In this episode we break down two understudied, but frequently experienced, phenomena: Farts and Hiccups. We cover what’s normal and what’s not, throw around big words like “flatogenicity” and “singultus,” and ask important questions like “can lighting a fart make your butt explode?” We also learn about the longest hiccup bout ever, why Mel refuses to eat vegetables, and more!
This week we’re getting into the weeds on…Marijuana! How safe is it? What’s the difference between smoking it and eating it? And how long has it been around anyway? The team tackles these totally deep questions as well as the recent uptick in marijuana-related ER visits. We leave no stone(r) unturned!
President James Garfield’s life was tragically cut short when a deranged gunman shot him on a train platform, but could modern doctors have saved him? We travel back to the year 1881 to relive that fateful summer day and talk about bullets, miasma, scene safety, and why it’s a bad idea to go digging around in open wounds.
On this episode of This Won’t Hurt a Bit we talk about botulinum toxin. It seems to be everywhere: in your dirt, in your honey, in your celebrities. But how can you stay safe from this deadly poison? And if you get it, can you be saved? Also, Mel teaches us why babies are especially at risk, Jess teaches us why movie stars aren’t just like us, and Dave attempts to describe canning.
ER doctors are expert life savers, but what about the rest of us? What can you do to prepare yourself for common life-threatening situations? In this episode we look at three common scenarios—choking, anaphylaxis, and the unresponsive person—to see what you can do to help. We also talk to expert lifesaver, 8-year-old Andrew Ramirez, about what it takes to be a hero.
You got a fever, and the only prescription is more...antipyretics? In this episode we break down what a fever is, why a fever is, as well as when and how to treat a fever. How hot can a fever get? Can it damage your brain? Is there such thing as a low grade fever? Do emergency departments have fancy Tylenol? All this plus hallucinations, seizures, and the most accurate way to take a temperature (hint: it isn't your mouth).
Warning: This month’s episode might be our most disgusting yet! It’s about the wild world of helminths. What’s a helminth, you ask? A parasitic worm! And it’s looking for one thing: to use your body as an all-you-can-eat restaurant. Special guest Dr. Kenny Bahn joins us to recount his nightmare patient story. And special guest host Josh Kurz joins the crew for some laughter, some tears, and some tips on how to weaponize your parasitic enemies. You’ll never look at sushi the same way again!
In this episode we look back at some questionable medical practices that haven’t quite stood the test of time. How does a smoke enema sound? Or heroin as a cough suppressant? How about blood letting? If your answer is “great!” then you’re into some pretty outdated medicine. For the rest of us, sit back and listen to how far we’ve come and how far we probably have to go.
It’s flu season (in the northern hemisphere) and that means it’s time to vaccinate yourself against common medical misconceptions. In this episode we tackle some of the big questions people have about influenza: What is it? And why should we get vaccinated? Can you get sick from a flu shot? Is the flu basically a bad cold? Does Tamiflu actually do anything? In addition, Dr. Jess Mason does some deep investigative reporting and contracts the flu virus for this episode.
A football helmet, wire cutters, alcohol, a metal detector, cocaine and superglue? But each of these things can be found in the ER. This episode Jess and Mel quiz Dave on things that you wouldn't expect to find in the ER. Sounds like a recipe for disaster.
This episode might actually hurt just a little bit, as we are talking about animal bites! What are the most common bites? Is a cat or a dog bite worse? How should we treat an animal bite? What is the deal with Rabies? All these questions are answered as well as a discussion about human bites, and the trouble they can cause!
After an extended break, we are back with an episode about all of those things that are found in places they shouldn't be. Mel and Jess tell us all of the wildest "foreign bodies" stories from their time in the ER.
In this episode we are talking about Radiation. Part of living on Earth is that we are all exposed to low levels of Radiation. We are made of it, we emit it, we exist in it. It can cause disease, it can help us to diagnose disease, and it can be used to treat disease. So, what is it?
