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Mark Ormrod: don’t listen to that little voice in your head

Mark Ormrod: don’t listen to that little voice in your head

June 11, 2021

If you think open-water swimming is difficult, imagine doing it with just one arm. Mark Ormrod MBE is a former Royal Marine who lost both legs and his right arm in an explosion in Afghanistan. He talks about going from being a strong swimmer, to someone who nearly drowned in an indoor swimming pool. But with the same determination that saw him refuse to spend his life in a wheelchair, Mark's swim, together with a 5k run on prosthetics, has raised almost half a million pounds for REORG, a charity that helps military personnel and first responders keep on top of their physical and mental health. 

Mark is an ambassador for Truth Naturals CBD.

 

 

 

Why are doctors still refusing to prescribe cannabis?

Why are doctors still refusing to prescribe cannabis?

June 4, 2021

Medical cannabis is technically legal in the UK, but that does not mean you can get it. For thousands of children with epilepsy, this can be a matter of life and death. For millions more, cannabis represents a far healthier alternative to medicines like opioids. Today I am joined by Professor Mike Barnes, who secured the first NHS prescription for cannabis in 2018, and Ricardo Geada, a lawyer specialising in the field. We talk about what is stopping cannabis prescriptions, and why there is cause for hope. 

Tough military types need mental health safeguards too

Tough military types need mental health safeguards too

May 28, 2021

Mo Morris is mental health resilience lead for the Royal Marines, and talks about how you can see someone every day and have no idea what kind of issues they may be having.

A lot of the focus around mental health is about the treatment of problems. Mo's job is prevention, rather than cure. And taking care of yourself follows the same principles whether you are serving in Afghanistan or sitting behind a desk. 

Find out more at CANTCANWILL.

 

Psychedelics like DMT could revolutionise the treatment of depression

Psychedelics like DMT could revolutionise the treatment of depression

May 14, 2021

Would you take a psychedelic to help treat depression? Dr Carol Routledge is the chief scientific and medical officer for a company called Small Pharma that is working on innovative treatments for depression and other mental health conditions.

Anti-depressants have their place, but they take time to work and often do not get to the heart of the problem. Early trials with DMT-based treatment have shown incredibly encouraging results. 

 

Former Royal Marines commando Sam Laird

Former Royal Marines commando Sam Laird

May 13, 2021

As his friends went off to university, Sam was writing a will and heading to Afghanistan. On four tours of duty he lost many close friends, but the toughest thing for Sam - like so many others - was leaving the military behind. 

Sam has turned his experiences into a positive and now coaches and mentors a wide-range of people, using his incredibly determined mindset to help others benefit from the dark and the light that comes from what he has been through. 

With thanks to everyone at REORG - a charity that uses martial arts and other activities to help veterans and others improve their mental and physical health. 

 

 

 

‘After Parkinson’s diagnosis I offered my husband a way out’

‘After Parkinson’s diagnosis I offered my husband a way out’

May 4, 2021

When Vicky Rees-Davies - aka The Fitness Mum on Instagram - was diagnosed with Parkinson's aged just 46, the first thing she did was ask her husband if he wanted to leave.

As a personal trainer with an extremely positive attitude, Vicky has been inspiring clients by continuing to teach ‘even when her left hand can’t keep up with the right’.

On Saturday 14th May, Vicky is doing a 24-hour fitness challenge with a former England rugby player to raise money for Parkinson’s research. 

Five marathons in 50 hours to save 12-year-old Aggie

Five marathons in 50 hours to save 12-year-old Aggie

April 2, 2021

Darren Hardy served 15 years in the British Army before being discharged with PTSD. After suffering suicidal thoughts, he turned to extreme endurance challenges to keep him focused and positive. His latest mission is to run five marathons in 50 hours non-stop for a 12-year-old girl called Aggie, who has been diagnosed with H-ABC - the world’s rarest brain disease. Darren talks about meeting Aggie for the first time the day before this podcast and about how he’s getting ready for his extreme race to find a cure. 

To find out more please visit justgiving.com/fundraising/darren-hardy123

 

Genetic testing is simple and can save lives

Genetic testing is simple and can save lives

February 23, 2021

Clare Brenner is CEO of the genetic testing company Myogenes. Fifteen years ago, Clare lost her sister to mental illness. Her sister's life could have been saved if she had been given the right medication, and Claire says genetic testing is the answer.

For psychiatric medication, for cancer treatment, and so much more, testing can save billions of pounds and more importantly save many lives.

Myogenes provides tests that tell you what food and exercise is most suited to your genetic makeup, and also which medicines may not work for you. 

Royal Marines brave ‘horrendous’ storms to row Atlantic for charity

Royal Marines brave ‘horrendous’ storms to row Atlantic for charity

February 8, 2021

You don't expect a 3,000-mile unsupported row across the Atlantic to be easy, but this trip got incredibly rough very quickly. The four Royal Marines - two serving, two veterans - were forced to rely on grit, teamwork and some improvised surgery on each other's battered bodies. The enthusiasm in telling their story is a great example of how tough experiences bring out the best in people. 

The boys are well on the way to a target of raising £100k for the Royal Marines Charity. They are also supporting REORG, a charity promoting mental and physical recovery through martial arts. 

To help them hit the £100k target, please go to instagram.com/rm_cockleshell_atlantic and click on the link in the bio.

 

Andrew Henderson: world freestyle football champion turned MMA fighter

Andrew Henderson: world freestyle football champion turned MMA fighter

December 23, 2020

The first person to be crowned world freestyle champion five times, Andrew Henderson started honing his incredible skills after an injury so bad he thought he may never walk again. Now Andrew has decided to instead focus his sporting obsession on the unforgiving world of mixed martial arts. With talent and dedication like his, he could well go all the way. 

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