This post is about a film I recently watched, Forks Over Knives. I plan on watching it again because I feel that there was so much interesting information in the film that a second viewing is necessary! However, I enjoyed the video so much that I just can’t wait to share my thoughts on it. Sooo.. let’s go!
The movie focuses on two doctors, Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn. Both have made amazing contributions to the nutrition related research field, and the film basically sums up their findings. The goal of the film is to promote healthier living through a plant based diet. It sounds just like Food Inc. or Earthlings, right? Well, it’s not. Although these films center around the same idea, Forks Over Knives spreads it’s message in an entirely different way. Instead of being accusatory and sending viewers on a guilt trip, Forks Over Knives presents honest, factual research in a way that is easy to understand and gentle.
Although I did find a lot of interesting information in Food Inc. and Earthlings, I couldn’t help but feel as if something was off. If the goal of a film is to teach people to be kinder to animals, the environment and their self, shouldn’t the film first lead by example and be kind itself? Instead of shocking people into a new lifestyle by showing them pictures of victimized cattle and 600 pound Americans, Forks Over Knives shares believable and inspirational stories about the benefits of a plant based diet. The film focuses on the positive, not the negative, which is both refreshing and uplifting.
I’m not going to summarize the entire movie, because I believe that everyone should watch this film and draw their own conclusions. However, there is one story in particular that I would like to discuss.
Meet Joey Aucoin:
Several years ago, Joey was diagnosed with numerous medical issues, including type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol. Joey is at high risk for heart attack and stroke, therefore he must take seven medications and two injections everyday. Joey describes himself as being constantly tired, irratable, etc. He reaches out for help and begins to work with Drs. Matthew Lederman and Alona Pulde. These two doctors treat their patients through nutrition, which leads them to completely reshape and revamp Joey’s diet. Joey’s new diet revolves around, you guessed it, PLANTS!
By the end of the film, Joey has lost weight, feels great and exercises frequently. He also enjoys all his meals even though they are not ridden with sugar, fat and meat. Pretty amazing, right? Well, I haven’t even told you the best part yet!
Joey has made astonishing improvements, solving 27 of the 28 complaints he originally had. Joey also reversed his diabetes (reversed! gone! bye bye!) Therefore, Joey no longer has to take any medications!! Joey improved his life by leaps and bounds simply by changing his diet (and exercising!)
I encourage you all to watch Forks Over Knives, especially if you are skeptical of the benefits of a plant based diet. The research presented in the film is hard to argue with, and could have a profound impact on your quality of life. One statement I found particularly interesting is that the film crew ended up switching to a plant-based diet! They were so enlightened by the information that they all decided to try it themselves. Pretty neat!
If you’re looking for a movie to watch tonight, please let it be Forks Over Knives! I’d like to end this post with one of my favorite quotes by Thomas Edison:
“The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.”
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