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The Magic Pill
The Magic Pill (2017)
Movie
  • Director:
    Robert Tate
  • Category:
  • Cast:
    Pete Evans,Nora Gedgaudas,Lierre Keith
  • Time:
    1h 31min
  • Year:
    2017
What if most of our modern diseases are really just symptoms of the same problem? The Magic Pill is a character-driven documentary that follows doctors, patients, scientists, chefs, farmers and journalists from around the globe who are combating illness through a paradigm shift in eating. And this simple change -- embracing fat as our main fuel -- is showing profound promise in improving the health of people, animals and the planet.
Casts
Credited cast:
Pete Evans Pete Evans - Himself
Nora Gedgaudas Nora Gedgaudas - Herself
Lierre Keith Lierre Keith - Herself
Robert Tate Robert Tate - Himself (as Rob Tate)

The Magic Pill (2017)
Rishason
Rishason
This documentary gives good information about how our brains should be running on fat, not carbohydrates. I've seen first hand how the ketogenic way of eating is beneficial and natural for humans. The documentary highlights the fraud of Ancel Keys work in convincing us to rid our diets of fat but it doesn't dive into modern FDA conspiracies. I highly recommend it.
Faulkree
Faulkree
The documentary several people and how their life has been affected by Ketogenic diet. There is an autistic boy whos' mother put him and a 'specific carb diet' A family of an Autistic girl, a cancer patient and a diabetic amongst others. My favourite part is regarding a south African sports scientist in a trial when the government tries to silence and destroy his credibility after suggesting a mother wean her baby on cauliflower and high fats. Its a well made and natural feeling documentary there's several professionals and it even shows you studys as well as explaining why we need to improve diet and change the way we handle agriculture. you will not be disappointed so check it out.
Pettalo
Pettalo
Reviews on here will be 10/10 or 1/10 in the main. 10/10 will come from everyone who recovered their health through changing their diet to REAL FOOD. 1/10 will come from those who believe a plant based vegetarian diet is the answer. There will not be a lot in between. I watched the documentary and I sighed a little because I knew that this continued division would be the result. My take on this is that any diet which is REAL FOODS is probably a good one. Neither sugar ( our first industrially produced commodity) nor flour ( our second ) is REAL FOOD. When you adopt a low carb or a ketogenic diet, you are doing the exact same thing as any health conscious " plant based" whole foods vegan - eating REAL FOOD. The difference is that real meat and fish products are NATURALLY higher in fat and as such they are " high fat diets" Did you know for example that a simple egg - is 62% fat? If you eat "REAL FOODS" of all kinds including meat and veg you can easily will end up with a diet consisting of about 60% fat. I know because I do and I record it using cronometer a simple program you can download for free . If you eat REAL FOOD across the entire spectrum of choices then you will also have a diet full of natural supplements. Its impossible to achieve health via a vegan diet without any supplements because some of the things you need ONLY come from animal proteins. Anyone can adjust the proportions of the types of real food they eat- meat, dairy, fish, nuts, vegetables, depending on their taste and how that combination makes YOU feel personally. So why did we all become fat and unhealthy? my take is that it stems directly from the decision to replace saturated fats (mostly meat based) with polyunsaturated oils mainly Omega 6 ( seed oils like sunflower, safflower etc.) This was simply a mistake of gigantic proportions. Om 3 & Om 6 oils are found naturally in animal products and we must have TRACE elements of them in balance in our diet because we cannot manufacture them. Our governments interpreted that as being - Om 6 oils are good for us and advised our food industry to make tons of processed products, using sugar, flour and seed oils - a perfect mix of disease causing foods. There is another thing about these seed oils - your body doesn't send signals saying you are full, when you eat them, that's why you can gorge on chips or crisps or chocolates and find it much harder to do on baked potatoes with butter. We hear all the time " junk foods" are bad for you..but no-one truly appreciates the extent of it - the fact is that actually most people feel a bit dodgy most of the time eating highly processed foods. The MAGIC PILL is an attempt to show real results of people eating REAL FOOD. There is science behind it in vast quantities - who has the time to look - but if you took the time to look it can be found easily. Because these processed foods are so bad for us, we develop heart disease, diabetes and tons of other things. One of the main aspects of that is that many of us become diabetic and intolerant to eating any more of it - so we can no longer eat carbohydrates - that stops us eating these processed foods . So we recover - there are thousands of stories of people with diabetes recovering their health through cutting our processed foods and carbohydrates. The scientists are working on it too - but it is slow because who wants to fund " just eat real food and you won't need any of our pills , potions or procedures"? Film is a interesting medium, it can be used to deliver an idea, but the format will always be capable of being shot down because there is simply not enough time to also present all the science that is there - the film makers can only hope that it opens people's eyes enough to think about it, and to start looking themselves. if you want to look then simply access @dietdoctor.com and from there myriad experts on the subject each of whom generally provides the scientific references to whatever it is they are saying. In the meantime please understand that vitriol poured on eating a REAL FOOD diet can only really come from those ideologically opposed to meat in any form - and of course the processed food and pharma industries that have everything to gain from keeping you hungry and sick so expect there to be a LOT of vitriol. REAL FOOD is the MAGIC PILL - the stuff the human body needs to operate properly - eat it and see for yourself.
