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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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Change Your Brain, Heal Your Mind with Daniel Amen, MD

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The Washington Post wrote that by almost any measure Dr. Daniel Amen is the most popular psychiatrist in America. He is an award-winning brain imaging researcher, founder of The Amen Clinics, and the author of many bestselling books. Change Your Brain, Heal Your Mind with Daniel Amen, MD is based on his new book The End of Mental Illness: How Neuroscience is Transforming Psychiatry and Helping to Prevent or Reverse Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, ADHD, Addictions, PTSD, Psychosis, and More.

In his 14th national public television special, Change Your Brain, Heal Your Mind, Dr. Amen teaches viewers 6 practical steps to help them feel happier, sharper and more in control of their own destinies. He gives viewers the most important lessons he has taught thousands of patients over the last 40 years.

In addition, he introduces a new concept he developed called THE GOOD VS. EVIL RULER. He encourages viewers to pay attention to how many Evil Ruler strategies they recognize, because that’s where we will learn what is really causing the epidemic rise in suicide, anxiety, depression and ADHD.

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