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The Game Changers it’s a new movie
documentary released a few weeks ago in which James Wilks who is a former UFC
champion a fighting champion he gets injured and he sets out on a quest to
determine the optimum diet for human health and performance and along the way
he meets with various scientists and top athletes to determine the best way to
get healthy to perform and to recover so today we’re going to talk about the
movie and the arguments made to see if he indeed found the optimal diet coming
right up hey I’m dr. Ekberg I’m a holistic doctor and a former Olympic
decathlete and if you want to truly master health by understanding how the
body really works make sure that you subscribe and hit that notification bell
so that you don’t miss anything I think that I’m somewhat uniquely qualified in
commenting on this movie because I am a doctor I have extensive training in
physiology in neurology and in nutrition furthermore I have been a vegetarian for
seven years not the last several years but from 1995 to 2002 or so I was a
vegetarian I decided to not continue that because I judged that for me that
was not the best solution but if there’s someone else who feels that way then I’m
not going to judge them or try to convert them into meat eating I’ve also
been an Olympic decathlete so I have performed at that level of athleticism
and I’ve had some success and at that time I was eating meat then after that
career I was like I said a vegetarian for many years and now for the last 15
years or so I have been an omnivore I eat all sorts of things one of the
viewers on my channel Cindy Zhu she saw this movie the game-changers and she was
concerned so she wrote and asked if the movie was indeed true
and could the plant-based diet be an even better alternative than what she
had been doing so far the movie is a very good movie it’s very well produced
it has a lot of names behind it a lot of famous people have invested in the movie
and are listed as co-producers arnold schwarzenegger pamela anderson jackie
chan and so forth James Cameron has produced it directed it so there’s a lot
of famous people involved and as always we tend to confuse Fame with expertise
so as soon as something is well produced and there’s someone is famous behind it
for some reason we think that the the data has more value and we want to
start understanding that that’s not necessarily the case so the movie makes
the argument that a plant-based diet is superior to an animal-based diet in
every way that performance and sex drive and longevity and health everything
about your life gets better if you stop eating meat and you start eating plants
so I’m not opposed to vegans I’m not opposed to vegetarianism but I I do get
a little upset when someone has an agenda and they say that this is the
only way to eat and then they try to scare you with tactics and
misinformation and they they cherry pick certain pieces of information and they
present it in a way that it looks like the truth so I think that there’s lots
of happy people who are vegetarians and there’s lots of happy healthy people who
are omnivores who are meat eaters so we just want to start understanding the
bigger picture so James Wilks sets out on this quest to
find the optimal diet because he is a UFC fighter he’s a champion in the
fighting circle and at the time he was eating meat no less but then when he
gets injured he decides he gets a lot of time on his hands so he wants to find
out what’s the fastest the most productive the most optimal way
to heal and recover so they can get back on his feet
he starts doing some research and interestingly enough being a fighter one
of the things that catches his eyes is one of the original fighters the
gladiator so let’s just take a quick look and see what he has to say about
that. This totally blew my mind the gladiators
were highly priced fighters who got the most advanced training and medical care
in the Roman Empire to think that the original professional fighters ate
mainly plants when against everything I’d been taught about nutrition. The
first argument in the movie is that plant food is superior because the
original fighters gladiators were vegetarian and I’m not going to argue
whether they were or not but I think it’s a bit strong to say that they were
highly prized fighters and that they received the best nutrition and medical
care in the Roman Empire as if the gladiators were prized because you they
respected them and they were highly valued they were valued like animals for
slaughter they just like we feed up cows today whatever it takes to get the cow
as fat as possible by feeding them grain then that’s what they did to the
gladiators not to get them fat that’s not what I mean by that comparison but
the purpose was only to make the gladiator lasts long enough and perform
well enough to last a couple of years as a fighter before he was sacrificed for
the purpose of entertainment so just to refresh my memory I went to the
Wikipedia and looked up gladiators and there I read the following. Gladiators
most were despised as slaves schooled under harsh conditions socially
marginalized and segregated even in death now that doesn’t sound like
someone that they respected and cared about for the value of the person that
was they cared about them because they had entertainment value in the movie
they talk about the gladiators having certain minerals in the bone that
strontium was present and that that’s a sign that’s proof that they were
vegetarians and sure enough that I’m sure that the gladiators had very good
bone quality because human bone gets stronger up to about age 20 that’s when
a human is fully grown and these gladiators they really didn’t live much
longer wikipedia says about life expectancy that george ville using
evidence from first century gladiator headstones calculated an average age at
death of 27 and mortality among all who entered the arena at 19 out of a hundred
so for every hundred people that were into the arena to fight nineteen died
every time for each fight nineteen percent of people died or were executed
or sacrificed so again that doesn’t sound like highly prized to me but even
age twenty seven is probably a high estimate because that was based on
tombstones and most of these people didn’t get tombstones
so Marcus Jumkelman disputes Villes calculation for average age of death he
says the majority would have received no headstone and they would have died early
in their careers at eighteen to twenty five years of age so the average career
of a gladiator was about one to two years that’s the life expectancy so yes
they’re not going to have osteoporosis they’re not gonna have signs of
degeneration they’re going to be young healthy people no matter what you feed
them in one of the physicians that provided that top medical care was
someone a Greek physician called Galen and he was to become arguably the most
accomplished of all medical researchers of antiquity Galen influenced the
development of various scientific disciplines including anatomy physiology
