Obscuring The Truth

You may have noticed that in my previous posts I have repeatedly said or posed the question: ‘why or how is it possible that this information [data supporting the evidence that a plant based diet is better for overall health] is not mainstream knowledge (yet)’? ! If a plant based diet is so much better for you, then why isn’t the general medical profession talking more about it – why hasn’t my doctor told me about this?  Well, it comes down to that fact that there just isn’t any money in prescribing a patient sweet potatoes or cranberries, but there sure as hell is plenty of money in prescribing a patient drugs! Furthermore, so much evidence out there is either obscured, or shown in such a way to be favorable [misleading] to the party actually funding the study. This simply means that you (the general public) are not getting the real objective truth!

 

Put another way, most animal based eaters might be thinking, ‘well if this plant based diet stuff was in fact so much better for our health, and could actually prevent and reverse major diseases, then why isn’t my doctor telling me about it?’ Well, the other reason you are not hearing it from your doctor is simply due to a lack of training in nutrition (yes, believe it or not, your average doctor does not know that much about nutrition and using food as medicine). I mean really, how much in depth knowledge about nutrition can you gain in 25 hours or training….? Answer: not much. And thus, doctor’s don’t lead with this information when it comes to consulting their patients.

 

So yeah, that’s why you aren’t hearing more about this food as medicine stuff, and how a plant based diet really is best for overall health. It truly is a systemic problem (see my post about the documentary Plant Pure Nation).

 

 

Exit The Matrix

If you were Neo, what pill would you take – the red pill or the blue pill? As Morpheus explained, ‘The matrix is a system Neo, that system is our enemy…you have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged.’ Who would have thought that this concept and idea in the movie fits so perfectly as a metaphor for the food system that we as humans live in; and how the vast majority choose to blindly adhere to it (plugged in) simply because that is what they know, or that is how they grew up…they continue on in the so called system.

 

Well if you are ready to take the red pill, and see the matrix for what it really is, then I have the perfect video for you – fair warning here, the production quality of this video is nothing like the movie The Matrix, in fact it is as far away as possible from anything remotely even close to that. It’s literally a recording of a presentation given to a group of people classroom style. I know, your probably thinking “can it possibly get any more boring??.” Nonetheless, this is still one of the BEST (in my humble opinion) videos I have seen that so perfectly, and comprehensively explains the conundrum of choosing to eat animals versus choosing a plant based diet. Or better yet, how we can say that we love animals, love our dogs and cats, and yet be perfectly fine chowing down on a cow, chicken, or pig. Anyway, I could easily explain more about this video, or provide more examples, but I wouldn’t be doing it justice.

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Now I know, the title of this video may be a turn off to most, and it could easily evoke the feeling or thought of “oh geez, another video on going vegan…blah.” But honestly, the information in this video is so damn good, and presented in such a easily digestible way, that it truly is eye-opening! I came across this video when I was already well into my plant based life, and I still found it so enlightening! Just give it 5-10 minutes, you’ll see, the information flowing from this is just too good to turn off. I dare you, be Neo, take the red pill and unplug from the system!

 

By the way, I don’t pretend that everyone who watches this is all the sudden going to become a vegan over night (and unplug from the system), that is not the intention here. The goal here is simply awareness, open the mind and take in the information, dare to to make a paradigm shift!

How Not To Die

Quite the question isn’t it? Well, this is actually the title of one hell of an eye opening book, and this is another source of information I wish everyone could be exposed to! It’s crazy to me that the information contained within is not mainstream knowledge…yet, at least.

The author of this book is Dr. Michael Greger; a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. Dr. Greger is also a licensed general practitioner specializing in clinical nutrition, and is a founding member and Fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. Not to mention he is also the man behind the amazing website and information source NutritionFacts.org. Hop on that site, and you can spend hours learning new information about a myriad of health topics affecting our human population.

No, this is not some vegan book for vegan people, this is a book for anyone and everyone that wants to learn about the best ways to nourish our bodies for health, how to prevent the leading causes of death in our society (hint, it’s not prescription pills and surgeries), and why it is that the general medical community is not talking more about food as a source of healing and disease prevention.

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I love this section here in the very beginning of the book (Pg. 10 Introduction) that pretty much hits the nail on the head:

“In this book, I don’t advocate for a vegetarian diet or a vegan diet. I advocate for an EVIDENCE-BASED diet, and the best available balance of science suggests that the more whole plant foods we eat the better…”

I don’t understand how people can, or simply choose, to ignore the mounds of evidence and statistics offered in this book. Even someone like myself who has already been on a plant based diet for multiple years now was shocked by all the evidence and information contained in this book; I mean it’s simply so glaring! And yes, some people might be turned off  by the physical thickness of this book (it’s a hefty one), but you don’t have to read this front to back if you don’t want to, simply think of it as an encyclopedia on the leading causes of human death (or diseases), and nutritional solutions – just use the table of contents and learn about the particular issues that interest you. But fair warning, even if you do that, soon enough you will find yourself wanting to read the whole thing haha…you’ll see, it’s just too good not to!

