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Published September 6th 2016
Team of Doctors Dispensing Useful Health Tips for Everyone
Dr Moseley's TV series is being replayed regularly on SBS or is available on your device. This English series involves a team of doctors doing research and sharing their results in basic clear English. No need for mental gymnastics as they explain things very simply and use illustrative displays to describe the results so that everybody can understand.
Research included either a doctor or the general public, ordinary people just like us. Most experiments are brief and discussed at the beginning of the program with the results given at the end of that show.
Weight loss features with suggestions to address our daily habits such as the time we eat or exercise – when we can burn off the most fat. And investigate the Israeli solution of how gut bacteria can affect our weight gain – individual diets are needed to change our gut bacteria.
Addictions are also explained in that if we avoid something we crave it even more – they do a scientific lab experiment. But also groups of average everyday people go home with large bags of chocolates. Some are taught to 'imagine' eating 30 chocolates before they try one – they reported getting thirsty and ate 40% less chocolates that the group who were not taught to imagine.
Cancer also features with the suggestion that a change of lifestyle can reduce our risk by 40%. Ideas such as less sunbaking can reduce our skin cancers and melanomas. Less alcohol as it impacts on liver and breast cancer. And no surprises, smoking increases our risk of cancer by 50%, so reducing or quitting has huge benefits for many health complications.
After testing of the impact that cooking has on oils they indicate that polyunsaturated oils such as sunflower, vegetable or olive oil are better at room temperature, for example poured on salads. While mono-saturated oils, lard or butter, do not increase in carcinogenic propensity when used for cooking.
They strongly emphasise that the long-term regular use of Paracetamol is very dangerous, warning people to check with their GP. These tips are from only one show and there are loads more that we can choose to adopt or ignore at our own peril – but for me such a series seemed to be more reliable source than information gleaned from more popular or social media.