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Producer: Fogline Features, LLC
Rights: Unlimited, 1/1/19 to 12/31/20 (Live Linear Streaming available)
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In the inspiring new 60-minute documentary, A Spark of Nerve, Producer Linda Schaller is given rare access to the  groundbreaking work of Dr. Susan E. Mackinnon.

The first woman to receive the American College of Surgeons Innovation Award, Dr. Mackinnon is restoring movement to limbs that many doctors believe to be permanently paralyzed. It’s not science fiction! With a pioneering technique called nerve transfer surgery, patients are rewired with their own redundant nerves, retraining the brain to move lifeless muscles. Dr. Allan Belzberg, John Hopkins Peripheral Nerve Center, tells us,“Innovation in medicine is like innovation in any discipline. It usually seeks its way along slowly, but then every so often people come along who just kind of rethink it. They think outside the box and make big changes and I think Mackinnon has made some big changes in the way we think.”

The film follows the charismatic Mackinnon and her patients from the exam room to operating room as their extraordinary stories unfold.  Loren was fifteen when she was brutally stabbed, severing the nerves in her neck. Michaelsuffered a freak chain saw accident while Chelsey survived a horrific car wreck. As a quadriplegic, Tom no longer had use of his hands. Viewers will be entranced with their emotional journeys from trauma and disappointment to hope and finally joy as movement is slowly regained. We also visit the Walter Reed Peripheral Clinic to learn how nerve transfer surgery is being used to help our Wounded Warriors. A Spark of Nerve is a remarkable story of life-changing innovation and personal triumph.

This film was previously offered as an acquisition from APT but was not released.

 

 

 

I’ll Have It My Way with Hattie Bryant

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.

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Food: What the Heck Should I Eat? with Mark Hyman, MD

Dr. Mark Hyman

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.

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