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Michele Simon ...
Herself - Author, Appetite for Profit
Hans Diehl ...
Himself - Founder, Coronary Health Improvement Project
Caldwell Esselstyn Jr. ...
Himself - Preventive Cardiology Consultant, Cleveland Clinic
Charles Venezia ...
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Toni Venezia ...
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John Oehrle ...
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Michael Jacobson ...
Himself - Director, Center for Science in the Public Interest
Helene Glassberg ...
Herself - Spokesperson, American Heart Association
Alfred Bove ...
Himself - Professor Emeritus, Cardiology, Temple University School of Medicine
David Katz ...
Himself - Director, Yale Prevention Research Center
T. Colin Campbell ...
Himself - Professor Emeritus, Nutritional Biochemistry, Cornell University
Neal Barnard ...
Himself - President, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
Luise Light ...
Herself - USDA, 1976-1984
Garnet Hall ...
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George Hall ...
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Root for Charles, John and Garnet as they try to buck the system of pills and procedures and outfox their heart disease and diabetes. When their doctors inform them they can't get better, our intrepid trio tells the doctors to think again. Charles, John and Garnet decide to take on their diseases by drastically changing their diets. We all know making resolutions is easy; sticking to them is the hard part. With lighthearted animation, piercing expert interviews and a feisty attitude, CHOW DOWN is the moving story of the success you can achieve when you rewrite the recipe for a healthy life. Written by Anonymous

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Solid Science. Compelling stories.
30 August 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In the film "Chow Down," David Katz, director of the Yale University's Prevention Research Center states that we could eliminate 80 percent of all heart disease, 90 percent of diabetes, and 60 percent of cancer with what we currently know about food. In an interview for Boston Magazine Katz clarifies: "The "what" is easy. Michael Pollan nailed it. 'Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.'

One of the physicians in this film (Esselstyn) recommends a high carb, low fat diet. Another (Fuhrman) decidedly does not. All are critical of the USDA which does not promote a plant based diet (largely because it's primary constituents are the meat and dairy industries).

The strength of the film are the honest, personal journeys of the three participants.


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