pathology pharmacology and neurology as well as philosophy and logics so Galen
was a very well rounded physician and he part of his training at a gladiator
school in Pergamum where he saw and would later criticize the training, diet,
and long-term health prospects of the gladiators so he criticized the diet and
again you can’t really make an argument that these gladiators were very very
well cared for and that they got they were vegetarians because they felt that
that was the best food available for them at the time next James Wilks meets
up with an ultra marathon runner has been very successful and it’s broken all
sorts of records and he ran the Appalachian Trail faster than anyone had
done before and this person is a vegetarian so James Wilkes asks well how
can a vegetarian generate enough energy for these long endurance races so he
goes to get information from dr. James Loomis. What I found in the locker room
was some pretty outdated ideas about nutrition you would go to a pre game
dinner with the football team and you would see this spread there would be
steak and chicken very much protein oriented because their perception was
that the protein is what sustains their energy but in fact that’s not the case
the actual energy for exercise comes mainly from carbohydrates in the form of
glycogen that we store in our muscles and when we sacrifice those carbohydrate
calories for protein calories in our diet what ends up happening is you will
develop really chronic carbohydrate or glycogen depletion and what does that
lead to well it leads to chronic fatigue and loss of stamina I totally agree with
dr. Loomis that it’s an outdated idea that the athletes had that you would get
your energy from the meat from the protein in the meat but when dr. Loomis
says that carbs are the main source of energy that carbs are the source of fuel
and then he shows a diagram with protein robbing energy from carbohydrates it’s
as if those were the only two macro-nutrients that we have access to. Of course I seem to remember that there is a third one namely fat and
what most people don’t realize even if you eat zero fat which you wouldn’t last
very long but if you ate extremely low fat diet your body your cells still run
at about 50 percent carbohydrate and 50% fat because a lot of your cells function
better on fat and your body can’t store carbohydrate very well so it turns the
carbohydrate into fat and then you burn a mix of carbohydrate and fat so even if
you eat almost zero fat your body is still gonna burn about 50/50 so to have
a graph that depicts that it is carbs and protein that provide the energy
that’s just ridiculous really so if you’re a carb dependent if
you eat mostly carbohydrate and no fats you’re gonna run on about 50 percent
carbs and 50 percent fat however if you are fat adapted then if you’re on a
ketogenic diet then you’re gonna run about five percent carbohydrate and
you’re gonna run about ninety-five percent of your energy coming from fat
now in both of these cases depending on how much protein you eat some of the
excess protein is going to be burned for energy as well so these numbers are not
exact but you get the approximate idea that it’s not energy from carbs or
protein it’s about energy from carbs or fat and that the primary energy source
in the body is fat if you eat a bunch of carbs some of them will be converted to
fat but if you eat mostly fat it will be burned as fat you don’t convert fat into
carbs and his final argument was that if you don’t eat enough carbs you’re going
to deplete your glycogen stores and you’ll end up with chronic fatigue
lack of energy and stamina and the exact opposite is true because what robs you
of stamina is when you are not fat adapted and when you eat enough carbs to
become insulin resistant it’s the insulin resistance that creates the
chronic fatigue not the other way around so there is no mention in this entire
movie about fat as an energy source the only time that fat comes up is when they
mention how bad it is when you have animal fats in the blood they talk about
how it interferes with the circulation and with the endothelium so take a look
at that there’s a direct correlation between a meal and endothelial function
the endothelium is the lining of blood vessels it regulates blood flow
throughout the body it knows that a particular muscle group or organ needs
more blood flow and it dilates it opens up when the endothelium is impaired it
cannot open up it cannot allow blood flow to increase as much and therefore
repairs athletic performance now that looked pretty convincing to me I mean I
get scared when I see those graphics and I see that blood vessel shut down and I
mean it feels like that’s a really bad thing so I went to look at some of the
research and I didn’t have time to look at a bunch of it but I did just sort of
pick one at random to see what it said and I picked one from the American
Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2013 it’s listed in in the movie and what
they actually said though is that saturated fatty acids do not impair
endothelial function and arterial stiffness so the research that they
quote says the exact opposite of what they said in the movie now that doesn’t
inspire a whole lot of confidence in me I must say so it says in this study
results for a hundred and twelve participants with data available for
analysis on the specified outcomes no significant
differences were shown and in the conclusion it says the replacement of
saturated fatty acids with multi unsaturated fatty acids or carbohydrates
in healthy subjects does not affect the vascular function so here’s the thing
about research though that in this case the the claims were not even supported
the the research said the exact opposite at least in the one that that I found
I’m sure that there were some positive findings in some of the other research
I’m not disputing that but for every piece of research that says one thing
there is an equally prestigious piece of research that says the opposite that
when you look enough into research it’s almost like a perfect 50/50 split on the
topics and they’re all sort of contradicting each other why is that
because for two reasons people tend to find what they’re looking
for they have an objective when they start the research and they’re more
likely to meet that objective than to not meet it the other thing is that if
you find what you’re looking for you’re really happy and you rush to publish but
if you don’t find what you’re looking for as a researcher then you tend not to
publish and this isn’t just my opinion or theory it turns out about 85 to 90
percent of positive results get published about 85 to 90 percent of
negative results don’t get published so in other words they publish when they
find what they’re looking for and that’s the stuff that we believe is research
and even so they contradict each other so whatever you look whatever you’re
trying to prove with research you can always go out and find a study that
supports what you believe so then after they show us the scary
