Welcome to our 250th commentary, produced over these last five years since Share Radio moved to 100% online broadcasting. It's been a period of massive change and increasing clarity on what we need to do to sort out the problems of the world, and we hope these thoughts are making some contribution in that respect. To mark this staging point we thought it might be helpful to set out some of the guiding principles which have steered, and will continue to steer, our comment.
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Background music: Hovering Thoughts by Spence
Trauma and anxiety can often be linked to a few recurring thoughts, particularly those that arise from within. They can be a struggle to fight — the more you try to suppress them, the worse they become. This episode uses a metaphor to help you detach yourself from these thoughts, using an acknowledged technique called 'Acceptance and Commitment Therapy' (ACT) in order to help minimise such intrusive/unpleasant thoughts.
Adam Cox is joined by Charles Ellis, Benign Prostatic Enlargement (BPH) sufferer, to discuss the condition and the effects it can have on sufferers. He explains how BPH has impacted his daily life, and also talks about Water Vapour Therapy and how it is used to treat BPH. www.bostonscientific.com
Adam Cox is joined by Rick Thompson, CEO of rare disease charity Beacon, to discuss the challenges of living with a rare disease and why patient groups are so important. He explains how Beacon are helping those with a rare disease and the actions the charity are calling for. www.rarebeacon.org
In much of modern life we value the present much higher than either the past or the future; the latter because, if we'd like our descendants to remember where they came from, we would need to leave them a legacy — which we’re clearly not prepared to do, either in our personal and civic lives. So this week we consider some of the range of areas afflicted by this timeline poverty, and how this focus on the ‘now’ threatens the whole prospect of a legacy for our species as a result of both climate change and international aggression. Background Music: Turn - The Tower of Light
Building confidence to deal with interviews and applications for promotion can be challenging when potential role models appear boastful or arrogant — behaviour one might not want to copy. So it can be useful to seek out an example of someone who not only has the necessary confidence but also the characteristics one might wish to emulate. This approach is known as a circle of excellence or, as Adam Cox describes it, a cylinder of confidence.
Adam Cox is joined by Senior GP and Broadcaster, Dr Roger Henderson, and Chris Addison, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2015 but is now thankfully cancer-free, for Men's Health Week to discuss a new survey from Bayer UK that reveals men's attitudes toward their own health. They talk about the launch of the "Shed by Shed: Rebuilding the Fight Against Prostate Cancer" campaign, and the pair explain why talking about men's health is so important.
Adam Cox is joined by Dr Ian Braithwaite, CEO of Try Habitual, Dr Silja Voolma, Behavioural Scientist, and pre-diabetes patient, Marv Yeller, for Diabetes Week to discuss new research which reveals the stigma and negative stereotypes surrounding Diabetes. They explain ways in which these misconceptions and stigmas can be addressed, and Ian explains who Habitual are and what they do.
Adam Cox explores tapping into HNWI (High Net Worth Individual) resources to develop potential coping strategies - towards spending, resourcefulness and productivity. His client in this episode, faced with a potentially lower life expectancy, is keenly aware that 'you can't take it with you' - so what are the options?
Life plans and other expectations formed at an early age can work out very differently in adulthood, and often anxiety can result from moving goalposts. This episode uses the technique of regression to re-visit events in the past to show how although you can't predict what's going to happen, you can choose. It's interesting to reflect how this must feel for the Queen, who was aware of her destiny from the age of ten, set out her intentions in 1952, and continues to fulfill them seventy years on.
Image source: Wikipedia - Princess Elizabeth at 17
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