Sunday, March 7, 2010

The Power of Fork and Knife

It's rare that I promote something I've never seen, but in the case of this new movie, I'm making an exception. Knowing the background, work, and message of the major personalities behind it, I have no doubt as to its quality or credibility. It's called Forks Over Knives and examines, according to the film's producers, "the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods." The movie's storyline follows the journey of two groundbreaking researchers, T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D., author of The China Study, and Caldwell Esselstyn, M.D., best known for his pioneering work in preventing and reversing coronary artery disease.

If you haven't read The China Study, it's a must-read--that is if you want to do everything in your power to prevent cancer. The author, once a dairy farmer who set out on a research project to help poor children in China get the best protein to improve their health, discovered in the process that the consumption of animal protein is actually linked to a higher incidence of cancer. But don't just take my word for it. You've got to read it for yourself. The book is available at your local bookstore or on

Another must-read is Dr. Esselstyn's book, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease. Did you know that you can actually prevent heart disease by what you do with your fork and knife? Dr. Esselstyn makes a bold claim: He has never seen a heart attack in a person with a total cholesterol below 150. Here is a brief excerpt from his book: "I believe that coronary artery disease is preventable, and that even after it is underway, its progress can be stopped, its insidious effects reversed. I believe, and my work over the past twenty years has demonstrated, that all this can be accomplished without expensive mechanical intervention and with minimal use of drugs. The key lies in nutrition—specifically, in abandoning the toxic American diet and maintaining cholesterol levels well below those historically recommended by health policy experts."

Cancer and heart disease are two of the biggest killers in the U.S. But it doesn't have to be that way. You can change the statistics--and avoid being one of them--simply by changing the way you eat and live.

Check out the trailer for the new movie, Forks Over Knives, here: And when the film is released this summer, I hope you'll be among the first to view it. I know I will!