The Food Manifesto, and strengthening your immune system


“Diet and Exercise should be our first line of defence against infection by Covid-19”, writes Dr Jim Byrne


Dr Jim in Thirsk001In line with this sentiment, the College of Medicine has just announced that it is to produce a TV program, with ITN Productions, titled “The Food Manifesto”.

The main aim is to empower individuals to strengthen their immune systems through preventative health measures.

Here is their official announcement from the College of Medicine:


Dr Michael DixonThe College of Medicine (COM) and ITN Productions Industry News are co-producing The Food Manifesto a news-style programme championing the value of holistic health to improve physical and mental wellbeing.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on human health.  Currently the UK has the highest COVID related death rate in Europe, with obesity and type 2 diabetes a contributory factor. Never has there been a more prescient time to raise awareness of the importance of a healthy lifestyle as a first line of defence against disease and viruses.

Anchored by an ITN Productions presenter, The Food Manifesto will focus on prevention rather than cure, exploring examples of how food, supplements, gut health and exercise can be part of an integrated, holistic approach to medicine, looking beyond prescription drugs. The programme will shine a spotlight on the changes necessary from health professionals to improve patient outcomes now and for future pandemics and examine the importance of new science, patient empowerment, integrated health and community connection to create a more sustainable healthcare system.

The Food Manifesto will combine interviews with the industry’s leading figures, news-style reports and sponsored editorial profiles. The programme will launch at the College of Medicine’s event The Food Manifesto in September 2021 with a secondary screening at the College of Medicine’s Third International Social Prescription Conference in March 2022.

Dr Michael Dixon, Chairman of the College of Medicine said: “We are pleased to be working with ITN Productions on this programme so that we can ensure that our work on healthy food is as visible and effective as possible. ITN Productions’ reputation for professional and high quality productions will enable us to do just that.”

Nina Harrison-Bell, Head of ITN Productions Industry News said: “We’re delighted to partner once again with the College of Medicine to produce a programme that broadens public understanding of the role of integrated health.  The global pandemic has highlighted the importance for us all to manage our own immunity and we hope The Food Manifesto provides the perfect platform to heighten awareness and deepen understanding of food as a health strategy.”

For further information: The Food Manifesto trailer can be viewed on the College of medicine website


PS: See also Lynne McTaggart’s editorial: Cut Sugar, Control the Virus.***