Dr. Michael Mosley has been described as a “medical guinea pig.” The star of numerous BBC documentaries has taken his mission to explain how science works by dosing himself with various combinations of mood-altering drugs and wiring himself up to various pieces of hospital machinery so he can deliver a “live” report to viewers exactly how it feels.
It’s reality TV at its finest, if that superlative can be applied to the genre.
As one British TV reviewer suggested, “It can’t be long before he does the world’s first live kidney donation on TV.”
Mosley is also a self-proclaimed expert on nutrition and dietary trends, and it’s in that realm that his most recent stunt is of interest. On British television’s BBC2 channel, Mosley has filmed an episode on the highly rated Horizon series titled, “Should I Eat Meat?—The Big Health Dilemma.” The show purports to answer that question in a predictable way: Mosley decided to double down on his meat intake, upping it to 130 grams a day—and then see what effect it would have on his health and well-being.
For 30 days in a row.
Right out of the gate, though, another question arises: If the amount of meat the intrepid doctor is going to consume is only 130 grams a day, is there really any serious risk involved? C’mon. The 130 grams a day target represents only 4½ ounces! That’s not exactly a Lumberjack Breakfast-style portion of bacon or sausage, and as a burger, it’s one lousy patty—prior to cooking.
Hardly a SuperSize Me level of “danger” on which to base the show.
But according to BBC online summaries, Mosley claimed that he was using his 30-day meatfest to find out if he had given himself cancer, or if he had increased his risk of a heart attack.
Please. As a doctor and so-called nutritional authority, he of all people should know that nothing you eat for 30 days—short of lacing your meals with cyanide or sprinkling your oatmeal with radioactive uranium—is going to give you a fatal disease. Nor would a temporary fluctuation in serum cholesterol or other cardiac measures be at all credible as a risk factor for eventual heart disease.
In fact, the results of after his 30-day experiment did show that his cholesterol, body fat and blood pressure did become slightly elevated Indeed, but Mosley himself admitted on air that the medical impact of his meat-eating was—wait for it—“inconclusive.”