16 episodes

Dr Siobhan McCormack and Dr Sheena Fraser are the Microbiome Medics, two GPs and BSLM Diplomates who believe that the rapidly emerging science of Human Microbiomes presents a paradigm shift in the way medicine is perceived, researched, and practiced. The Microbiome Medics Podcast is the place where clinicians, scientists and other interested parties can learn about Human Microbiomes, Lifestyle Medicine, how they connect and how they can be harnessed to improve health outcomes. Join our two intrepid Microbiome explorers as they unearth the evidence and present the multiple ways in which the trillions of microbes living in and on you can impact your physiology and health. This podcast will escort you through the basics, explain the research, introduce you to the experts and package the latest evidence into actionable, bite-sized chunks that you can use today to improve your own health and the health of your patients.
Our only declaration of interest is that we have co-created "the gut microbiome for clinicians", an online course for busy health professionals with over 30 hours of learning available on BSLM.org.uk.

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Dr Siobhan McCormack and Dr Sheena Fraser are the Microbiome Medics, two GPs and BSLM Diplomates who believe that the rapidly emerging science of Human Microbiomes presents a paradigm shift in the way medicine is perceived, researched, and practiced. The Microbiome Medics Podcast is the place where clinicians, scientists and other interested parties can learn about Human Microbiomes, Lifestyle Medicine, how they connect and how they can be harnessed to improve health outcomes. Join our two intrepid Microbiome explorers as they unearth the evidence and present the multiple ways in which the trillions of microbes living in and on you can impact your physiology and health. This podcast will escort you through the basics, explain the research, introduce you to the experts and package the latest evidence into actionable, bite-sized chunks that you can use today to improve your own health and the health of your patients.
Our only declaration of interest is that we have co-created "the gut microbiome for clinicians", an online course for busy health professionals with over 30 hours of learning available on BSLM.org.uk.

    The Gut, Brain and Chronic Pain Part 2 with Dr Deepak Ravindran

    The Gut, Brain and Chronic Pain Part 2 with Dr Deepak Ravindran

    Join Dr. Siobhan McCormack and Dr. Sheena Fraser on the Microbiome Medics Podcast as they host pain management consultant Dr. Deepak Ravindran. Dr. Deepak  discusses the importance of a holistic approach to pain management, incorporating factors like exercise, diet, sleep, and mind-body techniques. The conversation dives into different types of pain, chronic pain's connection to the immune system, and the potential impact of microbiome and dietary interventions. Dr. Deepak  emphasises patient-centered care, individualized treatment plans, and the significance of considering mood, anxiety, and past trauma experiences. Recommendations on nutrition, probiotics, and a holistic approach to chronic pain management are explored, promoting a patient-centered healthcare model. 
    Dr Deepak explains the evidence behind his approach which he has made available to patients and clinicians alike in the form of his excellent book The Pain-Free Mindset. Dr  Deepak is particularly fascinated by the way in which the gut microbiome influences all aspects of pain through the gut-brain-axis  and how we can harness this knowledge to better understand and manage chronic pain using non-drug modalities including nutrition, sleep and mindfulness.


    This podcast is brought to you in collaboration with the British Society of Lifestyle Medicine.

    Disclaimer:
    The content in this podcast is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your doctor or qualified healthcare provider. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have heard on this podcast.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    The Gut, Brain and Chronic Pain

    The Gut, Brain and Chronic Pain

    Don't miss the first of two episodes on the role of the microbiota-gut-brain axis (MGBA) in chronic pain.
    30% of the UK population suffer from chronic pain and pharmacological options have proved disappointing and even downright dangerous . Could harnessing the gut microbiome be part of new approaches for this prevalent condition? Our tireless Microbiome Medics cover the MGBA basics, marvel at brain microglia and astrocytes, and identify chronic inflammation as a major player in chronic pain. They discuss a 2023 pilot study by Sala-Climent et al. looking at the effect of an anti-inflammatory diet on measures of chronic pain. 

    Part two of this podcast will include UK Pain Specialist and author Dr Deepak Ravindran, who will be talking about his Lifestyle Medicine approach to chronic pain which includes optimising the gut microbiome and nutrition.


    This podcast is brought to you in collaboration with the British Society of Lifestyle Medicine.

    Disclaimer:
    The content in this podcast is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your doctor or qualified healthcare provider. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have heard on this podcast.

    • 50 min
    The Vaginal Micobiome with Professor Sarah Lebeer: a Triumph of Citizen Science.

    The Vaginal Micobiome with Professor Sarah Lebeer: a Triumph of Citizen Science.

    In this episode we explore the fascinating vaginal microbiome. With the expertise of Professor Sarah LeBeer, a leading scientist in the field , we unravel  the complexities of this unique microbial ecosystem and its crucial role in women's health. Listen in as we discuss the dominance of lactobacilli in maintaining vaginal health and their potential influence  on other aspects of  health and well-being. Professor Lebeer explains the  dynamic shifts the vaginal microbiome undergoes across the lifespan, and the  implications these changes may have on both maternal and newborn health.

    This  conversation celebrates citizen science through the Isala project. This initiative not only uncovered pivotal insights into vaginal microbiome variations but also empowered women to engage in open dialogues about their vaginal health. We address the impacts of personal habits on this intriguing microbial ecosystem  and how the knowledge gained may help shape diagnostics and treatments in women's health.

