The controversy surrounding homeopathy is rapidly escalating. Is homeopathy a miracle medicine that can save lives, or is it one of the greatest and most elaborate frauds known to man? Magic Pills examines real life stories and the scientific evidence. As governments worldwide are seeking to limit access to homeopathy and other natural therapies, this film is an urgent wake-up call.
Millions of people around the world believe that homeopathy has cured them when all else failed. But access to homeopathic medicine is under threat. Homeopathy has historically been used by governments to stop epidemics. It has been used for everything from the common cold to treating cancer. The question is, is this an effective medicine or snake oil?
Homeopathic medicine is one of the most widely used forms of alternative medicine on the planet but, despite its popularity, it has come under a great deal of scrutiny in recent years and is now a favorite target for skeptics and debunkers. Magic Pills challenges viewers to decide for themselves by presenting new scientific discoveries, and real world successes that challenge these assumptions.
Many medical journals refuse to publish positive studies due to systemic bias, and the media can distort the truth by omitting information. The stakes are immense, if homeopathy works it could transform the medical system, and provide safe, affordable, and effective medicine. Is the truth being buried?
Journey with Ananda to Tanzania, where for the past 25 years a husband-and-wife duo of homeopathic doctors are using their skills to help thousands of HIV/AIDS patients in the most remote regions of the country. To Cuba, where she was the only person from outside the country given permission to tell the story of how homeopathic medicine given to millions of people stopped an epidemic in just a few weeks. To Kolkata, India, where the Banerji Clinic is having unparalleled success treating otherwise incurable brain tumors and other forms of cancer. To Mumbai, India where an MIT trained chemical engineer has discovered nanoparticles in the most dilute medicines. And finally to Switzerland, where a government-commissioned study led to by the public health-insurance program covering homeopathy.
Dr. Gustavo Bracho was the Advisor to the President and head of the Homeopathy and Bio-therapeutics division of the Finlay Institute, a vaccine manufacturer in Havana, Cuba. He is an experienced researcher in molecular and cellular biology and a world-renowned expert in vaccine adjuvants. He pioneered the use of homeopathy for disease prevention on a large scale in Cuba.
Dr. Jayesh Bellare is an award-winning professor of chemical engineering at IIT Bombay. He acquired his PhD at the University of Minnesota and did his post-doctoral work at MIT. He is currently focused on the development of nanotechnology for medical use. Along with his students, he discovered nanoparticles of source material in high potency homeopathic remedies, which were previously believed to be impossible. His discovery could lead to an understanding of the mechanism of homeopathy.
Dr. Fisher was best known for being the personal physician to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. He was a renowned homeopath, rheumatologist, and researcher. Dr. Fisher was the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Homeopathy (published by Elsevier), a member of the WHO’s Expert Advisory Committee on Traditional and Complementary Medicine, Director of Research and Clinical Director at the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine. He tragically died in a cycling accident in August of 2018.
The junior of the acclaimed father and son duo known as “The Banerjis”, Dr. Pratip Banerji is Co-Founder and the Deputy Director of the Prasanta Banerji Homeopathic Research Foundation, an institute known globally for its successful treatment of thousands of cancer cases with homeopathic protocols.
Dr Prasanta Banerji was a 3rd generation homeopath, the father of Dr. Pratip Banerji, and the legendary creator of the Banerji protocols which have become famous worldwide for their effectiveness in treating brain tumors and other pathologies. Dr. Banerji was an advisor to government ministries in India, and homeopath to the president of India. He passed away in May of 2018.
Mr. Raha was a successful business owner and ran a medical supplies company until he found himself suffering the terrible effects of a fatal grade 4 glioblastoma brain tumor. After three years of conventional treatment that left him bedridden, he began treatment with Dr. Pratip Banerji. He has since regained his ability to walk, and the size of his brain tumor reduced by an astonishing 78%.
With his dream of helping people suffering from HIV/AIDS in Africa, Jeremy transplanted his family, including 3 children, to Tanzania and in 2008 founded Homeopathy for Health in Africa (‘HHA’). In 1986 Jeremy founded the Dynamis School, the longest running post-graduate homeopathy course in the world. Jeremy is a sought after and widely respected teacher, author and practitioner.