Caffeine! Everyone's favorite psychoactive drug. Is caffeine good or bad for you? This episode of This Won't Hurt A Bit we shall discuss how caffeine works, and whether there are any health benefits. We will also explore what happens when you have too much caffeine.
Medicine in the movies! We had so much to discuss about the medicine in these movies, that we made this a two-part special. Up next is The Revenant. We talk about the bear attack scene, the wounds and the realities of what a body could withstand. And of course, the neck cautery scene.
Medicine in the Movies! This week we examine medical procedures in cinema. First up we dissect Pulp Fiction, and the classic Mia Wallace overdose scene. Then, we move onto the post-apocalyptic hit Mad Max:Fury Road. Dr Mel Herbert, Dr Jess Mason & Dave Mason discuss Furiosa's tension pneumothorax and the blood-transfusion between Max and Furiosa.
This episode we discuss concussions, the sequelae that happen as a result of concussions, and the long term effects of repeated head trauma. We seek answers from “Captain Cortex”, Prof. Stuart Swadron. Medical team physician for the Cleveland Indians, Dr Tom Waters, explains the process of assessing when an injured player in the NFL can go back in the game. Dave’s personal trainer, Steven Yates, talks about his experience with concussions, as a former college football player. And Jess speaks to a young patient and his mother, who recently came into the ER after a head injury, about their story.
Prof. Mel Herbert and Prof. Stuart Swadron discuss Zika Virus. Where did it come from? What disease does it cause? What is microcephaly? And is it really an STD, as well? All this and more on our special report.
Can you drink your own urine? Run yourself to death? This week we explore the science and physiology of how extreme heat effects our bodies. Our intrepid field reporter/co-host, Dave Mason, "visits" Death Valley to see just how hot a person can get. Dr Mel Herbert & Dr Jess Mason talk to experts about heat index and humidity, and all things hotness!
Just how fast and how far can a human go? This week, the physiology and stories of extreme runners. Ultramarathon Man, Dean Karnazes tells us his extraordinary story. We find out about Diane Leather and we get some answers from sports writer David Epstein, and Sports Medicine Physician Dr Matt Baird.
It's the HOLIDAYS! What could possibly go wrong? This week we bring you a Holiday Special about some of the festive season's worst case scenarios. Dave checks in with Jess and Mel about some potential "Christmas Story" issues, and we find a diagnosis for Tiny Tim.
This week in Second Opinion we go a little further with all things smokable. Why do people do it?Mel, Jess & Dave Mason ask Dr Ken Starr some questions about addiction, Dopamine and how receptors work. We revisit Medical Marijuana with a personal story about pain relief and speak to Toxicologist, and Associate Prof of Emergency Medicine, USC, Dr Sean Patrick Nordt about the effects of Hookah and carbon monoxide.
Smoking has been around since at least 5000BC. This episode we discuss the myriad problems with smoking. Specifically we discuss the effects of Cigarettes and Vaping. Oh, and we tell you some interesting facts about Marijuana that you may not know.
Last weeks episode "Death and Dying" covered a lot of ground. In this Second Opinion, Dave Mason asks Mel and Jess some important follow-up questions about CPR, they speak to Dr Chuck Yowler, trauma surgeon, about Hypothermia and Wendy Roderweiss about end of life care, and the "good death".
The first "Second Opinion" Episode. In these episodes we shall dig a little deeper, define some medical terms and ask the experts. This episode we define REBOA, talk Migraines and get to the bottom of the squirmy truth about Maggot farming.
We discuss diseases and syndromes that distort reality, past societal failures with mental health as well as the brave story of young Nellie Bly. We also follow Mel down the rabbit hole and find ourselves in rural Australia in the 1970's.
This episode explores bites. The good and the bad, the Arachnid the Annelid, and the Diptera. How dangerous is the widow spider bite? Do we still use leeches today? We answer these questions and also unveil the squirmy truth about the maggot's role in wound debridement.
Welcome to the first episode of This Won't Hurt A Bit. Mel Herbert, ER doc wakes up in the middle of the night to the harrowing sounds of a massive crash on his street. This is the story of what happens next.