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Inspirational Movie Monday: First Do No Harm

6 Comments 30 July 2012

First Do No Harm starring Meryl Streep

What if you had a health condition that could be “cured” or treated by a diet that doctors never told you about it?

What if they gave you hard core drugs with side effects instead, and even suggested brain surgery?

And then you resisted because it just didn’t seem like the happy ending you wanted. Something didn’t make sense. You did your own research and discovered that there was a diet that had amazing results with half of the patients that tried it.

This is the real life story behind the film First Do No Harm. Producer and director Jim Abrahams had this experience while trying to find a treatment for his son Charlie who suffered from epilepsy.

I found this movie on Netflix a few years ago while browsing all of Meryl’s movies. Who doesn’t love Meryl Streep?!!!! Turns out it was a TV movie made in 1997 and Meryl Streep’s performance was nominated for an Emmy, a Golden Globe, and in the Satellite Awards in the category Best Actress in a TV Film.

I wonder if in the future this could happen to patients with celiac disease. You know, give them a drug and not even tell them about the gluten-free diet. “It’s too difficult to manage and adhere to…”

I’d love to hear what you think about this movie after you see it.

Be sure to have some Kleenex ready.


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  1. 1
    Karin says:

    I heard about it “curing” or at least decreasing the symptoms of all kinds of autoimmune diseases.
    I think it’s the same that I’m trying atm. Means: no grain at all, no legumes, no milk products, no sugar!
    It’s hard at the beginning and a big change, but if adhere to it strictly at the beginning you can start eating some of the stuff mentioned above about once or twice a week and it won’t harm you.
    So, I’m making my pancakes in the morning with almond or coconut flour instead of gf flour, eat lots of good meat (the more they walk around outside, the better their protein and fat), veges!!, and some fruits and nuts (no peanuts, no soy, they are legumes).
    It’s pretty much based on what we used to eat during stoneage (also called stoneage diet). At least, I think that’s what she’s talking about.
    A kPNI professional helped me change my diet and add the most important nutrition supplements. Even though it’s really tough sometimes, I can see that I’m feeling better every day. Even small things that I got used to (bad sleep, migrane, etc.) are gone now. So, it’s worth it!
    (here’s a link to kPNI )

      Kelly says:

      Hey Karin…thanks for sharing! So what does KPNI stand for? The diet in the movie is ketogenic…which I believe is what the current Paleo craze is based on pretty much. And what are you doing it for? Epilepsy? (sorry if too personal.) Thx.

  2. 2
    Karin says:

    It’s the German abbrevation for clinical psychoneuroimmunology, and as coeliace disease is a kind of autoimmune disease, I’m acutally doing it because of that. Even though I adhered to gf diet and had no anti-bodies anymore in my blood, I still didn’t always feel the best. So, acutally by accident, I ran into this kpni-guy and he had had some uncurable disease before hisself which was why he’d started his MA in kpni.
    He also told me about people with MS and other diseases that had no symptoms anymore after adhering to the diet (which is basically paleo, that’s right) after 2-3 years.
    So, I thought: why not?! I’ll give it a try. I don’t feel 100% as great as years before I was diagnosed (I assume, coeliace broke out when I was about 17. A lot of factors have shown that).
    Pretty quickly, of course, I also thought: why am I torturing myself? But I could see some major changes in my health and fitness, so I decided to stick to it. I’m not doing it out of a loosing-weight-craze but because I’m feeling a lot healthier and my blood tests can proof it.

    I haven’t seen the film and must have missed the fact that it’s the ketogenic diet they’re talking about. I think, the basic thought about good fats and protein combined with as little karbohydrates as possible is basically the same in both diets.

    Are there any other paleo-living coeliacs here? Or am I a lonely warrior? 😉

  3. 3
    barbara says:

    Will have to check it out. I have IC and feel the same way. Now I’m four weeks wheat free to see if it helps.

      Kelly says:

      Hey Barb…what is IC? [duh] 🙂

        Barbara says:

        Sorry. Everyone doesn’t know 😉
        IC is interstitial cystitis — sort of celiac for bladders except the medical community really has no idea what causes it. It’s likely autoimmune but not necessarily an allergy. Probably food related and definitely stress related for me.

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