From Within, Without
"Sometimes all it takes is one drop to change your life.
Amazing stories of a mysterious medicine: homeopathy"
‚ÄúDr. Samuel Hahnemann was summoned to the White House today! Obama urgently seeking help with the health care crisis‚Äù- The Washington Post.
Dr. Samuel Hahnemann. A physician, chemist, linguist, historian of medicine and scientific revolutionary. Early in his career, Hahnemann became so disillusioned with the state of medicine that he stopped practicing, in the firm belief that the methods he was taught did more harm than good. For the next 60 years, he developed and perfected a form of medical treatment that is affordable, does not hurt the environment, and claims to cure many diseases ‚Äì both acute and chronic. Could this be the perfect solution to our modern day dilemma? If only Hahnemann hadn‚Äôt died in 1843.
But there‚Äôs hope. The system of medicine he founded is Homeopathy. Today, there are hundreds of practicing homeopaths in the US alone, who follow the methods that Hahnemann developed over two centuries ago.
The United States is currently in a devastating health care crisis. There are at least 45.8 million Americans who are uninsured and can‚Äôt afford proper care. People are suffering, the economy is suffering and everyone is looking for a solution. Homeopathy provides an inexpensive and effective alternative.
For those who can‚Äôt afford healthcare, homeopathy provides access. For people with chronic illnesses, it provides relief. For diseases like autism for which there is yet no cure, it provides hope. For those in the conventional medical field, the film can expand their clinical options.
No one watching this film will come away unchanged. It will deepen our understanding of the mind/body connection and challenge how we look at illness, medicine, and even the world itself.
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR Laurel Chiten is an award winning independent filmmaker, making films for over 30 years. Her films include: Twisted (2006) about people with the neurological disorder, dystonia. Touched, (2003) about people who think they have had contact with aliens and the Harvard psychiatrist who believed them. The Jew in the Lotus (1999), about a group of rabbis that met with the Dalai Lama, and Twitch and Shout (1994) about people living with Tourette Syndrome, nominated for a national Emmy. The intention in all her work is to entertain her audiences while educating them. Ms. Chiten‚Äôs is known for giving audiences an intimate experience into the worlds of those who are marginalized, using sensitivity and humor.
Chiten also produced a 10 part series with Robin Casarjian based on her book Houses of Healing, a self-study guide utilized in prisons nationwide.
She is a two- time recipient of Independent Television Service (ITVS) funding. Her films have screened at film festivals around the world, and been broadcast on PBS‚Äôs national series Independent Lens, and POV. Chiten was an artist in resident at the Bellagio Study and Conference Center sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation. She received a residency scholarship at Yaddo and the MacDowell Artist Colony .Ms. Chiten also was an editing consultant for Andy Wilson‚Äôs most recent film, Under Our Skin, about Lyme Disease short listed for a 2010 Oscar.