Thursday, October 20, 2016

Documentary Review: FoodMatters



Hello everyone! I can not believe we are already on our third installment of this series. This series has been so informational for me, and I hope it has been for you also. My goal for this was to go evaluate these documentaries purely on if they were factually based. What I have learned is that every single on of them are backed up with facts and studies. In fact, all of these documentaries and studies back each other up. At this point, I have come to the conclusion that they documentaries are not full of false facts. In fact, these are just the unpopular opinion. Thank you for reading this opening paragraph, I will not continue on to this week's documentary review. 

Unlike the other reviews we have done so far, this documentary does not have a website. So the setup of this will be a little different. I still have included the trailer so you can get a bit of background information on the documentary if you have not seen it. Even if you have seen it, it might be a good idea to refresh yourself by watching the trailer. 



FoodMatters examines how the food we eat can help our hurt our health. It also get's into some detail of how we ended up this way, to begin with. Multiple experts, nutritionists, naturopaths, doctors, and journalists weigh in on the topics of organic food, food safety, raw foodism, and nutritional therapy. The most interesting part of this documentary for me is that it covers a wide range of topics. It starts with talking about how food is grown and the problems there all the way to drug companies and the problems there, This documentary is so chalked full of facts and information that I had to pause it multiple times just to give myself time to fully take in what I was being told.

One of the most interesting facts that came up about how food is grown was that the fertilizers we use are made up of 3 minerals. These minerals are nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium. The issue is that soil requires about 52 different minerals, this means that the soil is missing about 49 essential minerals from it. This is causing the plants to be much weaker and this causes the need for pesticides. 

FACT: 50% of protein is destroyed in any food once it is cooked,

When you cook your food you are killing the enzymes in it that help with digestion. The body does not even recognize cooked food as food. It recognizes it as a toxin. This is called Digestive Leukocytosis. One of the prime cornerstones of rawist ideology is a very old and dated research paper, Kouchakoff [1930]. In this research, Kouchakoff studied the effect of foods on human blood and observed what was termed digestive leukocytosis, an increase in the number of white blood cells after eating foods heated to a certain temperature, whereas raw, unheated foods did not have this effect. This observation has been widely publicized by raw diet advocates and is often cited as proof that raw foods are "good" whereas all cooked foods are allegedly "bad." Further studies have shown that even if your diet consists of 51% of your meals being raw you will not have digestive leukocytosis. 

FACT: Vitamin C can not withstand heat. It is destroyed in the foods that we cook,

There are many studies that show taking vitamins can prevent illness. There is absolutely no evidence backing up that taking to many vitamins is bad for you There have been 10 alleged deaths from taking to many vitamins in the last 25 years. These deaths are unproven and undocumented. At the same time, the Journal of the AmericanMedical Association published a paper which indicated that 106,000 Americans die from pharmaceutical drugs each year. This does not include suicides. 106,000 people die each year from taking the medicine as prescribed and they die from the expected side effects.

The idea is that our body has everything it needs to heal. If you nourish our bodies correctly the body will fix and heal itself. Vitamins give the body what it needs and enable the body to fix itself.. This concept actually makes a lot of sense if you look at it. If a deficiency of a vitamin can cause so many issues, then having plenty of the vitamins in the bodies system can fix so many issues. Let's talk about Vitamin E for a moment. A deficiency of Vitamin E can lead to muscle weakness, loss of muscle mass, vision problems, and unsteady walking. Vitamin C can help the body right heart disease and help reduce seizures. You can also apply it on a burn to help it heal. The same goes for Vitamin C it is an Antitoxin, Anti-histamine, Anti-Viral, Regulate blood sugar and it can help elevate the mood in people who are depressed.


For this post, I decided to only touch on a small fraction of what was discussed. I strongly suggest you take a few hours out of your day and watch this one. There is so much information available in it and all of it is factual and is legit. I hope you were really able to get as much out of this as I was!

~Stella~

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