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Cyber Synapse Podcast

Catherine Knibbs

Creating connections and conversations about people, technology and the intersection of health and wellbeing. Recorded through the "cyber synaptic space." Catherine speaks to people who are considered experts in their fields. Important information for parents, teachers, professionals and anyone who wants to learn about cyberspace, digital parenting, security, data protection, counselling, health, wellbeing, personal growth and development. This is your acoustic & neuroplastic ride that will synthesise areas of information you never knew could be!
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I'm joined today by a fellow psychotherapist with a passion for understanding technology and how we relate to and with this invention of man.

Ronen and I have riffed about this subject matter at conferences for some time, and even in a sauna at the TA conference in Birmingham in 2019, where we were supposed to be taking care of ourselves and relaxing, yet it turned into an animated conversation about the development of the human next to/with and through this (see the chats I've had about the detox properties of saunas in previous episodes)

We talk attachment, tough, relationships, gaming, and parenting and, much more, A Fabulous conversation and this must be part one...

See the timestamps below for more details:

05: 30 Covid and Technology, the ambivalence of therapists

07:20 The infancy of understanding

10:50 Relating, what is this, and how does the threat response impact us?

13:50 Touch, Attachment (strokes & strokes) and tech

16:40 Attachment and regulation

20:10 Cars and technology, what's the link?

23:00 Addiction, or replacement. Is this relating?

26:00 How Ronen noticed childhood play and his own experience

30:20 Polyglot and language; are you talking about me?

33:30 The vehicle of socialisation, disconnection, and connection

37:30 Boredom, self-connection, and regulation

42:10 Pack warfare or team cohesion?

45:45 Parenting and gaming, power dynamics!!

48:10 Closing the circle

Ronen can be. found on his Facebook page: Ronen Stilman Psychotherapy

As always you can stay up to date with my news by heading to my website and signing up for the newsletter.

Please subscribe and if you have two minutes rate/comment and share this episode!!

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Darryl Edwards joins me today for one of the most timely and important conversations. This is not new in terms of the subject matter, however, we have to change the narrative.. its time. Timestamps: 04:02 Black Lives Matter, an introduction. 05:44 #BrokenLegsMatter 08:40 Empathy for victims, do we have to experience it to 'know' it? 13:01 This is our shared trauma experience as black people. 15:45 "Diplomatic conversations" why this becomes a norm? 20:00 Why are you out running? 26:10 Angry, Bitter, or something else? 29:30 On the fence, what can I do or say to challenge the status quo? 36:35 One eye open, one eye closed, why the "background operating system" is always ON 39:30 Overcompensation to reduce and mitigate racist decisions. 43:15 The district line life expectancy of 20 years difference. Barking to Richmond.. why; SES and living conditions. 45:30 "Just eat this food & exercise this way" why the privileged narrative is patronising and misses the culture and SES. Class and racism. 47: 50 Clean eating, Why it's not about Olive oil as a dressing! Lifestyle choices versus Elitelsim 49:02 "If you just..." Why this narrative is unhelpful. Listening is key. Why blame helps no-one 53:35 COVID impact on the 'haves vs have nots', how the environment will have an impact on health 57:00 Why you don't need a gym; how you can help yourself in lockdown in less than 2M squared 60:01 The government guidelines approve exercise during the lockdown and why this is so good for everyone 64:40 The civil uprisings of the sixties and the parallel to current responses to George Floyd's death and blacklivesmatter 67:02 That could have been me: Cybertrauma and how black people witness trauma and why this is an issue we need to take into account moving forward. how the news creates much more trauma for people. 73:15 Why metaphor might just be the way to communicate the issues that we need to talk about. This interview matters so please do share where you can. You can find Darryl on Insta at @fitnessexplorer His website is

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06/01/20 • 60 min

Thomas Olivier, CEO of joins me today after a bit of a wait to get him on the podcast. I met Thomas in 2017 when I joined him for my Nutrigenetics/Nutrigenomics training and knew that I had to get this story out to people about how they could get a handle on their health and mitigate some serious health conditions going forward based on their unique 'bio-individuality'' (N=1) Thomas has developed a stunning platform that allows for a person to take an in-depth dive into their health at the genetic level where the changes (SNP's) matter. This episode is one not to miss if you're treating to avoid the big 4 killer diseases! Thomas speaks about his journey to the launch of, and what this actually is!

