If you’ve ever studied or even remotely looked into plant based diets in terms of sustaining or improving health, you have likely read or consumed something that cited The China Study. In short, The China Study is one of the most comprehensive studies EVER about diet and it’s effects on health.
The thought is: If we in America have access to a billion diet and weight loss plans, any all the food we could ever want and the best doctors and most information, WHY are we getting sicker and sicker?
Likely because we have some messed up ideas about food and nutrition, thanks to years of schooling and misinformation (Do you know those “Food Pyramid” charts from your elementary school cafeteria were invented by meat and dairy companies? Yup, it was an ad), a fear of being fat so we rush to fad diets instead of actual health (A diet that says it’s OK to eat cheese and ham for lunch, but claims fruit is bad? WHAT?) – so many rational people in our country have no idea at all what to eat! No wonder.
So when we get sick, and boy are we, we simply can’t figure out why.
I pose a question: If you dropped a slice of apple on the ground outside, you’d likely not pick it up and eat because it’s “dirty”. But how many times a year do you eat a hot dog, of which 25% of it’s ingredients are (and are allowed to be!) unknown… something which you literally do not know what you are eating?
“People who ate the most animal-based foods got the most chronic disease … People who ate the most plant-based foods were the healthiest and tended to avoid chronic disease. These results could not be ignored,” said Dr. Campbell.
What he found is that people in Asian countries, and often times in undeveloped areas, had no histories of heart diease, breat cancer, colon cancer, diabetes, hypertension, etc…. Because they ate mostly plant-based diets. Plain and simple.
This summer, a new documentary will be released nationally about Campbell’s work. Forks over Knives talks with folks in the plant-based nutrition movement about preventing and even reversing things like cancer and diabetes. It can begin with food.
Eating a plant-based diet sounds crazy? Why is the other alternative, taking a ton of pills, injecting our bodies with drugs every day, and cutting our bodies open more normal? When did everything get so backwards?
This summer we finally (FIIIINNAAAALLLYYYYY!!!!) get to view Forks Over Knives. The film was discussed on the Dr. Oz show yesterday, and screenings are happening across the country and slated to open in coming months.
Lehigh Valley Residents: I’m working with the cinema manager (harhar) at SteelStacks to get this film as soon as humanely possible! Count on me to let you know as soon as that happens!
AND, if anyone wants to come along on a road trip this summer, a lot of the doctors featured in this film and on the Dr. Oz show will be speakers at Vegetarian Summerfest this year (I’m going! Let’s carpool or meet up!).