The documentary, which promotes the ‘Ketogenic Diet’, features several people who claim that the high fat, high protein diet has alleviated conditions such as asthma and autism. One woman even claimed that the diet shrunk her breast cancer.
According to Fairfax Media, Australian Medical Association president Dr Tony Bartone is concerned about the documentary’s effect on vulnerable members of society, believing that some people, such as cancer patients, may take this information more seriously than the advice of their doctor.
“All forms of media have to take a responsible attitude when trying to spread a message of wellness,” Dr. Bartone said.
“Netflix should do the responsible thing. They shouldn’t screen it. The risk of misinformation … is too great.”
Tony Bartone emphasised to Fairfax Media that the current healthy eating guidelines in Australia are backed up by decades of evidence-based research and that while the elimination of food groups can result in weight loss, it can worsen other conditions.
"When it comes to the trusted health of our patients, everyone should turn to a health professional. That is, in the first instance, your GP," he said.
The Magic Pill documentary, which is narrated by Pete Evans, examines the Ketogenic Diet as being 'medically useful'.
While there are few medical sources with information on The Ketogenic Diet, the fad diet claims to force the body into a state of "Ketosis", a specific metabolic state.
The fad diet places a ban on grains, sugar, fruit, and "tubers" which are vegetables like potatoes, and encourages the consumption of meat, leafy green, above ground vegetables, high-fat dairy, nuts, low GI fruits, sweeteners and "other fats".