Food Matters: An Eye-Opening Documentary

I recently had a chance to sit down and finally take a look at a documentary that was recommended to me weeks ago.

It’s a documentary about food – one of my favorite things in the world.

It’s called Food Matters and it’s going to open your eyes to the powerful effects nutrition can have on your health.

Do you ever take into consideration the nutritional value of the foods you are eating? Do you ever think about how far your food has traveled before it has reached your plate?

Rarely do we associate the foods we eat with the nutritional value they have to offer. We look for convenience, price and taste and disregard the nutritional content.

Food is an enormously big part of our lives, yet there is so little that we know about it.

For instance, did you know that cooking your food (even steaming your vegetables) eliminates the powerful enzymes within the food that help your body with digestion and nutrient utilization?

The documentary references how powerful nutrition can be in activating and re-activating your body’s natural healing mechanisms. We just have to learn how to nourish the body in a way that it can heal itself effectively.

We have been made to believe that all of our problems and pains can be treated by a magic pill. Drugs just happen to be the solution to everything.

“1/4 of what you eat keeps you alive and 3/4 of what you eat keeps your doctor alive.” – Dr. Andrew W. Saul

In the documentary, Dr. Andrew Saul poses an interesting question.

“What would happen if, all of a sudden, everybody started to eat lots of fresh organic food that was minimally processed?”

I think we would have an epidemic of health.

Conventional medicine is a broken system. Drug companies run the show. Did you know that 25% of TV ads are drug-related? While drug companies are spending hundreds of millions on TV air time, they are raking in BILLIONS as people are becoming more and more reliant on these drugs.

The sad part is, we have come to accept the whole notion of ‘taking a pill to fix an ill‘.

One of the biggest problems with the drug approach is the issue of side effects, or adverse drug reactions. Each year, roughly 106,000 people die from adverse drug reactions. These are deaths caused by expected side effects from drugs that have been properly prescribed and that have been taken in prescribed doses.

So what is the alternative?

Let’s take a look at cardiovascular disease, one of the leading causes of death each year, to get a better understanding of the facts. Cardiovascular disease is a lifestyle disease – we simply eat too much of the wrong things and too little of the good things. Doctors of conventional medicine have for years been saying that cardiovascular disease cannot be reversed. But, a doctor by the name of Dean Ornish has helped hundreds of people with severe cardiovascular disease arrest or reverse the effects of this disease.

How did he do it?

He put them on strict, plant-based diets. These diets were high in fibre and LOADED with vitamins. That’s it. Within a year or two, signs of cardiovascular disease were disappearing. It appears to be that lack of vitamin consumption is the cause of cardiovascular disease and high doses of vitamins is the solution.

Hundreds of studies like this exist proving the potential of healing with proper nutrition.

So what’s the problem?

The problem is that there is no profit in this. Just try to imagine a world of good health. The drug industry is a HALF TRILLION dollar per year worldwide conglomerate. What would happen if everyone was well? Imagine the financial destruction. There is simply no money in good health.

“Good health makes a lot of sense, but it doesn’t make a lot of dollars.” – Dr. Andrew W. Saul

So that is where we stand. The good news is that we are fortunate enough to be able to make our own choices in terms of the foods we buy and the foods we consume.

As I watched this documentary (more than once), it reminded me of the reason I first started this blog – to give readers the information that they need to make better choices for their health because with access to better information people invariably have the power to make better choices.

I highly recommend you take a look at the documentary. You can watch it for free here:

After you take a look at it, leave a comment here to tell me what you think of it. If you’ve already seen it, what are your thoughts on it? Let’s get a good discussion going in the comments below!

20 thoughts on “Food Matters: An Eye-Opening Documentary”

  1. This has been popping up in my “suggested movies” in Netflix a lot recently. I’ll have to give it a look! One thing I dislike about most books and movies about food that I otherwise liked is that they tend to lump “animal products” along with “heavily-processed foods” in the unhealthy category, which is utterly wrong.

    1. The documentary itself is fairly short – just barely over an hour. So next time it pops up in your suggested movies, make sure you click that button and watch it! 🙂

      There are a lot of theories out there regarding animal products and what kind of effect they have on our bodies and I agree with you that they shouldn’t be placed in the same unhealthy category. But that’s a whole different story in itself!

  2. I am a fan of documentaries and this sounds like a worthwhile one to check out.
    In Western countries we don’t look at prevention as the best alternative but rather at treatment. Often treatment comes when it is TOO late.
    When you mention how far a multi vitamin goes in preventing cardiovascular problems it only reminds me that the most inexpensive preventative measures can help us avoid costly and painful solutions further down the road.


    1. The point is that there is no money in prevention, only treatment (and ineffective, prolonged treatment at that). The documentary discusses the absolutely insane amount of money that is spent each year on medication and surgery – two ineffective methods of treatment (for the long term) that can be replaced by proper nutrition.

