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Sawbones: A Marital Tour of Misguided Medicine

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Join Dr. Sydnee McElroy and her husband Justin McElroy for a tour of all the dumb, bad, gross, weird and wrong ways we've tried to fix people.
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40:48 | Nov 16th, 2018

Would you believe that the hot new (very old) alternative medicine paste that indiscriminately burns your cells off is bad for you? We know, we were shocked too. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

39:09 | Jan 26th, 2018

This week on Sawbones, Dr. Sydnee and Justin rub two different kinds of poop on your throat because they don't know iodine exists. Join us for a history of the goiter. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

54:22 | Dec 16th, 2017

This week on Sawbones, we join you live from Seattle. Seeing as this town took place in the home of Starbucks, we took the opportunity to extoll the many medicinal virtues of coffee. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

35:26 | Aug 25th, 2017

Sawbones tries to lighten things up this week and Dr. Sydnee and Justin explore the chuckle-worthy history of tickling. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

52:41 | Sep 13th

On Sawbones, we like to take a lot of hard lines and make grand proclamations: Vaccines good, viruses bad, that sort of thing. But when it comes to vaping, things get a little ... cloudier? Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

45:13 | Sep 9th

Water: There's plenty of it, it's not obviously poisonous and it's cheap as all get out. Maybe THAT'S the answer to all our species' medical woes? ... It's not, but if you've ever listened to Sawbones before you see where this episode (recorded live ...Show More

43:42 | Aug 30th

A vaccine that can practically eliminate a type of human cancer should be cause for celebration across our species. Would it surprise it to learn that some people don't trust it? ... Probably not at this point, huh? This week on Sawbones: The HPV vac...Show More

40:40 | Aug 26th

Welcome to all the owners of human bodies! You're gonna love these things, they can run, jump ... and every once in a while they uncontrollably blast snot out of your face at 100 MPH. This week on Sawbones: Sneezing. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpaye...Show More

51:27 | Aug 18th

Any species could have created a bunch of bogus ways to treat fevers. But only humans could use fevers as a bogus treatment for other stuff and then end up being sort of right about it. This week on Sawbones, we're burning down the house. Music: "Med...Show More

1:00:23 | Aug 4th

One of the nation's leading pharmaceutical companies once maintained one of the biggest marijuana farms in the country. This week on Sawbones, how Eli Lilly lost its taste for pot, and why it refuses to acknowledge its past. Music: "Medicines" by Th...Show More

45:47 | Jul 26th

Does medicated chap stick doing anything? What are doctors hiding? Why can't you keep your bones? This week on Sawbones, Dr. Sydnee and Justin bring you answers to these questions and many more on a new Q&A episode! Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayer...Show More

36:06 | Jul 19th

This week on Sawbones, live from the historic Ryman Auditorium, hear the patent medicine company so insidious they made Dolly Parton sing about laxatives on one of the biggest stages in country music. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

45:11 | Jul 12th

You're well acquainted with all of humanity's history of medical mistakes, but even modern medicine changes it's mind from time to time. This week on Sawbones, Dr. Sydnee and Justin explain what a medical reversal looks like! Music: "Medicines" by Th...Show More

39:35 | Jun 30th

We all know that consuming wine has no downsides whatsoever, but did you know it also has some amazing health benefits as well?! It's true! (Depending on your definition of "benefits" ... and "health" and ... OK, and "amazing" too. Music: "Medicines"...Show More

46:58 | Jun 21st

This week on Sawbones, we revisit a dismal period in American history that our government seems determined to repeat. Also you'll meet the heroic Japanese American doctors, nurses, dentists and other medical professionals that fought to save lives de...Show More

35:45 | Jun 13th

We all know it's probably smart not to eat raw pork, but this week on Sawbones, we'll meet the inspiring people brave enough to ask "Why?" (Note: We're publishing this week's episode a little early because we're headed out on tour!) Music: "Medicines...Show More

44:43 | Jun 7th

This is the story of the military-funded vaccine that was, wasn't and then ($100 million later) was again. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

43:22 | May 31st

Though we have it down to a (literal) science at this point, the history of determining parentage is chock-full of fake medicine. Two words: Impotence court. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

41:20 | May 26th

This week on Sawbones: A real-world miracle. Justin gets to talk about video games as Dr. Sydnee explores a in-game plague that brought World of Warcraft to its knees.

36:09 | May 18th

This week on Sawbones, we meet the first pharmacist in the U.S., visit the New Orleans museum that celebrates his legacy and hunt the ghosts that supposedly haunt it. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

49:18 | May 4th

This week on Sawbones, an unnerving look into the upsettingly modern invention of ingesting bleach for medicinal uses. Content warning: This episode includes descriptions of "therapies" that are being used primarily on children and other vulnerable p...Show More

47:22 | Apr 26th

We've joked a lot about how Dr. Sydnee doesn't know much about teeth, but this week we're explaining exactly why. It all goes back ... to The Historic Rebuff. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

38:16 | Apr 19th

Sure, an episode about a common blood thinner may not sound particularly sexy. But we'd bet that once you hear the inspiring story of how moldy hay became a life saving medicine (with a detour as a rat poison) you may think differently. Music: "Medic...Show More

40:55 | Apr 12th

Dr. Sydnee finally took a much belated trip to the dentists office and she and Justin are celebrating in the only way they know how: Digging through all the retched ways we've tried to fix teeth since the dawn of time. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpa...Show More

45:36 | Apr 7th

We recorded this episode of Sawbones live on the Joco Cruise 2019. (Book your cabin for 2020 now, they're filling up fast!) When confronted with the beauty of the ocean and cool island breezes, Dr. Sydnee's mind turns to the only rational place: Pinw...Show More

