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Saving Lives In Slow Motion

Dr Ayan Panja

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Dr Ayan Panja has been putting health into context as a doctor for over 25 years. He shares his expert generalist perspective on important themes around health & wellbeing, pondering what impacts our health journeys, societal attitudes and meaning in our lives. SAVING LIVES IN SLOW MOTION is a bite-sized, enriching and mind-expanding podcast. Powerful messages, science, medicine and storytelling with a professional but informal tone. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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Yoga has been practised for thousands of years but as many people are cynical about trying it as there are huge fans of it. In this episode I share my own experiences and the benefits yoga can confer to our health. Links: Barriers to yoga (Nepalese sudy): https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8039334/ Yoga effects on brain health: https://ww…
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In episode 012 of the Fast Slow Motion Podcast, Jeff White, Chief Delivery Officer at Fast Slow Motion, dives into the power of second order leadership. Explore how going beyond basic task execution to empower your team can spur both personal development and organizational success. Gain insights on creating a robust, scalable business model by embe…
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Perfectionism has risen in the workplace in recent years. It can be a huge positive in terms of work standards but also predisposes people to stress, anxiety and burnout. In this episode I look at ways to capitalise on its strengths and mitigate any negatives. Not sure if you are one? Take the quiz below. Links: Take the quiz - are you a perfection…
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This is an argument that rages on in the world of nutrition and medicine. In this episode I look at what food is, what it does to us in terms of our health and the mechanisms behind it and give you my verdict on whether I consider it to be medicine or not. Ultra processed foods - review: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC10899807/ Protei…
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High blood pressure is the biggest modifiable risk factor for cardiovascular disease, which is still the leading cause of death worldwide. It’s often called a silent killer because it has usually has no symptoms. This episode give you the lowdown on high blood pressure (also known as essential hypertension). Links: WHO page: https://www.who.int/new…
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In episode 011 of the Fast Slow Motion Podcast, discover why leadership is a non-negotiable trait when hiring and training employees for your business. Michael Smith, Director of People at Fast Slow Motion, explains how an ownership mindset among team members is crucial for a company's success. Learn effective strategies for identifying and cultiva…
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Mind Body Medicine is fascinating but has been poorly understood over the years. I believe it is more important to try to understand better now more than ever as we are surrounded by medically unexplained symptoms and non-communicable symptoms and diseases. In this episode I look at the origins and theories behind it as well as link to the evidence…
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This is a super hot topic in health care in some parts of the world at the moment. In this episode I look at how these drugs work and the pros and cons of taking them for weight loss purposes. Obesity, in some instances, is in essence a form of ‘malnutrition’ because of the nature of food consumed and how rates have increased rapidly over the last …
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In Episode 010 of The Fast Slow Motion Podcast, we delve deeper into crafting sustainable business models that endure over the long haul. John Burdett returns to share his expertise on building businesses that aren't just about survival, but are structured for longevity and success. This episode focuses on the importance of having a clear purpose, …
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CGM has changed lives for the better people with Type 1 Diabetes but nowadays people without diabetes use it as a tool. In this episode I look at the pros and cons of CGM and how it can be used as a lens into our general health and how it is linked to our gut microbiome amongst many other systems. Links: CGM early days review: https://www.ncbi.nlm.…
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In this episode I look at smart phones. They have changed the way we live beyond imagination but are they doing us any harm in terms of the way we think and behave? Links: Life before smartphones: https://medium.com/be-unique/before-smartphones-were-a-thing-87208717b8d7 Teenage brain: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/teen/Pages/W…
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Tune into Episode 009 of the Fast Slow Motion Podcast, where President and CEO John Burdett delves into the myths and realities of transforming an idea into a thriving business. With candid insights, John discusses the importance of execution, intentionality, focus, and discipline over mere ideas, revealing how top businesses refine existing concep…
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Addictions can ruin lives but why do they occur in the first place and what can we do to acknowledge them better? In this episode Iook at why they can be so hard to conquer and touch on different aspects of addiction. Links: How the addicted brain works: https://www.yalemedicine.org/news/how-an-addicted-brain-works Sugar - why most of us could easi…
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Becoming a parent is a gift but it has its challenges. In this episode I look at some factors to be mindful of including the difference between the child and adult brain plus micro tips to help navigate your way through the maze of parenthood. Links: Parenting styles: https://www.parents.com/parenting/better-parenting/style/parenting-styles-explain…
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Dive into a profound discussion on leadership with Brandon Landes, Client Director at Fast Slow Motion, hosted by Sam Donaghey. In this episode, Brandon shares his unique journey from a military officer to a business leader, shedding light on how leadership principles transcend environments to foster success in any domain. He reflects on his rigoro…
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Skin - it’s known as our largest ‘organ’ and most of us have had some kind of skin issue. This is my 101. Enjoy! Guttate psoriasis: https://www.healthline.com/health/psoriasis-guttate Pitiryiasis rosea: https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/a-z/pityriasis-rosea-symptoms Scarlet fever: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/176242 Slapped cheek syn…
