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Foodmatters (2009)

Andrew W. Saul , Charlotte Gerson , James Colquhoun , Laurentine ten Bosch  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (293 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Andrew W. Saul, Charlotte Gerson, Dr Dan Rogers, David Wolfe, Prof. Ian Brighthope
  • Directors: James Colquhoun, Laurentine ten Bosch
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish, German, French, Japanese, English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Passion River Films
  • DVD Release Date: October 20, 2009
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (293 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001B3XZAW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,598 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Let thy Food be thy Medicine and thy Medicine be thy Food Hippocrates. That is the message from the founding father of modern medicine echoed in the controversial new documentary film Food Matters from Producer-Directors James Colquhoun and Laurentine ten Bosch. With nutritionally-depleted foods, chemical additives and our tendency to rely upon pharmaceutical drugs to treat what s wrong with our malnourished bodies, it s no wonder that modern society is getting sicker. Food Matters sets about uncovering the trillion dollar worldwide sickness industry and gives people some scientifically verifiable solutions for curing disease naturally. In what promises to be the most contentious idea put forward, the filmmakers have interviewed several world leaders in nutrition and natural healing who claim that not only are we harming our bodies with improper nutrition, but that the right kind of foods, supplements and detoxification can be used to treat chronic illnesses as fatal as terminally diagnosed cancer. The focus of the film is in helping us rethink the belief systems fed to us by our modern medical and health care establishments. The interviewees point out that not every problem requires costly, major medical attention and reveal many alternative therapies that can be more effective, more economical, less harmful and less invasive than conventional medical treatments.


Food Matters is a must see for those looking to take control of their health. --John Gray, PhD, NY Times Best Selling Author of Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus

Outstanding --John Robbins, author of Diet for A New America

Thought provoking, informative, and compelling, this film matters. --Rory Freedman, Coauthor of #1 NY Times Best Seller Skinny Bitch

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159 of 179 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well organized and fact supported movie. October 24, 2009
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This should be vital material to watch if you're in the medical or nutrition/physical fitness world and have an impact on teaching others about how to take care of and heal themselves.

This is what the mainstream schools miss and don't teach, even though after the movie you'll feel like you've just seen something that makes such plain sense, but is not widely held as truth.

I encourage for people to have viewing parties with this and spread the message. Why else is cancer affecting 1 in every 2 people, neurological diseases going through the roof and diabetes out of control for our children and adults.

Encouraging you to quit reading this review and grab the movie (I think it's on netflix as well or you can download it from their website). I am a PT and this was information that I can easily use to pass onto my patients. It's good common sense information that can make you stop and realize that what you eat is much more important vs. how much you eat.
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93 of 104 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You ARE What You Eat! May 1, 2009
This was one of the MOST informative documentaries that I have ever watched. Everything I saw shocked me in a good way and sparked a change in my lifestyle. Everyone who has health issues should watch this, and get educated about nutrition. It makes a BIG difference.
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133 of 154 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everybody should watch this movie January 23, 2009
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This is a great movie that everybody in the industrialized world should watch, especially America. It's probably not going to keep you hanging on the edge of your seat since it's mostly interviews with various people. However, the information contained within is priceless. If you read lots of health books it'll probably help reinforce what you already know and if you don't it will probably inspire you to start. If you're new to the kind of info presented in this documentary you might want to check out these books:

1. Ultraprevention by Mark Hyman and Mark Liponis
2. Empty Harvest by Bernard Jensen and Mark Anderson
3. 50 Secrets of the World's Longest Living People by Sally Beare

There are countless other great books but this is a start. I hope this movie and others like it inspire more people to start taking responsibility for their health.
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie changed my life March 3, 2010
By Brandon
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I bought this movie because I was interested in getting some information about the food we are eating. I used the reviews to make my decision and I wasn't disappointed. This movie seriously changed my life. I recently lost a loved one to Cancer. It just doesn't make sense and maybe this movie has a point that more people should be listening to. The statistic that less than 5% of doctors are taught about nutrition tells me that doctors are paid based on people getting sick and not people getting well. It would be interesting to see if the government stopped subsidizing corn and instead subsidized organic meats, fruits and veggies how many health issues would be eliminated. How about that for a healthcare plan! To yourself a favor and buy this movie. I have already bought another copy and sent it to a friend as a gift.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Is A MUST-SEE Documentary! Excellent! February 13, 2010
I am inspired. I am motivated. I am feeling high after watching this documentary, even though it's the fifth time I've seen it. Watching this has been on my to-do list for a long time. And, man, am I glad I saw it! I showed it to both my mom and husband and we all wholeheartedly agreed that this is a documentary we want to see a few times a year. It's that good! Every time I see it, I hear something new. And for the stuff I've already heard, it just further ingrains it in my subconsciousness and I feel myself internalizing its details more and more. I walk away feeling strong, smart, and empowered about my lifestyle decisions, albeit a bit frustrated at times because not enough people know this information.

I pretty much hang on every line of Food Matters. I love the discussion of vitamins and the vital role they can play in helping fight illness at various quantities. It was fascinating to learn about therapeutic effects of niacin, and its history as a cure for depression with the founder of Alcoholics Anonymous. There is so more that I could write but you should see it for yourself. It's fantastic!

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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Empowering information May 19, 2012
By Sarah
I've watched this movie more than a few times on Netflix, and it rates as one of my favorite documentaries, along with "Forks Over Knives" (anything that encourages veganism is great in my book). We are admonished to be our own doctors and nutritionists to educate ourselves, as our conventionally trained medical doctors are often clueless about the importance of nutrition in the prevention and reversal of disease. As intelligent and well-educated as most doctors are, there is a real gap in many doctors' awareness of the pivotal role of nutrition. For example, this one time I was with my mom in the emergency room because she was experiencing tachycardia, and I was talking with the friendly, youngish emergency room doctor about the importance of my mom overhauling her diet. I thought that the younger generations of doctors would be better informed about nutrition. I said that my mom's arthritis would get better is she got rid of the added sugar, as added sugar causes inflammation. Instead of agreeing with me, the doctor said, "Sugar is okay in moderation." NO!!! She had just unwittingly undone months of my attempt to get my mother to clean up her diet, as the doctor seemed to have more authority than me, as I am not a medical doctor (nor do I play one on TV, to quote Morgan Spurlock's Don't Eat This Book). My dad's primary care doctor is a wonderful, humble man filled with integrity, yet dangerously overweight himself. This is not an aesthetic reproach, as it is never okay to mock someone over his or her appearance, but a health concern. If he went whole foods vegan with a large proportion of raw foods, I doubt he would be a pound overweight, unless he has very rare metabolic issues that will trump even the best of eating plans. Read more ›
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