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A health and wellbeing podcast focused on a plant-based, body-moving and mind-focused way of life.

New Normal Project Andrew Davies

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 43 Ratings

A health and wellbeing podcast focused on a plant-based, body-moving and mind-focused way of life.

    "I am an Intensive Care doctor and today I feel scared"

    "I am an Intensive Care doctor and today I feel scared"

    I am an Intensive Care doctor. And today I feel scared.
    This coronavirus pandemic is serious. It is the biggest healthcare emergency I have ever witnessed. We aren’t overwhelmed yet in my country, Australia, but what I have read and heard in the last fortnight from around the world has made me realise we are in the midst of a global catastrophe.
    In this episode I talk about social distancing and why it is our New Normal. And why we need to do this social distancing extremely well, or we will lose many more people to this novel coronavirus.
    This podcast is not to scare you. It’s to seek your help in doing the right thing with social distancing which, if done well, should take away a lot of the fear many of us have.
    In my city, Melbourne, and my country, Australia, people have not been taking things seriously. They are out and about as if life goes on. They are in the pubs, cafes, restaurants, beaches, gyms and shopping centres. And that’s not what they should be doing.
    I hope I can convince you that what my international colleagues are reporting, from places like China, Italy, UK and USA, is something we have never encountered in our careers.
    There are not enough ICU beds and not enough ventilators so doctors are having to choose who they use these ventilators on. Many healthcare workers are catching the virus. Many are staying away from their families so they don’t pass it on. And many are tired, and no longer thinking straight from the arduous work they are doing, putting their mental health, and the whole healthcare system, at risk.
    I want to give you hope and confidence. And by explaining how social distancing is effective in minimising your risk, your families risk and other people’s risk, I hope you will be able to do your social distancing extremely thoroughly. I also want to give you hope and confidence that our modern technology can keep us connected. And I want to give you hope and confidence that we healthcare workers will do the very best we can, as many around the world are already doing, and for which I am hugely grateful.
    Whilst I am at work trying to save lives, you can be a life-saver too. If you do your very best job at the task of staying at home, you will be playing a huge role.

    I am a little scared but there is hope. Please do the very best social distancing you can do.
     
    Live well, feel well, do well.
     
    Dr Andrew Davies
     
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    • 17 min
    Milk's effect on health - The New Normal in Action - February 2020

    Milk's effect on health - The New Normal in Action - February 2020

    This entire episode is devoted to a single scientific paper.
    A recently published scientific article from a high impact factor journal which I think is so important everyone should at least know about it if they haven’t read it.
    It’s entitled “Milk and Health” and was published in the New England Journal of Medicine in the 13th February 2020 edition. The authors are Walter Willett and David Ludwig from Harvard University in Boston.
    You can read it yourself if you click here (you’ll need to be or become a subscriber to the Journal) or you can listen to this episode in which I summarise the main points made by the authors.
    This narrative review article summarises the science on the following topics related to the consumption of cow’s milk and other dairy products:
    Introduction (including current recommended intakes) Composition of dairy products Growth and development Bone health and fracture risk Body weight and obesity Blood pressure, lipids, and cardiovascular disease Diabetes Cancer Allergies and intolerance Total mortality Organic and grass-fed production Environmental effects Conclusions (including a summary of current evidence) If you are confused about all the various things you read and hear about cow’s milk, whether you consume it or not, I hope you will enjoy listening to my summary of this well-written and very important medical paper.
     
    Live well, feel well, do well.
     
    Dr Andrew Davies
     
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    About the New Normal Project podcast: The podcast is aimed to inspire and empower you to live a life of optimal health, fitness and wellness, by hearing scientific evidence, experience-based information and real-life stories in the areas of the lifestyle pillars such as nutrition, exercise, mindfulness, sleep, connection and purpose. You’ll hopefully glean insights to help you to consider making choices about your daily habits so you become more healthy, fulfilled and conscious.
    Although I’m a doctor this is not medical advice as I don’t know your personal circumstances or your health conditions. Please see this as general information for you to consider, and then to learn more about, so you can discuss it with your doctor.
     
