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Anti-Fat Pill and the Bushman, The


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Grade Level: Coll-Adult
Producer: BBC
Closed Captioned:
Running Time: 45 mins
Country of Origin: Great Britain
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2003
Available in French: No

A miracle treatment for obesity - the scourge of modern society - has been discovered on the lands of a stone-age tribe of Bushmen, living on the edge of civilisation in Southern Africa. If the 'miracle molecule' inside the Hoodia cactus can be transformed into a bestselling fat pill by Pfizer, the pharmaceutical giant responsible for Viagra, the once-persecuted San Bushmen stand to make millions of dollars in royalties. Tom Mangold talks to the elusive San leaders as they debate how they should spend their windfall, and tracks the plant pirates from the First World who are trying to steal the precious Hoodia.