The anti-aging industry is worth almost $10 billion a year. People want to live forever, and they want to look good while doing it. But how much of it actually works? And is any of it harmful?
It’s becoming increasingly difficult to separate the fact from fiction as magazines, television, and countless internet articles tout new therapies, diets and health trends as the secret behind a healthier, happier, and longer life.
“A User’s Guide to Cheating Death” is a documentary series that casts light on increasingly controversial procedures, diets and revived ancient therapies that are being sought by people desperate to dramatically alter their bodies or radically improve their health, and the booming industries that are more than happy to accept their business.
Health law professor, writer and debunker-extraordinaire Timothy Caulfield dives deep into the science, and the social issues behind today’s cutting-edge health trends in order to separate the truly good advice from the excess of high-priced placebos.
Timothy does not underestimate the power that health and beauty trends hold – in fact he knows its influence on society better than anybody! Believing that in order to bust the myth, you must first understand it, Timothy will follow the latest fads and trends to their origins around the world.
Timothy will hear the stories of both new users and the devotees who swear by the treatments, and sign himself up for the bizarre procedures himself. He risks his health and personal safety in order to communicate one simple and necessary idea – staying healthy should not be this complicated!
– EPISODE GUIDE –
Detox Debunked – The Truth Behind the Phenomenon
Monday, January 1, 9pm ET/6pm PT
Detoxing isn’t actually a thing. But it’s become a fixation of the western world. Stemming from the guilty pleasures of overindulgence and under-exercising, a belief has emerged that we must regularly rid our bodies of toxins via detoxifying diets, fasts, technologies, and more. The evidence – or the lack thereof – behind this popular trend will be uncovered.
The Fountain of Youth – Science of Cosmetics
Monday, January 8, 9pm ET/6pm PT
This episode examines our evolutionary leanings toward finding youth appealing and pop-cultural portrayals of youth, before diving head-on into the strange, fascinating and unregulated world of the anti-aging industry. “A User’s Guide to Cheating Death” is in search of the truth for those who try to defy aging.
Full Potential – Genetic Testing And The Rise Of Personalized Medicine
Monday, January 15, 9pm ET/6pm PT
Direct-to-Consumer Genetic testing is being use by a growing number of people to make important health and life decisions, despite these tests being largely inaccurate. What are the consequences of using these faulty methods to make “healthy life choices” and is there benefit in any of it?
Losing It – Extreme Fitness & Weight Loss Solutions
Monday, January 22, 9pm ET/6pm PT
Weight Loss Tourism is a huge market. Places like Tijuana, and Dubai’s Talise Bay offer the most luxurious spas in the world, that double as weight loss packages, including an on-site team of medical doctors, personal trainers and a wellness chef ready to provide personalized care throughout your stay.
Au Natural – Turning Our Back To Modern Medicine
Monday, January 29, 9pm ET/6pm PT
As a society we’ve become obsessed with the concept of organic food and products, chemical free farming, healing foods, and natural remedies. People are distrusting GMOs, pharmaceuticals, and other “non natural” solutions. Organic products fetch a premium price. Families are turning to holistic approaches to medical issues, sometimes with fatal consequences. But what is causing people to distrust modern medicine and approaches to farming? Where does this romantic notion of “natural is better” come from? And most importantly, are these stances scientifically supportable?
Monday, February 5, 9pm ET/6pm PT
From cryotherapy to stem cells that regenerate a human heart, “A User’s Guide to Cheating Death” explores the evidence behind cutting-edge disease-management research, new breakthroughs and untested procedures while meeting the real patients who swear by them, and how the media is exploiting genuine excitement.