Janice Stanger, PhD

Janice Stanger, PhD

Posted June 7, 2015

Published in Health

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Plant Pure Nation Shows Health Is Ten Days Away

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Nelson Campbell Directs a Documentary That Can Save Your Life

The film Plant Pure Nation offers life-and-death drama in unexpected places: the Kentucky state legislature, a main street in small town North Carolina, and every day dinner tables. With a story that is engaging, suspenseful, and inspiring, this film surfaces both outrage and hope over the power of agribusiness and their political allies.PPN PlantPure_Poster smaller.jpg

Director Nelson Campbell is a major actor in his own documentary. The audience catches an intimate look at his family as well: wife Kim, mom Karen, and dad T. Colin Campbell, PhD, co-author with another son, Thomas M. Campbell, MD, of the bestseller The China Study.

When the Kentucky legislature, under heavy pressure from agribusiness lobbyists, fails to authorize a pilot project to demonstrate how a plant-based diet can improve health and obesity rates for low-income communities, Nelson seizes the chance to conduct the demonstration project himself in his hometown of Mebane, North Carolina. At first unsure how to get started, he reaches out to the community and soon finds support and success are snowballing.

Nelson's tactic is a Jumpstart program, which supplies participants with freshly-made plant based meals for ten days. People have their cholesterol, triglycerides, weight, and other vital measures taken before starting the program and at the end. The results are startling and transformative - a major leap to health in ten days, using only food for medicine.

Nelson lets the diverse citizens who people Plant Pure Nation tell their own stories, from the joy of the patients with plummeting cholesterol, to the quiet humor of a recovered diabetic, to the frustration of a small farmer struggling against agribusiness. Their vivid words and shared emotions arouse empathy. You want them all to succeed. You want to join with them.

Americans are dying of chronic illnesses that are easily prevented and even reversed. Life-saving knowledge is buried out of public awareness. Yet the same people who are suffering the most have the power to turn things around and, by working together, control their own health destinies.

I had the opportunity to talk with Nelson Campbell at the sold-out preview of Plant Pure Nation in San Francisco.

Click here to read the interview with Nelson Campbell