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THE GAME CHANGERS REVIEWED BY MENTAL HEALTH DOCTOR

THE GAME CHANGERS REVIEWED BY MENTAL HEALTH DOCTOR

By Bryan Wright 12 Comments December 4, 2019


The Game Changers has become
the best selling documentary of all time, on iTunes,
in less than a week. Others are calling it vegan propaganda. Well, in this video,
I’m gonna share with you my top three pros and top three cons of the documentary coming up. (upbeat music) I’m Doctor Karthik Ramanan, I’m a licensed Naturopathic Physician, specializing in integrative mental health and lifestyle medicine. I help ambitious individuals
end self criticism with tools and strategies to create
optimal, everyday mental health. So, if you’re new here and you know that you need to get out of
your own way, silence that negative voice in your
head, I’m here for you. Hit that subscribe button right now. Let’s go. Nutrition is a touchy,
ultra sensitive subject for a lot of people and I get it. We are literally what we eat. There’s an emotional connection and an identity associated
with how we eat. So, when somebody comes by and
says that how we eat is wrong well it’s easy to feel
like we’re being attacked. There is no one study that proves a right way of eating
for every single person. There’s no proof in nutrition or medicine. So let’s just get that
out of the way first. The best study that we could do would be an interventional trial where
we have thousands of people, some with chronic conditions,
some perfectly healthy and we provide them every morsel of food that they’re going to
eat for the following three months, six months, 10
years, 20 years and beyond and track their progress. It’s just not going to happen. To make matters much worse, there’s so much industry interest
in this field that it’s very hard to sift through
what’s industry funded, what’s not, what’s a well
designed study and what’s not and you can find a medical professional to support any point of view. Ultimately a lot of people
just end up believing what they wanna believe and then argue for the sake of feeling
that they’re right. But, as a physician, I’ve always got to recommend what’s
best for my patient. Licensed health professionals have a license that’s on the line. We can’t just give out health advice that may or may not be correct or may have a adverse effect
20 years down the road. That’s not how we operate. We have to operate from
within evidence based medicine and understanding the long term effects. I’ve personally seen a
whole food plant based diet reverse late stage heart
disease, diabetes, autoimmune conditions and drastically
improve mental health. Generally my recommendation
is to eat more whole plants and reduce animal product intake to whatever you feel works best for you. For me, and most of my
patients, that’s zero. It’s important to understand that we have no way of accurately
predicting what will happen to you specifically when you
eat a certain type of food or stop eating a certain type of food. We have food sensitivities
coming into play, macro nutrient preferences and proportions can vary from person to
person and our micro biomes are all different as well. A lot of factors to consider. And that’s why it’s important to work with a Naturopathic Physician or
a functional medicine doctor who specializes in lifestyle medicine and make a plan that is
most appropriate for you. That said, in my
experience with my patients and personally as somebody
that has lost over 100 pounds and found purpose in life
due to a nutritional change, eating more whole plants, just as they’re found in nature, is a good idea. And from a mental health standpoint, fiber provides the prebiotics
necessary to create and sustain a micro biome that supports proper neuro transmitter balance and help alleviate anxiety and depression. If you wanna learn more about that, I’ll link to a few episodes
of the Doctor K Show below. On to the film. Pro number one. Addressing the stigma
of real men eat meat. I thought the film did a fantastic job of doing that as a whole. As a man and a mental health professional, this whole be a man thing
is extremely damaging. It’s one of the worst things that you could tell a boy growing
up and a man as well. The film did a great
job of really proposing a different view of
masculinity, at least one that is not tied to a
certain type of eating. Number two, I thought it
was extremely inspiring. Really when you can show
that something can be done. In this case, peak athletic performance and building muscle on a
whole food plant based diet, our minds shift from figuring
out all the ways why it cannot happen to figuring out
hm how can I make this happen? Remind me to do strength training. I thought they did a
great job in discussing the nutritional research
and anthropological research along with anecdotal stories and evidence to, again, expand the mind. There’s no such thing,
again, as proof in medicine and they discussed a variety of the counterpoints to why a plant
based diet is not healthy and I thought they did that more so and better than
maybe any other documentary of it’s kind that I’ve seen at least. I thought they did a
great job in incorporating different medical professionals
and not the ones that are typically seen on these plant
based oriented documentaries. Which was nice to see
because, unfortunately, there are some brilliant,
brilliant doctors who, at this point, get dismissed because, oh they’re vegan so of
course they’re biased. Well, maybe they’re
plant based because they read the studies and treat real actual patients and see real actual results. So of course they would want to incorporate that lifestyle for themselves. That’s more a commentary
on society these days. Hey are you getting
value out of this so far? If so, smash that like button
and let’s get into the cons. Con number one, they did
a good job of discussing some of the potential
short comings nutritionally on a plant based diet
which includes vitamin B12 and they did a good job of
describing that situation because B12 deficiency is common among a major cross section of the population because of sanitation that
we have in modern society. Which is a good thing. What they didn’t talk about
was the Omega three issues specifically DHA and EPA. Now, fish provide a major dietary source of these fatty acids but, for
plant based eaters, we can actually get it directly from
the source which is algae. So, if you look for an algae based omega three supplement,
you’re covered there. I do wish that the film had covered that. Number two, I would’ve loved
to see micro biome research stated further because the
affect that the micro biome has on our immune function,
our mental health and more is just massive and more
people need to know about that. And number three, I
think they could’ve done a better job making a distinction between a vegan diet and a plant based diet and specifically a whole
food plant based diet because one of the things
that I’m worried about as a physician going
forward is the increased availability of mock meats
like Impossible Burger. Now look, from a ethical standpoint and an environmental standpoint,
those are better options. Agreed. But from a health standpoint, not so much. See if the trend continues, I
think we’re gonna start seeing less and less of a benefit
in the research studies because what constitutes
a plant based diet is going to get very, very cloudy. Remember the closer that we eat to nature, the better off we’ll be. So there you have it. Should you see The Gamechangers? Well, if you have an open mind
I would say yes absolutely. Now, if you’re firmly entrenched
in the plant based camp or any other camp, honestly it probably won’t move the needle for you. Question of the day, what did you think of The Gamechangers documentary. Let me know in the comment section below. I read and respond to every comment. Until next time, I
believe in your greatness.

