Michael Mosley obituary: A medical maverick who loved making the world a better place

Michael Mosley, the doctor beloved by millions of readers and TV viewers for his revolutionary diet advice, waged a one-man war on conventional wisdom.

His career on screen was spent challenging stale ideas, bringing his talents of wit, gusto and lateral thinking to testing theories that often seemed improbable at first. More than that, no notion was championed or discarded until he had tried experiments on himself… with often unpredictable results.

He told us how to reverse type 2 diabetes, how to lift low moods by changing the way we sleep and breathe, how to trick our bodies into mistaking hunger for starvation, and even how to make black pudding using our own blood.

His sense of adventure and unquenchable scientific curiosity sometimes led him to put himself in danger by accident.

As yet, there is no way of knowing if this irrepressible side of his character contributed in any way to his death. Dr Mosley, 67, was found by journalists, more than four days after he was reported missing when he failed to return from a hike on Wednesday afternoon while holidaying on the Greek island of Symi in the Dodecanese, north of Rhodes.

According to a friend’s appeal on Facebook, Dr Mosley set off at 1.30pm last Wednesday from St Nicholas beach in the north of the island, a popular tourist spot with a stretch of warm, shallow water lapping the sands.

Six hours later, after he had not arrived back at his lodgings, his friends raised the alarm — informing police and coastguards who began a huge emergency search operation. CCTV sightings captured him walking briskly in shorts and a short-sleeved shirt — every inch the Englishman abroad, with long white socks and a purple umbrella for a parasol in the 37C heat.


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