Podcast 25 March 2011

46 Responses to Podcast 25 March 2011

  1. Marcia H. 25 March 2011 at 2:22 pm #

    I have to weigh in. I really don’t like podcasts. I miss having a series of excerpts of articles that I can pick and choose from. With a podcast, I have to listen to the whole thing and I have little idea what I’m going to get by listening. I read most of your articles, but sometimes don’t and it’s nice not to have to wade through material I’m less interested in just to reach what I am interested in reading. A podcast reduces my choice. Forces me to hook up my speaker or dig out my headphones and that can be annoying also. But the worst of it is that I feel like I lose the ability to choose what I want to read and when. It’s fine if you’d like to give us both. But I vote against just the podcast.

  2. John Briffa 25 March 2011 at 2:29 pm #


    The idea is for the podcast to be an addition to the blogs (not an alternative). The plan is to have both and then individuals can pick and choose. I perhaps should have made that clear!

  3. Jayne Deering 25 March 2011 at 2:38 pm #

    Excellent – podcasts are accessible anytime, anywhere so I hope you continue with both the email blog and the podcast.

  4. Karen N 25 March 2011 at 2:38 pm #

    I clicked to listen and was taken to the comments page anddont see where to listen. I love podcasts. I listen at night when I can’t sleep. I know, I know. And thru the day since I don’t read that often it’s a great way to get your info. I’m glad you offer both.

  5. Anne Robertson 25 March 2011 at 2:41 pm #

    Dr Briffa, I’m a blind Mac user and your podcast player is totally inaccessible to me. Please ask your webmaster to make the player accessible to VoiceOver in Safari.

  6. John Briffa 25 March 2011 at 2:49 pm #


    Did you click on the little triangle in the top left hand corner of the player?


    I’d investigate this

  7. Karen N 25 March 2011 at 2:55 pm #

    I’m on my iPad. Maybe it’s not coming up on it. Will ck on my laptop. Thanks karen

  8. Deborah Booth 25 March 2011 at 2:55 pm #

    Nice to know what your voice sounds like, but frankly the blog is all I am interested me, for all the same reasons as Marcia H.

  9. John Briffa 25 March 2011 at 2:59 pm #


    Oh, that explains it – the player is a ‘flash’ player and iPads do not support flash.

  10. Fiona nixon 25 March 2011 at 3:09 pm #

    I am also an iPad user so guess I won’t be able to access it either. What a shame.

  11. Richi Jennings 25 March 2011 at 3:23 pm #

    The podcast audio file doesn’t show up in your RSS feed as an attachment. This means that iTunes and the other automatic podcatching programs won’t see it either.

    Also, suggest you submit your podcast to some directories (not the least of which is the iTunes directory).

  12. Richi Jennings 25 March 2011 at 3:25 pm #

    Oh wait, I see: you’re using a different feed, but not publicising it. Those who want to subscribe can cut&paste this into their podcatcher…


  13. Rachel 25 March 2011 at 3:37 pm #

    A good addition. Sometimes I only get the time to listen, while I do somethng else,so this is great. Sound quality was a bit painful on the ears though. Not sure how that could be remedied.

  14. Karen N 25 March 2011 at 4:03 pm #

    Thanks Richi!

  15. Karen N 25 March 2011 at 4:08 pm #

    Tried subscribing in iTunes. It doesn’t come up. Is there a particular name I should look under?

  16. Jan 25 March 2011 at 4:23 pm #

    One word … fantastic.
    Podcasts are excellent, especially
    when downloadable!
    Also, dr Briffa’s message is intelligent,
    logical and really important for people to hear.

    Briliant idea John!

  17. Hilary Wallace 25 March 2011 at 4:35 pm #

    I am also an IPad user but thanks to Richi’s link I was able to access the podcast but not sure if I will be able to every time. Also I often check emails etc when out in cafes etc and don’t carry headphones so this could be an issue. I, personally, like to see things written down but I suppose is depends on whether one has a preference for visual or auditory learning. You often have links to papers in your articles – not so easy to acess in a podcast. Can we have both, or is that being greedy?

  18. Donald G 25 March 2011 at 4:39 pm #

    Dr. Briffa,

    NEVER NEVER consider replacing your written blog by the podcast!

  19. Anne Robertson 25 March 2011 at 5:18 pm #

    Thank you, Richi! The link worked for me. Flash just isn’t accessible for Mac users who need to use VoiceOver.

