The Magic Pill

Synopsis: People around the globe 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.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Robert Tate
  2 wins.
91 min

[classical score playing]

[Pete Evans speaks]

[jazz music playing]

When you look at every

other species on our planet...

they all control

their weight automatically.

The only exception was us...

and any animal unfortunate

enough to be fed by us.

I just couldn't understand

why we were the exception.

Why did we require willpower,

and everything else

did it on autopilot?

So I applied

the only relevant skill I had,

which was looking at evidence,

and I found there was

very little evidence

for the standard eating advice

we are normally given,

and there was

a whole stream of evidence

which had been largely ignored.

In fact, what we have

been taught about nutrition

is dangerously wrong.

Who can tell me how

Yolngu people die today?

[people chattering]


Heart disease.

[Tim Trudgen]

So, heart disease, yeah.

-[woman 2] Liver disease.

-[Tim] Liver disease.

-[woman 3] Asthma.

-Asthma. Yeah.


-[Tim] Diabetes.


-How many of you

have diabetes?

A lot!


Probably half

the people here have diabetes.



Diabetes, heart disease,

high blood pressure,

kidney disease--

all what we call

chronic diseases.

When did those diseases start?

1970s... late '70s, '80s...

So before that,

people were dying from...?

-[woman] Hepatitis.

-[Tim] Hepatitis.

-[woman 2] Pneumonia.


-[woman 3] TB.


They're all

the infectious diseases.


These are the ones

that came with the Europeans.


-[Tim] Bacteria.

Infectious diseases.

-Yes, yes.

-[Tim] If we go back further...

How about the time

before the Europeans came?

[speaking Yolngu Matha]


One person kills another.


People died from fighting.


Sharks... Crocodiles...

-[Tim] What's the main one?

-Old age.

-Old age.

-Old age.

[speaking Yolngu Matha]

[jazz music playing]


I had this label

that I'm a fat girl.

I am overweight.

I have asthma.

I've always had asthma.

I have a rescue inhaler,

and then I have

a maintenance inhaler.

My rescue inhaler is becoming,

like a regular inhaler.

where I use it

two or three times a day.

-[Amy] Okay.

-[Michelle] And I've just

gotten used to it now.

And I've been in the hospital

a couple of times for asthma,

where it got really bad.

When people talk

about wellness and health,

and "Are you well?

How do you feel?"

My automatic pilot is always,

"I'm great!"

My vision is getting

worse and worse, very rapidly.

I had three fibroids,

and one was really big.

Upper respiratory infection.

They put me

on broad-spectrum antibiotics,

mega doses of prednisone,


And so, I have

this standing prescription.

I'll just take it myself.

I was also diagnosed with ADD.

I don't know if that came up

anywhere on there.

-This is really important,

so we missed the ADD.



-I'm like, "Oh,

and incidentally..."


"Oh, and by the way..."

[jazz music playing]


I remember when I was little,

my mom taught me

to write a letter

"Dear Cathy,

how are you?

I am fine."

Like, those were

the three things

I learned first.

"How are you? I am fine."

And I'm still doing that,

but I'm not fine!

This is levothyroxine.

I take one a day for my thyroid.

This is atorvastatin.

It's for my high cholesterol.

This is fenofibric,

tizanidine, duloxetine--

I take that for anxiety.



gabapentin tablets--

That's supposed to make

your brain process pain

in a different way.

This is also for my thyroid.

This is for my neck pain.

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