Denver Comic Con Outlander Fan Panel Ep 139

Denver Comic Con 2018

An Outlandish Outlander Fan Panel

We, Karen Daugherty, Courtney Williams, and I had a good turnout and excellent attendee participation for our first ever Outlander inspired fan panel. It was incredible fun to discuss our favorite books and television series with other fans.

We discussed many aspects of the television show and books surrounding season 3 and 4. Thanks to Random House we gave show cover books to those who attended.

Please enjoy this special live recorded episode.

Karen had the amazing idea to have our panelist badges signed by Lotte Verbeek and Graham McTavish. Brilliant!


It’s pretty cool seeing your panel listed. We had a nerdy laugh we were in room 404. Wait for it…


Courtney and I were waiting for Karen to answer a question.


Did I mention before we had an after gathering and it had Outlander wine?

Find Karen Daughtery at Outlander Medicine and Twitter.

Find Courtney Williams at OutlanderBTS and Twitter.

What’s Coming up? Chapters 47-48 Drums of Autumn (DOA).

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The Outlander book series is written by Diana Gabaldon. You can find her on Twitter and Facebook

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An Outlander Fan Panel Announcement

We’re Going to Denver Comic Con!

We are pleased to announce coming to Denver Comic Con June 15-17, 2018,  “An Outlandish Outlander Fan Panel,” featuring Desirre Andrews of A Dram of Outlander, Karen Daugherty of Outlander Medicine, and Courtney Williams of Outlander Behind The Scenes.

We are excited to meet with other Outlander fans, dish about the Diana Gabaldon book series, Season 3 of the popular television series, and make grand guesses for the much anticipated upcoming Season 4.

This fan panel is all about audience participation. We dare you to join us outfitted in your Outlander cosplay!

Stay tuned for details of date, time, and room location.

Courtney Williams



Karen Daugherty, Outlander Medicine

Karen Daugherty


Desirre Andrews

Featured image from Outlander Wiki Credit to Starz.

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Healthy Balls and Hangover Cures Outlander Science Club

Outlander Science Club by Karen Daugherty, Emergency Physician – Outlander Medicine.

A Dram of Outlander Voyager Read-Along
Chapters 25-26 Week 9

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This week’s installment of Outlander Science Club is inspired by Mr. Willoughby and his healthy balls. Ahem. No, not those. We are discussing Mr. Willoughby’s hangover remedy, Chinese Medicine Balls. (Need a refresher on the science behind hangovers? Check out this post from season one!)

Mr. Willoughby suffers from a hangover and an intense headache, and Claire apologizes, telling him she doesn’t have any medicines with her to help. He assures her he will be just fine because he has healthy balls.

Hold on a minute. Did I miss the lecture in medical school discussing the connection between testicular health and headache?

Claire comes to learn that Mr. Willoughby is referring to a pair of jade spheres, “larger than marbles and smaller than baseballs,” – Chinese Medicine Balls or Baoding Balls.


Photo: Wikipedia Commons

Baoding Balls are thought to have likely first originated in China during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Initially made of iron, they came to be made from varied materials including steel and tungsten, and stones such as jade, agate and marble. Many contain a chime that rings as the balls are moved.

Both balls are held in the palm and rotated, initially maintaining constant contact, and eventually rotating without contacting each other at all as hand strength improves.

Health benefits attributed to the use of Baoding Balls:

improved strength and dexterity of the hand muscles
improved brain function and reduced stress
improved circulation in the body
relief of the pain and stiffness of arthritis
decreased blood pressure
increased energy levels
improved concentration

Mr. Willoughby found relief from hangovers by using the Baoding balls. Indeed, there is an acupressure point on the hand called Joining the Valley, located in the web space between the thumb and index finger. Stimulation of this point is thought to relieve pain, especially frontal headaches related to hangovers.

In addtion to using the Baoding balls, Mr. Willoughby likely applied other remedies of Traditional Chinese Medicine, including the use of herbs:

Cayenne to reduce pain and improve blood flow
Meadowsweet for its anti-inflammatory properties
Chamomile for relaxation
Valerian for sedation (a favorite of Claire’s)
Chrysanthemum or Yarrow to soothe the liver

What else could Mr. Willoughby have tried? A quick search for Hangover Cures yields all sorts of remedies, some more appetizing than others…

Outlander Science Club encourages responsible drinking. These remedies are presented for your entertainment and general education and is not intended as medical advice!



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Drinking pickle juice or eating sauerkraut – the high sodium content is thought to replenish electrolytes



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Oregano tea to settle the stomach

South Korea

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Haejangguk, “a soup to chase a hangover,” containing dried napa cabbage, vegetables, beef broth and congealed ox blood. Said to soothe the stomach.


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Pickled ume fruit, very sour in taste, is thought to help digestion and liver function and to prevent nausea.



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Rollmops – Raw pickled herring wrapped around pieces of gherkin and onion, thought to restore electrolytes.


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The Prairie Oyster – a whole raw egg with hot sauce, salt, pepper and a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce, the thinking being that the spices will combat the alcohol toxins and the egg provides nutrients.



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“Curse the Bottle” – stick 13 black headed pins into the cork of a bottle to curse the sickness that the bottle is attempting to curse you with!


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Several cups of strong espresso to provide caffeine for headache relief.


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Tomato juice and pickled sheep eyes. Likely some hydration and electrolytes from tomato juice but it is unclear what the sheep eyes provide!


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Coconut water provides hydration as well as a supply of potassium, magnesium and antioxidants

Las Vegas, Nevada

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Mobile hangover cure buses (and house calls) providing IV fluids, vitamins, and medications for nausea, pain and inflammation.

And my personal favorite, Eggs Benedict.

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The story goes that in the late 1894, wealthy socialite Lemuel Benedict, hurting from a night of excess, ordered at the Waldorf Hotel “buttered toast, poached eggs, crisp bacon and a hooker of hollandaise, the dish that would evolve into the beloved Eggs Benedict!

Mr. Willoughby’s remedy seems to be an easily tolerated and readily portable method to potentially treat some of the symptoms of a hangover, and greatly preferable to some of the less savory options outlined above (sheep’s eyes, anyone?). Always learning and generally quite open-minded, it is evident that Claire will appreciate learning a few new techniques from Mr. Willoughby, so long as she can keep her shoes on!

Who else is eagerly awaiting the casting news of Mr. Willoughby? Can’t wait to see these scenes on screen!

We here at Outlander Science Club encourage healthy balls of all kinds! Encourage the men in your life to do regular self exams and check out Cahonas Scotland, a Scottish charity working to increase awareness and decrease the stigma surrounding male cancers!

cahonesTo look after your balls, Cahonas Scotland.

The Outlander book series is written by Diana Gabaldon. You can find her on Twitter and Facebook.

Karen Daugherty, the Emergency Physician behind Outlander Medicine can be found on Twitter and Facebook.

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