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  2. snowshawnskate

    The Macabre Series

    A quick note on your sponsor: You mentioned that they focus on being "natural." Using whole ingredients as you noted, is a good thing. However, it should be noted that the difference between natural and artificial flavors is quite silly. The chemicals that make up the flavoring are typically identical, however the sourcing of raw materials is the only difference. See reference for details https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/what-is-the-difference-be-2002-07-29/
  3. Falconerd

    Episode 20: The Prisoner

    Since you touched on my field of expertise (I'm a pharmacist in Colorado), I have something to contribute! Aspirin backfired during the Spanish Flu Pandemic for a couple reasons. First, this is during the era of "snake oil" medicines that are advertised as being cure-all's. So people took handfuls of aspirin to try to ward off the flu. The widely recommended doses were extremely high by today's standards (8,000-32,000mg compared to 81 or 325mg with a max of 4,000mg) and at that dose it predisposed to lung toxicity and fluid filling the lungs which worked in concert with the flu that also caused lung issues. Second, in kids, giving aspirin during viral infections can cause Reye syndrome (vomiting, hyperventilation, delirium, and coma, with brain swelling and fat in the liver and proximal renal tubules). This is why aspirin isn't recommended in kids younger than 15 anymore and "children's aspirin" has been changed to "low-dose aspirin" for "heart protection". Third, aspirin can cause bleeding because it inhibits the platelets which makes it more difficult for blood to clot. (Technically, it isn't an anti-coagulant, but the end result is the same, blood is prevented from clotting. (most people know the term "blood thinner" but it doesn't actually change the viscosity of the blood, it just prevents blood from "thickening") (also, fun fact, a common anti-coagulant, warfarin, is often used as rat poison by causing an overdose and thus uncontrolled bleeding)) So when people infected with the flu started bleeding in their lungs it didn't stop. (Ref: https://academic.oup.com/cid/article/49/9/1405/301441#) Simon mentioned how America has a lot of drug ads. Yes, direct=to=consumer (DTC) ads have drastically changed medicine and pharmacy in America. People tend to then ask for these expensive, brand drugs, despite not necessarily needing them. There have been a lot of studies that show that doctors often just give the patients what they want (and consequently what the drug companies want). One argument for DTC ads is that people may not realize they have a condition or that there is a treatment for it, leading to an improvement in quality of life. An argument against DTC ads is that drug companies sometimes create the problems which they conveniently have the solution for. Another facet is that sometimes someone has a very specific disease and most doctors are better at diagnosing a broad spectrum and often don't have the specialized knowledge needed to treat that specific disease, and sometimes specialists just aren't available in rural areas. In that case the patient sometimes learns more about their condition than the doctors. The internet can be great for this, with access to very specific research and specialists, but that can be hard to separate from the chaff. Overall, yes this was a very depressing episode, but still facinating as usual. Thanks for always being enlightening. P.S. I got the Google Podcasts app after you guys mentioned it. Unfortunately, there's no reviews, their "trending" stuff must just use plays rather than reviews. It's still better than the Google Music App since it can speed up playback and automatically play the next episode. Still very bare-bones player. I don't have any experience with other podcast players since Brainfood is the first and only podcast I've listened to. 😃 P.P.S Today in history name: Eventiversary. Not great from the spelling perspective, but event anniversaries is basically the topic of the show.
  4. otefollert

    The Macabre Series

    Loved the podcast, and as a side note, referring to the women's bathrooms, I have a small restaurant and it's amazing how they are after a regular day. Finally someone tells the truth
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  6. Daven

    The Macabre Series

    Well that escalated quickly.... 😉
  7. Manda.Sutherland

    The Final Frontier Part 5

    I dont listen to fall asleep. I listen to the shows while I'm driving home from work and walking the dog. I wouldn't be able to sleep listening to so many facts and history stories! I understand that your voices are calming, but it is way too interesting to not pay attention. And stop listening to the haters about the tangents being too long and sporadic. It is the best part of the show when you have info facts just pop up. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with everyone. Shout out to fellow lady listeners too. But unlike the other lady listener, I haven't tried peeing while standing. haha I have one last space question since you talked about random body fluids and other things not thought about in space. Has anyone talked about babies in space or is it a myth they would be malformed? Has NASA ever studied it Also, If you are a captain of a space ship can you officiate weddings like a sea captain? (Okay that may be a silly question idk.. )Thanks! Keep up the hard work. Praying for Simon's new marriage and both of your continued friendship towards each other, Amanda Sutherland
  8. Paul H

