What The Health is What You Must Know

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Three Reasons To See This Documentary (Review)

What The Health  is a must-see documentary if you care about your health or the fate of our planet. This film is from the creators of the influential Cowspiracy, which shows the devastating effect that raising animals for food has on speeding climate change.

Now the filmmakers take on the issue of the disastrous impact of animal foods on health, a huge topic which most Americans know dangerously little about. Yet this movie is satisfying drama on plant-based nutrition, not a boring lecture.  Here are three reasons why What The Health is so compelling.


The film features many of the most influential physicians, athletes, and other experts who are knowledgeable on plant-based nutrition. Drs. Neal Barnard and Milton Mills each appears several times with critical information. In addition, you will hear many other articulate and influential experts – including Drs. Caldwell Esselstyn, Garth Davis, Michael Greger, Michael Klaper, Michelle McMacken, Kim Williams, John McDougall, and more. This is not just a parade of experts – their remarks fit together to tell a story and shred dangerous myths.

In addition, you will see (or sometimes just hear) other representatives of major “health” organizations, such as the American Cancer Society and American Diabetes Association, who are afraid of the truth about the intimate link

Cheese is another animal food with many health dangers

between animal foods and deadly disease.


 What The Health delivers knowledge with a dramatic twist. Much of the action centers on national health organizations that are considered authorities on dread diseases. Why are these organizations so afraid of a polite interview weighing the evidence on diet and illness? Gradually, the chilling reasons become apparent and undeniable.

Patients with bags full of prescription drugs to treat painful and disabling conditions draw you into their lives. Their sad eyes and hopeless words are dispiriting, and you really start to care about them. In the end, their courage in seizing control of their own lives, openness to change, and inspiring recoveries will stay with you long after the film ends.

One of the features I like best about this film is the wide range of hazards it describes in animal foods. Some experts will stress just the usual suspects, such as saturated fat and cholesterol. Scientists friendly to animal foods industries have come up with deeply flawed studies to make these usual suspects seem benign, if not healthy.

As a result, many people now seek out harmful “foods” like butter – and even tallow or lard – thinking these are life-extending. To counter this, What The Health presents several other health-destroying substances, such as dioxin, mercury, heterocyclic amines, heme iron, and antibiotic-resistant bacteria, that are abundant in animal

If saturated fat does not keep you from eating these kinds of health bombs, perhaps some of the other serious dangers outlined in the film will

foods. Too many perils for even the most industry-friendly researcher to refute.


No matter which diet you are eating now , you will realize that you can help move yourself, other people, and the planet toward health. Our future depends on it. You may be motivated by the stark collusion of government, industry, and respected nonprofits. Or you may be moved by the courage of the recovering patients who gather up their former prescriptions for disposal as they light up the screen with new joy. Either way, What The Health will inspire you to work for health on every level. Education and action are key. Our collective survival is completely bound up with the message of this  film.

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Post written by Janice Stanger, Ph.D. Janice authored The Perfect Formula Diet: How to Lose Weight and Get Healthy Now With Six Kinds of Whole Foods.  This book outlines a whole foods, plant-based diet that will get you on the path to preventing – and even reversing – chronic illness, not to mention slowing climate change and helping other people.



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