Whole Foods, Plant-Based Cures

We are told time and time again, from a number of different sources in our society: eat your protein, you need calcium for strong bones.  Unfortunately, protein has become synonymous with meat in Western thought and diets, and calcium has become synonymous with dairy.  This makes animal products essential in the minds of most North Americans, and makes a healthy, responsible plant-based diet seem unnatural and extreme.

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Forks Over Knives, a recent documentary directed by Lee Fuklerson, explains that in fact, it is the consumption of animal and dairy products (over­-consumption for most North Americans) that causes all heart and respiratory diseases, cancers, and diabetes in humans.  Through extensive long-term studies on human and animal populations, like the 20-year long China-Cornell-Oxford project, the researchers and doctors highlighted in the film have proven that eating a whole foods, plant-based diet can not only cure heart-related diseases, cancers and diabetes, but it also reverses the effects that those illnesses have had on the body.

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The film goes through the detailed science of how this works in a very accessible and understandable way.  It also shows several peoples’ testimonials and experiences with illnesses that were caused by ill-informed Western diet choices, and cured completely by switching to a whole foods, plant-based diet.  For the masculine viewers concerned about plant-based diets and muscle mass, the film highlights several athletes and UFC fighters who have made the switch to a vegan diet and have never had so much energy, lean muscle mass, and athletic ability.  The stereotypical men eat meat trope is turned on its head.

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This film is extremely important because it not only points out the deleterious health effects of animal proteins, but it outlines the benefits that plant-based diets would have on the global environment and world hunger.  It also explains how our current government-sponsored ‘nutritional information’ is extremely biased by lobbies from agricultural corporations.  If you have an hour or so to sit down with a movie, make this your next rental.

The following are links to the Forks Over Knives website and IMDb site:

http://www.forksoverknives.com/

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1567233/

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2 Comments on “Whole Foods, Plant-Based Cures”

  1. sustainablee December 21, 2012 at 11:25 pm #

    Reblogged this on Sustainablee and commented:
    It’s a common misconception that herbivores don’t get enough protein or calcium. This article outlines that “Through extensive long-term studies on human and animal populations, like the 20-year long China-Cornell-Oxford project, the researchers and doctors highlighted in the film have proven that eating a whole foods, plant-based diet can not only cure heart-related diseases, cancers and diabetes, but it also reverses the effects that those illnesses have had on the body.” Right on!

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