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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: Ketchup

Sawbones: Ketchup

2023-02-0737:13

There are lots of things that aren’t medicine. Taxes. Pound cake. One thing that is definitely not a medicine but at a time was thought as one? Ketchup! Dr. Sydnee goes through ketchup’s journey from a fermented non-tomato condiment to the condiment we know and love, including its brief stint as Dr. Miles’ Extract of Tomato.Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers https://taxpayers.bandcamp.com/
Sawbones: Grapefruits

Sawbones: Grapefruits

2023-01-3144:271

Dr. Sydnee and Justin don't actually like grapefruits, so it's irrelevant to them, but grapefruit juice is known to interact poorly with many medications. Given the wide variety of fruits and their juices, it seems strange this is such an outlier. How was this anomaly discovered, and why exactly does it do what it does?Atlas Obscura article, "Grapefruit is One of the Weirdest Fruits on the Planet" by Dan Nosowitz: atlasobscura.com/articles/grapefruit-history-and-drug-interactionsMusic: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers https://taxpayers.bandcamp.com/ 
Sawbones: Mononucleosis

Sawbones: Mononucleosis

2023-01-2438:203

Have you ever been interrupted on a college campus by someone asking about your latest incident of intimate kissing? That's because they were trying to track the spread of a common infection called mononucleosis, or mono. Dr. Sydnee goes over the history of how the virus that caused mono was tracked down, and how it's tested for now.Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers https://taxpayers.bandcamp.com/
Sawbones: Asafoetida

Sawbones: Asafoetida

2023-01-1738:262

If you're like Dr. Sydnee and your TikTok algorithm keeps advertising medical substances at you, perhaps you've heard of asafoetida. It's a pungent resin derived from a plant, and has culinary appeal as well as reportedly some medical benefits. But what, if any, research and evidence do we have about these medicinal claims? And most importantly, what does it really smell like? We need to know, for science.Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers https://taxpayers.bandcamp.com/
Sawbones: Anthrax

Sawbones: Anthrax

2023-01-1038:275

In 2001, the United States was under a biological attack from strange spores in mailed envelopes. This is a lot of people's first introduction to anthrax, a bacteria often associated with both domestic and wild animals. But what is anthrax, how is it spread, and where did it come from? To clarify, this episode is about the disease, not the metal band.Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers https://taxpayers.bandcamp.com/
The Sawbones Medical Quiz is back and better than ever, with questions about this past year's episodes! What have you learned about bad fast food, Senate contenders, pirate medicine, and owls?Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers https://taxpayers.bandcamp.com/
It's the last episode of the year, so Dr. Sydnee and Justin set out to answer your important medical questions! How do oral probiotics prevent a yeast infection (or do they)? What's that medicine and Sprite combo you drink before a CT scan? Should I talk to the students who practice appointments on me? And does everyone rub their limbs together like a cricket before bed, or is it just Justin?Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers https://taxpayers.bandcamp.com/
Sawbones: RSV

Sawbones: RSV

2022-12-1341:054

Parts of the US are currently in the midst of a triple-demic, a very scary phrase, so Dr. Sydnee is here to break down the third illness: Respiratory Syncytial Virus, or RSV. It’s a virus that’s common among everyone, but can be dangerous for some people. Dr. Sydnee and Justin talk about what it is, why it is suddenly prevalent in adults, and what can be done to help prevent the spread (hint: wear a mask).Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers https://taxpayers.bandcamp.com/
Sawbones: Farts

Sawbones: Farts

2022-12-0643:325

This week, Justin takes the wheel and finally gets to talk about farts, only tangentially in a medical way. Get ready for some fart etymology, some notable farts in medieval history, fun fart facts, and a little bit about preventing and treating excessive gas and flatulence.Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers https://taxpayers.bandcamp.com/  
In the third and final chapter of the pirate medicine series, Dr. Sydnee and Justin talk about the dreaded Flux. What is the Flux? Well, it involves something coming out of your body in excess . . . and it's not urine.Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers https://taxpayers.bandcamp.com/
In the second entry in the pirate medicine series, Dr. Sydnee talks about the practice of treating burns aboard a ship. It seems like burns on a ship would not be a problem, but ships are made of wood, and fire + wood = bad.Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers https://taxpayers.bandcamp.com/
To celebrate the first new live Sawbones shows since 2020, we're releasing the first in a three-part series exploring the vast array that pirates—in an extremely resource and knowledge-limited setting—tried to keep one another alive through the years.Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers https://taxpayers.bandcamp.com/
Have you ever wanted to ask a real doctor questions that aren’t really advice? Dr. Sydnee answers listener questions about infecting yourself with a virus, refusing opioids, and difficult veins. And don’t worry - there are some poop questions as well.Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers https://taxpayers.bandcamp.com/
Sawbones: Anthroposophy

Sawbones: Anthroposophy

2022-10-2541:395

Why not just connect the spiritual and scientific world? That's basically what anthroposophy asks, teaching a philosophical approach to medicine. Dr. Sydnee and Justin talk about the history of this movement and also try to explain what exactly it is.Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers https://taxpayers.bandcamp.com/
Sawbones: Iridology

