The film War on Health, explores the position of the FDA and it’s role in the current medical paradigm, the current health crisis, and looks at possibilities for a healthier, more holistic health system. Statistical evidence documents hundreds of thousands of injuries and deaths due to conventional medicine due to the lack of oversight by the FDA.
The FDA is currently trying to remove all of our important supplements, foods and herbs from the market and the public, claiming they are drugs, simply because they have healing effects. The FDA has begun a War on Kratom, which has helped millions of people suffering from chronic pain and heroin addicts to stay clean.
The American medical system is broken and this film points the way to a new direction that has democracy and the rights of the people at it’s heart. This is a great documentary. The whole video is up on youtube for free. I just hope every American gets a chance to watch it. Some dietary supplements will be taken off the shelves. FDA is in bed with big pharma, trying to stop kratom because they want addicts taking suboxone instead. FDA is just an other corrupt government agency. How can you ban raw milk and ban the Amish from trying to sell it to people? How can you ban organic gardening, and ban citizens from planting a garden on their own private property? If you are tired of the FDA then you have to write your congressman. You have to take action. You can’t overdose on vitamin c and there are no side effects so its no wonder its cutting into the profits of pharmaceutical companies. Please take action now
We reviewed this documentary on Netflix last month. We have published all our best kratom reviews for 2020 along with our best podcast interviews
Kratom is native to Bali in Southeast Asia and part of the Rubiaceae family, which includes the coffee plant. Bali Kratom is said to carry alkaloids that can kill pain, provide energy, and wean addicts off opioids, as well as suppressing social anxiety and PTSD without deadly pharmaceutical side effects. It’s easy to see why it has so many advocates but kratom’s opponents say that the claims are untested and fueling an unregulated supplement industry that may have led to some illnesses and even a few deaths. Red vein maeng da powder is gaining popularity in the United States and is shown in the movie.
Bell was able to produce a kratom documentary film that is entertaining and more importantly compelling. He was able to blend passion and humor in an action story about nature vs. science and the will of the people vs. the DEA. Even 86 minutes was hard to take, I think it would have been better around 80 or maybe even 75 minutes because it drags a little during the middle scenes of the film. We are provided with all of the varying pro kratom arguments, and then they are reiterated, more than once, before Bell moves on to the next element of the kratom story. It is clear that Bell is a true believer and as a result, he put too many people in his movie who would sing the praises of Kratom, which is an adequate flaw. He approaches the situation from so many different health benefits I wish he would have distributed the time more evenly.
Some people will watch A Leaf of Faith and see the big bad government or big pharma, while others will see hippies or addicts looking to kratom for a new fix. In the end, there is a lot to learn about kratom from this film and a lot to consider about how we approach the treatment of chronic pain or the best kratom for energy. Some strain are better for people who have become addicted to opioids. Even though this is not my preferred approach for a documentary, it doesn’t diminish the production quality or the argument for kratom that is presented. I would suggest to anyone who is interested that they watch and decide for themselves on the 29th.
Nick Robinson plays the title role, a young man bouncing from one addiction rehab center to the next.
Nick Reiner has publicly discussed his own struggles with addiction, including multiple stays in drug rehab as a teen and even homelessness. He has filled this story with his own experiences, and the complicated relationships in the addiction rehab centers and sober houses feel authentic and lived in, with moments of dark humor and a reckoning with his own past. Also authentic scenes showing relapses and crashes as well as the immense partying that constantly calls him. Likewise, Charlie is not very believable when he plays the standard hero like James Dean-style rebel, and at his most when he indulges in more L.A.-specific behavior, particularly when he pursues his interest in becoming a standup comiedian. In one funny scene with Eva, Charlie introduces her to his family heroes Moms Mabley and Richard Pryor; giving an 18-year-old an obsession with older Baby Boomer comedians seems far fetched and unrealistic on first blush, and then you realize that’s precisely the kind of screwy quirk a kid raised by Rob Reiner might have. Robinson finalized work with the role, especially when pitted against the casually funny character Bostick, who does things like misappropriate the inscription on the gates of Auschwitz as an inspirational story line.
The movie is well-made and the direction is strong, the cinematography by Barry Markowitz nicely compelling and the script by two first-time writers is realistic. The biggest problem with the film is Charlie himself. His father, David (Cary Elwes), clearly several years into a tough-love approach toward his son’s addiction battles, is a former action-movie star nearing the middle of a close race for California governor, and his main concern for Charlie’s drug treatment is mixed up and entwined with his fear of some Charlie-centered bad press derailing his political campaign. Telling Charlie he’ll face criminal charges for his crimes in Utah unless he completes a long term recovery program, David packs him off to a last-chance facility nearby, while Charlie’s mom argues for a bit more compassion.
drug Rehab doesn’t seem so bad, either. His main issue seems to be that his father refuses to sign off on an overnight pass from the sober house so that he can do sex with his new girlfriend, Eva. It’s very hard to find any amount of empathy for him as he hurls fat slurs at some women and sexually objectifies females. He jokes at the expense of a good friend who confesses to trading sexual favors for drugs like heroin, and explodes when he doesn’t get what he thinks he deserves.
near the end of the film, Charlie experiences his true dark night of the soul, but it’s too late to redeem him. He needs his supreme entitlement checked, and no one in the film does that.
The struggle of addiction is real, but a cinematic representation that is one sided with no regard to the unexamined entitlement of its main character fails to offer deeper insight into the motivation for his addiction. Perhaps “Being Charlie” is an examination of the ways in which those addicts who have everything can still be core victims of this disease, but Charlie just isn’t a sympathetic enough vessel for the message.