The Functional Health Podcast
#63 Dr Jen Unwin - The Psychological And Social Barriers To Healthy Lifestyle Change

#63 Dr Jen Unwin - The Psychological And Social Barriers To Healthy Lifestyle Change

May 30, 2022

Dr Jen Unwin is a consultant clinical health psychologist who has spent her professional life focussing on the role of hope in chronic disease and how it can be used to bring about behaviour change and improve quality of life.

Her insights teamed up perfectly with Dr David Unwin’s interests in bringing about drug-free type 2 diabetes remission. For nine years they have been running group sessions in primary care to achieve just that, so far for over 100 patients, saving considerable amounts on de-prescribed drugs.

Since retiring from the NHS, she has devoted her time to learning about, researching and helping others with sugar addiction.  She has published a book called ‘Fork in the Road: A hopeful guide to food freedom’, the proceeds of which are for The Public Health Collaboration.

In this episode we cover: 
- The addictive properties of food
- Answering the question 'are carbs addictive?'
- How to assess food addiction
- The major barriers to lifestyle change
- Much more

Book - https://forkintheroad.co.uk/

PHC - https://phcuk.org/

 

 

 

#62 Daniel O’Shaughnessy - Personalised Diet And Lifestyle For The LGBTQ+ Community

#62 Daniel O’Shaughnessy - Personalised Diet And Lifestyle For The LGBTQ+ Community

May 17, 2022

The Naked Nutritionist - Daniel O'Shaughnessy - is an award winning Nutritionist and Functional Medicine practitioner. He is also the author of the book 'Naked Nutrition: An LGBTQ+ Guide to Diet and Lifestyle'.

In this episode, we discuss: 

- Daniel's experience as a nutritionist in the LGBTQ+ community 
- The unique and often overlooked considerations when it comes to diet and lifestyle for LGBTQ+ health
- Some of the most common dysfunctions and conditions
- Much more....

The Book - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Naked-Nutrition-LGBTQ-Guide-Lifestyle/dp/1800180462

Website -thenakednutritionist.co.uk

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/thenakednutritionist/

Podcast - https://www.thenakednutritionist.co.uk/podcast 

 

#61 Dr Nina Fuller-Shavel - Integrative Cancer Support, Women’s Health And Research Woes

#61 Dr Nina Fuller-Shavel - Integrative Cancer Support, Women’s Health And Research Woes

April 25, 2022

Dr Nina Fuller-Shavel is an Integrative Medicine doctor, scientist and educator with degrees in Medicine and Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge, as well as an ongoing MSc in Precision Cancer Medicine at the University of Oxford. Dr Fuller-Shavel is a Fellow of them College of Medicine and the Co-Chair of BSIO (British Society for Integrative Oncology). Alongside her scientific and medical training and over a decade’s experience in integrative health, Dr Nina Fuller-Shavel holds multiple qualifications in nutrition, integrative medicine, functional medicine (IFMCP), health coaching (FMCA), herbal medicine, yoga, mindfulness and other therapeutic approaches.

Dr Fuller-Shavel is the founder and Director of Synthesis Clinic, an innovative multidisciplinary practice in Hampshire, specialising in women’s health and integrative cancer care. Dr Nina Fuller-Shavel has recently won a prestigious Innovation Leader of the Year award at UKBIA 2022 for her inspirational vision for healthcare, excellence in clinical work and leadership of the Synthesis Clinic team. Alongside her work at the clinic, Dr Fuller-Shavel delivers educational programmes for medical and nutrition professionals, as well as participating in research in integrative medicine and precision health and contributing to editorial boards and guideline development panels nationally and internationally.

https://www.synthesisclinic.co.uk/
https://www.drninafullershavel.com/
https://www.bsio.org.uk/ 

Charities to Support:

https://yestolife.org.uk/
https://www.pennybrohn.org.uk/

Studies on survival and IO
Prehab study example:

 

#60 Emma Beswick - Nutrigenomics and COVID

#60 Emma Beswick - Nutrigenomics and COVID

March 28, 2022

Emma Beswick is a Nutritional Therapist and nutrigenomics specialist. She is the founder and CEO of Lifecode Gx®, the UK’s leading nutrigenomics testing, research and training company. Emma lectures widely on the subject of nutrigenomics and is well respected for her knowledge and ability to present complex aspects of nutrigenomics in an accessible and clinical relevant way. 

