Movie Review: The Beautiful Truth

I chose the film The Beautiful Truth, because I have always been very interested in mental and physical health and this movie focuses right in on that. I find that it is very important to educate yourself and others regarding this topic, since it influences literally everything. This movie was about a boy named Garrett who at the age of fifteen was influenced by Dr. Max Gerson, who’s book taught him that a healthy diet can cure multiple illnesses, including cancer. When investigating Dr. Max Gerson’s book, he decided to further educate himself on the several issues that the world faces like the food industry and the medical industry, so Garrett embarked on a cross-country road trip. 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 ignore the notion alternative and natural cures. There have been several studies showing that Mercury for teeth fillings, food additives, and the process of radiating food is extremely harmful. Dr. Max Gerson cured cancer. He did so with a strict fat-free, salt-free, low-protein, essentially vegetarian dietary regimen, based on great quantities of fresh vegetables juice, supplements, and systemic detoxification.

Cancer is a biocode gone wrong. John Muir once said, “if one pulls on a single thread in nature you will find it attached to everything else.” Fifteen year old boy named Garret lives in Alaska where his family has always worked with orphaned wildlife. Garrett understood from a young age how important it was to fed an animal very nutritious food that was just born otherwise it would succumb quickly. Garrett was exposed to wildlife from a young age so therefore he did not learn about it from a book, like most individuals. When visitors would visit Garrett’s home town, he was surprised that individuals did not understand wildlife like he does. Garret did not fully realize the potency and power in vegetation until he began to educate himself after reading a book that forever changed his perspective on life. Garret learned a lesson of being misunderstood after his father threw away one of his art pieces. The community trash picker found his piece of art and reported it to the police as a bomb. Therefore, because of this and not doing so well in school anymore, his father decided that he was going to be home schooled. The first book he learned about was the book that changed him forever, A Cancer Therapy, by Dr. Max Gerson. After investigating this book, Garrett decided to travel around the world in hopes for more answers. Garrett spoke to a doctor regarding the issue on dental health. Garrett learned that many individuals who did not practice dental hygiene or even own a toothbrush, had healthy teeth, but once processed foods were introduced, teeth were starting to decay. He also learned that fluoride has not been proven that drinking it improves teeth health, but only applying it topically does it improve. In one of Dr. Gerson’s books, he mentions that 446 out of the 450 patients were cured from tuberculosis! Tabacco industries would advertise that “more doctors smoke camels than any other cigarette”, to brainwash individuals that camels must be healthy since doctors smoke them. Another alarming fact that Garrett learned was that there is 1,000 tons of Mercury in fillings for teeth. Garrett met up with another doctor who explained to him that monosodium glutamate (MSG) is an excitotoxin which excites our neurons and also turns off the switch in our brain that tells you that you are not hungry anymore. There are several studies showing that MSG is extremely toxic by killing nerve cells and yet it is still being put in several foods. Unfortunately, our system has made it where it is hard to find local, organic food and has made it very easy to obtain very unhealthy food like McDonalds. This mass consumption of bad food is destroying our children so essentially our children have less brain function than their parents. An individual doesn’t develop noticeable symptoms from unhealthy food until that individual loses 90% of neurons in a part of the brain. It has been shown that MSG speeds up the process of cancer, and yet no one is telling cancer patients that you need to be careful regarding the food they choose to eat. Garrett also learned that genetically engineered food is literally lethal. It has been said by Phil Angell, a director of Corporate Communication for Monsanto that “Monsanto should not have to vouchsafe the safety of biotech food our interest is in selling as much as possible. Assuring its safety is the FDA’s job.” The question has been asked, are genetically engineered foods lethal and the FDA said yes, the process of genetic engineering can take a nontoxic food and make it toxic, it can create new allergens, it can lower our immune response, can lower nutrition in food, and in some cases it creates cancer. Radiation of food kills the bacteria but it also molecularly changes the food and creates free radicles. Relating this to lecture, we have learned the mind and body and very closely tied together, therefore, if you are putting in toxic food into your system, it will cause your body to deteriorate and your brain by affecting the neurons. Dr. Arthur Kleinman wrote a book, The Illness Narratives, where a doctor-patient relationship was not successful because the doctor failed to listen to the patients social, emotional, and psychological issues, which was probably influencing her health. The doctor was only concerned with her diet, which could have impacted her health but he also needed to look at her mind and how that was possibly affecting her body (Kleinman, 1988). We also learned about infectious diseases and in lecture we learned about what political, economic, or social power lead to better or worse outcomes for particular groups of people. We saw that Africa’s communities are in poor conditions because of the lack of access to health care services. Ebola centers are not meeting the expectations that are needed for patients to live (Film 5.1). I believe that due to our political, economic, and social system we are not taking food regulation seriously and that is why there is more obesity in the United States than anywhere else. There are chemicals in our food that tell us to eat more. I think this film would be a good addition to this course in the future because it mentions in great detail the huge problem with the health and food industry.


Kleinman, Arthur. The illness narratives: Suffering, healing, and the human condition. Basic books, 1988.

Kroschel, Steve. The Beautiful Truth (2008).


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