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Thursday, April 28, 2011

"Forks over Knives" movie on "Never Die of Cancer or Heart Disease" Dr. Oz Show

Dr. Oz finally had a show that promoted a plant based diet as a way to prevent cancer and heart disease, diabetes, and the like.  The last few years have been incredible for getting information out to people via film, and this may be one of the most highly viewed films yet.  "Forks Over Knives" is saying that using a fork over a knife, eating plants over meat (and dairy too), can prevent a huge number of diseases.  Not only prevent, but even cure.  Featured people in the show included Dr. Esselstyn, Rip Esselstyn, and my favorite, Colin Campbell (author of "The China Study").  Dr. Oz called its concepts the possible "Hail Mary of Medicine", declared his love for the film and thought everyone should see it too.

Interviews with the Makers of "Forks Over Knives".

Which we probably should....considering we spend over 120 BILLION dollars each year on drugs and trying to fix a lot of things that may be preventable.  Lee Fulkerson, director of the film, dropped his own weight by 20 pounds, his blood pressure by 30 points, his LDL cholesterol went from 157 to 80 and his CRP went from 6 to 2.8.  In 12 weeks with doing nothing more than eating a plant based diet with no processed foods and no added oil.  WHAT?  Yep.  No added oil.  Now lots of the Plant Based peeps differ on this point.  Most vegans eat Olive Oil! But.... Why take a massive amount of olives, go to all of this work to squeeze the oil out of them, and eat that when we can just eat the olive itself?  It also would use less energy! Just eat the olives, the avocados, the nuts.  Forget the whole "factory" part! Hm.....thinking my raw food cheezecakes might be safe because I use Arstisana Whole Coconut, a loophole indeed!

So, excess protein turned cancer on.  Plant protein did not.  That was just one of the findings in "The China Study".  There is also  massive amount of evidence about the possible negative effects of casein, a milk protein.   Apparently the docs had about a 92% compliance rate with the diet, which is pretty darn good.  Of course life changes take time and you have to hang with the right crowd to learn the ins and outs of cooking and buying these foods.  Basically hit your produce aisle and your bulk.  Frozen fruits and veggies are okay too.  Neal Barnard, a 25 year vegan, comes out on stage to give us the visuals of what we can and can't eat on this type of diet.  It kind of goes like "Nothing with a Parent of a Face".  I was happy he talked about the no fish part as we are convinced that Oz is already getting paybacks from the Salmon industry.  But Barnard says that most of the fat in fish is not the Omega type we are trying to get anyway and that oil isn't good for your heart.  And fish has cholesterol.  If you are looking for long chain DHAs, then get the algae caps (like Omega Zen).  That is where the fish get them from!  Why not you?  Of course Barnard's blog talks about how the fish oil actually increased prostate cancer risk!  Check out Neal Barnard's "The Cancer Project" and recipes from Cancer Project site Here.  Just a few of his books/dvds!  Go to his site & read about all of his programs!  Cancer Surivor's Guide Book.

21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart: Boost Metabolism, Lower Cholesterol, and Dramatically Improve Your Health  The Cancer Survivor's Guide: Foods That Help You Fight Back    The Get Healthy, Go Vegan Cookbook: 125 Easy and Delicious Recipes to Jump-Start Weight Loss and Help You Feel Great    Dr. Neal Barnard's Program for Reversing Diabetes: The Scientifically Proven System for Reversing Diabetes without Drugs    Kickstart Your Health with Dr. Neal Barnard

1.  No Meat and NO fish.
2.  No Dairy.  So no cheese, no eggs, no milk. 
3. No processed Food which would include oils!  No olive oil!

Rocco, the meat loving cowboy, that was put on a plant based diet for 30 days (on the Dr. Oz Show)  to save his life.

