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Sawbones: A Marital Tour of Misguided Medicine

Author: Justin McElroy, Dr. Sydnee McElroy

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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.
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We love grave robbers on Sawbones and ... well, that came out wrong. We don't have a particular affinity for today's grave robbers, but they've played an important role in medical research and ... we're still defending grave robbers, aren't we? OK, listen. Let's start over. This is an episode about a really bad grave robber.Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers
Sawbones: Laudable Pus

Sawbones: Laudable Pus

2020-02-1700:38:254

This week on Sawbones, it's the truly embarrassing story of why we spent several centuries thinking it was important for us to make wounds as pus-filled as possible. There's no nice way of saying it folks: This is a gross one. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers
Sawbones: Body Temperature

Sawbones: Body Temperature

2020-02-1000:45:581

This week on Sawbones, things are getting hot! Well, no, come to think of it, they’re doing the opposite. They’re getting colder. And by “they” we mean “we.” We’re getting colder, all of us. Probably. What should you do about it? Nothing. For now, you’ll just have to -- wait for it -- chill.Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers
Sawbones: Coronavirus

Sawbones: Coronavirus

2020-02-0200:42:549

This week on Sawbones, we've got a no-panic-allowed history of coronavirus along with a guide to the current strain that has held the headlines in a stranglehold in the past weeks. Even if you don't listen to the episode, take heart: If you're outside of China, it's likely you're more scared than you need to be at the moment.Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers
Sawbones: IV Cocktails

Sawbones: IV Cocktails

2020-01-2400:45:352

Would it surprise you to learn that people with too much money are flocking to "IV bars" and paying hundreds of dollars for intravenous cocktails of vitamins that are supposed to treat every malady under the sun but do absolutely nothing except risk serious infection? ... It probably doesn't surprise you, does it? Yeah, us neither. God, that's depressing. Anyway, here's a podcast. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers
Sawbones: Viking's Disease

Sawbones: Viking's Disease

2020-01-1900:36:021

This week on Sawbones, we celebrate a trip to Minnesota with an exploration of Viking's Disease. You'll meet the people it isn't really named for and the guy who beat out a long line of researchers to get it named after himself. It's a whole thing. You'll see. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers
Sawbones: Bidets

Sawbones: Bidets

2020-01-1000:49:201

We bidets have been all the rage for years around the globe, they never really caught on in the U.S. What part of their seedy history kept them out of American homes? And what (if any) are their health benefits? We've got all that and more on the new Sawbones! Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers
This week on Sawbones, the incredible true story of how Chicago changed the direction of a river to battle typhoid and cholera. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers
Just in time for Christmas, we've got another extremely special holiday film created by Justin and Sydnee McElroy. Gather the family and prepare for A Medicine Called Christmas 2: A Royal Pain. NARRATOR: Rachel McElroy PHIL: Griffin McElroy TAB: Sydnee McElroy JESUS: Dwight Slappe SORIANO: Travis McElroy CHRIS: Justin McElroy WAITER: Michael Meadows MR. BIG CITY: Tommy Smirl BETH: Teylor Smirl MANDY: Rileigh Smirl QUEEN: Mary Smirl SANTA: Clint McElroy
You may have seen a Facebook meme claiming that a combination of elderberry and Oscillococcinum can prevent the flu. The truth of the matter may surprise you! (unless you've ever in your life ever listened to even a single episode of our show) Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers
Listen, we're not gonna sit here all fancy and act like we didn't just record an entire episode about people sunning their buttholes. That's what happened, nothing can change that. If you don't listen, it was for nothing. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers
We're marking our 300th episode (OK, it's our 301st) by answering all of your pressing medical questions. Can you really poke your brain through your nose? Where do boob crumbs come from? Listen for that and so much more! Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers
This week on the 300th (!) episode of Sawbones, meet William Halstead, the father of American surgery, the man who inspired Cinemax's The Knick and ... a great advocate for cocaine. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers
The market is flooded with at-home tests that let you "take medical care into your own hands" but is that something you even want in your hands? Are they reliable? Also, is Justin really going to give up cereal? Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers
On Sawbones, we take pride in our ability to detangle medical myth from fact and give you the truth about the human body. This week on Sawbones ... things aren't so clear. You may need a stiff drink for this one ... unless your body is making them already? Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers
Sawbones: Cough Drops

Sawbones: Cough Drops

2019-10-2500:42:431

William Goldman wrote in The Princess Bride "True love is the best thing in the world, except for cough drops." This week on Sawbones, we ruin them. We're really sorry, Bill. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers
Sawbones: Ben Franklin

