032 - Low Back Pain and Essential Oils | The Body of Evidence

032 - Low Back Pain and Essential Oils

Back bones of a dinosaur


A lifting-related misunderstanding puts a strain on Jonathan and Chris' relationship... and Chris' back. What can one do when faced with nonspecific lower back pain, besides "nothing"? So many interventions to choose from: exercise, insoles, X-rays, NSAIDs, Tylenol, muscle relaxants, gabapentinoids, opioids, hot and cold, massages, acupuncture, chiropractic, mattresses, bed rest, and a partridge in a pear tree. But what works? Also: can essential oils kill bacteria or, at the very least, relax you?; the PURE study that everyone is talking about; adding more oxygen may not be like adding more cow bell; and a special announcement means more science communication for everyone!


The paper on the antibacterial activity of some essential oils: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1693916/


Dr. Greger's Orange Aromatherapy Video: https://nutritionfacts.org/video/orange-aromatherapy-for-anxiety/


The paper testing orange oil for experimental anxiety: http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/acm.2011.0551


The Skeptical Inquirer article on aromatherapy: http://www.csicop.org/si/show/whats_that_i_smell_the_claims_of_aromatherapy


The press release on oxygen therapy for heart attacks: https://www.escardio.org/The-ESC/Press-Office/Press-releases/oxygen-therapy-does-not-improve-survival-in-patients-with-heart-attack-symptoms


Vox pop by Alex Wood.


Jingle by Joseph Hackl.


Additional music by Seth Donnelly and Kevin MacLeod.


Theme music: "Troll of the Mountain Swing" by the Underscore Orkestra.


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