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healthHackers® is a YouTube channel and website featuring insights from remarkable figures in health, hosted by former British TV news journalist & presenter, Gemma Evans.
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    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 6 Ratings

healthHackers® is a YouTube channel and website featuring insights from remarkable figures in health, hosted by former British TV news journalist & presenter, Gemma Evans.
The audio tracks from Gemma's guest interviews are posted to Spotify, SoundCloud and Apple Podcasts.
To watch videos - including Gemma's trials with cutting-edge wellness products and tech devices - head to youtube.com/healthhackers.
Or read articles and get discounts on health tech at healthhackers.org.

THE LEGAL BIT: The information broadcast within healthHackers™ should not be used to diagnose or treat any condition in either yourself or others and should not be considered medical advice. healthHackers™ disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on what you hear within episodes of healthHackers™. Please consult your healthcare provider about any health concerns you have. The healthHackers™ series is provided to you on an informational and entertainment basis. Its host and participants cannot be held responsible for damages arising from topics discussed. Terms and conditions here: https://www.healthhackers.org/disclaimer.

    Ep 61: Bumpin’ birth prep with Leslie Schrock

    Ep 61: Bumpin’ birth prep with Leslie Schrock

    The author of ‘Bumpin’ - the Modern Guide to Pregnancy’, Leslie Schrock, joined me for this special episode of healthHackers® to talk all about essential preparation for labor and delivery in a hospital setting.

    Leslie’s book has been described as the “new pregnancy bible” and came about because of her feelings of helplessness following several complicated pregnancies and losses.

    Bumpin’ was written in real time while Leslie was pregnant with her son TJ. Since then, she's had another baby - Dylan, who’s now three months old. Both birth experiences involved difficult and unexpected events.

    There was SO much I wanted to talk to Leslie about (the book covers conception all the way to postpartum and has been a resource for me in my own pregnancy) but for this episode we honed in on the key event that pregnant women (including me) spend a lot of time thinking about… the big moment, the showdown… the actual birth.

    Leslie covers:

    🔹why she’s not a fan of birth plans
    🔹medicated and non-medicated pain management
    🔹how a barber’s comb became an effective pain reliever for Leslie
    🔹benefits of a having doula and how to choose one
    🔹how Leslie successfully reframed her fear of vaginal tearing (this technique will make you smile)
    🔹the most helpful thing Leslie did during pregnancy to prepare for birth
    🔹what she wished she’d known before her birth experiences
    🔹the difference between Braxton Hicks and labor contractions
    🔹how you’ll know when the baby is coming
    🔹when to go to hospital
    🔹back labor - what is it?
    🔹handling the unpredictable

    Find Leslie:
    https://leslieschrock.com/
    https://twitter.com/lesliejz
    https://www.instagram.com/lesliejz/

    Thank you to the sponsors of this episode: https://glycanage.com/
    See my review of the GlycanAge biological age test and details of your 15% discount here:
    https://healthhackers.org/handson/glycanage-biological-age-test

    To watch healthHackers® videos, including guest interviews and product reviews, head to the YouTube channel: youtube.com/HealthHackers

    For articles, podcasts, videos and product discounts 👉 https://healthhackers.org/

    Common sense caution: healthHackers® is not personal or medical advice. You know the score - always talk to your own health provider about your concerns.👌

    • 40 min
    Ep 60: Applying REBT to anxiety, anger and childbirth (!) - with psychologist Dr Debbie Joffe Ellis

    Ep 60: Applying REBT to anxiety, anger and childbirth (!) - with psychologist Dr Debbie Joffe Ellis

    Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) and how to choose the way you feel about… anything.

    When I watched a video of psychologist Dr Debbie Joffe Ellis giving a presentation in which she suggested that anxiety, anger, and other emotions are a CHOICE, I knew I had to invite her to appear as a guest on healthHackers® so she could share with all of you (and me!) HOW we get to create our own emotions.