Drelajurus
Drelajurus
If you check out all the "Magic Pill Debunking" videos on YouTube, most of them were produced by butt hurt vegans. And some of those vegans are extremely anxious about anybody challenging their beliefs, it's almost like a cult. Worse thing is , this documentary does not even mention vegan / vegetarian style of eating in a bad light. Part of healthy Ketogenic diet actually IS eating a lot of vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, asparagus, and other plant you would typically find in a green leafy salad... They simply take offense to the protein part of ketogenic diet, and cite the health risks of low carb / high protein diet, without realising, that it is NOT ketogenic way of eating. Ketogenic diet macronutrient ratio is around 20g/day or around 4-5% carb (not LOW carb , maybe NO CARB to VERY low carb) and MEDIUM protein intake. If those vegans and some but hurt dietitians took time and look at the latest SCIENCE behind Ketogenic diet, they would see how it's beneficial to any human being. It's not just some average , one of many diets that will fade, but a fundamental change in metabolism type. While on Keto you have all the benefits of fasting, it does help to slow down / stop the growth of cancer cells (as they can't use ketones as fuel) , your mitochondria can effectively convert ketone bodies to energy even if imflamations are present, which it cannot do very well with glucose, burning ketones produces much less oxidative stress which means less free radicals in the body, etc, etc, can't go into too much detail here. None of those critics either here or in those youtube videos , have any deeper knowledge of Ketogenic diet, they make their OWN assumptions of what it is, but so far I haven't seen ONE critic that actually properly understand what this diet / way of eating is about. Check out PhDr Dom D'Agostino on youtube, or Dr Berg for example, for some deeper understanding of this diet and it's benefits.
Rayli
Rayli
I think this is a must watch and reading the majority of the other reviewers they have completely missed the point. This documentary does not ram its believes down your throat but reiterates the point that if you eat crap your likely to become ill. It makes a some great points that you should eat whole foods, things you recognise that exist naturally, not heavily processed. Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt ( dietdoctor.com) who appears in the film has done so much for this movement. Another great point it makes is that people followed the dietary guidelines they were told as what to reduce and what to increase in their diet but this has not changed the stats of heart diseases, diabetes and obesity. The films message to me is; except for manmade and super-heated fats stop worrying about them and stop eating so much sugar and carb products that are super processed, you will feel better and live longer.
Frey
Frey
I worry about the other reviewers who feel that the films ideas are not correct. The info in this film is nothing new. High healthy fat is very good and very healing. Man made and factory produced food and grains and nonsense can certainly be eaten by anyone who wants them but dont think for one second that you are eating healthy foods because you are not. Anyone can eat anything they want to eat. If you are a high card eater and wonder why you have troubles or fat and do not realize what it is from then you need to educate yourself a bit. Eat whatever you want to est but if you wish to feel good and be healthy eat high good fat and lo carb low man created food.
Goll
Goll
Best documentatary I've ever seen--by far--both in content and delivery. (With most, I stop watching after 20-30 minutes of repetition and boredom.) The concepts presented are mind-blowing and exciting. It almost brought me to tears. This is a MUST-SEE for every man, woman, and child.
dermeco
dermeco
I'm in disbelief at how long people have thought they were eating right, and how foolishly that notion was started. Every once in awhile, I've seen a story about someone who cured a "so-called incurable" disease with healthy food. But the information never spreads. People are afraid of things that challenge a blind belief. Yet this diet makes so much sense that it's impossible not to want to do it. Critics and skeptics sound like classic brainwashed cult followers. The other thing that hit home was the horror of factory farming, and how the animals from factory farms are not the meat this diet promotes us to eat. In fact, factory farming contributes to making people sick and killing the environment. None of this information is new. It's just made so clear and concise when presented in a documentary, where so much work and care has gone into getting crucial information to a wide audience. Thank you!
Ynneig
Ynneig
I don't know why people are slamming this. Did they even watch the film? Or are they being paid off by sugar companies?
JOGETIME
JOGETIME
My husband had already tried the keto diet and lost 20 pounds in two months. But he was drifting off it and he stopped losing weight. So, we watched "The Magic Pill" together. We both got really jazzed about the diet. Long story short, now we're both on it.

