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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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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.Consider becoming a supporter of our show: www.maximumfun.org/join/
Chlorophyll

Chlorophyll

2021-04-2744:245

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.
Vaccine Verification

Vaccine Verification

2021-04-2055:177

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?
St John's Wort

St John's Wort

2021-04-0642:054

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.
Gamer Danger

Gamer Danger

2021-03-3037:4210

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.
Blue Light Therapy

Blue Light Therapy

2021-03-2338:598

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.
COVID-19: One Year Later

COVID-19: One Year Later

2021-03-1650:117

It's been around a year since COVID-19 began to reshape America. On this week's episode of Sawbones, we look back at the past 12 months and examine what we've learned and what we've lost. We'll also take a look at the current state of vaccine rollouts and answer some of your questions.
Harm Reduction

Harm Reduction

2021-03-0951:046

There are simple, common-sense ways we can save the lives of injection drug users. The United States is woefully behind in adopting these best practices and there are some who are fighting to keep it that way.
The more questions answered, the more oddly specific they become. Justin plays the listener as Dr Sydnee addresses Alice in Wonderland syndrome, super glue, and sixth disease.
The U.S. Surgeon General

The U.S. Surgeon General

2021-02-1646:135

A new presidential administration means a new U.S. Surgeon General, so this week on Sawbones, we're examining exactly what that means. Are they a general? Why do they get to tell us what to do? And why do they care so much about sailor health?
Mewing

Mewing

2021-02-0948:117

Would you believe that without spending a single cent, with just a slight movement of your tongue you could breathe better, sleep better and perhaps even ... become your most beautiful self? You probably wouldn't believe that, because you listen to Sawbones. You probably would believe that the simple, possible effective technique called "Mewing" has been co-opted by incel culture though, right? Yeah, that sounds like Earth.
The Great Smog

The Great Smog

2021-02-0240:026

As with almost every cultural touchstone, Dr. Sydnee and Justin are extremely late to The Crown party. But the Netflix historical drama has provided not only immovable hairdos and withering glares, it also serves as the inspiration of our latest episode, in which a freak weather pattern (and an overuse of fossil fuels) nearly suffocated a city.
The COVID-19 vaccine has finally arrived and there are, dishearteningly, too many that are on the fence about getting it. This week on Sawbones, Dr. Sydnee and Justin provide a guide for talking with those who are vaccine hesitant and how using a kind, empathetic approach can help them see the light (and the antibodies).
Dropsy

Dropsy

2021-01-1940:196

It's a true shame that the medical condition with perhaps the most adorable name, dropsy, doesn't really exists. Well, it exists but ... you know what, this is too complicated. Let's just do a podcast episode about it.
COVID-19: The Final Mile

COVID-19: The Final Mile

2021-01-0545:026

OK, so the COVID-19 vaccine is here, basically, kind of, but how do you get it? How does your Nonnee get it? How will anybody get it? The answers are ... well, they're a lot less clear than we'd like. This week on Sawbones, we'll equip you with the best information we have in the hopes of reaching herd immunity (and Nonnee immunity) just as quickly as possible.Buy The Sawbones Book paperback!Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers
Vaccines are here! Vaccines are here! But wait ... aren't they ... rushed? Did you hear they might be ... tainted? Do they give you ... cheetah powers? Even if you believe in vaccines, it's normal to have some questions about them. So this week we'll be providing you with all the answers we have to your pressing queries.Pre-order The Sawbones Book paperback!Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers
Ivermectin is a fantastic, incredible miraculous drug that has recently been touted by some as a potent treatment for COVID-19, despite not having the research yet to back up the claims. This week, we'll help you avoid stealing your dog's worm medication in the hopes of fending off coronavirus.Pre-order The Sawbones Book paperback!Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers
Dr. Sydnee and Justin have turned themselves into lab rats as they join a COVID-19 vaccine trial. But how did humanity discover the practices and policies that guide these sorts of human experiments? Listen and find out!Our primary source for this week's episode is this excellent article by Dr. Arun Bhatt.Pre-order The Sawbones Book paperback!Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers 
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

2020-11-1347:4110

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
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A Gannon

