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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: Tampons

Sawbones: Tampons

2024-07-1648:003

You may have heard that a new study showed tampons contain traces of metals. Dr. Sydnee and Justin go through the history of tampons, why they might contain metal, and what we still need to find out about the possible effects of using them.Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers https://taxpayers.bandcamp.com/
Sawbones: Human Tricks

Sawbones: Human Tricks

2024-07-0941:053

Can you touch your tongue with your nose or wiggle your ears? Dr. Sydnee and Justin talk about the science and studies behind weird little tricks some bodies can do, or "stupid human tricks." Can you flare your nostrils? Take our poll: https://shorturl.at/rdzY3 Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers https://taxpayers.bandcamp.com/
Sawbones listeners just have so many strange medical questions! Questions like: Why do I sneeze at dark chocolate? Does Diet Coke actually relieve nausea? Why does saliva get thicker while exercising? And you know that TikTok with the cinnamon rolls and the yeast infection. . . is that . . .real? Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers https://taxpayers.bandcamp.com/
To coincide with the opening of Justin and Sydnee's stage production, we bring to you a classic episode about the medicinal history of chocolate! This week on Sawbones, Dr. Sydnee and Justin take a sunrise and sprinkle it with dew. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers https://taxpayers.bandcamp.com/
Sawbones: Willy Wonka

Sawbones: Willy Wonka

2024-06-1136:256

There are different versions of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory exploits, but all of them involve strange things happening to children who misbehave. But from a biological standpoint, what does that look like? Dr. Sydnee and Justin discuss the strange science going on at Wonka's factory and whether gum could possibly contain enough juice to turn someone into a blueberry. Note: Willy Wonka is the creation of Roald Dahl, not a good person. More information about his antisemitism available here: https://time.com/5937507/roald-dahl-anti-semitism/ Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers https://taxpayers.bandcamp.com/
Hot time, summer in the city, time for listener Sawbones questions! Questions like: Why is blood sticky? Why does skin itch when it grows back? Might my twin reject my organs? And should I bring my own speculum to an exam? Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers https://taxpayers.bandcamp.com/
Sawbones: Hydrogen Water

Sawbones: Hydrogen Water

2024-05-2142:153

Dr. Sydnee has ruined her TikTok algorithm for the listeners once again and came across something called "Hydrogen Water." Similar to alkaline water, hydrogen water goes through an ionization process that leaves it with excess hydrogen molecules. But . . . is it better than regular water? Probably not. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers https://taxpayers.bandcamp.com/
Sawbones: Plexus

Sawbones: Plexus

2024-05-0747:324

In a collaboration of medical fads and brands, Dr. Sydnee and Justin dive into the confusing MLM called Plexus. The company started as a seller of the Breast Chek [sic] Kit but has since branched out into wellness and weight management products that it encourages its Ambassadors to recruit others to sell. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers https://taxpayers.bandcamp.com/
You may have seen some celebrities or influencers on social media getting something called a Vampire Facial. It's exactly what it sounds like: blood spread on the face like a cream mask. But why would anyone do this unless it's supposed to do something for the skin? Dr. Sydnee and Justin draw out where this trend came from and its questionable benefits.Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers https://taxpayers.bandcamp.com/
Sawbones: CPR

Sawbones: CPR

2024-04-2344:386

Squishing someone’s heart and blowing air into them to bring them back to life seems so basic, so why weren’t we able to agree on it for the past few hundred years? This week on Sawbones, Dr. Sydnee gives an overview of the evolution of CPR which, despite what movies and TV would have you believe, isn’t quite an infinite cheat code for avoiding death.Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers https://taxpayers.bandcamp.com/
What if someone was declared dead . . . only for their heart to start beating again? This is a phenomenon sometimes called "Lazarus Syndrome" or "auto resuscitation after failed pulmonary resuscitation". Dr. Sydnee and Justin discuss the outline of exactly what needs to occur, some possible reasons this might happen, and a few wild examples. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers https://taxpayers.bandcamp.com/
Sawbones: Sea Moss

Sawbones: Sea Moss

2024-04-0942:375

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

2024-03-2851:137

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

2024-03-1246:098

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

2024-03-0551:555

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

2024-02-2753:175

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

2024-02-1354:354

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/
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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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