Sometimes the media — so powerful and at times so self-righteous — gets it very, very wrong.
In March, the ABC news program Nightline did a feature on Bill Rea, MD, and presented a biased and distorted program that does a disservice to the public.
Dr. Rea is an international leader in the identification and treatment of environmental illness. Latitudes readers are particularly interested in the role of the environment in neurological disorders, and Dr. Rea has been prominent in this field.
We’ve all seen people skewered on TV before. The questions are staged to catch people off guard, extreme examples are used, and footage is edited in a manner to make participants appear unknowledgeable or untrustworthy. ABC appears to be a master in this “art.” After all, they also sponsored the widely criticized democratic debate in Philadelphia.
The Nightline program included Lisa Nagy, MD — an articulate and bright physician who suffered with environmental illness and credits Dr. Rea with her recovery. She has since started an organization to promote environmental medicine and increase awareness of this condition.
I have found the program on Dr. Rea distessing. Many of you will have the same reaction when you watch it.
I credit Dr. Lisa Nagy for her efforts and hope she will continue them. And I certainly wish Dr. Bill Rea all the very best as he fights the arrogant and misguided medical establishment.
The American Academy of Environmental Medicine wrote a response to the program, and that response is featured as an article in this issue. You can view the Nightline program here.