As a note, the description of the diet in "The Magic Pill" is a description of a Paleo diet, rather than the keto diet. If you want to know the specifics of the keto diet, don't rely on this movie. Instead see Dr. Eric Berg's Youtube videos and also the brochure on his website about the keto diet. There are lots of other websites that also give the specifics of the keto diet. It's a pretty simple diet to follow and easy also. It's really a way of eating rather than a temporary diet.

Also, there are some great recipes for keto bread and keto desserts. I sweeten them with stevia. But you can also use erythritol or xylitol, which are considered safe artificial sweetenera. Keto bread and keto desserts make a long-term approach to keto eating possible for my husband and me.
Gadar
Gadar
It was an interesting documentary and I'm sure the the ketogenic diet can help a lot of people that have ailments. It may even prevent certain ailments. But it seems to me that you'd be hard pressed to get enough fiber which can cause other issues like colon cancer which is harder to live with than diabetes unless you catch it early. The film should have addressed that as well. I think we can all agree that sugar, overly processed foods, white flour, etc. should be avoided but not eating healthy grains is questionable in my opinion. Plus they taste great!! The film should have included more long term medical studies if they exist and perhaps gone into more detail about why this diet is healthy.
Mavegelv
Mavegelv
We, as a culture, need to shift our way of thinking - we have personally witnessed the results in our own family with numbers (triglycerides and cholesterol) becoming normal simply by eating a high fat low carb diet.
Biaemi
Biaemi
This documentary is the gospel. I went on the low carb, high fat diet 8 years ago, I lost weight, my cholesterol dropped, along with my blood pressure. This movie helps the history of where our diets started going wrong and why we need to get back to eating the foods our ancestors ate. Awesome job!
Eseve
Eseve
This documentary was very well made. The budget was high, and it comes at exactly the most opportune time. Diet crazes seem to be at an all-time high with the organic movement, etc.

It's so unfortunate that it also happens to be full of misinformation. Very few skeptical or scientific voices were portrayed fairly, and it elevates cranks and radicals as if they are credentialed purveyors of scientific consensus.