52:02 | Mar 29th

Often on Sawbones, we talk about pushers of false cures as if snake oil is a relic of a bygone era. This week on a special MaxFunDrive episode of Sawbones, a reminder that snake oil salespeople are just a present as ever. DONATE NOW! Music: "Medicine...Show More

45:35 | Mar 22nd

This week on Sawbones to celebrate the Maximum Fun Drive we've got a special crossover episode with Shmanners! Let's talk about broken heart syndrome (which is exactly what we'll have if you don't donate!) DONATE NOW! Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpay...Show More

34:59 | Mar 15th

Did you know that Alabama has been the home of some huge medical milestones? It's true! Join us as we share the inspirational, hilarious and terrifying medical legends of The Yellowhammer State. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

39:56 | Mar 8th

Today, we're honoring the memory of Luke Perry who passed away this week after a stroke. We'll be talking about the history of strokes, but more importantly teach you how to help prevent them and how to spot them when they happen. Music: "Medicines" ...Show More

44:49 | Mar 1st

This week on Sawbones we complete our three-part series on the MMR vaccine as we make you an honorary Rubella Fighter. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

42:44 | Feb 22nd

Everybody loves harnessing the power of reflexology, but what if you want all the great, totally real, not at all fabricated benefits of reflexology, but don't wanna touch people's feet? Friends, auriculotherapy is here for you. ... You're OK with to...Show More

43:14 | Feb 15th

This week on Sawbones we return to the MMR vaccine, specifically the "mumps" part. We'll also meet the brilliant mind behind the vaccine and the tragic reason he never gets the credit he's due. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

41:06 | Feb 5th

Besides being a king of football and all around touchdown master, did you know Tom Brady endorses a training and nutrition regimen co-created by a guy who got in trouble with the FTC for selling fake cancer pills? Let's talk about TB12. Music: "Medic...Show More

45:04 | Feb 1st

This week on Sawbones, we'll meet a San Francisco doctor that reimagined how we care for people with drug addiction and got a hit put out on himself in the process.   Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

46:58 | Jan 25th

Imagine a world where Sawbones never existed, medical progress was halted and false wellness ran rampant. That's the horrifying world painted by a recent issue of The Times that Dr. Sydnee and Justin are going to guide you through this week. Music: "...Show More

48:03 | Jan 12th

As shelves seem to be overtaken by "pH-balanced" beverages, alkaline water has moved from the fringes into the mainstream. This week on Sawbones, Dr. Sydnee and Justin see if every human malady really can be fixed by low-pH water. (Spoiler: No.) Mus...Show More

43:35 | Jan 4th

Gripe water and colic are a match made in Sawbones heaven: A cure-all and a catch all. This week, we'll explore the history of how a misunderstood diagnosis has helped keep a made-up medicine on the shelves. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

35:06 | Dec 24th, 2018

Live from Candlenights 2018, we're so proud to present a staged reading of the new Hallmark Christmas movie written by Justin and Sydnee McElroy: A Medicine Called Christmas. Music: Adam Sakiyama CAST: Narrator: Rachel McElroy Daniel: Tommy Smirl T...Show More

43:07 | Dec 15th, 2018

This week's episode of Sawbones is all about "Vitamin B17" which is, brace yourself ... not a vitamin. Yup, it's gonna be one of those sorts of episodes. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

34:57 | Dec 2nd, 2018

When Dr. Sydnee and Justin find themselves in Colorado, an episode on Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever seems a natural fit ... except it's not really that common in Colorado. But when the story of a disease is able to tie together cow-dipping terrorism a...Show More

39:39 | Nov 21st, 2018

This Thanksgiving, Dr. Sydnee and Justin invite you on their ambitious quest to use the biggest family meal of the year to destigmatize herpes. No more waiting for your problematic uncle to make things weird; this you're YOU'LL be the one starting un...Show More

44:38 | Nov 9th, 2018

This week on Sawbones, Dr. Sydnee and Justin take a swig from the new miracle drink Jilly Juice, which can not only cure every disease but can regrow limbs! (It can't, it makes you puke and poop and that's it, but you should listen anyway.) Music: "M...Show More

40:26 | Nov 3rd, 2018

We've spotted a boatload of your weird medical questions on the horizon and we've pointed our knowledge cannons at it and we're ... sinking it? Listen, the metaphor got away from us. We're sorry. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

36:20 | Oct 28th, 2018

This week on Sawbones, we detail all the real medical conditions that have been mistaken for demonic possession and the modern day psychiatrists that are pushing for possession to be taken more seriously.  Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

49:14 | Oct 21st, 2018

Dr. Sydnee and Justin asked why you, their beloved listeners, haven't gotten a flu shot and now they're taking 27 (yes, 27) of your most common excuses and blowing them to smithereens. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

39:40 | Oct 13th, 2018

Dr. Price was a dentist with some pretty bad ideas about nutrition. That probably wouldn't have merited an appearance on Sawbones ... except those bad ideas went on to inspire a terrifying modern following. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

38:59 | Oct 8th, 2018

This week Justin and Dr. Sydnee try desperately to save you from cholera on a grand tour of the many different ways to die on The Oregon Trail. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers (Apologies if your player downloads this episode twice, we had an issu...Show More

34:07 | Sep 30th, 2018

You had to see this one coming. Yes, just a few short weeks after Justin's surgery, Dr. Sydnee decides to explain the complete history of vasectomies in excruciating detail in front a few thousand of their closest friends. Music: "Medicines" by The T...Show More

