Films & Books

Books get made into movies because movies are much less time-consuming than reading.  Sometimes a movie really covers the content of the book but other times the book cannot be matched.  When it come to health and wellness there are plenty of books and movies available for gaining knowledge.  This page is dedicated to the books I have read and the movies I have watched that pertain to making the choice to live a healthier, higher quality of life.  Please, feel free to recommend your favorites.

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For your convenience I have listed links to sites where you may purchase these books and films.  Some of the films can be watched online, as well, but they may expire as some point.  If you try to connect to a link and it no longer works, please, feel free to let me know.  If you do not want to purchase a book or film, you may be able to find many of them at movie rental stores and , quite often, your local public library may have many of these films and books in their system.

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Films from PBS

A Murder of Crows

Around the world, people consider the crow to be a scavenger, a bad omen, a nuisance.  The crow has a bad reputation, which overshadows its most striking characteristic, intelligence.  A Murder of Crows shares research indicating crows are among the brightest animals in the world.  This documentary on the outcast bird is an enjoyable and real journey of some young crows’ lives as researchers follow them.

Watch free http://video.pbs.org/video/1621910826/

My Life as a Turkey

This film documents one man’s extraordinary journey as he hatches and raises wild turkey.  A farmer left a bowl of eggs on Joe Hutto’s front porch, it was a wish come true, which forever changed his life.  Hutto had an interest in imprinting young animals and sat many days while the eggs incubated waiting for them to hatch.  This is his and these amazing birds’ story.

Watch free http://video.pbs.org/video/2168110328/

The Natural History of the Chicken (2001)

This fascinating film is about “ordinary people telling stories about their extraordinary chickens.”  It is an entertaining look into the life of chickens, which allows us to rethink our relationship with this amazing bird.  It is a little on the goofy side but is an education that is insightful.

Purchase film http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=1428832

Eggs 101- a video project

A “video” that can teach anyone the basics of eggs, one of the most popular foods.  No chicken treatment controversy, just plain and simple facts on eggshell color, how an eggs form and are laid by the hen, and how eggs are processed for the consumer.  It even covers the two main methods of egg production; the free range compared to the cage system.  It is a kid-friendly, recorded school project and is non-biased.  It is more about the amazing supply of eggs we eat each year and how those eggs get to our plates.  I do suggest you check your local public library for this one.

Purchase film http://www.amazon.com/Eggs-101-Video-Project-Pbs/dp/B0017DQGPM

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Films and Books on the Environment

Home

This is an amazing look into the inter-connection of all life on Earth and how this inter-connection affects our environment and us all.  This video was made free to share (on YouTube), so please enjoy it, and pass it forward.

View free http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqxENMKaeCU

Design E2

PBS has an ongoing series, E² Design, about the pioneers and innovators in the field of sustainable architecture.  The series views how their work is producing solutions to pressing environmental and social challenges.  The series travels from New York to  Beijing to Nova Scotia to Ladakh, basically anywhere around the World that there is new and innovative building going on.  This series can be watched online or purchased from PBS (I borrow mine from the Public Library).

Watch free http://www.pbs.org/e2/

Purchase series DVD http://www.shoppbs.org/search/index.jsp?kwCatId=&kw=e2&origkw=e2&sr=1

Download from iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/tv-season/e2-design-season-1/id274777261

The Unforeseen

Through the 1970’s and 80’s, land developer Gary Bradley transformed Austin, Texas’ hill country into lucrative residential subdivisions.  He made the headlines and lots of money.  Local residents learned of new plans to develop 4,000 acres in nearby Barton Creek and arose in mass to stop Bradley and his partners from this new development.  Bradley and his partners had strong connections in the Texas legislature but the city had an even stronger connection to their untouched home.  This is their story.

Watch free http://www.pbs.org/now/shows/324/video.html

One Man, One Cow, One World

Biodynamic agriculture is as simple as “one old man and a bucket of cow-dung.”   Modern industrial agriculture, controlled chemical companies, has destroyed the land in India, as well as other places.  This film shows us an example of Big-Ag is destroying the environment.  Too much wrong treatment of the land has caused desertification, water scarcity, toxic chemicals in foods and water supplies, soil erosion, and massive loss of soil fertility.  It also shows us the solution.

Official website http://onemanonecow.com/gmo-movie.php

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Films and Books on GMOs

Seeds of Deception

          Seeds of Deception is a book exposing industry and government lies about the safety of the genetically engineered foods.  Jeffrey M. Smith documents significant health dangers of GMOs on the market and the influence of the food industry and corruption in politics that allow their sale.

