Unity to screen 'a film that can save your life' Sept. 22

“Forks Over Knives,” the highly acclaimed film which movie critic Roger Ebert called “a film that can save your life” will be shown at Unity Spiritual Center in Westlake on Thursday, Sept. 22, at 7:00 p.m.

The documentary examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods.

The major storyline traces the personal journeys of Dr. Colin Campbell, a nutritional scientist from Cornell University, and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, a former top surgeon at the world renowned Cleveland Clinic. Inspired by remarkable discoveries in their young careers, these men conducted several groundbreaking studies.

Their separate research led them to the same 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.

The idea of food as medicine was put to the test. In the film, cameras follow real 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 journey are revealed.

Unity member Jim White's passion for this film and Dr. Esselstyn’s program motivated him to arrange a public showing of this groundbreaking film at Unity Spiritual Center. White emphatically professes, “The works of Dr. Esselstyn and Dr. Campbell have had a profound and incredibly positive effect on my health and happiness.”

He credits the whole foods, plant-based program with his significant weight loss, as well as a reduction in his triglycerides, blood pressure, and total cholesterol, all this without medication. As he says, “I feel better than I have for 15 to 20 years.” It is no wonder then that he wants to share this film with as many people as possible.

“Forks Over Knives” will be shown on Thursday, Sept. 22 at 7:00 p.m. at Unity Spiritual Center, 23855 Detroit Rd, just west of Clague Road in Westlake. Nature’s Bin, where parts of the movie were filmed, will be providing free vegan refreshments after the film. Advance tickets for $5 will be available online at www.unityhallpresents.com or by calling the Unity office at 440-835-0400. Seating is limited.

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