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In 1984-85, people at Lake Tahoe fell ill with flu symptoms, but they didn't get better. Medical literature documents similar outbreaks: in 1934 at LA county hospital, in 1948-49 in Iceland, in 1956 in Punta Gorda, Florida. The malady now has a name, chronic fatigue syndrome, and filmmaker Kim Snyder, who suffered from the disease for several years, tells her story and talks to victims and their families, and to physicians and researchers: is it viral, it is psychosomatic, is it one disease or several (a syndrome) ; what's the CDC doing about it; what's it like to have a disease that's not yet understood? Her inquiry takes her to Punta Gorda and to a high-school graduation. Written by
Impressive documentary with substantial research and coverage
Kim has done her homework and certainly gets an A+ for that effort alone. This film tells the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome story as well as it could be told. It keeps you interested and the numerous subjects are not only well-interviewed but edited with creativity and fluidity. Anyone who knows one person who is suffering from a long-term illness, not matter what it is, must see this film.
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