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Join Dr. Sydnee McElroy and her husband Justin McElroy for a tour of all the dumb, bad, gross, weird and wrong ways we've tried to fix people.

Sawbones: A Marital Tour of Misguided Medicine Justin McElroy, Dr. Sydnee McElroy

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    • 4.8 • 14.1K Ratings

Join Dr. Sydnee McElroy and her husband Justin McElroy for a tour of all the dumb, bad, gross, weird and wrong ways we've tried to fix people.

    Sawbones: Mononucleosis

    Sawbones: Mononucleosis

    Have you ever been interrupted on a college campus by someone asking about your latest incident of intimate kissing? That's because they were trying to track the spread of a common infection called mononucleosis, or mono. Dr. Sydnee goes over the history of how the virus that caused mono was tracked down, and how it's tested for now.

    Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers https://taxpayers.bandcamp.com/

    • 37 min
    Sawbones: Asafoetida

    Sawbones: Asafoetida

    If you're like Dr. Sydnee and your TikTok algorithm keeps advertising medical substances at you, perhaps you've heard of asafoetida. It's a pungent resin derived from a plant, and has culinary appeal as well as reportedly some medical benefits. But what, if any, research and evidence do we have about these medicinal claims? And most importantly, what does it really smell like? We need to know, for science.

    Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers https://taxpayers.bandcamp.com/

    • 37 min
    Sawbones: Anthrax

    Sawbones: Anthrax

    In 2001, the United States was under a biological attack from strange spores in mailed envelopes. This is a lot of people's first introduction to anthrax, a bacteria often associated with both domestic and wild animals. But what is anthrax, how is it spread, and where did it come from? To clarify, this episode is about the disease, not the metal band.

    Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers https://taxpayers.bandcamp.com/

    • 35 min
    Sawbones: Super Sawbones Quiz of 2022

    Sawbones: Super Sawbones Quiz of 2022

    The Sawbones Medical Quiz is back and better than ever, with questions about this past year's episodes! What have you learned about bad fast food, Senate contenders, pirate medicine, and owls?

    Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers https://taxpayers.bandcamp.com/

    • 37 min
    Sawbones: Can I Become the Alpha Period-Haver?

    Sawbones: Can I Become the Alpha Period-Haver?

    It's the last episode of the year, so Dr. Sydnee and Justin set out to answer your important medical questions! How do oral probiotics prevent a yeast infection (or do they)? What's that medicine and Sprite combo you drink before a CT scan? Should I talk to the students who practice appointments on me? And does everyone rub their limbs together like a cricket before bed, or is it just Justin?

    Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers https://taxpayers.bandcamp.com/

    • 35 min
    Sawbones: RSV

    Sawbones: RSV

    Parts of the US are currently in the midst of a triple-demic, a very scary phrase, so Dr. Sydnee is here to break down the third illness: Respiratory Syncytial Virus, or RSV. It’s a virus that’s common among everyone, but can be dangerous for some people. Dr. Sydnee and Justin talk about what it is, why it is suddenly prevalent in adults, and what can be done to help prevent the spread (hint: wear a mask)


    Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers https://taxpayers.bandcamp.com/

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
14.1K Ratings

14.1K Ratings

Andy Dean Dudley ,

Love it!

I started listening 3 years ago while going to nursing school and just finished listening to all 400+ episodes! Sydnee and Justin are crazy talented and entertaining! Here’s to 10 more years!

ChloChlo1115 ,

A joke

I have been learning about dr price’s late work and wanted to listen to any contrasting opinions to do some good research…well…this was a weak counter argument.
The amount of bias is baffling. Some of these are so disrespectful of amazing traditional ways of life and incredible science that challenges the mainstream agenda. Classic indoctrinated “doctors” shooting down holistic health. Sad. Keeping people sick for the benefit of healthcare and hospitals. Dr. Price is incredible and I highly recommend watching sally Fallon highlight the actual research rather than this negatively skimmed over version. Not to mention how annoying and distracting the man is on this show as they chat. It’s like they didn’t do any research or reading of the actual studies to create this episode on dr price. Waste of time

sunkist3208 ,

🎶Simply the best!🎶

I cannot express how much I love this podcast. I wish I had known about it sooner because I think I would have had a lot less anxiety around the whole pandemic if I was a regular listener then. I constantly suggest it to EVERYONE.

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