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Tonight, Dr. Rutledge will be calling in to Blog Talk Radio’s “Let’s Talk About It”. You can listen live online here:

3 BILLION AND COUNTING…the death toll is mounting… What if there was an effective way to eradicate a disease that has killed more people than any other disease known to man? What if a government ban is between you and the substance that could save your life? What if the incidence of that disease is on the rise? What if the the government had information that refuted the information that the EPA, GreenPeace, World Wildlife Fund and Sierra used to get the ban, but buried it? The New York Times stated “What the world needs now is …” Have I got your attention? People are dying as your are reading this! Why should YOU care? Let’s Talk About It! Then stay tuned for our Elite Savoir Faire-A Taste of Luxury Segment LET’S TALK ABOUT IT! is our runaway hit internet radio talk show broadcast. It features exciting, timely talk with “The Celebrity Doc” on matters that concern contemporary urban dwellers. Hear informative bytes on nutrition, fitness,image management, psychosocial interactions, sexuality, preventive health and disease management, finance, politics, current events, and more! Get set for provocative guest interviews and lively, sometimes outrageous discussions with you our listeners front and center. This is YOUR show!

Behind the Scenes in the War Against DDT

Chris Gilman of Yerba Buena Perry, Debbie Gibson, Dr. Rutledge.

When I first heard about this startling documentary on the 1972-EPA ban on DDT, called “3 Billion And Counting,” I almost did a double take.

DDT was what I had sprayed on myself when I was a kid as a preventative measure against insects, including mosquitoes.

Written, produced and directed, over the course of five years, by Dr. Taylor Rutledge, the 102-minute movie is a revelation.

Rutledge says few realize that a full 80 percent of all infectious diseases are transmitted by insects. The film debunks old 20th century beliefs about DDT being poisonous to humans, animals, the environment or cancer causing agents in humans.

The film reveals that the actual EPA DDT band hearings never before seen by the public which effectively proved the efficacy and harmlessness of DDT.

Rutledge, was quoted in a recent interview, saying: “Even the bedbugs are mounting” … referencing a possible side effect of the ban. Chillingly, the DDT ban is cited as perhaps the greatest technological genocide in world history.

Turns out that the good doctor’s better half is pop-star Debbie Gibson, in town with the doctor last week for a reception at Chris Gilman’s splendid downtown eatery Yerba Buena Perry.

There were scads of familiar faces at the event, including Aubrey Reuben from Playbill, comedian/actress Rachael Robbins, Melissa Daniels from Momentum Marketing, who sponsored the event with the restaurant, uber-publicist David Salidor, David Batista from “Entertainment Tonight,” and, Mark Scheerer from the Public News Service.

If you get the chance, check out the movie here: 3 Billion and Counting .


The Daily Buzz 9-30-2010

Writer, Producer & Director Dr. Rutledge talks about the buzz surrounding “3 Billion and Counting” and why he spearheaded it. The controversial documentary is completing its Academy Award qualifying run this week.

Debbie Gibson was with Dr. Rutledge during the interview that aired today on “The Daily Buzz.” Gibson scored the soundtrack for the film as well as wrote and recorded “Rise,” a song heard during the closing credits. The documentary is currently showing at Laemmle Sunset 5 in Los Angeles.

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The Daily Buzz

Debbie Gibson and her documentary directing boyfriend Dr. Rutledge Skype into The Daily Buzz to discuss her new Japanese album, Ms. Vocalist, and his new film, 3 Billion And Counting.

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Dr. Rutledge and Debbie Gibson stop by The Morning Jolt with Larry Flick

Dr. Rutledge and Debbie Gibson were in New York recently to promote is new documentary 3 Billion And Counting, which features an original song from Debbie called, Rise. The two stopped by Sirius OutQ’s morning show with Larry Flick and Keith Price to discuss the movie, bed nets, DDT, malaria and what you can do to be informed. This video features audio from that interview and stills and footage from that morning.

