Clearly, some of the popular offerings found today in our Standard American Diet (SAD) have been taking a toll on the health and wellbeing of the American public. According to recent statistics published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 600,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year – that’s 1 in every 4 deaths. Diabetes is on the rise with nearly 25.8 million reported cases and the National Cancer Institute estimates that nearly 1,638,910 men and women will be diagnosed with cancer in the year 2012.
While there are other factors that contribute to the development of disease, one thing we do know is the vital role proper nutrition can play in both the prevention, and management, of many chronic illnesses. These thought-provoking and inspiring films will open your eyes and give you a well-informed foundation on which to begin building a healthier life. (Each film is streamable on Netflix.)
This film exposes some of the dirty little secrets hidden by our all-powerful industrial food system. Everything from chicken growing to corn production, GMOs and industry protection (over consumer protection) is explored. Whether you’re curious about where your food comes from, how it’s grown or how it’s processed – everything you need to know, from ‘seed to supermarket’ can be found in this ground-breaking, oscar-nominated 2008 film. Food, Inc. with Eric Schlosser and Michael Pollan. Rated PG
Forks Over Knives
While it’s known that people tend to enjoy ways of life they’ve become used to, what happens when our food choices work against our ability to remain well? This life-changing film offers important insight from two pioneers in the area of nutritional research – T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn of the Cleveland Clinic. Empowering and truth-seeking, this film will cause you to re-think your definition of healthful eating and asks the important question: Is our current lifestyle sustainable? Forks Over Knives with Dr. Neal Barnard, 2011, Rated PG
Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead
Follow 41 year old Aussie Joe Cross as he travels the U.S. completing a 60 day juice fast with just a Breville and a generator, tucked into the back of his car. This fun and heartwarming film follows Joe on his journey to lose weight (‘I look like I’ve swallowed a sheep’), to go off medication and to reverse a rare auto-immune disease. His transformation from failing health to new-found energy and vitality is truly inspirational. Along the way, Joe meets 429 lb truck driver Phil Staples in the parking lot of an Arizona truck stop. With Joe’s help, Staples begins his own transformation by ‘rebooting’ his nutrient intake and learning how the body can heal itself ‘inside and out’. Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead with Dr. Joel Fuhrman, 2010, Rated PG
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