“Men think epilepsy divine, merely because they do not understand it. But if they called everything divine which they do not understand, why, there would be no end to divine things.” ~Hippocrates
The term “Sacred Disease” was the term used in the days of Hippocrates Corpus (460 – 377 B.C.) to describe what is now commonly known as epilepsy. Hippocrates is believed to have recorded the first observations of Epilepsy in humans that claimed the condition to be “…nowise more divine nor more sacred than other diseases.” Hippocrates describes this phenomena being related to an imbalance in the four humors (blood, phlegm, yellow bile, and black bile) and not of divine origin. While this film does not go into great detail on the life of Hippocrates, we do pay homage to his pioneer discoveries by titling our film “The Sacred Disease.”
Epilepsy may be the most misunderstood medical condition to ever effect the human race; which is shocking due to that fact that over 50 million people worldwide suffer from Epilepsy. Epilepsy effects over 3 million Americans — more than multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, and Parkinson’s disease combined. There is a worldwide vision for this film, awareness being the main focus, while exploring the many misconceptions of epilepsy. The film features 3 compelling stories of those living with the condition, along with interviews of epilepsy experts about research being done to find a cure.