Julie Rehmeyer, author, "Through the Shadowlands"
Air Dates: June 24-26, 2017
This Week’s Guest: JULIE REHMEYER, Author
Memoir: "Through the Shadowlands: A Science Writer's Odyssey Into An Illness Science Doesn't Understand”
Environmental Illnesses, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Mold Sensitivity & More
QUOTE:“Only a brilliant science writer could possibly traverse the mysterious landscape of America’s most misunderstood affliction with such grace. From the politics of scientific research to the far reaches of alternative medicine; from the nitty gritty of molecules to the depths ofraw emotion ― this is a riveting story that will change lives.”―Joan Borysenko, NY Times bestselling author of Minding the Body, Mending the Mind
This week's guest on REPORT FROM SANTA FE is Julie Rehmeyer, author of "Through the Shadowlands: A Science Writer's Odyssey Into An Illness Science Doesn't Understand.”
A science journalist and mathematician, Rehmeyer was suddenly struck with a mysterious illness so extreme that she often couldn't turn over in her bed. The top specialists in the world were powerless to help, and research on her disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, was at a near standstill. She fought the illness for years, and when her body started shutting down, doctors were stumped. Her search for relief led to an unlikely plan: two weeks alone in a tent in Death Valley.
“Through the Shadowlands” is an intriguing memoir of a journey through illness, written from Rehmeyer's unique perspective as a science writer able to research and communicate science, paired with her own intense personal experience.
Rehmeyer brings scientific authority to a misunderstood disease and brings the examination of environmental illnesses out of the shadows. Rehmeyer's memoir offers help to the patients who suffer these illnesses and who are too often ignored and ostracized. “Through the Shadowlands” opens important conversations about chronic fatigue syndrome, mold sensitivity, and other misunderstood diseases of our time.
Julie Rehmeyer is an accomplished science and mathematics reporter on a mission to improve ordinary people's appreciation for the quantitative sciences. During her journalism career she has contributed pieces to Science News, Discover, Wired, Oprah, the New York Times, New Scientist, Science, and Technology Review.