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Two new videos with Dr. Rutledge

Q&A in Los Angeles

The writer, producer and director for the provocative documentary “3 Billion and Counting” will be attending the screening later today in LA with Debbie Gibson. Immediately following, a Q&A and meet and greet will be held with Dr. Rutledge and Gibson. Gibson scored the film as well as sings the closing credit song “Rise.”

The screening of this new documentary shedding light on a global killer is today at 4:30 p.m. PT at Laemmle Sunset 5.  Watch the trailer and buy a ticket. The film runs until September 30.

3 Billion and Counting

Debbie Gibson Finds Dr. Rutledge Talking With Some Fans

reBuzz: Friday- 9/24

Here’s a quick recap of some of the guests, products, and other things we mentioned on today’s show.
Debbie Gibson & Dr. D. Rutledge Taylor:
In the new documentary 3 Billion and Counting, Dr. D. Rutledge Taylor challenges myths and lies that have caused millions of needless deaths in his attempt to rehabilitate the reputation of the pesticide DDT so that it can be used more widely in the developing world to battle malaria. Debbie Gibson lends her support by scoring the film. To learn more about3 Billion and Counting visit For more on Debbie’s new album, visit

Daily Buzz interview delayed

Skype interview + live TV show = technical issues.

The interview with Debbie Gibson & Dr. Rutledge discussing “3 Billion and Counting” will air tomorrow at 7:45 am ET. Then stay tuned at 8:15 am ET for interview with Gibson talking about her new album.

Dr. Rutledge on The Daily Buzz

Debbie Gibson and Dr. Rutledge will be on the nationally syndicated morning show “The Daily Buzz” Thursday, September 23, at 7:45 am ET. Tune in to hear more about “3 Billion and Counting” and Debbie’s new album. Go to for check below for your local station.


Birmingham – WVUA 5am-8am
Huntsville – WZDX 6am-9am
Dothan – WTVY-DT 6am – 9am
Montgomery-Selma – WBMM/ WBMM-DT 5am-8am
Mobile – WFGX 7am – 9am


Anchorage – KIMO 6am-9am


Jonesboro – KJOS 5am – 8am
Fort Smith-Fayetteville – KHBS/KHOG 5am – 8am
Little Rock – KARZ – 6am – 9am


Phoenix – KAZT – 4am-5am, 6am-7am,  8am-9am
Tucson – KWBA 7am – 9am
Yuma-El Centro – KSWT-DT 6am – 9am


Bakersfield – KGET-DT 6am – 9amChico-Redding – KHSL-DT 6am – 9am
Eureka – KUVU-LP 6am – 9am
Monterey-Salinas – KION-DT 6am – 9am
Palm Springs – KCWQ-LP/ KESQ-DT 6am – 9am
Santa Barbara – KSBY-DT 6am – 9am
San Diego- XETV 4am – 5am


Colorado Springs – KXRM 4- 6 am
Grand Junction-Montrose – KKCO-DT 5am – 8am


Fort Myers-Naples – WTVK 6am – 9am
Gainesville – WCJB-DT 6am – 9am
Jacksonville – WCWJ 6am-8am
Orlando – WRDQ 6am – 9am
Panama City – WBPC 6am- 9am
Pensacola – WGFX 6am – 9am
Tampa – WTOG 6am -9am
West Palm – WTVX 7am – 9am
Tallahassee -Thomasville – WTLH-DT/ WTLF-DT 6am – 9am


Albany – WBSK 6am – 9am
Atlanta – WUPA – 7am – 9am
Macon – WBMN 6am – 9am
Columbus – WLTZ-DT 6am  – 9am
Augusta – WAGT-DT 6am – 9am
Savannah – WGSA 6am – 9am


Honolulu – KHON-CW 5am – 8am


Twin Falls – KTWT-LP 5am – 8am
Boise – KNIN 5am – 8am
Idaho Falls-Pocatello – KPIF/ KBEO 5am – 8am


