Moviegoers are promised a dose of wellness and nutrition when Eating You Alive comes to U.S. movie theaters nationwide U.S. for a one-night event on Thursday, April 5th at 7:00pm local time. Tackling one of the largest health concerns in the nation, food addiction, this documentary discusses how chronic illnesses are thought to spread through the food we eat, and it explains the simple ways people can prevent them.
Eating You Alive was directed by Paul Kennemar, Jr. and co-produced by Merrilee Jacobs. The premise of this film is that the solution to chronic disease is better nutrition, specifically a “whole foods, plant-based diet.”
In addition to the feature content, which advocates and educates on the healing benefits of a plant-based, whole food diet, audiences at the special screening will also experience an informative panel of leading physicians providing a step-by-step guide toward healthier living.
Tickets for Eating You Alive can be purchased online by visiting FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. For a complete list of theater locations, visit the Fathom Events website.
A title card early in the film informs that 30.4 million people die every year of chronic diseases, — that is diseases that are not communicable or inherited, so much as developed over long periods of bad habits. It is noted that we may have inherited ‘bad’ genes but can rewire them.
Dr. Michael Greger, (How Not to Die, NutritionFacts.org), who is featured in the film, says, “Eating You Alive is one of the most comprehensive films on food, industry, and health, tackling one of the world’s biggest problems – our failing human health and what to do about it.”
Eating You Alive aims to educate audiences, giving advice on how to start living healthier. In the film, we meet many of today’s leading physicians and medical researchers. It features personal testimonies too, from celebrities such as producer, director, writer, James Cameron, his wife, Suzy Amis Cameron, actor Samuel L. Jackson, and Penn Jillette of Penn and Teller, as well as everyday individuals who have healed chronic diseases by embracing whole food plant-based diet.
I watched an advance screener, and as someone who is a long time healthy whole-foods eater, I was happy to hear testimony in this film from many of the doctors I respect and follow. Among them were Caldwell Esselsyn Jr., MD. (Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease) Dr. T. Colin Campbell (The China Study and E-Cornell Center for Nutrition Studies), Neal Barnard, MD (PCRM), Robert Ostfeld, MD. MSc, FACCC (Founder/Director, Montefiore Einstein Cardiac Wellness Program), Joel Furhman, MD (President of the Nutritional Research Foundation), John McDougall, MD (McDougal Center), Dean Ornish, MD (Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCSF and Founder/President of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute. Sausalito, CA.), Scott Stoll, MD, (The Plantrician Project), Kim Williams, MD (past president, American Heart Association), and Ron Weiss, MD (board certified internal medicine doctor; plant-based doctor at Ethos Health in NJ).
Eating You Alive argues that improved nutrition would mitigate or even prevent or reverse most of these diseases.
Personally, I have been eating a vegan whole-foods, plant-based diet for at least 25 years and to date, I am grateful that for my solid health. I have not seen signs of many of the serious diseases that ‘run’ in my family. I do believe, as a layperson, that we have seen scientific evidence as presented by the above-mentioned experts, showing that diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, even autoimmune diseases and many cancers are preventable and reversible in many cases, by lifestyle changes. At the same time, I feel that a blanket promise that every single individual who eats a whole-foods, plant-based diet will remain healthy or see a reversal of all disease is not fair or compassionate. Some healthy eaters get sick or and others do not recover from serious diseases. That needs to be said.
When asked why he chose to eat a strictly plant-based diet, Dr. Kim Williams said, as president of the American College of Cardiology, “I don’t mind dying. I just don’t want it to be my fault.” I can live with that good advice.
If you’re looking for desserts that comply with the healthy whole-foods, plant-based diet plan, (which means no added oil, salt, or refined sugar), I have a few here on my blog, including: