Many patients are left bewildered and confused by food scares and misleading information about an array of health conditions. “I think it’s fair to say that these non-truths are the bane of many a GP’s clinic,” explains Liverpool-based Dr Arun Ghosh. “It’s very easy to understand why this happens. For example, media in print, online and broadcast almost weekly carry contradictory reports about health and Britain’s favourite foods.”
Dr Arun Ghosh was contacted last Autumn by BBC producers to appear on firstly Food: Truth or Scare with Gloria Hunniford and Chris Bavin and latterly Health: Truth or Scare with some of the filming taking place in his private GP practice in Rodney Street, Liverpool City Centre.
He has since been invited back for a second series.“The Health: Truth or Scare programme is a wonderful expose, going behind the headlines in search of the facts,” he says.
“Having taking part in the first series, it was a real privilege to be made the resident GP for the second series and being allowed to investigate the truth about some well known ‘old wives tales’ as cures for a variety of remedies. I have to say, some of the results even surprised me.”
Dr Ghosh worked alongside broadcaster and presenter Angela Rippon and Kevin Duala, both of whom he described as “great at unravelling some very alarming stories about our health.”
He adds: “The series enables the general public to see which of the alarming headlines can safely be ignored and which ones we need to take more action on. It focusses on for example, whether there is any truth in claims that stress can be good for us, how to safely achieve necessary levels of Vitamin D, the safety of statins, whether it’s possible to be fat or fit and whether man flu really exists.
“Both have gone down really well with viewers and have already become regular features in the BBC1 schedule. It’s been really good for the practice given the daily coverage on the BBC.”
As well as his busy day to day role at the Ghosh Medical Group, Dr Ghosh is in demand for television appearances.
He says: “I’ve been doing regular day time television for seven years now and I’ve long wished to be part of TV programmes that can also help me in my daily medical practice.”
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