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 15: Meditation II (with Dylan Baskin from Qwilr)

    June 30th, 2019  |  19 mins 8 secs

    Our sophmore interview on Jeremy’s Iron is with renaissance tech bro Dylan Baskind. He’s the CEO of Qwilr - an online document-creation platform. He’s also the lead singer of Winter People and a visual artist.

  • Ep 14: Meditation I: Why can't we prove that it works??

    June 23rd, 2019  |  59 mins 59 secs

    Justin and Justin creep through the sticky weeds of why the effectiveness of meditation is decidedly hard to tease out.

  • Ep 13: Montessori and Steiner schools! Do they work??

    June 10th, 2019  |  1 hr 14 mins

    Montessori and Steiner schools have been preaching “student-focussed” education for more than 100 years. What’s more, their rejection of teacher authority and strict curricula is progressively encroaching on mainstream schools. BUT is there any evid...

  • Ep 12: Fly Shame

    May 12th, 2019  |  55 mins 15 secs

    So you think you’re eco-conscious hey? You don’t own a car, you keep a kitchen compost and you even reuse those brown paper mushroom bags to discretely drink your canned beer on public transport. Unfortunately it adds up to nothing if you take just one domestic flight.

  • Ep 11: Social media and addiction

    February 2nd, 2019  |  1 hr 11 mins

    Justin Z completes the Iowa gambling task, and opens up about a burgeoning interest in losing money at poker. Justin B links this to social media use. It works. Mostly. They also talk about self-driving cars (as any self-respecting podcast ought to.

  • Ep 10: Does sunscreen work??

    January 21st, 2019  |  58 mins 18 secs

    Sunscreen is getting a bad name. But is it justified??

  • Ep 9: Who was Florence Nightingale?

    January 13th, 2019  |  58 mins 10 secs

    What does The Lady of the Lamp have to do with Magic cards and Hanson’s latest live album? Well it’s unlikely that the lads from Jeremy’s Iron have offered much in the way of segue.

  • Ep 8: Effective altruism (with Brad Wong of the Copenhagen Consensus Centre)

    January 7th, 2019  |  1 hr 30 mins

    Today we make our first interview! The (un)lucky human subjected to our line of questioning is one Brad Wong, Chief Economist at the Copenhagen Consensus Centre.

  • Ep 7: A history of vaccination

    November 19th, 2018  |  1 hr 2 mins

    Initially intended as a rag on the anti-vax lobby, Justin and Justin find out that the history of vaccination is wildly more interesting than Jenny McCarthy.

  • Ep 6: What can Bolivian hunter-gatherers tell us about a healthy diet?

    November 13th, 2018  |  53 mins 45 secs

    The Tsimané are an indigenous people of lowland Bolivia who still remain largely isolated. We’d scoff at their low diet diversity, but their levels of heart disease and type 2 diabetes are among the lowest of any population recorded in the world. Why?

  • Ep 5: Acupuncture. Is it just what you need(le)?

    November 6th, 2018  |  1 hr 2 mins

    Justin and Justin wrangle with thousands of years of Chinese medical treatment. Mostly respectfully. Though definitely scientifically.

  • Ep 4: Ain't nothin but a M.S.G. thang

    October 30th, 2018  |  1 hr 1 min

    My mum still avoids M.S.G. She swears that on the occasion that she lets her guard down and chomps into a chow mein, she’s instantly attacked with a slew of palpatory, perspitory symptoms that last hours. Is she legit? Or just another victim of the nocebo virus?

  • Ep 3: Are microwaves destroying the nutrients in my food?

    October 20th, 2018  |  1 hr 4 mins

    In the third episode of Jeremy’s Iron we discuss the question that has hounded us for half a century: How do you actually set the f%king time on a microwave? Mine’s been flashing 0:00 since 1998. <

  • Ep 2: Will turmeric solve all of my problems?

    October 11th, 2018  |  1 hr 10 mins

    Spoiler alert: no.

    The inspiration behind this week’s podcast was an article boasting 600 reasons why turmeric may be...

  • Ep 1: Will flossing my teeth cure my impotence?

    October 7th, 2018  |  54 mins 59 secs

    Jeremy’s Iron is a conversation between a biostatistician (Justin Zeltzer) and an orthopaedic surgeon (Justin Bobyn). We’re exploring the bullshit of the Wellness Industry and holding its claims up to actual scientific scrutiny.