David Susskind TV program from March, 1982, in which the medical profession seems lined up against one chiropractor. From there, we learn how the AMA pursued and pretty effectively campaigned to have the profession viewed as quackery, fraud, and as something of a cult. (As the film makes clear, cults back then were thought to be on a level with Charlie Manson and Jim Jones.) Five years after this Susskind show had aired, the AMA was found guilty of "conspir-ing to contain and eliminate the chiropractic profession." This is something I did not know, nor I imagine do many other Americans.
Village East Cinema, and then in the Los Angeles area on September 26 and 27, and the 29 and 30 at Laemmle's Monica 4 in Santa Monica (Has Laemmle dropped this theater? Why is it so difficult to link to this theater's web site?), and from September 28 through October 4 at the Los Feliz 3.
THE SACRED SCIENCE, another journey into alternative medicine, we are told that in the Amazon Rain Forest, there exist some 44,000 species of plants, but that only 1 percent of these have been studied by scientists for their medicinal value. Well, get to it, scientists! Then, from ethno-botanist Mark Plotkin: "If we look at this rain forest as an encyclopedia of medicinal plants, then its indigenous medicine men are certainly its index and table of contents." So there. But, then, who might be its introduction and appendices?
Nick Polizzi (shown at right) has whisked us away on a trip to the Amazon Rain Forest along with eight -- count 'em -- very ill men and women of various ages who appear to have given up on conventional medicine (one of them apparently hasn't even tried it, and for breast cancer yet!) and instead have journeyed to the Amazon in hopes that the medicine men found there can cure them. Their ailments include the aforementioned Breast Cancer, Parskinson's Disease, Cancerous tumors, Type II Diabetes, Prostate Cancer, Irritable Bowl Syndrome, Crohn's Disease, Alcoholism and Depression (the same young man is afflicted with these last two, and if they seem less life-threatening than some of the others, well, they're still no picnic in the park.).
Irwin Allen type of Poseidon Adventure/Towering Inferno, complete with its own Who Will Survive? suspense. And we immediately begin to try to figure things out. ("It'll be he who doesn't make it!" "Nope: it'll be her!")