“I have always been interested in self-experimentation as a research device because so many of the most important discoveries came from scientists and doctors who used themselves as test subjects,” Mosley says, “but I had never before performed a series of trials on my own health.” He says that when routine blood work last year revealed troubling signs — including borderline diabetes and high cholesterol — his doctor recommended medications. “But I chose instead to seek out doctors and scientists doing cutting-edge research into these problems, which so many others face as well, and use these specials to demonstrate the journey I took to find those solutions.”
“Dr. Michael Mosley’s three specials give the PBS audience an opportunity to understand the real science behind diet, exercise and the human digestive system in a surprisingly up-close and personal way,” said Beth Hoppe, Chief Programming Executive and General Manager of General Audience Programming for PBS. “We’re very pleased to offer our viewers a fresh, accessible approach as we bring more great science programming to Wednesday nights.”
With cameras in tow for the series, Mosley traveled across the U.S. to collaborate with researchers doing extraordinary work in a variety of health-related fields. Among them: Dr. Mark Mattson, Chief of the Laboratory of Neurosciences for the National Institute on Aging and Professor of Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University; Dr. Valter Longo, Director of the Longevity Institute and Professor of Gerontology and Biological Sciences at the University of Southern California; and Dr. Krista Varady of the University of Illinois at Chicago. With these researchers’ help, Mosley discovered revolutionary research that enabled him to test a new science-based dietary program that is easy to incorporate into normal life. The program had profound effects on his body. In the series, Mosley also tests an extraordinary claim that three minutes of exercise a week can produce benefits and discovers a genetic test to help predict a person’s potential benefit from exercise. In the series’ third episode, he voluntarily swallows a “camera pill” that takes viewers on a tour of his internal system, sparking some surprising revelations.
The first episode in the series – EAT, FAST AND LIVE LONGER WITH MICHAEL MOSLEY airs Tuesday, August 20 at 10pm.
Michael Mosley sets an ambitious goal: to become healthier and lose weight while making as few changes as possible to his life. In working toward these goals, Mosley discovers a powerful new science behind the old idea of fasting, a program that still allows him to enjoy his favorite foods. He takes a road trip across the U.S. to investigate how a little hunger can turn on the body’s “repair genes” and, of course, tries the new science himself. Mosley learns that a diet based on feast and famine has powerful effects on the body, reducing the risks of heart disease, diabetes and some cancers. The diet seems to pack the anti-aging clout of calorie restriction while still allowing for a taste of the good life. And it turns out to be not only good for the body; it may also be good for the brain.