Timestamps: ...

05:48- We are dying of diseases

07:33 DNA, Epigenetics and what we are made of (hint its 37 trillion cells and more)

11:02 Whole genome sequencing, do we need this or specific tests? What's the cost?

14:37 Would veganism suit my genes? How would I know and why is Omega 6 and 3 important?

17:02 Scientifically validated genetic and functional testing. Why does this sound like NASA? 18:30 The four killers. Multifactorial?

21:38 Gamification of health systems, #levelup?

24: Toxic environments, car fumes what harm can they do?

30:50 Choices in health: will COVID make a difference?

33:00 Our vulnerability, body wisdom and connectedness

36:15 New Health architecture, the new future?

40:00 Health Optimisation events and sharing of knowledge

45:00 The future is faster, why Kotler and Diamandis make their mark in this conversation! (love this bit, but I am biased with tech)

50:00 Are health predictions like meteorology?

52:00 Balancing not boosting your immune system

55:00 Optimsiing: what is this?

You can find Thomas at on Instagram... the platform is

as always to find out more, sign up for free courses around Epigenetic Psychotherapy & Functional health visit

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First of all this episode was put on the back burner whilst a few episodes took centre stage during the outset of covid-19. Thank you to Matt Dipll for being patient as this was recorded some weeks ago!! Danke!

So moving to the episode, firstly this is a wonderful, wonderful conversation with some fantastic reflections about culture, the advancement of life, the deep biology of each of us, and the humanness of the life narrative. Matt has a background in Chinese Medicine, Has travelled and lived all over the world practising and then heading into the world of biohacking after losing a friend, and being in and around workers in technology and also his own health.

We talk technology, sun=bjectiveness and objectiveness and how this was the seeing towards Matt working around his Male psyche, emotional needs and impact of this on day to day living. Matt brings into the conversation about how mental health presentations also are represented in biological health. Matt talks about how life, early needs and wants are mirrored through interpersonal connection. Pain is most certainly an underlying reason for health issues (See my blogs on ACES and illness).

Matt talks about inside out and outside in and how to 'be' a man.. What is a man and what is healthy masculinity? There are layers here and this is THE most wonderful part of the conversation today. THIS is authentic and raw and real. You need to listen deeply here so be in a space where you can absorb this message. It's so good. Like for reals really good!

Apologies for coughing in the episode, anyone would think that there was a reason for this. (perhaps?)


Matt is on Insta and @MattDippl


Iron John by Robert Bly

Manhood by Steve Biddulph (book) :

His Facebook group

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04/13/20 • 39 min

This is an adhoc episode discussing the impact of physical distancing, upon relationships, sexual activity and pornography use, explained through the theories of Polyvagal, interpersonal and relational aspects. Don't worry you don't have to understand these theories in depth, We make it easy to understand.

As always to find out more about Cath see

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I'm joined Today by Gavin Andrews from HeartMath UK. This is another podcast recorded pre-lockdown and we briefly mention the impending crisis as we are chatting about regulation and the practice of gratitude, heart coherence and beyond. Whist this originates in how to use biofeedback for practices such as psychotherapy, this is also pertinent to the crisis that has shaken the world recently. Gavin is offering a 15% discount on the products available from HeartMath UK with the code CATH

goto to purchase in the United Kingdom

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04/02/20 • 57 min

This video was originally recorded before the current health crisis. The introduction sets the scene for why getting to the root cause of an issue is the prefix to good health. Now we are in the light of Covid-19 this approach is likely to be more important than ever. Shania and I discuss why functional, holistic, naturopathic methods can really help you understand your health to the cellular level and how this can help mitigate from issues in the future. Shania can be contacted at As always more information about Catherine can be found at

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03/08/20 • 63 min

Today I'm joined by Ben Cote from Neurohacker Collective. (NHC). We get straight into who NHC are and what happens at HQ. How dialling in and stacking your health comes from a place of assistance rather than the phenomena of "hacking'. This really is a natural approach and one hugely supported in science and research.

Ben explains about Qualia and why this is such a great nootropic and not a smart drug meant to "make you smarter". We then go onto cover Eternus and why this is a great stack for longevity, which i am sure many of us want!