    Dr Debbie is a world-renowned expert in REBT. She spent years collaborating with her husband, the father and creator of REBT, Dr Albert Ellis, before he passed away in 2007.

    His work is understood to have helped lay the foundations for the well-known CBT; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

    One of Dr Debbie’s primary goals is sharing the techniques of REBT with everyone - not just teaching health care professionals.

    In her words, REBT “minimizes misery and maximizes joy, when the reality is that life probably will contain loss and suffering for most of us.”

    In episode 60, Dr Debbie covers:

    🔹Why she describes REBT as “a no nonsense, no BS” approach
    🔹Why it’s never about the event, it’s about the way you view it
    🔹Key questions to challenge your own beliefs about any situation
    🔹A demo of how to dispute irrational beliefs (using my upcoming childbirth as a real-life example!)
    🔹Healthy and unhealthy anger
    🔹Letting go of unhealthy anger aimed at another person because of something they did to you
    🔹Unconditional self acceptance - even when you screw up
    🔹What happened when Dr Albert Ellis first proposed the concept of REBT

    Learn more about Dr Debbie and find a free emotional self care and self help sheet on her website: debbiejoffeellis.com

    Follow her on Twitter: https://twitter.com/drjoffeellis
    
Thank you to the sponsors of this episode: https://glycanage.com/
    See my review of the GlycanAge biological age test and details of your 15% discount here:
    https://healthhackers.org/handson/glycanage-biological-age-test

    To watch healthHackers episodes as videos, head to the YouTube channel: youtube.com/HealthHackers

    For articles, podcasts, mini clips, health-tech review videos, guest episodes and to sign up for the newsletter 👉 https://healthhackers.org/

    Common sense caution: Nothing on healthHackers® is personal or medical advice. You know the score - always talk to your own health provider about your concerns.👌

    • 51 min
    I can’t get pregnant. Now what? Ep 59 with fertility expert Dr Cindy Duke

    I can’t get pregnant. Now what? Ep 59 with fertility expert Dr Cindy Duke

    Dr Cindy Duke is known to her fans and followers as ‘America’s Only Dual Fertility Expert & Virologist’. She’s the founding physician and director of the Nevada Fertility Institute in Las Vegas, as well as a scientific advisor to medtech and femtech startups, and the host of the ‘Girl Powered Success & Survival International’ podcast.

    Episode 59 comprises a breakdown of things to know when pregnancy is NOT happening the old-fashioned way. Plus, find out how the pandemic has prompted some people to build a family, while others have chosen to freeze their eggs.

    Topics covered:

    🔹Your actual chances of getting pregnant each month
    🔹Dr Cindy’s key tips for conceiving
    🔹Why you shouldn’t have sex every day, even while you’re ovulating
    🔹Does having sex twice in one hour TRIPLE your chance of conceiving?
    🔹Why you may be miscalculating your ovulation window
    🔹What you cook with and store food in matters
    🔹Being careful about cosmetic ingredients
    🔹The importance of vitamin D
    🔹Does fertility really drop off a cliff after age 35?
    🔹What happens when you go to a doctor for fertility help
    🔹Tests and options you may be offered
    🔹The difference between IUI and IVF
    🔹How long it takes for semen to form
    🔹Getting COVID while pregnant
    🔹Counseling vaccine-hesitant patients
    🔹How has pandemic-life changed the infertility experience?

    Follow Dr Cindy on Twitter: https://twitter.com/drcindymduke
    Insta: https://www.instagram.com/drcindymduke/
    Her website: https://drcindyduke.com/

    Thank you to the sponsors of this episode:
    https://glycanage.com/
    See my review of the GlycanAge biological age test and get a discount here:
    https://healthhackers.org/handson/glycanage-biological-age-test

    To watch healthHackers episodes as videos, head to the YouTube channel: youtube.com/HealthHackers

    For articles, podcasts, mini clips, health-tech review videos, guest episodes and to sign up for the monthly newsletter 👉 https://healthhackers.org/

    Common sense caution: Not personal or medical advice. You know the score - always talk to your own health provider about your concerns.👌

    • 43 min
    Ep 58 on losing your period - with women’s health dietitian Elena Kunicki

    Ep 58 on losing your period - with women’s health dietitian Elena Kunicki

    Get your period back by fixing your relationship to food and fitness...

