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Welcome to the #ASKELL Podcast; where Revitalize Clinic founder, Elliott Reid, takes amazing people and topics and understand what makes them vital.
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05/24/20 • 30 min

Are you tired of it?...

Are you tired of the barrage of information on as to whether or not veganism is good or bad? If it’s healthy or unhealthy? Good or bad for our planet or economy?

Me too. Which is why, when I became plant based (diet consisting of majority plants) 4 years ago, the first thing I did was churn through books and studies to better inform me on my decision. But what led to this decision?

Health has always been my north star. When I was 8, we went to Bath Spa. My mum told me the spa water was minerally rich and good for you. I literally chugged that spa water down until it made me sick! The point I’m trying to make here is that I value my health over short term satisfaction. And that puts me in a fairly unbiased place because it means I cannot be overcome by subconscious drivers of pleasure as easy as someone else.

And that’s what I want you to do whilst exploring this topic with me. We has humans have an amazing ability of paying attention and learning about something until the information presented conflicts with a belief that we hold great emotional attachment too. But we don’t necessarily throw a paddy. We instead work back from our emotions rather than from logic.

For example, if you really liked chocolate milk, and I told you that chocolate milk was a killer of small children, you might say things like “well it never killed me or my family and we love it... you have to look out for the dairy farmers... people who don’t like chocolate milk are boring” etc.

You’re practicing cognitive dissonance because you’re being presented with information that should make you change your behaviour. Instead you create a false argument to continue to do this behaviour.

And it’s the same for vegans. There are many vegans who will deny certain mineral deficiencies because they’re so emotionally attached to the idea of only relying on mother nature for their sustenance. We will explore this later

So let us begin with the advantages and disadvantages of being vegan

Health implications

When we look at a sensible diet, vegan or omnivorous, the closer we stick to a plant based diet, the better. To argue against this, you would have to say that there is a negative consequence of consuming as many of your recommended daily calories from fruit and veg, as possible. This is a pretty crazy argument since all of our essential nutrients come from plants. We have for hundreds of years, evidenced that a reduced consumption of plant based vitamins and minerals results in:

  • scurvy (vitamin C)
  • anemia (iron deficiency)
  • infertility and nerve damage (vitamin B12)

So we can safely assume plants are good. So the other question is what happens when we increase the consumption of animal products?

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But what is actually wrong with me?

And I understand the question; ‘what is actually wrong with me?’. You want to “know your enemy”. But why do you think your enemy can be seen? If you were to take an MRI of your eye whilst you were looking at a sunflower, do you think you could see a flower on the MRI?

No of course not. So why do you think that by getting an MRI on your lower back, you will see what is causing the pain?

The psychobiological model for psychiatry has been argued as being obsolete by Suman Fernando

We are greater than our anatomy, individual chemicals and compounds

So why do we insist on diagnosis and “powerful” interventions

Why do we insist on scans, surgery and blood tests; diagnosis and prognosis despite no evidence showing this is worthwhile and that it may in fact be harmful? Filling our creative minds with a threatening image or description is never good, as anyone who has googled their symptoms will know.

Because we are:

  • curious by nature
  • often passive by nature
  • have been fed a false, pacifying ideology of pain and suffering

Humans are curious, we want answers. But we are often very passive. Every invention we pride has made things easier. A dog would invent a computer with a treadmill attached. We instead invent the remote control. The less effort the better

It’s the same with relief from pain; mental or physical. If you can pop a pill, have a drink, have an operation, injection etc. you’re all good! You don’t even question the logic behind cutting into a painful area to reduce the pain? Just God forbid you have to actually put the effort in to reduce the pain

The Truth

The truth is that pain is complicated but the mind and body in all their complexity have one key advantage. They adapt. Endurance and strength athletes have a far greater tolerance to pain than inactive individuals.

Exercise based rehab has shown to be superior to purely manual therapy treatment for patients (BEAM trials 2004)

Exposure therapy has been a key pillar of CBT, exposing an individual to manageable levels of a threat so they adapt.

And once they adapt they can be moved onto the next stage of rehab or therapy.

The Guide

The issue is, to me, there seems to be a cry out for someone to take the pain away and I get it. It’s like when you’re a child and you hurt your knee, your mum or teacher might wet a towel and dab the sore spot and the pain goes. There are so many examples of insignificant interventions causing pain to drop.

The issue is when we rely on something other than ourselves. 20 visits with the chiropractor, another bottle of wine, another month on pain killers

You don’t need a hero. You’re the hero. You need a guide

Find someone who empowers you. Someone who can make you the hero of your story. Become someone who can rise in triumph against the ill fortune of physical and mental pain.