    To wrap up, we explore the potential of probiotics tailored for the vaginal microbiome and the challenges they present. As we sift through the confusion surrounding probiotic products, we share practical advice for healthcare professionals and patients alike on nurturing a healthy vaginal ecosystem. From diet to lifestyle choices, we offer resources and insights that encourage proactive stewardship of one's microbiome. So, whether you're a healthcare professional or simply someone interested in the wonders of the human body, this episode is packed with intriguing discoveries and actionable knowledge.

    To find out more about Professor Lebeer's work:
    https://lebeerlab.com/
    https://isala.be/
    This podcast is brought to you in collaboration with the British Society of Lifestyle Medicine.

    Disclaimer:
    The content in this podcast is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your doctor or qualified healthcare provider. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have heard on this podcast.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    The Kombucha Conversation: Uncovering the Mysteries of Kombucha and Gut Health

    The Kombucha Conversation: Uncovering the Mysteries of Kombucha and Gut Health

    Hello, fellow gut-health enthusiasts.

    In this episode Dr. Siobhan McCormack and Dr. Sheena Fraser welcome you to a conversation about the popular fermented beverage that's sweeping the health world: kombucha. They explain what it is, how it’s made and what it might do for your gut health.

    Learn about the celebrated SCOBY(symbiotic culture of bacteria& yeast) and how to brew your own kombucha before hearing from Emma & Kenny , founders of HIP POP beverages and fellow microbiome enthusiasts who tell us how they have turned a passion  for kombucha  into a thriving and rapidly expanding business.
    This podcast is brought to you in collaboration with the British Society of Lifestyle Medicine.

    Disclaimer:
    The content in this podcast is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your doctor or qualified healthcare provider. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have heard on this podcast.

    • 1 hr 34 min
    The Microbiome Medics Marvellous Christmas Special 2023

    The Microbiome Medics Marvellous Christmas Special 2023

    As 2023 draws to a close, it is time for Microbiome Medics to pause and reflect on
    12 months of podcasts, conferences, talks, and courses. All with the aim of raising
    awareness of the importance of the gut microbiome (and other human microbiomes) to all aspects of healthcare.

    Thankfully, they are not just stuffing your stocking with knowledge, but also
    adding some holiday cheer. Tune in for a festive exchange of microbiome-related
    gifts and book recommendations. Perfect for the curious minds in your life.
    Plus, find out what microbiome nerds gift each other for Christmas at the
    Microbiome Medics ‘not so secret Santa’ office party.

    A Christmas message from Microbiome Medics
    Thank you to all the listeners for your support, constructive feedback, and great
    ideas and most of all, thank you for listening! Thank you also for the incredible
    feedback we have had for our Gut Microbiome for Clinicians course, which endeavours
    to provide an in-depth understanding of the gut microbiome for fellow HealthCare
    Professionals.

    Remember to take care of your microbiomes over the festive season, and we look
    forward to another year of exploring, learning, and improving our health through
    understanding the fascinating world of microbiomes.

    Book Recommendations:
    There's a Zoo in my Poo by Felice Jacka & Rob CrawDark Matter by Dr James KinrossAnimal Moves by Darryl EdwardsThe Plant-based Diet Revolution by Dr Alan DesmondThis podcast is brought to you in collaboration with the British Society of Lifestyle Medicine.

    Disclaimer:
    The content in this podcast is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your doctor or qualified healthcare provider. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have heard on this podcast.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Exercising Your Gut Microbiome with Darryl Edwards

    Exercising Your Gut Microbiome with Darryl Edwards

    'When I found myself teetering on the edge of prediabetes, I knew I needed to make a change. I chose movement, and it changed my life.' - On our latest episode, we discuss this journey with Darryl Edwards, a movement coach and author, who made this transformation. From a fascinating conversation about the Primal Play Method to an enlightening discussion on the transformative power of exercise on the gut microbiome, this episode is full of insights and inspiration.

    We also delve into fascinating research on the effects of exercise on our gut health. Darryl and I explore interesting animal studies that show how physical activity can boost the presence of beneficial bacteria and reduce the number of harmful ones. We discuss how diet and other factors associated with athleticism can enhance these benefits. We also touch on the importance of nutrition for athletes, especially in relation to energy expenditure, mitochondrial function, and the production of short-chain fatty acids.

    Finally, we explore the implications of modern sedentary lifestyles on our health and gut microbiomes. From the evolution of furniture to the advancement of technology, we discuss how our environments encourage inactivity. But it's never too late to make a change. Whether it's introducing exercise early in life, opting for outdoor activities like gardening, or just learning to move more, every step towards a more active lifestyle can have profound impacts on our health and gut microbiomes. So, join us on this journey of discovery and learn how to reclaim the joy of movement!

    https://www.primalplay.com/blog/unlock-the-power-of-play-how-active-play-boosts-adult-health-happiness
    This podcast is brought to you in collaboration with the British Society of Lifestyle Medicine.

    Disclaimer:
    The content in this podcast is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your doctor or qualified healthcare provider. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have heard on this podcast.

    • 1 hr 21 min

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