Episode 8 - The Healthcare Hijack Vol. 1

March 10, 2019

This is the first podcast in a series following David Whitehead's mum and uncle's battle against cancer. This is no ordinary story as these patients refused conventional treatment e.g. chemo / radiotherapy.

Instead taking a trip round the world to Mexico to explore a more natural and alternative therapy. 

There are some elements to this story that you may or may not agree with but we would encourage you to do your own research and make up your own mind. This is a real story involving real people and Dave will return to provide an update on his mum's and uncle's health. 

Here are some links to the resources and research referred to in the podcast.

Big Pharma and suppression of natural medicine 


How Rockafeller founded big pharma and destroyed natural cures


The Truth about Cancer - a Global Quest 


Hoxsey : The quack who cured cancer 


** The recording of this podcast was done at La Corsia Studios, editing and mastering including the use of music done by Mike Collins & Gav Scott**

Episode 7 : Embrace In The Community

February 3, 2019

In this episode we're joined by three members of the Embrace Charity in Wigan & Leigh. 

Their mission : To work towards a better life for people with disabilities and their families, that all people with disabilities feel valued, are included and have real choice. Everything they do is about ensuring all people are included in their local community. 

This podcast demonstrates the passion and innovation that lives in our great County, with amazing people doing fantastic work in the community. The team have reached the final of a national competition with their 'Dating Agency' concept giving those who need it, a little extra support finding the love of their lives.

Fantastic stories, great humour and a mission to both admire and respect.

Come and meet the team and find out more about their work.

Find out more and get in touch https://www.embracewiganandleigh.org.uk/



Episode 6 : Will the real Lancashire please stand UP?

January 22, 2019

In this episode we're joined by Philip Walsh, the chairman of the Friends of Real Lancashire Association. Their aim as a group is to promote, protect and preserve the true identity of the county of Lancashire. Since it was established the Friends of Real Lancashire has helped to found Lancashire Day; created (with the help of the Flag institute) registered the Lancashire Flag and paid for and erected boundary signs in many Lancashire areas, for which work which still continues...find out more here http://www.forl.co.uk

Philip has some great stories and talks with passion on the subject....so check it out and help the REAL Lancashire stand up!

Episode 5 : CBD hits the Mainstream

January 13, 2019

In this episode we discuss the changing laws surrounding Medical Marijuana and Hemp. Cannabidiol, or CBD, is now available in the UK in everything from skin creams to beers. The 2018 US Farm Bill has legalised commercial production of hemp which has over 50K commercial, medical and personal ways of use including textiles, paper, building materials and body care.

Love it or loathe it it's important to understand the differences across the cannabis plant species and how this natural ancient plant continues to offer benefits in so many ways. What ever your views, give it a listen and let us know what you think. 

Episode 4 : The History of Lanky Lingo

December 23, 2018

In this episode Sid Calderbank joins us, Sid has been collecting and researching the songs, stories and poems of old Lancashire for over 40 years, interpreting them for modern day audiences and performing them at folk, arts and literary festivals anywhere from Aberdeen to Dartmoor. Sid treats us to some great stories and recites some ancient Lancashire texts as well as tells us how the dialects have developed all over the county.

You can check out Sid's work over on his website here http://www.sidcalderbank.co.uk/

Episode 3 : Addiction & Recovery - The Lived Experience

December 14, 2018

In this episode, Si Donnelly joins us to talk about growing up in Lancashire, his education, hobbies and life events that led him to his about his battle with addiction. Si then describes what the road to recovery looked like for him and how he now uses his 'Lived Experience' to help others and this is what now gives his life meaning. It's a subject that affects so many people and families across Lancashire and the rest of the UK. 

Episode 2 : My Fridge is Smarter than Yours!

December 2, 2018

In this episode we're joined by Aurther Heyes who works at Edge Hill University. Aurther chats about the changes in Higher Education and the competitive nature of university given the changes to tuition fees over the last few years. The conversations then cover remote tribes in India, Lancashire walks and hidden treasures, the role of smart phones dumming us all down, the Internet of Things and smart fridges. All part of the hot pod!

Episode 1 - Pilot

December 2, 2018

We're off! The first ever episode of The Lancashire Hot Pod. Join Gav & Mike as they provide a bit more insight in to the idea behind the podcast and what you can expect in the future and why you should subscribe!