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Doctored (2012)

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"Doctored" is director Bobby Sheehan and producer Jeff Hays' entry into the emerging genre of health focused feature documentaries and follows both patients and health care providers struggling within a broken health care system. The story begins with the AMA's attack on their non-drug providing rivals, the chiropractic profession. Interviews and historical footage expose the AMA's clandestine campaign to eliminate chiropractic services, which culminates in a 15 year legal battle known as the Wilk case. Sheehan uses this story, and the following stories of patients seeking or forced into alternative treatments, as "a small doorway into a large room." The key point made early in the film is that as it relates to health care almost all areas have been "doctored". Endemic of the problem is the plight of today's MD who is forced to forgo the "art" of medicine in exchange for 12-15 minute appointments and forced prescriptions dispensing. The film also shows spectacular successes from seeming chiropractic miracles from Olympic gold medalists, Hall of Fame NBA players and a mother that was sent home to die who regains health. Sheehan and Hays shot hundreds of hours of footage from Surgeons, MD's, DC's, DO's, patients from Picabo Street and John Stockton; normal, every day people fighting for their lives, shown in crisis, each having to choose to follow the normal, drug-based, standard of care or risk everything by providing or accepting belittled alternative therapies. Although the US makes up only 5% of the world's population, we consume over 50% of all the world's pharmaceutical drugs, while we endure worsening health. Sheehan shed's light on this "doctored" system and opens a conversation on real solutions.

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Critic Reviews for Doctored

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

Though it's mostly one-sided and sometimes plays like a commercial for the alternative medical community, "Doctored" makes a cogent case for real cooperation between Western medicine and less traditional protocols.

Full Review… | September 26, 2012
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Mr. Sheehan seems to forget the primary documentarian directive: First, do no harm to your main argument.

Full Review… | September 20, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

Sheehan largely omits the voices of skeptics, resulting in a considerable-but possibly overdue-slant in favor of chiropractors.

Full Review… | September 18, 2012
Village Voice
Top Critic

When corporations and organizations put money before people - and they do - everyone should wake up and pay attention. Doctored is a thought-provoking call to arms on that front.

Full Review… | September 28, 2012
Aisle Seat

Doctored offers no fix for the problems it identifies, beyond a visit to your local chiropractor.

Full Review… | September 24, 2012
Film Journal International

A hard-hitting attack on the medical establishment and the pharmaceutical industry's continuing attacks on alternative therapies.

Full Review… | September 20, 2012
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for Doctored

Really gripping and interesting topic, but it was poorly put together and tried to cover way to much in two hours.

Josh Darpino
Josh Darpino

Like in the Wizard of Oz when Dorthy gets to peek behind the curtain in the wizard's palace, we get to see the truth about health care in America. Everyone in America needs to see this movie! A solid 5 stars!!

Paul Moss
Paul Moss

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