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42 minutes | 2 days ago
BONUS EPISODE: Squats, Purpose and Plants. Your Healthy Ageing Prescription with Dr Kate Gregorevic
“One of the greatest gifts of being a doctor for older adults is the constant reminder that life is fragile, finite and precious.”On the show today is Dr Kate Gregorevic - a geriatrician and internal medicine physician. She works in both acute hospital medicine and community settings and has completed a PhD looking at the impact of positive psychosocial factors in the development of frailty in older adultsLifestyle medicine is a core feature of Kate’s clinical practice, and nutrition, exercise and sleep are integral to developing plans to optimise her patients’ health. Her approach goes beyond physical, by working with people to identify their own priorities and values, and always centring these in any management plans.On the show today we talk about:How we balance the need to change health behaviours to improve longevity with the need to enjoy todayWhy we should focus on creating health in the present, as something that is valuable in its' own right and helps us engage in life, rather than something for the futureThe importance of including social and emotional wellbeing in any definition of healthThe perspective of a GeriatricianAssessing someone’s readiness to change and tips to motivate themSarcopenia and how to prevent thisYour prescription for healthy ageing (Squats, Purpose and Plants)The impact of loneliness and how it activates a stressor response Please do check out Dr Kate's book - Staying Alive - it's a really great read and has some fascinating informationVisit The Doctor's Kitchen website for full show notes and links for this episode See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
76 minutes | 7 days ago
#79 The Keto Series (Part 2 of 2), How Keto Saved My Child with Alex Ash
A slightly different podcast episode today to give an authentic human experience of what effect a ketogenic diet could have in certain circumstances - we’re talking with Alex Ash, a colleague of one of my best friends in America, who reached out to me a while ago wanting to share his personal experience with the use of a Ketogenic diet for his son’s medical condition.Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) is a severe form of childhood epilepsy with multiple types of seizures and as you’ll hear, Alex and his partners experience has not been a straight forward one in the slightest.For any of you listening with children, with or without a chronic condition, I just want to say from the outset that this episode could be triggering so I would exercise some caution if you do not want to listen. Alex’s story has a positive ending but I understand this is not the case for a lot of people struggling with epilepsy and many other conditions. As a medical doctor I witness the daily battle many parents and carers have to endure for the sake of their loved ones.As always, none of the information spoken about on today’s podcast is taken to be medical advice, always speak with your practitioner about changes to medication, dietary or supplement regimen. And there are a few explanations for how the keto diet may yield an effect offered by Alex that are not technically accurate, but for the purposes of this special podcast I’ve chosen to completely unedit our conversation. If you’re interested in the more nuanced opinion of a practitioner I would listen to the previous podcast with Sue Wood that I've linked here for you.I hope you enjoy listening to Alex tell Jachin’s story, it’s certainly hit home a lot of truths to me.Remember to check out The Doctor's Kitchen website where you can find full show notes and social media links for this episode See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
56 minutes | 9 days ago
BONUS EPISODE: Bread and Bliss with Roly Allen
Have you noticed the sourdough trend sweep through the globe during lockdown? People have developed a new love of home cooking and slowed down sourdough is top of the menu. But Roly Allen’s story started before the pandemic. After an exhausting couple of decades spent working, commuting, travelling and raising two children, Roly Allen baked his first sourdough loaf in his mid 40s because he’d been made redundant and needed a healthy pursuit while he got back on his feet. On the pod today Roly talks me through the process of baking and how sourdough saved his life. We chat about many things on the pod today but I highly encourage you to try a sourdough bake yourself. If not for the health of your body, then for the mindfulness benefits that bread baking can have.And do check out Roly's book - 'How to Raise A Loaf' - it's super interesting and full of great advice and hints and tips for baking breadAnd do check out The Doctor's Kitchen website where Roly has shared a 'Working Day Sourdough' recipe and we have all other show notes and social media links See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
99 minutes | 14 days ago
#78 The Keto Series (Part 1 of 2): What is the Ketogenic Diet, with Sue Wood
