Voices From The Shadows Reviews

  • Jan 15, 2018

    Wikipedia states that: "A documentary film is a nonfictional motion picture intended to document some aspect of reality, primarily for the purposes of instruction, education, or maintaining a historical record." This film certainly fulfills that definition. Myalgic Encephalomyalitus (ME) is a devastating neurological disease which many doctors are not familiar with. Because of this unfamiliarity, they often miss the diagnosis completely or combine it with the fictional illness Constant Fatigue System (CFS) - the treatment of which can slowly kill persons with ME! This film quietly & clearly documents the many torments of dealing with ME. "Myalgic Encephalomyelitis is a debilitating neurological disease which has been recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) since 1969 as a distinct organic neurological disorder. M.E. is classified in the current WHO International Classification of Diseases with the neurological code G.93.3." www hfme org/thewhoandme.htm While the editing and cinematography of this documentary aren't the best, the information and stories presented correctly show how evil some failures of the medical establishment can be. ME sufferers have ever decreasing levels of energy, and acting normal for a few hours can take days to recover from. If they pace themselves they can prolong the illness for three or more decades. Though towards the end they are generally bed-bound for months or years, and become hyper-sensitive to most of their senses - eventually living in dark, quiet rooms only able to minimally interact for a few minutes at a time. Which is why many give up seeking out a doctor who can diagnose & treat them - it's just not worth the effort after several years and many specialists. One of the few bits wrong in this film is that CFS is depicted as likely being psychological. Nearly all CFS patients have an undiagnosed illness which the doctor would rather label as CFS than saying "I don't know" or "Let's figure this out together". It becomes a tragedy often played out over decades of suffering. documentingme net/more-info-on-m-e/ There are estimates that ME could be as common as MS, but no one will actually know unless knowledge of this disease spreads. "I have always wished that doctors could learn about disease directly from patients...." -Dr. David S. Bell- www name-us org/DefintionsPages/DefOverview htm

    Wikipedia states that: "A documentary film is a nonfictional motion picture intended to document some aspect of reality, primarily for the purposes of instruction, education, or maintaining a historical record." This film certainly fulfills that definition. Myalgic Encephalomyalitus (ME) is a devastating neurological disease which many doctors are not familiar with. Because of this unfamiliarity, they often miss the diagnosis completely or combine it with the fictional illness Constant Fatigue System (CFS) - the treatment of which can slowly kill persons with ME! This film quietly & clearly documents the many torments of dealing with ME. "Myalgic Encephalomyelitis is a debilitating neurological disease which has been recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) since 1969 as a distinct organic neurological disorder. M.E. is classified in the current WHO International Classification of Diseases with the neurological code G.93.3." www hfme org/thewhoandme.htm While the editing and cinematography of this documentary aren't the best, the information and stories presented correctly show how evil some failures of the medical establishment can be. ME sufferers have ever decreasing levels of energy, and acting normal for a few hours can take days to recover from. If they pace themselves they can prolong the illness for three or more decades. Though towards the end they are generally bed-bound for months or years, and become hyper-sensitive to most of their senses - eventually living in dark, quiet rooms only able to minimally interact for a few minutes at a time. Which is why many give up seeking out a doctor who can diagnose & treat them - it's just not worth the effort after several years and many specialists. One of the few bits wrong in this film is that CFS is depicted as likely being psychological. Nearly all CFS patients have an undiagnosed illness which the doctor would rather label as CFS than saying "I don't know" or "Let's figure this out together". It becomes a tragedy often played out over decades of suffering. documentingme net/more-info-on-m-e/ There are estimates that ME could be as common as MS, but no one will actually know unless knowledge of this disease spreads. "I have always wished that doctors could learn about disease directly from patients...." -Dr. David S. Bell- www name-us org/DefintionsPages/DefOverview htm