Camilla is the Co-Founder of Homeopathy for Health in Africa. Camilla graduated from the Finnish Institute of Homeopathy in 1994. She currently teaches at the Dynamis School of Advanced Homeopathic Studies. Camilla is a sought after lecturer. She was recently honoured with a Fellowship from the Society of Homeopaths in the UK.
Dr. Frei is an award winning Swiss paediatrician with specializations in paediatric surgery, neonatology, intensive care, oncology, and developmental medicine. He was the head physician in paediatric haematology and oncology at the University Children’s Hospital of Bern. From 2001 to 2005 he was the study coordinator of a rigorous and widely awarded study on the homeopathic treatment of ADHD, which yielded scientific evidence for a specific effect of homeopathic medicines. Dr. Frei also developed polarity analysis, a new approach to improve the precision of homeopathic prescriptions.
Dr. Wurster was a senior physician at Clinica Santa Croce in Switzerland for 20 years treating cancer patients, performing research and training homeopaths.
Dr. Golden is an Australian homeopath and researcher. He developed and coined the term “homeoprophylaxis”, which means using homeopathy to prevent disease. His protocols were used in Cuba to successfully arrest many epidemics.
As the daughter of a medical doctor, Beth was originally skeptical of homeopathy until a personal experience cured her of the incurable, she believes. Now she is a practicing homeopath, participates in clinical research, and is the Head of Homeopathy at the Ontario College of Homeopathic Medicine. Beth taught a popular course at the University of Toronto until she was unfairly portrayed on the consumer watchdog series CBC Marketplace.
Joe Schwarcz, a prominent Canadian Skeptic, is the Director of McGill University’s Office for Science and Society. He is well known for his public lectures on topics ranging from the chemistry of love to the science of aging. Dr. Joe hosts “The Dr. Joe Show” on Montreal’s CJAD and has appeared hundreds of times on Television. He also writes a newspaper column entitled “The Right Chemistry” and has authored a number of bestselling books.
Dr. Novella is one of the most outspoken skeptics in North America. He is a clinical neurologist and an assistant professor at Yale University. He is the medical advisor to Quackwatch, an associate editor of the Scientific Review of Alternative Medicine, and associate editor of the blog, Science Based Medicine.
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Ananda began as a profound skeptic of homeopathy, having learned about it as part of a university course, she couldn’t understand how anyone could believe in such rubbish. That is, until a profoundly transformational experience while backpacking through India. After an initial encounter, where she felt dramatic relief from homeopathic pellets while dealing with a case of severe Delhi Belly, Ananda decided to visit an actual homeopath, for a proper consultation. The apparently miraculous cure she experienced after life long depression changed her trajectory in life. She always knew that she wanted to dedicate her life to helping others, and instead of going to law school she decided to pursue homeopathy as a career.
Ananda graduated from the Ontario College of Homeopathic Medicine in 2005, went on to study around the world with some of the most highly recognized homeopaths, and became co-owner of Riverdale Homeopathy, a clinic, bookstore, dispensary and general hub for everything homeopathic in North America. She has served on the council for the homeopathic regulatory body of Ontario as well as the board of the Ontario Homeopathic Association.
As a practicing homeopath, Ananda became increasingly disillusioned with the portrayal of homeopathy in mainstream media, particularly after being misrepresented by local magazines. She was familiar with the evidence base and was aware that the media was shaping a prejudiced narrative. She knew something had to be done to educate the public in a fair way, and give people the opportunity to decide for themselves and advocate for health choice freedoms. That is where the vision for Magic Pills arose and a 9-year journey of filmmaking and producing ensued.
“Working on the film and traveling to various places around the world, including Cuba, Tanzania, India, Switzerland and London, I got to witness first hand how homeopathy truly saves and impacts lives and that has transformed my own outlook. I met brain tumour survivors, diabetics, AIDS patients and hundreds if not thousands of individuals who thank homeopathy for easing their suffering and saving their lives. What I now understand is how vitally necessary it is for us to maintain access to this incredibly affordable medicine which the pharmaceutical industry cannot control and therefore fears. Homeopathy is seriously threatened globally and urgently threatened in the USA. I hope this film can make an impact and support the movement for continued access to this life saving medicine.”