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Food as Medicine: In the continuation of this unique television format, people who are almost desperate due to their massive health problems are helped. The “Docs” Viola Andresen, Silja Schäfer and Matthias Riedl, all experienced doctors, want to significantly improve symptoms and even cure diseases with specific nutritional strategies.

In this new episode of “The Nutrition Docs,” Kerstin P. comes aboard the “Houseboat Practice.” Her illness manifests itself mainly at night, and not only for her: This 45-year-old woman from Pattensen near Hannover suffers from sleep apnea syndrome. She snores a lot and has long pauses in her breathing while she sleeps. Fatty deposits on her throat and tongue ensure that her airway closes regularly when she lies down and her breathing stops for a short time. The consequences of this can be high blood pressure, heart attack or stroke and the risk of dying is four times higher compared to healthy people of the same age. Kerstin P. is afraid and seeks help from the internist Matthias Riedl. In addition to her very high overweight of 132 kilos, the doctor also found that she had prediabetes. “Both together increase the risk of vascular complications,” says the director of the pharmaceutical project. When you look at her nutrition log, it quickly becomes clear: no real meals, just too many unhealthy snacks. Matthias Riedl introduces you to the concept of “primary taste”: food and taste as natural as possible. There are no finished products, but genuine foods like vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds, all without sugar or flavor enhancers. Kerstin P. should not eat in a hurry and standing up as before, but rather learn to eat carefully and calmly at the set table. This requires a strong will: will Kerstin P. be able to muster it?

For him, every step is not only difficult, but also particularly painful: Thomas N. struggles with a heel spur, a thorn-like ossification in the foot, which is usually caused by one-sided strain, muscle weakness and being overweight. . The nutritionist Silja Schäfer even recognizes two heel spurs when looking at her X-rays. The inflammation is now also clearly visible externally as swelling. “It’s like putting a thousand needles in your foot,” says the 60-year-old, summing up the painful condition. Silja Schäfer would like to curb the inflammatory reaction through her diet, suggesting a 10-day fast on flaxseed mucilage, which contains a high amount of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids. After that Thomas N. should eat flexitarian: mostly vegetables, salad and fruit and more fish than meat. In order to strengthen his muscles, he should also do a daily foot training. Although the Schleswig-Holsteiner is planning a motorhome holiday with his wife for several weeks in Sweden, he would also like to implement Silja Schäfer’s specifications there. Will she be able to complete the challenge on the way?

Dirk S. was already visiting the houseboat practice seven years ago, at the time due to his COPD, a chronic and incurable lung disease. Five months ago he underwent the inevitable lung transplant. The grueling operation has left its mark on him: the 58-year-old man from Quickborn has lost a lot of weight and urgently needs to strengthen his body. Although the transplant saved his life, it also presents dangers. Nutritional doctor Viola Andresen is impressed by her patient’s zest for life, and she is determined to support him in leading a normal life with his new organ. So that the donor lung does not become the target of an infection, Dirk S. will have to heat his food in the oven in future to rule out possible germs. In addition, Viola Andresen advises energy and protein foods in the form of an anti-inflammatory Mediterranean diet with whole grain products, pasteurized whole milk, hard-boiled eggs and cooked legumes – because weight, stamina and strength depend on the right food. Dirk S. would like to take advantage of his second chance and be well prepared for his new life. Will he make it?

Author: Annette Books

Editing: Friederike Krumme

As of 01/15/2023

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Food as Medicine: In the continuation of this unique television format, people who are almost desperate due to their massive health problems are helped. The “Docs” Viola Andresen, Silja Schäfer and Matthias Riedl, all experienced doctors, want to significantly improve symptoms and even cure diseases with specific nutritional strategies.

In this new episode of “The Nutrition Docs,” Kerstin P. comes aboard the “Houseboat Practice.” Her illness manifests itself mainly at night, and not only for her: This 45-year-old woman from Pattensen near Hannover suffers from sleep apnea syndrome. She snores a lot and has long pauses in her breathing while she sleeps. Fatty deposits on her throat and tongue ensure that her airway closes regularly when she lies down and her breathing stops for a short time. The consequences of this can be high blood pressure, heart attack or stroke and the risk of dying is four times higher compared to healthy people of the same age.

Kerstin P. is afraid and seeks help from the internist Matthias Riedl. In addition to her extremely high weight of 132 kilos, the doctor also found that she had prediabetes. “Both together increase the risk of vascular complications,” says the director of the pharmaceutical project. When you look at her food log, it quickly becomes clear that there are no real meals, just too many unhealthy snacks. Matthias Riedl introduces you to the concept of “primary taste”: food and taste as natural as possible. There are no finished products, but genuine foods like vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds, all without sugar or flavor enhancers. Kerstin P. should not eat in a hurry and stand up like she did before, but rather learn to eat carefully and calmly at the set table. This requires a strong will. Will Kerstin P. be able to raise him?

For him, each step is not only difficult, but also particularly painful. Thomas N. struggles with a heel spur, a thorn-like ossification in the foot, which is typically caused by one-sided strain, muscle weakness, and being overweight. The nutritionist Silja Schäfer even recognizes two heel spurs when looking at her X-rays. The inflammation is now also clearly visible externally as swelling. “It’s like putting a thousand needles in your foot,” says the 60-year-old, summing up the painful condition. Silja Schäfer would like to curb the inflammatory reaction through her diet and she suggests a 10-day fast with flaxseed mucilage, which contains a high amount of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids. After that, Thomas N. should eat flexitarian. Mainly vegetables, salad, fruit and more fish than meat. In order to strengthen his muscles, he should also do a daily foot training. Although Schleswig-Holsteiner is planning a camping holiday with his wife in Sweden for several weeks, he would also like to implement Silja Schäfer’s specifications there. Will he be able to complete the challenge on the road?

Dirk S. already visited the houseboat practice seven years ago. Back then because of his COPD, a chronic and incurable lung disease. Five months ago he underwent the inevitable lung transplant. The grueling operation has left its mark on him. Quickborn, 58, has lost a lot of weight and urgently needs to strengthen his body. Although the transplant saved his life, it also presents dangers. Nutritional doctor Viola Andresen is impressed by her patient’s zest for life, and she is determined to support him in leading a normal life with his new organ. So that the donor lung does not become the target of an infection, Dirk S. will have to heat his food in the oven in future to rule out possible germs. In addition, Viola Andresen advises energy- and protein-rich foods in the form of an anti-inflammatory Mediterranean diet with whole-grain products, pasteurized full-fat dairy, hard-boiled eggs, and cooked legumes. Because weight, resistance and strength depend on proper nutrition. Dirk S. would like to take advantage of his second chance and be well prepared for his new life. Will he make it?

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