Sick to Death! The Thyroid Film That Will Change Lives

Sick to Death! The Thyroid Film That Will Change Lives

Do you think you have hypothyroidism symptoms? Is it hard to find treatment? There’s a good chance you may be sick to death!

I knew lives would change the moment I met award-winning filmmaker Maggie Hadleigh-West at the video shoot for her new film in New York City. From the fire in her eyes it was obvious to me that I had just met a kindred soul determined to change the corrupt medical practices around thyroid disease that leave millions of people sick and suffering.

Written by Maggie Hadleigh-West

I’ve said any number of times that Sick to Death! is the movie I went kicking and screaming to. If I hadn’t gotten the Guggenheim Award, which allowed me to finish “production” – which is the research, shooting and traveling – it NEVER would have happened. But it did happen, and not only am I ecstatic it did, I’m super excited about the content, the people I’ve met along the way, and the fantastic community that’s supporting this project.

Making a documentary is actually very much like my experience of being a thyroid patient: You wander and struggle trying to find answers, often when there are many possible paths or ways to feel better, and finally you hit on a combination that works for you, and voila you feel better and you have a movie!

Maggie Hadleigh-West

Maggie with a heart monitor during the thyroid crash that led her to leave New York.

The film, Sick to Death! will consist of my personal narrative which is my past and current experience as a thyroid patient trying to find my way via various doctors, including Dr. Chuck Mary in New Orleans, Dr. David Bornstein in NYC, Dr. Kent Holtorf in LA and Dr. Datis Kharrazian in San Diego.

The broader picture will include the activist work by our own fabulous Dana Trentini and Mary Shomon, and their particular areas of expertise, and the issues of medical corruption via Dr. Jerome Kassirer, former Editor and Chief of “New England Journal of Medicine”, Charles Ornstein, Pulitzer Prize winning reporter for ProPublica, Restorative Medicine expert, Dr. Michael Friedman, Endocrinologist, Dr. Theodore Friedman, Dr. Marion Nestle, author of “Food & Politics.” Food and illness will also be touched on by Dr. T. Colin Campbell, author of “The China Study.” Finally, we have the 29 thyroid patients that came from three states to do interviews for the film and website, which will flesh out the story of “all” thyroid patients and the huge impact a malfunctioning thyroid can have on one’s life whether it’s an autoimmune, cancer, overactive or underactive issue.

With the help of all of the “characters” in the film, we aim to open up the dialogue around thyroid disease, expose the pharmaceutical and medical corruption that hinders the healing of millions world-wide, put a spotlight on what environmental factors are triggering this epidemic and offer personal and medical options that promote healing to viewers so they don’t have to wander alone in the dark as so many of us have.

About Maggie Hadleigh-West

Over the course of her career, Maggie Hadleigh-West has been internationally recognized as an activist, independent filmmaker, public speaker and the founder of the corporation, Film Fatale. Maggie Hadleigh-West is a 2013 Guggenheim Fellow Award Winner, 2010 Indie Fest: Audience Impact Merit Award Winner, 2010 Accolade Merit Award Winner, 2009, 2006, and 2005 Alcyon Foundation Fellow, a 2004 New York State Council on the Arts Fellow, 2001 University of Louisville Distinguished Professor Nominee, 2000 Rockefeller Fellow Nominee and a 1998 Berlin Film Festival Caligari Nominee.

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About Dana Trentini

Dana Trentini M.A., Ed.M., founded Hypothyroid Mom October 2012 in memory of the unborn baby she lost to hypothyroidism. This is for informational purposes only and should not be considered a substitute for consulting your physician regarding medical advice pertaining to your health. Hypothyroid Mom includes affiliate links including the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program.

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