Here are all the Blokeology podcast episodes.

 

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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Episode 027: Interview with runner and sports scientist Peter Francis

Episode Notes

Peter Francis PhD is a sports scientist, runner, and Musculoskeletal Science Lead at Leeds Beckett University. We talk about running, managing pain, achieving consistency, and barefoot running amongst many other things. If you’ve ever had an achilles problem then you need to listen to his advice on managing that injury. How about barefoot running for plantar fasciitis? Could be a game changer. And we were in agreement that the porridge-like lump between our ears might be the most important part of getting fitter and managing injuries.

All about consistency: from 14 mins.
Peter’s achilles treatment regime: from 21 to 30 mins.
Barefoot running and plantar fasciitis: from 35 mins.
Reduction in Plantar Heel Pain and a Return to Sport After a Barefoot Running Intervention in a Female Triathlete With Plantar Fasciitis. Human Kinetics Journal.

Peter Francis website and articles
www.peterfrancis.blog
Consistency: Why Everyone Wants It But Few Can Master It
Children Should Spend More Time Barefoot: The Conversation article
How to Recover From Runner’s Achilles Heel
This article could transform your approach to a troublesome and persistent injury.

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Episode 026: Alcohol and Phil Cain

Episode Notes

In this episode, I interview the journalist Phil Cain about alcohol. Phil is an experienced journalist with expertise in the SE region of Europe but, in recent times, has turned his hand to detailing some of the evidence around alcohol and telling its story. His book, Alcohol Companion, is fundamentally a science-based approach but Paul turns his journalistic hand to present the evidence in a compelling way. We talk about the newest evidence from the Lancet suggesting there is no safe level of alcohol, the inappropriate binary approach to alcohol harms, and how sometimes we confuse the transient euphoria of alcohol with long-term happiness.

Alcohol Companion by Phil Cain
Amazon link

Phil Cain website
www.philcain.com

Lancet editorial: No level of alcohol consumption improves health

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Episode 025: Personal Update on Cancer and Zettelkasten

Episode Notes

In this episode, I have a bit of a personal update. There has been quite a lot going on for the past six months and this is the first time I’ve talked about it on the podcast. I also talk about my new discovery this week: Zettelkasten. If you’ve not heard of this and you work in academia or write non-fiction at all then you should listen in. And, I’ve a quick update on forthcoming interviews.

How to Take Smart Notes: One Simple Technique to Boost Writing, Learning and Thinking for Students, Academics, and Nonfiction Book Writers by Sönke Ahrens
Amazon link

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Episode 024: Burnout and Me

Episode Notes

In this episode, I talk about burnout. It’s a big problem in the medical profession but it’s not one that is exclusive to doctors. I have definitely had my own experience of burnout and it has taken a long time for me to structure my life and career to keep it at bay. I go through some of the circumstances when burnout can become a problem, the symptoms you might experience, and start to discuss how we can all build some resilience and structure our lives to minimise the problems we have.

GP Wellbeing: Combatting Burnout in General Practice edited by Adam Staten and Euan Lawson
Amazon link

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