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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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Is it possible for your medical questions to be ... too weird? That's a question you may be asking yourself on this latest Q&A episode of Sawbones, which explores the contents of poop and a secret button above your buttcrack that makes you pee.PRE-ORDER THE SAWBONES BOOK PAPERBACK!Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers
Hypodermic Needles

Hypodermic Needles

2020-11-1344:246

With news that a COVID-19 vaccine may be on the horizon and flu shot season in full swing, we take things back to basics with a history of the hypodermic needle and syringe. Also, a strangely large amount of car talk for you gear heads. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers
Angel's Glow

Angel's Glow

2020-11-0833:235

On a chilly, rainy Civil War battlefield in Tennessee, soldiers started noticing something strange: Some of their wounds had begun ... glowing. Stranger still: Those with the glow tended to fare better than their illuminated counterparts. The assumption? Angels were bringing them back from the brink.An incredible story.This week on Sawbones? You guessed it, Dr. Sydnee and her old buddy Science are gonna ruin the whole thing.Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers
If, by some set of unexplainable circumstances, you are still an undecided voter in the U.S. we've prepared something special for you in anticipation of next week's presidential election on Nov. 3. If you're not undecided, you'll at least have a better understanding of how important this election is.We'll be reviewing the major tenets of the healthcare plans of both Donald Trump and Joe Biden. Who will have the better plan? You'll have to listen to find out. (It's not Trump.)
Herd Immunity

Herd Immunity

2020-10-2344:465

There's been a lot of discussion about herd immunity in the face of COVID-19, but did you know that anyone who talks about achieving herd immunity without a vaccine (something humanity has never pulled off ever) is a big stinky liar goofball?We'll explore that truth and so much more on this week's episode of Sawbones.
Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.s) have been thrust into the spotlight recently when one was tasked with caring for the world's most famous COVID-19 patient. Some even went so far as to dismiss the president's D.O. for those two letters following his name. But is that fair?This week on Sawbones: Do D.O.s do what M.D.s do?Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers
Gather the family around, it's time for our annual celebration of the flu shot! We got you the PERFECT gift: A bunch of answers to your flu shot quandries, especially in the age of COVID-19. C'mon, the party's starting!More Information: The Immunization Action CoalitionMusic: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers
Horses? Majestic. Frogs? Maybe royalty. But have you taken a moment to reflect on the humble, half-billion-year old horseshoe crab that almost certainly saved your life with its incredible blood? If not, THIS is that moment.Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers
Forced Sterilization

Forced Sterilization

2020-09-1849:327

Many were shocked to learn of allegations of forced sterilizations at an ICE facility. In this episode, we explore the long American history of this practice and the heartbreaking truth that this latest incident is just the latest in a long string of clinical genocide by those in power. 
Death Certificates

Death Certificates

2020-09-1147:324

You may have recently heard a statistic that just six percent of COVID-19 deaths are attributed to COVID alone. This statistic was based on death certificates. This week on Sawbones, we explain, through the history of this odd document, why that's a really terrible idea.Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers
Nostalgia

Nostalgia

2020-09-0442:3911

Lately, have you found yourself pining for a simpler time? An easier time? Maybe just, like, ANY time other than your current one? You may be experiencing nostalgia. This week on Sawbones, we'll track its evolution from a clinical diagnosis to a possible healing tool.Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers
Vagina Shaming

Vagina Shaming

2020-08-2948:3514

For millennia, people with vagina was told that there was something wrong with them (if they were even spoken about at all). Their vagina smelled wrong, looked wrong, it was too wet or not wet enough. This week on Sawbones, a reminder that your vagina is (almost always) just fine the way it is.Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers
Oleander

Oleander

2020-08-2143:378

Puzzled as to why a pillow peddler is pushing poison to the president to pacify a pandemic? Please press play.Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers
Grounded for Life

Grounded for Life

2020-08-1450:064

This week on Sawbones, we explore The Most Important Health Discovery Ever! We know it's the The Most Important Health Discovery Ever because the book is called Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever. So there you have it.Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers
Osmosis Jones

Osmosis Jones

2020-08-0747:005

This week on Sawbones, we close out the #MaxFunDrive with a FAR too thorough examination of history's only medical animated comedy in which Bill Murray barfs on Molly Shannon. Let's talk about Osmosis Jones.Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers
Dr. Joycelyn Elders

Dr. Joycelyn Elders

2020-07-3146:357

Dr. Joycelyn Elders is an American hero who went from a sharecropper's daughter to the first black Surgeon General of the United States. This is the story of her inspirational rise, her infuriating firing and her inability to stop doing good.Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers
Operation Warp Speed

