‘Sally Pacholok’ – A film based on the true story of an ER nurse who takes on the medical establishment when she uncovers an epidemic of misdiagnosis.

It is with great pleasure that I post this Press release below for the film ‘Sally Pacholok’. The feature film, based on Sally’s life, has been entered to the Sundance Film Festival and will make its UK premiere in cinema’s next year.

Thanks to the drive and foresight of Director and Producer Elissa Leonard, ‘Sally Pacholok’ is set to to shine a bright light on B12 deficiency and change the current, limited understanding of the devastating effects of this condition.

Sally’s name will be firmly cemented into the minds of the public and healthcare professionals alike, and will be made synonymous with vitamin B12 deficiency. The impact of this film will play an important role in helping to save even more lives.

Elissa’s earlier documentary, ‘Diagnosing and treating B12 deficiency’, demonstrates exactly how dire the situation can be for B12 deficient patients. The hard hitting image of a paediatrician who is near death, clad only in a nappy, is one which stays with the viewer for a very long time. He was seriously B12 deficient but was misdiagnosed with a rare neurological disease.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvEizypoyO0

Thank goodness Sally Pacholok has the passion and generosity required to work tirelessly to educate both health professionals and the public about this life threatening neurological condition.  Her ability to impart clear concise information both in person, and in the written word, (Could it Be B12? An Epidemic of Misdiagnosis – co authored with her husband Dr Jeffrey Stuart), has already saved many lives around the world. Could It Be B12? has been translated into Dutch and Slovenian, and has recently been published in India.

If you think you may be B12 deficient please visit: http://www.b12deficiency.info/what-to-do-next/

Raising awareness; http://www.b12deficiency.info/how-you-can-help/

Please also consider joining Pat Kornic’s life saving support group

Press release below;

Leonard Spends Summer Making Dramatic Feature

Elissa Leonard produced and directed a dramatic feature film in May and spent the summer in post production.  The film is a 90-minute whistle-blower/romance written by Elissa Leonard and Patrick Prentice.  Sally Pacholok is based on the true story of an ER nurse who takes on the medical establishment when she uncovers an epidemic of misdiagnosis.  (Think Erin Brockovitch about healthcare.)  Elissa bought the life story rights to Sally Pacholok in 2012.

Annet Mahendru and Elissa Leonard

Annet Mahendru plays the title role of nurse Sally Pacholok.  Ms. Mahendru is a break out star on The Americans on FX, where she plays sultry Soviet spy Nina Sergeevna.    Andrew Ballard plays Dr. Jeff Stuart, the real life husband of Sally Pacholok.

With the exception of Annet Mahendru, cast and crew were from the Baltimore and DC areas.  The local SAG casting was done by Pat Moran and Associates.  Jeremy Morrison was the line producer and editor.  Nick Gardner was the director of photography, Dave Cross was the AD, Alex Jennings was the location sound mixer,  Angela Ratliff was the production designer, Julie Bent was the costume designer, and Pickles Kinion was lead hair and makeup.  Paige Gold was the production’s lawyer and Judy Walder the accountant.  Charlie Barnett wrote the film score and Studio Unknown did the sound design.

The film was shot in 19 days in the MD/DC area and you can see more of it here.  Expect to see a Power of the Purse announcement soon!

B12 ignorance Australia….

This Australian doctor took the precaution of getting the patient to sign a waiver before he would administer B12 injections. He also makes some interesting/ridiculous notes in the patients records.

The GP sees that the patient benefits greatly from the B12 injections and records that the effect ‘lasts a few days and then wears off’.  In trying to educate the GP, the patient has given a copy of the excellent book ‘Could it be B12?’ as a reference.  Despite his own gross ignorance of B12 deficiency the GP disparagingly states that the author is ‘not qualified’, and also ‘written by a nurse’, ‘anecdotal stories’ ‘unsubstantiated claims’.

It seems this GP needs to brush up on his reading skills, he does not understand the importance of this exceptional, definitive, life saving book which is not only co authored by a highly qualified and experienced nurse – Sally Pacholok R.N – and her husband Dr Jeffrey Stuart. Sally is also B12 deficient.

This book is brimming with facts, advice, journals and case studies. This GP sadly missed an opportunity to update his appalling lack of knowledge.

You’ll note that he also rolls out the same old lines regarding  ‘treating possible underlying depressive illness’ and ‘placebo’. Predictably he is also concerned about ‘frequent injections despite high serum levels’.

I wonder if the following statement has ever appeared in any of his other patient’s notes –

‘I advised patient of my concerns of prescribing the following cocktail and I got them to sign a waiver  ’ Olanzapine, Lithium, Lisinopril, Simvastatin, Sodium Valporate, Bendroflumethiazide’ . . . . .  I seriously doubt it!

It seems many GP’s are totally unconcerned when they give out such a mix of chemicals, and it’s perplexing that so many get so jittery when prescribing an essential, inexpensive vitamin of which there is no known toxicity.



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Best wishes, Tracey