- Written and
Directed by Steve Kroschel.
Charlotte Gerson, Jay Kordich, Garrett Kroschel, Joyce
Riley, and Howard Straus.
- 92 mins.
potent, this 2008 docufilm celebrates how far we’ve come in
taking back our food supply, and even acknowledges the reality
that no one can verify an electronic vote count (which hand
counts can rectify but only if enough precincts care enough to
count the ballots - say 8 workers per thousand voters).
The sense of a genuine road trip and coming of age tale of this
teen, as he comes to recognize the major forces acting on his
health and well being, make this a nice Holiday respite from
tasks and parties and bad roads.
Mainstream organizations long involved in the food fight
the Gerson Therapy, whole
foods, GMOs, MSG and more, but Andrew Kimbrell from the
Center for Food Safety speaks forcefully and articulates well.
It’s from his lips the movie gets its title.
One of the talking heads, Howard Strauss of the Gerson
Institute, knocks you over by outright stating,
modified foods are lethal.”
But that’s after
Joyce Riley, a military nurse, discusses Gulf War Syndrome,
laying the blame on a variety of toxins including depleted
uranium, vaccines, GMO foods and the fog of war.
It’s a feel-good, eat-good flick, even if Kimbrell’s enthusiasm
in ’08 didn’t foresee
the Monsanto takeover of
the FDA and USDA, or the White
House (given Obama’s broken campaign promises to label GMOs and
not appoint industry insiders).
Top Doc‘s intro:
Raised on a
wildlife reserve in Alaska, 15-year-old Garrett was
interested in the dietary habits of the farm animals.
After the tragic
death of his mother, Garrett’s father decided to home-school
his son and assigned a book written by Dr. Max Gerson that
proposed a direct link between diet and a cure for cancer.
Fascinated, Garrett embarks in this documentary on a
cross-country road trip to investigate The Gerson Therapy.
He meets with
scientists, doctors and cancer survivors who reveal how it
is in the best interest of the multi-billion dollar medical
industry to dismiss the notion of alternative and natural
IMDB’s Plot Summary:
15-year-old boy attempting to cope with the recent death of
his mother sets out to research Dr. Max Gerson’s claims of a
diet that can cure cancer as his first assignment for
home-schooling in this documentary from filmmaker Steve
Kroschel (Avalanche, Dying to Have Known).
Garrett is a boy who has always been close to nature. He
lives on a reserve with a menagerie of orphaned animals, and
over the years he’s become especially sensitive to the
nutritional needs of the diet-sensitive animals he’s charged
with caring for.
mother suffers a tragic and untimely death, the boy falls
into a dangerous downward spiral and nearly flunks out of
Increasingly concerned for Garrett’s well-being and
determined to strengthen their bond despite the many
challenges on the horizon, his father makes the decision to
begin home-schooling the distressed teen.
assignment: study a controversial book written by Dr. Max
Gerson, a physician who claims to have discovered a diet
that’s capable of curing cancer.
Is Dr. Gerson’s
therapy truly the legitimate, alternative cure it appears to be?
In order to find out
the truth behind this long-suppressed treatment, Garrett
interviews not only Dr. Gerson’s family members, but various
doctors, skeptics, and cancer patients as well.