Doctor In The House
Confirmed for BBC One on 19 November at 9pm to 10pm
Thursday 19 November
Filmed observationally, the doctor will investigate every aspect of each family’s lives by living alongside them - following them to work, relaxing with them at home, eating with them and even staying in their homes overnight to observe their sleep patterns.
Via a series of rigorous observations, medical tests and surprise visits, the doctor will deliver a hard-hitting health diagnosis for the families. Then, launching into a full-scale campaign to turn their unhealthy lifestyles around, he’ll put a range of simple and effective changes into effect. But will each family stick to the regime? After just a few weeks of consultancy, the doctor will repeat the tests that he carried out at the start of the process to see just how much their health has improved.
The families are not only shown how to change their eating habits and diets (e.g. time-restricted feeding and fasting) and exercise more (or even exercise less in one case), but also the benefits of cognitive behaviour therapy, acupuncture, counselling, meditation, movement therapy and other similar therapies. Throughout the GP does not prescribe any drugs and only administers, when necessary, vitamins and supplements.
One contributor who is on three drugs to treat his type 2 diabetes is, by the end of the trial, down to one. In the same episode, our doctor shows another patient how to deal with the menopause and stress. In the second episode the GP treats a chronic back pain sufferer while overcoming his addiction to painkillers and his son finally finds relief from eczema. In the final episode, another patient also reverses her type 2 diabetes diagnosis and the whole family benefits from new dietary and exercise regimes.
The doctor, Dr Rangan Chatterjee (pictured, centre) works as an NHS GP in Oldham where he looks after a deprived and socially isolated patient population. He has a specific interest in, where appropriate, trying to treat people without necessarily resorting to drugs and tries to get the message out there that significant, non-medicinal lifestyle changes can improve your health and, in some cases, save your life.
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