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If you want to avoid a fight, then don’t talk about politics and religion.  In recent months I have found that the same is true for diet. Tony Horton does a great job describing people’s passion over diet in his American Food Fight article. Ultimately, my concern is what is best for me and my family.  I don’t necessarily believe everything in the movie.  However, there are some universal truths.  Diets laden in fat, sugar, and salt are not healthy.  A Double Cheeseburger for a $1 is not healthy. Drinking a 6-pack of soda everyday is not healthy.  I think the video should be viewed by every person in this country, what you do with the information is up to you.  A great website for eating tips is called KarmaChow.  This site is run by Tony Horton’s personnel chef, Missy Costello.

Where there becomes a bigger debate is around healthier food.  Is chicken and fish good for you?  Can I eat lean red meat every once in a while?  What about eggs and milk?  Forks Over Knives is not bashful about claiming that a Whole Foods, Plant-Based Diet is not only the best diet for us, but yields the best prevention and in some cases reversal of debilitating diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, etc.  CLICK HERE to read the article, “From Cancer to the Ironman” about one of the stars of the documentary, Ruth Heidrich and her story of how she survived breast cancer without chemo and lived to run in multiple marathons, even into her 80’s!!!  CLICK HERE for the official FOK website where you can view statements and videos for Dr. Oz, Roger Ebert, CNN, and Oprah.

FILM SYNOPSIS:

What has happened to us? Despite the most advanced medical technology in the world, we are sicker than ever by nearly every measure.

Two out of every three of us are overweight. Cases of diabetes are exploding, especially amongst our younger population. About half of us are taking at least one prescription drug. Major medical operations have become routine, helping to drive health care costs to astronomical levels. Heart disease, cancer and stroke are the country’s three leading causes of death, even though billions are spent each year to “battle” these very conditions. Millions suffer from a host of other degenerative diseases.

Could it be there’s a single solution to all of these problems? A solution so comprehensive but so straightforward, that it’s mind-boggling that more of us haven’t taken it seriously?

FORKS OVER KNIVES examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods. The major storyline in the film traces the personal journeys of a pair of pioneering researchers, Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn.

synopsis t colin campbell SynopsisDr. Campbell, a nutritional scientist at Cornell University, was concerned in the late 1960′s with producing “high quality” animal protein to bring to the poor and malnourished areas of the third world. While in the Philippines, he made a life-changing discovery: the country’s wealthier children, who were consuming relatively high amounts of animal-based foods, were much more likely to get liver cancer. Dr. Esselstyn, a top surgeon and head of the Breast Cancer Task Force at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic, found that many of the diseases he routinely treated were virtually unknown in parts of the world where animal-based  foods were rarely consumed.

These discoveries inspired Campbell and Esselstyn, who didn’t know each other yet, to conduct several groundbreaking studies. One of them took place in China and is still among the most comprehensive health-related investigations ever undertaken. Their research led synopsis t colin campbell farm Synopsisthem to a startling conclusion: degenerative diseases like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and even several forms of cancer, could almost always be prevented – and in many cases reversed – by adopting a whole foods, plant-based diet. Despite the profound implications of their findings, their work has remained relatively unknown to the public.

The filmmakers travel with Drs. Campbell and Esselstyn on their separate but similar paths, from their childhood farms where they both produced “nature’s perfect food,” to China and Cleveland, where they explored ideas that challenged the established thinking and shook their own core beliefs.

The idea of food as medicine is put to the test. Throughout the film, cameras follow “reality patients” who have chronic conditions from heart disease to diabetes. Doctors teach these patients how to adopt a whole foods plant-based diet as the primary approach to treat their ailments – while the challenges and triumphs of their journeys are revealed.

FORKS OVER KNIVES features leading experts on health, examines the question “why we don’t know,” and tackles the issue of diet and disease in a way that will have people talking for years.

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