Sawbones: Iridology

2022-10-1843:562

The eyes are the windows to the soul, but could they also be the windows to all the body's ailments? Dr. Sydnee and Justin discuss iridology, the idea that changes in the eye color could possibly indicate different diseases and conditions – and perhaps even personality traits – although there is very little evidence that any of this is scientifically sound.Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers https://taxpayers.bandcamp.com/ 
Sawbones: Dr. Oz

Sawbones: Dr. Oz

2022-10-1147:003

There are many people who have been recurring characters on Sawbones. Pliny the Elder. Charlie. But few so notorious as Dr. Mehmet Oz, now running for the U.S. Senate. This isn’t a commentary on his political fitness; just an examination of his history of questionable medical advice and pop-science claims.CW: Discussion of dieting and weight lossMusic: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers https://taxpayers.bandcamp.com/
Sawbones: Schizophrenia

Sawbones: Schizophrenia

2022-10-0448:227

Is schizophrenia the same as having a dissociative identity? Or anti-social disorder? Or being a murderer? No. No. All of these are wrong. Dr. Sydnee breaks down one of the most misunderstood and maligned mental illnesses and how our understanding of symptoms and treatment have changed over the years.Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers https://taxpayers.bandcamp.com/
Podcast history is being made here: There are TWO Justin McElroys in this week's episode. We are joined by Justin McElroy, CBC reporter of municipal affairs in Vancouver and British Columbia, as he discusses his role reporting COVID data over the last two and a half years, and the challenges of presenting that information as people seem to be moving on from caring about the pandemic.Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers https://taxpayers.bandcamp.com/
Sawbones: E. coli

Sawbones: E. coli

2022-09-2040:002

From our earliest days of life E. coli is among us and within us, living in harmony with the rest of our colonic flora. But this week we're here to discuss the multi-dimensional E. coli's ability to really mess all that up through contaminated romaine and undercooked cheeseburgers.Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers https://taxpayers.bandcamp.com/
Extra, extra! It’s the first edition of the Sawbones Medical News, updates on what’s going on in the world of medicine. We’ve got the newest reports on Monkey Pox vaccines and the hot new COVID-19 booster. Plus, an analysis of Dr. Oz’s interesting medical care advice.Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers https://taxpayers.bandcamp.com/
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Comments (613)

Felix Graner

Asafoetida - great for Dal, but which is your favourite dish for it fellow Sawboners? :D

Jan 26th
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Lynda Yoder

Fish sauce, aged cheese many other cooking ingredients smell awful, but when added to food, bring out flavors (umoni) that would have remained in the background Asafoetida is very much the same, I have used it but it need to be dissolved and diluted. The big takeaway hint from me is sniff carefully. The undiluted oder is long lasting.

Jan 18th
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Nate Kennedy

there are still blogs, you can follow mine at natekennedy.substack.com 🤑

Jan 12th
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Laura Bogart

"Cooper's a rogue agent" 🤣🤣🤣

Dec 24th
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ID19619055

As an LGBTQ person who graduated quite a while ago, I am dismayed at how subjective grading STILL is in med school. I was often judged unworthy just because I am gay in med school, despite all of my otherwise top scores. It is well past time to remove subjectivity that effects POC and LGBTQ.

Dec 21st
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Kira T

I love how Clint always sounds so fuckin hyped up when he's doing those intros. he's getting enrichment

Dec 9th
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ID19619055

Not for nothing…but the AMA is often behind the times socially…so, not surprised at all. I’ve always refused to be a member.

Dec 3rd
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Stephen J. Allen

We definitely don't all have that bowl.

Nov 16th
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ID19619055

He still has a relationship with Columbia I believe and he still does cardiothiracic surgery. Unfortunately.

Nov 14th
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ID19619055

This episode is unexpectedly funny. 😂 #Sawbones

Nov 9th
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Jess Campbell

listening to this in 2022 is a trip.

Nov 2nd
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Patricia Ossig

In the last episodes I noticed a trend that's making listening hard. it's nothing in the topics. There is often a difference in loudness. either Justin or Sydnee are way louder than the other. for example in the E.coli episode Justin is a lot less loud than Sydnee. in some episodes like the sleeping sickness it's sometimes so bad that I continually have to adjust listening loudness, because either one is screaming at me or I can't hear the other. I'm listening via castbox, not sure if that makes a difference. but maybe you need to work with the editing or placing of microphone. I really enjoy your show, but it now makes listening harder and not as enjoyable.

Oct 21st
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Laura Bogart

Catching up, just got to the Radium Girls episode of #Sawbones and had a blast listening to Charlie recap!

Oct 10th
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ID19619055

I would like to posit that Dr. James Barry was in fact NOT a woman, but rather a trans man.

Sep 30th
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Nina Pina

I'm seeing double! Four Justin McElroys!

Sep 30th
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Suction Cup Man

sydnees dads lowkey ACAB joke is hilarious

Sep 8th
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firecat

There are countless photos of me as a child wearing Band-Aids like jewelry

Aug 16th
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ID19619055

Open MRI do not have the same resolution and do not work as well as regular MRI. As a resident we participated in studies and any other time I’ve had to have them for any other reason I actually enjoy it because I can take a nap. No radiation exposure is a plus!

Aug 13th
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Michelle Pegler

One of my favorite episodes. I need more of Charlie co-hosting this show!

Aug 4th
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ID19619055

Because Mass people pronounce towns in weird ways—-that is “Hay-vrill”

Aug 1st
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