BLOG Review: Forks Over Knives

Bryan Dubois
Aug 30, 2010

Forks Over Knives is a yet-to-be-released documentary about the relationship between nutrition and disease.   There is a relationship between what you eat, how you feel, and how your body performs.  Sounds like common sense, right?   Garbage in, garbage out.  But what exactly is garbage?  That's what the film is about.

Set for release in major cities in March 2011, I was fortunate enough to see an exclusive screening last night at Port Clinton High School.  

Why little 'ole Port Clinton?

Thanks to one of the film's researchers, Dr. Pam Popper, the film producers agreed to a one-time screening in Port Clinton.  Popper lives in PC in the summers when she's not working for The Wellness Forum in Columbus.  (She's the executive director.)

Here's the trailer:

 
And some background from the leaflet they handed out last night:

I've already started a 12 week trial run on this diet.   As Dr. Esselstyn says in the film:  [paraphrasing] Some people may write off a whole food plant-based diet as "radical."  But getting a heart bypass, which is a result of a poor western diet,  a doctor must remove veins from a patients leg in order to patch a new blood pathway in the patient's heart.  This must be done by cutting open the patient's chest and cutting into his heart.  Which is more radical?

Some of the interesting points brought up in the film and commentary afterward:

Most, if not all, doctors are trained to treat symptoms with drugs and surgery.  Examing diet is not a priority. When Norway was occupied by the Nazis in the 1930's, all livestock was confiscated by the occupiers.  While the Norwegians were then forced to live on a plant-based diet, incidents of heart disease dropped to incredibly low numbers.  When the occupation was over, incidents of heart disease shot back up to "normal" levels. The USDA is a governmental organization that advocates for farmers - not consumers. High fructose corn syrup is a cheap, readily available food sweetener than can be added to just about anything.  And it is. Processed foods are far more dense and rich than whole foods - which causes a deceptive effect in your stomach.  It takes the same amount of processed food as whole food to trigger a "full" feeling in the stomach - but the processed food contains far more calories.  This will lead to obesity. Erectile Dysfunction was described as "The canary in the coal mine"  for men.  ED is a sign of an unhealthy diet. The standards for diagnosing Osteoporosis were changed so that nearly all middle-aged/older women who were experiencing normal bone weakening as a condition of the aging process fit into a range that could be diagnosed as osteoporosis. Cow milk is "nature's perfect food."  FOR COWS.

I admit that it will be tough giving up meat and dairy.  But giving up processed foods is no problem.  That changed after my tipping point was reached from watching this video from Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution:

Pretty nasty, no?

So anyway,

I'm curious to see if any of my health complaints will clear up on their own as they did for the patients documented in the film...