A panel discussion will be held tonight, 6 – 8pm CDT Monday, Oct. 16, at Zeitgeist (18618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70113) and streamed via Facebook Live at https://www.facebook.com/sick2deathmovie/
The free, two hour discussion features New Orleans director, Maggie Hadleigh-West and the medical luminaries featured in her documentary Sick to Death!, which had its world premiere at the New Orleans Film Festival last Saturday night.
The film will be not be screened at the panel. Those in the New Orleans area are encouraged to see the film at a second screening on Wed. Oct. 18th at 6pm at The Ace Hotel. Tickets are available at the New Orleans Film Festival Website at: https://neworleansfilmsociety.org/events/sick-to-death/
Maggie and these medical and wellness experts will discuss the complications, negligence and corruption which impedes diagnosis, treatment and patient options specifically around thyroid disorders and related illnesses.
Dr. Kent Holtorf
Dr. Holtorf has published a number of peer-reviewed endocrine reviews, including on the safety and efficacy of bioidentical hormones, inaccuracies of standard thyroid testing, testosterone replacement for men and women, the diagnosis and treatment of growth hormone deficiency and on the diagnosis and treatment of HPA axis dysfunction in chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. He is also a reviewer for the journal Endocrine, Postgraduate Medicine and Pharmacy Practice. He has personally trained numerous physicians across the country in the use of bioidentical hormones, hypothyroidism, complex endocrine dysfunction and innovative treatments of chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and chronic infectious diseases, including Lyme disease.
He has been a featured guest on numerous TV shows, CNBC, ABC News, CNN, EXTRA TV, Discovery Health, The Learning Channel, The Today Show, Dr. Dean Edell, Glenn Beck, Nancy Grace, Fox Business, ESPN, Rush Limbaugh, CBS Sunday Morning, Sean Hannity, So Cal News and quoted in numerous print media including the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, US New and World Report, San Francisco Chronicle, WebMD, Health, Elle, Better Homes and Garden, US Weekly, Forbes, Cosmopolitan, New York Daily News, Self magazine among many others.
Dr. Holtorf’s Personal Statement:
The focus of Holtorf Medical Group arose from my own personal experience with fatigue that was caused by hormone deficiencies, thyroid disorders, chronic viruses and infections while in medical school. I went from doctor to doctor in search of answers to my ever-increasing debilitating symptoms. What I got instead was being told that I was just stressed, depressed, not eating right or not exercising enough. I knew there was more to it and that is what drove me to fully immerse myself into understanding the underlying cause of my symptoms. In my quest to take back my life I fervently started studying, researching, and educating myself about complex chronic illnesses, such as thyroid disorders, hormone imbalances, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), fibromyalgia (FM) and Lyme disease. I also began to absorb anything and everything I could about hormones which are essentially the body’s messengers that control many of our bodily functions. The human body is an intricate and complex machine that is designed to maintain its delicate balance beginning with our hormones. When that balance is thrown off- kilter, it is important to search for the cause. It may be due to stress, toxins, trauma, immune dysfunction, aging or possibly a virus, bacteria, yeast or parasite. I remember what it was like to regain my health and face the possibility of an active life with confidence and clarity. My goal and the goal of my medical team is to do the same for everyone who walks into our clinic.
- Living Well With Hypothyroidism: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Tell You…That You Need to Know (HarperCollins)
- Living Well With Graves’ Disease and Hyperthyroidism (HarperCollins)
- Living Well With Autoimmune Disease (HarperCollins)
Mary’s book, The Thyroid Diet Revolution: Manage Your Metabolism for Lasting Weight Loss, was a New York Times best-seller, an Amazon.com Top 10 Health book, and Quills Awards semi-finalist.
Mary is on the faculty of New York’s premier holistic learning center, the New York Open Center, where she leads workshops on thyroid disease, health and wellness.
Mary has co-starred in the PBS “Healthy Hormones” television series, and has been featured in hundreds of television, radio, newspaper, magazine and web interviews around the world, including ABC World News Tonight, Time Magazine, the New York Times, First for Women, Ladies Home Journal, and the CBS Radio Networks.
Mary is a key thyroid voice in social media, with her Thyroid Support page on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/thyroidsupport), and more than 10,000 followers for her @ThyroidMary feed on Twitter.
More information on Mary’s thyroid and health-related books is available at her site, www.thyroid-info.com.
Jodi Brown is a persistent bitch. Dogged in her determination to get to the bottom of a litany of debilitating symptoms, she searched for years to find someone who could help her figure out what the hell was going on with her health. In the end it took her 11 doctors and 7 years to finally get to a diagnosis and subsequent treatment for her autoimmune thyroid condition. In the process, she lost everything- literally. Financial and emotional bankruptcy ultimately became the solid footing she used to springboard out of the hold Hashimoto’s and traditional medicine had on her life.
Jodi has taken the sum of her life-long careers and experiences and rolled them into an opportunity to help others with autoimmune disease benefit from her journey. As a chef, educator and organizer (CEO) she coaches autoimmune sufferers on how to improve the quality of their lives through diet and lifestyle changes.
Jodi’s blog with Jodi can be found on Facebook at Autoimmune-CEO.
She now lives and thrives in her dream U.S. beach town of Pensacola, Florida.
Jeny Kherkher has been employed within the integrative healthcare field for over 14 years, working with two of the heaviest hitters in alternative medicine. She started her career at Hotze Health and Wellness Center in Houston, TX where she moved up the ranks to become VP of Sales and Marketing. She immediately realized she had found her passion and prides herself on being an educated patient and advocate for alternatives to allopathic medicine. Kherkher saw and heard so many stories of thyroid disorders and hormonal imbalances that most doctors where either missing completely or misdiagnosing. Recognizing that time and time again, these patients were treated unsuccessfully with traditional medicine, including: anti-depressants, sleep medications or birth control pills instead of bioidentical hormones, natural thyroid and supplements.
In 2011, Jeny then moved from Texas to Los Angeles, California to work with Dr. Kent Holtorf. During her tenure at Holtorf Medical Group she has seen many patients with even more chronic illnesses such as Hashimoto’s, Crohns disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and Lyme Disease benefit from integrative healthcare. Kherkher understands that these chronic illnesses require multisystem treatments which are able to take care of the whole person. Kherkher has seen patients transform within months of being treated with alternative medicine and has never looked back.
Over the course of her career, Maggie Hadleigh-West has been internationally recognized as an activist, independent filmmaker, public speaker and the founder of YoMaggie and Mama I’m Well Productions. She has been writing, directing and producing in film and television since 1991. Her work is often considered to be controversial, provocative, radical and irreverent. Through her company and the mediums of film, television, and public speaking, Maggie focuses on developing social justice projects related to various forms of “violence”, which have been previously unrecognized or under-examined.
Maggie recently completed her fifth film and website project, Sick to Death!, which explores the testing, diagnosis and treatment of thyroid disease and the medical industries worldwide failure to attend to the nearly 750 million individuals that suffer from thyroid diseases. Sick to Death! received three merit awards, prior to the world premiere at the New Orleans Film Festival.