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...First Do No Harm (1997)

The story of one woman's struggle against a narrow-minded medical establishment.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dave Reimuller
Robbie Reimuller
Dr. Melanie Abbasac
Oni Faida Lampley ...
Marsha Williams
Bob Purdue
Dr. Jim Peterson
Mairon Bennett ...
Lynne Reimuller
Michael Yarmush ...
Mark Reimuller
Sean McCann
Millicent Kelly ...
Philip Williams
Philip Akin
Damir Andrei


When Lori Reimuller learns that her young son Robbie has epilepsy, she first trusts the judgment of the hospital staff in how best to bring it under control. As Robbie's health slides radically downhill, however, she becomes frustrated and desperate, and so does her own research into the existing literature on treatments. When she decides to try an alternative treatment called the Ketogenic Diet, devised long ago by a doctor from Johns Hopkins, she is met with narrow-minded resistance from Robbie's doctor, who is prepared to take legal action to prevent Lori from removing him from the hospital. This movie is an indictment of those in the medical profession who discuss only the treatment options they favor. Several of the minor characters are portrayed by people who have been not just helped, but cured by the Ketogenic diet. Written by Debra K. Day <dday@uic.edu>

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Rated PG-13 for intense emotional and physical depiction of a child's illness | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 February 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Au risque de te perdre  »

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Did You Know?


Jim Abrahams helped set up the Charlie Foundation in Santa Monica, California, an institution dedicated to spreading the word about the ketogenic diet to major paediatric neurological centres. It was through this network that he first came into contact with the Reimullers, the family depicted in the film. See more »


References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »


Over the Rainbow
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
Performed by Aretha Franklin
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I can truly relate with wishes.

The movie moved and touched my soul to see a youth being treated and healed in a good way from epilepsy. I have had seizures since the age of 2 from being hit by a car and now I'm 25. I am currently on medication since I was 18 and only had one seizure due to stopping my medication once, otherwise medication is controlling them but not getting totally rid of the seizures. My parents never treated me in any kind of way for my condition, they just let me have seizures. I feel so scared and helpless that the diet may not work for me after all these years. Wish I had the help and support, I just leave it all up to God.

God Bless

Jacklyn Wells

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