What can you eat?  Anything else!  There are a multitude of grains like Quinoa, Millet, Brown Rice.  Beans and Nuts.  Leafy greens and lots of Fruits.  All of these foods stretch out our tummies and make us feel full.  Olive oil and meat just sit there, and we still can fit food in our bellies.  Trust me, there are only so many beans or apples you can eat before you actually can't fit any more in your belly!  Then he made a quick salad dressing of Lemon Juice, Thyme, and Garlic and put it over a Spinach, Tofu, and Veggie Salad. 

And yet another mover & shaker in the Plant Powered Men movement, Rip Esselstyn.  He wrote the "Engine 2 Diet" where   he put his own Firehouse (Rip is kind of a "ripped" fireman himself) on a plant based diet and it had incredible results.  He later did the same thing with a Chicago Firehouse on the Oz show.  And his dad is "The Dr. Esselstyn" whose work showing the scientific basis for all of this is shown in the movie. Click here for some of "Rip's" recipes.  Rip tells us all 5 foods you must have in your kitchen.  Escarole, Banana Ice Cream, Rhubarb, Freeze Dried Strawberries, and Nutritional Yeast.  All for "Cancer Fighting" qualities.  

Although I went vegan for ethical reasons, after reading the work of John Robbins and Colin Campbell, I personally equate milk or meat with something like having a cigarette and would consider them the same risk.  Especially when I started reading about Prions and BSE (Mad Cow Disease) and possible Alzheimers patients that may be suffering from something different.  Why start eating a potentially addictive food if I have to stop?  Dr. Campbell's studies are eye-opening.  They "turned on" and "turned off" cancer cells.  With what?  Animal Protein.  

The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted And the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term Health
The China Study by Colin Campbell
The Engine 2 Diet: The Texas Firefighter's 28-Day Save-Your-Life Plan that Lowers Cholesterol and Burns Away the Pounds
The Engine 2 Diet by Rip Esselstyn
          Dr. Oz comes out with a fork and a scapel and lets us know that it may be that the fork is more powerful in preventing and curing disease than the scapel.  And obviously less expensive and easier.  He mentioned that he carried "The China Study" book around with him and educated his heart patients about the benefits of a plant based diet.  Especially after he has seen them a few times, and there was nothing more he could do for them.   Maybe that is a blessing in disguise.  Maybe the thought that we can empower ourselves to change many of our debilitating diseases is the real blessing.           

Interview with Colin Campbell

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I do know that if I were to get cancer, like from being in abandoned buildings, getting puppies, that I have accumulated enough evidence for my own being, that I would hit either the Hippocrates Institute or the Gerson Center.  I would see regular doctors as well but I would most likely not go through "regular" treatment.  I believe I would have a tumor cut out of me, but am unlikely to get radiation and 99% sure that I would never go through any type of Chemo.  I remember hearing that if you are Cancer Free for 5 years and die the 6th year, that you are considered "Cured".  Since when is "Cured" being alive for 5 years.  It seems that people are pushed into Chemo without time to even think.  Heart Disease as well.  "We must start today, or you will die."  Do they tell you that they can run all of their treatments, every one of them, and what your rate of living beyond the 5 or 10 years is?  Seeing people dying of Chemotherapy is a very sad place to be.  Sometimes I think that they are just writing checks to have a system kill them.   It's prudent to pay attention to these issues now because if you find yourself in a very scary situation, I believe that there is an immense amount of pressure to "act fast" and the "Client" is not given a ton of time or other options for healing.  Obviously most oncologists aren't going to say, hey, have you heard about Wheatgrass?  Castor Oil?   Carrot Juice?

No.  Unfortunately, many tell Clients that they need more protein and to drink more milk.

"Cruelty to animals is as if man did not love God...there is something so dreadful, so satanic, in tormenting those who have never harmed us, and who cannot defend themselves, who are utterly in our power."
                                                                                        -Cardinal John Henry Newman

Are there people out there reading that have had personal experiences with Cancer, Diabetes, Heart Disease or other illnesses?  What has your experience been like?  Have you seen films like "Healing Cancer from the Inside Out"?  Do you think about what  you would do if diagnosed with these "ailments"? 

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