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The doco every Kiwi must see

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I know it’s not going to happen, but this is one doco every Kiwi must see.

Film maker Grant Dixon’s The Big Fat Lie is New Zealand’s first Kiwi plant based doco and covers his own journey back to good health after suffering a heart attack.

On it he found that heart disease is not only preventable but it is also reversible.

“You only have to change your diet,” he says.

His documentary draws on the research of US physician Caldwell Esselstyn, who advocates a plant-based diet that eliminates all animal products, sugar, oils, and salt as the key to halting and reversing the progression of heart disease.

Esselstyn’s research, published in the Journal of Family Practice in 2014, indicated a recurrent disease rate of less than 1 per cent in patients who complied with a strict plant-based diet, compared with 62 per cent of patients who didn’t follow the diet.

The doco features the expertise of more than a dozen New Zealand-based professors and doctors on the topic, such as Ministry of Health chief science advisor John Potter.

About 186,000 Kiwis now live with heart disease, according to the 2016-2017 New Zealand Health Survey. – Peter Barclay

The Big Fat Lie screens at the University of Auckland on November 15 at 7.30pm

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