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Sawbones: Borax

An illustration of two blue snakes twisting around a radius and ulna bone topped with a handsaw coming off either side to form a caduceus staff. The snake on the left is wearing a red dunce cap and the snake on the right is wearing a red graduation cap. The background is a pop art style red to blue fade. At the bottom of the image it says “Sawbones” with “A marital tour of misguided medicine” written below that.

You’ll never believe what people are doing on TikTok now. Borax is a salt you might have in your home: it’s an active ingredient in many contact solutions, so it doesn’t sound especially good to eat. Dr. Sydnee talks about the different reasons people on the internet are drinking it, the history of borax, and the actual science behind it. But the bottom line is: please do not drink borax.

Music: “Medicines” by The Taxpayers

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Transcript available here