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Ep. 161 Hormetics: A Principle of Health and Fitness, with Charlie Deist

Our guest is Charlie Deist, author of Hormetics: Physical Fitness for Free People. We have an engaging and somewhat philosophical conversation on principles of health. How do we identify good nutritional and exercise habits? Amongst the myriad of fads, what rules should guide one’s health choices and behaviors?

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Charlie Deist: Website and Twitter

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Charlie Deist. Hormetics:Physical Fitness for Free People (on Amazon)

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Ep. 160 Elise Amez-Droz: Those Treacherous “Essential” and “Non-essential” Labels

Our guest is Elise Amez-Droz, program manager for the Open Health program at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, where she also manages the health policy portfolio. Ms. Amez-Droz is a Public Policy Fellow with The Fund for American Studies and a member of the Millennial Cohort of American Enterprise Institute’s Leadership Network.

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Elise Amez-Droz: LinkedIn

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Ep. 21 Inside the Swiss Healthcare System (with guest Marc Fouradoulas, MD)

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Ep. 159 Terence Kealey on the Myths of Public Funding of Science

Our guest today is Terence Kealey, Professor Emeritus of clinical biochemistry at the University of Buckingham in the United Kingdom, where he served as Vice Chancellor until 2014. He is also a Research Fellow at the Cato Institute. Professor Kealey trained in medicine at Bart’s Hospital in London and obtained his doctorate at Oxford University following which he pursued a career in clinical biochemistry research, before joining the faculty at Buckingham University. 

He is the author of 3 books. The first, published in 1996 and titled The Economic Laws of Scientific Research is a sweeping exploration of the relationship between government and science and argues against public funding of scientific research. The second, Science, Sex, and Profits, published in 2008, continues the same theme and develops the notion that science is not a public good but is organized around what he terms “invisible colleges.” His third book, Breakfast is Your Most Dangerous Meal, was published in 2014 and links government intervention to very unhealthy nutritional advice.

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Ep. 158 Alycia “The Bomb” Baumgardner: A Fighter’s Life Under Lockdown

Our guest is Alycia Baumgardner, a professional super feather boxer based in Michigan. She joins us to share her professional and personal experience with the lockdown measures instituted in response to the COVID-10 pandemic.

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Alycia “The Bomb” Baumgardner: Twitter and Facebook

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Ep. 157 Stephen Senn: N-of-1 Trials and Beyond

Our guest is Professor Stephen Senn, a world renowned statistician whose career has spanned the gamut of activities that involves statistical analysis in medicine, from teaching to research to consultancy. Professor Senn obtained his PhD in Statistics from the University of Dundee and became a Chartered Statistician from the Royal Statistical Society in 1993. He has held professorships at University College London and at the University of Glasgow. He is the author of several books, notably Statistical Issues in Drug Development and Dicing with Death: Chance, Risk, and Health.

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Stephen Senn, PhD: Twitter and Website

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  • Wood FA, et al. N-of-1 Trial of a Statin, Placebo, or No Treatment to Assess Side-Effects (Open Access in New Engl J Med)
  • Araujo, A Julious S, Senn S. Understanding variation in sets of N-of-1 trials (Open Access in PLOS One)
  • Senn S. Statistical pitfalls of personalized medicine (Open Access in Nature)
  • Senn S. Mastering Variation: Variance components and personalized medicine (Open Access in Stat in Med)
  • Stephen Senn. Dicing with Death: Chance, Risk, and Health (Amazon link)

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Ep. 156 The Push for Nurse Practitioners on the Frontlines of Healthcare

Our guests are Rebekah Bernard, MD and Niran Al-Agba, MD, authors of a soon-to-be-published book examining the rise of nurse practitioners and physician assistants in healthcare.

Dr. Bernard is a family physician from Fort Myers, Florida. She is board member of Physicians for Patient Protection, an organization calling for more transparency regarding the difference in training between physicians and non-physician providers.

Dr. Al-Agba is a board-certified pediatrician in private practice in Washington State. She is a prolific writer who speaks widely and openly on a variety of issues, including policy, ethics, and medical practice. 

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Rebekah Bernard: Twitter and website

Niran Al-Agba: Twitter and website

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Niran Al-Agba and Rebekah Bernard: Patients at Risk: The Rise of the Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant in Healthcare (Amazon link and book website)

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Ep. 155 Kevin McKernan on PCR testing for COVID-19

Our guest is Kevin McKernan, founder and chief scientific officer of Medicinal Genomics, a company specialized in genetic testing of medicinal plants, including cannabis for strains, traits, and pest infestation, including plant viruses. He is here to shed light on the process of PCR testing as applied to the COVID pandemic.

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Kevin McKernan: Twitter

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  • Jaafar R. et al. “Correlation Between 3790 Quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction–Positives Samples and Positive Cell Cultures, Including 1941 Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 Isolates” (Open access in Clinical Infectious Diseases)

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Ep. 154 Outpatient COVID-19 Therapy: Why the Controversy?

Our guest is Peter McCullough, MD, MPH, consultant cardiologist and Vice Chief of Medicine at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. He is an internationally recognized authority on the role of chronic kidney disease as a cardiovascular risk state with more than a thousand publications and more than five hundred citations in the National Library of Medicine. His works have appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, Lancet and other top-tier journals worldwide.

However, he is not with us to discuss the cardiorenal syndrome nor his many illustrious achievements in cardiology. Rather, he joins us to tell us about an article on the outpatient treatment of COVID-19 of which he is first author. The paper is titled and was published in the American Journal of Medicine online on August 6, 2020.

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Peter McCullough, MD, MPH: Twitter

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  • McCullough P, et al. “Pathophysiological Basis and Rational for Early Outpatient Treatment of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Infection” (Open Access in Am J. Med)

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Ep. 153 Vinay Prasad: Making Conversations in Medicine Great Again

Our guest is Vinayak K. Prasad, hematologist-oncologist. He was an associate professor of medicine at the Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine and in the summer of 2020 moved to the University of California San Francisco.

He is a prolific researcher with a particular interest in the quality of medical evidence and trial design. He is also author of 2 best-selling books: Ending Medical Reversal (2015) co-authored with Dr. Adam Cifu and Malignant: How Bad Evidence and Bad Policy Harm People With Cancer, released earlier this year.

We have a broad ranging conversation about the tenor of medical discourse today and about his main ideas regarding the quality of medical evidence.

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Vinay Prasad: Twitter, Website, and Podcast

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  • Prasad, V et al. “A Decade of Reversal: An Analysis of 146 Contradicted Medical Practices.” Open Access in Mayo Clinic Proceedings with accompanying video of Dr. Prasad
  • Vinay Prasad and Adam Cifu. Ending Medical Reversal. Amazon link.
  • Vinay Prasad. Malignant. Amazon link.

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Ep. 152 Underrepresented Minorities in India: The Reservation System

Our guest is Dr. Somalaram Venkatesh, interventional cardiologist In private practice in Bengaluru, India. He obtained his medical degree and completed his cardiology training at PGI, Chandigarh. He is now director of cardiology at Aster Hospital, Bengaluru. He discusses India’s historical legacy of discrimination, and the solution built into the Indian constitution to rectify this : the reservation system.

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Somalaram Venkatesh, MD: Professional website

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