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Welcome to Amanda's Wellbeing Podcast, a podcast dedicated to interviewing experts in the fields of nutrition, fitness, and the science of the mind.

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Welcome to Amanda's Wellbeing Podcast, a podcast dedicated to interviewing experts in the fields of nutrition, fitness, and the science of the mind.

    The placebo effect and designing placebo treatments with Dr Felicity Braithwaite

    The placebo effect and designing placebo treatments with Dr Felicity Braithwaite

    This week I discuss the placebo effect and the use of placebos in clinical trials with Dr Felicity Braithwaite, physiotherapist and scientific researcher at the University of South Australia.

    Clinical trials are used to assess whether an active ingredient or treatment is having a real health outcome. (In very lay terms) one method of achieving this is to take two groups of similar people, administer one group the active ingredient or treatment in question and the other group a sham, or placebo, ingredient or treatment. In ideal circumstances, the people in the trial do not know whether they are receiving the "real" treatment or the placebo; this is called blinding. Blinding is relatively easy to achieve in a drug trial - e.g. one group receives a pill with the active ingredient being tested and the other receives an identical looking inert pill, and the results are compared. The reason for blinding is to eliminate the placebo effect, that is, the positive effect on a person's health after taking a placebo; believing that a treatment will benefit them often triggers a positive health outcome. The placebo effect is not fully understood and is a fascinating area of research.

    It is all very well to test something in pill form but what about testing treatments, like dry needling? How can you design a study so participants do not know whether they are receiving a real needle or a fake needle? Surely you can feel it, right? This is what Felicity has grappled with and guess who she turned to? The ultimate masters of deception, magicians!

    I hope you enjoy this lively chat with Felicity, a ground breaking young researcher.

    LINKS MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE

    Felicity's UniSA home page: https://people.unisa.edu.au/Felicity.Braithwaite
    Felcity's twitter handle: @FBraithwaitePT
    Episode on pain with Brendan Mouatt: https://amandaswellbeingpodcast.com/brendan-mouatt/

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    #Eat Well. Move Well. Think Well.

    • 42 min
    Talking about running and life with Olympic marathoner, Jessica Trengove OLY

    Talking about running and life with Olympic marathoner, Jessica Trengove OLY

    This week I chat with the inspiring, talented and speedy Jessica Trengove OLY about all things running, especially marathon running, and so much more. Jess grew up in country South Australia where she thrived in the sporty culture and excelled in several sports, including netball. Ultimately, inspired by the likes of Benita Willis and Usain Bolt, Jess chose running (and aren't we Aussies happy about that)!

    We talk about Jess' break through race in Nagoya, Japan (2012) to qualify for the London Olympics, her PB of 2.25.59 set at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon in 2018 (a hurtling pace of 3.27/km), her two Commonwealth Games Bronze medals and, of course, her Olympic Games experiences in London (2012) and Rio (2016). However, like all professional athletes, there have been a few pot holes in Jess' path to success, such as bone stress injuries requiring adaptive cross training and managing her mind set.

    Two of my favourite aspects of our discussion were about how marathon running is a tactical event requiring attention to things like getting a good line to your water bottle and gel, especially in a pack, and hearing about Jess' weekly training schedule. These days, Jess needs to work her training commitments around motherhood; her gorgeous little boy, Billy, was born in November 2019.

    We also talk about fuelling, goal setting, Jess' physiotherapy career, training tips for all runners listening to this podcast and her company, Rundies, that produces underpants designed specifically for runners and sports people.

    Apart from hard work and talent, it is clear that Jess' passion for running and perseverance have played huge parts in her success as a world class marathoner. Being in the company of Jess is like taking a happy pill; she's positive and vibrant and made me want to go out for a run!

    PEOPLE AND LINKS MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE

    Jess Trengove's Instagram handle: @jess_tren
    Jess Trengove's website: https://www.jessicatrengove.com.au
    Rundies: http://rundies.com.au
    Physio Smart (where Jess works as a physiotherapist): https://physiosmart.com.au
    Benita Willis' Instagram handle: @benitawillis_
    Podcast episode with Amber Halliday OLY: https://amandaswellbeingpodcast.com/amber-halliday/

    HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT THE PODCAST

    • Follow me on Instagram @amanda_wellbeing_podcast
    • Please tell your friends about the podcast and share it with them.
    • If you could rate and review the podcast on iTunes, that would be super helpful.
    • Purchasing a book from my website is an easy way to support the podcast too. Here is a link to the books page: https://amandaswellbeingpodcast.com/books/
    • Link to the Donate page on my website: https://amandaswellbeingpodcast.com/contribute/

