Here are my recommended films, DVDs and videos from colleagues and other creative professionals devoted to natural health and compassionate living.
YOGA WITH ALESE
My favorite yoga teacher is my beautiful wife, Alese Jones, a respected and loved yoga professional for over 25 years. As part of “The Yoga For Everyone Series,” she’s produced a DVD for people who think yoga may be too difficult or think they’re too ill or overweight to experience the health-restoring benefits of yoga.
Gentle Yoga (Part I) is safe and easy for virtually everyone who can lie on the floor and sit upright – providing wonderful benefits with very modest effort. Alese guides you to an easy flexibility of your spine and full, joyous movement of your joints in a sweet, relaxed way that everyone can enjoy. Running time: 66 minutes
Chair Yoga (Part II) is one of the gentlest and safest forms of yoga. It can be done sitting in, or standing behind, a chair making it ideal for those who have limited movement capability. Running time: 45 minutes.
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The film exposes the collusion and corruption in government and big business that is costing us trillions of healthcare dollars, and keeping us sick. What The Health is a surprising, and at times hilarious, investigative documentary that will be an eye-opener for everyone concerned about our nation's health and how big business influences it.
How and why what we eat is the cause of the chronic diseases that are killing us, and changing what we eat can save our lives one bite at a time.
This new ground-breaking documentary explores the impact that food choices have on people's health, the health of our planet and on the lives of other living species. And also discusses several misconceptions about food and diet.
FORKS OVER KNIVES
If you haven’t seen this film, I urge you and your friends to do so!
Forks Over Knives examines 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.
I recently learned about a lovely and important video that’s helping parents get their children “hooked on healthy and positive habits.” Copy-Kids encourages positive habits in children up to age 5 by watching and copying other kids. Their DVD features twelve 7-minute chapters, one for eating each of twelve fruits and veggies.
Watch a 3 minute video: Copy-Kids.com
I am often asked if nuts are okay to eat as part of a healthy, plant-based diet. Nuts are basically a protein matrix holding droplets of oil. They are a great energy source to give the young cashew, almond or walnut tree a good start in life. However, the oils are calorie-dense and laden with pro-inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids.
Most people can enjoy a small portion of nuts daily, unless they’re trying to lose weight or have severe artery disease and, thus are on an Esselstyn-style reversal program. See: “Preventing and Reversing Heart Disease,” by Caldwell Esselstyn, M.D.)
Nuts should be raw and eaten consciously – one at a time – enjoying each one as you make “nut butter” in your mouth. Yum! You can learn more by watching an excellent DVD by Jeff Novick, MS, RD., “Nuts and Health: What the Science Really Says.”
The film, Cowspiracy, probes the reluctance of major environmental organizations – including Greenpeace, Sierra Club, Surfrider, National Resources Defense Council, Amazon Watch, Oceana, and The Climate Reality Project – to see, not the elephant, but the cows, sheep, goats, calves, pigs, chickens, and turkeys in our room and, in so doing, the need to promote reduced meat production and consumption as a priority action coupled with adoption of a plant-based, whole-food diet.
For more about Cowspiracy, see the trailer and website at: Cowspiracy.com
Farmageddon was created by Philip Lymbery, Chief Executive of Compassion in World Farming. Over three years, he travelled the world bearing witness to the hidden cost of cheap meat and the devastating impact of factory farming – on people, animals and our planet.
This film is a wake-up call, exposing factory farming as one of the most pressing issues of our time; responsible for unparalleled food waste, damage to our health and the countryside, and the biggest cause of animal cruelty on the planet.
See the trailer: FarmageddonMovie.com
We need a shift in the consciousness about ourselves, how we relate to each other, and how we treat the natural world. We need this shift on a personal, local, and global level – and we need it as soon as possible!
Does such a transformation require powerful magic? If so, it’s all around us in the form of young people, the Internet, and the love of those who strive for a better world.
THE SHIFT: A Movie Made By A Movement offers a needed and hopeful vision. In its own words, The Shift “shines an inspiring light on how humanity’s immune system is responding with Agents of Change from all over the planet focused on healing and birthing a healthier, more sustainable world for all of us.”
Rochelle Marmorstein, Producer/Director, believes, “It is vitally important that we change the story in the mainstream from fear and decay to vision and breakthrough.”
“A massive shift is building not only in our consciousness but in how we live. We’re reaching a critical mass of people who are taking a stand for a new way. We just need to recognize it. And grow the movement, together.”
“Every one of us has a role to play and can contribute to making this a better world. Through this film, we want to show you demonstrations of those individuals who are already making a difference with passion and a commitment to positive change.”
See the trailer (6.5 minutes) and website: TheShiftMovie.com