Stop looking for someone to take responsibility for your own deconditioning to trauma. Find someone who will help you to eventually look at what caused you to wince, or hide, or grimace... and be comfortable with it

If you need to find your guide then contact the myself at the Revitalize Clinic 6000 clients in and we’re helping people to create lives they love.

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05/10/20 • 19 min

Socialist Ideals

There seemed to be a lack of classist tension in Ancient Egypt. Far from Feudal Europe with social upheaval being very rare (C.Diop, The African Origin of Civilisation) .

Their society was extremely wealthy, pledging us much as the equivalent of £8million worth of Gold to build their temples but every. However the Monarchy was responsible for the success of commerce. They also insured the people were well fed and inherited a house.

This would be the equivalent of a home and nutritious food being your birthright, living in the UK. Not 30 years of debt to own a flat. You would be given a home and nutritious food would be made plentifully available to you (C.Diop, The African Origin of Civilisation). And this was in pursuit of an ethical, not an economic ideal. Ethics held the greatest currency, not wealth

The Monarchy, in their death would have the Declaration of Innocence inscribed in their tombs. We read things such as, Bakhenkhonsu, High Priest (12th century BC) "I did not do islet (evil in his house); I judged the poor like the rich and the strong like the weak”. If they did not live to the Ethical Ideals of Maat, their Ka (soul) would be destroyed in the Duat (afterlife) after it was weighed against the weight of a feather.

The point to explore here, is what would society be like if ethics carried as much weight as currency?

Triumph over evil (Maat vs Isfet)

It was each Egyptian’s duty to banish Islet (evil) from the land by spreading Maat (good, order) and it is in Egypt that we see the first detailed hero story emerging. We can see this in the form of Horus. But the triumph of good over evil is equally seen as a form of Introspection. Within us we have a balance of good and evil and it is our duty to exercise good order over the chaotic evil that resides within us

This has translated into the Abrahamic religions but in Christianity, many will claim to be practicing but will assume forgiveness if we even superficially repent.

Many people who are practicing followers of religion also practice passivity to save themselves from eternal torment. However Maat encourages active participation in banishing Islet from the land.

Mythology (origin of good and evil

In ancient Egypt we see a creationist story which tells the story of the universe into being as well as our own consciousness from unconsciousness

Atum (the uruboros, the abyss, the chaotic disorder of good, evil, female and masculine) provides 4 key figures

  • Osiris (the old King)
  • Isis (the wife of the old king)
  • Set (the evil brother of Osiris, precursor for Seitan)
  • Horus (Osiris’s son who defeats Set to re-establish order)

Horus (eye of Horus) represents consciousness (J Peterson, Maps of Meaning; Erich Neumann, The Origins and History of Consciousness) and he can only see Set’s evil because he can look into the abyss of chaos and evil and see it for what it is. He is not blinded by tradition and complacency like his father but also ourselves

We are all guilty of lying to ourselves in moments of complacency. Many times we look away from the reality of chaos and hide in our unconscious states rather than stare into the abyss and do what is needed of us. Know Thyself is an antidote to this. Do not lie to yourself

There are many theories that this is who the story of Jesus is based on. A deity who can look into the abyss of evil and chaos and confront it with good (Ma'at)

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Welcome to the #ASKELL Podcast; where we explore the make up of amazing people and topics

I founded the Revitalize Clinic in 2013 to provide you with the team of experts you need to be pain free, mentally well and physically fit. Contact us for your free consultation with an expert to start your journey, online or face to face

I think this question is beyond important. Our inability to do what is best for us is the leading cause of death in the UK, with western diseases (diet and lifestyle related illness) and COVID-19 having a 1000% increase in mortality rate for the overweight and obese.

But, to start I think we need to answer “why should we do what’s good for us?”. The answer to this is that “it will pay off... eventually”

The key word here is “eventually” because it takes us from instant gratification to delayed gratification. Eating obesogenic foods is without a doubt, instant gratification. It pays off right there and then, and the more instant the better. Which is why we, as a nation or in the developed world have moved the origin of our meals from the kitchen, to the restaurant, to the delivery man. Apps like JustEat, really, shouldn’t even have taken off. You’re talking about saving 5mins ordering a meal from the same place you always get your Indian or Chinese from anyway. But it’s more instant

So now let’s explore delayed gratification and the benefits/ predispositions to the inability to delay gratification.

The marshmallow experiment (Mishcel et al 1970) involved a teacher who asked a group of children to sit in front of a marshmallow. The teacher said “if the marshmallow is there when I get back, I’ll give you another”

Those children who could resist the instant gratification they would receive when taking the marshmallow so that they could receive another marshmallow showed the following promise in later life:

  • less addictive behaviours (they could say no to drug use)
  • academically more successful
  • more likely to have a healthy BMI

Now, if this wasn’t put into context, we would have a random distribution of obesity, for example. Random children are born with randomised abilities to control their impulses. But unfortunately, we don’t.

