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By Martin Brown, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Wellness industry docu may be an advertisement in disguise.

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Though often compelling, this series is also very misleading. There's a conflict of interest at the heart of any documentary that seeks to entertain as well as educate. Even if its intentions are pure, (Un)Well treats its investigation into controversial wellness practices the way video games sometimes treat military combat (like an exciting adventure) or the way movies about addicts can sometimes make drugs look cool and fun.

A certain amount of airtime is given to the downsides of these practices, like someone having an extreme allergic reaction to essential oils, for example, or someone having a seizure during an ayahuasca ceremony. But even more emphasis is given to the testimonials by people who have used these practices to improve their lives. The lure of good health, beauty, contentment, or recovery from trauma might be tempting enough for some viewers to ignore the risks described.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: August 12, 2020
  • Network: Netflix
  • Genre: Educational
  • TV rating: TV-MA
  • Last updated: February 18, 2023

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