32 episodes

Dr Ayan Panja shares his expert generalist perspective on important themes around health & wellbeing, pondering what impacts our health journeys and attitudes.
A bite-sized, enriching and quietly mind-expanding podcast. Powerful storytelling with a professional but informal laid back tone.

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Saving Lives In Slow Motion Dr Ayan Panja

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Dr Ayan Panja shares his expert generalist perspective on important themes around health & wellbeing, pondering what impacts our health journeys and attitudes.
A bite-sized, enriching and quietly mind-expanding podcast. Powerful storytelling with a professional but informal laid back tone.

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    This episode is about mentoring which I think is much needed in the world today. Many of us will have had incredible mentors who selflessly give up their time and knowledge in order to help others.
    I feel it is a way of paying it forward and that both mentors and mentees to help each other grow and learn.
    Beyond Ed Peile who I mention in the episode I would like to acknowledge and thank Jon Fowler, Mark Allen, Julian Godlee and my late father for their inimitable ability to mentor, inspire and transform others. 
    The power of mentorship: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8406889/
    Mentorship behaviours: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8406889/
    Mentoring for UK doctors: https://www.bma.org.uk/advice-and-support/career-progression/mentoring/mentoring-for-doctors
    The 5 stages of mentoring: https://www.nihr.ac.uk/documents/phases-of-the-mentoring-relationship/27693
    Ed Peile: https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/med/staff/peile/

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    • 17 min
    Singing - the healthy hobby?

    Singing - the healthy hobby?

    Singing is something close to my heart and I feel it does not get enough attention for it’s
    multiple health benefits.
    It is accessible to so many and is an easy thing to take up and enjoy.
    In this episode I explore the benefits to almost every body system which singing can confer.

    Social prescribing: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/26/nhs-should-prescribe-tango-dancing-book-clubs-not-pill-every/
    The vagus nerve: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/318128
    Alexander technique: https://alexandertechnique.com/
    Breathing and singing: https://www.backstage.com/magazine/article/common-misconceptions-breath-support-singing-1872/
    Singing and COPD: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/health-25237125
    Singing and cortisol: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4854222/
    Immunity and singing (in a choir): https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15669447/
    The effect of singing on pain: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/147470491201000403
    Effect on memory and cognition: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/02/210210133432.htm
    Bereavement and singing: https://spcare.bmj.com/content/early/2019/06/26/bmjspcare-2018-001642

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    • 15 min


    Triage is increasingly being used in healthcare outside the emergency setting to help filter urgent from non-urgent. 
    With the growing use of artificial intelligence, triage algorithms are becoming more reliable. I look at the pros and cons of triage from the view point of both patient and practitioner. 
    Triage and it’s background: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5649292/
    Continuity of care: https://www.bmj.com/content/375/bmj.n2468
    And article on the ethics of triage:
    Sample triage protocol: https://www.medicalprotection.org/ireland/practice-matters/may-2014/example-triage-protocol-for-non-clinical-staff

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    • 16 min
    Gut symptoms

    Gut symptoms

    In this episode I look at symptoms affecting the gut. They are one of the most common presentations in
    general practice.
    Most of us experience some kind of gastrointestinal symptom at some point in our lives. I delve into my understanding on how the gut works and how and why things can go wrong and what we can do to help ourselves.
    Mintel gastrointestinal problems data: https://www.mintel.com/press-centre/beauty-and-personal-care/86-of-brits-have-suffered-from-a-gastrointestinal-problem-in-the-past-year/amp
    Mintel article on gut health determinants: https://www.mintel.com/blog/food-market-news/gut-health-goes-beyond-digestion/amp
    Ultra-processed foods: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7399967/
    Aryl-hydrocarbon receptor: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5777317/
    Short chain fatty acids: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fendo.2020.00025/full
    Diet and reflux disease: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6702398/
    H. pylori infection and reflux disease: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6502218/
    Low FODMAP diets: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33585949/
    Probiotics and their potential role in reflux disease: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7019778/
    SIBO and IBS - is there a link?: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29761234/
    Gallstones and SIBO: 
    A review of inflammatory bowel disease (Crohns and Ulcerative colitis): https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6685307/
    ‘Red flag’ gut symptoms needing medical assessment: https://bowelinterestgroup.co.uk/resources/red-flag-symptoms-in-gi-conditions/
    Diverticulitis: Diverticulitis: Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment, Surgery (healthline.com)
    The popular ‘4 R’s of gut health’: https://thenutritionalinstitute.com/resources/blog/292-the-4-r-s-of-gut-health

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    • 24 min
    Prejudice and inclusion

    Prejudice and inclusion

    *TW* Today’s episode is on a topic which affects us all. 
    Prejudice, bias and inclusion are all ongoing hot topics which can affect our wellbeing, how we feel about ourselves and our experience of the world. 
    Here I look at the reasons why it is such a complex area to navigate and not as simple as it should be. 
    There are some anecdotes on this episode that might be difficult to listen to. 
    Protected characteristics: https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/equality-act/protected-characteristics
    A paper on similarities and differences in people and their perceptions: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00849/full
    Health inequalities and gender: https://eurohealthnet.eu/publication/gender-health-and-inequalities-before-and-after-the-pandemic-where-we-go-from-here/
    Microsoft video training on bias and inclusion: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/inclusion-journey/learn
    Medical regulators and racism: https://blogs.bmj.com/bmj/2021/06/29/racism-and-the-general-medical-council/
    The 2004 film Crash that cleverly gets under the belly of prejudice and bias: https://youtu.be/DEJH0hEoHc4 

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    • 21 min
    Behaviour Change 2 - the IDEAL framework

    Behaviour Change 2 - the IDEAL framework

    This framework that I have created helps turn what is in your mind into action. 
    Identify, Define, Engage, Activate and Look Back
    One of the hardest things can be to turn intentions into reality. This simple framework along with the work of known behavioural theory experts can help implement your behaviour change intentions. 
    BJ Fogg behaviour model: https://behaviormodel.org/
    Susan Michie and COM-B: https://implementationscience.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1748-5908-6-42
    Pre-order your copy of The Health Fix now: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Health-Fix-Ayan-Panja-ebook/dp/B0B2VTFFVS/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?qid=1655897648&refinements=p_27%3AAyan+Panja&s=books&sr=1-1 

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    • 14 min

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Arroyodelamiel ,

Dr Panja’s Podcasts

These weekly Podcasts are invaluable to me, priceless in their wisdom and encouraging human and professional help. I am fortunate indeed to receive these Podcasts weekly.
My own life has rocketed slowly! into the next stage of my life. An acceptance of aging, an inner peace that is bringing me great joy and new lessons for this ‘new’ life.
You are an incredible inspiration. Your words are so inline with my own beliefs and aspirations.
Our human frailties have drawn a close to direct contact with you as my GP . I realise that God’s hand has been in this move. I now have a fresh start with a new Surgery and the gift of your Podcasts - where I can learn more from you and your life journey.
Thank you. May you and your family have a great holiday together.
With my love and fond memories,
(One regret- I didn’t teach you French!)
Louise James

Debril ,

Simple, straightforward advice

Such simple ways to improve our lives - both mentally and physically.

It should be required listening for everyone.

frogbit ,

Lovely to listen to

And very useful too. So pleased I heard about this on Feel Better Live More.

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