Friday, 28 October 2011

The Food Hospital

A heads-up for those in the UK.  Channel 4 are launching The Food Hospital next Tuesday.  Food as medicine?  More likely it is that food can be a poison - or that processed food can simply lead to malady. 

I wouldn't bet against there being a load of 'eat 5-6 small meals a day', 'eat more fruit and veg', 'ensure you get enough wholegrain, complex carbohydrate in your diet' kind of advice.  You know, the same rubbish we've been advised for half a century, but let's give it the benefit of the doubt.
  • The Food Hospital doctors meet 24-year-old Lauren, who suffers from such an extreme case of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) - with symptoms such as weight gain, fertility problems and, most noticeably, excessive body and facial hair - that she fears living as a virtual recluse forever unless she can find help.

    Crippling migraines are destroying seven-year-old Harvey's life, and his mother will try anything to help her son.

    Twenty-five-year-old twin sisters Kristen and Maren are trying to use food as a weapon against breast cancer.

    And can 44-year-old single dad Chris turn around the world's fifth biggest killer, type 2 diabetes, with food?

    But it's not just about treating patients. Dr Pixie McKenna from Embarrassing Bodies investigates the truth about 'superfoods' and The Food Hospital launches a series of ambitious nationwide 'food as medicine' trials, kicking off in this first episode by investigating if chocolate can help fight high blood pressure.
It has been a while since I've had a TV rant - so one is about due....

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