29 episodes

In Season 2 we look at a world just as shady and mysterious as MLMs, but one whose promises are at times even more bombastic and unfathomable: WELLNESS. What is it? Who sells it? And will it bring you eternal happiness…and, perhaps, eternal life? Hear more great stories about complicated people from Witness Docs at witnesspodcasts.com.

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    • 4.5 • 12.8K Ratings

In Season 2 we look at a world just as shady and mysterious as MLMs, but one whose promises are at times even more bombastic and unfathomable: WELLNESS. What is it? Who sells it? And will it bring you eternal happiness…and, perhaps, eternal life? Hear more great stories about complicated people from Witness Docs at witnesspodcasts.com.

    Introducing Verified: Dust Up

    Introducing Verified: Dust Up

    Verified: Dust Up is a new investigative documentary podcast produced by Witness Docs that poses the question: Could a product so many of us have in our medicine cabinets be putting us at risk?

    In the second season of Verified, Host Natasha Del Toro and the Verified team investigate whether a group of women developed ovarian cancer from dusting their bodies with Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder—an iconic brand associated with innocence and comfort since the 1800s. One woman's mysterious illness snowballs into thousands of court cases; a trusted brand fights to convince consumers and regulators that baby powder is safe while minimizing the work of the scientists who claim it is not.

    Verified: Dust Up is out NOW — listen and subscribe wherever you find your podcasts. If you want to get the first two episodes right now and weekly early releases of Verified: Dust Up without ads, sign up for Stitcher Premium at stitcherpremium.com. Use promo code WITNESS for 1 month free.

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    • 3 min
    S2 E10: Caveat Beware

    S2 E10: Caveat Beware

    Who do you trust in a world with little information?

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    • 41 min
    S2 E9: Drowning in the Conspira-Sea

    S2 E9: Drowning in the Conspira-Sea

    How a few bad seeds became a movement.

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    • 27 min
    S2 E8: Your Call is Important to Us

    S2 E8: Your Call is Important to Us

    These Shills and Sugar Pills will make you feel better. 

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    • 38 min
    S2 E7: Green Eggs and Scams

    S2 E7: Green Eggs and Scams

    Influencing a new generation of wellness. 

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    • 34 min
    S2 E6: Magnets: How Do They Work?

    S2 E6: Magnets: How Do They Work?

    The road to wellness is paved with particles and protons.

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    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
12.8K Ratings

12.8K Ratings

Ladeebugg23 ,

Riveting

I’ve never written a review before, but both Season 1 & Season 2 had me hooked. I binged these and can’t wait for what they have up their sleeve for Season 3. Loved it all.

CRW_91 ,

BOTH SEASONS ARE GOOD!

I first came to review this after hearing the first season, then saw a lot of negative reviews on the second and decided to wait to review until I heard everything. Now that I’ve listened to both seasons, here are a few remarks:
-If you think the host wasn’t “judgey” in the first season but was in the second, then you just agreed with her judgments in the first and disagreed with them in the second. Host and co-hosts all made it clear that they did not like MLMs and had negative opinions on many of the figures they researched in the first season. Host makes it clear she doesn’t like the wellness industry in the second season while co-host is more open to some of the standard (although not really proven effective) wellness practices. So there’s actually a but more leeway/diversity of opinion in the second season and you can’t really claim that as a reason to dislike it if you did like the first.
- “sounds like host works for big pharma” - then why would she discuss how an opioid pharmaceutical company created software for use in drs offices so that they could sell more prescription opiates? Discounting wellness claims that are unresearched and/or disproven =\= encouraging wholesale use of unnecessary pharmaceuticals, nor does it equate to taking every single pharmaceutical companys’ claims at face value.

Ultimately, it’s worth listening to. The wellness industry is far more vast and varied than the topic of MLMs. It’s also incredibly popular right now and there’s definitely more disagreement with the main host’s negative view of it (which is largely based on the many scammy people/companies who are selling snake oil), even within her personal relationships. You can definitely disagree with her view while still enjoying the information gathered and presented on the show. If you liked the first season, then the “bias” of the second shouldn’t be a problem, since it was also there in the first. If it is a problem, then it’s only because it doesn’t echo your own bias on/about wellness.

Maria Chirstina ,

Quality Content

So interesting and so good.

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