Maintenance Phase

Maintenance Phase

Debunking the junk science behind health fads, wellness scams and nonsensical nutrition advice.

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January 3, 2023 49 min

This week, we're talking about Aubrey's new book, "'You Just Need To Lose Weight' and 19 Other Myths About Fat People." And we're yelling about Piers Morgan as a little treat.


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    November 15, 2022 51 min

    In the 1990s, the Food Pyramid was one of the most recognizable symbols in nutrition education. But where did it come from? Why was it created by the agriculture department? And why did it tell us to eat a whole loaf of bread every day?

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  • Anna-Britt Agnsäter
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    November 8, 2022 78 min

    Mike and Aubrey introduce Mike's new show, If Books Could Kill! Find it on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, Google and wherever else you get your podcasts.

    Also, don't forget to pre-order Aubrey's new book!

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    October 18, 2022 73 min

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    Mike and Aubrey break down the policies and promises of Dr. Oz's Senate campaign in Pennsylvania. 

    Plus! A re-run of our complete Dr. Oz episode from last year. 

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  • Transcript of the infamous Congressional hearing
  • The Making of Dr. Oz
  • Columbia and the Problem of Dr. Oz
  • The FTC lawsuit ...
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    Health claims about apple cider vinegar are everywhere. But are they true? This week, we hop into the wayback machine for the story of America's first health influencer. (That's not true, but neither is anything else in this episode.)

    Thanks to David Johnston for providing sources for this week’s episode!

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    September 27, 2022 55 min

    How an early-'90s newsmagazine show convinced a generation of Americans to start drinking red wine. For the antioxidants!

    Special thanks to Susanne Stolpe and Alexander H. Sandtorv for helping us fact-check this episode!

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  • Diet and alcohol in heart disease risk: the French Paradox
  • Absorption of three wine-related polyphe...
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    September 6, 2022 54 min

    This week's episode is running late so here's something to tide you over!

    Last year, we did an episode on Gwyneth-adjacent influencer Amanda Chantal Bacon and her wellness company, Moon Juice. This year we decided to TASTE THE DUST.

    This episode was originally for our Patreon supporters. Click here if you'd like to sign up!   

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    In 1982 a murder captured America's imagination. Forty years later, two podcasts joined forces to talk about it.

    Hear more from Sarah at You're Wrong About and You Are Good!

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  • Diana Trilling’s “Mrs. Harris”
  • Shana Alexander’s “Very Much a Lady”
  • "The Complete Scarsdale Medical Diet"

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    June 7, 2022 50 min

    This year, the UK implemented a law requiring chain restaurants to list calorie counts on their menus. Where did these policies come from? What impact do they have? And why is a Julia Roberts quote from 1990 the best way to describe them?

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  • Calorie Labelling Regulations - GOV.UK
  • Calorie labelling: implementation guidance - GO...
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    May 24, 2022 52 min

    Weight loss is as simple as “calories in, calories out,” right? Or — gasp — could the reply guys be wrong!? This week, we dig in on the surprisingly complex science behind a seemingly simple calculation.

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  • History of the Calorie in Nutrition
  • Caloric Equivalents of Gained or Lost Weight
  • The Foreign Policy of the Calorie
  • Why the ...
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    This week, Mike and Aubrey take on a manual for creep behavior masquerading as a diet book. Along the way, we cover shopping guides, journalism salaries and the proper preparation of Cornish game hens. We love our curvy husbands.

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  • How to Take 20 Pounds Off Your Man by Kalter, Suzy: (1984) | The Book Store 
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    April 19, 2022 57 min

    Debunking some of the most widely repeated myths about fat and health.

    Here's Mike's new video

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