We are at a time in human history where we have access to more variety of food and more medicine than ever, yet we are sicker and fatter than ever. This should be getting the center of our attention, and yet it isn’t. Our dietary choices are literally killing us, stripping away the quality of our life day by day and too many of us are completely complacent about this. Why is that? The new Forks Over Knives documentary, which I will share about in this review, examines this issue and provides answers that are hard to ignore.

Our dietary habits have hit rock bottom. Some say we have gone too far down the fast and processed food road, and are addicted beyond help. Some claim we are simply ignorant. Others say it is not our fault, but the fault of the nutritional misinformation we are taught from a young age by our schools, health agencies, and parents. The time now though, is not to point fingers or lay blame. The time now is to act. Each minute we are losing more people to early deaths, having more people suffer unnecessarily and worst of all our children are already being affected badly as well.

It is for all of these reasons and more that I am passionate to share with you about this new documentary, Forks Over Knives, which addresses the root causes of our health problems. This film comes with a warning: “This movie could save your life!” It may sound over the top, but it isn’t; it really can save your life. So let’s explore how and why this is.

The Background

Forks Over Knives is a documentary that was released in May 2011. It has swept onto the screen with great momentum and has already been featured on major mainstream networks like Dr.Oz and CNN.

The film is presented by Monica Beach Media and D Films. It is created and produced by Brian Wendel. Other producers include John Corry and Allison Boon. It was written and directed by Lee Fulkerston, known for his expertise in documentary films. Lee also stars as the main narrator in the film, as well as actually undergoing on camera the health changes suggested in the film himself.

Forks Over Knives was two years in the making, after Brian Wendel discovered The China Study by Dr. Colin Campbell and realized the importance of this message in helping to save people’s lives. Not only was he impressed by the scientific basis, but he also recognized the urgency of bringing this message to large masses of people.

The film is about 1 hour and a half in length, and every minute of the movie is very valuable and not to be missed.

The Content

Forks Over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the so-called “diseases of affluence” that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods.

It features Lee Fulkerson (the writer/director) as both the narrator and one of the participants who goes in for a full medical check-up, only to find out that he is at a major risk for a heart attack and other diseases. He then agrees to undergo a change in his diet to treat his health problems, by adopting a whole foods, plant-based diet.

The film then introduces and traces through the majority of it, the two pioneers responsible for much of the science behind the claim that a whole foods, plant-based diet can not only prevent, but even reverse most disease today, especially the major chronic disease our population is faced with today—heart disease, diabetes and cancer. These two pioneers are Dr. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn.

Dr. Colin Campbell is a nutritional scientist and author responsible for The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted And the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term Health.

Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn is a world renowned surgeon, scientist, author and cardiovascular specialist. Both of these men came into the medical and scientific field through the mainstream route, and both found out during their careers shocking new conclusions that contradict the basis of what we are being taught about nutrition and health. Both of these men have discovered the power of plant-based nutrition in preventing and reversing disease.

The film also features other experts like Dr. John McDougall, Dr. Neal Barnard, Dr. Terry Mason, Dr. Pam Popper, Dr. Doug Lisle, Dr. David Klurfeld and others.

The film also includes the journeys of 5 regular people who are diagnosed with various chronic diseases. It then introduces them to the power their diet can have on their health and follows their personal stories and victories after they change their eating habits to a whole food, plant-based diet.

The film presents lots of science and pertinent statistics which clearly show the changes our dietary system has undergone over the past 100 years, our health and how different food consumption has changed and why.

The film debunks myths like “meat is needed in our diet for protein” and “milk is needed in our diet for calcium”.

The film also tackles the politics and economics of why animal products, like meat and dairy, as well as processed foods are so pushed onto the consumer, and in such clever ways. As well, it covers a few environmental and ethical consequences of an animal-based diet.

All the science, politics and other topics are covered in easy to understand, simple, interesting and entertaining ways, supported by fantastic 3-D animation technology.

In the end, the results are positively shocking! The participants have experienced amazing benefits from losing weight and reversing their diseases or symptoms, to even getting off their medication which most were told they would be on for life.

Personal Commentary

When I first learned about this movie, I was super excited to see it! Up to this point in my life, based on my personal health experiences and my personal research, I have known with certainty and conviction the power our food, especially plant-based, whole food has on every aspect of our health. I watched it with great joy and am thrilled to recommend this film to everyone, for the power it truly holds not only to change, but literally save your life!

