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Chow Down (2010)

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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, ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 ...
Himself
Toni Venezia ...
Herself
John Oehrle ...
Himself
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 ...
Herself
George Hall ...
Himself
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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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Wrongheaded
12 March 2011 | by (North Hollyweird) – See all my reviews

They bring up many good points in this documentary.

The government IS supporting agribusiness instead of recommending a diet to our citizens that is actually healthy. The movie DOES make a good point that less than 1 percent of government agricultural subsidies DO go toward fruits and vegetables. We DO emphasize surgery and pills to treat diabetes and heart and disease, when it can be treated by diet.

We put complexly constructed melanges of chemicals into our bodies on a daily basis. They are called "food." And to not examine the effect these highly complex chemical compounds have on the human body, itself a highly complex system of chemical interactions (as well as electrical and mechanical systems), is completely foolish, and the medical establishment has for way too long ignored the effects these substances have, in favor of talking about "genetics." The movie makes this point also.

So far, so good!

Where the film goes utterly, tragically, terribly wrong, is putting forth the clichéd low-fat, high carb, whole grain based diet. The same diet that has been emphasized for 50 years by the medical establishment and the government that this film has just spent 30 minutes griping about. The same diet that has been in effect as the most recommended one while obesity rates, and diabetes rates, and heart disease rates in this country have EXPLODED.

WRONG WRONG WRONG. Eat your bacon. Eat your cheesesteaks. Eat that hunk of good quality European cheese. But don't forget to emphasize your fruits and vegetables! But DUMP THOSE GRAINS! Grains are poison. Our ancestors did not eat grains. They ate animals and plants, and probably some occasional milk, cheese or yogurt. That's it. Dump the grains, the rice, the sugar, the beans, the legumes, and by and large, the milk, with occasional cheese and yogurt.

And you people paying $4.00 per pound for peppers (as seen in this movie) are clearly going to the wrong market. I find fresh vegetables much cheaper at a local market in a nearby lower middle class area.

On a final note, in support of my point of view, I would note that if you look at the classic government sponsored "Food Pyramid" shown in the film, and you cut out all grains, the pyramid STILL has a solid bottom. If you cut out meats and animal foods, then the pyramid has a giant chuck out of the side and it collapses and falls over.

For an opposing view, I would recommend the documentary "Fathead," though I did have some problems with that one as well.


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