The VPZD Show

By Drs. Vinay Prasad & Zubin Damania

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Two doctors, one podcast, Alt-Middle as heck. Featuring Dr. Vinay Prasad (host of Plenary Session) and Dr. Zubin Damania (host of The ZDoggMD Show).

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Ep. 23: Trust Issues, Sensible Medicine, Ideologic Possession
01:22:59
How can you determine who is trustworthy when it comes to medical information? Our new project Sensible Medicine, untangling the complexities of health care reform, angry doctor Covidian tweets with magical thinking and religiosity, the dangers of over-testing and over-treatment with regards to routine blood work, Haidt’s 3 Great Untruths and cognitive distortions, pandemic response effect on true progressives, the consequences of ideological possession, how Vinay reviews the trustworthiness of sources, the difficulties of “debunking”, the monkeypox situation, and much more! Check out our new Substack collaboration, Sensible Medicine: https://sensiblemed.substack.com/ Video version: https://youtu.be/jmebULFQWyw Dr. Prasad's "Plenary Session" podcast: vinayakkprasad.com/plenarysession Dr. Damania's "ZDoggMD Show" podcast: zdoggmd.com/z-blogg More info for Vinay and Zubin at https://lnk.bio/zdoggmd and vinayakkprasad.com/bio
Jul 22, 2022
Ep. 22: Omicron Booster Science, Policy Ethics, Tribalism
01:52:17
We deep dive into how our tribal divisions influence interpretations of science, ethics, and policy (topic list below): Omicron-specific boosters Data on severe disease prevention and booster rationale The challenges of case-control data for kids' vaccination Evidence-based morality, ethical and practical considerations around vaccine mandates Ethical and practical considerations around cooking pizza at home Does repeated COVID infection harm you Law vs. science and second order effects of legal decisions Tribal division and taking joy in the suffering of the out-group Stanford med school dean abortion letter controversy Policing language vs. real policy issues Outrage culture The abortion mess Jonathan Haidt's "Great Untruths" When Covidians turn on their own Taking offense vs. assuming good intent and how to organically promote changes in language When "science" museums behave like buttheads Loyalty on the left vs. the right Ayn Rand and young people Iodinated salt and MORE Video version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MKNQUALyWM Here's that Offit interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLo2Wwa3NNA Dr. Prasad's "Plenary Session" podcast: vinayakkprasad.com/plenarysession Dr. Damania's "ZDoggMD Show" podcast: zdoggmd.com/z-blogg More info for Vinay and Zubin at https://lnk.bio/zdoggmd and vinayakkprasad.com/bio
Jul 07, 2022
Ep. 21: The Death Throes Of Covidian Culture (& Some Cancer Stuff 4 Tha' Clicks)
01:31:29
Stanford medical school commencement ceremony, boosters for 5-11 year olds, Cat COVID, the end of pre-departure screening, VP's Oncology video drama, Twitter addiction and "second selfing," is continual feedback a good thing, San Francisco DA gets recalled, new immunotherapy for colorectal cancer, the importance of palliative care in oncology, and much more! Dr. Prasad's "Plenary Session" podcast: vinayakkprasad.com/plenarysession Dr. Damania's "ZDoggMD Show" podcast: zdoggmd.com/z-blogg More info for Vinay and Zubin at https://lnk.bio/zdoggmd and vinayakkprasad.com/bio
Jun 12, 2022
Ep. 20: Guns, Vaccines, & Monkeys
01:31:26
