FMTV - Chow Down

Chow Down

Runtime: 73m 22s | Release date: 2010

This film features: Joel Fuhrman, T. Colin Campbell.

Root for Charles, John and Garnet as they try to buck the system of pills and procedures and outfox their heart disease and diabetes. When their doctors inform them they can't get better, our intrepid trio tells the doctors to think again. Charles, John and Garnet decide to take on their diseases by drastically changing their diets. We all know making resolutions is easy; sticking to them is the hard part. With lighthearted animation, piercing expert interviews and a feisty attitude, Chow Down is the moving story of the success you can achieve when you rewrite the recipe for a healthy life.


Please be advised that although we feel there are important messages in this film, we also acknowledge that there may be conflicting ideologies that challenge beliefs. We like to encourage our viewers to do their own diligent research to determine which is the right approach for them as we regard nutrition and health as being highly individualized and not a ‘one size fits all’ approach.

Neal Barnard
Alfred Bove
T. Colin Campbell
Hans Diehl
Ann Esselstyn
Caldwell Esselstyn Jr.
Joel Fuhrman
Helene Glassberg
Garnet Hall
George Hall
Michael Jacobson
David Katz
Luise Light
Mary McNamara
Willis McNamara
John Oehrle
Lynn Silver
Michele Simon
Charles Venezia
Toni Venezia


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Gillian Harper | 10 months, 1 week ago
I can’t do plant based diet it’s really upset my IBS. I think I will have to go back to eating grass fed meat, eggs fish with out many vegetables I don’t get stomach problems then. Anyone else with this problem?
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Iris Aguanta | FMTV | 10 months, 1 week ago
Hi Gillian, what works is different for everybody, yet when we feed our body the most nutrient-rich and healthful foods, we can help to prevent disease, gain more energy, manage our weight naturally and feel amazing! We don't believe there is a one size fits all approach to the 'perfect diet' as everybody is unique and needs to eat accordingly. We encourage you to do some research into all of the dietary theories, experiment with them, listen to your body and do what makes it feel good :) We would also suggest seeking one-on-one support from a Health Practitioner as they will be able to provide advice with consideration to your specific circumstance. You can browse through our incredible hand-picked Practitioners, and book in for a consultation here: Hope this helps and all the best on your journey ahead! ❤ ~ Iris
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Laurel Honey | 1 year, 6 months ago
Thought this was a bit depressing for newbies to get a clear picture of this lifestyle. I'm 70, been on a whole foods plant based diet for almost 50 years. Both my parents died of cancer in their late 50's so I knew I needed to change my rare steaks and chocolate shakes addiction for better choices. I haven't regretted it ever! I tell my cooking classes you couldn't have told me at 20 that I would crave colorful salads as much as I did meat. As the palate and mind grow brighter and the body more durable, the joy for life increases. I don't know what people were eating in the film but vegan food can be fabulous! I have no problem convincing my students once they taste the food. As for the family who wouldn't support the mom, shame on you. Incredibly selfish husband and kids.
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Joyce Ann Solomon | FMTV | 1 year, 6 months ago
Such a meaningful feedback, Laurel. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us :) ~ Joyce
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Suparn Kumar Singh | 2 years, 3 months ago
Subtitles not working for this video. Please fix :)
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Iris Aguanta | FMTV | 2 years, 3 months ago
Hi Suparn, thank you for bringing this to our attention. I have already passed this on to our tech team and we will have this fixed the soonest possible time. We appreciate your patience and understanding whilst we look into this :) ~ Iris
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Tania Baxter | 2 years, 8 months ago
Excellent. I wonder how Charles, John and Garnet are going now, 8 yrs later.
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Jasmin Habelito | FMTV | 2 years, 8 months ago
Hi Tania! Thanks for connecting with us about this. We recommend you get in touch with the filmmakers about how Charles, John and Garnet are now doing: ~ Jasmin ❤️
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Lynn Ferguson | 3 years, 6 months ago
Some good information here. However, I feel that some of it is still biased toward high carbs which leads to very slow weight loss and if this was quicker people would buy in quicker. A vegetarian diet relies heavily on grains, peas, beans, lentils and legumes which all increase the carb load. I feel that meat and fats are getting the blame for CVD wrongly. Its more than likely the type of meats and fats they were all eating that are the problem. If meat was raised properly, organic grass-fed, pasture raised then, like our own ancestors, who survived millions of years and must have been healthy otherwise we would not be hear today, it could be part of a very healthy diet. What needs looking at is how our food is raised and grown as even a plant based diet from plants treated with chemical fertilisers in nutrient deplete soils will not sustain good health. And also grains are causing a lot of problems for people. Ok they are probably healthier than on their original diets, but if the new diets were super clean just think of the weight loss and improvements. !
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Rachel Alexander | 3 years, 3 months ago | Edited 3 years, 3 months ago
I agree cleaner Diets...............We need to respect the meat, its ok to say grass feed but the world cannot all eat grass feed meat at the rate the world eats meats now, it unsustainable, where would we get the acres of land with the lush grass to feed these animals.. and then they talk about lean meats so everyone wants just the eye fillet from a 500lb animal ?? plant based has proved its self time and time again. in our house we eat 5 veg(local in season) 1 fish(sustainable) and 1 meat based(yep organic grass fed) for dinner a week and we don't catch the colds going around in fact we haven't had a sickness that has put even one of us in bed, even for just a day, for over 3 yrs. Its not all about rapid weight loss the years of abuse:/ and expect it to be fixed in a couple months :/ ??? .. if you feed your body correctly then it finds its own size and happy place :) Oh and just say no to GMO.