“Dérives : Le Rituel de Sudation” won a gold medal in the narrative / documentary podcast category at the 2021 New York Festivals Radio Awards. It was a big surprise, and a great honor!
I would like to dedicate this award to Chantal Lavigne, and also to her family and loved ones, without whom I would never have been able to tell her story. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your trust, your authenticity and your generosity.
I share this award with the incredible team at Radio-Canada OHdio, with whom I had the chance to work on this first season: Jo-Annie Larue, Jérôme Leclerc, Alain Kemeid, Annie Reeves, and the sound engineer / mixer Sébastien Heppell.
Thank you to my girlfriend India Desjardins who is the first to read my scripts & listen to the draft episodes, and to criticize them (rightfully so), and who always has lots of good ideas.
And above all THANKS to all of you who listened to the podcast while walking, in the car, or hidden under the covers in your bed (true story), and for all your beautiful messages!
P.S. The second season of Dérives, entitled “Ayahuasca”, will be launched in November 2021.
Some people will always try to take advantage of scary situations. It’s easy to laugh at the old ads for miracle cures against the bubonic plague or the Spanish flu… but nothing has really changed! Yes, the allegations use contemporary words, but the marketing strategies remain the same…
(by the way, all tips and remedies proposed in the image are real, and come from articles that have been shared online in the last few days… and are wrong)
NO food or supplement is recommended by the scientific community to prevent or cure COVID-19, or any other pandemic to our knowledge. Even plague doctors knew that…
Stay at home, wash your hands, follow public health guidelines … and ignore the opportunists!
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Here’s my short interview with Dr Paul Offit on the HPV vaccine, and a quick question about the fight against vaccine misinformation.
This interview is part of the episode on HPV from my documentary series Les Aventures du Pharmachien.
Dr Steven Novella is an American clinical neurologist and assistant professor at Yale University School of Medicine. He’s also a science communicator and a leading figure in the skeptical movement. He co-founded Science-Based Medicine, writes a blog called NeuroLogica, hosts the podcast The Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe and recently published a book on scientific skepticism.
I had the privilege of interviewing him on the topic of ACUPUNCTURE, as part of my documentary series on scientific skepticism in healthcare called Les Aventures du Pharmachien on Radio-Canada (the show’s in French, hence the subtitles).
Here’s the interview in English (note : you can press the “CC” button to get English subtitles for my short intro) :
Obviously I can’t post the full episode, but here’s the trailer (note : you can press the “CC” button to get English subtitles) :
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Here’s the life cycle of a fad diet!
Click on the image below for the HD version:
Many thanks to Robyn Penney for the translation!
According to my 100% subjective estimates, in 2019 …
FAD DIETS AT THE END OF THEIR LIFE CYCLE
FAD DIETS AT MID-CYCLE
FAD DIETS EARLY IN THEIR CYCLE
Let not kid ourselves: whatever they pretend, most – if not all all – restrictive diets have weight loss as their ultimate goal (arguably, the whole “wellness” industry is about weight loss).
And sure, you’ll lose some weight in the short term; any fad diet will do the trick. But the science is clear: they have an amazingly high failure rate in the long run (the exact rate is hard to point out).
Want a diet that’s not a fad, not about weight loss, associated with positive health outcomes and – most of all – that’s backed by solid scientific evidence?
Then you might be interested in plant-rich ones, such as the Mediterranean diet and flexitarian / vegetarian diets !
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Ilya (from the Urals) translated my “Top 10 useless remedies for the common cold” comic into Russian, and it looks awesome!
CHECK IT OUT HERE
A few interesting facts I’ve learned about popular remedies for the common cold in Russia:
- They use wool socks too, but without rubbing Vicks (which doesn’t exist there).
- They stick their faces over a bowl with hot boiled potatoes and water, not just water.
- For the mouth-burning contest, they use vodka with pepper.
- Sweating at the bathhouse while ill is quite popular, even without Gwyneth Paltrow’s advice.
- The mustard plaster is very popular in Russia.
- Flu busters: they have an extensive list of so called “fuflomicini” (ex. immune enhancers).
- Suppositories are not so popular, but people like to eat garlic while ill, keep it near, and make patches from it (which often causes skin burns).
- Chicken noodle soup is not a delicacy there… They use a soup called “borscht“, made with meat and vegetables.
- Russian pharmacies sells cough syrups too, but instead of DM or codeine, they contain antiseptics, mucolytics and light painkillers.
- Antibiotics are available without a prescription!
Thanks so much Ilya!