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Maintenance Phase

Debunking the junk science behind health fads, wellness scams and nonsensical nutrition advice.

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Debunking the junk science behind health fads, wellness scams and nonsensical nutrition advice.

The French Paradox

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How an early-'90s newsmagazine show convinced a generation of Americans to start drinking red wine. For the antioxidants!

Special thanks to Susanne Stolpe and Alexander H. Sandtorv for helping us fact-check this episode!

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Sep 27 2022

55mins

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BONUS: Moon Juice Taste Test

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This week's episode is running late so here's something to tide you over!

Last year, we did an episode on Gwyneth-adjacent influencer Amanda Chantal Bacon and her wellness company, Moon Juice. This year we decided to TASTE THE DUST.

This episode was originally for our Patreon supporters. Click here if you'd like to sign up!   

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Sep 06 2022

54mins

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The Scarsdale Diet Murder feat. Sarah Marshall

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In 1982 a murder captured America's imagination. Forty years later, two podcasts joined forces to talk about it.

Hear more from Sarah at You're Wrong About and You Are Good!

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Aug 23 2022

1hr 31mins

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Diet Book Deep Dive: “How To Take 20 Pounds Off Your Man”

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This week, Mike and Aubrey take on a manual for creep behavior masquerading as a diet book. Along the way, we cover shopping guides, journalism salaries and the proper preparation of Cornish game hens. We love our curvy husbands.

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May 10 2022

50mins

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Zombie Statistics Spectacular!

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Debunking some of the most widely repeated myths about fat and health.

Here's Mike's new video

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Apr 19 2022

58mins

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Bonus: Fad Diets

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This week's show is still in the oven so we're releasing one of our first Patreon bonus episodes. We asked our listeners for the wildest and wackiest fad diets they've ever tried and ended up doing mini-deep dives into The Rotation Diet, The Shangri-La Diet, The Special K Diet, Bethenny Frankel's "Naturally Thin" plan and the Blood Type Diet. Enjoy, and see you next week!  

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Mar 29 2022

1hr 11mins

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Jordan Peterson Part 1: The Carnivore Diet

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Oops all meat: How a '50s bodybuilder, a Grateful Dead roadie and an unreadable professor accidentally launched one of America's wildest fad diets.

Here's Mike's "Cancel Culture" video!

Note: In our discussion of Jordan Peterson’s political correctness lecture, I made a sarcastic comment about looking “slim in this dress.” After the episode came out, we started hearing from listeners that my comment reminded them of fatphobic jokes they’d heard in the past and didn’t feel consistent with the message of the show. They were right! It was a bad joke and we've removed it from the episode. We'll be discussing this and our approach to handling feedback and editing past episodes in more detail soon. Thanks to everyone who wrote in to let us know! — Mike

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Mar 01 2022

1hr 8mins

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