The health of our planet is greatly suffering today. Ironically our human states of health are at some of their worst in history. It is not a coincidence that these two states of affairs exist as they do. The state of our health reflects the state of the planet’s health, and vice-versa. We are trashing our planet, and we are trashing our bodies. But as times are quickly changing, it has many people connecting the dots between their lifestyle choices and everyday actions, and the consequences they create in their life.
The documentary A Delicate Balance invites us to look at ourselves, our health, what we eat and how we treat our Earth from a very conscious standpoint. For the past few decades we have been hearing about various disease rates climbing and climate change due to Global Warming getting worse and worse.
This film is not about to preach to you more of that. Instead, this film is the loudest alarm bell that we have yet to hear to truly wake up and stop treating these incidences where our health and that of the Earth is concerned as some natural phenomenon of life. This film makes us rise up to the highest version of ourselves and face the truth of this present Earth in the moment of now.
I have seen many amazing documentaries in the past and enjoy sharing about the most valuable ones. When it comes to “A Delicate Balance” it has topped my list as one of the best documentaries where our diet, health and the state of the Earth is concerned. I am sure you can sense the urgency in my tone as I write this, but it comes from a deep passion of knowing within. Knowing that if we do not increase our consciousness and start making some serious lifestyle changes, acting out of love for the good of all, we will not be building a pretty picture for our future where our existence and quality of life is concerned.
In this essay I will share with you some highlights from “A Delicate Balance” and invite you to see a film that will not entertain you, but make you think and expand your mind wider than you ever have before and expose to you truths that many may have a very hard time facing.
Before I go into any more details, you can take a moment and check out this short 1-minute movie trailer. It does not say much with words, but speaks volumes with its images.
For a longer and more detailed trailer of what the movie is all about visit here.
A Delicate Balance is an Aaron Scheibner Film and is narrated by Dr. Adriana Scheibner. This film took three years in the making and has more than 50 years of research behind it.
It features some of the most respected, world renowned and leading health experts such as:
Dr. T. Colin Campbell (of the China Study)
Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn (internationally known surgeon, researcher and clinician)
Dr. Neal Bernard MD (author of many books including “Turn off the fat genes”)
Dr. Walter Willett from Harvard
Dr. John A. McDougall
Dr. Michael Greger
Maneka Gandhi (Minister of Environment in India)
The purpose and mission statement for this film is as follows:
Our aim is to raise awareness and help to educate people on how human, animal and planetary health are affected by the consumption of meat and dairy and industrial animal agriculture.
Beyond what the producer says, the motivation and purpose for this film is obvious. It does not sell a new diet. It does not sell an unrealistic solution to our health and environmental crisis. It is simply hoping to spread the message of love, compassion and wisdom where our health and that of the environment is concerned. It is trying to inspire us to wake up out of a deep sleep that has lasted hundreds of years where man was taught to dominate nature at any will and cost he chose. It is such a deeply moving film because it forces us to face ourselves and the decisions we are each making on a daily basis.
This movie features interviews from some of the best health experts in the world today, who are well respected individuals and who do not conform to what the masses are doing and saying.
If you are familiar with the famous China Study, you will that much more appreciate this film as it brings to light all of the undeniable research where animal products and our health, as well as that of the Earth’s is concerned.
It is not some cheap ploy to promote vegetarianism or veganism. It is just a hard and raw look at how things are, how they got this way and what the consequences of that are for us and the Earth.
The movie brilliantly begins by discussing the origins of how our world became so protein and animal product obsessed. It then begins its slew of academic research behind the clear link between animal protein and most of the diseases we are seeing skyrocketing in today’s society.
If you are expecting to find this information on the news, don’t – as remember that our world revolves around money and the economy prevails above all else – including human health and justice. Hence cattle, pig, chicken and fish corporations do not want this information becoming mainstream. What these beings do not understand is that life is not about “I can only have it this way or no way.” Life equals choices – choices at each and every moment to express the highest version of ourselves and contribute to the greater good of all.
The movie then touches upon all that and more where our health is concerned. It clears up how much protein we really need and the difference between plant and animal protein. It addresses all of the following problems and issues, including:
- high cholesterol and cancer risk
- current vitamin D level problems
- healthy calcium levels and sources
- the continuous rise of autoimmune diseases
- multiple sclerosis factors
- osteoporosis factors
- iron levels and sources
- the problem with fish today
- breakdown of the diet for a long and healthy life
- environmental impacts of our current diets
- deforestation and its effects
- methane production
- water shortage
- energy depletion
- the state of the oceans
We either behave as rational, intelligent human beings or we continue to suppress our intelligence.
