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Food Matters - Movie Review

I just finished watching the documentary, Food Matters, for the third time. I cannot say enough good things about this movie nor can I stop from recommending it to everyone! It is both informative and inspirational – while reminding us that “we are what we eat”.

Whether you or a loved one have an illness, or you simply want to do the best you can to be responsible for your own health and prevent disease through healthy eating, the time you spend watching this movie will not be wasted.

The film addresses the question, “Can improved nutrition and raw foods lead to a longer life and strengthen your immune system to be able to beat chronic illness?” Several experts on nutrition and health are interviewed throughout the film including: David Wolfe, World Authority on Raw Foods and Superfoods; Charlotte Gerson, Founder of the Gerson Institute – a center dedicated to healing and preventing chronic diseases using natural treatments that activate the bodies own healing response; and Dr. Ian Brighthope, Professor, M.D., M.B.B.S., D.Ag.Sci – President of the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine. These experts provide insightful knowledge about the body’s incredible ability to heal itself when given proper nutrition through eating wholesome, healthy, raw food, taking vitamins and avoiding the toxic, processed foods so common in the Western diet. The information is powerful, hopeful and positive.

While all of the film’s experts provide inspiring information, the star of the film is Dr. Andrew Saul, Ph.D, Therapeutic Nutrition Specialist and Author. Dr. Saul’s knowledge is vast, but his ability to communicate it in a common sense, humorous and convincing delivery is what makes him so engaging.

The film questions conventional medicine’s close ties to pharmaceutical companies and the multi-billion dollar medical industry focused on prescribing a pill for whatever ails you. Traditional medicine is all too interested in keeping the patient on drugs indefinitely, with no real interest in eliminating the problem that caused the disease initially. To be clear, the experts recognize the need for appropriately prescribed antibiotics, short term use of various medications when truly needed, and of course, doctors skilled in trauma injuries. But far too often, doctors are completely uninformed about the value nutrition and vitamins provide to a patient’s health, and instead simply focus on a pill to treat a symptom, not cure the underlying illness.

The film mainly addresses heart disease and cancer. However, those two devastating diseases are used as examples of how nutrition and vitamin therapy can at best reverse the disease, or, at least, extend the length of life at a much higher quality than conventional treatments.

Eating “superfoods” such as spirulina, wheat grass, goji berries, cacao and acai berries are suggested, as well as juicing of organic fruits and vegetables and eating at least 51% of the diet in it’s raw state. Elimination of all processed food is essential, as well as avoiding as much corn, wheat and soy as possible.

The experts also recommend vitamins. One of the most staggering facts listed in the film is that over the past 23 years, only 10 cases of death can be attributed to an overdose of vitamins, yet thousands of deaths occur each year due to known and expected reactions to pharmaceutical drugs. Yet, many doctors continue to dismiss the healing qualities of vitamins and prescribe drugs that are often toxic, and in some cases, carcinogenic.

The film addresses the need of each one of us to take responsibility for our own health. In half the cases of heart disease, the first symptom is death. Dr. Saul so wisely suggests, eating a healthy diet and taking vitamins is easier, safer and cheaper than treating a chronic illness. We need to stop disease before it ever occurs. Take control of your health – take time to watch this important film – you won’t be sorry you did.

I watched this film on Netflix and was not paid to review it.
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