What the Health? Friday, 10 April 2020

What the Health?

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    CTC.

  • The pitch:

    Let food be thy medicine.

  • Starring:

    Kip Andersen, Larry Baldwin, Dr. Neal Barnard, Tia Blanco, David Carter, Jake Conroy, Garth Davis, Caldwell Esselstyn Jr., Mike Ewall, Alan Goldhamer, Michael Greger, Dr. Milton Mills, Dr. Michelle McMacken, Michele Simon

  • Directed by:

    Kip Andersen, Keegan Kuhn

  • Running time:

    97 minutes

  • Rated:

    CTC (Australia), NR (UK), NR (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Contents of a leaked US government email discuss murdering/putting a hit/paying a "visit" to the CEO of a plant-based substitute foods company. A video sequence shows parents feeding cigarettes to children. A video animation shows several loaded passenger aircraft crashing to the ground, burning and exploding. Parody sequences show people biting a cat, putting a fish in a blencer. Soldiers seen undergoing a training exercise. Terrorist organisation, 9/11, terrorist attacks, NRA, Korean War, jump off building, Russian roulette mentioned. Blood/gore: Hanging headless cow carcass seen moments after slaughter, hanging sides of meat, cutting pus out of animal's hide, abcess split open. Surgical operation briefly seen (hammering into bone, medical instruments protruding from limb, exposed flesh/bone seen, etc). Vials of blood (dialysis), needle in arm, blood extraction. Finger prick/blood spot (diabetic testing). Dead fish floating in bloody water, dead chickens, filthy conditions for animals seen. Hospital (doctors performing surgery on patients, people on hospital beds, etc). Child with breathing mask. Diagram of muscle cells, images of bypass surgery, brain scan slides, images of fat. Cancer, carcinogens, colorectal/breast/prostate/ovarian/colon/thyroid cancer, heart disease, obesity, chronic disease, clogged arteries, stents inserted, cardiovascular disease deaths, asthma, blood work, arrhythmia, Alzheimer's, dementia, heart disease, hypertension, autoimmune disease, mucus, eczema, anaemia, reflux, pus, osteoarthritis, hip replacements, stress fractures, insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1), SIDS, autism, salmonella, animals living in own waste, infection in leg/leg cut off, swine flu (H1N1), sinus, mad cow disease, vCJD, plaque, blood tests, lupus, GORD, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn's, MS, inflammatory bowel disease, diabetic blindness, hyper-thyroid mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    (None): A woman undergoes a breast examination (topless back seen). Shirtless men (athletes).

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Drugs (many vials of pills, trays of pills, page listing many pharmaceutical drug names seen). Smoking (feeding cigarettes to children to illustrate toxicity of foods/cigar in hot dog; rolling cigarettes graphic). Oxycodone, aspirin, cyclobenzaprene, Prozac, meds, antibiotics, steroids, morphine, heroin, Casein casomorphins, drug addiction, antibiotic resistance, alcohol, AA meeting, statin drug industry, side effects, anti-depressants, insulin, Motrin, Clonazepam mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    (None): Faeces, urine, fishkill, animal carcasses, oh my god, blessed, thank god mentioned.

  • THEMES:

    Veganism, plant-based diet, processed animal foods, health, diabetes, nutrition, cancer, medicine, prevention, longevity, sustainability, ethics, animal welfare, endorsement, corruption.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Dead father, dead grandfather, dead grandmothers, dead neighbour, dead sisters, dead brothers, nephew with cancer mentioned. Interviewees discuss race-target effects of the food and agriculture industries. Poultry farm, pig farm, fish farm, dead fish floating in bloody water, pigs in cages/pens, bears. Airport setting, helicopter, animated planes. Toilet, animated poo. Meat produce aisle of supermarket seen. Bacon cooking, hot dogs eaten, grilling meat. Dead chickens injected with salt. Clown.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Intriguing, fact-based, information-dense, disturbing, emotional, vibrant, compelling, thought-provoking, engaging, effective, powerful, hard-hitting, entertaining, slicks, shocking. Examines a wide range of issues.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Biased (little attempt to seek out contradictory views/uses selection bias), manipulative.

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