Susan Wood has worked as a UK registered dietitian for over 35 years, predominantly in the NHS, treating a wide range of paediatric and adult conditions. In 2008, the referral of one young adult for the dietary management of drug resistant epilepsy sparked her interest in ketogenic diet therapy (KDT) and since then she has been pioneering the development of adult treatment protocols in the UK and raising the awareness of dietitians and adult neurologists to the potential that KDT can offer to adults. In 2009 she started to work alongside the Matthews Friends Charity offering support to adults and their neurology teams seeking treatment. Sue continues to oversee the treatment of adults & children with drug resistant epilepsy and mentors NHS teams keen to explore KDT use in adults. She has recently co-authored reports on; the brain tumour patient experience of the use of KDT and the first international recommendations for the management of adults treated with ketogenic diet therapies. She is a member of the UK based Ketogenic Dietitians Research Network (KDRN) and a visiting lecturer at Surrey University.In today’s pod we talk about:What the ketogenic diet entailsThe history of KD therapyMyths and misinformation about the ketogenic diet The therapeutic utility of KD in epilepsy, cancer and metabolic disordersThe mechanism of KDThe biochemical changes that the ketogenic fuel-switch offersFrom the plate to the petri dish, we need more understandingThe adverse effects of KDThe future of researchPatient resources and support networksDo check out The Doctor's Kitchen website for full show notes and social media links for this episode See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
61 minutes | 16 days ago
BONUS EPISODE: From Hospital Radio to Pints with the Prince with Radio 1 DJ Chris Stark
Today on this bonus episode for books that I’m recommending for Christmas, we have Radio 1 DJ Chris Stark, co-host of the award winning “That Peter Crouch Podcast“ with millions of listeners and now author of the new student cookbook initially titled “Eat Sleep Rave Reheat” and now changed to “Eat Sleep Zoom” .. for obvious reasons.We chat about Chris’ humble beginnings in hospital radio, his passion for the platform, spreading humour and of course THAT famous 5 minute interview with Mila Kunis that introduced him to the world stage of A-list celebritydom, plus how his latest podcast has led him all the way to hanging out with Prince William at Kensington palace.We also talk about his future plans, following your dreams and the importance of being your most authentic self.Check out The Doctor's Kitchen website for full show notes and social media links for this episode See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
60 minutes | 21 days ago
#77 Why You Should Eat Sprouts, with Dr Chris D’Adamo
What are the issues with nutritional research, how do we create a robust culinary medicine teaching system for doctors … and why should we eat sprouts? These are the questions I put to Dr Chris D’Adamo - Director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine on today’s podcast!Dr D’Adamo is a medical research scientist with expertise in the synergistic effects of healthy lifestyle, environmental exposures, and genetics on human health and wellness. And his research, clinical, and educational network includes leaders in the fields of integrative medicine, functional medicine, and lifestyle medicine. On the show today we talk about:Epidemiology and his background in studying researchHow his culinary medicine programme was set upWhat phytonutrients cruciferous vegetables have in them and how they are processedSulforaphane and where it comes fromWhat the mechanisms are behind this nutraceutical found in broccoli, cabbage and sproutsThe anti-viral activity of SulforaphaneThe impact on Heat Shock Proteins and Neuro-inflammationHow Sulforaphane impacts detoxification mechanisms and why this is importantHow supplements are to be used exactly as a ‘supplement’ to the foundation of a healthy diet and lifestyleDo check out The Doctor's Kitchen website for full show notes and social media links for this episode. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
56 minutes | a month ago
#76 Can You Eat for COVID with Professor Robert Thomas
I’m delighted to welcome back Professor Robert Thomas to the show.You may remember we spoke with Prof Robert previously on one of our earlier episodes and I’m thrilled that he could join me again.Professor Robert Thomas is a Consultant Oncologist at Bedford and Addenbrooke’s Hospitals, a clinical teacher at Cambridge University and visiting Professor of Sports and nutritional science at the University of Bedfordshire.In addition - he is lead of a Lifestyle and Cancer Research Unit and is also medical advisor to the website Cancernet.co.uk. Through his amazing work - Prof Robert Thomas has previously been awarded The British Oncology Association’s “Oncologist of the Year” and The Royal College of Radiologist medal.On the show today we talk about:Professor Roberts current experience of COVID on the ward as a consultantHis latest trial using food supplements and probiotics as an addition to conventional treatmentThe formulation of the product with industry and the issues it may poseHis experience of conducting the research and comparing that to the POMI-T trialsWhy lifestyle modification and prevention of comorbidities has to be the foundation rather than supplements aloneDo check out The Doctor's Kitchen website for full show notes and social media links for this episode See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
75 minutes | a month ago