    #Eat Well. Move Well. Think Well.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Recent research on stroke recovery and neuroplasticity with Dr Brenton Hordacre

    Recent research on stroke recovery and neuroplasticity with Dr Brenton Hordacre

    This week, I have an instructive and interesting discussion with Dr Brenton Hordacre about stroke and neuroplasticity, that is, the ability of the brain to change. Brenton is a physiotherapist and Senior Research Fellow at the Body in Mind Research Group, University of South Australia where he focusses on recovery following neurological injury, including treatment selection and understanding responses to therapy. Motivated by helping improve people's quality of life, Brenton works to ensure research is rapidly translated into clinical practice.

    According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), in 2017, there were about 38,000 stroke events; that is more than 100 every day. In 2018, stroke accounted for 5.3% of all deaths in Australia. (Link below)

    Brenton explains that there is a strong link between cardiovascular health and brain health and therefore well known factors such as eating a healthy diet, ensuring good sleep hygiene, leading an active life and maintaining social connections that are generally good for heart health, are also significant for brain health. We discuss "cognitive reserve" which refers to how active the brain was prior to a stroke, a higher cognitive reserve is associated with better recovery outcomes post neurological injury so the message is to keep learning and challenging you brain throughout your life. In addition, we talk about how to recognise if someone is having a stroke.

    LINKS MENTIONED IN THE PODCAST

    Professional home page for Dr Brenton Hordacre at UniSA: https://people.unisa.edu.au/Brenton.Hordacre
    Stoke Foundation: https://strokefoundation.org.au
    AIHW Stroke: https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/australias-health/stroke

    HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT THE PODCAST

    • Follow me on Instagram @amanda_wellbeing_podcast
    • Please tell your friends about the podcast and share it with them.
    • If you could rate and review the podcast on iTunes, that would be super helpful.
    • Purchasing a book from my website is an easy way to support the podcast too. Here is a link to the books page: https://amandaswellbeingpodcast.com/books/
    • Link to the Donate page on my website: https://amandaswellbeingpodcast.com/contribute/

    #Eat Well. Move Well. Think Well.

    • 54 min
    Understanding pain with Exercise Physiologist and researcher, Brendan Mouatt

    Understanding pain with Exercise Physiologist and researcher, Brendan Mouatt

    Brendan Mouatt is an Exercise Physiologist and researcher into chronic pain at The Body in Mind Research Group, UniSA. He is also a director at The Biomechanics clinical practice and an educator and director at The Knowledge Exchange.

    Brendan explains that the way our society talks about pain is ingrained with a lot of tradition and belief that is quite dogmatic. His research into pain has led him to question many of these beliefs and challenge his own practice and understanding of pain. The most important aspect of this for Brendan is to translate research into effective treatments for his patients.

    There are two aspects of my conversation with Brendan that I found hopeful and enlightening. First, he believes it is possible to heal from chronic pain, even if such pain has been experienced for decades and, secondly, he has an interesting and considered take on the saying "sitting is the new smoking" that might surprise you.

    LINKS MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE

    Brendan's Research Gate profile: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Brendan_Mouatt2
    The Biomechanics: https://www.thebiomechanics.com.au/about-us
    The Kowledge Exchange: https://tkex.org/the-team

    HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT THE PODCAST

    • Follow me on Instagram @amanda_wellbeing_podcast
    • Please tell your friends about the podcast and share it with them.
    • If you could rate and review the podcast on iTunes, that would be super helpful.
    • Purchasing a book from my website is an easy way to support the podcast too. Here is a link to the books page: https://amandaswellbeingpodcast.com/books/
    • Link to the Donate page on my website: https://amandaswellbeingpodcast.com/contribute/

    #Eat Well. Move Well. Think Well.

    • 54 min
    Discovering the Wim Hof Method with instructor, Kym Burls

    Discovering the Wim Hof Method with instructor, Kym Burls

    You've either heard of Wim Hof (AKA The Iceman) or, like me, when you do hear about him, you wonder how on earth you had not heard about him sooner!

    Today I chat with Kym Burls, Certified Wim Hof Method (WHM) Instructor based in Adelaide, all about the WHM. Kym starts with a potted biography of Wim - he's a fascinating man - and tells us about his own journey to discovering the WHM. In a nutshell, the WHM consists of three pillars, that when practiced together, result in an array of health benefits including increased energy, improved sleep quality, immune system regulation and improved mental and physical performance. Who doesn't want those things?

