The Reality Check #147: Asbestos + Fan Death + Exercise on an Empty Stomach Myth

Adam talks about the dangerous, yet natural, substance asbestos and Canada’s role interfering with international safety regulations of it. Jon discusses “fan death”, the popular Korean belief that sleeping in an enclosed room with an electric fan can kill you. Darren answers the question “Does working out on an empty stomach burn more fat/calories?”

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Show Notes


Canada admits asbestos opponents are right – Montreal Gazette
Canada blocks move to deem asbestos hazardous – CBC News
It’s Your Health – Health Risks of Asbestos [Health Canada, 2007]
Health Canada’s asbestos advice rejected by government – CBC News
Nonoccupational Exposure to Chrysotile Asbestos and the Riks of Lung Cancer – NEJM
Occupational exposure to chrysotile asbestos and cancer risk: a review of the amphibole hypothesis – NCBI

Fan Death

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