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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 Maximum Fun

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    • 4.8 • 13K 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.

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    For MaxFunDrive 2021, Sawbones is talking about gross medicine of a different sort. In the United States (and New Zealand) we see a lot of those commercials for prescription medicines with jaunty names and a full minute disclaimer at the end. How they came to be the norm here is a complicated history of bad medicine and the shifting of credence among doctors, patients, and pharmaceutical companies.

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    • 50 min
    Chlorophyll

    Chlorophyll

    Along with Dr. Sydnee’s amazing videos, TikTok is also a host to an interesting wellness trend: chlorophyll. The green pigment that helps plants turn sunlight into food and oxygen has also been thought to boost your immune system and help with body odor. But chlorophyll as a health food is an idea that dates back to 1930, and spoilers ... it's just as effective now as it was then.

    • 41 min
    Vaccine Verification

    Vaccine Verification

    About a year ago, Sawbones discussed what herd immunity was not. In this episode, we look at how we’ll get there, and what role vaccine verification will play. How has it impacted public health historically, and what can we anticipate in the near future?

    • 52 min
    St John's Wort

    St John's Wort

    A somewhat invasive plant with yellow flowers named after John the Baptist has been used for centuries as a kind of cure all. Dr. Sydnee will lead you through a history of its many applications, what it’s used for today, and explain what exactly is a wort.

    • 38 min
    Gamer Danger

    Gamer Danger

    When the Nintendo Wii was released, it also came with a warning about potential injuries, to yourself and to others. But are video games good or bad for your health? Justin takes the lead to educate, entertain and delight about both the medical harm and medical good that video games can do.

    • 34 min
    Blue Light Therapy

    Blue Light Therapy

    Have you ever noticed an old house house that has blue glass windows? It's pretty, sure, but it's also supposed to provide healing energy. You can thank a man who really liked growing, farming, and . . . colors for this bizarre but beautiful notion. We've got his story (and how his legacy endures) on this week's Sawbones.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
13K Ratings

13K Ratings

Legit Annabeth Chase ,

10/10

I fell in love with Sydnee’s shenanigans with Justin on TikTok and thought to give Sawbones a try. I’ve binged a dozen episodes and have yet to find one that isn’t captivating. If you miss Drunk Science or like wacky medical history, you should definitely give Sawbones a try.

Dotty33444 ,

Love the vaccine episode!

And now I’m officially hooked. It’s crazy that someone can admittedly be a huge fan of your show, but give you a one star review anyway because your episode debunks the Facebook conspiracy theories they’re clinging to for dear life. Next time they get on VAERS to “research” all of the COVID vaccine deaths (🙄), I hope they read the disclaimer they clearly ignored the first time around.

This podcast is pro-science and fact-based. Not sure what would make someone think it would be anti-vaccine ( or anti-common sense). You cannot have an opinion that contradicts the truth. Your “viewpoints” are irrelevant unless they’re based in reality. Facts don’t care about your feelings, remember?

If you aren't capable of hearing an opposing political opinion without throwing a temper tantrum over it, seems like you have a personal problem and I recommend lots of therapy. You can be a fan of a podcast and not agree with every single opinion presented. You’ll be ok.

This is a MEDICAL podcast and you’re listening to it in the middle of a pandemic. Of course they’re going to discuss COVID. If you’re truly so tired of hearing about it, listen to a podcast on carpentry or bee keeping or mushroom foraging. But you won’t because then you’d have nothing to complain about and you’d lose one more vehicle to spread misinformation. You know who is especially tired of COVID? The healthcare workers cleaning up the messes you and your little QAnon friends are making, the people who have lost their loved ones to a virus whose transmission is so easily interrupted, but isn’t because of people like you who simply choose not to do the bare minimum. America first, amirite?! You’re tired of hearing about COVID? Know what would end this nightmare for you and the rest of us?

GETTING VACCINATED, YOU ABSOLUTE WALNUTS!

As a scientist, I LOVE that this podcast exists and I hope you never stop doing what you’re doing. Recommending to all my friends who are OVER the constant regurgitation of misinformation.

Scarletminded ,

I love spinach!

I checked out the Sawbones book at the library not knowing it was a podcast. I joined up and was not disappointed. Their podcast is very informative and I like the topics, the more obscure and Victorian, the better!

I also love spinach!

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