Forks Over Knives

Forks Over Knives had gotten quite a bit of buzz, so I put my name on the waitlist at our local library. It’s a damning indictment of animal products and processed foods. According to this documentary, our diet is responsible for many of our health problems, especially heart disease and prostate cancer.

Heart disease and prostate cancer? I was particularly susceptible to this message because this film became available at the library very shortly after my dad’s cardiac event and open heart surgery. This was a few months after he had completed treatment for prostate cancer (p.s. My dad loved 2011. It kicked ass). I watched the segment of Forks Over Knives showing coronary bypass surgery less than a week after my father had undergone this procedure. They had my attention.

Speaking of my dad, I made cookies for his heart party recently. What cookie platter would be complete without heart bypasses and gingerbread men with chest scars?

Graphically gratifying for the sweet tooth

People in this film told their stories of reversing heart disease with a plant-based whole foods diet. They had heart scans to back this up. Filmmakers showed us doctors who got their patients off of tons of medications used to treat lifestyle-based illness (like heart disease, diabetes, and hypertension) using diet and exercise. Then, medical professionals shared their research reviews and their own findings in this area.

And this is where Forks Over Knives took a terrifying turn for me. Continue reading