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A Doctor's View
16 minutes | Apr 26, 2021
Choosing a specialty in medicine and why I left surgery
I left surgery to pursue a career in anaesthetics or anaesthesiology for our friends in the USA. In this episode aimed at medical students and Foundation Year Doctors I talk about why I left surgery, my general experience when it comes to choosing a specialty and why I think it’s important to take lots of things into consideration before disregarding other specialties.For the general public, this episode definitely serves a purpose into providing an insight into the different choices a doctor has to make early in their career as well as some of the different roles an anaesthetist has and what they do during an operation.Linked episode: Professionalism and bullying - my experiencehttps://www.buzzsprout.com/342848/2975830
55 minutes | Mar 15, 2021
From nurse to bodybuilder
From amateur gym goer to winning a professional bodybuilding competition, all on top of being an intensive care nurse. With an inspiring story of how you really can achieve anything you put your mind to, Lauren shares her story as well as providing an insight to the hidden world behind the camera and how social media posts aren’t always what they seem. She also talks of the dangers and misconceptions regarding fad weight loss regimes, insecurities and learning to be comfortable in your own skin.
31 minutes | Jan 18, 2021
Organ donation - A recipients view
Danny Hiles, received a liver transplant which saved his life. He was diagnosed with Wilson's disease which is a rare autoimmune disease. He shares his story about receiving his diagnosis and what it means to be an organ recipient.Danny's YouTube page:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7XGBd1JjV7U2ddoGeFooiQDanny's Instagram:https://instagram.com/danny_hiles86?igshid=puzgnurvka08
1 minutes | Oct 18, 2020
A Doctor’s View
Join me, Dr Polyvios for an opinionated view on popular health topics and an insight into medical life. *Disclaimer* Please note that all opinions and the content of this Podcast represent those of the host and the show's guests. The content of this podcast is for informational and/or entertainment purposes only and should not replace the medical advice given to you by your own GP/doctor. Please ensure you seek medical advice from your own doctor or healthcare professional if you have any concerns regarding your health or have any medical questions. Under no circumstances shall the Podcast's host or guests be responsible for any damages arising from the use of the Podcast.
17 minutes | Jul 2, 2020
Always pleasing others – Cause of unhappiness?
How many times have you heard someone complain about a situation and then following with “I just have a hard time saying no.”? Insecurities and anxiety often result in unhappiness and depression, but do we actually recognise this as a reason for why we might be unhappy?In this episode I look at anxiety and more specifically ‘people-pleaser syndrome’ and how it may manifest in very subtle ways and why this may be the cause of depression as well as explain how many may not even realise they have it.
70 minutes | Jun 4, 2020
Nursing on the front-line. When feeling alone doesn't mean you are
Mental health and wellbeing affects us all. Never has this been more true than over the last few months, especially for key workers and nurses on the front-line during the covid pandemic. Hollie Lawrence is a student nurse who has created a group called ProVent, a safe area where healthcare workers can discuss openly and confidentially matters that may be contributing to stress and burnout in the workplace including the ever increasing feeling of guilt that healthcare workers have felt when they themselves have had to self-isolate. She joins the show to discuss ProVent and share some of her experiences.The links:Facebook Group: www.facebook.com/groups/ProVentEmail for support: email@example.comProVent Funding Page InstagramTwitterLinkedInWebsite coming soon! : www.provnt.com
78 minutes | May 24, 2020
When controversy meets laughter - a roundtable discussion
A special episode. A roundtable discussion hosted by Dr Haidar Al-Hakim host of the Surgical Spirit podcast joined by Dr Shan Hussain host of Enduring Health podcast, Dr Suhail Hussain a portfolio GP and senior tutor and myself discussing a range of topics that are not usually talked about within the medicine including racism in the NHS, the sustainability of our health system and the flaws of protocol driven medicine.This is an entertaining yet highly charged and controversial discussion between friends searching for the answers.Dr Haidar Al-Hakim's websitehttp://drhaidaralhakim.com/Dr Haidar Al-Hakim's podcast - Surgical SpiritDr Shan Hussain’s websitehttps://thehealthstudio.netDr Shan Hussain’s podcast - Enduring Health
14 minutes | May 5, 2020
Caffeine - Harmful? How much is too much?
