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Forks Over Knives
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 traces the personal journeys of Dr. T. Colin Campbell, a nutritional biochemist from Cornell University, and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, a former top surgeon at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic. Inspired by remarkable discoveries they made, these men conducted several groundbreaking studies. Their separate research led them to the same 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.
The idea of food as medicine is put to the test. 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.
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
"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
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medPG PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.25 x 0.5 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Item model number : 18229218
- Director : Lee Fulkerson
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 30 minutes
- Release date : August 30, 2011
- Actors : Lee Fulkerson, Matthew Lederman, Alona Pulde, T. Colin Campbell, Caldwell Esselstyn Jr.
- Subtitles: : Spanish, English
- Producers : Allison Boon, Brian Wendel, John Corry
- Language : Unknown (Dolby Surround)
- Studio : Virgil Films
- ASIN : B0053ZHZI2
- Writers : Lee Fulkerson
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,326 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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PS: There is not a lot of footage about animal cruelty in this documentary. As I mentioned, the reason I first became a vegan was due to animal rights, but I am not the type of person who can sit and watch a video that show graphic images. I know what happens, I don't ignore it, but I cannot comfortably sit and watch it. So for those of you like me, rest assured you'll be able to get through this documentary.
I buy a package of four DVDs every couple of years because borrowers want to keep them and fail to return them. So far, I have loaned this movie to 43 people, and one-third have changed their dietary habits in order to avoid all of the most prevalent chronic diseases in contemporary Western cultures.
The film does not use in-your-face scare tactics. It doesn’t introduce a fad diet. It doesn’t try to sell health products. It doesn’t say you’ll die if you don’t become a vegan. It doesn’t push a political, moral or ethical agenda. It’s not an emotional plea.
So what’s in this film? Information. Lots of it. The film presents research — from notable doctors and institutions — spanning decades and continents. It provides personal testimonials. It gives the viewer something to ponder, possibly re-evaluating lifestyle choices.
minimizes salt, ditches oil completely (yes! you can do it!) and limits sugar to unprocessed vegan sources, like dates and maple syrup. The benefits, for me, have occured really fast. Most notably, less arthritis pain and wheezing. Fewer headaches and just a feeling of mobility, which had been on a downward trend. Even if you don't plan to eat this way, it's worth watching this film just to learn what the Forks Over Knives movement is all about.
Definitely worth viewing. . . A friend of mine who is diabetic decreased her A1C indicator from 400 to 120 by following the eating philosophy in the DVD.
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We are constantly bombarded with adverts from the food industry so much so, we hardly even notice it. I was sick of being sick and feeling unhealthy and I was sick of feeling confused with conflicting diet advice. This DVD explains how consuming certain foods can have a devastating effect on one's health. Now I eat a plant-based diet I can see through the industry BS they force down our throats through aggressive advertising and biased studies published in mainstream media.
Time to get smart, people, don't let these bad foods make you ill and greedy people very rich off your ignorance.
Watch this and stop feeling like a helpless victim.
It will certainly educate you on how your diet directly effects you health. This is made simple as it breaks all the science of it all down so anyone can understand it. It uses visuals as well as the person explaining what is happening. They also use studies and reference these correctly. So you can be reassured that the information you are receiving from this film is accurate.
This film will really open you eyes and most likely change your life forever.
This film can be watched again and again. In fact, this the second copy I have bought as I lent my other one out and it is still doing the rounds amongst my family in over a year's time.