Champaign – WBUI 6am- 9am
Decatur – WBUI 6am – 9am
Peoria-Bloomington – WHOI-DT 5am – 8am
Rockford – WREX-DT 5am – 8am
Quincy-Hannibal-Keokuk – WGEM-DT 5am -8am


Evansville – WAZE – 5am – 9am
South Bend – WCWW 6am – 8am
Terre Haute – WBI 6am – 9am
Fort Wayne – WPTA-DT 6am – 9am


Cedar Rapids – KWKB – 7am – 9am
Ottumwa-Kirksville – KWOT 5am – 8am
Sioux City – KTIV-DT 5am – 8am


Topeka – KSNT-DT 5am – 8am


Bowling Green – WBKO-DT 5am – 8am
Louisville – WBKI 7am-9am


Alexandria – KBCA 5am – 8am
Lafayette – KLWB 5am – 8am
Lake Charles – KVHP 5am – 8am
New Orleans – WUPL 5am – 7am
Monroe-El Dorado – KNOE-DT 5am – 8am


Bangor – WABI-DT 6am – 9am


Salisbury – WMDT-DT 6am – 9am


Springfield-Holyoke – WBQT 6am – 9am


Alpena – WBAE 6am – 9am
Detroit – WADL 7am – 8:00am
Flint – WNEM My5 6am – 9am
Grand Rapids – WWMT CW7 6am – 9am
Lansing – WLAJ-DT 6am – 9am
Marquette – WBMK 6am – 9am
Traverse City-Cadillac – WBVC 6am – 9am


Duluth-Superior KDLH-DT 5am – 8am
Mankato – KWYE 6am – 9am
Rochester-Mason City-Austin – KTTC-DT 5am – 8am


Biloxi-Gulfport – WBGP 5am – 8am
Jackson (Greenwood-Greenville) –  WDBD-TV 6am -9am
St. Joseph – WBJO 6am – 9am
Columbus-Tupelo-West Point – WCBI-DT 5am – 8am
Meridian – WTOK-DT 6am – 9am


Columbia-Jefferson City – KOMU-DT 5am – 8am
St. Joseph – WBJO 6am – 9am
Joplin-Pittsburg – KSXF 6am – 9am
St. Louis – KPLR 6am – 8am


Butte-Bozeman – KBZK-DT 5am – 8am
Glendive – KWZB 5am – 8am
Great Falls – KKCO-DT 5am – 8am
Helena – KMTF/ KMTF-DT 5am – 8am
Missoula – KPAX-DT 5am – 8am
Billings – KTVQ-DT 5am – 8am

North Carolina

Charlotte – WJZY 7am-9am
Greensboro – WCWG 7am-9am
Greenville-New Bern-Washington – WNCT-DT 6am – 9am
Wilmington – WBW 6am – 9am

North Dakota

Fargo-Valley City – WDAY-DT 5am – 8am
Minot-Bismarck-Dickinson – KWMK 5am – 8am


North Platte – KWPL 5am – 8am
Lincoln-Hastings-Kearney – KCWL-TV 5am – 8am


Reno – KRNS 6am – 9am

New Mexico

Albuquerque-Santa Fe – KWBQ 6am – 9am/ KASY 9am – 10am

New York

New York – WVVH 6am – 9am
Binghamton – WBXI 6am – 9am
Utica – WBU 6am – 9am
Watertown – WWTI-DT 6am – 9am
Elmira – WBE 6am – 9am


Cleveland – WBNX 6am – 8am
Dayton – WBDT 6am – 9am
Lima – WLIO-DT 6am – 9am
Youngstown – WBCB 6am – 9am
Zanesville – WBZV 6am – 9am


Bend – KTVZ-DT 6am – 9am
Eugene – KMTR-DT 6am – 9am
Medford-Klamath Falls – KTVL-DT 6am – 9am


Erie – WBEP 6am – 9am 
Johnstown-Altoona-State College – WHVL – 6am – 9am 
Wilkes Barre-Scranton – WYOU – 6am – 7am

