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
"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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deaths. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. Coronary heart disease and stroke either directly or indirectly costs the US 300 billion each year. And the cost increases each year. ( Center for Disease Control data)(Johns Hopkins Health Library)
The probability of developing invasive cancers in the US from 2007-2009 for men from birth to death was 44.81% or close to 1 in 2 men. For women from birth to death the rate was 38.17% or (1 in 3). (American Cancer Society info, dated 2013)
On diabetes, the key facts are that nearly 10% of the entire U.S. population has diabetes, including over 25% of seniors. If present trends continue, 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes in 2050. Updated to March, 2013, the cost of diabetes in the U.S. in 2012 came to $245 billion. (American Diabetes Association)
In 1994, no state had more than 20% of its population obese. In 2010, no state had less than 20% of its population obese. Those are sad statistics. 68% of adults in the US are overweight or obese. Widespread obesity is a recent phenomenon. It was ushered in by the TV dinner followed by a deluge of processed ready-to- eat meals. The viewer finds out with ample evidence that whole foods instead of processed foods can cure diabetes and obesity.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the United States spent more on health care per capita ($8,608), and more on health care as a percentage of its GDP (17.2%), than any other nation in 2011. Our Health and Human Services Department expects that the health share of GDP will continue its historical upward trend, reaching 19.5% of GDP by 2017. But the Commonwealth Fund ranked the United States last in the quality of health care among similar countries, while noting U.S. care costs the most. In a 2013 Bloomberg ranking of nations with the most efficient health care systems, the United States ranks 46th among the 48 countries included in the study. A 2001 study in five states found that medical debts contributed to 46.2% of all personal bankruptcies and in 2007, 62.1% of filers for bankruptcies claimed high medical expenses. A 2013 study found that about 25% of all senior citizens declare bankruptcy due to medical expenses. So we have ever higher medical costs with little progress in curing these chronic diseases. (Wikipedia)
On these health issues, we certainly could use help and relief. But can nutrition provide this relief in the form of alternative medicine? The two men you will meet in this film Forks over Knives assert that nutrition can do what the AMA and Big Pharma have failed to do in the last century. And they provide startling and convincing evidence that it can be done and that they have done it. Buy or rent this DVD. It can save your life.
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