Inspirational Health Films
If your health needs a wake up call then you have to watch these inspirational health films! These films will open your eyes, your hearts, your mind and will leave you wanting to make a change towards your health. The films that made our top 10 of inspirational health films in no particular order include:

  1. Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead
  2. Dirt
  3. Foodinc
  4. Earthlings
  5. Food Matters
  6. Hungry for Change
  7. Vegucated
  8. May I be Frank
  9. The Gerson Miracle
  10. Forks over knives

Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead

 

IMDB Rating – 7.2

So everyone has that “seed” movie that plants an idea in their head which eventually leads to some form of life changing action, well for me this was one of those movies. I realized that there was no way I was eating enough fruit or veggies so I raced out and purchased a juicer and juiced like it was going out of fashion. As I felt better and had dramatically more energy I decide to step it up and get into juicing wheatgrass and here we are today! So the movie is great –it follows the path of an inspirational Australian called Joe Cross who is officially 100 pounds overweight and suffers from an autoimmune disease that can only be treated through a cocktail of drugs and pills that inevitably diminish Joe’s ability to live a healthy life. Joe finds that by replacing his old habits of poor eating and drinking and replacing them with juicing he is able to dramatically change his life. Joe begins to lose weight and discovers that through juicing he is cured of his condition. Joe also inspires others to join in on his quest for better health and I have to say the results are amazing!

Dirt! – The Movie

IMDB Rating – 7.2

What I love about this movie is that it explores something that we often consider to be minute or too simple to really make a significant difference in our lives. Whilst we are all aware that good soil is great for plants etc, we often fail to realize the long term affects of the Earths skin we all call dirt. The film looks at the evolution of dirt and explores the importance of dirt on our everyday life. I was astonished at how it seriously impacts our nutrition and the cycle of life. The film looks at the bigger picture by investigating industries such as agriculture and mining and how they impact the longevity of healthy dirt. The take home message of the film is not only forcing the viewer to recognize the importance and appreciation of dirt but encourages the viewer to take action by exploring home gardens, edible school yards and the benefits associated with community gardens.  I guess the scary thing is looking at the long term future of our earth’s skin and whether or not the mass agriculture revolution has gone too far to reverse the damages caused.

Food,inc.

IMDB Rating – 7.9

Food Inc looks at negative externalities of mass food production whilst investigating the nutritional value of mass processed foods. As the world’s population continues to expand the need for faster and more efficient food sources have created mass produced mega farms that are not only harmful for the animals being “produced” but for the people eating them. It begs the question of “is cheap always best” and looks at the larger picture of the future of food. Are we allowing the few multinational companies to take over the entire future of food? Or is it simply too hard to turn on the breaks? The answer is NO. You can make a difference as we all have a choice about what foods buy and who we buy them from.

Earthlings – Full Documentary


IMBD Rating – 8.6

OK – BE WARNED- This is the HEAVIEST film that I have ever seen. I’m a meat eater by all means but have seriously considered becoming a vegetarian/vegan after watching this film- (update 3 weeks after watching became Vegetarian as of Feb 2014) The film explores all industries that use animals as a means of profit. The film looks at the dramatic exploitation of animals for pets, food sources, clothing, medical research and sports. Whilst the film may appear to be one sided it simply states the truth which to many (myself included) is so unbelievable shocking that you try to rationalize your own behaviors which in fact fail, leaving you feeling weird and slightly guilty for your behaviors and ignorance to the real truth. Personally I am like most people that probably view meat and leather as mere products and are emotionally disconnected from the processes that occurs from the animal to the nice belt, shoes or juicy steak! If Fat Sick and Nearly Dead is a “seed” movie that will change the way you think – this is more like a mental nuke that will blow your mind how you think about your behaviors. Simply watch it from start to finishing. Take home quote – if we all had to kill animals for meat the world would be full of vegetarians. Take note of the fox that is fully skinned alive – how us humans can be custodians of the Earth I have no idea.