45:03 | Sep 21st, 2018

We take for granted that we know what bodies look like on the inside, but this week on Sawbones we honor those brave pioneers that had to draw them for the very first time. Also Dr. Sydnee and Justin explore the scandal behind the most famous book of...Show More

40:28 | Sep 14th, 2018

This week on Sawbones, Dr. Sydnee and Justin discuss what we owe to people who do terrible things in the name of medical progress.  Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

34:00 | Sep 7th, 2018

People talk a lot of mess about drugs being dangerous, and they're right. But did you know that ether frolics, a delightfully named drug party, inspired a powerful anasthetic? It's true! Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

44:46 | Sep 1st, 2018

Asbestos has gotten a lot of bad publicity over the last century, but isn't that just because it's so incredibly dangerous for humans to inhale? Isn't that just another case of bias? As the current American administration seems to be clearing a path ...Show More

39:11 | Aug 24th, 2018

Justin and Dr. Sydnee explore the history of Perkins' Tractors which are both 1. not what they sound like and 2. not what they claim to be. Mysterious! Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

42:55 | Aug 13th, 2018

If the pill you've been taking has been helping you, but it's really made of sugar, would you want to know? Those and other thrilling ethical questions await in our discussion of the placebo effect. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

47:09 | Aug 4th, 2018

CBD oil is collecting a lot of adherents and getting a lot of buzz due to, in part, it being derived from cannabis. It won't get you high, but is CBD oil the panacea many are promoting it as? Let's discuss on this week's Sawbones! Music: "Medicines" ...Show More

43:34 | Jul 22nd, 2018

This week on Sawbones, we explore a completely groundless testing method based on the same science as Ouija boards that's used by over a third of American chiropractors.  Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

42:49 | Jul 13th, 2018

In honor of the rescue of 12 boys and their coach from a cave in Thailand, we're discussing the history of dive medicine research that helped make it possible. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

38:54 | Jul 6th, 2018

Ozone provides a helpful layer of sunscreen for Earth, but it's toxic to humans. It will come as no surprise to regular Sawbones listeners that we've spent the past couple hundred years trying to jam it in every possible orifice. Music: "Medicines" b...Show More

38:33 | Jun 30th, 2018

Imagine an incredible pill that could give you nausea and diarrhea and then once ejected from your body could be reused an endless number of times. Dream no more! Antimony is here! Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

40:26 | Jun 24th, 2018

You've likely heard a lot about the ketogenic diet lately, but have you heard it wasn't created for weight loss? Maybe you did, Justin didn't. Either way, we'll talk about it and so much more on this week's episode of Sawbones. Music: "Medicines" by ...Show More

1:04:53 | Jun 14th, 2018

This week on Sawbones, Dr. Sydnee and Justin talk about their struggles with mental health. Trigger warning for discussion of depression, anxiety and suicide. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

45:46 | Jun 8th, 2018

Does the position of the sun and the stars at the time of your birth determine your medical history? No! But some people thought it did. Scratch that, still do. Oh, and can we talk about Dr. Oz for a second? Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

44:10 | May 31st, 2018

This week on Sawbones, Dr. Sydnee and Justin hunt for the the soccer gene as they talk about the modern trend of DNA testing and read their own results for the first time on the show! Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

43:26 | May 27th, 2018

Here in our hemisphere, the sun is brutalizing us even now, weeks away from the start of summer. For many, that means the return of freckles. But where are these little guys coming from? And how can we burn them off with acid? This week, Sawbones ask...Show More

34:29 | May 19th, 2018

East Coast fast food restaurants have been plagued recently by Hepatitis A scares. This week, live from the Columbus Podcast Festival, Justin and Dr. Sydnee take you behind the history of the disease. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

51:38 | May 7th, 2018

This week on Sawbones, Dr. Sydnee shares her breastfeeding experiences and discusses some of the stigma surrounding the practice in America. She and Justin also take some time to shatter breastfeeding myths.   Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

46:49 | Apr 30th, 2018

This week on Sawbones: Bones! We know, we thought it was weird it took us this long too. It's like ... right there in the title, you know? Anyway: BONES! Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

56:24 | Apr 20th, 2018

This week on Sawbones, we're talking about genetically-modified organisms. Should you be afraid when you see GMO on packaging? Or is genetic modification an incredible technology that may be humanity's best hope at avoiding extinction? You'll have to...Show More

42:28 | Apr 12th, 2018

How well do you know your horrifying medical history? Find out this week as you test your knowledge with The Ghastly Gauntlet: A Sawbones Super Quiz! What will you score? Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

54:46 | Apr 5th, 2018

Ever wonder what doctors do when they're not giving you a check up? Wonder how to get the most out of ever doctor's visit? We've got the answers for you in our new episode: The Secret Life of Doctors. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

40:44 | Apr 1st, 2018

This week we've got bee venom therapy another Goop favorite, that despite all the Gwenecdotal evidence may not be worth the risk. Hopefully Dr. Sydnee and Justin's goofing will help take the sting out of it. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

43:30 | Mar 25th, 2018

This week, Dr. Sydnee and Justin mark the passing of Stephen Hawking by discussing the disease that shaped his life and the unusual, prolific physician that discovered it. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

36:44 | Mar 10th, 2018

Dr. Sydnee and Justin have talked about when you get sick at your house and when you're treated at the hospital, but isn't there a missing link? Isn't there something between those two things? What are Dr. Sydnee and Justin hiding? Well, nothing, the...Show More

