The claims about essential oils are many and include curing the flu, preventing headaches, soothing anxiety and many other claims. This has led to more people than ever putting oils on their skin, diffusing them into the air and even taking them in capsules. Is there potential harm from doing this or are the many claims legit and is there science to back them up? In this podcast we talk about some of the limitations with all essential oils, scientific studies that have shown negative effects about certain oils and scientific studies that have shown positive effects about certain oils. 

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SOURCES //

https://www.forbes.com/sites/brucelee/2018/03/18/will-essential-oils-like-lavender-and-tea-tree-make-your-breasts-larger/#42c8270e3fc2

https://www.dietvsdisease.org/do-essential-oils-work/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2994788/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8805113 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2145499?dopt=Abstract

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3612440/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25389481

 

June 16, 2020

How does Science work?

Science is a complicated process and it's especially confusing in terms of COVID-19 and the ever-changing regulations in regards to masks and what scientists are learning. In this podcast we go through the scientific process starting with generating hypotheses all the way to data analysis and communicating your science. We also try to explain the scientific process in regards to COVID-19 and shed some light on why regulations change so quickly! 

SOURCES: 

Different recommendations of masks article: https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/04/10/829890635/why-there-so-many-different-guidelines-for-face-masks-for-the-public

WHO masks: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/when-and-how-to-use-masks

WHO vs CDC masks: https://abcnews.go.com/Health/cdc-offer-conflicting-advice-masks-expert-tells-us/story?id=70958380

Updated WHO mask policy: https://www.bbc.com/news/health-52945210

As part of California's Proposition 65 law, the state must maintain a list of chemicals known to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity. California is considering adding acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol to this list of hazardous chemicals. In this episode, we first explain what acetaminophen is and what it is used for. Then, we summarize the evidence of why some scientists think it may cause cancer and discuss whether these concerns are valid based on the research.

Sources: 

https://reason.com/2020/01/22/acetaminophen-carcinogen-california-prop-65/

*Acetaminophen report: https://oehha.ca.gov/media/downloads/crnr/acetaminophenhid092019.pdf

Headaches and prostaglandins: https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/5005-migraine-headaches

Inflammation: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK279298/

NSAIDS: https://www.arthritis.org/drug-guide/nsaids/nsaids

Acetaminophen: https://www.fda.gov/consumers/consumer-updates/acetaminophen-avoiding-liver-injury

Prop 65: https://oehha.ca.gov/proposition-65

Birth control cleanses have become all the rage recently due to Instagram Influencers promoting it to women who are struggling with infertility. In this week's episode we research this cleanse, its ingredients and how birth control works in general. 

Main article: http://www.thepipettepen.com/unpackaging-hormonal-birth-control-facts-not-facts/

With flu season upon us everyone is trying to figure out ways to avoid getting the flu. Recently, Vitamin D has been suggested to prevent the flu more than the flu shot. In this video we dive into this claim and investigate some primary literature to determine Vitamin D's effect on the flu.

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