Movies and Books by the Experts
"A FILM THAT CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE" says Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun Times.
This documentary primarily covers the careers of Dr. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn as they discover how many of the foods we commonly eat are killing us. This is a highly personal yet scientific journey, with comments along the way by such luminaries as Dr. John McDougall, Dr. Neal Bernard, Dr. Matt Lederman, and Dr. Pam Popper. Also woven into the movie are the stories of patients who struggled with a variety of chronic illnesses, were treated by changing their eating habits, and are now dramatically healthier as a result. This is truly a must-see movie.
The movie's web site: www.forksoverknives.com
by John McDougall, MD, a practicing physician in Santa Rosa California. In his book he describes how his own medical practice and the careful scientific research of others have found that the consumption of animal products and oils leads to sickness and death. A healthy plant-based diet that avoids the harmful overdose of protein and fat, by necessity provides most of our calories from starch. Thus a heavily starch-based diet leads to weight loss, health, and long life. This way of eating is also good for animals, our world energy problems, and our environment. This book ends with a 7-day sure-start menu plan and nearly 100 delicious recipes compiled by John's wife Mary. Dr. McDougall's conclusions are backed up by 381 references, mostly to refereed scientific journals. We highly recommend this book.
In addition to writing several cookbooks, Dr. McDougall offers weekend study programs, 5 and 10 day immersion programs, and healthy adventure trips to Cost Rica (highly recommended!). In addition to his books, Dr. McDougall maintains an extensive web site which is a treasure trove of meticulously researched information on a variety of health and nutrition topics. He also authors an e-mail newsletter that you can sign up for from his web site.
Author's web site: www.drmcdougall.com
by Caldwell Esselstyn, MD a surgeon, clinician, and researcher at the Cleveland Clinic. This book, based on meticulous research of the literature as well as the author's own study of tracking a set of his own extremely sick heart patients, tells us the causes of heart disease and how we can prevent and reverse heart disease. If your total cholesterol blood test is over 150 or you are taking statin medications, you must read this book. And buy a copy to give to your doctor. They generally are not up to date on the research in this book. Mine wasn't. The last half of the book is a cookbook. I keep my copy in the kitchen and refer to it often.
Author's web site: www.heartattackproof.com
by T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D. and Thomas M. Campbell. Dr. Colin Campbell is Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University. The China Study is the most comprehensive study of health and nutrition ever conducted. The book covers results from analysis of field data from China, other research by Campbell, and summaries of landmark nutrition research by others. Dr. Campbell and his son weave these scientific findings into a coherent story and prescription for action to live a long and healthy life. If you want to avoid the leading killers of heart disease and cancer as well as 20 or 30 other diseases, read this book.
Author's web site: www.tcolincampbell.org
by Neal Bernard with Bryanna Clark Grogan. If you have diabetes or have a loved one with diabetes, you should read this book. Many people are told that diabetes is not reversible. But people who take up Dr. Bernard's diet plan do in fact reverse the progression of diabetes, and for most type 2 diabetic sufferers, cure the disease. Scientific studies show a 3 times improvement in blood sugar control with this diet compared to the American Diabetes Association diet. The book includes a recommended meal plan and 50 pages of recipes.
Author's web site: www.pcrm.org
by Dean Ornish, M.D., the founder and research giant of the lifestyle approach to heart disease reversal. This book uniquely (among the list here) focuses on more than the diet approach alone, although the diet recommendations coincide with the others recommended on this page. But this book (and Dr. Ornish's program in general) also bring in the role of relational and emotional support and stress reduction through meditation and other lifestyle changes. Dr Ornish's humanity and humility comes through as he, an accomplished researcher and scientist, acknowledges unseen spiritual and emotional realities that play a role in human health, and as established by his robust scientific studies over decades.
Author's web site: https://www.ornish.com/
This book is authored by Alona Pulde, M.D. and Matt Lederman, M.D., who are featured in the movie, Forks Over Knives. Once you understand the health and longevity benefits of a low-fat plant-based diet, this book can help you plan and execute a nutrition plan to keep you healthy and trim. This book gets you started with an initial four week plan and then keeps you going with over 100 simple tasty recipes. And if you want to follow up on the science, this book contains over 75 references to research articles.
