• Body Stuff with Dr. Jen Gunter

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  • Should I do a juice cleanse? Do I really need 8 glasses of water a day? Is it actually possible to "boost" my immune system? You’re constantly bombarded with news stories, ads, and social media posts telling you how to optimize your health—but a lot of these sources that pretend to be backed by science have another agenda. Dr. Jen Gunter is here to bust the lies you’re told—and sold—about your health, debunking some of the stickiest myths out there while helping you to understand how your body really works. Produced in partnership with Transmitter Media.

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  • Jul 6 2022

    Back pain is extremely common. (The U.S spent around $135 BILLION on it in 2016 alone!). It’s also complicated, because sometimes it’s one thing, but often it’s a combination of factors with no single “root cause” or fast fix, and many doctors unfortunately don’t do a good job of evaluating back pain, or even explaining it. So when medical practitioners advertise quick fixes and fast relief, it's easy to fall prey to procedures that might do you more harm than good to you and your wallet— like “cracking” your back, or unnecessary surgery. In today’s episode, Dr. Jen helps you understand where back pain comes from, how science solidly debunks the legitimacy of chiropractors, and shares real solutions you can use to treat your pain so that you can get BACK to enjoying all the amazing things your body can do when it receives science-backed treatment. For the full text transcript visit: https://go.ted.com/BSTscript16

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    28 mins
  • Jun 29 2022

    When we are in pain, we often turn to over-the-counter medications like acetaminophen. Sometimes, however, we’re prescribed opioid painkillers, and there’s a perception that this will be a more effective treatment, because opiods are the “strongest” treatment.  But a lot of what we think we know about opioids is due to propaganda from pharmaceutical companies and confusing medical guidelines. In today’s episode, Dr. Jen breaks down opioids: what ARE they? What do they do in our brain, and how do they affect pain? From discussing the difference between opioid addiction and opioid dependence, to tracing the history that’s led to today’s epidemic of opioid addiction (and what we might try as a society to fix it), this episode aims to arm you with information – because we all deserve access to responsible pain treatment.

    https://go.ted.com/BSTscript15

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    31 mins
  • Jun 22 2022

    It’s no shock that how we communicate about vaccines matters. A LOT. For example, one of the reasons some people don’t want to get vaccinated against COVID19 is because of anti-vaccine propaganda that falsely links the vaccine with infertility. Unfortunately, these kinds of myths are part of the playbook that’s been employed by anti-vaccine propagandists for… well, pretty much as long as there have been vaccines. And while this kind of targeted misinformation was predictable, powers in charge failed to take that threat seriously, and misinformation has become rampant across our communities. In this episode, Dr. Jen reviews how vaccines are developed and how they are tested for safety, including reproductive safety—and suggests strategies to address vaccine misinformation if you encounter it in the wild. For the full text transcript visit: https://go.ted.com/BSTscript14

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    29 mins

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Incomplete

The obvious question is did the patient have 6 cavities. A third opinion, not a virtual picture, would let us know much more. Also a cavity is so much more important than a whiting issue . We will not know whether the patient is being ripped or not. Most frustrating.

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Science talking

I've listened to all Dr Gunter's podcast episodes, I also read her book. She talks about our bodies from the current science and medicine knowledge perspective. She does it well, uses simple language, easy to relate to examples, consults experts from the particular field or specialty. I highly recommend her Body Stuff podcast. The episodes are short, straight to the point, sometimes funny. I always say that if anyone would like to learn something, they should reach out to the credible experts in that field. Credible is the important word here, somebody who actually studied the subject and cites verifiable knowledge. And that's what she does. Go for it and listen to her as she answers questions many of us have.

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