video of the endothelium collapsing then they actually do some blood tests and then they do put the blood in a centrifuge to separate it and then
they show us what happened. Here’s your blood from today and your blood from
yesterday nice and clear both of them so notice the wording there when he holds
them up he says look nice and clear okay who says clear is nice there is no
evidence there is no proof there’s no suggestion what if cloudy is better
there’s lots of athletes who eat meat and do extremely well with cloudy blood
maybe that’s better but we’re given these presuppositions
that help us make the decision so right after he the chicken fried guy is shown
the vials he says oh that’s pretty gross okay I wouldn’t want that floating in my
blood because he’s been given the impression that that’s a bad thing but
what if cloudy is better okay the research they gave certainly
didn’t support the fact that it had any impact may be cloudy is better and if it
actually is fat in the blood and fat is our primary fuel then maybe that’s a
good thing I don’t know but I’m just saying that what they’re suggesting is
not proof of anything a little later in the movie they ask the question well
what are humans actually supposed to eat what are we biologically physiologically
suited to eat are humans primarily plant eaters or are we better suited to be
meat eaters. Humans do not have any specialized genetic anatomical or
physiological adaptations to meat consumption by contrast we have many
adaptations to plan consumption we have longer digestive tracts then do
carnivores and this allows humans to digest
and fibers that require longer processing time so let’s discuss that
argument she says that humans have no specific
adaptation to eat meat but we have many adaptations to eat plants
well again she’s selecting certain data so there’s probably 50 different
criteria to determine if we’re suited for one or the other but I’m gonna pick
three she picked one and she talked about the length of the digestive tract
so yes humans have a different digestive tract than a lion but we are closer to a
lion much closer to a lion than we are to a cow so if we look at a carnivore a
meat-eater like a lion they have a short relatively short digestive tract small
intestine they have a very low pH meaning they make a tremendous amount of
hydrochloric acid the pH is between one and three in most carnivores their teeth
are sharp to allow shredding of meat and they don’t have any flat teeth to grind
down vegetables and plants plant either an herbivore like a cow or a rabbit or
an antelope they have a very different digestive tract they have a very long
digestive tract very complicated digestive tract it really has nothing in
common with a human or a lion because they have mostly have stomachs with
bacteria that digest the food for them they have multiple stomachs with
bacteria and humans and lions have none so it’s a very long and complicated and
different very different their pH is high they have very little hydrochloric
acid because there is no animal protein to break down and digest and their teeth
are flat to allow the grinding of grass and plant products so where do humans
fall when humans are omnivores that means we can eat a little bit of
everything carnivores have developed primarily in
areas where there is plenty of meat to eat herbivores have developed they live
in areas where there’s plenty of plants but humans as you know they have spread
out over the planet and there’s some people that eat primarily meat there’s
some people that eat primarily plants there’s some people that eat primarily
fish some eat primarily fruit and they all do relatively well because we are
omnivores we have the length of our digestive tract is medium it is longer
than the lion but it looks nothing like a cow we also have a stomach that is
very very similar the first part of digestion where we break down protein is
almost identical to a lion it is a a small bowl that receives the food that
produces tremendous amounts of hydrochloric acid we have the same pH
between 1 and 3 as a lion or most carnivores do if we look at the teeth
human teeth are sharp in the front and flat in the back so that we can do both
we don’t have one or the other we have both which means that we are suited to
eat all kinds of different food there’s probably no one alive that hasn’t heard
that you’re supposed to eat more fruits and vegetables and I’m not gonna argue
with that I would say eat more vegetables and fruits if your insulin
resistant then eat and very little fruit but we hear this eat more
vegetables and fruit eat more vegetables and fruit it’s like a mantra and the
main reason the primary argument is that it is full of vitamins, minerals, and
anti-oxidants. So let’s see what they have to say about that the antioxidants
dr. Stahl was talking about I found almost entirely in plants which have on
average 64 times the antioxidant content of animal foods even iceberg lettuce has
more antioxidants than salmon or eggs as a result
switching to a plant-based diet can help reduce measures of inflammation by 29
percent in just three weeks. So if we have bought into the idea of
antioxidants then that sounds like a compelling argument like wow sixty-four
times more antioxidants like 64 times more of the good stuff even iceberg
lettuce that’s just like water has more antioxidants than salmon so why would
you want to eat salmon if it doesn’t have any antioxidants? So all of this is
part of a big myth the first thing is that what antioxidants are and who
they’re good for so plants make antioxidants to protect plants they
don’t have any higher ulterior motive they don’t sit around in the soil and
say oh I bet there’s some human that’s going to come and eat me later I think
I’m gonna make some antioxidants so that human can get healthy. No, plants make
antioxidants to protect plants okay humans do the same thing humans make
antioxidants for humans. Inside our own cells we make something called
glutathione and that is the primary and the only antioxidants that really matter
in humans and guess what it doesn’t come from a plant it is made up from three
amino acids that called glycine glutamine and cysteine and amino acids
of course are protein so there’s nothing magical about antioxidants in plants
because they’re made for plants. Humans make glutathione which is by far the
dominant it provides the vast majority of antioxidant function in the human
body and we make it ourselves from amino acids which come from proteins
another thing most people don’t realize about antioxidants is the very name
antioxidant why do we what does that mean it’s against oxygen that’s what it
means why do we have oxygen why do we breathe because we breathe in oxygen so
that we can oxidize the fuel the protein carbohydrates and fat and turn them into
energy that’s how humans make energy it’s from fuel that we oxidize with
oxygen when you take an antioxidant you interfere with that energy production so
don’t worry if you just eat a normal food if you just eat plenty of
