Food Matters - The Movie

Food Matters - The Movie

With the excitement of a new year, a new President and a new opportunity to reinvent our major institutions, I want to point you to a movie that will open your eyes to the situation in the world of health.
The movie is called "Food Matters" and is a play on the importance of food in our lives, plus the hard truth about our health. This 80 minute documentary consists of interviews of experts in the field of nutrition, holistic medicine, food production and related subjects.

Producer Directors James Colquhoun & Laurentine ten Bosch

Included in the film are strong opinions by Charlotte Gerson, widow of Max Gerson, MD, a pioneer of good medicine (let's stop calling it "alternative", please) whose "cancer diet" worked wonders for patients and earned him dismissal from Columbia Medical School in New York. His methods included juicing organic vegetables every day and eliminating carcinogen containing foods, such as meats, from the patients' diet. His results were remarkable, yet to this day oncologists are fond of telling patients, "It doesn't matter what you eat, eat whatever you want." Nothing could be further from the truth, as the movie clearly demonstrates. Gerson's methods have been more successful in treating melanoma of the skin than any conventional treatments.

In fairness, our local cancer center does have at least one researcher involved in nutritional investigations. Still, look at the trays being served to the patients and you will see highly refined, processed foods, -- the very thing that gets us in trouble in the first place.

The point is firmly driven home that the "cancer industry" is big business and no one is interested, with the obvious exception of patients and their families, in finding "the cure". This ephemeral goal has been mouthed for fifty years and we have seen too little progress. The problem is the research money is going to investigating new drugs for cancer, instead of looking at the causative influences, -- pollution and poor nutrition. (Did you know that the makers of chemotherapy drugs also are the largest pesticide producers in the world? Dow Chemical makes both.) Genetics has its influence, to be sure, but something has to trigger those genes, since they are there from birth, and do not manifest disease until decades later. Trouble is, if we did prove a connection between carcinogens and cancer, poor diet and poor immune function, someone might have to do something about it, costing billions for cleanup, and billions more to improve our food supply. Then, thousands of healthcare workers and hundreds of hospitals would have to close for lack of business.

We have an uphill climb to bring these facts to the public and produce the profound changes that will at last find the answer to cancer and other nasty chronic illnesses, but this movie makes a strong case.
The movie can be viewed online at, purchased in DVD format, and will be coming to a theater near you, thanks to the efforts of Healthy Together (see and WMNF 88.5FM, your community radio station ( The first showings will be Tuesday January 13, 7PM at Blake High School in Tampa, and Thursday Jan 15, 7PM at the USF College of Public Health Auditorium off Bruce B. Downs Blvd at the northwest corner of campus. Following the showings myself and a panel of physicians and nutritionists will answer questions from the audience. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the Healthy Together website. More showings to be announced.
See you there!
By Carol L. Roberts, MD,, Tampa Bay Wellness -- January, 2009

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