Drag Your Loved Ones to “Forks Over Knives”

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Fortunately, now there’s hope even for those not willing to read The China Study, provided they’ll go to watch the movie instead.

Written by Dr. T. Colin Campbell, The China Study is THE book that triggered me and many others to begin a vegan diet. Legendary South African golfer Gary Player (the oldest player to make the cut at The Masters in 1998) is the one who recommended The China Study to me, explaining that giving up eating animal products in his early 70s had changed his life and made him feel 20 years younger.

Meeting Gary PlayerGary said The China Study would change my life, too, and he was right. Giving up all meat, fish, and dairy products wasn’t easy, but I started to notice changes within a few weeks. My stomach felt settled for the first time ever, and a medical exam showed my cholesterol and body fat had dropped dramatically after changing to plants-based diet.

My next desire was to share my experience, to help my family, friends and everyone in the world improve their health and fitness, too. Inspired by the suggestion on the book cover from Heather McCartney Mills’ to buy The China Study for everyone you “love and care” for, I gave a copy to my mother, but it sat on her bookshelf for 2 years before I reclaimed it to lend it to someone more receptive its message (ultimately, there were not many takers).

Although 4 years have passed since giving up meat myself, I don’t see how anyone could read the evidence in The China Study and not want to (at least start to) give up eating animal-based products right away. Unfortunately, it’s no easy matter to get someone to read something (especially when it’s 400 pages!) that will require them to change a lifetime of eating habits.

The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-term Health

As well-written as The China Study is, I believe this movie will have much greater reach and impact. Entitled “Forks Over Knives” and co-authored by Campbell (a nutritional scientist at Cornell University) and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn (a top surgeon and head of the Breast Cancer Task Force at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic), the movie will reassert claims from The China Study, that most, if not all, degenerative diseases afflicting the U.S. (and other affluent countries) can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods.

You can view a trailer of “Forks Over Knives” (being released in theaters early 2011) above. If you haven’t read The China Study, I strongly encourage you to take your loved ones to see this movie, and to please share your thoughts and comments here.

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