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In the age of "fake news" and the "post truth", we are at a crossroads: on one hand, potential for innovative and positive change, on the other hand, potential for a downward spiral. In the middle of all this, is science, trying to get its message out, and science communicators, who are trying to sift through the mess, find the truth, and deliver it to your social media feed.
To help us in our exploration of all the challenges of science communication today, we have Dr. Jamie Vernon joining us today. He is the executive director and CEO of Sigma Xi, the scientific research honor society, editor-in-chief of the magazine, American Scientist, as well as a myriad of other highly impressive previous jobs that we will mention during our interview.
By Academy Award-nominated director Scott Hamilton Kennedy (director/writer/producer) and Trace Sheehan (writer/producer), the movie FOOD EVOLUTION shines a light onto a brutally polarized debate marked by fear, distrust and confusion: the controversy surrounding genetic engineering of our food.
It tells stories from around the world: the Hawaiian papaya groves, to banana farms in Uganda to the cornfields of Iowa, helping confront both the emotions and the evidence that is driving one of the most heated arguments of our time. This movie set out to tell the other side of the story, and possibly change hearts and minds.
To help us find out more about all this, we are lucky enough to have both Director Scott Hamilton Kennedy and Trace Sheehan on the show with us today!
Can CRICKETS replace traditional protein powder?
To understand why crickets, we will dive a little deeper into why people say that consumption of meat is bad for the environment. And more generally, should we be eating more protein? Why do we need supplements, or do we? Just like in the vitamins episode, there is such a thing as "too much of a good thing". This and much more in EP11
This week in the segment FREAKY MEDICINE we have... a cure for blindness, using your teeth!
You know when you walk through the grocery store, you see all those labels on food? Free range, organic, no hormones, natural, local, humane, fair trade….
Ever stop and wonder.. what in the world do they ACTUALLY mean? Of course, as human beings we automatically assign meaning to everything - colors, images, words, and though we may think these label meanings are self explanatory, what actually stands behind them? Is it real science? Real for the lack of a better word - “goodness”, meaning these labels tell us that that product is actually healthier or better than the other.. or is it more complicated than that? I really wanted to find out so here we are.
To help us sift through all these labels and misconceptions, we have best selling author, entrepreneur, cattle breeder and advocate for global agriculture Michele Payne joining us on the show today!
So, I'm sure you've noticed something strange while scrolling through your morning Facebook or news website feed. There is widespread confusion in terms of nutrition. Every day someone says something is good, and then the next day they say it's bad. Everything seems to cause or prevent cancer or cause and prevent heart problems. Fortunately, there are some people trying to help solve this problem.
Dr Andrew Freeman, a cardiologist at National Jewish Health is one of those people. He and his colleagues reviewed medical evidence related to overall healthy eating patterns and specific dietary fads that are currently popular in the United States and published a paper with some surprising findings.
Today, we have Dr. Andrew Freeman on the show to help us separate fad from fact.
Why is marijuana illegal, on the same list as heroin, LSD and ecstasy? What medic al benefits does it have for people with PTSD, cancer, epilepsy and chronic pain? What does the research actually have to say on short and long term side effects? Find out.
This week in the segment "Freaky Medicine": a fun and easy cure for headaches... with a drill.
This episode is a follow up to Episode 05: a fascinating, deep exploration about the other, not scary side of GMO technology: how it helps cure illnesses, helps reduce herbicide and pesticide use, helps protect food from deadly fungi, and helps feed a growing world population..
Featuring an exclusive interview with Professor Dr Kevin Folta, professor and chairman of the horticultural sciences department at the University of Florida and active science communicator, striving for a more transparent and collaborative conversation about the pros and cons of genetic modification of crops.
Dr Folta is also a podcaster! In his podcast, Talking Biotech, he interviews agriculture scientists and experts in the fields of science and communication to discuss the genetic improvement of plants, animals, and microbes and other issues in biotechnology.
Foods with GMO ingredients: technology that will save the world or one that will destroy us all?
Since the first tests in the late 1980s, GMOs have become increasingly widespread and so has the distrust and fear in their use. The debate is very polarized: one extreme asserting that the technology will save the world and the other claiming the complete opposite. But though good reasons exist on both sides, there are still misconceptions and lies that plague the debate. In this episode, we will attempt to unravel them.
It is the lesser well known cousin of the placebo effect, the Mr.Hyde to placebo’s Dr Jekyll, the yin and yang of clinical mysteries, the nocebo effect seems to make people actually, physically sick for no medical reason.
It is a result of the super complicated interaction between the patint, their expectations, the drug, the surrounding context, the healthcare provider, and the way the information is delivered and received. Join me as we try to unravel this mysterious phenomenon!
You have probably heard of placebo, but there are many misconceptions, myths, and mysteries around this phenomenon. In this episode, we will rediscover what this effect is, where is comes from, and what we still don’t know.
Seems like the natural way to explain placebo is through stories: we will look at the story of the past, stories about the present and then we will discuss the future. What exactly causes the placebo effect? How does it work ? Is it all just fake? How can we use it in every day life? Join me in exploring these questions in this episode!
The news heard around the world: eating chocolate can help you lose weight! What wonderful news... or is it?
This episode is a little special. We are going to look at a study from Germany that you’ve hopefully heard of, and if not you definitely should. The amount of mixed emotions it elicited is absolutely unparalleled, and both health research and health journalism will (hopefully) never be the same again.
We will be joined today with the author of the study, Dr John Bohannon, once revered as the research director of the Institute of Diet and Health, currently back to being a journalist, visiting professor at Harvard and owner and chief judge of the Dance Your Ph.D competition.
We will discuss the growing problem of bad journalism, fake academic journals, terrible medical research, and what we can do about it.
What does mold, the bible and 2 billion dollars have in common? Clinical trials, of course! Join me as we unravel the secrets of the search for the ultimate cure.
From awkward nutritional choices in biblical times, to forcing oranges, sea water and sulfuric acid down the throat of sailors, to injecting mold juice extract into patients... clinical trials are a mystery. But at least it's good to know that the future of our medicine, our health and the health of our children is in the hands of a extremely expensive, complicated process of trial and error, conflict of interest, hidden secrets, long complicated reports, but also people who are literally looking on how to cure or prevent cancer, and we never ever giving up hope.