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Mid-Winter Break

12/7/2018
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Episode Notes I'm having a winter break! I should have mentioned in last week but completely forgot. It's just a chance to take a breather and I'm still busy interviewing some great people for future episodes. We will be back on 11 Jan 2019 with those new episodes. Enjoy the holiday season and I hope you get a chance to relax, reflect on the year gone, and look forward to 2019. Podcast Promotion We’d love it if you could please share #blokeology with your Twitter followers. You can do...

Duration:00:02:15

Episode 036: High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) with Dr Michelle Swainson

11/30/2018
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Episode Notes What is the evidence for high intensity interval training (HIIT)? Is it worth doing and is it safe? I used to be a bit of a sceptic about HIIT but strong evidence is emerging and I talk through the topic with sports and exercise scientist Dr Michelle Swainson. It's a good lesson for me in recognising when bias is creeping in rather than basing my views on the evidence. The evidence is compelling in many groups now and it turns out I've been doing HIIT all along! We also talk...

Duration:00:48:55

Episode 035: Colour Blindness and Pink Elephants

11/23/2018
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Episode Notes I am colour blind. I don't have the necessary red cones and in this episode I talk about my experience of being colour blind and how to affects me. From my early days of colouring in the sky purple and painting elephants in pink to my general feebleness as a cricketer there are several ways colour blindness has had an impact. And my career in bomb disposal never got off the ground... I cover the basics of the condition, how it is inherited, how it changes how I see blood,...

Duration:00:29:15

Episode 034: Autumn Update and Reflection

11/16/2018
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Episode Notes I have an update this week on my own activities and it's a bit of a chance to reflect on some interesting episodes over the past few weeks. Episodes looking at the benefits of physical activity on mental health, suicide, Parkrun and the concept of 'Zettelkasten' have had a real impact for me. I also talk about the research paper on kinesiology that I promised to cover in this week's Journal of Blokeology newsletter. Links Samaritans article on phrases to avoid when talking...

Duration:00:18:39

Episode 033: The Transformative Power of Parkrun with Dr Simon Tobin

11/9/2018
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Episode Notes Dr Simon Tobin is a GP in Southport and a Parkrun Ambassador for Health and Wellbeing. He has lots of stories of the amazing power of Parkrun to transform lives and it's about a lot more than running a 5K. It's really all about community; Parkrun gets people moving and it can also stop them being social isolated and it can help tackle loneliness. And the best thing: it's a grassroots bottom-up organisation driven by volunteers and enthusiasts with no agenda to make a...

Duration:00:50:16

Episode 032: Physical Activity and Mental Health with Dr Brendon Stubbs

11/2/2018
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Episode Notes Just how good is physical activity for your mental health? Dr Brendon Stubbs is a research physiotherapist with a specific interest in mental health and over 400 published papers. He knows this area inside out and talks on the podcast about the evidence around physical activity and its impact on our psychological health. From the most severe illnesses such as schizophrenia to lower levels of depression and anxiety the research is all very encouraging. We need to get more...

Duration:00:38:31

Episode 031: Suicide Prevention with Professor Rory O'Connor

10/26/2018
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Episode Notes Professor Rory O'Connor is the Director of the Suicide Behaviour Research Laboratory in Glasgow and one of the world's leading experts on tackling suicide. Suicide is a complex topic with no easy answers but it affects everyone and the research shows that men are three times as likely to kill themselves as women. We talk about his model of suicidal behaviour, factors that can turn suicidal ideation into action, and interventions that could save a life. Many people who...

Duration:00:50:35

Episode 030: How to Take Smart Notes with Sönke Ahrens

10/19/2018
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Episode Notes Sönke Ahrens has written a book How to Take Smart Notes that could completely revolutionise how you go about this deceptively simple task. This episode digs into a slightly different area of lifestyle - reading, writing, and thinking. It doesn't matter if you are an academic, a student, a non-fiction writer or just someone who wants to understand anything at a deeper level then you'll get a lot from this episode. It builds on the 'slip box' technique (Zettelkasten) used by...

Duration:00:49:28

Episode 029: Coping with Conferences and Other Reflections

10/12/2018
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Episode Notes I was at the RCGP Conference last week so I talk about my experience of conferences and trying to look after my health and wellbeing while I was away. I had some success and came home feeling less exhausted than I usually do. I also reflect on my own biases and on the past three episodes with André Tomlin on mental health and evidence-based medicine, Phil Cain on alcohol and its harms, and Peter Francis on running and healthy habits. Links André Tomlin, The Mental Elf:...

Duration:00:24:34

Episode 028: André Tomlin, Mental Elf, on Postnatal Depression

10/5/2018
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Episode Notes André Tomlin started the website The Mental Elf back in 2011 and he has built it into a remarkable and detailed resource with 100s of contributors and a constant stream of freely available advice on research relevant to mental health. He's also had personal experience of postnatal depression and he talks about that and the evidence on this neglected and under-researched area in men. We also discuss the important network meta-analysis recently published in the Lancet looking...

