Flash Movie Review: Forks Over Knives
For many years I would eat to feel good. Notice I did not say, “better” but good. At an early age I learned food could be a reward, a comfort or even a friend for me. When I would be playing at a cousin’s house, there would always be a time where the two of us would stop to get a food treat from my aunt. If she did not have homemade cookies or a cake we would be taken to the local candy store, where I usually picked out something with chocolate in it. Food became more of a comfort during my early school years. I still remember how at the end of the school day I would hide in an empty classroom until I thought it was safe to come out. Carefully leaving the building I would hunt down the distant tinkling bells of the departing ice cream truck, so I could get an ice cream cone and eat all of it before I got home. It was not until later when I decided I could not stand the way I looked anymore. I researched and learned how to eat to feel better. What I soon discovered was how certain foods could be used as a remedy for the human body. For example I found out eating ginger could relieve nausea and ingesting cinnamon could lower cholesterol. I was so surprised to find ways to heal the body without having to take medications. It made sense to me. If my eating habits were making me unhealthy, then if I started eating better I should be getting better, right? Now keep in mind I am not a medical expert, but I was fascinated with this documentary. Director Lee Fulkerson (Combat at Sea-TV, The Crash of Flight 191-TV) did a fine job of directing by letting his interviewees explain their findings. For example, Dr. T. Colin Campbell from the Center for Nutrition Studies was interesting to listen to as he explained one of his major achievements, The China Project. At times the movie felt like a reality show (I mean this in a good way) as it followed the progress of patients who adopted a new plant based diet. There were times where I felt the scenes were becoming repetitive and dull, but the topic kept my interest. All I could think of were my friends who are healthy eaters, wondering if they knew any of the facts that were being discussed in this film. I have to tell you, after watching this intriguing documentary I am moved to the point where I want to be a conscious eater.
3 stars — DVD