Let Food Be Thy Medicine – Forks Over Knives Review

“Some people think the “plant-based, whole foods diet” is extreme.  Half a million people a year will have their chests opened up and a vein taken from their leg and sewn onto their coronary artery.  Some people would call that extreme.”

That’s my favorite line of the new film, Forks Over Knives. The line was eloquently delivered by Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, a heart surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic. His lifelong research and medical practice, along with Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s findings in The China Study, were highlighted in the film. Ok, my second favorite line was by one of Dr. Esselstyn’s patients who explained that a plant-based diet means he doesn’t need Viagra. His words were something like, “The flag still rises up the pole.”  If ya know what I mean!

Another tidbit I  liked: Dr. Esselstyn has a firefighter son named Rip who is ripped and got his whole firehouse to eat a plant-based diet when one of the guys found out he was in serious risk of a heart attack. I found that pretty inspirational!

The film focuses on health and also, thankfully, touches on the environmental consequences of our society’s meat and dairy consumption. These are all things most vegans already know but many of these recent “food” movies miss that point completely. But mostly it was about health. Interesting stats were shown regarding the amount of sugary, fatty & processed foods people eat and how much more of it they eat now than ever before.  Real people are shown changing their habits when their lives were at stake and we get to see the  wonderful results. Getting off the medications. Having more energy. Reversing disease. Success! This movie will save lives if our society will open their minds and explore this information (and delicious vegan food!).

Well, I’m off to the farmer’s market. Have a great day!

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