Escape Fire: Carving A New Path to Wellness

Today’s News & Culture post:

A recent news and culture post provided a link to the trailer for a new documentary film called “Escape Fire.” The film, which won the US documentary competition at Sundance and opens in select theaters this Friday, hopes to “bring into the American consciousness a new conversation about healthcare.” (Read The Washington Post movie review.)

True to its name, which describes a radical approach to stopping a raging wildfire when no escape exists, the film is about “finding a way out. It’s about saving the health of a nation.”

It explores some tough questions about our healthcare system like, “Can capitalism coexist with providing healthcare?” It also takes a hard look at a system that relies on pharmaceuticals rather than searching for long-term solutions for sustainable wellness. Director Susan Froemke says we can “change how we think,” and that what we really have to understand is that “we can create a culture of health and wellness.”

The solution proposed on this blog site is one that is a Spirit-based rather than matter-based approach to wellness that empowers individuals to take charge of their health through a healing model that begins with thought rather than body. It’s an approach that is as much preventative as it is curative.

In her definitive work, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Christian Science founder Mary Baker Eddy wrote in a chapter called “Science, Theology, and Medicine” that “Health is not a condition of matter, but of Mind” (p. 120). That’s the basic premise of her book and the platform for an entirely different conversation about healthcare.

Watch the directors, Matthew Heineman and Susan Froemke, discuss the film. Rather than just focus on the problem, they hope to inspire and point to solutions. Please share your comments and thoughts on solutions.


  1. Virginia says

    Every time I come home from overseas (where I am now) I am startled at Americans obsession with their bodies and physical health. They seem to define themselves primarily by their illnesses. We, as a country, need to learn better to define ourselves and our society by our spiritual strengths, not our physical infirmaties

  2. Jane says

    Thanks so much for sharing this post, Ingrid. Very encouraging. I look forward to seeing the film and will let others know about it.

  3. Virginia McCullough says

    Very encouraging — Thanks so much for keeping tabs on this and sharing the video. A thought that comes to mind is a quote from Science and Health “In this age the earth will help the woman; the spiritual idea will be understood.” (p. 570) That speaks to me of the naturalness of finding solutions to the problems in our healthcare system — a more God, Spirit, Mind centered way to healthcare. This movie seems like one of the steps along the way. It’s good that the directors are focused on finding solutions.

  4. Sharla Allard says

    Boy, I can’t wait for this film to come out! And am glad doctors are actively looking for alternatives to improve their care. Shows that many of them really do care, and that in itself is a great thing, of course.