vegetables and even fruit if you’re not insulin resistant then you’re not gonna
get any damaging amounts of antioxidants but if you eat that plus you take a
bunch of supplements of alpha lipoic acid and mega doses of vitamin A and C
and E now you’re actually shortening your lifespan you are interfering with
the energy production you’re preventing your body from producing the energy that
it needs to have so if you’re not sure about how important that oxygen is for
energy production then just hold your breath for a few minutes and see how
eager you are to get some more oxygen in you and then realize that the more
synthetic antioxidant supplements that you take the more you’re interfering so
that those supplements are more like suffocation therapy than than anything
else probably the most common argument though for carbohydrates not just for
plants in general but for carbohydrates is that we need blood glucose and that
the brain can only run on sugar let’s see what they have to say about that. “We
have a brain that just is desperate for glucose it I mean it’s such a fussy
organ that’s the only thing it really takes in for energy
well meats not a very good source of glucose. To have a big brain like this you
need to eat something different and the most efficient way to get glucose is to
eat carbohydrates.” Brain is desperate for glucose it’s such a fussy organ and
protein is not a great source all of those three things are just wrong
because the body uses whatever fuel is available and I agree protein by itself
is not the best fuel but if need be the body can make glucose from protein the
brain is pretty fussy because it doesn’t eat protein it uses glucose and it
doesn’t use fat per se but in the absence of glucose the brain will run on
as much as 75% ketones and ketones is a byproduct of fat metabolism so to say
that the brain only runs on glucose is just plain wrong and when he says that
the brain when you have a big brain that the best way to fuel it is to eat lots
of carbohydrates that is just not true because carbohydrates especially
processed carbohydrates but carbohydrates in general what they do is
they create blood sugar spikes they do indeed raise blood sugar and provide
fuel for the brain but it produces too high a level it produces spikes and then
when you have a spike it’s going to come down so now you have a blood sugar
roller coaster and over time you can also get hypoglycemia on the bottom end
of it and with continued carb consumption you develop insulin
resistance and this is not a mystery anymore 85, 87 % of the world is
overweight of the Western world is overweight and that is because of
insulin resistance and what happens to the brain that he argues that the brain
loves that glucose well when you get insulin resistant then you also get an
insulin resistant brain that is why they now call dementia type 3
diabetes okay carbohydrates is not the preferred fuel it is one of two fuels it
is a good fuel if we can provide it in a stable manner the carbohydrates don’t
provide it in a stable manner it provides it in a rollercoaster manner
and the brain doesn’t like that at all another pretty tragic thing is in a
movie like this when they’re talking about athletes about ultimate fighting
champions about boxers about football players these are people in contact
sports these are people who hit their head on a regular basis and even if they
wear helmets which some of them don’t then the brain is very soft and it’s
inside a very hard shell and when you get hit even if the helmet prevents the
skull from cracking the brain is bouncing around and hitting up against
the inside of the bone creating traumatic brain injuries micro traumas
all day long and the brain has a very limited ability to repair it’s encased
in bone for the very reason that it’s supposed to be protected it’s delicate
and when it’s not supposed to get injured it has a very poor ability to
clean up and regenerate and the best hope the brain has of regenerating is
called autophagy and autophagy happens in the absence of insulin and
carbohydrate so if you get hit in the head on a regular basis and you eat a
high carbohydrate diet you’re really setting yourself up for some long-term
neurological damage so especially the people who get hit in the head they
should do a keto diet and they should work with intermittent fasting because
that autophagy is their best hope of preventing brain degeneration a couple
of more things that they mentioned in the movie is protein that they say that
it’s a myth that meat has a higher quality protein that all that matters
is the presence of the essential amino acids in the food itself and that’s
simply not true they are correct in that plant food has lots of protein but it’s
not in the same proportion and it isn’t as bioavailable it is not absorbed and
utilized to the same degree to the same percentage that animal food is and they
also talk about iron heme iron meaning iron from muscle or blood and they say
that that’s associated with increased inflammation and increased heart disease
again they’re picking pieces isolated pieces of information they don’t know
what else that person ate okay it could have been all the sugar or all the trans
fats or all the bread that they had with it but iron availability is a huge deal
and heme iron is much more available so there is 2 billion people in the world
up to 2 billion people who are anemic and anemia is one of the worst diseases
that you can have anemia means that you don’t have enough iron you don’t have
enough hemoglobin in your red blood cells to capture and transport the
oxygen to your cells so it’s like you’re always starving for oxygen everything in
your body runs on 70 to 80 percent because it’s not getting the fuel and
that’s up to 2 billion people and guess what most of those people are primarily
vegetarian because the iron in the plants are not as available as a matter
of fact they’ve checked and 2/3 of the iron in the human body comes from heme
iron from blood or muscle even though that’s only one third of the iron
ingested so we can eat tons of spinach and plant food that has iron but it
doesn’t mean that we’re actually going to absorb and utilize it and the same
thing holds true for the protein that the bioavailability how much of it
that we absorb and utilize is not the same we don’t absorb as much from plants
as we do from animals so there’s a lot of people who can do well on plant food
and I congratulate them and I applaud them and I respect and support them but
there’s also a large number of people who after several years of being a
vegetarian get very sick because they can’t absorb the iron and the protein
and the appropriate amino acids as a clinician you see a lot of difficult
cases we see a lot of vegetarians we see a lot of examples so it doesn’t mean
that meat or plant food is good or bad but you got to figure out what works for
you and if something works for you don’t try to push that on someone else and say
that this is better for you and then toward the later part of the movie they
bring up a very very serious problem that I totally agree with them except
