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I finally sat down to watch What the Health and the main thing I have to say about it is: I'm sick of these food and health documentaries.
I'm sick of the intentional misinformation or cherry picking of facts. I'm sick of them counting on the viewer taking what they say at face value and not doing their own research to verify and confirm the so-called facts. I'm sick of them interviewing black, brown, poor, and sick people without addressing their own implicit bias or intersectionality of the single issue they're so passionate about. I'm sick of all the revisionist history of human evolution. I'm sick of the moral superiority. I'm sick of them not telling the truth. They're all recycling the same information to push whatever agenda they have, and no one is really being honest about the core of the problem they're speaking out against.
I had several working titles for this episode and so much I wanted to talk about (are vegan diets sustainable/realistic in the long-term? / did this fool really just say sugar doesn't cause diabetes? / did they really just poverty pimp the black and low-income communities like these folks haven't been dealing with environmental racism and disenfranchisement from day one?), until I realized that until we start addressing the elephant in the room, no amount of dietary change is going to change the food system or our collective health.
Mentioned in this episode:
- What The Health Film
- Stuff about fat vegans
- Stuff about sick vegans
- Even Vegans Die
- How the Drought is Affecting California's Black Families
- The Dark Side of Almond Use
- This Documentary Is Convincing Thousands To Go Vegan — But Does It Tell The Whole Story? Here's What Doctors Say
- What The Health: A Wolf’s Eye Review
- Are You Ready to Consider that Capitalism is The Real Problem?
- The Troubled History of The Supermarket Tomato
- Why Your Supermarket Only Sells 5 Kinds of Apples
- Food Chain Workers Alliance
- Coalition of Immokalee Workers
- Sistah Vegan Project
- Food Empowerment Project
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Green Smoothies, Chocolate, and Bacon is for education and information purposes, and is not intended to replace the advice of a licensed healthcare professional. Please exercise personal wisdom and discretion before making any changes to your diet or lifestyle, especially if you are living with an illness or disease, are pregnant, elderly, or have health concerns that require the constant attention and care of a healthcare professional.
Melissa Danielle is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and host of Green Smoothies, Chocolate, and Bacon, the podcast that challenges listeners to ditch dieting and detoxes in favor of loving food and our bodies at any size. A graduate of Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Melissa offers health coaching and workshops online and in person via her wellness club.