Brian Wendel – the creator and executive producer of “Forks Over Knives,” a powerful, acclaimed new documentary that presents an array of scientific and anecdotal evidence that most degenerative diseases (heart disease, Type 2 Diabetes, some cancers) can be controlled, if not reversed, by adopting a whole foods, plant-based diet– discusses the impetus to he felt to get the film made, and chief his goal in doing so.
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He also comments on the way the medical and pharmaceutical industry disdains diet-oriented advances with these and other diseases, a dynamic that resulted in Dr. T. Colin Campbell–a nutritional biochemist at Cornel, and one of the film’s key scientific figures–being marginalized at Cornell after his research prompted him to alter his stance, losing an important class and other favored assignments at the university. Brian also explains how the film came to chart the progress of the people with chronic conditions who, under the tutelage of doctors, embrace a whole foods, plant-based diet, and see huge medical progress–this ends up including the doc’s writer-director Lee Fulkerson. (www.ForksOverKnives.com)
ALSO: We spoke with RaeAnna Saks, the founder and CEO of The Little Cats Rescue, Inc., who provides an update on the rescue operation and offers details about its fundraiser the next night at the Sweet Tomatoes in Port Richey, and then the fourth Thursday of each month at the restaurant. (www.TheLittleCatsRescue.org)
COMEDY CORNER: Andy Ritchie’s “Balthazar” (www.MySpace.com/andyritchiecomedy)
MUSIC: Big Joe Turner’s “The Chicken And The Hawk,” Minus The Bear’s “Animal Backwards,” instrumentals
NAME THAT ANIMAL TUNE: The Beatles’ “Dig A Pony”