We dive into the riddle of gun violence in America, violence against healthcare professionals, public health officials and closing schools, will we need an annual COVID shot and how would we study that, the emergence of monkeypox, and the Depp/Heard trial. This episode also is available as a video: https://youtu.be/9i8cD4j4sQE Dr. Prasad's "Plenary Session" podcast: vinayakkprasad.com/plenarysession Dr. Damania's "ZDoggMD Show" podcast: zdoggmd.com/z-blogg More info for Vinay and Zubin at https://lnk.bio/zdoggmd and vinayakkprasad.com/bio
Jun 03, 2022
Ep. 19: Less Is More Medicine (w/Dr. Rita Redberg)
01:36:17
We talk with Dr. Rita Redberg (professor of medicine & cardiologist at UCSF) about how very often less is more when it comes to medical care. We cover cancer screening (PSA, mammograms, blood testing, colonoscopy, CT screening for lung cancer), the utility or lack thereof of genetic testing, medical devices, statins, hypertension guidelines and treatment, and much more! This episode also is on video: zdoggmd.com/less-is-more Dr. Prasad's "Plenary Session" podcast: vinayakkprasad.com/plenarysession Dr. Damania's "ZDoggMD Show" podcast: zdoggmd.com/z-blogg More info for Vinay and Zubin at https://lnk.bio/zdoggmd and vinayakkprasad.com/bio
May 19, 2022
Ep. 18: Supreme Court Abortion Decision & Crazy COVID Stuff
01:58:03
CDC data collection, hepatitis in kids, Johnson & Johnson vaccine limited use, more on physician "influencers," the Roe V. Wade Supreme Court leaked draft decision, surprise medical billing, a nutty Twitter COVID story, seroprevalence of COVID in children, the White House Correspondents Dinner, annual COVID shots, Omicron's mortality, the "Pfizer documents" and more! Dr. Prasad's "Plenary Session" podcast: vinayakkprasad.com/plenarysession Dr. Damania's "ZDoggMD Show" podcast: zdoggmd.com/z-blogg More info for Vinay and Zubin at https://lnk.bio/zdoggmd and vinayakkprasad.com/bio
May 07, 2022
Ep. 17: Moderna For Kids, Physician-Influencers, Stanford Nurses Strike
01:34:02
Elon Musk buys Twitter and what that may mean, group mind and the threat of nuclear holocaust, the conundrum of "physician influencers" on social media (the Dr. Risa Hoshino substack piece: https://sarahburwick.substack.com/p/who-is-risa-hoshino), Moderna's push to get EUA for it's vaccine in kids younger than 5, the Stanford nurses go on strike, challenges in academic medicine, should people in healthcare forge their OWN path, and much more! Dr. Prasad's "Plenary Session" podcast: vinayakkprasad.com/plenarysession Dr. Damania's "ZDoggMD Show" podcast: zdoggmd.com/z-blogg More info for Vinay and Zubin at https://lnk.bio/zdoggmd and vinayakkprasad.com/bio
Apr 29, 2022
Ep. 16: China Lockdowns, Teen Mental Health, Audience Capture
01:23:22
Elon Musk & Twitter, Bill Maher & medical humility, lockdowns in China, declines in teen mental health, kids cloth masking, booster science, Dr. Ashish Jha, the nature of audience capture, the value of authenticity, imposter syndrome, and much more. Dr. Prasad's "Plenary Session" podcast: vinayakkprasad.com/plenarysession Dr. Damania's "ZDoggMD Show" podcast: zdoggmd.com/z-blogg More info for Vinay and Zubin at https://lnk.bio/zdoggmd and vinayakkprasad.com/bio
Apr 15, 2022
Ep. 15: Ivermectin, NYC Toddler Masks, Dumb Policies
01:33:56
In this episode: Ivermectin, the latest Twitter absurdities, vacation without COVID, Will Smith, why medical conferences SUCK, NYC's toddler mask policy, why so many academics leave for pharma, that 4th dose, and more! Dr. Prasad's "Plenary Session" podcast: vinayakkprasad.com/plenarysession Dr. Damania's "ZDoggMD Show" podcast: zdoggmd.com/z-blogg More info for Vinay and Zubin at https://lnk.bio/zdoggmd and vinayakkprasad.com/bio
Apr 08, 2022
Ep. 14: Worship Lord Zero COVID, 4th Booster, Dumb Policies
