Chow Down Movie Review

I’m thrilled to share with you that another documentary has just been released that shows us how a plant-based diet can actually prevent and/or reverse deadly diseases like cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.

Chow Down follows a similar story to the one told in Forks Over Knives and even shares some of the same players: T. Colin Campell, Ph.D., renowned researcher and author of The China Study, Neal Barnard, M.D., founder and president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, and Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., M.D., former surgeon, researcher, and clinician with the Cleveland Clinic and author of Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease.

Directed by Julia Grayer and Gage Johnston, the film follows the story of three Americans, two with heart disease, and one with type-two diabetes, who opted to change their diets rather than jump under the knife or live a life on supplemental insulin. Just like the stories presented in Forks Over Knives, in Chow Down, the results are the same: by switching to a plant based diet, the participants saw their health dramatically improve.

To give you a taste of their successes, one man, Charles, saw his blood pressure drop from 250/150 to 120/80 by merely changing his diet, and his cholesterol level went down from 220 to 124. Another man, John took a stress test after changing his diet. The surgeon who had wanted him to undergo heart surgery prior to his diet shift told him that based on the new stress test,

“I’d be hard pressed to find anything wrong with this heart.”

This movie is less than two hours long. I’ll say it again: I lie on a table in a cancer center for three hours multiple times a year to follow the course of my cancer. Take the time to watch this movie, and make changes to your diet and lifestyle now so that you can enjoy a healthy life without having to spend hour after hour in hospitals.

One point I’d like to make before I go. Although the people in the movie did not love the food they were eating, I can tell you that since becoming a vegetarian, I have never enjoyed food more. Check out some of the recipes on this site for examples of delicious foods that are good for you.

Chow Down DVDs can be purchased on Amazon and at many Whole Foods. You can also watch it on Hulu and Netflix. For now take a look at the trailer.

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