ESCAPE FIRE: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare Comes to the Tower Theatre June 8


High Lakes Health Care, Blue Skies Healing Arts Associates and Mountain View Acupuncture, LLC will host a screening of ESCAPE FIRE: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare on June 8 at the Tower Theatre.

The event will benefit Volunteers in Medicine and will include a visit from the Guest of Honor Dr. Erin Martin, director of TruMed Institute in Hood River, Oregon. Dr. Martin is featured in the film and will lead a panel discussion following the screening of the film.

“Our health care system and the health of our nation are in danger,” says Lisa Uri, MD. “We need to think beyond the prescription pad, explore the integration of western medicine with complementary medicine and empower patients to actively participate in their care. ‘Escape Fire’ can open our eyes to the possibilities and solutions that await us.” 

ESCAPE FIRE: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare tackles one of the most pressing issues of our time: how can we save our badly broken healthcare system? American healthcare costs are rising so rapidly that they could reach $4.2 trillion annually, roughly 20% of our gross domestic product, within ten years. We spend $300 billion a year on pharmaceutical drugs––almost as much as the rest of the world combined. We pay more, yet our health outcomes are worse. About 65% of Americans are overweight and almost 75% of healthcare costs are spent on preventable diseases that are the major causes of disability and death in our society.

It’s not surprising that healthcare tops many Americans’ concerns and is at the center of a political firestorm in our nation’s Capitol. But the current battle over cost and access does not ultimately address the root of the problem: we have a disease-care system, not a healthcare system.

ESCAPE FIRE examines the powerful forces maintaining the status quo, a medical industry designed for quick fixes rather than prevention, for profit-driven care rather than patient-driven care. After decades of resistance, a movement to bring innovative high-touch, low-cost methods of prevention and healing into our high-tech, costly system is finally gaining ground. Award-winning filmmakers Matthew Heineman and Susan Froemke follow dramatic human stories as well as leaders fighting to transform healthcare at the highest levels of medicine, industry, government, and even the US military. ESCAPE FIRE is about finding a way out. It’s about saving the health of a nation.

ESCAPE FIRE has been hailed as “An Inconvenient Truth” for the healthcare debate and a must-see for anyone with a stake in the healthcare debate. Learn more about the film at

Tickets to the film are now on sale through the Tower Theatre for $12 each.


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