Duration:00:51:56

Episode 027: Interview with Peter Francis, Sports Scientist

9/28/2018
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Episode Notes Peter Francis PhD is a sports scientist, runner, and Musculoskeletal Science Lead at Leeds Beckett University. We talk about running, managing pain, achieving consistency, and barefoot running amongst many other things. If you've ever had an achilles problem then you need to listen to his advice on managing that injury. How about barefoot running for plantar fasciitis? Could be a game changer. And we were in agreement that the porridge-like lump between our ears might be the...

Duration:00:55:48

Episode 026: Talking Alcohol with Phil Cain

9/21/2018
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Episode Notes In this episode, I interview the journalist Phil Cain about alcohol. Phil is an experienced journalist with expertise in the SE region of Europe but, in recent times, has turned his hand to detailing some of the evidence around alcohol and telling its story. His book, Alcohol Companion, is fundamentally a science-based approach but Paul turns his journalistic hand to present the evidence in a compelling way. We talk about the newest evidence from the Lancet suggesting there...

Duration:00:49:07

Episode 025: Personal Update on Cancer and Zettelkasten

9/14/2018
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Episode Notes In this episode, I have a bit of a personal update. There has been quite a lot going on for the past six months and this is the first time I've talked about it on the podcast. I also talk about my new discovery this week: Zettelkasten. If you’ve not heard of this and you work in academia or write non-fiction at all then you should listen in. And, I've a quick update on forthcoming interviews. How to Take Smart Notes: One Simple Technique to Boost Writing, Learning and...

Duration:00:16:05

Episode 024: Burnout and Me

9/7/2018
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Episode Notes In this episode, I talk about burnout. It's a big problem in the medical profession but it's not one that is exclusive to doctors. I have definitely had my own experience of burnout and it has taken a long time for me to structure my life and career to keep it at bay. I go through some of the circumstances when burnout can become a problem, the symptoms you might experience, and start to discuss how we can all build some resilience and structure our lives to minimise the...

Duration:00:23:25

Episode 023: Regression to the Mean and Strength Training

8/31/2018
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Episode Notes In this episode, I tackle regression to the mean and it's a chance to fine tune your BS detectors and understand this common phenomenon that doesn't get enough attention. Don't get conned into thinking medications or other interventions are working. And perhaps you might think twice before calling for your football team's manager to be sacked as well. I also talk about a new paper in the BJSM about strength training and the strong evidence that is emerging on its value for...

Duration:00:18:20

Episode 022: [Summer Short] The Descent of Man, Man Up, and Everyday Sexism

8/24/2018
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Episode Notes In this episode, we continue with the fourth instalment of Summer Shorts for the month of August. The episodes have all been around ten minutes long as it's time to get outside, enjoy the open air, take our holidays, and most importantly, catch up on some reading. So, as before, this Summer Short will cover a couple of books that are recommended and one book that I'm going to be reading myself. This week we take a dive into some books around masculinity. The Descent of Man...

Duration:00:08:41

Episode 021: [Summer Short] Why We Sleep, How Not To Die, and Mindfulness for the Frazzled

8/17/2018
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Episode Notes In this episode, we continue with the Summer Shorts for the month of August. The episodes are around ten minutes long as it's time to get outside, enjoy the open air, take our holidays, and most importantly, catch up on some reading. So, each Summer Short covers a couple of books that are recommended and one book that I'm going to be reading myself. The books in this week’s summer short are pretty much guaranteed to get you feeling better about your life. You may end up...

Duration:00:09:35

Episode 020: [Summer Short] Deep Work, Mini Habits, And Not Giving A Flying One

8/10/2018
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Episode Notes In this episode, we launch into the Summer Shorts for the month of August. The episodes will be around ten minutes long as it's time to get outside, enjoy the open air, take our holidays, and most importantly, catch up on some reading. So, each Summer Short will cover a couple of books that are recommended and one book that I'm going to be reading myself. This week we have: Deep Work by Cal Newport I’ve definitely mentioned this before. This is my most recommended book in...

Duration:00:11:21

Episode 019: [Summer Short] 80/20 Running, Factfulness, and The Confidence Game

8/3/2018
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Episode Notes In this episode, we launch into the Summer Shorts for the month of August. The episodes will be around ten minutes long as it's time to get outside, enjoy the open air, take our holidays, and most importantly, catch up on some reading. So, each Summer Short will cover a couple of books that are recommended and one book that I'm going to be reading myself. This week we have: 80/20 Running: Run Stronger and Race Faster by Training Slower by Matt Fitzgerald I’ve mentioned...

Duration:00:10:13

Episode 018: Acclimatisation, Hydration, and Keeping Cool Exercising in the Heat

7/27/2018
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Episode Notes In this episode, I cover some evidence around exercising and coping in the heat. Based on the 2015 consensus guidelines published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine I cover acclimatisation, dehydration, and cooling. There's time for a brief mention around the thorny and somewhat controversial issue of exercise-associated hyponatremia as well. If you understand a bit more about hydration then you should be at low risk of problems and you can keep yourself safe when...

Duration:00:25:06