Producer: Inventi Media Group
Rights: Unlimited, 1/1/20 to 12/31/21 (Live Linear Streaming available)
Medical Stories is a new series produced to take viewers on an emotional and inspirational journey by way of storytelling, as the lens focuses on ordinary people going through extraordinary measures of courage and triumph. The stories of these patients are revealed by their incredible willpower to help inspire, improve and transform lives of others through their own personal narrative.
These stories are reinforced by leading medical experts in the field. At times, the patient experience connects them with a remarkable support base community, which may help contribute to their positive outcome.
The series is about connecting viewers with patients’ stories of hope, encouragement, and empowerment to help enrich and transform the lives of others through powerful storytelling.
FINDING LIGHT IN DARKNESS
Explores the little known disease called Hidradentis Suppurativa, or HS, which causes an estimated 1% of Americans to suffer from large and extremely painful boils that break out on their bodies and are so excruciating – both physically and mentally – that people with HS are twice as likely to commit suicide. Sandra, a mother of two who inherited the disease explains what it’s like to live with this incurable condition and how support groups like “Hope for HS” provide a much needed sense of vindication, optimism and hope. Additionally, we will visit Nita Gall, a craftswoman living her best possible retirement life in Florida while also suffering from Age-Related Macular Degeneration, or AMD, the leading cause of significant visual loss in people over 50 that impacts 10 million Americans and is now being treated with such effectiveness that doctors can preserve and sometimes even improve vision in many patients – and how early diagnosis can be the difference between seeing and blindness.
A compelling story of a young graphic artist named Dylan Duncan who is dealing with a rare and fatal genetic disease called Hereditary Amyloidosis, a disease that he watched kill his mother and aunt when he was a teenager. We will see how his life has dramatically changed from a certain death sentence with devastating symptoms and diminishing quality, to one of renewed hope and greater longevity under the care of Dr. John Berk, a pioneering expert at Boston University School of Medicine. Additionally, we will take a trip to the Florida Keys and a unique place called Island Dolphin Carefor a look at an extraordinary therapy program where kids with special needs and challenges swim, play and interact with dolphins as a key component of their treatment. We will also meet the founders who started the center after swimming with dolphins in the wild with their son who suffered from a stroke at the age of 3, and then experiencing the dramatic transformation in his health and wellbeing firsthand.
FINDING NORMAL IN AN ELECTRICAL STORM
70% of kids with Epilepsy respond favorably to their first medication. Joshua and Maya are among those kids who didn’t and instead have lived their whole lives with multiple seizures almost every single day since infancy, as well as the powerful side effects of their many medications. Fortunately, there are doctors like Ian Miller at Jack Nicklaus Children’s Hospital who spend their entire careers unlocking the complex mysteries of diseases like Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome and Dravet Syndrome in order to help kids like Joshua and Maya, as well as their loved ones, live as normal a life as possible while simultaneously providing hope for a better future.
ALL I WANT TO DO IS BREATH
Bob Rawlins and Lynn Bishop are both nonsmokers who lived active, normal lives without any type of breathing issues or illnesses – that is until each one came down with a devastating pulmonary condition seemingly out of the blue under a category called Interstitial Lung Disease. Bob suddenly and without any recognizable cause is having to live with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, a fatal condition that severely limits his oxygen intake, while Lynn is now living with the daily trials and tribulations of Systemic Scleroderma, another ILD without any cure that scars her lungs and other internal organs. Both however, have found solace, better health and renewed hope under the care of Dr. Kristin Highland, a leading expert in the study and treatment of pulmonary disease at Cleveland Clinic.
LIVING A FULL LIFE WITH A ROYAL DISEASE
Ben Shuldiner learned very early in life that Hemophilia B, a hereditary bleeding disorder, he inherited, where blood cannot properly clot to control bleeding, could either define him or that he could rise to another level and define himself. He chose the latter and forty-plus years later, the Magna Cum Laude graduate of Harvard and youngest school principal in New York history is living an amazing life while experiencing firsthand the enormous progress in the treatment of this extremely serious disease – from his early childhood when HIV/AIDS tainted blood products meant he would only receive treatment for his hemophilia if he was injured, leading to lifelong injuries he deals with daily, to today’s medication options that have dramatically changed his life for the better and are literally light years ahead of what was available to those born a hundred years ago who had a life expectancy of only 11 years old. Additionally, Dr. Mark T. Reding, a leading hematologist and oncologist in Minneapolis who is Ben’s doctor, will guide viewers through the history, complexities and progress of hemophilia, that allow patients like Ben, to live a life full of achievement and possibilities, and one considerably longer than in the past.
I’ll Have It My Way with Hattie Bryant
“The medicalization of American life from birth to death is killing our souls.”
– Hattie Bryant
As much as we all want to believe we can live forever, we all know deep down that it simply can’t be true.
From this program viewers learn that there are things each of us can do to live fully, all the way to the end. Anyone who is willing to take four simple steps now, while healthy, can minimize if not avoid entirely, the pain, suffering, confusion and disagreements that can arise when end-of-life healthcare wishes are not clearly spelled out.
Americans need this information because 70% say they want to die peacefully surrounded by friends and family … while actually 70% are dying in institutions surrounded by strangers.
Few people choose to contemplate critical illness or the inevitability of death until their time comes. Because possibilities are rarely discussed, many people are unprepared or unable to make critical end-of-life decisions and spend their last days in over-medicalized and unnecessarily painful and protracted situations.
Breaking through the taboo of discussing death, Hattie Bryant shows that we have choices.
Food: What the Heck Should I Eat? with Mark Hyman, MD
Did you know that oatmeal actually isn’t a healthy way to start the day? That milk doesn’t build bones, and eggs aren’t the devil? In Food: What the Heck Should I Eat?, Dr. Mark Hyman looks at every food group and explains what we’ve gotten wrong, revealing which foods nurture our health and which pose a threat. He also explains food’s crucial role in functional medicine and how food systems and policies affect our environmental and personal health.
With myth-busting insights, easy-to-understand science, and delicious, wholesome recipes, Food: What the Heck Should I Eat? is a no-nonsense guide to achieving optimal weight and lifelong health.
Eating real food doesn’t have to be complicated. Dr. Hyman is going to show us the principles of healthy eating by walking through each of the major food catefories – from meats to beverages and everything in between. Dr. Hyman tells the viewer exactly what foods to focus on and what to avoid. He will provide easy steps to get started, taking out all of the guess work of putting together meals. As a bonus, Dr. Hyman will also explain how food is one of the greatest contributors to global warming and pollution, then he will show us what foods will take less of a toll on our environment and our health.