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Digging Up Dirt on Earwax THAT MED KID

  1. Digging Up Dirt on Earwax
  2. 'Til Death Do Us Part…For Now
  3. Gee Sutthirak (จี๋ สุทธิรักษ์) | Interview
  4. Mastorn Shaipanich (มาศธร ชัยพานิช) | Interview
  5. Sweet Dreams Are Made Of…Cheese?

Ep. 1 | Abhisit Vejjajiva (อภิสิทธิ์ เวชชาชีวะ)

Politician, former 27th Prime Minister of Thailand, and current Leader of the Democrat Party of Thailand, this is Abhisit Vejjajiva 🇹🇭. The rather delightful coincidence of interviewing him on Nelson Mandela International Day, we discuss his unquestionable determination to do better for the people of Thailand, his inspiring resilience in both values & routine, and even his favourite superhero.

Ep. 2 | The Original Paleo Diet: Human Meat

Cannibalism — why did our ancestors ever engage in it 😳? In this episode, we’ll dig into the nutritional profile of human meat (fun fact: the human heart has 651 calories) to see if we’re really that tasty enough to be consumed, or if there were other social reasons justifying the taboo act.

References:

  1. James Cole’s study
  2. Kuru disease
  3. Cannibalism & infectious disease
  4. Cannibalism in natural populations

Ep. 3 | Mastorn Shaipanich (มาศธร ชัยพานิช)

Emergency surgeon, son of one of the Founders of Samitivej Hospital, and proud father of seven cats, this is Mastorn Shaipanich 🏥. On this rather busy Friday morning of July 20th, 2018, here’s a conversation exploring the pressures of having a nationally-known surgeon father in Thailand, the importance of having friends who attended lectures, and the alarming issue of which of his seven cats he’d save first 🐱.

Ep. 4 | Sweet Dreams Are Made Of…Cheese?

Ever had a weird nightmare after eating a cheese toastie 🧀? In this episode, I explore the link between cheese and dreams (if you want trippy dreams, eat Stilton!) as well as its strange connection to Parkinson’s disease.

References:

  1. British Cheese Board study

Ep. 5 |Gee Sutthirak (จี๋ สุทธิรักษ์)

Thai actor, radio presenter, and Studio Ghibli enthusiast, this is Gee Sutthirak (จี๋ สุทธิรักษ์). Known for starring in works like the Thai series “เรื่อง ลับ หลัง (Behind The Sin)”🔥 and หนุ่ม กะลา’s “แอบ” MV📺, we have a conversation about retaining individuality & integrity within the industry, his detachment to social media, and trying out questionable advice from “Bad Boys”.

Ep. 6 | ‘Til Death Do Us Part…For Now

Watching “Crazy Rich Asians” got me wondering where the passionate spirit of lifelong commitment originated from . A mere 3% of mammals display monogamy, and only just 1000 years ago have humans joined on in this minority. In this episode, I focus on the evolutionary puzzle of the “one partner for life” mentality in humans, and its fascinating consequences on society.

References (and further reading):

  1. Monogamous animals
  2. STI transmission and socially imposed monogamy
  3. Sociosexuality & relationship functioning 
  4. Effective of monogamy as STI-preventive strategy
  5. Monogamy article & UCL study
  6. Partner scarcity
  7. The puzzle of monogamy

Ep. 7 | Digging Up Dirt on Earwax

Practicing otoscopy during my ENT placement made me curious as to why my predominantly Caucasian colleagues had very different earwax to me 👂🏼🌚 Well, a single base change in the ABCC11 gene, and voila — we have our wet and dry earwax types that each dominate in different ethnicities. In this episode, I explore the molecular genetic history of earwax (shoutout to mostly the Japanese for this research), what selective advantages dry earwax may have, and the very compelling link between wet earwax and smellier pits after gym class 🏃🏽…

References:

  1. Matsunaga 1962
  2. Tomita et al 2002, earwax gene found on chromosome 16
  3. Yoshiura et al 2006, breakthrough research paper on finding earwax SNP on ABCC11 gene
  4. Toyoda et al 2009, exploring ABCC11 genotypes, GG/GA phenotypes associated with greater # and larger-sized apocrine axillary glands
  5. Yoo et al 2006, axillary osmidrosis patients have wet earwax
  6. Martin et al 2010, analysing sweat of patients with different ABCC11 genotypes
  7. Prokop-Prigge et al 2013, first analysis of VOCs in Caucasian vs Asian earwax, strong ethnic significance + higher qualitative levels of VOCs found endogenous in wet earwax type/Caucasians vs dry earwax type/Asians
  8. Ohashi et al 2011, ABCC11 earwax SNP natural selection, adaptation to cold climate