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    #374 Why Allergies Are On The Rise with Professor Theresa MacPhail

    enJune 27, 2023

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    • The Global Rise of Allergic Diseases: Understanding the Factors and ImplicationsAllergies are on the rise globally, affecting a significant portion of the population. Environmental changes and socioeconomic factors play a role, and addressing both individual and societal issues is crucial for allergy prevention and management.

      The global population is experiencing a significant rise in allergic diseases, with 30-40% of people affected currently and an estimated 50% by 2030. This increase can be attributed to various factors, including socioeconomic status and environmental changes. Allergies, which were almost non-existent in the past, have become prevalent in both humans and animals. Our immune systems, which have evolved over millions of years, are struggling to keep up with the rapid changes in our modern environment. Damaged barriers, such as the skin, respiratory system, and gut, allow unwanted molecules to enter our bodies, leading to infections, inflammation, and allergies. Alongside individual efforts, addressing wider societal issues and protecting the natural world are necessary to mitigate the impact of allergies.

    • The Two Systems of the Immune System and their Roles in Allergic ReactionsThe immune system consists of the innate and adaptive systems, each playing a different role in defending against threats. Allergies can be mediated by both systems, making them complex and difficult to treat.

      The immune system is composed of two systems: the innate system and the adaptive system. The innate system, which includes mast cells and macrophages, is the older and non-specific system that responds to all threats. The adaptive system, which includes antibodies, is the newer system that adapts and remembers specific threats. The innate system is the first line of defense, while the adaptive system kicks in when the threat evades the innate system. Allergies can be mediated by the adaptive system through the production of IgE antibodies, but some allergies can be mediated by the innate system. Allergies are complex and have different definitions and factors, and there is no easy fix or quick answer to treating them.

    • Understanding the Mechanisms of Allergies and How to Manage ThemAllergies can range from mild to severe, and understanding how the immune system reacts to allergens can help people manage their symptoms and prevent life-threatening reactions.

      Allergies exist on a continuum, with some people experiencing mild symptoms while others have severe reactions. The immune system's response to allergies involves T-cells identifying foreign substances and B-cells producing antibodies. IgE antibodies act as bouncers, allowing or blocking entry to allergens. Mistaken identity can occur, leading to cross-reactivities and allergies to related substances. Histamine, produced by mast cells, plays a crucial role in allergic reactions. It causes symptoms such as mucus production, swelling, muscle constriction, and dilation of blood vessels. Uncontrolled histamine reactions can lead to anaphylaxis, a potentially life-threatening condition. Understanding the mechanisms of allergies can help empower individuals to manage and prevent severe reactions.

    • The Evolution of Allergy Treatment and Access to EpiPens: From Missed Opportunities to Increased Awareness and AvailabilityAccess to EpiPens has improved over time, with increased awareness and regulations mandating their availability. Having EpiPens in schools and ambulances can potentially save lives by halting allergic reactions in crucial timeframes.

      The history of allergy treatment and access to EpiPens has evolved over time, with increased awareness and laws mandating their availability. In the past, pharmacists were not allowed to administer medicine without a prescription, resulting in missed opportunities for treatment. Ambulance companies also did not always carry EpiPens, further limiting immediate access to adrenaline during an allergic reaction. However, in recent years, there has been a significant increase in the number of people with EpiPen prescriptions, reflecting the growing prevalence of allergies. The importance of having EpiPens in schools and ambulances has been recognized, although regulations vary by state. The availability of EpiPens can potentially save lives by halting allergic reactions in crucial timeframes.

    • The Rising Trend of Allergies and the Comparative Risk of Severe Reactions from Bee and Wasp StingsWhile severe reactions to bee and wasp stings are rare, food allergies still pose a higher potential risk. Indigenous populations traditionally have lower rates of allergic diseases, but even rural regions are now seeing an increase in hay fever and asthma.

