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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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Sawbones: Sea Moss

Sawbones: Sea Moss

2024-04-0942:373

Another day, another fad superfood on social media! Sea moss, or carrageenan or Irish moss, has historically been used for ulcers and sore throats, but does it actually have any proven medical use? Well, no, but it’s probably a good vegan substitute for gelatin. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers https://taxpayers.bandcamp.com/
With so much medical research out there on internet, how can you sort through what's based in science and what's just three people in a room? Dr. Sydnee discusses the all the different factors to think about when deciding how much weight to give any article or study. There's a lot! Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers https://taxpayers.bandcamp.com/
Sawbones: Gamer Pills

Sawbones: Gamer Pills

2024-03-2851:134

If you want to Get Good at video games quickly, are there any magic pills you can take? Well, there are people trying to sell them to you. Justin and Dr. Sydnee look at some supplements that claim to give gamers better focus and more energy, none of which are doctor-approved. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers https://taxpayers.bandcamp.com/
Dr. Sydnee and Justin are welcoming in the spring and allergy season with listeners' strangest medical questions! Why do some people get goosebumps when they do alcohol shots? Does baking soda work for bug bites? Do people with facial hair get more sick? And for real, how long can you REALLY actually look at an eclipse before it's unsafe? Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers https://taxpayers.bandcamp.com/
Sawbones: Bad Bugs

Sawbones: Bad Bugs

2024-03-1246:095

There are many ways people get sick, but sometimes diseases are carried to people by insects. Dr. Sydnee and Justin talk about the top ten "bad bugs" including mosquitoes, ticks, assassin bugs, and some beetles that are big and bad. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers https://taxpayers.bandcamp.com/
Sawbones: IVF

Sawbones: IVF

2024-03-0551:554

Started in the 1930s by scientist Dr. Miriam Menkin, in vitro fertilization is a medical procedure to help with fertility that took until the 1970s to have results in humans. With some drastic misunderstandings going on in the news, Dr. Sydnee and Justin go through the long history of in vitro fertilization and its importance in fertility and contraception today.Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers https://taxpayers.bandcamp.com/
Sawbones: Knock Knock Hi

Sawbones: Knock Knock Hi

2024-02-2753:174

Justin and Dr. Sydnee are joined by parallel-universe versions of themselves, The Glaucomfleckens! The two doctor-spouse duos talk about Will and Kristen Flanary's journey into podcasting, including serious medical scares, balancing work and kids, and social media. KNOCK KNOCK HI: https://glaucomflecken.com/podcast/ Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers https://taxpayers.bandcamp.com/
Sawbones: Tongue Ties

Sawbones: Tongue Ties

2024-02-1354:353

A tongue tie is not just a turn of phrase, it's a medical condition in which the frenulum under your tongue is too thick and restricts your lingual movement. For a long time, a procedure to cut it has been done as a solution to some breastfeeding woes. But should it be? Dr. Sydnee and Justin talk about the history of this procedure and the medical field's view on it today. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers https://taxpayers.bandcamp.com/
Sawbones: Aquatofana

Sawbones: Aquatofana

2024-02-0638:554

Normally Sawbones talks about medical cures, whether real or fake, but today Dr. Sydnee and Justin are diving into the opposite. There was a time when women in bad marriages and needed a way out could turn to Julia Tofana who offered a secret, untraceable poison and, maybe, a chance at freedom. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers https://taxpayers.bandcamp.com/
Sawbones: Gallstones

Sawbones: Gallstones

2024-01-3044:132

Do you even know where your gallbladder is? Maybe it's not so surprising that millions of Americans don't know they have a gastrointestinal disorder caused by gallstones. Dr. Sydnee and Justin go through the history of gallbladder disease, and why the icky medical mnemonic of "forty, fat, and fertile" is misleading and maybe even harmful.Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers https://taxpayers.bandcamp.com/
Sawbones: Dr. Scholl's

Sawbones: Dr. Scholl's

2024-01-2341:504

In a continuation from last week, Dr. Sydnee and Justin are focusing on a particular Doctor Brand: Dr Scholl's. Who was Dr. Scholl, what was his medical training, and why was he so interested in fixing feet? Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers https://taxpayers.bandcamp.com/
Sawbones: Doctor Brands

Sawbones: Doctor Brands

2024-01-1644:577

A lot of brands name themselves "doctor" – but how many of them are named after actual medical doctors? Justin takes the wheel with a little quiz for Dr. Sydnee and the listeners on Dr. Pepper, Doc Martens, Dr. Teal, and more. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers https://taxpayers.bandcamp.com/
Sawbones: Home Alone 2

Sawbones: Home Alone 2

2023-12-1952:234

What would really happen to someone stuck in all of Kevin McCallister's traps? Dr. Sydnee and Justin return to discuss the even more outrageous and even more dangerous injuries the Sticky Bandits sustain in Home Alone 2.Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers https://taxpayers.bandcamp.com/
Shrug off that winter chill with a warm bowl of listener-submitted medical questions. Questions like: Am I giving away my immunity with a blood donation? Can antibiotics make colds worse? Can you cough while sleeping? Are we really new people every seven years? And is there any real health benefit to shaving my armpits?Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers https://taxpayers.bandcamp.com/
Sawbones: Pepto Bismol