01:15:04
We're back! In this episode we talk: dumb COVID policies, mask shaming on both sides, Kyrie Irving vaccine controversy, worshipping Lord Zero COVID (Hong Kong and elsewhere), press coverage biases, a FOURTH booster shot, ethical considerations around pharma not providing meds to Russia, dumber college COVID policies, the deal with early treatments, Ash Jha and John Ioannidis, and the James Webb telescope and STEM inspiration. Dr. Prasad's "Plenary Session" podcast: vinayakkprasad.com/plenarysession Dr. Damania's "ZDoggMD Show" podcast: zdoggmd.com/z-blogg More info for Vinay and Zubin at https://lnk.bio/zdoggmd and vinayakkprasad.com/bio
Mar 23, 2022
Ep. 13: Kids' Museum COVID Policy, 5-11 y.o. Vax Efficacy, Public Health Restrictions
01:29:05
In this episode we discuss: -Dr. Z's Twitter "bullying" of the California Academy of Sciences kids' museum over their restrictive booster/testing entrance policy (and why Z deleted Twitter at last) See also: https://www.medpagetoday.com/special-reports/exclusives/97446 -New data on the efficacy (or lack thereof) of Pfizer's vaccine in the 5-11 year old population and what this means for policy -Why public health may need controls placed on it in the future to avoid restrictive policies that lack evidence (see also: https://vinayprasadmdmph.substack.com/p/public-health-needs-restrictions?utm_source=url) -Dr. Z debunks some antivaccine claims about a Swedish study on Pfizer's mRNA vaccine in liver cells Dr. Prasad's "Plenary Session" podcast: vinayakkprasad.com/plenarysession Dr. Damania's "ZDoggMD Show" podcast: zdoggmd.com/z-blogg More info for Vinay and Zubin at https://lnk.bio/zdoggmd and vinayakkprasad.com/bio
Mar 01, 2022
Ep. 12: Tribalism, Deplatforming, FDA Kids' Vaccine Reversal
01:29:34
In this episode: The badges of tribal identity for COVID thesis/antithesis tribes, "deplatforming" scientists and the conditioning of young people, liberals and conservatives trading places, aiming for post-cynical discourse, the perils of comparing nations' COVID outcomes, and the FDA's crazy <5 y.o. kids' vaccine EUA mess. Dr. Prasad's "Plenary Session" podcast: vinayakkprasad.com/plenarysession Dr. Damania's "ZDoggMD Show" podcast: zdoggmd.com/z-blogg More info for Vinay and Zubin at https://lnk.bio/zdoggmd and vinayakkprasad.com/bio
Feb 17, 2022
Ep. 11: Booster Coercion, Vax 4 Toddlers, Canceling Rogan
01:18:42
The docs talk about Vinay getting a booster or losing his job, why we continue to mask children, Pfizer's vaccine dance with the FDA around children younger than 5, the wisdom of trying to cancel Joe Rogan, Spotify's "trusted" COVID disclaimer, and the urgency of getting kids back to normal. Check out urgencyofnormal.com for more on the latter. Dr. Prasad's "Plenary Session" podcast: vinayakkprasad.com/plenarysession Dr. Damania's "ZDoggMD Show" podcast: zdoggmd.com/z-blogg More info for Vinay and Zubin at https://lnk.bio/zdoggmd and vinayakkprasad.com/bio
Feb 04, 2022
Ep. 10: Dr. Robert Malone's Joe Rogan Interview, Decoded
01:20:43
Vinay and Z dive deep on the latest censored antithesis hero while trying to make sense of sense-making in general. Here's Vinay's piece on this in Unherd: https://unherd.com/2022/01/we-need-to-talk-about-the-vaccines/ And here's the Rebel Wisdom episode on sense-making that I referenced: https://youtu.be/Q48G1kiMe3Y Dr. Prasad's "Plenary Session" podcast: vinayakkprasad.com/plenarysession Dr. Damania's "ZDoggMD Show" podcast: zdoggmd.com/z-blogg More info for Vinay and Zubin at https://lnk.bio/zdoggmd and vinayakkprasad.com/bio
Jan 20, 2022
Ep. 9: Offit & Kids' Boosters, Schizo CDC, Omicron Dominoes Fall
01:07:56