In view of the recent lockdown one thing that a lot of us have probably noticed is just how much tea and coffee we are drinking. This episode looks at the physiological effects of caffeine on the brain and how the effects of adenosine and dopamine help to explain why we love our morning cup of coffee so much. But is our love of caffeine harmful? And how much is too much?*Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0*
51 minutes | Apr 21, 2020
Mental burnout when working on the front line. Feat. Doctors in Distress
Joined by Amandip Sidhu of Doctor’s in Distress and Dr Katie Carpenter, a newly qualified junior doctor to discuss the different stresses on mental well-being that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic can have on medical staff and why we should still be vigilant when looking out for our colleagues and indeed our own mental health. We also learn about the roles medical students are playing in helping hospitals on the front line.Useful links:Doctors in Distress:https://doctors-in-distress.org.ukNHS guidance:https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/If you’re pregnant and worried about coronavirus... advice given by the Royal College of Obstetricians Gynaecologists.https://www.rcog.org.uk/en/guidelines-research-services/guidelines/coronavirus-pregnancy/covid-19-virus-infection-and-pregnancy/111 coronavirus servicehttps://111.nhs.uk/covid-19/Instagram:@DrPolyvios@docs_in_distress@katiecarpenta
29 minutes | Apr 7, 2020
A personal reflection on my experiences - Coronavirus (COVID-19)
After a night shift, I reflect on a some of the hidden pressures that healthcare workers can face as well as an update on the current situation within hospitals. I give my thoughts on the of the coronavirus testing program for NHS staff and take a look at some of the articles that I believe may be offering a false sense of security regarding the severity of COVID-19.
53 minutes | Mar 25, 2020
New Kidney. New life. Coping with stress using yoga - Ciara Roberts
After undergoing a kidney transplant at young age, Ciara Roberts, author of Wholly Aligned, Wholly Alive discovered new ways to cope with the stresses involved with such a treatment as well as new challenges she would have to face in every day life.Using nutrition and yoga as her tools, she created Wholly Aligned; a way to help corporations, medics and people in positions of stress deal with the challenges of difficult environments.Click here for Ciara's websiteBuy Wholly Aligned, Wholly Alive: Awakening your inner physician from Amazon
11 minutes | Mar 22, 2020
Coronavirus (COVID-19) - A warning, a plea and a thank you
An episode I wish I didn't have to publish. I shed an insight into how bad things looking in hospitals and discuss the differences between coronavirus and flu and why we should pay attention to the warning signs and the advice given.A brief but essential podcast.*Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0*Useful links:NHS guidance:https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/If you’re pregnant and worried about coronavirus... advice given by the Royal College of Obstetricians Gynaecologists.https://www.rcog.org.uk/en/guidelines-research-services/guidelines/coronavirus-pregnancy/covid-19-virus-infection-and-pregnancy/111 coronavirus servicehttps://111.nhs.uk/covid-19/
17 minutes | Mar 11, 2020
Professionalism and bullying - my experience
A look at my experiences of professionalism and bullying within the NHS. This episode looks at the reasons why what we wear to work is important as well as discussing the controversial topic of whether a doctor should introduce themselves by their first name.With depression and suicide rates within the NHS continuing to rise, I talk about my past experiences with bullying and discuss the use of bullying as a 'training tool'.
52 minutes | Feb 26, 2020
Sleep, health and night shifts
Sleep is essential for all of us and a good sleep cycle is key part of health. Regular poor sleep puts you at risk of serious medical conditions, including obesity, heart disease and diabetes as well as a shortened life expectancy. A poor sleep pattern is very common in shift-workers like healthcare professionals.Joining me this week to talk about how crucial sleep is to our physical and mental health and how shift-work can impact junior doctors as well as some sound advice for healthcare professionals who undertake night shifts is Dr Mike Farquhar, a consultant in children’s sleep medicine at London's Evelina Children's Hospital. His work in educating healthcare professionals on the importance of sleep and the impact of fatigue in healthcare has led to the introduction of the “HALT: Take A Break” Campaign and he was awarded the Association Award by the AAGBI for his contribution to the #FightFatigue campaign. Useful links:GSTT Medical Education webpage:https://www.guysandstthomaseducation.com/projectsleep-looking-after-your-wellbeing/AAGBI resources on fatiguehttps://anaesthetists.org/FatigueBMA fatigue and facilities charterhttps://www.bma.org.uk/advice/employment/working-hours/fatigue-and-facilities-charterIf you think you have problems sleeping check out sleepio, a great online resource:Sleepio - https://www.sleepio.com/
48 minutes | Feb 12, 2020
Frank King | Always laughing. Always suicidal
Fighting a lifetime battle with depression Frank King has thought about killing himself more times than you can imagine. Frank has led an extraordinary life. He wrote for The Tonight Show for over 20 years, and his journey with chronic suicidality not only makes for a fascinating listen, he has become a public motivational speaker and trainer who travels the world and has given key-note speeches at multiple TED talks events. He is also a full-time comedian and uses his humour and compassion to not only educate others about terms like ‘chronic suicidality’, ‘chronic suicidal ideation’ and ‘generational depression and suicide’ but also to help others who are suffering from the same condition, including those who didn’t realise that is what they had all along.In this podcast Frank talks about his story; what was the tipping point? Why is he still alive? He also explains how on so many occasions his talks have led to more and more people coming forward suffering from a similar problem.If you have been affected by or are suffering with suicidal thoughts, please seek medical help and advice immediately.The Samaritans contact details:https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/contact-samaritan/Frank also has a new book coming out March 1st 2020. Link to the book’s website found here: http://www.gutsgritgrind.com/Frank can be contacted over phone and email:Contact Frank King:Call Frank: +1 858-405-5653Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Frank King’s website and social media:http://www.TheMentalHealthComedian.comhttp://www.facebook.com/thementalhealthcomedianhttp://www.instagram.com/mentalhealthcomedianhttp://www.twitter.com/theMHcomedianhttps://www.youtube.com/thementalhealthcomedianhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/frankkingthemhcomedian
22 minutes | Jan 29, 2020
IBS. Do you have it? Are you sure?