47:58 | Mar 2nd, 2018

We've been gone for a little while, but with good reason! We had another baby. To save ourselves sisterly in-fighting in their teen years, we're recounting the (slightly less eventful) birth of our second daughter this week. Music: "Medicines" by The...Show More

34:42 | Feb 9th, 2018

Does chewing Excedrin really make it work faster? Does gasoline help a bee sting? We'll answer those queries and many more as Dr. Sydnee and Justin take on more of your weird medical questions. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

40:39 | Feb 2nd, 2018

This week on Sawbones, it's the story of a miraculous cure and how we all have to work together to protect it. Join Dr. Sydnee and Justin for the story of antibiotics. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

39:04 | Jan 19th, 2018

This week, we devote an entire episode of our medical podcast to discouraging people from eating detergent pods. 2018 is off to a great start. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

39:28 | Jan 15th, 2018

Do you need a doctor and her lovely sidekick to tell you that you shouldn't drink dirty water? No, probably not. But, infuriatingly, some people do. So we will. Let's talk about "raw water." Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

36:01 | Jan 7th, 2018

For your listening edification, Dr. Sydnee McElroy and her lovely assistant Justin McElroy are delighted to present a full accounting of the injuries likely sustained by the Wet Bandits. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

48:38 | Dec 21st, 2017

The CDC was recently asked by the Trump administration to stop using seven terms like "fetus" and "transgender" in budget requests. But certainly there's precedent for this right? Certainly this happens all the time, right? RIGHT? This week join Dr. ...Show More

46:55 | Dec 7th, 2017

This week on Sawbones, Justin and Dr. Sydnee explore all the weird, terrible ways we've tried to fix one of the human body's most basic problem. It's a history of wound care! Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

41:03 | Dec 1st, 2017

This week, Dr. Sydnee and Justin introduce you to Martin Couney, the (maybe) doctor who put babies into a carnival side show and saved a generation of preemies. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

35:56 | Nov 16th, 2017

This week on Sawbones, Dr. Sydnee and Justin visit Disneyland and the only souvenir they bring back is an investigation into the history of Legionnaires' Disease. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

38:47 | Nov 10th, 2017

Grilling season is over in our part of the U.S. and Justin wants to know what he's gonna do with all this left over charcoal. The answer, according to Dr. Sydnee? EVERYTHING. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

33:29 | Nov 4th, 2017

This week on Sawbones, we're examining all the health benefits of the red hot chili peppers. Flea is good for you, believe it or ... wait, it's not those chili peppers? Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

41:15 | Oct 27th, 2017

This week on Sawbones, Dr. Sydnee and Justin visit the home of Coca-Cola to recount the history of medicinal soda pop and try to finally solve the age-old dispute of Coke vs. Brad's Drink. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

40:05 | Oct 19th, 2017

The moon is more than just a big hunk of cheese. Actually, it's not even really cheese. Did you think it was cheese? Wow, you know less about the moon that we thought. Dr. Sydnee and Justin's history of all the things we blame the moon for is going t...Show More

39:04 | Oct 5th, 2017

Take a thrilling journey through time with Dr. Sydnee and Justin as they travel to the 1800s and peer inside a doctor's bag. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

40:37 | Oct 1st, 2017

Join Dr. Sydnee as she shocks Justin with the revelation that aspirin isn't for headaches anymore, along with plenty of other revelations about this wonder pill. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

39:44 | Sep 23rd, 2017

This week, Dr. Sydnee and Justin delve into the strange story of the king who thought he was made of glass, and the many he might have convinced that they were too. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

36:04 | Sep 18th, 2017

How many pull ups can you do? How fast can you run? How far can you jump? Most importantly: Why does the President of the United States care so much? These questions and more answered this week! Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

40:11 | Sep 11th, 2017

Dr. Sydnee and Justin mark the 200th episode of Sawbones with a topic that's a real snooze: The history of snoring! (Get it?) Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

38:59 | Aug 17th, 2017

This week on Sawbones, join Justin and Dr. Sydnee for a timely, tragic history of eugenics.  Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

45:45 | Aug 11th, 2017

This week on Sawbones, join Justin and Dr. Sydnee for a sobering look at America's opioid crisis. The bad news: We're all still living in a Sawbones episode. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

40:10 | Aug 3rd, 2017

This week on Sawbones, Dr. Sydnee and Justin rub a baby alligator's heart on every penis we can find as we explore the history of treating erectile dysfunction. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

46:01 | Jul 20th, 2017

Philadelphia is home not only to the most recent Sawbones live show, but also one of the world's most unusual museums -- The Mutter Museum -- a collection of medical oddities and anatomical specimens. But this is no freak show, this is an unflinching...Show More

36:01 | Jul 14th, 2017

The man who (maybe) inspired Mary Shelley's Frankenstein didn't just try to breathe life into corpses. He also invented a medicine so toxic it was used in chemical warfare. Also, a kind of blue! This is all real. We swear. Music: "Medicines" by The T...Show More

41:54 | Jul 7th, 2017

If you've got a few decades on you, you've certainly started to notice a few of the telltale signs of aging. Well, not YOU, of course. YOU look great, but like, your friends and stuff. This week, Justin and Dr. Sydnee explore the incredible array of ...Show More

1:10:25 | Jun 30th, 2017

This week, special guest Laura Kate Dale joins Dr. Sydnee and Justin for a (very) incomplete history of gender confirmation. We hope you'll join us too! Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

39:08 | Jun 25th, 2017

Why is there iodine in salt? What takes the place of a removed organ? Can you ... actually, that one is too gross to put here. Join Dr. Sydnee and Justin as they take on your weird medical questions even ... that last one. Music: "Medicines" by The T...Show More

