Food Matters

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This article is about the film. For the 2009 book, see Mark Bittman. For the newspaper column in SF Gate, see Marion Nestle.
Food Matters
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Directed by James Colquhoun
Carlo Ledesma
Produced by James Colquhoun
Laurentine Ten Bosch
Enzo Tedeschi
Written by James Colquhoun
Laurentine Ten Bosch
Edited by Enzo Tedeschi
Distributed by Aspect Film
Release dates
  • 30 May 2008 (2008-05-30)
Running time
80 minutes
Country Australia
Language English

Food Matters is a 2008 documentary film about nutrition.[1] The film presents the thesis that a selective diet can play a key role in treating a range of health conditions such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease and depression, often substituting for medical treatment. Furthermore, it tends to label the medical industry as a "sickness industry", which profits more from treating the symptoms of illness than curing the illness. The film accuses the medical and pharmaceutical industries of a general conspiracy to perpetuate poor health in order to maximize profits.[2]


    Food Matters explores the world of Orthomolecular Medicine and how it compares to traditional Modern Medicine. The documentary begins with talking about how our food travels many miles before getting to it’s final destination and by the time we buy it it is at least a week old. The freshness of our foods have drastically changed throughout time. The health experts start with the issue of the soil crisis and how it lacks the nutrients for food to grow in a healthy, natural way. Modern day chemists have found ways to optimize our crops for faster, more efficient growth. Andrew Saul, a therapuetic nutrition specialist and author of a famous Orthomolecular based text, reveals to us many paradox ideas about raw vs. cooked foods. Cooked has many effects on the the body. Later on, David Wolfe, a raw food nutrition expert, introduces us to many of the world’s unrecognized superfoods and how they positively contribute to our health. He suggests many alternatives to our daily diets. It was also mentioned that the medical field has a certain stigma about the use of vitamin supplements within their practice. The use of vitamins, they said, could reshape the economy of the medical field. They linked many immune disorders to the everyday, unhealthy diets of our society. Many of the health experts, such as Ian Brighthope, talked about how immune disorders have developed into a cultural anomaly that differs throughout the world. They mentioned the medical methods used today and how it presumably could cause unexpected health effects. Charlotte Gerson, founder of the Gerson Institute, then comes in to speak about cancer treatment and research and how it plays a role in the health of our society. Further education was stressed to find a solution to this worldwide epidemic.

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    Food Matters is a documentary that was produced in 2007. The documentary was releases on May 30, 2008. The film was directed by James Colquhoun and Carlo Ledesma. The producers included James Colquhon, Laurentine Ten Bosch and Enzo Tedeschi. The production company is Permacology Productions in Australia and was distributed by Aspect Films. The movie is based out of Australia and is written within the English language and lasts for 78 minutes. The film has also come out in different languages including: Korean, French, German, Japanese and Spanish. The budget for this documentary is unfound at this time. [5]

Interviews: "The Teachers" Andrew Saul

    Ph.D, Therapeutic Nutrition Specialist and Author

Rochester, New York Andrew Saul has a Ph.D. in Human Ethology and has been a consulting specialist in natural healing for over 30 years. As an author and veteran lecturer for three colleges his command of clinical nutrition is second to none. He is also the Assistant Editor of the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine.

Ian Brighthope

    Prof., M.D., M.B.B.S., D.Ag.Sci

Melbourne, Australia President of the Australasian College of Nutritional & Environmental Medicine. Professor Brighthope is a medical doctor & surgeon with over 20 years of practical clinical experience. He has specialized in Nutritional and Environmental Medicine, with a particular interest in heart disease, psychiatric disorders, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, arthritis, asthma, food and chemical sensitivities, diabetes and cancer

Charlotte Gerson

    Founder of the Gerson Institute

San Diego, California Charlotte Gerson is the daughter of Dr Max Gerson and the founder of the Gerson Institute. At 85 years of age she is vibrantly healthy and a strong advocate of nutritional healing. In her work at the Gerson Institute she is dedicated to healing and preventing chronic diseases using natural treatments that activate the body's own healing response.

David Wolfe

    World Authority on Raw Foods & Superfoods

San Diego, California David Wolfe is a leading authority on Raw Food and Superfoods. Coming from a family of two medical doctors David has an interesting perspective on health and healing that confirms his belief in the immutable universal law 'you are what you eat'. David coaches Hollywood Producers and Celebrities as well as some of the world's leading business people and entrepreneurs

Dan Rogers

    Curing the "incurable"

San Diego, California Dr Dan Rogers is a trained Medical Doctor and Naturopath. He has been treating patients using integrative medicine since the late 1970's. What makes him so unique is his success in treating patients that have been deemed "incurable" by medical practitioners or hospitals. Dr Rogers believes in the use of the Gerson Plus therapy which is a nutrition based form of detoxification and healing from within.

Victor Zeines

    Holistic Dentist & Nutritionist

Manhattan, New York Dr Zeines is a clinically trained Dentist who has been practicing Holistic Dentistry for over 25 years. He has a masters degree in nutrition and has studied acupressure, kinesiology and chiropractic care. Dr Zeines believes that poor nutrition is one of the major causes of tooth decay and gum disease which is a precursor to chronic disease and can be reversed with improved nutrition and supplementation.

Phillip Day

    Investigative Journalist

Kent, UK Phillip Day is an author, investigative journalist and international speaker. His work revolves around uncovering the most effective treatments available today and distributing that information to as many people as possible. Phillip believes in taking responsibility for one's own health and that "prevention is worth a ton of cure at a thousandth of the cost.

Jerome Burne

    Medical Health Journalist

London, UK Jerome Burne is one of Britain's leading medical health journalists and a valuable contributor to Medicine Today. In his writings, Jerome brings the latest breakthroughs in medical health to a wider audience. He likes to emphasize that science-based does not always mean drug-based and that natural approaches are achieving astounding success rates. [6]


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