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Healthy screenings: Films that matter


I’m a family physician and a former film critic for the Town Crier. So when I see films that may motivate people to lead healthier lives, I can’t help but spread the word. There are several recent films that I believe inspire us to think more deeply about nutrition and environmental health. I’m including a short summary of each film below.


“Happy” started as a documentary but has become a movement. Around the globe, happiness is the emotion we value the most. But how do we achieve it? This film explores the following questions, and more.

• Does money make you happy?

• Do spouses, children and other family members make you happy?

• Does work make you happy?

• Do you live in a world that values and promotes happiness and well-being?

• Are we in the midst of a happiness revolution?

Yes, this is a movie about happiness. It reminds us of the simple things in life, and you may find yourself laughing and crying throughout the film.

For more information, visit www.thehappymovie.com.

‘Food Matters’

“Food Matters” claims that modern society is getting sicker because of nutritionally depleted foods, chemical additives and our reliance on pharmaceutical drugs. The documentary discusses the trillion-dollar worldwide “sickness industry” and provides “scientifically verifiable solutions for overcoming illness naturally.”

The filmmakers interviewed nutrition and natural-healing experts who make the controversial claim that we’re doing our bodies damage with improper nutrition. Furthermore, they assert that we can actually reverse terminal illnesses with the right foods, supplements and detoxification. Whether or not you believe this to be true, it’s certainly food for thought.

For more information, visit www.foodmatters.tv.


“Tapped” offers an in-depth examination of the big business of bottled water. It makes the argument that everyone on the planet should have access to clean drinking water and that it shouldn’t present a money-making opportunity.

The bottled-water industry, according to “Tapped,” is unregulated and not only compromises the public’s natural right to free drinking water, but also pollutes the environment with plastic bottles.

For more information, visit www.tappedthemovie.com.

‘Forks Over Knives’

“Forks Over Knives” poses the question: “What has happened to us? Despite the most advanced medical technology in the world, we are sicker than ever by nearly every measure.”

The documentary makes the profound claim that “most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods.”

For more information, visit www.forksoverknives.com.

I hope this column inspires you to watch one or more of these important films. You’ll pick up some useful tips on how to lead a healthier, happier life. At the very least, it’s a great excuse to cuddle up on the sofa with a loved one and share a bowl of popcorn – the low-fat and low-sodium kind, of course!

Dr. Ed Yu is a family medicine physician at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation.

PAMF and column editor Arian Dasmalchi provide this monthly column.

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