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Food Matters! Screening in London Tonight

I’m still trying to catch up after being away last weekend, and two weekends before that.  Lots to write about, but it will have to wait while I get back on top of my dissertation work.  So more soon!  For the moment, I wanted to share the info on this documentary screening…

Sorry for the short notice, but I just came across this listing this very moment.  I have not seen this movie, but I think it looks very interesting.  It appears to investigate the relationship between the industrial agriculture system (aka Big Ag) and the pharmaceutical industry (Big Pharma).  This is something I have studied to an extent, but am very curious to see what they have come up with.  The trailer looks good.  

(Edited to add: Please see comments section for my review of the film)

Here’s the info I got from Planet Friendly:

FoodMatters: You Are What You Eat – Documentary Screening    Wed Feb 11, 2009, London, ON 

You’re invited to the screening of the hard hitting, fast paced 2008 documentary “FoodMatters”. 

Come and watch the film that seeks to uncover the ‘business’ of disease and at the same explores the safe, cheap and effective use of nutrition and supplementation for preventing and often reversing the underlying causes of disease. The film addresses Raw Food and Detoxification, Whole Nutrients, Natural Alternatives, as well as the current toxic approaches to treat diseases such as Cancer, Heart Disease, and Depression. 

To view the film trailer, visit: www.foodmatters.tv 

A Q&A session will follow the screening, with nutritional experts from the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND) and the Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA). 

Complete Event Details:
Rainbow Cinemas Galleria, 355 Wellington Street, London
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 at 7:00 pm
Tickets: only $5 (at the door)
Admission is $5 at the door. 

For more information call Orthomoelcular Health at 416-733-2117 or email centre (at) orthomed.org 

To view a press release of the sold-out film premiered in Toronto, visit: http://www.orthomed.org/news/news.html

This screening is co-sponsored by:
The Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors
The Canadian Health Food Association
Shute Institute Medical Clinic
Quartermaster Natural Foods

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6 Responses

  1. I’m just curious if you went to the movie, and if you did what your thoughts were. I have seen the trailer and I’m mulling over whether or not to buy it.

  2. To be honest, I wasn’t overly blown away by it. The information was interesting but didn’t present anything I didn’t already know, other than what the term “orthomolecular” means and how it is applied to treating cancer. The film’s basic message is that we don’t need pharmaceutical drugs, but rather that by using nutritional support, the body can heal itself from most ailments. There is a big push on massive vitamin dosing (by massive, I mean being hooked up to an IV drip).

    The message the film delivers (choose nutrition not drugs) is a good one, but I don’t know that it does a very effective job of doing so. It essentially preaches to the converted: if you already agree, you’ll nod your head all the way through. If you don’t, I’m not sure you’ll be swayed by the info presented, or at least how it is presented. They don’t go into great detail or do in-depth background investigations, nor do they interview many people. The film is essentially 3 or 4 people talking at you rather enthusiastically with lots of made-for-the-movie film clips in between. In other words, little live documented filming, other than these few interviews of people involved in making the film. It essentially came across as an infomercial for orthomolecular medicine (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orthomolecular_medicine)

    Finally, as a devotee of holistic medicine, and specifically homeopathy, I take issue with the notion that disease can be treated by massive doses of a specific nutrient, or vitamin. To me, this is not “whole-istic” at all, but simply another allopathic approach to treating disease. But that is a whole other discussion…!

    So in sum, I don’t regret spending $5 to see it, but I’m not sure I’d pay more than that to own it. Just my two cents!

  3. Thanks! I appreciate the review.

  4. I respectfully but totally disagree with ontariolocavore’s statement that the film it isn’t that effective and preaches to the converted.

    Although we have all heard about how much better organic food is for us… most of us don’t take this that seriously… and certainly most of us do not realise the cause of nearly all the major ailments, syndromes, illnessess and diseases is our at best casual and at worst dangerously negligible attention to diet.

    I went from a cooked, microwave meal, junk food eater to a mostly raw, organic food eater immediately and as a direct result of watching this film.

    I’m confused as to how anyone can prefer a dismissive, critical attitude over an embracing one when you consider the far-reaching benefits this information, in this form could have.

    You say it didn’t tell you anything you didn’t already know, well your in the minority. Most of those who do know about healthy eating do not take it seriously. The film made me take it seriously and surely would have a similar effect of many people. A massive majority of people doing the exact opposite of what the film suggests, so it’s enlightening persuasive, agressive tact can surely do nothing but good!

  5. Hi Graham –
    Thank you for taking the time to share a different point of view. I have a tendency to assume that what I know is common knowledge when it definitely isn’t. A good reality check!

    From my perspective, the film lacked in diversity of sources of information – it only interviewed 4-5 people, and they were mostly employees of the organization that was creating the film. Many of the documentaries I have seen go to many different sources for their interviews. As such I suspected this film might lack credibility with skeptics. But clearly it had the impact on you that was intended, and that means that it will have reached others as well. So…I stand corrected! Thank you

  6. Glad to be able to put the other side across! 😉 Thanks for your thoughtful response. I agree with what you said, the film is in a way one sided and doesn’t give a holistic account, though anyone who takes it’s advice to heart as well as using their own initative to look at health objectively and cover what it leaves out won’t go far wrong 🙂

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