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What is really up with anti-vaxxers? Why does Goop have such massive appeal? And who is our healthcare system really care for? In America Dissected, doctor and former Detroit Health Director Abdul El-Sayed tries to answer these questions and more by reporting the stories behind the headlines and looking at them through the lens of public health.

What is really up with anti-vaxxers? Why does Goop have such massive appeal? And who is our healthcare system really care for? In America Dissected, doctor and former Detroit Health Director Abdul El-Sayed tries to answer these questions and more by reporting the stories behind the headlines and looking at them through the lens of public health.
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What is really up with anti-vaxxers? Why does Goop have such massive appeal? And who is our healthcare system really care for? In America Dissected, doctor and former Detroit Health Director Abdul El-Sayed tries to answer these questions and more by reporting the stories behind the headlines and looking at them through the lens of public health.

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Episodes

Cradle And All

11/11/2019
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Today, many of us can take it for granted that our grandparents will live through our childhood— and that our children might get to meet them. Not that long ago, though, that wasn't so common. Not just because our grandparents didn't used to live that long, but because so many babies died before their first birthday. In most American communities, infant mortality is a thing of the past. But not in all of them. Dr. Abdul El-Sayed takes us to Detroit to dissect American life expectancy— to...

Duration:00:25:03

Unleaded

11/4/2019
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The Flint Water Crisis dominated national headlines when it emerged in 2016—focusing national attention on the hazards of lead poisoning. Newark, New Jersey is facing a similar crisis today. But Flint and Newark are only the tip of the iceberg of an epidemic of lead poisoning facing urban communities across the country. Dr. Abdul El-Sayed visits Flint to speak with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, the pediatrician and researcher who uncovered the Water Crisis to understand how Flint’s history shaped...

Duration:00:37:25

All the Lonely People, Where Do They All Belong?

10/28/2019
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We all spend time, money, and energy to "take care of ourselves." We exercise, eat right, and meditate. But what if we can't actually do it alone—what if being healthy is more about taking care of each other? Our world feels more connected than ever before. And yet, we feel more alone. Depression, suicide, and overdose have skyrocketed. Dr. Abdul El-Sayed addresses how disinvestment in the spaces that bring us together, like public parks, swimming pools, and libraries, has helped shape a...

Duration:00:30:45

A Tale of Two Crises: Opiates vs. Crack

10/21/2019
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The Opioid Crisis has wreaked havoc across America, taking lives and devastating families, neighborhoods, and communities. But this isn't the first time we've suffered a deadly drug crisis. In today's episode, Dr. Abdul El-Sayed tells the tale of two crises: the opioid epidemic of today and the crack epidemic of the 1980s, contrasting the government's and media's responses to these crises - and what they tell us about the nature of drug use and structural racism in America.

Duration:00:25:47

Superbugging Out

10/14/2019
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Winter means snow, cuddly rom-coms...and brutal head colds. Nothing a little Z-Pak won’t fix...WRONG. That’s exactly what the superbugs want you to do. Our antibiotic misuse is contributing to the global rise of an unseen, deadly force: antibiotic-resistant superbugs. We hear from a mother and daughter with direct experience with these terrifying new strains of bacteria. Dr. Abdul El-Sayed then explains how the pharmaceutical industry’s broken incentives and the government’s failure to...

Duration:00:32:16

Pharmageddon

10/7/2019
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American scientists are on the leading edge of drug research and development—often funded by taxpayer dollars. So why are we overpaying for life-saving drugs? How did we get to this point? Dr. Abdul El-Sayed walks us through the story of the Hep-C drug Sovaldi to lay bear the inner workings of the pharmaceutical industry—and its glaring flaws.

Duration:00:30:50

Quack To The Future

9/30/2019
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Traditional science-based medicine has some gaps—but what happens when grifters and scammers take advantage? Dr. Abdul El-Sayed leads us inside the underbelly of the cult of wellness. Dr. Jen Gunter, Twitter’s “Resident Gynecologist,” helps us understand modern quackery—and how we can apply scientific principles to make our best health decisions.

Duration:00:31:53

The Anti-anti-vax-vaccine

9/30/2019
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We almost eradicated measles in the U.S., but anti-vaxxers had to go and ruin it for everyone. WTF? Dr. Abdul El-Sayed walks us through the history and science of vaccines and the growing anti-vax movement. We meet the people affected, like Ethan Lindenberger, an 18-year-old who defied his anti-vax mom to get vaccinated.

Duration:00:36:13

America Dissected with Abdul El-Sayed (coming September 30th)

9/20/2019
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From celebrities who hate vaccines to politicians who hate Obamacare - the mistrust, fake news, sensationalism, and social media firestorms that we see every day in politics and the media are distracting us from what really matters for our health. In America Dissected, a new podcast hosted by Abdul El-Sayed, doctor and former Detroit Health Director, we'll go beyond the headlines to dissect America’s major health problems, what connects them, and what we all can do to solve them.

Duration:00:02:15