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About Our Plant-Based Diet Documentary

Six people, each with a debilitating health condition. The common thread? The standard American diet: high in fat, sugar and salt. PlantWise follows their inspiring journeys as they learn to reverse the course of their chronic conditions by embracing a whole-food, plant-based diet.

Follow their stories as they rediscover the energy and vitality they thought was lost forever. And hear from nationally recognized experts in lifestyle medicine who reveal the ways our everyday food choices determine the trajectory of our health. Be inspired by the intersection of personal experience and research-backed care.

The Story Behind PlantWise

Many patients and physicians aren’t aware of the power that plants have to positively impact health and well-being. And even if they do, it can be hard to help people change lifelong dietary habits.

PlantWise was created because we wanted to give doctors a resource they could use to inspire their patients to make dramatic changes. And we wanted to give patients something they could watch with their families to motivate them to make changes together. PlantWise tells powerful stories and shares the evidence that proves plant-based diet benefits.

We hope PlantWise will inspire millions around the world to adopt a healthier lifestyle. To embrace whole-food, plant-based eating. And to experience the transformation of increased energy, healing and vitality that happens when you give your body the best fuel for its needs.

Meet the PlantWise Patients

Listed in alphabetical order by last name.

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  • Eric Adams.

    Eric Adams

    New York City mayoral candidate and diabetes patient

  • Karene Bejarano.

    Karene Bejarano, RN

    Nurse and Type 1 diabetes patient

  • Ashley Chapman, DO.

    Ashley Chapman, DO

    Family medicine specialist and diabetes patient

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    Angela Hardin

    Cholecystitis and arthritis patient

  • Marc Ramirez.

    Marc Ramirez

    President of Chickpea and Bean, Inc. and diabetes patient

  • Susan Weinick.

    Susan Weinick

    Diabetes and hypertension patient

Meet the PlantWise Experts

Listed in alphabetical order by last name.

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    Saadia Alvi, MD

    Dr. Saadia Alvi is an endocrinologist and internal medicine doctor at the AdventHealth Diabetes Institute.

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    Maria Anderson, MD, FACC

    Dr. Maria Anderson specializes in interventional cardiology, internal medicine and clinical cardiac electrophysiology.

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    Neal Barnard, MD, FACC

    Dr. Neal Barnard is an adjunct associate professor of medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine. He’s also the president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and the author of Your Body in Balance, Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes and Power Foods.

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    Jarik Conrad, EdD, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

    Jarik Conrad is a human resources consultant and the senior director of human insights & HCM Evangelism Ultimate Software for Ultimate Kronos Group. He’s also the president and CEO of Sprouted Bean and the award-winning author of The Fragile Mind: How It Has Produced and Unwittingly Perpetuates America’s Tragic Disparities.

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    Luisa Oliver Cordero, RDN, LDN

    Luisa Oliver Cordero is a registered dietitian nutritionist, a diabetes instructor and a noted plant-based speaker and teacher.

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    Ted Crawford, DO

    A Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Ted Crawford specializes in family medicine, occupational medicine and public health and general preventive medicine.

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    Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr., MD, FACS

    Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr., specializes in general surgery and is the director of the Cardiovascular Prevention & Reversal Program at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. In addition to PlantWise, he appeared in Forks Over Knives and is the New York Times bestselling author of Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease.

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    Angela Fals, MD, FAAP, CCMS

    Dr. Angela Fals serves as the Medical Director of Pediatric Weight and Wellness at AdventHealth Medical Group. She specializes in pediatrics and obesity medicine and is a diplomate for the American Board of Obesity Medicine.

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    Michael Greger, MD, FACLM

    An internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety and public health issues, Dr. Michael Greger is the chief science officer and founder of NutritionFacts.org. He’s also the New York Times bestselling author of How Not to Die, How Not to Diet and The How Not to Die Cookbook.

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    George Guthrie, MD, MPH, CDE, FAAFP, FACLM

    The author of Eat Plants, Feel Whole and the Eat Plants, Feel Whole Journal, Dr. George Guthrie is a family medicine physician at AdventHealth Medical Group and the past president of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.

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    Douglas J. Lisle, PhD

    Dr. Douglas J. Lisle is the author of The Pleasure Trap: Mastering the Hidden Force that Undermines Health & Happiness and is a clinical psychologist at the True North Healing Center in Santa Rosa, California.

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    John McDougall, MD

    Founder of the McDougall Program and Dr. McDougall’s Right Foods, Inc., Dr. John McDougall is also the bestselling author of The Healthiest Diet on the Planet and The Starch Solution.