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    Scientific article discussed
    Details: “Milk and Health” by Walter C. Willett & David S. Ludwig. Published in New England Journal of Medicine on February 13th 2020 in volume 382 issue 7 on pages 644 – 654.
    Formal citation: Willett WC, Ludwig DS. Milk and Health. N Engl J Med. 2020; 382(7):644–654. doi:10.1056/NEJMra1903547
    PubMed link
    Journal website link
     
    Links to people and other resources (in order of mentioning)
    Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health
    Dr Walter Willett
    Book “Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy” (by Walter Willett)
    Dr David Ludwig
     
    Links related to New Normal Project podcast resources
    New Normal Project podcast episode: A focus on some sleep science - The New Normal in Action - January 2020 (NNP #69)
    New Normal Project podcast episode: Helping your brain to think and work smarter with Phil Dobson (NNP #70)
    New Normal Project podcast
    New Normal Project website
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    • 35 min
    Helping your brain to think and work smarter with Phil Dobson

    Helping your brain to think and work smarter with Phil Dobson

    This episode of the New Normal Project is all about the brain and keeping your brain healthy.
    It features Phil Dobson who is the creator of BrainWorkshops, the mission of which is to help people get more from their brains.
    Phil used to be a musician. But when he badly broke his ankle over a decade ago, his career and life radically changed. He trained as a clinical hypnotherapist, set up a practice in London, and rapidly recognised that many of the people he saw knew very little about how their brain functions; and how they could work on improving and maintaining their brain health. He saw many people struggling with sleep, who were significantly stressed, and who seemed to have their brains working against them rather than with them.
    Phil began to work with businesses, teaching groups of people how to manage stress and to improve their sleep, and as he learnt more about neuroscience and about cognitive and behavioural psychology, he turned this into BrainWorkshops, where he now provides online material, a book, and physical workshops, all loaded with applicable techniques designed to provide people with a scientific approach to optimising mental performance in the modern workplace.
    Phil works with businesses all over the world, and when I heard him speak eloquently at a medical conference last March, I asked him to come on the podcast.
    In the episode we cover:
    Phil’s transition from a musician to a brain coach His recently published “The Brain Book” and what's in it The 5 key components to maintaining your brain fitness 3 ways you can master the stress your brain is under The beneficial effect of exercise for your brain The importance of sleep and preventing sleep deprivation His number 1 tip for helping you get more sleep The value of challenging your brain with novelty & learning Understanding circadian rhythms to be more productive His recommended steps to working smarter Dealing with the distractions of modern life How digital technology may influence your ability to master your own reactions The difference between mindfulness and focused meditation How Phil practices meditation and mindfulness in his life The value of mental rehearsal and why elite sports performers use it What Phil does on a daily basis to help his own brain Please enjoy listening to Phil Dobson.
     
    Live well, feel well, do well.
     
    Andrew Davies
     
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    About the New Normal Project podcast: The podcast is aimed to inspire and empower you to live a life of optimal health, fitness and wellness, by hearing scientific evidence, experience-based information and real-life stories in the areas of the lifestyle pillars such as nutrition, exercise, mindfulness, sleep, connection and purpose. You’ll hopefully glean insights to help you to consider making choices about your daily habits so you become more healthy, fulfilled and conscious.
    Although I’m a doctor this is not medical advice as I don’t know your personal circumstances or your health conditions. Please see this as general information for you to consider, and then to learn more about, so you can discuss it with your doctor.
     
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    Links related to Phil Dobson
    Phil Dobson
    Brain Workshops website
    Phil Dobson on LinkedIn
    Phil Dobson on Twitter
    Phil Dobson on Instragram
    Phil Dobson on Facebook
     
    Links to people and resources (in order of mentioning)
    Book “The Brain Book: How to Think and Work Smarter” (by Phil Dobson)
    Progressive relaxation technique
    Book “Sleep Revolution” (by Ariana Huffington)
    Book “Thrive” (by Ariana Huffington)
    Book “Sapiens” (by Yuval Noah Harari)
    Book “The Brain That Changes Itself” (by Norman Doidge)
    Brain Workshops Online Courses
    Mastering Intensive Care podcast
     
