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Forks Over Knives

Forks Over Knives

Streaming Video - 2011
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Forks Over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods.The major storyline traces the personal journeys of Dr. T. Colin Campbell, a nutritional biochemist from Cornell University, and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, a former top surgeon at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic. Inspired by remarkable discoveries they made, these men conducted several groundbreaking studies. Their separate research led them to the same startling conclusion: degenerative diseases like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and even several forms of cancer, could almost always be prevented - and in many cases reversed - by adopting a whole-foods, plant-based diet.The idea of food as medicine is put to the test. Cameras follow "reality patients" who have chronic conditions from heart disease to diabetes. Doctors teach these patients how to adopt a whole-foods, plant-based diet as the primary approach to treat their ailments - while the challenges and triumphs of their journeys are revealed.The film features leading experts on health and tackles the issue of diet and disease in a way that will have people talking for years.
Publisher: [United States] : Virgil Films and Entertainment : Made available through hoopla, 2011
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 96 min.)) : sd., col
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital


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ArapahoeStefeni Nov 07, 2019

I'll look into the Forks Over Knives books next!

I watched many documentaries on food and health, and I want to recommend the best one I ever saw - it changed my eating habits - "Fork Over Knives". It follows several people; however, most of it centers around two doctors - a heart surgeon and a cancer researcher. Heart surgeon = Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, M.D. at the Cleveland Clinic from 1961 to 2000. Cancer researcher = Dr. T. Colin Campbell, PhD (nutrition, biochemistry, and microbiology). It contains evidence-based storytelling with powerful statistics.
I liked it because it provided strong science facts on eating healthy. Not just some small study or some person building a diet based on their own. If you find it valuable, too, then consider watching the extended interviews with the doctors and scientists in “Forks Over Knives - The Extended Interviews”.

Nov 01, 2018

Essentially, vagueries when it comes to specifics about how animal products are detrimental to your health. I see this being a life-saving diet for an individual who is severly overweight and has a score of health issues as a result of poor diet, but more is left up to the imagination of someone who is not the things I just mentioned but is still advised by a medical professional to lose weight, lower cholesterol levels, etc.
FACTS and FINDINGS in this documentary are AMERICAN and geared towards an American audience, which makes their claims about dairy irrelevant for a Canadian watching this. The human subjects used for the studies never mention consuming dairy and not enough info is provided in terms of how exercise IN TANDEM WITH a healthy diet attributes to the reversal of certain health conditions.
Eating a whole-food plant-based diet is attractive to me - we SHOULD eat less meat because alot of what is bought is not even consumed and therefore wasted, but I have reservations about a documentary that points the finger at all animal-based products as the sole causers of obesity, heart disease, etc without discussing processed food as a problem adequately enough and while speaking from an American perspective.

Jul 18, 2018

While "What the Health" is newer, I still prefer "Forks Over Knives" -- it focuses more on the facts and history behind the findings and recommendation of why we should all switch to a whole-food, plant based diet. Or, at least reduce meat and animal products to a minimum. So many of our chronic illnesses from Alzheimer's to heart disease are diet related.

And if you want to know more, Gwinnett Library has "How Not to Die" by Michael Greger. And his website is a great place to visit to keep up to date on the latest findings, either by viewing his videos or reading his blog.

The cookbooks from "Forks Over Knives" and "How Not to Die" are both good. But if you are looking for something with a more Southern perspective the library has "Sweet Potato Soul". While I haven't made any of the recipes yet, they looked so good that I bought a copy and I'm looking forward to cooking from it.

About 3 months ago I switched to a whole-food plant based, low SOS (Salt, Oil, & Sugar) diet and the only thing I miss is cheeses. Vegan cheeses are OK, but not great, are expensive, and don't have anywhere near the variety of animal cheeses. Thankfully vegan mozzarella is good enough for an occasional vegan pizza. My blood sugar is now normal (from pre-diabetic) and I've lost 16 pounds and 2 inches off my waistline without even trying.

Gina_Vee Jul 02, 2018

I'm going to look into the cookbooks next.

Mar 27, 2018

The absolute best introduction to plant-based eating including how-to, and the research behind the lifestyle. You can recommend books and articles to people, but watching Forks Over Knives is the easiest way to get the most information out of the 2 hours time spent. Engaging, interesting, and persuasive; this movie is the place to start if you are interested in improving your health.

Jan 19, 2018

Forks Over Knives is the gold standard for the "why" behind plant based eating. No exaggeration, if everyone took the advice of this film, our hospitals would be 80% empty. Do yourself a favor and watch Forks Over Knives. The library only has a limited number of copies, but it also currently streams on Netflix. Cheers, be well.

Sep 03, 2017

Many people have been talking about the new movie, What the Health and crediting it with profoundly inspiring them and while I did like, What the Health, I still don't think it is as good as, Forks Over Knives.

If you haven't seen this documentary, I would encourage you to watch it. There's a great story line about a Cleveland clinic surgeon and world class epidemiologist/biochemist -- both raised on dairy farms, both raised to eat a conventional meat and dairy diet -- only late in life learning that everything that they had been taught about what was healthy to eat was wrong. (After 30 plus years eating only plants, both are in their 80s and still lecturing worldwide.) Their research and publications have helped people around the world who were given up as hopeless by their own doctors. The story is peppered with discussions from the peer-reviewed scientific literature and lots of people sharing their experience of being on drugs with terrible side effects, but still getting worse and worse from diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure....wishing they had some other alternative and then discovering that good science DID have strong evidence that a whole-food plant based diet could halt and often reverse these diseases.

Forks Over Knives is POWERFUL and motivating. Hopefully the library will get What the Health soon too.

Mar 31, 2017

Traditional cultures ate mainly meat - esp. the organs that contain high amounts of Saturate Fat! The lean meat was given to the dogs! Factory farming is evil but not the option I suggest! Tribes like the Masai ate blood, milk and meat - no cancer, heart disease etc.

Question any nutrition claims ... "science" is not unbiased! Read The Big Fat Surprise for a detailed account of the how we think Sat. fats are bad and veganism is good. Also The Vegetarian Myth. See for more also.

Mar 30, 2017

I kept waiting for specifics about exactly what is included on this eating plan.
I eat a lot of plants but have no plans to give up dairy.......

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