Check out a brand new interview with Dr. Rutledge on the Brett Winterble Show (his interview begins at 22:30) on the truth behind the smears of DDT!
3 Billion and Counting
Sat. April 9, 2011
11 Aviation Parkway
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Dr. Rutledge and his team take an in depth look into a disease that has killed more people than any disease ever known — Malaria. They interview African, Indian, and US Governments, charitable organizations, scientists, politicians, doctors, clinics, victims, and survivors. They explore and expose the politics of domestic and international policies and find the evidence that the public never truly understood. What they find is astonishing. The greatest ecological genocide in the known history of man is laid bare — the 1972 ban of an extraordinary life-protecting chemical DDT. This is politics — the cold brutal crookedness that kills with a stroke of a pen. Shortsightedness of governmental and environmental policies is causing the deaths of millions and the suffering of billions. When the EPA, Greenpeace, World Wildlife Fund, and Sierra refused interviews, Dr. Rutledge knew he had touched a nerve.
For businessmen and women to endorse and encourage “alternatives” while a safe and proven PREVENTION sits idle is like fiddling while Rome burns. Africa loses nearly 3000 women and children on a daily basis not to mention 12 billion dollars annually to malaria alone. The team discovers that malaria is completely preventable — completely. These young filmmakers trek from R. Carson’s SILENT SPRING to the dead silence of millions of corpses and billions of suffering ones. And, thirty plus years after the DDT ban the death toll is gargantuan. Is it a mere coincidence that deaths from West Nile virus, mosquitoes, and bedbugs are growing by leaps and bounds right here in the US?? This film is intended to go directly to you, the American people, with the certainty that it will dramatically open up a virtual blizzard of public debate. This is one film that is long overdue…
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3 Billion and Counting
Sat. April 9. 2011, 7 PM
11 Aviation Parkway
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What kind of crazy person would sprinkle DDT (the “deadly” pesticide dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane) on a bowl of red, ripe strawberries and then gobble them down as if they were covered with whipped cream instead?
Well, that man turns out to be Dr. Rutledge Taylor, a California physician, and after watching the documentary 3 Billion and Counting, which was presented at the Salmar Classic Theatre on Sunday March 6th, and which shows the results of his six years of research into why DDT has got such a bad name, one comes away thinking he may not be so crazy after all.
The film shows that although the Swiss chemist Paul Hermann Müller was awarded the Noble prize for proving the effectiveness of DDT as a pesticide and how this chemical was the leading medium in the eradication of malaria in the United States by the year 1951, how it then came, within a few shorts years after this great victory, to be considered one of the deadliest chemicals ever introduced into the environment. This was essentially brought about by the publication of the book Silent Spring, written by Rachel Carson in 1962, which caused a demonization of this and other pesticides and brought about a war against them led by the then developing environmental movement.
But Taylor paints a totally different picture of DDT and its supposed dangers. His investigations led him and his colleagues on a trip to Africa, where one million people, most under the age of five, are still dying from malaria each year, and he presents the idea that DDT is not the villain that it has been portrayed and that its use would be a great aid in relieving the suffering of the people who are the worst affected by the curse of this dreaded disease.
He further explains and shows the evidence for his conclusions that it was as a result of bad science, greed and a more sinister plan, which uses population control and reduction, as its rationale which has prevented a review of the original decisions around the banning of DDT.
The film raises some very serious questions and concerns, and with five people dying from malaria every minute, makes one hope that someone who can bring about change, will look seriously into these allegations.
For more information, check out www.3 BillionAndCounting.com.
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Dr. Rutledge will be calling into The Armstrong and Getty Show on Tuesday, February 22 to discuss 3 Billion And Counting.
The Armstrong & Getty Show is a morning talk show co-hosted by Jack Armstrong and Joe Getty. The show airs on television and radio in San Francisco and radio in Sacramento.
For more information visit: http://armstrongandgettyradio.com/
One time special screening February 16, 2011 at 6:00 pm
The American Theatre located at 446 King Street, one of Charleston’s Historic film and event venues, presents the extraordinary new documentary, 3 BILLION AND COUNTING, (102 minutes) directed and produced by Dr. D. Rutledge Taylor.
