Forgotten Plague

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Forgotten Plague is a documentary film about Ryan Prior, an ME/CFS patient and journalist and his journey to understand the disease.

Plot[edit | edit source]

Ryan Prior’s life imploded October 22, 2006, when he was struck down by a disease that dozens of doctors were powerless to diagnose, let alone treat. Against great odds, he becomes a reporter and ventures to tell the story of his suffering and improbable recovery. He is shocked that millions globally remain sidelined by the same disease, many bedridden for decades.

Forgotten Plague is a journey into the hidden world of myalgic encephalomyelitis (chronic fatigue syndrome). It is a chilling tale of our medical system’s failures in addressing many chronic, complex diseases. Yet it is also a riveting story of science’s remarkable ability to transform medicine and improve human life itself.[1]

IMDB Page: An afflicted journalist embarks on a quest to find out why the CDC and medical system have neglected his disease and left millions sidelined from life. [2]

Interviews in documentary[edit | edit source]

Available DVD and Streaming[edit | edit source]

  • Music From The Documentary "Forgotten Plague" By: David Conley available free on Spotify.

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Featured in media reporting[edit | edit source]

Credits[edit | edit source]

Directors: Nicole Castillo... director Ryan Prior... (co-director)

Writers: Ryan Prior

Producers: Nicole Castillo ... co-producer Mona Eliassen-Taliaferro... executive producer Travis Preston ... consulting producer Ryan Prior ... executive producer / producer Justin Reilly ... senior producer Giridhar Subramanian... producer

Music: David Conley

Cinematography: Nicole Castillo

Film Editing: Travis Preston ... editor Annie Laurie Medonis... assistant editor

Sound: Nicole Castillo ... sound mixer Dan Schaefer ... sound editor

Camera and Electrical: Nicole Castillo ... camera operator

Animation: Sam Alkaitis ... animator Zakk Bottomley ... animator

Music: Henry Adams ... musician: cello David Conley ... conductor / music editor / musician: acoustic guitar / musician: keyboards Kathleen Crawford... musician: cello Melissa Loga ... composer: additional music / musician: viola Eric Roper ... music recordist Esther Tonea ... musician: cello[4]

The Blue Ribbon Foundation[edit | edit source]

In the spirit of a true grassroots organization, The Blue Ribbon Foundation started as an idea, which manifested into a documentary (Forgotten Plague), and eventually shaped a movement.

The Blue Ribbon Foundation’s mission is to foster a national public dialogue that can lead to finding the cause, cure, and prevention of neuro-immune diseases.[5]

The Blue Ribbon Fellowship[edit | edit source]

The summer between the first and second years of medical school is sometimes described as the last “free time” medical students have. However, most driven medical students will pursue research fellowships to set themselves up for success in competitive residency programs. We have launched a highly competitive fellowship in neuro-immune medicine for students from across the nation or the world to study with leaders in the field. The goal of The Blue Ribbon Fellowship is to foster a new generation of physicians devoted to solving complex neuro-immune diseases.[6]

Online presence[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Forgotten Plague". Retrieved Aug 10, 2018. 
  2. Prior, Ryan; Castillo, Nicole (2015). "Forgotten Plague". IMDB. 
  3. Johnson III, Bill (Oct 2, 2015). "Forgotten Plague: A Must See Documentary". HuffPost. Retrieved Aug 10, 2018. 
  4. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4223204/fullcredits?ref_=tt_ql_1
  5. "About Us". The Blue Ribbon Foundation. Nov 7, 2013. Retrieved Aug 10, 2018. 
  6. "Blue Ribbon Fellowship". The Blue Ribbon Foundation. Nov 7, 2013. Retrieved Aug 10, 2018. 

chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) - A controversial term, invented by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, that generally refers to a collection of symptoms as “fatigue”. There have been multiple attempts to come up with a set of diagnostic criteria to define this term, but few of those diagnostic criteria are currently in use. Previous attempts to define this term include the Fukuda criteria and the Oxford criteria. Some view the term as a useful diagnostic category for people with long-term fatigue of unexplained origin. Others view the term as a derogatory term borne out of animus towards patients. Some view the term as a synonym of myalgic encephalomyelitis, while others view myalgic encephalomyelitis as a distinct disease.

genome - an organism’s complete set of DNA, including all of its genes

ME/CFS - An acronym that combines myalgic encephalomyelitis with chronic fatigue syndrome. Sometimes they are combined because people have trouble distinguishing one from the other. Sometimes they are combined because people see them as synonyms of each other.

The information provided at this site is not intended to diagnose or treat any illness.
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