the health, fitness and wellness industry. Hosted by Dr. Bill Ferro and Erin O'Hearn.


Sponsored by Betr Health

    The Alarming COVID-19 and Gut Health Connection

    The Alarming COVID-19 and Gut Health Connection

    This one may come as a shock. According to Duke Health's Dr Paul Wischmeyer, "We as a population in the US were the perfect setup and target for this [COVID], with our disturbed gut microbiomes, our Western diet." So what does gut health have to do with COVID? Tune in to find out. Also, the study that Dr Paul discussed - PROTECT-EHC - if you want to be a part of it, visit https://www.protect-ehc.org/.


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    Quacks and Hypochondriacs is hosted by Dr Bill Ferro and Erin O'Hearn, and is produced by Earfluence.

    • 54 min
    Water Only Fasting... Sounds Fishy?

    Water Only Fasting... Sounds Fishy?

    Recently on the School of Greatness Podcast by Lewis Howes, Dr Alan Goldhamer touted the benefits of Water-Only Fasting, which he recommends for up to 40 days. Yes, 40 days! It sounds a bit like quackery, so Dr Bill Ferro and Erin O'Hearn discuss.


    School of Greatness, with guest Dr. Alan Goldhamer


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    Quacks and Hypochondriacs is hosted by Dr. Bill Ferro and Erin O'Hearn, and is produced by Earfluence.

    • 39 min
    New York Times Health Reporter: Anahad O'Connor

    New York Times Health Reporter: Anahad O'Connor

    Anahad O'Connor, health and fitness reporter for the New York Times, joins us to talk nutrition confusion, human adaptability, the benefits of fermented foods, and so much more! 


    The 10 Things You Need to Eat: And More Than 100 Easy and Delicious Ways to Prepare Them, by Anahad O'Connor


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    Quacks and Hypochondriacs is hosted by Dr. Bill Ferro, and is produced by Earfluence.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Be Kind to Karen

    Be Kind to Karen

    In 2020, the slang insult “Karen” went from an internet meme to a cultural touchstone of the year, and Dictionary.com defines Karen as “a pejorative slang term for an obnoxious, angry, entitled, and often racist middle-aged white woman who uses her privilege to get her way or police other people's behaviors.” 


    Real-life Karen’s bear the brunt of the jokes.  After all the flack Karen’s received in the last year, we want to highlight a few of the FANTASTIC Karen's from the BetrHealth community who have thrived during a stressful time - with even more added stress because of their name.


    Today we welcome Karen Tuttle Stearns and Karen Coughenour.


    Background on "Karen":


    NYPost: What is a Karen? The dreaded ‘white lady’ meme nickname explained 


    Medium: What Are the Best Ways to Deal With an Angry Karen?


    Dictionary.com - WHAT DOES KAREN MEAN?


    CNN- How Karen became a meme, and what real-life Karens think about it


    Dictionary.com - 2020 Trends By Month


    July 2020 Trending word: KAREN


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    Quacks and Hypochondriacs is hosted by Dr. Bill Ferro and Erin O'Hearn, and is produced by Earfluence.

    • 43 min
    Food additive Titanium Dioxide is 'as harmful as asbestos."

    Food additive Titanium Dioxide is 'as harmful as asbestos."

    Recently, the European Food Safety Authority concluded that Titanium Dioxide, which is a whitening agent found in cake frosting, gums, and an unbelieveable amount of other foods - is unsafe to ingest.


    That's scary in itself, but it turns out, we're applying Titanium Dioxide to our skin as well. To help us unpack this, we welcome back Dr. Sudhir Shah, founder of OM Botanicals.


    Listen to Dr. Shah's first appearance on Quacks and Hypochondriacs, The Skinny on Skincare.


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    Quacks and Hypochondriacs is hosted by Dr. Bill Ferro and Erin O'Hearn, and is produced by Earfluence.

    • 34 min
    Calcium, Toxins, and Your Cellular Health

    Calcium, Toxins, and Your Cellular Health

    Brundy Broady's life changed forever with the birth of her son, Knute. He was continuously sick and frail, and his symptoms kept getting worse. The doctors couldn't find anything wrong, but eventually she did. She discovered that substances surrounding Knute - plastic toys, pesticides, and food dyes for example - contain harmful levels of toxins that negatively affect our Calcium ATPase..


    The Calcium Connection: The Little-Known Enzyme at the Root of Your Cellular Health, by Brunde Broady


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    Quacks and Hypochondriacs is hosted by Dr Bill Ferro and Erin O'Hearn, and is produced by Earfluence.

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

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27 Ratings

27 Ratings

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Gut Health matters!

Just wow!! I love learning about this information as it has helped my life tremendously. Gut health and treating your micro biome has transformed me and I am so happy to share this podcast with everyone I know.

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Be careful

The information here is provided very superficially. There are troubling opinions with little to know actual discussion about the research.

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Actionable education with a laugh

I love the combination of playful banter, at times irreverent humor with high impact education. Every time I listen I walk away with a new insight, tool or action to live my life a little bit Betr.

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