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The Natural Health Revolution with Dr. Sarah Kelly – a brand new podcast that covers all things health, with top experts on science, nutrition and wellbeing.

Dr. Sarah Kelly (PhD) brings you the latest from the fields of health, nutrition, science and wellbeing to help you take care of your long-term health. Each week, Sarah unpacks a topic that affects our everyday health with the latest facts & research from well-respected experts in their field (academia/research, science, medicine, health and more!).

Our goal is to breakdown complicated topics into the philosophy of ‘GENTLE CHANGES’: small steps we can take to create healthy and sustainable habits in the long-term!

It can be hard to sift through all the information we are bombarded with when it comes to health – especially when we don’t know who to trust. We bring you experienced voices to cut through that noise of misinformation and give you the foundational knowledge you need to make up your own mind!

No More ‘Taboo’ Subjects!

The Natural Health Revolution wants to empower people to understand how to take care of their own bodies without embarrassment. Sarah and her guests lead by example with honest conversations about subjects we need to get comfortable with if we want to take care of ourselves and each other.


About Sarah: A former Assoc. Professor at the School of Health & Human Performance at Dublin City University, Sarah brings her passion & expertise to each conversation – creating casual and easy-to-follow conversations with experts covering Gut Health; Pelvic Health; Menopause; Skincare; Chronic Disease; Heart Health; Exercise Science and much more.

EPISODES

EPISODE 01: GUT HEALTH WITH LORRAINE COONEY

“Gut Health is Good Health” – we’ve all heard the phrase. But how can we take care of our gut?

In the first episode of The Natural Health Revolution, Dr. Sarah Kelly sits down with renowned Gut Health expert and author of ‘Gut Feeling’, Lorraine Cooney MSc (The Blackrock Clinic).

In this wide-ranging chat, Lorraine explains how fundamental gut-health is to our overall quality of life and health; gives us tips on how to get kids to eat more fruit & veg; demystifies the processes around IBS treatments; and explains the importance of the gut for our immune system. She also talks us through the significant communications via Gut-Brain axis – linking the gut to emotional and physical cycles (Sleep, Stress, Anxiety).

About: Lorraine has over 20 years experience in the field of Nutrition & Dietetics. She is founder of guthealthmatters.ie and Chairperson of the Gastrointestinal Interest Group at The Irish Nutrition and Dietetic institute (INDI).

EPISODE 02: PELVIC HEALTH WITH HELEN KEEBLE

Join Sarah & Helen as they explain that it is never too late to regain the dignity & freedom that comes with a strong pelvic floor. Together they bust the damaging myths around this subject as they cover: the functions of our pelvic organs; what a pelvic physio does; how constipation can seriously damage our pelvic strength; the misinformation around exercise and pregnancy, the importance of recovery after childbirth; the taboo around what is considered ‘toilet issues’; the lack of accurate information around women’s bodies; how to strengthen your pelvic floor to prevent or heal injury; the importance of correct toiling; the misconceptions and lack of support around menopause education.

ABOUT: Helen Keeble is a physiotherapist specialising in pelvic health and the founder of www.umi-health.com – a specialist website that provides women with guidance, practical advice, tailored exercises and offers a community of support for anyone who struggles to navigate their pelvic health. She worked with the Royal Free NHS Foundation trust, before setting up her own clinics in London & Ireland, where she leads a team of specially trained physiotherapists. She also teaches postgraduate students and served as an official physio to the Great Britain Olympic team in London 2012.

EPISODE 03: LIFE & HEALTH BEYOND CHRONIC ILLNESS WITH DR. NOEL MCCAFFREY

Did you know that chronic illness is the biggest growing public health challenge in Ireland? A chronic disease is defined ‘a long-term illness’ – and can range from diabetes to heart disease, arthritis to cancer. Many diagnoses can mean a life-long management of our health/symptoms. Worryingly, as our guest this week Dr Noel McCaffrey tells us: ‘Chronic illness is the biggest public health challenge facing our country and many other first world countries. 84% of people over the age of 65 have one chronic illness and 64% have two.’

In this episode, Sarah mines Noel’s decades of experience in the medical field and delves into his inspiring initiative, Exwell Medical – a community based exercise programme specifically tailored to those who are navigating chronic illness. Noel tells us of his mission to bring these therapeutic classes to local group settings around Ireland – providing patients with invaluable physical resilience to navigate their disease and becoming strong enough to weather/prevent setbacks. He also points out the surprising – but equally important – impact these classes have had on the mental health and confidence of participants – as well as finding physical independence, they discover confidence and peer support with those who are also finding their way after a life-changing diagnosis.

With the worrying rise of chronic illness placing pressure on hospital resources, Noel has found his medical peers to be welcoming of external resources that will emphasise the importance of keeping physically strong outside of hospital care as part of a ‘continued care’. Exwell caters to a wide variety of groups – from those who are dealing with long-term illness, to those preparing for surgeries – as well as two dedicated Cancer programmes: ‘Cancer Prepare’ & ‘Move On’. These dedicated programmes provide tailored classes to help people prepare and recover from cancer treatment with the vital emotional & mental support from fellow cancer peers – an equally important element to any cancer journey.

