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Top doctors bust health myths with celeb guests on “Body and Soul”

Radio personality Daniel Martin and top doctors like Associate Professor Carolyn Lam dispel health myths and take a closer look at various health issues in "Body and Soul", a spin-off from a popular radio chat show of the same name.

SINGAPORE: “How soon after a heart attack can I have sex?”

That is just one of the many rather direct questions Associate Professor Carolyn Lam gets from her patients all the time when she was practising medicine overseas.

But she says patients in Singapore tend to be a little too afraid to ask their doctors such questions, or even simple ones like what they can eat or what they should avoid.

That is something Lam, who is a consultant at the National University Heart Centre, Singapore, and radio personality Daniel Martin, hopes to change with their new health series “Body and Soul”.

“Body and Soul”, which airs every Tuesday on Channel 5, aims to educate the public, dispel health myths and tackle health-related issues people may be too afraid, or embarrassed to talk about. 

“The idea of this show is ‘You don’t have to be afraid. We’ll show you step by step how you can take control of your health’,” said Martin, who co-hosts the show with Lam.

From the airwaves to the screen

“Body and Soul” is a spin-off from Martin’s radio chat show of the same name, which airs on 938 LIVE, weekdays from 9-10am.

It is the first time an English radio show has spawned a television series here, and Martin believes there is a lot of synergy between the two programmes.

Viewers can field more questions, as well as have more in-depth discussions with top doctors who tackle various topics on the television show, as they will also come onto the radio show the next day.

“When we first started having meetings [about the television show] … I said it starts with the people. It starts with the doctors,” said Martin.

The doctors aren’t the only stars on “Body and Soul”.

Celebrities like Daren Tan and Paul Foster from “Mata Mata”, along with Joshua Tan of “Ah Boys to Men” also appear on the show.

Each episode will see a new celebrity guest grace the show and discuss their own health issues with medical professionals.

“I think that’s super cool, because audiences can identify [with them]," said Lam.

“I have to say, in my entire career, I’ve never had such good-looking patients. It’s interesting to see … that shiny, beautiful people have health problems too.”

Steering clear of sensationalism

It’s lively, funny and has celebrity guests coming on every week.

While it may resemble certain US health shows that tend to sensationalise health topics, Martin said “Body and Soul” will steer away from that, and remain firmly focused on helping audiences clear their doubts, as well as understand health conditions like myopia, depression and skin tags better.

“Skin tags are excessive skin growths that resemble warts or moles.

“A lot of people worry about this skin thing. They worry that it is cancerous. They don’t realise skin tags, being just excessive skin growths, can be removed just like that.”

“We found a celebrity who had them, wasn’t sure what it was, and we removed it on set, on camera, immediately,” said Martin, reiterating that the show is about informing the public and taking fear out of the equation.

“That is exactly what the show is about. I am afraid. I don’t know what this is. Let me speak to a doctor.”

“Body and Soul” airs every Tuesday, 9pm on Channel 5.

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