Inspired by his book Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything, Professor Timothy Caulfield created his TV show A User’s Guide to Cheating Death to figure out why people are so obsessed with crazy therapies, detoxes, and unorthodox techniques promising quick fixes to all our health and beauty woes.
Originally distributed in North America by Vision TV, Caulfield’s show is now streaming on Netflix, making it easier to binge-watch him travel around the world to experiment with alternative health practices from detoxes to cryotherapy, diets to vampire facials.
From an article in The Toronto Star, Caulfield says “We are really excited, and we hope it’s a reflection of people’s interest in these topics and the desire to know what’s going on.”
While the show began with the premise of “debunking” alternative health fads, Caulfield also wanted to capture the user’s feelings and what attracted them to the therapies in the first place. He found the perspective quite interesting after undergoing a few of the practices himself.
“It was a pretty positive experience. Even if I knew there wasn’t any science behind it, you can understand why people are attracted to this stuff,” he said.
But, each episode is still rooted in science with Caulfield working with fellow researchers from the University of Alberta, “I hope that the viewers feel like they get a balanced perspective,” he said. “But a perspective that is very much evidence-based.”
“In this era of misinformation and twisted facts, we felt like a show like this was timely and there might be an appetite for it,” Caulfield said.
Before his show’s Netflix debut, Caulfield sat down with Global News to give a sneak peek into what you can expect:
Professor Timothy Caulfield is an unrivaled communicator who debunks myths and assumptions about innovation in the health sector — from research on stem cells to diets to alternative medicine — for the benefit of the public and decision-makers. He is a Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy, and a Professor in the Faculty of Law and the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta.
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