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(Un)well is an American documentary series that was first premiered on Netflix on August 12, 2020. The series explores the lucrative wellness industry, which touts health and healing. However, the reality is that these wellness trends are often backed by dubious science, leading to potentially harmful results.

Overview[edit | edit source]

The series consists of six episodes, each focusing on a different wellness trend. These trends include essential oils, breast milk, fasting, Ayahuasca, bee sting therapy, and tantric sex. Each episode features interviews with scientists, experts, and people who have experienced the wellness trend firsthand.

Episodes[edit | edit source]

Essential Oils[edit | edit source]

The first episode explores the world of essential oils, which are often marketed as natural remedies for a variety of ailments. However, the episode reveals that these oils can have harmful side effects and are often sold through multi-level marketing schemes.

Breast Milk[edit | edit source]

The second episode delves into the trend of adults consuming breast milk for its supposed health benefits. The episode highlights the dangers of this practice, including the risk of transmitting diseases.

Fasting[edit | edit source]

The third episode investigates the trend of fasting, which is often promoted as a way to lose weight and improve health. The episode reveals that fasting can lead to dangerous health complications, including malnutrition and eating disorders.

Ayahuasca[edit | edit source]

The fourth episode explores the use of Ayahuasca, a hallucinogenic brew used in traditional Amazonian shamanic practices. The episode reveals the potential dangers of this practice, including psychological trauma and physical harm.

Bee Sting Therapy[edit | edit source]

The fifth episode investigates the trend of bee sting therapy, which involves intentionally being stung by bees for its supposed health benefits. The episode reveals that this practice can lead to severe allergic reactions and even death.

Tantric Sex[edit | edit source]

The final episode delves into the world of tantric sex, which is often promoted as a way to achieve spiritual enlightenment and improve sexual relationships. The episode reveals that this practice can lead to exploitation and abuse.

Reception[edit | edit source]

The series has received mixed reviews, with some critics praising its examination of the wellness industry, while others criticize it for not providing enough scientific evidence to support its claims.

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