Body: If Our Bodies Could Talk by James Hamblin


June 9th, 2021

44 mins 55 secs

Season 6

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About this Episode

If Our Bodies Could Talk: A Guide to Operating and Maintaining a Human Body

by James Hamblin

Doctor turned journalist

Launched a series of videos for the atlantic in 2014

explores the human stories behind health questions that never seem to go away—and which tend to be mischaracterized and oversimplified by marketing and news media.

He covers topics like:
• Can I “boost” my immune system?
• Does caffeine make me live longer?
• Do we still not know if cell phones cause cancer?
• How much sleep do I actually need?
• Is there any harm in taking a multivitamin?
• Is life long enough?

In considering these questions, Hamblin draws from his own medical training as well from hundreds of interviews with distinguished scientists and medical practitioners.

Tries to provide accessible, engaging, socially contextualized, up-to-the-moment answers.