The Doctor's Kitchen Podcast
The Doctor's Kitchen Podcast
Dr Rupy Aujla
Welcome to The Doctor's Kitchen Podcast with Dr Rupy Aujla. Covering a range of topics from the principles of healthy eating to how to prevent and treat illness, Dr Rupy and his panel of experts draw on the latest research to give you actionable tips to help supercharge your health.What you choose to put on your plate is one of the most important health interventions anyone can make. Dr Rupy's cooksbook, The Doctor's Kitchen and his latest, Eat To Beat Illness, are out now all good bookshops and ebook.
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 adults Lifestyle 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 today - Why 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 future - The importance of including social and emotional wellbeing in any definition of health - The perspective of a Geriatrician - Assessing someone’s readiness to change and tips to motivate them - Sarcopenia and how to prevent this - Your 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 information Visit The Doctor's Kitchen website for full show notes and links for this episode 
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Nov 29
40 min
#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 
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Nov 24
1 hr 14 min
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 bread And 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 
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Nov 22
54 min
#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 entails - The history of KD therapy - Myths and misinformation about the ketogenic diet  - The therapeutic utility of KD in epilepsy, cancer and metabolic disorders - The mechanism of KD - The biochemical changes that the ketogenic fuel-switch offers - From the plate to the petri dish, we need more understanding - The adverse effects of KD - The future of research - Patient resources and support networks Do check out The Doctor's Kitchen website for full show notes and social media links for this episode 
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Nov 17
1 hr 38 min
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 
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Nov 15
1 hr
#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 research - How his culinary medicine programme was set up - What phytonutrients cruciferous vegetables have in them and how they are processed - Sulforaphane and where it comes from - What the mechanisms are behind this nutraceutical found in broccoli, cabbage and sprouts - The anti-viral activity of Sulforaphane - The impact on Heat Shock Proteins and Neuro-inflammation - How Sulforaphane impacts detoxification mechanisms and why this is important - How supplements are to be used exactly as a ‘supplement’ to the foundation of a healthy diet and lifestyle Do check out The Doctor's Kitchen website for full show notes and social media links for this episode. 
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Nov 10
59 min
#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 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 consultant - His latest trial using food supplements and probiotics as an addition to conventional treatment - The formulation of the product with industry and the issues it may pose - His experience of conducting the research and comparing that to the POMI-T trials - Why lifestyle modification and prevention of comorbidities has to be the foundation rather than supplements alone Do check out The Doctor's Kitchen website for full show notes and social media links for this episode 
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Nov 3
55 min
#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 chemicals - THC and CBD - Synthetic vs Natural sources of CBD - The endocannabinoid system - The ‘entourage effect’ - The lethality of cannabis compared to other drugs of medicine and recreation - The complexity of chronic pain patients and why CBD has a role - The difference between prescription and OTC preparations - The delivery mechanism of CBD Remember 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 
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Oct 27
1 hr 14 min
#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 oil Well 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 medicine - The historical use of cannabis as a plant medicine - The types of chemicals found in the cannabis plant - The endocannabinoid system and how cannabis may exert its affects - The risks of using Cannabis - The uses of cannabis in dementia, parkinsons, gut disorders  - Tips on how to use cannabis as a wellness product Disclaimer: 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 
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Oct 20
1 hr 7 min
#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 system - Stress and inflammation in disease - How she was able to overcome trauma in her life - Gut health and its importance during therapy - Her experiences of yoga and learning more about surrendering herself to the universe - The power of nature as a healer - Her personal use of psychedelics and her thoughts on its potential use in medicine Check out The Doctor's Kitchen website for full show notes and all social media links for this episode 
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Oct 14
1 hr 16 min
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