20 April 2011

Foodie Movies: Forks Over Knives

I believe a conversation is going on that is taking two interconnected but distinct forms. The first, is a conversation about how our food is being processed and made. The second conversation is about the connection between our health, individually and as a society, and the food we eat. I like that these conversations are going on. I can only hope that FaVorable Food can add to and assist in keeping the dialogue going. Forks over Knives is an upcoming documentary that examines the claim that most, if not all, degenerative diseases can be controlled or even reversed by a plant based diet, devoid of processed and animal-based foods. I'm not a vegan by any stretch of the imagination currently. However, I am someone who faced a serious health issue from which I found no definitive answers, nor acceptable solutions (in opposite of surgery) from no less than three specialists and one general practitioner.
Finding it necessary to take my health into my own hands I radically modified my diet and substantially increased my exercise-somewhat as a hail Mary in my mind. Only to find it relieved my symptoms and got my body functioning normally again. Which is why this movie and it's content is of interest to me and being shared here.

However, while looking up the trailer for Fork Over Knives I found one review (of which I am sure there are many) which called this film "vegan propaganda". I beseech anyone reading this, that civilized and intellectually based human beings make room for divergent view points. When one uses the word "Propaganda," according to the dictionary, they are alleging that the content is "information especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to publicize or promote a particular political cause or point of view." If that is the case, then "Pork the Other White Meat" could have easily been termed propaganda. Or how about the recent commercial from the high fructose corn manufactures? Let us not forget the milk industry rampant advertising campaign "Got Milk?" and its claims. Yet, I've seen no reviews or prothelizations regarding these points of view. Is it, that it is not convenient or contrary to "a particular political cause or point of view" to do so?

To learn when Forks Over Knives will show in your city click here.

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