    The Final Frontier Part 4

    Yes the Putin song was fantastic!
  9. willw8yss

    The Final Frontier Part 5

    I may have an answer as to why people use your podcast to fall asleep. I work as a night shift janitor, typically working 8-10 hours in a night. Since cleaning for that long can be boring, I usually listen to something on my phone while I am working. I prefer to listen to people talking (such as podcasts and let's plays) as opposed to music. The reason for that is because the problem with music is if it is good, my mind wants to focus on that rather than my work. If it is bad, then I'm stuck listening to bad music for several hours. Human speech and conversation, such as older episodes (by which I mean episodes I've listened to before) of your podcast work better because it is interesting enough to keep my mind stimulated, but not so much that I am distracted. Let's plays do the same thing for me; they are in that sweet spot of interesting, but not distracting. I could see how this could also work to fall asleep. It's a form of "white noise" that works well for some people. In any case, take it as a compliment. I love the podcast and the only reason I haven't left a review yet is because I can't figure out how to do that on the Google Play podcast thingy that I listen to it on. Also, look at it this way; if people fall asleep listening to the podcast, that helps your retention time statistics, right? And if they have autoplay on (if that's a thing on iTunes podcasts) that bumps up your number of hits. Every cloud has a silver lining, right?
  10. Tomahawkid

    General Podcast Feedback

    So glad y'all finally have advertisers for the podcast! I love this podcast so much but I can't afford to donate on patreon so I'm happy to hear that you have advertisers that will help make this podcast permanent. I can now rest easy knowing that the Brainfood podcast will be around for a long time and I can help you pay for it with my ears.
  11. Wikipedia is a good jumping off point for a lot of subjects, but as with any source everything needs double checked and there's often a lot more information to be found elsewhere. Again, nobody bats a thousand. It doesn't matter how reputable a source, everybody gets stuff wrong sometimes, even experts on a subject. So we just always try for very broad and deep research on everything to try to pull out all the interesting details and make sure everything's as accurate as possible.
  12. Loving the Final Frontier. On episode two Daven mentioned he would not be happy for any of the researchers to use Yahoo Answers.. Is there any general sources the team uses for research? What's the opinion of wikipedia are a resource? Trustworthy?
  13. Amy

    Episode 9: The Bull Moose Part 1

    I made a forum account just to post this: My family actually legally changed our last name when we came to Australia because everyone kept saying it differently/wrongly. So we went from Rönström, to Robertson. Thanks for listening, bye.
  14. Pellaken

    The Final Frontier Part 5

    when I hit play on itunes my reaction was " only an hour? " which I think means I like the show a lot.
  15. Pellaken

    Feedback (now that they've settled in)

    update from a month later - I do think some of my feedback has been taken into account, along with good feedback provided by those smarter than I, which has made the podcast better!
  16. Beads700

    The Final Frontier Part 5

    No it’s a good thing, at least in my case it helps get all the bad thoughts from the day out of my head and it has me thinking about all the awesome stuff that you guys were talking about so it’s easier to get to sleep and not have lots of bad thoughts in my head and nightmares, you make the nightmares go away and you make people be able to get sleep it’s a very good thing thank you for helping people sleep
  17. Daven

    The Final Frontier Part 5

    Still not sure if we should take it personal how many people use the show to fall asleep... 😉
  18. Barone

    The Final Frontier Part 4

    It wasn't that bad! I have a feeling that the bonus facts episode will be amazing, can't wait for it. Also, loved that Putin song at the end!
  19. Daven

    The Final Frontier Part 4

    Sorry about the horrible joke... 😉
  20. Rich

    Outtakes episode?

    I saw it! point taken I still think some of it could be amusing, however that being said the effort of putting something like that together may be dispoportionate to the benefit/views
  21. Rich

    Feedback (now that they've settled in)

    Wow Daven, that reply was in much more detail than I expected! The level of detail shows in the podcasts and on here !
  22. LexiconFox

    Podcast segment titles

    Admittedly this is some pretty low hanging fruit but "food for thought"
  23. otefollert

    Feedback (now that they've settled in)

    Thank you both guys, or dammed you, I spent a great deal of my vacation watching TNG and I really like it
  24. ManxMan

    Blue raspberry

    How did blue become the standard color for raspberry flavored foods?
  25. Daven

    The Final Frontier Part 3

    One of my new favorite episodes. Hope you like it 🙂
  26. That's a great video.
  27. SimonWhistler

    Outtakes episode?

    Generally they are fairly dull ;). Me trying to get words right over and over again ;). BUT in a mini documentary we have coming up, there are plenty of (quite amusing) outtakes. Stay tuned :).
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