Diagnosis Recap: Losing Yourself

August 16, 2019
Daniel Hart 5
Netflix, TV Recaps


Diagnosis Season 1, Episode 3, “The Wisdom of the Crowd” turns to an ex-military man who is losing himself day by day to an unspecified brain inflammation.



Diagnosis Season 1, Episode 3, “The Wisdom of the Crowd” turns to an ex-military man who is losing himself day by day to an unspecified brain inflammation.

This recap of Netflix documentary series Diagnosis Season 1, Episode 3, “The Wisdom of the Crowd”, which concerns Gulf War Syndrome, contains spoilers. You can read the recap of the previous episode by clicking these words.

Episode 3, “The Wisdom of the Crowd” turns its attention to 46-year-old Willie Reyes. He’s suffering from memory loss, seizures, mood swings, and he has a couple of brain lesions. Diagnosis presents it as a race against time — the man is losing himself, and he’s already lost a lot.

“The Wisdom of the Crowd” delves in at the real cost of having an undiagnosed disease; his family is living on scraps to pay for the hospital bills — Willie cannot afford health insurance.

And the irony is, he is ex-military; Willie was denied early retirement and all other relatable benefits that link to being unable to work due to a condition. Willie tried to work for the prisons, but his condition meant he was unable to work.

Episode 3 provides plenty of answers surrounding Willie’s unspecified brain inflammation, but there is an incredulous number of suggestions. Dr. Lisa Sanders gives a few theories, but none of them sticks. “The Wisdom of the Crowd” is a frustrating experience. It’s made worse by Willie’s emotional imbalance; whatever is happening to him forces his mood to change quickly, suddenly sobbing halfway through sentences. You can only be sympathetic.

Eventually, the link was made; he served in the Gulf War. The US army never educated their veterans about the side effects of been exposed to Sarin gas, which was used frequently. Via the crowdsourcing, Willie gets in touch with a war veteran who experienced similar symptoms. Willie likely has Gulf War Syndrome.

There are no definite answers in Diagnosis Season 1, Episode 3, “The Wisdom of the Crowd”, and despite Willie still waiting for his benefits to be approved, he now feels more comfortable and happy to be a part of an ex-military community that is in the same situation as him.

You can read the recap of the fourth episode by clicking these words.

5 thoughts on “Diagnosis Recap: Losing Yourself

  • August 25, 2019 at 12:56 am

    Someone needs to look into infectious disease related to the birds he’s around all the time. Gulf war sickness seems like something that should have started before 2016. Look at Psittacosis

  • August 26, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    Can someone get in touch with the family and start a go fund me page? It breaks my heart when I hear about Families suffering because of American health care.

  • August 27, 2019 at 8:04 am

    There is a direct relationship between the use of fluoroquinolone antibiotics like Cipro and Levaquin, and Gulf War Syndrome. These antibiotics contain fluoride which is neurotoxin and contain a black box warning.

  • November 2, 2020 at 7:03 am

    He has “Chronic” inflammation. ..Which means he has been subjected to inflammatories over an extended period of time.
    a hyper sensitivity combined with a high load of inflamitories.
    [ the simplest answer ,Most obvious ] So treatment is to remove the inflammatory .
    Eliminate Sugar (And refined carbs) Trans fats including Meats and Dairy. and gluten. from the diet.
    { milk is probably the most destructive to the brain.}

    Replace with anti-inflammatory foods \ greens, fruits, flaxseed oil

  • September 14, 2022 at 2:01 am

    Hi, I’ve been watching the documentary about this, and there are visible parallels of this man’s condition and mefloquine toxicity. He should truly contact Dr. Remington Nevin, who has extensive knowledge of this. I wish him all the best.

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