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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
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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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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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Even this Texas boy gets it
17 May 2011 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. Don't show up for this documentary expecting Morgan Spurlock or Michael Moore. This one offers little entertainment value. But then, that's not the objective of the filmmaker, writer Lee Fulkerson. Mr. Fulkerson provides the polar opposite of Spurlock's award-winning "Super Size Me". Where Spurlock ate McDonalds fast food at every meal for a month, Mr. Fulkerson rejects our typical animal-based and processed food diet for plant-based whole foods.

This test is conducted under the watch of Dr. Matthew Ledderman, who along with his wife, run all pertinent blood and medical tests, and then proceed to teach Mr. Fulkerson how to shop, cook and eat in an entirely new way. The goals are weight loss, increased energy and a reduction of prescription drugs.

This film plays more like a PBS special or a film for medical class, as it pounds the viewer with data and information and studies and examples. A few doctors are interviewed and only minimal input is obtained from the "other" side.

The film gives the impression that Mr. Fulkerson set out to prove his point, much like Dr. Esselstyn and Dr Campbell give every indication that their goal is to prove their own points. The famous China-Oxford-Cornell study has received some heat over the years, but regardless, it seems very clear that WITH PROPER GUIDANCE, a plant-based whole food diet affords many benefits to the human body when compared to the animal-based and processed food that have become so prevalent in the U.S.

No attention is given to cigarettes or exercise as this is totally focused on nutrition and it's effects. There is also some information provided in regards to the governmental subsidies of corn crops, and meat and dairy farmers. This leads our filmmaker and many others to presume that the government is not necessarily interested in what's best for us or school kids' lunches. In fact, it appears both sides have a bit of self-interest at stake.

I would encourage everyone to see the film and educate yourself so that you can make the decisions that are best for you. Consult with multiple doctors and nutritionists. No one can argue with the goal of reduced disease and minimal drug intake ... the big question is what's the best way to achieve this.


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