Food & Health Documentaries

Look for these on Netflix, your library, grocery store kiosks, or buy on the web.

* – Dr. Wilkinson says watch these first.

Food Inc. *

Explores changes in food quality in the last century as America has moved from small farms to industrialized food production. Through interviews with food experts, organizations, independent farmers, and every day people, Food, Inc. reveals surprising—and often shocking truths—about what we eat, how it’s produced, who we have become as a nation, and where we are going from here.

Forks Over Knives

This documentary examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the so-called “diseases of affluence” can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods. The story traces two pioneering researchers, Dr. T. Colin Campbell (author of The China Study) and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, who find that degenerative diseases like type 2 diabetes, cancer, and arthritis could almost always be prevented by adopting a whole food, plant-based diet.

Fat Sick & Nearly Dead *

This is an excellent documentary showing the benefits of diet in eliminating chronic disease. It follows the progress of two people – each with an auto-immune disease. Both were on conventional immune-suppressant drugs including prednisone, methotrexate, and plaquenil. Both were significantly overweight with additional health conditions such as hypertension, high cholesterol, chronic fatigue, and fibromylagia that were also treated with numerous medications. The documentary follows both people through a 60-day juice. The improvement in the two people is nothing short of amazing. Both patients resolved nearly all of their health conditions and eliminated most of their medications. Juice fasting is a drastic form of dietary change, but as shown in this documentary, can offer tremendous health benefits.

See a short trailer at the movie website.
Fat Sick & Nearly Dead

You can see the full length movie for free online here.
Fat Sick & Nearly Dead Full Length

Fat Sick & Nearly Dead 2 *

This is a follow up to the first documentary. It helps people learn how to make the dietary changes that are necessary to restore health through interviews of people that successfully done it themselves, experts in lifestyle change, and physicians that use diet to restore health. The documentary acknowledges that to achieve permanent health improvement we often have to live counter to our modern convenience food culture. However, it shows it is possible and gives you ideas on how to be successful too.

See a short trailer at the movie website.
Fat Sick & Nearly Dead 2.

Hungry For Change *

From the creators of the best-selling documentary Food Matters comes another hard-hitting film certain to rock your world. HUNGRY FOR CHANGE exposes shocking secrets the diet, weight loss and food industry don’t want you to know about: deceptive strategies designed to keep you coming back for more. Find out what’s keeping you from having the body and health you deserve and how to escape the diet trap forever. Featuring interviews with bestselling health authors and leading medical experts plus real-life transformational stories with people who know what it’s like to be sick and overweight.

Food Fight

When we walk into a supermarket, we assume that we have the widest possible choice of healthy foods. But in fact, over the course of the 20th century, our food system has been co-opted by corporate forces whose interests do not lie in providing the public with fresh, healthy, and sustainably-produced food. Fortunately for America, an alternative emerged from the counter-culture of California in the late 1960s and early 1970’s, where a group of political anti-corporate protesters – led by Alice Waters – voiced their dissent by creating a food chain outside of the conventional system. The unintended result was the birth of a vital local-sustainable-organic food movement, which has brought back taste and variety to our tables. FOOD FIGHT is a fascinating look at how American agricultural policy and food culture developed in the 20th century, and how the California food movement has created a counter-revolution against big agribusiness. note – The politics and “conspiracy theory” get a little much for Dr. Wilkinson, but the info on eating fresh local food is great.

Simply Raw *

This documentary takes six average people with diabetes and puts them on a raw food and healthy lifestyle program for 30 days. Within days participants see an improvement in blood sugar, reduction in medications, and dramatic improvements in health.

Food Matters

You are what you eat. Food Matters sets about uncovering the trillion dollar worldwide ‘sickness industry’ and gives people some scientifically verfiable solutions for overcoming illness naturally. The filmakers interview leading experts in nutrition and natural healing who claim that not only are we harming our bodies with improper nutrition, but that the right kind of foods, supplements, and detoxification can be used to treat chronic illnesses. The interviewees point out that not every problem requires costly, major medical attention and reveal many alternative therapies that can be more effective, economical, less harmful, and less invasive than conventional medical treatments.

What’s With Wheat *

Do you wonder about the impact of wheat or gluten on health? This documentary investigates the growing epidemic of wheat intolerance and why after eating wheat for thousands of years, it has been linked to so many health conditions.

The film is 80 minutes of interviews with physicians, nutritionists, health advocates, scientists, chefs, and even a farmer. Even though the film focuses on wheat, it makes it very clear that poor diet and gut health is at the root of almost all chronic disease. It also discusses the ubiquity of wheat in most diets, why people think it is difficult to eliminate, plenty of reasons why wheat elimination is well worth the effort and might be easier than you think.

Whether you are a current patient or are considering becoming one, this information is very consistent with how I think about health and reinforces what I recommend.

You can also learn more at the documentary website.