Sawbones: Poison Ivy


This week on Sawbones, you're gonna need an ocean of calamine lotion as Justin and Sydnee explore the weird history of poison ivy.

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Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers


Baby Cameo

I like the new baby cameo!

Also, I'm a big fan of the show, thank you for doing it.


Poison ivy bonsai

Short comment. Maybe the people who do bonsai just really hate when people touch their work, so they decide to do a plant that messes up the next person to fiddle with it.

I paused the episode to write this so hopefully I don't go back to Justin thinking of this.

Touch me nots/ jewel weed

I've heard that the juice of Touch Me Not stems are helpful to relieve poison ivy symptoms. Did you find anything about the efficacy of this plant for treatment?

Poison Ivy Cleansers

Hey guys,

There is some limited evidence that some cleansers work to cure poison ivy rash by removing the urushiol. Products like Zanafel have some evidence (I did a quick search before posting this, and found an abstract in the annals of emergency medicine - so not strong evidence, but more than cold black coffee!)

I know the show isn't medical advice, but may have been a nice thing to add. Though you and your genetically superior offspring don't need it :).

Keep up the nice work,



Hey y'all! I've listened to every episode (love you guys!) but I've never suggested a topic. It may be controversial, so I understand if you wouldn't touch this with a 10' pole, but I'd love to hear Sydnee's take on chiropractors. It's wacky pseudoscience and I think it would make for a great- if polarizing- show!


p.s. It took me way too long to realize you guys were from West Virginia too! I went to Marshall and lived in Huntington for years.

Hi I have been a big fan of

Hi I have been a big fan of your show through a friend at work.
I would like to request a topic on placenta eating.