Best Science Medicine Podcast - BS without the BS

By Dr James McCormack and Dr Michael Allan

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The Best Science (BS) Medicine Podcast is a weekly presentation where practitioners can get evidence-based drug therapy content that is practical, entertaining and promotes healthy scepticism. In essence, we are the Medication Mythbusters. We present information that is useful and relevant to physicians, pharmacists, nurses, physician assistants and other health professionals, and that can easily be incorporated into day-to-day practice. The podcast is presented by Dr. James McCormack, Professor in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of British Columbia and Dr Michael Allan, Associate Professor in the Department of Family Practice at the University of Alberta. For more about us and to get the show notes for each episode, visit our website at or

Episode Date
Episode 386: Low fat, low carbs, low evidence
In episode 386, James and Mike talk about the latest low fat low carb weight loss study and then put it all into context of the more global evidence for low carbs vs low fats.
Jun 05, 2018
Episode 385: Talking about stem cell therapies with Tim Caulfield
In episode 385, James and Mike invite Tim Caulfield (author, professor and lawyer) yet again to talk about the marketing and evidence around stem cell therapies. Low and behold the evidence pales in comparison to the hype. At the end Tim states – “science is hard” – enough said.
May 28, 2018
Episode 384: Talking about personalized medicine with Tim Caulfield
In episode 384, James and Mike invite Tim Caulfield (author, professor and lawyer) to talk about the marketing of personalized medicine. We find out that most of the marketing is absurd. We also figure out that personalized medicine is being done all the time but it rarely if ever requires knowledge of any genetic testing results.
May 25, 2018
Episode 382: Poverty – the impact it has on health and what we can do about it – PART II
In episode 382, Mike and James and Gary Bloch decide to try to solve the problem of poverty. While we get somewhere, it becomes clear that it might take more than just doing a 30-minute podcast. Who would have thought? Nonetheless, we hope that some of the things we discuss will inspire others to continue the battle against this extremely important health issue.
Apr 25, 2018
Episode 381: Poverty – the impact it has on health and what we can do about it
In episode 381, Mike and James invite Gary Bloch to talk in detail about the impact of poverty on health, and more importantly what can we do about it for our patients. In particular, we start to discuss a very useful clinical tool for dealing with poverty in primary care. Show notes
Apr 18, 2018
Episode 380: Happy 10th Anniversary and a bunch of silly studies
In episode 380, James and Mike continue celebrating their 10th podcasting anniversary with Tina K and Mike K and the silly studies and confusion continue to escalate. Show notes 1) A randomized trial to assess the potential of different beverages to affect hydration status: development of a beverage hydration index.
Apr 16, 2018
Episode 379: Happy 10th Anniversary and a bunch of silly studies
In episode 379, James and Mike celebrate their 10th podcasting anniversary and bring in Tina K and Mike K to help alert the listeners to some exceedingly important studies that many listeners may have missed over the years. Show notes 1) Beano and flatulence J Fam Pract 1994 39:441-5
Apr 10, 2018
Episode 378: Antidepressants - lots of useful data but many important questions remain
In episode 378, James, Tina and Mike go over the latest antidepressant meta-analysis from the Lancet. We talk about the fact that antidepressants do work, but importantly, what does “work” mean. Most importantly, we talk about what questions about antidepressants are not answered by this meta-analysis. At the end we put everything (to do with antidepressants) into its proper context.
Mar 28, 2018