Scheduled for release next week is a movie that appears to be either just another piece of Vegan propaganda, or the dietary savior of Humanity. Forks Over Knives, will be released on DVD and Bluray on August 30, 2011. Will this movie help to convince people that they should switch to Forks over Knives, or Meat over Veg?
“What has happened to us? Despite the most advanced medical technology in the world, we are sicker than ever by nearly every measure.” – Forksoverknives.com
Created and produced by Brian Wendel, the movie features interviews from a long list of supposedly notable people, most of which I have never heard of, but our friend T. Colin Campbell Ph.D. gets top billing as the main interview. Most of us will recognize Dr. Campbell from the infamous China Project study, which was followed up by the China Study book, which was followed up by a thorough debunking of Campbell’s conclusions by Denise Minger.
I’m not going to lie, the idea of a Vegan diet saving humanity from the diseases of civilization doesn’t sound like great science to me, because I follow a Paleo Lifestyle. But, the whole thing is muddied further considering that Cambell’s credibility is in question to anyone but the staunch Vegans (or really gullible people), who bought into Campbell’s smorgasbord of cherry picked data in his China Study book.
“His legacy, the China Project, is considered the most comprehensive study of health and nutrition ever conducted. Dr. Campbell is the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University and Project Director of the acclaimed China-Oxford-Cornell Diet and Health Project. The study was the culmination of a 20-year partnership of Cornell University, Oxford University and the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine.” – Forksoverknives.com
It’s true that shire amount of data that was gathered in the China Project, really did justify it’s reputation as being “all that and a bag of chips”, but the conclusions that Campbell drew from the study data were far from stellar.
“Could it be there’s a single solution to all of these problems? A solution so comprehensive but so straightforward, that it’s mind-boggling that more of us haven’t taken it seriously?” – Forksoverknives.com
Yes, there could be, and it’s called the Paleo Lifestyle.
“FORKS OVER KNIVES examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods. The major storyline in the film traces the personal journeys of a pair of pioneering researchers, Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn.” – Forksoverknives
Ok, so I haven’t even seen the movie yet, so obviously my opinion is limited here, but the statement about degenerative diseases being controlled or reversed by rejecting animal-based foods goes against everything we know about 2.5 million years of human evolution. However, the “processed foods” part I can get behind, because cutting out processed foods is an established core value of the Paleo Lifestyle.
“The idea of food as medicine is put to the test. Throughout the film, cameras follow “reality patients” who have chronic conditions from heart disease to diabetes. Doctors teach these patients how to adopt a whole foods plant-based diet as the primary approach to treat their ailments – while the challenges and triumphs of their journeys are revealed.” – Forksoverknives.com
I fully intend to watch Forks Over Knives, and I fully intend to point and laugh at my TV frequently during this Vegan extravaganza. At the end of the day though, if this movie helps people, it’s obviously a positive thing. It just makes me wonder how long these allegedly positive effects experienced by maintaining such a lifestyle will last. We already know that a Vegan diet typically promotes initial weight-loss, but followers of the diet commonly report nutritional deficiencies, so how could it be the magic bullet that these people are touting it to be? In my opinion, it cannot.
I will refrain from making any recommendations to watch or avoid this movie until after I have viewed it myself, but I must say that my curiosity is truly peaked. If you watch it, and want to tell me what you thought, please leave a comment below.
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Barry Cripps is a Paleo-based Nutrition and Wellness Consultant, who operates out of Bowling Green, Kentucky.
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