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* ThrowTheDogABone: After a whole episode of mocking Pliny the Elder's consistent wrongness about all things medical, the hosts do this in their closing song.
-->But he helped to pave the way, and died a hero in Pompeii\\
There are much worse things than to be wrong.

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* FramingDevice: Almost every episode starts with a staged conversation that pretends to concern a mundane topic before it segues to the episode's actual subject. Some do this more gracefully than others.

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* {{Panacea}}: Deconstructed: the duo note that when a substance is used for a wide variety of maladies, this is usually a sign that it has no curative properties at all, summed up in the CatchPhrase, "cure-alls cure nothing".


* NightmareFuel: From episode 122, about Zika, the story about execution by mosquito in Alaska.


* {{Squick}}: As might be expected from a medical podcast, occasionally the show gets gross. However, a few particularly notable episodes:
** "Self-Experimentation" gets special mention for one moment: in an attempt to prove that cholera was not solely caused by a bacteria, a doctor ''drinks his patients' cholera diarrhea''. (In fairness it was cholera diarrhea, meaning it was mostly water. On the other hand it was ''cholera diarrhea'' and he ''drank it''.)
** As mentioned above, "Cataracts", episode 59, for reasons of EyeScream.
** The episode on the Guinea worm, episode 94, ''deeply'' upset Justin.
** Justin similarly did not like the premise of episode 109, about roundworms. He was particularly...[[SarcasmMode enthused]] about the possibility of them continuing a multi-part series on worms.
** Episode 126, "Hookworms". No points for guessing why. [[note]]Surprise! It's because of poop.[[/note]]
** This was followed up by 127, "Vinegar". Despite the innocuous subject matter, learning what people do with "mother", the stuff skimmed off the top of vinegar after the fermentation process, caused Justin to note that they'd talked about a lot of whack stuff on the show, "but I've wanted to throw up for the past thirty seconds."
** Episode 130, "Poop". An hour of poop talk. Sydnee actually confesses the week after she thought the audience would be [[ToiletHumor more amused]] and less disgusted.
** Episode 133, "Earaches". Nothing to do with ears in particular, but a particular archaic cure for an earache, involving a partially-decomposed and minced mouse (which, if it were not bad enough, Justin has a thing about mice).
** Episode 157, "Pelagra": One of the methods used to prove that pelagra wasn't a communicable disease but was caused by something lacking in the diet:
--->'''Sydnee:''' ...And no one got sick!\\
'''Justin:''' One person got sick! His name is Justin [=McElroy=], '''and they somehow got him in 2016!'''
** Episode 166, "Chapped Lips", has a rare instance of ''Justin'' grossing ''Sydnee'' out. One of the old remedies? Urine. Particularly urine from young males. Justin riffs on the idea in ways that Sydnee finds...unpleasant.
** Episode 173, "Sinuses". An unnamed patient of Doctor Nathaniel Higmore accidentally furthered knowledge of sinuses by pushing things up her nose, the description of which Justin quietly asks Sydnee to stop telling partway through. She does not.
** More or less the entire Mutter Museum (episode 195), the caretakers of which actually maintain a list of which displays cause the most ''fainting by museum patrons''. [[note]]The top three, in order: the woman whose body turned to soap; the giant colon; and the wax eye collection[[/note]]
** Episode 214, "[[Film/HomeAlone Home Alone]]", discusses the various injuries that should or could have been suffered by the Wet Bandits. Among them, when they're smacked in the face with full paint cans, it should have broken their orbital sockets, which could have resulted in the muscles that control their eyes getting caught in the cracks and locking their eyes in place; and when Harry's head is blowtorched, she opines that his skull should have started ''melting''.
** Episode 253, "Black Salve", includes the rather memorable phrase [[spoiler:"Her nose sloughed off."]]
** Happened to Sydney for the first time in "The World of Warcraft Plague", when she learns the term 'poopsocking'.

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** Happened to Sydney for the first time in "The World of Warcraft Plague", when she learns the term 'poopsocking'.


** Starting in 156 (Hemorrhoids), Sydnee will occasionally use the word "exquisite" to describe pain. Justin teases her by talking like a [[Film/{{Hellraiser}} Cenobite]] in response. (A listener might think [[{{TheMalaproper}} she means excruciating]]; however, exquisite actually is used by medical professionals to describe certain types of pain.)

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** Starting in 156 (Hemorrhoids), Sydnee will occasionally use the word "exquisite" to describe pain. Justin teases her by talking like a [[Film/{{Hellraiser}} Cenobite]] in response. (A listener might think [[{{TheMalaproper}} [[{{Malaproper}} she means excruciating]]; however, exquisite actually is used by medical professionals to describe certain types of pain.)


