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Forks Over Knives 2011

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.

Forks Over Knives Movie Review

Last night I went to see a screening of Forks Over Knives a pro-vegetarian movie that will be released March 11, 2011. The stars of the show are T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D. (most known for the China Study) and Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., M.D. a surgeon.

Coming from paleo roots, have to admit… I was headed with loaded guns ready to shoot this movie full of holes. Much to my delight & surprise, they didn’t push vegetarian/vegan ideals onto the viewers much and stuck more to the health based concerns. I’d hoped this would be the case. In my opinion, pushing ethical reasons for choosing a plant based diet is a turnoff for most. Earth to vegans…. Sick overweight SAD people care less about helping animals and more about changing their health. Tell people more of what they want to hear, and less about the furry animal friends you’re passionate about. You’ll save more animals this way. Please also tell them to avoid soy like the plague that it is while you’re at it ;)

I really like the fact that T. Colin Campbell repeatedly emphasized “Whole Food” plant-based diet when he was referring to being plant based. I applaud him for that! Although I’ve been eating a plant-based diet (mainly vegan) for almost 10 months now, I really have a hard time telling people “I’m a vegetarian.” I feel like most vegetarians are just a high priced version of unhealthy processed junk food eaters. I’ve had very little respect for vegetarian diets my entire life (even when I was eating SAD).