What Qualia actually does is literally quite amazing, and Im saying that after almost 6 months of taking it. so cannnot wait to be a long term supporter of my own cellular functioning and health. (which I have been doing but this takes it to the next level) It has to be experienced in order to get where we are coming from in this episode in terms of the phenomenological experience. (One persons deep lived experience) and this has been really hard for me to describe to people and I'm quite a lexical communicator! Ben talks through the process of how NHC learn and trial the contents of the products and why they make the difference they do to you if you are hoping to achieve that mental performance breakthrough.

For me the empathic resonance and attunement and #levelup I get when I take these products has literally moved me into a different domain of human connection, thinking and reasoning. Ben discuses how he gets to speak with so many people at trade shows and what people reflect and how the narrative reflection of most consumers of these products is pretty similar, and that folks makes a better than a few anecdotal findings.

The ingredients of these products are all aimed at creating a naturalist harmony within your own body and mind and looking at them they are all essential ingredients of a well oiled machine cascading in a bottom up and top down manner.

You really DO need to try them, with all of the caveats we speak about. But do head over to and get your orders in!

P.S. Eternus has also had a major impact on sleep quality and efficiency as I'm now functioning better since stacking. Wow guys at NHC. Thank you!

For more information and to get in touch with Cath head over to

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02/03/20 • 66 min

Todays episode features Shawn Wells MPH, LDN, RD, CISSN, FISSN and is a humdinging top to toe neuronal frazzle of delight.

Which may sound like a fangirling overload, however sometimes there are some people who speak in such an eloquent way that all I can say is this is a must listen/watch for you!

Shawn is balanced, critical, and speaks about his journey from the deepest places of what he calls his brokenness to his place of beauty which is a genuine well intentioned place of helping others heal. We talk positivity, finding your purpose, passion and tribe for longevity. We look at health indicators and how to sift through the plethora of information relating to diet and nutrition. Most importantly Shawn reiterates purpose and mindset and how happiness might just be the key to fulfilment and those extra few years on your life!

Shawn is a Nutritional Biochemist, Registered Dietician, Certified Sports Nutritionist and Chief Clinical Dietician and Worlds Greatest Formulator, ..basically I think he is a wizard of all things from research to the mitochondria, "now thats what I call science!" (which will be the name of the next episode when I get chance to speak with him in the future)

Shawn can be found here: and here

He is on Insta and Twitter as the same name so go follow him quick sharp!

As costs are rising to host this podcast, I made a decision to open the podcast to sponsorship and advertising, so if you are interested get in touch.

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This episode I am speaking with another functional medicine practitioner as the lockdown continues.

I am joined by Corrina Van Der Erden from Germany, where she is creating one of the biggest networks of functional medicine/health practitioners in Europe! Corrina takes us through her story of noticing when she was 15 that she had an autoimmune disease, and how this has impacted her life, and yet through the process of functional medicine she has created a life of health for herself and others, including her children.

Given the lockdown has impacted so many people in so many ways this is an episode for you to really get to grips with how you can take care of your health, for you and your children, and your children's children.

01:30 Corrina's journey into School of Applied Functional Medicine

03:30 Why helping others and altruism drive the health movement

08:00 Noticing Hashimotos

13::00 When help is local

28:00 What you eat is often related to your symptoms

34:00 Health advice "I read it in a book" why books and advice evolve over time

38:00 Power to local people to make a change

43:00 How Functional health in Germany can mean needing to speak German about your poop. When the translation isn't quite enough

49:00 Micro movements and the daily use of your body

54: 00 Women's health, straight-talking, and poop conversations, why Functional Health has to include your digestive motions

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How many episodes does Cyber Synapse Podcast have?

Cyber Synapse Podcast currently has 86 episodes available.

What topics does Cyber Synapse Podcast cover?

The podcast is about Podcasts and Technology.

What is the most popular episode on Cyber Synapse Podcast?

The episode title 'Ronen Stilman- Attached to Technology: Therapists reflections of relational processes and technology' is the most popular.

What is the average episode length on Cyber Synapse Podcast?

The average episode length on Cyber Synapse Podcast is 52 minutes.

How often are episodes of Cyber Synapse Podcast released?

Episodes of Cyber Synapse Podcast are typically released every 9 days, 20 hours.

When was the first episode of Cyber Synapse Podcast?

The first episode of Cyber Synapse Podcast was released on Oct 27, 2017.

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