Interview – Jonathan Howard on Errors of Thinking in Medicine

  Jonathan and Chris interview Jonathan Howard, a neurologist in New York who wrote a book that will make you, the patient, understand a bit more how your doctor is thinking. Howard is interested in how the brain fires (and misfires), which led him to write this book about the biases in the thinking of doctors and patients that can lead to correct answers... but that sometimes result in errors.    This episode plunges you…

Continue reading


The Hype about Young Blood transfusions

If you have the blood of young person transfused into your veins, will that help prevent disease? No. You cannot steal another person's youth essence. Nor can young blood reverse the course of aging.  But for a few thousand dollars, some private companies will certainly let you try. Of course the FDA has some words of caution for anyone with that much money to burn.   Read the story here: https://montrealgazette.com/opinion/columnists/christopher-labos-hype-ab...

Continue reading


047 – Fasting and a Worrisome DNA Kit

  Chris loses his mind when he misses his after-dinner cookie, which leads the boys to talk about fasting! Ada asks students about their thoughts on the issue, which range from mentioning Terry Crews to believing monks can survive for months without eating. Back in the studio, it's time to catch up on the hundreds of definitions of fasting and to answer the questions: does fasting work? compared to what? and can people stick with…

Continue reading


Early exposure can help prevent allergies

Intuitively you would think that avoiding allergens is best. But in reality, exposing yourself early is what can help prevent them. Thinking on allergies has changed a great deal over the past few years and new guidelines from the Canadian Pediatric Society have reflected how our thinking has evolved. Check out the article here : https://montrealgazette.com/opinion/christopher-labos-early-exposure-can... *********************************************** New guidelines issued by the Canadian Pediatric Society have changed course on the best way to prevent food allergies…

Continue reading


046 – Concussions and the Canadian Food Guide

  Chris gets surprisingly aggressive (and hairy) during a football match, which leads the boys to discuss concussions. Jacob goes to a hockey game and finds a lot of people who are intimately familiar with mild traumatic brain injuries. How common are they, what's the treatment for them, and should you let someone with a concussion fall asleep? Perhaps more importantly, would you let your kid play football (or hockey)? Also: a new iteration of…

Continue reading


Home Testing for Diabetes Might be Unnecessary For Many

Many people with diabetes check their blood sugar at home. It seems like a good idea. But it costs a lot of money. The machines are usually given away for free but the testing strips can cost $1 each. But here's the rub. It may not actually provide any benefit unless you take insulin or certain types of medications, which most patients don't anymore. You can read the full article at the Montreal Gazette site…

Continue reading


045 – Fitness Trackers and Baby Powder

  Don't mind Chris' newfound psychic powers; do fitness trackers like Fitbits actually work? They monitor our heart beats, they count our steps and calories burnt, but do they do it accurately? And can they help us lose weight? Also: you'll never believe what actually motivates people to exercise; early detection is not as easy as it sounds; does Johnson & Johnson's baby powder cause cancer and should you even use baby powder in the…

Continue reading


There’s no single true path to weight loss

In what is going to be the first in a regularly appearing column in the Montreal Gazette, I tackle the issue of why no one diet works for everyone and why losing weight is so hard.  https://montrealgazette.com/opinion/columnists/christopher-labos-theres-... ************************************************************************************************************************** I was once asked why I don't go out and write a diet book to make some easy money. It seems like it would be fairly simple. There are dozens of diet books out there, though many…

Continue reading


Interview – Pixie Turner: From Peak Wellness to Food Positivity

  Jonathan and Chris interview Pixie Turner, a London-based nutritionist who used to be, according to her, a "wellness wanker". And then she publicly changed her mind about food.   They discuss her formerly obsessive relationship with nutrition; eating for Instagram; the turning point in her life; the vicious Instagram vegan posse; becoming an inadvertent Trojan horse on social media; why wellness mainly targets women; her thoughts on the carnivore diet; the demonization of carbs;…

Continue reading