Forks Over Knives: The Coming Sh*tstorm

If you haven’t heard, there’s a new documentary out called Forks Over Knives that promotes a vegan diet for health. It’s getting heavy support from Whole Foods, which held advanced screenings in December and now posts advertisements for the film in stores.

I’m hoping to head off some of the inevitable meat vs. veggie vitriol at the pass here. Yes, I am but a lowly blogger with a humble, but very much loved, readership, but here goes.

Before we Paleos/Primals/Archevores get in too much of a fluff about this, let’s examine this objectively for a moment. They’re right about a lot of things:

Two out of every three of us are overweight. Cases of diabetes are exploding, especially amongst our younger population. About half of us are taking at least one prescription drug. Major medical operations have become routine, helping to drive health care costs to astronomical levels. Heart disease, cancer and stroke are the country’s three leading causes of death, even though billions are spent each year to “battle” these very conditions. Millions suffer from a host of other degenerative diseases.

Could it be there’s a single solution to all of these problems? A solution so comprehensive but so utterly straightforward, that it’s mind-boggling that more of us haven’t taken it seriously?

Here’s where they go partially wrong (bold mine):

Forks Over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the so-called “diseases of affluence” that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods.

Other than the glaring meat speedbump there, aren’t we all in agreement? So here’s my plea to all of us meat-eaters.

Let’s focus on our areas of agreement, which are many. When the topic of “animal-based” foods comes up, we can absolutely debate the science of it. But let’s not engage in a circular argument where ethics are concerned. If someone eats vegetarian/vegan for their conscience, leave it be. But for health? Have at ’em.

Roger Ebert recently posted a review of the film (here) and I’m disappointed. I feel like he forgot himself. He’s a film critic, and this review features very little about the film itself and instead just regurgitates the message. What other movies have ever received such treatment?

Especially when the backbone of this film is The China Study. Here are two of the best debunks of that study I’ve seen: Denise Minger’s Raw Food SOS and Ned Kock over at Health Correlator.

Let’s fight a clean fight we can be proud of. Yes, ears are technically meat, but no biting!


4 Responses to “Forks Over Knives: The Coming Sh*tstorm”

  1. Changing our diet does not mean we have to leave off eating meat completely: there are many groups that have been studied who do eat meat. We should, though, cut down on our consumption of animal products and increase fruit and vegetables in our diet. Our health lies in eating a balanced diet that is not too much in favour of refined flour and processed foods (which vegans are also guilty of eating.

  2. Ugh. I think I may have to keep away. I hate it when someone tells me this or that will definitely work or is definitely better for me. We all have to take responsibility for ourselves, to find our own path and tolerate those of others.

  3. I saw the a trailer for this movie recently. When I first read the title I thought of one of my favorite qoutes: “I raised my cow from bottle to fork!”

  4. I watched “Forks Over Knives” and Campbell CONTINUALLY states “all the research shows that animal protein causes heart disease, diabetes, cancer, etc., YET, he only CONTINUALLY shows that ONLY CASEIN (the protein found in milk) was actually tested. He NEVER HAS TESTED “MEAT” ITSELF! I bought everything his book “The China Study” said back in 2006, followed the diet to the letter and…. well, became sicker than a dog. I developed hypothyroidism, anemia, hormonal problems (elevated estrogen levels because of all the soy I would find out). The truth is that “plant based diet” code name for /aka “veganism or vegan diet” does NOT work for everyone. Once I went back to eating meat and got off processed foods (more Paleoish type diet) my health has never been better.

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