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THE STORY

 

This is a story that had to be told: When Texas Mayor Edward Smith III was diagnosed with prostate cancer, he decided to forego conventional treatment in favor of a whole foods plant-based diet. The results were nothing short of miraculous: his cancer disappeared.

But That's Just The First Part Of This Amazing Story...

After his recovery, Mayor Smith and his wife Amanda embarked on a mission to help their town and community adopt a healthier lifestyle based on plant foods. 

The transformation wasn't without obstacles and challenges. But Ed and Amanda persevered to achieve results that would make a big difference in other people's lives. Soon a growing number of citizens were on the bandwagon dropping their meat and dairy based past for a plant-based lifestyle. The results were off the charts. 

A LIFE without medication 

The amazing thing is that the citizens of Marshall did this all by choosing foods that worked with their bodies to create health instead of just continually treating the symptoms with a never ending stream of more and more drugs. They are living proof that most of today's chronic diseases can be prevented--and some even reversed--without using any drugs. 

OBESITY, HEART ATTACKS, ALZHEIMER'S...

People have been conditioned to believe that as we age, being reliant on prescription drugs and medical treatments is normal. Well, it's not normal. The stories of Marshall's residents are combined with interviews from expert doctors, researchers in the field of nutrition, and professional athletes.

THE MARSHALL PLAN will with no doubt help redefine what is considered healthy. But above all, the movie carries a truly inspiring message: We all can take our health in our own hands by making choices that have a profound impact on our own health. If changes this big are possible in the heart of Texas cattle country, they are possible everywhere!

the filmmakers

 

 

We are a Switzerland based film team. Caroline Hofmann (director, script writer, co-producer) is a former journalist and PR advisor to major national brands and global Fortune 500 companies. Roland Boeni (executive producer) is a practicing M.D. in Zurich.

Upon seeing an article published in the New York Times about Mayor Smith's efforts to raise his community of Marshall back to health from within what is called the stroke belt in America (because so many there have strokes and die of heart disease), we knew we had to take action. 

Shortly after reading the NYC article we flew to Marshall, Texas. Once on the ground there, we were blown away by the remarkable stories of transformation and triumph the people there shared with us. 

It’s so very rare to encounter a story that absolutely must be told, but when you do, it becomes your all consuming passion to do so.

 

 
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FACTS AND SOURCES

 

Worldwide obesity has more than doubled since 1980.

World Health Organisation: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs311/en/

 

39% of adults aged 18 years and over were overweight in 2014. Of these, 13% (600 million) were obese.

World Health Organisation: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs311/en/

 

42 million children under the age of 5 were overweight or obese in 2013.

World Health Organisation: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs311/en/

 

In Western countries, the number one leading cause of death is heart disease.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (USA): http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/leading-causes-of-death.htm

Office for National Statistics (UK): http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/vsob1/mortality-statistics--deaths-registered-in-england-and-wales--series-dr-/2012/sty-causes-of-death.html

 

Nearly 2,200 Americans die of cardiovascular disease daily, with an average of one death occurring every 40 seconds.

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM): http://www.pcrm.org/health/health-topics/cholesterol-and-heart-disease

 

Today, about half of adults have one or more chronic health conditions in the US.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/overview/

 

69% of Americans are overweight or obese

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/obesity-overweight.htm

 

80% of the leading causes of death in Western societies are preventable. 

Ford ES, Bergmann MM,  Kröger J et al. Healthy Living is the best revenge: findings from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition-Potsdam study. Arch Intern Med 2009;169:1355-62.

Wu-S, Powers-S, Zhu-W et al. Substanital contribution of external risk factors to cancer development. Nature 2016;529:43-7. 

 

Dairy increased prostate cancer risk by 60% in The Health Professionals Follow-up Study.

Giovanucci E, Liu Y, Platz EA et al. Risk factors for prostate cancer incidence and progression in the health professionals follow-up study. Int J Cancer 2007:121:1571-1578. 

 

Milk increases what’s called IGF-1.

Qin LQ, He K, Xu JY. Milk consumption and circulating insulin-like growth factor-I level: a systematic literature review. Int J Food Sci Nutr 2009;60:330-340.

 

Milk is contributing too much Calcium that tends to shut down the vitamin D in the body, which can protect against prostate cancer. 

PCRM: http://www.pcrm.org/health/health-topics/milk-and-prostate-cancer-the-evidence-mounts

Tseng M, Breslow RA, Graubard BI et al. Dairy, calcium, and vitamin D intakes and prostate cancer sick in the National health and Nutrition Examination Epidemiologic Follow-up Study cohort. Am J Clin Nutr 2005;81:1147-54.

 

Saturated fats AND the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Barnard ND, Brunner AE, Agarwal U. Saturated and trans fats and dementia: a systematic review. Neurobiol Aging 2014;35:S65-73. 

Xu W, Atti AR, Gatz M et al. Midlife overweight and obesity increase late-life dementia risk. A population-based twin study. Neurology 2011;76:1568-1574. 

 

Type 2 diabetes is caused by intramyocellular lipids.

Petersen KF, Dufour S, Befroy D et al. Impaired mitochondrial activity in the insulin-resistant offspring of patients with type 2 diabetes. N Engl J Med 2004;350:664-71.

Goff LM, Bell JD, So PW et al. Veganism and its relationship with insulin resistance and intramyocellular lipid. Our J Clin Nutr 2005;59:291-8. 

Barnard N. Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes: The Scientifically Proven System for Reversing Diabetes Without Drugs:2009.

 

Cholesterol levels drop dramatically on a whole foods plant-based diet.

Jenkins DJA, Kendall CWC, Marchie A et al. The effect of combining plant sterols, soy protein, viscous fibers, and almonds treating hypercholesterolemia. Metabolism 2003;52:1478-1483. 

McDougall J, Thomas LE, McCoudall C et al. Effects of 7 days on an ad libitum low-fat vegan diet: the McDougall Program cohort. Nutr J 2014;13:99. 

 

If you get your cholesterol levels below 150mg/dl, the heart disease is just gone.

Dalessandri KM, Organ CH. Surgery, drugs, lifestyle, and hyperlipidemia. Am J Surgery 1995;169:374-8. 

Esselstyn CB. Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease. Penguin:2007.

Jousilahti P, Vertiainen E, Peekanen J et al. Serum cholesterol distribution and coronary heart disease risk: observations and predictions among middle-aged population in eastern Finland. Circulation 1998;97:1087-94.

PCRM: http://www.pcrm.org/health/health-topics/cholesterol-and-heart-disease

 

Chicken is almost as high in fat and cholesterol as beef.

Swain JF, Rouse IL, Curley CB, Sacks FM. Comparison of the effects of oat bran and low-fiber wheat on serum lipoprotein levels and blood pressure. N Engl J Med. 1990;322(3):147-152.

 

70-80% of the fat in fish (e.G. salmon) is not ‘good fat’. 

Hamilton MC, Hites RA, Schwager SJ et al. Lipid composition and contaminants in farmed and wild salmon. Environ Sci techno 2005;39:8622-92. 

 

The risk of fish eaters for type 2 diabetes is considerablY higher than if you don’t eat fish at all. 

Kaushik M, Mozzafarian D, Spiegelmann D et al. Long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, fish intake, and the risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus. Am J Clin Nutr 2009:90:613-20. 

Sahay RD, Ollberding NJ, Missoni S et al. Fish and shellfish intake and diabetes in a coastal population of the adriatic. Coll Antropol 2015;39:401-9

 

 

 

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