his could be the first generation of children in the United States that lives less than its parents. -Richard Carmona, former U.S. Surgeon General
recently watched "Forks Over Knives" for about the 4th time. I love this documentary for many reasons. For me, it solidifies why I have chosen eat a plant based diet. The research findings are intriguing and astounding. I also love that the two doctors in the documentary, Dr. Campbell and Dr. Esselstyn, were raised on dairy farms and now advocate a meat and dairy free, plant based diet!
he basic premise of the film is that although the U.S. is the most advanced medical technology in the world, we are the most overweight, the sickest, and on the most prescription medication than any other nation. The film examines the claim that most, if not all degenerative diseases that burden us, can be controlled or even reversed by eating a plant based diet free of animal products and processed food.
ere are some of the startling statistics from the film:
- About half of all Americans are taking some form of a prescription drug
- The U.S. spends $2.2 trillion on health care (in 2011)
- Health care per person in the U.S. is more expensive than any other nation, yet we are sicker than ever
- Diet related health issues like obesity, diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure cost the U.S. more than $120 billion/year (in 2011)
If this is intriguing to you (and why wouldn't it be!!), I highly suggest watching "Forks Over Knives". A great follow up, which is also on Netflix streaming, is "Forks Over Knives: The Extended Interviews". Like the title, it has more in depth interviews with Dr. Campbell and Dr. Esselstyn, as well as other main contributors.
And because I know you want even more fun, check out Dr. Esselstyn's son Rip Esselstyn's "Engine 2 Kitchen Rescue". He is a plant-strong firefighter who advocates for teaching people how to transition to a plant-based diet. A mantra that he repeats often is "real men eat plants"!
ll of these can be viewed on Netflix instant streaming, yay!
Start the organic made-on-the-stove-or-in-the-whirly-pop-with-organic-coconut-oil-and-himalayan-sea-salt popcorn and settle in for a night of mind-bending, educational films!
Isn't that how everyone spends their Friday night ;-) ??
Rip Esselstyn also has a book coming out in May, "My Beef with Meat", which I can't wait to read!
A strong, manly firefighter discussing the ins and outs of why to eat a plant-based diet ... yes please!!