they’re drawing the wrong conclusions from it this is regarding the
environment and the deforestation and how much water is used the wrong way
let’s take a look. About three-quarters of all the agricultural land in the
world is used for livestock production and it imposes a huge cost on
biodiversity and what is the single biggest source of habitat destruction
it’s the livestock sector meat dairy egg and fish farming use 83
percent of the world’s farmland yet provide only 18% of the world’s calories. So this is the real big problem that we face that the way that we produce food
has gotten totally out of control but it’s so easy to blame to try to find
a scapegoat and in this movie they say oh look it’s the meat eaters they are
the problem but it’s not it’s the way that we are producing food overall it’s
not the the meat eaters it’s not the cows fault it’s the industrialization of
Agriculture it’s the industrialization is the mass scaling of food production
that’s the problem the soil depletion and the runoff and the pollution and all
the garbage ending up in the rivers it’s not about the meat or not it’s about the
fact that we use mass farming we use synthetic fertilizers chemical
fertilizers and we don’t rotate crops we don’t respect nature we don’t treat we
don’t do anything in balance with nature and it doesn’t matter if you grow plants
for themselves or if you grow plants to feed to animals it’s just the wrong
model okay it’s not that we need to stop eating meat it is that we need to change
how we produce food overall and so often we hear the argument that oh well we
need GMOs to feed the world’s population we need those mass farms we need the
chemical fertilizers and that is one big lie it’s a huge fallacy and I looked
into that just a little bit and I thought to myself that well you know
there are small farms that I know of farms that produce tremendous amounts of
food and they are using the resources of nature they’re doing everything
sustainably and environmentally and they rotate and they can keep this going
forever so I thought let’s
see how many percent how much of the world’s food is actually produced on
small farms because we get the impression that almost all the food
comes from these mega farms alright so I expected to see that maybe a few percent
that maybe 2 percent of the world’s food comes from small farms and then I was
preparing the argument to say that well you know if 2 percent comes from small
farms let’s just multiply those farms 50 times and we can have a hundred percent
of the food supply ok I thought that would be reasonable but it totally blew
me away I had absolutely no idea how much of the world’s food comes from
small farms it turns out more than 70% of the entire production of food in the
world comes from farms less than 25 acres the large farms only supply 30
percent of the food so it’s not even a big transition the only reason that we
have ended up with these mass production farms is for commercial interests for
the convenience of automation and for government subsidies ok and if we really
want to go back to producing food in a natural way we can produce vegetables
and meat in abundance on the areas that the world provides and even meat can be
produced sustainably and one great example is a place called Polyface farm
in Virginia there’s the farmer it’s a family farm farmer named Joel Salatin
and he has been farming there for over 50 years and for the last 50 years I
don’t know if he himself has done it for that long but for the last 50 years they
have not introduced they have not bought any chemical fertilizers they have not
planted any seeds they do not own a plow or a silo they have 500 acres
and out of those 500 acres they have a hundred acres open for grazing where
they feed their animals 400 acres is still forest so on that hundred acres
they produce naturally 300 percent more meat than a commercial farm okay using
product modern production methods the way that we are taught the way we’re
made to believe that it’s the only way to feed the world through chemicals and
and mass production well he’s doing it naturally and he is producing 300
percent more food per acre and he doesn’t add anything it just lets nature
take care of it he rotates the crop he moves the fields around he moves the
cattle around and it happens the way it’s supposed to I think the movie
succeeds in showing that there’s a really good chance that you can be
healthy and you can have a very productive long life if you choose to be
a vegetarian or a vegan I think the movie completely fails to prove its
arguments that the plant-based food would be superior I think all of their
arguments are hollow I think they have gathered their information by picking
and choosing which anybody can do to support their point of view I think they
have backed themselves with a lot of famous people and influential people and
that we confuse that with the truth with expertise so again learn as much as you
can about the principles about the physiology and I wanted to make this
movie because when my viewer asked me and I started looking into the movie I
saw it as a threat because the biggest problem that we have is insulin
resistance and if people stopped eating animal food and they start eating
predominantly plant-based food and the way not that you can’t eat a low carb
diet on plant food but the way the movie promotes it is to
eat a high carbohydrate food to fuel your activity and fuel your brain and
what you’re going to fuel that way is insulin resistance and if you are very
insulin sensitive and you eat this way you can probably do that and live very
well for very long but if you are insulin resistant like almost 90 percent
of the population then you are not going to be able to reverse that insulin
resistance by eating the way they suggest so I wanted to really clarify
things in this comment so that people feel assured and feel safe that yes it
is okay to eat an omnivorous diet you can eat a little bit of everything I don’t
think you should necessarily over do one or the other figure out what works best
for you I would also urge you to buy the best quality food that you can I know
that some people don’t feel that they can afford it but if you can spend a few
extra dollars then support the movement toward healthier food the organic and
the grass-fed and the local and the sustainable because that is the future
of food production and the more you support it the more it’s going to grow I
don’t think a lion is unethical because it eats an antelope and I don’t think
humans are unethical because we eat meat I think it’s unethical to raise animals
the way that we do in mass farms I think an animal is entitled to a life in the
environment that it’s designed for and then I think it’s perfectly ethical to
eat that animal just like the lion eats the antelope but we need to respect them
just like the American Indians respected the Buffalo they used everything from
that animal I hope this was helpful and if you enjoyed this movie then I’m sure
you’re gonna love that one