Rhode Island

Providence – WLWC 6am – 8am

South Carolina

Charleston – WCBD-DT 6am – 9am
Charlotte – WJZY 6am-9am
Florence-Myrtle Beach – WWMB-DT 6am -9am

South Dakota

Sioux Falls (Mitchell) – KWSD/ KWSD-DT 5am – 8am
Rapid City – KWBH-LP 5am – 8am


Nashville – WKAG 5am-10am
Jackson – WBJK 5am – 8am
Knoxville – WBXX 6am – 9am


Abilene-Sweetwater – KTXS-DT 5am – 8am
Beaumont-Port Arthur – KFDM-DT 5am – 8am
Corpus Christi – KRIS-DT 5am – 8am
Harlingen-Wslco-Brnsvl-MCA – KMHB 5am – 8am
Laredo – KTXW 5am – 8am
Lubbock – KLCW 5am – 8am
San Angelo – KWSA 5am – 8am
Tyler – Longview – LFKN & NCGD – KCEB 5am – 8am
Victoria – KWVB 5am – 8am
Odessa-Midland – KWWT 5am – 8am
Sherman-Ada – KTEN-DT 5am – 8am
Wichita Falls-Lawton – KAUZ-DT 5am – 8am
Waco – KBTX 5am-8am
Amarillo – KVII-DT 5am – 8am


Burlington – WFFF 6am- 9am


Charlottesville – WVIR-DT 6am -9amNorfolk – Hampton Roads – WGNT 6am – 9am
Harrisonburg – WVIR-DT 6am – 9am
Roanoke – WFXR 7am- 9am


Seattle – KHCV 7am-10am
Spokane – KXMN 6am 9am
Yakima-Pasco-Rchlnd-Knnwck – KCWK/KCWK-LP 6am 9am


Green Bay-Appleton – WIWB 6am – 9am
Madison – WBUW 6am – 9am
Wausau-Rhinelander – WAOW-DT/ WYOW-DT 5am – 8am
La Crosse-Eau Claire – WQOW-DT, WXOW-DT 5am – 8am
Milwaukee – the Weigel DT 6am – 8am

West Virginia

Clarksburg-Weston – WVFX-DT 6am – 9am
Parkersburg – WBPB 6am – 9am
Wheeling-Steubenville – WBWO 6am – 9am
Bluefield-Beckley-Oak Hill – WVVA-DT 6am – 9am


Casper-Riverton – KWYF 5am – 8am
– Casper Channel 16
– Riverton Channel 8
Cheyenne-Scottsbluff – KCHW 5am – 8am

DDT in 2010?

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Debbie Gibson records theme song to 3 Billion And Counting

Debbie Gibson was in the studio recently working on the theme song (as well as her first time scoring) for Dr. Rutledge’s new documentary 3 Billion And Counting. Check out the video for a behind the scenes preview:

Dr. Rutledge discusses bedbugs and the NY premiere

Quad Cinema: World Awareness Through Cinema
34 West 13th Street
New York, New York 10011
p: 212-255-2243

A bedbug epidemic bites New York

An epidemic of bedbugs in the Big Apple has brought panic, revulsion and a nasty little rash to rich and poor alike. Can the city cope

Tim Teeman

At first May thought that her husband had heat rash. “We were staying at a smart hotel in Cape Cod. Then I developed these hive-like welts on my back and legs.” May (not her real name; she is terrified of giving me that) is middle class, in her late fifties and lives on the Upper West Side, New York, in a well-maintained four-room apartment. When she and her husband returned to the city, one doctor prescribed antihistamines, surmising the couple had reacted to shellfish. She called a dermatologist. “He took one look and said, ‘You both have bedbug bites’. My husband turned our mattress over and we saw them. That’s when — no joke, no exaggeration, however ridiculous it may sound — our nightmare began.”

The infestation would last five months and cost May and her husband $15,000 (£10,200) to treat.

