Monday, May 30, 2011

Doc: Chow Down

This doc is similar to Forks over Knives in that it explores diet as a means to reverse degenerative diseases such as: diabetes, heart disease and cancer.  However, Chow Down differs from Forks over Knives in one very important way: it's entertaining!

I'm not saying that in order to learn about health a doc has to be a flashy Hollywood production but it helps when the viewer is actively engaged!  What's the point if your audience tunes out due to boredom?!?!  Dr. Oz got it wrong, he should have premiered Chow Down on his show (I'm just sayin!).

This doc follows three people's journeys (ups & downs) through trying a plant-based diet to reverse their heart disease and diabetes.  It also exposes the bureaucracy keeping Americans sick and dependent on drugs and the medical establishment.  Then there's the USDA and their conflict of interest (providing nutritional recommendations while supporting and promoting U.S. Agriculture businesses).  Plus the past and current flaws in the Food Pyramid due to big business influence!  Those are just the highlights, there's more...

There are some familiar faces in this one: Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Director of Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Reversal at the Wellness Institute of the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. T Colin Campbell, a nutritional scientist at Cornell University (The China Study) and Dr. Neil Barnard, founder and president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

So if you have one of the diseases mentioned, check this doc out too see what you can do to get off the drug and operation roller coaster.  If you're not sick, check it out anyway - why wait to be ill, prevent it!

This film is available at Whole Foods, Amazon, Hulu and coming soon to my fav - Netflix! Screenings are being scheduled across the country as I type...

Check out the trailer!


  1. I love your background photo, but it makes it impossible to read 80% of the words you have written.
    Bigger font? Different color? Different ... something?
    I would like to read your blog!

  2. I love these documentries. My favorite was Food Inc. and King Corn.

  3. Hi Mary!

    I love Food Inc - review coming soon! Haven't come across King Corn yet, thank you for letting me know about it!


  4. re: kristen's post about the background--it's great when it's black. it' bad when it's not. unfortunately, google and the site have everything to do with that. :(

  5. Mary/BeeBee,

    Unfortunately, I can't replicate what you are experiencing, although you're not the only one's to have issues. I've made some tweaks. Let me know if I made things better or worse.


  6. King Corn was a PBS docum. Go on line to and search for it. It might be titled something different, but I'm pretty sure King Corn is correct. You will like it.