Jeremy's Iron

A surgeon and a biostatistician take on the Wellness Industry (and others).

About the show

A surgeon and a biostatistician take on the Wellness Industry (and others).


  • Ep 31: Are masks actually protecting us from the virus??

    April 24th, 2020  |  1 hr 13 mins

    In the very last Jeremy's Iron (before a long overdue name change), we discuss the effectiveness of facemasks in protecting us from the virus.

    We also discuss:

    • Should "the arts" be prioritised in the economic rescue?
    • How do we value a 75-year old's life?
    • What is David Icke's malfunction?

    Next episode will be the first under our new podcast name: Pseudo.

    Where pseudoscience be, Pseudo go.

  • Ep 30: Should I drink my own urine?

    February 8th, 2020  |  51 mins 40 secs
    silly beliefs, urine

    Urophagia: It's more common than you think. From Rome to Russia, Africa and India.... no culture appears immune to the appeal of the golden elixir. We follow the stream from ancient ritual to instagram craze.

  • Ep 29: Healing crystals

    January 29th, 2020  |  1 hr 7 mins
    crystals, silly beliefs

    What are crystals and why are we obsessed with them?
    Perhaps more importantly, where do they come from and which poor child dug them out of a dusty mine in Madagascar?
    We investigate the science behind crystals, how they are being marketed and the dark side of the mining industry that produces them.

  • Ep 28: What is the gut-brain axis? Also: what happens in drummers' brains?

    January 15th, 2020  |  56 mins 17 secs
    diet, fire, gut-brain axis, music

    The "gut-brain axis" is making its way from kooky alternative theory to routine medical treatments.
    We go exploring! We also discuss how drumming re-wires your brain.

  • Ep 27: Mercury in Retrograde! Jeremy's Iron FREAKOUT!

    November 30th, 2019  |  54 mins 10 secs
    bacteria, horoscopes, mercury, planets

    For three weeks in November, Mercury started moving backwards and alot of people went batsh%t crazy. Jeremy's Iron investigates! Also: Can bacteria talk to each other??

  • HALLOWEEN SPECIAL! Jeremy's Iron are.... (Very Bad) Very Bad Wizards!

    October 31st, 2019  |  52 mins 30 secs
    halloween, ted chiang, very bad wizards

    In the Halloween tradition, we take on the personae of Tamler and Dave from Very Bad Wizards and do our own version of their Epsiode 174: More Chiang for Your Buck. It's like a cover version. For podcasts.

  • Ep 25: Genetically-engineered killer mosquitos! (actually)

    October 21st, 2019  |  1 hr 31 secs
    animal studies

    This episode is all about animals. In little more than one hour we cover: mosquitos, mice, rats, hogs, wild dogs and gummy bears.

  • Ep 24: Water Fluoridation II (with Dr. Lewis Ehrlich)

    October 5th, 2019  |  1 hr 3 mins
    conspiracies, dentistry, fluoride

    People are freaked out by fluoride. From rat poison to calcified third-eyes, negative associations of fluoride are rife. SO! We enlist the help of Sydney's hottest dentist Dr. Lewis Ehrlich to separate fiction from the tooth.

  • Ep 23: Water Fluoridation I - Are we poisoning ourselves??

    September 30th, 2019  |  1 hr 16 secs
    dentistry, fluoridation, teeth, water fluoridation

    Australia is one of the few countries that still fluoridates it's water. But should it? The boys leave no stone unturned in this two-part investigation.

  • Ep 22: Vape crisis! Is vaping more dangerous than we thought?

    September 16th, 2019  |  57 mins 42 secs
    religion, vape, vaping

    We also look into the health benefits of being religious and discuss whether mathematics is a natural phenomenon or wholly man-made.

    Can you find our in-podcast references to the following songs:

    • Black Eyed Peas - T...

  • Ep 21: Vegan diets for toddlers: are they safe?

    September 9th, 2019  |  1 hr 4 mins

    Justin B's article: Blue light and effects on sleep
    Justin Z's article: Vegan Babies. 

    This week we put the vegan diet squarely in the spotlight where it relates to the physical health and neurodevelopment of toddlers. We try to take ...

  • Ep 20: Anti-biotic resistance: viruses to the rescue!

    September 5th, 2019  |  1 hr 1 min

    Ignorance around antibiotic resistance is rife and bugs are slowly winning the war against the old guard of traditional antibiotics. This is bad. But! There is hope! And it comes in the guise of a bacteria-eating virus.

  • Ep 19: Creationism! Can we defend it??

    August 18th, 2019  |  54 mins 42 secs

    It took 4 billion years for the first cells to evolve into the talking, walking, podcast-making, online shitposting, creative and utterly insane humans that now populate the earth. Is that actually enough time for evolution to get us here?

  • Ep 18: Why is it so hard to do research in Russia?

    August 12th, 2019  |  51 mins 31 secs

    Believe it or not, we actually went to Russia to find out.

    Hopefully you’ll forgive the “on-location” sound quality as we discuss the difficulties of conducting and publishing research in Russia.

    We also answer...

  • Ep 17: Justin vs Justin: Race/Off

    July 15th, 2019  |  11 mins 33 secs

    In an experiment that would make most researchers shudder with its methodological flaws, Justin Z and Justin B go head-to-head in a winner-takes-all 50m swim sprint.


    We're both in our mid 30s, single and...

  • Ep 16: Will tofu give me man-boobs?

    July 3rd, 2019  |  1 hr 4 mins

    Scared of soy?? Us too.

    This episode unpacks the man-boob myth and also looks at the effects of soy consumption on pre- and post-menopausal women.

    Justin B grabs a strong Aeropress coffee just before the show...