The cockroach has scuttled in retreat. Bedbugs have become New York, indeed America’s, latest bug noire. These tiny, yellowish creatures (which grow to 4-5mm long), fiendishly difficult to eradicate and understand, have become an obsession for landlords, renters, pest-control experts and scientists. Why do they feed so hungrily on human blood? Why have they proliferated? Why are they so hardy? How can you eradicate them?

“Don’t let the bedbugs bite” now has a particularly hollow ring to it: we are almost powerless to stop them. There has been a 71 per cent increase in bedbug infestations since 2001, according to the US National Pest Management Association. In 2004, there were a reported 537 complaints and 82 “violations” (verified infestations) for bedbugs in New York; in 2009, there were 10,985 complaints and 4,084 verified infestations. “That’s just the reported cases,” says Jeremy Ecker, of Bed Bug Inspectors, a firm that uses two specially trained dogs to sniff out the bugs in apartments before advising occupants and pest exterminators on the best action. “The problem is everywhere, it’s growing and it’s mostly invisible because of people’s embarrassment. People are too ashamed to say anything. If they admit to having bedbugs they’re frightened of losing their apartment, of being asked not to go into work, of getting rid of their possessions. We see people in extreme distress.”

May says: “We were terrified of our landlord finding out. He could have used it to throw us out or make life difficult.” Landlords also embrace ignorance if they find out about an infestation, wary of accepting the costly responsibility of tackling bedbugs that have colonised an entire building, or of frightening off potential renters. May describes five months of hell: from seeing the blackish blotches (her and her husband’s dried blood and/or bedbug faeces) on the mattress, then constant vacuuming and washing of laundry and clothing, bagging up clothes and household items, vacuuming books, picture frames, wall sockets, throwing furniture and possessions away, sleeping on an air mattress in clothes she would immediately bag up the next morning for laundry . . .

A female bedbug (official name Cimex lectularius) can reproduce 400 offspring so this was not an hysterical overreaction: to eradicate bedbugs requires ruthless planning, “even before the exterminators come in”, May says.

It seems laughable that the hokey-sounding bedbug could cause such havoc — and indeed, a spokeswoman for New York City’s Health Department says: “Anyone who has had an infestation knows that it can stressful and unpleasant but while bedbugs are a nuisance, they do not present a health risk or spread disease.”

But they are far from dismissable creatures, according to those who have suffered them and the scientists researching them. “It’s a plague, an epidemic,” says a National Pest Management Association spokeswoman — and although her organisation represents pest exterminators this is not a fear-generating marketing campaign.

“It would not be extreme or hysterical to call this a pandemic,” says Tim McCoy, a bedbug research scientist at Virginia Tech University. “We haven’t reached the halfway point in bedbug numbers, they’re still on the rise.”

They show no respect, says Ecker, of class or creed: “We’ve inspected the fanciest apartments on the Upper East Side and one-room studios downtown. Doesn’t matter how big or clean or small or dirty your place is, bedbugs will make themselves at home.”

Bedbug blogs simmer with debate, advice and commiseration. And they have become a political issue. Michael Bloomberg, New York’s Mayor, has approved the creation of a bedbug “advisory board” to “evaluate, study, identify and develop appropriate strategies” against the blood-sucking menace.

Earlier this month Linda B. Rosenthal, a New York State Assembly member for the Upper East Side and Hell’s Kitchen districts, renewed her demand for legislation that would force building owners to disclose a five-year history of bedbug infestations to renters. She also proposed the city offer a tax credit of up to $750 per person to those whose homes have been affected by bedbugs. “The whole city is afflicted,” says Rosenthal says. “The cost of dealing with bed bugs is exorbitant and while $750 won’t cover it, it will help. It would be much better if the health department put out clear advice on how to rid an entire building of bedbugs, rather than leaving to it individual landlords.”

The problem is about to become international (it is already, but under-publicised). Experts agree that the prime method of bedbug transmission is travel: you go somewhere —like May to a hotel — sleep on an infested bed and pass the bugs on. Bedbugs also nestle in clothing and suitcases. Experts are split on whether they “jump” from person to person on public transport. But they can live on train and cinema seats, on furniture, and take over buildings by burrowing in crevices, nooks and crannies.

