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'Forks Over Knives' may change your mind about meat

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"Forks Over Knives"

Documentaries often inspire viewers and make them think. "Forks Over Knives" does that and more.

The film follows the journeys of two researchers who did not know each other but traveled very similar paths. Dr. T. Colin Campbell was a nutritional scientist at Cornell University, and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn was a top surgeon at Cleveland Clinic. They found in their separate research lots of evidence of the benefits of a plant-based diet, and the many diseases that were prevented by altering one's diet to avoid animal products.

We follow some individuals in the film as they take control of their own lives. Everyone should watch this film and make up their own minds. You will never look at food the same way again.

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This was one of the first prime-time miniseries and was seen by more than 130 million people. The series, which was based on Alex Haley's best-selling novel about his African ancestors, was a huge success for ABC. It followed several generations of a slave family and featured a big ensemble cast that included Levar Burton and John Amos. The seven-disc collection includes all the episodes and many bonus features. The set retails for $59.98.

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