      Allergies, including food allergies, are on the rise, but severe reactions such as anaphylaxis to bee stings or wasp stings are rare. The chances of dying from a bee sting or wasp sting are slim, with only a small number of cases reported globally in the last five years. In comparison, food allergies pose a higher potential risk for a serious reaction. Indigenous populations living closer to the land or in hunter-gatherer tribes tend to have lower rates of allergic diseases. However, recent data shows that even rural regions in countries like Uganda are experiencing an increase in hay fever and asthma. Historical records indicate that severe reactions to bee and wasp stings have always existed, suggesting an evolutionary response that unintentionally harms the body.

    • The Impact of Climate Change on Allergies: A Delicate Balance in the EcosystemAllergies are not just a future concern; they are affecting people's daily lives now. Understanding and addressing their impact is crucial for everyone.

      Climate change is causing an increase in potent pollen, leading to a rise in allergies. Allergies are a significant biological and medical problem that affects humans and animals' reaction to their environment. It's a delicate balance within the ecosystem, and allergy sufferers are constantly aware of the conversations their bodies have with the world around them. While those without allergies may be oblivious to these conversations, their bodies are constantly making decisions on whether to tolerate certain substances. It is crucial for everyone to understand and address the impact of allergies, as they are happening now and affecting people's daily lives, not just in the future.

    • The silent struggle: Understanding the physical and emotional impacts of chronic allergies.Chronic allergies can have a significant impact on one's life, affecting sleep, productivity, and emotional well-being. It is crucial to acknowledge and address these challenges for better treatment and understanding.

      Allergies, especially chronic ones, have significant physical and emotional impacts on individuals' lives. It affects sleep quality, productivity, and focus. Many people internalize and downplay their allergies, leading to a narrowed experience of life. The constant anxiety of coming into contact with triggers is emotionally exhausting. Severe allergies, like eczema, can be particularly difficult to treat, and individuals often just want to feel normal. Those without allergies struggle to understand the daily challenges faced by allergic individuals. Allergies are often invisible and not as obvious as a broken leg, leading to a lack of sympathy and understanding. Effective treatment is subjective and depends on the patient's perspective.

    • The challenges of treating subjective experiences and navigating societal responsibilities in healthcare.Successful treatment goes beyond just clearing physical symptoms; it requires addressing subjective experiences and understanding the societal factors that contribute to health issues.

      The perception of successful treatment varies depending on the patient's subjective experience. Clearing physical symptoms may not necessarily mean the patient is feeling well. It is difficult to measure subjective experiences like pain or itch, making it challenging in medicine. There is often a lack of sympathy for allergies as they are not perceived as life-threatening. Allergy sufferers face wider ethical issues, as society must navigate whose responsibility it is to accommodate their needs. Allergies are not individual problems but societal problems caused by the choices and environment we live in. Similarly, issues like obesity and type two diabetes can also be attributed to societal factors and the problematic food environment.

    • The impact of small changes on our overall health and microbiome.Eating fruits and vegetables, using simpler skincare products, and avoiding harsh substances can potentially reduce allergies and other health issues caused by modern practices and chemical exposure.

      Making small changes in your lifestyle, such as eating more fruits and vegetables, using simpler skincare products, and being mindful of the chemicals we are exposed to, can have a positive impact on our overall health and the health of our microbiome. By supporting our natural microbiota and avoiding harsh substances, we can potentially reduce the risk of allergies and other health issues. The rise in allergies may be attributed to modern practices and the abundance of chemicals in our environment, which our bodies are not accustomed to. Living a more natural and balanced lifestyle, similar to how people lived in the past, could potentially alleviate these problems.

    • The Impact of Chemical Exposure and Other Factors on the Microbiome and HealthFactors such as chemical exposure, birth method, breastfeeding, and socioeconomic status can affect the microbiome and overall health, but allergies are complex and cannot be solely attributed to any one factor.

      Exposure to chemicals, both natural and manmade, can have negative effects on our microbiome and overall health. It is difficult to avoid these exposures, especially in lower socioeconomic classes living near air pollution. The cost of cleaner and less toxic products is often higher. Additionally, factors such as cesarean versus vaginal delivery and breastfeeding play a role in the development of a healthy gut microbiome. However, it is important to remember that parental guilt should not be associated with a child's allergies, as they are complex and multifactorial. Understanding the various factors contributing to allergies is crucial, as there is no single smoking gun explanation.

