The content of this 2011 documentary by Lee Fulkerson should surprise no one. Its mission is clear and very much in your face, which could be exactly what the Western world needs. Drawing from research and interviews of several doctors, nutritionists, and patients, the film paints a harsh picture of the meat and dairy industry in the US. Even if you are not considering a vegetarian diet, this is definitely worth your time.
The focus of the documentary is on the West’s dependence upon dairy, meat, and refined sugar, as well as its expectation that medicine should solve preventable health problems with pharmaceuticals and surgery instead of nutrition. It makes a strong case for switching to an all plant-based diet, without even once using the word “vegan” (which is sure to scare people due to stigma). The case is made through the revelation of real science, and through caring doctors working with real life patients, which makes the message more palatable for those who tend to get defensive around vegans.
It dispels some nasty stereotypes about vegans as well, as not a single person involved in the film is a pale and pasty anorexic-looking hippie with dreadlocks (face it–that’s the image most of us get in our heads when we hear the word “vegan”). The highly muscular mixed martial artist and the similarly-built firefighter are far from the preconceived idea you may have in your head. The rest of those participating in the film all seem robust, happy and healthy. And several of them have reversed severe heart disease and cancer by making this change.
This isn’t a film to feel threatened by, and much can be learned. Though the intent of the film comes through loud and clear, there is also a strong dose of compassion about humans and their eating habits. It shows the facts without judging or being condescending. Even if you don’t have any desire to switch to an all plant-based diet, you will at least be armed with the information to make healthier choices.
It is currently on Netflix instant watch, along with an uncut version of all of the interviews.