Here are all the Blokeology podcast episodes.

 

Mid-Winter Break

Episode Notes

I’m having a winter break! I should have mentioned in last week but completely forgot. It’s just a chance to take a breather and I’m still busy interviewing some great people for future episodes. We will be back on 11 Jan 2019 with those new episodes. Enjoy the holiday season and I hope you get a chance to relax, reflect on the year gone, and look forward to 2019.

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Episode 036: High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) with Dr Michelle Swainson

Episode Notes

What is the evidence for high intensity interval training (HIIT)? Is it worth doing and is it safe? I used to be a bit of sceptic about HIIT but strong evidence is emerging and I talk through the topic with sports and exercise scientist Dr Michelle Swainson. It’s a good lesson for me in recognising when bias is creeping in rather than actually basing my views on the evidence. The evidence is compelling in many groups now and it turns out I’ve been doing HIIT all along anyway! We also talk through measuring obesity, the limitations of BMI and the best method to use.

Links

Dr Michelle Swainson on Twitter: @mgswainson
Movement for Movement link
Movement for Movement: a practical insight into embedding physical activity into the undergraduate medical curriculum exemplified by Lancaster Medical School

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Episode 035: Colour Blindness and Pink Elephants

Episode Notes

I am colour blind. I don’t have the necessary red cones and in this episode I talk about my experience of being colour blind and how to affects me. From my early days of colouring in the sky purple and painting elephants in pink to my general feebleness as a cricketer there are several ways colour blindness has had an impact. And my career in bomb disposal never got off the ground… I cover the basics of the condition, how it is inherited, how it changes how I see blood, and the neat little Jedi mind trick I’ve realised I can now do.

Links

The Blokeology of Colour Blind Cricketers
Impact of colour blindness on recognition of haematuria in bladder cancer patients

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Episode 034: Autumn Update and Reflection


Episode Notes

I have an update this week on my own activities and it’s a bit of a chance to reflect on some interesting episodes over the past few weeks. Episodes looking at the benefits of physical activity on mental health, suicide, Parkrun and the concept of ‘Zettelkasten’ have had a real impact for me. I also talk about the research paper on kinesiology that I promised to cover in this week’s Journal of Blokeology newsletter.

Links

Samaritans article on phrases to avoid when talking suicide
The phrase “committed suicide” needs to stop – GQ Article
StrongLifts: https://stronglifts.com/
The influence of kinesiology tape colour on performance and corticomotor activity in healthy adults: a randomised crossover controlled trial
My ‘Mini Box’ habit/gratitude journalling image

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Episode 033: The Transformative Power of Parkrun with Dr Simon Tobin


Episode Notes

Dr Simon Tobin is a GP in Southport and a Parkrun Ambassador for Health and Wellbeing. He has lots of stories of the amazing power of Parkrun to transform lives and it’s about a lot more than running a 5K. It’s really all about community; Parkrun gets people moving and it can also stop them being social isolated and it can help tackle loneliness. And the best thing: it’s a grassroots bottom-up organisation driven by volunteers and enthusiasts with no agenda to make a profit.

Amongst other stories listen to Gary’s tale and the transformative effect Parkrun had on his type 2 diabetes and life. We also hear about Kelly, a visually impaired Parkrunner, and Simon and I chat about guide running. And, Parkrun is also reaching into hard-to-reach groups like prisoners where it is having a remarkable impact for men like Alfy Kirkley who was involved with the HMP Haverigg Parkrun.

(I know Parkrun like to stylise their name without the capital. That’s fine, but it doesn’t half make it harder to read in prose – so I’m capitalising… my apologies to the people at Parkrun.)

Links

Parkrun website: www.parkrun.org.uk
Twitter: @parkrunUK
Simon Tobin on Twitter: @DocRunner1
Alfy Kirkley and the HMP Haverigg Parkrun
UK Athletics Guide Running Further Information

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Episode 032: Physical Activity and Mental Health with Dr Brendon Stubbs

Episode Notes

Just how good is physical activity for your mental health? Dr Brendon Stubbs is a research physiotherapist with a specific interest in mental health and over 400 published papers. He knows this area inside out and talks on the podcast about the evidence around physical activity and its impact on our psychological health. From the most severe illnesses such as schizophrenia to lower levels of depression and anxiety the research is all very encouraging. We need to get more active and we need to find ways to help people with mental health problems get physically active too.

