3.3.15: Making Decisions About Vaccination, The Myth Of Super Foods, & Listerine's Origin Story
An overwhelming majority of medical researchers and pediatricians advocate for vaccinating kids. Vocal anti-vaxxers include celebrities Jenny McCarthy and Rob Schneider. On today’s show we’ll find out why women are more likely to distrust doctors and go anti-vax.
Plus, we’ll bust some of the myths behind anti-oxidant rich super foods, and find out how advertisers turned Listerine into a cure-all – and virtually created the concept of bad breath.
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Don't Blame Parents For Vaccine Resistance
- Ruth Graham is a New Hampshire based freelance journalist and a regular contributor to Slate where we found her article: “Don’t Blame Parents for Vaccine Resistance.”
Apothecary Museum Offers Time Capsule Of Early American Medicine
- The Stabler-Leadbeater apothecary museum in Old Town Alexandria, just outside D.C. is a fully preserved 19th century pharmacy that lets visitors take a step back in medical time. Lauren Ober spoke to the museum curator Callie Stapp, and brings us this story.
- You can listen to this story again at PRX.org.
The Myth of Super Foods
- Dara Mohammadi is a science and health writer, we found his article: “The Truth about ‘Miracle Foods’- From Chia Seeds to Coconut Oil” at The Guardian.
- Early in the acai boom, reporter Kelley Weiss reported from Brazil on the local fruit that burst onto the global market.
- You can listen to the story again at PRX.org.
Listerine's Origin Story
- Sarah Zhang is a staff writer at Gizmodo, where she wrote about the origins of Listerine.
Global Hygiene Habits
- Olga Khazan is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where she covers health. Find her article here: "How Often People in Various Countries Shower"
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