Sunday, September 25, 2011

DAY 268 -- Food Matters Documentary

"Let Thy Food Be Thy Medicine, And Thy Medicine Be Thy Food." - Hippocrates

That is the theme of the documentary "Food Matters."  My husband and I finally watched the video on Netflix.  I found the documentary informative and interesting, and I highly recommend it.   (Here's a link to their website, where you can watch the trailer.)  Those interviewed in the film recommend vitamins, and eating a diet of mostly raw foods.  They claim that most diseases can be cured by good nutrition (which I agree with).  They cite research to back up their claims.

As a student of filmmaking, I want to clarify that information can still be presented in a biased way in a documentary -- especially when they don't give interview time to anyone with an opposing view (which this film is guilty of).  However, with that said, I appreciated when the documentary stressed that people need to be proactive about their own health, and that people are smart enough to figure out what they need, and what will work for them.

In the film, it seemed like most of those interviewed were of the opinion that medical providers do not discuss nutrition with their patients, and that if patients knew about nutrition and health, they would choose that alternative rather than go with a prescription.  That does not seem to be the case, at least not compared to what my husband experiences.  He is a health care provider, and strongly suggests nutritional and natural alternatives to his patients, but they refuse.  They tell him, "Just give me a pill."  They admit they don't want to exercise, and they don't want to bother with meal preparation (making healthy meals).

So, people might be smart enough to figure out what they need, but will many have the motivation or desire to even find out?

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