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The Illness and the Odyssey (2013)

This film is an epic, medical mystery "whodunit", which tracks the decades long pursuit of scientists competing each other to find the cause of a mysterious neurological disease affecting ... See full summary »

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This film is an epic, medical mystery "whodunit", which tracks the decades long pursuit of scientists competing each other to find the cause of a mysterious neurological disease affecting the native Chamorro population on the island of Guam. The stakes are high because the answer will lead to cures for Alzheimer's and other related diseases. Written by Anonymous

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Excellent film to help the complexities of dealing with ALS, Alzheimers, and such
9 June 2014 | by (Idaho, U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

I lost my wife to ALS in Feb 2010. I've tried to learn about it since and this film provides a lot of information on research and more in a very accessible form. I work helping out with information, helping, and caring with two ALS support groups. The more I know, the more I can feel and help. I'm also a Christian and want to gently help those who are not gain the peace that comes from a saving faith whether a patient or loved one. While I miss Barbara, I am also a peace with where she is, how she is, and knowing we'LL be together again. Note: There is no religion in this film so no matter what you may feel about that, this is not part of the film. That part is between you and God. Also note that ALS is hard to diagnose,many docs are reluctant to give the diagnosis as it is a grim view of the patient's future. The more you know the better you can respond if you encounter this or other neurological diseases.


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