    • The Impact of Toxic Cleaning Products on Our Microbiome and HealthLimiting the use of toxic cleaning products in cafes and restaurants can help preserve our microbiome, reduce exposure to harmful chemicals, and promote overall health.

      The overuse of toxic cleaning products in cafes and restaurants can have a negative impact on our microbiome and overall health. While individual establishments prioritize cleanliness for their customers, the widespread use of these sprays raises concerns about the chemicals we are exposed to. Allergies are a result of an individual's immune system reacting differently to certain stimuli, with some cells tolerating it and others triggering a negative response. It's important to note that even non-allergic individuals still have some cells reacting, though in smaller numbers. Interestingly, allergy sufferers may have lower rates of certain cancers, indicating a potentially stronger immune system. The gut microbiome plays a crucial role in allergies and autoimmune diseases, highlighting the importance of maintaining a balanced and resilient microbiome through healthy lifestyle choices.

    • The Trade-off Between Cleanliness and Health: Infections, Allergies, and AutoimmunityMaintaining a clean environment is important, but overly sterile conditions may lead to an increase in allergies and autoimmune diseases. Regular parasitic infections and exposure to farm dust in early life may offer protection, but caution is necessary.

      The key takeaway from the text is that there may be a trade-off between living in a clean, infection-free environment and experiencing an increase in allergies and autoimmune diseases. Certain cultures that have regular parasitic infections seem to have lower rates of autoimmunity. This suggests that our immune system may need low-grade infections to tune up our microbiome and immune system, providing protection. However, caution should be exercised when trying to self-treat through the ingestion of worms, as it can cause trouble. Our immune system was built for a different world with more venomous things and parasites, and certain components of it may be looking for things to do. The hygiene hypothesis suggests that being too clean may contribute to increased allergies, while the farmhouse effect indicates that exposure to farm dust and livestock at a young age may lower the risk of allergic disease.

    • The Role of Microbiomes in Allergies and Chronic DiseasesChanges in the microbiome composition can negatively impact the immune system's ability to regulate and train, leading to an increase in allergies and autoimmune diseases. Stripping the skin's microbiome can make it easier for allergens to enter the bloodstream, triggering an immune response.

      The hygiene hypothesis has been discredited as the sole cause of allergies, as farming communities with exposure to farm dust have the same rates of disease. The old friends theory suggests that the microbiome plays a role in regulating the immune system, and changes in its composition can lead to a tougher time for the immune system to regulate and train. The depletion of microbiomes, such as the gut and skin microbiomes, may contribute to the increasing rates of autoimmune disease, allergies, and other chronic diseases. Studies show that stripping the microbiome on the skin can lead to a more porous barrier, allowing intact allergens to enter the bloodstream and triggering an immune response.

    • The Impact of Early Life Experiences on a Child's Microbiome and Future HealthSupporting parents and communities, addressing socioeconomic disparities, and creating a healthy environment for children can greatly reduce the risk of allergies, autoimmune diseases, and mental health issues later in life.

      The early years of a child's life are crucial in determining their microbiome and can greatly influence their future health and well-being. Parenting styles, attachments, and exposures during this time can impact the child's risk of allergies, autoimmune diseases, and mental health issues later in life. It is important for societies to support parents, communities, and families during these critical years. Socioeconomic disparities and environmental factors, such as air pollution and food quality, can affect a child's health outcomes. Access to healthcare, food assistance programs, and pet ownership can also play a role in reducing allergy rates. Understanding the importance of a diverse microbiome and fostering a healthy environment for children is vital for overall well-being.

    • The Long-term Consequences of Antibiotic Overuse on the Immune System and the Need to Consider Alternative ApproachesAntibiotic overuse can harm the immune system, increase allergic disease risk, and lead to antibiotic resistance. Questioning the necessity of antibiotics and considering symptom management alternatives is crucial to mitigate these issues.

