“Forks Over Knives” is an important documentary that seriously discusses how our Western diet is landing us on the doorsteps of cancer, heart disease, hypertension and diabetes. Filmmakers Brian Wendel and Lee Fulkerson will appear in person on Saturday and Sunday at the Los Angeles Regent Theatre to answer questions about their documentary and its claim that we can reverse this process through a whole food plant-based diet.
A few scary facts – we spend over $2.2 trillion dollars on health care; 460,000 women die from heart disease and strokes annually; a single heart bypass costs about $100,000, and earns the medical profession $50 billion a year; no less than 40% of Americans are obese. The list is endless. It’s almost as if Americans have accepted and are resigned to these grim facts. But in the surprisingly heartening and informative documentary, “Forks Over Knives” Wendel and Fulkerson explore just how changing your diet to a whole food plant-based diet can prevent and even reverse ailments such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
“Forks Over Knives” follows two renowned specialists – Dr. T. Colin Campbell, a nutritional biochemist from Cornell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn a former surgeon at the famed Cleveland Clinic. Both doctors were raised on farms and grew up with the belief that animal and dairy proteins were necessary for healthy living. But working in the nutritional health and disease fields since the late 1950’s and 60’s these doctors began to question their beliefs after numerous research studies found the opposite was true.
With the influx of processed foods in the 1950’s and 1960’s (remember all those TV dinners and canned foods), the explosion of fast food restaurants and by doubling the amount of individual consumption of meat and dairy products, it’s no wonder we see our health spiraling out of control.
“Forks Over Knives” examines the research findings of Dr. Campbell, who has authored over 300 research papers over his 40 years of nutritional studies, and Dr. Esselstyn a surgeon and researcher. They both, separately, came to the same conclusion that a whole food plant-based diet could arrest and even reverse cancer and heart diseases.
“Forks Over Knives” also follows real-life patients such as Joey Aucoin, a Florida man with a 320 cholesterol level and a 480 level of blood sugar. In Cleveland, San’Dera Nation also has diabetes and hypertension. Both start the whole food plant-based diet and the results are astounding.
Equally compelling are Dr. Esselstyn’s cancer and heart disease patients who have committed to his whole food plant-based diet for the past 20 years. All who have committed to the diet have continued to thrive.
“Forks Over Knives” documents in an inspiring manner just how a healthy diet can change a person’s life and ailments, often to a far greater degree than medications.
Filmmakers Brian Wendel and Lee Fulkerson will be in person to answer questions at the Landmark Regent Theatre on Saturday following the 7:10 p.m. screening and Sunday’s 4:50 p.m. show.
“Forks Over Knives is 96 minutes and Rated PG.