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.
Interviews in documentary[edit | edit source]
- David Tuller - New York Times, UC Berkeley
- Ian Lipkin, MD - Columbia University
- Jose Montoya, MD - Stanford University
- Anthony Komaroff, MD - Harvard University
- Michael VanElzakker, PhD - Tufts University
- Leonard Jason, PhD - DePaul University
- Lori Chapo-Kroger, RN - Pandora Org
- Derek Enlander, MD - Mt. Sinai Hospital
- Hillary Johnson - Author of Osler's Web: Inside the Labyrinth of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Roger King - Former Economist for U.N. Agencies and Author of Love and Fatigue in America
- Linda Tannenbaum - Open Medicine Foundation
- Andreas Kogelnik, MD, PhD - Open Medicine Institute
- David Kaufman, MD - Open Medicine Institute
- Ronald Davis, PhD - Director, Stanford Genome Technology Research Center and Open Medicine Foundation Collaborator
- Ashley Davis - Director, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Research Center at Stanford University
- Staci Stevens, MS - Director, Workwell Foundation
- Christopher Snell, PhD - Professor of Exercise Science, University of the Pacific, Workwell Foundation
- Mark VanNess, PhD - Associate Professor of Exercise Science, University of the Pacific, Workwell Foundation
- Daniel Peterson, MD - Sierra Internal Medicine and Simmaron Research
- Janet Smith, MD - Simmaron Research Board Member
- Chitra Bhakta, MD - Orange County Integrative Medical Center
- Jane Xenos, D.O. - Independent Physician
- Judy Mikovits, PhD - Microbiologist
- Charles Lapp, MD - Physician, Hunter-Hopkins Center
- Nancy Klimas, MD - Physician, Institute for Neuro Immune Medicine
- Gordon Broderick, PhD - Computer scientist, Institute for Neuro Immune Medicine
- Lubov Nathanson, PhD - Research scientist, Genomics
- William Pridgen, MD - Surgeon
- Carol Duffy, PhD - Microbiologist
- Jamison Hill - Former Bodybuilder with ME/CFS
- Toni Bernhard - Author, How To Be Sick
Available DVD and Streaming[edit | edit source]
- Music From The Documentary "Forgotten Plague" By: David Conley available free on Spotify.
Reviews[edit | edit source]
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
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.
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.
Online presence[edit | edit source]
See also[edit | edit source]
Learn more[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- "Forgotten Plague". Retrieved Aug 10, 2018.
- Prior, Ryan; Castillo, Nicole (2015). "Forgotten Plague". IMDB.
- Johnson III, Bill (Oct 2, 2015). "Forgotten Plague: A Must See Documentary". HuffPost. Retrieved Aug 10, 2018.
- "About Us". The Blue Ribbon Foundation. Nov 7, 2013. Retrieved Aug 10, 2018.
- "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