This isn't about cancer - yet it is. Or MS - yet it is. Or Parkinson's Disease - yet it is.
This is partly about Lyme disease - which is a rapidly spreading epidemic that we aren't hearing nearly enough about. It's a bigger risk to you and your family's health than West Nile and AIDS combined. If caught early, most people can avoid serious effects - but some will have serious, even deadly consequences, and need more serious treatment.
My mother-in-law, and many of her neighbors, got Lyme Disease, and got the more serious neurological and immune system versions. They had flu symptoms, cognitive function issues, became wheelchair-bound, clinical depression, debilitating nerve pain, movement disorders, immune system disorders. My mother in law was eventually able to get the long-term heavy-duty antibiotic treatment that treated the problem. A treatment that now, because of the actions of a few individuals, you and your friends and family will not find available.
And so the documentary is about Lyme Disease, but it is also about how the government and insurance companies and Big Pharma work together to keep you sick, and even dying... for profit. Not because they are evil, but because it's easier (especially on their pocketbooks) than thinking about the long-term consequences of their actions.
Many of the people who see this documentary will be shocked. Which they SHOULD be.
We should be shocked enough to take action.
Watch the movie "Under Our Skin". You can see it on Netflix Instant Watch, you can rent the dvd from Netflix, you can buy the dvd, or you can watch it on your local public television station if it is coming soon - here's a good link to info on the documentary and the calendar of showings on PBS stations in your state.
You probably won't be happy to know what you will know after watching this show - but if it helps a few of us avoid the more serious disease, and if it helps a few of us who do have the serious disease get better, it's worthwhile. And if it starts making people aware of the way in which insurance companies and the FDA control research and healthcare in this country, and if they take action, perhaps we can find better treatment for other serious diseases in this country.
Breast cancer, for instance.