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Brian L. Wendel
I have mixed emotions about this film. I like the message that Americans (actually most of the world thanks to the spread of fast food chains) is becoming less healthy and more obese. However, despite what 'bhouman' the alleged surgeon on this site wrote, there are many seemingly deliberate inaccuracies in this film. Here are just a few:
* Prostate cancer is not the leading cause of cancer in men. It is skin cancer (http://www.cdc.gov/features/cancerandmen/).
* There is a risk in having a plant based diet in that there are nine amino acids our bodies cannot produce and, while these are found in meat, they only exist in certain plants. This was the argument of the director of nutrition at Wash U. but it was dismissed with a response that has nothing to do with the quality (types of amino acids present) of protein: "eating whole foods it is virtually impossible to be protein deficient without being calorie deficient because even if you take the foods that have the least amount of protein in it, lets say potatoes or rice eight, nine percent. That's the figure we more or less need."
* The film claims that milk causes metabolic acidosis which in turn leads to lower levels of stored calcium in bones. The explanation given is that milk lowers blood pH and calcium is taken from bones in order to form calcium carbonate and thus help neutralize the blood. The truth is that sodium bicarbonate is used to neutralize blood pH and although milk is slightly acidic, it is nowhere near as acidic as the stomach itself. Metabolic acidosis is typically related to kidney or liver failure or in an uncontrolled type 1 diabetic reaction (DKA). This whole explanation about milk in the movie is ridiculous and feels manufactured to scare people away from drinking milk.
* A claim is made that Americans drink energy drinks, caffeine, and sugar because they have chronic fatigue. Okay? Based on what evidence? None is given, but this sets the stage for arguing for spinach which typically provides some sense of energy.
* The whole argument about the USDA conspiring with the meat and dairy constituents of the government to falsify dietary recommendations to the American people is just paranoid speculation which is completely unsubstantiated in this film.
Most of the rest of the film has some great points that are true.
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