The choice is in your shopping basket and in your head.
A Delicate Balance
I have to share with you that as I watched this movie, my spirit stirred. We all know thanks to our magnificent inner guidance system – our intuition, when something makes sense and when something doesn’t. For me this film and this message is beyond making sense, it is about waking up as quickly as we can, as our quality of life and survival is dependent on it.
Overall the movie is brilliantly done and you can easily see the amount of hard work that went into the making of it. The imagery supports the movie very well and makes it impossible not to become emotionally involved. It makes something within our hearts really call out for a change. The speakers are fantastic and show their expert knowledge in all of the areas they talk about.
I do not see how anyone could criticize this movie in any way other than trying to attack it from an economical perspective. But we all know that the economy is not going to save our Earth or our health. Other than that, egos may and I am sure will get in the way as anyone resistant to change will somehow feel like this is perhaps some kind of attack on the “meat eaters”. All I have to say to that, is for once may we think with our hearts, instead of our resistant to change egoic minds. They have been thinking for us way too long and hence it is no surprise that we are in the state we are where our health and the Earth is concerned.
In terms of my favorite part, I have to tell you the whole movie is my “favorite part.” However, if I had to choose one part that stood out for me above all else it was when the researchers and doctors talked about cancer. We all know that today cancer rates are a staggering 1 in 2.5 (on a male and female average in North America) and all dread this disease. We have charities, donations, campaigns all looking for or promising a cure, but we have overlooked one huge detail. We already have the cure.
“The Cure For Cancer is in What We Eat”
So many of us just accept it as normal that our bodies are these weak vessels that fall apart after about 40 years and are prone to all sorts of disease. But most of us do not step away from the darkness and into the light of consciousness to realize that these bodies were created by a magnificent source of pure love, light and consciousness. It would just seem really strange that God can build this amazing planet and all these amazing creatures and then these poor, weak human bodies that were somehow meant to live in some sort of physical suffering and deterioration.
I know that most of humanity has accepted this as just the normal state of being, but to me it almost makes a mockery of God. We as human beings are so ready and willing to accept that God “gave” us these bodies doomed to fail, but so not willing to accept our own roles in their deterioration.
If we lived in universal balance with ourselves and our Earth, for not a second do I believe that we would have even half the diseases or suffering we have today. The Earth, just as our body, is an intelligent system made to sustain itself given the right support, but we keep removing the support, throwing in stressors and then wondering where things keep going wrong.
I also greatly loved the powerful message the movie leaves its viewers with:
“Together we can save the Earth, but first we have to save ourselves.”
For me personally, as an evolving being living on this Earth at this moment, there is just no better way to exist. That is in balance with self, others and nature, which includes all of the animals, waters, land and sky.
I have removed all meat and most animal products from my diet in October 2007, and followed up by removing all animal products from my diet in January 2009. Since then I have enjoyed thriving health on all levels of the physical, mental, emotional - and perhaps most importantly, spiritual.
I feel through this that I am not only contributing to my own healthy existence, but also to that of the Earth’s. I do not cringe at every animal that is abused and killed as I know that is not part of my creation or because of my choice. I do not cringe at every hungry face I see in the world, knowing that perhaps all those animals that would have to have been fed and slaughtered for me were not only saved but also their food was used to feed more people in the world. I do not cringe at every natural disaster, knowing that I am doing everything I can to heal the Earth.
Am I a dreamer? No. I am simply aware of what the power of one is, let alone the power of many. I know that unless we start small, we can never get anywhere big. I know that we need to be the change we want to see in the world.
For all of my dear readers who are not vegetarians or vegans or who have no interest in pursuing this path, please know that all of our choices are our own and the universal truth is that right and wrong are only and always a matter of personal perspective. Hence know that I would never judge you or those in the world who choose a different way than me – that would be counterproductive and I know that is not a trait of an evolving being or a soul of the New Earth. In the end all that matters is that we are at peace with our choices and our inner spirit, and if the decisions you are making are making you feel that then you must be doing what is right for you.
No matter what your choice though, I still strongly recommend for anyone who has the chance to see this movie as in order to do what is truly right for US, we need to educate ourselves on as much of the facts that come with this physical existence as we can.