BS Medicine Podcast

Hosted by James McCormack and Mike Allan

These podcasts promote healthy skepticism and critical thinking, with the majority presented in a case-based format.

Recommended Listening

Episode 542: The Great Placebo Effect or the not-so-Great Placebo Effect – PART II

In episode 542, James and Mike finish their discussion around placebo. We then talk about tips and tricks for how to best use the knowledge about the placebo group effect when it comes to day-to-day decisions of choosing, stopping and starting medications/treatments. Show Notes Placebo handout...


Episode 541: The Great Placebo Effect or the not-so-Great Placebo Effect

In episode 541, James and Mike get into a powerful discussion of placebo. We talk about the evidence around placebo, the placebo effect, the placebo group effect/response and we try to put it all into the context of clinical practice. The bottom line is the placebo effect is likely not what you think it is, […]...


Episode 540: Clear, not cloudy: Antibiotic options for uncomplicated urinary tract infections

In episode 540, James and Mike invite Jennifer Young to go over all the evidence we have for what antibiotics to choose for bladder infections. The evidence clearly shows that the antibiotics we have been using for decades are still the drugs of choice. Tune in and find out which one you should choose and […]...


Episode 538: Egging you on to look at the evidence around eggs

In episode 538, James and Mike discuss the great (but pretty much silly) egg controversy. We go over the best available evidence for eggs which is at best not great. We talk about the cohorts, the effect of eggs on cholesterol and much more. At the end we conclude definitively that, and you heard it […]...


Episode 537: A Jab for Your CAD: Influenza vaccination for the prevention of cardiovascular events

In episode 537, Mike and James invite Ricky Turgeon back to the podcast to talk about the impact of the influenza vaccination on cardiovascular events in both primary and secondary prevention. The best evidence is in secondary prevention. Tune-in to hear the numbers. Show Notes 1) Tools for Practice A Jab for Your CAD: Influenza […]...




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