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Pseudo

Two researchers take the harsh blade of scientific rigour to ambit claims of wellness charlatans, conspiracy theorists and Pete Evans

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Ep 31: Can masks protect us from the virus??

In the very last Jeremy's Iron (before a long overdue name change), we discuss the effectiveness of facemasks in protecting us from the virus. We also discuss: * Should "the arts" be prioritised in the economic rescue? * How do we value a 75-year old's life? * What is David Icke's malfunction? Next episode will be the first under our new podcast name: Pseudo. Where pseudoscience be, Pseudo go.

24 Apr 2020

Rank #1

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Ep 30: Should I drink my own urine?

Urophagia: It's more common than you think. From Rome to Russia, Africa and India.... no culture appears immune to the appeal of the golden elixir. We follow the stream from ancient ritual to instagram craze.

23 Apr 2020

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Ep 29: Healing crystals

What are crystals and why are we obsessed with them? Perhaps more importantly, where do they come from and which poor child dug them out of a dusty mine in Madagascar? We investigate the science behind crystals, how they are being marketed and the dark side of the mining industry that produces them. Also in this episode: * Six degrees of Hungarian mathematician Paul Erdos. * Megxit * Shakira's lyricism

20 Apr 2020

Rank #3

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Ep 28: What is the gut-brain axis? Also: what happens in drummers' brains?

The "gut-brain axis" is making its way from kooky alternative theory to routine medical treatments. We go exploring! We also discuss how drumming re-wires your brain. Also in this episode: How can we quantify how smoky Sydney is? Will Justin Z accept Justin B's kind offer of a poop transplant? Would you allow your child to learn the drums with the knowledge that it necessarily increases the chance of them drumming in a cover band?

20 Apr 2020

Rank #4

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Ep 27: Mercury in Retrograde! Jeremy's Iron FREAKOUT!

For three weeks in November, Mercury started moving backwards and alot of people went batsh%t crazy. Jeremy's Iron investigates! Also: Can bacteria talk to each other??For three weeks in November, the planet Mercury started moving backwards and alot of people went batsh%t crazy. Jeremy's Iron investigates! Also: Can bacteria talk to each other?? PLUS: Justin B obsesses over horoscopes while Justin Z wonders why he can't sing inside a church and why single people don't get to have singledom ceremonies. It's a water-tight show, really. REFERENCES: Julia C. van Kessel. PQS Signaling for More than a Quorum: the Collective Stress Response Protects Healthy Pseudomonas aeruginosa Populations. Journal of Bacteriology, 2019; 201 (23) DOI: 10.1128/JB.00568-19

20 Apr 2020

Rank #5

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HALLOWEEN SPECIAL! Jeremy's Iron are.... (Very Bad) Very Bad Wizards!

In the Halloween tradition, we take on the personae of Tamler and Dave from Very Bad Wizards and do our own version of their Epsiode 174: More Chiang for Your Buck. It's like a cover version. For podcasts.

20 Apr 2020

Rank #6

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Ep 25: Genetically engineered killer mosquitos!

Justin B's article: genetic engineering of self-destructive mosquitos aiming to reduce mozzie populations! Justin Z's article(s): how translatable are animal studies to human medicine?? We also lock-in a Jeremy's Iron excursion to Shen Yun, 2020.

19 Apr 2020

Rank #7

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Ep 24: Water Fluoridation II (with Dr. Lewis Ehrlich)

People are scared of fluoride. From rat poison to calcified third-eyes, negative associations of fluoride are rife. SO! We enlist the help of Sydney's hottest dentist Dr. Lewis Ehrlich to separate fiction from the tooth. We ask Dr. Lewis about: * His invitation to become the Bachelor * What is holistic dentistry? * Do we really need fluoride in our toothpaste? * What's the deal with charcoal toothpaste?

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10 Apr 2020

Rank #8

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Ep 23: Water Fluoridation I - Are we poisoning ourselves??

Australia is one of the few countries that still fluoridates it's water. This is despite minimal conclusive evidence that it assists regular fluoride toothpaste use in the prevention of tooth decay or gum disease. Forget the fact that ingested fluoride is the ONLY medical intervention delivered en masse with no dosage controls! This is a spicy one so we've devoted two episodes to it. Part one features a break-down of the history of fluoridation, which is WILDLY FASCINATING, and a look at the available evidence for the efficacy on tooth decay prevention. Tune in next week where we interview dentist Dr. Lewis Ehrlich and investigate the conspiracy theories around fluoride's effect on the pineal gland.

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10 Apr 2020

Rank #9

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Ep 22: Vape crisis! Is vaping more dangerous than we thought?

We also look into the health benefits of being religious and discuss whether mathematics is a natural phenomenon or wholly man-made.PLUS!! Can you find our in-podcast references to the following songs:Black Eyed Peas - The WeekendA Perfect Circle - JudithThe Vapors - Turning JapaneseRitchie Valens - La BambaNo prizes for finding all four - but seriously, at this point we could float the podcast as a music digest for your dad

9 Apr 2020

Rank #10