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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.

Filmmaker Grant Dixon’s The Big Fat Lie is New Zealand’s first plant-based documentary. It covers his own journey back to good health after suffering a heart attack.

It was a journey of discovery, and on it, he found that heart disease is preventable and 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, including 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.

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

Peter Barclay
Peter Barclay
Has a professional background in journalism, photography and design. He is a passionate Kiwi traveler and an ardent evangelist for protecting all the good things New Zealand is best known for. With his wife Catherine is also the co-owner of Wholefoodliving.

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