What The Health: Review

What The Health?

As everyone may have seen; Netflix released a film by the name of “What The Health”. I was unsure of what to expect but the reviews so far have been intriguing that I had to give it a watch myself. When I first got an overall synopsis, I thought it would be a typical petition to convert the world into vegans. The presenter, Kip Andersen, having produced a previous film called, “Cowspiracy” made me a bit more anxious about watching it! This post has got spoiler alert all over it so if you haven’t yet watched the documentary, please be warned that I go into depth about the points raised.

Road To Discovery

During documentary we follow the presenter on his path to discovering if diet change can help or completely heal genetic diseases. The documentary aims to establish the link between diet and health, with tips on how to improve our diets. All the statements that follow are directly from the documentary.

The Whiter The Meat, The Better?

In short, the answer is ‘no’. Chicken was pumped with salt water; increasing levels of salt in American diets daily. The NHS (UK National Health Service) only 6g of salt per day. However, that average elevates with the inclusion of chicken. If salt is secretly added to our foods without us knowing, what can we do? Cut out chicken, the experts echoed!

In addition to this, the experts also stated that fish has high levels of mercury and cholesterol. Fed on pesticides, fish flesh carries alot of them. They are fed with antibitotics to counteract the effect of the pesticides. Furthermore, eggs have no nutritional benefit, as they increase cholesterol levels. The yolk in particular carries the most fat in an egg.

Got Milk?

Dairy is also a key topic on the documentary. The experts stated that dairy products were not healthy for consumption by humans. People of colour, more prone to being lactose intolerant, are encouraged to consume milk and cheese.

Public Enemy #1

Kip Andersen dug further. He questioned the reason as to why health organisations were encouraging incorrect health claims. In his findings, he found that most if not all of the organisations were sponsored by meat producing companies. All of which are founded by the Federal Government. Why would the government want people to be ill? To fuel the Pharmaceutical industry, Kip uttered. He believes that the government have an agenda, in promoting obvious health hazards as opposed to caring about individuals. He backed this up with the passing of the ‘Cheeseburger Law’ where consumers are unable to sue companies for diseases or health conditions they get from eating hazardous foods. It is suggested that the consumers are assumed to know better than to eat food that is not beneficial to them.

The doctors that appeared in the documentary went on to say that due to its acidity, meat is not easily digestable by our bodies. They reiterated the fact that a lot of the population are not getting adequate amounts of fibre in their diets; but are focused on bingeing on protein. Read my take on protein and why its importance here—> Protein is Important? 

Looking into individual case studies, the testimonials from former meat eaters were all similar – a plant based diet changed their life.

 

What The Health? Thoughts

I did find the documentary interesting but I am not totally convinced. There are some valid points made but you can never really know the full truth. I currently live in the UK, so it does not seem too relatable. However, it may or may not be the case. I have had my blood checked concerning any diseases I could get based on my current sample with Wer Labs. By doing this, I have taken my own health into my hands and made sure I know all the information necessary for my blood and body type.

I myself have tried the vegan diet which can be read here. —> Vegan Challenge Review  It was a challenge, but I did feel the difference, however I do not think I would completely cut meat out. I believe in having a balance in all things and moderation is key. In regard to dairy, I personally analysed its effects on my body and cut it out on that basis. It is all about educating yourself and knowing your body. I for personal reasons have opted to eat less meat of my own accord. I set myself the goal to have two meatless days per week, to spice up my variety of meals.

It is so easy to digest information thrown at us, but essentially, you live with one body. You look after it the best way you can. To anyone contemplating watching the documentary, I do suggest watching ‘What The Health’ with a pinch of salt and an open mind.

Below is the trailer for the What The Health, which you can watch in full on Netflix. http://netflix.com 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jf44vLndiRM

If you have already watched What The Health, comment below and let me know your thoughts!

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6 Comments

  1. August 17, 2017 / 10:37 pm

    My husband and I watched this document recently. We have since switched to veggies only on weekdays, but include meat on weekends. He has noticed a change for the better with his health. I have noticed that my digestion issues have gone down since we changed our diet. I too found the documentary interesting, but have learned to listen to my body more than anything else. Thank you for sharing!

    • enislab
      August 18, 2017 / 8:39 am

      Thank you so much for reading Ann-Marie! Definitely saw a difference in my digestion after cutting out dairy. It’s all about knowing what’s best for you, as you rightly said!

  2. August 23, 2017 / 6:49 am

    Earthling Ed on YouTube has a video about the dairy and meat industries in the UK. I really liked this documentary for putting this information in the mainstream. Science has proven that meat consumption (even a little bit) has extremely negative effects on the body – like they spoke about in the movie – heart disease, carcinogenic risk…. The information and studies are numerous.. so I am wondering why you would continue to eat meat? Especially because of the environmental effects the production has. In response to moderation, I don’t believe that we as humans should be consuming things that harm our bodies. We should be eating foods that nourish and heal us and eat it until we are satisfied. Once I changed to eating this way, my outlook has been so much more positive. Every animal on this earth eats as much food as they were meant to eat until they are satiated. We should be eating like this as well!

    I know the plan-based diet seems limiting, but the more you know about it, you realize how much freedom you have to eat well. 🙂

    • enislab
      August 23, 2017 / 7:11 am

      Thanks Tori! I’m going to give it a look, I’m always intrigued to find out about health issues. Maybe it was the way it was delivered or me being in denial lol. Thanks for sharing your thoughts 😁

  3. Sigourney (@sigourneyy)
    August 23, 2017 / 12:26 pm

    This documentary annoyed me mainly because of the fact they cherry picked information from studies to suit their narrative. Now don’t get me wrong I 100% agree that most people would feel better if they are a lot more veg and are less processed food however being vegan doesn’t necessarily mean healthy.

    Things that irritated me in the documentary include:
    1. Equating processed meats to smoking. Not all carcinogens are equal and being in the group does not make them just as likely to cause cancer. It just means that it is a cause. UV emitting lights are a type I carcinogen but multiple people (including vegans) use tanning beds infrequently and live without getting cancer.

    2. 1 egg a day is the same as smoking 5 cigarettes. This information was deliberately skewed because I went and found the study. It was done on 1,200 adults who ALREADY had multiple risk factors for cancer and it was based on people guessing how many eggs they ate.

    3. Why is he acting shocked that the person who answers a telephone can not answer his scientific questions? Being a receptionist doesn’t require science at any level.

    4. The ending with people claiming to have miracles happen when they ditched their medication and went vegan is down right dangerous and quite frankly encouraging people to do so is despicable.

    I do agree with you in that you have to experiment with your diet in order to see what works best for YOU. Even doctors have their own agendas. I’m a firm believer of moderation. If you enjoy meat I don’t feel it is necessary to completely cut it out of your diet to live a healthy lifestyle. In my opinion the best arguement (most scientifically sound) for going vegan is the environmental impacts, I feel the documentary should have focussed on that rather than fake science.

    • enislab
      August 23, 2017 / 7:13 pm

      I definitely agree with you! It’s so left wing that it’s almost unbelievable. Without conducting proper research yourself and analysing your own diet, it’s easy to take on whatever seems to be right. Absolutely the choice of an individual!

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