    Links related to New Normal Project podcast
    New Normal Project podcast - Episode 65 with Andy Ramage
    New Normal Project podcast - Episode 66 with Dr Neal Barnard
    New Normal Project podcast - Episode 67

    • 1 hr 27 min
    A focus on some sleep science - The New Normal in Action - January 2020

    A focus on some sleep science - The New Normal in Action - January 2020

    This episode is designed to encourage you to take actions to improve your health, fitness and wellness by making changes to your lifestyle, so you can become more fit for life, and thereby move towards your new normal.
    I tell you about:
    One recently published scientific paper on sleep I think is worth knowing about Four other recently published scientific papers on sleep you might find worth reading Some books I’ve been reading and recommend for you Some podcasts I’ve been listening to and recommend for you How I went with the 4 challenges I made in the last New Normal in Action episode I invite you to listen to the scientific evidence, experience-based information and real-life stories on this show so you might make choices in leading your life to help you live vibrantly, happily, purposefully, for a long time, disease-free, and above all with a low risk of ever being admitted to the Intensive Care Unit, the place in the hospital I work.
    Perhaps you might consider a 28 day challenge (or even a 7 day one) yourself. Small steps are important. Incremental change, particularly around habits, can be very beneficial for your health and happiness.
     
    Live well, feel well, do well.
     
    Dr Andrew Davies
     
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    About the New Normal Project podcast: The podcast is aimed to inspire and empower you to live a life of optimal health, fitness and wellness, by hearing scientific evidence, experience-based information and real-life stories in the areas of the lifestyle pillars such as nutrition, exercise, mindfulness, sleep, connection and purpose. You’ll hopefully glean insights to help you to consider making choices about your daily habits so you become more healthy, fulfilled and conscious.
    Although I’m a doctor this is not medical advice as I don’t know your personal circumstances or your health conditions. Please see this as general information for you to consider, and then to learn more about, so you can discuss it with your doctor.
     
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    Links to people and other resources (in order of mentioning)
    Doctors For Nutrition seminar “The Heart of The Matter” featuring Dr Kim Williams
    Dr Kim Williams
    Movie “The Game Changers”
    Movie “Eating You Alive”
    Movie “What The Health”
    Scientific paper on sleep duration healthy diet scores and meal patterns J Clin Sleep Med. 2020 Jan 15; 16(1):9-18. doi: 10.5664/jcsm.8112.
    EpiHealth study
    Scientific paper on sleep duration and hand guns Sleep Health. 2020 Jan 13. pii: S2352-7218(19)30259-1. doi: 10.1016/j.sleh.2019.11.008.
    Scientific paper on sleep health and depression Compr Psychiatry. 2019 Dec 5; 97:152151. doi: 10.1016/j.comppsych.2019.152151.
    Scientific paper on childhood obesity and sleep timing behaviour J Clin Sleep Med. 2020 Jan 15; 16(1):129-136. doi: 10.5664/jcsm.8080.
    Scientific paper on "Sleep Is Essential" J Clin Sleep Med. 2020 Jan 15; 16(1):1-2. doi: 10.5664/jcsm.8156.
    Book “Born To Run” (by Christopher McDougall)
    Book “Let’s Do This” (by Andy Ramage)
    Book “Feel Better in 5” (by Rangan Chaterjee)
    Feel Better Live More Podcast
    Rich Roll Podcast
    Rich Roll Podcast with Rangan Chaterjee
    Feel Better Live More podcast with Rich Roll
    Rich Roll Podcast with Chadd Wright
    Rich Roll Podcast with Kelly McGonigal
    Rich Roll Podcast with Neal Barnard
    Plant Proof podcast with Sean Ryan
    Plant-Strong podcast
    Book “How Not To Diet” (by Michael Greger)
    Book “Blue Zones” (by Dan Buettner)
    Phil Dobson
     
    Links related to New Normal Project podcast resources
    New Normal Project podcast (NNP #2) with Rich Roll & Julie Piatt
    New Normal Project podcast (NNP #43) with Kim Williams
    New Normal Project podcast (NNP #45) with Neal Barnard
    New Normal Project podcast (NNP #46) with Andy Ramage
    New Normal Project podcast
    New Normal Project website
    New Normal Project on Facebook
    New Normal Project on Instagram: @newnormalproject
    New Normal Pro

