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.
Writer-director Bobby Sheehan (he also produced and shot the documentary) begins by exploring chiropractic care and presents a case that, despite mainstream medicine's longtime crusade to brand it "quackery," it is a highly viable, at times superior alternative to standard surgery and prescription therapy.
A well-chosen array of practitioners and their vastly improved patients, whose issues include chronic pain, frozen shoulder syndrome, multiple sclerosis, Lyme disease, autism andcancer, offer enlightening testimony on behalf of chiropractic treatment.
The movie expands into a discussion of diet and exercise and their importance to physical health. No matter how often these points are stressed in any forum, it never ceases to convince with their simplicity ("Walk 30 minutes, five times a week!" "Eat whole foods!").
Several farmers also weigh in on organic produce versus genetically modified foods.
"Doctored" is an involving, well-crafted, humane look at a topic that stands to affect us all.