      The overuse of antibiotics can have long-term consequences on the immune system and increase the risk of allergic diseases. Culturing and identifying the bacteria causing infections before prescribing antibiotics can help mitigate the problem of antibiotic resistance. Societal pressures and conditioning have led to the expectation of antibiotics, but it's important to question the necessity and consider the option of managing symptoms instead. Antibiotic use not only contributes to resistance but also alters the gut microbiome, affecting the body's barrier functions. Even seemingly harmless medications like antacids can disrupt the gut microbiome and trigger immune system reactions when food proteins are absorbed in an unfamiliar form.

    • The Vicious Cycle of Unmanaged Allergies and PPI Use: Impact on Symptoms, Gut Health, and Overall Well-beingHolistic management of allergies and stress is essential to break the toxic cycle, improve relationships, health, and happiness. Addressing allergies, gut health, and stress can lead to a better quality of life.

      Unmanaged allergies and the use of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) can create a vicious cycle of symptoms and health issues. PPIs may temporarily alleviate heartburn symptoms, but prolonged use can lead to rebound symptoms and vitamin B12 deficiency. The gut microbiome and its health are essential to overall well-being, and as doctors and society, we need to improve our understanding and treatment of these issues. Stress plays a significant role in exacerbating allergies and changing the body's response. Social pressures and economic stressors can impact our biology, immune system, and overall health. It is crucial to address allergies and stress in a holistic manner to break the toxic cycle and improve relationships, health, and happiness.

    • The Impact of Stress on Allergies and How to Manage ThemPracticing mindfulness, meditation, and holistic approaches like yoga can help reduce the severity of eczema symptoms and manage allergies. Understanding the role of the microbiome and its connection to our immune system is crucial.

      Stress can have real biological and physical effects on the body, impacting allergies through the release of histamine. Mindfulness and meditation may help reduce the severity of eczema symptoms. Taking a holistic approach, such as practicing yoga and focusing on breathing techniques, can help manage allergies. The microbiome plays a crucial role in our immune system and overall health, and understanding the connection between our cells and the external world is key. The microbiome is like an organ we didn't know existed until recently, and it's just as significant as the brain. Mass cells, responsible for releasing histamine, contribute to allergy symptoms like itching and congestion.

    • Prioritizing Microbial Health for Overall WellnessSupporting our body's natural barriers and nurturing beneficial microbes can have a positive impact on our health and potentially reduce allergy symptoms.

      Supporting and maintaining the barriers in our body, such as the gut, respiratory tract, and skin, is crucial for overall health. Rather than viewing all germs as enemies, it is important to re-engineer our brains and understand the benefits of certain microbes. We should make decisions that prioritize the needs of the microbes in our body, such as avoiding harsh soaps and stripping away beneficial bacteria. It is also empowering to consider the products we use and opt for more natural and less toxic options. Feeding our gut microbes with the right foods, like fruits and vegetables with skins, and reducing processed foods can make a positive impact on our health and potentially alleviate allergy symptoms.

    • Taking a Multifactorial Approach to Managing AllergiesAllergies are not caused by a single factor, but a combination of diet, toxins, stress, and gut health. Managing allergies requires reducing exposure to allergens and making lifestyle changes.

      The key takeaway is that allergies are caused by multiple factors and require a multifactorial approach for management. It is not just one thing that triggers allergies, but rather a combination of various factors including diet, exposure to toxins, stress, and gut health. Our bodies are constantly bombarded by allergens from different sources, such as dishwashers, detergents, and even diesel fumes. Particulate matter in the air, including pollen, can exacerbate allergies and make symptoms worse. Therefore, reducing exposure to these allergens and making lifestyle changes are essential for managing allergies. There is no quick fix or easy solution, but understanding the different factors and making societal shifts can empower individuals to take control of their allergies.

    • The Impact of COVID-19 Lockdowns on Allergies and Allergic Symptoms in Humans and PetsCOVID-19 lockdowns led to a decrease in outdoor allergens but an increase in allergies to indoor allergens, both in humans and pets, highlighting the role of human environments in allergy development.

