By Lindsay Morris,
Dr. Saray Stancic was just 28 years old when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Her doctor told her she would be in a wheelchair by age 40. But nearly 25 years later, she takes no medication and is largely symptom-free after embracing lifestyle medicine as a patient and as a practitioner.
Stancic’s journey is highlighted in the recently released documentary Code Blue, directed by Marcia Machado. The film dives deep into the problems with the current health care system, from medical school curricula to the influence of Big Pharma, and features experts such as David Katz, MD, Neal Barnard, MD, and T. Colin Campbell, PhD. We talked with Stancic about the making of the film and her vision for the future of medicine.
How did your personal journey lead you to produce Code Blue?
I was an MS patient that was making no headway with a traditional, conventional approach to MS. It wasn’t until 2003 when I came across an article [touting the benefits of blueberries for MS patients] that I had my aha moment that put me on this path to researching and understanding how nutrition affects disease outcomes. As I read that literature, my world opened up. As I implemented [diet and lifestyle] changes in my life, it really turned everything around.
But at the core of all of this was [a question]: How could it be that I was a dual board-certified physician and I knew nothing about nutrition and lifestyle and its effects on disease? And why were my doctors, who were experts in multiple sclerosis, unable to convey the one intervention that changed the course of my life?
So my impetus to make the film was really to bring change to the medical education model, and not just medical schools—all health care professionals.
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