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The doctor who gave up drugs. 2/2.

  • Rampling, Jack
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About this work


To begin, presenter Dr Chris van Tulleken re-introduces his new drug-free practice within Churchill Medical Centre, Chingford. He discusses with practice GP Dr Kam Seehra why patients might not be interested in receiving drug-free treatment, such as he is offering. Van Tulleken revisits Sarah, who underwent the transition from prescribed antidepressants to drug-free cold water swimming to treat her depression in Part One. Van Tulleken meets his next patient Crystal, who suffers from chronic back pain. He speaks to her GP Dr Nausheen Hamid about her condition. He then visits Crystal at her home, where she exhibits the medication she currently takes. Van Tulleken revisits Sarah, who describes her next cold water swimming venture, in which she had a panic attack. He fills out a PHQ-9 Depression Questionnaire to explore whether this one-size-fits-all diagnosis tool is appropriate for diagnosing these conditions. He then inspects a GPs office for signs of marketing tools and branding by pharmaceutical companies. He attends a clinical meeting sponsored by a large pharmaceutical company, in which he discusses with other GPs the ethics behind this kind of big pharma sponsorship. Crystal and van Tulleken visit a private physiotherapist to assess the extent of Crystals pain. Van Tulleken then discusses opiate painkillers with Dr Cathy Stannard. He visits Dr Virginia Acha at The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry to discuss the code of practice adopted by pharmaceutical companies when communicating with general practitioners. This is discussed further with the partners at Churchill Medical Centre. He then meets his next patient Mike, who takes daily medication for the prevention of hypertension and high cholesterol. He discusses preventative medicine with former Chief Knowledge Officer for the NHS Professor Sir Muir Gray. Crystal attends a private kung fu class taught by Kung Fu Master Dennis Ngo. Van Tulleken puts a group of patients currently taking statins on a trial alternative exercise programme. After revisiting various patients, to assess their progress, he discusses potential treatments with Mike, and takes the results of the alternative exercise trial to the Churchill Medical Centre partners.



Physical description

1 DVD (60 min.) : sound, colour, PAL ; 12 cm


Originally broadcast on 22nd September 2016 on BBC 1.
Two part series exploring the UKs over-indulgence in prescription and over-the-counter medication, in which presenter Dr Chris van Tulleken conducts an experiment into whether it is possible to treat various common medical conditions without using pharmaceutical products.

Creator/production credits

Produced and directed by Jack Rampling.
Presented by Dr Chris van Tulleken.

Copyright note

Raw TV for BBC.



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