A Thumbs Down Media Review
Food Matters: You Are What You Eat
by Permacology Productions
Reviewed by Tim Boyd
This DVD is very professionally and nicely done from a technical production point of view. The editing is smooth, the soundtrack is good, and the speakers are articulate. Many good points are raised about how our medical system isn’t working. Flawed medical paradigms and influences of vested interests are brought out clearly.
Unfortunately, the solution to our ills, according to this video, is vegetarianism. A number of the speakers also encourage us to gorge ourselves on water and fiber. The word came out a few years ago that there is no evidence that fiber reduces the risk of colon cancer, but apparently the producers of this DVD haven’t heard that yet.
While the gravity of these problems is enough to pull my thumb down for this video, I would not say it is a complete waste of time. There are interesting nuggets of information scattered throughout. For example, Prozac has gone off patent and the manufacturer has submitted a patent for a new version, called Prozac-R. There must be some improvement over the old version in order for the patent to be approved. According to the patent, “adverse effects which are decreased … [include] anxiety, insomnia, inner restlessness (akathisia), suicidal thoughts and self-mutilation.” Funny, I thought they had strenuously denied those side-effects for years. As long as the viewer doesn’t uncritically accept everything promoted in the video, it does a very good job at exposing the serious problems with mainstream medicine. It is available at www.foodmatters.tv.
This article appeared in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, the quarterly journal of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Fall 2008.