As I wrote about previously in Homeopathy: Medical Art or Pseudoscience, Homeopathy is being attacked by closed minds.
This film, Magic Pills, is a professional labor of love to bring to a wide audience the awareness of the safe, patient-centered health care called homeopathy. See the trailer here.
It is premiering at the Illuminate Film Festival in Sedona on June 3rd, 2017. I highly recommend it.
Amanda More, the director shares:
Six years ago I was at a personal crossroad, frustrated with the portrayal of homeopathy in the media but deep down questioning myself if homeopathy’s effectiveness was an elaborate placebo effect. I decided to join my two passions, storytelling and homeopathy, to crisscross the world looking to discuss these issues with skeptics, scientists, practitioners and patients.
Until then, the only mainstream media available were television specials, news articles and radio, all equally intent on giving a negative, biased perspective on homeopathy. Numerous clinical trials and studies were misrepresented or concealed altogether. The inaccurate narrative struck me not only dishonest but dangerous for the future of medicine, science and academic freedom.
While my 12 years of experience in homeopathy gave me unique access to the scientific community and highly secretive operation in Cuba, my 10 years experience in theatre writing and directing, prepared me to seize the moment wherever we were. From a hut in a Maasai village to a high-tech laboratory in India, from talking to high profile experts to sharing a candid moment with debilitated patients, my life’s path seemed to have prepared me to be fully present and of service in each of those moments. Even my own past of doubt and skepticism served as a counterbalancing force to remain objective with the findings while understanding and respectful of skeptics.
It’s my hope that the confluence of my skills and background help bring a more honest portrayal of homeopathy to a larger audience. And in doing so, broaden the discussion of what’s possible: a more holistic, safer, patient focused system of health care.
From the official synopsis:
When meeting with scientists, skeptics, practitioners and patients, Ananda unravels the high drama and intrigue that envelops homeopathy today. Current science postulates that it can’t work because we can’t prove how it works. Similarly, in the past science could observe gravity and electricity before it could explain it. However homeopathy is not granted the same latitudes or research and instead is the target of attacks, which disregards ever-growing volumes of compelling data.
In her travels Ananda also sees how homeopathy is being used to treat cancer in India, support the use of anti-retroviral medication for HIV/AIDS in Africa and prevent common epidemics in Cuba. She also visits and interviews scientists at university laboratories, where cutting edge experiments prove once again that maybe science can’t always explain know how nature works. However one thing becomes certain as intrepid professionals expose their work: homeopathy offers a deep and gentle cure, in contrast to conventional medicine, which focuses primarily on symptom relief and toxic treatments that can have irreversible or life threatening side effects.
With homeopathy-friendly Switzerland as the final stop, Ananda reveals how ultimately, those most affected by policies that support prolonged treatment and subsequent profits are the people themselves, who are now being denied accurate information about their health choices.