This captivating documentary takes an in depth look into a disease that has killed more people than any disease ever known — Malaria. Dr. Rutledge Taylor, a physician specializing in preventative medicine, embarks on a journey to find the truth behind the banning of DDT in 1972. The documentary is filmed as an investigative exploration exposing the world- wide harm that has resulted from the ban on the pesticide DDT. The documentary is filmed unscripted as Dr. Rutledge and his team travel across Africa, India and Malaysia interviewing governments, charitable organizations, scientists, politicians, doctors, victims and survivors. They explore and expose the politics of domestic and international policies and find the evidence that the public never truly understood. What they find is astonishing. The greatest ecological genocide known history of man is laid bare — the 1972 ban of an extraordinary life-protecting chemical DDT. This is politics — the cold brutal crookedness that kills with a stroke of a pen. Shortsightedness of governmental and environmental policies is causing the deaths of millions and the suffering of billions. When the EPA, Greenpeace, World Wildlife Fund, and Sierra refused interviews, Dr. Rutledge knew he had touched a nerve.
Africa loses nearly 3000 women and children on a daily basis not to mention 12 billion dollars annually to malaria alone. The team discovers that malaria is completely preventable — completely. These young filmmakers trek from R. Carson’s SILENT SPRING to the dead silence of
millions of corpses and billions of suffering ones. Now, thirty plus years after the DDT ban the death toll is gargantuan. This film is intended to go directly to you, the American people, with the certainty that it will dramatically open up a virtual blizzard of public debate. This is one film that is long overdue…
Click below to view Dr. Rutledge on the evening news in Canada discussing 3 Billion And Counting:
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Dr. Rutledge was a call in guest tonight to KSRQ News in Minnesota to discuss his new film 3 Billion and Counting. To visit KSRQ News, click here. We will update the site once they have released the audio.
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Open Letter to the Lancet Review of the film 3 Billion and Counting
Firstly, let me say that throughout this whole film making process, I have not felt compelled to respond to a film review thus far. However, this review is in a medical journal – my field of expertise. So, I do feel compelled to respond to this “film review”. I sincerely appreciate and would like to thank the editor of the Lancet, Joanna Palmer and the reviewer Amir Attaran for giving their time to review this important film. It really is an honor to have a film reviewed in the Lancet. I wonder how many documentaries have been reviewed by the Lancet? I suspect not too many.
That said, I really found this “film review” simultaneously amusing and sad. Why? Because it was supposed to be a scientific film review of what I consider to be very important subject matter. But instead, it was primarily a personal attack, often employed when one is at a loss in rebuttal of the science, or the facts at hand. They are either inept and do not have the capacity to objectively stay with the scientific facts or are so enthralled by their own ego that they cannot perform what they set out to do. Having interviewed Attaran for the documentary in 2006, I suspect, in this case, it was more of the latter.
Also, I have a question. Why did the Lancet not ask someone of my same level of expertise to review the film? Why a lawyer?
Obviously the answer to that question is in your hands. Now, on to the review. You will find the review below in its entirety. Then below it, I will address all the points line by line. My responses will be in bold and italics.
A distorting take on DDT
Knowing a good story, and telling a good story, are two substantially different things. The cineasts behind 3 Billion and Counting certainly know a good story: their film explores the medically incorrect, damaging campaign against dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT), when the scientific evidence is overwhelming that DDT has saved millions of lives from malaria and continues to do so. Their telling of that story, however, is anything but good, so what could have been an educational and entertaining documentary is instead woefully narcissistic, hectoring, and often inaccurate.
The film’s auteur is an osteopath, D Rutledge Taylor, who practises anti-ageing medicine in Los Angeles and is also the film’s funder, director, and music composer. Dressed in scrubs for effect, he cuts a goofy, nerdish, but sometimes endearing figure, as he jets across continents to learn about malaria and how DDT came to be so stigmatised. The narrative style annoys with tales of boyish adventure, as when Taylor brags his way through a border crossing, but there are several important interviews. Some African malaria control managers candidly admit to Taylor that they are afraid to talk about DDT, much less to use it, lest western donors cut off their funding.
