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10
Oct

Powerful Environmental Illness Awareness Video

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Yesterday I received an email from Steve Johnston at Liverpool Court Studios, an audio/video production house in Canada.

Steve had stumbled across The Environmental Illness Resource and kindly attached a video he had made about EI for a client some time ago.

The video is a short environmental illness awareness piece. It talks about environmental illness in very broad terms by pointing out that chemicals that surround us in our daily lives can have serious consequences for our health and that of those we love.

Steve kindly said I could post the video on the site so here it is:

http://www.ei-resource.org/index.php?option=com_seyret&Itemid=32&task=videodirectlink&id=32

 

The video was only made as an example on a shoestring budget but I found it extremely powerful. The storyline, visual effects and soundtrack that are used make it highly emotive and ensure it has an impact on the viewer. I'm sure the video would make many people stop for a minute to question the potential health consequences of the sea of synthetic chemicals in which we swim in the 21st century.

Steve and myself would both like to hear your views on the video so please leave comments below. How did you feel after watching it? Do you think it would have an impact on someone totally unaffected by environmental illness?

Also, the video was clearly made for the Environmental Illness Society of Canada (EISC) but their website at www.eisc.ca now appears to have been shut down. This is unfortunate as the EISC once had a big presence and did a lot of work bringing the environmental causes of disease to public attention through videos such as this and other methods including conferences. If anybody has information about the EISC it would be good to hear about it, so again, please leave a comment.

 

Powerful Environmental Illness Awareness VideoDynamic Neural Retraining Program (DNRS)

 

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  • Hi Soph,

    Thanks for your thoughts. I agree that perhaps the video is perhaps a bit forceful with its message without backing this up with facts about environmental illness to convince the viewer of its reality.

    I am sure there are many out there who would have a knee-jerk reaction against the video simply because it is so emotive and because the issue is a contentious one. I am happy to admit I would probably have been one of those people today if my own life hadn't been so badly affected by environmental illness.

    Steve did say that the video was only made as an example. With a bigger budget I'm sure a video that combines the positives of this example with more evidence could be made that would be a very effective way to promote awareness of EI. Hopefully such a video can be made in the future.

    Comment last edited on about 5 years ago by Maff
  • Yes, it's very powerful. And to someone sympathetic to environmental illness it's both incredibly moving and thought provoking.

    However... this is only my opinion, but I'm thinking of certain friends and family when I write this - I'm not sure that people who were cynical about environmental illness would react positively to this. I think perhaps it's too scaremongering and emotive, without enough facts to back up what we know - I'm afraid that some people would dismiss it as 'hype'. I think for more effect on the cynics you would need more information - a couple of bullet points of findings from studies perhaps, with references available for those who bother to check them. And maybe a coupld of more specific facts about the girl's tumour and which chemicals could specifically have led to her tumour. I know that would lessen the impact of the video, but perhaps it would mean that the message would be heard more by those who we'd like to hear it.

    Just a thought, and I'm sure many people will have a completely different opinion.
    It's important to get the message out there though, so great that there is a video at all.

    Comment last edited on about 5 years ago by Maff

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