#75 Cannabis as Medicine (Part 2 of 2) - Cannabis and Treating Chronic Pain with Dr Attam Singh
On the podcast this week I welcome a returning guest to the show Dr Attam Singh, a Clinical Associate of the London Pain Clinic. Dr Singh first joined us back in April for one of our COVID 19 special episodes and I'm delighted to have him back on the show today. As a Consultant in Pain Medicine, Dr Singh is very experienced in both the assessment and treatment of pain. Dr Singh specialises in musculoskeletal and neuropathic pain of either single or multiple origin providing a personalised, holistic approach to treat and perform interventional procedures when necessary. More recently he has become one of the few registered practitioners using the Cannabis plant and its constituents (namely THC and CBD in varying proportions) to treat a variety of conditions and more specifically in his case, Pain.On the show today we talk about:What the cannabis plant is and where we find the useful chemicalsTHC and CBDSynthetic vs Natural sources of CBDThe endocannabinoid systemThe ‘entourage effect’The lethality of cannabis compared to other drugs of medicine and recreationThe complexity of chronic pain patients and why CBD has a roleThe difference between prescription and OTC preparationsThe delivery mechanism of CBDRemember you can catch the recipe I made for Attam on youtube, this is just the podcast bit where we talk about his speciality and experience.And do check out The Doctor's Kitchen website for full show notes and all social media links for this episode See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
69 minutes | a month ago
#74 Cannabis as Medicine (Part 1 of 2) - Cannabis on the Brain and Gut with Dr Dani Gordon
Seen any Cannabis products lately? We have, over the last few years, become completely inundated with cannabis products across the shelves of wellness and health stores. Online blogs claim miracle cures from everything you could think of. Sleep, anxiety, cancer, AI conditions, eczema, acne, libido. As a doctor I’m asked about this from patients a lot, but honestly I’ve had no formal training in the products and up until now I haven’t really looked at much research. So is this an incredible and legitimate supplement with a myriad of uses? Or is this modern day snake oilWell today, I’m speaking with Dr Dani Gordon. Dr Dani is a double board certified medical doctor, integrative medicine physician, Family medicine doctor and world leading expert in CBD, cannabis medicine. She also co-founded the non-profit, UK Medical Cannabis Clinicians's Society (MCCS), which trained the UK's first cannabis medicine specialists and helped set up the UK's first cannabis medicine centres.She has lectured at Imperial College, King’s College, and UCL on medical cannabis. She also developed the first medical cannabis training program for physicians in the UK and is a consultant for clinical research in cannabinoid medicine working with top researchers around the world. Dr Dani Gordon is the perfect person to be speaking to on this subject and we have a fascinating conversation talking about:Her first interaction with cannabis medicine and plant medicineThe historical use of cannabis as a plant medicineThe types of chemicals found in the cannabis plantThe endocannabinoid system and how cannabis may exert its affectsThe risks of using CannabisThe uses of cannabis in dementia, parkinsons, gut disorders Tips on how to use cannabis as a wellness productDisclaimer: This information is for educational purposes only and not to be taken as medical advice. The podcast guest and host always recommend speaking to your medical practitioner before taking any new supplements or products.Check out The Doctor's Kitchen website for the full show notes and social media links for this episode See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
78 minutes | 2 months ago
#73 The Cancer Series (3 of 3). My Cancer Journey with Dr Lauren Macdonald
On this episode I’m joined by Dr Lauren Macdonald, who worked as a doctor in Brighton for several years before being diagnosed with aggressive stage 4 cancer in 2014. The years that followed gave her a deep understanding of what it is to face a life-threatening illness. Consequently, she became fascinated by the emotional experience of illness, the mind-body connection, and the body’s ability to self-heal.To optimise her chance of survival she explored Integrative Medicine, specifically focusing on nutrition, the gut microbiome, and stress management techniques, alongside conventional medical treatment. She achieved complete remission in 2016 and has gone on to study vedic meditation, Nutritional and Environmental Medicine, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Ashtanga yoga.We talked about:Her cancer journey, what is like to be a doctor with cancer and her experiences within the NHS systemStress and inflammation in diseaseHow she was able to overcome trauma in her lifeGut health and its importance during therapyHer experiences of yoga and learning more about surrendering herself to the universeThe power of nature as a healerHer personal use of psychedelics and her thoughts on its potential use in medicineCheck out The Doctor's Kitchen website for full show notes and all social media links for this episode See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
50 minutes | 2 months ago
BONUS EPISODE! Ask Me Anything with Dr Rupy
