It will either make you extremely sceptical or open your eyes to wellness treatments you didn’t even realise existed — and that’s its USP.
Netflix series (Un)Well season 1 will be released on the platform on August 12, 2020. Add it to your list now.
Something that I was completely unaware of is that the wellness industry is worth trillions. The genuine products and fads bring a strong wave of revenue for many companies. Welcome (Un)Well, the latest investigative documentary series from Netflix that explores the fads and brings exclusive insight into various sectors of the industry. This docuseries is propped up to be controversial and daring in its approach. It’s hard to disagree — the series certainly sheds light on the most unusual practices.
(Un)Well is surprisingly not one-sided. Every chapter weighs in on the wellness treatments from both sides, bringing the conflict of professionalism whereby doctors and scientists clash. If audiences are looking to find a conclusion in this series they will be greatly disappointed — the main issue is that these types of wellness treatments are difficult to get a grip on from a scientific perspective. It would be foolish for the documentary series to try and conclude — most of the debates are heavily theoretical, backed by facts in most cases. It’s up to the viewer to decide on their opinion.
Like most popular wellness treatments, they become trendy and catch on like wildfire — the Netflix series does well to encapsulate the unparalleled support and deep skepticism. Topics that are explored are apitherapy, essential oils, breast milk, extreme fasting, ayahuasca, and tantric sex. Some of these techniques appear incredibly dangerous but then they are always referenced by a patient or a doctor that lives by the treatment.
(Un)Well tries to be as responsible as possible to ensure the viewer does not take anything as medical advice. The series throws in the usual note at the start to ensure viewers take it as an education rather than a matter of fact. But then on the flipside, practitioners have sent in plenty of legal notes to defend their treatments for the viewers to see. You often have to imagine how persuasive a documentary series like this can be and relaying the responsibility to the viewer.
(Un)Well season 1 is certainly a surprise of the month for Netflix — it will either make you extremely skeptical or open your eyes to wellness treatments you didn’t even realize existed — and that’s its USP.
Be warned viewers; the tantric sex episode is a chapter that is incredibly strange and requires preparation. I’m not even joking.
Daniel Hart is the Co-Founder of Ready Steady Cut and has operated as Editor-in-Chief since 2017.