#14 – Covid, Conspiracies & Cures with Daniel Dimmock

Daniel Dimmock is a research associate undertaking a joint PhD research and teaching role at Nottingham Trent University. Dan’s research specialises in immunology, particularly of the lung area. In this episode we talk about current vaccines, conspiracy theories, and the future potential for mRNA vaccines.

The current situation has created a lot of mixed feelings, and expectedly so. Some people claim the virus doesn’t exist and that it’s a conspiracy. Many people appreciate it exists but feel they should be allowed to take their own risks (especially when some people are losing hard earned businesses), and on the other extreme some people have put their life on complete hold and are scared to leave their front door – completely understandable for those in the vulnerable categories – not so understandable if you’re not.

With restrictions seemingly never ending, and ICU units still struggling in many areas, the news of a vaccine is a great hope. However, conspiracies online, as well as a lack of clear understanding on the vaccine is creating more divide. So who better to have on the podcast than an immunologist specialising in the lung area.

We also go into conspiracies on a wider level, and talk about Dan’s latest article ‘Conspiratorial Epidemiology – Viewing Conspiracies through the Lens of Public Health’, as well as covering future application of mRNA vaccines in the fight against cancer.

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You can see more from Dan at his blog Immunopolitics

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Breaking the Norm #13 – Jack Shore

Jack ‘Tank’ Shore is a professional mixed martial artist in the UFC. He was formerly Cage Warriors world champion and is undefeated in both amateur and professional bouts.

In this podcast we talk about Jack’s background, getting into fighting, and get a glimpse into the mindset of what it is like to be a professional fighter, on the world’s biggest stage.

When I asked Jack for his favourite quote, his answer was something we could all probably do with remembering:

Chase the dream and everything else will come

Winning the 50k performance of the night bonus in his UFC debut, as well as being described by Dana White as one of the hottest prospects in MMA at the moment, this is a podcast not to miss.

Make sure to give Jack’s Facebook page a like here, and follow him on Instagram here.

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Breaking the Norm #12 – Eric Uresk

Eric Uresk is a former professional mixed martial artist and is widely regarded as one of the best coaches in the game. He was a national level wrestler in the USA and holds black belts in both Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Judo. Eric was head coach of Phuket Top Team for many years, and now resides in California working with some of the best athletes in the world.

As well as his focus on martial arts, Eric focusses a lot on self development off the mats. He has a crazy background and a very rough youth including many near death experiences.

In this podcast we go over Eric’s background and how he has got to where he is now. We focus a lot on mental attitude and, despite much of our conversation being about our mutual interest of combat sports, the lessons Eric talks about can be applied to all areas of life. During the podcast, I ask Eric for his favourite quote, and it comes from the training room:

“You can either pay now, or pay later, but it is always cheaper to pay now”

Neil Melanson (possibly)

In the podcast Eric recommends his favourite book, The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. The book focusses on some of the things we discuss, such as trying to be present.

Thank you to Eric for coming on. If you want to hear more from Eric, check out his Youtube channel here, or his instagram here.

I hope you enjoy listening to the podcast. If you haven’t already please ensure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, or any android podcasting apps. All of our episodes should also be live on Spotify within the next few days.

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Breaking the Norm #11 – Vincent Clancy

Vincent Clancy is Chief Executive Officer of Turner & Townsend, the world’s largest independent construction consultancy boasting a revenue in excess of £0.5 Billion. He has twice won Construction CEO of the Year.

‘Tipped for success over a decade ago in Building’s 40 Under 40, he has been a driving force behind the programme management and construction consultancy’s stellar growth during his career with the business’ – Building.co.uk

In this podcast we cover:

  • Vince’s background
  • What it takes to make a good CEO
  • What his greatest achievement is
  • His vision for the company and much more…

Thanks to Vince for coming on. If you would like to learn more about Turner & Townsend, please visit www.turnerandtownsend.com

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Breaking the Norm #10 – Louise Giblin

Louise Giblin is a Member of the Royal Society of Sculptors. She grew up on the Isle of Wight and lives and works on the Kent/East Sussex border, UK. Her work is exhibited and collected internationally. 

In 2017 she was the artist invited to represent UK in the G7 of Art, Italy, and was awarded the Lorenzo Il Magnifico Gold, 1st place for Sculpture by the International Jury at the Florence Biennale XI. In April 2018, she received an ATIM International Masters Award for Contemporary Art at the Museum of Art and Design New York. Louise is predominantly known for life casting – covering Olympians, famous people, war veterans, models and private clients with plaster or alternative media. She produces a clay three-dimensional copy of the person’s form that she uses like a blank canvas on which to create the model’s narrative imagery. She is not interested in physical portraiture so much as capturing the achievements, positive experiences and passions that people often project to protect their personal selves from scrutiny: she describes this as their ‘armour‘.