Links

Dr Brendon Stubbs at Kings College London
Twitter: @brendonstubbs
Instagram: @brendon.stubbs
Email Brendon: brendon.stubbs AT kcl.ac.uk

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Episode 031: Suicide Prevention with Professor Rory O’Connor


Episode Notes

Professor Rory O’Connor is the Director of the Suicide Behaviour Research Laboratory in Glasgow and one of the world’s leading experts on tackling suicide. Suicide is a complex topic with no easy answers but it affects everyone and the research shows that men are three times as likely to kill themselves as women. We talk about his model of suicidal behaviour, factors that can turn suicidal ideation into action, and interventions that could save a life.

Many people who develop suicidal ideation feel entrapped and defeated with a ‘tunnel vision’. There are eight main factors, ones that I wasn’t taught at medical school, that healthcare professionals can ask about to assess if ideation can turn to action. If you are working in those situations then get to know them – they are a good example of how it can takes 10-15 years or more for research to get into clinical practice. And for everyone, not just those working in healthcare services, there are plenty of thoughts on how we can help ourselves, our family, and our friends and colleagues. Just asking someone if they are suicidal could help that person.

Call The Samaritans on 116 123 in the UK or ROI for help. And you can visit their contact page if you want to get in touch in any other way.

Links

Suicide Behaviour Research Laboratory – suicideresearch.info 
Twitter: @suicideresearch
The IMV model of suicide behaviour – paper and podcast
The Samaritans have loads of resources. The one Starting Difficult Conversations might be helpful if you need to talk to someone about suicide. 

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Episode 030: How to Take Smart Notes with Sönke Ahrens

Episode Notes

Sönke Ahrens has written a book How to Take Smart Notes that could completely revolutionise how you go about this deceptively simple task. This episode digs into a slightly different area of lifestyle – reading, writing, and thinking. It doesn’t matter if you are an academic, a student, a non-fiction writer or just someone who wants to understand anything at a deeper level then you’ll get a lot from this episode.

It builds on the ‘slip box’ technique (Zettelkasten) used by a professor of sociology, Niklas Luhmann, in the late 20th century. It’s well know to academics in Germany and in the sociology field, amongst others, but has made little impact beyond those borders. Sönke’s book is a detailed explanation of the technique but also builds on the evidence in areas such as education, multi-tasking, ego depletion and willpower, and problems such as confirmation bias. It’s a complete system that can allow anyone to build their own ‘second brain’ in a Zettelkasten to think more deeply and be more productive. What’s not to like about that?

Jump to description of Luhmann’s slip box – 16.49

Links

Take Smart Notes website – find Sönke here
Amazon: How to Take Smart Notes by Sönke Ahrens
Zettelkasten.de – find The Archive software there.

I also mentioned nvALT and Brett Terpstra. If you are looking for a simple and effective notekeeping software then you should check it out – it was used to form the backbone of The Archive software that I am using for my own Zettelkasten.

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Episode 029: Coping with Conferences and Other Reflections

Episode Notes

I was at the RCGP Conference last week so I talk about my experience of conferences and trying to look after my health and wellbeing while I was away. I had some success and came home feeling less exhausted than I usually do. I also reflect on my own biases and on the past three episodes with André Tomlin on mental health and evidence-based medicine, Phil Cain on alcohol and its harms, and Peter Francis on running and healthy habits.

Links

André Tomlin, The Mental Elf: Episode 028 (not 29 as I say in the podcast…)
Peter Francis on tendonitis, barefoot running, and building good habits in Episode 027
Phil Cain on alcohol in Episode 026.

Sufferfest videos for turbo training
5×5 Stronglifts app
MyFitnessPal for calorie counting
SMMGP Clinical Update Archive

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Episode 028: André Tomlin, Mental Elf, on postnatal depression

Episode Notes

André Tomlin started the website The Mental Elf back in 2011 and he has built it into a remarkable and detailed resource with 100s of contributors and a constant stream of freely available advice on research relevant to mental health. He’s also had personal experience of postnatal depression and he talks about that and the evidence on this neglected and under-researched area in men. We also discuss the important network meta-analysis recently published in the Lancet looking at anti-depressants.

Jump to:
The Mental Elf and the National Elf Service 10:45
Postnatal depression, André’s experience and the evidence around this in men 24:26
Lancet paper on anti-depressants 40:10

Twitter: @Mental_Elf
Website: The National Elf Service and the Mental Elf
Blog: André’s blogpost on the Lancet paper

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