Saving Lives In Slow Motion

  • 117. Mind Body Medicine - a new and old frontier

    Mind Body Medicine is fascinating but has been poorly understood over the years. I believe it is more important to try to understand better now more than ever as we are surrounded by medically unexplained symptoms and non-communicable symptoms and diseases. In this episode I look at the origins and theories behind it as well as link to the evidence in the show notes.Links:The Holmes-Rahe Stress scale: effectiveness of mind-body medicine (narrative): piece - a new ear of mind body medicine: on Dr Sarno’s work: Body Medicine in Crohn’s Disease: and meditation - effects on stress: emotions and physical health: rate variability and stress: on how writing can help: and heart failure: during COVID-19: HEALTH FIX:
  • 116. Weight loss drugs - are the new blockbuster medicines really a solution for obesity?

    This is a super hot topic in health care in some parts of the world at the moment. In this episode I look at how these drugs work and the pros and cons of taking them for weight loss purposes. Obesity, in some instances, is in essence a form of ‘malnutrition’ because of the nature of food consumed and how rates have increased rapidly over the last 40 years. Body Mass Index definition: disease risk reduced by weight loss jab: processed food and your brain: Me: health risks: genetics of obesity: story behind semaglutide: loss stats on semaglutide: can stop working and even if it works it may need to be taken forever:
  • 115. Continuous Glucose Monitoring: life saver or wellbeing fad?

    CGM has changed lives for the better people with Type 1 Diabetes but nowadays people without diabetes use it as a tool. In this episode I look at the pros and cons of CGM and how it can be used as a lens into our general health and how it is linked to our gut microbiome amongst many other systems.Links:CGM early days review: Partha Kar: meat and gut bacteria: Muciniphilia: bugs and metabolic disease: and blood glucose: and blood sugar: spikes - the dangers?: view of Harvard on CGM without diabetes: after meals: Glycation End Products (AGEs): HEALTH FIX - the ultimate health manual tailored to you:
  • 114. Smart phones - the hidden addiction that affects us all

    In this episode I look at smart phones. They have changed the way we live beyond imagination but are they doing us any harm in terms of the way we think and behave?Links:Life before smartphones: brain: and smart phones: brain waves: and switching focus: and attention: waves: fasting:
  • 113. Addiction

    Addictions can ruin lives but why do they occur in the first place and what can we do to acknowledge them better?In this episode Iook at why they can be so hard to conquer and touch on different aspects of addiction.Links: How the addicted brain works: - why most of us could easily have a sweet tooth: and childhood: detox in Thailand: Gabor Maté on trauma: addiction: personal story:
  • 112. Parenting

    Becoming a parent is a gift but it has its challenges. In this episode I look at some factors to be mindful of including the difference between the child and adult brain plus micro tips to help navigate your way through the maze of parenthood. Links: Parenting styles: development in children: styles and psychological complaints: Process for understanding how early life connects to your adult behaviours: love: Biddulph’s advice: Health Fix:
  • 111. Skin Health

    Skin - it’s known as our largest ‘organ’ and most of us have had some kind of skin issue. This is my 101. Enjoy!Guttate psoriasis: rosea: fever: cheek syndrome: 3 and skin: and skin: IgE cows milk protein allergy: herpetiformis: diets: allergy: dermatitis: and ABCDE: and cancer:
  • 110. Health screening - worth it or a waste of time?

    Health screening has exploded over the last 20 years. Is it a money making exercise or actually worth it? In this episode I look at the pros and cons and how you can decide what may be worth doing and the reason people decide they need it.Links:UK ethics of health screening: Screening - a recent paper: screening statement around extra work for NHS GPs from screening companies: Brady’s story: pros and cons of PSA testing: (DNA) testing for propensity to disease (eg breast cancer): Future Health: Turnbull's prostate cancer story: book THE HEALTH FIX - paperback:"The only health manual you'll ever need..." Dr Rangan Chatterjee. "...lifechanging..." Dr Rupy Aujla
  • 109. Food Intolerances

    There isn’t a week in practice when I don’t get asked about food intolerances and how to test for them. It’s a contentious topic that needs some deconstructing.In this episode I look at what is and isn't intolerance and how to proceed if you think you have a food intolerance.Links:Food intolerance vs allergy - official guidance: testing: diets: and IBS: sensitivity: dive on mucosal tolerance: digestion over the years: book The Health Fix: