Pair of human hands with acupuncture needles
Pair of human hands with acupuncture needles

Guide to Alternative Medicines with Helene Langevin

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About This Episode

What does science say about alternative medicines and health fads? Neil deGrasse Tyson and co-hosts Chuck Nice and Gary O’Reilly learn about the science behind what alternative medicine can and cannot do with director of National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, Helene Langevin, M.D.

Do any alternative medicines have scientific backing? Are we completely at the mercy of influencers for health advice? What is “complementary medicine”? Learn about how many vitamins you should be taking and whether you need them at all. How do you keep up with changing health research? We discuss supplements and meal replacement. Can food really be replaced?

We break down acupuncture and what it does and doesn’t do. Why would someone in pain want to get stabbed by needles? How does the placebo effect work? Does it work? We explore cold therapies like cold plunge and the effect of physiological stress.

Is sitting down the new smoking? We talk about the role of stretching and what it does for your connective tissue. Can you stretch too much? What happens if you don’t move? We discuss inflammation and its role in healing. How can our healthcare system help improve overall health? Plus, is natural always good and artificial always bad?

Thanks to our Patrons Patrick, Tylré Livingstone, Claire Sims, Terrel Kimber, tinybird, Shawn Hugo, Chris Trent, Deborah Lagutaris, Steve Doom!, and Brian Lopez for supporting us this week.

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