The wellness movement is on the rise, and Netflix is doing its best to help you keep up. Going beyond acai bowls and quinoa, Netflix health documentaries often delve deeper into the various medical industries, wellness, and the links between health and diet.
The streaming giant offers an array of diverse health documentaries, with everything from topics like medical marijuana and Adderall abuse to wellness advice from hip-hop moguls and even a wild ride into the Russian Olympic doping program scandal. Here are the best health documentaries on Netflix.
The best health documentaries on Netflix
1) A Life of Its Own: The Truth About Medical Marijuana( 2017)
Journalist Helen Kapalos explores marijuana use for medicinal purposes in A Life of Its Own: The Truth About Medical Marijuana. The audience is first introduced to Dan Haslam, an Australian who garnered national attention in 2014 when he was diagnosed with cancer and turned to marijuana for a semblance of consolation in his final year of life. Haslam lived in a conservative town where marijuanas was vilified and seen as” demon drug .” His experience was a catalyst his town–and the rest of the nation–to see marijuana in a much different illuminate. We see how marijuana changed the lives of others who, like Dan, need it for medicinal intents. We also informed about the history of cannabis and meet a variety of experts to teach us the science behind it. Anyone who wants to be educated on medical marijuanas, and how it’s different from recreational marijuanas, should give this a watch. — Eilish O’Sullivan
End Game takes spectators inside a UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco that specializes in palliative care. The goal of palliative care is to help terminally ill people grapple with the realities of impending death. The documentary focuses on the efforts of Dr. B.J. Miller and his team. They offer the practical side of things, like explain when the right time is to end therapies and explaining the nuts and bolts of dying with people in an extremely volatile place. Directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman also prove this process from the patients’ perspective. Mitra, Pat, Kym, Thekla, and Bruce are all in Zen Hospice Project, and it’s through them that the film’s phases actually land. End Game is tough to watch. Not merely because it’s hard watching people at their most vulnerable, but because it wants you to reckon with your mortality in the same way the patients are. — Eddie Strait
3) Feel Rich( 2017)
Feel Rich offers advice from a plethora of hip-hop moguls, athletes, and other influential people on how to be the best version of yourself. Spearheaded by Quincy Jones, Common, The Game, and Russell Simmons, this documentary sets out to explore how celebrities can use their massive reach to positively influence a whole generation of people who look up to them. This documentary refreshingly sets itself apart from the others by quickly acknowledging that not everyone has access to fresh create. It also recognizes the gaps that exist in diet and lifestyle for minority populations. We satisfy celebrities and experts who explain how being healthy isn’t just for the rich and famous: viewers are taught alternative ways to attain healthy food, how to exercise, and even the importance of meditation. This is a must watch for anyone who wants an eye-opening and inspiring take on health and wellness. — E.O.