Recently I have been extremely interested by how humans live and eat. This opened my eyes to one of the largest threats to humanity, one that many people do not even realize exists, and it all depends on what you decide to put in your mouth three times a day. Heart disease is the number one killer in the world today. How can we expect to fight terrorists and make great discoveries that advance the human race when a majority of people are too busy recovering from bypass surgery? This summer I shadowed a cardiologist and followed a patient through his journey at the hospital. I was there when he was diagnosed with coronary artery disease, watched as his wife was told that her husband had to have bypass surgery. I witnessed the surgery and his recovery and nowhere throughout that entire process did anyone mention a change in diet, which was ultimately the cause. Approximately two months ago I was told to watch the documentary, Forks Over Knives, which would eventually guide me into a whole new world of nutrition, or lack there of. It led to a further fascination with the Western Diet and its negative effects on health and the planet. This film is eye opening and many big names like Sanjay Gupta, M.D.veggies have said great things in regard to this film. Robert Ebert, from the Chicago Sun-Times, called this “a film that can save your life.” Not only can it save your life but it can help us save our planet so that others may be able to enjoy it as well.


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