Author's web site: www.transitiontohealth.com
by Joel Fuhrman, MD, a family physician in Flemington, NJ. This book conveys the science behind living healthy through proper nutrition, with a small emphasis on weight loss. There are also some recipes in the back. One small disappointment for me was that Dr. Fuhrman makes the strong case throughout the book that consumption of meat and dairy products leads to disease and death, but then he includes recipes in his book that include some meat and dairy products for those who can't quite banish these things from their diet completely. Nevertheless, this book is recommended.
Author's web site: www.drfuhrman.com
by Joseph Keon, who earned a Ph.D. in nutrition. This heavily researched book describes how study after study has found the danger of consuming cow’s milk and how it increases the risk of cancer, osteoporosis, diabetes, and more. Other books such as the ones described above relate how the naturally occurring fat and protein in milk are harmful to us. Whitewash goes beyond that to detail all the unnatural impurities that are in cow’s milk ranging from pesticides, dioxins, and radioactive isotopes. These toxins may occur at low levels in the cow’s environment, but are magnified in the cow’s meat and milk, delivering us doses that sicken and kill us. Nursing human mothers must read this book to learn how their own bodies magnify the toxins from the dairy products they eat into the human milk they are feeding their infants. Highly recommended for anyone currently consuming dairy products.
Author's web site: www.whitewashthebook.com
by Howard Lyman with Glen Merzer. Howard Lyman is a former Montana cattle rancher who won’t eat meat. Lyman describes the cycle of increased agricultural chemical usage which harms the environment, the stock animals, and the humans who eat these animals, yet economically drives the rancher to even more chemical usage. He uses his own life story to describe how he became aware that the typical meat production methods were wiping him out financially while impacting negatively the health of consumers. He details how meat production industry processes led to the Mad Cow epidemic and identifies the risks that still exist today. If you are still eating meat of any kind, you need to read this book.
Author's web site: www.madcowboy.com
by Benji Kurtz with Glen Merzer. Morbidly obese Benji failed with many diets before learning about the benefits of plant-based eating. Then the pounds fell away as he lost half his weight!
The book contains a thoughtful discussion of what foods are appropriate for us human animals, with solid scientific references. And it includes over 60 recipes. If you need an inspirational story of how to lose weight for good without starving yourself, this is the book for you.
Author's web site: www.remedyfood.org
by Del Sroufe with Glen Merzer. This cookbook contains recipes based on food that is good for us. Del is one of the new breed of chefs that understand what nutrition science tells us: to live a long and healthy life we need to eat whole plants and avoid not only animal products (vegan) but also avoid added oils and go light on the sugar and salt (better than vegan). Sadly most old-school chefs seem to be stuck on their training that incorporates flesh, butter, cheese, and oil into everything. Not Del.
In this book, we learn of Del’s battle with obesity, even while on a vegan diet. Only when cutting out the oils and high-sugar content foods was Del able to lose weight. Chapter 2 clearly spells out what should and shouldn’t be eaten and touches on the motivations of restaurants and the misleading nature of the FDA Daily Values. In Chapter 3 Del shares his chef’s training advice on how to set up your kitchen with tools and basic food stocks. And then there are the recipes. Wow. From basics like burgers, tacos, and pasta to more exotic dishes like curry, mushroom bourguignon, and bibimbap, this cookbook has it all. Del focuses on flavors and textures individually and in combination throughout these recipes, making life- and health-promoting food a joy to eat.
Wellnes Forum web site: wellnessforum.com
by Chef AJ with Glen Merzer. This cookbook begins by telling the life journey by Chef AJ as she battled with food-related medical problems. Even after giving up all animal food products, she still wasn’t healthy. As a pastry chef, she could make vegan delights that contained lots of oils and sugars and were very unhealthy. In this cookbook Chef AJ has compiled many delicious recipes ranging from snacks, main dishes, and desserts using only ingredients that are healthy because they are unprocessed.
Author's web site: www.eatunprocessed.com