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In this Podcast, we talk about natural approaches to achieving optimal health, well-being, energy and vitality. We talk to several different health and wellness experts from around the world, and also hear personal stories from inspiring people who have overcome debilitating illnesses through lifestyle approaches.

Throughout the episodes, we share simple, practical steps that almost anyone can take to help reach their health goals as fast as possible. Your Host Dr. Shan Hussain is an author, general practitioner, health coach, wellness adviser and ambassador to the World Health Innovation Summit.

Get in touch with us here: www.thehealthstudio.net
To support our show, please visit: www.patreon.com/enduringhealth

(Disclaimer - The content from the Podcast is not intended as a substitute for the medical advice of a primary care doctor. Please regularly consult with your doctor in matters relating to your health, particularly with respect to any symptoms that may require diagnosis or immediate medical attention. The creators of this Podcast do not assume any liability to any party for any loss, damage, or disruption caused by the choice to implement any of the health strategies discussed.)

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In this Podcast, we talk about natural approaches to achieving optimal health, well-being, energy and vitality. We talk to several different health and wellness experts from around the world, and also hear personal stories from inspiring people who have overcome debilitating illnesses through lifestyle approaches.

Throughout the episodes, we share simple, practical steps that almost anyone can take to help reach their health goals as fast as possible. Your Host Dr. Shan Hussain is an author, general practitioner, health coach, wellness adviser and ambassador to the World Health Innovation Summit.

Get in touch with us here: www.thehealthstudio.net
To support our show, please visit: www.patreon.com/enduringhealth

(Disclaimer - The content from the Podcast is not intended as a substitute for the medical advice of a primary care doctor. Please regularly consult with your doctor in matters relating to your health, particularly with respect to any symptoms that may require diagnosis or immediate medical attention. The creators of this Podcast do not assume any liability to any party for any loss, damage, or disruption caused by the choice to implement any of the health strategies discussed.)

    How To Kick Sugar with James Goolnik BDS

    How To Kick Sugar with James Goolnik BDS

    Shan is joined this week by James Goolnik BDS MSc, a UK dentist and author, who has made it his mission in life to help the world realise that sugar does more damage to our bodies than we realise, and that it’s easier to remove it from our diet than we think.

    By following James’s guidelines and advice, people can reboot their health and see instant benefits to their wellbeing, and more importantly, to their children’s wellbeing.

    Key Takeaways
    Schools and nurseries have an inherent problem, in that they tend to reward good behaviour with sugar. This leads to behavioural patterns that continue throughout life, whereby sugar is associated with positivity.

     
    Stickers and other physical items are a much healthier, and prized, form of reward. James has even developed a series of adult stickers for use in his practice, which has been a huge hit.

     
    People trust their health and wellbeing to professionals, and so we have a responsibility to ensure that we are doing the best we can with it. We should be optimising their treatment at all times, including aftercare and pre-emptive treatments.

     
    Teeth and enamel do not regenerate. You can harden the enamel with products, and you can reverse early decay, but once they’re gone, it’s impossible to get them back.

     
    If you have sensitive teeth, you need to talk to a dentist to find out the cause. It might be a dietary problem, and can be easily solved. It’s about neutralising the acid, and fixing the problem pre-emptively.

     
    Fruit and fruit juices have long been touted as excellent sources of nutrition, but contain high amounts of acid and sugar. In many cases they can be more harmful than colas and sodas.

     
    After six days of cutting down on carbohydrates and added sugars, your taste buds recalibrate, meaning that sweet things often taste sweeter. It’s a useful tool in demonstrating how accustomed we are to sweeter things.

     
    Often we snack because we’re bored, not because we’re hungry. Analyse the difference when you feel the urge to eat something. Are you hungry, or do you just want to east? If it’s the latter, try moving, or occupying your mind in some other way. The need to eat will be greatly reduced.

    Best Moments

    ‘Enamel is the hardest substance in our bodies, and we’re destroying it’

    ’There must be a better way’

    ’None of the toothpaste out there will restore the enamel. Once it’s gone, it’s gone’

    ‘Food isn’t just nutritious. It’s supposed to be fun’

    ’Sugar is not for breakfast, lunch and dinner’

    ABOUT THE HOST

    Dr Shan Hussain is an author, general practitioner, health coach, wellness advisor and ambassador to the World Health Innovation Summit.

    As Founder of The Health Studio and a medical doctor of 18 years, he has a special interest in health promotion and disease prevention. He works with individuals and organisations to help naturally improve health in a sustainable, holistic manner.

