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Superfood Experiment (02:18)


Garlic, beets, and watermelon are claimed to reduce blood pressure. Cardiff choir members suffering high blood pressure will eat each food for three weeks.

Blood Pressure Reduction Properties (03:03)

Learn about active ingredients that dilate blood vessels in garlic, watermelon, and beets. Cardiff choir members suffering high blood pressure will eat each food for a week to test their effectiveness.

Energy Drink Test (02:02)

Researchers measure caffeine levels in energy drinks, coffee, and tea. A Starbucks latte has 161 mg—equal to the more caffeinated energy drinks.

Caffeine Effects (03:04)

An MRI scan shows the effects of consuming an energy drink on the body. A subject's heart rate increases in speed and intensity. Energy drinks can have serious effects on individuals with heart irregularities.

Chocolate Health Benefits (02:21)

Test subjects tire of eating beets and watermelon every day. Chocolate contains flavonoids that also reduce blood pressure—but consumption should be restricted to two squares of dark chocolate per day.

Computer Screen Risk (02:23)

Near and farsightedness depends on the eyeball length compared to the lens thickness—and is unaffected by time spent at the computer. Sunlight stimulates retina dopamine, slowing eyeball growth and decreasing chances of nearsightedness.

Burn Treatment (03:39)

In a commercial kitchen, an emergency medical doctor demonstrates first aid techniques for burn victims.

Sugar Toxicity Debate: For (05:15)

Sugar has been compared to tobacco and linked to obesity. Health officials recommend only six teaspoons per day. A U.K. doctor cites studies linking added sugars to heart disease and diabetes.

Sugar Toxicity Debate: Against (04:20)

A U.K. doctor says there is insufficient evidence that sugar causes diabetes and heart disease. He believes comparing sugar to tobacco is an overstatement. Michael Moseley concludes that we should be aware of hidden sugars in drinks and packaged foods.

Waxing vs. Shaving (04:33)

A U.K. doctor waxes one leg and shaves the other to see if one method grows back faster. Shaving cuts the hair, while waxing pulls it out at the follicle—taking longer to break the skin and appearing finer. After 12 weeks, both legs appear the same.

Stem Cell Organ Regeneration (03:24)

A Ukrainian patient suffered windpipe damage and has to breathe through his trachea. A new windpipe has been built using his stem cells and a synthetic scaffold. Learn about the experimental procedure

Experimental Surgery (05:42)

Experts believe stem cells on an artificial windpipe will regenerate, once installed in a patient. Others say the procedure puts his life at risk. Dr. Gabriel Weston reports during the controversial six hour operation.

Experimental Surgery Results (01:24)

A Ukrainian patient recovers in intensive care. He's able to talk with a new windpipe, but it will take months to learn whether the combination of an artificial scaffolding and stem cells can successfully regenerate the organ.

Superfood Experiment Results (04:03)

Choir members reflect on eating beets, watermelon, and garlic for three weeks. Beets were most effective at lowering blood pressure, and reduced the risk of stroke and heart attack by 10%.

Credits: Trust Me…I'm a Doctor: Series 2—Episode 2 (00:51)

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Can foods be as potent as medicines? It's claimed garlic, beetroot and watermelon can all reduce our blood pressure—but what's the truth? Dr Chris van Tulleken investigates. Medical journalist Michael Mosley quizzes leading experts to discover if sugar really is a toxin. Dr Saleyha Ahsan dispels some popular myths about treating burns and surgeon Gabriel Weston travels to Russia to witness a controversial operation where stems cells are being used to rebuild organs. A BBC Production.

Length: 50 minutes

Item#: BVL93189

ISBN: 978-1-60057-861-8

Copyright date: ©2014

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