We dive into Dr. Paul Offit's Atlantic piece on boosting teens, the nature of the CDC's apparent schizophrenia, the long term effects on the "pandemic generation," and how Omicron is causing all our prior policy dominoes to fall. Also: FUNNY TWEETS 🤓 Dr. Prasad's "Plenary Session" podcast: vinayakkprasad.com/plenarysession Dr. Damania's "ZDoggMD Show" podcast: zdoggmd.com/z-blogg More info for Vinay and Zubin at https://lnk.bio/zdoggmd and vinayakkprasad.com/bio
Jan 13, 2022
Ep. 8: Omicron Mitigation, Djokovic, Dumb COVID Tweets
00:46:16
In this Omi-sode: 1) Can omicron be mitigated AT ALL? The Bay Area experience currently. 2) Novak Djokovic and the COVID vaccine 3) Covidiots vs. Covidians, where is the Alt-Middle? Rogan's role. 4) The dumbest tweets of 2021 5) Who was most right about COVID policy? Dr. Prasad's "Plenary Session" podcast: vinayakkprasad.com/plenarysession Dr. Damania's "ZDoggMD Show" podcast: zdoggmd.com/z-blogg More info for Vinay and Zubin at https://lnk.bio/zdoggmd and vinayakkprasad.com/bio
Jan 06, 2022
Ep. 7: Your Date With Omicron, "Fringe" Scientists, Myocarditis, COVID & College Kids
01:12:36
Many questions addressed on this last episode of 2021! Should people who talk about COVID policy actually see COVID patients, and are doctors biased by their daily practice experience? How should holiday meals "safely" occur, and how can we understand risk and risk reduction? Are Vinay and Zubin wrong about the response around college students and COVID? Did Francis Collins try to discredit "fringe epidemiologist" Jay Bhattacharya and his colleagues instead of promoting dialog? Why is Dr. Z so sick of talking about COVID? Is Omicron milder than prior strains? Is myocarditis from vaccines in young men more common than myocarditis from natural COVID infection? Dr. Prasad's "Plenary Session" podcast: vinayakkprasad.com/plenarysession Dr. Damania's "ZDoggMD Show" podcast: zdoggmd.com/z-blogg More info for Vinay and Zubin at https://lnk.bio/zdoggmd and vinayakkprasad.com/bio
Dec 27, 2021
Ep. 6: Rogan/McCullough, Boosters & Omicron, Myocarditis Trial Data, Virtue Signaling
01:22:29
This week we dive into Dr. Z's personal booster decision, do vaccines reduce transmission in setting of variants like Omicron, Joe Rogan’s interview with Dr. Peter McCullough , the hypocrisy of physicians who demand masks and distancing and then do the opposite themselves, medical students speaking out against distance learning, new myocarditis trial data with implications for Moderna and spacing vaccines in general, meditation stuff, the problem with virtue signaling, the number needed to boot with vaccine passports to prevent 1 transmission, and MUCH MORE. Dr. Prasad's "Plenary Session" podcast: vinayakkprasad.com/plenarysession Dr. Damania's "ZDoggMD Show" podcast: zdoggmd.com/z-blogg More info for Vinay and Zubin at https://lnk.bio/zdoggmd and vinayakkprasad.com/bio
Dec 15, 2021
Ep. 5: Stifling Physician Voices, Politicized Journalism, German Kids Study, Policy Solutions
01:26:11
In this episode we dive into some emails Dr. Z received about hospital COVID policies and medical education (and how our leaders are screwing up), the problem with mandates in healthcare, and strongly negative feedback for us from a critical care nurse on the front lines about our vaccine messaging. In the news, we react to NPR’s piece saying Trump voters more likely to die of COVID, what is the nature of “misinformation” on both sides of the political spectrum, the challenges of quantitative journalism, the German study on kids and COVID risk, Pfizer omicron booster press release and surrogate endpoints, and Vinay’s policy proposals to make the COVID mess better. Dr. Prasad's "Plenary Session" podcast: vinayakkprasad.com/plenarysession Dr. Damania's "ZDoggMD Show" podcast: zdoggmd.com/z-blogg More info for Vinay and Zubin at https://lnk.bio/zdoggmd and vinayakkprasad.com/bio