In this podcast we cover: Louise’s background; working with stars such as Kriss Akabusi MBE and Dame Kelly Holmes; how creative people can make a business out of what they do, and how Louise used goal mapping to achieve her targets, as well as more. Below you will find examples of Louise’s work:

To see more please visit www.louisegiblin.co.uk

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Breaking the Norm #9 – Matt Jardine

Matt Jardine is an author, writer, athlete, and teacher. He is the founder of Jardine Karate and has helped thousands of students discover their personal potential through his specially designed martial arts programmes. Matt also hold a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Roger Gracie. He teaches in schools throughout London and at his Surrey venues.

Matt’s main publication is The Hardest Path, a book detailing his journey along the 88 Temple Pilgrimage in Shikoku, Japan. It is a book which I have recently read, and highly recommend. But don’t just take my word for it, the many 5 star reviews on amazon offer greater explanation. One review reads: ‘fantastic book! The authors balance between humour, humility and sensational story is awesome and I cannot wait for another book from this author!’.

In this podcast we cover a lot. Matt’s background: from his tennis career, coaching at the famous Harbour Club, and childhood dreams of winning Wimbledon, to his move into martial arts and his pilgrimage of the 88 temples. We also cover the lessons Matt learnt on his pilgrimage, how he approaches life and business, and an insight into meditation; as well as much, much more.

Matt’s favourite quote:

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too.” ~ W.H. Murray

Book’s mentioned in the podcast can be found

The Pilgrimage: A Contemporary Quest for Ancient Wisdom
The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream
Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World
Love In The Time Of Cholera
Mindset – Updated Edition: Changing The Way You think To Fulfil Your Potential
Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds

If you want to learn more about Matt and follow his future projects, you can find him at the links below:

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Breaking the Norm #8 – Guy Thompson

Guy Thompson is a Premiership rugby player with 100 caps for Wasps (and 24 tries), and is soon to be a Leicester Tiger. Guy’s route to the premiership is quite unconventional – he didn’t get there through the typical academy route, instead he played his way up the leagues as you will hear. Guy recently shared Wasps highest honour with James Haskell and Danny Cipriani – the Ivor Montlake award for special services to Wasps Rugby – presented to them by legend Lawrence Dallaglio. In the podcast Guy cites this as one of the highlights of his career as well as receiving man of the match (and scoring a try) away against Toulon.

In this podcast we cover Guy’s background, how he rose to the premiership, what it takes to make a successful sportsperson, and other areas.

As promised in the podcast here is a link to Guy’s very impressive highlights.

Hope you enjoy the podcast, if you do please share it.

Find guy on Instagram: @guythompson87

And Twitter: @guythompson87

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Breaking the Norm #7 – Tim Crockett

If you’ve ever seen the film Taken, you will be familiar with the the quote “…what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you.” This sums up Tim.

We covered a lot in this podcast including: retrieving tapes of Osama Bin Laden, smuggling journalists into Homs in the peak of the Syrian troubles, and now training to row the Atlantic…. SOLO.

One thing to take from the podcast, is Tim’s attitude towards trusting the process and just carrying on. This is demonstrated well in Tim’s example of facing adversity in the podcast.

Tim started off his military career in the Royal Marines, winning the honour of becoming a King’s Badgeman. He then progressed into the Special Boat Service before leaving the special forces and going into various areas, namely security project management. Not one to do things by halves, Tim is now training to row 3,000 miles solo and unsupported across the Atlantic in support of veterans with PTSD.

Any support for Tim, whether a small donation or a corporate sponsor would be greatly appreciated. You can find out more about the challenge at Tame the Kraken.

You can also find Tim on Facebook here.

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Breaking the Norm #6 – Dr Kim Jobst

Dr Kim Jobst started his career studying medicine at the University of Oxford. He later undertook research at the institution with a focus on dementia which is covered, in part, in this podcast. Dr Jobst has gone on to become an award-winning physician and a consultant dedicated to integration in science, healing, and holistic healthcare. He was invited by His Holiness, the Dalai Lama to discuss global health and mental wellbeing for mankind in 1991, and in 2013 was presented with a lifetime achievement award for his services to integrated medicine by Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu. He is also the Director of his own consulting practice, Functional Shift Consulting.

This podcast covers Dr Jobst beliefs on the place for conventional western medicine as well as other integrated and alternative approaches. The proposed benefits of food state vitamins vs synthetic is also discussed and we cover his publication ‘Diseases of Meaning’. Regardless of your beliefs, the views expressed are thought provoking and hopefully you will find it an interesting listen.

To learn more about what Kim offers through consulting click here, or for nutritional products click here.

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Breaking the Norm – Stress & Lifestyle with Stuart Turner

This episode is a bit different, the focus is on fairly specific areas – stress and exercise.

A while ago I saw Stuart giving a talk online to an office, on the effects of stress upon the body physically – and I thought it would be a good idea to get him on for a short podcast.

Stuart is co-founder of Tier 1 Training and Rehabilitation Systems, specialising in the physiology side of things. He has also just published his first book and app; Fight bloc V 1.0.

This podcast covers some good stuff on stress in layman’s terms, the potential risks of high intensity training, and more. Hopefully there will be something for everyone to take away.

Make sure to check out Stuart’s facebook page here.

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