We sit down to discuss how are nutrition and genetics are linked to COVID-19. We cover:

- Vitamin status

- Male vs Female stats

- Genetics and risk of severe COVID

- And much, much more

https://www.lifecodegx.com/

https://www.instagram.com/lifecodegx/

https://www.youtube.com/user/Campbellteaching

 

 

#59 Dr Chris George - Supporting Mental Health And Wellbeing During The Pandemic

#59 Dr Chris George - Supporting Mental Health And Wellbeing During The Pandemic

March 14, 2022

Doctor Chris George is a full time NHS medical doctor and in this episode we discuss his experience during the pandemic and ways to support mental and physical health and wellbeing.

Once Chris discovered the benefits of an evidence-based approach to lifestyle medicine and preventative healthcare he changed his perspective on the delivery of traditional medicine. He then changed career paths into General Practice so that he could focus on a more holistic approach to healthcare.

https://www.drchrisgeorge.co.uk/

https://www.instagram.com/dr.chris.george/?hl=en

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7177487/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0JX2JsM37Y

#58 Dr Ally Jaffee and Dr Iain Broadley - Nutrition in Medicine: Translating Education To Clinical Practice

#58 Dr Ally Jaffee and Dr Iain Broadley - Nutrition in Medicine: Translating Education To Clinical Practice

February 28, 2022

I was fortunate enough to sit down with Dr Ally Jaffee and Dr Iain Broadley, the founders of Nutritank. 

In this fascinating episode we discuss: 

  • The impact of nutrition in medicine
  • Integrating nutrition and lifestyle medicine into the medical curriculum
  • The evolving landscape of healthcare 
  • How to get involved in this movement

Nutritank is a triple-award winning non-for-profit organisation established in 2017 by then medical students Dr Ally Jaffee and Dr Iain Broadley. Nutritank’s mission is to increase nutrition and lifestyle medicine education within medical training. Nutritank have produced key research, informed policy, featured in media with celebrities like Jamie Oliver and have created a national network of like- minded individuals.

 

#57 Professor Shumone Ray - Linking Nutrition Research, Policy And Clinical Practice Through Evidence And Education

#57 Professor Shumone Ray - Linking Nutrition Research, Policy And Clinical Practice Through Evidence And Education

February 14, 2022

Sumantra (Shumone) Ray is a Licensed Medical Doctor as well as a Registered Nutritionist (Public Health), with special interests in Nutrition Education in Health Systems and Cardiovascular Disease Prevention. Since 2008 he has been Founding Chair and Executive Director of the NNEdPro Global Centre for Nutrition and Health, headquartered in Cambridge and working across twelve regional networks across six continents including a highly active Indian contingent. In 2018 he became the Co-Founder and Chair of BMJ Nutrition, Prevention and Health. Shumone is a Director of Research in Cambridge and a Bye-Fellow of Fitzwilliam College at the University of Cambridge. He holds Visiting Professorships in Imperial College London School of Public Health, Ulster University Schools of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences as well as further afield in Wollongong Australia. He is also Honorary International Dean for the Lord Rana Foundation Charitable Trust’s Cordia Colleges in Punjab, India.

In this conversation we talk about: 
Nutrition education in healthcare
- New nutrition education methods such as The Mobile Teaching Kitchen
- The importance of linking nutrition research, policy, and clinical practice
- much, much more

Within the University of Cambridge TIGR2ESS Programme, Shumone is Co-Lead of Flagship Project 6 seeking to Impact Wellbeing in Rural and Urban Communities by exploring the relationships between education and empowerment, lives and livelihoods, better food and nutrition leading to improved health and economic outcomes. FP6 evaluates theories of change spanning the assessment of needs through to piloting innovative intervention models. FP6 and the NNEdPro Global Centre for Nutrition and Health, led by Shumone has co-developed and adapted the award-winning ‘Mobile Teaching Kitchen’ or MTK intervention for use.