    If you lost your period while you were trying to get healthy - that isn’t healthy.

    Registered dietitian, Elena Kunicki, is devoted to helping women quit self-imposed rules around eating, stop over-exercising, and realize that losing their period (aka hypothalamic amenorrhea) is a wake-up call.

    If you suspect the disappearance of your cycle is associated with your lifestyle choices (even if - according to your mirror, doctor, friends and family - “you don’t look underweight”), this episode is well worth a listen.

    Elena shares her backstory, when her turning point came, and how she helps clients change their relationships to food and fitness so they can get their period back (without going on the pill).

    We also cover all of this:

    🔹the vicious cycle of trying to “eat healthy” then bingeing uncontrollably
    🔹the red flags that tell Elena someone has disordered eating
    🔹the myth that you have to be incredibly thin for your menstrual cycle to stop
    🔹the first steps she takes with her clients
    🔹the negative health consequences of not menstruating
    🔹does going on the pill solve your problem?
    🔹why do we have such complex relationships to food?
    🔹Elena’s message to every woman missing their period because of diet and exercise

    Follow Elena on Insta: https://www.instagram.com/elenakunicki_rd/

    To watch healthHackers episodes as videos, head to the YouTube channel: youtube.com/HealthHackers

    Thank you to the sponsors of this episode:
    https://glycanage.com/
    See my review of the GlycanAge biological age test and get money off here:
    https://healthhackers.org/handson/glycanage-biological-age-test

    For articles, podcasts, mini clips, health-tech review videos, guest episodes and to sign up for the monthly newsletter 👉 https://healthhackers.org/

    🟥Common sense caution: Anything you hear or see within healthHackers content should not be considered personal or medical advice. You’ve all heard it before, so you know the score - always talk to your own health provider about your concerns.👌

    • 44 min
    Ep 57 with Professor Tim Spector on ‘Why Almost Everything We’ve Been Told About Food is Wrong’

    Ep 57 with Professor Tim Spector on ‘Why Almost Everything We’ve Been Told About Food is Wrong’

    While I was filming my review of the ZOE personalized nutrition plan recently (see video link below), I interviewed the company’s scientific co-founder, Professor Tim Spector - an epidemiologist from King’s College London, gut microbiome expert, and author who was also one of the first ever guests on healthHackers (see Episode 2!).
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    Since Tim and I last recorded healthHackers together, his scientific progress through the study of personalized nutrition has grown by leaps and bounds. He also launched a COVID symptom study tracking app (currently used by over 4.5 million people), and released a groundbreaking new book - ‘Spoon-Fed: Why Almost Everything We’ve Been Told About Food is Wrong’.
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    There was so much I wanted to talk to Tim about. So, after we finished filming his interview for my ZOE video review, he kindly agreed to stay on the call so we could record this quick additional episode for you.
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    In Episode 57, Tim covers:
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    🔹his most shocking findings from the largest nutrition investigation of its kind
    🔹the biggest mistakes we’ve been making to eat healthily over the past few decades
    🔹the most significant factors that affect how your body responds to foods
    🔹what highly processed foods with sweeteners do to your gut microbes
    🔹why your fitness tracker’s calorie count is misleading
    🔹how a high-carb meal was found to impact blood sugar levels the next day
    🔹myth-busting the best time of day to eat
    🔹what exercising can do to your blood sugar
    🔹if processed meat has been linked to bad gut bugs - what about unprocessed meat?
    🔹can we make any generalizations about healthy eating at all?
    🔹why Tim aims to eat 30 different plants per week
    🔹and, does diet make a difference when it comes to avoiding COVID-19?

