Welcome to Day 8 of the “12 Days of PANDAS Sucks”!
Every day from December 25 – January 5, you can expect to see a blog post from yours truly. You probably won’t be able to sing the days as a song, but I think you’ll still like it. LOL! However, I will be posting a different version of the song “The 12 Days of Christmas” on each blog. For Day 8, here is Destiny’s Child’s twist on the song (but there’s only 8 days).
On this eighth day of PANDAS Sucks, I give to you EIGHT DOCUMENTARIES.
I like documentaries, but I sometimes refer to them as horror flicks because the truth can be very scary. But I’d rather know than not know. Ignorance might be bliss, but I’m not much for being ignorant. Sigh. Not when knowledge is power!
Here are a EIGHT DOCUMENTARIES I highly recommend. Most of these are in my personal DVD/Download library. (And it is so EXCITING that in Spring 2016 My Kid Is Not Crazy – a PANS/PANDAS documentary will be added to the list!!!) So pick out a movie from this list, grab some ORGANIC popcorn (you’ll know why if you watch any of the food films), and get ready to learn. You can buy a DVD, check it out from your library, or look to see if it’s on your streaming service or online.
1. Under Our Skin – Lyme Disease. If you don’t know much about it, watch this movie and learn. Lyme is one of the possible triggers for PANS, and there is so much controversy surrounding both conditions. This movie shows what chronic Lyme patients go through for diagnosis and treatment. You see doctors that are punished for taking on Lyme patients. The research of Dr Alan MacDonald showing Lyme spirochetes in Alzheimer patients’ brain tissues is fascinating and horrifying. Lyme can mimic hundreds of other medical conditions, which is so very scary. The testing for Lyme is not very good despite it being such an epidemic. Treatment guidelines are controversial, and many doctors say the recommendations do not go far enough. There is a lot of suffering in this film. I like to think that if everybody would watch Under Our Skin, compassion rates would increase. The rates of Lyme Disease would soar too because so many people would realize that they have it or somebody they love has it. If you know somebody that has Lyme Disease or suspect that you may have it, watch this documentary! (Under Our Skin web site and trailer)
2. Under Our Skin 2: Emergence – Released in 2014, Emergence is the follow up to Under Our Skin. It revisits many of the folks from the first film , and “we see that they have moved from horror to hope, arriving at better health and reclaiming their lives.” The journey to recovery from Lyme can be a long one though. The CDC had readjusted their estimates of Lyme Disease from 30,000 to 300,000 cases per year. Lyme affects more people than AIDS and more than breast cancer, and yet the research funding lags. More people need to know about Lyme Disease for their own protection. (Under Our Skin 2: Emergence web site and trailer)
3. Moldy – The first ever documentary about toxic mold. Not a lot of people know about the dangers of mold and the health issues that can result from exposure. One of the movie’s Executive Producers is Dave Asprey, the Bulletproof Executive, and he is a mold survivor. The film follows patients dealing with toxic mold illnesses, gets input from doctors, and gives tips for treatment and recovery. It’s really important information. (Moldy web site and trailer)
4. Fed Up – This film tackles what we think we know about food and exercise. Behind the scenes of how government regulations shape diet recommendations.It discusses the quality of our food, how sugar is added to so much of our food,and how the food industry misleads and confuses consumers. We meet families trying to lead healthier lives on tight budgets. We also hear from nutrition experts, scientists, and politicians. Diabetes, childhood obesity, and other serious health conditions are on the rise. This generation is expected to live shorter lives than their parents. The American diet needs to change, and these changes need to happen fast. (Fed Up web site and trailer)
5. Escape Fire – This movie shows how the health care system is upside down as far as its priorities go. The United States’ health is at risk in the typical disease management system we have versus the healthCARE system we need. There are compelling stories from patients and doctors. From the film’s web site: “An “Escape Fire” is an unconventional or counter-intuitive solution to a difficult problem. To survive approaching forest fires, firefighters will burn the grass around them to create a fuel-free safe spot. We need escape fires to fix our broken healthcare system now!” (Escape Fire web site and trailer)
6. The Future of Food – This movie documents the current state of our food supply. Are genetically engineered foods safe? What changes have been made to what we’re eating? What is Monsanto doing to the farming industry? How are governments regulating crops and processed foods? This movie covers a lot of ground and is a good starting place if you want to learn about GMOs and the difference in organic foods. (The Future of Food web site and trailer)
NOTE: I would also like to recommend the following FOOD movies as a bonus: Food, Inc.; Foodmatters; The World According to Monsanto. All great films about our food supply. And watch Tapped for info about our water supply. Whoever controls the food/water supply has great power. Scary thought, eh?
7. Happy – If somebody asked you what you wanted most out of life, would you say “I want to be happy” or maybe wish happiness for others? This movie takes a look at what really makes us happy. You probably can already guess that’s it’s not lots of money, fine homes, and fancy cars. The movie takes us on a journey around the world to look at what really makes people happy. It combines real life stories and interviews with leading scientists in happiness research. Happiness is such a precious, precious emotion. I liked this movie so much that I bought the t-shirt…literally. 🙂 (Happy web site and trailer)
8. I Am – I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS FILM! It’s a life changer and can really help you see things from a different point of view. It comes to us from Tom Shadyac, a Hollywood director that made many comedy movies with Jim Carey and Eddie Murphy. A serious injury left him with deep questions about what’s wrong with our world, and what can we do about it? In his research, Tom ends up finding out a lot of what is right with the world. Great interviews. Great perspectives. Great ideas. The HeartMath material is super interesting. Science shows us that we are more connected than we can even imagine. We all have an impact on the world. And I’ll give you an audio hint here as to what the big final answer is for all we really need. 🙂 (I Am web site & see the trailer here because it’s not playing on the web site right now for some reason.)
Have you seen any of these films already? What did you think of them? Do you have a favorite documentary that belongs on the list? Message me here or add a movie title in the comments below. Knowledge is power…let’s go make our brains stronger!
See ya tomorrow on Day 9 of PANDAS Sucks. Wishing you a Very Happy 2016!!!
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Sarah is a PANDAS Mom to her awesome son, Jesse. She spends much of her time on Facebook, making to-do lists, and listening to music, especially Depeche Mode. She drinks a lot of coffee, likes a good red wine, and has been known to hide chocolate in her pantry. Sarah really thinks PANDAS Sucks (the autoimmune disorder, NOT the bears!). PANDAS Sucks exists to tell the collective story about PANDAS/PANS. Sarah wants to empower other PANDAS Parents and let them know they’re not alone. See also Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.
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