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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.