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That Show on Netflix: [Un]Well

Marcelo is the pastor of Iglesia Conexiones, and the author of Biblical Prayer for Today's Believers: Transform Your Prayer Life.

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[Un]Well is a documentary series that explores whether alternative health practices and treatments truly work.

The first season consists of six episodes, each of which explores the following practices or treatments: (1) essential oils, (2) tantric sex, (3) drinking breast milk, (4) fasting, (5) consuming ayahuasca, and (6) bee sting therapy. Obviously, some topics are controversial.

I found the show to be very informative. Overall, it has a balanced approach to how it explores each topic. It interviews people exploring the alternative practice or treatment, people offering the services and supporting it, and people critiquing it. Medical doctors and scientists also weigh in on the topics.

[Un]Well is adequately rated MA because of the sensitive and controversial topics it discusses. Christians, in particular, should avoid the episodes on tantric sex and ayahuasca, as these discuss pagan sexual practices, the footage of a man being lynched, being under the influence of a psychedelic, and what I think are demonic experiences.

Obviously, while some of the treatments can potentially be Christian friendly (like essential oils and bee sting therapy), others are not (like tantric sex and ayahuasca). However, the value of the show for Christian thinkers who are interested in communicating the Christian faith to the world is in becoming aware of the problems people face, their perceived needs, and where they think they are finding their answers.

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