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Forks Over Knives (2011)

PG  |   |  Documentary  |  16 October 2013 (France)
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Examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Fulkerson ...
Himself - Narrator
Matthew Lederman ...
Himself - Doctor (as Matthew Ledderman M.D.)
Alona Pulde ...
Herself - Doctor (as Alona Pulde M.D.)
T. Colin Campbell ...
Himself - Doctor (as T. Colin Campbell Ph.D.)
Caldwell Esselstyn Jr. ...
Himself - Doctor (as Caldwell Esselstyn Jr. M.D.)
Joey Aucoin ...
Himself - Landscape Developer
John McDougall ...
Himself - Doctor (as John McDougall M.D.)
Connie Diekman ...
Herself - Director of University Nutrition, Washington University (as Connie Diekman MEd RD FADA)
Pam Popper ...
Herself - Executive Director, The Wellness Forum (as Pam Popper N.D.)
Doug Lisle ...
Himself - Doctor (as Doug Lisle Ph.D.)
Terry Mason ...
Himself - Chicago Commissioner of Health (as Terry Mason M.D.)
San'Dera Brantley-Nation ...
Herself - Diabetes Sufferer
Junshi Chen ...
Himself - Doctor & Scientist (as Junshi Chen Ph.D.)
Cammie Aucoin ...
Herself - Joey's Relative
Jason Aucoin ...
Himself - Joey's Relative
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What has happened to us? Despite the most advanced medical technology in the world, we are sicker than ever by nearly every measure. Cases of diabetes are exploding, especially amongst our younger population. About half of us are taking at least one prescription drug and major medical operations have become routine. Heart disease, cancer and stroke are the country's three leading causes of death, even though billions are spent each year to "battle" these very conditions. Millions suffer from a host of other degenerative diseases. Could it be there's a single solution to all of these problems? A solution so comprehensive, but so utterly straightforward, that it's mind-boggling that more of us haven't taken it seriously? 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. The major storyline in the film traces ... Written by Brian L. Wendel

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Warning - This movie could save your life!

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Rated PG for some thematic elements and incidental smoking

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[first lines]
Diane Sawyer: The average American now carries around 23 extra pounds.
Jim Hooker: Heart disease and stroke will claim the lives of 460,000 American women...
Ben Tracy: ...69 grams of fat - you could actually save 12 grams of the fat and half the calories if you simply ate an entire stick of butter.
Billl Sardi: We're talking about diabetes and hypertension, and bones diseases, osteoporosis...
Dr. Holly Phillips: Prostate cancer is now the most common cancer in American men.
reporter: Doctors say we really need to eat less red and processed meat.
Billl Sardi: ...and ...
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Incredible movie, compelling facts behind it
10 November 2010 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

I don't know exactly what to praise first.

First, there are the facts. They are very important. The doctors featured in this documentary have conducted numerous thorough nutritional studies (among them the likely most extensive nutritional study ever performed, the 'China study') that present compelling proof for a simple fact: Eating animal-based foods will make you sick. Eating a diet of whole food, low fat, plant based foods, will keep you healthy. However, they did not just find out this big secret, they used it very successfully over decades to treat - and cure - severely ill patients that had already been 'given up' by conventional medicine. When I first heard this story and saw the proof (I read the book before viewing the film), I asked myself 'Why did nobody ever tell me that?' The documentary answers this question, and you will not like the answer (it has a lot to do with what is more important for the US government, the financial well-being of its big food companies or the health of its citizens)

Second, there is the movie. Apart from bringing very important information, it is well made and entertaining. Nobody likes to hear talking heads reciting scientific data, regardless how important it is, for the length of a movie. The way it is made, weaving stories with background information, makes it worth viewing also from the entertainment point of view.

And third, there's the fact that the entire film crew (producers, directors, cameramen, cutters, even the interns on the set) and the composer of the music score all adopted a lifestyle based on plant based nutrition. If this does not tell you that the information presented is credible and convincing, then what does? Go see the movie. If possible, go for one of the pre-screenings or see it later in a cinema near you. And most likely also at the Academy Awards presentation...

Best regards, Andy


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