The limitations of the study were later concluded to be that socioeconomic background significantly predisposed the outcome (Tyler et al)

i.e. kids with rich parents could delay their gratification

But this isn’t necessarily maladaptive for poor children to go for the instant gratification. When the future is uncertain (i.e. the marshmallow might disappear) it makes sense to grab it whilst you have the chance. “The early bird gets the worm” or “strike whilst the irons hot” are both sayings that promote the “getting whilst the getting is good”

I think this relays a far clearer picture of why we don’t do what’s good for us. Because for many people the future is so bleak or uncertain, why would we.

Predictors of obesity are: income

I.e. your home culture and your nation’s culture, significantly predispose obesity

The Solution
Anyone who has attempted to lose a significant amount of weight knows that it is simply too hard to ask the nation token their weight down out of free will alone. IMO, it needs a nationalised attempt

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05/02/20 • 55 min

Today we have Niki Mahon is a friend and of whom, I am a fan.

From a young age Niki has thrived in environments such as dance and art, showing from an early age, creative flare. After completing a degree in graphics design from Bournemouth University, Niki quickly set up a side hustle, selling finely sourced jewellery online.

Over the years, she has been a finalist in 3 KEIBA (kent excellence in business awards) for her excellence in business and has also featured in beauty publications and Bhangara music videos.

A business is like an iceberg. There are greater depths to what you see. And when the line between the business and the person is blurred, the depth grows deeper.

I had a great time discussing today with Niki,

01:43 General Introduction

03:00 Niki expresses the conflict she felt age 23
She was a qualified graphics designer but didn't feel it was her calling. She had to make a move. Niki decided business was her move. But how she came to this decision took introspection and a drive to leave the comfortable working environment she had found

06:50 Cutting the Emotional Attachment to Instagram
Niki now has over 90,000 instagram followers but when she initially hit 10,000 she deleted her account. She felt embarrassed at the time and didn't feel people would take her seriously at work. How did this shape her perception of social media? How does that manifest itself today?

Do people feel entitled when contacting her; do they demand attention and a response? Niki discusses how this affects her

14:15 How much don't people see?
I used the metaphor of an iceberg. Niki explains how much people don't see of the background workings of her business. But she also gives insight in as to how social media is becoming more transparent for the better. It gets tiring keeping on a mask that doesn't always represent how you feel

16:20 What would have happened if you didn't change?
When Niki was 23, the family of her spouse at the time put undue stress on her to fit a mould she didn't affiliate with. She needed something for herself to be proud of... but what would have happened if the pressure to change wasn't as great? And is this pressure to fit a mould felt by many second or third generation immigrants?

23:52 The pressure of the Entrepreneurial Pop Culture
Is everyone meant to be an entrepreneur? And do they come in different shapes and sizes? Niki expresses that you don't necessarily need to go ALL IN straight away. I agree

28:05 What are your motivations going forward?
Niki expresses her motivation; what she's running towards and what she's running from

34:15 Niki flips the script onto me. Know Thyself
I express how early experiences of racism ignited my fire to prove myself to the world and leave no stone unturned

40:38 Could the drive have been extinguished
There are many people who live in chronically oppressive situations. Can these situations extinguish the greatest parts of our personalities if she sit there long enough?

42:45 "John lost his wife and sold his house. Next week he was a billionaire"
We discuss how the glorification of these often fictional events are harmful for entrepreneurialism

44:25 Word Associated Game
Popularised by Sigmund Freud, it's a simplified version that shows what people's minds associate with different words. Niki had some great ones


Thank you for listening! And if you have any suggestions for future podcasts, please let me know!