This week we have a special bonus episode of The Doctor's Kitchen Podcast - where I'll be answering some of your most commonly asked nutrition and lifestyle medicine questions, and I'll be answering them whilst I cook up a delicious meal!This podcast is brought to you in partnership with Sainsburys - I'm delighted to be working with Sainsburys who are helping you cook up something magical this Autumn.During the episode, I'll be cooking a delicious roasted vegetable and freekeh and feta salad - a recipe that you can find here on the Sainsbury's websiteCheck out The Doctor's Kitchen website for full details of this and all our other episodes See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
73 minutes | 2 months ago
#72 The Cancer Series (2 of 3). Integrative Oncology with Dr Catherine Zollman
Today I’m chatting with a good friend and colleague Dr. Catherine Zollman, who is Medical Director at Penny Brohn UK, a charity which in provides Integrative Support and Self-Management Education for people affected by cancer. She is also an NHS GP, an Honorary Clinical Lecturer at the University of Bristol, and was Macmillan Clinical Cancer Lead for BNSSG Clinical Commissioning Group 2014-2019. She studied medical oncology before specialising in General Practice and completing a Fellowship in Integrative Medicine (University of Arizona).On the podcast we discuss a number of topics including:What integrative oncology means?The need to bring the worlds of conventional medicine, lifestyle medicine and complementary medicine togetherIntelligent combinations of lifestyle and integrative approaches to deliver better outcomesExplaining the services that PBUK usually offers, and what it offers now during lockdownBreaking down the barriers and why healthcare still feels so "siloed" and oppositional?Why is evidence on the effectiveness of lifestyle interventions not better known or understood by the conventional medical system?Why does medicine/conventional healthcare not harness the power of the activated patient more?Working with Possibility vs Probability - how to avoid False Hope and False Hopelessness and find a middle path of Realistic Hope.How to enthuse conventional healthcare professionals and students about the power of nutrition, movement, breathing practices, nature, therapeutic relationships, creativity, realistic hope, love, meaning and purpose to help people live better and need less medication.Challenges in researching lifestyle and complementary approachesOutcomes as measured in a realistic and methodical way to inspire and enact change Check out The Doctor's Kitchen website for all other social media links and full show notes for the episode See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
112 minutes | 2 months ago
#71 The Cancer Series (1 of 3). What to eat for Cancer with Professor Robert Thomas
In today’s podcast we talk about everything to do with the “emperor of all maladies”, the big C. Myself and Professor Robert have met on a couple of occasions at conferences geared toward healthy lifestyle and cancer, and I could not think of a more educated and enthusiastic person to have on the podcast who is up to date with the evidence and continues to wave the flag for lifestyle medicine and oncology.Professor Robert Thomas is a Consultant Oncologist at Bedford and Addenbrooke’s Hospitals, a clinical teacher at Cambridge University and visiting Professor of Sports and nutritional science at the University of Bedfordshire. He is lead of a Lifestyle and Cancer Research Unit conducting designing and conducting government backed studies evaluating the impact of exercise, diet and natural therapies. More recently, he led the analysis of the 155,000 patient data set (PLCO) which has linked sugar with an increased cancer and tea and broccoli with cancer prevention. In 2019, he wrote the book “Keep Healthy after Cancer”, and remains medical advisor for the lifestyle and cancer website Cancernet.co.uk.We frame our conversation into 3 distinct areas to avoid confusion. What to eat to prevent cancer, during cancer and post cancer with the aim of reducing risk and improving outcomes. As cancer is an extremely broad field and confusing for even medical professionals to understand it’s biology, I want to remind listeners and viewers that this is general information and not to be taken as medical advice. In today’s pod we talk aboutWhat Cancer isThe balance of genetic vs acquired cancer and the influence of lifestyle on riskThe general principles of how to avoid cancerWhat foods to eatHow food exerts a positive impact on cancer riskHow we investigate the anti-cancer impact of foodGut health and cancerThe Warburg effectThe implication of excess sugar on cancer riskWhat to eat during cancerThe potential for ‘prehab’ initiativesVitamin D, Polyphenol and Probiotic supplements, Vitamin SupplementsPost Cancer lifestyle regimens to reduce the risk of recurrenceWhat an anti-cancer diet looks likeThe Future of Oncology: Individualised medicine, Immunotherapy and Metabolic Oncology Check out The Doctor's Kitchen website for all social media links and show notes. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
105 minutes | 2 months ago
#70 Nurturing The Most Critical Source of Nutrition, The Soil with Abby Rose
