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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Forks Over Knives



I am a third of the way through the book "The China Study" authored by Dr. Colin Campbell.  I was intrigued by the study when I saw Dr. Colin Campbell featured on the Dr. Oz show.  It is the book that  former President Bill Clinton cited when asked how he lost 24 pounds by changing to a mostly plant-based diet, to help in his fight for heart health.  Just reading the first few chapters was enough to inspire me to up my plant intake goal to at least 9 per day, in all colors of the rainbow.  

The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted And the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term Health
Referred to as the "Grand Prix of epidemiology" by The New York Times, this study examines more than 350 variables of health and nutrition with surveys from 6,500 adults in more than 2,500 counties across China and Taiwan, and conclusively demonstrates the link between nutrition and heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. While revealing that proper nutrition can have a dramatic effect on reducing and reversing these ailments as well as curbing obesity, this text calls into question the practices of many of the current dietary programs, such as the Atkins diet, that are widely popular in the West. The politics of nutrition and the impact of special interest groups in the creation and dissemination of public information are also discussed.

 It's message its about to hit the big-screens next week, in the documentary "Forks Over Knives"  I'm trying to figure out how to talk my husband into taking me, we rarely spend money to go to the movie theatre, so if we do, it is usually a blockbuster.  My hope is that this documentary will become just that, as my heart is heavy for the health of our country, especially our youth!


Roger Ebert gives a great review of "Forks Over Knives"

2 comments:

  1. Amy, thanks for sharing the forks over knives movie clip. Stefan and I have read the China Study and we have been convicted by its research. We gave up buying meat (and less dairy, though haven't given that up) and included WAY more plants than we ever dreamed of eating, especially through our CSA box that we get weekly! I'm glad you have also found it intriguing. I think we're going to see this movie when it comes out.
    Although now we have re-introduced meat into our diet (grill outs at family/friends' houses, etc.) we still don't buy it, and we have reduced it to maybe eating it once a week...maybe? Anyway, just reducing it from where it was (twice a day) has been a huge change and we've felt better, and we also have saved a ton of money (I about gasped when I was going to buy chicken the other day when making a meal for a family), and actually have become MUCH more creative in the kitchen as a result. Best of luck to you!!

    Sarah M

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  2. Joe and I are very intrigued by this book after you referred to it in your comment on our blog. We are going to have to check it out!

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