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Welcome to The PCOS Oracle podcast hosted by PCOS cyster, online PCOS personal trainer and blogger, Despina Pavlou. In this podcast you will hear from leading experts in the field of female health and PCOS who will provide you with cutting-edge research, evidence-based information as well as practical tips on how to get to the root cause of your PCOS and treat it naturally. Each episode will provide you with new found knowledge, confidence and motivation to take back control from PCOS. For m ...
 
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Oxford professor Alister McGrath recently joined Justin, Lucy and Ruth for a livestream to take listener questions on science and faith and to talk about his new memoir ’Through a Glass Darkly’. For 'Through a Glass Darkly': https://www.hachette.co.uk/titles/alister-mcgrath/through-a-glass-darkly/9781529327632/ USA listeners check out our new USA w…
 
'Critical Race Theory’ is a way of understanding racism through the dynamics of oppressed and oppressor groups. Neil Shenvi believes its worldview is at odds with the Gospel and is concerned at its embrace in evangelical circles. Rasool Berry, teaching pastor at The Bridge Church NYC believes many Christians are overreacting to CRT. While not adopt…
 
Christian commentator David French debates Christian radio host and author Eric Metaxas on whether Christians should vote for Donald Trump in the US Elections in November. With thanks to John Brown University’s Center for Faith and Flourishing who hosted the debate: https://faith-and-flourishing.org/ USA listeners check out our new USA website for …
 
In episode 67 of The PCOS Oracle Podcast, I speak to Meg Langston all about her health and healing journey. Meg openly shares her story and how she restored and continues to support her health and metabolism after years of disordered eating, dieting and over exercising. What we discuss in the interview Meg's story/journey Does seed cycling work PMS…
 
Amy Orr-Ewing, co-director of OCCA and author of ‘Where Is God In All The Suffering?’, discusses the problem of pain with Jon Steingard, whose own doubts around Christian faith were triggered by seeing the suffering of children in Uganda. For ‘Where is God in All the Suffering?: https://www.thegoodbook.co.uk/where-is-god-in-all-the-suffering For Jo…
 
In episode 66 I speak to Loren de la Cruz all about the mineral iron and whether it is something we should be supplementing with. Loren delves into some really interesting things about iron and really sheds some light on this mineral we are led to believe we need to supplement with for better health. Find out: What iron is and its purpose in the bo…
 
Did God punish Jesus in our place on the cross? William Lane Craig’s new book ‘Atonement and the Death of Christ’ is a major new defence of Penal Substitutionary Atonement. He discusses the doctrine of atonement with Greg Boyd who has been a critic of PSA and an advocate of the Christus Victor view of the cross. Atonement and the Death of Christ: h…
 
In episode 65 of The PCOS Oracle Podcast, I speak with Esme Rose about the importance of listening to your body and finding balance while on your healing journey. This episode is very raw and real. Esme and I cover tons of important topics like listening to your body, mental health, comparisons (social media vs reality). Esme speaks about how in or…
 
In this ‘classic replay’ Justin shares the 2009 radio debate in which New York pastor Tim Keller defended his best-selling book ‘The Reason For God’ opposite UK atheist Norman Bacrac. Tim Keller: https://timothykeller.com/ Norman Bacrac: https://conwayhall.org.uk/speaker/norman-bacrac/ USA Listeners check out our new USA website for exclusive resou…
 
Six months on from Justin’s first lockdown show looking at Coronavirus he’s joined again by virologist AJ Roberts from California, Australian church and culture guru Mark Sayers, his wife Rev Lucy Brierley and new Unbelievable? team member Ruth Jackson. They discuss the politics of Coronavirus, conspiracy theories, rebel churches and what the futur…
 
In episode 64 of the podcast I speak with Caitlin all about to support ovulation with PCOS. Ovulation is such an important part of our menstrual cycle, it is something we are often unaware of when growing up. We are told about our period, but not really about ovulation and the whole 28 day cycle. So it was really great having Caitlin on the podcast…
 
Notable atheists like Sam Harris and Daniel Dennett claim we live in a deterministic universe and that free will is an illusion. But does losing human free will pose a problem for justice, morality and even the very act of reasoning itself? Dan Barker of the Freedom From Religion Foundation and author of 'Free Will Explained' defends determinism. C…
 
In episode 63 of the podcast, I had the honor of speaking with Angela Grassi about the link between inflammation and PCOS. Researchers have found that PCOS women suffer from chronic inflammation. This inflammation occurs when the immune system believes it is always under threat. In the interview, Angela explains what can cause inflammation in women…
 
