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Medical Mythbusters

The Merck Manual Medical Myths pit myths against medical degrees. Should you put butter on a burn? Drink coffee to sober up? Feed a cold and starve a fever?

On this podcast, physicians from around the country set the record straight and help you make more informed decisions about your health.





Episode 1: Arthritis Myths with Dr. Brian Mandell (26 minutes)

Cracking your joints can often bring a feeling of relief or satisfaction, but are you doing damage to your joints? And while the term arthritis is typically used as a catch-all for joint issues, rheumatoid arthritis and osteo arthritis are not interchangeable, and in fact, they’re quite different. Dr. Brian Mandell explains these differences as well as addressing the many myths that surround joint pain and stiffness.




 Episode 2: Vertigo Myths with Dr. David Kaylie (25 minutes)

You’ve heard of “Vertigo” the movie, and it’s likely that everyone has experienced the sensation before. But do you know what it is and why we feel it? Dr. David Kaylie discusses the differences in dizziness and vertigo, hearing loss and treatments that can help and the myths associated with Vertigo.





Episode 3: Hypertension Myths with Dr. George Bakris (22 minutes)

High blood pressure can often be associated with aging or with being a hot head, but there are a number of other causes of high blood pressure that should not be overlooked. Dr. George Bakris joins us to share some insights and breaks down the biggest myths around high blood pressure, cholesterol and hypertension.




Episode 4: Gastrointestinal Myths with Dr. Jonathan Gotfried (26 minutes)

Stomachs can be very sensitive. Factors such as what you eat and how fast you eat can cause issues from indigestion to ulcers and more. Dr. Jonathan Gotfried joins us to share his insights and help us digest some of the biggest myths around gastrointestinal problems, while also sharing tips for how to keep a healthy gut.




Episode 5: Vision Myths: Dr. Sunir Garg (30 minutes)

Eyesight is extremely valuable, and we are constantly being told what is bad and what is good for our eyes. Well, how many of those myths are true? Dr. Sunir Garg, retina physician and surgeon, debunks those myths with us and provides us with some much-needed clarity on the subject.




Episode 6: Hangovers with Dr. O’Malley (Coming Soon!)



Episode 7: COVID-19 with Dr. Catherine Soprano (Coming Soon!)






Episode 1: Bites and Stings Links with Dr. Gerald O'Malley (23 min)



Episode 2: Debunking Pregnancy Myths with Dr. Lara Friel (24 min)



Episode 3: The Truth About Diet Myths with Dr. Adrienne Youdim (23 min)



Episode 4: Aging Myths with Dr Michael R. Wasserman (22 min)



Episode 5: Hearing Loss Myths episode with Dr. Dr. Lawrence R. Lustig (23 min)



Episode 6: Travel Health Myths with Dr. Christopher Sanford (29 min)