Abby Rose is Physicist and further studied nuclear and particle physics for her masters, and has now become a leading voice in a new dawn in farming. A farmer and soil health advocate, Abby was named one of 50 New Radicals by The Guardian and Nesta in 2018 for her work developing simple apps that help build ecology, profitability and beauty on farms around the world.Five years ago, -founded the award-winning British podcast, Farmerama Radio, as a way for farmers to share their experiences and ideas in creating a more ecological farming future. The monthly show has quickly become a leading voice in the global regenerative movement, highlighting the positive role farmers play in determining the future of the earth and its people.Abby splits her time between working on her family farm, Vidacycle, in Chile, and visiting farms on multiple continents learning from soils and understanding what it's going to take to build a more ecological farming futureToday we discuss:● What is regenerative farming? Regenerative vs sustainable farming● Why soil health on farms is important and how does it link to our health?● How can we eat more regeneratively? What does that mean?● Nutrient Bioavailability in food and how to measure it● How are we going to feed the world? Who really produces the world’s food?● Seed and Grain heritage and sovereignty● Politics, Brexit and EU structures that traditionally have disabled progress● How can people get more involved in the farming movement today Do visit The Doctor's Kitchen website for full show notes and all social media links for this episode See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
83 minutes | 3 months ago
#69 Eat for your Hair, with Dr Ingrid Wilson
I’m delighted to be joined on the show today by Dr Ingrid Wilson, Director of Crewe Hair and Skin Clinic which primarily helps people with hair loss, scalp problems and skin concerns. Having been a GP in the NHS for 20 years, Dr Wilson takes a holistic approach to hair and skin, and provides hair treatments in the clinic to help care for textured hair. She is one of the few trichologists in the country able to prescribe for hair loss conditions, and she enjoys collaborating with other trichologists from other professional backgrounds so that clients can access hair replacement systems, hairdressing and scalp micropigmentation from the clinic. Today we talked about:The different types of hair lossHow Dr Ingrid assesses the root cause of hair lossNutritional considerations for healthy hairThe new tests that help determine what treatments are worthwhileSupplements that may be useful in hair lossPharmaceutical options and other hair treatmentsGreying and what could helpAnswering some of your questions about hair products, oils and moreCheck out The Doctor's Kitchen website for all social media links and full show notes for this episode See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
55 minutes | 3 months ago
BONUS EPISODE! ‘Exhale’ with The Breath Guy, Richie Bostock
I’m joined by Richie, or “The Breath Guy”, for a great bonus episode on breathwork and to celebrate the release of his new book “Exhale”Richie is a leading figure and evangelist for Breathwork, the next revolution in health and wellness. He is a Breathwork coach, author and speaker and it is his mission to spread the life changing possibilities of Breathwork to the world. We finish up with an energising breathwork session that I know you’ll enjoy!On the show today we talk about:The process of writing a book and taking the reader on a journey through the importance of breathingThe utility of breathing for different conditionsHis anecdotal experiences of breathworkAn ‘energiser bunny’ breathwork session Check out The Doctor's Kitchen website for all other social media links and full show notes for the episode See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
93 minutes | 3 months ago
#68 Eating for Migraines with Dr Jessica Briscoe and Dr Katy Munro
Dr Jessica Briscoe and Dr Katy Munro are my guests from The National Migraine Centre which is the only national charity that provides a clinic for migraine sufferers and cluster headache patients. They have been delivering expert and evidence-based support for 40 years.In addition, they are committed to advocating their desperate cause and educating healthcare professionals and started their own podcast called Heads Up, which aims to provide useful information for those suffering with headache.Migraine is the third most common chronic disease in the world, affecting an estimated one in seven people and two to three times more women than men. In the UK approximately 25 million days are lost each year from work or school because of migraines which is why I wanted to do a comprehensive podcast on this topic discussing food and Lifestyle measures for migraine sufferers.We discuss:Why regular eating is key and maintenance of glucose and insulin levels to avoid attacksMigraine Diet myths and potential food triggersLow carb, high protein & fat balance measuresThe potential use of Ketogenic diets for chronic pain and migraineFood supplements with evidence: Magnesium, Vitamin B2, Co-enzyme Q-10More info about migraine lifestyle, prevention and stress reduction techniques Please see The Doctor's Kitchen website for all other social media links and show notes information See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
102 minutes | 3 months ago
#67 Eating with your Genes, with Registered Dietitian Rachel Clarkson
