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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Documentary Double Feature

Documentary Double Feature
Laura Jacobs
Issue date: 4/15/09 Section: News
PrintEmail Article Tools Page 1 of 1 Two documentaries were screened on April 9 at Frostburg's Public Library courtesy of the president of Pure Water Committee, Bernard Miltonberger. Both documentaries provided striking insight into the things that people ingest every day, and the potential dangers in it. "Both of these films are within the mission of the Pure Water Committee and educating the public on nutrition and health," said Miltonberger. He also showed both films back to back because of their relevance to each other.
The first documentary was a short film (about a half hour long) about fluoride in water. Originally the government put fluoride in water in an attempt to help prevent tooth decay; however, as the video stated, fluoride is a dangerous toxin when ingested. It noted that fluoride is effective when applied topically to teeth, but ingesting too much can cause harm to teeth, bones, and more. The video argued for the stopping of fluoridating water with strong evidence from scientists, dentists, and health officials.
After the documentary about fluoridated water, the feature film, A Beautiful Truth, was shown. A Beautiful Truth, a play on Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth, is about a young boy who seeks to find substantial evidence behind Dr. Max Gerson's theory on diet being linked to cancer and treating cancer. Depending on the viewer, it could be seen as hokey or confirm the worst of suspicions.
In the documentary, they explored fluoride in water, mercury in silver fillings, MSG in foods, as well as other processed foods. It also showed a little history behind Gerson's therapy and its benefits. Fifteen year old Garett travels the country in A Beautiful Truth, interviewing various medical authorities and supporters of the Gerson Therapy; opposing interviews seemed lacking.
While the documentary could potentially be seen as having a clear bias, it also brings up some strong points such as knowing what is in the food we eat, the dangers of too much processed food, and the benefits of eating organic.
Miltonberger felt that the truths presented in the documentaries were self evident and hoped that it might help people to try and think more about what they eat. "It affects everybody," he said. But is it relevant to the interests of FSU students? "Absolutely," Miltonberger affirmed.
He also noted that if any of the student organizations wanted to screen either film, he would be more than happy to present them. When asked if he thought this could ever be presented at FSU, Miltonberger said that it is entirely in the realm of possibility.
Any organization interested in having Miltonberger present the films at FSU can contact him at 301-689-5686.

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