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“What The Health” documentary review and Q and A

We were super excited to receive the news that What The Health is being released soon. Being able to watch a preview copy of this amazing film was even more exciting.

This film is as powerful as Cowspiracy and really illustrates and further emphasises the corruption that is rampant among the so-called charitable ‘health’ organizations and big business. Despite having seen most of the vegan documentaries that have been released in the past few years, I learnt new health facts and went away from the film feeling more determined and inspired to keep on going with vegan awareness campaigns and projects. This is definitely the film to show your non-vegan friends and relatives. It will shock and motivate them to make the necessary dietary changes so they can lead healthier, happier lives.

My favourite aspect of the film was the interviews with the doctors, particularly Milton Mills and Garth Davis. It’s both funny and tragic that protein needs to be discussed, but this film certainly lays to rest the myth about protein deficiency and the plant-based diet.

Here is Q and A with Kip Andersen, co-director of What The Health:

Q. What motivated you to look deeper into nutrition and health after focusing on the environmental issues around animal agriculture?

We covered some of the nutritional benefits of a vegan diet in Cowspiracy but I wanted to know more. Like a lot of Americans, I have a family history of diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. I heard some troubling things while we were filming Cowspiracy and I decided to investigate further. It seemed logical that similar collusion is taking place within the health and medical industry as it is within the environmental movement. I was blown away by what I learned.

Q: How are What the Health and Cowspiracy similar and how are they different?

It is amazing how similar the two stories are, and the tactics that are used by big business to prevent information from reaching the public. Really, the main difference is how much easier it is to see the money/collusion trail between all of the industries we investigate in What The Health – health organizations, animal agriculture, government, and pharmaceutical industry – whereas Cowspiracy was a bit tougher to crack open.

Another difference is that there are a few more players involved in what we uncovered, with the pharmaceutical industry playing a huge role in profiting from this whole cover-up.

Q: Did you have more trouble gaining access to organizations this time because people were familiar with your work? Were you “recognized?”

Yes we did. Between the huge worldwide success of Cowspiracy, most organizations that are using some sketchy practices are much more leery of doing interviews, especially with us. But, we did get enough footage through various interviews, and going directly into these organizations’ headquarters, to show viewers the obvious disturbing roles everyone is playing.

Q: How and when will people be able to watch What the Health?

We’re releasing the film for a limited time on March 16 as a fundraiser for Food Not Bombs. We’ll make another announcement soon, I promise.

Q: Cowspiracy has inspired two books, The Sustainability Secret and the new The Planet Based Diet cookbook, so will What The Health also be followed by some reading material?

Yes. We are launching the film with a DVD for sale as well as an awesome companion What The Health Cookbook. It’s much more than your average cookbook because it’s also filled with all the facts from the film. These are intended to be powerful tools you can buy for yourself or loved ones who need to know this information, and how to act on it.

Q: How can people support the film?

I would love people to join our Thunderclap campaign to help spread the word through their social media accounts. It’s easy to do and it makes a huge impact, plus it will support our friends at Food Not Bombs. People can watch the film starting March 16, and then support their friends and family by purchasing a download, DVD, and/or cookbook to give to everyone they care about.

(Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn — What The Health directors)

10 thoughts on ““What The Health” documentary review and Q and A

  1. This is absolutely extraordinary – what a wonderful leadership stance in making yet another documentary that will capture the hearts, minds and wallets of people who are tired of corruption and being lied to. Cowspiracy is an extraordinary heart and mind changing documentary and this one will be too. Thanks for interviewing these amazing leaders.

    Clare Mann
    Vegan Psychologist,

  2. Thank you so much for a very brave makes sense now. 1st low fat then high fat. I work in a hospital. In England and I’m appalled at the preventable illnesses and amputations.just going vegetarian now.i can’t believe how thick they think we all are .I was most dissapointed with the cancer research.. .if these corporation so don’t give interviews and answers they should be held to account. This information should be transparent for us to make informed choices. Well done guys…I’ve seen the light and all the good choices I make will be from this programme thank you x

  3. A life time of eating all types of meat and in fact there isnt much that i havent tryed including the different wild game. Getting older and reflecting on my choices and subseqenct decline in health such as asthma obesity high blood pressure poor eye sight etc. last night i watched What The Health and today 25th June 2017 I choose to stop eating meat. Thank you so much for this life changing documentry… now to get myself familiar with plant based recipes!

