• 29 Aug - 04 Sep, 2020
  • Mag The Weekly

Not only is the alternative medicine/wellness industry popular with people seeking non-medical treatments for what ails them, but it’s also popular with networks and streaming services. (Un)Well, a six-part docuseries, tries to balance stories about how these treatments are really making a difference in various clinical settings with people who are selling these treatments as unproven cures, and the big business that those people generate. It takes an unsparing look at various wellness trends, interviewing not only people who have profited from the wellness craze but experts who think that at the very least the various trends don’t help people much, and at worst might cause severe health issues. The first episode of the docuseries takes a look at essential oils, they have been used as natural therapies for centuries, and it seems that as we get into the third decade of the 21st century, they’re being incorporated into modern wellness routines more than they have in many years. It feels like the producers were more into the people who were making a buck off people’s gullibility and less about the people who are actually using these treatments in a reasonable and effective way. But if they wanted to achieve a balance between the good side and the bad side, more legitimate sources could have been found.