In this episode Katya interviews Nelson Campbell about the new film PlantPure Nation. The documentary explores the idea of as more doctors and public officials become aware of the healing power of plant-based nutrition the question arises: Why don’t they share the information with their patients or the public? Tragically, there have been few official medical or state-sponsored efforts in the nation to support the life sustaining benefits of a whole foods plant-based diet.
Nelson Campbell worked with KY Rep. Tom Riner to build on this non-binding resolution by developing and introducing House Bill 550, which mandated a pilot program that would document the health benefits of a plant-based diet. But once the bill went into committee, industry lobbyists woke up to the threat posed by the initiative. What followed was one of the most intensive lobby efforts ever in Kentucky. As the bill’s sponsor Rep. Riner put it, HB 550 was watered down to “a shadow of its former self”, turned “from steel to Reynolds Wrap.”
A top-down approach that recognized the powerful healing effects of plant-based nutrition had failed again. But Nelson Campbell suspected there was another way to prove the merits of this idea. After the setback in Kentucky, he resolved to put his hunch to the test in his own North Carolina hometown of Mebane (population 11,562). He also took a documentary film crew with him.
Nelson hoped to demonstrate that a whole foods plant-based diet would lead to significant and measurable health improvements in just 10 days. He also wanted to demonstrate that such a diet would be easy to follow and indefinitely sustainable.
- http://plantpurenation.com/the-film/ – The PlanPure Nation website with more information about the documentary, the tour (places and dates), and the movement
- http://www.forksoverknives.com – The Forks over Knives documentary about the benefits of whole foods plant based diet with recopies and additional resources
- http://www.huffingtonpost.com/t-colin-campbell/the-china-study_b_107860.html – article by T. Colin Campbell about the China Study book
Each episode, Katya Trent, a Certified Health Coach, and founder of Health Coaches of Kentucky, has a conversation with a doctor about important wellness issues that can help you make a difference in your health. If you have questions about this episode or have a question you would like me to ask a doctor in my next episode just email me.