100 thoughts on “Real Doctor Reacts To The Game Changers (Full Movie Documentary)

  1. A human’s digestive system is very close to that of a wolf. This suggests to me that humans are facultative carnivores…omnivores who function better when eating a majority from animal products. Also, pretty much of all the “studies” cited in the documentary are observational studies…surveys, how many people can remember what they ate last week or how much? Let them do some double blind placebo studies and report the results.

    BTW, White Oak Pastures in south GA is one of the best organic grass-fed re-generative farms anywhere.

  2. Even if just 50% of the US population became vegan, it would be impossible to produce enough plants, beans, fruit and grains to feed 150 million people every day.

  3. This film ("The Game Changer") looks like propaganda for the "refined carbs industry". Even in the trailer Arnold Schwarzenegger says whilst he was in the prime of his stuff he ate loads of meat. Now he advocates for veggies??

  4. Your knowledge is highly impressive and you are truly a real doctor. Wish doctors like you could one day share a MASSIVE platform and spread REAL knowledge out there to the world.

  5. I only buy organic, grassfed and free range products. In this way we all can control the market – when they finally realize people want to eat non-toxic whole foods. I absolutely trust you doctor! You have always brought us the facts through totally neutral & scientific data. I love your professional attitude! With this film these people are trying to brainwash young innocent kids into eating more and more processed foods (especially carbs). They say it‘s all about eating more vegies and fruits and stopping the meat (on an emotional level) but they never even mention cutting sugar from your diet.
    All we can do from our standpoint is to keep eating LCHF and to share our success stories. I wish there was a platform to start collecting everyone‘s personal stories in a research environment, with say monthly, quarterly and/or annual bloodwork.
    Of course a protocol on each person’s daily food intake would be crucial. In this way, we could actually prove our point, that it’s sustainable. People like myself who have been on a strict Keto diet almost 2 years now, including IF and mostly OMAD. I’ve lost over 60 lbs of excess fat. All of my health issues have disappeared. No more pain, no more meds, feel great, never hungry. Would you consider starting such a collective-data study? You‘d also have to determine that you are really dealing with genuine LCHF-eaters, maybe with the regular bloodwork you could weed out any fakes. I think many people would love to contribute their time and even pay for their own bloodwork, just to have the chance to join in the study. I‘ve got a feeling it would be an outstanding way to break this barrier of disbelief. 🤓

  6. Dr Ekberg, the first part of your argument about antioxidants sounds very logical. the second part i have a bit of a job with. I was under the understanding that antioxidants were effective at distributing electrons to the free radicals which reduces their proliferation. I thought oxidative stress was due to an imbalance of free radicals to antioxidants which meant the free radicals could proliferate and cause damge to proteins, cells and even dna if i remember correctly. Could you explain more clearly or maybe do a video on free radicals?

  7. Hello Dr Sten, Ive been a vegetarian for 10 years. Ive started introducing some protein (meat) to my diet. I feel better than I have for those years as a vegetarian. Keto and Intermittent fasting is amazing. Thank you for bring this to the attention of people who may be worried about the game changes documentary. ⭐

  8. SUCH good info! Specifically, I have tried to understand autophagy from multiple YouTube channels and this is the first time I've ever really got it. Thank you!

  9. I agree with the movie… they say the athletes were used to do marketing for bad things… they used athletes for the movie marketing… everything is ok hehehehe. I'm joking… just for fun hehehehe

  10. Dear doctor, first of all I want to thank you for educating people in that simple way, secondly I follow you blindly but I am a little confused about going keto and building muscle, as whenever I tried that approach I although feel very strong but my hardgained muscle mass starts shrinking, please some way or please make a vedio regarding muscle building after 40 on a lchf diet. Please consider my request seriously. Thank you. May God bless you.

  11. Dr. Ekberg, thank you for all the information. Very clarifying. However, I think you should mention the functions of anti-oxidants in the body (to fight reactive oxygen species and some free radicals). To many people it may appear as the anti-oxidants are not a good thing… Please, view my comments as a positive critique.

  12. You have showed it again to everybody healthy foods and a mixture of bio vegetables and grass fed meat with intermittent fasting especially for your brain health again a depth full explanation and fully agreed 👍

  13. Congrats doctor! I am blood type O and I am not plant adapted! And I think fruits and grains in large plantations with chemicals are bad issues for the environment.

  14. Very timely video for me Dr Ekberg as I watched the veggie movie this morning, and as a keto fanatic I got mildly concerned. But there was something about the movie that made me sceptical about the motives of those behind it. As we get closer to the truth about what really drives our health the mainstream gets worried and desperately looks for ways to deceive us.

  15. There is a problem with youtube's system; I can't click Like more than once and have it register. 🙂 Another well thought out and logical presentation. Thank you!

  16. Thank you so much for speaking out Dr Ekberg! 👍 Sorry but I will never give up my beef or classic cars. It's all part of an agenda. I'm not buying it anymore.

  17. So now I am totally confused where does the blockage in the arteries come from and why hasn't the ketogenic diet reverse heart disease?

  18. Dr. Ekberg, Thank you for taking your time to debunk “The game changers” I know what your saying to be true through my own research and being in the alternative health industry for the past 40 years. Well done!

  19. Thank you for your clear, calm & concise explanation. I have watched & enjoyed many commentaries on this film, some reviewers rant, whilst others bombard the viewer with complex explanations on the science & statistics, but you have explained a series of complex topics in a very relaxed, logical & accessible way. This is the first explanation i have found that I feel I can share with family & friends whatever their level of understanding on these topics. Thank you so much for all the effort, thoughtfulness & planning you clearly put into your videos, keep up the great work ☺️

  20. Respected Doctor, Thanks for analyzing "Game Changers". The approval of a high carb diet irked me in the first place. I am in total agreement with your take on the Carb issue(especially in context of insulin resistant people), and also as regards fuel for the brain in the form of ketone bodies.
    An issue which bothers me is that of Strontium levels. If a high level of strontium in bone fossil is indicative of a Vegetarian diet irrespective of age, then it does not really matter if the Gladiators died at 25 or 27 or later. You digressed from the core issue to that on research of their social status in ascertaining if they were valued and cared for members of the society or at par with slaves, and if they had tombstones depicting their life span. That aspect requires elucidation.
    I am also in consonance with your views about Sustainable and ethical farming, but if the statistics given in the movie "Game changers" is correct as regards the amount of land and water required to make meat, it is food for thought weather our meat eating is eco-friendly/sustainable or is it going to harm the planet in the longer run.
    As regards effect of meat consumption on our physiology, I believe genetics also plays a role(I am no doctor but I have found people who are meat-eaters for generations are better equipped to sometimes over indulge with no adverse effects). Also "The China Study" led by Dr Collin Campbell of Cornell University in collaboration with University of Oxford and the Chinese academy of Preventive Medicine have clearly drawn evidence based conclusions of Metabolic syndrome, DM Type II, Coronary Disease and Cancer of the colon in the affluent in society, given to increased consumption of meat. Now, if these results were a consequence of over indulging in meat alone is circumspect. It would not be too off the mark to assume that the affluent in the Chinese demography might have over indulged in Carb too.(rice and noodles?).
    Regards
    Would love a video on Oxidative stress, ROS, and the role of Ascorbic acid, Glutathione and Tocopherol to prevent /mitigate the same.

  21. WOW, Dr Ekberg, Excellent review with detailed information and proof which makes common sense the way you explained it. Superbly done Sir, Thank You…….

  22. I had heard of this film. What a great rebuttal. Thank you for presenting actual science and for helping me to understand. You are truly a gem!

