“When I look at cancer rates going up, heart disease going up, stroke going up, Alzheimer’s and senile dementia and cognitive impairment going up… a change is due. Clearly the old ways aren’t working and what we need to do is we need a fresh paradigm and we need to go back to basics, and basics is all about going back to look at these cultures who don’t get these problems. In the same way that if you want to be a millionaire, go talk to a millionaire. Don’t talk to the guy down at the pub still recovering from the last golden opportunity. Go find these people who are living 100 years routinely without cancer, heart disease and see if you can figure out how they’re doing it, and we’ve done that work. We’ve done that science, it’s been done over the last 100 years and it’s been completely ignored.”

The sobering and frustrating 2008 documentary Food Matters takes a hard look at what we as a people in the United States are doing to our bodies by what we consume. The documentary also takes a look at vitamin therapy and the proven benefits from allowing the body to simply heal itself if it’s given the proper opportunities and nutrients. The directors of this film James Colquhoun and Carlo Ledesma do a fantastic job of letting the people being interviewed for this film use their knowledge and experience to show what a frustrating world we live in when it comes to health. The first section of the film really does explore what we’re eating as a culture and how it’s giving us the problems that occur later on in life. Much of the blame is given to the medical field as on of the professors interviewed claims there is no wealth in health.

The film then moves on to the drugs that are being consumed by so many individuals in this country. One really striking statistic was the over 2 millions deaths related to prescription drug complications. In contrast to that, there have been only 10 suggested deaths by vitamins during the same time period, with those deaths being suggested, not proven to be caused by vitamins. The film really delivers a gut punch when talking of matters not just related to food but to health in general. One story related in the film was of a 50 year old woman who deeply suffered from depression. The woman’s family had her visiting a psychiatrist which would be considered normal. She was also on various amounts of drugs during this time. The family sought over means to help get her better including vitamins. The professor in this film offered up Niacin to help her as it was mostly used during AA meetings to help with depression at the beginning of AA. After dosing her with Niacin, her health improved, and she began to live an regular, healthy, lifestyle until her psychiatrist warned them that Niacin could be dangerous. They took her off the Niacin and she reverted back to her suicidal self. Niacin has a risk of .5 deaths per year due to misuse.

The film again is a powerful look at using vitamin therapy instead of drugs to help prevent, not treat illness. Looking at my own medicine cabinet, the One a Day vitamin I take has 60mg of Vitamin C in it. Now, this isn’t strictly a Vitamin C oriented vitamin but as the people in the film discuss, 60mg a day is only enough to prevent scurvy and won’t actually help that much. This film focuses more on superfoods and mega dosing vitamins to help reboot the body. After watching this film and the previously reviewed Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead I feel much more educated in health and my own health and I look forward to putting these new found practices to work.