The feature film Forks Over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods.
- Medical studies have linked the consumption of animals products- meat, eggs and dairy – to heart disease, obesity, diabetes (type II), various forms of cancer and osteoporosis
- Antibiotics needed to keep farm animals alive in overcrowded conditions are creating hardy new antibiotic-resistant bacteria that the World Health Organization predicts will become “the greatest risk of hubris to human health.”
- Most food-borne, air-borne and water-borne diseases (eg: E. coli and samonella outbreaks, drinking water crises) and many food-related pandemics (eg: swine flu, avian flu and mad cow disease) can be traced back to pathogens from animal agriculture – whether they be in animal feed, manure or animal bodies (eg: E. coli in beef, salmonella in chicken & eggs and tapeworms in pork)
Increased health risks from eating red or processed meats:
- The Washington-based Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine states eating meat increases the risk for men of dying of a heart attack by 47 per cent and there is no safe amount of red or processed meat products
- Red and processed meat products can increase risk for various cancers, including pancreatic, stomach, bladder, and most significantly, colorectal cancer
- A 2006 Harvard School of Public Health study, with 135,913 participants, showed consuming more than five servings of bacon a week increased bladder- cancer risk by 59 per cent
- A 2007 World Cancer Research Fund review of more than 7,000 large-scale studies, found daily consumption of just 1.7 ounces of processed meats – less than two strips of bacon – increased colorectal-cancer risk by 21 per cent
- A meta-analysis of 11 studies of pancreatic cancer, published January, 2012 in the British Journal of Cancer, found one sausage a day increases pancreatic- cancer risk by 19 per cent
- Heart surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz links nitrates and high sodium in processed and smoked meats, such as ham and bacon, to a “greatly increased” risk of ovarian, stomach and colon cancer, Type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s
- Dr. Todd Anderson, head of cardiac science at the University of Calgary, cited research indicating breakfast sandwiches of bacon, eggs and cheese reduced blood flow within hours, leading to narrowing of arteries, heart disease, stroke, even death
Dr Tushar Mehta on Plant Based Nutrition
Dr. Tushar Mehta speaks on evidence based findings of the benefits of plant based nutrition at the 2014 Toronto Vegetarian Food Festival. Learn about the surprising health benefits of obtaining your nutrition from plants over animal based sources, how to get your protein, vitamins and much more.