6 podcasts to help you learn about your health!
Published Sep 3, 2021 • By Courtney Johnson
When living with a chronic illness, we are often constantly looking for ways to keep informed and up to date on our condition and to feel less alone. However, with our fast-paced lives this is not always easy. Podcasts, streamable or downloadable episodic audio programs, have risen in popularity in recent years and are a new solution to help people connect and learn more about their health!
Are you interested in learning more about your health and chronic illnesses while on-the-go?
Discover our list of the top health podcasts!
Source: Made Visible, Harper Spero
Launched by Harper Spero in 2018, Made Visible is a podcast “that gives a voice to people with invisible illnesses” and seeks to help patients, caregivers, and loved ones experiencing chronic illnesses feel seen and heard. With each new season, Spero interviews an individual each week about their journey with an invisible illness, how they cope, and what they’ve been able to achieve along the way.
Recent episodes discuss postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), breast cancer, bipolar disorder, and Lyme disease.
Source: TED Health
If you’re a fan of TED talks (short, powerful talks aimed to spread ideas), then this is the podcast for you! Hosted by Dr. Shoshana Ungerleider, TED Health invites speakers to answer questions you never even knew you had and share unique ideas, all focused on how we can live healthier lives. Latest episodes have covered finding meaning after loss, treating spinal cord injuries with asparagus, and innovative ways to support children with special needs!
Source: BBC Radio 4
Produced by BBC Radio 4, Inside Health is a series that aims to “demystify health issues, separate fact from fiction and bring clarity to conflicting health advice”. Each half-hour episode covers a different health queries and interviews with different health professionals. Recent topics include the privacy of patient medical records, Long COVID in children, the link between the heart and erectile dysfunction, and when to take your child to the ER.
Mental Illness Happy Hour
Source: The Mental Illness Happy Hour
Designed to break down the stigma associated with mental illness, on Mental Illness Happy Hour, comedian Paul Gilmartin aims to help those struggling to feel less alone with a light-hearted, yet compassionate take. Each hour-long episode features an interview with a guest who shares his or her story with mental illness, covering topics such as addiction, phobias, anxiety, depression, and more.
Source: Uninvisible Pod
Hosted by Lauren Freeman, a voice actor, activist, and writer who lives with Hashimoto’s disease, sleep disorders, and anxiety and depression, Uninvisible Pod is dedicated to invisible conditions and chronic invisible illness. Each episode features interviews with survivors, their loved ones, advocates, and experts in a wide range of health specialties, from medicine to holistic treatments.
Chronic By HuffPost
Source: Chronic by HuffPost
A different take on chronic illness, HuffPost writer Lucy Pasha-Robinson invites different guests to discuss all things wellness – when you’re “chronically unwell”. What does “wellness” mean when you live with a chronic illness? Chronic discusses topics such as unsolicited advice given to chronic illness patients, HIV stigma, sexuality, wellness culture, and more. On temporary hiatus for Pasha-Robinson's maternity leave, you can binge-listen the first season on your favorite streaming platform:
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