    • 28 min
    Gut health, the microbiome, and optimal nutrition for gastro-intestinal disorders - a replay episode with Dr Alan Desmond (NNP #68)

    Gut health, the microbiome, and optimal nutrition for gastro-intestinal disorders - a replay episode with Dr Alan Desmond (NNP #68)

    In this episode of the New Normal Project podcast we replay a previous episode which featured Dr Alan Desmond (broadcast originally as episode 51).
    Dr Alan Desmond is a gastroenterologist from the UK and is an expert on the gut, the microbiome, gut health, gut disorders like inflammatory bowel disease and bowel cancer, and optimal nutrition. Originally from County Cork, Ireland, Alan completed medical and specialty training in Cork, Dublin and Oxford and is now a Consultant Gastroenterologist in Devon in the South-West of England. With Stephen and David Flynn, of The Happy Pear, he created the Happy Gut course, a 6 week online course designed to help people eat well for their gut health. You can find Alan on Instagram at @dr.alandesmond.
    Alan and I recorded this conversation in February 2019 when he was in Australia to speak at the Doctors For Nutrition conference. In it we covered Alan’s path to becoming a doctor; the microbiome, what it is and the effect of pre and probiotics; diseases such as bowel cancer, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease and coeliac disease; his 5 tips for improving your gut health; the importance of increasing fibre and decreasing processed food intake; how antibiotics can affect our guts; how eating a wholefood plant-based diet is likely to reduce colon cancer risk more than having screening tests; the beneficial role of a whole food plant-based diet in inflammatory bowel disease; and the 3 dietary questions he asks his patients.
    Please enjoy this replay episode with Alan Desmond.
     
    Live well, feel well, do well.
     
    Andrew Davies
     
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    About the New Normal Project podcast: The podcast is aimed to inspire and empower you to live your most plant-based, body-moving and mind-focused lifestyle, by hearing scientific evidence, experience-based information and real-life stories in the areas of the healthy lifestyle pillars such as nutrition, exercise, mindfulness, sleep, connection and purpose. You’ll hopefully glean insights to help you to consider making choices about your daily habits so you become more healthy, fulfilled and conscious.
    Although I’m a doctor this is not medical advice, as I don’t know your personal circumstances or your health conditions. Please see this as information for you to consider, and then to read more about, so you can discuss it with your doctor.
     
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    Links related to Alan Desmond
    Dr Alan Desmond
    Dr Alan Desmond’s clinic website
    Dr Alan Desmond on Instagram: @dr.alandesmond
     
    Links to people and resources (in order of mentioning)
    Happy Pear
    Doctors For Nutrition
    Doctors For Nutrition Conference
    Cancer Research UK
    Prof Fergus Shanahan
    Prof Eamonn Quigley
    Australasian Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
    Gastroenterological Society of Australia
    British Society of Gastroenterology
    American Gut Project
    NHS Eat Well Guide
    EAT Lancet
    Blue Zones Food Guidelines
    Happy Gut course
    Happy Gut Guide
    Dr Denis Burkitt
    Article “Evolving role of diet in the pathogenesis and treatment of inflammatory bowel disease” in Gut journal
    Rich Roll
    Nathan Pritikin
    Dr Dean Ornish
    Dr Caldwell Esselstyn
     
    Links related to New Normal Project podcast
    New Normal Project podcast (NNP #22) with The Happy Pear
    New Normal Project podcast (NNP #51) with Alan Desmond
    New Normal Project podcast (NNP #64) with Jeff Lester
    New Normal Project podcast (NNP #65) with Andy Ramage
    New Normal Project podcast (NNP #66) with Neal Barnard
    New Normal Project podcast (NNP #67) with John Orchard
    New Normal Project podcast
    New Normal Project website
    New Normal Project on Facebook
    New Normal Project on Instagram: @newnormalproject
    New Normal Project on Twitter: @newnormalproj
    Email Andrew Davies
    Andrew Davies on Instagram: @andrewdavies66
    Andrew Davies on Twitter: @andrewdavies66
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    Audio Producer Chris Burke
    Burke Sound