  23. THANK YOU. Your entire perspective was brilliant and you close it just perfect. Respect the animal and only choose for the best quality, very ethical.
    I swear, I love veggies and if I could live only on them I would totally do it because I also love animals….. ♥️

  24. Thanks for taking the time to do this analysis. For me as an avid viewer of your educational videos, there was nothing really new. Actually, I had hoped for a demystification of the cloudy blood plasma and the nightly blood flow miracle. In general, it still seems true what Dr. Greger claims, that only a plant based diet is scientifically proven to improve the cardiovascular system. I fully agree with you, though, that most research papers are hand-picked by those who have in interest in specific results (which are not seldomly those who payed for it). I cannot agree with you on the environmental point. Farming is detrimental for the planet. Unfortunately, you do the same here as some of the experts in the movie: you generalize and you mix things up. Germany, e. g., is a small country. We have many small farms – measured in acres. Nevertheless, on a farm with only 10 acres there are living 10.000 animals or more. In tiny boxes. They never see the sunlight. Those 10 acres don't feed the animals. Imported soy from Brasil or the US does. That animal food comes from mega farms. They are destroying the environment. But again, in Germany we have also a huge problem with contaminated ground water. Feces from those industrial animal farms is polluting the soil and the water. Water consumption for meat production is directly and indirectly unproportionally higher than for plant farming. As much as I want to believe it, but you can't feed 8 B people with organic meat that has been produced in an eco-friendly way. Thus, meat eating is not a personal choice in my opinion.

  25. Excellent Dr Ekberg 👍 I watched the documentary through gritted teeth the other day at the lies and disinformation and only made it to 3/4. 🤦‍♀️ Thanks for setting the record straight 😁

  26. Just want to share a self finding: for just a moment they feature another "Vegetarian" athlete: Paavo Nurmi (Olympic medalist runner from Finland), If you go to Wikipedia will find: "..he had practiced vegetarianism between the ages of 15 and 21." and since he was born the 13 of June of 1897, by the time of his very first Olympic medal (Aug 1920) he was 23 years and 2 months old so that's 2 years after putting his vegetarianism to an end .. from this point forward I just could not see anything else on this "documentary" than The Big Word: MISLEADING !!!

  27. Hi Dr Ekberg
    What a brilliantly explained & professional counter argument.
    Yes, you are uniquely qualified and also unbiased.
    Your judgement is therefore an informed, considered, honest & truthful account of the facts.
    You’ve wiped the floor with their biased & unethical attempt to deceive.
    If only you had an audience of millions you’d be a force to counter these celebrities and their misguided or self-motivated campaigns.
    You’ve put a hell of a lot of work into this video and you should be proud of it.
    Let’s hope it reaches a mass audience.
    We, your viewers & supporters, should spread the word of your channel and the difference you are trying to achieve.
    Thank you again for all you do.
    Please keep up the good fight.
    Garry Rowland UK

  28. At the end there do they mention how much rainforest is lost in places in Oceania that have been cleared and converted to palm oil production?

  29. I support the organic movement but I fear that there are unethical people promoting “organic” to drive prices but questionable if the “organic” products are truly safer to consume (esp when produced in other counties). Sadly

  30. Famous people make movies to make money. If it flops, it’s a tax write off. Stick to science and ignore Hollyweird .

  31. As always a super great informative video. Vegetables and fruit also have anti-nutrients that keep your body from absorbing vitamins. I don't believe anyone could live on a vegan keto diet, not enough calories

  32. I'll buy less food in order to afford to buy better food and support organic growers/producers. If the demand is there growers/producers will continue to provide what we want. If enough people demand better food (and better treatment of animals, etc) and refuse to support those who mistreat animals and grow inferior produce, they will be put out of business (ideally). Likewise, if we don't, we may end up with no options. Lots of good info. I was thinking some of the same things as I was watching the movie the other night. However, this is the first time I have heard that about the antioxidants in plants. Interesting!!

  33. Someone must work on Vegetarian Ketogenic Diet .
    Is it posible to get into Ketogenic energy metabolism on Vegetarian modified diet ???
    When switching from Carbs to fats l monitored blood glucose levels and came to conclusion that to convert from glucose as the fuel source of energy to fat as a source of energy l think we must overcome lntramyocellular Lipids High Levels and posible lnsulin Resistance. Can be overcome with some safe natural glucose dispersals , Cinnamon , Chromium & few more, due to intermittent elevated blood glucose levels.
    After switching to fat burning into Keton bodies the blood glucose normalises.

  34. Great talk doc…I agreed on so many if not all the points you brought up…about the water wastage though that they talked about…water can never be wasted…it can only be displaced I beleive…it gets taken up more and more as the human population increases..an extra billion people means 50 billion less water available let to the planet…it using a 50 liters per person model for example…
    Things are going to change as the population gets higher …and yes we have to come up with more efficient ways before it all comes to a climax of too many people and not enough resources…
    Love you doc…thankyou so much…

  35. I cannot help but feel this movie has an agenda, a purposeful misdirection to benefit some fanatical group or other. People's gullibility prevails often because they lack the initiative, motivation to research and even suffer psychological dissonance. Bad arguments need to be disposed of with forthright research and demonstration. Thank you Dr. Ekberg.

  36. That was an awesome presentation! Thank you so much Dr. Sten Ekberg for taking the time and effort to produce this very informative video. It’s people like you that are not scared to speak the truth that will ultimately change this messed up world for the better. Again I applaud and thank you.🙏

  37. I would like to read some investigation articles that talk about low carb diets and intermittent fasting. I do not disbelieve your info but when debating with third parties it gets tricky convincing them telling them I got it from YouTube (even though everything makes perfect sense when explaining the argument).

