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A User's Guide to Cheating Death
A User's Guide to Cheating Death
A User's Guide to Cheating Death
45 min • Health & Science, Society • 2016 • M

A User's Guide to Cheating Death' is a documentary series that casts light on increasingly controversial procedures, diets and revived ancient therapies that are being sought by people desperate to dramatically alter their bodies or radically improve their health, and the booming industries that are more than happy to accept their business. Health law professor, writer and debunker-extraordinaire Timothy Caulfield dives deep into the science, and the social issues behind today's cutting-edge health trends in order to separate the truly good advice from the excess of high- priced placebos.

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Detox
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1. Detox
45 mins

Detoxing isn’t actually a thing. But it’s become a fixation of the western world. Stemming from the guilty pleasures of overindulgence and under-exercising, a belief has emerged that we must regularly rid our bodies of toxins via detoxifying diets, fasts, technologies, and more. The evidence – or the lack thereof – behind this trend will be uncovered.

Youth
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2. Youth
45 mins

Youth may be wasted on the young, but luckily, you can buy it back. People are using everything from face-lifts to second skin tech to keep their youthful advantage. However, with the many unproven therapies on the market, how many actually work? Dive head-on into the strange, fascinating and unregulated world of the anti-aging industry.

Genetics
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3. Genetics
45 mins

Genetic a.k.a. DNA testing, allows the genetic diagnosis of vulnerabilities to inherited diseases. It’s spawned industries from personalized fitness to finding your perfect mate. It is being use by a growing number of people to make important health and life decisions, despite these tests being largely inaccurate. What are the consequences of using these methods to make “healthy life choices”?

Weight Loss
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4. Weight Loss
45 mins

Obesity is one of America’s biggest public health concerns. Many are turning to surgical means to achieve results. The issue is even affecting children as young as 13 who undergo extreme surgeries to deal with their weight. The Weight Loss Tourism market is huge as luxurious spas offer weight loss packages which include an on-site team of medical doctors, personal trainers and a wellness chef.

Organic Produce
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5. Organic Produce
45 mins

As a society we’ve become obsessed with the concept of organic food and products, chemical-free farming, healing foods, and natural remedies. People are distrusting GMOs, pharmaceuticals, and other “non natural” solutions. Families are turning to holistic approaches to medical issues, sometimes with fatal consequences. What is causing people to distrust modern medicine and approaches to farming?

Medical Treatments
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6. Medical Treatments
45 mins

There are increasingly more promises for a cure for those suffering from a chronic illness or degenerative disease. From stem cell therapy for memory loss to new arthritis therapies that could keep people healthier and active longer in life, explore the evidence behind advanced disease-management research, new breakthroughs and untested procedures while meeting the real patients who swear by them.