Myth or Science - The Series


Duration

6 x 60’


Year of Production

2012 – 2017


Production Company

Infield Fly Productions Inc.


Commissioned By

CBC Canada


Definition

HD

Watching this series could be good for your health – Fact! Intrepid science sleuth Dr Jennifer Gardy lays her body on the line to put some of the world’s biggest urban myths to the test to prove whether they are science fiction, or science fact. Does exercise reverse the signs of ageing? If you eat quickly will you put more weight on? Do mosquitoes prefer women and can blind people hear better than those with sight? Dr Gardy tackles all these claims and more. Travelling the length and breadth of North America and Europe, and meeting a variety of renowned experts along the way, Dr Gardy goes through the ultimate sacrifice of testing these claims on herself in the name of science. From sight to sleep, from carcinogens to cancer, from hamburgers to hotdogs, this revealing documentary series takes a journey through the misunderstandings, misconceptions and lies that fill our headlines and dictate our lives, with one simple goal – to discover whether they are indeed Myth or Science.

Series Trailer

Watching this series could be good for your health – Fact! Intrepid science sleuth Dr Jennifer Gardy lays her body on the line to put some of the world’s biggest urban myths to the test to prove whether they are science fiction, or science fact.

Myth or Science: The Power of Poo

Dr. Jennifer Gardy is back. But this time, this intrepid and curious scientist will tackle a topic that we’ve obsessed about since the first day Homo sapiens cripped a crapple, dropped a deuce, and did a doo doo. The average person spends three years of their life on the toilet and generates about 900 grams of feces a day - around the world that adds up to a whopping 9 billion kilograms of poo every day. Not surprising, then, that the pile of poo claims keeps growing: Colon cleanses help you lose weight and stay healthy? Eating a vegan diet will give you better smelling poo? Toilets eject fecal bacteria all over your bathroom? Dogs face north-south when they do their business? But are any of these true? In Myth or Science: The Power of Poo, Dr. Gardy goes on a journey to lift the lid on poop and find out.

Myth or Science: Come to Your Senses

She’s divined the weather, gone on a quest for perfection, and discovered the untapped potential of our food, even ventured into the mysterious realm of sleep. Now, Dr. Jennifer Gardy heads for new worlds: the kingdoms of taste, touch, smell, hearing and sight. This intrepid and curious scientist puts her brain and body on the line to continue her mission to put science and health claims to the test and discover, once and for all, whether they’re myth or science.

Myth or Science: In The Eye of the Storm

Intrepid scientist and detective Dr Jennifer Gardy is tackling one of mankind’s greatest obsessions – the weather. From tornadoes to hurricanes, from lightning storms to torrential rain, weather is a topic no one can resist or avoid. And like any obsession, it spawns an extraordinary number of claims. Are highway overpasses safe shelters against a tornado? Does a cricket’s chirp reveal the temperature? Can a plane survive a direct hit from a lightning strike? Acting as a guinea pig, Dr Gardy will put these claims to the test.

Myth or Science: You Are What You Eat

Dr. Jennifer Gardy is back and ready to lay her own body on the line for science. This intrepid microbiologist continues her quest to put health and science claims to the test and discover whether they are myth or science. Dr. Gardy will examine one of the most fundamental elements in our lives – food. We can put almost anything we want on the table today, but making the right choices is critical. We are constantly inundated with advice. Sugar will make children hyper. You can safely eat food left on the floor for five seconds. You should drink eight glasses of water a day. Caffeine improves your memory. But are any of these claims true? Dr. Gardy makes it her mission to find out, using unorthodox experiments, traditional scientific investigation and her own body. She will discover if we can fight disease, lose weight, live longer or even improve our memory by putting food claims to the test.

Myth or Science: The Quest for Perfection

Every day we are bombarded with pronouncements meant to help us achieve perfection: you can be fat but fit, music can repair brain damage, coffee is good for you. But are any of these claims true? Dr. Jennifer Gardy puts them to the test to discover whether they’re myth or science. She’ll uncover new research on how our bodies and minds function, offer a unique perspective on the science that affects our everyday lives and health, as well as provide practical information to aid our quest for the perfect human being.

Myth or Science

Dr Jennifer Gardy indefatigably turns her critical eye on the scientific and health claims that are made every day online, on air and in print. Does burning hamburgers increase the risk of cancer? Is it true that the faster you eat, the more weight you put on? Do mosquitoes prefer women? Does ‘Brain Freeze’ only happen on warm days? Can blind people hear better than those with their sight? Are these claims science fact or science fiction? Dr Gardy finds out. A genetic scientist at the Centre for Disease Control in British Columbia, it is her job to investigate the outbreak of disease. In her search for answers Dr Gardy will also undertake a fascinating journey through seldom-seen scientific research that provides an unexpected and revealing perspective on our bodies. Using cutting edge CGI, unorthodox experiments and traditional scientific investigation, Dr Gardy will provide a unique and often humorous perspective on the science that affects our lives and health.

Myth or Science 1 x 60’ 2012 
Myth or Science: The Quest for Perfection 1 x 60’ 2014 
Myth or Science: Eye of the Storm 1 x 60’ 2015 
Myth or Science: You Are What You Eat 1 x 60’ 2015 
Myth or Science: Come to Your Senses 1 x 60’ 2016 
Myth or Science: The Power of Poo 1 x 60’ 2017

Nominated (2012): Best Documentary Writing, Canadian Screenwriting Awards