In episode 389, Mike and James go over with Adrienne Lindblad the evidence for a simple treatment for beast engorgement. Who knew that cabbage leaves worked for breast engorgement? At the end of the podcast we decide to attach cabbage leaves to all our microphones all the time, just in case – see last podcast description for context.

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In episode 388, Mike and James go over with Adrienne Lindblad the evidence for a simple treatment for nausea and vomiting in the ER. Who knew that inhaling isopropyl alcohol worked for nausea and vomiting? – possibly as good as the medications we have used in the past. At the end of the podcast we decide to attach isopropyl alcohol swabs to all our microphones all the time, just in case.

In episode 387, Mike and James go over the best available evidence for opioids in neuropathic pain. As with many pain treatments the evidence suggests there is some benefit and also some harm.  Overall, it seems a reasonable approach would be to only use opioids in patients with refractory pain after multiple therapeutic trials with other agents.

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In episode 386, James and Mike talk about the latest low fat low carb weight loss study and then put it all into context of the more global evidence for low carbs vs low fats.

In episode 385, James and Mike invite Tim Caulfield (author, professor and lawyer) yet again to talk about the marketing and evidence around stem cell therapies. Low and behold the evidence pales in comparison to the hype. At the end Tim states – “science is hard” – enough said.

In episode 384, James and Mike invite Tim Caulfield (author, professor and lawyer) to talk about the marketing of personalized medicine. We find out that most of the marketing is absurd. We also figure out that personalized medicine is being done all the time but it rarely if ever requires knowledge of any genetic testing results.

In episode 383, James and Mike go over the IMPACT trial that looks at triple inhaler therapy for patients with COPD. We talk about how, unfortunately, the impact is not that impactful and then put all the results into context with the issues of placebo, patents and cost. 

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In episode 382, Mike and James and Gary Bloch decide to try to solve the problem of poverty. While we get somewhere, it becomes clear that it might take more than just doing a 30-minute podcast. Who would have thought? Nonetheless, we hope that some of the things we discuss will inspire others to continue the battle against this extremely important health issue.