  20. Jane Waggy 25 March 2011 at 6:02 pm #

    I heartily agree with #18! Never ever consider replacing your written blog with the podcast. I’ve learned so much from you and my good health and plenty of energy is wonderful.

  21. Michael 25 March 2011 at 9:20 pm #


    Thanks for the link. Perfect, just what I needed.

  22. Alan 25 March 2011 at 9:37 pm #

    Fantastic idea to have a podcast. I actually discovered you on a podcast when you were on Jimmy Moore’s radio show. Excellent job!

  23. Patricia Kool 25 March 2011 at 9:38 pm #

    Hi Dr. John,

    Enjoyed your blog. Look forward to more. Thanks for all the useful info. you provide, Pat

  24. Karen N 26 March 2011 at 12:08 am #

    Great podcast!

  25. Babs 26 March 2011 at 1:24 am #

    Print please, I can read & scan faster than listening, and the sound artifacts are interfering.

  26. Barbara Place 26 March 2011 at 2:27 am #

    Thank you! I downloaded your podcast today and listened to it at the gym, and I LOVED IT!!!

    Glad to know I don’t have to work out 45 minutes a day five days a week just to keep fit!!!

    Barbara Place

  27. Faz 26 March 2011 at 3:20 am #

    I’ve never been big into my podcast but this one is most welcome, thanks Dr B 🙂

    I have really been falling behind on reading articles and hopefully these (with RSS link from RSS thanks!) will reel me back in!

  28. michael vandeleur 26 March 2011 at 5:24 am #

    Your blog suits me fine John as allows to listen while I work, so keep up the good work. Enjoyed “Waist Disposal” and have been applying your advice since December ‘010.
    I no longer suffer from chronic indigestion since avoiding french fries and bread. Also surprised that I am now enjoying salads and greens like never before.
    Most days I also include a 1.5K walk and a 1.2K swim.

  29. Gill 26 March 2011 at 7:07 am #

    A good idea! I think the voice tells us loads. Yours adds an extra sense of integrity.Thank you.

    Hopefully one day you’ll have things to say about NATURAL steroids. That would be wonderful

  30. charlie 26 March 2011 at 7:44 am #

    Quicker to read ! but absolutely fab podcast .

  31. Zilla 26 March 2011 at 11:40 am #

    Brilliant – i echo Dr Briffa’s sentiments on podcasts 100%…most of us have to be in front of the computer screen for endless hours for work and I’m glad I’m not alone in wanting to absorb and enjoy information without having to be in front of a screen. I’ve subscribed to Dr Briffa’s excellent e-newsletter’s for years but embarrassingly rarely read them, the same goes for magazines i used to subscribe to like The Ecologist that are now only available as e-zines – I just dont want to be sat in front of the screen any more than work already dictates so i’m an avid listener to podcasts on walks, in the car etc & I only wish their were more to subscribe too – here’s hoping Dr Briffa’s keeps up podcasts which are as thorough as his e-newsletters!

  32. Gillian 26 March 2011 at 4:11 pm #

    I didn’t think I’d like this as I don’t tend to listen to podcasts but I’ve just really enjoyed listening to it while doing something else. I also like receiving the e-newsletter but don’t always find the time to read it. So this is perfect. I really like the intelligent and simple way you explain these issues, and you’re really easy to listen to. Thanks!

  33. Georgette Wright 26 March 2011 at 4:54 pm #

    Thoroughly enjoyed the podcast. Thank you.

  34. louise 26 March 2011 at 7:13 pm #

    yay, love the podcast i hope you can manage to sort the sound issues, otherwise – perfect. thank you.

  35. Fiona nixon 26 March 2011 at 10:07 pm #

    I also followed Richi’s link on my iPad & it worked perfectly so thanks very much. Really enjoyed the podcast – so interesting & you explain everything so well.

  36. jackie 27 March 2011 at 8:45 am #

    Have recently subscribed to your site, from a recommend from a forum I use and found your podcast, the first I have actually listened to, enlightening and confirming the way that I currently have been eating and exercising. Great, thumbs up from me.

  37. MrWeetabix 27 March 2011 at 6:59 pm #

    I was just wondering whether you actually considered that the so called ‘terrible grains’ and carbohyrdrats are what made us as intelligent and developed as we are today, e.g. we were less developed as a caveman on a ‘Paleo diet’ than we are now.