* BerserkButton: In general, any medical quackery that has since fallen out of favor gets amusement from Sydnee and Justin. If it's still in use in some circles and it's for something serious, however, they can get...''intense''.
(Justin, who usually hasn't researched the topic, often has a sharper reaction as it's a surprise to him.)

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* BerserkButton: In general, any medical quackery that has since fallen out of favor gets amusement from Sydnee and Justin. If it's still in use in some circles and it's for something serious, however, they can get...''intense''.
''intense''. (Justin, who usually hasn't researched the topic, often has a sharper reaction as it's a surprise to him.)


* BerserkButton: In general, any medical quackery that has since fallen out of favor gets amusement from Sydnee and Justin. If it's still in use in some circles and it's for something serious, however, they can get...''intense''. (Justin, who usually hasn't researched the topic, often has a sharper reaction as it's a surprise to him.)

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* BerserkButton: In general, any medical quackery that has since fallen out of favor gets amusement from Sydnee and Justin. If it's still in use in some circles and it's for something serious, however, they can get...''intense''.''intense''.
(Justin, who usually hasn't researched the topic, often has a sharper reaction as it's a surprise to him.))
** Justin in particular tends to have an incredibly strong reaction to autism "cures."


--->"Two ''Film/SpaceJams'' are enough to take care of you in your twilight years."

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--->"Two ''Film/SpaceJams'' ''Film/SpaceJam''s are enough to take care of you in your twilight years."


--->"Two ''Film/SpaceJam''s are enough to take care of you in your twilight years."

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--->"Two ''Film/SpaceJam''s ''Film/SpaceJams'' are enough to take care of you in your twilight years."


-->'''Sydnee:''' ''There was a physician named 'Kombu'...you can see where this is headed...''\\
'''Justin:''' ''They were like, "Did you make this tea?" And he was like "Cha!"''\\
'''Sydnee:''' ''(laughs) That was good. I like that one.''
** After a bit of dry wit in episode 102, "Birds" (a live show), which largely consisted of him co-opting one of her jokes, Sydnee tells Justin:
--->'''Sydnee:''' ''That's my favorite joke you've ever told.''

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-->'''Sydnee:''' ''There There was a physician named 'Kombu'...you can see where this is headed...''\\
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'''Justin:''' ''They They were like, "Did you make this tea?" And he was like "Cha!"''\\
"Cha!"\\
'''Sydnee:''' ''(laughs) (laughs) That was good. I like that one.''
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** After a bit of dry wit in episode 102, "Birds" (a live show), which largely consisted of him co-opting one of her jokes, “peach of a fungus” joke, Sydnee tells Justin:
--->'''Sydnee:''' ''That's That's my favorite joke you've ever told.''



'''Justin:''' [[Creator/TheBBC Well it's not BBC One...]]
* {{Catchphrase}}: As they often have ot note when dealing with remedies old and new:
-->'''Justin and Sydnee:''' ''Cure-alls cure nothing.''

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'''Justin:''' [[Creator/TheBBC Well Well, it's not BBC One...]]
* {{Catchphrase}}: As they often have ot to note when dealing with remedies old and new:
-->'''Justin and Sydnee:''' ''Cure-alls Cure-alls cure nothing.''



--->'''Sydnee:''' ...''And no one got sick!''\\
'''Justin:''' ''One person got sick! His name is Justin [=McElroy=], '''and they somehow got him in 2016!'''''

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--->'''Sydnee:''' ...''And And no one got sick!''\\
sick!\\
'''Justin:''' ''One One person got sick! His name is Justin [=McElroy=], '''and they somehow got him in 2016!'''''2016!'''

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** After a bit of dry wit in episode 102, "Birds" (a live show), which largely consisted of him co-opting one of her jokes, Sydnee tells Justin:
--->'''Sydnee:''' ''That's my favorite joke you've ever told.''


--->"Two ''SpaceJam''s are enough to take care of you in your twilight years."

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--->"Two ''SpaceJam''s ''Film/SpaceJam''s are enough to take care of you in your twilight years."



'''Sydnee:''' Which one is BBC Four?\\

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'''Sydnee:''' -->'''Sydnee:''' Which one is BBC Four?\\


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** Episode 257, "A Medicine Called Christmas", is a live reading of a parody "Hallmark"-style Christmas movie for the annual Candlenights special, a story about a big-city Christmas-careless doctor named Tabitha Bigcity who does a doctor exchange with a small town called Poinsettia Point, where they do things a little bit different...


