Why wait until New Year's? More and more we're focusing on nutrition, specifically the connection between what we eat and how we feel. The North American diet of the last fifty or so years is under scrutiny for the impact of processed foods. You may have already seen Fast Food Nation and Super size Me, both in our collection. Even if you haven't, check out Forks over Knives in blu-ray or dvd. This documentary was recommended to me by a Louise Riley staffer.
Forks over Knives is refreshingly non-preachy. It focuses on the extensive cancer research of Dr. Neal Barnard and Dr. Junshi Chen and others beginning in the 1970s and emcompassing data gathered from samples of millions of people over time. The way to go is a plant-based diet (hence no knives needed) of non-processed whole foods. A lot of these kinds of documentaries are kind of scary, but Forks is empowering the viewer to prevent, even reverse cancer and heart disease. It shows real life average middle aged folks who change their destiny. But don't just take it from the blogger or the scientists in the documentary, just ask the Texan firefirefighters (that's right) featured in Forks over Knives.