Rob Tate: It’s Not That Complicated

TV and film director Rob Tate joins Tim to talk about his documentary called “The Magic Pill” that was released in 2017 and has built a strong audience on Netflix and Amazon Prime. Why? Because it takes a look at you and me, what we eat, and our health. And it puts it all together into some simple lessons that will make you think twice before that next trip to the grocery store or the restaurant.

Magic Pill

Before we get started, I need to tell you that this episode is not another lecture on your diet or health. It’s not an attempt to change anything about you. But after you listen, you may think twice before you make that next trip to your fridge.

The film we’re going to talk about today is called The Magic Pill, but as the title somewhat sarcastically infers, there isn’t one. There is no magic pill you can take to prevent or address the full range of health problems or disease you could face. Or is there?

The film poses some timeless questions. What if most of our modern diseases are just symptoms of the same underlying problem? And what if our diet, what we eat is both the cause and can be the cure?

Our guest today, Rob Tate allowed those questions to guide him around the world to seek answers, and the ones he received were not totally surprising, but they do go against much of what we are told by the health establishment today.

Yes, diet is critical to our health. But what kind of diet?  How can the diet we’ve been told to follow hurt us?


Healthy Macadamia Nut Bread Recipe

Nutritional Values per Loaf: calories 3,183

  • 150g / 5.3oz Macadamia Nuts or Macadamia Butter
  • 20g / 7.76oz Coconut Butter (also known as Manna)
  • 6g / 0.2oz Baking Soda
  • 3g / 0.1oz Pink Himalayan Salt 
  • 60ml / 2fl oz Lemon Juice 
  • 5 eggs (circa 50g each) TOOLS Batter Bowl
  • Silicone Spatula 
  • Loaf Tin
  • Coconut Oil Spray
  • Hand Mixer 
  • High Speed Blender (to make nut butter)

This is the bread recipe from “The Magic Pill” from Sara.

About this Episode’s Guest Rob Tate

Rob TateRob Tate (Executive Producer / Director / Editor) has won the Emmy, Cine Golden Eagle, James Beard, and the IDA (International Documentary Association) awards for his various projects, including the PBS international documentary series, GOURMET’S DIARY OF A FOODIE and the Sundance Channel documentary series, ARCHITECTURE SCHOOL, which Time Magazine hailed as one of the Top Ten TV series of 2008.

Rob also co-produced, shot and edited the independent feature fashion industry documentary, ELEVEN MINUTES, released by Regent Pictures, which Variety called a “skillfully crafted, beautifully shot and edited pic.” He is currently an EP of the PBS series, MOVEABLE FEAST, and the Australian food series, THE PALEO WAY WITH PETE EVANS. THE MAGIC PILL is Rob’s second feature documentary.