--->"Two ''SpaceJam''s are enough to take care of you in your twilight years.
* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Sydnee generally sounds vaguely amused at Justin's jokes, or occasionally giggles. However, from episode 138, "Kombucha".

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--->"Two ''SpaceJam''s are enough to take care of you in your twilight years.
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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Sydnee generally sounds vaguely amused at Justin's jokes, or occasionally giggles.giggles, or sighs in exasperation. However, from episode 138, "Kombucha".



** Subverted, of all things, in episode 221, "Ambulances". Talking about doctors making house calls, Justin implies she doens't do it anymore...and she bursts out laughing, which seems an odd overreaction to what appears to have been, at most, a joke about how doctors don't do house calls anymore. Then there's a music sting, and Justin explains that newborn Cooper pooped as soon as he'd asked the question.
* AwesomeButPractical: From episode 223, "Bee Therapy": ''nanobees''. Similarly...

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** Subverted, of all things, in episode 221, "Ambulances". Talking about doctors making house calls, Justin implies she doens't doesn't do it anymore...and she bursts out laughing, which seems an odd overreaction to what appears to have been, at most, a joke about how doctors don't do house calls anymore. Then there's a music sting, and Justin explains that newborn Cooper pooped as soon as the moment he'd asked the question.
* AwesomeButPractical: From episode 223, "Bee Therapy": ''nanobees''. Similarly...
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* CaptainObvious: Even when Sydnee doesn't ask him a rhetorical quesiton, for comedic effect Justin usually goes with this. From episode 245, "Anatomical Illustration":

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* CaptainObvious: Even when Sydnee doesn't ask him a rhetorical quesiton, question, for comedic effect Justin usually goes with this. From episode 245, "Anatomical Illustration":



'''Justin:''' Well it's not BBC One...
* {{Catchphrase}}: As they note frequently when dealing with old folk remedies:

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'''Justin:''' [[Creator/TheBBC Well it's not BBC One...
One...]]
* {{Catchphrase}}: As they often have ot note frequently when dealing with remedies old folk remedies:and new:



* {{Cliffhanger}}: At first, Sydnee would take Justin to the billing department (i.e do the ad section of the show) in the middle of a story, and he would be annoyed or frustrated. Eventually, even though she kept making it a cliffhanger of sorts, he instead replied with an enthusiastic "Let's go!"--but sometimes, in particularly interesting or weird episodes, the old irritation at having to wait for a resolution flares up (such as in Ghostwatch, episode 159).

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* {{Cliffhanger}}: At first, Sydnee would take Justin to the billing department (i.e do the ad section of the show) in the middle of a story, and he would be annoyed or frustrated. Eventually, even though she kept making it a cliffhanger of sorts, he instead replied with an enthusiastic "Let's go!"--but sometimes, in particularly interesting intense, suspenseful, or weird episodes, the old irritation at having to wait for a resolution flares up (such as in Ghostwatch, episode 159).



* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Episode 77, on chocolate, points out that early on, religious groups thought that chocolate was sinful, and believed that if you were using it without a doctor telling you to (chocolate having been used as medicine at points in the past), you were giving in to temptation. Both Sydnee and Justin liken this to medical marijuana.

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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Episode 77, on chocolate, points out that early on, at one point, religious groups thought that chocolate was sinful, and believed that if you were using it without a doctor telling you to (chocolate having been used as medicine at points in the past), you were giving in to temptation. Both Sydnee and Justin liken this to medical marijuana.



** Subverted in episode 225, "The Ghastly Gauntlet". AT first it seems such when Sydnee decides that correctly ansewring the question "do vaccines work?" is worth 100 points, on a quiz where most questions are worth 3 points, and the quiz in total is about 150 points--meaning you could be otherwise perfect and still get a failing grade if you said no. But then she points out, if you can't get ''that'' one correctly, you really ''shouldn't'' get a passing grade.
* InsultOfEndearment: When Sydnee teases, plays dumb with, or otherwise gently antagonizes Justin, he'll often respond by calling her "Smirl" in an exasperated tone (her maiden name).
* MythologyGag: In episode on the tetralogy of Fallot, when the procedure was developed the doctors who pioneered it brought a child afflicted with the heart defect (which normally results in, among other things, fatigue and weakness) who had undergone the corrective surgery came on stage, healthy and energetic and happy. In episode 255, a live show, they did the same thing, with a child who really had had Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (the subject of the episode but had been cured, and who came out on stage in much the same happy and energetic way. [[spoiler:It was Griffin.]]