      What other documentaries on the topic have you seen?

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed it Ahmed. And I’m glad there’s others out there promoting it!

      Do you think the documentary is powerful enough to make people think twice about resorting to conventional medicine?

  3. Srdjan,

    I will always choose a natural remedy such as diet and exercise over going on drugs or pills. If a doctor prescribed something like cholesterol lowering medication, for example, I would most likely ignore it initially and treat it as an absolute last resort. I think a high quality diet would prevent the overwhelming majority of today’s health problems.


    1. Alykhan, I think the problem is that the MAJORITY of the population would consider conventional medicine as the first and only resort. If there is a problem, then there must be a drug that can solve it. We need to take a closer look at what we eat and look to improve our diet before we resort to drugs.

      Just out of curiosity, what made you choose natural remedies over drugs?

  4. Srdjan,

    Just the fact that they are natural is reason enough for me. Our bodies are not meant to be injected with all kinds of unnatural chemicals. Just look at all the side effects of drugs these days! Even when I come down with a moderately severe illness like flu, I rarely take anything. I just get plenty of rest and water. The body is quite adept at healing itself if you treat it well. If you can remedy something with diet and/or exercise, why wouldn’t you? It’s also much cheaper.


    1. That’s pretty much the gist of the documentary. My thought process is exactly like yours. I know people that will pop Advil at the first signs of a headache whereas I try to avoid it at all costs. You’re absolutely right – the body has its own self-healing mechanisms and we just have to make sure that they are activated. We do this by consuming healthy foods and exercising regularly.

      And yes, not only is this method cheaper but it is also safer.

  5. This is a great topic. Thanks for sharring this doc, can’t wait to check it out. I am with you though….once the big guys (food manufactures) figure out how to monetize a healthy system then maybe it will work. This result is quite unlikely though. Too much money at stake.

    I have been thinking the same thought about intermittent fasting. If it is generally accepted as mainstream then it totally threatens the food industy. What would happen if everyone didn’t eat for a 24 hour period once a week, every week?

    Image the impact that would have….

    We know people would be more fit!:)

    1. Jordan, intermittent fasting is a great example. It’s a system that works but gets very little light outside of our little health & fitness circle. Perhaps, if it were to become mainstream, maybe we would stop looking for quick-fix pills? I think the impact would be grand.

      Let me know what you think of the documentary. I’m curious to see what you think!

  6. I haven’t caught this yet but certainly sounds interesting. Even though drug companies do a great job marketing their problems and solving health problems, it might almost be better if they weren’t so good at it. That seems to be the only way to get people to really think about themselves. Right now I think most people view drugs as a safety net that they can turn to in bad health. Much better to avoid health problems in the first place.

    1. Dave, drugs definitely have their place in the world and the documentary does a great job of outlining this. Drugs are great for keeping your body healthy for the short-term (i.e. keeping your body from rejecting an organ after a translplant). But, drugs are not a long-term solution. Unfortunately, it is the LONG term use of drugs that makes them profitable and that is exactly what drug companies care about.

  7. Totally agree with the premise of this documentary.

    I have often been skeptical of pharmaceutical companies. I do believe that drugs are important in some respects, like in medical emergencies. But society as a whole is WAY too overdependent on them. Even as a kid struggling with ADD, most doctors would nonchalantly prescribe drugs as if it were nothing.

    In general I try to focus on reducing illness rather than eliminating symptoms.

    1. Hey Nathan, thanks for the comment. Just like I mentioned to Dave, I think drugs do have a place when it comes to short-term treatment (like medical emergencies). Doctors are paid a lot of money to push drugs and they have nothing to lose by nonchalantly prescribing them left, right and center. We need to be aware that just because the doctors are prescribing it does not mean it is the best (read: safest) form of treatment.

  8. Good post! I’ve known this information for a long time now. But I will still check out the documentary and see what else there is to learn. Just from reading your post, seems the Dr nailed it 100% on the money. Vegetarian based diets are the best, mainly because they are alkaline foods that make the body more alkaline and therefore oxygen rich environments where disease *cancer* cannot exist. The diet I see my co-workers eat everyday (eggs and bacon, sausage, hashbrowns) is a typical diet everyone eats, and the reason for typical results (overweight, sick, disease prone). It’s sad that we live in 2011 and people that are highly educated don’t have a single clue about nutrition let alone health, fitness. I think the best investment anyone can make is in their body, ahead of money, relationships, etc…

    1. Very good points man. Diets based on real, raw foods is the way to go. Like you mentioned, we are prone to consuming highly acidic foods that wreak havoc on our systems. But I think this is because we don’t know any better. We are simply not aware. Typical diets definitely lead to what seem to be typical results.

      I wonder that myself – how is it that we came so far yet know so little about health and nutrition?? Who is responsible for this? Documentary explains it beautifully.

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