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Sep 7, 2017

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:


Dr. Greger’s Orange Aromatherapy Video:


The paper testing orange oil for experimental anxiety:


The Skeptical Inquirer article on aromatherapy:


The press release on oxygen therapy for heart attacks:


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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