Shameless: The ART of Disability

by | Jan 16, 2010 | ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT, Featured, thrive! Cinema | 0 comments

by Bonnie Sherr Klein, 2006, 71 min 30 s

Shameless: The ART of DisabilitySynopsis: Art and activism are the starting point for a funny and intimate portrait of five surprising individuals with diverse disabilities. Packed with humour and raw energy, this film follows the gang of five from B.C. to Nova Scotia as they create and present their own images of their disabilities. Watch the trailer, or watch the full length film below:

Watch this film and then join Planet Thrive members for a live chat to discuss disability from severe environmental sensitivities, art and creativity at our next Friday night live chat party on January 22, 2010 at 9pm EST/6pm PST at:

Our live chat service can be accessed directly on the live chat page by clicking on the “PT community” menu bar and then “live chat.” Alternatively, you can click on the “live chat” status bar at the very bottom right of your browser screen. Once on the live chat page or in the live chat pop-up screen, you will see a list of all members who are online now in the right column of the chat screen. To start a chat, start typing in the white text screen that is below the main screen on the left side of the chat page. The text area is below the “smiley” symbol. When you are done typing, hit the “return” key on your keyboard and your message will post. Whoever checks the chat page will be able to respond. You can control the sound level of chat message notifications by clicking on the symbol to the right of the smiley face.

  • Earthwalker

    Earthwalker is the username that PT founder Julie Genser created for her online interactions so many years ago when first creating Planet Thrive.

    Julie's (Earthwalker's) life was derailed over twenty years ago when she had a very large organic mercury exposure after she naively used a mouth thermometer to measure the temperature of just-boiled milk while making her very first pizza at home. The mercury instantly expanded into a gas form and exploded out the back of the thermometer right into her face. Unaware that mercury was the third most neurotoxic element on Earth, Julie had no idea she had just received a very high dose of a poisonous substance.

    A series of subsequent toxic exposures over the next few years -- to smoke from two fires (including 9/11), toxic mold, lyme disease, and chemical injuries -- caused catastrophic damage to her health. While figuring out how to survive day-to-day, and often minute-to-minute, she created Planet Thrive to help others avoid some of the misdiagnoses and struggles she had experienced.

    She has clawed her way over many health mountains to get to where she is today. She is excited to bring the latest iteration of Planet Thrive to the chronic illness community.

    In 2019, Julie published her very first cookbook e-book called Low Lectin Lunches (+ Dinners, Too!) after discovering how a low lectin, gluten free diet was helping manage her chronic fascia/muscle pain.


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