14 episodes

The DODcast features a wide range of interesting guests from every walk of life. It previews the stories of ordinary people who have done extra-ordinary things in an effort to allow the listener to recognise their own true potential in life.

Major themes include:
- Health Promotion
- Personal Development
- Human Endeavour
- Optimistic Realism

Its time for ~The DODcast

The DODcast Denis O'Dwyer

    • Society & Culture
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The DODcast features a wide range of interesting guests from every walk of life. It previews the stories of ordinary people who have done extra-ordinary things in an effort to allow the listener to recognise their own true potential in life.

Major themes include:
- Health Promotion
- Personal Development
- Human Endeavour
- Optimistic Realism

Its time for ~The DODcast

    Dr. Trish Scanlan ~ Seeing Medicine from Both Sides of the World

    Dr. Trish Scanlan ~ Seeing Medicine from Both Sides of the World

    Trish Scanlon is a Paediatric oncologist from Ireland. Dr. Trish has revolutionised survival rates for paediatric cancers from 12% to 60% in Tanzania, a country of over 50m people. She established the first Children’s Cancer Unit at Muhimbili National Hospital, refurbished a new paediatric oncology ward and maintained survival rates at 60%.

    In December 2012, Dr Trish was diagnosed with breast cancer. She fought back tooth and nail but it unfortunately returned within the year. Now the statistics of surviving cancer a second time around are slim to none. Luckily for every child suffering from cancer in Tanzania, she was in the minority. Trish fought breast cancer twice and won, giving her the unique perspective and understanding of the doctor patient relationship. Interestingly, she talks about the importance of lifestyle medicine in ensuring remission.

    In this week’s podcast we speak to a lady who has seen countless children agonisingly suffer, discussing the impact it has had on her physically and emotionally. We talk about the importance of showing emotion as a healthcare professional and why families appreciate it so much. We discuss the impact traditional healers have on modern day medicine and a potential roll they may play in the future. And finally, we try to comprehend the bravery and resilience of kids who just never know when to give up.

    • 1 hr
    Jack Kavanagh ~ The Magic of Authenticity

    Jack Kavanagh ~ The Magic of Authenticity

    Jack Kavanagh is a life coach, motivational speaker, business analyst, a pharmacy masters graduate and a wheelchair user. On the first day of a summer holiday to Portugal back in 2012, Jack dived into the ocean hitting his head off a sand bank and breaking his neck. This left him paralysed from the neck down with less than 15% global muscle function.

    Jack has a gift. His mental clarity is refreshing. His outlook on life; Inspirational. Here is a young guy who was left in a wheelchair after a freak accident at the age of 20. He lives with no resentment, no bitterness, no anger. After the event, he went through a transformative time whereby experiencing his rock bottom, he began to rebuild, forming a mind so strong that it made him unbreakable. When there’s a will, there’s always a way and there certainly was when it came to jack.

    In this week’s episode we speak about body image issues and the destructive role its playing in young people’s lives. We talk about the importance of using a constructive and positive internal voice when speaking to yourself and how valuable some self-compassion can be in times of stress. We delve into the issue of how society perceive abilities and disabilities, restricting you from being your true authentic self. We touch upon the new era of medicine and tapping into the mind. And finally the importance of gratitude and it shifting your mental framework completely.

    Website: https://www.jack-kavanagh.com/
    Ted Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMvMW6YNXxI
    Documentary: https://www.amazon.com/Breaking-Boundaries-Jack-Kavanagh/dp/B01MYC17XS

    • 1 hr 10 min
    John Power ~ Medical Device Company CEO ~ Embracing the Ambiguity of Life

    John Power ~ Medical Device Company CEO ~ Embracing the Ambiguity of Life

    John power is the Chief Executive and managing director of the international Medical device company Aerogen, who are the world leaders in aerosolised drug delivery. A Serial Entrepreneur in technology and innovation, John has worked in various novel sectors including biopharmaceuticals, Aerospace engineering and artificial intelligence. A Chartered Engineer, John is recognised as a technology innovator and is credited with over a dozen commercialised International patents in products ranging from robotics to life-support ventilation. In 2016, he won the coveted prize of entrepreneur of the year at the European business awards in Milan and was recognised for his contribution to innovation this century. John was also my next door neighbour for the first 12 years of my life and having the chance to sit and catch up with him again was an absolute pleasure.

    This episode is full of surprises! Its action packed with stories of how he was able to pave his way in the world after leaving school at 16. He talks about his humble beginnings, working underground connecting live sewage pipes by day and then completing an engineering degree by night.