Sawbones: Pepto Bismol

2023-12-0543:475

Many of us know all the catchy jingle that lists all the things that Pepto Bismol is supposed to be good for. However, that ubiquitous pink medicine is maybe not so ubiquitous everywhere. How did this chalky liquid become so necessary for curing Americans' stomach woes – and does it actually do anything? Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers https://taxpayers.bandcamp.com/
To get you through that holiday slog, we're re-releasing our classic holiday episode all about the ailments Santa could possibly have.It's Candlenights 2016, and that can only mean one thing: Dr. Sydnee is trying to ruin Christmas again. Join her as she explains to poor, pitiful Justin all of Santa's terrible health risks, recorded live in Huntington, WV. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers https://taxpayers.bandcamp.com/
It was probably the destiny of Dr. Doctor Willard Bliss to become a medical professional, although his career was a real rollercoaster of beliefs and practices. But he obtained the most notoriety for bringing his questionable treatments to one of the most important people in the United States – President James Garfield.Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers https://taxpayers.bandcamp.com/
In the 1800s, there was a growing concern about spermatorrhea, a condition that involves involuntary and excessive semen leakage or discharge. Some doctors (and people who claimed to be doctors) were quick to come up with some truly terrifying solutions . . . except that it was largely a panic and not really happening at all. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers https://taxpayers.bandcamp.com/
What was some of the outdated (though subtly subversive) medical advice given to cisgendered women of the 1930s? Dr. Sydnee and Justin aim to answer that with The Intimate Side of a Woman’s Life by Leona W. Chalmers, with all sorts of tips about douching, period cramps, and sex energy. Thanks to Olivia for sending in the book! Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers https://taxpayers.bandcamp.com/
Often cure-alls cure nothing (and do nothing), but other times they may actually hurt. Dr. Sydnee and Justin talk about the Essiac tea formula, which claims to cure cancer while preventing people from seeking actual helpful medical care. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers https://taxpayers.bandcamp.com/
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ID19619055

Yeah…testosterone and accessing it and levels, etc…welcome to the trans male experience.

Mar 30th
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Laura Bogart

ooh they should also do a House Of Pod crossover

Mar 4th
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Natasha Nootchtai

Love how Justin is “shaken” and I’m here with my cupcake saying good for her haha

Feb 7th
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Feb 5th
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JayBlu1418

Pliny the Elder was in a Jeopardy clue tonight! Anything on deck that involves any of Pliny's musings? We haven't heard about him in a while.

Feb 3rd
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ID19619055

I am completely vaxxed and boosted. This is my second time around with COVID and this time is ROUGH. Can only imagine what it would be like without vaccination. Get vaccinated!

Jan 25th
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Becky Manry

oh boo hoo you have to spend time with your kids. I'm on day 5 of my house having no power

Jan 24th
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Laura Bogart

This episode has made me realize I would love a take on "bad movie podcast" hosted by contractors making fun of building stuff that wouldn't work

Jan 21st
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ID19619055

OMG. I’m dying because Sydnee is having her mind blown about Netter. 😂

Nov 1st
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C B

My son was thought to have Alpha gal but has now been dx with pork cat syndrome! He also has CHD and will need a valve replacement, so this was very interesting for me.

Oct 26th
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Skeleton Warlock

it's not pizza if it's got no cheese

Oct 25th
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Laura Bogart

aquasocks! 🤣

Oct 4th
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Laura Bogart

Food allergies: everything packaged is cross contaminated unless it states made in a nut safe facility. Kids react during their "first" exposure because it isn't their first exposure.

Sep 14th
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Laura Bogart

My past roommate has alpha-gal syndrome, went undiagnosed with Lyme for a year because he was unhoused, and ER doctors dismissed him as faking. Random luck that I'm vegan, cause he had no idea about the meat and dairy thing and couldn't figure out why he kept getting sick til I recognized the pattern

Sep 14th
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ID19619055

When Sydnee really laughs it is awesome.

Aug 11th
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Jess Campbell

Sydnee singing was literally rhe cutest thing ever I'm gonna lose it

Jul 30th
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Heidi Mavir

thank you so so much

Jul 11th
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Laura Bogart

"The Sydnee McElroy Story" 🤣

Jul 6th
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Ileleana

you milk a snake, inject the venom into a horse, harvest the antibodies from the horse and you have antivenom.

Jun 28th
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Ashton

Did the math on this, and $100 in 1900 is worth roughly $3,621 today. The average American spends $12,914 on healthcare according to the AMA (https://www.ama-assn.org/about/research/trends-health-care-spending). So healthcare today costs about 3.5x more than what it did for our 1900 counterparts, when adjusted for inflation. I guess medicine is probably more than 3.5x better than it was back then, but still, really sucks.

Jun 25th
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