Forks Over Knives (2011)

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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


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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Rated PG for some thematic elements and incidental smoking

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Also Known As:

Gabel statt Skalpell - Gesünder leben ohne Fleisch  »

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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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Important health information everyone should be aware of!
17 July 2011 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

If you, or anyone you know and love, are concerned about or dealing with cancer, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, other obesity-related issues or autoimmune issues, PLEASE see this film! It is not by coincidence that of nearly 310 million Americans, 290 million are sick with any of the above issues. What we eat matters immensely to our health, and unfortunately, the American public has been duped by the food industry, US Government regulatory industries, and by default misinformed by health professionals regarding what a truly "healthy" diet consists of. The foods we have been eating (even according to government approved "healthy" nutritional guidelines), are directly contributing to more and more people becoming chronically and terminally ill. Treating our illnesses with surgeries and drugs isn't a "cure," however, making an informed decision to change our diet and lifestyle may not only reduce our chances of experiencing the above diseases, but can also greatly improve symptoms and/or slow the progression-- or even reverse the course--of these diseases if you have already been diagnosed! Please see this documentary to begin learning first-hand about the extensive research and studies supporting a plant-based diet as highly beneficial to our overall health, wellness, and longevity. Wish I had known 25 years ago what I am learning now about plant-based nutrition. This film is thorough, well-done, and well-documented. A great way to get informed, and to start on a path toward taking more responsibility for our health and well-being! Drs. Esselstyn, T. Colin Campbell, Neal Barnard, McDougall, and the other physicians and specialists in this film have my utmost respect for stepping forward and providing us with this vital information!

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