41:15 | Jun 17th, 2017

This week, we conclude our series on "conversion therapy" with the religious aspect of this horrific "treatment." Trigger Warning: The treatments used in these "therapies" were upsetting, and those sensitive to hearing about them may wish to avoid th...Show More

41:02 | Jun 9th, 2017

This week, we're honoring Pride Month and the LGBTQ community with an exploration of the disturbing history of conversion therapy.  Trigger Warning: The treatments used in these "therapies" were upsetting, and those sensitive to hearing about them ma...Show More

38:36 | Jun 2nd, 2017

Tattoos (usually) look cool, but did you know they've also been used throughout history to treat illness? It's true! This week, Dr. Sydnee and Justin explore the history of medicinal tattoos. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

33:15 | May 25th, 2017

Live from Austin, Texas, it's ... well, it's one of the grossest episodes Justin and Dr. Sydnee have ever recorded. So, sorry about that. Anyway, let's talk about The Clap! Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

40:47 | May 18th, 2017

We mentioned him in our last episode, but Vivien Thomas deserves his own episode. Join Dr. Sydnee and Just as they explore the life of the high-school educated grandson of slaves that changed the face of surgery. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

39:36 | May 11th, 2017

Thanks to Jimmy Kimmel's heartfelt plea for healthcare on behalf of his infant son, Tetralogy of Fallot has been in the headlines. This week on Sawbones, join us for the inspiring story of how we fought back against the debilitating ailment. Music: "...Show More

36:01 | May 4th, 2017

This week on Sawbones, Justin and Dr. Sydnee explore the Salisbury diet, and meet the incredible woman who turned into a poop detective to prove it right. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

43:39 | Apr 30th, 2017

This week, Dr. Sydnee and Justin explore a medical mystery: Why, for a town in Colorado, was having brown teeth a sign of great tooth health? Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

47:20 | Apr 24th, 2017

Just how long has the first-year doctor checking you out been awake? The answer may surprise you. The biggest surprise, however, is why a sleepy doctor may be better than the alternative. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

37:52 | Apr 14th, 2017

This week on Sawbones, Dr. Sydnee and Justin explore some of the reasons people eat things they really shouldn't. Like dirt. And cigarette butts. And clay. And mattresses. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

40:42 | Apr 7th, 2017

This week, Justin and Dr. Sydnee bring you the thrilling story of how a former department store clerk from Greece saved countless lives with the invention of a single test. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

45:22 | Mar 30th, 2017

We're continuing our celebration of MaxFunDrive by giving back to you, our lovely listeners and even lovelier donors with an all Q&A episode of Sawbones. Why do runners poop? Can you skip a day of antibiotics? Enquire within! Music: "Medicines" by Th...Show More

48:13 | Mar 24th, 2017

Were you aware that history's coolest doctor was a guy named James Barry who began their life as a woman? Sit down. For this super-sized #MaxFunDrive episode, we've got the whole story. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

37:27 | Mar 17th, 2017

Live from the Crow's Nest of the ms Westerdam, it's Sawbones all about norovirus! (Hey, we're on a cruise ship, what else are we gonna talk about? Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

44:04 | Mar 9th, 2017

This week, Dr. Sydnee's dad Tommy Smirl sits in for Justin as they explore the history of patient privacy. Why does the doctor have to keep your secrets? Find out this week! Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

40:09 | Mar 2nd, 2017

Last week, we took you through detox. This week, we're going WAY deeper with a single treatment: The Purification Rundown. Strap in, folks, this one GOES PLACES. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

42:23 | Feb 26th, 2017

Before you start your next juice cleanse or coffee enema, we beg of you: Let Dr. Sydnee and Justin reassure you of the amazing detoxification powers of the human body. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

39:25 | Feb 18th, 2017

Hey, but what ARE sinuses. It's OK if you don't know, Justin didn't either. Join him in a brief education from doctor Sydnee and hear about DaVinci's near miss with sinus history. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

37:48 | Feb 10th, 2017

This is a story about Tarrare. Tarrare was always hungry. Here is a list of some of the things Tarrare ate: A cat. A puppy. A snake. An eel. Offal. Poultices. And maybe people. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

41:06 | Feb 3rd, 2017

America has welcomed millions of immigrants in its time. This week, we explore the medical hoops they've had to jump through to get in and explore how those have changed over the years. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

50:30 | Jan 27th, 2017

The American health insurance system is unlike any other in the world, and not in the good way. It's probably about to get worse. This is the story of how we got here. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

40:30 | Jan 20th, 2017

No need to be blue, we're back with an all-new Sawbones about silver! See, that's a very good joke, because ingesting silver can turn you blue, but you wouldn't know that because you haven't listened yet. Sorry. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

38:52 | Jan 6th, 2017

Is 2017 the year that everybody gets to go to space? Well, no, probably not. But the groundwork is there for us to do it thanks to the doctors and astronauts that pioneered space medicine.  Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

32:05 | Dec 24th, 2016

It's Candlenights 2016, and that can only mean one thing: Dr. Sydnee is trying to ruin Christmas again. Join her as she explains to poor, pitiful Justin all of Santa's terrible health risks, recorded live in Huntington, WV. Music: "Medicines" by The ...Show More

36:58 | Dec 16th, 2016

Chapped lips are a minor annoyance, but that didn't stop old-timey people from smushing together TWO DIFFERENT KINDS OF BRAINS to rub on them. Join Justin and Dr. Sydnee for a history of cheilitis. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