For this, Taylor blames the foreign aid industrial complex, in particular contractors with secure jobs selling anti-malaria bednets to the very poor. But his fiercest, most over-the-top invective is laid at the feet of the environmental movement. While environmentalists from Rachel Carson onward often exaggerate DDT’s risks and belittle its benefits—as seen in this film’s interview with a Ugandan environmentalist, who calls DDT use “primitivity”, and urges armed resistance and to “let one die” instead—Taylor is similarly guilty of losing factual moorings. He claims DDT is suitable for many other diseases, some of which are not even insect-borne, and equates its rejection with genocide—overblown statements that are scientifically and legally untrue. Although cinematic exaggeration can make a point when done comically or ironically à la Michael Moore, here the assertions are merely aggressive and wrong.
Thus at best, this film has flashes of interest, amid cringe-inducing stretches. At worst, it is an example of how ideology turns otherwise valid arguments into unethical posturing. One may rightly fault environmentalists’ ideological loathing of DDT, but what exactly, if not ideology, leads the filmmakers to record what seems to be an Indian woman’s death of malaria, apparently without Taylor, a doctor, or his crew stepping in to offer treatment? The middle-ground lesson, in this film lacking middle-ground, seems to be that if factual and ethical laxity led to banishing DDT as a medical intervention in the first place, resort to neither should be had in bringing it back.
AA was interviewed for 3 Billion and Counting, although that interview does not appear in the film by mutual agreement with the filmmakers.
A distorting take on DDT
Knowing a good story, and telling a good story, are two substantially different things.
Ok, film review 101. This film is a cinema ve’rite’ (no script) style FEATURE DOCUMENTARY. Documentaries of this style do not “tell stories”. One “tells stories” when one has a pre-written script such as in FEATURE NARRATIVE films. Today, some documentaries do have a pre-written script but are not considered the purest art form – ie “quasi-documentaries”. There was no script in this film. That should be evident in the shooting style. “3 Billion and Counting” was a fact finding mission of documented events. However, this reviewer was not expected to know the difference, so no fault. To review a film for the Lancet, the reviewer is expected to know science and to critique the science. Again, why a lawyer and not a medical doctor reviewing this documentary?
The cineasts behind 3 Billion and Counting certainly know a good story: their film explores the medically incorrect, damaging campaign against dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT), when the scientific evidence is overwhelming that DDT has saved millions of lives from malaria and continues to do so. Their telling of that story, however, is anything but good, so what could have been an educational and entertaining documentary is instead woefully narcissistic, hectoring, and often inaccurate.
Yes, some that view the film may not find it entertaining, especially those who have been steeped in the Rachael Carson School of environmentalism. However, I know for a fact that the film IS educational. Try and find one person on this planet that knew all these facts that were dug up over an intense five long years. You will not find one. I have been thanked by many modern scientists for that which was revealed in the documentary. As far as the line “woefully narcissistic, hectoring, and often inaccurate”, this is a matter of opinion to which one is entitled. However, if one cannot and does not support one’s opinion with specifics, such a diatribe is primarily a useless waste of print space and the reader’s time. Please do point out the inaccuracies. I sincerely would like to know every scientific inaccuracy or any other inaccuracy for that matter.
The film’s auteur is an osteopath, D Rutledge Taylor, who practises anti-ageing medicine
Yes, I am an Osteopathic medical doctor who obtained MD board certification, therefore medically trained in both traditional and functional medicine. However, it was not mentioned that I practice preventive medicine and nutrition, which is Anti-Aging and thus my drive to get to the bottom of why malaria was not being PREVENTED.
in Los Angeles and is also the film’s funder, director, and music composer.
An inaccuracy. I am not the music composer. See opening title card 5 – composers Debbie Gibson and Rudy Haeusermann.
Dressed in scrubs for effect, he cuts a goofy, nerdish, but sometimes endearing figure, as he jets across continents to learn about malaria and how DDT came to be so stigmatised.
Yes, I do dress in scrubs for “effect” much as lawyers generally dress in a tie for “effect”. I dress in scrubs every day. It is my office attire. Ask any patient I have – they will affirm it.
The narrative style annoys with tales of boyish adventure, as when Taylor brags his way through a border crossing,
This may be perceived by some as “bragging”. However the line “money talks and men mumble” is a FACT when crossing African borders with cameras and equipment. Give it a try. Unfortunately, money talks at borders. Had I not paid off each and every one of them, we would not be reading this “film review” because they would have taken my vital footage. That is fact.
but there are several important interviews. Some African malaria control managers candidly admit to Taylor that they are afraid to talk about DDT, much less to use it, lest western donors cut off their funding.
