Ready for the Truth?

Watching documentaries is just one of the ways you can begin informing yourself of the issues, viewpoints, and ideas we face today. Education is a powerful tool and in today’s society the information is readily available. Please note that critical thinking is recommended. Although, I do not consider this content to be conspiracy theory, these are mind expanding documentaries that challenge the consensus reality and will force you to question everyday ideas, opinions, and practices.

“Are you ready to go down the rabbit hole?”

2012 was the beginning of my awakening, and I will never forget the first time new information was planted in my mind. I was talking to a good friend of mine and she asked me, “Are you ready to go down the rabbit hole?” I replied, “Yes”, but I had no actual idea of what that really meant. My journey then began by bringing conscious awareness to the food I ate and products I used.

Now more than ever before, there is an evolving movement to become more aware and mindful of our lives. Today we question just how natural our food is. Many are forced to face the issues of additives, and whether they are really safe for us. Many more are starting to consider how ethical the process was in our foods production, and what the true cost of the food on our table really is.

Is it even still really food?

More information is surfacing to guide us to make informed choices. Today’s food is not what food used to be 1000, 100 or even 50 years ago. Our bodies are having reactions to foods that were not common years ago, and many are left wondering “why?”

In addition, the prevalence of chemicals are being used in our daily lives is rising, and many of us are unaware of the long term implications and dangers of their use.

Below is a list of 11 documentaries I highly recommend viewing, if you are ready to “wake up” and make informed choices. Most of these are available to stream on Netflix.

“In a time of turbulence and change, it is more true than ever that knowledge is power”

-John F. Kennedy

Food Matters
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This film makes the claim that the over-industrialization of food production is making the nation sicker and sicker, and looks at the proliferation of chemicals added to food touted as “healthy.” The film looks at the relationship between the lack of nutrients that Americans consume and our rising health care costs. Providing a thorough argument, the film gives solutions as well for the problems it presents.

Unacceptable Levels
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No-nonsense documentary that will challenge everything you think you know about health, safety, and environmental protection.

Chemicals are everywhere. Not just in pesticides, or cigarettes, or household cleaners. They’re in our food, our clothing, even our water, and no one–not even the scientists who made them or the companies who sell them–know exactly what they’re doing to our bodies or the environment.

Supersize Me
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A well-known documentary by Morgan Spurlock, the film makes a simple argument that fast food makes us fat and unhealthy. To prove it, he takes a 30-day challenge where he can only eat food on the McDonalds menu, and he travels around the country to interview experts and regular Americans. If you’re looking for a kick to stop eating fast food, this doc is fantastic medicine.

Hungry for Change
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Your Health Is In Your Hands

This has quickly become one of my top recommendations to people who are serious about taking accountability for their health and making positive changes. It is revolutionary in terms of the information it shares, and very empowering to get each of us to take action. This documentary looks at commercial food production and gives little-known truths about food and nutrition that are missing from the mainstream food discourse. The film also de-bunks diet and weight loss myths, as well as explains ways to stop bad habits and get healthy.

Forks Over Knives
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A film that can save your life.

This is one of the most instrumental films to watch of our time. The film was released in 2011 and is a very important and empowering resource to have at home and watch as often as you need a reminder and inspiration. Along with top medical experts, it feature real people and their transformational stories of change through adopting dietary changes towards a plant-based diet. Dr. Oz said everyone needs to see it. The film examines the 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.

Vegucated
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We’re digging more graves with our fork, than anything else.

Vegucated is a great documentary for those who are either interested about, or skeptical about the vegan lifestyle. It is a low budget film that follows 3 New Yorkers of different ages and races, who love eating the typical animal products like meat and dairy. Over a period of 6 weeks, they learn about and personally try out the vegan lifestyle. Their challenges and struggles along the way are noted as they discover a whole new world of possibilities, and a reality that is often hidden from the mainstream way of life.

Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead
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Reboot Your Life

Chronic diseases are at an all-time high, and many of us just don’t seem to be getting it and connecting the dots between our lifestyle habits and the state of our health. However, an increasing number of people are sick and tired of being “sick and tired” and taking things into their own hands. This inspiring documentary chronicles Joe Cross’s mission to regain his health. Starting at 100 pounds overweight with an autoimmune disease and a body full of steroids, Cross vows to only eat fruit and vegetable juices for 30 days. He interviews more than 500 Americans about food, then meets a 429-pound truck driver with the same medical condition. The two connect and the end result of a beautiful film that will inspire you to make changes in your own life.

The Beautiful Truth
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It has been said that more people live off cancer than die from it. The Beautiful Truth is a movie that can put a stop to this travesty. Here is a very practical guide to the intensive nutritional treatment of cancer and other life-threatening diseases that many would consider to have been impossible to obtain. But thanks to the work of Max Gerson, M.D., and his daughter, Charlotte Gerson, this knowledge is readily available.Max Gerson cured cancer. He did so with a strict fat-free, salt-free, low-protein, essentially vegetarian dietary regimen, based on great quantities of fresh vegetable juice, supplements, and systemic detoxification.

Tapped
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Is access to clean drinking water a basic human right, or a commodity that should be bought and sold like any other article of commerce? Stephanie Soechtig’s debut feature is an unflinching examination of the big business of bottled water. This timely documentary is a behind-the-scenes look into the unregulated and unseen world of an industry that aims to privatize and sell back the one resource that ought never to become a commodity: our water.

Fed Up
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“Fed Up” has the fat facts: It’s the sugar, stupid.

The new documentary, directed by Stephanie Soechtig and narrated by Katie Couric, goes after the food and beverage industries for forcing massive amounts of sugar down our throats and contributing to the rapidly growing number of overweight and obese people.

Food, Inc.
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This documentary debuted in 2009, and it shocked viewers. It exposes the practices of global food production that is wrapped up in multinational corporate control, thus, placing profit over all else. We see the reality of large-scale food business, like poor health and safety conditions for animals and workers.

A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions. – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

It’s certainly much easier to accept information that comes to us, instead of questioning it and being succeptable to having to think. Asking ourselves questions, leads to more questions, and then some more. Sometimes we do get reasonable answers, but it’s important to note that the mere act of asking expands our minds and allows us to try on an infinite number of paradigms.

A new question, brings a new outlook, which potentially changes everything we know about the world.

With Light and Love,

Sam_Signiture

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