What the “Health” Is Going On?
Surprise, surprise! Several American health corporations have been exposed yet again in the latest trending Netflix documentary, “What The Health.”
Filmmakers Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn teamed up to try and find answers regarding the health and diet concerns of American citizens… and what these health organizations intend on doing about it. These concerns include the actual benefits of eating processed foods, specifically meat and dairy products. With factors including the treatment and condition of the animals on farms today, the use of hormones and additives in meats once they’re processed and what these products do to a human’s body, one could understand the need for further research.
In the process of researching and analyzing data from various sources, Andersen made the connection that many of the health organizations that Americans trust and support, have been sponsored by the very same companies sickening the population. Some of the nonprofits that Anderson acknowledged negatively included the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society and American Diabetes Association.
Throughout the film, Andersen claims that those organizations have been sponsored by companies that admit to the use of hormones and additives in their produce which can cause cancer and other illnesses in the human body. He also makes several claims to which he states is backed up by sources and information he received from doctors he interviewed and Google; some of which are listed below:
- “Eating processed foods are just as bad for you as smoking cigarettes.”
- “Eating an egg a day is as bad as smoking five cigarettes.”
- “One serving of processed meats per day raises the risk of diabetes by 51 percent.”
One aspect of the film that was hard to ignore was the fact that when contacted, many of the spokespeople for these nonprofit organizations declined to comment or refused to be interviewed and recorded by Andersen and his team. Other organizations promised that they would get back to Andersen with answers, and most failed to do so.
Is that a coincidence or…?
Initially, the information presented in the film is alarming and raises concern for viewers. For some, the documentary was life-changing. Singer Neyo claims to have gone vegan in a Facebook video on Aug.6, due to the film. “Thanks to the ‘What the Health’ documentary, I have gone vegan. Completely vegan,” he said in the video. “I need y’all to send me some vegan recipes and stuff that I can actually eat ‘cause I’m in the grocery store lost.”
Towards the end of the film, Andersen provides viewers with reasons why a plant-based diet is a healthier alternative and why they should consider switching. Former NFL defensive lineman David and world champion freerunner Timothy Shieff appeared in the film discussing how becoming vegan has benefitted them.
My opinion of the documentary is quite simple: You are what you eat.
Coming from a family of meat eaters, I can’t say that I’d commit to giving up meat, much less dairy just yet. However, it is interesting to know that many of these “health” organizations have a hand in the negative health status of the American population. While this film is obviously pro-vegan, it does make note of the America’s ever going issue : money vs. moral.
With the pharmaceutical industry being one of the highest sources of revenue in the United States, it is extremely convenient that they are sponsoring the organizations that give Americans advice on what to eat and how to acknowledge symptoms of disease. Overall, this film is in the same category of eye-opening productions as Food Inc., and Super Size Me, but is nonetheless informative and worth the watch.