The Gist: Maria Konnikova on cryotherapy and a search around the world for happiness.

Maria Konnikova on Cryotherapy: Cool Trend or Total BS?

Maria Konnikova on Cryotherapy: Cool Trend or Total BS?

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Dec. 9 2015 5:46 PM

Is Cryotherapy BS?

It’s the latest fad in sports medicine and beauty treatments, but are we better off with an ice pack?

France’s midfielder Claire Lavogez stands in a medical device used for cryotherapy on May 11, 2015 as part of the preparation for the FIFA 2015 World Cup.

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Listen to Episode 394 of Slate’s The Gist:


On The Gist, the incredibly cool Maria Konnikova of the New Yorker looks into the dearth of research into cryotherapy for a game we call “Is That Bulls--t?” Her new book, The Confidence Game, is now available for preorder. For the Spiel, we travel to the four corners of the world in search of happiness.

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.