For this, Taylor blames the foreign aid industrial complex, in particular contractors with secure jobs selling anti-malaria bednets to the very poor. But his fiercest, most over-the-top invective is laid at the feet of the environmental movement. While environmentalists from Rachel Carson onward often exaggerate DDT’s risks and belittle its benefits—as seen in this film’s interview with a Ugandan environmentalist, who calls DDT use “primitivity”, and urges armed resistance and to “let one die” instead—Taylor is similarly guilty of losing factual moorings. He claims DDT is suitable for many other diseases, some of which are not even insect-borne.
Truth is never concerned with job security, but job security is indelibly linked to Truth no matter how ugly it may first appear. Every disease listed in the film is transmitted by insects with the part exception of Cholera – flies indirectly transmit it. However, this is really beside the point. Strict attention to the film rather than invoking what seems a personal vendetta would reveal the inaccuracy of the “insect-borne” comment. It was not said that all those cases were insect-borne diseases. The actual statement said “diseases”. There are other diseases such as cholera and dysentery that are indirectly reduced by the reduction of flies with the use of DDT. To quote the late Dr. J Gordon Edwards “when DDT was sprayed in the WWII camps the dysentery wards all closed.” The very credible Dr. J Gordon Edwards was in that war and was one of the first soldiers to be gratefully dusted with DDT. He had first hand experience with DDT and diseases.
and equates its rejection with genocide—overblown statements that are scientifically and legally untrue.
Having addressed the claimed “scientifically untrue” part, now on to the “legal” part. I do not claim to be a lawyer. It really does not matter to me as a doctor what the legal definition of genocide is… If you asked most of the people on the street if withholding a lifesaving technology (DDT) from a destitute population which results in millions of deaths, I think you will find, LEGAL or not, intentional or not, they consider it genocide. Or, some perhaps prefer the new and improved, more sanitized term, “crimes against humanity.”
Dr. Art Robinson, a world renowned scientist, who is in the film, did call it genocide. So, is equating what is happening in Africa by the withholding of DDT to genocide LEGALLY inaccurate? Perhaps so. However, we are talking about people dying. Legal or not, they are still dying. That is a fact. To me, and many others, save perhaps lawyers, it is seen as genocide.
Although cinematic exaggeration can make a point when done comically or ironically à la Michael Moore, here the assertions are merely aggressive and wrong.
Already addressed – see above on the difference in a narrative feature, cinema ve’rite’ feature documentary, and “quasi-documentary”. And again, Attaran utterly fails to address exactly which assertions he found” merely aggressive and wrong.” Therefore, I have no comment.
Thus at best, this film has flashes of interest, amid cringe-inducing stretches. At worst, it is an example of how ideology turns otherwise valid arguments into unethical posturing. One may rightly fault environmentalists’ ideological loathing of DDT, but what exactly, if not ideology, leads the filmmakers to record what seems to be an Indian woman’s death of malaria, apparently without Taylor, a doctor, or his crew stepping in to offer treatment?
I will address the unethical comment. We did not film our giving the girl’s family money to pay for treatment and hospital transport. We did not feel this personal and spontaneous act was important to the film.
The middle-ground lesson, in this film lacking middle ground, seems to be that if factual and ethical laxity led to banishing DDT as a medical intervention in the first place, resort to neither should be had in bringing it back.
I will address the “factual and ethical laxity” comment. I find this comment quite ironic since Attaran’s “review” is so woefully vague, lacking in substance, and absent of scientific critique. I have no further comment.
AA was interviewed for 3 Billion and Counting, although that interview does not appear in the film by mutual agreement with the filmmakers.
Actually, it was NOT mutually agreed that we not use his interview. What actually happened? Attaran line item struck the word irrevocable in the interview release form before signing it. And, if I recall correctly, he looked up at me and said “I would not give that to my own mother”. I knew at that moment, I would not be using Attaran’s interview. It would not have passed the film’s legal review anyway.
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!
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 .
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.
For more information visit: www.3billionandcounting.com
Footage used by permission: www.dailybuzznation.net
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 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.
For more information on the documentary, visit:
and for more Larry Flick and Keith Price, visit:
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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 3billionandcounting.com. For more on Debbie’s new album, visit deborah-gibson.com
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.
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Check out Covering Media for some great coverage of 3 Billion And Counting:
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
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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.
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.
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