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1.

Baby Quest [electronic resource]

After falling in love and settling down, the next step for most couples is raising a family. In this program, Dr. John Marsden follows three couples in their quest to have babies. One couple discover that how you treat your body can affect your fertility. Another couple have two girls and search for ways to boost their chances of conceiving a male child. After trying for five years to have their first baby, the third couple opt for in vitro fertilization. Dr. Marsden explains the ins and outs of the treatment and discusses whether or not IVF can be effective.
Online
2003
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Tumor Trouble [electronic resource]: Body Hits, Series 3

Dr. John Marsden takes a no-nonsense look at whether our habits and lifestyles as youths can have a big impact on getting cancer in later life. He introduces three people with very different attitudes toward the disease. Darius, a smoker, is 25 and does not take the threat of lung cancer seriously. This episode shows him what those poisonous chemicals in the cigarettes are doing to his body. Juliet is worried about her weird-looking moles. Viewers join her at a mole clinic as she faces her fear of skin cancer. After witnessing three generations of breast cancer in her family, Vicky has had a double mastectomy. Dr. Marsden asks her how she has coped with recovery from the operation.
Online
2004
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Cold Snap [electronic resource]

When winter comes, it's cold, it's wet, the nights are longer, and invariably one ends up in bed with a runny nose, sneezing, and coughing. But unpleasant as it may be, it's not all doom and gloom in winter. The weather might be rotten, but there's Christmas and all the parties to look forward to. Dr. John Marsden spends 45 minutes in a tank of freezing cold water to find out what goes on inside the body when the temperature drops. To help viewers adjust to the season, this program provides an understanding about what happens to those who spend more time indoors in the winter months.
Online
2003
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Sports Junkies: Series 3 [electronic resource]

In this episode, Dr. John Marsden tests claims that caffeine improves stamina by about five percent and asks why it is not on the banned list for the Athens Olympics. Dr. Marsden also meets people with different attitudes about the use of drugs and supplements in competitive sports. For example, Chris has been taking steroids to help build his muscles for so long that he's seen both the good and bad effects. A hockey team experiments to see if creatine can produce an athlete's body without hard work. Mark Richardson, 400-meter sprinter and Olympic silver medalist, tells how he convinced the sport's authorities that his positive test result for the banned steroid nandrolone came from dietary supplements.
Online
2004
5.

Sensory Overload [electronic resource]

In this episode, Dr. John Marsden takes his own sensory journey to discover some surprising facts about the human senses. Our senses are absolutely necessary for our survival, yet they're completely taken for granted by most of us. It is generally assumed we have five of them, but this has been shown to be wrong. Some scientists say we have nine, some say 21. In fact, there is no agreement about how many we have. Dr. Marsden delves deeper to find out how our senses work. He experiences the world's most expensive taste, hears a sound that literally makes him feel sick, and discovers what it is like to be completely deprived of all of his senses.
Online
2003
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Summer Shocks [electronic resource]

This episode unravels the psychological and biological tensions involved in spending two weeks on a summer vacation and encountering bugs, jet lag, and gastroenteritis. These are just a few of the typical problems often faced on a summer holiday. Dr. John Marsden examines the results of tests to see whether mosquitoes are attracted to some types of skin more than others. He also endures jet lag to help explain the mayhem that goes on inside the body as it adjusts to a new time zone, and investigates dyspepsia, or upset stomach, to discover whether it is better to take medication or let things run their natural course.
Online
2003
7.

Love Story [electronic resource]

What goes on inside your brain and body when you experience the highs and lows of love? Dr. John Marsden uncovers the science behind the quest for love. Why is it that we are attracted to some people but not to others, and what are we really looking for in an ideal partner? While we might keep sex firmly separate from love, our bodies have a few tricks to tip us head over heels into love. Whether we like it or not, sex is booby-trapped to bond us to our partner. This episode takes viewers on a journey to reveal what science can teach us about this most complex of human emotions.
Online
2003
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Against the Clock [electronic resource]

Stress is an inescapable part of modern life, but its impact on people can be devastating, both mentally and physically. The most common symptom is insomnia. It's a vicious circle. If you cannot sleep, you get stressed - and if you are stressed, you cannot sleep. What happens if you don't get enough sleep? How long has anyone survived without it? In a case study, a man struggles to stay awake for as long as he can. Viewers discover what happens to his brain and body as he undergoes a series of challenging tests. This episode investigates the science behind sleep deprivation and stress and offers some valuable tips for getting a good night's rest.
Online
2003
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Body Beautiful [electronic resource]