    Dr Hussain has developed several coaching and mentorship programmes designed to help reverse the symptoms of many stress-related health problems.

    His best-selling book, 'The Big Prescription' serves as a guide for readers to learn about evidence-based holistic health practices that create the foundation of his work.

     

    HOST CONTACT METHOD

    Dr Shan Hussain

    • Connect with Dr Shan Hussain through his website at http://www.thehealthstudio.net.

    • If you would like to support our Podcast, please visit our Patreon page at www.patreon.com/enduringhealth

     

    ABOUT THE GUEST:

    James Goolnik BDS MSc is a UK dentist and founder of the Bow Lane Dental Group which is based in the City of London, England.

    James is past-president of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He qualified from Kings' College Dental School in 1992 and went to study his Masters degree in Conservative Dentistry at the Eastman Dental Institute.

    James lect

    • 37 min
    Singing For Health And Wellbeing with Kari Olsen-Porthouse

    Singing For Health And Wellbeing with Kari Olsen-Porthouse

    This week, Dr Hussain is joined by choir director and Liberty singer, Kari Olsen-Porthouse, who also runs workplace wellbeing initiatives with singing workshops.

    Kari has joined the discussion today to discuss the many health benefits of singing, as well as the difference it can make to individuals, to businesses, and to communities.

    Key Takeaways
    Singing as a group promotes teamwork, good feeling and camaraderie, which in turn brings happiness and comfort. In Kari’s eyes, the singing comes secondary in many cases, and a “good singing voice” is certainly not a prerequisite for joining.
    Kari has begun to shy away from using the term “choir” as it makes prospective members believe that some level of expertise or experience is required in order to join. This is not the case.
    People seem to learn better when music is involved. This is especially true of children, who find it much easier to absorb information if it is in the form of a song, such as the alphabet song, or times tables.
    Scientific studies have shown that singing has a positive effect upon health in numerous ways such as improved posture, inducing a better quality of sleep, strengthening the immune system, and c an act as a natural anti-depressant.
    One of Kari’s members has reported that her heart condition is improved since becoming part of the singing group. Her breathing, also, has drastically improved.
    Workplace singing is something Kari is a passionate advocate of, as she feels that it promotes wellbeing, communication and team spirit. It also gives the sometimes lesser-spotted talents a chance to shine.



    Best Moments

    ‘When people say to me “I can’t sing”, I say “Who says?”'

    ‘I do everything by ear’

    ‘If you can speak, you can sing’

    ‘All I ever want to do is share it’

    ‘Are you woodwind players, or are you singers?'

     

    ABOUT THE HOST

    Dr Shan Hussain is an author, general practitioner, health coach, wellness advisor and ambassador to the World Health Innovation Summit.

    As Founder of The Health Studio and a medical doctor of 18 years, he has a special interest in health promotion and disease prevention. He works with individuals and organisations to help naturally improve health in a sustainable, holistic manner.

    Dr Hussain has developed several coaching and mentorship programmes designed to help reverse the symptoms of many stress-related health problems.

    His best-selling book, 'The Big Prescription' serves as a guide for readers to learn about evidence-based holistic health practices that create the foundation of his work.

     

    HOST CONTACT METHOD

    Dr Shan Hussain

    • Connect with Dr Shan Hussain through his website at http://www.thehealthstudio.net.

    • If you would like to support our Podcast, please visit our Patreon page at www.patreon.com/enduringhealth

     

    ABOUT THE GUEST:

    Kari is a freelance choir director who graduated from Middlesex University with a Performance Art degree in music and technical theatre. After a period of time working to edit commercials for television, she went on to complete a psychology degree moved into a career in primary school teaching. As a specialist music teacher, she ran five different school choirs for junior school children and began a community choir for the parents.

    She left teaching in 2017 to fully devote her time to choral singing. Operating out of Nottingham she now runs a hugely successful community choir, and also runs workplace singing workshops as part of wellbeing initiatives. Her clients have included NutraCheck, NHS Digital, The University of Nottingham, Hillarys and the Post Office.

    She believes that everyone can sing and that we can all learn and make improvements to our vocal sound. She teaches singing in a way which aims to be accessible for everyone. Most of all, she helps deliver confidence to singers through informal teaching methods and great sense

    • 30 min
    Don’t Eat For Winter : The Anti-Autumnal Diet With Cian Foley

    Don’t Eat For Winter : The Anti-Autumnal Diet With Cian Foley

    After a brief hiatus, Dr Shan Hussain returns with a fascinating conversation with Cian Foley, the author of ‘Don’t Eat For Winter’. Cian recently went viral after sharing an incredible time-lapse video showing his weight loss of 90lbs (6.4 stone), which he achieved by using his revolutionary “Anti-Autumnal Diet”.

