052 – Baldness and Vaping

  Chris tries to shave Jonathan's head as a poorly thought-out prophylactic measure against baldness. Meanwhile, comedian Jacob Meza interviews the cast of his comedy show: do baseball caps cause baldness... or treat it? Back in the studio, the boys talk about the many reasons why people lose their hair; Rogaine and Propecia; whether or not women can go bald; and the fact that it's not technically testosterone that's to blame for baldness. Also: peacocks;…

Continue reading


Interview – Ryan Armstrong on Regulating Pseudoscience

  Jonathan and Chris interview Ryan Armstrong, the executive director of Bad Science Watch, a consumer protection watchdog and science advocacy organization. They discuss what Bad Science Watch does; the lobbying forces surrounding Health Canada; homeopathy; the antagonist in Braveheart; the Stop Nosodes campaign; vaccine misinformation on social media; chiropractic complaints not taken seriously; innate intelligence; predatory practice building; how to lodge a complaint, the Ryan way; internecine squabbles between vitalists and evidence-based chiropractors; osteopaths…

Continue reading


051 – Diet Pills and Hot Yoga

  A discussion around ice cream reveals that Jonathan may have fallen into the Twilight Zone. Comedian Jacob Meza goes to ComicCon to talk diet pills and accidentally meets "a good swallower" he knows. Back in the studio, the boys discuss the green coffee bean marketing apocalypse; how to spot fake diet pills; and genuine pharmaceuticals that may kill you, give you hallucinations, or make you leak. The biggest question is: will losing 10 pounds…

Continue reading


Why we vaccinate babies against Hepatitis B

Given the rising number of measles cases, being up to date with your immunizations (it takes two doses for measles) is very important. But there are always questions from concerned parents, including a few raised in a recent letter to my editors at the Gazette, and this seems like a good opportunity to provide some answers. First off, why do we vaccinate babies against hepatitis B? See the answer here: https://montrealgazette.com/opinion/columnists/christopher-labos-why-we-...

Continue reading


Special – Talking Science in the Age of Fake News

  To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the McGill Office for Science and Society, a university-backed office dedicated to separating sense from nonsense, Jonathan moderated a panel discussion entitled "Talking Science in the Age of Fake News". The panelists were Prof. Joe Schwarcz, the director of the Office; Timothy Caulfield, host of a User's Guide to Cheating Death on Netflix; Carly Weeks, health reporter for The Globe & Mail newspaper; and Ryan Armstrong, director of…

Continue reading


050 – The Anniversary Edition

  An unexplained bout of amnesia leads Jonathan to completely change his mind about Chris' interior decoration choices. For the 50th episode of their podcast, the boys have friends over who will help them explain what's been in the news lately. A dentist and a paediatrician talk about human touch; a chemistry and gender studies double major comments on the line between male and female in competitive sport; and an Apple fanboy and his sui…

Continue reading