What the Health Documentary Shocks, Educates, and Empowers
The new follow-up film by Cowspiracy team Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn will make your brain explode and then help you piece it back together by inspiring personal empowerment and meaningful measures to take against the state of modern animal agriculture in America. What the Health is a both groundbreaking exposé on the connections between Big Pharma, animal industries, and the federal government and a call to action for citizens to rise up and take back control of their own health.
What the Health follows Anderson on a mission to get answers – not unlike his journey in the environmental doc Cowspiracy – from organizations whose missions are to cure devastating diseases like heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, yet who ignore research on the dangers of the very foods their programs encourage patients to eat. The idea of a “healthy diet” is turned on its head through interviews with several prominent physicians, including Dr. Neal Barnard of Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and the Barnard Medical Center, Dr. Kim Williams, President of the American College of Cardiology, and Dr. Garth Davis, author of Proteinaholic.[video:https://vimeo.com/171423978]
Through his research and frustration, Andersen unearths sinister connections between meat, egg, and dairy industries – and the corporations who sell their animal products – and these “health” organizations. He also calls out pharmaceutical companies for their ties to these organizations through sponsorships and their influence on federal lawmakers. Andersen also talks with residents in areas of the country that are overrun with factory farming operations. The horrors they share about what see, smell, and breathe in every day will leave anyone who watches both horrified and energized to make a change.
This fast-paced documentary is packed with information to help demystify some of the most serious health conditions facing Americans today. Three people with severe symptoms from diseases like asthma and diabetes are interviewed both before and after entering an intensive program that overhauls their diet and health. Their recovery, coupled with interviews with some of the most jaw-droppingly accomplished vegan athletes, leave viewers feeling inspired and hopeful.
What the Health will be available online starting March 16th. You can pre-order the film for $9.99 and/or host a screening in your community. From March 16-20, 50 percent of proceeds will be donated to Food Not Bombs. Check out the film’s Thunderclap campaign to increase audience reach across Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.
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