Documentary screening to explore health effects of plant-based diet

By: Mike Koury | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published February 3, 2016

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BEVERLY HILLS — The Birmingham Groves High School auditorium will play host to a special film presentation and talk with the people behind the documentary “PlantPure Nation.”

The talk and screening takes place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, in the auditorium of the school, 20500 W. 13 Mile Road.

The film features Dr. T. Colin Campbell, PhD., professor emeritus of nutritional biochemistry at Cornell University; his son, Nelson Campbell; and Kentucky state Rep. Tom Riner as they try to spread the message of the benefits of a plant-based diet.

The idea for the documentary began after Colin Campbell spoke on the floor of the Kentucky House of Representatives, invited by Riner, to present a pilot program to show the benefits of a plant-based diet. After the bill went to committee, Nelson Campbell, the director and writer of the film, said the plan was killed by lobbyists.

It was at that point, Nelson Campbell said, that he decided to make a documentary about the program and show the inner connections of this idea to other, bigger issues, such as the economy, the political system and farming.

“Too often we try to make change from the top down, through government or through industry,” he said. “But we have enormous power at the local level that we can all come together and work in common cause.”

Colin Campbell said the diet can benefit people with heart disease, high cholesterol and excess weight, as well as help with things like general aches and pains.

“This is not a vegan diet,” he said. “It’s not a vegetarian diet. It’s not the reason I got into it.”

Colin Campbell, a professor for more than 50 years, said people should have known about these health results, but the idea of nutrition having such powerful effects was getting shot down.

“If we just give our bodies a chance do what it wants to do with the food we consume and make sure we give our bodies the right kinds of food, good things happen,” he said.

Nelson Campbell said that on the heels of the film release, they are launching a grass-roots movement, setting up a pod program called PlantPure Pods, with 230 “pods,” or groups, in 11 countries.

“We hope that people who are new to this health message learn the dramatic healing powers of a plant-based diet,” he said. “We also hope that people learn why it is that this idea hasn’t become better known over the past few decades. Why this information has been suppressed. That really helps to motivate people, to open people up.”

Tickets for the event cost $15 online at or $20 at the door.