Soothing Science.

A companion site to the podcast.

January 9, 2018

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This relaxation exercise is about kindness. We focus on the relationship between a kind person and their pet. That is because the relationship between human and pet is usually one of unconditional kindness. It does not matter whether you have a pet or not or whether you prefer one animal over  another- if you can imagine that such a relationship can exist then you will have no trouble doing the exercise.

Once you have developed a feeling of kindness then we turn that emotion  towards ourselves. When we are kind to ourselves change is easier, and as it is the time of year when many of us try to make changes to our lifestyle, it is a good time to do this meditation.

It sounds a bit corny I know, but you will fin...

January 9, 2018

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Happy New Year! It's time for New Year's resolutions.  One of mine is to do these podcasts more frequently - this one has been at the back of my mind ever since I saw a headline about prostate cancer on a medical news website  last year. It was click bait for male medicos- the headline was - "Ejaculation frequency - best practice guidelines"  and it led to an article reported that we may be able to reduce our risk of prostate cancer by having more ejaculations. Here is the link

        I couldn't resist having a read, and it is moderately interesting. But it got me thinking about the prevention of cancer in general, and how we are seduced by a catchy headline that promises a magic...

September 16, 2017

Hi there. I have split the show into two separate parts as requested by listeners. That way you can go straight to the relaxation exercise more easily.

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Soothing Science Ep3 Part 1 - Viruses and common cold cure.

Soothing Science Ep3 Part 2 - Garden relaxation.

It has taken me so long to do this show because I have been so busy with work as seasonal respiratory illnesses sweep through the community. This has got me thinking about the science of viruses, and how their very existence blurs the boundary between living things and simple chemicals. But on a more practical level I talk about a recent review article by Dr Hemila from Finland who has been brave enough to say that the phrase "there is no cure for the common cold" is no l...

July 12, 2017

In this episode we relax around the fireplace in a cozy mountain cabin. But before that I talk about sleep - why we sleep at all, why we often wake up during the night, and how to get a good night's sleep.

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Soothing Science- episode 2- cozy cabin scene

Sleep is all about cleaning your brain while still being able to deal with sabre- toothed tigers. It's a pretty impressive trick, but ultimately a compromise between the deep sleep we need to restore our energies, and the alertness we need to not get eaten by our cats during the night.  If you are interested, the hard science is here - Dr Nedergaard's  and Xie's work on the glymphatic system; and here - an article about Dr Ekirch's work about the first and se...

May 10, 2017

Hi there, patient listeners. Thank you for inviting me in through your ears and into your mind. This podcast is made firstly for my patients - if that is you then I hope you enjoy the relaxation exercise and that you are going well.

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If you don't know me personally then you are most welcome to listen too. But be patient. Like all good things learning to relax or to meditate takes time and practice; the good thing is that the practice is easy and enjoyable.

I won't rehash the whole episode here - in a nutshell I outline why I think quiet contemplative activity is important and teach you a simple relaxation exercise.

If you want to find out more about the science behind it  this page is a good starting point - it c...

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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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