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!