Folks are sure to scream "radical" and "propaganda" and the like once this film gets a bigger following.
Of course, there will also be the comparisons and comments about the documentary's style of influencing by editing or selective information gathering. Certain others will call the science or the research findings quackery.
Okay. It's a documentary. It has a bent. Almost every scientific study can be questioned based on the goal and mindset of the researchers. But when I watch a documentary I try to keep in mind that I'm not necessarily watching pure truth, but interpretation of truth.
Here is something else to consider. How much of our time is spent filtering through marketing propaganda? We know that color influences hunger. Hence the yellows, reds, oranges and browns in many restaurants and chains. We also have experienced sudden and intense hunger when seeing photographs or television commercials for food. (And we also know that there is an industry that creates food art for those fabulous pictures out of products that we would not put in our mouths.)
Within the last decade or so, ads for medications to "manage" our diseases have flooded our media.
Pick your propaganda...and pick your poison.
Here is why I'm recommending that you watch this film if you have any qualms about your health. If you want to know the truth, if you want to be healthy, if you are concerned about the health of your family, watch this film so that the propaganda you hear and see and smell everyday can at least have a counterpoint to consider.
This documentary shares several stories that are almost jaw-dropping amazing. Men and women who stop disease, reverse horrible lab work results and add life to their lives by simply giving up animal products. The reason that these people make the decision to follow this radical path is based on research and the results of others.
Here is my series of reasons that I believe and embrace what I saw in this film.
I work in the medical field. I see people everyday who routinely take ten to twenty different medications to keep on top of their diseases. Each medication has side-effects and many of those need additional medication to keep symptoms under control.
Often, our healthiest patients are the upper eighty-year-olds and even ninety-somethings who grew up on farms and still eat from their homegrown gardens. The middle age folks, the ones who work hard, run to and fro, and often rely on fast food, restaurants and convenience food at home, well, some of them appear to be some of the sickest folks we see.
Of course, this is my unofficial and unscientific observation. But, honestly, there are some alarming new studies that confirm my concerns.
On a personal note. My husband has rheumatoid arthritis. Four years ago, based on the progression of his disease to the need for injectibles, we made big changes from the traditional current American diet to organic and whole food as much as possible. Immediately we saw results. He was able to hold off the progression of his disease and even drop a medication for break through pain. In April of this year we took that mindset to a new level. We went Vegan (Whole-food, plant-based). My husband’s knuckles look normal. He doesn’t have flare-ups of pain like he did four years ago. I have energy I haven’t felt in years. My skin glows, I feel healthier than I did at thirty. I've lost a total of 45 lbs in four years.
In March I mourned that I would have to give up cheese, eggs and cream in my coffee. In September I'm saying I don't even miss any of those.
There is a difference between Vegan and whole-food, plant-based eating. And it can be an ethical choice verses a nutritional one. Vegan can include highly processed food that is not recommended by any health professional. Whole-food, plant-based is eating like most healthcare providers suggest. More leafy greens, reds, purples, yellows and oranges to join the green, avoidance of animal high fat products like cheeses. This advice doesn't go much beyond the usual medical advice to eat a healthy diet.
The propaganda you embrace will come with choices and consequences.