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Season 1, Ep. 114

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  • 121. Yoga - the mind-body practice

    Yoga has been practised for thousands of years but as many people are cynical about trying it as there are huge fans of it.In this episode I share my own experiences and the benefits yoga can confer to our health. Links:Barriers to yoga (Nepalese sudy): effects on brain health: warrior positions: and inflammation: breathing benefits: of benefits and starter guide: courses and learning: and how to prevent it: Ornish and heart disease reversal:
  • 120. Perfectionism - strength or weakness?

    Perfectionism has risen in the workplace in recent years. It can be a huge positive in terms of work standards but also predisposes people to stress, anxiety and burnout.In this episode I look at ways to capitalise on its strengths and mitigate any negatives. Not sure if you are one? Take the quiz below.Links: Take the quiz - are you a perfectionist?: in younger generations: of perfectionism: - classification of perfectionism:
  • 119. Food as Medicine

    This is an argument that rages on in the world of nutrition and medicine. In this episode I look at what food is, what it does to us in terms of our health and the mechanisms behind it and give you my verdict on whether I consider it to be medicine or not.Ultra processed foods - review: benefits: Zones diets: and spices with health benefits: mucinophilia in IBD: Reg cells - what are they?: and their in vitro benefits: all important Aryl hydrocarbon receptor (now a therapeutic target for big pharmaceutical companies): chain fatty acids and heart disease:
  • 118. High Blood Pressure - the biggest silent killer?

    High blood pressure is the biggest modifiable risk factor for cardiovascular disease, which is still the leading cause of death worldwide.It’s often called a silent killer because it has usually has no symptoms.This episode give you the lowdown on high blood pressure (also known as essential hypertension).Links:WHO page: guideline for hypertension: summary of high blood pressure: D and blood pressure in African-Americans: and potassium: carb diets and blood pressure: enriched salt and blood pressure: substitutes: blood pressure: blood pressure matters: - the evidence is mixed, the effects small and it is not a substitute for any medication:
  • 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:
  • 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: