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The New Medicine


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C     Main Program: B



With the pharmaceutical companies seeming to want to put out any product to make a buck, no matter who it hurts or kills as long as they make big bucks, it is no wonder people are searching for more naturalistic answers to diseases and cures that cannot be worse than a grossly overpriced drug you need a pronunciation key to say.  The New Medicine (2006) explores holistic alternatives and their link to lost sciences and personal knowledge of the past.


Buddhists are consulted, as well as those with knowledge of hypnosis.  However, it does not stop there and the special (hosted by the late Dana Reeves) looks at acupuncture, meditation and a healthy variety of alternatives that simply could not hurt.  Liev Schreiber narrates and the 114 minutes are loaded with all kinds of good advice, possibilities and hope for those who more and more everyday are realizing Western Medicine has more limits than we first thought.  It does not dismiss drugs or that school of approach altogether, but considers a balance so those who could get sick get enough of a personal balance to be well again.  Good show!


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1/16 X 9 image is not bad, though it has some detail limits and even some color limits.  With that said, it is just fine for a science documentary piece, which extends to the Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo.  It does not have any real surrounds, but is nice, clean and clear for such a production.  Extras include text on the website and companion book to this program, plus Dana Reeves tribute, recommended additional weblinks and text healthcare tips.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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