This weekend, I gave myself a Silver Lined gift: watching the movie Forks Over Knives. Have you seen it? My oh my, I cannot recommend it enough.
Forks Over Knives examines the pretty staggering 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. I know, I know. It’s a little bit of preaching to the choir, but I’ve been slipping of late (e.g., a magnetic pull toward sugar!), so a little reminder was definitely needed.
The major storyline traces the personal journeys of Dr. T. Colin Campbell, a nutritional biochemist from Cornell University and author of The China Study, and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, a former top surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic. Inspired by remarkable discoveries in their young careers, these men conducted several groundbreaking studies. Their separate research led them to the same astounding conclusion: degenerative diseases like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and even several forms of cancer, could almost always be prevented—and in many cases reversed—by adopting a whole foods, plant-based diet.
To bring these scientific concepts to life, cameras follow patients who have chronic conditions from heart disease to diabetes, and are taught by their doctors to adopt a whole foods plant-based diet as the primary approach to treat their ailments. Guess what happens to these patients. Uh huh.
What I especially like about this film is that while most documentaries only highlight problems, Forks Over Knives is all about the solution. And the solution is simple: adopt a whole foods, plant-based diet.
Having been a cardiac nurse and now f-bomb cancer patient, I’m so signed up for this bandwagon!