Have you ever encountered someone trying to sell you health or medical advice and products based on belief rather than evidence? These people are fairly common and tend to use flashy gimmicks to get you to forget that science is the basis for health. In the scientific and medical world, these people are generally known as…

(Not AFLAC…Quacks)

On this week’s show, we’re going to dig into the history of quacks and how they have evolved over the centuries. We’ll also reveal how they manage to deviate from science and evidence and make you believe they have the moral or even technological high ground.

As much as I try to quash quacks, I am only one person. Thankfully, there are others who are working hard to keep science and evidence at the forefront of health and medicine. By listening to them, you can prevent negative consequences both to your health and wallet.

Our first guest is a science communicator at the Office of Science and Society at McGill University. It’s the only sponsored quackbusting organization in Canada and is known for its informative and humourous web series…

(Cracked Science…)

The host is a man who is on a mission to ensure that myths are busted, pseudoscience is purged, and you are left laughing while you learn. He is…

(Jonathan Jarry)

We have a great discussion about the climate that exists and how the anti-science movement appears to be greater than ever. I won’t give away the reason but I’m sure you can figure it out…

(Bet you thought I was going to say Goop…)

We also explore the mission of the Office of Science and Society and how their small complement of people is doing their best to combat the giant waves of bad information and sketchy Pseudovangelists.

For our SASS Class, we explore how you can determine whether the information you are hearing is solidly based in evidence or is really just a bunch of bunk. We talk with one of the hosts of a show that boasts it was podcasting since podcasting was cool…

(Or TRC if you’re into the acronyms of the aughts)

They have been correcting misinformation for over a decade using their style of comedy, research, and of course, camaraderie. I mean, how can you not after over 500 episodes. Our guest teacher has been with the show almost since the beginning and doesn’t seem to have any interest in stopping. He’s…

(Darren McKee)

I hope this episode will help you understand the motivation of quacks and also how they work. You should be able to figure out how to identify them and hopefully avoid them so you don’t end up paying both with money and health.

If you have a question, comment or idea for the show, let me know in the comments below or by sending me an Email at: thegermguy@gmail.com. We’re filling our slate for the year and we have already taken several suggestions and put them on the grid. If you have a burning question for science, let me know and maybe it’ll end up being a theme for a future show.

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