Sceptic – Why fat and salt tastes so good

Sceptic – Why fat and salt tastes so good

Why do we love eating fat and salt? We all love salt and fat, and those who say they don’t are lying to themselves and to their genes. Do we have a choice? Could there be a physiological need for hot chips? Tonic’s resident sceptic Richard Brophy wonders… Tonic TV |...
Preparing placenta

Preparing placenta

Preparing placenta: Whether you think eating the placenta is wacky or wonderful, many women around the world do it, and our resident sceptic Rich Brophy weighs in on the debate. Tonic TV |T-S002 |S03E12
Breatharianism

Breatharianism

According to breath Arians a deep breath and some light are all we need to survive… Rich Brophy ponders whether he could be a breath Arian, and why anyone would want to attempt to survive entirely on breathing alone. Tonic TV |T-S033 I S02E05
A common affliction – FOMO

A common affliction – FOMO

Rich considers pop-cultural affliction FOMO – Fear Of Missing Out. It comes from our desire to belong to a group. Surprisingly, this isn’t built on insecurities, but on our survival instinct. Tonic TV | T-S045 | S02E07
Does your mobile phone zap you

Does your mobile phone zap you

Tonic’s resident sceptic Rich Brophy discusses the long held debate around radiation from mobile phones causing cancer. Tonic TV |T-S024 I T-S024
Dancing in your genes

Dancing in your genes

Tonic’s resident sceptic Rich Brophy is looking for someone to blame for his tragic inability to dance, and he’d like to point the finger at his parents. So he heads to the dance studio to find out – is rhythm genetic? Tonic TV |T-S025 I S03E04
Is your dad the milkman

Is your dad the milkman

Tonic’s resident sceptic Rich Brophy explores narrowing down your paternity if DNA testing’s not your thing… Tonic TV |T-S047 |S02E03
Milking for laughs

Milking for laughs

Tonic’s resident sceptic Rich Brophy weighs in on the debate about which milk is best… so which is the pick of the bunch? Tonic TV |T-S037 |S03E09
Medi-dramas

Medi-dramas

Welcome to the world of the medi-drama… it’s hard not to get sucked in, but do they depict a hospital accurately or do us any favours when it comes to our understanding of the health care system? Tonic TV |T-S093 |S02E12
Pain in the mind

Pain in the mind

Tonic’s resident sceptic Rich Brophy explores the primal human feeling of pain. Tonic TV |T-S017 |S02E02
Self induced Famine

Self induced Famine

Tonic’s resident sceptic Rich Brophy reminisces about his feeble attempt at a 40 Hour Famine, and explores what happens to the body when it goes into starvation mode. Tonic TV |T-S040 |S02E11
Sceptic Says

Sceptic Says

Tonic’s resident sceptic Rich Brophy takes a trip to the salon to find out if getting a faux glow is all is cracked up to be, and explores whether it’s a safer option than clocking time in the sun or in a solarium. Tonic TV |T-S021 |S03E01
Wannabe Scared

Wannabe Scared

Tonic’s resident sceptic Rich Brophy wonders why some people love being terrified by scary films. Tonic TV |T-S015 I S02E09
Too Much Water

Too Much Water

Tonic’s resident sceptic Rich Brophy ponders the vexed question: for all the good wrap water gets, can you have too much of a good thing? Tonic TV |T-S046 |S02E01
The human cyborg

The human cyborg

Tonic’s resident sceptic Rich Brophy is scared the future is becoming too futuristic, especially when it comes to our health. Tune in to find out just what this robo-phobe is on about… Tonic TV |T-S049 |S03E11
Ye old diseases

Ye old diseases

SARS, bird flu, swine flu – Tonic’s resident sceptic Rich Brophy takes a step back in time to look at some of the most prominent disease epidemics from throughout history. Tonic TV |T-S036 I S02E13
When  are you ‘past it’

When are you ‘past it’

Tonic’s resident sceptic Rich Brophy likes to think he’s still ‘got it’, and wonders – when do you officially become ‘past it’? Tune in to find out… Tonic TV |T-S011 I S02E08
Sceptic – Internet diagnosis

Sceptic – Internet diagnosis

The internet has given billions of people access to free information and a voice to the suppressed masses. When it comes to our healthcare, it’s also given GP’s around the world a headache, as websites invite people to self diagnose their conditions,...
Sceptic – Homeopathy

Sceptic – Homeopathy

Homeopathy. Not just a great word for Scrabble, but also an incredibly popular alternative medicine. But does it work? Homeopathy is based on the idea that illnesses can be cured by substances that produce similar symptoms. Water molecules have a memory of the...
Sceptic – Body Mass index

Sceptic – Body Mass index

Body mass index: Indicator of good health or simply out of date? BMI or body mass index was dreamt up over 160 years ago as a rough guide to patient health. Nowadays it’s the official measure of obesity, however according to their BMI most NRL players are obese and...
Skeptic – Work sickies

Skeptic – Work sickies

Tonic’s resident sceptic Rich Brophy looks at ‘chucking a sickie’. Tonic TV | T-S041 I S01E10
Sceptic – Red wine

Sceptic – Red wine

What’s the consensus on a glass of wine a day? It seems like every week a new study is released on the benefits and pitfalls of a glass of wine a day. Tonic’s resident sceptic Rich Brophy weighs in on the debate… Tonic TV | T-S027 | S01E09
Sceptic – Positive thinking

Sceptic – Positive thinking

There’s a strong cultural belief that positive thinking is good for your health, but is there any evidence to support it? Rich explores the power of positivity. Tonic TV |T-S010 |S01E12
Skeptic – Phobias

Skeptic – Phobias

Tonic’s resident sceptic Rich Brophy explores the difference between a fear and a phobia and gives the 8% of the population that have a phobia some tips on what treatment might look like. And you’ll never guess what Rich is afraid of… Tonic TV |T-S016 I...
Sceptic – Is gonging more than just noise

Sceptic – Is gonging more than just noise

Rich Brophy gets to grips with his reverberations. ‘Gonging’ is an alternative therapy based on the idea that negative energies in the mind and body can lead to illness and negative emotions. The sound made by the gong resonates and the vibrations are said to unblock...
Sceptic – Kids and dirt

Sceptic – Kids and dirt

Sceptic: Kids and dirt: The dirt on clean children The immune system’s most important job is fighting germs, but in our sanitised houses full of hygiene and antibacterial cleaning products, germs are at an all time low. Without exposure to germs our immune systems get...
What’s in a name

What’s in a name

There are a few things Tonic’s resident sceptic would like to achieve before he turns 30. Stop squeezing pimples, that’s one. Do an air on his surfboard, that’s in there too. He’d also really like to get a disease named after him, so how do you go about getting a...