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Health screening has exploded over the last 20 years. Is it a money making exercise or actually worth it? In this episode I look at the pros and cons and how you can decide what may be worth doing and the reason people decide they need it. Links: UK ethics of health screening: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-nsc-ethical-framework-for-…
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Dive in as we continue the A.I. discussion in episode 007 of The Fast Slow Motion Podcast. Join FSM's Chief Technology Officer, Chad Seales, for a deep dive into Salesforce and HubSpot's advanced A.I. functionalities. Get the lowdown on adopting tech that actually moves the needle, with insights on securing your operations and unlocking innovative …
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There isn’t a week in practice when I don’t get asked about food intolerances and how to test for them. It’s a contentious topic that needs some deconstructing. In this episode I look at what is and isn't intolerance and how to proceed if you think you have a food intolerance. Links: Food intolerance vs allergy - official guidance: https://www.alle…
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Lyme Disease rates have doubled in the last 30 years in the USA and rates are rising across the world in affected areas. In this episode I look at Lyme, other tick-borne illnesses and the mystery symptoms they can give rise to, as well as strategies to treat and prevent them. Lyme disease factsheet: https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/borreliosis/facts/f…
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Dive into part one of the ever-evolving world of artificial intelligence (AI) with Episode 006 of the Fast Slow Motion Podcast. In this episode, Sam Donaghey chats with Chad Seales, Fast Slow Motion's Chief Technology Officer, exploring the nuances and applications of AI in business. This episode covers a range of topics, from the basics of machine…
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Cholesterol has become an obsession for so many people over the last 50 years. In this episode I look at the story of cholesterol and why it is important and when to worry about it. Links: The history of cholesterol: https://www.escardio.org/Journals/E-Journal-of-Cardiology-Practice/Volume-19/history-in-medicine-the-story-of-cholesterol-lipids-and-…
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TW: Sensitive topic: one in six people worldwide are now affected by infertility and rates have soared over the last 30 years. In this episode I look at the reasons behind it and what we can do about it on an individual and societal level. Childlessness: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/oct/02/the-desire-to-have-a-child-never-goes-away…
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Dive into Episode 005 of the Fast Slow Motion Podcast with guest Martha Cirulnick, Project Leader at Fast Slow Motion, as she reveals the secrets to building trust within teams. Host Sam Donaghey and Martha explore the crucial role of vulnerability and healthy conflict in fostering a positive work environment. Learn actionable strategies to cultiva…
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Minor illness seems trivial, but is it always simple to deal with and when do we need to think more carefully about what can seem like minor illness on the surface? Lay referral: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1316199/pdf/brjgenprac004944500617.pdf The debate about doctors and Physician Associates: https://www.bmj.com/content/383/bmj.…
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In this episode I look at ADHD which is increasing in prevalence due to increased diagnoses. There are many features to this condition which need unpacking. I look at the causes, what we can do to help manage ADHD and why it occurs in the first place. The increase in diagnosis: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/news/2023/jul/significant-rise-adhd-diagnoses-uk …
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Unlocking growth is essential for any business, and this episode with Sam Donaghey and Michael Johnson, FSM's Director of Growth, sheds light on just how to achieve it. They delve into the pivotal roles of systems, automation, and visibility in scaling a business effectively. Michael brings his extensive experience with hundreds of businesses to th…
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It’s something that befalls most of us as we age, but what is it? It is a marker of vulnerability as we age and in many ways a soft tool to predict our risk of future illness and rate of decline. In this episode I look at how it is assessed and what we can do to prevent it. Links: Rockwood score: https://www.england.nhs.uk/south/wp-content/uploads/…
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In this episode I look at what makes for good health in children. It’s clearly multifactorial and the latest reports show that the health of children has declined in recent years in the UK. I look at why this may be the case and what the root causes might be. Links: Children ‘betrayed’ in UK: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-68203749 WHO website o…
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Adversity doesn't stand a chance against a bulletproof culture. Join Sam Donaghey and Matt Dyar, COO of Fast Slow Motion, as they delve into the essence of creating a work environment that not only survives but thrives in the face of adversity. In this insightful discussion, Matt shares invaluable lessons on fostering a culture rooted in trust, ada…
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Creating a business you want to keep is more than just a goal—it's a journey of passion and purpose. Join Sam Donaghey and John Burdett, CEO of Fast Slow Motion, in the latest episode of The Fast Slow Motion Podcast as they explore the heart of building a business aligned with your deepest values. This episode dives into the importance of loving wh…
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In this episode I look at the history of sexual health, our attitudes towards it and how we things have changed over the last 100 years. TW: use of sexual language and references to adult themes. HPV: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/human-papilloma-virus-hpv Shame and STIs: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8297218/ Philadelphia trailer: h…
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This week is my 100th episode. I reflect on some of the topics I have covered over the last 20 months or so and beyond the basics I talk about what I think is the most important aspect of our health in the modern world (and it's not food or relationships)! Links below for a deeper dive... let's go. School resources - how the NHS works: https://www.…
