Interview – Ryan Armstrong on Chiropractic

  Jonathan interviews public health and consumer advocate Ryan Armstrong, in whom the College of Chiropractors of Ontario is now taking a special interest. They discuss the internal split between "straights" and "mixers"; the Canadian origin of the chiropractic discipline; the College's monitoring of Ryan's public criticism; the divine claims of some practitioners; the safety of fast thrusts; the chiropractor-antivaxx link; and more. Ryan weighs in on two important questions: can chiropractors self-regulate and can…

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Cracked Science: Vision Loss and Vitamins

  There is more to vision loss than meets the eye. Take vitamins, for example. Certain vitamin combinations do slow down the progression of a particular type of eye disease, but can genetics tell us which patients will benefit... and which will be harmed? Jonathan's latest video for the McGill Office for Science and Society.    

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Cell Phones and Cancer

  "If anyone ever tried to convince you that cellphones cause brain cancer, they probably referred to the U.S. National Toxicology Program (NTP). In 2016, the NTP published preliminary results suggesting that cellphones increased the risk of brain and heart cancer. ... A few things to mention before we begin. The positive finding occurred in rats, but not mice. The positive finding occurred in male rats, but not female rats. There were no humans in…

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038 – Coffee and Medical Errors

  The podcast's third-year anniversary celebration turns out to be the perfect time to discuss coffee. Does it prevent disease... or cause disease? Why are pregnant women told to avoid excessive caffeine consumption if it's a wonder drug? And, if it's a drug, is it addictive? We discuss its purported links to miscarriages, birth defects, fertility, cardiac risk, blood pressure, cancer, migraine, and Parkinson's disease. Plus: why complications are not the same as medical error,…

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Weight loss and the case for Bariatric Surgery

In the conversation about weight loss, there's one technique we almost never mention even though it's very effective and is one of the few things that can actually prevent disease. That is bariatric surgery and it's the focus of my latest article for the Montreal Gazette. http://montrealgazette.com/opinion/opinion-weight-loss-and-the-case-for-... *********************************************************** When you start talking about weight loss, most people think about diet and exercise. But a recent survey in the United States found that people generally overestimate…

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Cracked Science: Love In Your Genes

  Can you find love in your genetic code? Is there such a thing as DNA-crossed lovers? Some direct-to-consumer companies, like "Instant Chemistry", want to test the compatibility of your relationship by looking at your genes... but is there clear science on this issue or is this repackaged astrology? My latest video for the McGill Office for Science and Society!  

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037 – Birth Control and Instant Chemistry

  Chris' goodwill to help out a young couple on Valentine's Day backfires, which leads him and Jonathan to talk about contraception. What is the most effective form of birth control, and how come there's no pill... for men? One thing's for certain: McGill students are going to have a lot of unplanned babies if the vox pop is any indication! Also: can science really tell you how compatible you and your lover are?; Britt…

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Cracked Science: Sloppy Food Science

  He was the king of food psychology, even influencing how American schools offer lunches to their students. So why has Dr. Brian Wansink fallen from grace? And what lessons can we learn about how scientific research should be conducted? And exactly who are "the data detectives"? My latest video for the McGill Office for Science and Society!  

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