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Cambridge Progressive Medicine

By Dr William Bostock

Progressive medicine is all about focusing on health rather than disease. If we want to be healthy why not focus on what makes us well, rather than what makes us ill?

It is also about change. Feeling better than we do now means feeling differently from now. But to feel differently we have to think differently.

But nobody likes to be told to think differently, that's why change is so hard. This podcast doesn't aim to tell you what to do, that is rarely helpful. It aims to suggest an alternative way of thinking to guide you on your own personal journey.
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24: Pain (part 3) - Addressing pain

Cambridge Progressive MedicineMar 18, 2021

24: Pain (part 3) - Addressing pain
Mar 18, 202130:46
23: Pain (part 2) - Chronic pain
Mar 06, 202130:05
22: Pain (part 1) - Understanding pain
Feb 26, 202124:53
21: Fit Notes: Taking time for yourself.

21: Fit Notes: Taking time for yourself.

There is a perception in society that people are prone to malingering. But in my experience, we are far more likely to commit the error of continuing to battle through at work, when we really need to be focusing on looking after ourselves.

There comes a point where the right thing to do is to look after yourself. And this point comes much sooner than you think. When you find yourself in this situation take the time. Don’t beat yourself up about it, don’t debate it, don’t feel shame, just take the time.

We live in a society where we look after people because it is the right thing to do. But this is also a blessing and a gift. Out of respect for that gift, and out of respect for yourself, use your time wisely.

Mar 04, 202021:43
20: Functional Vs Progressive medicine.
Feb 16, 202027:02
19: Movement.
Feb 06, 202029:18
18: Moralising.

18: Moralising.

If you’ve listened to this series from the beginning, you will have frequently heard me saying that this or that “isn’t a moral issue.” What do I mean by this, and how do we know what is or isn’t a moral issue?

Moralising is a risky thing to do, and puts your own happiness, as well as that of others, in serious jeopardy. By making something into an ethical issue you are inadvertently transferring power over your wellbeing to somebody else. If we are wise, we will keep our moralising to an absolute minimum.

In general, most of us overshoot by a mile, making moral issues far more often than is necessary or helpful.

Jan 26, 202018:41
17: Sleep.

17: Sleep.

Poor sleep is a sure sign, a common early warning, that we have lost balance in our lives. It is also a key area that can be responsible for lack of balance. It is a vicious circle. If we don’t sleep well, we will feel anxious and bad, but feeling anxious and bad can stop us from sleeping.

Even if you don’t think that sleep is an issue for you, I would still recommend having a think about your sleeping habits, as invariably all of us have room for improvement across many aspects of our lives. Even if you don’t sleep badly, it is possible that you might be able to sleep better!

Jan 19, 202030:51
16: Advice and guidance.

16: Advice and guidance.

The key to improving our health lies in making sustained small changes across multiple aspects of our day to day lives. Whilst this always starts with our thoughts, with managing our minds, we must translate this into action if we are to regain our balance.

Jan 12, 202015:59
15: Antidepressants.
Jan 05, 202020:57
14: Understanding depression and anxiety.
Dec 29, 201918:02
Merry Christmas!
Dec 21, 201906:38
13: The body and the mind: Responsibility and Blame.

13: The body and the mind: Responsibility and Blame.

The body and mind are not two separate entities, they are intricately and absolutely related to each other. Trying to separate the body and mind, thinking of some conditions as “mental health” conditions and others as “Physical health” conditions makes no sense. More to the point it is an unhelpful way of trying to understand humans and can stop us from being healthy.

Dec 11, 201917:07
12: Becoming an adult.

12: Becoming an adult.

Many of our problems are the result of a failure to realize that we are not children anymore. Many of us fail to understand the power that we gain as adults, or at least are unable or unwilling to exercise this power.

There is no such thing as personality. There are just patterns of thinking that we learnt as children. But when we become adults, we gain the power to choose different patterns, if we want to. Just as when we are adults, we can choose our hobbies or careers based on what suits us, rather than on what suited our parents, so too can we choose our personalities.

If we don’t, our happiness will be completely dependent on external circumstances and we will be setting ourselves up for an unhappy life, because a good proportion of the time bad stuff will be happening to us.

Dec 04, 201916:28
11: Managing your mind 101: The thought ladder.
Nov 25, 201912:33
A special note on pain.

A special note on pain.

Pain is an incredibly common symptom that I see. It can be extremely debilitating and difficult to treat. The good news is that I believe that Progressive Medicine does have something to offer to people who suffer with chronic pain, and it isn’t by simply choosing not to be in pain, and it isn’t because “the pain is just in your head.”

Nov 16, 201906:33
10: Thought Work.
Nov 16, 201920:16
9: Psychotherapy.

9: Psychotherapy.

Almost everyone stands to benefit from therapy, and there are a variety of talking therapies freely available on the NHS. This episode explores what it is all about, and how you can get involved.

Nov 06, 201921:40
8: The truth hurts.
Oct 30, 201917:23
7: Let's get Cracking.
Aug 02, 201919:35
6: A new concept of health.

6: A new concept of health.

In this episode I am going to explore what it means to be healthy, and how it might be possible to be healthy despite having a serious disease, and even in the face of imminent death. 

Despite how it feels when we experience ill health, stressful situations, or physical discomfort; our mental and emotional responses to these are not a foregone conclusion. They are learnt behaviours and patterns of thinking. And because they are learnt they can be unlearnt and relearnt.  

We can learn to consciously influence the way we respond to external stimuli, situations and circumstances. To change on purpose how we react, how we feel and what we do. We can train ourselves to feel joyful both in the sunshine and in the rain.

If we can learn to do that, good health and happiness won't be far behind.

Jul 16, 201920:04
5: Tired all the time.

5: Tired all the time.

A very common symptom I encounter in my day to day practice is feeling tired all the time. It is so common we have an acronym for it. TATT or Tat. 

To explore this with my patients I ask them to tell me about their lives. One of the great privileges I have as a GP is that I get to hear people’s stories. People are living frantic, stressful, crazy lives.  

Sometimes it can feel like we are battling life, rather than living it.  When we are not living life on purpose, when life is something that is happening to us, and we firefight and battle our way through from day to day, this will always lead to exhaustion.  

But people are sometimes reluctant to accept that the reason they feel tired is because they are exhausted. They feel like there must be more to it, that there must be some underlying disease. 

In this episode we explore why this is, and how we can move beyond a diagnosis to good health.

Jun 24, 201919:46
4: What is Progressive medicine? Why lifestyle is the key to good health.
Jun 17, 201919:01
3: Time for change?
Jun 11, 201912:54
2: Why your doctor hasn't fixed you yet.
Jun 03, 201915:24
1: Choose health.

1: Choose health.

Are you fed up of feeling tired all the time? Do you struggle with poor sleep, anxiety and low mood; or physical symptoms such as headaches, abdominal pain or nausea? Have you waited weeks to see your GP, only to find that they don't seem to know whats wrong? Then this podcast is for you.  At Cambridge progressive medicine we assist you in taking control of your own health, wellbeing and happiness, using a combination of western medicine, psychotherapy, thought work and lifestyle.

May 27, 201908:17