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Building and growing a business is a challenging journey, but it doesn't have to be a solitary one. Join Sam Donaghey, John Burdett, and Eric Housh in the debut episode of The Fast Slow Motion Podcast as they share valuable insights and strategies for entrepreneurs and business leaders. Released bi-weekly, each episode is packed with actionable adv…
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In this episode I look at the work of doctors being done by other professionals and try to balance the issues that surround it. Links: My rapid response from the BMJ in 2006: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1325146/ Labels and role confusion: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2023/dec/13/public-confused-over-physician-associates-work…
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Meditation and mindfulness are both useful interrelated tools to improve one’s mental health. Meditation should ideally be a regular practice and in this episode I discuss some of the benefits as well as take you through a short guided mediation on self-compassion. Links: Mindfulness and CBT: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-022-24256-9 Mindf…
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In this episode I look at the concept of ‘ideas’ rather than resolutions that might shape your 2024 on an individual and societal level, including a couple of things I managed myself in 2023. There are also some easy hacks to incorporate into your day which can work for everyone. My IDEAL framework for behaviour change: https://shows.acast.com/savi…
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In this episode I look at the true essence of health. We live a world that is increasingly confusing in terms of health messaging and priorities given the amount of inequality in the world. I take a look at some basics of what is important to us in our lives which people may not consider important for health but not only nourish us as humans but ar…
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In this episode I look at the role of our genes in health and illness. Patterns of inherited diseases: https://www.verywellhealth.com/how-genetic-disorders-are-inherited-2860737 Epigenetics explained: https://www.theguardian.com/science/occams-corner/2014/apr/25/epigenetics-beginners-guide-to-everything Epigenetics and inheritance: https://learn.ge…
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TW: This episode mentions PTSD. We all know what trauma means but how and why does it affect our physical health as well as our mental health? In this episode I look at the reasons behind trauma being a trigger for illness and what we can do to prevent its effects over the years in terms of maintenance. Links: Trauma informed care: https://www.gov.…
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These are both words that are bandied around quite a lot in common parlance but what do they actually mean? And what is the difference between them? In this episode I look at the similarities, differences and why they come about. Links: Trump - a textbook narcissist: https://www.uu.nl/en/node/541/donald-trump-textbook-narcissist DSM-5 classificatio…
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Medicalisation is the how human experience becomes something that needs medical attention. There are pros and cons of this including the ‘need’ for medicine vs something that is being sold to us something that is unnecessary. I look at some examples in this episode and why it is something that needs consideration. Links: Ivan Illich: https://www.th…
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Integrity - most of us know what it is and value it but does it always help us or can it hinder us? In this episode I look at why is it so important to so many people, what defines it and some extreme examples. Links: Generic examples of integrity: https://helpfulprofessor.com/integrity-examples/ The VW scandal: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-…
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In this episode I conduct a whistle-stop tour of musculoskeletal health and strategies to prevent joint, muscle and ligament problems and improve our ability to keep them healthy. Some of these conditions are genetic but many are not. Links: Biomechanics: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3266544/ Exercise and osteoarthritis: https://www…
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In this episode I look at the role of faith, prayer and mindset in health. Links: Medical study on whether prayer works: https://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/31/health/longawaited-medical-study-questions-the-power-of-prayer.html Tanya Luhrmann’s work: https://press.princeton.edu/books/hardcover/9780691164465/how-god-becomes-real Positive outlooks: https…
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Type 2 Diabetes has doubled in the last 15 years in the UK. It is associated with potentially serious complications from kidney failure to blindness but there is a process called insulin resistance that occurs prior to its onset. In this episode I look at the development, prevention and management of this condition. Diabetes stats for the UK: https…
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In this episode I look at travel related illness and some tropical diseases worth knowing about. Traveller’s tummy: https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/travel-tummy-troubles-heres-how-to-prevent-or-soothe-them-202208042796 Diarrhoeal illness: https://www.who.int/health-topics/diarrhoea#tab=tab_1 Oral rehydration therapy: https://www.unicef.org/supp…
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I don’t think there is anyone on the planet that hasn’t had a cough. It’s a biological reflex in basic terms and as it seems to occupy up to 40% of presentations to a health care provider, I thought it would be good to cover the why what and how of this ubiquitous symptom. Links: The mechanism of a cough: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/P…
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How we access medical information and where it comes from is all important. It has changed hugely in the last 50 years and in this episode I look at how and why that has happened and also the future. Change in news sources: https://pressgazette.co.uk/media-audience-and-business-data/most-popular-news-sources-uk-tiktok-ofcom-news-consumption-survey/…
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Lifestyle Medicine is now a well established discipline. I look at what it means today and how it has evolved over the years since its inception and how it is indispensable in this day and age. Bromelain: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8067380/# James Rippe: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6933565/ Behaviour change in lif…
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