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** Subverted in episode 225, "The Ghastly Gauntlet". AT At first it seems such when Sydnee decides that correctly ansewring answering the question "do vaccines work?" is worth 100 points, on a quiz where most questions are worth 3 points, and the quiz in total is about 150 points--meaning you could be otherwise perfect and still get a failing grade if you said no. But then she points out, if you can't get ''that'' one correctly, you really ''shouldn't'' get a passing grade.
grade, and all the rest is relatively obscure medical trivia.
* InsultOfEndearment: When Sydnee teases, plays dumb with, or otherwise gently antagonizes Justin, he'll often respond by calling her "Smirl" (her maiden name) in an exasperated tone (her maiden name).
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* MythologyGag: In episode on the tetralogy of Fallot, when the procedure was developed the doctors who pioneered it brought a child afflicted with the heart defect (which normally results in, among other things, fatigue and weakness) who had undergone the corrective surgery came on stage, healthy and energetic and happy. In episode 255, a live show, they did the same thing, with a child who really had had Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (the subject of the episode episode) but had been cured, and who came out on stage in much the same happy and energetic way. [[spoiler:It was Griffin.]]



* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: From episode 252, "Jilly Juice". Jillian Mai Thi Epperly is an antivaxxer ''and'' a naturopath ''and'' a snake oil salesman ''and'' a homophobe.

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* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: From episode 252, "Jilly Juice". Jillian Mai Thi Epperly is an antivaxxer ''and'' a naturopath ''and'' a snake oil salesman ''and'' a homophobe.homophobe, among other things.



*** Taking off from that, they try not to be judgmental, given how they mostly cover people trying to figure out medicine without modern medical equipment, but they feel very strongly on the subject of vaccines and the anti-vaccination movement. So much so that Sydnee, after the measles outbreak at Disneyland, decided to sneak in another episode about vaccination, wrapped in an episode about measles, wherein they made no bones about how there are not two sides to the issue. This turns up periodically in later episodes, such as chicken pox; whenever the topic comes up, they reiterate: there is one side, and it is "vaccines are great".

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*** Taking off from that, they try not to be judgmental, too judgmental about old medical practices, given how they mostly cover people trying to figure out medicine without modern medical equipment, but they feel very strongly on the subject of vaccines and the anti-vaccination movement. So much so that Sydnee, after the measles outbreak at Disneyland, decided to sneak in another episode about vaccination, wrapped in an episode about measles, wherein they made no bones about how there are not two sides to the issue. This turns up periodically in later episodes, such as chicken pox; whenever the topic comes up, they reiterate: there is one side, and it is "vaccines are great".



* RuleOfCool: From episode 223, "Bee Therapy": Justin loves the idea of ''nanobees'' so much he's surprised that they're real and actually do what they're supposed to.



** Starting in 156 (Hemorrhoids), Sydnee will occasionally use the word "exquisite" to describe pain. Justin teases her by talking like a [[Film/{{Hellraiser}} Cenobite]] in response. A listener might think [[{{TheMalaproper}} she means excruciating]]; however, exquisite actually is used by medical professionals to describe certain types of pain.

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** Starting in 156 (Hemorrhoids), Sydnee will occasionally use the word "exquisite" to describe pain. Justin teases her by talking like a [[Film/{{Hellraiser}} Cenobite]] in response. A (A listener might think [[{{TheMalaproper}} she means excruciating]]; however, exquisite actually is used by medical professionals to describe certain types of pain.)



** Episode 130, "Poop". An hour pf poop talk. Sydnee actually confesses the week after she thought the audience would be [[ToiletHumor more amused]] and less disgusted.
** Episode 133, "Earaches". Nothing to do with ears in general, but a particular archaic cure for an earache, involving a partially-decomposed and minced mouse (which, if it were not bad enough, Justin has a thing about mice).
** Episode 157, "Pelagra": One of the methods used to prove that pellagra wasn't a communicable disease but was caused by something lacking in the diet:

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** Episode 130, "Poop". An hour pf of poop talk. Sydnee actually confesses the week after she thought the audience would be [[ToiletHumor more amused]] and less disgusted.
** Episode 133, "Earaches". Nothing to do with ears in general, particular, but a particular archaic cure for an earache, involving a partially-decomposed and minced mouse (which, if it were not bad enough, Justin has a thing about mice).
** Episode 157, "Pelagra": One of the methods used to prove that pellagra pelagra wasn't a communicable disease but was caused by something lacking in the diet:



** Episode 253, "Black Slave", includes the rather memorable phrase [[spoiler:"Her nose sloughed off."]]

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** Episode 253, "Black Slave", Salve", includes the rather memorable phrase [[spoiler:"Her nose sloughed off."]]

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