WHERE: Fillmore 170 (Albert P. Sy Lecture Hall), Ellicott Complex, UB North Campus
WHEN: Friday, October 21st, 2011
TIME: 6:00 p.m., Vegan potluck reception to follow
COST: A free-will donation will be accepted to help cover the cost of this event and any future film/lecture events.
Please RSVP today to reserve your spot!
Please join the Buffalo Vegetarian Society and the UB Veg Club for a compelling screening of the recently released documentary, FORKS OVER KNIVES.
"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."
What has happened to us? Despite the most advanced medical technology in the world, we are sicker than ever by nearly every measure.
Two out of every three of us are overweight. Cases of diabetes are exploding, especially amongst our younger population. About half of us are taking at least one prescription drug. Major medical operations have become routine, helping to drive health care costs to astronomical levels. Heart disease, cancer and stroke are the country’s three leading causes of death, even though billions are spent each year to "battle" these very conditions. Millions suffer from a host of other degenerative diseases.
Could it be there’s a single solution to all of these problems? A solution so comprehensive but so straightforward, that it’s mind-boggling that more of us haven’t taken it seriously?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. The major storyline in the film traces the personal journeys of a pair of pioneering researchers, Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn.
Dr. Campbell, a nutritional scientist at Cornell University, was concerned in the late 1960′s with producing "high quality" animal protein to bring to the poor and malnourished areas of the third world. While in the Philippines, he made a life-changing discovery: the country’s wealthier children, who were consuming relatively high amounts of animal-based foods, were much more likely to get liver cancer. Dr. Esselstyn, a top surgeon and head of the Breast Cancer Task Force at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic, found that many of the diseases he routinely treated were virtually unknown in parts of the world where animal-based foods were rarely consumed.
These discoveries inspired Campbell and Esselstyn, who didn’t know each other yet, to conduct several groundbreaking studies. One of them took place in China and is still among the most comprehensive health-related investigations ever undertaken. Their research led them to a startling conclusion: degenerative diseases like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and even several forms of cancer, could almost always be prevented – and in many cases reversed – by adopting a whole foods, plant-based diet. Despite the profound implications of their findings, their work has remained relatively unknown to the public.
The filmmakers travel with Drs. Campbell and Esselstyn on their separate but similar paths, from their childhood farms where they both produced "nature’s perfect food," to China and Cleveland, where they explored ideas that challenged the established thinking and shook their own core beliefs.
The idea of food as medicine is put to the test. Throughout the film, cameras follow "reality patients" who have chronic conditions from heart disease to diabetes. Doctors teach these patients how to adopt a whole foods plant-based diet as the primary approach to treat their ailments – while the challenges and triumphs of their journeys are revealed.
For more info on the film: http://forksoverknives.com/
Please feel free to bring an optional VEGAN dish to share. If you choose to bring a dish, please ensure that is it animal free. VEGAN means no beef, poultry and fish. It also means no dairy or eggs. Please watch for hidden dairy products like casein and whey. Jello and marsh mellows are NOT vegan.
Contact Tracy Murphy at email@example.com / 716-480-2571 or Rachelle Toarmino at firstname.lastname@example.org
or email@example.com / 716-807-7991.
Free parking available at Spaulding Lot (closest), Red Jacket Lot, Fargo Lot, or either of the Richmond Lots. No permit required.
*Ellicott Complex is the collection of buildings located in the green area of the top left corner of the UB North Campus map (below), encircled by Frontier Road. Fillmore 170 (AKA Albert P. Sy Lecture Hall) is located at letter I.
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Sponsored by the Buffalo Vegetarian Society (BVS) and the UB Veg Club (SUNY Buffalo Vegan & Vegetarian Club)