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Re: “Forks Over Knives

Sorry you found the film “Forks over Knives” to have the “presentational skills of a fifth-grade book report.” If more fifth graders could prepare a report like this we wouldn’t have so many fifth graders who were obese, diabetic, hypertensive and at risk for heart disease. You prefer Michael Pollan’s “In Defense of Foods?” Besides not promoting a plant based diet, many people won’t slow down to read a book like this. I’ve spoken to many people who were privileged to see Forks over Knives during its local previews and I have seen how this film has inspired people to make the important changes in dietary habits that it promotes. Forks over Knives offers a chance to see, hear and benefit from the work of some extraordinary physicians and researchers whose findings could do more to improve the health of this country than any “health care” legislation ever could. Yes, there are some tv clips. And yes, there are some bar graphs. But these are a minor part of the film and, in my opinion, they add to the power of the film. The music didn’t meet your standards? Sorry, but that’s not the point of this film. If showing how a plant based whole food diet devoid of patented, commercialized products can reduce the likelihood of crippling and life-threatening disease is, as you put it, an “infomercial,” then it’s an “infomercial” that everyone should see and I hope your silly review of Forks over Knives doesn’t deter people from taking advantage of seeing this film during its Chicago run!

13 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by JoanL on 05/21/2011 at 10:34 AM

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