Episode 3 explores the myth behind the namesake of the podcast – “You only use 10% of your brain”. Annika and Luciano explore the potential origins behind this myth, why the myth still persists today, and the scientific evidence that counteracts it.
Luciano also has some homework to complete from the last episode…
Because… aspartame! And formaldehyde! And all those other scary-sounding chemicals!
Podcast note: Annika suggested a strong a causal link between consuming sugar and developing Type 2 diabetes. While there is a clear correlation, it is more correct to say that a high intake of calories of any type (fat, sugar or protein) has a causal relationship with Type 2 diabetes. This does not mean you can eat as much sugar as you like, because sugar is high is calories, but this is where the link between diabetes and sugar ends. SO while excessive sugar intake can lead to the development of type 2 diabetes, so can excessive intake of other any other high-in-calorie foods.
Blocked nose, sore throat, pounding head and aching bones… having the common cold isn’t a whole lot of fun for anybody. You’re most likely to come down with a cold in winter. So it stands to reason that you get a cold because, well, you got too cold… right?
[episode note/correction: Rhinovirus and other viruses which cause the common cold do not use reverse transcription and genome integration to replicate – although many types of viruses do (such as HIV and retroviruses). Rhinovirus, on the other hand, hijacks the host cell’s own transcription machinery and uses this directly on its own RNA to make its viral proteins – no reverse transcription required.]