    Cian joins Dr Hussain today to discuss this ground-breaking new dietary plan; the choices that led to its creation, and the role that nature itself should play in our year-long food choices.

    Key Takeaways
    Cian’s background is not in nutrition or wellbeing but in business and computing. However, the sedentary nature of his lifestyle and career forced him to re-evaluate his health, when it became clear that it was declining.
    Even though Cian’s lifestyle left him obese at almost 18 stone in weight, he still kept up with keep-fit exercises, such as squash and home exercise. However, it was never enough.
    It wasn’t until Cian took an interest in nutrition, and not in the “one size fits all” approach of low-calorie dieting, that change began to take effect. Different foods affect the body in different ways.
    One of the most effective ways that Cian credits with nutritional education, is the socialising and interaction with people who are interested in the same thing. By constantly associating with nutritional-minded people, Cian was able to absorb more of the information and adjust his lifestyle accordingly.
    Cian is against the demonisation of carbohydrates but feels that they are becoming far too prevalent in today’s food industry. Carbohydrates are created by photosynthesis in nature and do not tend to appear unnaturally out of season, in such things as apples and corn.
    The growth in refined foods, the importing of foods from various harvests around the world, and the constant need to satisfy our desires for every type of food have led to a condition that Cian calls “Infinite Autumn”, an autumn on steroids; a state in which our bodies are out of time with the natural harvest cycles and seasonal changes.
    If we look to the animal kingdom, we see that during the autumn months, they naturally take on more fats and carbohydrates, in order to prepare for winter. Nature seems to respond to this by providing more of these food groups.
    Cian’s approach to eating is to have a diet that sticks to the nutritional guidelines but also avoids the combination of carbohydrates and fats that leads to obesity and avoids insulin issues.
    Cian’s golden rule is to keep fats as low as possible when eating carbohydrates and keep carbohydrates as low as possible when eating fats. In between this, try to eat high protein, and avoid carbs and fats.
    We must remember that junk foods are not created to make people healthy. They’re created to make companies wealthy. It’s up to us as individuals to make the decision to not buy into this scheme and to invest instead in making ourselves as healthy as possible.

    Best Moments

    ‘I was a chubby kid in school. That was my nickname!’

    ‘I just couldn’t out-run, or out-train, the obesity’

    ’I was shocked to be losing weight, even though I was eating foods that were high in fat’

    ‘Carbohydrates are created in nature through sunshine’

    ‘We’re a dynamic species. We’re a seasonal species’

    ’The 50-40-10 is the hyperphagic autumnal formula’

    ’The world we live in is highly artificial'

     

    ABOUT THE HOST

    Dr Shan Hussain is an author, general practitioner, health coach, wellness advisor and ambassador to the World Health Innovation Summit.

    As Founder of The Health Studio and a medical doctor of 18 years, he has a special interest in health promotion and disease prevention. He works with individuals and organisations to help naturally improve health in a sustainable, holistic manner.

    Dr Hussain has developed several coaching and mentorship programmes d

    • 34 min
    The Power of Social Prescribing with Dr. Mohan Sekeram

    The Power of Social Prescribing with Dr. Mohan Sekeram

    In this episode, Shan talks to Dr. Mohan Sekeram about Social Prescribing and the positive impact of having the social prescriber embedded as a part of the primary care team.

    This engaging episode provides an invaluable insight into the social prescribing pilot that has been running in Merton, and the positive data set and evidence confirming the benefits of embedding a link worker within a practice.

     

    ABOUT OUR GUEST

    Dr. Mohan Sekeram has been working as a GP for over 10 years in East Merton, London, and is the Clinical Lead for Social Prescribing for Merton and Wandsworth CCGs.

    Mohan led on the development and implantation of the Merton Model of Social Prescribing which aims to address the social determinants of health. This model has resulted in significant reductions in GP and Accident and Emergency attendances, and has demonstrated a positive impact on patient measures of wellbeing.

    He is passionate about harnessing the opportunities in the local community and wants to ensure the local voluntary sector receives adequate support to help empower them and build resilience.

    Mohan is also a member of Merton LMC and a GP trainer. He grew up in South West London and in his spare time enjoys many types of exercise and is a keen AFC Wimbledon fan. 

