Forks Over Knives
Forks Over Knives is a documentary directed by Lee Fulkerson, who takes you through his own journey to healthy living. The film is centered on eating habits of Americans in comparison to other countries and other time periods. What our generation consumes is severely impacting our national health care budget and our own personal health. The documentary focuses on two doctors: Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, M.D. and Colin Campbell, Ph.D. These doctors have dedicated their lives to researching the effects of food on physical and mental health. The idea of using nutrition to promote good health is nothing new. Hippocrates, the ancient Greek father of western medicine said, “Let food be thy medicine.” Forks Over Knives emphasizes the importance to a whole food; plants based diet, and follow the health of specific individuals who leave the meat and dairy diet behind to try their hand at this “healthier diet.” The results are astounding.
Lee Fulkerson starts his journey by visiting Dr. Matt Lederman (internal medicine) and Dr. Alona Pulde (family practice). They incorporate a whole food plant based nutrition plan into the treatment of their patients. Lee commits to a 12-week nutrition program under Dr. Lederman’s supervision.
One in three of people born in America today will develop diabetes during their lifetime. We are so stimulated by sugar, coffee, and energy drinks that we have masked our chronic fatigue. The average American is carrying twenty-three extra pounds and 40% of Americans are considered obese. Many Americans live to eat rather than eating to live.
Two researchers that have made ground breaking contributions to the whole food, plant based philosophy are Dr. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn. During Campbell and Esselstyns’ lifetimes the American diet has changed drastically. Near the beginning of the 20th century Americans each ate about 120 lbs of meat annually. By 2007 that figure had exploded to no less than 222 lbs. In...