New York and other metropolitan centres are bedbug paradises: high populations, high numbers of apartments, people always on the move. Bedbug infestations in London and the Midlands have increased threefold in the past decade. The National Pest Management Association will soon publish a report revealing bedbug infestation figures across the US — and also some choice international findings: 90 per cent of pest-control companies it surveyed in Europe had dealt with bedbug infestations, a spokeswoman reveals.

When it comes to their vampiric feeding, Tim McCoy —who like Jeremy Ecker, lets them sup his blood for research —notes that sometimes you can feel them, sometimes not. But, he says, they scent people emitting CO2 and heat and scuttle from up to 15ft feet away for their grub. The most horrible and noticeable thing about a fully grown, fully fed bedbug is that it is bright red, after drinking the blood of its human host.

Some, such as McCoy, do not react to the bites; many others, such as May and her husband, do. “The bedbugs seemed to congregate near the bed, the couch, the netted seating on the office chairs,” she says. “You imagined them crawling on you. I saw one on my husband’s back. We tried to exterminate them ourselves and realised we couldn’t.”

Forget the many products on the market or exterminators making claims of being able to turf them out of your house easily and cheaply. The only effective treatment, McCoy says, is a series of expensive, extreme-heat treatments — at around 49C (120F) — administered by expert exterminators. Despite calls for extreme pesticides such as DDT and Propoxur to be relegalised, McCoy thinks both may prove ineffectual. “Use the wrong chemicals in the wrong way and you could damage yourself and your home.”

“It took me so long to get back into my own bed,” says May says. “We are clean, normal people — and this, emotionally, took us to the brink. Living the way we did, having to rid ourselves of things, clean, keep it secret: this was as bad as going through divorce, losing a job. We are ordinary, middle-class New Yorkers. When it was over it was like, ‘Can we come out of the air-raid shelter now?’”

For the moment, the scientific mystery of bedbugs’ fortitude endures. McCoy says that the pest’s level of resistance “is off the charts. Spray the most extreme chemical on them and they topple over as if they’re giggling, then they get up again. We also don’t know why they can go so long — two months — without a blood meal, or how they find their way back to their host.”

The biggest mystery is the origin of this pandemic. The bedbug was all but eradicated in the US by the 1950s with the use of strong pesticides. “We think travel to and from the Third World bought them back to the US; then the use of softer treatments (such as against the flea) may have helped them to flourish,” McCoy says. “Other theories are unproveable but, for example, we’ve seen them on the walls of organic-reared chicken sheds. Some foreign workers are married to other foreign workers in hotels and, well, is that how they got into hotels? We don’t know.”

The bedbug isn’t dangerous to human health, so US bodies such as the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health won’t fund research, McCoy says. He and May — scientist and sufferer — both warn: remain vigilant. They check the headboards of the hotel beds they sleep in, lift mattresses, shine torchlights into crevices, and vacuum those crevices. For two years after her infestation, May took a magnifying glass to check each dot and speck in her apartment: “It was always something else, but I was wounded. I know it sounds crazy. I’m not, and I’m not alone.”

McCoy says we should remember that “it is just a bug, there is no quick-fix and it will be expensive, but you can deal with it”. He is sure of one thing: “One day we will find a way of understanding and dealing with bedbugs. Then the cockroach will rise again.”


3 BILLION AND COUNTING Opens in New York at The QUAD Cinema

NEW YORK, Sept. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The QUAD Cinema, one of New York City’s leading art houses, presents the New York premiere of the provocative new documentary, 3 BILLION AND COUNTING (102 minutes), directed and produced by Dr. D. Rutledge Taylor.