Food Matters


IMBD Rating – 7.8

“Let Thy Food Be Thy Medicine, And Thy Medicine Be Thy Food.” – Hippocrates That is the message from the founding father of modern medicine echoed in this brave new documentary film brought to you by Producer-Directors James Colquhoun and Laurentine ten Bosch. ‘Food Matters’ is a hard hitting, fast paced look at our current state of health. Despite the billions of dollars of funding and research into new so-called cures we continue to suffer from a raft of chronic ills and every day maladies. Patching up an over-toxic and over-indulgent population with a host of toxic therapies and nutrient sparse foods is definitely not helping the situation. In a personal quest of discovery James & Laurentine together with a film crew and the editorial and production expertise of Enzo Tedeschi have set out on an independent mission to uncover the wholesome truth. The filmmakers have interviewed several world leaders 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 as fatal as terminally diagnosed cancer. ‘Food Matters’ seeks to uncover the business of disease and at the same time explore the safe, cheap and effective use of nutrition and supplementation for preventing and often reversing the underlying causative aspects of the illness. – IMDB Review

Hungry for Change


IMDB Rating – 7.5

We all want more energy, an ideal body and beautiful younger looking skin. So what is stopping us from getting this? 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, weightloss 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 best selling health authors and leading medical experts plus real life transformational stories with those who know what it’s like to be sick and overweight. Learn from those who have been there before and continue your health journey today.

Vegucated


IMDB Rating – 7.2

Vegucated is a guerrilla-style documentary that follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks and learn what it’s all about. They have no idea that so much more than steak is at stake and that the planet’s fate may fall on their plates. Lured by tales of weight lost and health regained, they begin to uncover hidden sides of animal agriculture that make them wonder whether solutions offered in films like Food, Inc. go far enough. Before long, they find themselves risking everything to expose an industry they supported just weeks before. But can their convictions carry them through when times get tough? What about on family vacations fraught with skeptical step-dads, carnivorous cousins, and breakfast buffets? Part sociological experiment and part adventure comedy, Vegucated showcases the rapid and at times comedic evolution of three people who are trying their darnedest to change in a culture that seems dead set against it. For me this film was the straw that broke the camel’s back, whilst our family are not yet Vegans we are now 100% vegetarians and are trying to limit the amount of dairy in our diets. Vegucated is a great film for the entire family that shows how changes to your diet can positively change your life.

May I be Frank


IMDB Rating – 8.2

I absolutely loved this film. It felt raw, uncut and most of all “real”. Frank Ferrante represents most of us that are oblivious to our eating habits and even more so to our overall health. In an odd twist of fate Frank stumbles into Cafe Gratitude (a raw food cafe in San Francisco) and meets the cafe’s manager Ryland who slowly begins to transform Frank’s health and happiness. You can watch a million of these health movies but not get the same warmth and heartfelt feeling that you will from watching Frank’s approach to transforming his health. The film is a complete inspiration for all and will touch you to your core – a definite must!

The Gerson Miracle – Full Documentary


IMDB Rating – 7.6

Whilst many of the practices in this film have been highly criticized you cannot knock the evidence that is produced. The film follows the teaching of Dr Max Gerson who stumbled upon a therapy that has helped thousands of people around the world cure themselves of cancer and other diseases. Charlotte, Gerson’s daughter is in her 80’s and doesn’t use glasses, has the skin of someone that is 20 years younger and is in great health. She believes that most of us today are eating the wrong foods that are low in nutrition which is why we remain hungry and continue to crave more food, thus causing us to gain weight, lack concentration and feel less energy in our day to day lives.

Forks over Knives


What has happened to us? Despite the most advanced medical technology in the world, we are sicker than ever by nearly every measure. Cases of diabetes are exploding, especially amongst our younger population. About half of us are taking at least one prescription drug and major medical operations have become routine. 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 utterly 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 so-called “diseases of affluence” that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods. The major storyline in the film traces the personal journeys of Dr. T. 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, one of which is considered among the most comprehensive health-related investigations ever undertaken. Their research separately and independently 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. Despite the profound implications of their findings, their work has remained relatively unknown to the public. In addition, 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. – Written by Brian L. Wendel

So are you up for a challenge?

Wicked Wheatgrass challenges you to watch all 10 of these films and comment on how they have changed your views.