On the show today I’m delighted to welcome Rachel Clarkson. Rachel is a leading Nutrigenomic Specialist Dietitian - using world renowned, next generation technology and expert analysis to create Personalised Wellness programmes for her clients under the name of The DNA Dietitian. She is a guest lecturer for St Mary’s University MSc in Genetics & Nutrition and sits on the Scientific Advisory Board of two health tech platforms.On the show today we chat about:Her background in dietetics and why she decided to specialise in personalised nutritionThe basics of what a gene isEpigenetics and how this relates to food and environment changesThe difference between nutrigenetic tests and deterministic gene investigationsDisease risk versus modifier (metabolic) gene testsWhy a one size fits all model in medicine and nutrition is not good enough anymoreRachel’s approach to consulting with patients in clinicHow to personalise diets for fertility, obesity and moreOut of the 10s of 1000s of single nucleotide polymorphisms, how do we determine which ones are important This is an incredibly interesting field of nutrition and medicine that is definitely something which will become the norm in the future. Check out The Doctor's Kitchen website for all other social media links and show notes See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
90 minutes | 3 months ago
#66 More Than Medicine (3 of 3). How to Create a Bulletproof Mindset, Cultivating Kindness and Building Self Esteem with Dr David Hamilton
My guest today is David Hamilton PhD. A writer, columnist, speaker and author of 10 books covering the science of kindness, self esteem, and the mind body connection. He is the ‘Kindness Tsar’ and has been featured on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch Live in the UK, and on CBS Sunday Morning in the US.We talk broadly about the subjects of kindness, self esteem, mind body medicine as well as his personal journey from organic chemist at a well known pharmaceutical company, to now having the courage and confidence to preach what he practices.On the show today we talk about:The placebo effectCultivated Inner self confidence and esteemManifesting physical changes in the body and brain with visualisation and mental exerciseThe antidote to stress hormonesThe virality of KindnessThe difference between toxic positivity and empathyKindness and Positivity as a muscle that needs to be workedI’d definitely recommend that you go and check out David’s selection of published books - covering Kindness, How Your Mind Can Heal Your Body and Self Love - all of which can be found here on his websitePlease do check out The Doctor's Kitchen website for full show notes and guest links and resources for this podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
67 minutes | 3 months ago
#65 More Than Medicine (2 of 3). Music as Medicine with Professor Nigel Osbourne
Today I discuss the wonderful world of musical therapy with Professor Nigel Osbourne. His works have been featured in most major international festivals and performed by many leading orchestras and ensembles around the world. He has also composed extensively for the theatre and through his Institute in Edinburgh, is exploring the interfaces of music and science in important areas such as mental and physical well-being.He has also pioneered methods of using music and the creative arts to support children who are victims of conflict. This approach was developed during the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina (1992-95), and since then the work has been implemented widely in the Balkan region, the Caucasus (Chechnya), the Middle East (Palestine, Syria and Lebanon), East Africa and South East Asia. He is currently working with Syrian refugees in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, and planning a new intervention in Yemen. In 2009 he was awarded the Freedom Prize of the Peace Institute, Sarajevo, for his work for Bosnian children during the siege of the city. In today’s podcast we discuss:Nigel’s background and experience in Bosnia, Sarajevo, during the conflictThe wave of energy hitting you if you spark joy in children with musicHow this led to a deeper understanding and exploration of the neuroscience of musical therapyThe Neurological, Biological and Psychological impact of musicHow music is the social glue that enhances our sense of wellbeing and is universally recognisable across culturesThe applications across disciplines such as ADHD, Dyslexia, PTSD, Depression, Mental Health and Neurodegenerative diseaseX-System – A project that aims to predict our neurophysiological reaction based on computational data allowing personalised music therapyHow music sculpts our inner senses, our autonomic nervous system and our hormones We also wanted to share with you a project that is very close to Nigel's heart - Edinburgh Direct Aid. Nigel is currently supporting a music therapy project they are running in Lebanon. The Director of the project - Dr Denis Rutovitz, is a former Human Geneticist and Medical Researcher, and the Medical Adviser, Dr Colin Cooper, a hugely respected retired Edinburgh GP. Please do have a look at the work they do, they would be delighted with any support.Please do check out The Doctor's Kitchen website for full show notes and guest links and resources for this podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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