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Hey There’s no doubt that the human species is starting to suffer from their own “success” and we’re having to answer far deeper, philosophical questions such as “how to responsibly generate a surplus of food” rather than “where is our next meal coming from” In light of this, I posed some more provocative questions to our group of experts such as the following: * If you could get rid of terrorism or obesity which would it be? i.e. is the greater evil the one that takes the most life or the one where freedom of choice (or the illusion of) is eradicated? * Can you be obese and work in the NHS? i.e. how valuable is leading by example? * Are herbal medicine or pharmaceuticals unsafe i.e. is it the tool or the practitioner? * Why are some motivated to exercise? We had a much greater contrast in opinions and I would be interested to hear your perspective so please do write in with your opinions, share on social media and via email. And if you need any time to book a free consultation, you know where we are --- Send in a voice message:
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Hey, I have an amazing story to share with you We're truly blessed to be able to see so many individuals on a daily basis who make tremendous strides towards a healthier, lighter, cleaner version of themselves. And every so often, a client jumps all of the hurdles, picks themselves up repeatedly from countless mistakes and transforms their body and mind for the better Michael Britchfield has: lost over 35kg of body fat (over 5 stone) gained a load of strength cut his waistline by 25cm The greatest achievement however which is so clear in this recent pod cast is that Michael is happier and we cannot hope for a better outcome than that May and Michael have become a great team. Please take a moment to listen to his podcast where he reveals mentally what he had to go through and how he had to change to achieve these feats. It is remarkable And remember, we're here to help and to be your team mate. Please, if you have any questions, just post below --- Send in a voice message:
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This was a great episode. We kick start with a subject that is becoming an increasingly important topic of discussion; mental health. Interestingly but probably quite obviously, Dr Sahota goes to the root of the fruit. Sleep, social circles and rat race culture. What do you think about this? Are we having too deep a perspective on mental health before we take care of the superficial commonalities? We then answer whether or not we should be weighing kids at school, and if there are better alternatives. Check it out. I wouldn't weigh my children, that's for sure. But we come up with some interesting alternatives. Children respond well to the reward of productive behaviour, not the outcome. I.e. focus on the number of fruits eaten, the amount of exercise completed per week.... not their weight. We then go on to answer your questions. Is CBD oil good for you; what is the general knowledge base of GPs outside of pharmaceutical intervention? Let me know what you think. I would be excited to hear your thoughts And if you would like to book a free consultation for any of our services, please just hit the box below --- Send in a voice message:
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10/29/18 • 21 min

One topic that I find very hard to curb my frustration and equally my enthusiasm on is childhood obesity. But two questions we must ask are: what are the predispositions? what are the solutions? This study found the greatest predisposition to be parental dietary and exercise habits. Whilst Amsterdam is the only city in the world to my knowledge, to be reducing childhood obesity at a current rate of 12% for the longevity of their program. This is a huge step in the right direction. One argument I think we need to be done with is the "genetics" argument. Yes, some people have it harder than others but ultimately it is the environmental factors that "turn on" these "fat genes". It would be hard to be overweight during a famine for example. You'll see me and Chris speak of our triumphs and frustrations in trying to tackle childhood obesity during the council funded Don't Sit Get Fit class that we used to run. One personal message I must get across is to the parents and children who participated. You did fantastically well and it was such a great experience to work with you to better the lives of your children. But we are not getting richer and we are not getting fitter which means that many children will get to a dependant age of 55-60 where they're incapacitated due to their health with no savings at the time that our national health services and state funded care is on the brink of collapse which will leave them bankrupted and sick. Take care of your children and they will take care of you And if you have any questions regarding your health and fitness, comment or email! We would love to help Amsterdam Childhood Obesity: Predispositions to childhood obesity: --- Send in a voice message:
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06/14/20 • 49 min

I wanted to explore my experiences as a black man, growing up in the UK. And I have done so through reading history and attending therapy to ease the pain or at least better understand certain experiences. If you’re called a monkey or a nigger enough times, it certainly leaves a mark somewhere.

But until now, when having this conversation which is rarely ever instigated by myself, I am met with eyes that so quickly glaze over. Why would your eyes glaze over when someone speaks about something which affects them so greatly? And such a great source of pain?

I had one admittance of truth whilst having this conversation with a patient the other day

“I feel guilty” they said

This small admittance of truth is in my opinion such a great hint as to what lies under the tip of the iceberg. This guilt. This sense of ownership of the sins of the past is experienced by many British and American people of European descent, knowingly or unknowingly.

What a farce. What a fallacy. Guilty for what? During the height of the British Empire, 25% of Britains didn’t even have enough food to maintain a consistent calorie intake. Diarrhea and pneumonia were common causes of death. You wouldn’t have lived long enough to die from your first heart attack. If you were middle class you might live to 45

My family were on the plantations with scars on their backs as whips tore into their flesh. If of English heritage, your family were likely in the workhouses in more favourable conditions yet still not great.

But your ancestors were surely closer to mine than they were to the aristocracy.

The greatest lie that the working class have ever been told is that "as long as you’re better than a nigger or an immigrant, you are somebody”. So you look down on the people who are trying to make something better for themselves rather than look to banish the hand so firmly placed in your chest, stopping you from progressing any further.

You look to the imaginary ball and chain around your ankle rather than the very real knife in your throat.

So let’s now leave this fallacy behind that black progress takes from white progress. Let’s stop seeing black and white as being on this spectrum of push and pull where if one side wins, one side loses. Let’s accept that we’re different yet equal and let’s explore my experiences of being black and British for the hope of helping both of us rid ourselves from a legacy of inequality that has been perpetrated from the top down.

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