      During the early COVID-19 lockdowns, pollution levels decreased while stress and fear increased. There were fewer complaints of allergic symptoms, especially respiratory ones, as people were masking and exposed to less outdoor allergens. However, allergies to indoor allergens like dust mites increased due to spending more time inside. This phenomenon was observed in pets as well, indicating that human environments may be the cause. Veterinary practices have reported a surge in pet allergies, primarily itching in dogs, asthma in cats, and coughing in birds and horses. Changes in pet diets and exposure to chemicals in household items may also contribute to their allergies. This evidence suggests that humans are responsible for the rise in allergies in both themselves and their pets.

    • Supporting the Microbiome and Immune System for AllergiesFocus on healthy eating, regular exercise, quality sleep, stress management, and discussing the impact of medications with healthcare professionals to support the microbiome and immune system for allergies.

      To support the microbiome and immune system for allergies, focus on the four pillars of health: food, movement, sleep, and stress. Eat whole and fresh foods, reduce intake of processed foods, and support your gut microbiome. Stay active but be mindful of air pollution, and manage stress through practices like meditation and journaling. Decrease stress levels for both allergic individuals and their families. Prioritize quality sleep to alleviate allergy symptoms. Additionally, ensure sufficient sunlight exposure for vitamin D, which supports immune function. Consider the impact of pharmaceutical drugs on the microbiome, particularly PPIs and antibiotics, and discuss with healthcare professionals if necessary.

    • Minimizing Antibiotic Use and Creating Healthier Environments for Allergies and IllnessesBeing patient with illness, using delayed prescriptions, advocating for clean air, and minimizing chemical exposure can reduce antibiotic use and allergies, benefiting overall well-being.

      Being patient when feeling ill and avoiding unnecessary trips to the doctor can reduce the chances of receiving unnecessary antibiotics. Delayed prescriptions can be a solution. The pressure on doctors to practice defensive medicine contributes to the issue. Using natural fibers in clothing can be beneficial for eczema sufferers. Reducing the use of chemicals and cleaning with less vigor can help create a healthier environment. Advocating for clean air and planting native trees in communities can have a positive impact. People with repeated and concentrated exposure to substances like cleaners and hairdressers may develop allergies. Climate change is extending pollen seasons and increasing respiratory allergies. The desire for lush green lawns and the presence of certain sugar molecules in red meat can contribute to allergies.

    • The Emerging Problem of Tick-Borne Allergies and its Environmental ImpactTick-borne allergies, caused by the transfer of Alpha Gal through ticks, are on the rise due to deer carrying ticks to populated areas. Understanding the connection between allergies and external factors empowers individuals to make informed decisions.

      Ticks can transfer Alpha Gal, leading to an allergy when consumed through food. Deer, attracted to lawns and golf courses, bring ticks with them and increase exposure. This new problem of tick-borne allergies emerged recently and requires careful consideration of our environment. Not only are allergies influenced by external factors like air freshness and personal care products, but they also connect to larger issues like climate change. Understanding this complex relationship empowers individuals to make better decisions for themselves and society. While treatments for allergies have remained stagnant for decades, antihistamines serve as the primary line of respiratory symptom relief.

    • Managing Allergies: No Perfect SolutionThere is no cure for allergies, so the focus should be on managing symptoms through medications, immunotherapy, and allergist guidance.

      The key takeaway from the text is that there is no perfect solution for managing allergies. While medications like inhalers and topical creams are effective in controlling symptoms, they come with side effects and limitations. Steroids, though effective, can cause thinning of the skin and rebound effects. Newer drugs like Dupixent offer relief for eczema but come with potential side effects and high costs. Immunotherapy can help build tolerance to allergens, but it requires continuous maintenance doses. Ultimately, there is no cure for allergies, and the focus is on coping with symptoms rather than preventing them. It is advisable for individuals experiencing new symptoms to consult allergists for guidance on symptom relief and strategies for avoidance, if possible.