  38. Gladiators were slaves and given slop to eat. Also in regards to the brain eating sugar, if you need sugar your body can make it through protein via gluconeogenesis. This is all virtual signaling and propaganda. These so-called fake experts or celebs have been sold out and bought by big food who stand to gained millions of dollars by selling us processed foods and fake Meats while big Pharma weights for us to visit our doctor and be handed prescription meds because we have become sick from eating a plant-based diet. Thank you for doing this video and getting the truth out!

  39. Awesome! In right time! Our two friends suggested this movie but I felt…ummm no right. Tried vegan before- did nothing to me. So… you helped me to see intuitively I was correct. They missed to mention fat. Really? Unreal! Oh well… everyone doing what they think it’s correct. I know what the truth is. So thank you💯🙏✅💐💜💝💝

  40. So what's the catch on the 300% more food production farm? It's got to be that even though production is way up profits are lower. No? If the small farm was more profitable and could provide food at a lower cost wouldn't the big ag interests jump on that business model?

  41. So informative, thank you Dr. Ekberg for researching, clearing things up and informing us, really appreciate all your interesting videos! (I was a vegetarian over 20 years, became anemic and insulin resistant and have changed to healthy keto 6 months ago, I feel much more energetic and am healthier now, and the side effect of weight loss was great as well). I watch all your videos 😻

  42. Ha… Fish farming uses next to no land. Most aquaculture is in the sea or estuaries. And lets face it sugar cane (just an example) is great producing carbs but there are effectively no nutrients in it. Lots of land (if not most) is used for grains

  43. I’m sorry but most people commenting here have no clue about nutrition. Everybody listens to some so called expert. Promoting Keto diet is ridiculous, unhealthy and unsustainable for a long term especially for people older than 50.

  44. Great review Dr. Ekberg. Surprised to hear how many small farms there are. All you hear in the news is the collapse of the small/family farm.

  45. Movie production goes for entertainment and profit and not care for our health. Why would anyone take Hollywood product for education?

    Education isn’t entertainment
    Entertainment isn’t education.
    If we take entertainment for education we are no more than a robot with no AI.

    Chinese ancient teacher .. Confucius said this

    Those who ..
    learn but think – lost
    think but learn – danger

    Take care.

  46. Wow! Thank you so much for this video! I lived the experience of eating HCLF plant based but I became pre dietetic and had incredible muscle atrophy after only 3 years. Which I completely reversed on a keto diet within a few months. I was scared at first to eat fat because of movies similar to the game changers and many YouTubers but I think everyone needs to look at their own health and go with what makes them feel the best, which keto has done for me! And thank you so much Dr. Ekberg for all of your work and education for all of us who need this life saving information!

  47. Excellent analysis, Dr Ekberg, especially by someone with your background and experience. I've just finished a month on the carnivore diet, and I got extensive blood tests monday morning to see what affect it had. I'll compare the results to my tests from earlier this year when I was doing regular keto.

  48. Thank you so much for this video ❤️. I have seen the game changer and it did scare me I almost decided to go vegetarian. I have tried vegetarian diet and gained 40lbs and my fibromyalgia and migraine and arthritis got out of control. When I was Keto I felt better and lost 30 lbs without even trying. I went off the Keto diet ,got back into bad habits. Started Keto again hopefully it will stick. LoL thanks again.

  49. Shame on these actors and others in Hollywood. They have objectives that are not to help people get healthy, but to push forward their own agenda just like politicians.
    Thank you so much for your review of the movie.

  50. Great refutation, Dr Eckberg! This may sound conspiracy theorist, this ant-meat and pro-plant approach to nutrition is all outlined in UN Agenda 21. It's none other than treating humans like cattle.

  51. Mycket intressant! Tänkte först se den där filmen men efter din recension och förklaring så struntar jag i den 🙂 Tack började följa dig för ett par klipp sedan och är supernöjd. Intressanta och faktabaserade videos. Tackar!

  52. Thank you, Brilliant review. Consumers don't help the global situation much by wanting many foods out off season all year round. Just 1 example, I saw Spring Onions in Tescos, (in UK,) from Egypt the other day, what's that about. ? We have to be savvy about the seasons, & shop accordingly, & make swaps. Thank you muchly for sharing this very important information with us all, & take care of yourself to. ❤🙂🐶

  53. I went on a Keto diet after I discovered Dr. Ekberg's channel 2 months ago (I was taking medicine for Type 2 for the last year) as I was thoroughly enthralled by his analytical arguments! Things has improved as he said in all his videos about IR.
    About this documentary, beware these days when anything is endorsed by "celebrities" ! You either lose your money or your life. I like the part when Dr Ekberg (32min) comments about these people were often hit at the head, (stone cold humour!!) Great channel, Doc, keep it up and long live, for all of your listeners!

  54. Thank you Doctor for your videos and thru your work you are doing a great social service. Before going to conclusion who is right, I feel happy and fortunate to follow keto diet. On high carb diet at 40 yrs I wasn't able to maintain my muscles mass even after putting intense hard work but after following Keto diet I became energetic & was able to maintain muscles with very little effort. I save lot of my time. Thanks again & keep posting more interesting video, long live doctor

  55. The movie is wrong about Gladiators ! Historical records of different period of time talk about their food, and it vary from period to period and especially from what regions they were living.
    The Austrian study of a 68 bodies indeed mentioned that these men have close to no meat but also said that these men were over-weight and close to obesity for some.
    If we want to look at history, we could mention the ancient Greek warriors , the Spartes, and they have daily meal in groups, eating eggs, fishes and porks, along with veggies and cereals.

  56. Remember the food pyramid and how many people in the USA were led astray by corrupted science, including myself. How many studies have shown the detrimental effects of fluoride in our drinking water? Has the FDA Changed their position on dumping this toxic chemical in our water supply? Nope.
    There are always agendas at work, driven by money, political ideology, or just plain bureaucratic inertia that seems to takes precedence over public health.

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