Class Notes

Es Esselstyn ’52 featured in documentary film Forks over Knives

February 8, 2012

Bucky Buckwalter ’52 writes “Casey and I just watched Forks Over Knives on DVD. ‘Focusing on the research of two food scientists, this earnest documentary reveals that despite broad advances in medical technology, the popularity of modern processed foods has led to epidemic rates of obesity, diabetes, and other diseases.’ One of those scientists is our very own Essy Esselstyn ’52 who gets a lot of attention on his work to reduce heart disease through diet. This is a first-rate documentary, quite convincing that a plant based diet prevents heart and cancer diseases. This film has actually been in mainstream theaters. I recommend that the Class of ’52 watch what one of ‘our own’ has done. Some additional players in the documentary are his wife Anne, and his son Rip, a firefighter in Austin, Texas.

Everyone needs to see this film. I read Essy’s impressive book, and Forks Over Knives brings it alive. You can get the DVD through Netflix if you subscribe or other video rental stores. (J. R. Allen ’52 notes, You can also see it by Googling “Forks Over Knives” or locate to any of several links such as http://www.solarmovie.eu/movie/playlink/id/516121/. )”