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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

    • Comedy
    • 4.8 • 14.4K 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: Tampons

    Sawbones: Tampons

    You may have heard that a new study showed tampons contain traces of metals. Dr. Sydnee and Justin go through the history of tampons, why they might contain metal, and what we still need to find out about the possible effects of using them.

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

    • 48 min
    Sawbones: Human Tricks

    Sawbones: Human Tricks

    Can you touch your tongue with your nose or wiggle your ears? Dr. Sydnee and Justin talk about the science and studies behind weird little tricks some bodies can do, or "stupid human tricks."

    Can you flare your nostrils? Take our poll: https://shorturl.at/rdzY3

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

    • 41 min
    Sawbones: A Couple of Boob Questions

    Sawbones: A Couple of Boob Questions

    Sawbones listeners just have so many strange medical questions! Questions like: Why do I sneeze at dark chocolate? Does Diet Coke actually relieve nausea? Why does saliva get thicker while exercising? And you know that TikTok with the cinnamon rolls and the yeast infection. . . is that . . .real?

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

    • 47 min
    Sawbones Classic: Chocolate

    Sawbones Classic: Chocolate

    To coincide with the opening of Justin and Sydnee's stage production, we bring to you a classic episode about the medicinal history of chocolate!

    This week on Sawbones, Dr. Sydnee and Justin take a sunrise and sprinkle it with dew.

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

    • 34 min
    Sawbones: Willy Wonka

    Sawbones: Willy Wonka

    There are different versions of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory exploits, but all of them involve strange things happening to children who misbehave. But from a biological standpoint, what does that look like? Dr. Sydnee and Justin discuss the strange science going on at Wonka's factory and whether gum could possibly contain enough juice to turn someone into a blueberry.

    Note: Willy Wonka is the creation of Roald Dahl, not a good person. More information about his antisemitism available here: https://time.com/5937507/roald-dahl-anti-semitism/

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

    • 35 min
    Sawbones: Do You Know How Italian I Am?

    Sawbones: Do You Know How Italian I Am?

    Hot time, summer in the city, time for listener Sawbones questions! Questions like: Why is blood sticky? Why does skin itch when it grows back? Might my twin reject my organs? And should I bring my own speculum to an exam?

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

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
14.4K Ratings

14.4K Ratings

lowercase librarian ,

History and Science and Jokes, Oh My!

This is my absolute favorite podcast! I love any show which can make me laugh and teach me something at the same time, and Sawbones achieves a perfect balance of education and comedy. I’ve also loved the evolution of the show over the years, and I appreciate Sydnee and Justin’s willingness now to address contemporary topics and share their position on current issues while still giving us all the fascinating medical trivia we’ve enjoyed since the beginning of Sawbones. If you’re a history nerd who champions information literacy and social justice, this is the show for you!

Coffebeans? ,

Possibly the best podcast ever made

Wow keep up the good work

natasha_james ,

Great for playing “spot the propaganda!”

Me and my friends love playing a little game called “spot the propaganda!” Seriously this podcast is a gem for that!! If you’re interested in learning more about the psychology of logic bullies and reality police, than this is the podcast for you! It’s been very entertaining for us all and had given us great laughs!

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