Since the beginning of time, mankind has been dependent on food largely consisting of fats (forming their primary fuel source) and protein, with little to no carbohydrate consumption. This is reflected in the ancestral diet of the Yolngu, an Indigenous community who are believed to be the oldest culture on earth, dating back over 40,000 years. This diet, which was once the norm, is now shunned by health bureaucrats and peak medical institutions around the world.
In 1948, a study of the Yolngu, who originate from north-eastern Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory of Australia, showed they were a robust community with no chronic disease, great teeth and were strong, well-built individuals. Yet just decades later, the Yolngu who came to believe that the dominant culture’s food was superior to their own, were plagued with high death rates, a tsunami of chronic illness and some of the worst health statistics ever seen.
“The Magic Pill”, an eye-opening documentary brought to you by Rob Tate and Pete Evans, exposes how the Yolngu community and the majority of society came to adopt a diet not consistent with their lineage. It explores how this change led to the drastic decline in health seen today in many parts of the world. The Magic Pill conveys the science surrounding the widespread recommendations of a low fat diet and how many came to accept that fats were the catalyst to illness, while carbohydrates were hailed as a saviour.
Interviews with doctors, patients, scientists, chefs, farmers and journalists from around the globe lead viewers on a journey of discovery, astonishment and often disbelief as long held theories are challenged. With a focus on the once traditional Low Carb High Fat (LCHF) diet which uses fat as the body’s main energy source, it represents a paradigm shift in today’s eating culture, while showcasing how food can be used for medicinal and preventative purposes.
Viewers are given a front row seat into the enormity of the medical issues and the problems the shift in traditional eating habits has caused in the daily lives of people cut across different races, gender and ages. The Magic Pill depicts the stories of countless patients, many of them sufferers of chronic and severe medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes and cancer, detailing their incredible recovery after switching to the LCHF diet. Tate and Evans through their admirable investigative methods, provide an in depth look into the lives of all these patients.
One of the inspiring accounts shown in the documentary is the story of Abigail, a 4yo non-verbal autistic girl with sleep apnea, digestive issues and daily seizures, often totalling up to 50 per day. Abigail lived on a diet consisting of Doritos, canned spaghetti, chicken nuggets, biscuits and apple juice, and refused any other foods her parents offered. After only 5 weeks of consuming an LCHF diet, viewers will be left shocked to see Abigail’s transformation. Once dependent on a cocktail of pharmaceutical interventions, her results are truly astonishing – in particular, the depth of clarity seen in her eyes. Parents with fussy eaters will be mesmerised and empowered to see how Abigail, whose entire diet consisted of 5 foods, developed a healthy voracious appetite, eating anything healthy in sight. Her road to recovery from autism has to be seen to be believed.
Despite the considerable amount of anecdotal and scientific evidence surrounding the many benefits of the LCHF diet, any attempt to challenge the widely accepted false narrative of a low fat diet by health professionals is met with swift and strong opposition. Driven largely by corporate greed, the Health-Pharmaceutical-Industrial Complex has made every attempt to shut down any conversation that differs from the current dietary guidelines.
Through this documentary, many will be stunned to learn that the scientific foundation of which the low fat diet recommendations came about was based solely on the unproven hypothesis of a single physiologist. Despite a lack of clear evidence, his ideas were adopted, propagated and soon became the dogma for the policies of Governments and Health Bodies in many countries. Notwithstanding this lack of evidence, current doctors, dieticians and other health practitioners, as well as researchers who have dared question the status quo, have been persecuted for advocating for the benefits of the LCHF diet.
Timothy Noakes, a professor and one of the most respected scientists in South Africa who features in The Magic Pill, was one such victim. A complaint lodged against him by a dietitian, based solely on LCHF advice he had offered via Twitter, saw him investigated with misconduct, one of the most serious charges that can be made against a medical practitioner. His trial, which lasted 3 years and cost hundreds of thousands of tax-payer dollars, was labelled the modern day trial of Galileo and is very much reminiscent of the case of Australian based surgeon Dr. Garry Fettke, who spent the better part of 30 years of his career amputating the limbs of his diabetic patients.
Despite the fact that Fettke’s LCHF advice saw the complete reversal of diabetes in some of his patients, major heath improvements and significant weight loss, coupled with no patient complaints and zero evidence of harm, Fettke was forbidden from providing any dietary advice to his patients. He also received a blanket ban on discussing his dietary beliefs on any online platform, including social media. Sanctions such as this show the lengths the medical establishment and peak health institutes are willing to go in order to suppress a viewpoint inconsistent with their own.
In a modern day with such conflicting information on what constitutes good health, it is no wonder many are confused about what dietary advice they should follow. Many have become complacent with their own health, thanks in part to a society that has become dependent on a ‘pill for every ill’, despite the many adverse effects of these pharmaceutical interventions. With Big Food and Big Pharma in the ear of politicians, health bureaucrats and peak medical institutions, the entire narrative of what constitutes good health has been contrived at a huge expense of the wellbeing of the general population. A large proportion of the so called expert medical advice that abounds in the public sphere, most of whom are paid by pharmaceuticals, is tailored for profit purposes. The vicious cycle continues with the vast assortment of synthetic pharmaceutical products designed to treat conditions brought about mostly by poor eating habits.
Tate and Evans have crafted a wonderful documentary that covers in rich detail all the pertinent issues associated with the subject of LCHF and its impact on the health and general wellbeing of society. Considering the enormity of the damage that can be caused by the deliberate misinformation spread by the Health-Pharmaceutical-Industrial Complex, a documentary like The Magic Pill is an invaluable eye-opening resource that will leave one feeling empowered to make positive change for the health of their entire family. If you are a sufferer of any chronic illness, including asthma, diabetes or auto-immune conditions, or you are the parent of an autistic or developmentally delayed child, this must watch documentary is for you. For details of the nationwide screenings of The Magic Pill, please visit Fan Force’s website.