  4. Yeah right, go eat sugar like crazy, it won’t hurt you, it will just wash away if you don’t eat fat with it. Right… How can a doctor say that sugar is not bad and has nothing to do with diabetes? How can he only blame fat? This documentary might kill thousands of people. Terrible.

  5. Whereas Cowspiracy raised a lot of good issues, such as the sustainability of animal husbandry, this new documentary is just a screed overlooking the obvious fact that any kind of mass processed food, meat, dairy or vegetable, is potentially harmful given the nature of industrial agriculture and processing food these days. Vegetables raised on a large commercial scale are just as harmful given the pesticides and fertilizers used in production. Yet, Kip is on a crusade here offering a lopsided argument against the meat and dairy industries, just as he claims these industries have done over the decades to support their food pyramid.

    The documentary would have been far more convincing if we looked at food processing in general instead of focusing so heavily on his reviled industries. Screeds rarely make converts. What we need to do is look at more healthy ways of growing and raising food so that we don’t have to fear all these carcinogens in our food chain.

  6. I just watched the film and have several comments. First of all, I am a vegetarian and am seriously moving towards vegan. So much of this film does preach to a convert.
    That said, I need to say a few things about the film and this is from the perspective of a “friendly face”.

    I worked as a professional mainly in the field of clinical epidemiology for over 17 years. Much of this is not new information to me and I feel I have a reasonable background to share some constructive criticism. The film really needed to focus more on the facts and less activist drama. They have excellent professionals who did a wonderful job talking about the legal, political problems of the food industry. Here are some of the major problems that I found that compromised the quality of this film:

    — More facts , less drama, please.
    — The film-maker did not engage the food industry’s professionals. He was confrontational and was unwilling to listen and did not prepare good questions.
    — When you go to an interview, wear a suit!
    — During the confrontational interviews, he lead the interviewees and did not let them talk. One interviewer stopped the interview because the film-maker because of the above problems. The film-maker really needs to take a course in how to conduct and interview. It really was unprofessional and lowered the quality of this film.
    — The film-maker cherry-picked the medical literature. That is academically dishonest.
    — Another problem with journalists is they have the conclusions, gathering only evidence to support it. I saw that immediately which is why I prefer historical over journalistic approaches to a topic.
    — The film maker ignores one major issue: The food industry also panders to people who want meat, want their MacDonalds or their barbeques. There is a very complex relationship between cause and effect between the food industry and consumers. The film maker ignores that these companies are giving consumers what they want.
    — The vegetarian industry can also be part of the problem: look at the latest fad with coconut products! My husband has heart disease so coconut oil is not an option. There is some literature that soy products may be a problem. Look at the junk food ads in these vegetarian magazines! They are also there because consumers want them.

    — There is an emerging market of healthier options with meats, dairy and other products. We shall see how that works. Amazon just bought whole foods. Aldi’s has healthful and inexpensive options.

    Yes, this is a complicated topic! I will continue to read and be an informed consumer, distrust marketing, and dislike journalism propagandist approaches to a topic. The film really missed some opportunities to be excellent. That is a shame.

    PS– I guard my privacy. Please respect that.

    • the vegan diet works for me. you mention healthier options for meat and dairy but give no
      details. be more specific!

  7. The film definitely blew me away on many levels. I am an Educator in the inner city and I am so sick of the fact that so many of my students are overweight, pre-diabetic or even stage two diabetic, asthma, sinus issues, puberty as early as 9 years of age. Seriously, why are inner city students getting their periods at age nine and 7th and 8th graders are with beards. It is because they get a free breakfast and lunch everyday sponsored by the government. FREE. But at what expense. This movie clarifies it for me. Eat an egg or smoke 5 cigarettes? Mind you there is much more in cigarettes but the concept of what we avoid in cigarettes is actually in eggs!!

    I am still left to wonder though……If a cow eating the grass in one day has in its system what would take us, I believe it was, 14 years to breath from the neighboring factories; then what is the plant life have in it? Seriously, what can we eat?

  8. I forgot to mention. I watched, “What the health” first then Netflixed several other documentaries. I started the Vegan path until I learn more on where to go. BUT, in five days, I have lost 21 pounds. How much meat was caked inside me????

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