What's the Truth with the Documentary 'What the Health'?

Playing What's the Truth with 'What the Health’?

The Doctors host a spirited debate about the Netflix documentary "What the Health."

One message in the film claims that meat, eggs, and dairy -- regardless of how it is produced -- is bad for you and can allegedly cause diseases. But are the claims made by the documentary true?

The Doctors are joined by "What the Health" director and filmmaker Kip Andersen and bariatric surgeon Dr. Garth Davis for one side of the debate. On the other side of the debate are fitness trainer Jorge Cruise and pediatric endocrinologist Dr. Robert Lustig.

ER physician Dr. Travis Stork, dermatologist Dr. Sonia Batra and plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon, found portions of the film important but felt the research and how it was represented in the film to be one-sided.

During the spirited debate, the panel and The Doctors discuss a wide range of food, nutrition, health topics, questions, and claims, including:

Can red meat cause cancer?
Can a vegan diet help to reverse disease?
The claim that eating eggs is unsafe.
Will cutting your sugar consumption alter your metabolism?
Are Americans eating too much red meat? 

While everyone held strong in their beliefs, the panel did agree that eating more plant-based foods and having a better and more robust conversation about how our health is linked to what we put in our bodies is important.   

"The reality is, we eat too many processed foods in this country. Realistically, if you look at the way most Americans eat, almost every meal involves some type of meat at the expense of plant-based nutrition. The more you can add plant-based proteins to your diet... that is what can save lives, that's what can reduce disease," Dr. Travis says, adding, "Let food be your medicine. You have to figure out how that's going to work for you."