A Tale of Two Videos part two

Today I’ll be giving you my general impressions of the video Forks Over Knives, just like I did for The Magic Pill yesterday. Both are available on Netflix, and easy to find on Google.

Forks Over Knives Trailer

The Good

  • The video was well-produced, interesting and held my attention. If you watch it, you won’t be bored.
  • I thought the case studies were quite good, they were informative and believable; I didn’t walk away thinking anybody faked anything, and that doesn’t happen very often.
  • I was impressed by the fact that the main characters in the video were the same people who had conducted the majority of research that was cited, and that they were able to explain clearly what they had looked at and how they came to their conclusions.
  • The story in the video was based upon the people of rural China and the Philippines and how it was found that they did not suffer the same kinds of food-related illnesses that their counterparts did in the urban areas of those countries. Even better, after a huge study was conducted by the Chinese Government on this subject, one of the researchers in the video went to China and re-did the study, expanding it in scope and size to confirm the earlier results in coordination with his Chinese counterparts which made their findings all the more credible, in my view.

The Bad

  • At one point in the video they took us through a study that showed a relationship between the growth of two types of cancer and one specific animal protein and how the presence or non-presence of that protein had a major impact on the cancer, causing it to grow when present, only to have it shrink when absent, which I though was very interesting. However, later they made it sound like all kinds of cancer would be aided by the presence of any animal protein, and they didn’t show any evidence for that.

The Ugly

  • I constantly heard the term “plant-based foods” in the video (as opposed to “animal-based food”) and this may only bother me but, that sounds like they’re hiding something, namely the fact that their diet approach is vegan. If it’s vegan, why not just own it? Actually, the way I learned it is that the entire food chain is plant-based. It’s possible that I’m just a victim of my training here, having been a political writer for decades, but I’m always suspicious when people do this.

Where both sides agree

Both Keto and Forks Over Knives agree that:

  • Cancer, Heart Disease, Diabetes and Obesity are primarily caused by diet.
  • These killers can be very rare indeed in a society that eats properly.
  • Proper and healthy eating habits must exclude processed foods including processed fats, sugars, grains, and other highly processed items.
  • Both agree that if you follow the advice of the other one, you will die of one of these diseases.

To my way of thinking, both of these are extremes; I highly doubt whether or not either one can be sustained as a lifestyle choice for most people. Make no mistake however, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t hear them both out, because they both have valuable information that we can all use. For instance, why would we want to continue eating processed foods? Why wouldn’t we want to eat whole and natural food?

Everyone agrees that the one is problematic and that the other is very good.

I think there is a lot more for us to learn, so let’s get back together tomorrow and see what that might be.

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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2 Responses to A Tale of Two Videos part two

  1. Bette Cox says:

    Just one thought, Don – the term “vegan” for many people denotes a philosophy of not killing animals, and the use of that term is often avoided by others (like me) for that reason. We’re not hiding anything. 🙂

    • Don Merritt says:

      I agree with Bette. It also has connections with some pretty wild and crazy activist groups whose focus isn’t at all on nutrition so, yes, it is a communication problem. Maybe “plant-based” is a good enough way to avoid those pitfalls since I’m probably the only one it bothers 😊

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