    • 1 hr 20 min
    The health benefits and risks of exercise - a replay episode with Dr John Orchard

    The health benefits and risks of exercise - a replay episode with Dr John Orchard

    This is a replay of a previous episode (number 53) which featured Dr John Orchard speaking on the health effects of exercise.
    John is a sport and exercise medicine physician who combines work in professional sport (he is Chief Medical Officer for Cricket Australia), research (he has over 250 scientific journal publications), a speaker (at conferences all around the world) and a clinical sports medicine practice. John studied medicine in Melbourne, did some of his training at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra and now lives and works in Sydney.
    John and I started out as medical students together many years ago, have remained firm friends, and I have enjoyed watching him become one of the most respected doctors and researchers in sport and exercise medicine in Australia.
    As John talks about in this episode the benefit/risk ratio of exercise on health may be better than many of the drugs used in medicine. And whilst that doesn’t mean we should give up taking these medications, it’s important we understand just what exercise can do for our bodies, minds and souls. I can’t think of anyone better to guide you through the scientific evidence on exercise than John.
    We recorded this conversation in early 2019. In it, John also covered the amount of exercise you need to derive health benefits; how exercise can prevent many well-known diseases, and can also be used in treatment too; the risks of both over and under-exercise for your musculoskeletal system; and some perspectives for those of us who wish to healthfully participate in endurance exercise.
    Please enjoy listening to this replay episode with Dr John Orchard.
     
    Live well, feel well, do well.
     
    Andrew Davies
     
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    About the New Normal Project podcast: The podcast is aimed to inspire and empower you to live your most plant-based, body-moving and mind-focused lifestyle, by hearing scientific evidence, experience-based information and real-life stories in the areas of the healthy lifestyle pillars such as nutrition, exercise, mindfulness, sleep, connection and purpose. You’ll hopefully glean insights to help you to consider making choices about your daily habits so you become more healthy, fulfilled and conscious.
    Although I’m a doctor this is not medical advice, as I don’t know your personal circumstances or your health conditions. Please see this as information for you to consider, and then to look up more about, so you can discuss it with your doctor.
     
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    Links related to John Orchard
    Dr John Orchard website
    John Orchard on Twitter: @DrJohnOrchard
    John Orchard on LinkedIn
    Selected publications from John Orchard
    Further publications from John Orchard
    Sport and exercise medicine in Australia
    Cricket Australia
     
    Links related to New Normal Project podcast
    New Normal Project podcast (NNP #53) with John Orchard
    New Normal Project podcast (NNP #65) with Andy Ramage (Replay)
    New Normal Project podcast (NNP #66) with Neal Barnard (Replay)
    New Normal Project podcast
    New Normal Project website
    New Normal Project on Facebook
    New Normal Project on Instagram: @newnormalproject
    New Normal Project on Twitter: @newnormalproj
    Email Andrew Davies
    Andrew Davies on Instagram: @andrewdavies66
    Andrew Davies on Twitter: @andrewdavies66
    Andrew Davies on Facebook
    Subscribe to the New Normal Project newsletter
    Audio Producer Chris Burke
    Burke Sound & Media

    • 1 hr 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
43 Ratings

43 Ratings

mm256 ,

One of the best for health and well-being

One of the best health and wellness podcasts around. Presenter Andrew Davies is a doctor and an intensive care specialist, and features a wonderful line-up of guests, including other medical practitioners. The discussions are both of high quality and very accessible. They cover diet, exercise and meditation amongst other things - I never fail to learn something new! Looking forward to hearing more in 2020.

Lorna121 ,

Informative, interesting and inspiring wellness podcast

Have just discovered this podcast and love the fact that there is an Australian voice in the plant based community spreading positivity and having really interesting and informative conversations. Andrew and Claire have interviewed some of the biggest names in the plant based world like Dr Klaipeda and Dr Neal Barnard and their conversations are always a good listen. Thank you!!

Sealspeak ,

Claire’s return ep 47

So good to hear Claire’s calm and thoughtful take on life. Great to catch up on her career developments and personal growth. A pleasure to listen to!

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