5 Movies That Prove Hippocrates Right (and Western Medicine Wrong)

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. We’ve all heard this well known quote from Hippocrates, but how many of us actually take his message to heart? When something goes wrong —we get sick, develop allergies, etc.— we immediately look to our doctor for a cure.

More often than not this approach lands us with a fistful of pills and a hefty bill. At best, whatever we’ve been prescribed masks the uncomfortable symptoms we’re experiencing, but does nothing to treat the cause.

There’s always going to be a place for modern medicine, but it’s certainly not the only approach to wellness. By being more mindful of the food we eat, we can make healthy our new norm. And when things do go wrong, we have a better chance of healing ourselves without even going to our GP.

You’re skeptical, I get that. After all, we’ve been led to believe that the road back to health is the one that goes via the doctor’s office. Rather than expect you to take my word for it, I’ve highlighted movies that will do a far better job of making my case than I ever could.

By the way, it’s no coincidence that most of them advocate a plant-based diet. Also, there are plenty of other movies to watch if you’d like to know more. Here’s a list of the 10 best food and health documentaries on Netflix. Enjoy.

WHAT THE HEALTH

What The Health is from the same guys that made Cowspiracy (if you haven’t seen it yet, be sure to check it out) and is definitely a must watch. If you only pick one movie from this list, make it this one.

Billed as the health film health organizations don’t want you to see, What The Health exposes the collusion and corruption in government and big business that is costing the US trillions of healthcare dollars, while at the same time keeping everyone sick. If you want to know more, listen to the podcast Kip and Keegan did with Rich Roll.

SUPER JUICE ME

Best-selling health author, Jason Vale, had a theory. He believed that chronic disease is caused by toxicity and nutritional deficiency and that the best way to treat it is with high quality nutrition. To prove it, he took 8 people with 22 different health conditions and gave them nothing but freshly extracted juice for 28-Days.

To be clear, these folks were seriously sick and overweight. When they arrived at Jason’s Juicy Oasis retreat in Portugal they had enough chronic medication between them to fill, well, in at least one guy’s case, an entire suitcase. By the end of Super Juice Me you’ll be ordering a juicer. I’m just saying.

FAT, SICK AND NEARLY DEAD

Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead chronicles Joe Cross’ attempt to regain his health by following Hippocrates’ advice. At the outset of his journey Joe is 100 pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease.

When he looked in the mirror he saw a 310lb man whose gut was bigger than a beach ball. As the movie progresses Joe becomes noticeably healthier, slimmer and happier. And all he did was drink juice. Check out his website to read about people who’ve achieved similar results with his Reboot with Joe program.

FORKS OVER KNIVES

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 animal-based and processed foods and eating a plant-based diet instead.

Tracing the personal journeys of pioneering researchers, Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, the film puts the idea of food as medicine to the test as real life patients with chronic conditions from heart disease to diabetes adopt a whole-food, plant-based diet as the primary approach to treat their ailments.

FOOD CHOICES

Award-winning filmmaker Michal Siewierski embarks on an epic three-year journey to expose the truth about our food choices. Exploring the impact that food choices have on people’s health, the health of our planet and on the lives of other living species, Food Choices is worth making a bowl of non-GMO popcorn for.

Michal discusses several misconceptions about food and diet, offering a unique new perspective on these issues. Featuring interviews with a host of world-renowned experts, including Dr. T Colin Campbell, Joe Cross, Dr. John McDougall, Rich Roll, the film will change the way you look at the food on your plate.

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Marie W
Marie W8 months ago

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Jack Y
Jack Y10 months ago

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Jack Y
Jack Y10 months ago

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John J
John J10 months ago

thanks for sharing

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Linda L
Linda Labout a year ago

a lot of "food for thought"

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John B
John Babout a year ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Lesa D
Past Member about a year ago

thank you Angela...

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natasha p
Past Member about a year ago

Awesome movies!

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Jerome S
Jerome Sabout a year ago

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Jerome S
Jerome Sabout a year ago

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