Doctor Heal Thyself

The Mail on Sunday (London, England), November 7, 2010 | Go to article overview
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Doctor Heal Thyself


Professor Dinesh Bhugra is President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and a consultant at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. Born in the Punjab, he now lives in London. He specialises in psychosexual health and cross-cultural psychiatry. His recent book, Mad Tales From Bollywood, is about depictions of mental illness in Indian cinema.

SPINACH IS MY SUPERFOOD

I make time to sit down for lunch. I often have sandwiches - usually with fish that contain oils which are good for the heart and joints. Spinach is my superfood - all that iron! I make sure I never eat for at least two hours before bed.

I NEED TO THINK ABOUT MY CHOLESTEROL

I'm 58 and need to think about cholesterol. Breakfast is two slices of brown toast with Flora because it contains plant sterols, to reduce cholesterol, and porridge to increase my fibre intake, which reduces the risk of bowel cancer.

TENSE MUSCLES GIVE YOU A TENSE MIND

Stress causes high blood pressure. Turn off your phone for 15 minutes a day and ensure you have a good seated posture - if your muscles are tense, your mind is tense.

A SWEET ALTERNATIVE

A lot of my patients comfort-eat when unhappy.

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