     

    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    A person's health and well-being are affected by many factors, including social factors such as employment, education, bereavement, relationships and isolation.
    Social factors can manifest as physical symptoms resulting in individuals being in primary care.
    Social Prescribing enables a social prescriber working within the practice to spend time exploring the root cause with the patient and finding out what services in the community can be effectively targeted to support their need and get them on the right journey.
    Often patients who have their social root cause issue identified and tackled appropriately, find the physical symptoms are also resolved.
    Having a GP endorsement makes it easier for individuals to take up the opportunity of the link worker.
    Getting the link worker, the social prescriber, embedded in the practice is a new model.
    They have an understanding and knowledge of social factors, health coaching, and are able to find out what support the patient requires. 
    In the Merton pilot study, 77% of patients reported an improvement following social prescribing, GP appointments dropped by a third, and hospital admissions halved.
    This data correlates with similar work being done in Rotherham and Bexley.
    The NHS has pledged to fund a link worker for every practice by 2021
    It will be within the scope of the practice to decide how best to utilise the link worker within the demographic of the practice.

     

    FURTHER INFORMATION

    What Is Social Prescribing?

    Social prescribing: a GP’s perspective

    Social Prescribing Project: The Patients’ Story

    Follow Dr. Mohan Sekeram on Twitter

     

    ABOUT THE HOST

    Dr. Shan Hussain is an author, general practitioner, health coach, wellness advisor and ambassador to the World Health Innovation Summit.

    As Founder of The Health Studio and a medical doctor of 18 years, he has a special interest in health promotion and disease prevention. He works with individuals and organisations to help naturally improve health in a sustainable, holistic manner.

    Dr. Hussain has developed several coaching and mentorship programmes designed to help reverse the symptoms of many stress-related health problems.

    His best-selling book, 'The Big Prescription' serves as a guide for readers to learn about evidence-based holistic health practices that create the foundation of his work.

     

    CONTACT METHOD
          Connect with Dr. Shan Hussain through his website at https://thehealthstudio.net/
          If you would like to support our Podcast, please visit our Patreon page https://www.patreon.com/enduringhealth

     

    Support the show.

    • 33 min
    Ignite Your Genius with Howard Berg - The World’s Fastest Reader

    Ignite Your Genius with Howard Berg - The World’s Fastest Reader

    Over 25,000 words in a minute… This is what the fastest reader in the world (according to the Guinness Book of World Records), Howard Berg, can do.

    Today on Enduring Health, Shan interviews Howard and talks about how we can learn to tap into the power of our minds and ignite our genius. Discover how you can practice speed learning (not just speed reading), how reading affects your life expectancy, and how you can create more significance out of what you read.

    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    Techniques on how to read and comprehend faster:

    Use your finger to trace the lines where you are reading to let your eyes focused.
    Trace as fast as you can without losing comprehension
    Look for Schemas makes the page makes sense.
    Switch from speed reading to speed learning.

    Find new words in your vocabulary.
    Look for names.
    Note any number or statistical data.
    Find the key takeaways.
    Note all the questions that pop up in your mind.
    Reading reduces the risk of dementia. There was also a 12-year study performed in Yale which showed that at least 30 minutes of daily book-reading was associated with a 20 percent lower mortality rate compared to non-readers.
    3 Levels to learning:

    Literal (what you see is what you get),
    Implied (what the author assumes that you know), and
    Inferential (the significance, the deeper meaning).
    How do we get valuable inferences out of what we’re reading? Our unconscious mind is more powerful than our conscious. It can process everything at once, but it only uses visual images, dreams, feelings, emotions, etc.

    Ask a question of emotional significance to get the most significant information for you.

    BEST MOMENTS
    “We waste a lot of time because we get distracted.”
    “The problem with speed reading is it didn’t work. You read so fast, you remember nothing or learn, so I fixed it. I redefined what I need and use other skills.”
    “We can teach people to relax, to focus, to concentrate, and to ignite your genius. We create a state, an anchor, a trigger…over time, they hit the trigger and they create the state.”

    VALUABLE RESOURCES
    https://www.berglearning.com/
    Coupon code for discount on all courses: SHAN10

    ABOUT THE GUEST

    Howard Stephen Berg is recognised as the world’s fastest reader thanks to the cutting-edge accelerated learning techniques he developed. These learning techniques have been proven over decades to turn information overload into information assets. Respected internationally for his contribution to the learning process, he has the unique distinction of being listed in the 1990 Guinness Book of World Records for reading at over 25,000 words per minute and writing over 100 words a minute.

    He is a graduate of S.U.N.Y Binghamton. Using his brain-based learning strategies, this biology major completed a four-year psychology degree program in one year. His graduate studies at several New York City colleges focused on the psychology of reading.