35:48 | Dec 9th, 2016

It's the perfect time of year for gingerbread cookies, but what do you do with all that excess ginger? Well, maybe put it in a horse's butt? No, no, don't do that. But some people do. All that and more on this week's history of ginger. Music: "Medici...Show More

31:11 | Dec 2nd, 2016

Cold temperatures mean chapped lips and (for a lot of people) that might also mean Vaseline. But Vaseline is used for SO much more. Like way, way, way, way more. Join Dr. Sydnee and Justin as they talk about one of the most useful things ever invente...Show More

35:06 | Nov 26th, 2016

To celebrate American Thanksgiving, Dr. Sydnee and Justin example the medical history of that beleaguered holiday treat: The humble cranberry. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

40:02 | Nov 21st, 2016

This week on Sawbones, we celebrate the everyday heroism of The Last Chicken Pox Generation. Also, Dr. Sydnee and Justin share your best chicken pox stories. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

34:00 | Nov 11th, 2016

This week on Sawbones, Dr. Sydnee and Justin help provide you with the answers to all the medical questions you can muster, everything from knocking people out in action movies to tastebud inflamation. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

39:08 | Nov 4th, 2016

This week on Sawbones, Dr. Sydnee and Justin delve into what may just be history's oddest actual medical diagnosis: Frankenberry stool. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

37:16 | Oct 28th, 2016

A lot of folks like scary movies around Halloween time, but what happens when "spooked out" becomes "legitimate medical condition"? This week, Dr. Sydnee and Justin tell the story of a movie that might have gone too far. Music: "Medicines" by The Tax...Show More

39:18 | Oct 20th, 2016

Dr. Sydnee hands the wheel over to Justin this week as he returns to his medical media series with a history of medical video games. Learn how meteors gave all dinosaurs asthma and so much more!  Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

37:47 | Oct 14th, 2016

Immigrants get the job done, and that extends to curing a mysterious disease once blamed on everything from bad corn to summertime. This week, Dr. Sydnee and Justin introduce you to the doc who cracked the case. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

41:49 | Oct 9th, 2016

Justin is not the hero Dr. Sydnee needs, but he's the one we all deserve. Because he's finally willing to admit the dark secret he's kept hidden for so long. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

37:47 | Oct 1st, 2016

Is laughter really the best medicine? No! Medicine is. The history of how we arrived at that conclusion is the subject of this week's Sawbones. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

38:45 | Sep 24th, 2016

If you've paid even passing attention to the American presidential race, you've probably heard a lot of talk about pneumonia recently. This week, Dr. Sydnee and Justin try to provide some historical perspective. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

42:28 | Sep 16th, 2016

Do you really need to floss? Have you been taking your chew stick for granted? Dr. Sydnee and Justin explore those and other pressing questions in exploration of the history of dental hygiene. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

44:41 | Sep 1st, 2016

How did a journey that began with Prince Albert hunting for jellyfish on a cruise end with one of the biggest calamities in prescription drug history? Join Justin and Sydnee for the story of the EpiPen. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

37:04 | Aug 26th, 2016

Celebrities have started some pretty weird fads, but perhaps none are weirder than the one started by King Louis XIV, who made it cool ... to have a fistula. Join Justin and Dr. Sydnee for this very special episode. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayer...Show More

37:47 | Aug 18th, 2016

We're continuing to celebrate the Summer Olympics by presenting all the weird, terrible, horrid way athletes have tried to cheat their way to winning over the years. From donkey hooves to guinea pig sperm, it's ... it's a weird one. Music: "Medicines...Show More

39:35 | Aug 11th, 2016

Olympic athletes swear by it, but what really is the science behind cupping? Dr. Sydnee and Justin are looking into it, and the answer might (but probably won't) surprise you. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

37:41 | Aug 5th, 2016

It's poison! It's medicine! It's both! ... OK, so it's mainly poison, but it hasn't always been that way. Join Justin and Dr. Sydnee for a brief tour of medical arsenic. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

33:32 | Jul 29th, 2016

Sure, it may seem like a magical plant, but just how helpful is that big bottle of green goo on your shelf? This week: Dr. Sydnee and Justin present the medical history of aloe. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

37:03 | Jul 22nd, 2016

We're throwing a Boston Tea Party of our own as we explore the strange history of medical tea live from Boston's historic Wilbur Theater. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

35:57 | Jul 14th, 2016

Is it really so bad to pop pimples? Can you cut the mold off food and eat it? Is it fatal to hold in a sneeze? These questions and so many more are answered on our latest Q&A episode! Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

39:23 | Jul 8th, 2016

Why do doctors wear that? What did they used to wear? Dr. Sydnee and Justin answer the big questions like that, including the big one: What's up with that little head mirror? Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

39:04 | Jul 1st, 2016

If you've ever used salt for ANYTHING other than making cold french fries moderately edible, you need to listen to this episode. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

37:20 | Jun 24th, 2016

You probably think you have narcolepsy all figured out, but did you know that it's also the most horrifying disease of all time? It's true! Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

30:36 | Jun 16th, 2016

The presidents have, by and large, all been sick, sick men. We're going to talk about exactly how sick as Dr. Sydnee and Justin explore presidential disease. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

32:06 | Jun 9th, 2016

In a way, it's all lead up to this. Live from the PlayStation theater in New York City, we've finally dedicated an entire episode to Pliny the Elder, patron saint of Sawbones.  Also: A musical number! Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

36:00 | Jun 1st, 2016

Holy crap you guys, we talked to Mary Roach! Yes, THAT Mary Roach, the author of Gulp, Bonk, Spook and her newest, Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War, due out in early June. We spoke with Roach about a history of wrong thinking on diarrhea, ...Show More