So...elderly, sickly, immunocompromised people who are at greatest risk for COVID complications and death are the MAIN concern, above people who may be allergic (who often wouldn't even KNOW). It isn't about who literally cannot have it because they will immediately die of anaphylaxis, it's about who will be HARMED if other people DO NOT GET VAXED. That pool is frigging IMMENSE. And saying "well, they'll be fine if THEY'RE vaxed" doesn't fly. First, we don't know how effective the vaccine is for people with shit immune systems. Second...nah. Nah. Nobody has the right to put others at risk, especially the already marginalized. And! I have a major "cry me a river" reaction to this whole "I don't wanna be in a database" thing because a hell of a lot of immunocompromised, ill, or elderly people already are: disability and social security benefits rely on a huge database that, among other things, concerns itself with: your income, your bank accounts, who lives in your house, their relation to you, their income and bank accounts, what car you drive and how many vehicles you have or have access to and how much they are worth, all your health records, whether you are married, whether you volunteer or go to school, whether friends and family give you money, and so many more things than "name, address, phone number, email, SSN, whether you had the shot". "I don't want to be in a database." Neither do I, I don't want to have my ENTIRE LIFE invaded whenever the government wants to audit me to see if I am still broken FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE, but if I weren't on SSDI, I would /starve/. So I don't get a choice about being on some list that allows them to invasively monitor my activities until I literally die (they're nosy about whether you pre-purchase a funeral plot or life insurance, btw). Disabled people are oppressed by the same government people "mistrust" with less reason than we have. So yeah, if there's some sort of governmental or social pressure to get a card that says you got the shot, GOOD. IT WILL SAVE LIVES. Smdh. You know who has decisions made for them every day without their input, choice, or consent? Disabled people. I can't even get married without radically altering and maybe losing my benefits, I run a risk by saying I have a girlfriend. And! ANYONE can become disabled any time, and nearly EVERYONE does if they live long enough...and you know what COVID is definitely gonna do? CREATE A SHITTON MORE DISABLED PEOPLE. Y'all are US just waiting to happen. Care NOW. And get your shots. Avoid making this problem worse. I wouldn't wish this on anyone. JFC. I love you, Justin, with the fire of a thousand suns, but you gotta put your reluctance in perspective with what many people who are at risk ALREADY deal with and admit that something can be oogy as hell and still be the best solution we may have to a problem that should NEVER have gotten this far out of hand, and which already disproportionately affects people marginalized by poverty, race, and other factors as well as health status and disability.

May 10th
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Justin Frechette

As a fellow Justin, J-Man spinach is good.

May 5th
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envdresen

sorry, what about pulling teeth on stage??? is that called something? how do i learn more about that?

May 5th
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Ashlynn Crighton

hate to break it to you this way j man but spinach is indeed yummy

May 1st
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Rachel Randall

We had to ban Wii boxing in our house because my cousins were giving each other concussions while swinging the remotes!

Apr 27th
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Andi-Roo Libecap

When I was a kid, I had to have all my vaccinations recorded on a yellow card issued by the military since my dad was in the Air Force. It was so simple! I don't understand why the government can't follow suit.

Apr 26th
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Artemis

lol yeah I was trying to eat when they started talking about cutting the bone less long than the skin and muscle... 🤢 I do have a weak stomach but this show is so interesting!

Apr 17th
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Jette Williams

loved the show

Apr 10th
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BC

I'm always going to think of Ed Elric's dad Van Hohenheim when anyone brings up Van Hohenheim

Apr 9th
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Claire Copeland

magnus rushes in!

Mar 29th
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Lindsay Z

Man, listening to this in the COVID world is interesting.

Mar 24th
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Natasha Nootchtai

you actually already did Chroma therapy. episode 57.

Mar 24th
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Ashton

justin mcelroy is the ultimate himbo and I love him for it

Mar 23rd
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Anna Clay

Dogs are people too! 😂

Mar 19th
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A Gannon

I mean, a consistent factor in poor health outcomes for fat people is provider bias, and fat people know it. Also, as poor people are likely to be fatter, class comes into it. When you don't have time to cook or money to spend on more expensive healthy food, and you have poor access to medical care through low income clinics that have constantly rotating inexperienced staff causing discontinuity of care, yeah, you're gonna see people in poorer health. You're going to see people who have learned to avoid medical care because the care they get is just plain BAD. And I would not be surprised if all of that's playing into the complications with larger folks and COVID somewhat. So honestly, I'm relieved that FOR ONCE something is going in our favor, even as I am furious that it is still this hard to get a vaccine in general. I was honestly afraid that fat people would have a harder time getting it, the fatphobia in this country is so appallingly bad. Kudos to people who knew better, I guess, when laying out who gets access and when.

Mar 19th
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Margaret Wolfenden

Justin softly humming the national anthem while Sydnee talks about GP is everything to me right now

Mar 18th
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Claire Copeland

if you're going to have a delusion it's gonna be about something that's already in your brain (like religious delusions about hearing angels or demons). so if someone knew that the being-made-of-glass thing was a thing, i would think that their genuinely mental illness could draw on that

Mar 15th
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Natasha Nootchtai

This show is funny, informative, and the hosts really create an easy and comfortable atmosphere. I listen to new episodes excitedly because the content is interesting and old ones to sleep because their voices are so soothing.

Mar 14th
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Ashton

Justin and Sydnee love capitalism?!?!?! unbelievable!!! #cancelled

Mar 8th
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HaulAway

2:30 Don't do it. Don't move to Missouri. Trust me, a Missouri State University graduate.

Mar 4th
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