    • Managing Allergies: The Importance of Making Informed Decisions and Promoting ChangeThe use of newer antihistamines, nasal sprays, and eye drops can help manage allergies. Research on resetting the immune system is promising, but societal priorities may hinder progress. It's crucial to prioritize health and make necessary changes.

      The use of newer antihistamines with mild side effects is recommended for managing allergies. Nasal sprays and eye drops can also be used to target specific symptoms. However, there is ongoing research on immune tolerance and resetting the immune system to treat allergies more effectively, but these advancements are still years away. The conversation highlights the importance of making the right decisions for our health, even if it requires inconvenience and change. The author expresses concern that societal priorities may not align with the necessary actions to address allergies. Despite this, the book serves as an empowering resource to promote individual and societal changes for allergy management.

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    This week, I’m delighted to welcome Cal Newport back to my Feel Better Live More podcast. Cal is a professor of computer science at Georgetown University and a founding member of the Center for Digital Ethics. He’s a New York Times bestselling author whose books have reached millions of readers in over forty languages. His latest book, Slow Productivity: The Lost Art of Accomplishment Without Burnout, challenges our current notions of work and offers a revolutionary approach to productivity.

    In our conversation, Cal and I explore the concept of "slow productivity" and how it contrasts with our culture of constant busyness. We discuss why traditional productivity methods are falling short, particularly in the realm of 'knowledge work' - a term Cal uses to describe intellectually demanding professions - and how modern digital tools have exacerbated the problem of burnout.

    During the conversation, he shares the three core principles of slow productivity: doing fewer things, working at a natural pace, and obsessing over quality. We delve into practical strategies for implementing these principles in various work environments, even for those who feel they have little autonomy in their jobs.

    We also touch on the importance of solitude and reflection in living an intentional life. Cal emphasises how smartphones and social media have impacted our ability to be present and socialise, particularly for younger generations, and he offers insights on setting boundaries with technology and creating healthier norms around its use, too.

    Our conversation also extends to the value of lifestyle-centric planning versus goal-centric planning, challenging cultural norms around constant connectivity and redefining success beyond professional achievements. 

    This episode is packed with actionable advice that can help you reclaim your time, reduce stress, and find a more balanced approach to work and life.

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    #465 BITESIZE | Creativity, Authenticity & How to Live A Meaningful Life | Rick Rubin

    #465 BITESIZE | Creativity, Authenticity & How to Live A Meaningful Life | Rick Rubin

    Today’s guest has worked with a huge variety of different artists and is named on Time magazine’s list of the ‘100 most influential people in the world’.  But I think one of the reasons he’s reached an almost mythical status across the world is because of his Zen-like manner and his artistic approach to life.

    Feel Better Live More Bitesize is my weekly podcast for your mind, body, and heart.  Each week I’ll be featuring inspirational stories and practical tips from some of my former guests.


    Today’s clip is from episode 327 of the podcast with none other than the legendary record producer and author of the book The Creative Act, Mr Rick Rubin.

    In this clip, Rick shares why it’s easy to get stuck in our small story of who we are and what our lives are. But he believes that we all have the power to change the stories we tell ourselves, which is ultimately essential for our happiness.


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    Rick’s Book: The Creative Act: A Way of Being


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    #464 How To Use Food To Improve Your Mood, Overcome Anxiety and Protect Your Memory with Dr Georgia Ede

    #464 How To Use Food To Improve Your Mood, Overcome Anxiety and Protect Your Memory with Dr Georgia Ede

    Over one billion people worldwide have some type of mental health diagnosis - a statistic that suggests the current approach to treating these conditions may not be enough. For those struggling, perhaps despite their medication, it can feel easy to lose hope of feeling well again. 

    In this conversation, I speak to someone who has been a psychiatrist for more than 25 years and who for many years, felt that her impact on patients was limited until she learned about the incredible healing power of food. 

     

    Dr Georgia Ede is a Harvard trained, board certified psychiatrist specialising in nutritional and metabolic psychiatry. Her 25 years of clinical experience includes 12 years at Smith College and Harvard University Health Services, where she was the first person to offer students nutrition-based approaches as an alternative to psychiatric medication.