    Like any successful businessman, you always find a way and john certainly did that when looking for the next round of funding off a banker for a business venture of his and designing a robot that had the ability to pour a gin and tonic. After going bust and seriously struggling financially with a young family, he speaks about being commissioned to build tanks for Colonel Gadhafi, coming up with the idea while sitting on the toilet.

    These are just some very small snippets to the wonderful stories john tells throughout this chat. He is a wonderful man who see’s potential in every human being and has touched the lives of over 6 million patients with his unique nebuliser device. For the first time ever, we can now medicate neonates and premature babies through inhalation thanks to john. He has recently established a sister company – Aerogen Pharma – which pairs the wonderful device with surfactant, allowing correct development of premature babies lungs.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Caroline Foran ~ Owning My Anxiety

    Caroline Foran ~ Owning My Anxiety

    In this week’s episode, I speak to best-selling author Caroline Foran. After releasing her book, Owning It – the b******t free guide to living with your anxiety, she has been praised far and wide for providing a universal tool to dealing with daily stresses and anxiety.

    Caroline has always suffered from anxiety and in this episode we speak about how this initially presented in childhood. We talk about how important it is to recognise the early signs so that they can be dealt with practically and the journey she went through looking for a non-existent quick fix.

    We speak about her mental breakdown at the age of 26 after moving jobs and the things she did at the time which just ended up making things so much worse. Afraid to leave the house, she explains how it feels to hit rock bottom but more importantly how she started to put the pieces back together again.

    Caroline has just recently published her new book The Confidence Kit which details the transformation in her person but at the same time recognising that anxiety will always be a part of her and useful tools of how she keeps it at bay.

    Episode Breakdown
    10.12 – Anxiety manifesting in childhood
    14.02 – Owning your vulnerability
    17.05 – Perception vs reality through the lens of social media
    18.48 – Experiencing a mental breakdown
    26.40 – The awareness of experiencing mental health difficulties
    30.40 – Normalising mental health
    36.10 – Practical advice overcoming mental struggles
    38.08 – Negativity bias and putting your irrational thoughts on trial
    42.30 – Exercise & nutrition
    51.29 – Niche questions

    Website: https://carolineforan.com/
    Book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Owning-Bullsh-t-Free-Living-Anxiety/dp/1473657601
    Article: https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/people/living-with-anxiety-i-went-from-carefree-to-not-being-able-to-leave-the-house-1.3088199

    • 55 min
    Prof. Sherif Sultan ~ Pills Are NOT The Answer

    Prof. Sherif Sultan ~ Pills Are NOT The Answer

    The level of people suffering from obesity and diabetes has exploded in recent years. There is now an unprecedented proportion of people suffering from cardiovascular disease due to westerns societies eating more than ever and not maintaining a healthy balanced diet.

    For years, cholesterol has been blamed as the primary culprit due to its ability to clog arteries causing heart attacks or strokes. Professor Sherif Sultan denies this fact.

    In today’s podcast, I speak to a controversial yet globally recognised endovascular consultant. Professor Sherif Sultan boasts 30 years of endovascular experience and heads a team of dedicated vascular specialists focused on prevention of cardiovascular mortality and morbidity. He has pioneered some of the most intricate stroke and heart attack prevention surgeries, and has over 120 international peer reviewed publications with 32 clinical awards to his name. He is a man who has saved countless lives to immanent death

    But Sherif has a very different philosophy to many medics. He doesn’t believe in modern day medicine and the tight grip the pharmaceutical industry holds a over clinicians.

    In this podcast we go back to basics and discuss what is truly important in life. We talk about the physiological benefits of receiving a hug or a kiss, the importance of being in a loving relationship and the detrimental effects a bad one can have on you. We speak about the bacteria living in every persons gut and the important role it play to picking a partner. We discuss whether vitamins are actually worthwhile taking and what foods are really important to take.

    We also talk about the science behind intermittent fasting and why it’s the way forward. And how the national healthcare services can be uprooted to turn it around

    • 56 min
    Seamus Hennessy ~ The Strength of Vulnerability

    Seamus Hennessy ~ The Strength of Vulnerability

    Seamus Hennessy was just 11-years-old when his mother, Josie, took her own life. Now the 28-year-old former Tipperary senior hurler is planning to run the Antarctic Ice Marathon, with the aim of raising over 200,000 euro for suicide prevention charities.

    In this weeks podcast, he speaks about how getting counselling after his mother's death was "the most important intervention" in his life

    • 1 hr 11 min

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