Sawbones: Ben Franklin

2019-10-2100:36:01

Ben Franklin may not have have been a doctor, but he still had a massive impact on the medical field in his time. What were his contributions? And was he ever actually president? You'll have to listen to find out! Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers
We've all heard about the oath new doctors have to take before they get their first scalpel and weird head mirror thing. But has it always been the same? Did Hippocrates really make it up? Is "First, do no harm" part of it? We'll answer all that and more on this week's Sawbones. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers
This week on Sawbones, Dr. Sydnee and Justin check in with National Hotel Disease, the diarrhea so bad it almost brought down a U.S. presidency. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers
Sawbones: Essential Oils

Sawbones: Essential Oils

2019-09-2700:38:471

This week on Sawbones, we talk about the many, many things essential oils can't do for you and the dueling Utah-based companies that insist we're wrong. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers
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thischick25 (thischick25)

35:13 he makes the joke, but I've been that person a *few* times.

Feb 26th
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Christine Helgeton

I'm not making this comment to correct sidnee, because this was years ago and i don't know what her opinions are today. but saying only women have periods is insensitive to trans men who also experience them. just commenting this for people like me that are listening to this episode today.

Feb 26th
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Andrew Kozma

Did a bunch of their episodes just vanish?

Feb 25th
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Lo K

Please don’t buy quip! They’re garbage toothbrushes and I haven’t seen a single patient with good results at my dental office.

Feb 24th
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Lo K

Please don’t use quip! It’s garbage. As a dental hygienist I’ve never seen good results from it.

Feb 23rd
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Lo K

Please don’t buy quip! They’re garbage. Haven’t seen a single good result from any of my patients -local dental hygienist.

Feb 23rd
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Lo K

Please don’t use quip. It’s terrible. It does nothing for your teeth. As a dental hygienist, I haven’t seen a single good result from it.

Feb 22nd
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Krystal Wright

https://midtownwellnessinstitute.com/about-us/ I looked at a local IV bar. Why would you need a paramedic on staff?

Feb 22nd
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Lo K

The quip toothbrush is garbage! Please support this podcast, but DO NOT BUY QUIP. As a dental hygienist, it’s terrible. I’ve tested it, I’ve had patients test it. Never good results.

Feb 22nd
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Lo K

I will say, as someone in the dental field, amalgam is more durable. However, they will eventually need to be replaced. Because they are a metal, they shift and expand and contract with temperatures in the mouth. We also have to drill more of the tooth to lock it in place. Because of those issues, they can shift, leak, bacteria can get trapped underneath, and you get cracks on the tooth- eventually leading to a crown. While composite isn’t as durable, it doesn’t create those issues like amalgam, and bonds into the tooth so we can be more conservative with drilling. You can always get them replaced when they wear out. And the materials we use now are leaps better than the materials we used even 4 years ago. It’s constantly changing and improving.

Feb 22nd
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Teresa Ellis

So rich people would start wars for whatever stupid reason and then benefit from the surplus of young men's teeth. Great job rich people! Now I have a better understanding of why the French Revolution might have happened, the poor wanted their teeth back. 🤢 Sorry, it was funnier in my head.

Feb 21st
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Adrien Welles

Just looking at this title makes me laugh. They wanted to create enough pus that it would be a laudable feat (one worthy of praise)!

Feb 17th
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Kayl matthew

milk killed alot of ppl b4 pasteurization thats why again silver was meant as being lucky for health not wealth. fools

Feb 16th
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Kayl matthew

being born with a silver spoon isnt based on wealth. it was a saying for health u fools

Feb 16th
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Kayl matthew

justins wife knows deep down she should not let him partake in the podcast

Feb 16th
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Kayl matthew

if the guy is considered an actual comedian, my perception of funny must be off. he just annoys me

Feb 16th
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Teresa Ellis

I wonder if the chances of it becoming a gateway drug would be less if it were legal. My thinking is if someone was using marijuana illegally, in him(her) mind a line has already been crossed. The mental hurdle of breaking another rule, of moving on to another illegal drug is lower. What I wish is more scientific evidence was available. If marijuana could help people get away from opioids, that would be a huge benefit.

Feb 15th
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Lo K

She’s a medical professional, researched this properly... but doesn’t know it is spelt fluoride? Don’t trust everything they say blindly.

Feb 14th
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Teresa Ellis

Three parts honey, one part vinegar? Sounds like an ancient version of a lemonade mix.

Feb 11th
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Christine Helgeton

I know Justin gave her a shoutout, but Sydnee really did act her heart out (not literally)

Feb 11th
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