    Follow Tim on…
    Insta: https://www.instagram.com/tim.spector/?hl=en
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/timspector?s=20

    About the COVID Symptom Study: https://covid.joinzoe.com/us-2

    My review of the ZOE personalized nutrition plan: https://healthhackers.org/handson/my-review-of-the-zoe-personalized-nutrition-program-part-1

    ❗️If you’d like to try the ZOE* personalized nutrition program, you can get 10% OFF plus a priority spot on the waitlist by using the code HEALTHHACKERS35 when you click here: https://joinzoe.com/healthhackers

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    ↪️When you use the code, I receive an amount at no extra cost to you. Thank you for your support. It's what helps healthHackers™ to survive. You can read how my affiliate arrangements work here:
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    Watch healthHackers on YouTube: youtube.com/HealthHackers

    For articles, podcasts, mini clips, health-tech product review videos, guest episodes and to sign up for the monthly newsletter 👉 https://healthhackers.org/

    🟥Common sense caution: Anything you hear or see within healthHackers content should not be considered personal or medical advice. You’ve all heard it before, so you know the score - always talk to your own health provider about your concerns.👌

    • 19 min
    Ep 56 with allergy & asthma specialist Dr Tina Sindher

    Ep 56 with allergy & asthma specialist Dr Tina Sindher

    Can you prevent your child from developing a food allergy? How close are we to a ‘cure’ for allergies? And is our super-clean pandemic lifestyle causing problems for our children’s microbiomes that could make them more likely to develop allergies?

    Dr Tina Sindher is Clinical Assistant Professor of Allergy and Immunology in the Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine for the pioneering Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research at Stanford University here in Silicon Valley.

    It’s where scientists are working hard on new therapies - including a lasting cure - for allergies and asthma. 

    I’ve been longing for years to hear abut the ground-breaking work and clinical trials going on at the Sean N Parker Center, so it was a real privilege to speak to Dr Sindher on healthHackers.

    This episode also has a strong personal interest for me because I have a food allergy. Mine is to nuts. But don’t worry, I didn’t waffle on about myself all the time. 😊 Instead, we covered all of this…

    🔹The role of diet, dirt and dogs (!) in reducing your risk of developing food allergies
    🔹The link between laundry detergent and the rise of allergies
    🔹Could too much pandemic cleaning make us more food allergic?
    🔹Can a baby be born with an allergy or does it always develop after birth?
    🔹Breastmilk; allergy prevalence and protective features
    🔹How does a parent with food allergies introduce those foods to their baby?
    🔹Top words of wisdom for new parents of allergic children
    🔹Treatment developments; an allergy vaccine, patch, and mouth drops
    🔹The reason a hospital trip is vital after using an Epipen or other AAI
    🔹How close to a food allergy ‘cure’ are we?
    🔹New studies into food allergies happening at Stanford right now
    🔹Why do food allergies keep increasing?
    🔹What does the future of allergies look like?

    Our discussion has inspired me to register as a participant for upcoming Stanford allergy clinical trials. I’ll keep you posted on that!

    To watch healthHackers episodes as videos, head to the YouTube channel: youtube.com/HealthHackers

    For articles, podcasts, mini clips, wellness-tech review videos, guest episodes and to sign up for the monthly newsletter 👉 https://healthhackers.org/

    Thank you to the sponsors of this episode:
    https://glycanage.com/
    See my review of the GlycanAge biological age test and get a discount here:
    https://healthhackers.org/handson/glycanage-biological-age-test

    🟥Common sense caution: Anything you hear or see within healthHackers content should not be considered personal or medical advice. You’ve all heard it before, so you know the score - always talk to your own health provider about your concerns.👌

    • 34 min

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