At the early age of my mid-20’s without being a pound overweight or eating any fast food or much processed food, I was told I had elevated cholesterol. This was a huge shock for me, as I was fairly active and ate what I thought was a healthy diet, high in dairy for strong bones. As young women today, we are brainwashed to believe this to be true.

Having a scientific background, I immediately took things into my own hands. Something obviously wasn’t right somewhere and there was no way I was ending up on any kind of pills in the future or paving a road for myself into the world of heart disease. I started reading all sorts of nutritional literature and everything seemed to be pointing to animal products, especially dairy being a culprit. I decided to greatly reduce my dairy intake, reduce even further my small meat intake and increase my fruit and vegetable intake. The results were astounding. By my next blood test which was a few months later, my cholesterol dropped naturally to textbook-perfect low levels! I felt empowered, like I just discovered the best kept secret. Sadly, my doctor was just as shocked and played no part in suggesting such a dietary switch or even possibility.

From then on, everything within me turned on to discover the power of nutrition and most specifically a plant-based approach. After seeing the numerous health benefits I have experienced, to the point of not getting sick anymore even from colds or having any ill symptoms. There was no going back. In fact the more I learned, the more I was drawn to go fully whole food vegetarian. Then, watching the movie A Delicate Balance was the final push I needed to go whole food vegan. I have never looked back and never felt better, knowing this was one of the most powerful tools we had as humans to be in control of our own health and wellness. To add to this, I developed a great respect for animals, their life, all of nature and the effects our dietary choices play on the environment. Today I live with more inner peace, spiritual balance and outstanding health than I ever could have thought possible!

It takes over 10 times the amount of fossil fuel to produce a calorie of animal-based food, than it does a calorie of plant food. The world’s cattle alone eat enough grain to feed 8.7 billion people. We can feed every mouth on the planet.

Lee Fulkerston, Forks Over Knives

This is why I strongly promote and support this film. It is fantastic, from the information it presents to how it presents it. It is clear, simple and to the point. It has some cute, entertaining animations, and some teaching animations which enhance the entertainment value.

I have been a huge fan of both Dr. Colin Campbell, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn and Dr. Pam Popper for many years now. They are a few of the people whose work I credit with helping me turn my life around and better understand the power of nutrition.

The movie covers so many pertinent health issues that people face today like being overweight, having diabetes type 2, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, organ damage, erectile dysfunction, all sorts of cancers and more! Every message is one of education and empowerment. The film clearly shows that the power to amazing health is within our control. It is about the destiny we create, not about the fate we think we fall into, and it all starts with what is on our meal plates.

I loved how the movie shows how strongly brainwashed and misinformed our population is when it comes to what we eat, especially when it comes to the beliefs we have about meat and dairy. Nothing made this clearer than when the former president of the American Dietetic Association and advisor to the National Dairy Council spoke about the need for meat to avoid protein deficiency and dairy for calcium and strong bones. Based on her ties to the parties who have a vested stake in this discussion, it should be no surprise to hear her claims of such promotions.

The politics as to why we are as sick and fat as we are, are very clear to those who look in just a little deeper into how this whole system runs. It is biased to favor the financial health of large corporations and factory farms, which continue to get lots of government subsidies also. As some experts share, having people who are too healthy or dead is bad for business. Keeping people addicted, sick and needing a sick care system is how our society is currently set up. Yes, it is sad that making money comes before keeping the people healthy, but we can move beyond this on a personal level through the choices we make.

So in the end, it can be that simple. You can change your health, your energy levels, your happiness levels, the quality and longevity of your life just based on what you choose to call food and fill your body with each day. You can influence the quality of not just your life, but your children’s lives and pave a better way for future generations.

This film serves as an excellent wake-up call to many and thanks to it we can shift our society to a more balanced way of existing when it comes to our health and more. There is simply no point of wasting the millions of dollars that are spent each year trying to treat people, who shouldn’t need to be treated at all, if only their dietary choices were different.

Let’s make the connections. Let’s get proactive. Let’s get accountable. Forks Over Knives definitely can save your life, but it is up to you to take the first step.

You have two choices: you can eat yourself into poor health and early death, or you can eat yourself into good health and a long, healthy life—and that road is on a plant-centered dietary pattern.

Dr. Terry Mason, Forks Over Knives

Availability & Additional Resources

The film is available for purchase on DVD or pay-per-view from various websites, including Amazon.com (below).

Forks Over Knives Trailer