Is a quasi-religious left wing ‘cancel culture’ shutting down free speech, or is the right wing just as much to blame? Christian commentator David French of The Dispatch and atheist blogger Jonathan Pearce debate JK Rowling, the Harpers letter and Cancel Culture. For David French: https://frenchpress.thedispatch.com/p/america-is-in-the-grips-of-a-f…
 
In episode 62 of the podcast, I speak with Nathan Colonna all about stress and how to eliminate it from your life. Stress is something we are all exposed to on a pretty much a daily basis and as we all know, stress is a huge driver for many chronic conditions and a root cause for PCOS and hormonal issues. So stress management is one of the key comp…
 
In the second of two shows dealing with racism and the church, Justin Brierley hosts a discussion on the UK Church between Chine McDonald of Christian Aid, Gavin Calver of The Evangelical Alliance and Bishop Dr Joe Aldred of Churches Together in England. For Chine McDonald https://twitter.com/ChineMcDonald For Gavin Calver: https://www.eauk.org/ Fo…
 
Alisa Vitti, a pioneer of female biohacking, and a women’s hormone and functional nutrition expert, explains that the majority of things that are popular and trending in health and fitness aren't necessarily appropriate for women. Alisa stresses the fact that women have completely different physiologies than men and we therefore need to honor this …
 
Is the approach and ideology of Black Lives Matter and anti-racism advocates such as Robin DiAngelo, a help or a hindrance in combating racism in the USA? Anti-racism theologian Dr Drew Hart and Christian sociologist Dr George Yancey discuss their different perspectives on racism, 'white fragility' and Black Lives Matter in the wake of the George F…
 
In episode 60 of the podcast, I speak with Jane Sagui about her PCOS journey and her hormonal health start up Pollie. As you may know, finding a hormone specialist can take hours and even days of research. Not only that, it’s hard to know if a provider will be a good fit for you. That’s why Jane started Pollie. Pollie is the go to marketplace if yo…
 
Theologian John Hick (1922-2012) was well known for his defence of pluralism - the view that all religions stem from one ‘Ultimate Reality’. In this replay of his 2011 debate with Chris Sinkinson of Moorlands Theological College, they debate whether all religions lead to God. For John Hick: http://www.johnhick.org.uk/jsite/ For Chris Sinkinson: htt…
 
Nabeel Qureshi first appeared on Unbelievable? in 2009 for a dialogue on his conversion from Islam to Christianity with Muslim convert Yahya Seymour. Justin shares this replay of their conversation and reflects on the ministry of Nabeel who died in 2017 from cancer. For Justin’s 2016 interview with Nabeel Qureshi https://www.premierchristianradio.c…
 
Laura Miller loved the Narnia stories as a child, but felt she had been hoodwinked when she discovered their Christian symbolism as an adult skeptic. She engages in a discussion on the enduring appeal of Narnia with leading CS Lewis scholar Michael Ward in this replay of their 2009 dialogue. For Michael Ward http://www.planetnarnia.com/ For Laura M…
 
In this episode I speak with Dr Smitta Naram about An Ayurvedic Treatment Approach to PCOS. She talks about Ayurveda's approach in managing PCOS, including the different diet and lifestyle habits as well as herbal home remedies that can help reverse PCOS and its symptoms. Thank you to our Podcast SponsorsMira This episode is brought to you by Mira,…
 
Prof John Lennox answers viewer questions in a livestream Q&A hosted by Justin and Lucy Brierley. He talks about his new book ‘2084: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Humanity’ and addresses issues around science, technology, faith, atheism and the Bible. For ‘2084’ https://2084book.com/ Subscribe to our newsletter and receive the free Unbe…
 
In episode 58 of the podcast, I had the honour of speaking with Melissa Groves Azzaro. Melissa always posts such great and real content about PCOS and diet on her Instagram, so I was so excited to have her on the podcast to talk about diet for PCOS because it is a very popular topic in the PCOS community. So in this episode, Melissa will be busting…
 
Prize-winning author Francis Spufford discusses his book ‘Unapologetic: Why despite everything Christianity can still make surprising emotional sense’ with famed atheist writer Philip Pullman in this replay of their 2012 conversation. For Francis Spufford https://www.premier.org.uk/Unbelievablenewsletter Support the show and receive all the videos …
 