    The three pillars are:

    • Breathing exercises;
    • Gradual exposure to the cold; and
    • Training of mindset / concentration

    Wim's extraordinary feats (think climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in shorts and standing in a container while covered with ice cubes for more than 112 minutes) caught the attention of scientists and Kym tells us about some of the interesting studies Wim has participated in that have caused scientist to rethink the ability to influence the autonomic nervous system, previously thought to be impossible. We also spend time discussing the benefits of nose breathing. Kym, for good reason, as you'll hear, is a strong advocate.

    Do something for your health and listen to my chat with Kym Burls.

    LINKS MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE

    Wim Hof method: https://www.wimhofmethod.com
    Kym Burls: https://www.kymburls.com
    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/wimhofmethodhappystronghealthy/
    Instagram - @kym_burls - https://www.instagram.com/kym_burls/
    Amanda's book reviews: https://amandaswellbeingpodcast.com/books/
    Podcast episode about breathwork with John Stamoulos: https://amandaswellbeingpodcast.com/john-stamoulos/
    The Physical Performance Show podcast episode with James Fletcher: https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/225-expert-edition-james-fletcher-physiotherapist-exercise/id1102703989?i=1000485819623
    "Breath" by James Nestor: https://www.bookdepository.com/Breath-James-Nestor/9780241289082?ref=grid-view&qid=1600666397005&sr=1-2

    PEOPLE WHO INSPIRE KYM

    • Brian MacKenzie - breathing & stress control - @brianmacKenzie
    • Tony Riddle - rewilding our lives - @thenaturallifestylist
    • Paul Stamets - the importance of fungi in our lives - @paulstamet

    HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT THE PODCAST

    • Follow me on Instagram @amanda_wellbeing_podcast
    • Please tell your friends about the podcast and share it with them.
    • If you could rate and review the podcast on iTunes, that would be super helpful.
    • Purchasing a book from my website is an easy way to support the podcast too. Here is a link to the books page: https://amandaswellbeingpodcast.com/books/
    • Link to the Donate page on my website: https://amandaswellbeingpodcast.com/contribute/

    #Eat Well. Move Well. Think Well.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Bone stress injury in athletes and bone health with physiotherapist, Brad Beer

    Bone stress injury in athletes and bone health with physiotherapist, Brad Beer

    In today's episode of Amanda's Wellbeing Podcast, I have an entertaining and lively chat with physiotherapist Brad Beer about bone stress injury (BSI) and much more. We discuss some of the main causes of BSI including biomechanical factors such as training errors (too much too soon) and biological factors such as bone health. It turns out, Brad is a dedicated advocate of promoting awareness around bone health and thinks it is a major public health burden not spoken about enough. Brad goes through the most important considerations, and it starts in childhood, to ensure optimal bone health. Some of those vital considerations include incorporating strength and conditioning into your weekly routine, ensuring optimal Vitamin D levels and that you fuel sufficiently to meet your training needs.

    Brad has many feathers in his cap, not only does he run a very successful physio practice, POGO Physio, with a mission to get his patients to their Physio Finish LineⓇ as efficiently as possible, he's an accomplished triathlete and runner, he hosts an excellent podcast, The Physical Performance Show (with over 1 million downloads), he's the author of Amazon best-selling book, "You Can Run Pain Free" and, as you'll hear, he's generous with his knowledge and has a clear passion for promoting the importance of bone health.

    Brad offers Telehealth online consultations at his practice POGO Physio, link below.

    USEFUL LINKS

    Follow me on Instagram @amanda_wellbeing_podcast
    POGO Physio: https://www.pogophysio.com.au
    The Physical Performance Show podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/the-physical-performance-show/id1102703989
    Brad's social media handle @brad_beer
    "You Can Run Pain Free" by Brad Beer: https://www.pogophysio.com.au/running-book/

    "Journey to Kona" book review: https://amandaswellbeingpodcast.com/journey-to-kona/
    Episode #1 of Amanda's Wellbeing Podcast with Nick Muxlow: https://amandaswellbeingpodcast.com/nick-muxlow/
    Episode #38 of Amanda's Wellbeing Podcast with Nick Muxlow: https://amandaswellbeingpodcast.com/nick-muxlow-2/

    HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT THE PODCAST

    • Please tell your friends about the podcast and share it with them.
    • If you could rate and review the podcast on iTunes, that would be super helpful.
    • Purchasing a book from my website is an easy way to support the podcast too. Here is a link to the books page: https://amandaswellbeingpodcast.com/books/
    • Link to the Donate page on my website: https://amandaswellbeingpodcast.com/contribute/

    #Eat Well. Move Well. Think Well.

    • 56 min

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