10 episodes

Greg Foot and his guests look for the facts behind the fads and search for the scientific evidence behind a product’s bold claims.

The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread? BBC

    • Health & Fitness

Greg Foot and his guests look for the facts behind the fads and search for the scientific evidence behind a product’s bold claims.

    Goop Lab Special

    Goop Lab Special

    As the Goop Lab TV series lands in Netflix accounts, Greg Foot and guests look at the scientific evidence for the therapies tried out by Goop staff, including Gwyneth Paltrow herself.

    Dr James Rucker, lead on the psilocybin trials at Kings College, London, talks about psychedelic therapy, and Dr Sarah Davey, Lecturer in Sport & Exercise Science, Oxford Brookes University, discusses the evidence for cold water therapy. To check out if there's any science behind vampire facials and other skin treatments Greg turns to Dr Nisith Sheth, dermatologist at St John’s Institute of Dermatology, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals. Professor Edzard Ernst, Emeritus Professor of Complementary Medicine at the University of Exeter, is our reviewer of the evidence for the effects of Reiki and other forms of energy healing. And gynaecologist and pain specialist, Dr Jen Gunter, author of The Vagina Bible, is our expert on what the Goop Lab says about how women can have better sex.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Sports pain: Taping

    Sports pain: Taping

    We’ve all seen athletes sporting brightly coloured stripes on the backs of their legs – but is kinesiology tape all it’s cracked up to be? Presenter Greg Foot is joined by Olympic medallist heptathlete Kelly Sotherton, along with consultant rheumatologist Dr Benjamin Ellis and Manchester United FC’s head of physical therapies Prof Michael Callaghan, to ask whether these products can, as some claim, help athletes train for longer and finish stronger?

    • 22 min
    Sports pain: Gels and sprays

    Sports pain: Gels and sprays

    Do topical pain products really relieve aching muscles? Presenter Greg Foot is joined by Olympic medallist heptathlete Kelly Sotherton, along with consultant rheumatologist Dr Benjamin Ellis and Manchester United FC’s head of physical therapies Prof Michael Callaghan, to test the cooling gels and warming sprays that promise to reach deep into painful joints.

    Presenter: Greg Foot
    Producer: Marijke Peters
    Editor: Rami Tzabar
    Sound Editing: Giles Aspen

    • 34 min
    Health drinks: Turmeric

    Health drinks: Turmeric

    Can turmeric lattes prevent memory loss? Greg Foot is joined by Blur’s Alex James and experts to put claims about this ancient Indian spice to the test.

    Presenter: Greg Foot
    Producer: Marijke Peters
    Studio Manager: Sue Maillot
    Editor: Rami Tzabar

    • 20 min
    Health drinks: Kombucha

    Health drinks: Kombucha

    Does kombucha boost your immune system? Greg Foot is joined by Blur’s Alex James and experts to put this fermented wonder drink to the test.

    Presenter: Greg Foot
    Producer: Marijke Peters

    • 26 min
    Winter bugs: Vitamin C and zinc

    Winter bugs: Vitamin C and zinc

    Vitamin C is one of the most popular products used to combat the common cold. But does it work? Greg Foot reviews the evidence for both vitamin C and zinc to see if they are The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread.

    He’s joined again by podcaster, rapper and actor Scroobius Pip and virologist Wendy Barclay from Imperial College London. The team will be giving you their Top Tips, backed by real scientific evidence, for beating the winter bugs.

    Presenter: Greg Foot
    Producer: Michelle Martin
    Researcher: Amelia West
    Studio Managers: Emma Harth, John Boland
    Editors: Deborah Cohen, Rami Tzabar

    The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread is a BBC Science Radio Unit Production.

    • 24 min

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