In episode 57, I welcome Jessica Ash (a Functional Nutritionist) back onto the podcast. I once again, had the honour and pleasure of speaking with her about all things PCOS and how to heal it naturally. This episode covers a very important topic that is paramount in healing PCOS and that is the metabolism. Now, we hear a lot about the metabolism, t…
 
Does Islam or Christianity go back to the true person of Jesus? Richard Shumack, author of 'Jesus through Muslim Eyes' and Mustafa Akyol, author of 'The Islamic Jesus', debate the issues. For Richard Shumack https://www.premier.org.uk/Unbelievablenewsletter Support the show and receive all the videos sessions from Unbelievable? USA 2019 https://res…
 
Justin introduces a classic debate from the Unbelievable? archive in which megachurch pastor Rob Bell defended his controversial 2011 book 'Love Wins’ opposite Adrian Warnock. For Rob Bell https://www.premier.org.uk/Unbelievablenewsletter Support the show and receive all the videos sessions from Unbelievable? USA 2019 https://resources.premier.org.…
 
In episode 56 of The PCOS Oracle Podcast, I had the honour of speaking with Sylvia Kang, co-founder and CEO of Mira. It is a huge game changer in fertility tracking and will benefit many women trying to conceive or regulate their cycle. This is why I was excited that I had the opportunity to record this podcast interview with Sylvia. Mira is the fi…
 
Jon Steingard of the band Hawk Nelson is the latest in a number of Christian personalities who say they've renounced their faith. Jon joins Justin along with Christian thinker Sean McDowell who has written a response blog to Jon’s Instagram announcement. Jon Steingard https://www.instagram.com/jonsteingard Sean McDowell https://seanmcdowell.org/blo…
 
Anovulation is common in women with PCOS. This is where an egg does not mature and so is not released from the ovary. Thus ovulation does not occur. This lack of ovulation in turn reduces a woman's ability to conceive because in order to get pregnant you need to ovulate. So in episode 55 of the PCOS Oracle podcast, I had the honour of speaking with…
 
Tim Farron is an MP and former leader of the Liberal Democrats. His Christian faith came under scrutiny during the 2017 UK General Election, leading to his resignation as party leader. His autobiography ‘A Better Ambition: Confessions of a faithful liberal’ (SPCK) tells his story. Polly Toynbee is a well-known journalist, political commentator and …
 
In episode 54, I welcome Kylie Buckner back onto the podcast. Kylie delves deeper into insulin resistance and the link with PCOS and also discusses what can be done to reverse it. Here's what we discussed in this episode How insulin resistance influences PCOS and why it's important to understand insulin resistance [00:05:47] Signs of insulin resist…
 
Dr. Francis Collins is a renowned geneticist who oversaw the Human Genome Project and is currently the director of the National Institutes of Health, USA responding to Covid-19. He founded Biologos, an organisation seeking to show the complementarity of science and faith. His book ’The Language of God’ tells his faith journey. Having been awarded t…
 
Is Christianity a positive force for compassion in the world? Prof Paul Gilbert and Dr. Roger Bretherton join Justin for a conversation on psychology, the brain, Christianity and what makes us choose compassion over callousness. Prof Paul Gilbert is a clinical psychologist and leading expert in the study and promotion of compassion. Dr Roger Brethe…
 
Diet and lifestyle are two key components to take into consideration when looking to treat PCOS. In episode 53, I speak with Isabel Dawkes, a Nutritionist (Reg Nutritional Therapist July 2020), qualified PT and trained chef, about how nutritional therapy can help PCOS. . Isabel delves into how to use diet and lifestyle to balance your hormones and …
 
Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias recently passed away, aged 74. In a special tribute edition of the show Justin is joined by Amy Orr-Ewing, Vince Vitale and Abdu Murray from RZIM to share personal memories and reflect on his life and legacy. For RZIM http://www.rzim.org Read Amy’s personal tribute https://www.premierchristianity.com/Blog/Ravi-Zac…
 
Today I welcome Robyn Srigley back to the podcast. Robyn was the first PCOS expert guest I had the honour of interviewing on the podcast back when I launched in 2018. So it was a pleasure to have her back on for a second time to discuss hirsutism which is a very popular topic in the PCOS community. So, if you suffer from PCOS hirsutism and are look…
 
Historian Tom Holland, author of ‘Dominion’ recaps his debate with AC Grayling and talks about his recent article for The Telegraph arguing for the Christian roots of the response we are seeing to the Coronavirus pandemic. Also joining the conversation are New Testament scholar Mike Bird co-author of ‘The New Testament In Its World’, and Rev Marcus…
 
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