The Yolngu people, an Indigenous tribe in Australia, has a deep culture around food. Like many other communities, their customs and traditions around cooking were passed down from generation to generation. Their diet revolved mainly around meats, fish, and locally-source ingredients.
That all changed in the 1980s.
Eventually, the Yolngu people were exposed to a more Western way of life, largely sedentary with an increased amount of refined foods in their diet.
Prior to this exposure to refined foods and reduced activity, the Yolngu people were enjoying excellent health with little to no appearance of chronic disease. They died from…old age. Now, they find themselves in the midst of a health crisis. Diabetes and other chronic diseases are extremely prevalent. They’re dying from disease, not old age.
Hope for Health, an Australian-based organization, hopes to reverse the situation of the Yolngu people, bringing them back to their roots of locally-sourced food, eliminating chronic disease, and greatly improving quality of life. The organization and their efforts formed the intro story for The Magic Pill, a documentary currently free on Netflix. The documentary, created by celebrity chef Pete Evans, champions the benefits of the ketogenic diet, a diet high in fat, low in carbohydrates, for treating autism, asthma, cancer, and many chronic diseases.
What exactly is the ketogenic diet and why does The Magic Pill claim it has such vast health benefits? Let’s find out.
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