Dec 10, 2021
Ep. 4: Omicron Panic, Natural Immunity, Fluvoxamine, Boosters, Fauci (w/ Dr. Marty Makary)
01:36:57
Dr. Marty Makary joins the fray for a science & reason SMACKDOWN 🔥 How many Omicrons does this register on the media fear-o-meter? Weigh in 😂👇 Video version, links, transcript, and more: https://zdoggmd.com/vpzd-4 Topics and time codes: 0:00 Intro 2:17 Boosters for All? 8:47 Young people + Covid, flawed CDC studies? 12:45 Natural immunity, Myocarditis, population risk vs. benefit 21:15 The narrative of simplicity and one-size-fits-all in public health 27:12 How we’re treating college students re: COVID quarantine, boosting, testing 30:45 Omicron, animal source? 34:08 Journalistic responsibility, and natural immunity revisited, what healthcare CEOS should do 43:28 Dr. Oz and the state of politics due to COVID disruptions in economy and freedoms 47:40 Socioeconomic status effects under COVID policies 53:59 Why so slow to learn more about vaccine resistance and omicron? The role of media 57:31 Therapeutics like fluvoxamine (Luvox) vs. molnupiravir 1:04:50 Zero COVID is a delusion, so focus protection where it matters 1:05:27 Fluvoxamine and the hydroxychloroquine/ivermectin debacle 1:08:23 Fauci’s foibles 1:12:12 Gain of function research 1:21:56 Listening to doctors 1:26:45 Pandemic of lunacy, gain of fear, and Fear-naught values 1:32:57 Cloth masks, and masking as distraction from real risks 1:34:58 Chemotherapy shortages Please subscribe and leave a review, it helps a lot! Dr. Prasad's "Plenary Session" podcast: vinayakkprasad.com/plenarysession Dr. Damania's "ZDoggMD Show" podcast: zdoggmd.com/z-blogg More info for Vinay and Zubin at https://lnk.bio/zdoggmd and vinayakkprasad.com/bio
Dec 04, 2021
Ep. 3: Dr. Oz, Omicron, Boosters, Saving Science
01:45:25
For the week ending Dec. 1st 2021, VP and ZD dive into Dr. Oz running for the senate, the Omicron gambit, dumb travel restrictions, what the heck with boosters 4 all, poor quality science and biased scientific oversight, and MUCH more! Please subscribe and leave a review, it helps a lot! Dr. Prasad's "Plenary Session" podcast: vinayakkprasad.com/plenarysession Dr. Damania's "ZDoggMD Show" podcast: zdoggmd.com/z-blogg More info for Vinay and Zubin at https://lnk.bio/zdoggmd and vinayakkprasad.com/bio
Dec 01, 2021
Ep. 2: Kids Inside For Thanksgiving? Should Fauci Quit? Boosters 4 All?
01:19:35
ZDogg and VP talk about the NYTimes' advice for kids during Thanksgiving, whether Fauci should step down, the evidence for a 22 year old healthy man who already got 2 doses of Moderna to get a 3rd dose, and more. Dr. Prasad's "Plenary Session" podcast: vinayakkprasad.com/plenarysession Dr. Damania's "ZDoggMD Show" podcast: zdoggmd.com/z-blogg More info for Vinay and Zubin at https://lnk.bio/zdoggmd and vinayakkprasad.com/bio
Nov 24, 2021
Ep. 1: Medication, Mandates, Middle Ground
01:22:53
In this inaugural episode of our new collaborative show, Dr. Vinay Prasad (UCSF hematologist/oncologist) and Dr. Zubin Damania (AKA the hospitalist known as ZDoggMD) team up for a medical show designed to bring you up to speed on the weeks events with a nuanced, Alt-Middle perspective. Dr. Prasad's "Plenary Session" podcast: vinayakkprasad.com/plenarysession Dr. Damania's "ZDoggMD Show" podcast: zdoggmd.com/z-blogg More info for Vinay and Zubin at https://lnk.bio/zdoggmd and vinayakkprasad.com/bio
Nov 18, 2021