Purchase book at http://seedsofdeception.com/shop/seeds-of-deception-paperback/

The official website for Seeds of Deception is a great (perhaps the greatest) resource on the subject of biotechnology.  This site is also full of ways that we can help and stop the marketing of GMO products.  The following list of films can be purchase at http://seedsofdeception.com/

The Future of Food (2004)

The Future of Food gathers the information on the complex technology and the consumer issues surrounding major changes in the food system today.  From genetically modified foods to patenting by the corporations of the food industry, these issues are put into terms the average person can understand.  This empowering film helps consumers to realize the consequences of their food choices on the future of the World and society, as we know it.

Official website http://www.thefutureoffood.com/

Purchase film http://seedsofdeception.com/

Watch free http://www.filmsforaction.org/watch/the_future_of_food/

Genetic Roulette-The Gamble of Our Lives

Genetic Roulette gives evidence of genetically engineered foods as a major contributor to rising disease rates.  Some of the issues discussed are gastrointestinal disorders, allergies, inflammatory diseases, and infertility from genetically modified soybeans and corn.  The roles of Monsanto, the FDA, and USDA are investigated.

Official website http://geneticroulettemovie.com/

Purchase film and book http://seedsofdeception.com/

The GMO Trilogy

The GMO Trilogy contains a 3 discs: Unnatural Selection, a film documenting the impact of GM crops and animals; Hidden Dangers in Kids’ Meals, about the risks of genetically engineered foods on children; and You’re Eating WHAT?, a lecture relating the health threats of genetically engineered foods and how industry influence and political consent allow them into our daily diet.

Purchase film http://seedsofdeception.com/

The World According to Monsanto

Monsanto has produced some of the most toxic products ever sold and have history of misleading reports, pressure tactics, collusion, and attempted corruption.  They genetically engineer and patent the world’s food supply, threatening human and animal health, the environment, and the economy.  Victims, scientists, and politicians from around the World expose Monsanto and the corporate influence in the government and on technology.

Purchase book and film http://seedsofdeception.com/

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Other Films and Books on our Food Situations

Fast Food Nation- the Darkside of the All-American Meal

The book Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser, published in 2002, sparked nationwide conversation and reform on the food industry.  It covers the struggle, danger, and indignities of working in America’s meatpacking plants, the “dirty meat” served by fast food restaurants, and the weight of the costs of working in an industrialized food market.  The film is as good as the book.

Purchase film http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000MEYKAU

Purchase book http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/fast-food-nation-eric-schlosser/1100465443?ean=9780547750330

 Forks over Knives-The Plant-Based Way to Health (2011)

Forks Over Knives considers the claim that by rejecting animal-based and processed foods most of the degenerative diseases that afflict the World today can be controlled, or even reversed.  The ancient concept of food as medicine is put to the test.  Patients with chronic conditions from heart disease to diabetes are followed as doctors teach them how to adopt a whole-food-plant-based diet as the primary method of treatment.

Official website http://www.forksoverknives.com/

Watch free http://www.filmsforaction.org/watch/forks_over_knives_2011/

Purchase book http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/forks-over-knives-gene-stone/1102088267?ean=9781615190454

Purchase film http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/forks-over-knives?keyword=forks+over+knives&store=dvd

Food Inc.-A Participant Guide: How Industrial Food is Making Us Sicker, Fatter, and Poorer-And What You Can Do about It

Food, Inc. unveils the nation’s food industry, exposing corporations that control the food supply, whom often put profit ahead of consumer health.  It looks into the perils of the American farmer, the safety of workers in the food industry, and the environment.  It reveals surprising truths about what we eat, how it is produced, and how this has changed the American society.

Purchase film http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0027BOL4G

Purchase book http://www.amazon.com/Food-Inc-Participant-Industrial-Poorer-/dp/1586486942/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1374280602&sr=1-1&keywords=food+inc

Food Matters

Hippocrates, the founding father of modern medicine said, “Let thy Food be thy Medicine and thy Medicine be thy Food.”  Today, food is nutritionally depleted, contains chemical additives, and people depend on pharmaceutical drugs to treat the malnourished body.  The film helps us rethink the belief systems served by modern medical and health care establishments.

Purchase film http://www.amazon.com/Foodmatters-Andrew-W-Saul/dp/B001B3XZAW

King Corn-You are what you Eat (2007)

King Corn is an awesome documentary about “2 friends, 1 acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation.”  The friends travel to the heartland of America to learn where their food comes from and teach us about genetically modified seeds and powerful herbicides as they plant and grow a bumper crop.  They then try to follow their heap of corn into the food system.  Here they find some troubling questions about how we eat and how we farm.  One of the 1st food movies I watched and one I have recommended ever since.

Official website http://www.kingcorn.net/

Purchase film http://affiliates.docurama.com/jrox.php?id=10092_77

Watch free http://www.filmsforaction.org/watch/king_corn_2007/

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