‘Sick To Death!’ Local Filmmaker, Medical Experts Hold Free Public Panel Discussion On Thyroid Disease
NEW ORLEANS – “Sick to Death!” local filmmaker Maggie Hadleigh-West will lead a public discussion, “Sick to Death of Medical Corruption?,” with renown medical experts about the film’s issues surrounding the diagnosis and treatment of thyroid disease, on Monday, Oct. 16, at the Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center, 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
These advocates, doctors and wellness experts will discuss the complications, negligence and corruption, which impedes diagnosis and treatment options specifically around thyroid disorders and related illnesses.
Panelists will include:
• Maggie Hadleigh-West: thyroid patient, patient advocate, social justice filmmaker
• Dr. Kent Holtorf: thyroid patient, international expert on thyroid disease, founder and director of the nonprofit The National Academy of Hypothyroidism (NAH), and heads the innovative Holtorf Medical Group in Los Angeles.
• Mary Shomon: thyroid patient, patient advocate, international thyroid disease expert and author, pioneer of thyroid patient advocacy and the author of 13 books on thyroid disease.
• Jeny Kherkher: thyroid patient, executive director Holtorf Medical Group, former VP of sales and marketing Hotze Health and Wellness Center.
• Jodi Brown: thyroid patient, health chef, educator
This is a free two-hour event held in conjunction with the world premiere of “Sick to Death!” at the New Orleans Film Festival. The film will not be screened at this event. Attendees are encouraged to see “Sick to Death!” either before or after the panel.
In “Sick to Death!” Hadleigh-West unflinchingly exposes her 30-year struggle to regain her health. It is both a call-to-action and a quirky, raw film, which examines the maze most patients face in seeking treatment in today’s disturbing medical reality. “Sick to Death!” has received a Guggenheim Award and three Impact Awards prior to the world premiere at the New Orleans Film Festival.
“Thyroid disease is the most misdiagnosed disease in medicine,” said local physician Dr. Charles Mary II.
“I cried when I realized I should have been diagnosed as a child, but when it dawned on me that millions of people were sick, undiagnosed or misdiagnosed despite medical information, I was angry, and change became my mission.” said Hadleigh-West. “The purpose of the film is to expose the problem through many people’s stories, experts, historians and statistical data.”
“Sick to Death!” will debut at the New Orleans Film Festival Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Broad Theater, 636 N. Broad St., at 6:30 p.m.
A second screening will be shown Wednesday, Oct. 18, at The Ace Hotel New Orleans, 600 Carondelet St., a Festival hub, at 6:00 p.m.