The Food Hospital Series 2 TX: 17 Oct 2012, Week 42


The Food Hospital returns for a brand-new series and this time the experts are back using food to try to tackle an even greater array of common illnesses - from acne and eczema, insomnia and arthritis, to epilepsy and ADHD. Dietitian Lucy Jones, consultant Shaw Somers, GPs Gio Miletto along with Pixie McKenna will take part in series of fun challenges - using the public as willing guinea pigs - to test whether party food sends kids frantic, whether eating berries can make your office more productive and whether putting on weight is linked to when you eat your dinner.

The team will also investigate the power of everyday foods, finding out if beetroot can make you run faster, if chilli could speed up your metabolism and even if turmeric could help fight cancer. The medical team will be intervening in the diets of some of the UK's most extreme eaters and drawing attention to the dangers of fad diets popularised by celebrities.

Competitive identical twins Mark and Dean, 30, will be embarking on different high and low fibre diets to measure the effect fibre has on stool passage time before taking part in their own ‘poo race.'

Alongside this, in a nationwide challenge supported by Bowel Cancer UK, viewers can download The Food Hospital app and could take part in the fibre challenge. They will be challenged to eat more fibre and track what happens to their toilet habits. Viewers will be able to record their own bowel movements using the specially designed app.

Production Company: Betty

Executive Producer: Neil Smith

Series Producer: Ceri Jones

Series Director: Vicki Cooper

Episode 6/6, Wednesday 24th October, 8pm, Channel 4

It is all about the kids in The Food Hospital this week. This special episode will be investigating traditional party food - do sausage rolls, cakes, crisps, sweets and fizzy pop really send kids wild? In a bid to uncover the truth, GP Gio Miletto and Dietitian Lucy Jones are hosting a party of their own at Plumcroft Primary School in London and the results are rather surprising.

Visitors this week include Charlie, 4 from Epsom who has recently developed what doctors call a ‘catastrophic' case of epilepsy. He has up to 300 seizures a day and his parents have been told that his condition is so severe that in the future, he might not be able to recognise them. Charlie is prescribed the Ketogenic Diet which is a radically high fat diet and mimics starvation and switches the metabolism in the body so that fats are used as fuel instead of carbohydrates. Will this new diet be able to help his condition and put his parents at ease? Sam, 15 from York has Tourette's syndrome, an embarrassing condition which means he has physical tics, such as clapping and twitching as well as vocal tics causing him to shout out words at frequent and sometimes inappropriate times. Sam finds his condition exhausting and he is often teased by his peers. He wants to find out if certain foods can reduce his symptoms.

Dr Pixie McKenna concludes her search for the heroes of the food world by looking at nature's own sports drink - milk. With the aid of Dr Lewis James from Loughborough University, and the assistance of a local football team, she's pitching water against skimmed milk to find out which rehydrates us best.

Finally, the results of the Fibre Challenge will be revealed with over 60,000 people having downloaded The Fibre Challenge App online. Nationwide, people have been adding more fibre into their diets and monitoring their toilet habits to decrease the risk of developing bowel cancer which is Britain's second biggest cancer killer.

Episode 5/6, Wednesday 17th October, 8pm, Channel 4

This week, The Food Hospital experts help patients who are struggling to cope with their embarrassing conditions. Rachel, 31 from Birmingham has a very extreme form of cystitis - a condition many women fear. Half of all women in the UK will experience the misery of a urinary tract infection at least once during their lifetime, but poor Rachel's been admitted to hospital six times in the past five years. Dietitian Lucy Jones prescribes her with cranberry juice along with dried cranberries and daily probiotic drinks as a preventative measure but will this leave Rachel with pain free pee?

Human rights Lawyer Gozen, 25 from Enfield has a condition so embarrassing she spends hours trying to conceal it. She suffers from Hidradenitis Suppurativa, a chronic inflammatory skin disease, which affects at least 1 in 100 people in the UK. The unsightly symptoms include cysts and abscesses in the armpit, groin, chest and back areas which exude discharge. People are often too embarrassed to seek help which is one reason why extensive research into the condition is lacking. GP Gio Miletto advises Gozen to go on a low GI diet which has been used to relieve acne, which is said to have some similarities.