38:47 | May 28th, 2016

If you, like us, have been seeing kombucha everywhere, you've probably heard about it's many, many health benefits. Like, SO MANY health benefits. You know what ... you've listened to Sawbones for a while, right? You know where this is going. Music: ...Show More

38:08 | May 20th, 2016

It's time to talk about the ailment so scary that Hippocrates told other doctors they shouldn't mess with it: Kidney stones.  Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

35:59 | May 12th, 2016

If you found a lump of hair in an animal's stomach, would you first thought be "Huh, I bet that will help cure poison!" No? See, that's why you'll never cut it as an old-timey person. Let's talk about bezoars! Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

39:07 | May 5th, 2016

We continue our exploration of the ear with an examination of one of history's most annoying (and hardest to treat) ailment: Tinnitus, otherwise known as ringing in the ears. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

33:40 | Apr 29th, 2016

We're back with answers to more of the medical questions so goofy you're afraid to ask your doctor. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

35:01 | Apr 21st, 2016

Last week on Sawbones, we moved into your ear. This week on Sawbones, we're staying put with an episoe about the dizzying number of ways we've profaned mice to fix earaches. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

35:40 | Apr 15th, 2016

This week on Sawbones, we make earwax way, way worse before we remove all of it. Well, most of it. You gotta leave some you know, it's good for you. Eh, you should probably just listen. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

42:02 | Apr 7th, 2016

In what may be the most shocking episode of Sawbones to date, we reveal the dirty truth about hydrogen peroxide: It's maybe not so useful for anything. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

39:16 | Mar 31st, 2016

Dr. Sydnee and Justin try to apologize for their poopie episode with an episode about blood. They are bad at apologizing. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

51:28 | Mar 24th, 2016

Welp, here's an episode about poop. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

51:11 | Mar 17th, 2016

It's #MaxFunDrive time and Justin and Sydnee are marking the occasion with a special episode in which all of your goofiest, most embarrassing medical questions will be answered by Dr. Sydnee. The link to donate? Well, so happy you asked! Music: "Me...Show More

40:51 | Mar 10th, 2016

This week on Sawbones, Justin and Sydnee harness the power of history's longest lasting, most widespread and (perhaps) least effective home remedy. The good news about vinegar? Still great on fries. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

36:54 | Mar 4th, 2016

This week on Sawbones, Justin and Sydnee have been working in the coal mine, and paying REAL close attention to where they step in the their history of hookworm.  Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

32:41 | Feb 25th, 2016

This week on Sawbones, Justin and Sydnee return to the fertile land of patent medicine quacks to introduce you to Curtis Howe Springer, the King of Quacks. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

37:47 | Feb 19th, 2016

This week on Sawbones, Justin and Sydnee eat some coral in a misguided attempt to cure their heartburn (while upsetting as little of the ecosystem as possible). Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

41:34 | Feb 11th, 2016

This week on Sawbones, Justin and Sydnee really "rock out" with an episode all about the healing power of crystals. Get it? Rock out? Man, that's one great joke.  Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

51:16 | Feb 4th, 2016

This week on Sawbones, a new disease is taking the world by storm and Sydnee and Justin are there to explain what everyone is so freaked out about. Well, Sydnee explains. Justin freaks out. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

39:36 | Jan 28th, 2016

This week on Sawbones, it's The Trial of The Century as Justin tries to prove to Sydnee once and for all that the spleen is useless. Take your seats, here comes the judge. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

39:24 | Jan 22nd, 2016

This week on Sawbones, Justin and Sydnee have got some wicked nosebleeds, but it's no problem: They've got some Doug to stuff up there. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

37:30 | Jan 18th, 2016

his week on Sawbones, Justin and Sydnee drop out of school and have some pre-marital sex to cure their pseudo-anemia. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

33:37 | Jan 6th, 2016

This week on Sawbones, Justin and Sydnee finally kick the eating habit as they explore the often-disturbing history of fasting. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

35:57 | Dec 23rd, 2015

This week on Sawbones, Live from Huntington, WV and Candlenights 2015: CHRISTMAS IS TRYING TO KILL YOU. Grandma. Egg nog. Trees. Mistletoe. The Grinch. RUN. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

37:48 | Dec 18th, 2015

This week on Sawbones, we put the lime in the coconut and the severity of our scurvy is not diminished in the slightest. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

42:09 | Dec 10th, 2015

This week on Sawbones, Dr. Sydnee and Justin provide a brief history of caring for gunshot wounds. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

39:14 | Dec 4th, 2015

This week on Sawbones, Dr. Sydnee and Justin discuss one reason the world is a little less scary for today's parents: The history of scarlet fever. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

38:04 | Nov 27th, 2015

This week on Sawbones, Dr. Sydnee and Justin highlight some of medicine's most incredible superheroes. Their power? Eating trash and not dying. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

37:21 | Nov 18th, 2015

This week on Sawbones, Sydnee and Justin are back with, and we don't think we're exaggerating here: The weirdest story they've ever told. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

43:18 | Nov 5th, 2015

This week on Sawbones, Sydnee and Justin finally stick it to Joy Behar (just a couple months too late to be relevant) with their brief history of nursing. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

33:28 | Oct 30th, 2015

This week on Sawbones, Sydnee and Justin dip into their archives to find some great/terrible ideas for costumes from the history of medicine. Also: Spooky medical stories to help you impress around the campfire! Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