Sure to spark outrage, Dr. Rutledge, a California physician specializing in preventative medicine, chronicles the effects of the world-wide ban on the pesticide DDT in 1972, a ban inspired by the first enviro-bestseller, Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring (1962). Rutledge’s five-year-long effort is driven by his revulsion at millions of deaths, mostly of women and young children, in Africa and South East Asia, by the mosquito-borne disease, Malaria. According to a recent World Health Organization report, Malaria kills one million people annually, a disease, Rutledge confirms, that is wholly and immediately preventable.

A naturalist and a die-hard advocate of preventative medicine, Dr. Rutledge, in the long tradition of American debunkers, wanted to see first hand the extent of Malaria’s worldwide impact, and to discover why policies are still in place that exacerbate the epidemic.

Dr. Rutledge and his Frog Bite Productions team, Co-Producer, Helen Udy, Cinematographer Aaron Krummel, and Project Coordinator, Russell Boast, take us on a 40-day investigative journey to South Africa,  Mozambique,  Kenya,  Tanzania, Northern and  Southern India, Bali,  Indonesia, and Malaysia where they interview African and Indian Government officials, NGO’s, charitable  organizations, scientists, politicians, doctors, victims, and survivors.  What they discover is a tangle of red tape, misguided prevention policies, and treatment that is ineffective in the face of continual re-infection. Above all they find willful deafness to the pleas of local populations to help them eradicate the mosquitoes that deliver the deadly cargo.

Dr. Rutledge and crew head for Washington, D.C. to document how the ban came about and to shed light on the politics of domestic and international environmentalism and its role in the death and suffering of billions. Dr. Rutledge confirms evidence that the research leading to the world-wide ban on DDT was precipitous, uninformed and fraudulent. America’s decision makers — political leaders and environmentalists — buried evidence that contradicted their decisions. Dr. Rutledge builds a solid case that indicts our policies, regulatory agencies and uncovers deceit at the highest levels.

He interviews Richard Tren and Roger Bate of American Enterprise Institute and Africa Fighting Malaria. Paul Driessen author of Eco-Imperialism, Dennis T. Avery, author of Saving the Planet with Pesticides and Plastics, Dr. Elizabeth Whelan author of Toxic Terror and Dr. Gill Ross of the American Council on Science and Health, as well as Roy Innis and Cyril Boynes of the Congress of Racial Equality. These interviews are blunt — the information appalling, confirming again and again that DDT is essentially harmless and provides the best, if not the only, way to stop tens of millions of needless deaths.

But when the EPA, Greenpeace, The Audubon Society, The World Wildlife Fund, and The Sierra Fund refuse interviews, Dr. Rutledge knows he has touched a nerve. Those most responsible for preserving and promoting the ban on DDT not only evade interviews but demand to know who’s funding Dr. Rutledge, screening potential adversaries and in effect dropping an iron curtain around their work for all but those who agree with them — this nearly 40 years after the initial ban and in the face of mountains of evidence against them.

Further, the film adds clarity to the record by showing that the effects of DDT were confused in the public’s mind with the undeniably devastating effects on the environment and water ways of PCBs. Because both chemicals were in the news at the same time, the effects of DDT became linked with the harmful effects of PCBs. Environmental activists, medical experts, and advocates of its ban did nothing to eliminate this confusion.

In his dissection of the rise of the environmental movement and the fall of science, he drops one bomb after another — a reputable scientist is caught manipulating test outcomes to prove the adverse effects of DDT; the man who started it all, William Ruckelshaus, the Administrator of the EPA in Richard Nixon’s presidency, reverses his position on the harmlessness of DDT to appease the membership of The Environmental Defense Fund.

The documentary raises fundamental questions: whom can we trust; what do we have to know in order to trust them; and finally, will we make the effort to know it? The film begs us to educate ourselves. 3 BILLION AND COUNTING is instructive well beyond the outrage it inspires.

3 BILLION AND COUNTING  opens September 17th and runs through September 23th, 2010, at the Quad Cinema, 34 West 13th Street, New York, New York 10011


3 Billion And Counting premieres in theaters this September

We are excited to announce that 3 Billion And Counting will receive it’s world premiere this September in New York!

