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What the health: a must-see documentary

Today we were lucky enough to attend a free documentary screening at the University of Dundee. Thanks to Barry for acquiring the film! 🙂

What the Health is a follow-up documentary to Cowspiracy. What the Health focuses on why we should follow a plant-based vegan diet for our health, for the protection of the environment, and for the betterment of society.

What the Health is similar to my favourite documentary Forks Over Knives (available on Netflix) because it focuses on the health aspect and benefits of a vegan lifestyle. A low-fat whole foods plant-based diet prevents and even reverses cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity and scores of other medical issues.

What the Health asks the question: If we have numerous studies showing direct links between eating animal products and cancer, heart disease, and diabetes, then why are non-profit organisations like the Susan G. Komen Foundation, the American Heart Association, and the American Diabetes Association advocating the consumption of animal products in their advertising campaigns and diet recommendations?

This documentary exposes the alarming truth that these non-profits are sponsored by the food and pharmaceutical industries. With their meat and dairy industry sponsors, of course these non-profits wouldn’t recommend a plant-based diet. They recommend a diet rich in processed meat, eggs, and cheese instead, even though this type of diet practically guarantees cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. And sadly, the pharmaceutical industry has a vested interest in NOT eliminating cancer, heart disease, or diabetes because they profit from their very existence. This might be hard to believe but these industries only care about making money.

If that isn’t disconcerting enough, they also explain how the US government funds advertising campaigns for the meat and dairy industries. The government is literally telling you to eat more processed meat, cheese, and eggs even though non-biased peer-reviewed studies prove we should avoid these at all costs.

I recommend vegans and non-vegans watch this film. Even if you think you don’t care about your health now, you seriously should consider what could happen to you down the road. With every meal you eat, you have the choice to help your body or to harm it.

What the Health isn’t on Netflix yet but you can watch it online here. They also provide all their sources used in the documentary on their website.

Have you seen What the Health? 

What did you think of it?

By Lisa

In Oct. 2014, I quit my job and started downsizing my life by selling and rehoming all my belongings. Even though I’ve moved around all my life, I officially left the States in Dec. 2015 and have been travelling abroad ever since. I hope to inspire you to simplify your life so you live with intention. I’m an avid writer, videography enthusiast, and a major foodie with a passion for sustainable living.