Terri, 73 suffers from a condition called erectile dysfunction. He and his second wife are very much in love and yearn for a more physical relationship, but Terri's condition isn't helping. He suffers from Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD) which means the blood flow to his penis is restricted. Lucy prescribes a heart healthy Mediterranean diet with an extra dose of pistachio nuts which some Scientists believe can dilate blood vessels. However, any dietary effort is futile unless Terri can kick his 50-year smoking habit.

Women in the UK can spend up to £25,000 during their lifetimes on weight loss products but Dr Pixie McKenna is on the trail of a natural spice that could do the same job. Could the humble chilli really be a winner in the fight against flab? Stephen Whiting from Manchester Metropolitan University certainly thinks so and explains how the capsaicin chemical in chilli can increase your metabolic rate.

Episode 4/6, Wednesday 10th October, 8pm, Channel 4

This week the experts investigate the potential brain enhancing power of blueberries. Professor Jeremy Spencer from the University of Reading explains how a group of anti-oxidants called flavanoids could help improve your learning ability and concentration levels. Dietitian Lucy Jones and GP Gio Miletto set the sales team of London agency Blis Media a series of brain tests designed to see if a daily blueberry smoothie can improve their performance.

Morbidly obese Phil, 53 from Rochester is a semi-professional power lifter and actor who played a giant in one of the Harry Potter films. He wants to stay big and strong for his acting career but is worried he's eating himself into an early grave. At The Food Hospital, Lucy prescribes Phil a cholesterol lowering, healthy heart food plan designed to help him lose weight whilst maintaining his strength.

At the opposite end of the scale is 18 year-old Lauren from Preston. She's a crash dieter who has just lost a stone in two weeks on the ‘maple syrup diet'. The fad diet has left Lauren feeling ill and she's worried the moment she starts eating again, the weight will pile back on. Lucy puts Lauren on a calorie controlled food plan devised to help her lose weight healthily but will Lauren follow her advice or slip back into a yo-yo diet cycle?

Young Alfie, aged nine, has severe stomach pains, bloating and diarrhoea and his worried Mum Becky thinks he may, like her, have Coeliac disease. If he does, the only treatment is to exclude gluten from his diet. Becky then has a nervous wait while doctors perform a biopsy that will confirm if Alfie does indeed have the condition.

Dr Pixie McKenna looks into claims that onions could rival aspirin by thinning the blood and reducing your risk of a heart attack and the ‘Fibre Challenge' continues, this time with volunteer Andy who thinks eating more fibre has increased his energy levels.

Episode 3/6, Wednesday 3rd October, 8pm, Channel 4

This week The Food Hospital experts look at how monitoring our urine can reveal a lot about what is going on inside our bodies. At the Dingle Asparagus Farm in Worcestershire, Dietitian Lucy Jones and GP Gio Miletto ask a group of thirty people to provide a urine sample. They all produce slightly different colours but what does this mean? The team also discuss how genetics play a role in the way our bodies break down food by asking everyone to eat asparagus. Who gets asparagus wee and who doesn't? And even if you have asparagus wee - do you have the necessary smell receptor to detect it?

Dr Pixie McKenna meets with Dr Lynne Howells from Leicester University to look into claims that a spice used in our favourite curries - turmeric - may become an important weapon in the fight against bowel cancer.

Visitors to The Food Hospital include Adam, an 18-year old student from Middlesex suffering from very bad acne. Approximately 80% of young people suffer from acne but less than 20% get it as bad as Adam. Lucy puts him on a low GI plan to reduce his insulin levels to help control the production of his hormones but will this work?

Next up is Charlene, 25, a healthcare worker from Essex who has a bizarre addiction. She guzzles up to six litres of cola a day often using it as a substitute for food. With her weight ballooning and her bank balance suffering - Charlene knows she needs help. Lucy devises a cold turkey diet to help counter the withdrawal symptoms but after just twelve hours Charlene is ratty and suffering from headaches. Will this make her give up and slip back into her addiction?

Ellie, 60, from Leominster hasn't had a good night's sleep in nearly 30 years! Ellie along with 30% of people in the UK, suffer from insomnia which can have a profound effect on our physical and mental health. Ellie has tried everything from herbal remedies to acupuncture but nothing is working. Lucy puts her on a new diet which involves eating a high carbohydrate meal four hours before bedtime to make her feel sleepy.

Finally the ‘Fibre Challenge' continues, this time with volunteer Melissa who's taking part because her sluggish gut meant she was only going to the loo once every five days.

Episode 2 - Wednesday 26 September, 8pm, Channel 4

In the second episode of The Food Hospital, experts will be trying to solve the constant problem of parents getting kids to eat their greens! Dietitian Lucy Jones visits Youlbury Scout Centre in Oxfordshire to conduct an experiment to determine if peer pressure from older kids can influence the eating behaviour of younger kids. 80% of children don't eat enough veg -missing out on minerals, vitamins and fibre which are important for their growth and future health. Lucy finds the groups' worst offenders - Henry, Sam and Grace, who each have a particular dislike for certain veg. Will cool climbing experts Camillo and Harry, and craft loving Chloe and Hannah, be able to influence the younger scouts to eat their greens?

First to be seen at The Food Hospital is wannabe footballer Ezra, 14 from Brixton. Ezra suffers from ADHD - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder; a condition which affects up to 5% of UK school children. His symptoms include hyperactivity, impulsiveness, and difficulties concentrating and the latest research suggests that making diet changes can help improve the brain function of ADHD sufferers, leading to reduced hyperactivity. For Ezra, Lucy proposes a two prong approach: getting Ezra to cut down on his high levels of sugar and additives and also getting him to increase the levels of good omega 3 fats.

The experts also meet Maryn, 30 from London who has turned the normal five fruit and veg a day into 50 a day! As a fruitarian, he lives primarily on fruit but is this restricted diet good for him? Finally, Jayne, 31 from Northumberland suffers from Alopecia Universalis. It has left her with hardly a hair on her body and whilst it has no impact on physical health, it can dramatically impact confidence levels and she is desperate to seek a cure for her condition.

Dr Pixie McKenna's looks into claims that watercress may help gym work out damage and speaks to Dr Mark Fogerty from Napier University Edinburgh. He explains that when we exercise, particularly at strenuous levels, it will cause the body some stress. That stress causes the build-up of free radicals in the blood which are not good for us and Dr Fogerty explains that early studies suggest that just 85 grams of watercress eaten before we exercise could help reduce this damage. It contains a high concentration of antioxidants and so could help protect our DNA from the effects of strenuous exercise.

And we press on with our ‘Fibre Challenge' which aims to get viewers to eat more fibre via the free Food Hospital app. Bowel cancer is the UK's second leading cancer killer, and most of us are embarrassed to talk to our GP about our toilet habits. This week volunteer Sarah is taking part because she lost her own mum to bowel cancer and is worried about developing the disease herself later in life. For Sarah it's all about prevention as she cooks up batches of a high fibre bean and vegetable curry with brown rice.

Episode 1 - Wednesday 19 September, 8pm, Channel 4

The first patient to be seen by the Food Hospital team is Jack from Lincoln, aged 4. Jack suffers from atopic eczema, a skin condition that affects 1 in 5 children in the UK which means his skin often becomes itchy, dry, red and cracked. Jack's worried parents are at their wits end when they meet with GP Gio Miletto. Blood tests suggest Jack may have a milk allergy so dietitian Lucy Jones pays the family a home visit to set them off on a milk-free diet. A few weeks later, body free of the potential allergen, Jack revisits the Hospital for a food challenge which will conclusively prove whether or not he has a milk allergy.

Second to be seen by the medical team is Beth from the Wirral, aged 29. Beth suffers from Rheumatoid Arthritis and has already had five joints replaced. Rheumatoid Arthritis is an auto immune disease that affects 400,000 people in the UK and causes painful swelling. When she sees Shaw Somers, Beth's ESR (Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate) levels are 28, outside of the normal range. Hoping to reduce these ESR levels, which are the inflammation markers in the blood, Lucy prescribes a calorie controlled high omega 3 diet.

Another patient is Adam from Manchester, aged 22 who is terrified of fruit and vegetables. In fact, his diet is utterly devoid of anything fresh consisting of 6 things alone - chicken nuggets, chips, pizza, crisps, cheese on toast and chocolate. Blood tests reveal Adam is low in folic acid, iron and vitamin C. Lucy wants to encourage Adam to try and eat at least one food he's terrified of and as it's the texture that leaves him feeling so sick, she wants to turn his dreaded vegetables into something slightly more appealing - crisps!

Finally, Dr Pixie McKenna goes on a mission to identify the heroes of the food world. In the first episode, she wants to see if claims that beetroot can increase our performance in sports are true and meets up with Professor Andrew Jones from the University of Exeter who is running a pioneering trial on some Cyclists at the Portsmouth velodrome.

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