This episode looks at the issue of body image and how it affects most of us in one way or another. Today even healthy living is taken to excess. Body image has become such an obsession that people follow dangerous diets, age their joints and muscles through obsessive exercise, and spend much of their lives worrying about not being the right shape or size. Dr. John Marsden explains how a high-protein diet can be used for a limited time, if followed up by a more traditional healthy diet, as a good way to achieve weight loss. Although exercise addiction is rare, Dr. Marsden explains how the endorphins released while training are probably responsible for this addiction.
Online
2003
10.

Detox Devils [electronic resource]

Detox is the latest cure-all for the toll a hectic life, bad diet, excessive drinking, late nights, and pollution take on the body. It's all too easy to overindulge, but now a multitude of detox treatments claim to offer ways of reversing the effects of an unhealthy lifestyle. The body is well prepared to protect against toxins, so is the idea of a quick fix really necessary? In this episode, three overindulgent people agree to go on a ten-day detox treatment to put this question to the test. Each tries a different method: a seaweed body wrap, lymph drainage massage, and colonic irrigation. The results are interesting, but it's best to exercise some caution in considering what is actually achievable.
Online
2003
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Weekend Junkies [electronic resource]

Wild parties, binges, benders, and lost weekends are the core of modern-day hedonism, and for millions of young British adults, a weekend's entertainment will probably involve an illegal substance. This episode takes a frank look at the effects that recreational drug use-specifically marijuana, ecstasy, and cocaine-can have on the body. By following the lives of three recreational drug users, who use either marijuana, ecstasy, or cocaine, Dr. John Marsden examines what these substances do to the brain and the body to make them so pleasurable, and at what price this chemically induced pleasure comes.
Online
2003
12.

Natural Highs [electronic resource]

This episode investigates the nature of pleasure and the biological pathways that drive people to experience it in many varied and wondrous ways. For some people, engaging in activities like eating, sex, dancing, and bungee jumping can feel so good that it becomes an addiction. Dr. John Marsden explains that this happens because these activities produce feelings that tap into the pleasure chemicals-cannabinoids, opioids, endorphins, etc.-that occur naturally in our brains. These chemicals are, in fact, very similar to synthetic drugs. In three case studies, salsa dance partners, a fell runner (one who runs up and down mountains), and an extreme sports fanatic talk about their choices and the feelings they get before, during, and after that make the activities so addictive.
Online
2003
13.

Smart Drugs [electronic resource]

In this episode, Dr. John Marsden investigates the latest drug trends in the United States. He meets a group of self-proclaimed psychonauts, people who take drugs believing they will do more than make them just high. He also discovers the latest fad-"smart drugs"-which involves the use of various medications in an attempt to attain optimum health. In addition, there is a rare interview with Alexander Schulgin, who invented MDMA, the active drug in ecstasy. In America there is a growing trend to replace a regular diet with a concoction of up to 200 pills a day. Dr. Marsden meets a couple who take a complicated mix of drugs, believing they will improve their cognitive function and creativity.
Online
2003
14.

Foul Odors [electronic resource]

This program explores the science behind unpleasant human odors and what causes them. Tim, an architect, produces excessive flatulence that drives his workmates to distraction. In an effort to reduce it to more sociable levels, he seeks advice from a nutritionist. Also featured is a punk-rock band whose members have agreed to be lab rats. Their underarm bacteria and sweat are collected to determine how body odor is related to the amount of sweat and the type of bacteria lurking in our armpits. In addition, Dr. John Marsden sweats it out in a foil body bag to collect and analyze his bodily odors.
Online
2004
15.

Love Bugs [electronic resource]

One in ten people contracts a sexually transmitted infection, or STI, during his or her lifetime. This episode focuses on how some of the 25 different infections and infestations impact our bodies. Julie caught herpes several years ago and talks openly about her feelings. Tracy still lives with the consequences of an infection given to her by her first partner. Jason agonizes about telling his girlfriend he has picked up an infection. At the clinic, we find out whether the tests will change the way Jason views his sex life. There is also a condom test and a visit to a factory to learn how the latest latex can help spice up one's sex life.
Online
2004