 

 

The Vegan Starter Kit

When people ask me why I am vegan, or what prompted me to go vegan, it really comes down to information – I was simply exposed to new information that I could not unlearn or un-see. This new information came in the form of books and documentaries. Sure, some people could be exposed to the exact same information but it won’t resonate with them at all; well, not me. I simply could not deny all the facts, data, and research presented in these sources. So what was this amazing new information that I learned you ask? Here it is, these are the sources of information that I wish everyone and anyone would see – they will answer all your questions about the why, what, where, and when of a plant based diet/life. I truly wish this was common knowledge; I’ll take it one step further, I wish this was mandatory reading/viewing in school!

So if someone were to ask me “why or what made you go vegan,” my response would be – “just watch these documentaries here, all your questions will be answered.” I invite you to take a step behind the curtain of OZ, and see the truth! (These are all available on Netflix).

WARNING – EXPOSING YOURSELF TO THIS INFORMATION MAY CAUSE AWARENESS

  1. Forks Over Knives

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This gem right here will answer all your questions about food and health, such as:

  • What’s wrong with eating animal protein?
  • What’s so wrong with milk and dairy? Don’t you need milk for calcium and strong bones?
  • But since vegans only eat grass, where do they get their protein? (ugh, how many times I get asked this question – please do yourself a favor and watch this now, and forever have that damn questioned answered).
  • What about fish?
  • Well then, what the hell do you plant based people eat?
  • Why should I even care about this plant based stuff? (hint, your health, the animals, and the environment ya dummy!)

 

2. What The Health

This is probably one of the most eye-opening documentaries to recently (2017) come out MV5BOGRlYzI3OTMtMWM4NS00Y2U4LTg3Y2UtMzUwYTgyM2M2Mzk5XkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNzI5MjI4MTc@._V1_SX772_CR0,0,772,999_AL_about the food industry and human health; and this is definitely at the top of my list when it comes to recommending any documentary! I myself was blown away by all the information presented in this film; it got me so riled up I just wanted to shout it from a mountain top! Finally, a documentary comes out that shines the light on all the corruption going on in the meat and dairy industries to keep the general public misinformed, confused, and most important of all continuing to consume their products albeit at the cost of their very own health. Moreover, this film also does an incredible job of hitting all the points on health in regard to consuming animal products, and all the common questions and concerns of switching to a plant based diet…extremely comprehensive! This documentary is a MUST!!

 

3. Cowspiracy

This one here will help you understand the Cowspiracy_ScreeningPoster3environmental dilemma of sustaining a planet on animal protein, and how switching to a plant based diet can really help save the world (no, I’m not exaggerating – just watch it!). No, this video isn’t going to turn you into a tree hugging environmentalist, or Leonardo DiCaprio; BUT it sure as hell will inform you and create AWARENESS (and that is what’s all about)!! Moreover, this will shed light on what factory farming actually is, and the cold hard cruelty behind it – I know, I know, ignorance is bliss…but suck it up and watch it!

 

4. Plant Pure Nation

2015-06-27-1435380438-2053434-PlantPure_PosterloresAnd lastly, this amazing documentary will help you understand why it is that the information laid out in the last two documentaries is not mainstream knowledge (yet). You may be asking yourself, ok well it seems like all you vegans know about this stuff, but IF animal products are actually not the best for your health, then why would the government still include it in their food pyramid, why are they still serving it at every school, why wouldn’t doctors be talking more about this, why is this the first time I am hearing such a thing?  Here is something to think about; the meat, poultry, and dairy industries are HUGE (as you may already know)! Well, you know what comes with that? Lots of money of course, but also lots of lobbying power. So what does that mean; it means they have the ability to actually influence what the people of this planet eat, regardless of what it might mean for your health. Moreover, believe it or not, it comes with the ability to manipulate or even suppress information! Yes, this is true, the meat, poultry, dairy, and fish industries hope you never see any of these documentaries or become of aware of any of the information they contain. Because heaven forbid, it might actually create well informed consumers, that no longer simply buy their food products blindly just because that is what they have been doing for years. Please, just watch this!

 

So there it is, these are three of my favorite documentaries that I wish every human being could/would watch! I honestly feel like any non-vegan/vegetarian person cannot have an actual intelligent debate with a vegan/vegetarian person until they have been exposed to the information contained in these documentaries. Regardless of what you choose to sustain yourself on, be it animal or plant based, if you haven’t seen any of these documentaries, please do yourself a favor and watch them…I challenge you!

 

As always, I would like to hear from you, what other documentaries would you add to this list? Leave a comment below.