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Up close and personal – A very intimate view of Michael Mosley


Listening to Michael Mosley on stage for a few hours is a great way to spend a Friday night – especially if you’re nerds like us. Not quite sure what to expect, it turned out to be a fittingly entertaining evening. Whilst there were a fair few references to his books about the 5:2 diet and the blood sugar diet, it was a balanced performance overall with lots of great titbits of information gathered from over the years.


We didn’t know this, but Mosley was initially inspired by Nobel Prize winner, Australian Barry Marshall who proved the connection between bacterium, Helicobacter pylori, as the cause of stomach ulcers by actually drinking a vial of bacteria. It seemed if you want the greater medical establishment to accept an alternate theory, you have to do something mad. So Dr Mosley decided that this this was the way he would approach topics generally avoided by the medical profession or left uncharted. He began to experiment on himself as part of his pursuit of the answers - including infecting himself with a tapeworm, which we actually met, courtesy of footage from his pill camera.


For us, some of the other key takeout’s from his 3 hours on stage were:


Science is ever changing

Mosley spoke of his mentors who said to him on day one that everything that he thought was true five years ago is now considered outdated, and most of what he knows to be true today will be out of date in five years’ time. He encouraged health professionals to continually educate and stay up to date with the latest research.


Medical degrees are failing to address nutrition

Mosley spoke about the nutrition component of his medical degree 30 years ago - little to none. Now his eldest son Jack, who is studying medicine, has said the same of his current medical degree. At this stage, he envisages that any progress to be made in this area will rely on doctors seeking more nutrition training outside of their formal degree. In the meantime, that’s where nutritionists and dietitians can help,


The gut microbiome is the next big thing

It was clear from the evening, as he spoke about his new book The Clever Guts Diet, that the gut is where it’s at. There is so much that we don’t know about this massive organ that feeds and controls many of our systems. He spoke at length about the gut microbiome and the importance of fibre as a food for the gut bacteria, which we already knew, but he confirmed that we are at the tip of the iceberg when it comes to discovering the ecosystem that affects just about everything our body does. We really did feel an intimate love for our little gut passengers after the evening was over.


Until next time