ABOUT NOEL: Noel is a medical doctor & lecturer in Dublin City University – as well as a former Dublin GAA All Star back in the day – and his initiative, Exwell Medical, are pioneers in providing medically-endorsed community exercise groups for people dealing with long-term illness, recovering from surgeries or cancer treatment. Exwell Medical provides pre & post treatment exercise classes for anyone suffering from a chronic illness, as well as dedicated cancer group classes – ‘Cancer Prepare’ & ‘Move On’ – that provide specialist-led classes for patients to stay physically active, strong and resilient as they undergo their cancer journey.

EPISODE 04: FERTILITY & WOMENS HEALTH WITH DR. MICHELLE HONE

This week’s episode addresses sensitive topics that include: miscarriage, fertility & personal medical journeys. The discussion is for personal/informative purposes only, and does not intend to replace or dismiss the advice of your medical professional. If you are affected by any of the topics covered, you can find a list of supportive resources below

‘We’re working with fertility clients when they’re kind of in the darkness about these things – it’s so lovely to be able to say, okay, you can do this and this. And it’s almost like they take ownership of it again instead of leaving things up to chance. So it’s just so lovely to be able to give them those tools’

Nutritionist and fertility expert, Michelle Hone PhD, has a personal passion fuelling her mission with The Fit Clinic – an online clinic providing a team of specialised nutrition coaches. Using her background in science and nutrition, Michelle transformed her own pain and experience of fertility & miscarriage into a determination to provide support and evidence-based information for those who are caught in the sometimes slow-moving wheels of the medical avenue. Michelle has built a reputation as a trusted and plain-speaking resource to help empower women to understand their own complex bodies and nurture their fertility journey.

In this episode on Women’s Health, Michelle & Sarah explore all the ways that a woman’s body has apparently remained a ‘mystery’ to the medical research field when it comes to the growing prevalence of PCOS, Hypothalmic Amenorrhea, unexplained miscarriage. Michelle highlights the general sense that the medical model can use a ‘wait & see’ approach to helping women who are struggling to become pregnant and carry to term. But what can women do in the meantime to help themselves? As Michelle explains, this reactive method not only wastes time that further shrinks the fertility window of women in their thirties – but often demoralises, traumatises (and sometimes gives the false impression of a closed-case). Armed with a warm, compassionate intelligence, Michelle blows open the traditional door that has long stood between women and their own medical treatment: providing insight into the myriad issues that can fail to be picked up on by a GP.

This is a discussion that seeks to expand on the knowledge and treatments of the medical field, not replace it – the goal is to help women feel agency during a very difficult emotional/psychological experience by understanding their own specific stressors and health queries that need to be addressed in order to promote higher odds of success.

MICHELLE HONE:
Dr Michelle Hone is the founder of The Fit Clinic, a team of nutritionists and nutritional therapists who provide online nutrition coaching. The Fit Clinic specialise in women’s health, empowering women to understand their bodies, female physiology and their hormones, so they attain optimal health. The Fit Clinic works with women looking to change their body composition, get to the bottom of their hormonal issues, and change their relationship with food. They support women throughout all life stages, whether this is feeling and looking their absolute best for their big day, optimising their fertility and supporting them during pregnancy, motherhood and beyond.

– WEBSITE: www.thefitclinicnutrition.ie
– INSTAGRAM: @thefitclinic

RESOURCES:
HSE
Miscarriage.ie

EPISODE 05: HEALTHY AGEING WITH DR. BRENDAN EGAN

Join Sarah as she chats to Dr. Brendan Egan, deputy head of the School of Health and Human Performance, DCU, about the importance of looking after our bodies to prepare and strengthen us for old age.

Brendan points to the evidence that a healthy approach to our bodies at every stage can help prevent and manage the vast chronic diseases that are occurring more frequently in the Western world as we move into our middle and later life stages.

EPISODE 06: SKIN HEALTH WITH SPOHIA WOODS

This week’s episode is a refreshing and informative dive into the fundamentals of skincare with Sophia Woods, aka, The Facialist.

Sophia has had a long and illustrious career in the beauty industry – working with leading global beauty houses, to her eventual return to Ireland, where she poured all her experience into her Dublin skincare haven The Facialist Clinic. Today, she breaks down exactly what we need to know in each phase of our lives when it comes to caring for, preventing damage to, and treating problematic skin.

Down to earth and brimming with insight, this is an illuminating discussion, which will help you understand your own specific needs…and possibly save money when you realise that ‘simple and effective’ can be the name of the game!

– WEBSITE: www.thefacialist.ie
– INSTAGRAM: @thefacialistsophiawoods
– FACEBOOK: The Facialist Sophia Woods
– LINKEDIN: The Facialist Sophia Woods

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RADIO STATION SCHEDULES

Catch ‘The Natural Health Revolution’ on the radio for highlights of our interviews! Check listings below for your local station schedule.

DÉISE TODAY

Monday 31st January
11:30am

MIDLANDS 103

Monday 31st January
11:40am

LMFM

Tuesday 1st February
12:30am