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Forks Over Knives

(DVD - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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This film examines the claim that most if not all degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods. It traces the personal journeys of a pair of pioneering researchers, Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn. Although they didn't know each other, their individual research led to startlingly similar conclusions: degenerative diseases could usually be prevented--and in many cases reversed--by adopting a whole food, plant-based diet. Despite the profound implications of their findings, their work has remained relatively unknown to the public. The filmmakers explore the ancient idea of food as medicine, following "reality patients" who have adopted a whole foods plant-based diet as the primary approach to treat their ailments.
Title: Forks over knives
[videorecording]
Publisher: [Santa Monica, CA] : Monica Beach Media ; [New York, NY] : Distributed by Virgil Films & Entertainment, c2011.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (96 min.) :,sd., col. with b&w sequences ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Special features: Food as medicine (2 min.); What about organic meat and dairy? (2 min.); The latest on diabetes (3 min.); Benefits from the plant-based diet (3 min.); Tax dollars for dairy (3 min.); Filmmakers discuss "Forks Over Knives" (4 min.).
Contents: Intro
Lee's doctor visit
Family farms
Joey and his meds
Discoveries
Joey's doctor visit
Cornell lab
Progressive doctors
The pleasure trap
San'Dera
The China project
Joey after 8 weeks
Dr. Esselstyn's study
Lee & Debbie
Findings from China
San'Dera update
Reversing heart disease
Mac Danzig
Dairy
San'Dera after 8 weeks
Conflicts of interest
Ruth Heidrich
Global impact
Rip Esselstyn
Conclusions
End credits.
Summary: This film examines the claim that most if not all degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods. It traces the personal journeys of a pair of pioneering researchers, Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn. Although they didn't know each other, their individual research led to startlingly similar conclusions: degenerative diseases could usually be prevented--and in many cases reversed--by adopting a whole food, plant-based diet. Despite the profound implications of their findings, their work has remained relatively unknown to the public. The filmmakers explore the ancient idea of food as medicine, following "reality patients" who have adopted a whole foods plant-based diet as the primary approach to treat their ailments.
Audience: MPAA rating Rated PG as some material may not be suitable for children, some thematic elements and incidental smoking.
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Statement of Responsibility: Monica Beach Media presents ; written and directed by Lee Fulkerson ; executive producer, Brian Wendel ; producer, John Corry ; a Monica Beach Media production
Credits: Editors, John Orfanopoulos, Brian Crance, Michael Fahey ; composer, Ramón Balcázar.
Performers: Lee Fulkerson, Matthew Lederman, Alona Pulde, T. Colin Campbell, Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., Joey Aucoin, John McDougall, Connie Diekman, Pam Popper, Doug Lisle, Terry Mason, San'Dera Brantley-Nation, Junshi Chen, Evelyn Oswick, Anthony Yen, Debbie Lowe, Joseph Crowe, Mac Danzig, David Klurfeld, Neal Barnard, Ruth Heidrich, Gene Baur, Rip Esselstyn.
System Details: DVD; NTSC, all regions; 16:9 widescreen presentation; 5.1 Dolby Digital surround, 2.0 Dolby stereo.
Other Language: In English with optional Spanish subtitles and English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing (SDH); closed-captioned.
Subject Headings: Vegetarian cooking. Vegetarianism. Fruit in human nutrition. Vegetables in human nutrition. Chronic diseases Diet therapy. Nutritionally induced diseases Prevention. Nutritionally induced diseases.
Genre/Form: Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Nonfiction films.
Feature films.
Documentary films.
Topical Term: Vegetarian cooking.
Vegetarianism.
Fruit in human nutrition.
Vegetables in human nutrition.
Chronic diseases
Nutritionally induced diseases
Nutritionally induced diseases.
Publisher No: 670760
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Jul 09, 2014
  • FishbowlB77 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Whole Grains, Fruits, and Veggies Forever!!

Mar 30, 2014
  • MediKJ rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This documentary changed my life. I switched to a whole foods vegan diet after watching it, nearly 2 years ago.

Dec 09, 2013
  • MichelleinBallard rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

For a thorough review and critique of this film see: " 'Forks Over Knives": Is the Science Legit?" at http://rawfoodsos.com/2011/09/22/forks-over-knives-is-the-science-legit-a-review-and-critique/

Sep 29, 2013
  • JoAnneF rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A very inspiring film for me. I'm on the verge of adopting a whole-food, plant-based diet right now and watching "Forks Over Knives" has convinced me that I'm on the right path. After reading the comments I plan to watch "Chow Down" and "Bananas". The gist of this film is take ownership of your health and eat properly. We should all be empowered by watching this!

Aug 20, 2013
  • amalkemes rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I have problems with high cholesterol even though I am not overweight and eat relatively healthy. After watching this movie I realized how connected high cholesterol is to eating meat, cheese and other dairy products. This movie explained things well, so that anyone can understand why it's important to eat a plant based diet.

Since I have changed my eating habits to a plant based diet my sugars have been level. I have more energy. I feel fuller more of the time. I sleep better at night. And I know that the food that I'm putting in my body is real fuel and not stripped out calories that make me wanting more.

Jul 20, 2013
  • firerunner rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Enjoyed the film. I like meat, especially bacon. They drew some bad conclusions from the data they gathered. Watch, then research and educate yourself.

Jul 15, 2013
  • jkovacs rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I found this documentary interesting and compelling. It didn't make me want to change my diet completely to a vegan or plant-based diet, it does reenforce my commitment to eating less meat and a plant strong diet. As there is so much conflicting research with diet and disease, it is easy to get confused.

Jun 29, 2013
  • kevfarley rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Informative and hopeful ! ...after seeing it, I threw out half the stuff in my fridge!

Jun 16, 2013
  • blondtraillite rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I found the book was just as bad, if not worse, than the film. The film relied on some cheap shots to prove its point - which was completely unnecessary, as there s sufficiently strong evidence without the melodramatics (the worst being the movie, as many of the foods suggested as fitting in the Food Pyramid - diet coke for example - isn't part of the USDA food pyramid or "My Plate" (in fact, soda is listed as "empty calories" and even stated that it should be avoided). The movie and the book used cheap theatrics to make its point; actually, I felt the figures/diagrams were not properly explained in the book and only made sense if you saw the film.

As well, I found that the author assumed a lot of information to be fact without citing any research, particularly in the beginning. It was very much a diatribe - and not all books on veganism/plant-based diets are. While my next criticism is common in many books on veganism, I still find it distasteful in this film: it is one-sided and suggests problems with veganism as solutions without realistic perspective on what would happen as a result. For example, he suggests how meat-eating harms the environment by the waste such animals produce, but even if cows were not longer needed for meat or milk, they can no longer be released into the wild nor could the chemicals related to their waste be completely eliminated from the environment - unless he is suggesting we purposefully extinct these creatures for no longer being useful?

All of the information he presented has been stated - in fact, better stated - in other books. This documentary was a waste of my time. I am still waiting for the 2 hours of my life back.

Another absolute must-see. Informative and very well documented. This is more than enough proof for me. If you are feeling unwell in any way be it mental or physical, not to mention suffering from serious illness you may even save yourself from pain or early death. You have a choice as to how well you feel and your quality of life.

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Mar 16, 2014
  • VeganGreen rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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