Category “Health”

The Truth About Your Medicine Cabinet

Walk into any chemist shop and you will be bombarded by an array of pills and potions in bright shinny packages that claim to be able to treat almost any imaginable ailment from runny noses to spots, from coughs to aching muscles. These remedies however don't come cheap, we now spend two and a half billion pounds a year on a whole range of products, from pain killers to multivitamins and so on but how much do we really know about the these products we are buying? Dr Chris Van Tulleken is on a mission to find out the truth about some of Britain's top selling over the counter...

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Iboga Nights

In 2003 the director of this film, David Graham Scott, chose a bizarre way to end his long term opiate addiction by means of a psychedelic plant root called Iboga, in the hopes of getting over his dependance on methadone once and for all. After his success, David now wanted to find out more about the "wonder drug" Iboga and discover whether or not it truly was the magic bullet that cured his drug addiction. For over three years he followed various addicts, treatment providers and medical professionals who would hopefully give him the answer. The result of which is this film, where he...

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Inside the Superhuman: World of the Iceman

We live in a world where there are all kind of false healers and fake alternative medicine programs you can sign up for. It's a rare moment in history when somebody comes along who can actually perform real miracles with real evidence to back them up. Wim Hof has defied logic time and time again, and always under scientific scrutiny. He holds the world record for being able to be submerged in ice for almost two whole hours without his core body temperature changing. He has climbed Mount Everest in nothing but a pair of shorts, and ran a marathon in the desert without drinking any water....

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The Truth About Sugar

Fiona Phillips, a journalist best known for her role in presenting the popular British morning show, GMTV, is embarking on a mission to seek out the truth behind our newly found enemy, sugar. She discovers why some of us happen to have more of a craving towards sugar than others and which types of sugar are better for us, considering the amount that goes into foods we would consider to be savoury. Fiona also sets about helping four individuals who's sugar addiction could be putting their health at risk, coming up with low-sugar recipes that are just as...

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Life After Suicide

Angela Samata lived an ordinary life with all of the normal worries and dreams that we all deal with, that was up until one night 11 years ago when everything changed. Angela came home to find that the man she loved and the father of their two boys had taken his own life. Since that day she has been learning what it means to loose someone you love to suicide and why its a very different type of grief to any other. Now Angela is going on a journey around Britain to meet people like herself, who faced a similar loss in an attempt to break down some of the stigma and fear that exists around...

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Institutionalized: Mental Health Behind Bars

Vice News travels to Cook County Jail, located in Chicago, Illinois, which is the largest single site jail in America, it currently houses 9,000 inmates and it is estimated that 30% of these individuals have mental health illnesses, making it the largest mental health care provider in America today. This short documentary aims to examine the current state of such a mental health care system which is currently in pretty bad shape given budget cuts and a lack of community based resources. More often or not people are just being swept into the criminal justice system for low-level,...

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Can You Cure My Cancer

A scary fact is that one in two of us will get cancer, its a disease that touches every family in Britain. BBC's Panorama has spent the last eighteen months on the frontline in the fight against the disease. At the Royal Marsden Hospital in London, patients that have been given just months to live are keeping cancer at bay for years. Advances in genetics are delivering a new generation of smarter cancer drugs. Leading scientists at the institute of cancer research see this as a game changing moment as patents that have run out of options under conventional treatment are helping to...

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Half Ton World

2013 was the year obesity became a worldwide emergency and there are now currently over 300 million people around the world who are now considered to be clinically obese, some of them are truly supersized weighing in at up to half a ton. This film travels the world in order to meet up with such individuals in order to discover what life is really like when you are over six times heaver than the average person. At this scale of obesity people are fighting for their lively hood, freedom and even...

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Broadmoor

Broadmoor is a word that makes people shiver, most people think that Broadmoor is a prison but in fact it is a high secure psychiatric hospital and home to some of the UK's most dangerous and violent prisoners. After five years of negotiation and for the very first time the hospital has allowed cameras in to meet the men who live behind these walls. With unprecedented access and filmed over a year this series reveals the secrets of life inside Britain's most notorious...

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