     

    She co-authored the first inpatient study of the ketogenic diet for treatment-resistant mental illness and is the author of the wonderful new book Change Your Diet, Change Your Mind: A Powerful Plan to Improve Mood, Overcome Anxiety and Protect Memory for a Lifetime of Optimal Mental Health.

     

    Georgia explains that, almost unknowingly, many of us have been feeding our brains improperly for our entire lives. We explore what she considers to be the five foods that have the most potential to be problematic for our brain health and how quickly we can start to feel the benefits if we are able to cut back on them. This highlights a key point that both Georgia and I are extremely passionate about - that, for most of us, in the modern day food environment, what we cut out of our diet is more important than what we put in.

     

    We talk about the relationship between blood glucose and brain glucose. Georgia outlines the whole foods that Georgia believes can be problematic, especially if we are having problems with our mood or have a mental health diagnosis. We also discuss why Georgia believes that the Mediterranean diet - whilst better than the Standard Western Diet is not optimal, and we cover Georgia’s clinical research about the potential benefits of ketogenic diets in treating mental health.

     

    Georgia is a wonderful physician who cares deeply about her patients and is helping many of them gain relief and sometimes remission from long standing mental health problems. That being said, there is no question that some of her recommendations may at first glance appear to controversial. 

     

    Throughout the conversation, I have tried my best to provide clarity and make sure that you clearly understand why Georgia is recommending the changes that she is. But, as you are listening, please do remember, that there is no one dietary approach that is going to work for everyone, at every stage in their life.

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    #463 BITESIZE | How to Stop Feeling Overwhelmed | Oliver Burkeman

    #463 BITESIZE | How to Stop Feeling Overwhelmed | Oliver Burkeman

    In a world of demands, distractions and endless to-do lists, sometimes we can feel overwhelmed by all the things we have to do or want to do leaving us feeling stressed or anxious.


    Feel Better Live More Bitesize is my weekly podcast for your mind, body, and heart. Each week I’ll be featuring inspirational stories and practical tips from some of my former guests.


    Today’s clip is from episode 260 of the podcast with Oliver Burkeman - journalist and author of the brilliant book Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management For Mortals.


    Oliver believes that many of the productivity hacks that we learn are a delusion. Time management doesn’t mean becoming more productive, it means deciding what to neglect.


    In this clip, he shares some of his tips to help overcome overwhelm, make better choices, and build a meaningful relationship with time.


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    #462 The Hidden Health Crisis: How It Affects All Of Us And What We Can Do About It with US Surgeon General Dr Vivek Murthy

    #462 The Hidden Health Crisis: How It Affects All Of Us And What We Can Do About It with US Surgeon General Dr Vivek Murthy

    Have you ever felt lonely, even when surrounded by people? Do you struggle to forge meaningful connections in today's fast-paced, technology-driven world? If so, you're not alone. Loneliness is on the rise in many countries around the world and more people than ever before are feeling alone and isolated.

    In today’s episode of my Feel Better Live More podcast, I'm joined for the second time by Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy - the 21st Surgeon General of the United States. He received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard, his medical degree from the Yale School of Medicine, and his Masters in Business Administration from the Yale School of Management. In his role, Dr Murthy helps to advance the health and wellbeing of all Americans and has worked to address several critical public health issues.

    In our conversation, we discuss the growing epidemic of loneliness and its impact on our health. Vivek shares profound insights on the far-reaching consequences of loneliness, which extend beyond mental health to include physical health problems, including an increased risk of stroke, dementia, heart disease, and premature death.

     

    We delve into the root causes of the loneliness epidemic, exploring how fundamental shifts in technology and culture have altered the way we connect with others. Vivek emphasises the importance of taking social risks, building communication skills, taking regular social media breaks, the life changing benefits of volunteering, and he talks about the idea that simply dedicating just 10-15 minutes per day, to work out our social muscle will very quickly start to deepen our connections with the world around us.

    This thought-provoking conversation is for anyone looking to foster authentic connections in an increasingly disconnected world and deepen the relationships that matter most.

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