Friday, May 13, 2011

A highly, highly recommended documentary film

Despite its odd name, Forks Over Knives is a momentous film. And I really mean that. This fast-moving documentary explores the mounting evidence of research showing that degenerative diseases like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and even several forms of cancer, can almost always be prevented—and in many cases reversed—by adopting a whole foods, plant-based diet. Sound too easy? Then watch and learn.

The film is a jaw-dropping assemblage of fascinating studies, stories, struggles and breakthroughs, most of which are being hidden by the all-powerful agribusiness sector. (This is the beauty of documentaries—they expose what the mainstream media does not!) Two renowned doctors (both were raised on farms eating meat and drinking milk) describe how they fought against the conclusions of their research—until they couldn't avoid the facts any longer. The cameras also follow everyday folks who have chronic conditions as they adopt a whole foods plant-based diet to treat their ailments. And it works!

If you're a meat-eater, don't feel threatened. This isn't a vegan flag-waving film. It's a science film. The bulk of the information comes from the most comprehensive nutritional research project ever conducted, called The China Study. The study was compiled into a book (of the same name), and the book inspired the film. And interestingly, the book inspired Bill Clinton to adopt this diet. Now he swears by it. (It also inspired me and many of my friends and relatives to adopt this diet...and all of us are happier and healthier for it.)

So learn the science, let go of the myths. Think you need to eat meat to get enough protein? Think milk is the best source of calcium? Learn the truth. Having trouble losing those extra pounds? Have low energy? Low libido? Having trouble sleeping? Need caffeine to get going in the morning? Learn why. The information in this film has saved lives, literally. Have a look. It's worth your time.

It's playing at Sunshine Cinema in the lower east side.

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