It takes years of thorough study to become an expert in these things, and to counter the rampant misinformation and biased reporting this documentary represents...and yet it takes us back several steps in all of 90 minutes.
Ce
Ce
Scientific research looks at a large number of test subjects to look at overall trends. Yes, some people lose weight calorie counting, on low fat/high carb diets, on vegan diets. But that doesn't mean each individual person does. While I think the title "The Magic Pill" is misleading, the evidence that the ketogenic diet works for some people is irrefutable. Considering most people try low fat or calorie counting diets first and fail, a ketogenic diet is worth trying, especially if you have any brain or nervous system issues. The "one size fits all" approach to dieting makes as much sense as "one size fits all" clothes.
salivan
salivan
The folks interviewed in this "documentary" are listed as "characters" in the credits and there are no sources listed at the end, meaning they essentially document nothing. This is not to say that i think ketogebic diets are bad and that this movie is not entertaining, it just doesn't tie any of its fun little ideas and characters together to make a cohesive point.
Mallador
Mallador
Starts with an interesting premise, but quickly jumps into selling what sounds suspiciously like just the latest diet fad. Gave up after half an hour of unalloyed praise for this Magic Pill.
Ionzar
Ionzar
I've been hearing a lot of people talk about this movie, and I hear a lot of people every day switching to keto diet for health benefits. Trying to improve your health and live a better lifestyle is not a bad thing - it's actually what every human being should strive to do. But you should make your choices and do a good research before doing so. Unfortunately, this hour-and-a-half movie doesn't do so. It's very underresearched and completely based on four individuals. They try to make you feel like you are discovering a thousand year old secret kept by this specific group of indigenous peoples from Australia, telling how "robust and muscular" they used to be, but if you actually look closer at the images they show in this documentary, you'll notice that those two words aren't the first ones that come to mind when you see those old black and white pictures. The keto diet has swept the first world countries by a storm in the last few years (especially the United States) and when I heard about it, and all the benefits of it, I tried it myself last summer. I bought a cookbook, I made an entire week of meal-preps, and I constructed a very detailed exercise plan. Ever since moving to the States, I started struggling with high blood pressure and the Keto diet was swearing to do so, and I was super excited to do it so I can get rid of my prescription pills. I started the diet and it was going very well: I lost almost 20 lbs in a little over a month and I started to look a lot better. I couldn't believe it, and I felt so great about myself, but then I had a knee injury and I was rushed to the hospital - where I discovered that my blood pressure was off the chart and the chest pain I was experiencing wasn't from hard workouts, but because I was on a brink of a heart attack. My cholesterol was off the hook, and my arteries were clogged up from all that fat I was ingesting. I immediately stopped the diet, and started warning people about the side effects of this "magic pill" that this documentary and all the Keto books fail to mention. And then just three months after I stopped my Keto diet, I heard that one of my customers, who actually told me about this diet, unfortunately passed away from a cardiovascular arrest which led to heart failure at age of 42. Keto diet is not what it's all hyped up to be, and this documentary does not provide any accurate information about nutrition or healthy diet. I say, do your own research and make up your own mind - don't let people who have personal gain (like the lovely chef who is behind this) serve you something as the truth, chew it up and put it in your mouth for you just to swallow.
Phalaken
Phalaken
Anecdotes do not equal actual science. This movie ignored a ton of studies that proved saturated fats and cholesterol raised serum cholesterol which leads to heart disease (and diabetes). Furthermore, a lot of the studies mentioned in this movie were funded by the meat and dairy industry (aka biased). This movie has been debunked by a lot of people. The best response to this nonsense would be a video called "The Magic Pill Debunked Keto Netflix Documentary".
Nalaylewe
Nalaylewe
Many who criticize this movie are really just criticizing the Ketogenic diet. I think the documentary itself could have done a better job. In the first act as we meet the participants who will change their diets for better health, we see what appear to be medical professionals collecting blood samples as their health histories are shared on screen. ...and that's the last we see of any specific metabolic testing for the rest of the movie. There are scenes with the autistic children where they are evaluated by therapists, but no physical or metabolic mechanism is described to explain the result. The woman with Asthma just says, "I've lost weight and have not had an asthma attack". Etc. etc. Each participant claims improvement but there was no explanation about how the diet may have brought about the change. I agree that with old diet there were symptoms, and with Keto diet those symptoms were reduced or disappeared, but I would have liked to hear about why that may have been the case.

The film begins with a thought-provoking statement that Humans are the only species that can't/don't naturally regulate their own body-weight. The experts interviewed point their accusatory fingers at Wheat, Sugar, and vegetable oils. Processed food in general (which contains these 3 things in various quantities) are the main culprit. The filmmakers missed the opportunity to follow this thread through the film and explain how removing these items from the participants diets would effect change in their health outcomes.

It was okay, but I would not bother telling others about this film as a "must see."
Bluddefender
Bluddefender
I'm a fan of the ketogenic diet. Meat and vegetables are a really good cornerstone of a healthy human diet. This movie did help solidify that fact for me! But there is no reason to choose organic foods, and upon research the creator is a promoter of some serious junk science (earthing, anti-flouride, etc.).
Alianyau
Alianyau
This is the way I eat.I used to think it was the way I ate as I didn't eat processed foods. However mass production and unethical producers have basically ruined our food system. Not to mention the government agencies who facilitated all this.My advice is eat better and eat less. Avoid chemicals, eat pasture fed meat, free range eggs. I call it the fifties diet - 1950's! Local meat, small local abbatoirs and NO MEAT RECALLS. Also no need for useless gov't inspectors.
Wal
Wal
I found this very interesting especially the flipping of the food pyramid. I don't believe the little girl was an actor. I have done so many fad diets and good diets over the years and If you exercise you need carbs, but, I don't know how much. I am going to try this because for some reason it makes sense to me when I think about it but, there is no way I am using that much fat even if it is natural. Now, I need to find tasty recipes without using condiments.
Bragis
Bragis
If you want to have a healthy lifestyle I recommend to watch another documentary. (For example "What the Health") Don't waste your time watching this.
Stan
Stan
Our son has needed this diet. I am so excited to try it. Going to ask the neurologist what we can do for our son. If he will be able to put us and our son on this diet. I love it. Thank u. My hopes have been lifted.