    Plus, the reason people are fat is due to overeating greasy, fried meats and also carbohyrdrates.

    My diet is carbohydrate based, comprised of wholegrains wholegrains, and I only consumed circa 30-40g protein a day, and am very low in terms of weight…B.M.I 14.9 which I find astonishing after reading all this anti-carb stuff.

    I am also vegetarian and intergrating into veganism, and have never felt better..when I used to eat meat I was extremely tired, and irregular in terms of BM’s. I thought I was doing all right with dairy produce, but you are definately right in terms of sinus problems!

    But I do tolerate FAGE yoghurt, but it is quite dangerous due to the 10% fat and the temptation to eat the whole tub.

    Overall, I hope you could consider my beginning comment…It seems quite logical doesn’t it?

  38. John Briffa 27 March 2011 at 7:10 pm #

    Mr Weetabix

    A vegetarian going vegan with a BMI of less than 15? Sounds to me like you’re malnourished and wasting away.

    I can’t give you advice, but eating some real food would be a start.

  39. MrWeetabix 28 March 2011 at 7:34 am #

    Could you help me out perhaps?

    I am really stuck….I don’t want meat….

    I take a multivitimin, but the food I et seems to be to function, like none of it is like ‘discretional’ eg. enjoyment food.

    And it is very difficult to eat alot more, as the excitmnt of shredded wheats, porridge nd beans is some how limitied 🙂

  40. Ruth 28 March 2011 at 11:52 am #

    Like the idea of the podcast – saves me masses of time

  41. Alina 28 March 2011 at 6:14 pm #

    Hi Dr Briffa,
    Thank you for the great podcast. I am looking forward for the next one. I would like to ask if you could send me the reference for the study that you mentioned in the podcast regarding dietary fat as a fat burner.
    Many thanks,

  42. simona 28 March 2011 at 6:15 pm #


    I’m just trying to help. As Dr. Briffa said you need to eat real food. Don’t be afraid of Greek yoghurt if you can tolerate dairy, you need good fats and protein. You could try goats/sheep cheese and yoghurt too. You could eat eggs, they are very important if you are vegetarian. I would avoid wheat that comes out of a box, only maybe eating sour-dough bread if you must, limit beans as they have anti-nutrients and inhibit digestion.
    Focus on safe starches like rice and tubers, other root vegetables, all the rest that you already probably eat with a bit of animal fat/butter. What about fish? Do you have something against eating small fish, like sardines, from time to time?

  43. MrWeetabix 28 March 2011 at 8:28 pm #

    I do really think it’s right to eat fish, plus I don’t really like the texture/thought of flesh foods.

    I’m not entirely sure about the dairy either…it is perhaps just as cruel as meat?

    I only buy the FAGE brand of yoghurt, as I believe it is very clean…but I’m a student and cannot shell out £2.50 for a yoghurt, I do eat 500g a day when I do have it.

    Also do you tend to weigh your foods, e.g. rice and starches or just go with it.

    I feel fine eating wheat and don’t intend on cutting it out at all. Although I will ot eat all the coco-pop, cheerio rubbish…it’s got to be either Weetabix ( hence the name ), shredded wheats or perhaps porridge .

    Also does anyone eat rice pudding? lol…I not talking about all this blood sugar nonsense, but for the enjoyment?

    I am really craving dairy, but not sure whether I should give it…Well you can get an organic rice pudding!

  44. Wayne Shaw 29 March 2011 at 11:16 pm #

    Its a good listen while doing night duty 🙂 sinks in better not only reading your stuff DR Briffa but listening to it also. adds a better dimention to it I reckon.

  45. Kate 31 March 2011 at 11:13 pm #

    Great podcast, Dr B! As others have said, it was fantastic to be able to listen to it whilst doing something else. A very welcome addition.

    Mr Weetabix, you sound half-starved, please get some decent grub down your neck.

  46. Tina 6 April 2011 at 8:14 pm #

    Love your podcast! Really enjoyed hearing you talk about Allen Carr. His book helped me quit 5 years ago and I have never looked back. I tried to get my husband to read it but never would. He still longs for cigarettes on a daily basis and he has been smoke free for 5 years as well. I have given his book to many friends and always recommend it when I hear anyone say they are quitting. It’s amazing what a small shift in thinking can do.

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