    He also has created other accelerated learning programs including creative writing, infinite memory and mind math. He is mentioned in a number of books as a leading expert on brain-based learning and has been honoured in more than nine books that track outstanding professional performance including Who’s Who Among Emerging Leaders and 2,000 Notable American Men, Red Book, Bottom Line, Forbes’s FYI, and Selling. His book Speed Reading the Easy Way is now in its 28th reprint. The book continues to be a valued resource to individuals looking to manage the overwhelming glut of information coming their way each day.
    Find out more about Howard’s work
    Coupon code for discount on all courses: SHAN10

    ABOUT THE HOST

    Dr Shan Hussain is an author, general practitioner, health coach, wellness advisor and ambassador to the World Health Innovation Summit.

    As Founder of The Health Studio and a medical doctor of 20 years, he has a special interest in health promotion and

    • 32 min
    Supporting Brain Health - Mindfulness, Nutrition and Exercise With Dr. Samanta Nagpal

    Supporting Brain Health - Mindfulness, Nutrition and Exercise With Dr. Samanta Nagpal

    In this episode, Shan interviews Dr Samanta Nagpal, a consultant psychiatrist with the NHS and host of 'The Therapy Suite' with UK Health Radio. Today, we highlight the importance of maintaining brain health and function. According to Dr Nagpal, we can prevent (and combat) many mental health ailments through mindfulness, nutrition and exercise.

    Being mindful is a powerful skill which can be done anywhere regardless of whatever you’re doing. Certain nutritional deficiencies can also result to illness that can improve once recognised and addressed. Discover also how your gut bacteria is linked to mental health and why exercising should be done no matter how busy life gets..

    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    According to World Health Organisation (WHO), depression and heart disease will be among the most common illnesses in 2020.
    When we or anything in our environment undergo a sudden stressful change, our body’s adrenal glands release cortisol, the stress hormone. High levels of cortisol can result to anxiety, depression, fatigue, etc. Stress resilience can be practised through:

    Mindfulness
    Healthy Diet
    Exercise
    Mindfulness does not clear your thoughts; it helps you become present and aware.

    “Observe your thoughts and allow them to pass. Don’t give them energy.”
    Mental health issues can sometimes be linked to nutritional deficiencies:

    Low B12 and folate is associated with depression and poor cognition. 
    Magnesium is an element which can be found in leafy greens, seeds, and fibre-rich carbohydrates. Deficiency of magnesium has been linked with depression and anxiety.
    Low iodine can cause thyroid problems and subsequent mood changes.
    Low Vitamin D has recently been linked to autism.
    Omega-3, an essential fatty acid which can be found in fish oil, can treat and prevent depression.
    Gut bacteria can play a role in supporting our mood and mental state. The more diverse the bacteria are, the heathier the gut is.
    Exercising might be a difficult habit to fit in our daily schedule if you’re too busy, but it can prevent and improve many different mental illnesses.

    BEST MOMENTS
    “As psychiatrists, we’re taught to look at the person not just the illness.”
    “Lives are different these days. Pressures are different, expectations are different. People’s finances are not in the way they used to be.”
    “When we’re stressed, we make poor choices.”
    “Mindfulness might bring stuff from the past. But that’s good, just let it go.”
    “Exercise is a natural antidepressant. It can boost the natural 'happy hormones' – serotonin, dopamine, and adrenaline.”

    VALUABLE RESOURCES
    Move Nourish Change
    UK Health Radio

    ABOUT THE GUEST

    Dr Samanta Nagpal is a consultant psychiatrist working in the NHS. Graduating as a doctor from Imperial College, London, Dr Nagpal started her training in psychiatry in New Zealand, and then moved back to London where she continued her training mainly in South London, on the Guys, Kings and St. Thomas’s hospital training scheme and then the St George’s training Scheme. Dr Nagpal has worked as a consultant for several years both in London and the north west of England. She has experience of a range of specialities within psychiatry and has worked in various departments including the community, on inpatient wards, psychiatric intensive care units, early intervention services, old age and child psychiatry, addictions, forensic, eating disorders plus others. She has also worked in Ghana in a psychiatric hospital, to train mental health professionals and also help set up mental health services.

    Dr Nagpal also has a keen interest in holistic and alternative therapies and the role they can play in treating mental health conditions. She has trained in energy healing, and regularly practices meditation and yoga.
    Email: samnagpal375@gmail.com
    Twitter: @NagpalSamanta
    Facebook: Dr. Samanta Nagpal Consultant Psychiat

    • 41 min

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