What the Health is a 2017 documentary film that has people talking about the benefits of switching to a low fat, plant based diet.
The film also critiques the health impact of meat and dairy product consumption, and questions the practices of the leading health and pharmaceutical organizations.
Many of my readers have asked my opinion about this film and I finally got myself to watch it last night.
The reason I never rush to watch these documentaries when they are first released is because having been involved in natural health for over 10 years, I already pretty much know the content of these films.
I rather focus my efforts and time in reading new literature and finding about the latest scientific studies.
In this respect, the What the Health film was no exception. It features guest physicians and speakers such as Alan Goldhamer, Michael Greger, Michael Klaper, Neal Barnard, Caldwell Esselstyn, and others whom I have known (some personally) for many years and whose literature I own and have read.
I have to say that I found the film to be entertaining and positive in many ways.
It explains in simple terms some of the causes of the many diseases affecting society today, such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and other illnesses while offering solutions on how to revert many of those conditions by switching to a plant based diet.
In a way, I feel vindicated by the success of the film as testament to my work, because I have been promoting a similar philosophy for the past 10 years and this can be a lonely job at times.
The amount of criticism the film has generated is astonishing but not unexpected. It does so because it attacks the very fabric of our society.
Let me put it this way; if everyone eats like the film suggests half of the world workforce will be out of business, though new and better jobs would certainly be created as a result.
In my opinion, the film has nothing to do with vegan propaganda as some suggest, as however important the moral issue of protecting the welfare of animals may be, the scientific data supporting eating a low fat plant based diet has been around for hundreds of years and it’s irrefutable.
I much applaud the bravery of filmmaker, Kip Andersen, in exposing the delinquency and misinformation behind the health industry at large, which most people are simply not aware of.
Each of us involved in the natural health field knows too well how pharmaceutical corporations and the likes have little morals (if any) in their pursuit of profits. Many even believe Big Pharma is behind the killing of many natural health practitioners and this is happening right now.
If you thought Al Capone and the Chicago mafia of the 1930s were criminals? They are just little kids playing in the kindergarten compared to the actions of some of today’s multinationals. The only difference with this lot is that they wear white gloves and white coats instead of black suits, though they are a billion times more deadly.
On a positive note, and for those of you who agree with the contents of the film – which I hope are many, I’d say that watching documentaries is never enough when it comes to learning an effective plant based diet and lifestyle.
However captivating some of these films may be, the truth is that most people forget about it a couple of days after watching them.
What The Health is only the latest of a long list of movies that have been released over the past 10 years opening eyes to natural healing and the hazards out there, which includes: Food, Inc. Forks Over Knives, Vegucated, Food Matters, Supersize Me, Hungry for Change, and others.
If anything, these films can serve as an “introduction” to adopting healthier habits, but you are really serious about your health and want to fully grasp the various concepts behind the natural health sciences, you need to read books.
In fact, merely reading books isn’t enough; you need to study them.
Even though I wholeheartedly agree with the views expressed in the film, I was slightly disappointed, but not at all surprised, that not enough emphasis (if any) was made on the benefits of eating raw foods.
But then again, the majority of the world population is still far too brainwashed in old traditions and commerce to even conceive the idea of eating a raw food diet.
As a matter of fact, it should be said that eating a “whole” plant based diet – as the film suggest for optimal health, is in fact a raw food diet because let’s not forget that food stops being “whole” after it is cooked and the water removed.
A raw food diet, in my opinion, is much more effective in fighting diseases and addictions and I am living proof of this.
In fact, I believe that eating processed foods (in essence, cooked food) is the culprit responsible for creating many of the health problems in the first place.
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I wonder if anyone from the dairy industry would do a straight milk cheese diet for 3 months like was done with potatoes. Or like vegetarians do with vegies.Just to see if they really believe what they preach.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Besides your own books, what book would you recommend for someone who’s starting with raw diet to read about nutrition? Thanks
Hi, I listed some of my favourite books in this piece https://nutritionraw.com/what-is-the-difference-between-the-nutrition-raw-approach-and-the-801010-diet/
thank you. 🙂
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