Published on October 20th, 2010 | by Jeannie Moulton18
Movie Review: Chow Down. Eat Like Your Life Depends on It.
“Imagine if we all woke up to headlines in the morning newspaper saying ‘breakthrough discovery will eliminate 90% of all diabetes…and prevent 60% of all cancer’.
This stuff would be worthy of the Nobel prize. Well, we’re sitting on it right now. It doesn’t require a great medical advance; it requires putting to use the knowledge we already have.”
Chow Down follows three individuals on their quest to eliminate ‘chronic’ diseases through a plant-based diet. Instead of opting for surgery and medication, these patients are going to try to treat the cause of their illness: diet.
It is scientifically known that diet is a major cause of the following illnesses: high blood pressure, heart and cardiovascular disease, stroke, adult onset diabetes, and even cancer. These diseases account for up to 70% of American deaths each year!
Too often, in our society of excess, instead of treating the causes of the illness, we opt for surgery or medicine to ‘fix’ the problem. Sadly, it seems sometimes that this is the way the three big forces want it to be:
- Industry: because they make big profits off of processed and unhealthy foods.
- Medicine: because they make money off of giving you pills and surgery to ‘fix’ the problem.
- Government: because it is infiltrated by lobbyists for meat, dairy and corporate food giants so they can adjust policy and recommendations to continue to make profits, regardless of the affect on public health.
The movie does a great job of showing how real people have taken the plunge to a plant-based diet in order to reverse disease without resorting to surgery or medication. The people followed are normal, lovable people who are faced with doctors telling them that surgery and/or medicine is the only option. They seek help from doctors – some of whose names you may recognize – who will help the treat the cause with diet and lifestyle changes rather than pushing them into surgery.
The people in the documentary are legit. They don’t make it look easy. It shows their struggles, their feelings and their failures of giving up their lives of excess in order to improve their health. It also does a great job of showing how families can be either both helpful and a hindrance to such an undertaking.
Recommended as inspiration to anyone who wants to take control of their own health, free from the influence of big pharma, big food and big government.
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