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About the movie

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. The controversy surrounding homeopathic medicine is founded in the belief that something so highly diluted cannot work without violating the laws of chemistry. 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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What people are saying

Testimonial author

Jan Scholten

QJURE

Magic pills is for everyone who is wondering how homeopathy can survive in societies that are so hostile to it. It is for people wondering why especially educated people are seeking homeopathic treatment.

It is for people wondering why doctors still offer homeopathic treatment.

It is for people wondering why patients call their homeopathic remedies magic pills.

Testimonial author

Leslie Manookian

Producer, The Greater Good

Homeopathy is a magical medicine and Magic Pills is a timely, important, and beautiful film about this magical medicine. While mainstream media and the medical and pharmaceutical lobbies would have you believe homeopathy is hocus pocus, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Magic pills deftly dismantles the mainstream narrative with a balanced and thoughtful tone. It is beautifully filmed and will leave viewers wanting to learning more and wondering why this story isn’t all over the mainstream news.

Testimonial author

Dr. Jennifer Jacobs MD

University of Washington

A brilliant film that not only demonstrates the successes of homeopathy but also takes a deep dive into the challenges it faces. Compelling stories of real patients combined with lush cinematography make it a must see for anyone curious about this 200 year old system of medicine.

Testimonial author

Tony Pinkus

Ainsworths, consultant to the royal family

This remarkable film follows homeopath Ananda More on a thought-provoking journey as she examines the evidence for homoeopathy in the world today. The handycam style of film-making employs a deeply personal quest to engage the audience in evaluating the evidence for and against homoeopathy. Starting from her Toronto practice she explores far flung places where homoeopathy is thriving, notably in Cuba, India and Tanzania. Her documentary style is both personal and deeply engaging, inviting the audience to participate in her voyage of discovery. As an old hand in this industry I was aware of the stories and personalities but Magic Pills brings out a new dimension and presents pioneers as they truly are making this film deeply memorable and important for all to watch.

Testimonial author

John Morgan

Helios Homoeopathy

This is an excellent film showing the positive impact of homeopathy around the world as well as the resistance to its acceptance. Ananda has done a great service for homeopathy in documenting its power and potential in such an engaging and cinematic way.

Testimonial author

Jonathan Hardy

Author and Teacher

I thoroughly recommend Magic Pills. Unprejudiced viewers of this excellent film will experience two things: astonishment at the scope and power of Homeopathy as a healing modality; and shock at the vile and deceitful manner in which the Homeopathic profession is treated.

Testimonial author

Mary Aspinwall

Author

I was stunned to learn Magic Pills is Ananda’s first foray into film making! It really is excellent and kept the audience in LA spellbound. I especially loved the way it was edited. Moving back and forth from Africa, India and Cuba revealing more and more about Homeopathy’s astonishing capacity to transform people’s lives, even under the most challenging circumstances. Be sure to watch it and host a screening, too, if you can.

Testimonial author

Mani Norland

Principal, School of Homeopathy

A must see film - Magic Pills is a beautifully shot documentary that takes you on three different journeys into homeopathy. Shot from three different locations in the world, India, Africa and Cuba. In india homeopathy is fully integrated into the medical system and is estimated to be used by over 60% of the population. In Africa homeopathy is used alongside antivirals to assist Aids suffers. In Cuba homeopathy was used successfully to reduce the spread of leptospirosis. Three inspiring stories about homeopathy. One great film.

Testimonial author

Robert Ciprian, DC. DIBAK

Chiropractor

I went into the viewing of The Magic Pills movie expecting a feel good movie that would show the efficacy of homeopathy in health but I was surprised, the movie was hard hitting with a balanced delivery. Evidence was presented for how well homeopathy helps major issues in health such as cancer, A.I.D.S., and epidemic infections diseases. The film also demonstrated the tide that is flowing against homeopathy from a minority of influential sources that do not seem to want the knowledge of how well, and inexpensively, a natural cure can help. If homeopathy is acknowledged as a complimentary option to the conventional medical model it will be a powerful adjunct for people all over the world.

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Meet the Magic Pills stars

Dr. Gustavo Bracho

Dr. Gustavo Bracho

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

Dr. Jayesh Bellare

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. Peter Fisher MD

Dr. Peter Fisher MD

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.

Dr. Pratip Banerji MD

Dr. Pratip Banerji MD

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

Dr. Prasanta Banerji

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.

Tapas Raha

Tapas Raha

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%.

Jeremy Sherr

Jeremy Sherr

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 Sherr

Camilla Sherr

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. Heiner Frei MD

Dr. Heiner Frei MD

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. Jens Wurster MD

Dr. Jens Wurster MD

Dr. Wurster was a senior physician at Clinica Santa Croce in Switzerland for 20 years treating cancer patients, performing research and training homeopaths.

Dr. Isaac Golden

Dr. Isaac Golden

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.

Beth Landau Halpern

Beth Landau Halpern

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 Homepathy 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.

Dr. Joe Schwarcz

Dr. Joe Schwarcz

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. Steven Novella

Dr. Steven Novella

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 More

Ananda More

- Producer and Director

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.”

Homeopathy is seriously threatened globally and urgently threatened in the USA. I hope this film can make an impact and continue to allow the public access to this life saving medicine.”

Ananda lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband and daughter and has a successful homeopathic practice.

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