In this episode, the panel are presented with a noxious weed as a remedy for one of Australia's most common chronic illnesses. Plus, a tree with some chastening qualities, and a fig leaf used to treat warts.
Gut problems are common, with up to one in five people suffering from conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome at some point in their lives. Dr Michael Mosley is joined by a panel of experts to explore the link between gut health and chronic illnesses, such as depression and cardiovascular disease, and look at ways to prevent recurrence or deterioration in these conditions.
In this episode, the expert panel's search for remedies to send to trial uncovers a gin-soaked solution to pain, a natural alternative for psoriasis, and a Chinese herbal remedy that may be the answer to endometriosis, a condition that affects about 700,000 Australian women.
Based on the critically acclaimed production by Windmill Theatre, this is a journey into the absurd, scary and beautiful heart of the teenage mind.
Depression and anxiety affect millions of Australians over their lifetimes. Dr Michael Mosley is joined by a panel of experts and everyday Australians who have dealt with anxiety and depression to reveal some practical advice and insights on how to prevent reoccurrence or deterioration in these conditions.
A diverse collection of home remedies is presented to the experts for a possible trial. In this episode, the panel of experts are inspired by an answer to body odour, divided by Juju for libido, and Dr Charlie Teo is converted by a tapping remedy for stress.
Around two-thirds of Australians are either overweight or obese. Dr Michael Mosley is joined by a panel of experts and everyday Australians to explore how adjustments to lifestyle can make a change.
This debut episode explores seven proposed home remedies, including ear wax as a cure for cold sores, seahorse for asthma, charcoal for stings and bites, menstrual blood for period pain, and a fever bath for colds and flu.
The celebrities make butter and cheese from scratch, but when two farmhands are caught cheating, the chickens really come home to roost. Peter Davison returns from a spell in hospital due to sugar withdrawal.
Tides govern marine life. Tidal marshes are some of the most productive parts of the world. Numerous plants support numerous animals, yet life is not easy; predators are attracted to these enormous quantities of food, forcing animals to seek constant protection from attack. Relief comes with the crashing waves, as the tides flow once more. Between the tides, when the sands become depleted of food and air, the worms, clams and shrimps just endure the expected pause.
The boundary between land and sea is an exciting place, with animals constantly coming and going. From the open oceans, millions of seabirds are forced to come onto land to breed. Sea eagles steal kittiwake chicks from their nesting ledges. Turtles lay their eggs in the sand and marine mammals haul themselves out to fight on the beaches. Sea lions emerge from the kelp to give birth, while killer whales come crashing into n the surf to snatch the sea lions' young.
Bathed in warm, clear tropical water and brilliant sunlight, coral reefs are the rainforests of the sea. Surrounded by ocean deserts, they are rich oases of life. Spectacular numbers make it necessary to stand out to survive. This competition is highly visible as brightly coloured fish compete for food, territory and mates. But the corals themselves are also dynamic. Incredible time-lapse photography shows the dramatic formation of a coral reef, portraying its myriad inhabitants and its ultimate destruction.
Shafts of sunlight radiate through a green sea. This blazing light is the vital source of energy used by the countless billions of plankton which grow every spring and summer in the world's temperate sea, the richest of all habitats. Forests of giant kelp, the fastest growing plant in the world, harbour thousands of animals. Sharks move in to pick off the vulnerable. Sea otters, brilliantly coloured anemones, squid and exquisite leafy dragons are just a few of the other creatures that live in this cool, rich water.
Life on the edge of a frozen sea is tough. Pack-ice at both poles is constantly on the move and, in winter, freezes solid with air temperatures 70 degrees below freezing. Only in spring, with the retreating ice and light reaching the water, does life begin again. Plankton blooms and feeds vast hordes of migrating fish, birds, whales, seals and polar bears. Walruses rake the seabed for clams. Minke and humpback whales gorge themselves on gigantic swarms of krill. But it is a brief indulgence, for the ice soon returns and pushes life back into the ocean.
Endless blue stretches in every direction. The sea bed is a staggering 8km deeper down and the nearest island is 500km away. There is nothing save the burning sun above and the blackened abyss below. How, then, does life exist?
Blue planet,the deep Autotrophs around hydrothermal vents
The deep sea - which gets darker till no more sunlight penetrates at about a kilometre depth and ever colder closer to the bottom of the ocean - covers most of the planet and is, thus, by far the largest habitat on earth, yet, it has been explored less than space.
The blue whale is a perfect symbol for the oceans, the vast blue expanse that dominates our planet while remaining largely unexplored and mysterious. Yet the oceans are an integral part of our lives. Their influence dominates the world's weather systems. They support an enormous range of life, from the largest whales to the smallest plankton, from hordes of sea birds to lonely deep-sea fish. All this is governed by a complex system of biological and physical forces. This first episode demonstrates the sheer scale, power and complexity of our Blue Planet.
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