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 our present menu of animal-based and processed foods. The major storyline in the film traces the personal journeys of a pair of pioneering yet under-appreciated 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.
5:00PM Featured Guest Speaker – Audience discussion following screening
A physician and nutrition expert who teaches better health through vegetarian cuisine, John A. McDougall, MD has been studying, writing, and speaking out about the effects of nutrition on disease for over 30 years. Dr. John and Mary McDougall believe that people should look and feel great for a lifetime. Unfortunately, many people unknowingly compromise their health through poor dietary habits. A graduate of Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine, Dr. McDougall performed his internship at Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, and his medical residency at the University of Hawaii. He is certified as an internist by the Board of Internal Medicine and the National Board of Medical Examiners. He and Mary are also the authors of several nationally best-selling books as well as the co-founders of Dr. McDougall’s Right Foods, which produces high quality vegetarian cuisine to make it easier for people to eat well on the go.
7:30PM Featured Guest Speaker – Audience discussion following screening
Dr. Gutierrez completed training at the renowned Mayo Clinic for 3 years after completing active duty in the United States Navy during the Iraq War. As a Family Medicine Resident at Mayo Clinic Florida, he presented original research on exceptional longevity and nutrition internationally. The Florida Academy of Family Physicians awarded him its Distinguished Scholar Award in 2009. In 2010, he received the Mayo Clinic Resident Research Award. His undergraduate degree in 1999, is Magna Cum Laude with a double major in Philosophy and Biology from Florida International University. During his college years, discipline and love of philosophy led him to study Egyptian yoga with Dr Muata Ashby of the SEMA Institute and advanced Integral yoga at the Yoga Research Foundation. He is passionate about teaching and is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at Western University. Dr. Gutierrez is on staff at McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center and Sacred Heart Medical Center. He has medical students and U of O premed students rotate with him.
Thank you to the Eugene Veg Education Network (EVEN) for their support in this!