BMJ paper - https://nutrition.bmj.com/content/early/2020/11/02/bmjnph-2020-000072 

NNEdPro - https://www.nnedpro.org.uk/
MTK - https://www.nnedpro.org.uk/mtk
Article - https://www.nnedpro.org.uk/post/a-13-year-journey-towards-implementing-improved-medical-nutrition-education-in-the-uk-and-beyond
COVID-19 microsite - https://www.nnedpro.org.uk/coronavirus
IANE - https://iane.online/

 

#56 Dr David Unwin - Beating Type 2 Diabetes With A Low Carb Diet

#56 Dr David Unwin - Beating Type 2 Diabetes With A Low Carb Diet

January 24, 2022

Dr David Unwin FRCGP works at the Norwood NHS Surgery in Southport near Liverpool, UK where he has cared for the same population since 1986 as a family doctor. To date 105/206 of his patients with T2 diabetes have achieved drug-free remission. This gives a remission rate of 50% at 30 months duration of a lower carb diet, one of the best results for any clinic in the world!

I had the pleasure of meeting David at the IHCAN Summit in 2021 where he blew me away with his impressive results in not only type 2 diabetes but also weight loss and blood pressure.  In this fascinating conversation, we discuss:

  • Low carb diets in reversing type 2 diabetes

  • Benefits of low carb for cholesterol and triglycerides

  • Low carb diets for weight loss

  • Addictive properties of wheat and dairy

For the past few years, David has been a UK Royal College of General Practitioners expert clinical advisor on diabetes.  As a result of his interests in both better communication with patients and type 2 diabetes he was made Royal College of General Practice National Champion for Collaborative Care and Support Planning in Obesity & Diabetes in 2015.

Public Health Collaboration - https://phcuk.org/
PHC Resources - https://phcuk.org/resources/
BMJ paper - https://nutrition.bmj.com/content/early/2020/11/02/bmjnph-2020-000072 

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33317019/ 

 

#55 Mark Hollingsworth - How to improve emotional and stress resilience

#55 Mark Hollingsworth - How to improve emotional and stress resilience

January 10, 2022

Mark Hollingsworth is the CEO of the Nutrition Society, a scientific learned society, based in London, United Kingdom, a position he has held since 2014. I met Mark in 2017 when I was fortunate enough to work for the Nutrition Society and we have stayed in touch ever since. 

In this fascinating episode we discuss:

- Dealing with stress during military service

- Strategies to handle emotionally testing situations

- Resilience in a leadership position during COVID-19

- Coping with the death of loved ones

- and much, much more

A graduate of the Royal Air Force College Cranwell, Mark began his career by serving for 16 years in a variety of roles as a military officer in the United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force, serving in Belize, Germany, Canada and the UK. Upon leaving the Royal Air Force Hollingsworth then developed extensive leadership experience in the non-profit sector, serving as a Director, Vice-President, Executive Director and Board Chair in Canada. This was followed by a two- year period as a visiting lecturer on Leadership at the University of Winnipeg in Canada, during which time he published two books on the basic skills of leadership. He returned to the United Kingdom in 2014 to take up his role as CEO of the Nutrition Society. 

He was awarded CEO of The Year for life sciences in 2018 by CEO Today Magazine, the Global 100 CEO of the Year for Life Sciences in 2019, and has been named in 2021 as one of the Top 20 Most Dynamic CEOs in the United Kingdom by CEO Publications.

 

Links

https://www.nutritionsociety.org/

https://markhollingsworth.org/

https://www.instagram.com/nsociety_ceo/ 

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#54 Dr Jenna Macciochi - How to build a resilient immune system

#54 Dr Jenna Macciochi - How to build a resilient immune system

December 21, 2021

Dr Jenna Macciochi is an immunologist, author and is on a mission to unravel the science around the immune system and help people decode exactly what it takes to be well in the modern-day.

In this episode we discuss the topic of immune resilience. Not just how we stop getting ill but how we can bounce back from illness.

In this fascinating discussion we touch upon:

  • Exercise, fitness in relation to immunity

  • How vegetables, fruit and polyphenol intake affects immunity

  • Vitamins and minerals and the immune system

  • Supplements

  • And much, much more

Jenna has over 20 years’ experience researching the impact of diet and lifestyle on the immune system and her curiosity about the human body in health and disease has driven her research, deepening her understanding of how what we eat and how we live affects out health and wellbeing.

IG @dr_jenna_macciochi

Twitter @drjmacc

University of Sussex https://profiles.sussex.ac.uk/p404979-jenna-macciochi

website www.drjennamacciochi.com

1-2-1 work www.healthpath.com/practitioners/

1st Book https://smarturl.it/immunitybook

2nd book which is out Feb 24th next year: https://amzn.to/3cyx3ae

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