12 Comments found

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Dr. Karthik Ramanan

Question of the day: What did you think of The Game Changers?

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Kurt Smith

I'm going to have to check it out on Netflix tomorrow!

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Better With Improv

OK, first let me say you are killing it. This hooked my interest and kept me engaged. Secondly I have confess I was eating a chicken sandwich while viewing this and I put it down to finish watching. I also loved the hey Siri line!!!!

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Erin Ellis

It thought it was great!! The Fireman watched it with me and even liked it and asked me to pause it when he went to the bathroom. Now, can I get him to eat less meat? We'll see.

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Don Rimel

I have not seen the documentary yet. You discussed important items in the video. I was sceptical when a change in diet to a predominant whole food plant based diet was discussed with my doctor. After some research I made the change. As you say in the video, each person might need a slightly different diet based on many factors. I can say there have been improvements in my blood chemistry and cardiovascular system. It is definitely an intentional lifestyle commitment. Thank you for another thought provoking video.

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Thomas Hargis

I’m excited to check it out – thanks for the heads up!

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SnowflakeForest Felting

So much information! Wow! Wonderful!!!!

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Cooking with Sonny

I’m on board with that trial!! Wise words as always doctor!! 👍

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Geoffrey Nkanza

I just watched the documentary yesterday and it was really thought provoking. I always thought that eating more vegetables but meat is so in our faces that it was really hard. Everywhere meat is advertised for being strong but having Arnold Schwarzenegger coming to tell me that he changed his regime and some of the best athletes telling that they are on a plant based diet – it got my full attention.

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Steve Grech

I found it to be very good at educating people on the benefits of plant based eating and how it can improve your health.
For me I've been eating plant based for 4 years and my health was amazing, but over the past year I've been eating too much mock meat and mock cheese and I've put on a little weight.
So watching the game changers has got me back on track again and now I am focused on whole foods again like I did in my first 2 years of vegan eating.

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Steve Grech

What Algae Omega 3 do you take? Thanks 🙂

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Gustavo A

Another perspective on the matter below. I think it is important to adhere to science instead of opinions of eating plant based compared to eating a Standard American Diet (full of refined carbs, vegetable oils, processed foods). Any diet is better than Standard American Diet. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJvCuXEjQeA&feature=youtu.be

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