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    Amanda E. McKinney, MD, CPE, FACLM, FACOG

    Amanda McKinney is the founder and executive director of the Institute for Human and Planetary Health at Doane University, where she’s also an assistant professor of health sciences and program director of the university’s Open Learning Academy.

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    Dean Ornish, MD

    A New York Times bestselling author, Dr. Dean Ornish is the founder and president of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute. He’s also a clinical professor of medicine at the University of California San Francisco and UC San Diego. Dr. Ornish’s books include UnDo It! and Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease.

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    Wendy Perrott, MD, FACOG, DipABLM

    Wendy Perrott is an OB/GYN and staff physician at AdventHealth Waterman. She’s certified in lifestyle medicine and culinary medicine.

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    Dustin Rudolph, PharmD, BCPS

    Dustin Rudolph is a hospital-based clinical pharmacist and pharmacotherapy specialist, and author of The Empty Medicine Cabinet: The Pharmacist’s Guide to the Hidden Danger of Drugs and the Healing Powers of Food.

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    Dexter Shurney, MD, MBA, MPH, FACLM, DipABLM

    Dr. Shurney specializes in general surgery, lifestyle medicine, preventive medicine and wellness, and is the President of the Blue Zones Well-Being Institute and Chief Medical Officer of the Adventist Health Well-Being Division. He’s also a past president of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and the author of Integrating Wellness into Your Disease Management Program.

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    Scott Stoll, MD

    Dr. Stoll specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation and is the co-founder of The Plantrician Project, The International Plant-Based Nutrition Conference and The International Journal of Disease Reversal and Prevention. Dr. Stoll is a member of the Google FoodLab and the Whole Foods Scientific and Medical Advisory Board.

The Creative Team Behind PlantWise

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    Paul David Kennamer, Jr., Director and Producer

    A 35-year media veteran and award-winning director/producer, Paul David Kennamer’s technical expertise and creative artistry in cinematography and sound includes work for HBO, Chrysler, NASA SpaceCamp, Good Morning America and The Disney Channel. He also directed and produced Eating You Alive.

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    Merrilee Jacobs, Producer

    Co-producer of the documentary Eating You Alive (2018), Merrilee currently serves as a trustee for EatingYouAlive.org, a non-profit that promotes the power of a whole-food, plant-based diet to treat chronic disease through educational and inspirational films, television and online platforms.

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    Todd Chobotar, Executive Producer

    Publisher and editor-in-chief of AdventHealth Press, Todd Chobotar has managed the development of ten television specials and is the author or co-author of four books. His advocacy of whole-food, plant-based diet benefits is fueled by the transformation he experienced by eating this way.

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    Denise Putt, Co-Executive Producer

    Denise Putt is the managing editor of AdventHealth Press. Communicating the power of a healthy lifestyle and seeing lives transformed is her passion. As a health educator and proponent of whole-food, plant-based diets, she has conducted classes in Puerto Rico, Canada, and the United States.

Praise for PlantWise

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  • Hans Diehl headshot.

    "Best plant-based film out there. Arresting, energizing, and deeply moving."

    - Hans Diehl, DrHS, MPH

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    “This hard-hitting, captivating film can totally transform your health.”

    - Chef AJ, Bestselling Author and Host of Chef AJ Live

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    “They say 'reality bites.'  This film shows how your reality is determined by the bites you take.”

    - Chef Mark Anthony, TV Chef, Author

  • T. Colin Campbell, PhD headshot.

    “Inspiring and meaningful. Exactly what people should see!”

    - T. Colin Campbell, PhD, Co-author of The China Study and The Future of Nutrition

  • Brenda Davis headshot.

    PlantWise is an evidence-based blueprint for reclaiming your health. Watch it. Share it.”

    - Brenda Davis, RD, Plant-Based Pioneer, Author, Speaker

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    “This film should air in every hospital room in America!”

    - Rip Esselstyn, Author of The Engine 2 Diet and Plant-Strong

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    “One of the best films ever made on healthy eating!”

    - Mark Finley, TV Host, Speaker, Author

  • Derek Morris headshot.

    "A first-class documentary revealing a path to freedom, healing, and wholeness."

    - Derek Morris, President, Hope Channel International

  • Jeremy_Dixon

    "Everybody in the world needs to see this. Everybody."

    - Jeremy Dixon, Author & TV Presenter: Revive Cafe Cookbooks, Cook:30 TV Program & Cookbooks

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    "PlantWise demonstrates this truth: Eat plants, change your life. It really is that simple."

    - Julieanna Hever, MS, RD, CPT, The Plant-Based Dietitian, Author of The Choose You Now Diet, Podcaster