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.
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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.”