This investigative documentary will have limited engagements beginning September 17th at The Quad Cinema in New York and concluding at the Laemmle Sunset 5 in West Hollywood, California.

For more information, check the theater’s websites below. Since the film will be in limited release, we highly recommend saving the date in your calendar now and bring a few friends. You’ll be discussing this film for days after.

Quad Cinema: World Awareness Through Cinema
34 West 13th Street
New York, New York 10011
p: 212-255-2243

September 17-23, 2010

Laemmle’s Sunset 5
8000 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, 90046
p: 310-478-3836

September 24-30, 2010

Howard Stern wants to bring back DDT

Ronnie the Limo Driver told the crew he was bitten by bug over the vacation–he went to sleep just fine on Sunday and woke up to a nightmare on Monday: “I wasn’t able to move.” Howard hoped it wasn’t bed bugs and repeated his desire to ‘bring back’ DDT, citing the chemical’s use against insect-carried diseases like malaria: “We don’t have malaria here yet but it’s just a matter of time if we don’t bring [DDT] back.”

Advanced Free Audience Screenings of 3 Billion And Counting

Please come out and participate in a free screening of a very powerful heart felt feature documentary.

3 Billion and Counting is in the vein of Super Size Me Meets Fahrenheit 911.
This film follows the journey of Dr. Rutledge (a preventive medical doctor that grew up on a farm in Mississippi) as he travels the globe in 40 days to discover why so many women and children are still dying needlessly every 12 seconds from malaria as we speak…

He eventually finds himself in Washington DC where it all “went down” during the Nixon ERROR. He discovers that our very own US government, ONE MAN in particular, SCAMMED the American people with lies and deceit causing the death of untold millions.

He leaves no stone unturned in this heart felt fact finding mission that is chock full of shocking findings that are sure to open up a virtual BLIZZARD of long overdue debate.

Immediately following the film, there will be a questionnaire to fill out as well as Q and A with the director. Please come out and join us for this fun and important evening. We need your feedback!

Please note: seating is extremely limited in this very small theater. The movie will screen 3 different screenings, Sunday 8/8 at 3:30pm, Monday 8/9 at 7pm and Tuesday 8/10 at 7pm. Choose your screening by clicking the links below:




For more information on the film and to watch the trailer visit:

For questions, email

PARKING: Free street parking is available, or if parking on the studio lot guests will be charged $5.00 per car.

All guests should arrive with PHOTO I.D. at the Van Ness gate, 655 N. Van Ness, no earlier than one half hour prior to screening time (the movie will start promptly at 4:00pm on Sunday and 7:30pm Monday and Tuesday).Hi everyone!

Deborah Gibson teams with boyfriend Dr. Rutledge on documentary

Deborah Gibson’s film career is on the rise these days. On top of her upcoming film with Tiffany, Ms. Gibson is gearing up for a the premiere of her boyfriend’s feature documentary 3 Billion and Counting at Raleigh Studios this week.

Deb writes:
Hey everyone!
My man, Dr. Rutledge, is holding his 1st ever screenings of his documentary 3 Billion and Counting.
I had the honor of working on the music.
This is truly an amazing and eye opening documentary. Hope you can make a screening!
xo Deb

This film follows the journey of Dr. Rutledge (a preventive-medicine doctor who grew up on a farm in Mississippi) as he travels the globe in 40 days to discover why so many women and children are still dying needlessly from malaria — one death every 12 seconds.

He eventually finds himself in Washington DC where it all “went down” during the Nixon ERROR. He discovers that our very own US government, ONE MAN in particular, SCAMMED the American people with lies and deceit causing the death of untold millions.

He leaves no stone unturned in this heart felt fact finding mission that is chock full of shocking findings that are sure to open up a virtual BLIZZARD of long overdue debate.

Immediately following the film, there will be a questionnaire to fill out as well as Q and A with the director.

For more information on the film and to watch the trailer visit: