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Wellness Shows on Netflix: From the Controversial to the Educational

by Voices Wellness 05 Feb 2021
Picture from The Goop Lab with Gwyneth Paltrow on Netflix.

Take a deep dive into the world’s most talked-about wellness trends—from the scientifically proven to the strange and kooky. By LYDIA KWON.

Remember when popular Netflix series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo turned our sloppy, lazy selves into organised individuals who could spark joy out of cleaning our rooms?

One thing’s for sure: If you’re seeking self-improvement these days, perhaps the simplest and least painful method is to become hooked on a show that inspires the behaviour you wish to emulate. Leading a healthy lifestyle becomes a lot easier (and fun) when your instruction manual comes in the form of entertainment. Here are some shows that contain just that bit of magic to steer you in the right direction—whether it’s learning to debunk wellness myths or understanding more about your personal wellbeing.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis features Dr. Lisa Sanders, the associate professor of internal medicine and education at Yale School of Medicine and is inspired by the titular column she keeps for The New York Times on medical mystery cases. She helps patients who have been diagnosed with rare ailments and crowdsources for their cures. While heart breaking at times—especially when it follows children dealing with illness like paralysis, the show offers a meaningful takeaway: it’s a reminder to cherish our health and the life we lead. 

Watch it here. 

(Un)Well 

With the rise of wellness trends, a murkier side has emerged from this lucrative industry, which touts promising and sometimes, downright strange products. Some of these trends are kookier than others and many aren’t backed by science. If you ever find yourself confused on what’s legitimate and what’s not, watch (Un)Well. It’s a Netflix documentary that debunks wellness myths, so you won’t have to find out the hard way. This show gets bonus points for its entertainment value, which exists in the absurdity of some trends itself––such as the consumption of breast milk for better performance in the gym or tantric healers that turn out to be sexual abusers.

Watch it here. 

The Goop Lab with Gwyneth Paltrow

As the name suggests, this series is based on the lifestyle and wellness company Goop, founded by Gwyneth Paltrow. Controversially known to sell expensive and eyebrow-raising products such as candles scented like Paltrow’s vagina, for example, the brand also dabbles in spiritual healing and psychedelics. While the show feels self-indulgent at best and lacks medical claims, it does give us some insight as to how unconventional healing methods like energy healing are conducted. It’s more for laughs––and for those of us who have always wondered if exorcisms are real, might find their answers in this show. 

Watch it here. 

Ask the Doctor 

Ask the Doctor is a wonderful show that probably lies on the opposite end of the spectrum from The Goop Lab with Gwyneth Paltrow––it features medical experts dishing out sound advice for health conditions, even common ones, like myopia. It deals with simple behaviour we’ve all come to adopt, such as not sitting too close to the television, and the truth of these. It’s easy to watch and you leave each episode with new and safe information on how to lead healthier lives. 

Watch it here. 

Coronavirus Explained 

This is especially apt in these current times as we struggle with the ongoing pandemic that’s yet to leave our shores. For many, it seems like the coronavirus hit us out of of the blue––but as this show reveals, there’s always a scientific reason. Watch as the medical experts in the show trace the virus to its roots and take away insights as to how future unknown infections can be avoided. 

Watch it here. 

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