Secret Ingredients

A film by Jeffrey Smith and Amy Hart

Secret Ingredients is a film by Jeffrey Smith and Amy Hart about GMOs and pesticides. It shares the stories of families that have healed from chronic diseases by eliminating GMOs and pesticides from their diet. Their stories are backed up by scientists and physicians who explain the science behind health risks of GMOs.


Secret Ingredients shares moving, personal stories of families and individuals that have regained their health after experimenting with their diet and eliminating certain ‘secret ingredients’ until they discovered the key to protecting their health. This new film by Jeffrey Smith and Amy Hart is scheduled to be released in Fall of 2017. 


Kathleen, a triathlete who mysteriously became paralyzed with debilitating pain, began looking for answers to her health conditions, and those of her children who were also suffering from a list of chronic diseases and disorders – the most heartbreaking was her eldest son Stephen who was diagnosed with Autism at the age of four. At first she began eliminating certain foods, like gluten, dairy and soy, but they only saw limited results – and Stephen was still unable to speak or function like other children. 

It wasn’t until she tried removing GMOs and chemical pesticides that they suddenly saw dramatic results: the inflammation and pain disappeared; skin rashes faded away; asthma and bronchitis were suddenly gone; indigestion and bloating gone; and her son Stephen started to settle down and was actually able to learn and speak like other children.

Kathleen’s experience is not isolated. This film shares stories of other families who watched their children recover from autism, asthma, weight gain, skin and digestive disorders and other maladies after removing GMOs and pesticides. Also included are people who recovered from tumors, several types of cancer, and infertility.

Interwoven with these personal stories are scientific explanations of how GMOs and pesticides can actually compromise human health – as well as testimonials from physicians who confirm that they see similar results in their patients who switch to non-GMO, organic diets. For example, at a chiropractic clinic in Wisconsin, 77 couples that had been struggling with infertility and miscarriages all had healthy babies after eliminating GMOs and going organic.

And NY Times best selling author Dr. David Perlmutter explains how glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup – which is sprayed on most GMOs and many other crops – can compromise our microbiome, promote inflammation, and exacerbate numerous health conditions.

Like PCBs, DDT, lead, and other toxic chemicals, it is reasonable to suspect that as long as industries are making billions, they are unlikely to reveal the truth about the health risks of their products. While Monsanto and the rest of the industry has worked mightily to protect their profits and suppress scientific evidence that clearly demonstrates any health risks – including cancer – this film includes an exclusive interview with an independent scientist who has gained access to the original test results submitted to the EPA for the approval of glyphosate. In order to obtain these sealed documents, he was forced to sign a non-disclosure agreement. If glyphosate is so safe, why are these and other documents not made public?

While cynics may disregard these miraculous stories of recovery as purely anecdotal, others may see them as a clue to a much larger trend in the deteriorating health of our society – and could very well leave them asking, What might happen if I remove the ‘secret ingredients’ from my own diet?

Directed by Jeffrey Smith and Amy Hart
Produced by Amy Hart and Jeffrey Smith
Written and Edited by Amy Hart
Country: USA
Status: Available for festivals and special screenings Fall 2017. 
This film has received Fiscal Sponsorship from the San Francisco Film Society.

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