First episode of the new series. I talk about Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). What is it? What causes it? What can we do about it? What are the Red Flag symptoms? I will also talk my own personal experience with IBS and the dangers of self-diagnosis and what can happen when we neglect to act on what our bodies tell us.*Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0*
2 minutes | Jan 20, 2020
Season 2 - Overview
This year, for this season, I'll be focussing on how to make our lives better and healthier. I’ll be meeting people who have changed their lives for the better; taking time out for themselves and adopting new lifestyles be it in the forms of diet, meditation yoga and a few other things which I admit I’m sceptical of. On top of that I’ll be trying some of these lifestyle changes to see if there are any real works effects on me. As well as lifestyles, I’ll be talking more about medical conditions that we often overlook or are too embarrassed to talk about and what happens when we neglect what our bodies are trying to tell us. And finally there will still be the odd controversial discussions with old and new friends, talking about important topics within medicine.I’m excited to introduce a new affiliate with the podcast.Doctors in distress is a wonderful charity founded by Amandip Sidhu who appeared on the show last year. Amandip’s brother was a consultant cardiologist who tragically took his own life as a result of burnout. Doctors in distress is a charity which helps doctors suffering from burnout to prevent such a tragedy from happening again. It is an absolute privilege to be affiliated with this incredible charity and this year we will be working closer together to try and help spread the message to all doctors that there is help available. Episodes will be launched every 2 weeksEnjoy the show!Doctors In Distress website:https://doctors-in-distress.org.uk
82 minutes | Dec 18, 2019
Dr Haidar Al-Hakim on different personalities and taboo topics
Dr Haidar Al-Hakim otherwise known as ‘The Third Eye Doctor’ is a surgeon, a speaker, an author and a life coach. He joins us once again for the season finale. We discuss the different personality types within the medical specialties, the power of hypnosis, the cultural trend of instant gratification in society and other taboo topics in a very candid, unscripted conversation.The Third Eye Doctor’s website:https://www.thethirdeyedoctor.co.ukHis Podcast – The Surgical Spirithttps://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/surgical-spirit/id1437997713Dr Haider Al-hakim’s YouTube Channelhttps://www.youtube.com/user/haidarahf
41 minutes | Dec 11, 2019
Past traumas and current relationships. With Riana Milne
Riana Milne is a Certified, Global Life & Love Coach, a Cert. Clinical Trauma & Addictions Professional, a Certified Mindfulness Coach, #1 Bestselling author, the Host of her Podcast called Lessons in Life & Love™, an Educational Speaker, and is a Certified Mindset Coach and Licensed Mental Health Counselor for close to 20 years living in Palm Beach County, Florida.Riana joins me this week to discuss the 10 traumas that are experienced during childhood that affect an adult later in life and in their love relationships.Links to Riana Milne’s resources:Website: RianaMilne.com Facebook: Coach Riana Milne LinkedIn YouTube Twitter Podcast: Lessons in Life & Love Podcast Archive of shows
14 minutes | Nov 27, 2019
Post night shift rant: Breatharians and political correctness
After a long few night shifts, I took to the internet to see what was in the news. It turns out Oxford University have banned clapping. This frustrated me… then after a video on breatharians; talking about how we can live off the sun’s energy and Prana instead of food appeared in my YouTube feed, I decided to have a rant.
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