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Food Matters takes a shocking look at how the unwholesome foods we eat may be causing the obesity, chronic diseases and cancers that take countless lives and costs the United States billions in medical treatments. This 2008 indie documentary explores the multi-billion dollar research and health industries that use expensive treatments for the chronic diseases caused by the indulgent, nutrient-poor American diet. Most doctors quickly reach for the latest pills to treat symptoms, in spite of a host of side effects from the medication. Directors James Colquhoun and Carlo Ledesma want to find the underlying causative aspects of disease. They follow the advice of Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine, "Let thy food be thy medicine" and interview a variety of food and health experts. Natural doctors, nutritionists, and medical journalists point to inexpensive, organic cures for common maladies, since approaches like vitamin supplements, detoxification and whole foods are as effective as expensive prescription drug regimens.