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The Role of Food In Health: Dr Rupy Aujla (Transcript)

Here is the full transcript of Dr Rupy Aujla’s talk titled “The Role of Food In Health” at TEDxBristol conference.

In this talk, Dr. Rupy Aujla emphasizes the critical role of nutrition in medicine, a topic often overlooked in medical education. He highlights the emotional and cultural significance of food, lamenting the lack of nutritional training in medical schools and the general education system.

Dr. Aujla discusses his initiative to integrate culinary medicine into the curriculum of UK medical schools, combining cooking with professional chefs, dietitian-led nutrition lectures, and practical applications in NHS settings. He stresses the importance of understanding food beyond its basic nutritional components, advocating for a proactive approach to health through dietary choices.

Dr. Aujla proposes the radical idea of integrating community kitchens into GP surgeries and prioritizing nutritional research. He concludes by offering simple, practical dietary advice, urging the addition of nutritious elements to every meal to combat lifestyle-related illnesses and promote overall health.

Listen to the audio version here:


The Beginning of a Medical Journey

I was just 24 years old when I saw a patient die in front of me for the first time. I was working as a junior doctor in a busy A&E department. A 60-year-old lady came in having had a cardiac arrest, most likely a result of a heart attack. The ambulance crew had started resuscitation at the scene, and we continued delivering drugs, manual compressions, exactly how we’d all been trained.

But despite our best efforts, we ended up calling her death. And I remember leaving that resusc space feeling so frustrated. This wasn’t what I’d been led to believe medicine was about. I wanted to save lives, not struggle in vain and succumb to losing patients.

And when I went home that night, I refreshed my memory on how many heart attacks there are in the UK every year. It was slightly less then, but now it’s over 100,000. One every five minutes. And 30,000 cardiac arrests occur in the same way this poor lady presented.

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