...First Do No Harm
When debilitating conventional treatments fail, a woman (Meryl Streep) tries a controversial diet for her epileptic son (Seth Adkins).
Typically solid performances by Meryl Streep and Fred Ward as the parents of a child who suffers more from medical treatment than from his illness (epilepsy) don't distinguish this made-for-TV movie from dozens of similar ones. The Reimullers are an average midwestern family headed by father Dave (Fred Ward), a truck driver, and mother Lori (Meryl Streep). When 4-year-old son Robbie (Seth Adkins) starts having seizures, doctors diagnose epilepsy and prescribe drug treatment. As Robbie fails to respond, they try different drugs, many of which produce side effects that must be treated by other drugs.