Forks Over Knives

 (6,497)7.71 h 36 min2011X-RayPG
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.
Lee Fulkerson
T. Colin CampbellCaldwell B. EsselstynJr.
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Neal BarnardJunshi ChenConnie B. DiekmanDavid KlurfeldMatthew LedermanAlona PuldeDoug LisleTerry MasonJohn McDougallPam PopperJoey AucoinGene BaurMac DanzigRip EsselstynRuth HeidrichSan'Dera NationEvelyn OswickAnthony Yen
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SHELBY HOLDENReviewed in the United States on August 27, 2015
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Great film discusses health and the truth behind nutrition.
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Very informative. It provided my husband with all the logical and scientific answers he needed in order to change his dietary habits. I do not eat any animal products and started this because of the ways in which animals are treated, however I noticed a change in how I was feeling. I could not explain it to my husband in the detailed, specific way he was needing in order to understand, but this movie did it for him. And it made me more confident in my decision to become a vegan. We really enjoyed how the documentary showed individuals from different socioeconomic classes practicing a plant-based, animal-free diet and the effects it had on their health and life. This proved that this lifestyle is possible for anyone to adopt. If you have not made the decision to reduce the amount of animal product in your diet, do not let that discourage you from watching this film. There is plenty of useful information mentioned that applies to meat-eaters, vegans and all in between. Be open minded and take what you will from this documentary. Hopefully you will be inspired like my family was.
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.
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KathyReviewed in the United States on January 22, 2019
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Life-saving Information
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I am not a vegetarian or vegan, but I am extremely interested in health — especially MY health. This documentary provided valuable information that has improved the quality of my life and will probably extend the quantity of my life.

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.
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ProlongevityReviewed in the United States on March 15, 2017
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Information worth ten stars. If you watch only one documentary on nutrition, human health, and longevity, this is the one to choose. It will open your eyes, change your mind, and probably save your life. The Forks Over Knives principles are scientifically proven. No fads, gimmicks, or twisted statistics. You're never too old to improve your health. Don't wait a minute longer!

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.
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Astrologer DawnReviewed in the United States on September 3, 2016
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The healthiest way to live!
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Since quitting smoking 6 months ago I have put on 35-40lbs and have discovered lots of congestion and allergies. I would tell others than when I was drinking milk, eating cheese or any dairy or meat I felt horrendous and very congested. I kept talking with others who would say "have you watched Forks over Knives" or "have you thought about going to a plant based diet" I finally watched the movie tonight and before I did so I went and bought the companion book. I am on board to start this tomorrow. I just heard of a friend who died a couple of days ago. His diet was horrendous with lots of meat, sugar and dairy. As he was only about 8 years older than me and I'm going to be 57 next week, it's time to switch my diet. This was a great movie that gave me tons of wonderful information. It also made me think about how we treat animals, although the movie did not focus on that aspect. It's crazy how much money and lives could be saved by changing our diet and cutting out those unnecessary foods talked about in this movie. I wonder if in 100 years when someone looks back on this movie they will wonder what took us so long to discover a healthy way to live.
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DC ReaderReviewed in the United States on February 28, 2019
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Changed my life
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I rented this movie back in August, and now, nearly 8 months later, I am quite a bit lighter and feeling much better. I never thought I could ditch dairy and eggs, especially eggs. I always knew I could go vegetarian, but vegan? No! Not for me, I thought. But this film lays out the facts and makes it abundantly clear for the need to increase all the plant-based foods in your life. Also, I have tried so many methods to lose weight. Low fat in the 80s and 90s, Atkins in the early 2000s, and a few years ago, keto. I lost and regained weight with all of them because the science would get fuzzy on each of them and the food gets boring. This kind of rips you away from the whole mindset, into the world of unprocessed plant-based eating, good for your health, kind to animals and much better for the environment. There is a wonderful Forks Over Knives support group on Facebook, which has helped me understand how to cook this way,
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.
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Kleiber1Reviewed in the United States on March 18, 2018
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This popular DVD makes a great case for "Whole Foods, Plant-Based" eating. Eating like this every single day for the rest of your life might be a bit of a test, but if you are diabetic, obese, or suffer from heart problems, this might very well be a least one answer to your immediate health challenges. And the two gentlemen who developed this are not some tree-hugging quacks but highly respected leaders in heart surgery and nutritional science, respectively.

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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TED TReviewed in the United States on December 7, 2015
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I keep buying these and loaning them out, then having to buy another... You CAN really improve your health.
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I've bought several copies for friends. The response is mixed. Many believe that wheat and soy are bad and meat is the only thing to eat - until they get diabetes, cancer, and other diet related health problems and come looking for something to change to fix the problem - I lost a close friend & mentor to stomach cancer a few years ago.

I am continuing to reduce my weight, have lowered my cholesterol significantly to healthy levels, and have returned to perfect glucose levels (92-100 fasting) mostly following the diet outlined in the video, and my multiple doctors all tell me I'm better off, now that I'm following this lifestyle (diet AND EXERCISE).

If you don't believe vegetarian/vegan diet, you'll be able to make enough excuses to continue with your current meat/dairy diet and lifestyle and not notice any problems for years, but around age 40-45, it will begin to catch up, and I hope you will remember the messages this video presents and reconsider. Better to avoid creating the problems, but if not, it's never too late to change for the better, and the diet proposed in this video is a good start.
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Beth7Reviewed in the United States on July 31, 2015
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An Actual Choice
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Anyone interested in liberating him or herself from the destructiveness of corporate-state tyranny can start eating whole foods, plant-based. Our minds have been colonized, as the late Richard Grossman noted, in every significant facet of living by nonliving, unnatural corporate "persons" that don't need to eat their own toxic foodstuffs in order to "live." These legal fictions are immortal; however, real people, natural persons must eat in order to live. All too many of us have been sickened by the foods we've been told are good for us. Forks Over Knives provides information by which any person may liberate herself/himself from the propaganda and from the illnesses that are guaranteed effects of the Standard American Diet (SAD). Ironically, the big corporations are now doing to the Chinese populace what they've long been doing to Americans' beliefs. Overall, it's a terrific little documentary whose protagonists are among the great heroes of our time.
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