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Forks Over Knives (2011)

T. Colin Campbell , Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr. , Lee Fulkerson  |  PG |  DVD
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  • Actors: T. Colin Campbell, Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr., Neal Barnard, Junshi Chen, Connie B. Diekman
  • Directors: Lee Fulkerson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish, English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Virgil Films & Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 30, 2011
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,028 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0053ZHZI2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,010 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Forks Over Knives" on IMDb

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  • Food as Medicine
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  • Tax Dollars for Dairy
  • Benefits from the Plant-Based Diet
  • Filmmakers Discuss Forks Over Knives

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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 utterly 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 so-called "diseases of affluence" that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods. The major storyline in the film traces the personal journeys of a pair of pioneering yet under-appreciated researchers, Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn.

Dr. Campbell, a nutritional scientist at Cornell University, was concerned in the late 1960's with producing "high quality" animal protein to bring to the poor and malnourished areas of the third world. While in the Philippines, he made a life-changing discovery: the country's wealthier children, who were consuming relatively high amounts of animal-based foods, were much more likely to get liver cancer. Dr. Esselstyn, a top surgeon and head of the Breast Cancer Task Force at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic, found that many of the diseases he routinely treated were virtually unknown in parts of the world where animal-based foods were rarely consumed.

These discoveries inspired Campbell and Esselstyn, who didn't know each other yet, to conduct several groundbreaking studies. One of them took place in China and is still among the most comprehensive health-related investigations ever undertaken. Their research led them to a startling conclusion: degenerative diseases like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and even several forms of cancer, could almost always be prevented - and in many cases reversed - by adopting a whole foods, plant-based diet. Despite the profound implications of their findings, their work has remained relatively unknown to the public. The filmmakers travel with Drs. Campbell and Esselstyn on their separate but similar paths, from their childhood farms where they both produced "nature's perfect food"; to China and Cleveland, where they explored ideas that challenged the established thinking and shook their own core beliefs.

The idea of food as medicine is put to the test. Throughout the film, cameras follow "reality patients" who have chronic conditions from heart disease to diabetes. Doctors teach these patients how to adopt a whole foods plant-based diet as the primary approach to treat their ailments - while the challenges and triumphs of their journeys are revealed.

FORKS OVER KNIVES utilizes state of the art 3-D graphics and rare archival footage. The film features leading experts on health, examines the question "why we don't know", and tackles the issue of diet and disease in a way that will have people talking for years.

FORKS OVER KNIVES was filmed all over the U.S., in Canada and China.

DVD INCLUDES CLOSED CAPTIONING, AND ENGLISH AND SPANISH SUBTITLES

Review

"A Film That Can Save Your Life." --Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times

"Convincing, Radical and Politically Volatile." --John Anderson, Variety

"Great Movie." --Mark Bittman, New York Times Columnist

"A Great Film." --Sanjay Gupta, MD, CNN chief medical correspondent

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310 of 325 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Its About Time! May 30, 2011
I saw this movie in the theater on May 28. It is excellent, and should serve as a wake-up call to all who see it to get their eating-habits act together. As one who has spent time in the hospital recovering from congestive heart failure and subsequently converted to a plant-based diet, I can personally attest to the efficacy of Drs. Esselstyn and Campbell's approach. I am now off all but one of the Meds, and am only continuing with that one because it helps my kidneys repair themselvs from the diabetes damage I inflicted on them with my previous eating habits. When they have recovered sufficiently, I will be off all meds.

My resting blood pressure (BP) is now in the normal range without meds (typically about 115/70, down from mid 180s/80), no thanks to my cardiologist who was perfectly happy to keep me on three BP medications indefinitely. My weight is now about 170 lbs, down from over 400 lbs. My heart ejection fraction is now in the mid 60s, up from 42 when I went into the hospital. I can now walk an aerobic 5 miles without breathing hard. My total cholesterol is about 120 with the LDL about 90 and the HDL about 35.

This movie is one everyone should see. If you let it, it will change your life.
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297 of 316 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I almost died - will you? August 29, 2011
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This movie contains information that could save your life. In October 2009, at age 52, while running a mile around my neighborhood as I did every morning, I staggered a couple of steps and hit the ground unconscious in full cardiac arrest. Heart disease is the leading killer in this country (needlessly as this movie shows) and the most common type of heart attack is the one like mine that comes with no warning. Survival for cardiac arrest outside the hospital is about 3%. I was extremely lucky - you might not be.

After my heart attack, my doctors said nothing to me about diet. In fact, later after learning about the work of Campbell and Esselstyn (featured in this movie), I asked my doctor how much time they spent in medical school learning the relationship between nutrition and health. His answer - none! If you see this movie, you will know more about the affect of nutrition on health than my doctor, and perhaps more than your doctor too. See this movie.