36:24 | Oct 22nd, 2015

This week on Sawbones, Sydnee and Justin embark on a tour of the history of roundworms, in an episode Sydnee says will be just "Part 1" of the history of roundworms, which Justin finds horrifying, for the record. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

40:20 | Oct 16th, 2015

This week on Sawbones, Justin and Sydnee are dodging ticks as we explore the surprisingly short history of Lyme Disease. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

46:41 | Oct 8th, 2015

This week on Sawbones, Oh No Ross and Carrie! hosts Ross Blocher and Carrie Poppy hosts step in for Sydnee and Justin as part of the Max Fun Great Switcheroo as they look into the history of near-death experiences. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayer...Show More

35:55 | Oct 1st, 2015

This week on Sawbones, Sydnee and guest star Rileigh Smirl introduce you to the diseases at the root of some monsters myths. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

37:45 | Sep 24th, 2015

This week on Sawbones, it's Part Three of our series of putting pet-centric illness on BLAST. This week, we put snakes on a plane. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

35:55 | Sep 16th, 2015

Lice are gross. That is all.  Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

31:26 | Sep 10th, 2015

This week on Sawbones, it's Part Two of our series of putting pet-centric illness on BLAST. This week, live from Vancouver, we give kitties the business. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

35:21 | Sep 2nd, 2015

This week on Sawbones, it's Part One of our series of putting pet-centric illness on BLAST. This week, live from Seattle, we finally give birds their due. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

37:14 | Aug 26th, 2015

This week on Sawbones, we celebrate 100 episodes of Sawbones as Justin and Dr. Sydnee pat themselves on the back, talk about the history of their show (and marriage) and explore the medical history of love. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

37:35 | Aug 21st, 2015

This week on Sawbones, Justin and Dr. Sydnee explore the strange, sad and even occassionally lovely history of conjoined twins. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

38:12 | Aug 13th, 2015

This week on Sawbones, Justin and Dr. Sydnee throw the baby out with the bathwater (literally) as they explore the history of hygiene. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

33:53 | Aug 5th, 2015

This week on Sawbones, Justin and Dr. Sydnee do their sweetest, most requested episode ever: Let's have a bit 'o' honey. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

40:27 | Jul 30th, 2015

This week on Sawbones, Justin and Dr. Sydnee stop making corsets and build two battleships as they explore the history of fainting. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

36:00 | Jul 24th, 2015

This week on Sawbones, Justin and Dr. Sydnee blow metal rod through a guy's brain and live to tell about it. He does too, which is more impressive, in retrospect. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

37:21 | Jul 15th, 2015

This week on Sawbones, Justin and Dr. Sydnee crash a boat into a pier to cure your seasickness. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

33:28 | Jul 9th, 2015

This week on Sawbones, Justin and Dr. Sydnee are wrapping a parasitic worm around a stick with Jimmy Carter. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

36:07 | Jul 2nd, 2015

This week on Sawbones, Justin and Dr. Sydnee celebrate their wedding anniversary by rubbing cow manuer in a burn. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

36:42 | Jun 25th, 2015

This week on Sawbones, Justin and Sydnee want you to get your D in the safest way humanly possible. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

39:01 | Jun 17th, 2015

This week on Sawbones, Justin is transported into the body of a Sydnee's teenage sister Rileigh and has a lot of awkward questions. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

37:54 | Jun 10th, 2015

This week on Sawbones, Justin and Sydnee finish their scattershot history of medical TV. An episode that even the most squeamish listener won't be yucked out by! Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

34:16 | Jun 3rd, 2015

This week on Sawbones, you're gonna need an ocean of calamine lotion as Justin and Sydnee explore the weird history of poison ivy. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

37:01 | May 20th, 2015

This week on Sawbones, Justin and Sydnee share medical history's greatest present the sad story of one of medicine's most mistreated "villains." Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

36:02 | May 13th, 2015

This week on Sawbones, Justin and Sydnee share medical history's greatest will-they/won't-they, the story of a doctor and his muse: A man with a hole in his stomach. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

38:35 | May 7th, 2015

This week on Sawbones, Justin and Sydnee are gonna make you sweat with their history of the totally bizarre phenomenon known as "Sweating Sickness." Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

37:15 | Apr 29th, 2015

This week on Sawbones, in the last of their three-part series, Dr. Sydnee and Justin explore the dark and light side of swimming pools as they present the triumph over polio. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers (http://thetaxpayers.net)

33:09 | Apr 23rd, 2015

This week on Sawbones, in the last of their three-part series, Dr. Sydnee and Justin introduce you to some of the craziest operators in the patent medicine game. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers (http://thetaxpayers.net)

32:33 | Apr 16th, 2015

This week on Sawbones, Dr. Sydnee and Justin introduce you to some of the craziest operators in the patent medicine game. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers (http://thetaxpayers.net)

32:26 | Apr 8th, 2015

This week on Sawbones, Dr. Sydnee and Justin introduce you to some of the craziest operators in the patent medicine game. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers (http://thetaxpayers.net)

51:31 | Mar 25th, 2015

This week on Sawbones, Dr. Sydnee hands the reins to Justin as they explore the history of medical TV, and explain why most of TV doesn't actually exist. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers (http://thetaxpayers.net)

41:44 | Mar 17th, 2015

This week on Sawbones, Dr. Sydnee and Justin explain why Sydnee gets to call herself and Justin doesn't. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers (http://thetaxpayers.net)

37:20 | Mar 11th, 2015

This week on Sawbones, Dr. Sydnee and Justin explain why an earthquake knocking trees into a lake was pretty miraculous in their history of malaria. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers (http://thetaxpayers.net)