Operation Warp Speed

2020-07-2453:0710

Yes friends, that's the actual name of the U.S. government's race to creation a coronavirus vaccine. It's either radical or a huge embarrassment, depending on which Sawbones co-host you are. This week, we'll talk about the progress so far and what work still remains.Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers
Sawbones: Amnesia

Sawbones: Amnesia

2020-07-1853:409

In what is perhaps the first and only example of the Fast and Furious franchise inspiring an episode of Sawbones, we're diving into amnesia. We'll see how media portrayals stack up to reality, look at modern therapy and explore the validity of the second bonk.Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers
Health Media Literacy

Health Media Literacy

2020-07-1353:305

We're being inundated by medical news in the face of COVID-19, but how is the layman supposed to make sense of all it? How can you tell a trustworthy report from simple clickbait? We'll discuss on this week's Sawbones (with a brief tangent about re-opening schools).Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers
An introspective moment on Sawbones this week as we meet the doctor who devoted his life to discovering the weight of the human soul.NOTE: This episode contains discussions of mortality, both human and animal.Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers
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Murple

it's strange hearing abt the 'last generation with chickenpox' when I got chickenpox in 2010... the vaccine was optional for in 2002 when I was born, so not everyone in my grade was vaccinated, so of course we had an outbreak. I caught it and it was Not Fun. luckily the vaccine became mandatory when my little brother was born so I didn't spread it to him.

Nov 26th
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Victor Kishter

Hi. My wife (scrub tech) and I (not) really enjoy your podcast. However, we both agree that Justin either needs a better microphone or he needs to speak into the one he has. Basically you both need to be at the same audio level for maximum enjoyment. It is to the point that we are willing to start a GoFundMe to obtain the proper equipment if that is what is needed. Otherwise an episode on the effects of variable audio of a podcast on our mental health may be in order. Victor & Kim

Nov 20th
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Tom J Smith

I don't think enough of a big deal is made of Riliegh's spot on Justin impression

Nov 19th
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Cat Miller

Gotta love Sydnee's panic at the internet's knowledge of how to clean up blood 🤣 my first thought was "well, periods."

Nov 17th
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Jessica Tipton

I think this is one of my favorite episodes ever. It's fascinating and hilarious.

Nov 15th
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ID19619055

Oh man. Now I feel old. We had to draw blood and place IVs on each other in Med school “back in my day”.

Nov 15th
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Elephant Wig

I know they use front butt to describe the private parts (penis, vagina, etc?), but I thought front butt described the phenomenon of a person looking like they had a second pair of butt cheeks due to being severely overweight.

Nov 14th
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Jessica Tipton

"We haven't had a public health threat like this..." but I'm listening in 2020 and... yeah.

Nov 14th
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Murple

this is making me so sick. why does everybody decide to go after autism?? and autistic CHILDREN who have no say in it???? on another note, this is the one time a detox actually DOES get the toxin out- the toxin you gave to yourself

Nov 11th
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Elephant Wig

So probably helps a little on cuts (one time), and don't put in mouth.

Nov 9th
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BC

mystery worm puke acts as antibiotics

Nov 9th
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Aaron Hartje

Jesus Christ. Was anyone else kind of excited when they read what this podcast was supposed to be about, only to be equally as disappointed by how horribly it is executed? People greatly overestimate the value of throwing your personality into a pod.

Nov 4th
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Jessica Tipton

This episode was way too funny for the subject at hand. Thank you for making me laugh!

Nov 2nd
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ID19619055

Thank you for your inclusivity! It matters!

Oct 31st
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Jessica Tipton

I'd heard about the gent who took out his own appendix in Antarctica, but these get really wild!

Oct 25th
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Shelby Angelica Wheeler

I truly love this podcast. the information is real and succinct! and then justin makes it funny! these two are such a joy to listen to.

Oct 23rd
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Alex Hershey

Justin's helpless "So I guess . . . vote" at the end made me cry. This is a horrible reality in our country right now and so many people are avoiding/fighting action to close down these camps and take down the man who led their opening. I'm glad creators like Sydnee and Justin are doing what they can to educate people.

Oct 22nd
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Jessica Tipton

nearly 3 years later and you still can't just get tide pods at the grocery store. you have to grab a card and have your ID checked before the clerk will give them to you. never thought laundry detergent would need to be literally locked up.

Oct 18th
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Jessica Tipton

The whole anti-vax movement bothers me so much, especially with the autism lies. I'm glad you called it out (especially that it sounds like they'd rather the child die than have autism, which is awful).

Oct 17th
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