I applaud everyone involved in making this movie. It is based on scientific research, yet made understandable to all of us, with personal stories included that make it easy to relate. I saw this movie in the theater. I can't wait for the DVD to come out so I can give copies to all my family, friends, and all the others in my life that I don't want to suddenly die needlessly.

By the way, after a year and a half of adhering to the advice of Esslestyn, Campbell, McDougall, and others, I've eliminated my heart medications including the damaging statins, while still reducing my total cholesterol level to 160. I've lost weight, my blood sugar is down, my blood pressure is good, and I'm able to run two miles every day.
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138 of 148 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! April 5, 2011
By Alonna
I've been to 2 screenings for this DVD and it is fabulous! Everyone needs to watch it. It has the answer to the most common illnesses in America. I very, very highly recommend it! If you are interested in a longer, healthier, happier life this is a must watch.
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179 of 197 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Must-See Movie for Plant-Based Nutrition May 6, 2011
This movie combines the scientific and medical work of Dr. T. Colin Campbell, PhD Professor Emeritus in Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University, and Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstlyn, Jr., MD, surgeon at the world-renowed Cleveland Clinic, and the incredibly INSPIRING story of two FORMER heart disease patients and two FORMER diabetes patients.

This movie is POSITIVE, ACCURATE, and HOPEFUL. It is the perfect introduction to the concept of plant-based nutrition, and it offers very attainable role models in the patients to empower people to take their health into their own hands.

There are no segments of tortured animals - just wonderful information, top athletes, and people reversing their chronic disease.

Everyone needs to see this movie!!!!!
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59 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Changed our lives! June 1, 2011
I viewed the movie Forks over Knives in Houston, TX. Had previously read The China Study so I was familiar somewhat with the contents of the movie. My husband and I immediately changed to the plant based way of eating and subsequently in just a matter of a few weeks I have lost 16 lbs. I am not fat AT ALL. But my weight had crept up over the last couple of years and I couldn't seem to get it back down to normal for me. I feel GREAT! My parents are also on this way of eating. They are in their 70's, very active, health conscious, and very open minded. I believe this movie should be mandatory viewing for all school children. It should be on TV for all to freely watch. GREAT movie! We are waiting for the DVD to be released and plan on purchasing multiple copies to loan to family and friends. I know we're going to die - I just don't want to die of cancer (my fear), heart disease, diabetes, etc. Just OLD AGE!
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215 of 239 people found the following review helpful
By Squeaks
Format:DVD
This movie came out right as I finished reading The China Study. Took the family to see this in the theater and we all agreed right then and there that we were all done eating the standard American diet. It opened up our eyes to the realities of a Westernized diet and how to avoid those illnesses that are killing our family, friends and neighbors. A must-see for everyone.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars People do want to feel better but there is such conflicting...
This DVD really explains why we should think about what we eat. People do want to feel better but there is such conflicting information. Read more
Published 17 hours ago by Faith
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
this documentary should be viewed by everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Published 18 hours ago by Norris J. Guidry Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Forks Over Knives Opened our Eyes!
We watched this movie as a family and what an eye opening amount of information.
So many things that we hear growing up that are untrue and detrimental to our health. Read more
Published 20 hours ago by Smilings My Favorite
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very informative, especially if you want to know the truth about food stuffs.
Published 1 day ago by Fletcher Sanders
5.0 out of 5 stars Great information - would suggest that everyone in US watch ...
Great information - would suggest that everyone in US watch it to see what they are doing to their health.
Published 1 day ago by Ruth Coffey
5.0 out of 5 stars The DVD does a wonderful job of showing people all the shortcut yo yo...
Diet books/ fads come and go. We will see what stands the test of time. My bet is the whole food plant based approach. Read more
Published 2 days ago by raymond kennedy
5.0 out of 5 stars What an eye opening experience this movie was. It ...
What an eye opening experience this movie was. It made myself and my friends want to start introducing this healthy life to anyone who would listen. Food as medicine
Published 2 days ago by Donna Elliott
5.0 out of 5 stars This documentary is a must see! A life changer ...
This documentary is a must see! A life changer! It turned the light in for me about my health as related to nutrition.
I am off all medications for blood pressure. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Kent D Noyes
5.0 out of 5 stars It will change how you look at food
This will change your life! I have lost 20 pds in less than 7 weeks and still going..
Published 5 days ago by Roger R.
5.0 out of 5 stars I work as a cardiovascular perfusionist in open heart surgery for the...
I work as a cardiovascular perfusionist in open heart surgery for the past 27 years. I've seen it all, hearts that look like they are covered with a thick covering of deep cheese. Read more
Published 6 days ago by miguel garcia
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