The film follows everyday Americans with chronic conditions as they seek to reduce their dependence on medications and learn to use a whole-food, plant-based diet to regain control over their health and their lives. Despite the most advanced medical technology in the world, we are sicker than ever by nearly every measure. Himself - Joey's Relative What has happened to us? Cast Cast overview, first billed only:. For the more squeamish of any age, there are many close-up scenes of heart surgery, in which a chest is shown opened up and cholesterol is being removed from an artery. Himself - Doctor as Matthew Ledderman M. On separate paths, their discoveries and groundbreaking research led them to the same startling conclusion: Chronic diseases including heart disease and type 2 diabetes can almost always be prevented—and in many cases reversed—by adopting a whole-food, plant-based diet.
Billl Sardi: We're talking about diabetes and hypertension, and bones diseases, osteoporosis. Cases of diabetes are exploding, especially amongst our younger population. A solution so comprehensive, but so utterly straightforward, that it's mind-boggling that more of us haven't taken it seriously? They have since partnered with the grocery store Whole Foods, which sells a variety of Engine 2 food products. On the whole, this documentary manages to convey a great deal of complicated information in a simple way, shows the benefits of the diet being espoused without being negative, and manages to refute counterarguments and popularly held beliefs about food without being preachy or self-righteous. Holly Phillips: Prostate cancer is now the most common cancer in American men. Caldwell Esselstyn, a former top surgeon at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic.
This documentary effectively raises questions about what we're eating and how it's affecting the health of individuals and our planet. What separates Forks over Knives from so many other documentaries that encourage the adoption of what amounts to a vegan diet is that the arguments are framed positively instead of employing strident tones of guilt, shame, and self-righteousness. Film Synopsis Forks Over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the chronic diseases that afflict us can be controlled or even reversed by rejecting animal-based and processed foods. Himself - Doctor as T. To book a screening, contact Greg Walz of Swank Motion Pictures:. Colin Campbell, a nutritional biochemist from Cornell University, and Dr.
I cannot imagine that this will not be an early favorite for an Oscar for Best Documentary. But this film explains that, in early clinical studies and scientific research, the overwhelming evidence points to some specific things we eat that are slowly killing us. Colin Campbell and Caldwell B. Himself - Doctor as John McDougall M. Some of the personal stories, for me, were the most convincing. .
It also explains that there is a way to eat that you will very likely live long and well. This aspect of this documentary makes it something that even the most die-hard carnivore can watch without feeling alienated or harshly judged. Their patients who have successfully adopted this change freely discuss the challenges they've faced and celebrate the positive results of their efforts toward adopting this diet. The idea of food as medicine is put to the test. Herself - Executive Director, The Wellness Forum as Pam Popper N. Millions suffer from a host of other degenerative diseases. What were some of the ways in which the filmmakers presented information, made their arguments, and responded to counterarguments? I get the sense that this film's point is to show the Dr.
The major storyline traces the personal journeys of Dr. Potentially dry medical research is conveyed in an entertaining and easy-to-understand manner, and popular ideas about the health benefits of dairy and meat products are challenged without the film coming across as preachy and self-righteous. In what ways does this movie take a different approach? Herself - Doctor as Alona Pulde M. About half of us are taking at least one prescription drug and major medical operations have become routine. An animated sequence shows a shark swimming around looking for a sexual partner as the narrator discusses how animals are primarily interested in food and sex.
The major storyline in the film traces. I really enjoyed how well the stories intertwined, as well as some terrific graphics. Jim Hooker: Heart disease and stroke will claim the lives of 460,000 American women. This movie shows the tremendous benefits for individuals who have adopted this diet for even a brief amount of time and discusses the positive impacts the diet can have on the planet as a whole if more people ate this way. Traveling along with some of the pioneers in this field, you get to really see how obvious the approach they support is to them, and probably should be to us.
Did it convince you to change any of your dietary habits? Could it be there's a single solution to all of these problems? A cottage industry has developed around those involved in this movie. Most of us understand by now that the typical Western diet is not ideal. This movie is as simple as that, and as complex as that. Every once in a while, a documentary comes out that is just in the right place at the right time to become must see and force social change. .
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