Did you know that Detroit how has its own physician talk show … Ask Dr. Nandi? Not only does this show help you learn the secrets of good health, it’s shot right here.
Dr. Partha Nandi, who practices in gastroenterology at Beaumont, started the show about two years ago after a dinner party where he got into a conversation with another guest whose father was battling pancreatic cancer. Nandi took the time to passionately discuss the disease at length with the guest, helping him understand what his father faced.
It turned out the guest was an independent TV producer from Los Angeles, who suggested the doctor had the skills to have these kinds of conversations on the air.
Ask Dr. Nandi was born. It started out airing in Detroit and California and now airs daily throughout the nation on Impact Network. A great supporter of Detroit, Nandi’s ultimate goal is to have a studio in Detroit with a free clinic attached.
Unlike other medical shows, Ask Dr. Nandi covers one subject per show so the information is more than a soundbite. “We look at real problems and offer real solutions,” Nandi said. “Our goal is to reach all people and inform them about their health needs without sensationalism.”
Another goal is to filter Google information. How many of us have Googled our symptoms and decided we have a deadly disease? Nandi wants to give viewers the information they need to understand what questions to ask their doctors. “You must be an advocate for yourself,” he says. “You must ask questions. We hope our show gives you information on where you can go for help and solutions.”
The show has covered everything from arrhythmia and autism to Tourettes Syndrome and restless leg to marriage and how divorce impacts children to end of life. “These are very emotional issues. I want people who watch our show to feel like they are coming into my office and talking to me.” That emotion is very clear in the segment where Danny Dzialo discusses growing up with Tourette’s Syndrome and tells Nandi how he took up music and art to help him deal with the disease.
“We try and show how life can be enjoyable even with difficult conditions,” Nandi says.
“I became a physician because I want to be there when someone’s world stops – I want to help people when they are most vulnerable and help them recover fully. I always tell the truth about a medical condition and work hard to ensure my patients fully understand their problem. My goal with this TV show is to eliminate intimidation and fear from health care and put the power in the hands of the patients.”
Early on Nandi and NFL All Pro Jerry Ball discussed the potentially devastating effects of multiple concussions called Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. Ball, who played for the Detroit Lions, the Cleveland Browns, the Los Angeles Raiders, the Oakland Raiders, and the Minnesota Vikings, recalls his first concussion at age 12 and countless hits during his college and NFL days. “Both the NFL and the players share responsibility,” says Ball. “We need to work together to find solutions to prevent such damage in the future.”
On the show Nandi and Ball discussed how multiple concussions can often lead to dementia, depression and even death. “We need to start in our schools,” Ball says. “Coaches need to be trained properly to teach kids how to tackle the right way. Then, you can prevent these damaging effects in the future.” This is a must watch for parents, fans and athletes.
Filmed at Detroit Public Television studios in Wixom, Ask Dr. Nandi is headed into Season 2.
The second Ask Dr. Nandi may include as many as 100 episodes and will again feature actual patients and practitioners that provide information and offer solutions for patients and their families on a range of issues.
“This year, we will go deeper to educate and inform our viewers so their families can live healthy, fulfilled lives,” he said.
Ask Dr. Nandi broadcasts at DPTV in Detroit and on Stellar Television in Los Angeles, Fresno, Sacramento, and Bakersfield and is filmed with a live audience. It airs every day at 1:00 pm Eastern Standard Time on The Impact Network. In Detroit it’s on Comcast Channels 397 and 400 or on Dish Channel 268. You can go to www.AskDrNandi.com and click on Stream Live. The show has gone international and its website has a great following in China and the Philippines.
The state’s film office has gotten into the act, as well. Season 2 was awarded an incentive of $972,518 on $3,152,623 of projected in-state expenditures. The project expects to hire 30 Michigan workers with a full time equivalent of 39 jobs.
“Dr. Partha Nandi has remained committed to filming his television show here in Michigan, and viewers will see the series continue to grow in its second season,” said Margaret O’Riley, director of the Michigan Film Office. “The show is filmed, produced and edited all here in Michigan, making it a great fit for our incentive program.”
Nandi was born in Calcutta, India, and moved to the US as a child. He graduated summa laude from Ohio State with a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a minor in classical Greek civilization and was also the Rhoades scholarship representative from Ohio State. We aren’t going to hold the Ohio State thing against him since he received his medical degree at Wayne State University and completed his internal medicine training there. He completed his gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Michigan.
Nandi believes mind and body are connected and true healing requires treatment of both. He closes every show with “Namaste”, a beautiful Hindi word meaning, “the light in me honors the light in you.”