Soothing Science.

A companion site to the podcast.

July 30, 2020

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Have you ever felt that you were full after a good meal? And then your host says..."How about some dessert?" And you respond "Of course - we all know that we have an extra dessert stomach!"

Well it turns out that we don't actually have a separated dessert stomach, but our brains do have a way of making us think we do. It's called sensory specific satiety, and it means that when we have lots of different flavours we tend to eat more. ( Well duh....who hasn't gone overboard at the buffet...?) 

In this episode we talk about this phenomenon. We also cover the big food groups - carbohydrates, fats and proteins, and how lentils and beans are your new friends. They are your friends because they will produce the highes...

June 3, 2020

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Coronavirus is on the backburner for the moment, so it's back to nutrition and weight loss. ( Although I will keep updating the covid 19 resource page on this site.)


Have you ever heard the phrase "everything in moderation"? 

The food factories love it. But there are some substances that we are just not designed to accept into our bodies. Whether it be arsenic, cocaine or sugar-  if it's a toxic substance you are just better off without it entirely.

This episode is about why sugar is toxic, and why it is in most of the edible food like substances produced by factories.

And we look at the difference between hunger and the addictive desire for taste that masquerades as hunger but is ac...

April 14, 2020

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Another Corona episode. Here I am looking at simple interventions that you can do at home that may help you to avoid developing the more serious form of Covid 19 illness. These are not guaranteed of course - and at this stage they are not proven to help as there is not enough research yet - but they are founded on reasonably good science and are cheap, easy and mostly harmless. (although we must take a bit of care with vitamin D and hot water).

The list is below, and I have put the rationale for each suggestion and the original papers and sources I used are listed on a separate page that can be found in the menu at the top - "resources for SSS2 ep5".

  • Sleep - at least 7 hours.

  • Vitamin D supplement - 100...

April 6, 2020

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My take on social distancing - I think of it like driving. Driving is inherently dangerous, but we dont worry about it because we know the rules and we stick to them. You wouldn't pull out into traffic on the freeway without checking there is a gap; nor should you stand too close to someone else in a queue at the supermarket. And my take on the corona costume - a ballerina's tutu....

March 8, 2020

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A quick episode on the Corona Covid 19 virus - it may go out of date very quickly - time will tell.  Hopefully it is a massive over reaction.

Take home messages are:

1) yes it is serious- especially if you are old or sick

2) for most people it is a mild illness

3) therefore it spreads easily

4) there is no treatment

5) prevention means :

                 Wash your hands and don't touch your face.

                  Wash your hands and don't touch your face.

                  Wash your hands and don't touch your face.

                   Reconsider travel.


February 28, 2020

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In this photo you might think there are are two foods. Actually there is only one - the eggplant is food - it grows in the garden. The milo is a "manufactured food like product" - it comes from a factory. In this episode I ask the question- What is food? And explore different ways of defining it which will help you get and stay healthier.

We all know the old phrase "you are what you eat" - well, what would you rather be - something that grows in the garden nurtured by sunshine and rain,  or something that comes out of a factory?

We also look at how our tastes can be learnt and re learnt, and that if we were soldiers in Genghis Khan's army we would think nothing of enjoying a nice cup of warm horse's blood...

November 21, 2019

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Welcome to the second season of Soothing Science. The above photo is of produce from my garden .... doesn't it look Hopefully I am a better podcaster than gardener!

      This whole season will be about nutrition, health and weight loss. It's aimed at people who want or need to lose weight.

But it's actually not about that. As you will hear when you listen, if your primary goal is weight loss then you may well not succeed. That's because the goal of weight loss is all about denial and restriction - instead,  our mission is expansion  - expanding into better health, happier lives, a better planet. The side effect of this expansion is weight loss - but it is not the goal. 


June 13, 2019

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It was so cold when I made this episode that I was thinking about skiing. 

This is a photo of the Schlink Hilton, where I will be staying in a few weeks. Its got nothing to do with the podcast at all really, except for the tenuous link that the good Dr Schlink was an avid cross country skier, and we can presume he influenced his friends and family to partake in similar healthy activities. 

Research conducted by Stanford university researchers found that if you have a doctor or a nurse in the family you are more likely to live longer, and this podcast delves into this research and looks at why.

It's not because doctors treat their families, or just because they are rich; it has to do with the endless naggin...

June 13, 2019

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Is this a picture of a mighty brumby or a feral horse? I took it in Kosciusko National Park a couple of years ago. This relaxation exercise uses our relationship with horses to help us to relax and to help us with our psychological flexibility - the ability to look at things from different viewpoints. Enjoy it.

Thanks to Sylvia Plath for a few lines of poetry - here is a link to a wonderful short film where she reads the classic poem Ariel - written about her horse by the same name. 

And here are the links to some other you tube videos:

Horse training in an Arizona Prison

and Monty Roberts, master horse whisperer.

And thanks to the website Freesounds particularly contributor inspectorJ for the horse sounds. 

April 10, 2019

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How do you look after a vintage car? You put it in a garage, cover it with a dustcover, drive it sparingly and slowly. And don't crash it.

Well, apart from not crashing, this is exactly the wrong way to look after an old joint  - present thinking is that you are much better off taking your old worn joints out for a spin to preserve them. 

In this episode I look at some recent research about osteoarthritis, that reinforces the old maxim, use it or lose it.

Brisk walking may delay knee replacement surgery.

Here is a link to a summary of the research by Hiral Master from the university of Delaware. ( It has not yet been published in paper form).

And runners have better knees than non runners. 

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Dr Adrian Plaskitt
GP and Science enthusiast.


Hi there, I hope you enjoy the podcast. My recording studio is actually under a doona in my bedroom  (it muffles the echo) but with imagination we travel to more interesting  places. We can  use the skills we learn to remain relaxed in stressful situations, when the world seems turned upside down.

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If you enjoy the podcast and would like to explore how relaxation techniques can be used to treat a specific problem that you need help with then have a look at the College of Medical Hypnosis website by clicking the above link. You can find a therapist near you who has been trained in the sort of techniques I use in the podcast, and can apply them to your particular situation rather than for general relaxation.

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