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  • DR. JOE: A Tea Demo

    A colleague who had recently visited China came back with an interesting story. Tea is a big deal over there. Remember the expression “for all the tea in China?” So it isn’t surprising that it is common for tourist groups to make a stop at a tea plantation where they hear all about the wonders of drinking tea before they are ushered into a shop where they can deposit their western currency. Read More
  • DR. JOE: Garlic and a misleading headline

    “Garlic's healing properties are so intense that it is 100 times more effective than antibiotic treatments.” That’s the headline that appeared in NaturalNews, one of the world’s most popular “health” websites. “Health” is in quotes because there is nothing healthy about this website. Popularity does not equate with reliability and I would classify NaturalNews as notoriously unreliable. Read More
  • DR. JOE: Dietary supplements

    Dietary supplements are a multi-billion dollar industry both in Canada and the U.S. They are somewhat differently regulated in the two countries, but in both the regulations are pretty lax. In the U.S. dietary supplements fall under a law passed in 1994 known as the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act, or “DSHEA,” which has little to do with health or education. Read More

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The “Dr. Joe Show” is the longest running “call-in” radio program on science in Canadian history. Joe Schwarcz, Professor of Chemistry at McGill University in Montreal and director of the McGill University Office for Science and Society, began answering questions from listeners way back in 1980. Where does aspirin come from? What is genetic modification all about? Should we be concerned about “endocrine disruptors” in cosmetics? Can peppermint oil help with digestive problems? Questions such as these crop up with great regularity in people’s minds and Dr. Joe helps unravel the confusion with his easy-to-understand explanations. There are also interviews galore with leading scientists from around the world.

Dr. Joe has answers to your questions about the science of everyday life, and each week also entertains and informs listeners with a multitude of stories drawn from the world of science. You never know what is going to come up. Will it be a query about removing the mustache painted on a Barbie doll by a mischievous youngster, or a criticism of an inaccurate press report about the beneficial effects of chocolate?

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