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Magic Pills- The Film – A Critique

I have to confess to initially not liking the use of the word ‘Magic’ in the title of the film. As I have said time and time again, homeopathy is not magic, it is a complex science and art, invented by a medical doctor and still practiced throughout the world by many allopathically trained doctors as well as highly trained homeopaths. However, I do accept that the results of homeopathic treatment can be magical and as Ananda states, she wished to convey that: ‘Magic’ refers to something we observe happening but which we cannot fully explain. In this context the word magic has double entendre, one of illusion and one of something that amazes us in how well it works. As homeopaths we have a lot of baggage associated with the word because we’ve been beaten down by it, but the general public doesn’t have the same emotional response. The film is meant to draw in the genuine sceptic, and the target audience is a person who knows little to nothing about homeopathy or has heard over and over that there is no scientific evidence to support it.’ The exact mechanism of action of homeopathic remedies remains in part a mystery, and there is much in science we still do not understand.  For example, the concept of gravity has remained a mystery for thousands of years, thus could also have been referred to as ‘magic.’  The title of the film ‘Magic Pills’ has, I feel, a huge attraction to those wishing to know more.

The film touches on some of the new evidence that could lead to an understanding of the mechanism of homeopathy. It highlights the discovery of nanoparticles by Dr. Jayesh Bellare, one of many recent revelations that in combination, may provide a key to understanding the mechanism of homeopathy. Ananda chose this study because it is easy for an audience to understand without getting into the more esoteric ideas of EMFs and energy medicine. This research is covered in some depth in the film and is fascinating and could begin to solve the mystery and ‘magic’ discussed.

It is also important to highlight that throughout the film, many homeopathic methodologies and protocols are used, from homeoprophylaxis, to the essentially classical methods of the Sherrs, to the Banerji’s cancer protocols, all with huge success. There is a message here for us as homeopaths and one that has emerged strongly for me having watched the film, and that is for us to stick together and to stop arguing amongst ourselves.  There are bigger battles to be fought and as long as the approach has a strong philosophical foundation and we can justify it, with reference to Hahnemanian homeopathy and The Organon; if it works, do it.


Initially, I was not sure that the sceptics should feature so strongly in this film, but as I said, they are an unfortunate reality. The beauty of this film is that every criticism is counteracted with fact, which was one of its objectives; there is a highly effective oscillation in play throughout demonstrating this, and it works. Thus there is a balance I feel, which has been conclusively achieved. The content is edgy, innovative and gritty, its goal, to push people to think.

Once more, as in the film ‘Just One Drop,’ many of the homeopaths presented are also highly experienced medical doctors, but their preferred route to healing is by way of homeopathic medicine. The evidence in this film suggests they use because it is effective and does not cause the often horrendous side effects associated with conventional medicine. ‘If the disease is treated with violent allopathic drugs, other graver, more life threatening ailments are created in its place.’ (Hahnemann S, The Organon, 2003:34).

Why, in the light of this, do the sceptics featured here and otherwise, who are not medical doctors, have a right to dispute these results? Who do they think they are? What is their motive? Why do they have such difficulty in accepting what is clearly a successful healing modality? Can you really heal thousands of cases of cancer and HIV with the placebo affect? It is time for them to get real and accept the facts so brilliantly highlighted in this film. What is also exposed, is that there is no academic freedom.  The sceptics feature highly in this film for a reason, demonstrating that it essential to change the media dialogue from a constant confirmation bias, in other words, ‘it has always been this way and we can therefore rationalise it.’ We need to encourage people like this to exit their comfort zones and entertain new concepts and ways of thinking.  It is worth dwelling on what was stressed in the film, that both Louis Pasteur and Galileo were initially ridiculed and discredited, yet their theories were eventually embraced and changed science as we once knew it.

Although I am critiquing the film ‘Magic Pills,’ I see Ananda and its contents as inseparable; they are intertwined, her energy radiates in it and from it. She is a young woman with a mission and she is seeking justice and recognition for a healing art and science which is massively underrated and which needs to be brought to the fore.  She has travelled to six countries during the course of making this film and experienced first-hand the tireless work of people like the Sherrs in Tanzania; seen their commitment and drive, their personal sacrifices in living a lifestyle which is alien to their own, their reward being the abundance of healed cases; there is no other glory. Their eminence, like that of The Banerjis and all the doctors featured, is, I feel on a back burner, waiting to finally be recognised and given the acclaim they all so richly deserve.  I observe a theme amongst them all, including Ananda, one rarely apparent in conventional medics, and that is humility. I am personally proud to be associated with people such as this, which is why I dedicate much of my time to helping to give them all the credit they deserve.

The ultimate goal of this film is to confront prejudices, open dialogue, educate the public on the true nature of research and encourage a movement towards more research funding and changes in public health policy towards a more integrated system of medicine, given the compelling evidence revealed throughout.

Grassroots support is needed in terms of funding, so the film can be taken to film festivals around the world, to do substantial PR work, and eventually get the film on-line and possibly even TV, and most importantly launch a social impact campaign. So, please help by donating what you can and by joining the mailing list for the newsletter:

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A trailer of the film can be seen here: http://magicpillsmovie.com/

About the author

Gill Graham

Gill Graham

Gill Graham BSc (Hons), BA (Hons), DHMHS, RSHom lives and practices, for most of the time in rural North Buckinghamshire, England. The rest of the time she lives in Toronto, Canada. She graduated from Purton House School of Homeopathy (University of West London) in 2009. She went on to do a 'Special Advanced Graduate Program' at The Ontario College of Homeopathic Medicine. Over the last seventeen years she has qualified in, and practiced many other holistic therapies and is constantly updating her knowledge in the field of complimentary medicine. She has a passion for writing, both professionally, and creatively. She is a member of the Advisory Board for the Applied Research in Homeopathy Foundation of Canada (www.ARHFC.ca).

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